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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

Ladies in Black

The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a novel by Madeline St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway.

Sydney, 1959 – a city at the crossroads between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s …

Bright-eyed, bookish school leaver Lisa steps through the doors of the city’s most prestigious department store, F.G. Goodes. A world of unknown possibilities opens up as she befriends the colourful denizens of the Ladies Cocktail Frocks Department – including her new mentor, the exotic Magda, mysterious mistress of Model Gowns.

On stage from Monday 27 March to Tuesday 2 April at Canberra Theatre Centre. Find more information here.

Gourmet Walk

The Gourmet Walk in Canberra is a yearly event that offers participants a walk through iconic places in Canberra along with fine wine and food testing. Learn as you walk. This year discover more about the lake Burley-Griffin with a seven kilometre walk and and be amazed with a French menu perfectly matched with Canberra wines.

Gourmet Walk is brought to you by Canberra’s French community, the French Embassy, the Alliance Francaise and supported by Eclaireurs de Canberra, an independent French Scout group bringing French culture and language to the area.

Happening Sunday 26 March from 10am-2pm at Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. Find more information here.

Roller Derby – 2017 Season Opener

Canberra Roller Derby League’s 2017 home season kicks off this weekend at the Southern Cross Basketball Stadium. Those salty lasses of the Red Bellied Black Hearts will take on their arch-rivals, the regal Surly Griffins, in a rematch of the 2016 grand final. This will be an amazing game of derby to see and will set the tone for the season to come.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 6pm-8pm at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Pitman Street, Greenway. Find more information here.

Collectable Sunday @ Old Bus Depot Markets

Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building. Stalls offer unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

The fourth Sunday of the month at the Old Bus Depot Markets is ‘Collectable Sunday’. Stallholders items range from ceramics, glassware, china and vintage clothing to antique oil lamps, Chippendale chairs and vinyl records.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets.

Happening Sunday March 26 from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Find out more at obdm.com.au.

Canberra Comedy Festival 2017

Canberra Comedy Festival presents more than 60 comedy shows in the capital over one week in March, bringing the finest comedic talent to Canberra from around the world.

See the some of the very best acts from the festival in the Opening Night Gala on Monday 20 March, as well as a variety of shows featuring everything from local Canberra talent to some of the biggest stars on the international comedy circuit.

Catch it until this Sunday 26 March from 10am at ­­various locations. See website for details.

Laneway! Streetfood! Party!

Presented by Beer the Beautiful Truth

What’s not to love about a laneway celebration of some of Australia’s most loved beers complimented with delicious street food from around the world, created by Australia’s best chefs? A diverse range of street foods will be on the menu, served up in an underutilised and unconventional dining space in the city for a truly unique event.

Menu items include: 

Texan meat master Wes Griffiths (Bovine and Swine) will dazzle with his skills as he brings these mouthwatering international dishes to life. At just $50 a ticket which includes food, ice cold beer or cider and musical entertainment, this event delivers unbeatable value and is a must-do during Good Food Month. Plus, catch local Street Artist, Dai Cameron in action throughout the evening.

Citi have reserved 20 seats for customers and their guests. Quote ‘CITIVIP’ at the time of booking. *Bookings for these reserved seats close 1 March.

Happening Friday 24 March from 5pm until late in Bible Lane, Canberra City. For more information and to purchase tickets, see the website.

*Ticket holders must be over 18 to attend the event. Ticket holders must supply a valid form of identification upon entry. Ticket price includes four ice cold cans of beer or cider and substantial street food items.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE 

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

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.

A powerful one-day fiction writing workshop with Valerie Parv

Valerie Parv AM is one of Australia’s most prolific authors, and on 25 March (this Saturday) Canberra writers can spend a day with her learning the secrets of literary success.

Valerie has written more than 50 novels and sold more than 34 million copies of her books, translated into 29 languages. She is a master of plot weaving and in her Saturday workshop she will demystify the magic of engaging readers.

Her workshop deconstructs five techniques to engage readers until the very last page. It suits all writers from emerging to advanced, and fiction from genre to literary. Participants are welcome to bring along 200 words of their own writing to read and discuss at the workshop. 

Valerie Parv AM is a Member of the Order of Australia for significant contributions to the arts as a prolific author, role model and mentor. An Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Medal recipient, She is the only Australian author to receive a Pioneer Award from RT Book Reviews, New York. 

Happening Saturday 25 March, 10-4pm at ACT Writers Centre, E Block, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue. 

Find more information about tickets and book now: actwriters.org.au/whats-on

Autumn Fashion Market

Sustainable style kicks off in autumn with the ever-popular Three Sixty Fashion Markets. Recycled, up-cycled, repurposed, locally designed, handmade, ethically produced, retro, vintage and just plain awesome – it’s all there!

It’s local, it’s fun and it’s all about fashion that’s beautiful and handsome, ecologically sustainable and ethical.

Happening Thursday 23 March from 10am-3pm at Printers Way, Kingston. Find more information here.

Canberra Model Train Expo 2017

The Canberra Model Railway Club Inc is one of the largest model train clubs in the ACT and NSW regional area. This year they are running their 29th annual Model Train EXPO.

People of all ages find model trains fascinating and will spend hours watching them and learning how they operate.

At this years Expo there will be over 30 model train displays, trade stands, U-Drive and live steam train rides for the kids, a great outing for all the family.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 9am-5pm at UC High School Kaleen, Baldwin Drive, Kaleen. Find more information here.

Charny Carny

Local Charnwood community Carnival with rides, sideshow alley, food, markets stalls, petting zoo, and much more. Head over for fun for all the family.

Running for over 13 years the Charny Carny is a Community based project where the profits go back into the West Belconnen Community. Local communities run the Carny Carny and profits go back into the local community where needed.

The Carny Carny is run by the West Belconnen Carny Carny Association – ‘for the community by the community in unity.’

Happening Saturday 25 March from 11am-4pm at Lhotsky Street, Charnwood. Find more information here.

FOOD & DRINK

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Gourmet Walk

The Gourmet Walk in Canberra is a yearly event that offers participants a walk through iconic places in Canberra along with fine wine and food testing. Learn as you walk. This year discover more about the lake Burley-Griffin with a seven kilometre walk and and be amazed with a French menu perfectly matched with Canberra wines.

Gourmet Walk is brought to you by Canberra’s French community, the French Embassy, the Alliance Francaise and supported by Eclaireurs de Canberra, an independent French Scout group bringing French culture and language to the area.

Happening Sunday 26 March from 10am-2pm at Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. Find more information here.

Tallagandra Hill: Long Lunch Grape Stomp

Kick off your shoes and experience the fun of stomping grapes bare foot while spending the afternoon enjoying a buffet lunch and listening to the sensational sounds of Sorrel Nation! The perfect way to spend a Sunday!

Tallagandra Hill, along with their Gundaroo wine-making neighbours, Joshua’s Fault and Gundog Estate, will host wine tasting of the best Gundaroo wines. Everyone is welcome to stomp on the day, but for the competitive types, teams of eight can join in the competition – the Great Gundaroo Stomp Off.

Ticket includes: two-course buffet lunch, wine tasting, live music, stomping and entry to stomp competition. Wines available for sale. Booking is essential as tickets are limited.

Happening Sunday 26 March from 12pm-3.30pm at Tallagandra Hill, 1692 Murrumbateman Road, Gundaroo. Find more information here.

Tonight we Tanqueray!

Made in the moment and mixing mischief & pleasure, head into Black Market as Tanqueray takes over the bar. Head underground as Black Market twists the rules and indulge with one of the worlds most celebrated gins.

Tickets are $10 and include a complimentary drink on arrival, with Tanqueray-inspired cocktails being served all night. On Thursday 23 March at 5pm at Black Market, 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra

Visit the website for more information www.bmbar.eventbrite.com

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.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE 

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

After record attendance last year, Friday Night Drinks are back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match. The event kicks off Friday from 4pm with live bands, cocktails and a BBQ.   

The season will run until April 7, with each week bringing a different themed event to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think DJs, amazing food, craft beers and lawn games. The perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend. 

Themes will be revealed each week on the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Facebook page. 

Happening until Friday 7 April, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

PICNIC POP-UP BAR 

A weekly event at Bookplate’s outdoor terrace with $5 happy hour drinks, delicious bar snacks, live music and great lakeside summer vibes, from 4:30pm to 8:30pm every Friday in February and March. Perfect for post-work drinks and winding down for the weekend.

On every Friday from 17 February to 31 March Bookplate’s outdoor terrace at the National Library of Australia from 4:30pm-8:30pm.

Find more information on their website.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

FILM, MUSIC & STAGE

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Ladies in Black

The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a novel by Madeline St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway.

Sydney, 1959 – a city at the crossroads between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s …

Bright-eyed, bookish school leaver Lisa steps through the doors of the city’s most prestigious department store, F.G. Goodes. A world of unknown possibilities opens up as she befriends the colourful denizens of the Ladies Cocktail Frocks Department – including her new mentor, the exotic Magda, mysterious mistress of Model Gowns.

This sparkling production is the work of internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical, Love Never Dies, First Wives Club) and writer Carolyn Burns, with original music by superstar Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House). It won the prestigious “Best New Australian Work” Helpmann Award.

Happening Monday 27 March to Tuesday 2 April at Canberra Theatre Centre. Find more information here.

Canberra Comedy Festival 2017

Canberra Comedy Festival presents more than 60 comedy shows in the capital over one week in March, bringing the finest comedic talent to Canberra from around the world.

See the some of the very best acts from the festival in the Opening Night Gala on Monday 20 March, as well as a variety of shows featuring everything from local Canberra talent to some of the biggest stars on the international comedy circuit.

Happening until Sunday 26 March at various locations around Canberra. Find more information here.

Great Dane

Great Dane brings quintessential 1980s pub rock, blues and boogie to get the dance floor moving. Once a backing group for both Jeff St John and Dutch Tilders, and sharing billing with Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Van Halen on a chart topping album, the Central Coast based trio regrouped in 2015 for a series of fan sponsored shows. The band subsequently recorded these new tracks and has continued from there, with an individual style and calibre of musicianship only the most experienced can produce.

Playing Friday 24 March from 8pm-10.30pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

Find more information here.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Twilight Series

For many composers throughout the centuries, seasonal images have provoked some of their most inspired and masterful creations.

Three well known and highly experienced Australian musicians – Sarahlouise Owens – voice, Andrew Lorenz – violin/viola and Wendy Lorenz – piano, join forces to present a captivating selection of solos, duos and trios inspired by the changing seasons in the opening concert of this year’s Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Twilight Series. The concert draws on this rich and colourful repertoire to take the listener on a musical journey through all four seasons.

Tickets are $35 (full) and $20 (students). Bookings essential and can be made here www.trybooking.com/255466

Performing Sunday 26 March at 5pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre Theatre.

Nice Up!

Presenting the inaugural edition of Nice Up! Giving you the opportunity to dance the night away while giving something back, they’ll be taking over La de Da to showcase some of the most awesome tunes from across the world, carefully curated by your hosts Winston Reed, Mick Dagger and Mans.

Entry is by donation, good vibes are compulsory! Playing Friday 24 March at 8pm at La de Da, 102 Emu Bank Belconnen Find out more on facebook.

Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges

Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges is a nomadic musician living his life on the road. His home is wherever the next performance takes him, from America through Europe, to Australia with many other stops in between.

A mix of blues, soul, jump, funk, gospel & rock make Eugene’s show an upbeat journey through all the musical influences that have made Eugene the seasoned and versatile performer he is today.

Playing Saturday 25 March from 8pm-10.30pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

Find more information here.

Charlie Siem and the Omega Ensemble

For the first time ever, internationally renowned violin virtuoso Charlie Siem will perform in Australia with the Sydney-based Omega Ensemble, showcasing a classical music recital in uniquely Australian settings.

Siem works with many of the world’s finest orchestras (The Royal, the Moscow and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras; the Czech and the Oslo National Symphony Orchestras) and conductors (including Charles Dutoit, Edward Gardner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Libor Pesěk and Yuri Simonov) and performed for the Queen of Denmark.

Happening Sunday 26 March from 3.30pm-5pm at James O Fairfax Theatre – National Gallery Of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Find more information here.

Verdure

Enjoy twilight at one of Canberra’s most stunning natural locations with beautiful music celebrating nature and all things green. Canberra Choral Society present Verdure with music by Randall Thompson, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Leonard Bernstein.

The Arboretum café will be open if you’d like to purchase a drink at the concert. Alternatively you can pre-purchase a glass of wine with your ticket.

Performing Sunday 26 March from 5.30pm-7pm at National Arboretum, Canberra, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek. Find more information here.

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017

The nation’s most captivating film event, is now returning for its 28th annual season. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.

Proudly presented by the six main Alliances Françaises and in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, the Festival will be once again hosted by its long-term exhibition partner, Palace Cinemas.

Brimming with highlights, the 2017 event will present 45 films, unveiling the artistry of renowned directors ranging from Emmanuelle Bercot, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Benoît Jacquot and Mia Hansen-Løve, to Philippe Lioret, Martin Provost, Jérôme Salle, Bertrand Tavernier and Roschdy Zem.

Showing until Tuesday 4 April from 6.30pm-9pm at Palace Electric Cinema. Find more information here.

The Amazing Travelling Comedy Tour

Five of Australia’s best stand-up comics are coming to The Canberra Comedy Festival as part of The Amazing Travelling Comedy Tour. Join award winning comics for two hours of great stand up.

This show may contain strong language and adult concepts. Held in licensed premises and therefore 18+ only.

Performing this Wednesday 22 March at The Civic Pub.

For more information visit the website

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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Collectable Sunday @ Old Bus Depot Markets

Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building. Stalls offer unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

The fourth Sunday of the month at the Old Bus Depot Markets is ‘Collectable Sunday’. Stallholders items range from ceramics, glassware, china and vintage clothing to antique oil lamps, Chippendale chairs and vinyl records.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets.

Happening Sunday March 26 from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Find out more at obdm.com.au.

Autumn Fashion Market

Sustainable style kicks off in autumn with the ever-popular Three Sixty Fashion Markets. Recycled, up-cycled, repurposed, locally designed, handmade, ethically produced, retro, vintage and just plain awesome – it’s all there!

It’s local, it’s fun and it’s all about fashion that’s beautiful and handsome, ecologically sustainable and ethical.

Happening Thursday 23 March from 10am-3pm at Printers Way, Kingston. Find more information here.

The Earth Festival

The Earth Festival offers a selection of vegan and eco-friendly businesses showcasing their products/services, a food court with the finest local vegan cuisine, two separate rooms for guest speakers/workshops and an activity zone.

Learn about the benefits of healthy eating and all of the local vegan products/services in the region.

The festival is accepting of absolutely everyone (not just vegans) and is aware that each individual may have different views. The goal is to reach as many people as possible and encourage them to live out positive lifestyles and create awareness about the issues that surround animals, health, other people and the environment.

Happening Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March from 10am-5pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Rd & Northborne Avenue, Coorong Building, Mitchell. Find more information here.

Yass Show

The 2017 Yass Show will once again feature popular events and attractions including the antique farm machinery, shearing competition, yard dogs, wood chopping, vintage and veteran cars, show jumping and all the horse and livestock events you would expect to see at a truly agricultural show.

Entertainment will include their annual PBR Bullride and baby/small animals. You will also be able to bring your pets for the Pet Competition and see the beautiful dogs of the Yass Dog Show.

On this Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March at Yass Show Grounds, Grand Junction Road, Yass. Find more information here.

Garran Primary School 50th Anniversary

Get along to Garran Primary School’s family and community day. There will be a BBQ, wood fired pizzas, coffee van and commemorative items for sale.

On Saturday 25 March from 4pm – 6pm at the Garran Primary School grounds, Gilmore Cres, Garran. Entry is free.

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.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Come and do your weekly shop grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! On every Friday from 4pm – 8pm at the Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

YASS FARMERS MARKETS

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Farmers Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Farmer’s Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

On until 7 October 2017 every first and third Saturday of the month from 10am- 1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church.

Find more information on the website.

SOUTHERN HARVEST FARMERS MARKET AT BUNGENDORE

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market: selling sustainable, authentic, regional food: grown and made by the Community, for the Community.

The market is open every Saturday from 9am to noon and is a great source of fresh food and farm produce from around the region including meat, eggs, seafood, honey, fruit, vegetables, preserves and refreshments.

On every Saturday from 9am- 12pm until 16 September 2017 at Bungendore Anglican Hall, 25 Butmaroo Street.

Find more information on the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Image courtesy of cbs.org.au/

Image courtesy of cbs.org.au

Bonsai Week 2017

Bonsai Week 2017 at the National Arboretum Canberra offers an international bonsai experience with a week of demonstrations, masterclasses, curator guided tours and social events. Guest presenter Mr Tony Tickle from the United Kingdom is an internationally renowned, award winning Bonsai artist and a leader in the Bonsai community.

Bonsai Week highlights the ancient art of Bonsai and will capture the imagination for the Bonsai professional, enthusiast and the curious.

Happening from Monday 20 March – Sunday 26 March from 9am – 6pm each day at National Arboretum Canberra

For more information visit the website.

Connect and Participate Expo

Discover how you can enjoy and join Canberra’s vibrant groups and clubs! The Connect and Participate Expo is a free community event that will showcase groups and clubs from across Canberra for all ages and abilities, with fun packed come-n-try activities, performances, food stalls and more. Everything from music, sport, outdoor rec, art, craft, dance & hobbies.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 11am-4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information here.

Breakfast Seminar: Transitioning to Retirement

With the over 50s in mind, this seminar will provide an introduction to the Financial Information Desk service, which is free for members of National Seniors Australia; provide further information to assist in understanding your own situation and resources that can be utilised; outline opportunities for those who will be fully self-funded; outline the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of Government Income Support (GIS) for over 50s and highlight the potential use and types of Equity Release products.

There will be a Q&A session following the presentation and breakfast will be provided.

Happening Friday 24 March from 8am-10am at Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit. Find more information here.

Seniors Expo

The Seniors Expo brings together information on health, lifestyle, leisure, finance, travel, government, community, aged care and retirement, home modifications and entertainment for one big day not to be missed!

Part of a jam packed Seniors Week the Expo attracts upwards of 2,500 older people from the ACT and surrounding areas.

Entertainment includes the vocal stylings of Phil Major, cooking demonstrations, your chance to crack the safe and win $2,000 (courtesy of 2CA) and more!

Free shuttle buses will be available from the Woden and City bus interchanges.

Happening Friday 24 March from 10am-3pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell. Find more information here.

Canberra Model Train Expo 2017

The Canberra Model Railway Club Inc is one of the largest model train clubs in the ACT and NSW regional area. This year they are running their 29th annual Model Train EXPO.

People of all ages find model trains fascinating and will spend hours watching them and learning how they operate.

At this years Expo there will be over 30 model train displays, trade stands, U-Drive and live steam train rides for the kids, a great outing for all the family.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 9am-5pm at UC High School Kaleen, Baldwin Drive, Kaleen. Find more information here.

Drawn in: Bush Capital Band

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of drawing at the National Portrait Gallery while listening to the Bush Capital Band.

All materials provided. For all ages and abilities.

Happening Sunday 26 March from 1pm-3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Majura Women’s Group – Paint it Up

Providing opportunities for Women to socialise, get creative, develop new skills and build friendships. A well-being group providing support for women with young children at home. Childcare provided – cost: gold coin donation.

They hold a variety of activities throughout the school term such as craft projects, exercise sessions, personal development and well-being workshops. Majura Women’s Group are there for their members and develop a term plan based on your input!

Happening Wednesday 22 March from 9.30am-12.30pm at Downer Community, Downer. Find more information here.

MAKING PERMACULTURE ACCESSIBLE IN CANBERRA

The Canberra Environment Centre is teaming up with Permaculture Canberra to run a full Permaculture Design Certificate over a 4 month period. The course will take place each Wednesday evening from 6.30 – 9.30 pm at the Canberra Environment Centre and will be led by Bredbo Valley View Farm’s Martyn Noakes.

Participants will learn about permaculture techniques and strategies such as site observation, imitating nature and zoning and how they can be used to create an abundant, diverse and self-renewing system in your backyard and beyond.

On Wednesdays until 28 June at 6.30 – 9.30pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula.

Cost is $800 and there are limited places available. Bookings are essential, visit the website for more information.

SPORT

Black 'n' Blue Belles v Red Bellied Black Hearts Canberra Roller Derby League http://www.canberrarollerderbyleague.com/ Photographer: Brett Sargeant, D-eye Photography

Photographer: Brett Sargeant, D-eye Photography

 

Adult Newbies Tennis Night

Interested in learning how to play tennis or just want to improve? Adult Newbies Tennis Night will be perfect for someone who hasn’t tried tennis before or someone who is a bit rusty.

Three hours of fun tennis and coaching with the coach and assistant coach. Also meet Club members. Enjoy a BBQ with soft drinks.

Happening Thursday 23 March from 6.30pm-9.30pm at 100 Campbell Street, Queanbeyan. Find more information here.

Plus500 Brumbies v Highlanders

A rematch of last season’s Quarter Final, the Highlanders go up against the Plus500Brumbies in Canberra. The Highlanders were unstoppable against the Brumbies in 2016. This 2017 Vodafone Super Rugby Round 5 match will no doubt bring back that trans-Tasman rivalry.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 7.45pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce.Tickets from Ticketek. Find more information here.

Proximity Corporate & Community Triathlon Festival

The Proximity Corporate & Community Triathlon Festival offers a distance for all ages and motivations. This event is ideal for those who have not attempted a triathlon before or anyone who is looking to achieve a personal goal along with those who enjoy triathlon in a fun, social environment.

Get your friends, family or colleagues together for a fun filled morning. Participate as a team or race solo past some of Canberra’s iconic national attractions.

With achievable distances in a fun supportive atmosphere, it’s the perfect opportunity to get active! There’s even a free untimed kids run!

Happening Saturday 25 March from 6am-1.45pm at Rond Terrace, Shores of Lake Burley Griffin, Parkes. Find more information here.

Roller Derby – 2017 Season Opener

Canberra Roller Derby League’s 2017 home season kicks off on March 25 at the Southern Cross Basketball Stadium. Those salty lasses of the Red Bellied Black Hearts will take on their arch-rivals, the regal Surly Griffins, in a rematch of the 2016 grand final. This will be an amazing game of derby to see and will set the tone for the season to come.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 6pm-8pm at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Pitman Street, Greenway. Find more information here.

ACT Claycourt International

The ACT Claycourt International tennis tournament brings players from all over the world and around Australia to the nation’s capital. See two women’s ITF events. With a total of USD $50,000 in prizemoney on offer, the competition will be fierce.

2016’s competitors included Eri Hozumi, Miyu Kato, Destanee Aiava, Ashleigh Barty, Arina Rodionova, Anna Bondar, Kanae Hisami and Varatchaya Wongteanchai.

Lock in the dates now. More information on the 2017 draw will be available in January.

On until Sunday 26 March from 9am-5pm at Canberra Tennis Centre, 3 Riggall Place, Lyneham. Find more information here.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Premier Screening – Beauty and the Beast

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle.

All proceeds provide essential tools that will help local people with cystic fibrosis grow old with their loved ones.

Happening Thursday 23 March from 6pm-8.45pm at Palace Electric Cinema, Phillip Law Street, Canberra. Find more information here.

Earth Hour 10th Anniversary 2017

Join landmarks, communities, and families across Canberra for Earth Hour 10th Anniversary 2017 and switch off to show support for a cleaner, brighter future.

This year, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour! What started as a homegrown grassroots success story has become a global phenomenon, with over 170 countries, 7000 cities and an estimated 6 million Australians uniting to protect the planet and show they care about its future.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 8.30pm-9.30pm at Various venues around Canberra. Find more information here.

Southside Detash Market

The Southside Destash Market is a specialty trash and treasure aimed at anyone who is into any type of craft. There will be stalls selling fabrics, papercraft, jewellry making items, wool, embellishments, lace, buttons, books, tools and so much more for the avid crafts person. Refreshments will be available for sale and entry is by gold coin donation. Proceeds will go to charity.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 10am-2pm at Calwell Primary School, Downard Street, Calwell.

Diversity ACT Market Day

Community market at the Diversity Hub in Kambah. As well as food, drinks and market stalls, the Hub provides a covered children’s playground for the young children. Older children can take advantage of Kambah Adventure Playground. This will be a chance to spend some time outdoors and an opportunity to support Diversity ACT – the only LGBTIQ+ support group in South Canberra.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 10am-2pm at 8 Laidlaw Place, Kambah. Find more information here.

2017 North Canberra Relay For Life

North Canberra Relay For Life is well-known as Canberra’s largest and most successful annual fundraising event. Each year, more than 3,500 people participate in a relay style walk or run to celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer, and to raise money to help save more lives.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 10.30am-12.30pm at AIS Athletics Track, Bruce. Find more information here.

Charny Carny

Local Charnwood community Carnival with rides, sideshow alley, food, markets stalls, petting zoo, and much more. Head over for fun for all the family.

Running for over 13 years the Charny Carny is a Community based project where the profits go back into the West Belconnen Community. Local communities run the Carny Carny and profits go back into the local community where needed.

The Carny Carny is run by the West Belconnen Carny Carny Association – ‘for the community by the community in unity.’

Happening Saturday 25 March from 11am-4pm at Lhotsky Street, Charnwood. Find more information here.

WALK for Epilepsy – Purple Day

2017 marks the first year for WALK for epilepsy in the ACT. They are very excited to bring awareness and much needed funds to the 9,000+ Canberra residences who have Epilepsy.

Go and WALK, join in, lend a hand, show your support, bring your family and friends.

Epilepsy touches approximately 50,000 people in our region, yet so much is misunderstood and bringing awareness to the condition is the first step.

Take a walk with your family and friends around the Lake, from bridge to bridge.

Happening Sunday 26 March from 10am-1pm at Lake Burley Griffin, Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra. Find more information here.

KIDS

National Dinosaur Museum

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!

Race your friends at the speed of sound. Soar to orbit for a spectacular 360-degree view of Earth. Get ready for a fascinating journey to Mars.

Presented by Boeing, Above and Beyond makes one thing very clear; the sky was never the limit.

Happening Saturday 25 March to Sunday 23 July from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Angelina Ballerina Meet & Greet

Angelina Ballerina meet and greet, where you can go along and have fun with Angelina Ballerina, joining in while she turns, spins and dances across the studio floor. Free ballet class times are 10 am, 11.30 am and 1 pm with a photo opportunity with Angelina Ballerina after each class. BBQ and Cake stalls are also happening.

Happening Sunday 26 March from 10am-2pm at 3/56 Heffernan Street, Mitchell. Find more information here.

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences are a feast for the senses! Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for Virtual Reality (VR). Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology.

Showing until 30 June 2017 daily from 9.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

Ranger Guided Walks and Activities at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers an extensive program of guided walks and activities and special school holiday activities throughout the year. Don’t miss your chance to see Australian wildlife in this beautiful natural environment.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of Australian animals including kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles.

Walks and activities cater for a range of different age groups.

Happening from Saturday 18 February to 31 December at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, RMB 141 Paddy’s River Road, via Tharwa. Find more information here.

STORY TIME AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys. This Friday program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening Fridays, excluding public holidays 10.30 am until 16 June 2017 in the lower galleries at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

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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Connect and Participate Expo

Discover how you can enjoy and join Canberra’s vibrant groups and clubs! The Connect and Participate Expo is a free community event that will showcase groups and clubs from across Canberra for all ages and abilities, with fun packed come-n-try activities, performances, food stalls and more. Everything from music, sport, outdoor rec, art, craft, dance & hobbies.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 11am-4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information here.

Chutespace

Hilary Wardhaugh in collaboration with bookbinder Joy Tonkin presents Publis Ovid, a miniature photobook, on display in the M16 Photospace Chute Space gallery.

All exhibitions open to the public from 6pm Thursday 23 March 2017. Exhibitions showing until 5pm Sunday 9 April 2017 at the M16 Photospace, 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith.

Find more information here.

Strange Couplings

The act of bringing disparate objects together is instinctive for Canberra sculptor Alex Asch who describes the sense of touching an object as “‘feeling its potential for a new life”. Combining these different objects, each with its own past owner and life changes, prompts a plethora of possible narratives and metaphorical understandings for Strange Couplings.

Alex’s work is represented in collections around Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, ACT Legislative Assembly and the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Happening Tuesday to Sunday until Sunday 26 March from 10am-5pm Tuesday-Friday and 9am-5pm weekends at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. For more information email [email protected].

Michael Schlitz – From the Air

The intensity of mark making in Michael Schlitz’s woodblock prints embeds the figure within its surrounds, creating an irrevocable link between shifts in our state of mind and the land. The artist comments, “I want to acknowledge that the environment we live in influences us all”.

From The Air is Michael’s first solo exhibition at Beaver Galleries. His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and Tasmanian Museum and Gallery.

Showing Tuesday to Sunday, beginning Thursday 9 to Sunday 26 March from 10am-5pm Tuesday-Friday and 9am-5pm weekends at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. For more information email [email protected].

Stations of the Cross Exhibition

In the lead up to Easter, come and see artistic reflections on Jesus’ death and resurrection in the Stations of the Cross exhibition.

This exhibition is not so much about illustrating the journey but engaging with emotions and issues raised by Jesus’ journey.

Discover how 16 Australian and international artists provide fresh ways of viewing old questions.

The Stations of the Cross goes back to a 13th century discipline initiated by St Francis. The pattern offers a number of stopping places to reflect on Jesus’ journey. The pattern helps reflect on the mortality of life to live an intentional life.

Showing until Sunday 26 March from 10am-4pm at Chapel at Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Cnr Kings Avenue and Blackall Street, Barton. Find more information here.

EMMA BEER WHAT IS IT YOU CAN’T FACE

jas hugonnet gallery announces the launch the Pope St Gallery with the work of Emma Beer. Beer uses sharp control to layer subtle glazes; divides space and surface with reduced colour and generous texture in her ongoing investigation of abstract painting.

On Saturday 25 March from 2pm – 5pm and Sunday 26 March from 12pm – 4pm at the jas hugonnet gallery, Pope St Gallery, rear of 14 Pope Street, Hughes.

Visit the website for more information www.hugonnet.com.au

Dead Leaf Dreaming: Echoes

Botanical artist and Captain of the Burra Bushfire Brigade, Sharon Field will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery. The exhibition will showcase 18 finely rendered watercolour paintings of artefacts from the Australian bush. Sharon’s work has been recognised internationally by the Society of Botanical Artists in the United Kingdom. A finalist in the Waterhouse National Science Art Prize and a winner of the Queanbeyan Regional Art Prize she has twice been selected as an artist in residence at Bundanon, the home of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. The show will run until 7 May

On from 25 March through to 7 May at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore. Visit the website for more information: www.sukihugh.com.au

Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to the Present

Indigenous Australians have served Australia in all major conflicts from the Boer War to the present. The armed services would provide a first experience of equal opportunity, although sadly not an enduring one. This Shrine of Remembrance travelling exhibition celebrates the courage, tenacity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Australians in the armed forces.

The exhibition uncovers the individual and family stories of service and sacrifice of the First Australians. The National Archives of Australia is proud to host the first Shrine of Remembrance exhibition ever touring to Canberra.

Happening Friday 24 March to Sunday 16 July from 9am-5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

STUART DEVLIN – THE DESIGNER WITH THE MIDAS TOUCH

The Royal Australian Mint is a unique attraction as the only producer of Australia’s circulating coins. But be sure to check out Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch, an exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO with unparalleled pieces and behind-the-scenes rarities.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of Australia’s decimal coins. The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

Take a 30-minute tour of the exhibition with a guide who holds specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work and explore his illustrious career in further depth. $10 per person. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

While you are visiting, view the factories where Australia’s circulating coins are made and discover that special coin, gift or souvenir at the Mint Coin Shop.

Showing until 30 April 2017 from 8.30am-5pm at Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information on the website.

Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes 

Elisabeth Cummings is among the most widely acclaimed and best-loved painters of her generation. Interior landscapes, curated by Sioux Garside, surveys Cummings’s sumptuous paintings of studio interiors and her evocations of the landscape.

Cummings graduated from the National Art School in Sydney in the 1950s as part of a cohort of high achievers. Most of her contemporaries made careers and gained recognition well before she did. The twenty-first century has witnessed her rocketing to prominence.

Although her painting is figurative in its general orientation, it maintains a highly animated dialogue with abstraction and with her revered forerunners such as Bonnard, Vuillard, Braque, Fairweather and Cossington-Smith.

Happening Wednesday to Sunday until 9 April from 10am-5pm at Drill Hall Gallery, 29 Kingsley Street, Acton. Find more information here.

MARIANA DEL CASTILLO, FUGITIVE FAITH – A CONSCRIPTED OATH

In her practice Mariana del Castillo explores experiences common to humanity, in particular themes of migration, displacement and the painful burden of loss. Employing recycled materials, her reconfigured forms occupy the space of the gallery as if engaged in a kind of danse macabre, in a surreal meditation on identity and the body, the past and the present.

In subverting the original uses for the objects that make up her work, del Castillo draws on her Ecuadorian heritage, her memories of her grandparents’ shop with its cabinets of curiosities, the cultural influences of pre-Columbian art and the Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo, as well as the dark strains of European surrealists such as Hans Bellmer and the satirical series of etchings Los caprichos, by the great 18th century Spanish artist Francisco Goya.

For Mariana del Castillo Fugitive Faith – A conscripted oath, the artist continues to explore the themes and forms of her recent work, employing largely recycled materials in a surreal reflection on identity, migration, religion and the body.

Showing until 26 March 2017 weekdays 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at The Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and Civic Square.

Find more information on the website.

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

Dress Code: Empire. An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

Discover Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Showing until 1 August 2017 from 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences are a feast for the senses! Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for Virtual Reality (VR). Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology.

Showing until 30 June 2017 daily from 9.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

ULTIMATE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

Experience the exclusive Ultimate Museum Experience at the National Museum of Australia with a meet and greet service, refreshment in the Museum members’ ‘Friends Lounge’, tailored tour of the Museum – planned to suit your interests with a dedicated Museum Visitor Services Host, meal with a glass of wine in the stunning waterfront Museum Cafe and a voucher for 10% off purchases at the beautiful Museum Shop.

Showing until 1 April 2017 daily from 10am, 1pm, 3pm or on request at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on 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.

ARTISTS OF THE GREAT WAR

Artists of the Great War explores the horrors of the First World War, palpably expressed in the work of Australia’s official war artists and their combatant and non-combatant peers.

This powerful exhibition addresses wartime propaganda, front-line experience and remembrance through paintings, drawings and prints featuring a a special focus on the remarkable artist Will Dyson.

Showing until 31 May 2017 from 10am-5pm at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

ATHOL SHMITH FASHION PHOTOGRAPHS

Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.

Showing until Sunday 16 July 2017. Open from 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

VERSAILLES TREASURES FROM THE PALACE

For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles.

FRANK STELLA “THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION” 

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking. Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year. Frank Stella ‘The Kenneth Tyler Collection’ showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Showing until Friday 30 June 2017, 10am at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See website for more information.

DEFINING MOMENTS 

An exhibition of combined works by Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock which captures defining moments in this couple’s careers in Australian contemporary studio glass.  Their partnership in glass and life will be explored through their works, images, photographs and stories.

Showing until Sunday 26 March at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. See website for more information.

FOR COUNTRY, FOR NATION

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service in times of war and peace will be told in this new exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

For Country, for Nation will draw inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of the warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.

Showing until 27 September 2017, 10am – 5pm, at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

See website for more information.

THE SELL: AUSTRALIAN ADVERTISING 1790S TO 1990S

Step back in time, into the ads of Australia’s past. The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s showcases rich collections of Australian advertising and explores the messages behind many iconic and long forgotten ads.

Ephemeral by nature, often lasting in impact, advertising can reflect how much or just how little Australian society has changed over the centuries. From wanted posters to ads for underwear and chocolates, Vegemite and Victa Mowers, to the ‘Life. Be in it’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaigns, there will be something to push everyone’s buttons!

Showing until 25 April 2017, daily 10am – 5pm. No booking required. More information at National Library of Australia.

FRANK STELLA THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking.

Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year.

Frank Stella The Kenneth Tyler Collection showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Showing until 30 June 2017, 10am – 5pm daily at the National Gallery of Australia. More information at National Gallery of Australia

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.au

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.

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

This exhibition features the voices and memories of some of the Australians and South African expatriates who worked hard over decades to bring about the end of apartheid. They often faced bitter opposition, and some were jailed for their actions. Memories of the Strugglepays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.

On exhibition now at the Museum of Australian Democracy, inside Old Parliament House, Parkes.

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 ofMagna 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 exhibitionexplores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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

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