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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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Pialligo Estate Academy: Seafood Selections

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

At Seafood Selections, take the freshest catch, the best tools and a generous serving of culinary advice to prepare and create delicious seafood dishes.What you’ll learn | how to select the freshest and best; the art of breaking down a whole fish, filleting techniques; dress oysters 3 ways and learn how to prepare a prawn bisque.
What’s included | Lunch/dinner and a glass of wine at the Chef’s table
What to bring | Enclosed shoes; your appetite!
Happening Tuesday 5 September from 6-9pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Cost is $99-109 per person.Book here.

Charity Clothing Swap

How many times have you looked at what someone else is wearing and thought ‘I wish I had that in my closet?’ Well now you can.

You can shop someone else’s wardrobe – well multiple wardrobes – all in one place and all for a good cause –Karinya House.

On Sunday September 10, Debby Harrington is hosting a charity clothing swap where you come along and swap your clothes for someone elses.

Thanks to generous Canberra ladies, she have collected a vast selection of pre-loved but very well looked after items from jackets to tops, dresses and pants.

Come along to A Flick of Hares in Kingston, bring with items you no longer wear and swap it for something ‘new’.

Happening Sunday 10 September from 10am-3pm at A Flick of Hares in Kingston, Level 1, Cusack Centre, 27 Eyre Street, Kingston.

Find more information here.

FEARLESS COMEDY GALA

A night of hilarity for charity – The Fearless Comedy Gala returns in 2017 with a bigger line-up and the guarantee of an outrageously “feel-good” night of fun. Promising more show-stopping rolling skating, gut-bustingly hilarious moments than last year, this is one show you do not want to miss. Last year’s event featured Sammy J, Gretel Killeen, Jean Kittson and Adam Richards, raising over $30,000 for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Don’t miss your chance to be part of Canberra’s only charity comedy gala—a two-hour jam-packed night of comedy for a great cause.

All proceeds raised at this event will be donated to the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and Toora Women Inc., providing much needed support for families experiencing violence in the Canberra community.

Happening Thursday 7 September from 7.30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic. Tickets through Canberra Theatre Centre website. 

SS17 FASHION WEEKEND AT WESTFIELD

Celebrate Spring/Summer 2017 at Westfield’s Fashion Weekend in both North and South Canberra.

At Westfield Belconnen enjoy Stay N Play – a service for parents to drop their kids off, while they have time alone to go shopping. Kids will be entertained with craft activities and puzzles. Children must be three years and older.

Happening Saturday: 10am – 5pm and Sunday: 11am – 4pm. Also, spend $120 or more at selected specialty fashion and beauty retailers and receive a bonus Dusk Feather range Candle valued at $27.

At Westfield Woden, explore the SS17 Fashion Weekend Playground to join in the fun with their Sunnylife Prize Wall, live music and giant games!

Happening 9-10 September from 10am-4pm at Westfield Woden, Keltie Street, Phillip and Westfield Belconnen, Benjamin Way, Belconnen.

Yoga in the Monaro Mall

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles.

The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday from 7.15am–8am, in the event space opposite Endota Spa, Lululemon will be hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees— just bring your own towel, water bottle and zen spirit!As the class is outside regular Centre trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

Happening Thursday 7 September from 7.15-8am in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Actsmart Business Sustainability Expo 2017

Find more information here.

SNOW DOGS WEEKEND AT CORIN FOREST

Dog lovers and their furry four-legged friends are invited to Corin Forest’s inaugural Snow Dogs Weekend. For one weekend only, your dog is invited to discover the wonders of the snow at one of Corin Forest’s renowned Snowplay sessions. Purchase any 2.5 hour Snowplay session online for this weekend and take your dog for free!

The cafeteria will be open so take the chance to warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Please ensure your dog is on a leash at all times. It’s only a 45-minute drive from the heart of Canberra. Corin Forest is an easy, convenient and cost-effective way to get amongst the snow.

Snowplay sessions 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Resort open from 8 am – 5 pm. Tickets available through evets website.

Happening Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 September at Corin Forest, 1268 Corin Dam Rd, Paddys River.

Actsmart Business Sustainability Expo

On Thursday 7 September, businesses can attend Canberra’s biggest (and FREE) sustainability expo, featuring keynote speakers, inspirational seminars, interactive workshops, exhibitors and networking opportunities.

This year the live stage is center stage. Presentations include a sustainable fashion show presented by FASHFEST. CIT fashion students sourced op-shop items from Salvos and will transform them into eco chic garments. Sustainability is important for preventing unloved garments from cluttering landfill.

OzHarvest, the nation’s leading food rescue operation, hosts a celebrity chef cook-off with Darren Perryman from Pialligo Estate and Michael Magill, Executive Sous Chef at East Hotel.

Local hero, boyandgirlco, will build a table on stage using discarded timber pallets. boyandgirlco have won awards for their dedication to the environment. So far, this innovative company has saved 11,000 pallets from heading to landfill, which equals a total height of four Empire State Buildings.

Also at the Expo is Ingrid Tomanovits, Event Manager of TEDxCanberra, who will present a seminar on why sustainability is an important core value for business. Karen Porter, Director of Solace Creations and Telstra Small Business Woman of the Year, will talk about her passion for sustainability. IKEA’s Canberra Store Manager, Charmaine Hick, will talk about IKEA’s ambitious sustainability goals.

Register now for the Actsmart Business Sustainability Expo 2017 on Actsmart.act.gov.au

Happening Thursday 7 September from 10 am to 5 pm at the Southern Cross Club, 97 Corinna Street, Woden.

The Song Company: Dreamers of the Day

From ambiguous start to surprising finish, this program sets out to fragment and distort the listener’s experience of slowly waking from sleep, with the focus on changing perceptions of time – at times pulsing and pacy, at others hazy and elusive – with new arrangements of some iconic pieces of Classical music, culminating in a part-minimalist, part-improvisatory soundtrack of four pianos plus electronic and real percussion, a talking clock, and a twilight heroine on a kaleidoscopic ride through states of semi-consciousness, where the stretching of the harmonic rhythm of the final Contrapunctus from J.S.Bach’s Art of Fugue portrays the fluidity of psychological time against the primordial relentlessness of the clock and Time itself.

Happening Friday 8 September from 7pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic

Tickets from $20. Purchase tickets here.

Project Independence Rubik’s Cube fundraising event

Now in its third year, the Project Independence Rubik’s Cube fundraising eventhas taken on a new twist this year turning the traditional ball into a glamorous and exciting Cocktail Party.

They’ve kept all the good bits – live music, Alex Sloan as the MC, great silent auction items and live ones, tremendous raffle prizes and an atmosphere that will break you out of your winter hum drum.  This always entertaining event will held on the 8 September from 6.30pm at the amazing Rolfe Classic BMW show rooms, 2 Botany Street, Phillip.

Not sure what to wear? Well this event is perfect timing to shake off those dowdy black winter clothes and get into some After Five style Spring Fashions.

So choose your favourite Rubik’s Cube colour, get glammed up and come join in for terrific food, great entertainment and some good old fashioned fun all whilst helping a great cause.

Entertainment: Professional Magician Amaze ‘O’ and the Kokoloco Dancers

Live Music:  The Baker Boys 

MC: Canberra Citizen of the Year – Alex Sloan

Ticket price of $60 includes entry to the cocktail party, canapes, beer, wine, soft drink and live entertainment only.

Happening Friday 8 September from 6.30pm at the Rolfe Classic Showrooms, 2 Botany Street, Phillip.

Find more information and book your tickets here.

Creative Planning Workshop

The Planner Academyis a collaboration between two dedicated #plannergirls. Aline from @vipplanner and Wita from @doodlesdostickers & @designisyay are getting together to bring you the very first creative planner workshop in Australia.

We are excited to bring you tons of creative tips on how to set up, customise and decorate your very own planner. The workshop is a fun day where you will be immersed in the planner world, or as we call it, “The Planner Community” and you will learn to organise your life in a super creative way.”

Happening Saturday 9 September from 10am-2pm at WOTSO Dickson, Northbourne Avenue.

Sign up now via Eventbrite and find out more and www.theplanneracademy.co.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance: Spring Fashion Parade

Join Cerebral Palsy Alliance for their ninth annual Spring Fashion Parade at Hotel Realm on Saturday 9 September.

Tickets include a High Tea and a glass of sparkling on arrival, plus a fashion parade and much more!

Tickets are $99.00 each or $990.00 for a table of 10.

Happening Saturday 9 September from 1.30pm for a 2pm start in The Ballroom at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Purchase tickets here.

CANBERRA FASHION MARKET

Canberra Fashion Market is a Canberra based market specialising in new, vintage and recycled clothing and accessories. It’s fashion styling with everything in one location. The market also hosts collectible items including books, DVDs, vinyl records and other cool objects.

Happening Saturday 9 September from 10 am – 3 pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue.

Find more information on the website.

AFTER DARK: GHOST HUNTERS

Join us for a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.

Help us solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that have been experienced here after the sun goes down.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited. Tickets $20 each.

Happening 7 – 28 September every Thursday from 8pm at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

For more information visit the website.

Comedian Josh Wade

In this audio visual spectacular, comedian Josh Wade explores his relationship with the many masks and characters developed throughout his lifetime as an attempt to fit in, and his 20 year quest to find his comedic alter-ego- ‘Cunny’. No topic is left untouched and this show promises to be shocking, crude, uncomfortable, but most of all – the truth.

At 22 years old and with four sell-out national tours under his belt, Josh Wade has been taking the comedy scene by storm with his character-driven comedy since he was a teenager. Josh’s journey of discovery embarks on the many issues facing Gen Y today – from religion and spirituality, drugs and alcohol, to domestic violence and sexual abuse. How did these experiences lead to the creation of ‘Cunny’?

Happening Saturday 9 September at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

FOOD & DRINK

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AUSTRALIAN COOL CLIMATE WINE SHOW

The Australian Cool Climate Wine Show is a national wine show dedicated to benchmarking the unique wine styles produced from cool climate wine regions. Be sure to take part in their public events.

Test your knowledge in the Wine and Trivia session or take part in a Public Tasting. Journey through sparkling, Riesling, Traminer, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Rosé, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Shiraz Viognier and dessert wines. Or just taste your favourite varieties.
Indulge yourself at the Wine Show Presentation Long Table Luncheon. Experience a five-course gourmet meal with wine, mingle with the wine show judges and be there when the 2017 winners are announced. Bookings are essential. Public Tasting sessions will sell out, so get in quick!

Happening Saturday 9 September at Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds, 19 East Street, New South Wales.

Find more information on the website.

Pialligo Estate Academy: Seafood Selections

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

At Seafood Selections, take the freshest catch, the best tools and a generous serving of culinary advice to prepare and create delicious seafood dishes.What you’ll learn | how to select the freshest and best; the art of breaking down a whole fish, filleting techniques; dress oysters 3 ways and learn how to prepare a prawn bisque.
What’s included | Lunch/dinner and a glass of wine at the Chef’s table
What to bring | Enclosed shoes; your appetite!
Happening Tuesday 5 September from 6-9pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Cost is $99-109 per person.Book here.

LAPHROAIG PREMIUM MASTERCLASS

Join the crew at Molly for an exclusive premium tasting event featuring an Isle of Islay favourite, Laphroaig.

At this premium tasting, you’ll be treated to a tasting of some incredible whiskies, hand-selected by Dan Woolley (Beam Suntory, Australia) and brought back from Islay including:

• Laphroaig 10 cask strength
• Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017
• Laphroaig Brodir Port Cask
• Laphroaig 30 year old

All this plus Laphroaig 10 and quarter cask and some cured meats to pair.

Tickets are $150 per person and includes a full bottle of Laphroaig select cask with your personalised opinion on the label, as well as a Laphroaig cocktail on arrival.

On 6 September at 5pm at Molly’s, 35-37 London Circuit at 5pm. Bookings are essential and this small tasting event has limited places.
Book now via http://mollyevents.eventbrite.com/.

GREAT GATSBY COCKTAIL GALA

Walk the red carpet, past the paparazzi, from 2017 back to the roaring 1920’s and enter the Historic Albert Hall bursting with all the glitz and glam of the period, promising a night that you wont forget.

A completely glamorous evening with dancing all night, cocktails, oyster bar and a delightful range of substantial Canapes that will tempt the taste buds.

Enjoy the performances of ballroom, burlesque and the slightly naughty as you dance and party all night in true Gatsby Style. Dress in the era and support the Special Children’s Christmas Party with a bid for a private ballroom lesson with DANZON Dance Studios.

Happening Saturday 9 September, 6.30pm-11.30pm at Albert Hall, Yarralumla. Tickets $175pp, more information and tickets through the event website.

Sunday Roast at Pialligo Estate

Experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm.

Sunday Roast is just $65 for adults, $30 for children (2-12 years old). Includes drink on arrival and a three-course shared menu included two roast varieties.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here.

LATIN TUESDAYS

Tuesdays are hot at Highball with Latin Tuesdays social night. Hosted by the amazing team from Salsabor Dance Studio, learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free Latin dancing taster class 6.30pm. Add a few cocktails and you’ve got yourself a Tuesday night that’s hard to beat.

$12 cover l $5 extra for 45 mins class. On Tuesdays from 6.30pm at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

Find more information here.

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

Afternoon Tea at the Conservatory

Book now to enjoy a special Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant and magnificent views over Canberra.

Located in the Village Centre at the National Arboretum Canberra, The Conservatory Restaurant offers visitors the opportunity to dine on food-less-travelled, with sweeping views of the nation’s capital.

The tasty delights served for tea showcase the best produce the region has to offer, prepared with care using Ginger’s paddock-to-plate philosophy.

Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant, hosted by Ginger Catering; a wonderful way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Call or email now to make your reservation.

Happening Sundays until 24 September from 2pm at the Conservatory Restaurant, National Arboretum Canberra.

Find more information on the website.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email buvette@domahotels.com.au. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE 

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

HAVANA NIGHTS

Spend a night in Cuba courtesy of The Highball Express as the crew whisks you away to tropical Havana. Head in every Thursday from 4pm for Havana Nights where you can enjoy some exotic drinks and start the slide into the weekend.

They’ll be featuring mojitos and daiquiris for only $10 and will have all their usual suspects available too so there is always something for everyone regardless of whether you’re flying first class or coach.

Happening from 4pm at Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

See website for more information.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

FILM, MUSIC & STAGE

The Song Company Dreamers

The Song Company: Dreamers of the Day

From ambiguous start to surprising finish, this program sets out to fragment and distort the listener’s experience of slowly waking from sleep, with the focus on changing perceptions of time – at times pulsing and pacy, at others hazy and elusive – with new arrangements of some iconic pieces of Classical music, culminating in a part-minimalist, part-improvisatory soundtrack of four pianos plus electronic and real percussion, a talking clock, and a twilight heroine on a kaleidoscopic ride through states of semi-consciousness, where the stretching of the harmonic rhythm of the final Contrapunctus from J.S.Bach’s Art of Fugue portrays the fluidity of psychological time against the primordial relentlessness of the clock and Time itself.

Happening Friday 8 September from 7pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic

Tickets from $20. Purchase tickets here.

TEX, DON AND CHARLIE: YOU DON’T KNOW LONELY – ALBUM LAUNCH

It’s only ever happened a few rare times so when Tex, Don & Charlie do record music together, it’s special. And so it is with the band’s first album in twelve years, the sublime You Don’t Know Lonely. This gripping collection of 12 evocative stories in song comes from the masters of the form: Tex Perkins, Don Walker and Charlie Owen.

Hear songs from the trio’s spectacular 1993 debut Sad But True, itself widely regarded as one of the great Australian albums, and 2005’s All Is Forgiven.

You Don’t Know Lonely was produced by Tex, Don & Charlie and features drummer extraordinaire Charley Drayton, bass master Steve Hadley and pedal steel wiz Garrett Costigan.

Happening Wednesday 6 September from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City West.

See the website for tickets and more information.

FEARLESS COMEDY GALA

A night of hilarity for charity – The Fearless Comedy Gala returns in 2017 with a bigger line-up and the guarantee of an outrageously “feel-good” night of fun. Promising more show-stopping rolling skating, gut-bustingly hilarious moments than last year, this is one show you do not want to miss. Last year’s event featured Sammy J, Gretel Killeen, Jean Kittson and Adam Richards, raising over $30,000 for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Don’t miss your chance to be part of Canberra’s only charity comedy gala—a two-hour jam-packed night of comedy for a great cause.

All proceeds raised at this event will be donated to the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and Toora Women Inc., providing much needed support for families experiencing violence in the Canberra community.

Happening Thursday 7 Spetember from 7.30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic. Tickets through Canberra Theatre Centre website. 

COMEDY HYPNOTIST GERARD V

In the name of Charity, Mercure Canberra is putting on a show to get you giggling! Come along to our family friendly event and see the amazing comedy hypnotist, Gerard V. Dinner and show packages are available.

Happening Friday 8 September from 5.45pm – 8pm at Mercure Canberra, 39 Limestone Avenue, Braddon. Tickets available through event website.

Find more information on the website

THE SALT ROOM

Brought to you by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres in partnership with Bad!Slam!No!Biscuit!, The Salt Room presents poetry in its many forms. Featuring national, international and territory poets alongside performers from varied disciplines, this is a night that combines experiments, entireties and fractures. Featuring Tahi Atea, Sarah Rice and Joshua Bell.

Adult tickets $10.00 | Concession tickets $5.00. Tickets available through EventBrite.

Happening Friday 8 September from 7.30 – 10.30pm at Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

Find more information on the website.

A DAY AT THE CIRCUS FEATURING THE JOHN AGNEW BAND

John Agnew Band’s Spring Concert will showcase a wide variety of exciting pieces ranging from highlights from Grease and Queen to Swing Era classics and a dash of Percy Grainger.

Canberra City Band president Stephen Hally-Burton joins us to narrate James Curnow’s ‘A Day at the Circus’ so bring the kids along. Join us for a Devonshire tea and some fun music in our free concert.

Happening Saturday 9 September from 2pm – 5pm at Canberra City Band Hall, 49 Phillip Avenue, Watson.

Find more information on the website.

LUMINESCENCE CHAMBER SINGERS PRESENTS: SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME

Songs and stories passed down between generations has long been a pillar of culture and community. In this concert, the Chamber Singers and Children’s Choir join forces to perform folk songs from around the world, including music from Finland, China, and Lithuania.

Luminescence is proud to present a number of contemporary interpretations of folk songs and traditional texts. Well known Australian bush ballad “Click Go The Shears”, originally published in a regional Victorian newspaper in 1891 under the title “The Bare Belled Ewe”, is reimagined with a new sense of rhythmic drive in Ruth McCall’s setting, and Dan Walker’s Tehillim 23 marries a modern harmonic language with ancient Hebrew text. Get along an intimate evening inspired by oral traditions passed down through generations of song.

On 10 September at 6.30pm at Gorman House. Tickets are $10-$40. Find tickets here: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/songs-my-mother-taught-me-tickets-36884229724

CIRCA’S LANDSCAPE WITH MONSTERS

Circa’s Landscape with Monsters is a bold new acrobatic work, a physical symphony to the joyous complexity of being human. Created in response to evolving industrial landscapes, it inhabits the emotional highs and lows of a place faced with uncertainty.

Australia’s most acclaimed circus company Circa (Wunderkammer, Carnival of the Animals, Beyond, and “S”) is world-renowned for producing exquisite and heartstopping works. Landscape with Monsters is a daring and optimistic work of intense physicality and beauty, an epic theatrical poem, and an elegy to the place we call home.

Circa is a bold new vision of contemporary circus. A celebration of the expressive possibilities of the human body at its extremes. Since 2006, Circa has toured to 34 countries across six continents. Circa’s work has been rapturously received by audiences, presenters and critics around the world.

Happening Wednesday 6 and Saturday 9 from 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City.

Find more information on the website.

FUSE

Devised by dance artist Jack Riley, in collaboration with sound artist and composer, Alexander Hunter, Fuse is a new dance work that explores the relationship between movement and sound.

Conjuring visions of a dystopian future, Fuse explores the relationship between musician and dancer. Guided by sound, the dancer will perform a series of ‘tasks’, loosely based on the ancient Greek myth of Heracles. The actors’ intentions remain ambiguous throughout the work – is the musician controlling or guiding? Is the dancer’s struggle personal or political, and what has he done to deserve it?

Fuse is the first production in the 2017 season of Ralph Indie, an Ainslie and Gorman program that supports artists to develop and present new performance works in the Ralph Wilson theatre at Gorman Arts Centre.

Happening Thursday 7 and Saturday 9 at Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. Tickets available through event website.

Find more information on the website.

GREIG & BEYOND

Finland has Sibelius. Denmark has Nielsen. Sweden has ABBA. And Norway has Grieg!

Norwegian violinist and Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Henning Kraggerud has built a reputation as the world’s leading interpreter of Grieg.

Kraggerud was troubled by the dearth of Norwegian works for violin and orchestra, so he arranged all three of Grieg’s violin sonatas as concertos with orchestral accompaniment.

Concerto No.3, which is replete with folk melodies and rhythms, is Nordic pastoralism at its very best. The String Quartet No.1 is Grieg at the vanguard of new music, with its exotic flavouring. And the melancholic hue of the Two Nordic Melodies, while local in origin, is universal in its appeal and completes this Arctic tableau.

Australian composer Ross Edwards’ new work, Entwinings, continues the Arcadian feel of the program, while bringing a distinctly Antipodean warmth to a concert that draws musical inspiration from opposite ends of the earth.

Happening Saturday 9 September from 8pm at Llewellyn Hall, William Herbert Place, Building 100, ACT. Tickets available through events website.

Find more information on website.

Project Independence Rubik’s Cube fundraising event

Now in its third year, the Project Independence Rubik’s Cube fundraising eventhas taken on a new twist this year turning the traditional ball into a glamorous and exciting Cocktail Party.

They’ve kept all the good bits – live music, Alex Sloan as the MC, great silent auction items and live ones, tremendous raffle prizes and an atmosphere that will break you out of your winter hum drum.  This always entertaining event will held on the 8 September from 6.30pm at the amazing Rolfe Classic BMW show rooms, 2 Botany Street, Phillip.

Not sure what to wear? Well this event is perfect timing to shake off those dowdy black winter clothes and get into some After Five style Spring Fashions.

So choose your favourite Rubik’s Cube colour, get glammed up and come join in for terrific food, great entertainment and some good old fashioned fun all whilst helping a great cause.

Entertainment: Professional Magician Amaze ‘O’ and the Kokoloco Dancers

Live Music:  The Baker Boys 

MC: Canberra Citizen of the Year – Alex Sloan

Ticket price of $60 includes entry to the cocktail party, canapes, beer, wine, soft drink and live entertainment only.

Happening Friday 8 September from 6.30pm at the Rolfe Classic Showrooms, 2 Botany Street, Phillip.

Find more information and book your tickets here.

POMP!

Canberra Choral Society and the Canberra City Band will present Pomp! a Last-Night-of-the-Proms-style event, featuring rising star soprano soloist, Livia Brash. In true Proms style, the first half will feature much-loved party pieces as a showcase for both ensembles and Livia.

Instead of being held in the evening it will a Sunday afternoon. Instead of the Royal Albert Hall London, it will be in the Albert Hall Canberra. Instead of the usual second half surfeit of iconic British tunes, there will be an Antipodean focus to conclude a very entertaining and eclectic program.

Enjoy a special Proms afternoon tea, and some extra entertainment including a team of rowdy Prommers. Tickets are limited, so get a group together and book fast for this delightful afternoon of music!

Ticket Details: Adult $40.00 | Concession between $30.00 and $36.00 | Seniors $36 | Concession $30 | Children under 13 $15 | Family $95 2 adults and 2 children under 13 | Group $350 10 people. Tickets available through events website.

Happening Sunday 10 September from 2.30pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Australian Capital Territory.

For more information visit the website.

STRANGE WEATHER GOSPEL CHOIR AND ACHOIRED VOICES

Canberra’s Strange Weather Gospel Choir and Sydney’s aChoired Voices present a selection of uplifting and joyous songs selected for the High Court of Australia. Hear gospel, spiritual, African, Indigenous, folk and contemporary pieces.

Strange Weather Gospel Choir, under the guidance of Musical Director Dan Bennett, is a non-auditioned Canberra community choir consisting of around 35 singers. The Members of the choir are united by the love of singing together in a supportive environment.

aChoired Voices, directed by Ansa Fourie, is an auditioned community choir of around 20 singers, based in Castle Hill, Sydney. The choir believes that making music enriches lives and it celebrates the joy of song with a wide range of musical styles, from traditional and contemporary Western European choral music to contemporary Australian works and gospel, folk and world music.

Happening Sunday 10 September from 1.30pm at High Court of Australia, 40 Parkes Place East, Parkes.

Entry is free. Tickets available through events website.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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Green Savvy Sunday

Want to put a little more green in your life? Our annual Green Savvy Sunday brings together products and community groups focused on domestic green, sustainable living. This interactive market offers the latest in green technology for the home environment, and the chance to buy specialist green/sustainable products. You can also find out about what programs and assistance is available to make your home and community more sustainable.

What might you find? Products made using low energy, organic and eco-friendly techniques or recycled materials, information on relevant initiatives, and delicious organic food.

Charity Clothing Swap

How many times have you looked at what someone else is wearing and thought ‘I wish I had that in my closet?’ Well now you can.

You can shop someone else’s wardrobe – well multiple wardrobes – all in one place and all for a good cause –Karinya House.

On Sunday September 10, Debby Harrington is hosting a charity clothing swap where you come along and swap your clothes for someone elses.

Thanks to generous Canberra ladies, she have collected a vast selection of pre-loved but very well looked after items from jackets to tops, dresses and pants.

Come along to A Flick of Hares in Kingston, bring with items you no longer wear and swap it for something ‘new’.

Happening Sunday 10 September from 10am-3pm at A Flick of Hares in Kingston, Level 1, Cusack Centre, 27 Eyre Street, Kingston.

Find more information here.

CANBERRA FASHION MARKET

Canberra Fashion Market is a Canberra based market specialising in new, vintage and recycled clothing and accessories. It’s fashion styling with everything in one location. The market also hosts collectible items including books, DVDs, vinyl records and other cool objects.

Happening Saturday 9 September from 10 am – 3 pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue.

Find more information on the website.

LIFELINE CANBERRA BOOKFAIR

Lose yourself at Canberra’s biggest Bookfair! Join Lifeline Canberra for the September Bookfair and check out the huge range of books, movies, music, games, comics and more, at the usual low prices.

Bookfairs raise a major portion of the funding needed to keep the local 13 11 14 crisis support service available to the community.

Happening acrods Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9-10 September ar EPIC – Exhibition Park In Canberra.

Entry is by gold coin donation. For more information visit the website.

Actsmart Business Sustainability Expo 2017

On Thursday 7 September, businesses can attend Canberra’s biggest (and FREE) sustainability expo, featuring keynote speakers, inspirational seminars, interactive workshops, exhibitors and networking opportunities.

This year the live stage is center stage. Presentations include a sustainable fashion show presented by FASHFEST. CIT fashion students sourced op-shop items from Salvos and will transform them into eco chic garments. Sustainability is important for preventing unloved garments from cluttering landfill.

OzHarvest, the nation’s leading food rescue operation, hosts a celebrity chef cook-off with Darren Perryman from Pialligo Estate and Michael Magill, Executive Sous Chef at East Hotel.

Local hero, boyandgirlco, will build a table on stage using discarded timber pallets. boyandgirlco have won awards for their dedication to the environment. So far, this innovative company has saved 11,000 pallets from heading to landfill, which equals a total height of four Empire State Buildings.

Also at the Expo is Ingrid Tomanovits, Event Manager of TEDxCanberra, who will present a seminar on why sustainability is an important core value for business. Karen Porter, Director of Solace Creations and Telstra Small Business Woman of the Year, will talk about her passion for sustainability. Ikea Canberra Store Manager, Charmaine Hick, will talk about IKEA’s ambitious sustainability goals.

Register now for the Actsmart Business Sustainability Expo 2017 on Actsmart.act.gov.au

Happening Thursday 7 September from 10 am to 5 pm at the Southern Cross Club, 97 Corinna Street, Woden

Happening Sunday 3 September from 10am-4pm at the Kingston Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

CAPTAINS FLAT COUNTRY MARKETS

The Captains Flat Country Markets are friendly, relaxed markets held the first Saturday of each month (except January and this April when Easter Saturday falls on the same date) selling craft, homemade jewellery, local produce, handcrafted timber goods, plants, homemade cakes, slices biscuits, pre-loved goods, and much more.

The Markets’ Cafe provides fresh tea and real coffee and various community groups provide a barbecue. The Captains Flat Country Markets are run by the Captains Flat Community Association (CFCA – a not-for-profit organisation), for the benefit of the local community. Funds raised go towards supporting a variety of community initiatives.

Don’t forget to talk to the Community Association representatives on their regular stall to find out more about local events and activities, including local businesses and services.

Happening from Saturday 3 June – Saturday 2 December 2017 at Captains Flat Community Hall. Open from 10am – 2pm.

Find more information on the website.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Farmers and Foodies Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

YASS FARMERS MARKETS

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Farmers Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Farmer’s Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

On until 7 October 2017 every first and third Saturday of the month from 10am- 1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church.

Find more information on the website.

SOUTHERN HARVEST FARMERS MARKET AT BUNGENDORE

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market: selling sustainable, authentic, regional food: grown and made by the Community, for the Community.

The market is open every Saturday from 9am to noon and is a great source of fresh food and farm produce from around the region including meat, eggs, seafood, honey, fruit, vegetables, preserves and refreshments.

On every Saturday from 9am- 12pm until 16 September 2017 at Bungendore Anglican Hall, 25 Butmaroo Street.

Find more information on the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

The Planner Academy

Creative Planning Workshop

The Planner Academyis a collaboration between two dedicated #plannergirls. Aline from @vipplanner and Wita from @doodlesdostickers & @designisyay are getting together to bring you the very first creative planner workshop in Australia.

We are excited to bring you tons of creative tips on how to set up, customise and decorate your very own planner. The workshop is a fun day where you will be immersed in the planner world, or as we call it, “The Planner Community” and you will learn to organise your life in a super creative way.”

Happening Saturday 9 September from 10am-2pm at WOTSO Dickson, Northbourne Avenue.

Sign up now via Eventbrite and find out more and www.theplanneracademy.co.

Charity Clothing Swap

How many times have you looked at what someone else is wearing and thought ‘I wish I had that in my closet?’ Well now you can.

You can shop someone else’s wardrobe – well multiple wardrobes – all in one place and all for a good cause –Karinya House.

On Sunday September 10, Debby Harrington is hosting a charity clothing swap where you come along and swap your clothes for someone elses.

Thanks to generous Canberra ladies, she have collected a vast selection of pre-loved but very well looked after items from jackets to tops, dresses and pants.

Come along to A Flick of Hares in Kingston, bring with items you no longer wear and swap it for something ‘new’.

Happening Sunday 10 September from 10am-3pm at A Flick of Hares in Kingston, Level 1, Cusack Centre, 27 Eyre Street, Kingston.

Find more information here.

MICHAEL MOSLEY

Live Nation and BBC Worldwide are proud to announce the first live tour to Australia for award-winning UK TV science presenter and New York Times bestselling author Dr Michael Mosley.

In his live show, Michael Mosley, the man behind the iconic 5:2 Diet, will take you on a journey exploring fascinating health myths and facts with exciting experiments and an interactive Q&A.

With special guest host Julia Zemiro, this promises to be both a fun and enlightening evening with one of the world’s most foremost health authors and science presenters. The live show presents a compelling snapshot of Michael Mosley – the nature of his enquiry, his discoveries about the world we live in and indeed us.

Winner of EMMY and BAFTA awards for his Horizon documentary, Michael has written three international best sellers: The Fast Diet (also known as the 5:2 Diet); Fast Exercise; and The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet. His books have sold in more than 42 countries.

Happening Saturday 9 September from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Tickets available through events website.

Yoga in the Monaro Mall

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles.

The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday from 7.15am–8am, in the event space opposite Endota Spa, Lululemon will be hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees— just bring your own towel, water bottle and zen spirit!As the class is outside regular Centre trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

Happening Thursday 7 September from 7.15-8am in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.
Find more information here.

Actsmart Business Sustainability Expo 2017

On Thursday 7 September, businesses can attend Canberra’s biggest (and FREE) sustainability expo, featuring keynote speakers, inspirational seminars, interactive workshops, exhibitors and networking opportunities.

This year the live stage is center stage. Presentations include a sustainable fashion show presented by FASHFEST. CIT fashion students sourced op-shop items from Salvos and will transform them into eco chic garments. Sustainability is important for preventing unloved garments from cluttering landfill.

OzHarvest, the nation’s leading food rescue operation, hosts a celebrity chef cook-off with Darren Perryman from Pialligo Estate and Michael Magill, Executive Sous Chef at East Hotel.

Local hero, boyandgirlco, will build a table on stage using discarded timber pallets. boyandgirlco have won awards for their dedication to the environment. So far, this innovative company has saved 11,000 pallets from heading to landfill, which equals a total height of four Empire State Buildings.

Also at the Expo is Ingrid Tomanovits, Event Manager of TEDxCanberra, who will present a seminar on why sustainability is an important core value for business. Karen Porter, Director of Solace Creations and Telstra Small Business Woman of the Year, will talk about her passion for sustainability. Ikea Canberra Store Manager, Charmaine Hick, will talk about IKEA’s ambitious sustainability goals.

Register now for the Actsmart Business Sustainability Expo 2017 on Actsmart.act.gov.au

Happening Thursday 7 September from 10 am to 5 pm at the Southern Cross Club, 97 Corinna Street, Woden.

RANDOM LIFE: CARTOONS BY JUDY HORACEK

Random Life finds one of Australia’s favourite cartoonists, Judy Horacek, at the height of her creative career; still making Australians think and laugh. Join Judy in conversation as she explores the cartoons that will make you laugh and occasionally weep.

Cartoons by Judy Horacek are full of her concerns for the environment, social justice and feminism, along with her off-the-wall quirkiness and trademark flights of fancy.

Happening Thursday 7 September from 6pm – 8pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for tickets and more information. 

AFTER DARK: GHOST HUNTERS

Join us for a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.

Help us solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that have been experienced here after the sun goes down.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited. Tickets $20 each.

Happening 7 – 28 September every Thursday from 8pm at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

For more information visit the website.

Pialligo Estate Academy: Seafood Selections

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

At Seafood Selections, take the freshest catch, the best tools and a generous serving of culinary advice to prepare and create delicious seafood dishes.What you’ll learn | how to select the freshest and best; the art of breaking down a whole fish, filleting techniques; dress oysters 3 ways and learn how to prepare a prawn bisque.
What’s included | Lunch/dinner and a glass of wine at the Chef’s table
What to bring | Enclosed shoes; your appetite!Happening Tuesday 5 September from 6-9pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Cost is $99-109 per person.Book here.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend. 

Complete the online contact form to register.

Collection Highlights Tour

The National Portrait Gallery offers a free thirty-minute tour of their Collection every day. Explore the building and immerse yourself into the artistic world. Learn some background information on specific works and the artists behind the masterpiece.

Feel free to ask any questions. Guides are more than happy to answer.

Showing until Friday 8 September 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery, from 11.30am daily. Find more information on the website.

For Country, For Nation Highlights Tour

Since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have proudly served in the Australian military forces. The Australian War Memorial’s exhibition For Country, for Nation has a diverse range of relics and stories to explore. Join a Memorial curator to learn of some of these personal stories on a highlights tour.

Occurring every Tuesday from 11.30am till 12.30pm till 26 September 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

For more information visit the website.

SPORTS

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Yoga in the Monaro Mall

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles.

The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday from 7.15am–8am, in the event space opposite Endota Spa, Lululemon will be hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees— just bring your own towel, water bottle and zen spirit!As the class is outside regular Centre trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

Happening Thursday 7 September from 7.15-8am in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.
Find more information here.

DRAGONS ABREAST

Get along and try dragonboating for breast cancer survivors and their supporters.

Dragonboating is a team sport that has been proven to improve the health and mobility of breast cancer survivors after surgery or treatment.  We aim to provide fitness, fun and camaraderie. 20 paddlers are usually in a boat, with a sweep to steer the boat at the back, and we paddle around Lake Burley Griffin. We will have a short explanation of the technique while on land, then go out on the water for about 30 minutes. Morning tea is provided afterwards.

On 9 September, 9am start finishing about 10.30am. Meet adjacent to Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club at Lotus Bay.

Visit the website for more information www.dragonsabreast.com.au

BELCONNEN MAGPIES RACE DAY

Enjoy a great afternoon of horse racing in the nation’s capital on one of the best tracks in the country at Thoroughbred Park.

The Belconnen Magpies Race Day has snack bar, bookies and tote facilities available.

Book a table in the members-only Black Opal Room or enjoy superb bar facilities in the Winning Post Bar (open to the public on non-feature race days). Purchase a members’ day ticket for $15 and enjoy a carvery luncheon in the Black Opal Room. Table bookings $30. Local racing starts around noon. Times to be confirmed closer to the date.

Happening Friday 8 September at Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road, Lyneham.

See the website for more information.

Live footy screenings at Ostani

Watch the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby live from Ostani’s big screens. Don’t miss a match on the two big screens, plus enjoy Happy Hour every Friday from 5pm-7pm.

Happening at Ostani Lounge Bar and Restaurant, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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How many times have you looked at what someone else is wearing and thought ‘I wish I had that in my closet?’ Well now you can.

You can shop someone else’s wardrobe – well multiple wardrobes – all in one place and all for a good cause –Karinya House.

On Sunday September 10, Debby Harrington is hosting a charity clothing swap where you come along and swap your clothes for someone elses.

Thanks to generous Canberra ladies, she have collected a vast selection of pre-loved but very well looked after items from jackets to tops, dresses and pants.

Come along to A Flick of Hares in Kingston, bring with items you no longer wear and swap it for something ‘new’.

Happening Sunday 10 September from 10am-3pm at A Flick of Hares in Kingston, Level 1, Cusack Centre, 27 Eyre Street, Kingston.

Find more information here.

Project Independence Rubik’s Cube fundraising event

Now in its third year, the Project Independence Rubik’s Cube fundraising event has taken on a new twist this year turning the traditional ball into a glamorous and exciting Cocktail Party.

They’ve kept all the good bits – live music, Alex Sloan as the MC, great silent auction items and live ones, tremendous raffle prizes and an atmosphere that will break you out of your winter hum drum.  This always entertaining event will held on the 8 September from 6.30pm at the amazing Rolfe Classic BMW show rooms, 2 Botany Street, Phillip.

Not sure what to wear? Well this event is perfect timing to shake off those dowdy black winter clothes and get into some After Five style Spring Fashions.

So choose your favourite Rubik’s Cube colour, get glammed up and come join in for terrific food, great entertainment and some good old fashioned fun all whilst helping a great cause.

Entertainment: Professional Magician Amaze ‘O’ and the Kokoloco Dancers

Live Music:  The Baker Boys 

MC: Canberra Citizen of the Year – Alex Sloan

Ticket price of $60 includes entry to the cocktail party, canapes, beer, wine, soft drink and live entertainment only.

Happening Friday 8 September from 6.30pm at the Rolfe Classic Showrooms, 2 Botany Street, Phillip.

Find more information and book your tickets here.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance: Spring Fashion Parade

Join Cerebral Palsy Alliance for their ninth annual Spring Fashion Parade at Hotel Realm on Saturday 9 September.

Tickets include a High Tea and a glass of sparkling on arrival, plus a fashion parade and much more!

Tickets are $99.00 each or $990.00 for a table of 10.

Happening Saturday 9 September from 1.30pm for a 2pm start in The Ballroom at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Purchase tickets here.

CANBERRA FASHION MARKET

Canberra Fashion Market is a Canberra based market specialising in new, vintage and recycled clothing and accessories. It’s fashion styling with everything in one location. The market also hosts collectible items including books, DVDs, vinyl records and other cool objects.

Happening Saturday 9 September from 10 am – 3 pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue.

Find more information on the website.

LIFELINE CANBERRA BOOKFAIR

Lose yourself at Canberra’s biggest Bookfair! Join Lifeline Canberra for the September Bookfair and check out the huge range of books, movies, music, games, comics and more, at the usual low prices.

Bookfairs raise a major portion of the funding needed to keep the local 13 11 14 crisis support service available to the community.

Happening acrods Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9-10 September ar EPIC – Exhibition Park In Canberra.

Entry is by gold coin donation. For more information visit the website.

OUTDOORS

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GUNNING FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

The Gunning Fireworks Festival has become one of the most popular family events in the area. The fireworks finale will showcase the latest in high tech effects during a massive pyrotechnical musical sky show.

Stallholders will be there to tempt you with products, food, drinks and entertainment. Fireworks start at approximately 6.30pm with a massive finale at approximately 8pm.

Happening Saturday 9 September from 3pm – 9pm at Gunning Showground, Copeland Street, New South Wales.

Find more information on the website.

SNOW DOGS WEEKEND AT CORIN FOREST

Dog lovers and their furry four-legged friends are invited to Corin Forest’s inaugural Snow Dogs Weekend. For one weekend only, your dog is invited to discover the wonders of the snow at one of Corin Forest’s renowned Snowplay sessions. Purchase any 2.5 hour Snowplay session online for this weekend and take your dog for free!

The cafeteria will be open so take the chance to warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Please ensure your dog is on a leash at all times. It’s only a 45-minute drive from the heart of Canberra. Corin Forest is an easy, convenient and cost-effective way to get amongst the snow.

Snowplay sessions 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Resort open from 8 am – 5 pm. Tickets available through evets website.

Happening Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 September at Corin Forest, 1268 Corin Dam Rd, Paddys River.

DONKEY DELIGHTS

What would 1.5 hours with a herd of regular sized donkeys, miniature donkeys, and some very little foals be like? Just like oversized dogs, these animals love to follow you around, give you a gentle nudge, or tug on your clothing, to remind you that All your attention should be on petting them. And, they even smile for the camera! You’ll be just as reluctant as these animals will be to let you go home. And you’ll probably need to clear out some space on your phone to accommodate all the selfies you’re going to take.

Happening from 13 August – 2 October at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW.

NATURE PLAY PELICAN FEED

Join a wildlife officer as they feed the pelicans. Learn about pelicans and other remarkable wetland inhabitants. Meet at Pond 4 Boardwalk in the Sanctuary.

Happening every day in August from 1.30pm-2pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

NATURE PLAY KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Learn about these fascinating marsupials and then take a stroll around the Eucalypt Forest enclosure and try to spot Koala’s. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Happening every Saturday in August from 2:30pm-3:00pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

KIDS

Image: nma.gov.au

Image: nma.gov.au

TOWERS OF TOMORROW WITH LEGO BRICKS

See 20 of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers from Australia, Asia, Canada, USA and the United Arab Emirates, constructed from LEGO® bricks by the Southern Hemisphere’s only certified LEGO® professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught.

Be amazed by model skyscrapers of international building icons such as Eureka Tower, Marina Bay Sands and Taipei 101. The exhibition at the National Museum of Australia will include the world premiere of 10 new towers. See the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and New York’s Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

Visitors can also create their own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose bricks in our hands-on construction areas.

Admission costs and sessions times apply. Book your tickets online.

Happening until 8 October from 9am-5pm at the National Museum of Australia.

See the website for more information.

BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE, ATHLETICS CARNIVAL FOR CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY

The SHG ‘be the best you can be’ Athletics Carnival is now in its 17th year! They’re expecting more than 500 school students with a disability from all across the ACT to attend the event and compete in a variety of modified track and field events at the AIS on Thursday 7 September 2017.

The athletics carnival allows students from a range of Canberra primary schools, high schools and colleges to participate in a rotation of activities including sprints, vortex throw, long jump and shot put. We also hold a BBQ lunch for the athletes to enjoy as they watch our celebrity race, featuring local mascots and celebrities. All the athletes receive a take-home pack. All ACT schools are invited to participate.

Happening Thursday 7 September from 10am-2pm at AIS, Bruce. More information at the events website.

SNOW DOGS WEEKEND AT CORIN FOREST

Dog lovers and their furry four-legged friends are invited to Corin Forest’s inaugural Snow Dogs Weekend. For one weekend only, your dog is invited to discover the wonders of the snow at one of Corin Forest’s renowned Snowplay sessions. Purchase any 2.5 hour Snowplay session online for this weekend and take your dog for free!

The cafeteria will be open so take the chance to warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Please ensure your dog is on a leash at all times. It’s only a 45-minute drive from the heart of Canberra. Corin Forest is an easy, convenient and cost-effective way to get amongst the snow.

Snowplay sessions 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Resort open from 8 am – 5 pm. Tickets available through evets website.

Happening Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 September at Corin Forest, 1268 Corin Dam Rd, Paddys River.

NATURE PLAY PELICAN FEED

Join a wildlife officer as they feed the pelicans. Learn about pelicans and other remarkable wetland inhabitants. Meet at Pond 4 Boardwalk in the Sanctuary.

Happening every day in August from 1:30pm-2pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

LLAMAS IN THE MIST  

On a misty morning watch the mist rise revealing a tranquil vista of paddocks and rolling hills, with dozens of alpacas and llamas peacefully grazing… or on a frosty morning watch the frost on their whiskers and fleece become steam rising from their bodies as they amble up the paddock for their breakfast. 

This is a rare opportunity and one not to be missed – meet over 200 alpacas and llamas, learn about them, and take wonderful “selfies” with them. 

Happening until Saturday 11 November from 8:30am – 10am at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales. 

For bookings and more information visit the website.  

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

STORY TIME IN THE ARCADE

Hear a different Australian story come to life on selected Wednesdays during winter. Story Time in the Arcade will be followed by craft activities.

Best suited to pre-schoolers, but all children under five are welcome.

Showing till Wednesday 30 August 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 18 October from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Friday Story Time at the Australian War Memorial

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys.

Friday Story time at the Australian War Memorial is a program suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening until Thursday 31 August 2017 every Friday from 10.30am at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell.

Find more information here.

PLAY UP

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

The exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun.

Open from 9am to 5pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

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NEIL ROBERTS – CHANCES WITH GLASS

Chances with Glass focuses on Neil Robert’s relationship with glass as object, medium and signifier.  Neil Roberts (1954-2002) was an important artist in Canberra who had a growing national and international reputation. He was enormously influential and supportive of the national arts scene.

Born in Melbourne, Roberts trained as a glass blower at the Jam Factory in Adelaide, the Orrefors Glass School in Sweden and the Experimental Glass Workshop in New York. He came to Canberra in 1983 when he was invited by Klaus Moje AO, the inaugural Head of the Glass Workshop at Canberra School of Art, to join him in creating the Workshop’s teaching program.

After two years at the School, Roberts chose the life of an independent artist, but, with Moje, was instrumental in setting the serious, rigorous and innovative tone of the ANU School of Art & Design Glass Workshop, which in the ensuing twenty-five years has earned it an international reputation.

Showing until 15 October 2017 at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITION: CONTRASTS IN BRAZILIAN ART

The Embassy of Brazil in Canberra invites you to Contrasts – an exhibition of Brazilian Art.

Contrasts are central to the exhibition, as they portray the diversity and energy of the Brazilian people. From day-to-day scenes to the great celebrations, the profusion of tones in nature, cities and people enchants all who visit Brazil. Colour is embedded in the works of painters Alemão and Sebastião Mendes and designer Junior Parma.

Alemão transforms the fast pace of street art and the inspiration from the urban scene into vibrant, playful works. Sebastião Mendes portrays the simplicity and strength of the riverside population, the country life and the relationship with nature. Junior Parma creates a mix of nature and machine, and his wood bikes will be displayed for the first time in the Australian continent.

Do not miss the opportunity to appreciate beautiful, contemporary art. Contact the embassy directly on 02 6120 4130 for large group visits or art purchase inquires.

Happening Friday 8 – Sunday 17 September daily from 9am – 5pm at Embassy of Brazil in Canberra, 19 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla.

For more information visit the website.

KANALARITJA: AN UNBROKEN STRING

Kanalaritja: An Unbroken String celebrates the unique practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell stringing – past, present and future.

See stunning shell necklaces created in the 1800s, alongside necklaces from acclaimed makers of today and a new wave of stringers who learnt the tradition at cultural renewal workshops.

A Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) touring exhibition. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Showing until 3 October from 9am-5pm each day at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

See the website for more information.

TOWERS OF TOMORROW WITH LEGO BRICKS

See 20 of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers from Australia, Asia, Canada, USA and the United Arab Emirates, constructed from LEGO® bricks by the Southern Hemisphere’s only certified LEGO® professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught.

Be amazed by model skyscrapers of international building icons such as Eureka Tower, Marina Bay Sands and Taipei 101. The exhibition at the National Museum of Australia will include the world premiere of 10 new towers. See the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and New York’s Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

Visitors can also create their own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose bricks in our hands-on construction areas.

Admission costs and sessions times apply. Book your tickets online.

Happening until 8 October from 9am-5pm at the National Museum of Australia.

See the website for more information.

KANALARITJA: AN UNBROKEN STRING

An exhibition celebrating the unique practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell stringing – past, present and future.

A Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) touring exhibition.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Showing until 3 October from 9am – 5pm at the National Museum of Australia. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/kanalaritja

VAST BY INGRID BOWEN

Sydney based artist Ingrid Bowen is opening her solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery. The exhibition entitled ‘Vast’ presents a series of whimsical watercolour landscapes that will resonate with viewers from our region. The paintings respond to a feeling of ‘exhaling’ or decompressing for the artist who describes a sense of release when driving away from urban centres.

The works have an impressionistic quality created through Bowen’s expressive use of white space and light wash. This contributes a dream-like, abstract quality to the images and allows viewers to imagine the places and ideas they express.

Showing until 19 October from 3pm – 5pm at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.sukihugh.com.au

TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters and take a journey into the heart of Australia. Intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land. See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre hub where artists create works you can take home.

Don’t miss out — this exhibition is a journey like no other.

Showing until 25 February 2018 from 9am – 5pm daily at the National Museum of Australia. Visit the website for details and booking costs.

FINDERS KEEPERS: COLLECTORS AND THEIR STORIES

Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories. From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes us on a journey through Australia’s democratic history.

Finders Keepers asks why do people collect, why do museums collect and what do our collections say about us? With 269 objects on display, the most in the history of the museum, Finders Keepers unveils the collector in us all and invites you to share your own collection story.

Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with our fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Showing daily till Sunday 24 December 2017 from 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Find more information on the website.

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia brings the works of 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country into the national spotlight.

This exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australians for the first time. It explores the ongoing resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism in the present day.

Be moved by powerful art that touches on the issues of identity, racism, displacement, country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the stolen generations through many media: painting on canvas and bark, weaving and sculpture, new media, prints, photography, metalwork and glasswork.

This groundbreaking show is the largest survey yet at the NGA and it highlights the continued excellence and diversity of Indigenous practice today.

Showing until 10 September 2017.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Showing until Sunday 18 October from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today. 

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email craftact@craftact.org.au or call 6262 9333 for more information.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

See forty-nine of the year’s best photographic portraits at the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize. An annual prize open to both aspiring and professional photographers, the NPPP celebrates contemporary photographic portraiture from across the country, with the winner awarded $25,000.

Now in its tenth year, the prize continues to present surprising perspectives on contemporary photographic portraiture, with the images remaining an evolving kaleidoscope of the nation’s preoccupations and identity.

Happening daily at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony? 

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2016: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Explore the unpredictable events of 2016 that shaped our political destiny – from Australia’s own double-dissolution, to Brexit and the shock Trump victory – through the sharpened wit and pencils of Australia’s best cartoonists.

There’s more than cartoons. Dress up in a crown and velvety red cape in the exhibition programming space, discover your political destiny with a game of political tarot or challenge your friends and family in political head.

Showing until 8 December 2017 from 9am- 5pm at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: www.cmag.com.a

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

A young man whose soft features betrayed the intensity of his own self-image, Arthur Boyd portrayed others with equally concentrated emotion. In this focus exhibition, Boyd’s self-portrait at age twenty-five is joined by his portraits of those around him. Through his eyes they are a reflection of the artist’s own state of mind.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

ART IS A WEAPON

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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