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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

The Spring Forage

Come by The Forage at Little National Hotel for some of THE BEST Street Food, Beverages and Live Music Canberra has to offer.

The Forage are excited to be working with some of Canberra and the surrounding region’s best cafes, mobile food vendors and wineries.

It’s a great opportunity to discover this exciting scene of street food and experience new tastes. Even better, you get to talk to the people behind the products and discover what these amazing businesses have to offer.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 2pm-7pm at the Little National Hotel Carpark, 17 National Circuit, Barton.

Find more information here.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Happening from 20 October until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

Wanderlust 108

Wanderlust 108 combines three mindful activities—running, yoga, and meditation—in your favourite local park. Like life itself, this triathlon is all about the journey, not the final destination. It’s a celebration of the mindful movement, a chance to ground down so you can rise to even greater heights.

5K – PART 1

This is a 5K (+/-) your way, so don’t sweat it. Or do. Run or walk, prance or skip, stroll, or strut—we don’t mind. Just make it to the finish line.

YOGA – PART 2

75 minutes of DJ-powered yoga will get you in the mood to flow. That’s the Wanderlust way. Whether it’s your first or 500th time on you mat, you’ll find your true rhythm.

MEDITATION – PART 3

Bliss out in a group meditation to clear your mind, relax your body, and complete the mindful triathlon.

AND MORE!

The day doesn’t stop there. Chill out in our Kombucha Garden, stop by our Mindful Marketplace with local vendors, head to your scheduled activity, and drop by a bonus activity or two, should your heart desire.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 7am-4pm at Patrick White Lawns, Parkes.

More information at wanderlust.com. Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.

Pialligo Estate’s Meet the Maker: Lark Hill Winery

An intimate dinner showcasing the harmony between wine, food & friends.

Gather around the table with a renowned wine maker to share stories, sip wine and sample a paired sharing style menu. Pialligo Estate’s first Meet the Wine Maker event will be a night to remember.

Join Chris from Lark Hill winery and Pialligo Estate’s Sommelier Freddie Raimbaud for an educational and enlightening evening talking all things wine. Share stories and ask questions of the wine maker and get to know their vineyard philosophy and process.

Dinner includes all wine tastings plus a paired sharing menu from Pialligo Estate.

Happening Thursday 19 October from 6.30pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Pre-booking is essential via [email protected] or (02) 6247 6060.

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.

ABOVE AND BEYOND (Final week)

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

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.

Hidden Treasures – A Global Champagne Day event series

One of Australia’s foremost champagne experts – Kyla Kirkpatrick, a.k.a The Champagne Dame, is bringing her national event series to Canberra to celebrate Global Champagne Day.

Global Champagne Day is the biggest date on the international champagne calendar and is celebrated around the world in October. Every year for Global Champagne Day, The Champagne Dame celebrates her passion – creating an event series that leads champagne lovers all over Australia on an exciting path of discovery.

Highly anticipated by food and champagne lovers, HIDDEN TREASURES will explore an alluring line up of rare wines crafted by passionate growers. Kyla will help discover the hidden gems of the Champagne region and tell their unique stories. 

The partner venue for Canberra is an award-winning institution The Boathouse, where The Champagne Dame will present a dinner of five premium champagnes paired with an inspired menu, taking diners on an exquisite, multi-sensory journey and revealing the secrets behind these ‘treasures’. 

Happening Friday 20 October from 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm at The Boat House, Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton. 

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.

FUSION17

Thousands are set to descend on Wagga for this free multicultural street festival with performances from Ngaiire, Thelma Plum, Holly Throsby and Elki and entertainment by Old Spice, Stiltuesque and Melbourne-based DJs Saca La Mois, Monkey Marc and Victor Gil Gomez and community performances. The diverse range of acts celebrate the 112 countries of origin, 107 language groups and 62 faiths that make up the Wagga Wagga community, and there’s no better way to do that than by sharing food, art, music and culture.

One performance not to miss is The Bearded Bakers—these Melbourne-based multi-talented foodies are bringing their Jerusalem street food to FUSION17. Their commercial bakery—a repurposed shipping container—is adorned with street art, and the bakers spend as much time entertaining the crowds and dancing on the counter tops, as they do baking their delicious Middle Eastern dessert.

Expect eclectic performances, mouth-watering food, pop-up shops and more…

Happening Saturday 21 October from 4-9.30pm at Civic Centre Precinct, Wagga Wagga.

More information at wagga.nsw.gov.au.

From the shadows: Australia’s special forces 

Highly trained, motivated, and experienced, Special Forces can be inserted into any environment undetected, by land, sea, or air. They have been continuously deployed at home and abroad for nearly two decades, winning honours in Afghanistan, fighting in Iraq, helping establish security in East Timor, performing counter-terrorist roles in Australia, and supporting domestic security agencies.

Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) granted the Memorial unprecedented access and support in the development of this exhibition, which covers the history of Australian Special Forces from the Second World War to Afghanistan. Senior Historian and exhibition curator Dr Karl James said that working with material which has never before been displayed publicly was an extraordinary privilege. 

From the shadows, which will run for 12 months, features more than 660 objects including uniforms, equipment and gallantry awards from Australia’s elite and secretive regiments: the Special Air Service Regiment, the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. 

The exhibition also includes more than 25 interviews produced by award-winning broadcasters Chris Masters and Max Uechtritz, which give thrilling first-hand accounts of the perilous environment operators enter into, with rare, compelling insights from family members on the difficulty of being at home while Special Forces are deployed in secrecy. Members of SOCOMD have received more than 150 battlefield awards in that time, including three Victoria Crosses, Australia’s highest award for bravery.

Happening from Wednesday 18 October for 12 months at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell. 

Find more information on the website.

THE FLORIADE FRINGE

The Floriade Fringe will transform Haig Park for three huge days of theatre, art, music, food and dancing. Floriade Fringe will feature a roaring cast of local and interstate artists and performers, presented by Australia’s beloved travelling bohemian festival, The Village. Enter through the intricate gateway façade, and discover an alternative utopian environment where experimentation is the norm. The site is dotted by caravans and containers workshopping the ideas of the future. In colourful tents, experience a groundswell of artistic exuberance and expression.

Happening Thursday 19 October – Saturday 21 October from 5pm on Thursday and Friday and 1pm on Saturday at Haig Park, Braddon. Free Entry, but some ticketed events available online.

Southern Innovations Two Day Only Carpark Sale

It’s on again! Southern Innovations’ once a year, high two-day cash and carry carpark sale!

They’re’re giving Canberra access to unmissable deals on all plumbing, bathroom, kitchen and laundry products, including appliances, toilets, vanities, tapware, basins, shower, mirrors, heated towel rails, kitchen mixers, hot water heaters, water storage and much more.

Everything is reduced – excess stock, ex-display stock and unclaimed orders, and most of it at cost price or below.

Cash and credit cards only. Two days only.

Happening from 8am-2pm 20 and 21 October at Southern Innovations, 21 Lyell Street, Fyshwick.

Find out more at southerninnovations.com.au.

Dance Central: Believe

Dance Central is Canberra’s premier dance studio, bringing the energy and exhilaration of performing arts to thousands. There is no greater power than belief, the belief in the power of self and its ability to manifest all our desires.

In honour of the magical moments Dance Central students have experienced during 2017, they have dedicated their end of year show to power of Belief.

Inspired by Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Act 1 captures a physical, theatrical interpretation of Beasts remarkable transformation to learn to love again, and earn the love of Belle who he holds captive in his castle.

Igniting Act 2, senior dancers explore an array of modern dance styles in response to the overarching theme Believe.

Audience will experience performances from Dance Central’s internationally recognised and award-winning crews and troupes. Tickets move fast, don’t miss your opportunity to experience the power of Believe.

Happening 20-21 October at Canberra Theatre Centre. Purchase tickets here.

FOOD & DRINK

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Pialligo Estate’s Meet the Maker: Lark Hill Winery

An intimate dinner showcasing the harmony between wine, food & friends.

Gather around the table with a renowned wine maker to share stories, sip wine and sample a paired sharing style menu. Pialligo Estate’s first Meet the Wine Maker event will be a night to remember.

Join Chris from Lark Hill winery and Pialligo Estate’s Sommelier Freddie Raimbaud for an educational and enlightening evening talking all things wine. Share stories and ask questions of the wine maker and get to know their vineyard philosophy and process.

Dinner includes all wine tastings plus a paired sharing menu from Pialligo Estate.

Happening Thursday 19 October from 6.30pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Pre-booking is essential via [email protected] or (02) 6247 6060.

The Spring Forage

Come by The Forage at Little National Hotel for some of THE BEST Street Food, Beverages and Live Music Canberra has to offer.

The Forage are excited to be working with some of Canberra and the surrounding region’s best cafes, mobile food vendors and wineries.

It’s a great opportunity to discover this exciting scene of street food and experience new tastes. Even better, you get to talk to the people behind the products and discover what these amazing businesses have to offer.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 2pm-7pm at the Little National Hotel Carpark, 17 National Circuit, Barton.

Find more information here.

Hidden Treasures – A Global Champagne Day event series

One of Australia’s foremost champagne experts – Kyla Kirkpatrick, a.k.a The Champagne Dame, is bringing her national event series to Canberra to celebrate Global Champagne Day.

Global Champagne Day is the biggest date on the international champagne calendar and is celebrated around the world in October. Every year for Global Champagne Day, The Champagne Dame celebrates her passion – creating an event series that leads champagne lovers all over Australia on an exciting path of discovery.

Highly anticipated by food and champagne lovers, HIDDEN TREASURES will explore an alluring line up of rare wines crafted by passionate growers. Kyla will help discover the hidden gems of the Champagne region and tell their unique stories. 

The partner venue for Canberra is an award-winning institution The Boathouse, where The Champagne Dame will present a dinner of five premium champagnes paired with an inspired menu, taking diners on an exquisite, multi-sensory journey and revealing the secrets behind these ‘treasures’. 

Happening Friday 20 October from 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm at The Boat House, Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton. 

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House: Oktoberfest

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. This week is Oktoberfest.

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.

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.

WINE TASTING: ALTERNATE STYLES AND VARIETALS

Are you interested in wine and keen to try something a little left field? Join owner and winemaker Bobbie Makin for a guided tasting of his alternate styles and varietals. Each wine will be paired with a delicious morsel to enhance your tasting experience. 5 different wines will be available.

Happening Sunday 22 October from 3pm at Murrumbateman Winery, McIntosh Circuit NSW. Tickets are $20pp available through the event website.

TSG BLENDING DAY

It’s your turn to play winemaker for the day! Learn the art of blending at TSG Blending Day with winemaker Frank van de Loo as he takes you through the components of our multi award winning TSG (Tempranillo, Shiraz, Graciano). The event will begin with a tasting of the current TSG followed by each component from barrel of the as yet unblended 2017 TSG. Then it’s over to you: each table makes their own TSG blend. Each blend will then be judged by a panel including a local sommelier with a prize on offer for the best wine.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 11am-1pm at Mount Majura Vineyard, Majura. Tickets $45pp available online.

FUSION17

Thousands are set to descend on Wagga for this free multicultural street festival with performances from Ngaiire, Thelma Plum, Holly Throsby and Elki and entertainment by Old Spice, Stiltuesque and Melbourne-based DJs Saca La Mois, Monkey Marc and Victor Gil Gomez and community performances. The diverse range of acts celebrate the 112 countries of origin, 107 language groups and 62 faiths that make up the Wagga Wagga community, and there’s no better way to do that than by sharing food, art, music and culture.

One performance not to miss is The Bearded Bakers—these Melbourne-based multi-talented foodies are bringing their Jerusalem street food to FUSION17. Their commercial bakery—a repurposed shipping container—is adorned with street art, and the bakers spend as much time entertaining the crowds and dancing on the counter tops, as they do baking their delicious Middle Eastern dessert.

Expect eclectic performances, mouth-watering food, pop-up shops and more…

Happening Saturday 21 October from 4-9.30pm at Civic Centre Precinct, Wagga Wagga.

More information at wagga.nsw.gov.au

THE CANBERRA CIDER FESTIVAL

To celebrate International Apple Day, The Durham will be hosting a selection of sweet to dry ciders on tap and in bottles. 7 ciders will be on tap including Tilse’s Apple Truck Cider and Tower Cider from the Hunter Valley and several types of Cider from Apple Thief in Batlow and Willie Smith’s Cider from Tasmania.

In bottles, there will be Cider New Zealand, Gippsland in Victoria, the Adelaide Hill’s and more. Tasters of 3 ciders are $16 or 4 for $20 and there will be hearty pub food all day from Midday.

On Saturday 21 October from midday till late at The Durham Castle Arms, Green Square, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WOLLUNDRY GROVE OLIVES: FREE TOUR AND TASTINGS

If you’re fascinated by these delicious little morsels, this is the event for you.

Enjoy a leisurely day wandering the grove in a free personalised tour, followed by tasting the products grown and processed on-site.

Happening various dates across October at Wollundry Grove Olives, Wagga.

Bookings essential. More information from visitwagga.com.

GLOBAL CHAMPAGNE DAY – HIDDEN TREASURES CHAMPAGNE SERIES 2017

Global Champagne Day is a time every year when The Champagne Dame celebrates champagne, crafting a theme that leads champagne lovers all over Australia on an exciting path of discovery.

The HIDDEN TREASURES champagne series of 2017 will explore the ‘Hidden Treasures’ of Champagne – an alluring lineup of rare champagnes created by passionate growers. Working in partnership with the best restaurants in each state, the Champagne Dame will present champagnes paired with an inspired menu.

Canberra’s partner venue will be the renowned institution The Boathouse, where diners will be taken on an exquisite journey through 5 champagnes & 5 menu pairings.

On 20 October from 7:30pm – 10:30 pm at The Boathouse. Tickets are $255 per person and can be booked here: www.tickets.myguestlist.com.au/v25984019c7bfba/hidden-treasures-canberra/evs5984019c7f366/

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesday from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the 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.

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.

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 [email protected]. 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.

Dance Central: Believe

Dance Central is Canberra’s premier dance studio, bringing the energy and exhilaration of performing arts to thousands. There is no greater power than belief, the belief in the power of self and its ability to manifest all our desires.

In honour of the magical moments Dance Central students have experienced during 2017, they have dedicated their end of year show to power of Belief.

Inspired by Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Act 1 captures a physical, theatrical interpretation of Beasts remarkable transformation to learn to love again, and earn the love of Belle who he holds captive in his castle.

Igniting Act 2, senior dancers explore an array of modern dance styles in response to the overarching theme Believe.

Audience will experience performances from Dance Central’s internationally recognised and award-winning crews and troupes. Tickets move fast, don’t miss your opportunity to experience the power of Believe.

Happening 20-21 October at Canberra Theatre Centre. Purchase tickets here.

BONEY M

BONEY M (Feat. Maizie Williams) are back performing all of their Greatest Hits across Australia! The Euro Pop superstars bring with them their incredible chart-topping singles – Daddy Cool, Sunny, Ma Baker, Rivers of Babylon, Ra-Ra-Rasputin plus more Gold that is sure to have you on the dance floor! Their high energy, sing along shows feature outrageous costumes and a wicked live disco-funk backing band! With multiple sellout shows and rave reviews from their last Australian Tour, a BONEY M live show is an out of this world and unmissable experience!

Happening Wednesday 18 October from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic. Tickets start from $80pp available through event website.

CASSETTE LOUNGE

Do you still have those mix tapes you made as a teen, or audio tapes from the live concerts of your youth? Bring them along to the National Film and Sound Archive for a trip down memory lane at our inaugural Cassette Lounge!

We invite you to share the songs of your younger years in their original format, the gone-but-not-forgotten cassette tape. Refreshments will also be available.

On 19 October from 6pm – 8pm at the National Film and Sound Archives. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.nfsa.gov.au/events/cassette-lounge

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

Credit: facebook.com/pg/japanesefilmfest

Credit: facebook.com/pg/japanesefilmfest

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 until Sunday 22 October at Dendy, Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street.

See website for more information.

NFSA RESTORES: MY SURVIVAL AS AN ABORIGINAL

In this restoration of the 1979 documentary MY SURVIVAL AS AN ABORIGINAL, respected Murruwarri activist Essie Coffey invites filmmakers and audiences into her family and community of Brewarrina in north-west NSW to fight for country and culture.

On 18 October at 6.30pm at the Arc Cinema at National Film and Sound Archives. Tickets are $13 concession/$15 adult. Visit the website for more information: www.nfsa.gov.au/events/nfsa-restores-my-survival-aboriginal

FESTIVALS

Papa Laci Forage

The Spring Forage

Come by The Forage at Little National Hotel for some of THE BEST Street Food, Beverages and Live Music Canberra has to offer.

The Forage are excited to be working with some of Canberra and the surrounding region’s best cafes, mobile food vendors and wineries.

It’s a great opportunity to discover this exciting scene of street food and experience new tastes. Even better, you get to talk to the people behind the products and discover what these amazing businesses have to offer.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 2pm-7pm at the Little National Hotel Carpark, 17 National Circuit, Barton.

Find more information here.

THE FLORIADE FRINGE

The Floriade Fringe will transform Haig Park for three huge days of theatre, art, music, food and dancing. Floriade Fringe will feature a roaring cast of local and interstate artists and performers, presented by Australia’s beloved travelling bohemian festival, The Village. Enter through the intricate gateway façade, and discover an alternative utopian environment where experimentation is the norm. The site is dotted by caravans and containers workshopping the ideas of the future. In colourful tents, experience a groundswell of artistic exuberance and expression.

Happening Thursday 19 October – Saturday 21 October from 5pm on Thursday and Friday and 1pm on Saturday at Haig Park, Braddon. Free Entry, but some ticketed events available online.

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.

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.

Southern Innovations Two Day Only Carpark Sale

It’s on again! Southern Innovations’ once a year, high two-day cash and carry carpark sale!

They’re’re giving Canberra access to unmissable deals on all plumbing, bathroom, kitchen and laundry products, including appliances, toilets, vanities, tapware, basins, shower, mirrors, heated towel rails, kitchen mixers, hot water heaters, water storage and much more.

Everything is reduced – excess stock, ex-display stock and unclaimed orders, and most of it at cost price or below.

Cash and credit cards only. Two days only.

Happening from 8am-2pm 20 and 21 October at Southern Innovations, 21 Lyell Street, Fyshwick.

Find out more at southerninnovations.com.au.

MURRUMBATEMAN FIELD DAYS

Murrumbateman Field Days is a country experience for the whole family. There’ll be a special Under 5s area on the Oval with pony rides, face painting and a nearby farmyard petting zoo and bubble soccer. The Rural Fire Service will have their Inflatable Smoke House on site to demonstrate the dangers of smoke in a fire, teaching kids to Get Down Low and Go, Go, Go.
With horses, cattle, sheep, sheepdogs and alpacas there’s more than enough for kids of all ages. Discover food and wine, antique and modern farm machinery, shearing, live music, helicopter rides, animals and everything you never wanted to know (but need to) about snakes – necessary in the country! Only 30 minutes from Canberra and held annually on the third weekend of October, the Murrumbateman Field Days is community run with all profits going back to the region’s community groups.

Happening Saturday October 21 – Sunday October 22 form 8am-4pm at Murrumbateman Recreation Ground, Barton Highway NSW. Tickets available online or at event.

ST JOHN’S COMMUNITY FAIR

St John’s Community Fair has been a regular feature in the Canberra calendar since the 1930’s. It’s a traditional community fair which is jam packed full of entertainment, stalls, homemade jams and cakes, craft, books, food, plants, white elephant goods, plus lots more. Families will love the children’s activities, including jumping castles, face painting, fishing game and petting zoo. Experience all the fun of an old fashioned fair in the heart of Canberra.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 9.30am – 1.30pm at 45 Constitution Ave, Reid. Free Entry.

FUSION17

Thousands are set to descend on Wagga for this free multicultural street festival with performances from Ngaiire, Thelma Plum, Holly Throsby and Elki and entertainment by Old Spice, Stiltuesque and Melbourne-based DJs Saca La Mois, Monkey Marc and Victor Gil Gomez and community performances. The diverse range of acts celebrate the 112 countries of origin, 107 language groups and 62 faiths that make up the Wagga Wagga community, and there’s no better way to do that than by sharing food, art, music and culture.

One performance not to miss is The Bearded Bakers—these Melbourne-based multi-talented foodies are bringing their Jerusalem street food to FUSION17. Their commercial bakery—a repurposed shipping container—is adorned with street art, and the bakers spend as much time entertaining the crowds and dancing on the counter tops, as they do baking their delicious Middle Eastern dessert.

Expect eclectic performances, mouth-watering food, pop-up shops and more…

Happening Saturday 21 October from 4-9.30pm at Civic Centre Precinct, Wagga Wagga.

More information at wagga.nsw.gov.au

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

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Wanderlust 108

Wanderlust 108 combines three mindful activities—running, yoga, and meditation—in your favourite local park. Like life itself, this triathlon is all about the journey, not the final destination. It’s a celebration of the mindful movement, a chance to ground down so you can rise to even greater heights.

5K – PART 1

This is a 5K (+/-) your way, so don’t sweat it. Or do. Run or walk, prance or skip, stroll, or strut—we don’t mind. Just make it to the finish line.

YOGA – PART 2

75 minutes of DJ-powered yoga will get you in the mood to flow. That’s the Wanderlust way. Whether it’s your first or 500th time on you mat, you’ll find your true rhythm.

MEDITATION – PART 3

Bliss out in a group meditation to clear your mind, relax your body, and complete the mindful triathlon.

AND MORE!

The day doesn’t stop there. Chill out in our Kombucha Garden, stop by our Mindful Marketplace with local vendors, head to your scheduled activity, and drop by a bonus activity or two, should your heart desire.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 7am-4pm at Patrick White Lawns, Parkes. More information at wanderlust.com. Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.

Hidden Treasures – A Global Champagne Day event series

One of Australia’s foremost champagne experts – Kyla Kirkpatrick, a.k.a The Champagne Dame, is bringing her national event series to Canberra to celebrate Global Champagne Day.

Global Champagne Day is the biggest date on the international champagne calendar and is celebrated around the world in October. Every year for Global Champagne Day, The Champagne Dame celebrates her passion – creating an event series that leads champagne lovers all over Australia on an exciting path of discovery.

Highly anticipated by food and champagne lovers, HIDDEN TREASURES will explore an alluring line up of rare wines crafted by passionate growers. Kyla will help discover the hidden gems of the Champagne region and tell their unique stories. 

The partner venue for Canberra is an award-winning institution The Boathouse, where The Champagne Dame will present a dinner of five premium champagnes paired with an inspired menu, taking diners on an exquisite, multi-sensory journey and revealing the secrets behind these ‘treasures’. 

Happening Friday 20 October from 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm at The Boat House, Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton. 

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.

JOURNEYING TO THE CENTRES OF PLANETS

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to listen to some of Australia’s leading scientific minds and experience the heritage-listed Canberra icon, the Shine Dome, while you’re in the nation’s capital. The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds bimonthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind.

This year, these unique events are led by Australian researchers at the forefront of the “Dawn of the new Space Age” as we strive to learn more about our universe. Discover global science in a local forum with access like nowhere else to scientists at the cutting edge of space research. This months topic is Journeying to the centre of Planets Speaker is Dr Helen Maynard-Casely.

Happening Tuesday 17 October from 5.30pm at The Shrine Dome, Acton. Tickets are $10pp available through Eventbrite.

MICHELLE DE KRETSER: THE LIFE TO COME

In her new novel, The Life to Come, Michelle de Kretser explores the art of fiction and how art can transform and sustain, as well as belittle and betray. Her meditations on time and loss can make you laugh and even feel a little paranoid! Hear from her personally at the National Library of Australia.

Happening Monday 16 October from 6pm-8pm at the National Library, Parkes. Tickets $20pp and includes refreshments, available through event website.

GARAGE SALE TRAIL

ACT Government is bringing Garage Sale Trail to the local area. Join over 350,000 sellers and shoppers as over 2 million items are set free from cupboards, garages and sheds across the nation. For sellers it’s a free, fun and social way to de-clutter, find a home for your pre-loved stuff, meet local people and make some pocket money. Sellers can sell on one or both days.
For shoppers, it’s a great way to grab a bargain, find something unique and shop sustainably.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 7am-5pm at  multiple locations around Canberra. Further information on event website.

ETSTOCK MICROCHIP BLITZ CANBERRA

PETstock is holding its annual Microchip Blitz 21-22 October 2017 to lower the cost of the procedure and ensure more of Canberra’s pets can be easily identified if they become lost. The microchipping event will be held on Saturday October 21 and Sunday 22 at all ACT PETstock stores: Belconnen, Fyshwick and Tuggeranong.

Microchipping at the event will cost $10 per pet – just a fraction of the standard price, which can cost up to $80. Owners are encouraged to bring in dogs, cats and small animals. Unfortunately, horses, livestock, birds and reptiles will not be eligible. Pet parents are encouraged visit www.petstock.com.au from September 30 to find their nearest store and book a time slot. Times will vary from store to store.

On 21 and 22 October from 9am – 5pm at all PETstock stores Canberra – Belconnen, Fyshwick and Tuggeranong. Cost is $10 per microchipped pet. Visit the website for more information.

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.

DRAWING BIRDS

Learn how to illustrate the fluttering bird life of Jerrabomberra Wetlands in Peter Marsack’s Bird Drawing class. The perfect beginning to your weekend – surrounding yourself in nature and getting creative. This class is suitable for all drawing levels. As a internationally recognised bird artist, Peter will lift the lid on an array of drawing tips to help capture the spirit of your favourite avian. Maximum group size 12. Best suited to those aged 12 years and over.

Happening Sunday 22 October from 9.30am-12.30pm at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Fishwick. Tickets $45pp and include all materials and morning tea, available through event website.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

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.

Wanderlust 108

Wanderlust 108 combines three mindful activities—running, yoga, and meditation—in your favourite local park. Like life itself, this triathlon is all about the journey, not the final destination. It’s a celebration of the mindful movement, a chance to ground down so you can rise to even greater heights.

5K – PART 1

This is a 5K (+/-) your way, so don’t sweat it. Or do. Run or walk, prance or skip, stroll, or strut—we don’t mind. Just make it to the finish line.

YOGA – PART 2

75 minutes of DJ-powered yoga will get you in the mood to flow. That’s the Wanderlust way. Whether it’s your first or 500th time on you mat, you’ll find your true rhythm.

MEDITATION – PART 3

Bliss out in a group meditation to clear your mind, relax your body, and complete the mindful triathlon.

AND MORE!

The day doesn’t stop there. Chill out in our Kombucha Garden, stop by our Mindful Marketplace with local vendors, head to your scheduled activity, and drop by a bonus activity or two, should your heart desire.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 7am-4pm at Patrick White Lawns, Parkes. More information at wanderlust.com. Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.

NSW STATE SHOWJUMPING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT EPIC

ACT Showjump Club is a local not for profit organisation here in Canberra that has been running for over 40+ years, this year we have won the rights to host the 2017 NSW State Showjumping titles in Canberra. Jumping is undoubtedly the most popular equestrian discipline recognised internationally and is an exciting and rewarding sport for all levels and age groups. Glamour and excitement are two vital ingredients in any successful sport and showjumping is a sport full of action, excitement, dedication and glamour.

Happening Friday 20 October until Sunday 22 October from 8am-7pm at Epic, Mitchell. Free Entry.

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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FUSION17

Thousands are set to descend on Wagga for this free multicultural street festival with performances from Ngaiire, Thelma Plum, Holly Throsby and Elki and entertainment by Old Spice, Stiltuesque and Melbourne-based DJs Saca La Mois, Monkey Marc and Victor Gil Gomez and community performances. The diverse range of acts celebrate the 112 countries of origin, 107 language groups and 62 faiths that make up the Wagga Wagga community, and there’s no better way to do that than by sharing food, art, music and culture.

One performance not to miss is The Bearded Bakers—these Melbourne-based multi-talented foodies are bringing their Jerusalem street food to FUSION17. Their commercial bakery—a repurposed shipping container—is adorned with street art, and the bakers spend as much time entertaining the crowds and dancing on the counter tops, as they do baking their delicious Middle Eastern dessert.

Expect eclectic performances, mouth-watering food, pop-up shops and more…

Happening Saturday 21 October from 4-9.30pm at Civic Centre Precinct, Wagga Wagga.

More information at wagga.nsw.gov.au

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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Wanderlust 108

Wanderlust 108 combines three mindful activities—running, yoga, and meditation—in your favourite local park. Like life itself, this triathlon is all about the journey, not the final destination. It’s a celebration of the mindful movement, a chance to ground down so you can rise to even greater heights.

5K – PART 1

This is a 5K (+/-) your way, so don’t sweat it. Or do. Run or walk, prance or skip, stroll, or strut—we don’t mind. Just make it to the finish line.

YOGA – PART 2

75 minutes of DJ-powered yoga will get you in the mood to flow. That’s the Wanderlust way. Whether it’s your first or 500th time on you mat, you’ll find your true rhythm.

MEDITATION – PART 3

Bliss out in a group meditation to clear your mind, relax your body, and complete the mindful triathlon.

AND MORE!

The day doesn’t stop there. Chill out in our Kombucha Garden, stop by our Mindful Marketplace with local vendors, head to your scheduled activity, and drop by a bonus activity or two, should your heart desire.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 7am-4pm at Patrick White Lawns, Parkes. More information at wanderlust.com. Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.

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.

KIDS

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ABOVE AND BEYOND (final week)

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.

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.

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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STEP UP! FOR DOWN SYNDROME

Join members and friends around Australia as they Step Up and walk for Down syndrome awareness and celebrate the achievements of people with Down syndrome. There will be lots of fun family activities, music, dancing, a sausage sizzle, cold drinks, coffee, ice-creams and lots more.

The ACT Down Syndrome Association is a self-help organisation formed in 1987 by a group of interested parents. The aims of the Association are to provide support and information to families with a member who has Down syndrome; to promote improvements in the quality of life and to stimulate awareness within the wider community, of the very real abilities and needs of people with Down syndrome. The Association receives no government funding and is dependent upon the support of community and business groups and individuals, supplemented by fundraising activities. This event is suited to all ages.

Happening Sunday 22 October from 10am-1.30pm at Rond Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

LIFECYCLE COMMUNITY RIDE

Lifecycle Community Ride a picturesque ride around the central basin (‘two-bridges’) and/or west basin loop of Canberra’s iconic Lake Burley Griffin, whilst taking in the event HQ atmosphere. Great for social riders, families, and those aiming to achieve a personal distance challenge. Lifecycle is a community cycling event in its fifth year that raises awareness of the essential work of the Leukaemia Foundation and is raising funds towards the operation of a purpose-built Village in Canberra that will provide care and accommodation for patients from the ACT/NSW region.

Happening Saturday 21 October from 8am at Rond Terrace, Parkes. Registration from $20pp for adults and $10 for children available on the day.

HIGH TEA AT GOLD CREEK STATION

A High Tea to raise funds for JDRF. Enjoy a glass of ‘bubbles’ and a selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes, served with tea or coffee in an idyllic country setting.  Scones provided by the Gungahlin Branch of the Country Women’s Association.

Music provided by ‘Twice the SPICE’. Lucky door prize, raffle, silent auction and more! Tickets $60, to include your first glass of ‘bubbles’.

On 22 October from 1.30pm-4.00pm at Gold Creek Station, Victoria Road, Hall. Tickets are $60 and can be booked on TryBooking.

EXHIBITIONS

Sam Jinks , Woman and child 2010 (detail) silicone, pigment, resin, silk, human hair. Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the NGA.

Sam Jinks , Woman and child 2010 (detail)
silicone, pigment, resin, silk, human hair. Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the NGA.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Happening from 20 October until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

From the shadows: Australia’s special forces 

Highly trained, motivated, and experienced, Special Forces can be inserted into any environment undetected, by land, sea, or air. They have been continuously deployed at home and abroad for nearly two decades, winning honours in Afghanistan, fighting in Iraq, helping establish security in East Timor, performing counter-terrorist roles in Australia, and supporting domestic security agencies.

Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) granted the Memorial unprecedented access and support in the development of this exhibition, which covers the history of Australian Special Forces from the Second World War to Afghanistan. Senior Historian and exhibition curator Dr Karl James said that working with material which has never before been displayed publicly was an extraordinary privilege. 

From the shadows, which will run for 12 months, features more than 660 objects including uniforms, equipment and gallantry awards from Australia’s elite and secretive regiments: the Special Air Service Regiment, the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. 

The exhibition also includes more than 25 interviews produced by award-winning broadcasters Chris Masters and Max Uechtritz, which give thrilling first-hand accounts of the perilous environment operators enter into, with rare, compelling insights from family members on the difficulty of being at home while Special Forces are deployed in secrecy. Members of SOCOMD have received more than 150 battlefield awards in that time, including three Victoria Crosses, Australia’s highest award for bravery.

Happening from Wednesday 18 October for 12 months at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell. 

Find more information on the website.

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.

‘Legendary’ – a solo exhibition by Sacha Pola

A series of philosophical ruminations by Canberra artist Sacha Pola. Pola incorporates classical forms, heroes and motifs into his paintings to convey, address and question universal themes such as moderation and excess, wealth and poverty, equality and disparity, adversity and opportunity, vanity and humility.

While drawing from classicism, the works have a spontaneous energy. Everyday materials are used in their creation. Wooden boards are coated with neutral tones. Figurative silhouettes are overlaid freehand with spray paint using flashes of colour. Pseudo landscapes are constructed around the figurative elements. Narratives unfold as the work is being created. Messages and meanings reveal themselves unexpectedly.

Pola’s paintings wrestle between the classical and the contemporary highlighting that many of the social concerns mused over by early civilisations are as relevant today as they were back then.

Happening  20 October to 26 November (open Wed – Sun, 11AM – 3PM) at the Nishi Gallery, 2 Philip Law Street, NewActon. 

Find more information here

‘Famiglia: Oh Holy Father’ – solo exhibition by Chrystal Rimmer

In 2015, Chrystal Rimmer spent nine weeks at Ikuntji Artists, an aboriginal artists centre situated in MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory. The Ikuntji community instilled in her the importance of family, spirituality and understanding ancestry, and this experience sparked the creation of this new body of work, titled ‘Famiglia: Oh Holy Father’.

Rimmer embarked on a journey of self-discovery that took her to Arcade in Treviso, Italy to meet her extended family and learn about her descent. ‘Famiglia: Oh Holy Father’ is an immersive family tree – a series of paintings of relatives and sacred spaces. While figurative the works are guided more by what Rimmer felt than what she saw. Architectural elements prevalent in Rimmer’s past painting series are present in these works as abstracted habitats. These habitats reflected her mood when creating the work and are at times representational of her subject’s personality.

Chrystal Rimmer is a recent BFA graduate of the National Art School, Sydney. She lives and creates work in Merimbula – a small town on the south coast of New South Wales, a place she describes as having “limited cultural diversity”

Happening 20 October to 26 November (showing Wed – Sun, 11AM – 3PM) at the Nishi Gallery, 2 Philip Law Street, NewActon. 

Find more information here.

CHARM – STUDIO GLASS BY NICK WIRDNAM

Nick Wirdnam is a highly regarded glass artist who incorporates into his work a language of recurring symbols and motifs on which we often project a special meaning. The work in Charm – Studio Glass, explores the idea of the charm and Nick has exquisitely sculpted everyday objects that have an “historical association of good fortune, hope and consolation as amulets or lucky charms.

These charms are symbols that offer hope and protection. Nick’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Nijima Glass Art Museum (Japan).

Happening 12 – 29 October from 10am-5pm at Beaver Galleries, Deakin. Free Entry.

THE PRICE OF GOLD EXHIBITION BY STUART WHITELAW

The Belconnen Art Centre presents, The Price of Gold by Stuart Whitelaw. This exhibition is an exploration and celebration of the landscape of the Deua River. The Deua flows through wilderness and National Park providing coastal communities of Eurobodalla with water for households and for growing food. Gold mining has had a profound effect on the river since the mid nineteenth century. The Deua is slowly healing from the erosion and siltation but will the toxic legacy of a new mine reveal the true price of gold?

Happening Saturday 21 October until 12 November from 10am-4pm, Exhibition opening Friday 20 October from 5.30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre Belconnen. Free Entry.

UNEARTHED EXHIBITION BY MIRABEL FITZGERALD

The Belconnen Art Centre presents Unearthed, an exhibition by Mirabel Fitzgerald. The works are a response to living and working by the sea in the spotted gum forest of the South Coast. The images originate in descriptions of the environment although they frequently become abstracted in the studio process. A fascination with the textures that recur through the markings on trees, rocks and beach detritus, translate into various works on paper; prints. rubbings, and drawings.

Happening Saturday 21 October until 12 November from 10am-4pm, Exhibition opening Friday 20 October from 5.30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre Belconnen. Free Entry.

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.

REGIONAL ARTS TRAIL OPEN STUDIO 2017

Visit the open studio On The Arts Trail 2017 !

A wonderful opportunity to buy direct from the artists. Visit the amazing studios on the Regional Arts Trail with a large range of artisans showcasing their work.

Kathleen Rhee will be open from 10am till 4pm Saturday 21s & Sunday 22 October with a big range of affordable art on sale! Specialising in art for interiors, works on canvas and framed pieces.

Visit the website for more information: www.kathleenrhee.com.au

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 [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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

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

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

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

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

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

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

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

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

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

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

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find more information on the website.

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

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

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

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

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

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

ART IS A WEAPON

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

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

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

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

Feature image: Martin Ollman

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