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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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14 THINGS NOT TO MISS

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The Merchant of Venice

Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it.

Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it.

This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that have not. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

More than 400 years after The Merchant of Venice was written, the taut line between religious law or secular society, righteousness or compassion, tolerance or hate, is still present in our lives today.

Featuring three-time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the uncompromising and defiant Shylock, Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, and directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea), this production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

Happening from 13-21 October at Canberra Theatre Centre, City.

Tickets available online from canberratheatrecentre.com.au. Read our article on The Merchant of Venice here.

Dendy Dames: The Mountain Between Us

Dendy Cinemas Canberra invites you to their very special Dendy Dames screening of THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, on Wednesday 11 October at 7pm with a beverage and goody bag on arrival.

Treat yourselves to a screening in Dendy’s Premium Lounge and you’ll get a meal along with your beverage and goody bag.

Synopsis: Stranded on a mountain after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must work together to endure the extreme elements of the remote, snow-covered terrain. Realizing that help is not on the way, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing each other to survive and discovering their inner strength.

Tickets start from just $22 per person for this luxe evening.

Happening Wednesday 11 October from 7pm at Dendy Cinemas Canberra, on the top level of Canberra Centre. Book your tickets here.

EDEN Learn And Invent Workshop With Rolfe Classic BMW

The future of driving is here.

In this workshop you’ll explore the latest in semi-autonomous driving and be introduced to the BMW 5 Series. Learn how BMW is driving change in safety, sustainability, and the way people use their cars. A must for any car lover!

All attendees will go in the draw to win an exclusive Beauty Weekend valued over $1000. Prize includes: $300 Canberra Centre Gift Card, Inhale. Exhale. Escape package at Hotel Realm, a BMW for the weekend!

All Eden masterclasses attendees will receive a complimentary $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card, gift bag and champagne and canapés upon arrival.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 11am-12pm at EDEN Canberra Centre, next to Country Road on Level One.

Cost: Free. Learn more and register at canberracentre.com.au.

Oktoberfest Parklands

From the team that brought you The Commons Street Feast, Kicks Entertainment is bringing a huge stein of Bavarian tradition to Canberra like it’s never been done before! It’s Oktoberfest, all dressed up!

Oktoberfest Parklands will transform Patrick White Lawns in the Parliamentary Triangle into a massive lakeside Volksfest celebration with Craft Beer Halls, Bavarian Food Truck Village, Oompah bands, DJs, traditional dancers, sideshow alley, rides and amusements! 

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without some epic music, so Australia’s favourite party band, Furnace and the Fundamentals will be performing in the beer hall! From The Beatles to Beyoncé, Michael Jackson to Mark Ronson, Queen to Daft Punk and everything in between, this band is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Think Kranski, Pork knuckles, Pretzels and steins of beer (plus German wines and other drinks of course), all while singing a German Oompahpah in a huge Beer Hall and across the beautiful waterside parklands just minutes from Civic.

Plus, book a Beer Kellner to make your day a breeze with VIP service! They’ll reserve a table for you and your friends, take your food and drink orders and deliver right to you.

Tickets get you entry, wunderbar entertainment, a commemorative Oktoberfest Parklands Beer Stein and your first drink is on us! PROST!

So don your lederhosen or dirndl & kommt spaß machen!

Happening Saturday 14 October from 12pm at the Patrick White Lawns, Parkes. Find more information via the website and buy tickets via Moshtix now.

Canberra Outlet Centre Home Styling Weekend

HOSTED BY GINA CIANCIO FROM STYLE CURATOR

Obsessed with DIY & Home styling shows but have no idea how to pull off that editorial styled room in your own home?

Gina Ciancio from the Interior style blog Style Curator will be in Centre on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October for home styling workshops.

SURFACE STYLING – 14TH OCTOBER AT 11AM

How to style your coffee table, sideboard and entry table. Gina shares her secrets to creating beautiful arrangements around the home.

REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR SUMMER – 15TH OCTOBER AT 11AM

Learn how to add spring and summer tones into your home, along with the must have pieces for the season.

Gina will show you a range of soft furnishings, gorgeous metals and greenery that will be sure to make your home pop.

Bookings Esential.

To book your spot to our Fashion Weekend workshops please email infocanberra@retprogroup.com.au with your name, number and the name of the workshop you would like to attend.

Places are strictly limited with all registered attendees receiving an exclusive style bag.

KNIGHTS MEATS AND DELI TWELVE-COURSE BACON DEGUSTATION

Bacon lovers unite!

If your taste buds sing to the sound of the sizzle and beat for the finest of bacon you will want to drive the two-and-a-half hours just for this event.

Knights, home to eight smokehouse-crafted flavours of bacon, presents a 12-course bacon-themed degustation dinner—12 delightfully creative courses of bacon canapés at this ultimate event to honour the magical animal that is the pig.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 7-10pm at Knights Meats, 187 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga.

More information from visitwagga.com.

DOG’S DAY OUT AT FLORIADE

Book this date in now for Dogs’ Day Out at Floriade. For one day only Commonwealth Park will be paws-itively teeming with four-legged friends.

Pose with your pup in the free photo booth, chow down on delicious delicacies at the Pooch Café or soak up some sunshine as you explore Floriade together.

Remember to keep an eye out for doggie delights dotted around the park. Pick up a present for your pooch at the Dogs’ Day Out Market or enter the competition for the best dressed pup to win some goodies.

There will be lots of four-legged fun to be had with activities and demonstrations on offer throughout the day.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 10:00am to 7:00pm at Floriade, Commonwealth Park.

See website for more information

Designer Sunday at OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

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 15 October from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information via the website.

Under Sedation

Under Sedation is Canberra verse remixed. This bold and thought-provoking new theatre work honours the national contribution of local poets – both spoken and sung, past and present. The show embraces compositions from one of the most vibrant poetic hubs in the nation.

This work weaves together the old and the new, sung and spoken, published and drafted, applauded and unknown, the earnest and irreverent, transforming performance poetry from slam to stage to explore what may hurt or pacify.

Under Sedation will not mark the first time that poetry has gone to the theatre but will see The Street transform local poetry into a bold, contemporary production to continue and enrich the dialogue that Canberra poets and songwriters have so generously brought to the community.

Showing at The Street Theatre until 14 October. Find more information and tickets at thestreet.org.au.

Palliative Care ACT’s Annual Fundraising Gala

Palliative Care ACT has been supporting people at end of life and their carers for over 30 years. This support takes the form of volunteers who visit the terminally ill in the hospice, in their home, at a residential aged care facility and even in the Canberra Hospital to assist with a multiplicity of services. It might be to take the patient to a medical appointment, take them on an outing, read to them, make a cuppa, provide a hand or foot massage, write up a life story or give the carer a few hours off.

Palliative Care’s recent fundraising efforts have been directed towards training volunteers to support people in their home. Research shows that over 70 percent of people would like to die at home but only 14 percent do so. It costs around $2000 to train each volunteer.

To help support this amazing work, Palliative Care ACT is holding its annual fundraising dinner at the Canberra Southern Cross Club on Saturday 14 October starting at 6.30pm.

Tickets are $75.00 and are available via Eventbrite.

Luka Lesson and Kahl Wallis @ Nishi Playhouse

Luka Lesson and Kahl Wallis kick off their Living Artefact tour this August fresh from Luka performing at 2017’s Splendour in the Grass and hosting a writers’ retreat in Greece (Rhodes); and Kahl emerging from the recording studio where he is currently creating his much-anticipated debut solo album.

Luka Lesson is probably Australia’s best-selling poet and hip-hop artist. On this exciting tour and single, he features multi award-winning Indigenous artist Kahl Wallis (The Medics).

Together they create a strong, defiant world hip-hop track determined to continue their contemporary cultural songlines. And they’re coming to Canberra for one night only.

Tickets: $12.50-15.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 8-9pm at the Nishi Playhouse, inside Hotel Hotel, Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

Find more information via Facebook.

For This Moment

For This Moment is a new collaboration between two Sydney based creative musicians and composers, Jenna Cave (originally from ACT) and Keyna Wilkins. Limited only by their chosen instruments and their imaginations, this music explores the ways in which melodic lines can meet in free improvisation to create a meaningful and cohesive musical whole. Nothing is off limits, with broad influences ranging from folk melodies to impressionism, contemporary and free jazz to minimalism, and 20th century classical music to the blues.

Jenna Cave is a composer, saxophonist, vocalist and conductor/band leader. She grew up in Canberra and studied jazz composition and performance at the Canberra School of Music, graduating with honours in 2006. She is most known for her work as the director and resident composer of the 18-piece Divergence Jazz Orchestra with their two albums featuring her music: The Opening Statement (2013) and Fake It Until You Make It (2016), receiving local and International acclaim.

Keyna Wilkins is a versatile composer, flautist, pianist at home in many musical worlds. With international classical training she has branched into jazz, flamenco and free-flowing improvisation and performed with a diverse range of ensembles. Her music is published by Wirripang.

Happening Sunday 15 October from 3pm at Greenaway Studio in Chapman ACT. $20 per person. Bookings essential, click here for more information on tickets and the location.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

Light The Night 2017

Join an inspiring lantern walk – Light The Night 2017 – along the Kingston Foreshore on Friday 13 October. It’s going to be a wonderful evening for the whole family.

Today another 35 Australians will be told they have blood cancer. In this darkest moment, they are not alone.

By raising money and carrying a lantern at a Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night event you can light the way for them.

Together we can provide support and services to beat their blood cancer.

Food and beverage outlets available for purchase on the night. Merchandise stalls, First Aid and public amenities available.

  • 5.30pm: Event opens, collect lanterns
  • 6pm: Onstage entertainment
  • 7.15pm: Lantern ceremony and Light The Night walk
  • 8.30pm: Event close

Happening from 5.30pm on Friday 13 October at Eastlake Parade.

Click here to register and donate.

Please note, this is a pet free event. 

Pialligo Estate Academy

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

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

Find out more here.

FOOD & DRINK

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Oktoberfest Parklands

From the team that brought you The Commons Street Feast, Kicks Entertainment is bringing a huge stein of Bavarian tradition to Canberra like it’s never been done before! It’s Oktoberfest, all dressed up!

Oktoberfest Parklands will transform Patrick White Lawns in the Parliamentary Triangle into a massive lakeside Volksfest celebration with Craft Beer Halls, Bavarian Food Truck Village, Oompah bands, DJs, traditional dancers, sideshow alley, rides and amusements! 

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without some epic music, so Australia’s favourite party band, Furnace and the Fundamentals will be performing in the beer hall! From The Beatles to Beyoncé, Michael Jackson to Mark Ronson, Queen to Daft Punk and everything in between, this band is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Think Kranski, Pork knuckles, Pretzels and steins of beer (plus German wines and other drinks of course), all while singing a German Oompahpah in a huge Beer Hall and across the beautiful waterside parklands just minutes from Civic.

Plus, book a Beer Kellner to make your day a breeze with VIP service! They’ll reserve a table for you and your friends, take your food and drink orders and deliver right to you.

Tickets get you entry, wunderbar entertainment, a commemorative Oktoberfest Parklands Beer Stein and your first drink is on us! PROST!

So don your lederhosen or dirndl & kommt spaß machen!

Happening Saturday 14 October from 12pm at the Patrick White Lawns, Parkes. Find more information via the website and buy tickets via Moshtix now.

KNIGHTS MEATS AND DELI TWELVE-COURSE BACON DEGUSTATION

Bacon lovers unite!

If your taste buds sing to the sound of the sizzle and beat for the finest of bacon you will want to drive the two-and-a-half hours just for this event.

Knights, home to eight smokehouse-crafted flavours of bacon, presents a 12-course bacon-themed degustation dinner—12 delightfully creative courses of bacon canapés at this ultimate event to honour the magical animal that is the pig.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 7-10pm at Knights Meats, 187 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga.

More information from visitwagga.com.

CLASH OF THE SHIRAZ MASTERCLASS

Shiraz from three key regions. The experts panel will share their passion for this varietal and the origin they represent. Includes a limited edition premium reidel tasting glass.

Happening Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October at University House, 1 Balmain Crescent,
Acton.

See website for more information. 

SPRING WINE FROLIC

Round off the week in the gardens. Enjoy wine tastings from a variety of regions, market food of salmon skewers, cheese plates and local music talent.

Happening 13 October from 3:00pm to 11:00pm at University House, 1 Balmain Crescent,
Acton. Free entry.

See website for more information. 

FAIR FOOD WEEK: LONG TABLE NATIVE LUNCH

Join them to celebrate Fair Food Week with two courses of locally grown and produced food, matched with a glass of wine. Some of the region’s Fair Food heroes will speak about their food journeys and there’ll be an auction for amazing locally crafted items, to support the Southern Harvest Association to assist local farmers, producers and food industry. And of course, complimentary tastings of new releases from Contentious Character.

$90 per head or $70 if you are a member of the Southern Harvest Association.

Happening Sunday 15 October from 2:00pm at Contentious Character Vineyard Winery Cellar door & Kitchen, 810 Norton Road, New South Wales.

See website for more information.

Pialligo Estate Academy

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

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

This week the masterclasses on offer include Italian KitchenMini Masters Pies and Pastries for the kids.

Find out more here.

18TH CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL REISLING CHALLENGE

The Canberra International Riesling Challenge returns again this year. The Riesling Challenge is a wine competition created in Canberra, to highlight the grape that defines the white wine, Riesling.

The Riesling Challenge attracts wines from Riesling producing countries around the world, showcasing 500 Rieslings from seven countries.

Events include a Riedel Riesling masterclass, which will showcase a range of Rieslings from Germany and the Canberra District, awards presentation and a Riesling dinner on Friday 13 October at Hotel Realm. On Saturday 14 October there will be an ActewAGL Trade and Consumer Tasting at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

Costs between $50.00 and $100.00

Happening Friday 13 to Saturday 14 of October from 11:00 am at Various Venues.

See website for more information.

CAFÉ RÉGION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA 

Visit the famous Café Région at the Alliance Française de Canberra and find out why France is famous for it’s food!

Come together to share an exquisite dinner while exploring the culture and traditions of the Basque Country.

On the menu for the evening is an entrée Tortilla, followed by Poulet Basquaise and complimented glass of wine. Don’t forget dessert, as you will sample the Gâteaux Basque, a traditional delight!

Bookings by October 19th are essential.

Happening Thursday 26 October from 7:45pm at the Alliance Française de Canberra. 

See website for more information.

Palliative Care ACT’s Annual Fundraising Gala

Palliative Care ACT has been supporting people at end of life and their carers for over 30 years. This support takes the form of volunteers who visit the terminally ill in the hospice, in their home, at a residential aged care facility and even in the Canberra Hospital to assist with a multiplicity of services. It might be to take the patient to a medical appointment, take them on an outing, read to them, make a cuppa, provide a hand or foot massage, write up a life story or give the carer a few hours off.

Palliative Care’s recent fundraising efforts have been directed towards training volunteers to support people in their home. Research shows that over 70 percent of people would like to die at home but only 14 percent do so. It costs around $2000 to train each volunteer.

To help support this amazing work, Palliative Care ACT is holding its annual fundraising dinner at the Canberra Southern Cross Club on Saturday 14 October starting at 6.30pm.

Tickets are $75.00 and are available via Eventbrite.

Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

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.

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 until 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

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

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

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.

Spring Tea in the Garden

This exclusive outdoor dining event allows visitors to celebrate the season with a spring tea in one of the charming private gardens of Parliament House.

Daily until 15 October. More information and bookings from aph.gov.au.

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.

MUSIC & STAGE

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The Merchant of Venice

Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it.

Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it.

This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that have not. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

More than 400 years after The Merchant of Venice was written, the taut line between religious law or secular society, righteousness or compassion, tolerance or hate, is still present in our lives today.

Featuring three-time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the uncompromising and defiant Shylock, Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, and directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea), this production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

Happening from 13-21 October at Canberra Theatre Centre, City.

Tickets available online from canberratheatrecentre.com.au. Read our article on The Merchant of Venice here.

VEGAS! CANBERRA WEEKLY MATINEE MAGIC WITH CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Vegas! Canberra Weekly Matinee Magic combines the talent of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) with those of Rhonda Burchmore and Andy Seymour.

For this spectacular one-off performance, Australia’s leading lady and doyenne of cabaret Rhonda Burchmore, and charismatic crooner Andy Seymour take you to the belly of Sin City where everyone’s on a winning streak. The CSO evoke the spirit of Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra, the showmanship of Liberace, and the soul of one of the greatest trumpeters to ever play in Vegas, Louis Prima, as they perform stunning arrangements of the hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The Canberra Weekly Matinee Magic is a toe-tapping concert with some of the very best songs of all time. Not to be missed!

Happening Saturday October from 2:00pm at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, William Herbert Place.

See website for more information. 

VERSIONS OF US  

Canberra Youth Theatre (CYT) presents a fictional work by award-winning Canberra playwright Emily Sheehan.

The script has been developed over a series of creative developments with the cast, directors and playwright.

The piece is based on both fact and fiction from the cast’s lives, exploring the many different identities they have as teenagers, according to who’s around them.

Happening Thursday 12 October to Saturday 14 October from 7:00pm at Ralph Wilson Theatre.

See website for more information. 

GUNDAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL  

The Gundaroo Music Festival is a celebration of music, bringing together the finest national talent available for a one day event that will attract a crowd of more than 3,000 people.

Music lovers will come together to enjoy 12 hours of non-stop entertainment from 10am till 10pm. The evening will include a fireworks displays for all to enjoy at 8:30pm.

Festival attendees will be spoilt with a choice of the following: wine tasting from regional wineries; food and produce stalls; local arts and handcrafts; a kid’s zone with jumping castles, face painting, super heroes, and petting zoo; a mechanical bull; roaming entertainment; 4×4 Extreme Display; a fully catered VIP and sponsors; and evening fireworks spectacular.

Children 11 and under free Concession $20 Adult $30 Family 2A+3J $70 Click here for tickets    

Happening Saturday 14 October from 10:00am to 10:00pm at Gundaroo Park, 70 Cork Street, New South Wales.

THE HEALERS – A POCKET OPERA ABOUT THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN WWI

The Healers will showcase the return of soprano Simone Riksman and tenor Andrew Goodwin in the premiere of this pocket opera – a homage to the nurses of World War I, and their healing powers.

The opera will feature music by serving composers from France, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Australia as well as work by Sibelius and Schubert. Conducted by Chris Latham, the Healers it is based on the true story of his grandmother, Beryl Churchill, who at the age of 18 volunteered to be a Red Cross Nurse in 1914.

The concert marks the centenary of the 3rd Battle of Ypres and Passchendaele and will also be performed in Belgium and France.

Happening Tuesday 10 October from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at The High Court of Australia, Parkes Place East, The High Court, Parkes.

See website for more information.

ARJ BARKER – ORGANIC

Arj Barker is arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in our country than his own and has come to understand our culture perhaps better than we understand it ourselves. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there was one of those.

With Joel Ozborn as support act.

Ticket prices $49.90 + a $4.95 fee applies per transaction.

Happening Friday 13 October from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

See website for more information.

TOP ACTS: ANU OPEN SCHOOL OF MUSIC  

Staff and students of the Australian National University’s Open School of Music (OSoM) present an eclectic recital of chamber, vocal and solo repertoire at the High Court of Australia in the last month before their end of year recitals.

Today’s young musicians undergo a rigorous audition process to be a part of the Open School of Music. Join in supporting Canberra’s elite young classical musicians in an inspiring top Sunday afternoon concert.

Registration via the High Court website opens one month prior.

Happening from Sunday 15 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm at High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes.

See website for more information.

For This Moment

For This Moment is a new collaboration between two Sydney based creative musicians and composers, Jenna Cave (originally from ACT) and Keyna Wilkins. Limited only by their chosen instruments and their imaginations, this music explores the ways in which melodic lines can meet in free improvisation to create a meaningful and cohesive musical whole. Nothing is off limits, with broad influences ranging from folk melodies to impressionism, contemporary and free jazz to minimalism, and 20th century classical music to the blues.

Jenna Cave is a composer, saxophonist, vocalist and conductor/band leader. She grew up in Canberra and studied jazz composition and performance at the Canberra School of Music, graduating with honours in 2006. She is most known for her work as the director and resident composer of the 18-piece Divergence Jazz Orchestra with their two albums featuring her music: The Opening Statement (2013) and Fake It Until You Make It (2016), receiving local and International acclaim.

Keyna Wilkins is a versatile composer, flautist, pianist at home in many musical worlds. With international classical training she has branched into jazz, flamenco and free-flowing improvisation and performed with a diverse range of ensembles. Her music is published by Wirripang.

Happening Sunday 15 October from 3pm at Greenaway Studio in Chapman ACT. $20 per person. Bookings essential, click here for more information on tickets and the location.

JAZZ AT THE HOUSE

Enjoy an evening of hot food, cool jazz and great wine with Jazz at University House on the last Friday of every month. Music starts at 8 pm. Share plates and drinks available for purchase from 7 pm.

Friday 27 October In2deep + 2 – Mike Dooley/Rachel Thorne + 2

Friday 24 November Miroslav Bukovsky/Tom Fell Quartet – Tribute to Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan

Happening at the Common Room, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton.

See website for more information. 

FILM

Dendy Dames: The Mountain Between Us

Dendy Cinemas Canberra invites you to their very special Dendy Dames screening of THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, on Wednesday 11 October at 7pm with a beverage and goody bag on arrival.

Treat yourselves to a screening in Dendy’s Premium Lounge and you’ll get a meal along with your beverage and goody bag.

Synopsis: Stranded on a mountain after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must work together to endure the extreme elements of the remote, snow-covered terrain. Realizing that help is not on the way, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing each other to survive and discovering their inner strength.

Tickets start from just $22 per person for this luxe evening.

Happening Wednesday 11 October from 7pm at Dendy Cinemas Canberra, on the top level of Canberra Centre. Book your tickets here.

JAPENESE FILM FESTIVAL 

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns to Canberra with a line-up of the very best of fresh and classic Japanese cinema, as part of a huge national tour.

This year at JFF 2017, expect to find old tales with new tricks and classic plots with refreshing stories. Fresh faces will grace the silver screen, alongside veterans who’ll shock, delight, and melt hearts. And for those who just want good ol’ Japanese cinema, don’t worry—They’re still the same JFF. Whether it’s slice of life drama or absurdist manga comedy, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got something for everybody.

Happening Friday 13 October to Sunday 22 October at Dendy, Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street.

See website for more information.

THE BIG BIKE FILM NIGHT 

Lights, Camera, Bikes!

In Canberra for one night, 12 films showcasing a collection that has everything a cycling centric audience could want- action, drama, humour and plenty of inspiration –it’s going to be bike-a-licious!

The line-up also includes a stylish look at London’s bike sub-cultures, the remarkable story of an American female Bike Frame Builder; the challenge of cycling up the gruelling 6,273 feet (1912 metre) peak Mount Ventoux, a mtb uni-cyclist, a mountain bike odyssey in Eastern Europe, and a BMX freestyler.

The ‘Muscles and Dreams’ documentary is also in the collection and this follows a bunch of good keen men transforming an idea for a gold miner’s road from the 1800’s into New Zealand’s longest continuous single track – The Old Ghost Road.

Entry costs $25.

Happening Tuesday 10 October from 7:00pm to 9:45pm at National Film and Sound Archive.

See website for more information.

CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2017

The 5th Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia (CaSFFA) is programmed according to a theme of Neighbours, referencing the present day status of the Czech and Slovak Republics, whose cinema and culture have long been entwined.

Costs between $13 and $15

Happening 11 Wednesday to Saturday 14 October at The National Film and Sound Archive. 

Please see the website for session times.

Cycle Chic

Cycle Chic: In Canberra for one night only to help inspire, encourage and celebrate women who love to bike. Ten short bike movies that have been carefully selected to showcase women who push boundaries, are courageous, and are an advocate for change; all through the power of the humble bike.

The collection encompasses emerging and established film makers, with stories covering amongst them – an Urban planner whose big dream is to have a cycling lane in her home city (easier said than done –as it’s in East Africa), a couples’ journey by bike where love and adventure come together, a bike store owner with her unique point of difference, female bike riders from Melbourne and their fixations with riding “fixies”, and two moving stories on courage and how bikes can empower communities, one set in South Africa, the other Afghanistan.

Screening at the National Film and Sound Archive at 7pm on Monday 9 October. More information and tickets from bigbikefilmnight.nz.

FESTIVALS

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Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

Oktoberfest Parklands

From the team that brought you The Commons Street Feast, Kicks Entertainment is bringing a huge stein of Bavarian tradition to Canberra like it’s never been done before! It’s Oktoberfest, all dressed up!

Oktoberfest Parklands will transform Patrick White Lawns in the Parliamentary Triangle into a massive lakeside Volksfest celebration with Craft Beer Halls, Bavarian Food Truck Village, Oompah bands, DJs, traditional dancers, sideshow alley, rides and amusements! 

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without some epic music, so Australia’s favourite party band, Furnace and the Fundamentals will be performing in the beer hall! From The Beatles to Beyoncé, Michael Jackson to Mark Ronson, Queen to Daft Punk and everything in between, this band is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Think Kranski, Pork knuckles, Pretzels and steins of beer (plus German wines and other drinks of course), all while singing a German Oompahpah in a huge Beer Hall and across the beautiful waterside parklands just minutes from Civic.

Plus, book a Beer Kellner to make your day a breeze with VIP service! They’ll reserve a table for you and your friends, take your food and drink orders and deliver right to you.

Tickets get you entry, wunderbar entertainment, a commemorative Oktoberfest Parklands Beer Stein and your first drink is on us! PROST!

So don your lederhosen or dirndl & kommt spaß machen!

Happening Saturday 14 October from 12pm at the Patrick White Lawns, Parkes. Find more information via the website and buy tickets via Moshtix now.

CAPTAINS FLAT COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

For the seventh year in a row, the Captains Flat Community Garage Sale will be held on the third Saturday in October from 8am to 1pm.

Households in Captains Flat register to take part on the day; registration means that they have paid a small fee so their garage sale address is marked on a map of the town. This map will be available to bargain hunters for a gold coin donation at the Captains Flat Fire Station from 8.00am. This helps people to find all the garage sales and will also identify some of the larger, more attractive items that people are selling.

While collecting your map from the Fire Station enjoy a sausage sizzle breakfast from 8am.

A $2.00 Donation to buy map of locations of garage sales.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 8:00 am at various locations in and around Captains Flat.

See website for more information.

DOG’S DAY OUT AT FLORIADE

Book this date in now for Dogs’ Day Out at Floriade. For one day only Commonwealth Park will be paws-itively teeming with four-legged friends.

Pose with your pup in the free photo booth, chow down on delicious delicacies at the Pooch Café or soak up some sunshine as you explore Floriade together.

Remember to keep an eye out for doggie delights dotted around the park. Pick up a present for your pooch at the Dogs’ Day Out Market or enter the competition for the best dressed pup to win some goodies.

There will be lots of four-legged fun to be had with activities and demonstrations on offer throughout the day.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 10:00am to 7:00pm at Floriade, Commonwealth Park.

See website for more information 

HARDEN KITE FESTIVAL

The Harden Kite Festival is an annual event which originated by a group of ladies who wanted to boost the spirits of their drought affected region.  Fast forward to 12 years later, the Festival is an important community event providing free entertainment for the region and an increasing number of ACT visitors.  This year will feature Street Performers, more big kite displays and plenty of free activities & competitions for all ages.  www.hardenkitefestival.org

On 14 October from 10am – 4pm at the Harden Racecourse. Entry is via gold coin donation and you can find out more here: www.hardenkitefestival.org

FROCK UP POP CANBERRA

The Spring Frock Up Pop Up Canberra is on again with six local and interstate sellers with hundreds of items of antique, retro, vintage and designer label clothing. You’ll find clothing that encompasses over 150 years with everything from Downton Abbey tea gowns to micro minis from the swinging sixties.

In addition to rack after rack of fashion, discover fashion accessories, fashion art, millinery, antique laced textiles and much, much more.

Anyone interested in fashion should save the date now!

$2.00 Gold coin donation upon entry supports the Women of Empire 1914 -1918 exhibition 

Happening Friday 13 October 6:00pm to 9:pm and Saturday 14 October 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith, ACT.

See website more information.

MARYMEADS ANNUAL FETE

Come along to Marymead’s annual fete at the Rheinberger Centre in Yarralumla.

There will be face painting, craft, food, clothes, books, bric-a-brac, raffles, a café, sausage sizzle, toy sale, chocolate wheel, music and much more.

The fete will also include the Anti-Poverty Week kick-off event ‘Brunch on a Budget with the Brumbies’!

Happening Saturday 14 October from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, free entry at The Rheinberger Centre, corner of Weston and Loch Street, Yarralumla.

See website for more information.

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.

CANBERRA GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL FETE

Come and over 50 stalls; hot food, cakes, salads, fairy floss, trash and treasure, plants, high quality pre-loved books, clothing, carnival rides and show bags for all ages and entertainment for the whole family.

Don’t forget to watch this year’s student-run Fashion Parade.

2017’s silent auction has some amazing prizes this year, including Thredbo 365 pass, Family Pass to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, wine, gift cards, an adventure flight and various vouchers.

Spread over three acres, the CGGS P&F Fete is the must see event in Canberra.

Entry is free!

Happening Saturday 14 October from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Melbourne Avenue, Deakin.

For more information about this event, call 02 6202 6403 or visit www.cggs.act.edu.au 

LEGEND CARS AUSTRALIA – ROCK ‘N RUMBLE  

The city of Goulburn will feel the rumble of Legend Car engines down Sloane Street in advance of an evening of racing and music at the Goulburn Speedway featuring country music star Adam Brand!

The Legend Cars Australia Rock ‘n’ Rumble will take place on Saturday 14 October, commencing with a Show & Shine in Montague Street before a street parade to the Showgrounds, followed by a concert starring Adam Brand and Jamie Aguis and a night of racing at the Goulburn Speedway from 3:00PM.

Legend Cars are 5/8 scale replicas of Chevy and Ford coupes and sedans from the 1930s. Legend Car Racing is the fastest growing motor sport in Australia, and one of the most affordable.

Return bus travel from the Showgrounds to the Speedway is available for $1 per person, with additional pickup points in town. Tickets are available online with discounts available for families and concessions – visit http://www.ticketbo.com.au/lca/rocknrumble to book yours today.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 9:00pm to 11:00pm at Goulburn Speedway, Speedway Road, Goulburn, New South Wales.

See website for more information.

MARKETS

Some of the produce you'll find at Southside Farmers Market ever Sunday.

Some of the produce you’ll find at Southside Farmers Market ever Sunday.

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.

CANBERRA GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL FETE

Come and over 50 stalls; hot food, cakes, salads, fairy floss, trash and treasure, plants, high quality pre-loved books, clothing, carnival rides and show bags for all ages and entertainment for the whole family.

Don’t forget to watch this year’s student-run Fashion Parade.

2017’s silent auction has some amazing prizes this year, including Thredbo 365 pass, Family Pass to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, wine, gift cards, an adventure flight and various vouchers.

Spread over three acres, the CGGS P&F Fete is the must see event in Canberra.

Entry is free!

Happening Saturday 14 October from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Melbourne Avenue, Deakin.

For more information about this event, call 02 6202 6403 or visit www.cggs.act.edu.au 

Designer Sunday at OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

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 15 October from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information via the website.

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 until 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.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT 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 Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, 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.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Gina Ciancio. Credit: Martin Ollman.

Gina Ciancio. Credit: Martin Ollman.

Canberra Outlet Centre Home Styling Weekend

HOSTED BY GINA CIANCIO FROM STYLE CURATOR

Obsessed with DIY & Home styling shows but have no idea how to pull off that editorial styled room in your own home?

Gina Ciancio from the Interior style blog Style Curator will be in Centre on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October for home styling workshops.

SURFACE STYLING – 14TH OCTOBER AT 11AM

How to style your coffee table, sideboard and entry table. Gina shares her secrets to creating beautiful arrangements around the home.

REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR SUMMER – 15TH OCTOBER AT 11AM

Learn how to add spring and summer tones into your home, along with the must have pieces for the season.

Gina will show you a range of soft furnishings, gorgeous metals and greenery that will be sure to make your home pop.

Bookings Esential.

To book your spot to our Fashion Weekend workshops please email infocanberra@retprogroup.com.au with your name, number and the name of the workshop you would like to attend.

Places are strictly limited with all registered attendees receiving an exclusive style bag.

EDEN Learn And Invent Workshop With Rolfe Classic BMW

The future of driving is here.

In this workshop you’ll explore the latest in semi-autonomous driving and be introduced to the BMW 5 Series. Learn how BMW is driving change in safety, sustainability, and the way people use their cars. A must for any car lover!

All attendees will go in the draw to win an exclusive Beauty Weekend valued over $1000. Prize includes: $300 Canberra Centre Gift Card, Inhale. Exhale. Escape package at Hotel Realm, a BMW for the weekend!

All Eden masterclasses attendees will receive a complimentary $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card, gift bag and champagne and canapés upon arrival.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 11am-12pm at EDEN Canberra Centre, next to Country Road on Level One.

Cost: Free. Learn more and register at canberracentre.com.au.

AUTHOR TALK BY NOELINE BROWN

The sixties: a decade of safari suits and droopy moustaches? Living the 1960s guides you through the landscapes of 1960s Australia, from the smoke-filled bars and cafes to the pastel lounge rooms and boardrooms.

Entry Costs $20.00

Happening Tuesday 10 October from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm at National Library of Australia.

See website for more information.

Pialligo Estate Academy

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

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

Find out more here.

Meet The Gardener Tour of Parliament House

One of Parliament House’s gardeners will lead this exclusive in-depth tour through the gardens and courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how the team manages the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Take the opportunity to ask gardening questions and gain a few tips from the best. You will finish with morning/afternoon tea at the Queen’s Terrace Café.

More information and bookings at aph.gov.au.

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

See website for more information.

GARDENING FOR RENTERS

Everyone can be a green thumb, no matter where you live. To celebrate International Tenants’ Day join us for a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn about gardening tips and tricks that’ll keep your landlord happy.

We’ll talk about a range of inexpensive and portable gardening ideas for your balcony/courtyard/backyard/indoor space and ways to maximise your rental property’s potential. From raising seedlings to setting up temporary trellises and composting, the CEC’s garden coordinator Karina Bontes Forward has got it covered.

On Saturday 14 October from 2 – 4 pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent. Tickets are and bookings can be made online here: www.canberraenvironment.org or cash on the day accepted.

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.

LESSONS ON TREES, DRAWING AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS

Join Canberra artist Genevieve Swifte amongst the rainforest ferns, tall eucalypts, hakeas, grevilleas and banksias at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Suitable for all levels, this intensive weekend workshop will respond to the rich diversity of native flora on display. The workshop will begin on Saturday morning with an introduction to landscape art, materials and techniques, before heading for the trees with paper and charcoal in hand for an immersive weekend of landscape drawing.

ON 14-15 October and 21-22 October from 10am-3pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Tickets are $180 per person. Visit the website for more information: www.genevieveswifte.com/works/drawing-workshops—master-classes/405

CONFLUENCE: FESTVIAL OF INDIA BOLLYWOOD WORKSHOP

Confluence essentially celebrates the vitality, credibility and the “soft power” of India’s culture, as passed down from one generation to another through an organic and live process. It is a credible effort to offer, to the discerning and appreciative audience in Australia, from among the best creativity emerging in present-day India.

It’s time to lace up your dancing shoes and show us what you got! As we embark on this years nation wide program as part of Confluence: Festival of India, Indian dance choreographer Shiamak Davar leads Bollywood workshops aimed to give you insight into what it takes to pull of those extravagant Bollywood moves seen in films. Come on down for an afternoon of Bollywood dance extravagance and cultural exchange!

On 14 October from 4-6PM at the Forecourt, Canberra Theatre Centre,Civic Square, London Circuit. Entry is free but registration is needed. Visit the website for more information: www.confluencefoi.com

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 until Saturday 16 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.

SPORT & RECREATION

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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.

TENNIS CARNIVALE

Tennis Carnivale will feature free coaching clinics for juniors and adults plus a variety of other activities including a giant slide, face painting, jumping castles, speed serving competition, sideshow alley, as well as a showcase of the latest tennis tennis equipment. Court hire is free throughout the event.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Weston Creek Tennis Centre, Weston.

See website for more information.

DRAGONS ABREAST CANBERRA DRAGON BOAT REGATTA

Get a crew together and register for a fun day out racing dragon boats for a great cause on Lake Burley Griffin. Experience the excitement and exhilaration of paddling – no prior experience required as training is provided. Spectators are welcome to witness the excitement of this annual charity event. With a theme this year of ‘Australian Animals’, expect to see some amazing costumes on the day! Lots of categories including fastest team, best dressed and best tent site.

Funds raised will support Dragons Abreast Canberra and Dragons Abreast Australia (a national charity), to continue our work in promoting dragon boating to breast cancer survivors as a beneficial exercise, celebrating wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie for breast cancer survivors..

This is a Dragon Boats ACT Benefit Regatta.

For more information about this event, call 0439208028 or visit www.dragonsabreast.com.au.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 8:00am to 1:00pm at Morshead Drive, Barton, ACT.

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.

TRAVEL

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KNIGHTS MEATS AND DELI TWELVE-COURSE BACON DEGUSTATION

Bacon lovers unite!

If your taste buds sing to the sound of the sizzle and beat for the finest of bacon you will want to drive the two-and-a-half hours just for this event.

Knights, home to eight smokehouse-crafted flavours of bacon, presents a 12-course bacon-themed degustation dinner—12 delightfully creative courses of bacon canapés at this ultimate event to honour the magical animal that is the pig.

Happening Saturday 14 October from 7-10pm at Knights Meats, 187 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga.

More information from visitwagga.com.

Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

Cork & Fork Fest

Hosted by Borambola Wines, Cork & Fork Fest is a twilight food festival held outdoors at Wagga Beach—it’s all about food, wine and good times with friends and family.

Take along a picnic blanket or chair and enjoy live music and a glass of Borambola Wine, Tuckerbox hoppy lager beer or apple cider.

As for the ‘fork’ part? You’ll enjoy locally-made Modern Australian, Malaysian, confectionery, Syrian, pizza and more!

Happening from 5:30pm to 9:30pm every Friday in October. More information at visitwagga.com.

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.

Light The Night 2017

Join an inspiring lantern walk – Light The Night 2017 – along the Kingston Foreshore on Friday 13 October. It’s going to be a wonderful evening for the whole family.

Today another 35 Australians will be told they have blood cancer. In this darkest moment, they are not alone.

By raising money and carrying a lantern at a Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night event you can light the way for them.

Together we can provide support and services to beat their blood cancer.

Food and beverage outlets available for purchase on the night. Merchandise stalls, First Aid and public amenities available.

  • 5.30pm: Event opens, collect lanterns
  • 6pm: Onstage entertainment
  • 7.15pm: Lantern ceremony and Light The Night walk
  • 8.30pm: Event close

Happening from 5.30pm on Friday 13 October at Eastlake Parade. Click here to register and donate.

Please note, this is a pet free event. 

Oktoberfest Parklands

From the team that brought you The Commons Street Feast, Kicks Entertainment is bringing a huge stein of Bavarian tradition to Canberra like it’s never been done before! It’s Oktoberfest, all dressed up!

Oktoberfest Parklands will transform Patrick White Lawns in the Parliamentary Triangle into a massive lakeside Volksfest celebration with Craft Beer Halls, Bavarian Food Truck Village, Oompah bands, DJs, traditional dancers, sideshow alley, rides and amusements! 

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without some epic music, so Australia’s favourite party band, Furnace and the Fundamentals will be performing in the beer hall! From The Beatles to Beyoncé, Michael Jackson to Mark Ronson, Queen to Daft Punk and everything in between, this band is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Think Kranski, Pork knuckles, Pretzels and steins of beer (plus German wines and other drinks of course), all while singing a German Oompahpah in a huge Beer Hall and across the beautiful waterside parklands just minutes from Civic.

Plus, book a Beer Kellner to make your day a breeze with VIP service! They’ll reserve a table for you and your friends, take your food and drink orders and deliver right to you.

Tickets get you entry, wunderbar entertainment, a commemorative Oktoberfest Parklands Beer Stein and your first drink is on us! PROST!

So don your lederhosen or dirndl & kommt spaß machen!

Happening Saturday 14 October from 12pm at the Patrick White Lawns, Parkes. Find more information via the website and buy tickets via Moshtix now.

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.

DEMOCRACY IN FLOWER AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Spring has sprung in Canberra, and Parliament House is once again opening its courtyards and gardens to the public.

The Australian Parliament House 2017 Spring Program features two events, coinciding with two of Canberra’s most anticipated festivals.

Democracy in Flower, coinciding with Floriade, is a celebration of all things floral around Parliament House. The event features tours of Parliament House’s private courtyards and gardens, run by our brilliant tour guides.

Meet the Gardener tours are a great opportunity to ask questions to some of Australia’s best gardeners, and finish with morning or afternoon tea at the Queen’s Terrace Café.

Finally, Democracy in Flower features the return of the much-loved Spring Tea in the Garden – an exclusive opportunity to enjoy sweet and savoury treats in the gardens of Parliament House.

The Democracy in Design event, timed to complement the DESIGN Canberra Festival, will feature a new building tour focusing on design and architecture, as well as the launch of a new art installation featuring new artworks incorporating leather-bound volumes of Hansard.

For more information about the 2017 Spring Program, or to book tickets, visit aph.gov.au/Spring.

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

Find more information here.

OPERATION S**T YOUR PANTS

Ever wondered what a ghost train would be like without the train? Welcome to “Operation Shit Your Pants”! From the creators of Operation Blackhawk comes this truly spine chilling event. With movie grade special effects and props, you will be immersed into an interactive, cinematic zombie/horror experience.

THE MISSION
Once on site you’ll be directed to a safe zone and issued a brief. The brief explains how the day works and what’s involved. Once completed you’ll leave the safe zone and onto a 200 acre pine plantation that’s been transformed into a fully immersive horror set from hell, full of zombies, walking dead, special effects, and spine chilling surprises. A course route guides you through the forest and a series of horror stations which play havoc on your senses, imagination and fear of the unknown. This is a walk at your own pace event with the option to do the course dressed as a member of the walking dead or straight human form.

On 7 October, first wave starting at 8.30am at Paintball Sports ACT, 600 Pialligo Ave, Canberra. Entry is $67.00. Visit the website for more information: www.operationblackhawk.com/op-syp/

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.

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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 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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Light The Night 2017

Join an inspiring lantern walk – Light The Night 2017 – along the Kingston Foreshore on Friday 13 October. It’s going to be a wonderful evening for the whole family.

Today another 35 Australians will be told they have blood cancer. In this darkest moment, they are not alone.

By raising money and carrying a lantern at a Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night event you can light the way for them.

Together we can provide support and services to beat their blood cancer.

Food and beverage outlets available for purchase on the night. Merchandise stalls, First Aid and public amenities available.

  • 5.30pm: Event opens, collect lanterns
  • 6pm: Onstage entertainment
  • 7.15pm: Lantern ceremony and Light The Night walk
  • 8.30pm: Event close

Happening from 5.30pm on Friday 13 October at Eastlake Parade. Click here to register and donate.

Please note, this is a pet free event. 

Palliative Care ACT’s Annual Fundraising Gala

Palliative Care ACT has been supporting people at end of life and their carers for over 30 years. This support takes the form of volunteers who visit the terminally ill in the hospice, in their home, at a residential aged care facility and even in the Canberra Hospital to assist with a multiplicity of services. It might be to take the patient to a medical appointment, take them on an outing, read to them, make a cuppa, provide a hand or foot massage, write up a life story or give the carer a few hours off.

Palliative Care’s recent fundraising efforts have been directed towards training volunteers to support people in their home. Research shows that over 70 percent of people would like to die at home but only 14 percent do so. It costs around $2000 to train each volunteer.

To help support this amazing work, Palliative Care ACT is holding its annual fundraising dinner at the Canberra Southern Cross Club on Saturday 14 October starting at 6.30pm.

Tickets are $75.00 and are available via Eventbrite.

BALGO

This exhibition is part of a fundraising event held by local financial planners, Milestone Financial, in support of Hartley Lifecare, a Canberra charity providing services and supported accommodation for people in Canberra with complex disabilities.  Canberra stylists, Sold on Styling and interior design company Tango and James, are also sponsors of the event, and will create ‘rooms’ within the space to show that Indigenous art can form the basis of a vibrant and compelling interior design. A cocktail party, commencing at 6pm will be held to celebrate the opening of the exhibition which offers art lovers a unique opportunity to purchase Indigenous art from Balgo Hills, Western Australia.

On Friday 13 October at 6pm at East Space Gallery on Lake Burley Griffin (next to Water’s Edge restaurant). Tickets are $50 per person and include a light supper and drink on arrival.  Visit the website for more information: www.jaktmangallery.com.au

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.

PARIS SUR SEINE: FROM THE OLD DOCKS TO PARIS PLAGES

Don’t miss out on the exclusive exhibition, Paris Sur Seine: from the old docks to Paris Plages, in Canberra!

This fabulous exhibition highlights the special relationship between Parisians and the Seine River with over 40 fascinating historic images and photographs.

Travel through time in Paris and discover the multi-faceted Seine River and its evolution over 3 centuries.

The opening night includes a free buffet, and all are welcome!

Happening Thursday 12 October from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at Telopea Park School, 25 New South Wales Crescent, Barton.

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 until 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.

BALGO

This exhibition is part of a fundraising event held by local financial planners, Milestone Financial, in support of Hartley Lifecare, a Canberra charity providing services and supported accommodation for people in Canberra with complex disabilities.  Canberra stylists, Sold on Styling and interior design company Tango and James, are also sponsors of the event, and will create ‘rooms’ within the space to show that Indigenous art can form the basis of a vibrant and compelling interior design. A cocktail party, commencing at 6pm will be held to celebrate the opening of the exhibition which offers art lovers a unique opportunity to purchase Indigenous art from Balgo Hills, Western Australia.

On Friday 13 October at 6pm at East Space Gallery on Lake Burley Griffin (next to Water’s Edge restaurant). Tickets are $50 per person and include a light supper and drink on arrival.  Visit the website for more information: www.jaktmangallery.com.au

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.

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.

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 nma.gov.au/songlines 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 the Museum’s 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 craftact@craftact.org.au or call 6262 9333 for more information.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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

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

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

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

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

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

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

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

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

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

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

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find more information on the website.

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

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

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

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

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

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

ART IS A WEAPON

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

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

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

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

Feature image: Martin Ollman

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