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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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15 THINGS NOT TO MISS

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Crazy Horse Paris: Forever Crazy

Don’t miss the tantalising Parisian cultural cabaret phenomenon that is Crazy Horse Paris, here in Canberra for the first time with Forever Crazy. Featuring the best of acts from their legendary cabaret, Forever Crazy offers a series of highly aesthetic and visual tableaux presented by a multicultural cast of ten stunningly beautiful and classically trained dancers clad only in textured lighting and projection. Join them as they celebrate 65 years of naked couture!

Note: This show contains nudity and is not suitable for children.

Performing from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 October at Canberra Theatre Centre. More information and tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

Capital Collab

Discover what makes Wellington the coolest little capital in the world. Immerse yourself in a cultural fusion as Wellington and Canberra come together for one huge day in NewActon, for a celebration of craft beer, food, wine and music.

Wellington is bringing a renowned chef, brewer, barista, live entertainer and local winemaker to collaborate with our own local producers in a melting pot of activity.

A laneway kitchen will serve up a one-off menu from one of Wellingtons hippest restaurants, a pop up bar will serve award-winning craft beer and coffee, Canberra Wines will host tastings and NewActon’s restaurants will serve street food as a DJ and live musicians transport you to both sides of the sea.

PLUS 2 x chances to win a trip for two to Wellington’s Toast Martinborough festival worth over $2,500 each!

Happening from 12pm to 5pm in Kendall Lane, NewActon. Find out more on Facebook.

Canberra Outlet Centre Fashion Workshops

Join Centre stylist Tracey Davis & Sofia Polak from The Fashion Vault for style tips and tricks to get you shopping like a stylist:

11am – Tips to shopping outlet and finding the best buys

12.30 – Versatile pieces that will give you more options

2pm SS17 Must Haves

The Centre’s style team will teach you the must haves and tell you how to include them in your current wardrobe effortlessly.

Bookings are essential by emailing [email protected] with your name, number and the time of the workshop you would like to attend. Places are strictly limited with all registered attendees receiving  an exclusive beauty bag.

Canberra Style Market

A new and exciting event—Canberra Style Market is unique to the Canberra market scene. This event will combine fashion, beauty, style, health and wellbeing products and services within a fun, chic atmosphere.

Stalls will include: hand-picked local fashion boutiques; designers of fashion, jewellery, millinery, accessories; select ‘quality’ pre-loved stall holders by application; beauty services such as makeup, manicures; and health and wellbeing products, services and food. There’ll also be a champagne bar, coffee and food stalls, seating and live music.

Happening from 10am to 3pm this Saturday 7 October at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Visit canberrastylemarket.com.au to find out more.

Under Sedation

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

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

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

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

I don’t have time: the workshop

I Don’t Have Times new 4-hour workshop will have you laughing, crying and — best of all — realising you are NOT the only one wondering why you’re not further ahead, more organised, more confident, fitter, happier, more satisfied in your relationships, in a stronger place financially, more patient, more relaxed, more ambitious … more of all the things you want the most.

Emma Grey and Audrey Thomas will bring you stories and practical exercises from their book, I Don’t Have TimePLUS brand new content from the upcoming sequel, I Can’t Be Bothered!

From 12:30pm to 6pm this Saturday 6 October. More information and registration at idonthavetime.net.

Old Bus Depot Markets: Retro Depot

If you love the brights of the 60s and 70s, mid-century furniture, funky retro clothing and macramé then we know where you need to be. Retro Depot is where you can explore the styles and fashions from the recent past.

What might you find? Being old fashioned is fun again, particularly when it comes to clothes – so browse the fashions, jewellery and accessories of times gone by to deck out your retro wardrobe. And make your home fashionably nostalgic with retro homewares and furniture.

From 10am to 4pm this Sunday 8 October at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Government House Open Day

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove will host the 2017 Government House Open Day.

Take this opportunity to tour the historic residence and have a picnic on the lawn. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from vendors on the day.

Open from 11am to 2pm this Saturday 7 October. More information from gg.gov.au.

STUDENTS RACE DAY

Students from Canberra’s University institutions including CIT, University of Canberra and Australian National University will gather at the races this Friday 6 October to enjoy a great afternoon of racing and fashion. In conjunction with the $35,000 tab.com.au Tony Campbell Memorial Cup and the $25,000 Sky Race Callers Cup along with 6 other races on the day.

Entry is free with action on and off the track including the Fashions on the field competition for the Students providing plenty of colour! Strictly an 18+ event.

More information from thoroughbredpark.com.au.

THE TRADIES MURRUMBATEMAN MOVING FEAST

Tantalise your taste buds with the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a roving degustation of fine local wines matched with delicious tasting plates.

The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place over the October long weekend, showcasing the best of Murrumbateman’s local wineries, each offering a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines. Complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.

Come along, indulge a little, and meet the makers behind the region’s fantastic wines!

Concluding Monday 2 October from 10am – 5pm at Various wineries throughout Murrumbateman NSW, Barton Highway, NSW

See the website for more information.

EDEN Family Yoga with Be Happy Yoga

Kids Yoga will help your little one develop their social, emotional and physical well-being. Along with the help of parents they’ll learn yoga poses, play games and do relaxation exercises. Find out more here.

Recommended for ages 4 – 8. Registration includes a spot for one parent and one child.

The one-hour session will be held at 11am Saturday 7 October in the new Canberra Centre Beauty Precinct—Ground Level, Monaro Mall opposite Endota Spa.

The session is free but registration is essential via Eventbrite.

Old Parliament House Wedding Open Day

Searching for a stunning backdrop to your special day? Then look no further than Old Parliament House, a unique, heritage building that creates the wow-factor to elevate your wedding ceremony and reception.

Come along to their Wedding Open Day, to discover a venue like no other and the versatility this building can offer couples planning their nuptials. They are experienced in weddings of all styles and sizes, from an extravaganza of 350+ to a more intimate affair of thirty of your nearest and dearest – and everything in between! Their experienced events team can guide you along the way, from itinerary planning, creating the perfect ambience, table set-up and menu options.

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.

Old Parliament House Wedding Open Day

Old Parliament House invites you to meet the team at their Wedding Open Day and gain valuable tips and expert advice on making your dream wedding a reality. Not only will you be inspired with some ideas for your big day, you can also sample delicious food from their weddings packages menu.

When it’s ‘love at first sight’ you just know it—so they will offer ‘special deals’ to those who book their wedding at Old Parliament House during the Wedding Open Day.

Happening Saturday 7 October from 10am – 4pm. Entry is via the Queen Victoria Terrace Bridges at the rear entrance of Old Parliament House.

Free entry. Get in early and book a free appointment with one of their experienced Coordinators via Eventbrite.

NSW Rural Fire Service Community Open Day

Fire trucks are the stuff childhood dreams are made of and now is your chance to get a good look under the hood as the big red trucks roll into Googong for the annual NSW Rural Fire Service Community Open Day this Saturday 7 October.

If you’ve always dreamed of climbing the ladder, trying out the giant hose or checking your handle on the emergency radio, then here’s your chance – under the watchful eye of volunteers from the local Jerrabomberra Creek brigade. Bring the family to meet some of the amazing local heroes, try their protective gear on for size and hear about their heart-stopping adventures.

The community party of the season will have a serious side too. Pick up some tips from the experts and make sure your property and loved ones are safe and ready for the official start of the summer bushfire season.

Everyone is invited to join in from 10am to 2pm. There will be live music, a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and truck loads of free family fun. More information from googong.net.

One Day Shop by Pan After

After decades of going down the rabbit-hole of mass-production, cheap labour and same-same department stores, the pendulum has begun its swing back towards the small batch, the hand-crafted, and the local.

The phrase “think global, act local” gets tossed around like salad, but one of the easiest (and most satisfying ways) of actually living this ethos is by putting your money where your mouth is and supporting set ups such as Hotel Hotel’s One Day Shop by Pan After.

Hotel Hotel, will be hosting this One Day Shop in the library on the hotel’s ground floor on Saturday 7 October from 10AM to 5PM. This time, the makeshift shop, curated by Pan After, will stock a range of carefully sourced and ethically produced homewares and wearables.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Pialligo Estate Academy

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

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

Find out more here.

 FOOD & DRINK

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THE TRADIES MURRUMBATEMAN MOVING FEAST

Tantalise your taste buds with the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a roving degustation of fine local wines matched with delicious tasting plates.

The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place over the October long weekend, showcasing the best of Murrumbateman’s local wineries, each offering a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines. Complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.

Indulge a little, and meet the makers behind the region’s fantastic wines! Concluding Monday 2 October from 10am – 5pm at Various wineries throughout Murrumbateman NSW, Barton Highway, NSW

See the website for more information.

Pialligo Estate Academy

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

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

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

Find out more here.

Taste Riverina Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Roast at Pialligo Estate

Experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm.

Sunday Roast is just $65 for adults, $30 for children (2-12 years old). Includes drink on arrival and a three-course shared menu included two roast varieties.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

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

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

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

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

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

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [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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Crazy Horse Paris: Forever Crazy

Don’t miss the tantalising Parisian cultural cabaret phenomenon that is Crazy Horse Paris, here in Canberra for the first time with Forever Crazy. Featuring the best of acts from their legendary cabaret, Forever Crazy offers a series of highly aesthetic and visual tableaux presented by a multicultural cast of ten stunningly beautiful and classically trained dancers clad only in textured lighting and projection. Join them as they celebrate 65 years of naked couture!

Note: This show contains nudity and is not suitable for children.

Performing from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 October at Canberra Theatre Centre. More information and tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

Lawrence Mooney: Like Literally

Sydney Comedy Festival Award Winner Lawrence Mooney is a must see with his hilarious new show weaving anecdotes and cautionary tales into a patchwork that is him, like literally.

Performing at 8pm Saturday 7 October at Canberra Theatre Centre. More information from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Canberra National Poetry Slam

In partnership with BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres present The BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Canberra National Poetry Slam, the ACT finals of the Australian Poetry Slam. The Canberra National Poetry Slam celebrates Canberra’s vibrant spoken word and poetry performance scene, where the best of the best to vie for the chance to compete on the national stage. The slam will also feature appearances from visiting poets and local icons.

Winners from the ACT heats will battle it out for the title of ACT Champion and a place in the Australian Poetry Slam national final at the Sydney Opera House. Despite its small size, Canberra has always had strong representation in the finals, and boasts past Australian Poetry Slam winners Omar Musa (2008) and CJ Bowerbird (2012).

In true BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! style, the night will feature a special guest performance from Wollongong poet Emily Crocker, new challenges from The Master of Conflict, karaoke, and an appearance from Peter Kongmalavong’s Canberra National Mascot.

Happening this Friday 6 October at Gorman Arts Centre. More information from agac.com.au.

Declan O’Rourke

An extraordinary spinner of song, Declan O’Rourke weaves his soulful melodies through half-remembered moments and dreams long-treasured. Larrikin and poet, his songs are infused with wit, the yearning of history and the patience of mortality; the balm of tenderness and the breath of hope. Live in concert, O’Rourke moves seamlessly from hilarious spontaneity to transporting beauty.

Declan O’Rourke will be supported in Canberra by special guest Áine Tyrrell. An Irish singer-songwriter now based in Australia, Áine Tyrrell makes music that is a contemporary folk collision between the Ireland of generations gone, and the hope of tomorrow.

Performing on Tuesday 3 October at the Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. More information and tickets from agac.com.au.

LIGHTBULB IMPROV: SWITCHED ON

Lightbulb Improv is Canberra’s freshest comedy ensemble, performing at Smiths Alternative on the first Friday night of every month. Based on audience suggestions, the Lightbulb Players create an unscripted comedy variety show of stories, games, songs and fearless theatre.

For their October show, Lightbulb Improv will explore what it is to discover. What truths will be unearthed, what new places will be found? All the scenes will be inspired by you and your suggestions to create moments that will never again be seen!

On 6 October at 7.30pm at Smith’s Alternative. Tickets are $15. Visit the website for more information.

MARZIALE

The Band of the Royal Military College is proud to present “Marziale”, a spectacular military themed concert featuring one of Australia’s finest military bands, Canberra’s own RMC Band. Joined by music students from the ANU School of Music and the Canberra City Pipes and Drums, Llewellyn Hall will resound to the magnificent sound of sparkling modern symphonic wind band repertoire, vocalists, and virtuoso instrumental soloists.

The grand pageantry, colour and precision of military music will be on full display. This event promises voluminous entertainment and will highlight the great pride felt for the men and women serving in the Australian Defence Force through a stirring musical tribute to their dedication and sacrifice. All proceeds will go to support Legacy.

On 7 October at 7pm at Llewellyn Hall. Entry is by gold coin donation. Visit anu.edu.au/events for more information.

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

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Cycle Chic

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

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

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

Pop Visionary: Seijun Suzuki

A renegade known for his stylised pop art visuals, Suzuki was a prolific filmmaker who flourished in the B-movie industry of the 60s. Despite the lack of resources and budget constraints, Suzuki developed an inventive style, mixing pop art visuals and subversive storylines that flipped generic genre films on its head. Contemporary filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch list Suzuki as one of their inspirations.

Experience the cinematic world of Seijun Suzuki in 35mm at the National Film and Sound Archive’s Arc cinema, with three films screening on 6 and 7 October. More information and tickets from nfsa.gov.au.

Women’s Adventure Film Tour

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour features some of the world’s most inspiring women in adventure. This film tour is a selection of world class short films that celebration the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things.

This is an extraordinary chance to come and experience a night of edge of your seat outdoor adventuring and story telling through a series of short films. You will also have the opportunity to hear from inspiring female adventurers live on stage and win great prizes.

Screening 7pm Wednesday 4 October at Dendy Cinemas. Tickets from Eventbrite.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC SCREENS – POLYPHONIC ASIA

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

FESTIVALS

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THE CANBERRA BURNS CLUB HIGHLAND GATHERING

The Gathering is an annual free event suitable for all ages.  Get along and join in a day of traditional Scottish activities including the ACT Pipe Band Championship, Highland Dancing Competition, The Tartan Warriors Scottish heavy athletics with Caber tossing,Canberra Scottie Dogs, Capital Spirit Drill Teams and more.  Visit the many market stalls and Scottish craft stalls.  There is a variety of food vans including Scottish food and haggis. Fun for the children with a jumping castle, face painting and ceramics to paint.

On 7 October at 10am at the Kambah Oval, Kett Street, Kambah. Entry is free. Visit canberragathering.com.au 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.

FLORIADE 2017

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

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

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

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

THE TRADIES MURRUMBATEMAN MOVING FEAST

Tantalise your taste buds with the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a roving degustation of fine local wines matched with delicious tasting plates.

The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place over the October long weekend, showcasing the best of Murrumbateman’s local wineries, each offering a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines. Complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.

Indulge a little, and meet the makers behind the region’s fantastic wines! Concluding Monday 2 October from 10am – 5pm at Various wineries throughout Murrumbateman NSW, Barton Highway, NSW

See the website for more information.

MARKETS

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

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

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

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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CREATE WITH TROVE

Create with Trove is on again! Our last event had crochet and knitting and pearl stringing made its first appearance! We’d love to craft with you again in October.

Do you knit? Crochet? Bead? Quilt? Cross-stitch? Scrap? Colour? Weave? Trove loves all things handmade and we would love to see what you’re making! Bring along any craft project you’re working on and we’ll bring the tea and bickies! Or even kick start a new project with us.

This month’s event will be hosted by Kristen from The Granny Square Conspiracy. Maybe she’ll be hooking, maybe she’ll be folding, you never know!

Create with Trove is a FREE monthly event on the first Saturday of each month where we can craft, chat and meet other crafters. Any children under 16 who would like to join in are asked to please bring a responsible crafting adult and their own craft project to work on.

On 7 October from 12pm – 3pm at Trove Canberra, 70 Bunda St, Civic. Entry is free. Visit trovecanberra.com.au to find out more.

Bipartisan—Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion

Anne Buist is Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, whose novels featuring forensic psychiatrist Natalie King are Medea’s Curse and Dangerous to KnowGraeme Simsion is the author of the bestselling The Rosie Project and its sequel, The Rosie Effect. As a husband-and-wife writing team they have just published Two Steps Forward, a novel about renewal and rediscovery.

Find out how writing a book together, as a couple, works. Is it fun, is it challenging? Is it done over the dishes and do they literally finish each other’s sentences? And just how much of Anne and Graeme are in their main characters, Zoe and Martin, who have both needed up in picturesque Cluny, central France, struggling to come to terms with their recent past.

Join Muse Canberra at 4pm this Saturday 7 October for a special Bipartisan with these fascinating writers and individuals for insight into the writing process, as well as the stories we share and the ones we keep to ourselves. In conversation with Suzanne Kiraly.

Tickets are $12 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or soft drink) from musecanberra.com.au.

Pialligo Estate Academy

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

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

Find out more here.

Meet The Gardener Tour of Parliament House

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

More information and bookings at aph.gov.au.

FORESTS IN BLOOM

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

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

This is a free activity but bookings are essential.

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

See website for more information.

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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EDEN Family Yoga with Be Happy Yoga

Kids Yoga will help your little one develop their social, emotional and physical well-being. Along with the help of parents they’ll learn yoga poses, play games and do relaxation exercises. Find out more here.

Recommended for ages 4 – 8. Registration includes a spot for one parent and one child.

The one-hour session will be held at 11am Saturday 7 October in the new Canberra Centre Beauty Precinct—Ground Level, Monaro Mall opposite Endota Spa.

The session is free but registration is essential via Eventbrite.

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.

OPERATION S**T YOUR PANTS

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

THE MISSION: Once on site you’ll be directed to a safe zone and issued a brief. The brief explains how the day works and what’s involved. Once completed you’ll leave the safe zone and onto a 200 acre pine plantation that’s been transformed into a fully immersive horror set from hell, full of zombies, walking dead, special effects, and spine chilling surprises. A course route guides you through the forest and a series of horror stations which play havoc on your senses, imagination and fear of the unknown.

This is a walk at your own pace event with the option to do the course dressed as a member of the walking dead or straight human form.

On 7 October, first wave starting at 8.30am at Paintball Sports ACT, 600 Pialligo Ave, Canberra. Entry is $67.00. Visit operationblackhawk.com for more information.

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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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.

Lazy Sunday at CSU Boutique Winery

There are few things better than a languid afternoon in the country—except for when said afternoon involves wine tasting, live music, artworks and snacks.

Gather up your friends and family and settle in with a selection of the new Charles Sturt boutique wines at Lazy Sunday at CSU Boutique Winery. All for just $5—this is not a typo.

From 1pm to 4pm this Sunday 8 October at CSU Boutique Winery in Wagga. More information from visitwagga.com.

OUTDOORS

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FLORIADE

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

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

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

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

TULIP TOP GARDENS

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

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

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

Check the website for more information.

DEMOCRACY IN FLOWER AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FLORIADE FOREST WALKS

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

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

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

Find more information here.

OPERATION S**T YOUR PANTS

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

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

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

FORESTS IN BLOOM

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

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

This is a free activity but bookings are essential.

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

See website for more information.

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TOWERS OF TOMORROW WITH LEGO BRICKS

See 20 of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers from Australia, Asia, Canada, USA and the United Arab Emirates, constructed from LEGO® bricks by the Southern Hemisphere’s only certified LEGO® professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught.

Be amazed by model skyscrapers of international building icons such as Eureka Tower, Marina Bay Sands and Taipei 101. The exhibition at the National Museum of Australia will include the world premiere of 10 new towers. See the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and New York’s Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

Visitors can also create their own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose bricks in our hands-on construction areas.

Admission costs and sessions times apply. Book your tickets online.

Happening until 8 October from 9am-5pm at the National Museum of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Kids’ Cushion Concert with Ghost Jam!

He’s been featured on Sunrise and performed to children all across the world – and he’s coming back to NewActon for another Kids’ Cushion Concert. So BYO cushions and round up the little ones, this is one kids show not to be missed!

Ghost Jam! packs the world’s best ghost tales into an hour of whirlwind action for adults and kids ages 5 to 12. The show stars comedian Sean Murphy and musician Sophie Unsen as they combine silly, spooky storytelling with booming live music. So get ready for ghosts, giggles and great music you won’t soon forget!

Don’t forget to bring your cushion!

Happening Wednesday 4 October at 10.30am and 2pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside Hotel Hotel’s foyer in NewActon.

Find more information and book your ticket here.

Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s beloved book Room on the Broom comes to life on stage for three to eight-year-olds!

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick—until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

The team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child return with songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and up – and their grown-ups…

Performing at Canberra Theatre Centre from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 October. More information and tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

Reef UP!

Reef UP! combines the latest scientific research with the magic of theatre to share the story of what is happening to our coral reefs and what we can do to help.

Kids will love meeting a sea-full of loveable characters (and villains): Manta and Ray, Slinky the shark, clown fish, Minkie whales, and a devious Crown of Thorns starfish called Priscilla!

Using dance, theatre, and some amazing costumes, audiences learn how all life on the reef is interrelated. If a single organism or species is affected or declines in number it can have a huge ripple effect both down and up the Great Barrier Reef’s food chain.

To a soundtrack of popular songs and original music, Reef UP! highlights the beauty and precarious nature of the reef ecosystems across the globe, and helps students explore what they can do to help preserve these breathtaking environments.

Performing at Canberra Theatre Centre this Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October. More information and tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

Spring Storytime at the National Library of Australia

Share your love of reading and stories at Spring Storytime by enjoying some funny and charming tales from the National Library of Australia’s collection at 11:30am this Tuesday 3 October.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance online bookings essential. Pay $2 entry at the door. More information at nla.gov.au.

BOOK HEROES ON THE SCREEN

This program of literary adaptations will be the perfect way for families to keep kids entertained over the school holidays.

Tickets are only $8, and with a season that celebrates Roald Dahl (with films including The BFG and Fantastic Mr Fox)as well as modern classics like Where the Wild Things Are, there’s bound to be a movie in the line-up to spark the imagination!

PROGRAM

The Golden Compass – 4 October, 11:00 am
Where the Wild Things Are – 5 October, 11:00 am
Legends of the Guardians – 6 October, 11:00 am

Until 6 October, at 11am each day at the National Film and Sound Archives. Tickets are $8 tickets (Kids under 3 attend free).

Visit the website for more information: www.nfsa.gov.au.

Don Spencer: I wish I had an elephant

Singer, songwriter and founder of the of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, Don Spencer OAM, has released a delightful children’s book based on his song, I Wish I Had an Elephant.

Head to the National Library at 10:30am this Wednesday 4 October for a reading of the book and a few songs performed by this much-loved Playschool presenter.

Book signing to follow. Bookings essential. More information from nla.gov.au.

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 Mini Masters Baking and Decorating and Sushi Making for the kids.

Find out more here.

BATTLE GAMES – SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

Kids will have a blast making new friends, climbing, crawling, running, hanging and laughing through the Battle Games – School Holiday Programs. These obstacle course sessions are suited for kids 7 – 15 years.

4 October: Battle Ninja is brought to you exclusively by Australian Ninja Warrior (ANW) finalist, Lee Campbell. Teams will be hosted and mentored by ANW contestants throughout the day!

5 October: Operation ‘Bold Ninja’ will have you climbing, crawling, swinging, jumping, balancing and sliding like a Ninja!

6 Oct: Operation ‘Special Ops’ is a day of physical and mental challenges!

5/6 October: Operation ‘Total Domination’ offers you the chance to tackle all four operations in one package.

Happening at the Battle HQ, Corner of Narrabundah Lane & Jerrabomberra Avenue. Tickets available through events website.

See the website for more information.

ZOOCATION HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Zoocation offers a unique experience for primary aged children. During a fun-filled day, children will get up close and personal with many of the zoo’s animals, play games, make toys for the animals, and maybe even learn something along the way.

Staffed and developed by the experienced and qualified Education Guides of the National Zoo and Aquarium, this program prides itself on delivering a program like no other. For tickets visit events page.

Happening Tuesday 26 September to Friday 6 October from 9am – 4pm at the National Zoo & Aquarium, Lady Denman Drive, Weston Creek

See the website for more information.

SPRING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE ARBORETUM

There are plenty of activities for the kids these school holidays at the National Arboretum! From Bonsai making workshops, kite making and story telling to indigenous cultural workshops with the Wiradjuri Echoes.

With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to take the family walking along the many trails, to have a picnic in the Himalayan cedars or to play at Pod Playground. Bookings are required and prices vary.

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

See website for more information.

FLORIADE

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

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

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

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

LLAMAS IN THE MIST  

On a misty morning watch the mist rise revealing a tranquil vista of paddocks and rolling hills, with dozens of alpacas and llamas peacefully grazing… or on a frosty morning watch the frost on their whiskers and fleece become steam rising from their bodies as they amble up the paddock for their breakfast. 

This is a rare opportunity and one not to be missed – meet over 200 alpacas and llamas, learn about them, and take wonderful “selfies” with them. 

Happening until Saturday 11 November from 8:30am – 10am at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales. 

For bookings and more information visit the website.  

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 18 October from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

PLAY UP

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

The exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun.

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

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

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WAVING THE RED FLAG: CHINESE POSTERS 1949-1976

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

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

See the website for further information.

WHISPERING EARTH – WORKS IN PORCELAIN

Canberra based ceramic artist Jo Victoria has drawn together her two academic disciplines, anthropology and fine art to present an exhibition of raw ceramic artistry in her new solo show ‘Whispering Earth’.

Taking inspiration from many years working in and interpreting cultural landscapes, Jo has taken natural materials and mixed them with porcelain slip.  When the organic matter burns out during the firing process, the results are beautifully strange and delicate works resembling weathered white animal bones or fossils.

On 7 October from 3pm – 5pm at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore
Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.sukihugh.com.au

CRAFT ACT: CRAFT AND DESIGN CENTRE ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION

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

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

Free Entry.

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

See website for more information.

NEIL ROBERTS – CHANCES WITH GLASS

Chances with Glass focuses on Neil Robert’s relationship with glass as object, medium and signifier.  Neil Roberts (1954-2002) was an important artist in Canberra who had a growing national and international reputation. He was enormously influential and supportive of the national arts scene.

Born in Melbourne, Roberts trained as a glass blower at the Jam Factory in Adelaide, the Orrefors Glass School in Sweden and the Experimental Glass Workshop in New York. He came to Canberra in 1983 when he was invited by Klaus Moje AO, the inaugural Head of the Glass Workshop at Canberra School of Art, to join him in creating the Workshop’s teaching program.

After two years at the School, Roberts chose the life of an independent artist, but, with Moje, was instrumental in setting the serious, rigorous and innovative tone of the ANU School of Art & Design Glass Workshop, which in the ensuing twenty-five years has earned it an international reputation.

Showing until 15 October 2017 at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

DARIO ARGENTO: HORROR MAESTRO

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

Opera is screening at 7pm on 4 October at the National Film and Sound Archive. Entry is $13 concession/$15 for adults.

Visit nfsa.gov.au for more information.

KANALARITJA: AN UNBROKEN STRING

Kanalaritja: An Unbroken String celebrates the unique practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell stringing – past, present and future.

See stunning shell necklaces created in the 1800s, alongside necklaces from acclaimed makers of today and a new wave of stringers who learnt the tradition at cultural renewal workshops.

Showing until 3 October from 9am-5pm each day at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

See the website for more information.

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

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

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

Check the website for more information.

TOWERS OF TOMORROW WITH LEGO BRICKS

See 20 of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers from Australia, Asia, Canada, USA and the United Arab Emirates, constructed from LEGO® bricks by the Southern Hemisphere’s only certified LEGO® professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught.

Be amazed by model skyscrapers of international building icons such as Eureka Tower, Marina Bay Sands and Taipei 101. The exhibition at the National Museum of Australia will include the world premiere of 10 new towers. See the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and New York’s Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

Visitors can also create their own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose bricks in our hands-on construction areas.

Admission costs and sessions times apply. Book your tickets online.

Happening until 8 October from 9am-5pm at the National Museum of Australia.

See the website for more information.

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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