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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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The 2017 CAPO Art Auction Gala “Putting on the Glitz”

The annual CAPO auction has been held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery since 2013, and returns again on 22 September, providing the opportunity for one and all to assume the mantle of patron, and support the arts community.

It also provides a chance to dress up, sip champagne, and eat platters of gourmet food while perusing an incredible array of art – and potentially taking an art piece home for permanent display.

With donations made by artists across a range of practices and mediums, including jewellery, sculpture, photography and textiles, the CAPO auction is an opportunity to see (and bid on) a great variety of artwork.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

Happening Friday 22 September from 6.45 to 11pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, City. Live auction starts at 8.30pm.

FLORIADE NIGHTFEST 2017

NightFest returns to Floriade in 2017, and as a special milestone birthday treat we’ve doubled the fun.  This year, Floriade invite visitors to experience NightFest across two weekends, 22-24 Sept and 29 Sept – 01 Oct. Word to the wise, there will be different comedians, musicians and taste experiences each weekend.

Happening Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September from 8:00pm at Commonwealth Park, Canberra.

Tickets available through events website. 

FASHFEST VS HYPER REAL 

Be there to see the National Gallery of Australia’s foyer transformed into a dynamic pop-up fashion runway show by FASHFEST’s designers.

The show will create a unique fashion experience featuring cutting-edge catwalk designs, hair, makeup and music inspired by the NGA’s blockbuster exhibition Hyper Real.

Get hyped about fashion and hyped about Hyper Real – this summer’s blockbuster.

FASHFEST vs Hyper Real is a free event. Bookings are required.

Happening Saturday 23 September from 1:00pm at National Gallery of Australia.

Tickets available through events website.

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.

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.

Screening of ‘Coal – Is it worth it?’

Canberra’s first screening of the documentary, Coal – Is it worth it? is scheduled to take place at Palace Electric Cinema at 6.30pm on Tuesday 19 September.

This is a crowdfunded event and unlike a traditional movie showing, at least 55 tickets must be reserved by 4 September for the screening to occur.   

Coal – Is it worth it? is the work of veteran filmmaker John Davis who tragically died in a helicopter crash while trying to expose damage caused by the Shenhua coal mine, and was completed by his friends and family in his memory. The documentary shows the effect of coal on the land and air and documents the experiences and views of some inspirational people who convey hope and knowledge to protect the environment for future generations.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A discussion with a panel comprising Shane Rattenbury MLA, Edwina Robinson from SEE-Change and Rod Campbell from the Australia Institute. 

Happening Tuesday 19 September. Find more information here: tickets.demand.film/event/2057

The Funding Network’s September Event

The Funding Network (TFN) is returning to Canberra on Thursday 21 September and three local grassroots organisations addressing social disadvantage in the Canberra community will benefit.  TFN is a fresh approach to capacity building for grassroots non-profit organisations and social enterprises that harnesses the power of live crowdfunding.

At the inaugural TFN in 2016 the generous Canberra community showed Australia how it was done and collectively raised over $80,000 that was spread across the four pitching organisations: Abundant Water; Global Sisters; Paperworks and Malpa. 

The Snow Foundation is hosting TFN at the Vibe Hotel, Canberra Airport in collaboration with our event partners Canberra Airport, Aspen Foundation, Clayton Utz and Deloitte.

Tickets to the event are $20 which includes drinks and canapes. All money raised from tickets sales will be equally distributed to each of the three organisations pitching on the evening. 

Happening Thursday 21 September from 6pm at Vibe Hotel, 1 Rogan Street, Canberra Airport, Pialligo. Tickets can be purchased here.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season kicks on Friday 22 September 22 and runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons between 22 September and 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Jamie Oehlers & Tal Cohen

One of Australia’s most prominent jazz saxophonists, Jamie Oehlers, teams up with one of the hottest young jazz talents around, pianist Tal Cohen, to create some inspirational and thought provoking music. The two have been performing together now for nearly 10 years in a variety of settings, teaming up with artists like Ari Hoenig and Robert Hurst and performing together in various ensembles. This duo setting allows for an exploration of melody and space, tone and dynamics. This concert is a release of their new CD, “Innocent Dreamer”, recorded at the ABC and containing original compositions alongside some well known jazz standards.

Happening Saturday 23 September from 8pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic. Purchase tickets 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.

Collectable Sunday @ Old Bus Depot Markets

Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Old Bus Depot Markets highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it here.

On Collectable Sunday, they host a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing. If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs.

Happening Sunday 24 September from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

FOOD & DRINK

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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.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea, launching this weekend!

Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head.

If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season kicks on Friday 22 September 22 and runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons between 22 September and 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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.

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

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TINA ARENA – INNOCENCE TO UNDERSTANDING: GREATEST HITS TOUR

On Tina Arena’s last tour all the shows sold-out, as she wowed audiences around the country and abroad.

Now she is back for an epic Greatest Hits tour covering her amazing body of work including – I Need Your Body, Chains, Heaven Help My Heart, Sorrento Moon, Burn, Now I Can Dance, Symphony Of Life, Wasn’t It Good, Only Lonely, You Set Fire To My Life and I Want To Love You – and you’ll hear all the hits and more on the Innocence to Understanding Tour.

Ticket prices cost Between $121.90 and $472.05. Pre-sale begins 10am Wednesday 19 April.

Happening Sunday 24 September from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra.

See website for more information

THE WHARF REVUE

Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue. The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott are back with an all-new, up-to-the-minute, fiber-to-the-node dose of side-splitting sketches and rib-tickling songs.

From the highs to the lows, Canberra’s most trusted fake news source will proudly parade the year’s most memorable moments our nation’s political and cultural leaders would prefer to forget.

Whether you want to calm your nerves or double your disillusion, get ready for a fresh serve of laughter, dance and foolishness.

Happening until 23 September at Canberra Theatre Centre, City. Find more information here.

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.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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FLORIADE NIGHTFEST 2017

NightFest returns to Floriade in 2017, and as a special milestone birthday treat we’ve doubled the fun.  This year, Floriade invite visitors to experience NightFest across two weekends, 22-24 Sept and 29 Sept – 01 Oct. Word to the wise, there will be different comedians, musicians and taste experiences each weekend.

Happening Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September from 8pm at Commonwealth Park, Canberra.

Tickets available through events website. 

CANBERRA COLOUR FEST

Come and Enjoy a Fun Filled Day. One Massive Festival with non-stop music and dance. This is one of kind colour festival that will fuze all the elements of EDM, RNB music, pop, house. Live performances from the city’s best DJ’s.

A great way to spend time with the family as you go crazy in the paint and let your true colours show. You don’t want to miss this family friendly festival that partners colour, music, great food and kids rides.

Happening Sunday 24 September from 11am at Thoroughbred Park Racecourse, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham.

See the website for more information.

SUITCASE RUMMAGE NEWACTON

Suitcase Rummage is setting up their suitcases in Canberra at the NewActon Precinct! Discover suitcases filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies.

There will be brilliant vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper, …… You name it!
Entry is free of cost

Happening Sunday 24 September from 11am to 3pm at NewActon Precinct, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

FINLAND CENTENARY CRAZY GAMES

The Finnish Crazy Games is a celebration of all things Finnish that you won’t want to miss! With N-oar-dic walking, wife-carrying, hobbyhorse racing and an evening air guitar contest to top it all off, is there really any better way to spend the weekend?

The Embassy of Finland in Canberra is celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence with this exciting event. This opening weekend precedes a month long series of events and activities.

With no entry free.

Happening from Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 September from 10am to 4pm at Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

Collectable Sunday @ Old Bus Depot Markets

Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Old Bus Depot Markets highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it here.

On Collectable Sunday, they host a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing. If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs.

Happening Sunday 24 September from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

FASHFEST VS HYPER REAL 

Be there to see the National Gallery of Australia’s foyer transformed into a dynamic pop-up fashion runway show by FASHFEST’s designers.

The show will create a unique fashion experience featuring cutting-edge catwalk designs, hair, makeup and music inspired by the NGA’s blockbuster exhibition Hyper Real.

Get hyped about fashion and hyped about Hyper Real – this summer’s blockbuster.

FASHFEST vs Hyper Real is a free event. Bookings are required.

Happening Saturday 23 September from 1:00pm at National Gallery of Australia.

Tickets available through events website.

The 2017 CAPO Art Auction Gala “Putting on the Glitz”

The annual CAPO auction has been held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery since 2013, and returns again on 22 September, providing the opportunity for one and all to assume the mantle of patron, and support the arts community.

It also provides a chance to dress up, sip champagne, and eat platters of gourmet food while perusing an incredible array of art – and potentially taking an art piece home for permanent display.

With donations made by artists across a range of practices and mediums, including jewellery, sculpture, photography and textiles, the CAPO auction is an opportunity to see (and bid on) a great variety of artwork.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

Happening Friday 22 September from 6.45 to 11pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, City. Live auction starts at 8.30pm.

Private Gardens of the Monaro

Enjoy a drive through the country, just over an hour from Canberra and experience a private garden tour of three magnificent gardens, guided by the owners, with morning, afternoon tea and lunch. All the gardens are located on historic pastoral properties. Visitors will gain an insight into rural homestead life on historic Australian livestock enterprises.

At altitudes of around 1000metres, the gardens are “cold climate” with four distinct seasons giving fabulous autumn colour, spring flowering bulbs, leafy summery greenery and cold winters with frosty mornings and sometimes snowy days.

Each garden is distinctly different, one recently renovated under the guidance of landscape designer Paul Bangay, another one of Australia’s most prominent Merino Sheep and Angus Cattle Studs with a heritage listed homestead that was altered to its present form by architect Professor Leslie Wilkinson. One of the homesteads built in 1880 remains true to the original design.

Access to the gardens is by appointment only and limited to only a few visits per year. This is a rare opportunity for those that appreciate gardens, their history and their beauty to view them as part of a small exclusive group.

Happening Monday 25 September at the Shirley Gardens, Monaro. Find more information here.

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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Private Gardens of the Monaro

Enjoy a drive through the country, just over an hour from Canberra and experience a private garden tour of three magnificent gardens, guided by the owners, with morning, afternoon tea and lunch. All the gardens are located on historic pastoral properties. Visitors will gain an insight into rural homestead life on historic Australian livestock enterprises.

At altitudes of around 1000metres, the gardens are “cold climate” with four distinct seasons giving fabulous autumn colour, spring flowering bulbs, leafy summery greenery and cold winters with frosty mornings and sometimes snowy days.

Each garden is distinctly different, one recently renovated under the guidance of landscape designer Paul Bangay, another one of Australia’s most prominent Merino Sheep and Angus Cattle Studs with a heritage listed homestead that was altered to its present form by architect Professor Leslie Wilkinson. One of the homesteads built in 1880 remains true to the original design.

Access to the gardens is by appointment only and limited to only a few visits per year. This is a rare opportunity for those that appreciate gardens, their history and their beauty to view them as part of a small exclusive group.

Happening Monday 25 September at the Shirley Gardens, Monaro. Find more information here.

BOOK LAUNCH – I LOVE WHO I AM

Join Canberra local, author Rachel Torrealba for the launch of her new book, I Love Who I am: Igniting Self – Worth.

When Rachel encountered the grief of being alienated from her children, after a marriage break-up, she couldn’t contemplate reading a single page. Now she has finished writing her book that ignites the world she once lived in and explodes the myth that you have to be a ‘superwoman’ to move on.

This is a personal story of Rachel’s struggles with emotional abuse which led to depression, her search for peace, and her enduring hope for the future. Rachel wrote I Love Who I am for anyone who wants to know how to ignite self-worth, be happier, more resilient and love themselves more. The evening will include some reflections from Rachel, with a reading from I Love Who I am and a celebration to mark this exciting event!

On 21 September from 5pm – 7pm at Gorman House Main Hall. Tickets are $15 plus $1.63 admin fee. Book here: www.eventbrite.com.au

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.

FORESTS IN BLOOM

Floriade is spectacular, but bulbs aren’t the only things that flower in Spring. A number of the tree species planted at the National Arboretum put on a spring show as well.

This guided walk will link together a number of the forests in the southern part of the arboretum that flower and shoot during September and October. Forests visited will include The Mediterranean and Canadian red buds, Chinese Mahogany and Callery Pears. Bring water and suitable walking shoes. Meet at the Information Desk at the Visitors Centre.

This is a free activity but bookings are essential.

Happening Sunday 24 September to Sunday 15 October from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

THE 2017 RAY MATHER LECTURE: A PARADOX OF EMPOWERMENT 

Novelist Kim Scott reveals how reclaiming Aboriginal language and story may offer a narrative of shared history and contribute to social transformation.

The 2017 Ray Mathew Lecture: A Pardox of Empowerment is supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust. Free entry. Bookings essential.

Happening Thursday 21 September from 6pm at Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, Parkes Place, Parkes.

Tickets available through events 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.

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.

‘LOVE AT NO SIGHT’ SPEED DATING

Stop swiping right and left! Real connections can’t be found on a one-page profile. Give your thumbs a break and let white room ‘Love at No Sight’ speed dating show you how dating should be. On this night you’ll be taken through 10 to 12 mini dates whilst

On this night you’ll be taken through 10 to 12 mini dates whilst BLINDFOLDED! What to expect – this event will kick off with the mini-dates. SO BE ON TIME!

On each of your dates, you and your partner will be given questions to ask each other…….none of which will include topics of their employment, favourite colour or star sign…..that stuff is boring!

As much as possible we encourage you to keep your identity hidden through your dates. This ensures you get the most out of the experience and get to play the game of ‘who’s who’ during the mixer after the mini-dates (this part will not have blindfolds). A matching service will be provided after the event where you will be sent contact details of your matches and the rest is up to you.

Each ticket includes:

– Two complimentary drinks
– Canapes
– Curated serries of mini-dates
– Matching service after the event

On 20 September from 7pm – 9pm at Brew Nation – 1/102 Alinga Street. Tickets are $79 and can be booked here.

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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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.

GUNGAHLIN LAKES 2017 MEN’S OPEN

The Lakes’ is excited to announce the first of its Spring Tournaments, the 2017 Men’s Open, is now taking registrations. The overall winner of the Men’s Open will receive free entry into the NSW Amateur Championship which will be held at Gungahlin Lakes and Royal Canberra in January 2018. The best GLGC player (if not the overall winner) will also receive free entry into the NSW Amateur Championships.

Saturday: Two tee start from 7am – 9am and 11.15am to 12.20pm
Sunday: Shotgun start at 08.15am

Registration fee: $50 per player.
Spots are limited, quick registration is recommended.

On 23 September from 8am at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club. Tickets are $50. Visit the website for more information.

SWEATWORKING

Bal Lawyers is hosting their annual charity physical challenge networking event at the AIS. The event sees teams of 4 from Canberra businesses competing against each other for number of reps completed.

Each team pays a minimum of $250 to register, and 100% of this money goes to supporting our nominated charity, [email protected] They provide support services to people with a disability, childcare and seniors.

On 21 September at 5.30pm at the AIS outdoor synthetic oval. Entry is $250 per team of 4 – this is a donation for [email protected] Find out more here.

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.

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 until 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.

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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.

SPRING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE ARBORETUM

There are plenty of activities for the kids these school holidays at the National Arboretum! From Bonsai making workshops, kite making and story telling to indigenous cultural workshops with the Wiradjuri Echoes. With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to take the family walking along the many trails, to have a picnic in the Himalayan cedars or to play at Pod Playground. Bookings are required and prices vary.

Happening Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October from 9:00pm to 4:00pm at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Australian Capital Territory.

See 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.

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

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The Funding Network’s September Event

The Funding Network (TFN) is returning to Canberra on Thursday 21 September and three local grassroots organisations addressing social disadvantage in the Canberra community will benefit.  TFN is a fresh approach to capacity building for grassroots non-profit organisations and social enterprises that harnesses the power of live crowdfunding.

At the inaugural TFN in 2016 the generous Canberra community showed Australia how it was done and collectively raised over $80,000 that was spread across the four pitching organisations: Abundant Water; Global Sisters; Paperworks and Malpa. 

The Snow Foundation is hosting TFN at the Vibe Hotel, Canberra Airport in collaboration with our event partners Canberra Airport, Aspen Foundation, Clayton Utz and Deloitte.

Tickets to the event are $20 which includes drinks and canapes. All money raised from tickets sales will be equally distributed to each of the three organisations pitching on the evening. 

Happening Thursday 21 September from 6pm at Vibe Hotel, 1 Rogan Street, Canberra Airport, Pialligo. Tickets can be purchased here.

SWEATWORKING

Bal Lawyers is hosting their annual charity physical challenge networking event at the AIS. The event sees teams of 4 from Canberra businesses competing against each other for number of reps completed.

Each team pays a minimum of $250 to register, and 100% of this money goes to supporting our nominated charity, [email protected] They provide support services to people with a disability, childcare and seniors.

On 21 September at 5.30pm at the AIS outdoor synthetic oval. Entry is $250 per team of 4 – this is a donation for [email protected] Find out more here.

2017 LIFELINE CANBERRA WOMEN OF SPIRIT AWARDS

Each year, Lifeline Canberra recognise inspirational women in our community; women who have triumphed over adversity, who give back to the community and inspire others to do the same. Nominations are open for the 2017 Women of Spirit Awards and we’re asking members of the Canberra community to nominate an inspirational woman in their lives. Nominations close 18 August.

Nominations are open for the 2017 Women of Spirit Awards and we’re asking members of the Canberra community to nominate an inspirational woman in their lives. Nominations close 18 August.

An elegant luncheon will be held on Monday, 18 September to celebrate nominees and to announce Award recipients – Finalists will receive a complimentary ticket to the Awards luncheon. Additional tickets are $90 and can be purchased on our website. Please note, bookings are essential.

Happening Monday 18 September from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at The National Gallery o Australia,
Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See website for more information.

2017 VOLUNTEERING EXPO INFORMATION 

See how little it takes to do a lot! Volunteering is the fastest way to give back to your community, meet new people, kick-start your career, and feel happy! If you are keen to find out what all the hype is, then this is the event for you.

Free admission! The Volunteering Expo is a one-stop shop for individuals to find out about volunteering opportunities across the Canberra Region. We will have a range of volunteer-involving organisations (VIOs) showcasing their volunteer programs.

All members of the community are invited to attend to find out more about volunteering and what roles are possible and available. For more information about this event, call (02) 6251 4060

Happening Tuesday 19 September from 12:00pm to 6:30pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, Phillip.

See website for more information.

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.

CRAFT ACT: CRAFT AND DESIGN CENTRE ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION

The Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Annual Members Exhibition demonstrates the trends in contemporary craft and design in Australia by accredited practitioners from the ACT and surrounding region.

This exhibition represents the work of Accredited Professional Members and Associate Members working across all mediums of craft and Design.

Free Entry.

Happening Friday 21 September to Saturday 4 November from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Craft ACT, Level 1 North Building/180 London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

DOMBROVSKIS – JOURNEY INTO THE WILD  

Peter Dombrovskis was one of the world’s foremost wilderness photographers. His powerful, reflective and deeply personal images of the unique Tasmanian wilderness has had a lasting impact, changing the way Australians think about their environment.

The National Library of Australia has over 3,000 Dombrovskis transparencies and has printed 70 of the best for this special exhibition. Journeys into the Wild is a tribute to a remarkable man, the most complete survey of Peter’s work to date in Australia.

Happening Thursday 21 September 2017 to 30 January 2018 from 10am to 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

FELON IN THE FAMILY

Do you have a convict in your family’s history?

Whilst convict research can be daunting at times, there are numerous resources that make the research journey easier than ever.

This talk aims to demonstrate and demystify, so you can follow the convict trail using records at the National Library of Australia and see if you can unearth a black sheep!

For more information about this event, call 02 62621111.

Happening Tuesday 19 September from 11am to 12pm at The National Library of Australia, Canberra.

See website for more 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.

DARIO ARGENTO: HORROR MAESTRO

Dario Argento is, quite simply, one of the finest horror filmmakers in the world. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of his cult classic Suspiria, this special season showcases his finest works – all bathed in wild colours, synthesised electro scores and hefty doses of blood and gore. All films are Italian language with English subtitles. Presented in association with GOMA.

Program

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage – 20 September; 7pm
Suspiria (4K) – 22 September; 6pm
Inferno – 22 September; 8pm
Tenebrae – 27 September; 7pm
Phenomena – 29 September; 6pm
Deep Red – 29 September; 8pm
Opera – 4 October; 7pm

On 20 September – 2 October at the Arc cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive. Entry is $13 concession/$15 for adults.

Visit the website for more information.

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.

Feature image: Peta Rudd for HerCanberra. Flower Crown by The Floral Society.

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