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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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11 THINGS NOT TO MISS

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Canberra High Tea Party

The High Tea Party gives you a beautiful high tea with sparkling wine at a five-star venue whilst watching a gorgeous fashion parade. And don’t forget the shopping!

Make the most of the fantastic offers in our retail markets and remember to save time to enjoy a complimentary mini pamper station as well.

Indulge in delicious sandwiches, divine chocolates, cakes, scones with jam and cream, and of course, tea.

High Tea sittings are at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day. Each General Admission high tea sitting lasts for one hour. Purchase tickets here now: thehighteaparty.com.au/tickets

VIP EXPERIENCE HIGH TEA: Sittings are at 11am & 2pm.  To learn more about the VIP Experience, please click herePurchase tickets here now: thehighteaparty.com.au/vip

Happening 16 and 17 September from 9am-6pm each day the Park Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Yarralumla.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

HANDMADE MARKET

Canberra’s award winning September Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 240 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique and well-priced.

Offerings include fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellry, accessories, and an indoor gourmet food, wine and home wares hall.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 17 September from 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell. Free entry but gold coin donations at each event are encouraged.

Find more information here.

FLORIADE 2017

Floriade’s 2017 theme is ‘rejuvenation’. This year there are even more flowers, enhanced food and beverage options including local produce and craft beer, extended opening hours into the twilight, two weekends of illuminated brilliance at NightFest as well as more than 100 performances, demonstrations and workshops.

There is also an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the flowers before the gates open at the Floriade Opening Concert on Friday 15 September, featuring an open air performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and David Bowie tribute act The Ziggy Band. Get your tickets now from Ticketek.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 15 October daily from 10am-7pm at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

Further information can be found via the official Floriade websiteappFacebook and Instagram.

Build Your Base Body Workshop

Join Felicia Oreb – one-half of the Base Body Babes and Sebastian Oreb – The Australian Strength Coach, both leading fitness and strength experts for an insightful workshop. Be presented with the methods they use to create healthy, fit and strong bodies.

If your goal is to look good, feel good, be free from injury and live longer, come along and learn the techniques these coaches use to get amazing results for themselves (and the thousands of people that have trained with them!).

Whether you are a beginner who has no experience with weight training, a regular gym goer, a personal trainer, an athlete, male or female, this masterclass is for you!

Happening Saturday 16 September from 11am-12pm in the Monaro Mall event space at Canberra Centre.

Tickets are $24.08 and available online from Eventbrite.

Lah-Lah Having Fun!

Come and see the stars of ABC KIDS live in Canberra!

This new show is their most interactive fun and educational show ever. From making a musical sandwich to Tom Tom playing the grooviest rhythms on his pots and pans this show really has something for everyone!

Lah-Lah is all about introducing kids to music and music instruments so if you want to join Australia’s best early childhood musicians and educators and see amazing live music for families, grab your tickets and pull up your stripy socks because it’s time to Have Fun! with Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band! And don’t forget you can meet the band and play the musical instruments after every show!

Happening Sunday 17 September from 10.30am at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Corinna Street, Woden. 

Book your tickets now here.

FLORIADE TWILIGHT CONCERT

See the Canberra Symphony Orchestra on stage with David Bowie tribute act, The Ziggy Band, at the inaugural Floriade Twilight Concert, proudly presented by Singapore Airlines, the night before Floriade opens.

The night will be filled with some of Bowie’s greatest hits, from Let’s Dance to Starman. Enjoy exclusive access to Canberra’s iconic flower festival before the Floriade gates officially open the next morning. Snacks will be available to purchase.

Happening Friday 15 September from 5.15pm at Floriade Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Commonwealth Avenue. Gates open 4.30pm. Tickets start at $16.40 and are available here.

TEDxCANBERRA 2017

TEDxCanberra is an independently organised TEDx event that showcases science, technology, the arts, social issues, thinkers, innovators, and community spirit. Some of Canberra and Australia’s most interesting presenters will be taking the stage to deliver their “ideas worth spreading”.

TEDxCanberra is a volunteer-run, non­profit, ideas event that brings the internationally recognised TED brand to the nation’s capital each Spring. 2017 will mark Canberra’s 8th year of operation.

Happening Saturday 16 September 8am-6pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit. Cost is between $90-$250pp.

Tickets must be purchased individually here.

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.

Happening every Thursday from 7.15am–8am opposite Endota Spa in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

Kim Churchill Weight_Falls

To coincide with the release of his new album Weight_FallsKim Churchill is pleased to announce the Weight_Falls Australian Album Tour.Those familiar with Churchill will recognise signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. What sets Weight_Falls apart from Churchill’s previous releases is its sense of adventure and unpredictability, characterised by chopped-up drum samples, unusual harmonies and moments of disarming lyrical honesty.

Churchill credits two years spent “growing up” for much of the shift in sound. After touring Silence/Win around Australia in 2014 and 2015, he embarked on a series of high-adrenaline overseas trips that included performances at the Glastonbury and Telluride Blues Festivals and adventures in the Peruvian Andes and along the coast of Sri Lanka.

Happening Saturday 16 September 7:30pm at The Street Theater, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

De Kuyper & Bacardi’s Tiki Bar Takeover at Ostani

Welcome the start of the warmer weather with De Kuyper & Bacardi’s Tiki Bar Takeover at Ostani’s Garden Bar. They will be showcasing four new cocktails and will be asking you to decide what will feature on their Spring/Summer cocktail menu.

Sit back and relax with a cocktail in hand and let De Kuyper, Bacardi and the Ostani team whisk you away to a place you would rather be.

Happening Friday 15 September at Ostani Bar and Lounge, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Cocktails will be shaking from 5pm.

Find more information here.

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.

FOOD & DRINK

Ostani Garden Bar Bacardi Takeover

De Kuyper & Bacardi’s Tiki Bar Takeover at Ostani

Welcome the start of the warmer weather with De Kuyper & Bacardi’s Tiki Bar Takeover at Ostani’s Garden Bar. They will be showcasing four new cocktails and will be asking you to decide what will feature on their Spring/Summer cocktail menu.

Sit back and relax with a cocktail in hand and let De Kuyper, Bacardi and the Ostani team whisk you away to a place you would rather be.

Happening Friday 15 September at Ostani Bar and Lounge, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Cocktails will be shaking from 5pm.

Find more information here.

Canberra High Tea Party

The High Tea Party gives you a beautiful high tea with sparkling wine at a five-star venue whilst watching a gorgeous fashion parade. And don’t forget the shopping!

Make the most of the fantastic offers in our retail markets and remember to save time to enjoy a complimentary mini pamper station as well.

Indulge in delicious sandwiches, divine chocolates, cakes, scones with jam and cream, and of course, tea.

High Tea sittings are at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day. Each General Admission high tea sitting lasts for one hour. Purchase tickets here now: thehighteaparty.com.au/tickets

VIP EXPERIENCE HIGH TEA: Sittings are at 11am & 2pm.  To learn more about the VIP Experience, please click herePurchase tickets here now: thehighteaparty.com.au/vip

Happening 16 and 17 September from 9am-6pm each day the Park Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Yarralumla.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

ELK AND PEA LATIN VEGAN DEGUSTATION

Head to The Elk & Pea for the next event in their series of Food Safaris! This time, Chef Joe McCulloch will be showcasing five courses of 100% vegan fare, drawing inspiration from all of Latin America, and skilfully paired with matching wines and cocktails. 

Bookings essential ($95/head), call 0435355732 to reserve your space now or email [email protected]

Happening Wednesday 13 September at Elk and Pea, 21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

MERCURE CANBERRA CELEBRATES 90 YEARS

To celebrate their 90th year in Canberra, Mercure Canberra is embracing its history and holding a 1920’s inspired dinner and cabaret show by Entourage Productions.

Chef Anthony O’Connell will present a menu inspired by the era. Tickets include cocktails and canapés on arrival, main course and dessert, drinks throughout the night, live music and entertainment before and after the show, and a keepsake from the hotel.

Happening Friday 15 September from 6pm-11pm at Mercure Canberra, 39 Limestone Avenue, Braddon. Event is adults-only.

Tickets start at $129 per person and can be booked here.

Sunday Roast at Pialligo Estate

Experience a two or three courseArgentinian-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.

HIGH TEA AT THE HOUSE

Enjoy High Tea at the House featuring the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Celebrate spring in the gardens of University House to the sounds of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Indulge in an afternoon of elegance, champagne, tarts, dainty cakes, coffee and fine tea.

Happening every Saturday in September from 2pm-4.30pm at University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton. Tickets cost $45 plus credit card surcharge.

See the website for more information.

ANNUAL LATIN AMERICAN FOOD FESTIVAL

The Latin American Food Festival is run by Cristo Para Las Naciones (Canberra Spanish Church) to raise money for food projects across Latin America. The project provides meals to street children in some of the poorer areas of Nicaragua, Chile, Peru, Cuba and Honduras.

Come and try some delicious Pupusas from El Salvador, Empanadas from Argentina, Pastel de Choclo from Chile, Choripanes, Quesadillas, Horchata and much more!

Happening Saturday 16 September from 11am-3pm at Canberra Spanish Church, 16 Parkinson Street, Weston.

Find more information on the website.

THAI FOOD & CULTURAL FESTIVAL

The Thai Food & Cultural Festival 2017 will showcase Thai culinary delights, feature cooking demonstrations, traditional Thai dances and arts, shops and much more.

Thai massages and hot herbal compress will also be available.

Happening Sunday 17 September from 10.30am-5pm at the Royal Thai Embassy Canberra, 111 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla.

See the Facebook page for more information.

LIVE JAZZ AT MOLLY’S

Bernau & Lambert is an instrumental jazz guitar duo reinventing the standards! From the cool swing of ’50s Miles Davis, to the rhythm of ’60s bossa and the melodies of Lennon/McCartney through to the fusion era of the ’70s.

This will be Bernau & Lamberts first evening with Molly. Col Bernau has supported international artists BB King, Joe Cocker, Leo Sayer and The Pointer Sisters and Martin Lambert has also supported international artists including Suzi Quatro and “Kinky” Friedman.

Venture downstairs every Tuesday for live jazz from 7-10pm with your favourite tipple on the side. At your service from 4pm, come in early, grab a table and enjoy delicious charcuterie platter.

On 12 September at 7pm at Molly’s, 35-37 London Circuit. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information www.molly.net.au

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 [email protected]. 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

Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill – Weight_Falls

To coincide with the release of his new album Weight_Falls, Kim Churchill is pleased to announce the Weight_Falls Australian Album Tour.Those familiar with Churchill will recognise signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. What sets Weight_Falls apart from Churchill’s previous releases is its sense of adventure and unpredictability, characterised by chopped-up drum samples, unusual harmonies and moments of disarming lyrical honesty.

Churchill credits two years spent “growing up” for much of the shift in sound. After touring Silence/Win around Australia in 2014 and 2015, he embarked on a series of high-adrenaline overseas trips that included performances at the Glastonbury and Telluride Blues Festivals and adventures in the Peruvian Andes and along the coast of Sri Lanka.

Happening Saturday 16 September 7:30pm at The Street Theater, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

THE EXOTIC LIVES OF LOLA MONTEZ

The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez comes from Patrick White Playwright Award Winner Jackie Smith and world famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith. The show stars three-time Best Actress award winner and direct decedent of Lola Montez, Caroline Lee, and Parisienne dance siren Holly Durant.
The Lola Lounge is the ultimate post show get-together! Get swept into the extraordinary luscious dreamscape of Lola Montez and party on in Lola’s private salon! Enjoy songs from the internationally renowned chanteuse Holly Durant, drinks at the bar, and Lola herself will be in attendance for autographs, and, of course, dancing.

Her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage” (Sydney Morning Herald).Happening Wednesday 13 September 8pm-11pm. Cost is between $35-$50 per person. Book tickets here.

MUSICA VIVA PRESENTS ALTSTAEDT AND MADŽAR

Musica Viva presents cello and piano duo Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar in a program that spans the cello repertoire, from Brahms to Britten.

Join these two brilliant adventurers as they set out across an enthralling musical landscape that includes Brahms, Debussy, Britten and more.

Happening Thursday 14 September 7pm at Llewellyn Hall, William Herbert Place. Cost is between $30-$92 per person. Book tickets here.

LOVE AND ANARCHY: THE FILMS OF LINA WERTMÜLLER

This special season hosted by the National Film and Sound Archive celebrates Italian actress Lina Wertmüller.

Some of Wertmüller’s lesser-known works will be shown alongside films like Seven Beauties, for which she became the first woman nominated for Best Director at the Oscars.

Happening Wednesday 6 September-Saturday 16 September daily from 7pm-9pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Cost is between $13-$15pp.

Tickets can be purchased here.

CANBERRA GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL PRESENTS – ANNIE

The wait is almost over! Our much-anticipated production of Annie will be staged in the Girls Grammar Senior School Hall.

This well-known musical following the story of orphan Annie brings together performers from the Junior and Senior School, with triple-threats Mia Byron and Evie Harrison playing the title role.

Tickets for the four performances are now on sale with special prices for the matinee performance on Saturday, 15 September. The show is open to the entire Canberra community, please spread the word and encourage friends and family to come along and support our talented students. And remember, you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

On from 14 – 16 September from 7pm – 9pm and 2pm matinee at the Canberra Girls Grammar School Hall, 48 Melbourne Avenue, DEAKIN.
Tickets are: Adult – $40, Child – $30, Family – $120 (2 adults and 2 children) and special matinee prices. Book here: www.trybooking.com/RIEZ

CHRISTOPHER CROSS

See Christopher Cross live in Canberra in his first headline concert tour in Australia in 20 years.

Cross is best known for his history-making self-titled debut album from 1980, which featured the international hits Sailing, Run Like The Wind and Never Be The Same and went on to win five Grammy Awards. He also co-wrote Arthurs Theme (The best that you can do) with Burt Bacharach and Peter Allen that featured in the film Arthur and won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Happening Sunday 17 September from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Cost is between $99.90-$129.90pp.

Tickets can be purchased via the website. Note: a $4.95 transaction fee applies.

KOMPACTUS YOUTH CHOIR

In this special concert at the High Court of Australia Kompactus will present a selection of music from their most recent programme depicting the mysterious world of Sleep. Evoking both the wonderous and the troublesome moods of slumber Kompactus will present works such as ‘Sleep’ from choral favourite Eric Whitacre and ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ by Paul Mealor, as well as a new piece by Canberra composer and Kompactus director Olivia Swift.

The Kompactus Youth Choir is a university-age choir formed in 2009 by countertenor David Yardley to develop the skills of young choristers. Kompactus has performed to acclaim regularly around Canberra including several appearances at CIMF and the High Court, in addition to sharing the stage with other choirs such as the Canberra Choral Society and the Oriana Chorale.

Happening Sunday 17 September from 1.30pm-2.30pm at High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Free entry but registration required.

See the website to register.

THE WHARF REVUE

Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott of The Wharf Revue return with an all-new, up-to-the-minute, fibre-to-the-node dose of side-splitting sketches and rib-tickling songs.

From the highs to the lows, from the good to the bad to the ugly, this will be a parade of the year’s most memorable characters and the moments they’d prefer to forget.

Happening at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, from 8pm Tuesday 12 September-Friday 15 September; 2pm and 8pm Saturday 16 September; and 8pm Saturday 23 September.

Tickets cost between $25-$65. Book tickets here. A $4.95 transaction fee applies.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC SCREENS – POLYPHONIC ASIA

The new season of Asia and Pacific Screens is showcasing a series of films from Southeast Asia that often turn to the surreal to express the complexities of modern life.

The diversity found in the languages, religious practices, and histories of Southeast Asia defy any understandings of a united region. This season does not attempt to define or capture Southeast Asia, but offers a kaleidoscope of recent cinema from a variety of locations and in many languages.

Showing on select Wednesdays until 4 April 2018 from 5.15pm at The Auditorium, ANU China in the World Building, Fellows Land, Acton.

See the website for more information.

ALHR SCREENING OF HOPE ROAD

After successful screenings at Sydney and Melbourne film festivals, Hope Road, made by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Tom Zubrycki, is having a cinema screening in Canberra.

Hope Road touches on important settlement issues through the story of Zacharia, a refugee from the Sudanese civil war, who desperately wants to do something for his village in the newly created nation of South Sudan. Zac’s dream is to build a much-needed school, and he enlists the backing of a group of dedicated Aussies who join him on a 40-day charity walk to raise funds for this venture, eventually causing him to be caught between the two worlds.

Showing on Wednesday 13 September from 6.30pm at Event Cinemas, 6 Franklin Street, Manuka. Tickets cost $20pp plus an additional booking fee.

See the website to book.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

handmade canberra

 

HANDMADE MARKET

Canberra’s award winning September Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 240 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique and well-priced.

Offerings include fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellry, accessories, and an indoor gourmet food, wine and home wares hall.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 17 September from 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell. Free entry but gold coin donations at each event are encouraged.

Find more information here.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS: DESIGNER SUNDAYS

Interested in design? On the third Sunday of each month The Old Bus Depot Markets focus on showcasing fresh-thinking Australian designers, makers and artists.

See dynamic groups of creatives featuring their awesome designs in jewellery, fashion, accessories, homewares and artwork.

Happening Sunday 17 September from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Korean Cultural Centre are pleased to present the 2017 Korean Film Festival in Canberra with the support of Hoyts Cinemas, Woden.

Five films have been carefully selected to cater to a variety of different tastes. This year’s program features:The World of Us; A Single Rider; The Map Against the World; Because I Love You and The Queen of Crime.

Happening Friday 15 September-Sunday 17 September at HOYTS Cinema Woden, 8 Bradley Street, Phillip. Cost is between $12-$16pp.

See the website for information on session times.

TURNING WAVE FESTIVAL

The Turning Wave Festival is a celebration of Irish and Australian traditional music and related arts, modelled along the lines of a typical Irish Fleadh or festival.

The festival is held in venues within the town and features concerts, dancing, spoken word, sessions, Irish music classes and a Junior Fleadh catering for young people wanting to learn Irish music.

A range of accommodation is available in Yass, including camping.

Happening Friday 15 September-Sunday 17 September at various venues around Yass.

See the website for a weekend program.

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

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Build Your Base Body Workshop

Join Felicia Oreb – one-half of the Base Body Babes and Sebastian Oreb – The Australian Strength Coach, both leading fitness and strength experts for an insightful workshop. Be presented with the methods they use to create healthy, fit and strong bodies.

If your goal is to look good, feel good, be free from injury and live longer, come along and learn the techniques these coaches use to get amazing results for themselves (and the thousands of people that have trained with them!).

Whether you are a beginner who has no experience with weight training, a regular gym goer, a personal trainer, an athlete, male or female, this masterclass is for you!

Happening Saturday 16 September from 11am-12pm in the Monaro Mall event space at Canberra Centre.

Tickets are $24.08 and available online from Eventbrite.

Sustainable House Day 2017

The Link building located in the first suburb of Ginninderry, Strathnairn will be holding tours, talks and a cooking demonstration for the public on Sustainable House Day on Sunday 17 September.

Established in 2001, Sustainable House Day is a national event that allows the public to see and learn from the best environmental homes in Australia. It aims to inspire people to live sustainably, showing them how to lower energy bills, live comfortably and help the environment through good home design, practices and technology.

Bring along your questions about building, energy efficiency and designing for the team of builders, home energy efficiency experts, sustainability gurus, designers, and more!

Sustainable House Day is a valuable resource for anyone looking for practical information on sustainable homes: what works, what doesn’t and how to move towards ‘greener’ smart living.

Happening Sunday 17 September. All visitors to Sustainable House Day must register to attend via the website www.sustainablehouseday.com to obtain addresses of all open houses.

Those visiting The Link will be required to sign in at the registration table on the day.

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.

Happening every Thursday from 7.15am–8am opposite Endota Spa in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

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.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP

Bindaree Bee Supplies and Wins Creek Meadery are offering the new and unique two-day Art and Science of Beekeeping course.

The course covers bee genetics, biology and disease control (the science) and actual hands on experience working with these animals and constructing the frames and hives that they live in (the art).

Four-course dates are offered with a limit of 10 people per course. Course attendees get priority bookings for honey bee colonies to start their new adventure.

Happening until Sunday 3 December 2017 from 10am-4pm at Win’s Creek Meadery, 18 East Street, NSW. Cost is $290pp for two days.

See the website for more information.

2017 SEYMOUR BIOGRAPHY LECTURE: RAIMOND GAITA

Hear from Raimond Gaita, author of Romulus, My Father as he tackles the big concepts of truth, truthfulness, self and voice in his writing. What do they mean when one is writing portraits that express gratitude to people one loves, unapologetically in a personally inflected voice?

The Seymour Biography Lecture was established in 2005 and endowed by by Dr John and Dr Heather Seymour AO. The lecture provides eminent ‘life writers’, living in Australia and elsewhere, with an opportunity to explore the business and craft of biography, autobiography or memoir.

Free entry. Bookings essential.

Happening Tuesday 12 September from 6pm-8pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

LLAMA EXPERIENCE: TAKE A LLAMA FOR A WALK

Come along for a Llama Stroll through sprawling, picturesque countryside with these incredibly rare and exotic animals. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and experience these very rare and exotic animals up close and personal, in a small group with an experienced guide.

Happening until on selected dates from Saturday 16 September-Saturday16 December 2017 at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW. Cost is $30pp for children and $70pp for adults. Note: only adults are allowed to lead llamas.

See the website for further information.

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 through the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines.

Happening until 16 December 2017 from 5.30pm-7.30pm at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, NSW. Cost is $130pp.

See the website for more information.

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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WALLABIES V ARGENTINA

The Green and Gold buzz will descend on Canberra for the first time since 2010 when the Qantas Wallabies host the Los Pumas at Canberra Stadium.

The Rugby Championship is a celebration of rugby like no other, so stadium tickets for Wallabies v Argentina are expected to sell fast.

Happening Saturday 16 September from 8pm at GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce. Tickets are on sale via Ticketek.

Build Your Base Body Workshop

Join Felicia Oreb – one-half of the Base Body Babes and Sebastian Oreb – The Australian Strength Coach, both leading fitness and strength experts for an insightful workshop. Be presented with the methods they use to create healthy, fit and strong bodies.

If your goal is to look good, feel good, be free from injury and live longer, come along and learn the techniques these coaches use to get amazing results for themselves (and the thousands of people that have trained with them!).

Whether you are a beginner who has no experience with weight training, a regular gym goer, a personal trainer, an athlete, male or female, this masterclass is for you!

Happening Saturday 16 September from 11am-12pm in the Monaro Mall event space at Canberra Centre.

Tickets are $24.08 and available online from Eventbrite.

BECOME A SWING TRAINER

SwingTrain is coming to Canberra and they need you! If you’re passionate about fitness and like the idea of running your own mini business, you can train to be a licensed SwingTrainer and set up your own class. The training session will be from 12pm until 4pm at Kmotion Dance Studio. The first 3 places on the course are free (usually $70) or if you miss out, you can get 20% off by using the code ‘swingcanberra’.

On 16 September from 12pm – 4pm at Kmotion Dance Studio, 54 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City.

Tickets are $70, first three places free. For more info and to book visit: www.swingtrain.com/become-a-trainer.

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.

Happening every Thursday from 7.15am–8am opposite Endota Spa in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

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.

OUTDOORS

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FLORIADE

Floriade’s 2017 theme is ‘rejuvenation’. This year there are even more flowers, enhanced food and beverage options including local produce and craft beer, extended opening hours into the twilight, two weekends of illuminated brilliance at NightFest as well as more than 100 performances, demonstrations and workshops.

There is also an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the flowers before the gates open at the Floriade Opening Concert on Friday 15 September, featuring an open air performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and David Bowie tribute act The Ziggy Band. Get your tickets now from Ticketek.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 15 October daily from 10am-7pm at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

Further information can be found via the official Floriade website, app, Facebook and Instagram.

FOREST OPEN DAY – NATIONAL ARBORETUM CANBERRA

Visitors to the National Arboretum Canberra are being offered a rare and special opportunity to drive through the southern forests which are usually closed to public vehicles.

Guides will be on hand to provide free tours and information, including the stories behind the forest patterns and the ANU Research Forests.

Don’t miss the chance to drive around and wander through some of the Arboretum’s most colourful and rare trees – two of which are extinct in the wild.

Happening Saturday 16 September from 11am-3pm at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive. Gold coin donation required.

See the website for more information.

WATTLE WALK ON BLACK MOUNTAIN

Enjoy a Walk among the Wattles on Black Mountain with local plant ecologist, Michael Doherty to learn more about how Acacias cope with fire and drought. The walk will mostly be flat to undulating, but with a few steeper sections later on in the walk.

On 15 September from 9.30am to 11.30am. Meet at Belconnen Way entry to Black Mountain Nature Reserve, just east of Caswell Drive turnoff (look for the balloons). Bring friends and family, water and snacks if you wish. Cost is ‘Gold Coin Donation’. Please book if you are planning to come, please provide your name and phone number to [email protected], or phone Linda (0437 298 711) or Joy (0427 542 298). It helps us to let you know if arrangements need to change unexpectedly (e.g. adverse weather).

SCULPTURE IN THE PADDOCK

Sculpture in the Paddock is staged in the beautiful surrounds of Cooma Cottage in Yass, a National Trust property once home to Australian-born colonial explorer Hamilton Hume.

Following the success of the inaugural event, YassArts have developed the project to include a scholarship program for young up and coming sculptors. Enjoy artists’ talks and walks throughout the month.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 8 October from 10am-4pm at Cooma Cottage, 756 Yass Valley Way, Cooma Cottage, NSW. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Entry is free but donations are appreciated.

Click here for more information.

TULIP TOP GARDENS

Explore an array of blooms to delight any flower lover at the tranquil Tulip Farm, sprawled over 10 acres in Sutton, Yass Valley.

The 10-acre garden of magnificent tulips and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers, providing a magical pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse, complete with classical music wafting through the air in the hidden valley. Take the popular pathway past the rosemary field framed by unique blossom trees to the 70 meter high viewing platform for the perfect photo. Tulip Top is also dog-friendly and home to a nursery.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 15 October daily from 9am-5pm at Tulip Top Gardens, Federal Highway, NSW.

Check the website for more information.

FLORIADE FOREST WALKS

Every Sunday during Floriade, join an informative, free walk through the Arboretum’s forests.

Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre. Wear strong, closed shoes and a hat and take water.

Happening Sundays 24 September, 1 October, 8 October, and 15 October from 11am at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive. Free entry but registration required.

Find more information here.

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.

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.

FLORIADE

Floriade’s 2017 theme is ‘rejuvenation’. This year there are even more flowers, enhanced food and beverage options including local produce and craft beer, extended opening hours into the twilight, two weekends of illuminated brilliance at NightFest as well as more than 100 performances, demonstrations and workshops.

There is also an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the flowers before the gates open at the Floriade Opening Concert on Friday 15 September, featuring an open air performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and David Bowie tribute act The Ziggy Band. Get your tickets now from Ticketek.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 15 October daily from 10am-7pm at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

Further information can be found via the official Floriade websiteappFacebook and Instagram.

Lah-Lah Having Fun!

Come and see the stars of ABC KIDS live in Canberra!

This new show is their most interactive fun and educational show ever. From making a musical sandwich to Tom Tom playing the grooviest rhythms on his pots and pans this show really has something for everyone!

Lah-Lah is all about introducing kids to music and music instruments so if you want to join Australia’s best early childhood musicians and educators and see amazing live music for families, grab your tickets and pull up your stripy socks because it’s time to Have Fun! with Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band! And don’t forget you can meet the band and play the musical instruments after every show!

Happening Sunday 17 September from 10.30am at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Corinna Street, Woden. 

Book your tickets now here.

DISCOVERY ZONE

Ever wondered that life might have been like on board a submarine in the Cold War? Visit the Discovery Zone to find out! Practice Morse code in a First World War trench, explore the Australian home front during the Second World War, climb into an Iroquois helicopter, and try your hand at some of the jobs done by today’s peacekeepers.

Happening until 5 September 2018 from 12.30pm-1.30pm on weekdays and 10am-5pm on weekends at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. Entry is free.

See here for further 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.

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.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

HANDMADE MARKET

Canberra’s award winning September Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 240 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique and well-priced.

Offerings include fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellry, accessories, and an indoor gourmet food, wine and home wares hall.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 17 September from 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell. Free entry but gold coin donations at each event are encouraged.

Find more information here.

EXHIBITIONS

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WAVING THE RED FLAG: CHINESE POSTERS 1949-1976

What did it mean to be a citizen in the new People’s Republic of China? Waving The Red Flag is a mini exhibition of bright, colourful propaganda posters that shows us how the Chinese government communicated its officially sanctioned ideals for the lives of its people in this brave new world.

Showing until 2 February 2018 from 10am-5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

See the website for further information.

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.

DREAMING OF REMEMBERING

Dreaming of Remembering is an exhibition that invites viewers to reflect on the meaning of imagination, memory, tradition and nostalgia. Curated by Grace Blakeley-Carroll, it features Canberra-based artists Tiffany Cole, Daniel Edwards, Lia Tajcnar and Naomi Zouwer. Through their diverse practices, these artists explore the nexus between the past and the present, dream and reality, and memory and nostalgia. Incorporating painting, textiles and ceramics, Dreaming of Remembering encourages the willing suspension of one’s disbelief.

Opening Wednesday 13 September at 6pm at the ANU School of Art Design. Visit the website for more information: www.anca.net.au

100 WISHES FROM FINLAND (STAMP HISTORY EXHIBITION)

100 Wishes from Finland is an exhibition on the history of the Finnish stamp that has been touring the world and has arrived in Canberra from the Postal Museum in Tampere, Finland.

Finnish stamps on envelopes have shown the world a small piece of Finland since 1856. The ‘100 Wishes from Finland’ exhibit is a collection of stamps designed by Finnish award-winning artists.

Take a stroll through the public areas of the Embassy and immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Finnish stamp, showcasing Finnish nature, culture, science and skills.

Showing until Wednesday 13 September from 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-2.30pm Fridays at the Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

CANBERRA MODEL SHIPWRIGHTS SOCIETY EXPO 2017

Canberra Model Shipwrights Society’s Expo 2017 is one of the major exhibitions of models ships in Australia.

There will be more than 100 model ships on display. These museum quality models have been meticulously crafted to scale, by local and interstate members. Models on show will vary from period ships of different sizes and eras to vessels of more modern vintage. There will also be models made by ACT Scale Modellers Society and naval ship models by Task Force 72.

Expo 2017 will have an appeal for all ages.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 17 September from 10am-5pm at Mount Rogers Primary School, Alfred Hill Drive, Melba.

More information here.

FACING TWO FRONTS: THE FIGHT FOR RESPECT

How did war become a platform for advocating the civil rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? Indigenous Australians have served in the Australian military since Federation. Their role was significant, yet largely unrecognised. For some, armed service provided equality. For others, discrimination.

Through the lens of military service and the stories of those who served, learn about Indigenous soldiers’ fight for social justice. A digital exhibition at the Archives featuring extraordinary images and records from our collection and a series of stirring video portraits.

Happening Tuesday 5 September-Sunday 17 September daily from 9am-5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

Visit the website for more information or to book a free exhibition tour.

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 until 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.

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, A Change Is Gonna Come invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events that led to and followed these significant moments. Has change truly come, or is it coming still?

Showing until 30 January 2018 daily from 9am-5pm only at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra. Entry is free.

Check 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.

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 [email protected] 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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