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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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12 THINGS NOT TO MISS

Jamila Rizvi. Credit: Daniel Spellman.

BOOK TALK: WELCOME TO THE MOTHERHOOD

What secrets do you wish you’d known about life with a newborn? Jamila Rizvi, editor of The Motherhood, leads a lively and honest discussion with contributors Lanai Scarr, Emma MacDonald and Anna Rose about their experiences as new mothers.

In association with Penguin Random House.

Happening Thursday 17 May from 6pm-8pm at The National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Canberra Centre’s Five-Step Style Transformation Workshop with Fiona Keary

On Sunday 20 May join Canberra Centre as it hosts local stylist and creator of Style Liberation ­– Fiona Keary – for her Five-Step Style Transformation Workshop.

Sit back and relax in style with champagne and canapes and hear Fiona’s top tips and tricks for mastering the latest autumn-winter style trends.

Kicking off from 11 am at the City Walk Entrance (next to David Jones), you can enjoy a fine display of Canberra Centre’s most fashionable labels and walk away with the best style advice for this season.

Happening Sunday 20 May from 11 am at Canberra Centre.

To purchase your ticket, visit canberracentre.com.au.

QUIET FAITH

Contemporary Christianity is far more complex than Fred Nile and Tony Abbott would like us to think. The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism and intolerance. In a gentle exploration of faith, the words of everyday Christians are woven into this verbatim theatre work, their views taken from hours of interviews.

Quiet Faith asks the audience to listen, to occasionally sing and pray. Above all it asks them to look at the face of Christianity today, and to wonder why new faith-based social movements such as Love Makes A Way, who actively campaign against government policies, go unreported.

From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams (Smurf in Wanderland, Grace Under Pressure, The Table of Knowledge), comes a surprising journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful.
Quiet Faith offers a beautiful, immersive and heartfelt portrait of the different ways that faith can underpin civic life.

Happening Tuesday 15 May to Friday 18 May at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

Fame: The Musical

Based on the beloved TV show and motion picture FAME – The Musical tells the story of the High School of Performing Arts in New York where students go to learn the craft of acting, music and dance.

The forefather of shows such as High School Musical, Glee and the upcoming Rise, FAME has proven that it’s characters and songs really will ‘live forever’.

Featuring a mix of Canberra’s up and coming and best-loved performers, with a finale that will blow your mind, FAME is a must-see musical of 2018.

Happening from 11-26 May at The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

AUDIENCE ADVICE: suitable for 16+ years – references to sex and drugs.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is back in full swing for their winter series. This will be the place to be every Friday for fabulous food, fun, music and drinks.

Throughout the month of May, there will be winter inspired drinks including bourbon and whiskey. Not a bourbon and whiskey fan? Not to worry, there will be plenty of other drinks to choose from. Additionally, there will be more themes throughout the course of the year.

This will be an indoor event located in the Hoi Polloi Restaurant.

Happening every Friday until 25 May from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

For further information contact [email protected], call 6261 7200 or visit the website.

Blanc de Blanc

From the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour Blanc de Blanc is the sell-out sensation, delighting audiences from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End. Now it’s Canberra’s turn for a seductive, immersive and naughty night out inside the Fortuna Spiegeltent.

Blanc de Blanc serves a blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Bringing the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world into a wild, shimmering night – anticipate big moves, great tunes, lots of skin, and more than a few surprises.

Blanc de Blanc is the headline show of Spiegeltent Canberra presented by Strut & Fret in association with Canberra Theatre Centre. The full Spiegeltent Canberra program, featuring some of the best nationally and internationally touring cabaret, comedy, can be found here.

Happening until 20 May at the Fortuna Spiegletent , Canberra Theatre Centre.

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: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

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.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Happening Friday 30 March until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

SPACE DESCENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in an awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia.

Book your session online now: nma.gov.au/space.

FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN DINNER

On Thursday, Canberra Institute of Technology Event Management students present Fight Like a Woman. Canberra stalls with products, advice, networking, canapes, 2-course lunch, speakers, raffle, silent auction and live entertainment – all in the name of Pink Ribbon.

Visit stalls which include products, services or advice from women that own or operate a business in Canberra. Listen to live singers, help us raise $2, 000.00 for Pink Ribbon, buy tickets to attend, join in the raffle, bid in the silent auction or donate. Let’s help women find the strength to go on day to day and to help their future become a reality.

Your involvement would help highlight how important this cause is for the future of woman in Canberra and how important it is to FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN.

As readers of HerCanberra we offer you $10.00 off VIP Tickets ($75.00 + booking fees) which include 2 canapés, 2 course dinner (main and dessert) and a gift bag (cards/pamphlets from stalls, pink ribbon, pink ribbon pen, pink nail polish, VIP seating and 1 drink voucher), offer code HERCANBERRA2018.

Happening Thursday 24 May from 6 – 9 om pm at Canberra Institute of Technology, K Block, Level 2, 37 Constitution Ave, Reid ACT 2612

Dress: Smart Casual.

Book via Eventbrite. Find more information here.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

CHINESE HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE, CASINO CANBERRA

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

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.

FOOD & DRINK

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is back in full swing for their winter series. This will be the place to be every Friday for fabulous food, fun, music and drinks.

Throughout the month of May, there will be winter inspired drinks including bourbon and whiskey. Not a bourbon and whiskey fan? Not to worry, there will be plenty of other drinks to choose from. Additionally, there will be more themes throughout the course of the year.

This will be an indoor event located in the Hoi Polloi Restaurant.

Happening every Friday until 25 May from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

For further information contact [email protected], call 6261 7200 or visit the website.

SOME OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST WINEMAKERS ARE COMING TO CANBERRA

Clear your palate, because 20 of Australia’s best names in wine including Gwyneth Olsen, Nick Badrice and Stefano de Pieri are coming to Canberra in May to serve up a wide range of award-winning wines.

The annual Cellarmasters’ Canberra Meet the Makers wine tasting event is where wine lovers can sample up to 60 prized wines and meet their makers.

“This is a great opportunity to meet the winemakers behind your favourite wines, and a unique chance to taste wines you might never have tried otherwise. Who knows, you might even find a couple of new favourites,” said Christine Rickets, Cellar Director at Cellarmasters.

Happening Friday 18 May from 6pm-8:30pm at QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

VYBZ FRIDAYS

Do you love Dancehall, Soca, Reggae, Afrobeats and Afropop?

Join Vybz Entertainment one Friday a month, for an Afro-Caribbean Takeover!

With Canberra’s best DJ’s, and interstate guests joining Treehouse each month, you can expect to dance all night long to Non-Stop Afrobeats, Dancehall, Soca and Reggaeton!Making use of Treehouse’s Maple Bar, there are both General Admission and VIP Tickets available.

Starting Friday 18 May at Treehouse Bar, 32 Northbourne Avenue, City.

See the website for more information.

FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN DINNER

Canberra Institute of Technology Event Management students presents Fight Like a Woman Dinner. Canberra stalls with products, advice, networking, canapes, 2-course lunch, speakers, raffle, silent auction and live entertainment – all in the name of Pink Ribbon.

Visit stalls which include products, services or advice from women that own or operate a business in Canberra. Listen to one of their own live singers, help them raise $2, 000.00 for Pink Ribbon, buy tickets to attend, join in the raffle, bid in the silent auction or donate. Let’s help women find the strength to go on day to day and to help their future become a reality.

Your involvement would help highlight how important this cause is for the future of woman in Canberra and how important it is to FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN.

As readers of HerCanberra we offer you $10.00 off VIP Tickets ($75.00 + booking fees) which include 2 canapés, 2 course dinner (main and dessert) and a gift bag (cards/pamphlets from stalls, pink ribbon, pink ribbon pen, pink nail polish, VIP seating and 1 drink voucher), offer code HERCANBERRA2018.

Happening Thursday 24 May from 6 – 9 pm at Canberra Institute of Technology, K Block, Level 2, 37 Constitution Ave, Reid ACT 2612

Dress: Smart Casual.

Book via Eventbrite. Find more information here. 

TIPSY TEA AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM

It’s always time for tea at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, Tipsy Tea that is! Kicking off from two every Saturday and Sunday, Tipsy Tea is perfect for those seeking a little adventure.

Tipsy Tea (65 pp), in true White Rabbit style combines classic high tea flare with signature concoctions encouraging the curious to explore their senses. To eat, you are greeted by a 3- tier platter with an array of flavoursome bites including; spiced pork sausage rolls, smoked salmon and cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches and semi-dried tomato and caramelised onion tarts. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try the sour rhubarb and marshmallow tarts or the delightful dark chocolate and peanut brownies topped with caramel icing.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, 65 Northbourne Avenue, City.

Book your table via [email protected] or on (02) 6257 7779.

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
•  Wednesdays 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 websitefor 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.

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: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

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.

GARDEN BAR HAPPY HOUR

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

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.

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 AND THEATRE

Image credit: Heidrun Lohr

QUIET FAITH

Contemporary Christianity is far more complex than Fred Nile and Tony Abbott would like us to think. The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism and intolerance. In a gentle exploration of faith, the words of everyday Christians are woven into this verbatim theatre work, their views taken from hours of interviews.

Quiet Faith asks the audience to listen, to occasionally sing and pray. Above all it asks them to look at the face of Christianity today, and to wonder why new faith-based social movements such as Love Makes A Way, who actively campaign against government policies, go unreported.

From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams (Smurf in Wanderland, Grace Under Pressure, The Table of Knowledge), comes a surprising journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful.
Quiet Faith offers a beautiful, immersive and heartfelt portrait of the different ways that faith can underpin civic life.

Happening Tuesday 15 May to Friday 18 May at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

Fame: The Musical

Based on the beloved TV show and motion picture FAME – The Musical tells the story of the High School of Performing Arts in New York where students go to learn the craft of acting, music and dance.

The forefather of shows such as High School Musical, Glee and the upcoming Rise, FAME has proven that it’s characters and songs really will ‘live forever’.

Featuring a mix of Canberra’s up and coming and best-loved performers, with a finale that will blow your mind, FAME is a must-see musical of 2018.

Happening from 11-26 May at The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

AUDIENCE ADVICE: suitable for 16+ years – references to sex and drugs.

SPIEGELTENT

Starting this month, Spiegeltent Canberra will be set up in Civic Square, featuring some of the best nationally and internationally touring cabaret, comedy, music and dance shows around.

The highlight performance of the program comes from the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour. BLANC de BLANC is a sell-out sensation, delighting audiences from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End. Now it’s Canberra’s turn for a seductive, immersive and naughty night out inside the Fortuna Spiegeltent.

BLANC de BLANC is happening on select dates from Thursday 26 April- Sunday 20 May. See the website for ticketing and more information on this stand out show.

The Spiegeltent will also be hosting a whole array of other outstanding performances that are not to be missed! The full program can be viewed on Spiegeltent’s website.

Spiegeltent is happening until Sunday 20 May at Civic Square, London Circuit.

Never Trust a Creative City

From 16 to 20 May, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres announce the Canberra season of Never Trust a Creative City, an Australian theatre work created and performed by Emma McManus and Maria White. Never Trust a Creative City premiered at Melbourne’s Festival of Live Art in March.

A little bit TED talk, a little bit buddy comedy and a little bit dystopian science fiction, Never Trust a Creative City untangles the complex relationship between artists and gentrification. Laugh, rail and weep with McManus and White as they embark on a comedic journey through rising rents, social dislocation, arts-led urban renewal, pop-up galleries and really dumb things on the internet.

Disillusioned with the state of arts funding, the dismantling of public services and art history’s problematic narratives, McManus and White inject a healthy dose of feminist chutzpah and attempt to unravel the terrible formula: art + city = gentrification. Inviting audiences into both circular reasoning and ethical quandaries, Never Trust a Creative City steps beyond the creative precinct to expose the gentrification of our minds, bodies and behaviours.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website.

Autumn Revel

Revel in art, dance, performance, music, local food, design and … AUTUMN!

AUTUMN REVEL is Canberra’s free family fantastic festival on 19 May featuring live bands & DJs, public art, performance, artists open studios, kids dance classes, food stalls, makers market, art exhibitions, scavenger hunt, instrument making and zine workshops all nourished from 11am to 4pm by local food, wine and beer. AUTUMN REVEL is an Ainslie+Gorman and Founders Lane Partnership Event. More info via the website.

TEX PERKINS – THE MAN IN BLACK

Tex Perkins needs no introduction to Australian audiences, a legend within the Aussie music industry he is revered as one of the country’s rock n’ roll outlaws. There are few artists within Australia who can translate the work of The Man in Black and bring it to modern day like Tex Perkins. His reverence for Johnny Cash’s career is evident in the way he approaches every song. It is said his affinity with Johnny Cash started in his earliest band and is an enthusiasm he hasn’t relinquished. After fronting The Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon and touring with Tex, Don and Charlie and The Dark Horses, Tex Perkins has had an incredible and varied music career.

Happening Wednesday 16 May from 8pm-10:30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUSTRALIAN SERIES

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra presents the first of three concerts of cutting-edge classical Australian music specifically tailored to create a musical landscape for three exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, reflecting the emotional, physical and abstract themes they contain.
Portraits at an Exhibition. The SCM Saxophone Orchestra explores new sounds, colours and instrumental combinations.Happening Thursday 17 May 6:30am-7:30pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

SPIEGELTENT: THE BLACK SORROWS

Led by ARIA Hall of Famer and onstage powerhouse, Joe Camilleri, The Black Sorrows are multi-platinum Australian icons with a 30 year history.

Throughout their careers, The Sorrows have earned fans across the globe with hits like Hold On To Me, Harley & Rose, Chained To The Wheel, and The Chosen Ones. Led by ARIA Hall of Famer and onstage powerhouse, Joe Camilleri, the band continues to impress audiences internationally.

Happening Thursday 17 May from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

JOSEPH TAWADROS TRIO

Joseph Tawadros AM is a 4-times ARIA award winning master of the Oud, a Middle Eastern lute. In his trio are Matt McMahon – one of Australia’s finest jazz pianists and James Tawadros – his brother and a virtuoso player of Egyptian percussion.

Expect a thrilling mix of Middle Eastern, jazz, traditional sounds and contemporary innovations, including music from Joseph’s new album The Bluebird, the Mystic and the Fool.

Happening Friday 18 May 7:30pm-9pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City.

See the website for more information.

CANBERRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA: CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

Canberra Youth Orchestra will perform upbeat classical music children will love, in this concert at the High Court of Australia aimed at children young and old. Including Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker Suite, Bizet’s Habanera and Toreador Song from Carmen suite no 2 and the iconic William Tell Overture, this mini-concert will be enjoyed by all!

Music For Canberra’s flagship ensemble, the Canberra Youth Orchestra is the premier youth symphony orchestra in the ACT and wider region, bringing together the region’s finest young musicians and conducted by award-winning Canberran, Leonard Weiss. Music For Canberra is a community music school providing excellence and accessibility in music to a broad range of clients including children from 18 months, those living with disability, through to adults and active seniors. As a not-for-profit key arts organisation supported by ArtsACT and the Snow Foundation, Music For Canberra encourages people of any age and any background to experience the benefits music can offer.

Happening Sunday 20 May from 1:30pm-2:30pm at the High Court of Australia, 40 Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

SPIEGELTENT: BLANC DE BLANC

From the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour Blanc de Blanc is the sell-out sensation, delighting audiences from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End. Now it’s Canberra’s turn for a seductive, immersive and naughty night out inside the Fortuna Spiegeltent.

Blanc de Blanc serves a blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Bringing the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world into a wild, shimmering night – anticipate big moves, great tunes, lots of skin, and more than a few surprises.

Blanc de Blanc is the headline show of Spiegeltent Canberra, which is presented by Strut & Fret in association with Canberra Theatre Centre.

Happening until Sunday 20 May at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

“Things for Strings” concert

On Wednesday 16 May 2018 from 12.40 to 1.20pm the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Concert series is delighted to present talented young violin and viola students from the Studio of the distinguished violinist Barbara Jane Gilby performing works from the Baroque, Romantic and contemporary eras.

Happening Wednesday 16 March from 12.40-1.20pm at the Wesley Music Centre, Barton.

No bookings required. Tickets at the door. Find more information via the website.

NANCYE HAYES AND TODD MCKENNEY IN BOSOM BUDDIES

Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney in Bosom Buddies; the music, the stories and the laughs that stopped the show.

She is Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre. He is Australia’s favourite song and dance man. Together on stage, these two stars are shining brightly.

Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney are pals, chums, bosom buddies. In this new show, they reflect on their stage careers and their life in showbiz. They sing, they dance, they reminisce − about the lows as well as the highs. They tell back stage stories never before told and they show video footage never before seen. This true story is, in turns, moving, poignant and hilarious. As part of each performance the audience is invited to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask. Answers guaranteed!

Happening Monday 21 May to Tuesday 22 May at The Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

Euphonics May Concert

Most people love a bit of a capella. Beautiful melodies, tight harmonies and a feeling you just don’t get from instrument supported singing. Canberra is fortunate to have many talented vocal ensembles worth watching and Euphonics is one you may not have seen yet.

Forming in 2016, Euphonics have been building a solid presence in Canberra, with performances at local festivals and events both public and private. A popular act at the Merimbula Jazz Festival, they are worth taking the time to see.

Euphonics host two concerts each year and the next one is on Sunday May 20 at the Kippax  Uniting Church in Holt. At $10 per ticket or $5 concession, you’ll be treated to an affordable evening of entertainment and the joy of supporting local artists.

Tickets will be available at the door, but seating is limited. To avoid disappointment you can pre-purchase online or RSVP through Facebook or email. More information on how to do so is available on the Euphonics website events page.

ARMS AND THE MAN

A George Bernard Shaw classic, presented by Canberra REP. A tale which showcases Shaw’s wit and intelligence, along with his humanity and strong social conscience. Underneath the veneer of romance and ideals there is so much more.

Happening from Thursday 17 May to Saturday 1 June at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton.

See the website for more information.

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD

The Australian National Eisteddfod’s annual Bands & Orchestras event features 87 groups from Canberra and interstate. Come and hear around 2,000 established and developing performers play in Llewellyn Hall (ANU) in school, youth and adult groups. Includes a wide range of school, concert, and brass bands, orchestras and instrumental ensembles. Each section is followed by adjudicator comments and awards.

Happening Thursday 17 May until Tuesday 22 May at Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place, City.

See the website for more information.

FILM

Via nfsa.gov.au.

Broken Melodies: Jazz on Screen

From 6 – 25 May, the National Film and Sound Archive will celebrate the role of jazz in film and TV.

Love it or loathe it, you might be surprised by just how much jazz features on our screens. Broken Melodies: Jazz on Screen presents everything you need to begin or expand your love affair with this revolutionary musical genre. As well as showcasing classic films from directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Rolf de Heer and Woody Allen, the season features two live performances.

Tickets are $15/$13 for individual sessions, $60/50 for season passes. More information here.

FESTIVALS 

Image: VisitCanberra

HERITAGE FESTIVAL: TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE AND NAMADGI NATIONAL PARK

From April to May Namadgi & Tidbinbilla celebrate history and heritage with immersive and interpretive activities stepping you back in time to experience the lives of those who lived, thrived and explored here. Check out the Explore Program on the Tidbinbilla website for festival activities at both sites.

Happening Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Paddys River Road, Paddys River, ACT.

See the website for more information.

MARKETS

CANBERRA WOOL EXPO AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Wool is timelessly popular. Just ask the many craftspeople from Canberra, the region and interstate who come to create, demonstrate and sell this most fabulous of fibres. That’s why this year the Celebration of Wool is over two big days!

It’s a great weekend to meet and speak with wool producers, craftspeople and artists, view hand spinning, learn about hand felting and watch weaving. For the first time ever, this year’s wool days will also feature Makers’ Workshops in crochet and knitting as well as some seriously good wool demonstrations by people who love to knit, felt, design and make homewares.

What might you find? If it can be created in wool, you may just find it at the markets. Browse and buy hand felted garments and accessories, designer knitwear, millinery, weavings, funky beanies and farm label knitwear. There’s also a vast array of woollen yarns, including hand spun and hand dyed yarns.

Happening Saturday 19 May and Sunday 20 May from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

Hartley Hall Markets

You’ll have so much to choose from such as; unique gifts, artwork, home baked goods, dog/cat beds and treats, plants, jewellery, fresh produce, woodwork, crafts and much more – over 200 stalls!

Enjoy the lovely rustic atmosphere where you will find live music, great food and plenty of entertainment for the children to enjoy such as a petting zoo, pony rides, jumping castle, face painting and a giant slide.

Entry is by gold coin donation or our new Tap and Go donation devise and all of the proceeds from the Hartley Hall Markets are contributed to Hartley Lifecare which provides accommodation, respite, community services and assisted technology to people with physical and complex disabilities living in the ACT and surrounding regions.

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.

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 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.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Canberra Centre’s Five-Step Style Transformation Workshop with Fiona Keary

On Sunday 20 May join Canberra Centre as it hosts local stylist and creator of Style Liberation ­– Fiona Keary – for her Five-Step Style Transformation Workshop.

Sit back and relax in style with champagne and canapes and hear Fiona’s top tips and tricks for mastering the latest autumn-winter style trends.

Kicking off from 11 am at the City Walk Entrance (next to David Jones), you can enjoy a fine display of Canberra Centre’s most fashionable labels and walk away with the best style advice for this season.

Happening Sunday 20 May from 11 am at Canberra Centre.

To purchase your ticket, visit canberracentre.com.au.

BOOK TALK: WELCOME TO THE MOTHERHOOD

What secrets do you wish you’d known about life with a newborn? Jamila Rizvi, editor of The Motherhood, leads a lively and honest discussion with contributors Lanai Scarr, Emma MacDonald and Anna Rose about their experiences as new mothers.

In association with Penguin Random House.

Happening Thursday 17 May from 6pm-8pm at The National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

BLAST OFF! Book Launch

Do you have children who love Space? Bring them along for some fun astronaut training followed by a exciting adventure around Space as Shelly Unwin reads her new book Blast Off! at Harry Hartog in Woden on 19 May at 11.30am.

There will be Space based art and craft as well as the opportunity for parents to learn a bit about what goes into publishing a picture book like Blast Off! with one of Australia’s most renowned publishers Penguin Random House. More info via the website.

PORTRAIT ENCOUNTER

Meet for conversation and sharing of ideas around selected portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

Happening Thursday 17 May from 1pm-2pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

David Morris Three Time Olympian Public Presentation

David Morris made history at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games when he became Australia’s first male to win an Olympic aerials medal. Having made the four-man ‘Super Final’, Morris landed his quad twisting somersault to score 110.41 and take home the silver medal behind Anton Kushnir from Belarus. Following Sochi, Morris took a year off from the sport – however, he soon decided to return for his third Olympic Games, this time at PyeongChang 2018. At the 2018 Games, Morris finished 10th in the men’s aerials which saw the 33- year-old narrowly miss out on progressing to the second round. He will be making a public presentation on May 16 at the AIS at 5.00pm, sharing his positive messages of dedication, hard work, and resilience with representing Australia on the world stage. Grab a photo with David after his presentation.

All are welcome. Gold Coin Entry on the day per person but bookings are essential –

Happening Wednesday 16 May from 5 pm at the AIS. Book at trybooking.com/VIQG.

Pint of Science

Pint of Science is a charity run by volunteers that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don’t need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them). The festival started in the UK and runs every May in nearly 300 cities across 21 different countries – including Australia!

Happening across the cities favourite pubs from 14 to 16 May.

More info via the website.

HYPERCONNECTED

Celebrate International Museum Day 2018 by connecting with us virtually on a live highlights tour – ask questions, see the Collection and hear some of the portrait stories.

Happening Friday 18 May 10am-10:30pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

RENDEZVOUS WITH ART

Enjoy refreshments in the NGA café before joining Gallery guides to discuss selected works of art. Groups will be met by their guide at the front desk.

Happening Monday 14 May from 10 am to 12 pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website for more details.

Screen Print Greeting Cards with Your Own Design

Join Trove designer Rebecca of Blue Radish on 20 May for a fun morning learning how to screen print greeting cards using a process you can replicate at home. At the end of the 3 hour workshop you will take home a set of 6 screen printed greeting cards, with envelopes, in your own design to wow your family and friends.

You will use the ‘screen filler’ method to create a silkscreen stencil of your design and then print the design onto quality card. All equipment and materials will be provided plus you will go home with full and detailed instructions to repeat the process at home.

A yummy homemade morning tea will also be provided. This workshop is aimed at the complete beginner and will also suit someone with a little experience of screen printing who wants to learn the screen filler method, or just needs a refresh. Participants should be 15 years old or over.

Tickets are $75-$85, more info via Facebook.

COLONY: AUSTRALIA 1770 – 1861

Treasures Curator Nat Williams explores the items currently on loan to the National Gallery of Victoria, examining images of exploration leading to the settlement and expansion of the Australian colonies.

Happening Monday 14 May from 12.30pm-1.30pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Discover the stories behind the building on a special tour of Parliament House. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of our national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running).

We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in as places are limited to 10 participants. tours operate for 55 mins.

For security purposes, all participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation to join any behind the scenes tours or events. If you do not have these, you will be unable to participate.

Participants on a paid tour can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop on the day of the tour.

Happening until March 2019 at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill.

See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience.

Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30am
Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories.

Behind The Scenes – Thursdays at 2 pm
Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm
Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

Tours running until Thursday 31 May at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more detailed information visit the website.

ART FOR LUNCH

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection. Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening every Thursday until November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

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

MS 24 HOUR MEGA SWIM

The AIS is holding the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim. It is a fun team relay event for everyone.

With teams of up to 15 friends, you can compete for laps swum and money raised for the title of Mega Swim Champions or just get in and have some fun to support people living with multiple sclerosis! Each team must have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours.

This event is for people of all ages and abilities. Each team creates a swimming roster to suit each individual swimmer, whether it is 10 minutes of 4 hours! There is no set formula which really means anyone can take part!

Happening midday Saturday 19 May to midday Sunday 20 May.

See the website for more information.

OUTDOORS

WORLD NORDIC WALKING DAY

Why just walk when you can Nordic Walk!, the Embassy of Finland will be proudly celebrating World Nordic Walking Day with Canberra’s very own Capital Nordic Walking and partner the Heart Foundation with an all-inclusive event at our embassy in Yarralumla.

Come and make history at Australia’s first-ever Nordic Walking Race – it’s free! Join Canberra’s growing community of Nordic Walkers and learn why they have taken up one of the world’s fastest growing, super-effective and easy-to-learn health activities – that is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and exercise goals.

All welcome! Those without poles – curious to find out what all the fuss about Nordic Walking is, along with Canberra’s growing community of Nordic Walkers – strutting their stuff – demonstrating Nordic Walking in the 7km Invitation Challenge and the leisurely Social Nordic Walk and Talk stroll along the lake front.

You can learn more about Finland and Nordic Walking, with Finnish food and drinks also available for purchase. While the Nordic Walking Racers are out you can even join in a “Come and feel the Nordic Walking muscles” session. Please register on our Facebook page for all the latest updates.

Happening Saturday 19 May from 9am-12pm at the Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla.

See the website for more information.

TODDLERS TODDLE – VALOUR PARK, WATSON

A circuit of around 600 metres designed for families with kids aged from 1 to 5. We will be walking off-track in open woodland, balancing on logs, weaving through a maze of small acacias and exploring some low rocks, in the Mount Majura Nature Reserve. We will also have to climb over a fence. No need to book. Meet in the Valour Park car park, a gravel car park on the Federal Highway, Watson. As you drive south west i.e. towards Civic, it is on the left, 500 metres before the junction of Antill & the Federal Highway. Note that there is no right turn into the carpark for anyone coming from Civic. Please be ready to start walking at 10 am. Bring a snack. Organised by the Canberra Bushwalking Club. Non-members welcome; if this is your third ‘Toddle’ with the Club, it is time to join please.

Happening Friday 18 May 10am-11:30am at Valour Park, Federal Highway, Watson.

See the website for more information.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL – TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE AND NAMADGI NATIONAL PARK

From April to May Namadgi & Tidbinbilla celebrate history and heritage with immersive and interpretive activities stepping you back in time to experience the lives of those who lived, thrived and explored here. Check out the Explore Program on the Tidbinbilla website for festival activities at both sites.

Happening until Sunday 20 May at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

See the website for further details.

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 Monday 18 June at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW.

See the website for more information.

KIDS  

National Walk Safely to School Day

Primary school children across the ACT are invited to participate in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 18 May. This community initiative encourages every child to walk and commute safely to school to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

Walk Safely to School Day promotes health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for the long-term wellbeing of children.

By walking at the beginning and end of each day, children can achieve at least 60 minutes of daily exercise to help prevent obesity and other health problems.

The annual event, now in its 19th year, encourages primary school aged children to walk to and from school, not just on Friday 18 May, but every day.

Visit walk.com.au for more information.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

Ages 5-12.

Bookings are essential. Register here.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

WEE JASPER RESERVES BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS NIGHT

The team at Wee Jasper Reserves are hosting a fundraiser at Billy Grace Reserve. It will be a bonfire and fireworks night, with food stalls, entertainment and much more provided. Funds raised will be donated to foundations in honour of Duncan Waters.

For more information join yourself to the Facebook Event: Bonfire and Fireworks at Billy Grace Reserve.

Happening Saturday 19 May at Wee Jasper Reserves, Nottingham Road, NSW.

See the website for more information.

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Every year, on the third Sunday in May people gather in cities around the world at International AIDS Candlelight Memorials. The theme of this year’sInternational Candlelight Memorials is: ‘Reflecting on our past, preparing for our future.’ A theme which captures the historic yet ongoing momentum to bring awareness to the experiences of those living with HIV. The AIDS Action Council will host Canberra’s35th Candlelight Memorial at The Great Hall, University House, Australian National University on Sunday 20 May from 4 pm to 6 pm.

The Candlelight Memorial will provide a valuable opportunity for those impacted by HIV and AIDS to join in solidarity, reflect on the past and prepare for our future. Guests at the memorial will hear from the AIDS Action Council President, Dr Tim Dyke and leading HIV advocates. Sarah Feagan and Bill Paterson will share their reflections on the past and how it informs preparation for the future.

Further information on the guest speakers can be found via the website.

EXHIBITIONS

Cartier London. Necklace, 1932, special order, platinum, diamonds, emerald 8.8 cm (height at centre). Collection Cartier © Cartier Photo Vincent Wulveryck.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Happening until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Clay Stories: A Sabbia Gallery and Remote Communities Ceramic Network Touring Exhibition

The exhibition Clay Stories is to be held until Sunday 1 July, 2018 in the Strathnairn Woolshed Gallery. The official opening will take place at 2pm on Saturday 12 May. Clay Stories is a significant survey exhibition of contemporary artworks in ceramics that have been created by both highly established and emerging Indigenous artists in remote parts of regional Australia. The exhibition presents pieces that are both sculptural and vessel-based, with each body of work representative of the artist’s connection to Country and as a strong medium for storytelling.

Find out more here.

Spectrum Exhibition

From 30 April 2018 to 22 May 2018 at ANU Pop Up Gallery, Spectrum showcases the work of ANU School of Art and Design alumni exploring saturation, hue and the intricacies of colour within their art practice, and how such dynamic use of the spectrum can create atmospheric feeling within vibrational visual arenas.

Through investigation into the ways colour is expressed within a variety of mediums, we can consider the symbolic narrative the spectrum plays in our 21st century lives, and meditate upon its impact within our psyche.

Entry is free. More information here.

Still Light Exhibition

Sydney artist Jane Gerrish will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore on 12 May, 2018.

In the exhibition, entitled ‘Still Light’, Gerrish draws on her passion for research to take viewers on a journey through time. Her curiosity is infectious as a narrative rich in history and intrigue unfolds over four series’ of drawings.

Inspired by an exhibition of masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Orchard Street, New York, Gerrish follows the tradition of 17th century master studies. Paying homage to a selection of Dutch & German artists she demonstrates her own phenomenal skill with her chosen mediums of charcoal, graphite and coloured pencil.

‘Studying these artworks and interpreting the different textures of the painted compositions in charcoal proved a new artistic challenge, and a wonderful way to learn more about the genre’ – Jane Gerrish (referring to her ‘Sumptuous Series’ of still life drawings).

The exhibition will run until 24 June 2018. An opening reception will be held from 3 – 5pm on Saturday 12 May. All welcome, more information here.

 EXHIBITION ‘IN THESE HANDS: MARA NYANGANGKA’

An exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts.

The fruits of a collaboration that took place 46 years ago are the subject of a very special exhibition about Australia’s two oldest centres for craft and design – Sturt Gallery & Studios (1941) and Ernabella Arts (1948).

Forty-six years ago, five young artists from Ernabella went to Sturt as part of a residency to learn new weaving techniques. To celebrate Ernabella’s 70th birthday, In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka tells the story of that residency, its impact on subsequent generations and offers a showcase of the contemporary work in painting, ceramics and tjanpi (native grass) weaving and punu (timber) work.

In These Hands will not only tell the historical story of the link between these two famous centres, it will celebrate the long tradition of craft and design in Australia while at the same time being testament to the positive collaboration and understanding between an Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural institution sharing that same passion for ‘making’.

Happening until Saturday 30 June from 10 am – 5 pm at the Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

inTransit Art Exhibition

An exhibition of fibre arts by the untethered fibre artists inc. on Friday 11 May from 6-8pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

EXHIBITION ‘RETRACE: SABINE PAGAN’

Retrace, is a solo exhibition by contemporary jewellery designer Sabine Pagan. The exhibition will feature rings, photographs and video extending Pagan’s ongoing investigation into themes of architectural environments, place, materiality and memories.

Sabine Pagan is a Swiss‐born Australian jewellery practitioner with a career spanning over 20 years. She has worked in both Switzerland and Australia as a practicing artist and academic, completing a practice‐based PhD in 2016. In 2017, she resumed her career as a full‐time artist, dividing her time between commissions and exhibitions.

Happening until Saturday 30 June from 10 am – 5 pm at the Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

Vibrancy; A celebration of works by the late Val Fitzpatrick

On 28 November 2017 one of Strathnairn Arts long standing and dedicated members, Val Fitzpatrick passed away. Val had applied for an exhibition at Strathnairn Arts in 2018 and her proposal had been accepted. Described as an expressionist painter her love of texture fuelled by an intense interest in ancient history and mythology has resulted in a unique mixed media style use of fabric fibre applied hand coloured paper and sculptured relief is often featured throughout her work.

Happening until 27 May, 2018. Official Opening Saturday 5 May at 2 pm at Strathnairn Arts– Gallery 1 & 2, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION

A Tale of Two Villages tells the story of the Hall-Ginninderra district from Aboriginal times, through the early pioneer farming settlement at Palmerville and then Ginninderra, to the establishment of the village of Hall from 1881.

Happening from Saturday 21 April.

See the website for more information at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall.

‘The Inner Apartment’ exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art

The Inner Apartment’ – an exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art curated by Nur Shkembi will show at the Nishi Gallery.

‘The Inner Apartment’ is an exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art curated by Nur Shkembi that explores the fractured beauty of the sacred and the mundane. Featuring work by Shireen Taweel, Hoda Afshar and Leila El Rayes, ‘The Inner Apartment’ explores the ways in which ordinarily private, spiritual and deeply personal matters of the heart and mind have been turned inside-out and compelled into the public domain.

‘The Inner Apartment’ – showing at Nishi Gallery – is presented in association with the National Museum (NMA) of Australia’s exhibition ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’, and small selection of works will be on display in the NMA foyer.

Showing until Sunday 22 July. Gallery is open from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesday to Sunday at  Nishi Gallery.

Find more information via the website.

NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2018

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Showing until Sunday 17 June at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory,

See the website for more information, including tickets.

DAVID HOCKNEY: PRINTS

This not-to-be-missed exhibition draws from the National Gallery of Australia’s extensive collection of David Hockney’s works on paper, one of the largest in the world, highlighting the depth and scope of the artist’s printmaking output from 1961 to now.

Inspired by sources ranging from Pablo Picasso to Pop Art, Walt Whitman to the Brothers Grimm, and the exhilarating experience of living and working in Los Angeles for much of his career, Hockney’s prints range from using lithography and etching, photocopiers and fax machines, and – most recently — iPhones and iPads.

David Hockney: Prints is a thrilling insight into the mind of an iconic artist still searching for new ways of seeing and depiction.

On show until 27 May at the National Gallery of Australia, Orde Poynton Gallery, Level 2, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

Entry is free but see the website for more information.

AVENUES OF HONOUR

For the past nine years, Sarah Wood has been proactively raising the awareness of Australia’s unique and historic Avenues of Honour throughout Australia through photographic documentation and gallery exhibitions.

The ‘Avenues of Honour’ photographic exhibition is a national project to preserve and promote Australia’s Avenue of Honours as we commemorate the centenary of ANZAC, the Gallipoli landings and World War I.

On display in the Village Centre daily.

Happening until Sunday 27 May at National Arboretum, Forest Drive. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

‘SO YOU MIGHT KNOW EACH OTHER’: FAITH AND CULTURE IN ISLAM

View intriguing objects — from clothing and ceremonial hangings to musical instruments, armour, precious manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery — that celebrate the achievements of Muslim people across the world, their daily lives, traditions and spirituality.

Featuring collections from the Vatican Anima Mundi Museum, the Sharjah Museums Authority and the National Museum of Australia.

Happening until Sunday 22 July from 9am–5pm at National Museum of Australia, 1 Lawson Crescent, Acton. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

FREE EXHIBITIONS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parliament House we are running a jam-packed program of events, including two free exhibitions.

Exhibition: Design in a decade – The Design in a Decade – The 1980s

Step back in time with the Parliament House Art Collection as we revisit the 1980’s. Bold colours and geometric shapes abound in celebration of a rich decade in Australian art, craft and design.

Location: Exhibition area, level 1.

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.

The national referendum on 27 May 1967 was a historic one. An overwhelming majority of Australians – over 90 per cent – voted ‘Yes’ to allowing the federal government to make laws in relation to Aboriginal people and to allowing Aboriginal people to be included in the census.

In Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum, discover the historic events and strong relationships involved in making the referendum happen and explore the significance of the referendum today.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Happening until Friday 25 May at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, 18, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

THE ART OF SCIENCE: BAUDIN’S VOYAGERS 1800-1804

See exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science.

Happening until Sunday 24 June at National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

This collection exhibition draws attention to portraits of Australians whose unique life experiences symbolise social and cultural themes. The portraits attest to the facility of photographic portraiture to convey compelling psychological depth.

Happening until Friday 7 September 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

1968: CHANGING TIMES

Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll…and a missing prime minister.

1968 was momentous. A time of tumultuous world events, including the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

At home in Australia, we struggled with the fallout from the December 1967 disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt and growing unrest about conscription for overseas military service.

From Hendrix’s blistering solos and far-out fashions to a swinging counter-culture, there was a strong sense that the world was rapidly changing. Where were we headed?

The opening of the National Library’s lakeside building in Canberra in August 1968 was a moment of national pride and achievement in the midst of this turbulent time.

Revisit the 1960s as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening, and reflect on what was happening in the world, in Australia and in Canberra at the time.

Showing until Sunday 12 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

ART DECO

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian vitalism, capturing Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture, and technology.

In the 1920s, Australian artists rebelled against the austerity of World War I to create images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian Vitalism, including Rayner Hoff’s architectural frieze Deluge – stampede of the lower gods 1927, Jean Broome-Norton’s Abundance 1934 and Napier Waller’s painting, I’ll put a girdle round about the earth 1933, which captures Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture and technology. 

Showing until Monday 31 December 2018, 7 days from 10am-5pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information, see the website.

DEEDS NOT WORDS: THE BESSIE RISCHBIETH COLLECTION

National Library of Australia is proudly representing the opportunity to see the collection of Bessie Rischbieth, a prominent figure in Australian and international feminism.

During her stay in England in 1913, Bessie Rischbieth witnessed the whirlwind of the suffragettes’ struggle for the right to vote, which was then at its height.

Fascinated by the charisma of the suffragettes and their militant actions, she gathered memorabilia of the movement, building a collection of photographs, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, suffrage periodicals, postcards and correspondence. She continued to grow the collection for the remainder of her life.

Rischbieth bequeathed this ‘living memorial’ to the National Library of Australia.

Free entry.

Showing until 19 August daily from 10 am to 5 pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus.

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

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 until Friday 25 May 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.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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


 

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