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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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During these first weeks of Spring, Canberra is coming alive with an exciting range of things to do and see including an intimate chat with an Australian screen icon, a festival that celebrates everything green, the chance to fall in love with Italian cinema, a huge array of activities for the school holidays and a swag of markets, theatre productions, music and exhibitions for every taste. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…

Eat, drink and be literary with Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story in Reckoning. In this joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory memoir, Magda describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family.

Joining this warm and skilful storyteller for a discussion of family, frailty and life’s big questions is Amanda Whitley, creator of HerCanberra news website and now magazine editor of HerCanberra magazine.

Tickets are $65 and include a glass of house red or white wine, main course, shared dessert platter and tea and coffee at the Australian National University’s University House. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signings on the night thanks to the University Co Op. There will also be a cash bar available for the purchase of additional wine and soft drinks.

Join the conversation this Friday 2 October at 6:15 pm to 9:15pm at University House, ANU. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased here.

Canberra’s Living Green Festival

Canberra’s biggest ‘green’ community event turns 5 this year! The Living Green Festival has confirmed its place in the ACT’s event calendar as one of the most exciting and innovative ‘green’ events in the region.

No other festival combines key issues such as climate change, sustainability and energy efficiency, with compassion and care for animals and the environment—and turns it into a totally fun day for the whole family! That’s just one of the many unique aspects of Canberra’s very own Living Green Festival!

Where else could you find stalls about double glazing your windows and the very latest in water tanks, next to stalls about caring for wildlife or rescuing dogs? Or stalls selling the most delicious vegan cupcakes next to stalls promoting electric or bamboo bikes?

The Living Green Festival is on this Sunday 4 October, 10am-4pm at Albert Hall, Yarralumla. Free entry.

Lady Larissa Flower Pop-up at Local Press

Having just arrived back from freelancing in the UK, Lady Larissa florist and stylist offers something with a unique and wild difference. “I was fortunate enough to have a broad range of floral work in London such as; styling, events, photoshoots, big installations, running workshops, weddings and more. English flowers are truly something else,” says Lady Larissa.

“The Foreshore has a really lovely vibe, especially now it’s spring and Floriade is on. Canberra has boomed over the past two years I’ve been away. It’s exciting to see the positive changes, where opportunities are available for creatives and small businesses to offer something different. It’s a really exciting time for me. I’ve always dreamed of starting my own business, and now I’m home it’s all naturally fallen into place.”

The next flower pop-up at Local Press on the Kingston Foreshore will be Sunday October 4th from 8am until sold out.

A State of Grace: The Music of Tim & Jeff Buckley

Tim and Jeff Buckley’s legacy has inspired generations of musicians and listeners. The world premiere event A State of Grace is at Canberra Theatre Centre for one night only on Wednesday 30 September. The show celebrates their brilliant, complicated lives and music, bringing together six peerless singers — and musicians with an intimate understanding of the music of the Buckleys — teamed with images and stories.

It is a moving, definitive portrait of two of the most beloved voices in rock, overseen by Gary Lucas, the legendary New York guitarist / composer who worked closely with Jeff, co-writing the immortal songs ‘Grace’ and ‘Mojo Pin’.

September 30 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Click here for bookings. 

Lavazza Italian Film Festival 

Palace Cinemas’ biggest cultural film Festival returns for its 16th season this September with some of the most exciting and beautiful cinema from Italy. Whether it’s Audrey Hepburn tightening her grip on Gregory Peck’s waist as they zoom around on a Vespa in Roman Holiday, Daniel Craig’s James Bond recuperating next to Lake Como in Casino Royale, the iconic image of Anita Ekberg bathing in the Trevi Fountain in La Dolce Vita or (my personal favourite) Lizzie Maguire’s adventures in Rome with an Italian pop star in the eponymous film, Italy never fails to disappoint on camera.

Presented by Palace, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival will open with box-office hit GOD WILLING (SE DIO VUOLE). Director Edoardo Falcone’s laugh out loud comedy starring Alessandro Gassman addresses the vast and varied interaction of atheists and believers with fresh, modern eyes, and celebrates open-mindedness and the courage it takes to change for the better.

Other festival highlights include Venice multi award winning THE DINNER (I NOSTRI RAGAZZI), which shows an intense moral struggle facing two wealthy brothers and their wives in this gripping adaptation on the Dutch best-seller by Herman Koch.

Until Sunday 11 October at Palace Cinemas. See the website for ticket details. 

National Archives Family and Community Day

The National Archives will celebrate Canberra’s Family and Community Day on Monday 28 September with a full day of activities to help locals and visitors learn more about their family and community.

The kids will enjoy origami boat making, old fashioned games, exploring the Constitution discovery trail and snapping selfies with the famous Marie Celeste – the girl who was photographed wrapped in the Australian flag in 1921. Visitors can enjoy an escorted tour of the Archives’ latest exhibition Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments which presents life on the war front through the eyes of those who were there.

Archives staff will be on hand to answer questions on anything and everything about searching the Archives’ rich and diverse collection – including how to find your own family in the  records. Free hands-on workshops will reveal the secrets of finding your ancestors on the Archives’ Discovering Anzacs website – and show how to add an online tribute to them.

The day also offers an opportunity to explore the Archives’ beautiful 1920s building, designed by John Smith Murdoch, the architect of Old Parliament House. Visitors will welcome the chance to view the Australian Constitution, usually kept under wraps to ensure its preservation for future generation.

On today, Monday 28 September from 10am – 4pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace (behind Old Parliament House). Entry is free, visit www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events/index.aspx#FC-20150928 for more information.

Fashion and Fantasy: 21st century fashion dolls

The exhibition Fashion and Fantasy: 21st century fashion dolls has on display over 500 dolls dressed in historical fashion, ethnic clothing and couture, including costumes from film and television series.

See the private collection of Julie Manley, who started collecting fashion dolls in 2000, repaints and customises all her dolls in some way. Many of the outfits have been designed and made by the collector. On display until 22 November at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Windows to the World

Tour the world, without the long haul flight! Windows to the World opens the gates to reveal the beautiful landscapes, superb architecture and diverse cultures of Canberra’s embassies and high commissions until 11 October.

Take a stroll through Yarralumla, Deakin, Forrest and O’Malley to sample some of the flora, flavours, customs, sounds and culture of Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa with a range of open days, tours, performances, exhibits and displays.

Some bookings are required. Numbers are strictly limited at some of the participating missions. Full details on www.events.act.gov.au/windows

Floriade 

Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection. Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat. Until 11 October in Commonwealth Park. Free Entry.

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.

In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – 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. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Tuliptop Gardens Festival

Drive into Spring at the Tuliptop Gardens Festival. Their 10 acre garden of tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse. Classical music wafts through the air in the hidden valley. Walk past the rosemary field to the 70 metre high viewing platform for the perfect photo. Enjoy a picnic and bottle of wine in the grounds.

On until 11 October at The Tuliptop Gardens, Federal Highway, Sutton.

Floriade 

Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection. Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat. On until 11 October in Commonwealth Park, Canberra. Free Entry.

Meet the Gardener Tour

The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Dates: Sunday 4 October. Times: 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

Breakfast with the Birds

Breakfast with the Birds is ideal for bird lovers! Embark on an early morning tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and set off on a guided bird watching expedition. Be guided through the many different landscapes of the Gardens and see some of the beautiful birdlife that call the Gardens home.

At the Australian National Botanic Gardens,Clunies Ross Street, Acton until 11 October. Bookings from www.friendsanbg.org.au.

Sculpture garden talks at the War Memorial

Join Education staff from the Australian War Memorial as they share stories about some of the outdoor memorials and works of art in the Memorial’s Sculpture Gardens during the Floriade festival period. In the event of inclement weather talks will be conducted in the galleries. War Memorial of Australia, Campbell. Happening Tuesday 6 October. Free entry.

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

RAW Canberra presents MERGE

MERGE is a one night extravaganza at the Belconnen Arts Centre showcasing the best of Canberra’s emerging creative talent. It will feature 30 creatives across genres such as visual and performing art, photography, fashion, hair, makeup and music. Visit www.RAWartists.org/canberra/merge for more information. On Friday 2 October from 7.30pm – 11.30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. 

Old Bus Depot Market

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 offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee. Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

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. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

Southside Farmers Markets

The Southside Farmers Market is a village market that provides all the fresh food that you need for your weekly shop.  The market has a great range of fresh, seasonal produce from around 60 stallholders each week – including fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, honey, bread, gourmet treats and much more.

Amongst the wide range of food available, you will find vegetables from Cowra, free range eggs from Tharwa, organic meat from Bombala, organic salad greens from near Hall, vegetables from Marulan, fresh mushrooms and seafood from the south coast, award winning olive oil from near Hall, vegetables from Thirlmere, citrus from Leeton, apples from Batlow Gunning and Pialligo, local breads, cooking sauces and condiments made in Canberra, and award winning organic and fair trade coffees roasted here in Canberra.  If you have a sweet tooth try some freshly baked, tarts, macarons or cakes. There is a wide range of certified organic and biodynamic produce available.

After your shopping relax over a cappuccino or a hot chocolate made with real Belgian chocolate, with a crepe, waffle, sausage sandwich or gozleme in the courtyard.

Open every Sunday morning from 8am until 11:30am at CIT Southside Campus, corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip. Visit www.canberrafarmersmarkets.com.au/southside-farmers-market for more information.

EAT LOCAL FRIDAYS Farmers Market

Eat Local Fridays is a brand new farmers’ market to hit Canberra. Held every Friday, buy chemical and GMO-free produce directly from the grower and makers. Special guest Costa Georgiadis, will be there to kick things off. Visit www.eatlocalmovement.org for more information. On from 2.30pm – 7pm each Friday at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Westside Markets

Whether it’s food, fashion, second-hand or handmade, Canberrans love a good market. The newest addition to the market scene are the Westside Acton Markets which have seen Westside Acton Park transformed into an eclectic outdoor market every Sunday. Each week a mix of handmade, vintage and designer stalls will set up alongside live entertainment and permanent food vendors in the lakeside precinct. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Westside Acton Park, Barrine Drive.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands — the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

FOOD & WINE

The Thursday Table

The Thursday Table is a group of young and passionate North East winemaking friends, who began meeting up on Thursdays to share a bottle, enjoy a meal and dream big. They are Peter Graham from Domenica (Beechworth), Clare Burder from Eminence (King Valley), Rowly Milhinch from Scion (Rutherglen), Chris Catlow from Sentio (Beechworth), Simon Killeen from Simao & Co (Rutherglen) and Tess Brown and Jeremey Schmolzer from VS&B (Beechworth).

Close friends, story tellers, dinner pals – they make a diverse range of wines from all over the North East. Wines which represent particular vineyards, wines made in tiny quantities, wines made with detail and dedication and wines which, most importantly –  they love to drink.  

They love to eat too – and have brought their roadshow to Canberra for one night only. They’ve teamed up with Monster to present an inspired, seasonal five-course shared menu matched to a range of wines, giving the makers an opportunity to discuss their vinous passions alongside a deftly matched meal. Diners will have an opportunity to taste new release and exclusive, small production wines from a passionate group of winemaking pals. 

Join the fun this Wednesday 30 September from 7pm at Monster, Hotel Hotel. $115 per head. Book online at www.thethursdaytable.com.au.

175th Ball at Cooma Cottage

Celebrate Hume’s 175th Celebration Ball at Cooma Cottage, the heart of the Old Hume Highway 31. Join in the fun of 1840’s ballroom dancing with live music, local food and wine, 1840’s opera recital, silhouette artist, launching new Hamilton Hume biography, door prizes, raffle and souvenir wine, auction of local artwork, a new Old Hume Highway 31 song and speeches.

The event will be held Saturday 3 October: 6.30pm till late. First 50 tickets sold will win a ride to the ball in a horse drawn coach.  Tickets are free and available here.

The Tradies Murrumbateman Moving Feast

Tantalise your taste buds at The Tradies Murrumbateman Moving Feast over the October long weekend. Roam from winery to winery, indulging in delicious local food, premium wines, taking in the beautiful countryside along the way.

The Australian Cool Climate Wine Show are offering public tastings on Saturday. Murrumbateman is just 30 minutes from Canberra, or an easy 3 hour drive from Sydney.

Check their website for full details.

Botanica

Botanica showcases Bisonhome’s recent ceramic and glass designs amongst a continuously evolving display of flowers and scents. Hear from the local design community each Saturday. Brian Tunks, creative director of bisonhome and former ancient historian, discusses classical pottery methods, his collection’s evolution and some home styling and design tips.

Gus Armstrong, coveted hat winner in the 2016 Sydney Good Food Awards (eightysix), shares some recipes. Celebrated Floralista, Lou Moxom (Moxom and Whitney), creates simple yet elegant arrangements and discuss the rules of proportion.Leading ACT Mixologist Russell Pearson creates a bison cocktail and perfects the ideal entertaining tipple.

Spring Tea

Celebrate spring in one of the stunning hidden Parliament House courtyards. Enjoy a delightful high tea of mouth-watering delicacies with a glass of something sparkling to celebrate Floriade on Saturday 3 October or Saturday 10 October (2pm to 4pm).

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased from canberraticketing.com.au or by calling 6275 2700.

SPORT & FITNESS

Free early morning exercise walks at Floriade

Local Heart Foundation walk organisers and CANwalk members will lead walkers through the gardens before the gates open to the general public. Experience the beauty and serenity of the gardens without the crowds!

Held 8am—9am daily during Floriade. Meet at Commonwealth Avenue Pedestrian crossing.

For more information contact Diane on 6269 2655 or [email protected]

International Natural Bodybuilding Australia Australian Championship

This weekend Canberra will host the INBA Australian Championships! Most experts in the industry agree that the Australian Championships are amongst the hardest national titles in the world to win, as the quality of the Australian competitors is the best in the world. Australia has a long and proud tradition in the sport of natural bodybuilding and modelling and we are ranked number one.

Next weekend all eyes shift to the nations capital in Canberra where star promoters Nick Boutzos and Jesse McConaghy present the 2015 running of the nations premier ever, the INBA Australian Natural Physique Championships. Over the last month a careful qualification process has has been going on in every state and territory of the country to find the best representatives to contest the national event. To enter the Australian Championships, interstate competitors must rank top five in their state.

Sunday 4 October, 8:30am-7pm at the National Convention Centre. Check out inba.com.au for more details.

FAMILY

10th Anniversary of Goldilocks the Pantomime

This version of Goldilocks was written by Canberra playwright Peter McDonald, with original music by Adam Bluhm, and was first performed by Ickle Pickle Productions in December 2005. Goldilocks was Ickle Pickles first ever show, and we had so much fun we have decided to bring it back as part of our ten year anniversary.  This is a pantomime-style show, suitable for all ages!

Goldilocks lives with her mother, Mrs Locks, struggling to make ends meet. They are behind with their rent payments to their landlord, the evil Sheriff of Gunningham. The Sheriff has been trying to steal the Three Bears’ recipe for porridge so that he can start a chain of porridge outlets. He and his assistant Frogmore kidnap Goldilocks and hold her ransom for the porridge recipe. Can Dave the Woodcutter and his best friend Charlie the Chipmunk save the day?

 Saturday 3 October at 11am, Belconnen Theatre, Swanson Court – Belconnen. Duration: one hour.

School holiday events at CMAG and Mugga-Mugga

Mugga-Mugga School Holiday Program: Rosemary for remembrance

Wednesday 7 and repeated Thursday 8 October: 10am–2pm (5 to 12 years)

Rosemary – delicious in cooking, supposed to improve memory and a fragrant symbol of remembrance. Pop along to Mugga-Mugga to commemorate the hundredth anniversary year of ANZAC. Take a cutting from the Curley family rosemary bush to pot up and take home; then test yourself with some fun memory games. Cost is $20 (ACT M&G members and eligible concession card holders $15) – book online by Wednesday 30 September at muggaschoolholidayprogram.eventbrite.com.au

CMAG School Holiday Workshop: Ink Lab

Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October: 9–11am and 2–4pm (6 to 12 years)

Inspired by the exhibition INK REMIX, experiment with ink and uncover its many mysterious properties. Take home a folio that documents your inky discoveries. Cost is $15 per child (ACT M&G Members and eligible concession card holders $10); book online by Wednesday 30 September at Eventbrite: 9 – 11am sessions at cmagschoolholidayworkshop9-11.eventbrite.com.au and 2 – 4pm sessions at cmagschoolholidayworkshop2-4.eventbrite.com.au

Drop-in craft at the Australian War Memorial

Looking for something to keep the kids busy these school holidays? Take them along to Friday drop-in craft sessions at the Australian War Memorial where they can make a paper slouch hat, bookmark, or poppy to take home.

Activities run Fridays until 9 October: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 2.30 – 3.30pm at the Australian National War Memorial. Free entry.

Discovery Space: Native or Feral

Learn about native and introduced species in Australia and how they have affected the environment. Now extinct, thylacines, or Tasmanian tigers, were once thought of as vermin. Can you imagine what they were like? Were they ferocious or gentle, crazy or calm?

Create your own thylacine mask and see through its eyes as you walk through the Old New Land gallery to find one. On the way, make an introduced species and add to the National Museum of Australia’s Fenced Ferals installation along the Circa corridor with artist Amanda Stuart.

Buy session tickets on the day at the Information Desk. 29 September until 9 October at the National Museum of Australia. Tuesday to Friday: 10-11am, 11am-12 noon, 12 noon-1pm. Child: 3.00 – Adults free (children on Friends Full Membership free).

School Holiday Activities at the National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Play: Props and Poses

Explore props and poses in portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. For children from 4 to 8 share with family and friends. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Daily: 11am to 12pm. $5 per child, bookings essential via phone or email.

Art Cart

Free activities for families to enjoy together. Daily from 11am to 4pm until 11 October.

National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

School holidays at the AIS

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? With a focus on participation and having a good time, these holiday programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer and Tennis Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program. All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Full day or weekly programs available. Child: 60.00 – This is the daily rate. Some discount may apply for weekly bookings. Click here for more information. From 29 September to 9 October.

Animal Crackers

The National Film and Sound Archive celebrates Australian films starring your most beloved animals these school holidays, from Skippy to Red Dog. All sessions at 10am each day with one exception. See here for the full list of films showing. From 28 September to 9 October at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Family and Community Day at the National Archives of Australia

Bring the kids along for family fun activities including origami boat making, old fashioned games, a discovery trail and an Archives selfie! ‘Ask a Reference Officer’ your research questions, hands-on workshops on our Discovering Anzacs website, exhibition highlights tours of Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments, special viewings of the Australian Constitution, and more. No bookings required.

The event is free, just drop in. On Monday 28 September from 10am – 4pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Visit www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events for more information.

School Holidays at the Memorial: Hands on History

Try Hands on History at the Australian War Memorial these school holidays. What do servicemen and servicewomen wear? What do they eat? What jobs do they do? This exciting hands-on history programs answer these questions and many more. Try on uniforms, handle real items, and hear incredible stories of Australians in wartime. At the lower galleries, free event.

September 29 and 30 then October 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 all at 11am at the Australian National War Memorial.

Floriade 

Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection.

Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat.

12 September- 11 October, Commonwealth Park, Canberra. Free Entry.

Meet the Gardener Tour

The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Sunday 4 October at 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

BFirm Battle Games – Holiday Sessions 

Celebrity Trainer Lee Campbell’s BFirm Battle Games are unique school holiday experiences for any kids aged between 8 – 14, where the primary aims are adventure, inclusiveness and fun. The sessions can stand alone or kids can participate in all of the available “missions”.

In teams, kids will compete in a variety of challenges which focus on every form of development from their creativeness, teamwork/leadership, fitness and strength – Battle Games is for everyone and they spend a whole day outside without being plugged in!

Sessions will be held on 29 and 30 September and 6 and 7 October. Bookings can be made at www.bfirm.com.au/battlegames

Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick

The National Capital Exhibition presents Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick; an exciting programme for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Little Griffins includes songs, activities and lots of Duplo™ construction fun as a gentle introduction to the wonders of the National Capital.

Held from 10am to 11am the last Friday of each month at National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Canberra.

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. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – 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. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

Perception Deception

Does your brain play tricks on you? Is one person’s reality the same as yours? Answer these questions and more with the Perception Deception exhibition at Questacon. Surprise your senses and challenge your mind with over 60 hands-on and multimedia exhibits featuring perceptual test and illusions.  This family-friendly exhibition reveals how our brains process information from our senses to form our perception of the world around us. Sometimes all is not as it seems! On now until 30 September 2015. For entry prices visit the website.

There’s always heaps for people of all ages to do at Questacon – check out their list of events here.

National Dinosaur Museum Weekend Tours

The National Dinosaur Museum holds tours every weekend. Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time. Take your camera, your friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages. Tours are free with admission. Tours are 30-minutes and run every weekend at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm until 27 December.

Family Space

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy this school holidays in the Portrait Gallery Adventure Family Space. Explore the lives of Australia’s greatest adventurers through interactive art carts, dioramas and dress ups. Make your own portrait that expresses your spirit of adventure using fun art materials and the photo booth. All materials provided and free for all to enjoy! From 11am to 4pm daily.

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 2 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.

Friday 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 the website for more information.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Investing In Your Future 

Do you sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by being a grown up and having to make decisions about your financial future?

  • Should I invest in the property market?
  • Where do I start with investing in the property market?
  • What should I do with my super?
  • How do I make tax time beneficial to me?
  • Where do I start with applying for a loan?
  • What is the best place to invest money?
  • How do I build a portfolio?

The alumni office would like to offer you an exclusive invitation to the investing in your future event. We’ve invited four industry experts from UniSuper, MLC Advice, Vivid Chartered Accountants & Independent Property Group to talk to you and answer all your questions. Each expert will present on their topic for 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for Q&A. We have organized some drinks and nibbles for the end of the event.

September 30 from 5.30-7.30pm at the University of Canberra. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Magda Szubanksi Signing at Harry Hartog

In this extraordinary memoir, Magda describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family. With courage and compassion she addresses her own frailties and fears, and asks the big questions about life, about the shadows we inherit and the gifts we pass on.Honest, poignant, utterly captivating, Reckoning announces the arrival of a fearless writer and natural storyteller. It will touch the lives of its readers. The inimitable Magda Szubanski will be signing copies of her new book from midday at Harry Hartog Woden on October 2.

afterDARK Lantern Tours

afterDARK Lantern Tours are a wonderful way to spend a spring evening in the nation’s capital. Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with your own ranger guide.

First Saturday in October and November. Bookings are essential. Not suitable for children under five years.From 3 October 2015 to 7 November. Sat 3 Oct : 6.30pm & Sat 7 Nov: 7.30pm

Women in War museum theatre performances

Be part of the spring school holiday programs at the Australian War Memorial with Women In War. See actor Leith Arundel in two moving performances, Last letters and Radio silence, relating the experiences of women during wartime. Other programs include story time, hands-on history activities, drop in craft sessions and gallery talks. Please visit the Australian War Memorial events calendar on their website for exact dates and times.

Meet the Gardener Tour

The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Dates: Sunday 27 September and Sunday 4 October. Times: 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

STAGE & FILM

ANU Interhall Productions Presents, Miss Saigon

Experience the ANU Interhall Productions rendition of one of the most thrilling shows in musical theatre, Miss Saigon. Set in the Vietnam War, the musical is emotionally stirring portraying a heartbreaking story of suffering, loss and love. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michael Schönberg (creators of Les Miserables) bring Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to the modern world in this moving testament to the human spirit and the tragedies of war.
Wednesday 30th September – Saturday 3rd October, 7:30pm, 2pm for Matinee Performance on the 3rd.

Main Stage, ANU Arts Centre, Union Court. Contact Details: [email protected]. For tickets see: interhallproductions.anu.edu.au.

Soul Of Fire – She fought for peace

Renowned Austrian pacifist Bertha von Suttner is the central figure of “Soul of fire – She fought for peace”. Well known Austrian actress Maxi Blaha portrays her main concerns in deliberately and chronologically chosen chapters, contrasts and episodes.

As an avid pacifist, von Suttner was central to a world-wide peace movement. She fought nationalist fanaticism, militarism, anti-Semitism and recognised the dangers of hate breeding. She inspired her friend and benefactor Alfred Nobel to create a Peace Prize and was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for her most famous novel “Lay Down your Arms”.

Runs from 2-4 October The Street Theatre, Acton. Friday & Saturday: 8pm. Sunday: 4pm (performance in German) and 8pm. Box Office opens 1.5 hours prior to each show. Tickets: Adult: 35.00, Concession: 30.00, Student: 25.00.

Bran Nue Day (PG)

The National Portrait Gallery is continuing its free film screenings throughout Spring. Join them for a screening of the uplifting Australian film Bran Nue Day (PG – 2009). Limited places, no bookings required. Donations are welcome.

Saturday 3 October at 3pm. National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

10th Anniversary of Goldilocks the Pantomime

This version of Goldilocks was written by Canberra playwright Peter McDonald, with original music by Adam Bluhm, and was first performed by Ickle Pickle Productions in December 2005. Goldilocks was Ickle Pickles first ever show, and we had so much fun we have decided to bring it back as part of our ten year anniversary.  This is a pantomime-style show, suitable for all ages!

Goldilocks lives with her mother, Mrs Locks, struggling to make ends meet. They are behind with their rent payments to their landlord, the evil Sheriff of Gunningham. The Sheriff has been trying to steal the Three Bears’ recipe for porridge so that he can start a chain of porridge outlets. He and his assistant Frogmore kidnap Goldilocks and hold her ransom for the porridge recipe. Can Dave the Woodcutter and his best friend Charlie the Chipmunk save the day?

 Saturday 3 October at 11am, Belconnen Theatre, Swanson Court – Belconnen. Duration: one hour.

Come and Sing Messiah Presented by the Canberra Choral Society

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus is one of the most infectious pieces of music ever written. So uplifting that it drew a King to his feet – and generations of audiences have followed. That tradition is part of the fun of a Messiah performance, but there’s something even better. Being on the stage and singing! That’s why the Canberra Choral Society is once again inviting Canberrans to join their popular ‘Come and Sing Messiah’ program.

Applications close 12 October. Come and Sing Messiah Presented by the Canberra Choral Society. Rehearsals start 2 November | Performance 12 December Applications: www.canberrachoralsociety.org

Uni Pub Comedy Club

Michael Connell began getting laughs at the age of three in his back yard with the Hills Hoist acting as stage and curtain, and he hasn’t stopped performing since. A veteran of 6 Melbourne Comedy Festival shows, Michael is bringing his Comedy to the Uni Pub October 2nd. Tickets are available at http://www.unipub.com.au/whats-on at $20 in advance or $22 at the door.  On October 2, doors open at 7:30pm show starts at 8pm at Uni Pub – London Circuit – Level 3 Lounge.

NIDA COMES TO CANBERRA

Are you looking to boost your drama skills with a fun short course this spring? Then look no further than NIDA. From 5 to 11 October, NIDA Open will be holding a variety of performing arts classes for people of all ages at Darmalan College in Canberra. Head of NIDA Open, Caroline Spence says these courses offer unique experiences for participants of all skill levels.

NIDA Open has been educating and training Australians in theatre, TV and film for over 20 years. Based on NIDA’s world-renowned training techniques, our courses are led by experienced tutors and deliver an enriching experience for everyone.

For more information on NIDA Open’s national spring program, please visit open.nida.edu.au/spring or for more information about 2016 higher education courses and how to apply, please visit nida.edu.au/apply.

Cult Classics return to Dendy

Dendy Canberra’s Cult Classics will return for another season, showcasing some of the best films from the last several decades. The program opens with the first instalment of the magnificent adventure Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) on every Monday with an incredible line-up for the winter season that will feature some of the best films of all time including the highest grossing film of 2003, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Fight Club (1999).

The August program includes The Exorcist (1973), Wayne’s World (1992), Willow (1998), 54 The Director’s Cut (1998) and Tropic Thunder (2008). The season will conclude with the best known ‘midnight movie’ The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on Monday 21 September with fans and guests encourage to attend in their best Rocky Horror attire. The Cult Classics screen every Monday with a session at 10am and 6.30pm. Members pay just $10 and non-members $12. Tickets are now on sale and bookings are highly recommended.

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE

Jazz Collective – Mingus meets Joni

The Australian National University’s School of Music present free lunchtime music from the ANU Jazz Collective performing the music of Charles Mingus and Joni Mitchell’s collaborative project.

Mingus is the tenth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, and a collaboration with jazz musician Charles Mingus. Recorded in the months before his death, it would be Mingus’s final musical project; the album is wholly dedicated to him.

Biginelli’s cafe are offering a $5 cake and coffee deal to all who attend these free concerts!

Thursday 1 Octoberfrom 1-2pm, Big Band Room, Peter Karmel Building, ANU School of Music, Acton.

The Llewellyn Choir

In this sumptuous concert the Llewellyn Choir joins the New Caledonia French Choir for a banquet of choral treats by Verdi, Cherubini and Brahms, served to you at the High Court with passion. This is a unique opportunity to hear both choirs singing together within the acoustics of the Court.

The Llewellyn Choir is one of Canberra’s leading community choirs. Founded in 1980 as the School of Music Community Choir, today the choir is an 80-strong group under the gifted directorship of Rowan Harvey-Martin, with repetiteur Anthony Smith.

Bookings via their website necessary for entry. Seating not guaranteed.

Saturday 4 October, at 1.30pm, High Court of Australia.

104 Flutes Australian Flute Festival

104 flute players from across Australia will perform the Australian Premiere of “Il cerchio tagliato dei suoni” (The circle cut by sounds). This immersive work features four soloists forming a circle around the audience and creating an accelerating swirl of sound. The soloists are interrupted by 100 ‘migrating’ performers, who walk in procession through the grand architecture of the High Court to “cut the circle” of sounds. Guaranteed to raise your spirits.

This performance is part of the 2016 Australian Flute Festival. Admission is free, booking not required.

Friday 2 October. Door open 6.30pm for  7.30pm start, High Court of Australia, Parkes.

Rockwiz Live! Salutes the ARIA Hall of Fame

The combination of RocKwiz and the ARIA Hall Of Fame is a match made in rock-n-roll heaven!

Queen Of The Kwiz, Julia Zemiro, and Rock Brain, Brian Nankervis, ask the curly questions. Human Scoreboard, Dugald, manages the stage scores. The original RocKwiz Orkestra – James Black, Peter Luscombe and Mark Ferrie, are joined by Even guitarist Ashley Naylor and the sensational Vika and Linda Bull.

This live show won’t be filmed; so being there, front and centre, is the only way to experience the special magic of a RocKwiz Live! performance – bigger, bolder and looser than any television episode!

Wednesday 30 September at 7pm, Llewellyn Hall. Buy tickets here.

The Vinyl Lounge

Bring your vinyl and play a track of your choice on our pure analogue sound system. Discover music you’ve never heard before, and revisit your old favourites! The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of the month. The Bench Room cafe is open from 5.00 pm for drinks and snacks, with the Vinyl Lounge grooving from 5.30–6.30 pm. The perfect way to end the day and the week. Entry is free. On Friday October 2 from 5.30pm – 6.30pm at NFSA Theatrette, Canberra, ACT

Wednesday Lunchtime Live

Young and talented pianists from the studio of Marie Cull will perform piano solos and duets from the Classical period to the Twentieth Century. Composers include Beethoven, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff, Bridge, Martinu, Hill and Edwards. Cost: $10 minimum, concession $5 (pensioner, full-time student, children under 12). Visit the website for more information www.wesleycanberra.org.au/music. On Wednesday September 30 2015 from 12.40pm to 1.20pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest

Dawn Disco

Dawn Disco is set to be an energetic morning dance experience for people who want to start their day with positivity and fun times! Dawn Disco will be held on the first Friday of every month at O’Donnell Youth Centre, Braddon.

It’s a morning dance party featuring upbeat songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today! Entry is $5 on the door (kids free) and there is heaps of FREE parking at the venue. This event is all-ages and is drug and alcohol free. Wear comfy clothes that can get sweaty! Don’t forget your water bottle!

Find out more at www.ravecbr.com or follow the fun on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Rave-CBR.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in theNational Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm until 24 December at the National Film and Sound Archive.

No Lights, No Lycra

There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself. NLNL is on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm at St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The PhoenixTransit BarThe FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Spring High Tea

Help raise awareness of and funds for research into ovarian cancer by enjoying a decedent high tea while wearing your favourite flowered frock!

The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) has made huge advances in the search for an early detection test for ovarian cancer. Each year their research is supported by Frocktober – a month long fundraiser where the focus is on frocks and fun. This year, the Spring High Tea provides the perfect excuse to wear your favourite flowered frock while enjoying a delicious afternoon tea.

Tickets are just $65 and include high tea, glass of champagne or a mocktail on arrival and tea and coffee throughout the afternoon. Dress code is a touch of spring and while frocks are encouraged they are not mandatory (yes, the gents can breath a sigh of relief).

Most importantly we will be raising funds for the OCRF and their important work seeking an early detection test for ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) was established in May 2000 to foster research into ovarian cancer – a disease which claims the life of one Australian woman every 10 hours and often remains undetected until in its advanced stages.

Book your ticket here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/spring-high-tea-tickets-17819910833. On October 10 from 2pm at CIT Function Centre, Level 1  K Block, Constitution Avenue, Reid. 

Light the Night

Help families affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders by joining the inspiring Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night walk. Gather with family and friends to light a special lantern: GOLD to remember a loved one, WHITE for your own blood cancer journey, BLUE to show you care

The money raised will help thousands of Australians through research and personalised support. Your presence will help lift the hearts of our nation as we walk as one in hope for a future free of blood cancer. Visit the website for more information www.lightthenight.org.au. On Friday October 9 from 5.30pm – 8.00pm at Kingston Foreshore.

Bras & Boxers

In September, Oncology Massage Training and The Cancer Support Group will be bringing art to all the fun places! With live music, auctions, raffles and prizes PLUS the 2016 calendar launch, the event will be fundraising for cancer support services in Canberra and the supporting region. Designers and local celebrities will be designing bras and boxers for auction and to illustrate a 2016 calendar. Winning designs will win cash prizes.

Dress: Cocktail. Tickets:$100 per head and available on through the Hellenic Club or phone (02) 6281 0899

If you have a creative streak and want to showcase your skills, visit Bras and Boxers for more information.

ART

Table Tools: Alison Jackson

Local award winning silversmith Alison Jackson presents a new collection of functional tableware vessels and cutlery pieces informed by research and prototype experimentation fusing traditional silver smithing handcraft techniques with contemporary industrial processes.

10 September to 24 October. Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre. Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 5pm, Saturday: noon – 4pm. Free entry.

The Big Draw 2015 – Big Drawn In

As part of the National Portrait Gallery’s The Big Draw 2015, Big Drawn in invites everyone to put pencil to paper while listening to folk songs played by Zhi Zhao on accordion and soprano Miriam Rose. Grab the opportunity to get your caricature drawn by cartoonists Andrew Hore and Chris Wilson.

The Big Draw takes place each Sunday in October. Try a different special Big Draw activity each week. This year’s theme is ‘Every drawing tells a story’.

National Portrait Gallery, Sunday 4 October 11am-2pm. Free but donations welcome.

Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1970–2012

This unique and must-see travelling exhibition showcasing the work of 42 of the country’s most influential, contemporary jewellery designers, promises to ‘inspire, intrigue and inform’. Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1970–2012 is your last chance to see this exhibition–Canberra is the ‘last stop’ before the jewellery returns to its permanent home in the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). The exhibition has already been seen by thousands in five states, and now here for Canberrans and visitors alike, at Craft ACT: Canberra Craft and Design Centre.

The work, curated by the NGA, is beautifully displayed in six specially designed cases and features jewellery by four Canberra-based designers. Pieces include brooches, arm bands, lockets, rings, bangles, and pendants created out of a wide range of materials such as gold, sterling silver, copper, coral, aluminium and polypropylene. The collection is on now at Craft ACT as part of its outreach program (free to the public). On now until 24 October, Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday, 12pm to 4pm.

Gorgeous Mortar

Canberra’s newest pop-up, a community arts hub, is opening this week in Braddon. Housed in the old Cornucopia Bakery space on Mort Street, Gorgeous Mortar seeks to create a vibrant local arts space which engages with the community via a diverse range of stimulating events and offerings. The introduction of Gorgeous Mortar will see an expansion of events and utilisation of the space. A simple, funky cafe and bar is to be installed, which will showcase live music, art exhibits & installations. A special curated week-long event, the FortyMorty Project, will celebrate the original building and its inhabitants.

Karina Bontes, Zoe Anderson and Dai Cameron, the collaborators working on the project, see it as a chance to celebrate the changing face of Braddon, a location bursting with expression, fun and urban vibes. Visit the website for more information gorgeousmortar.com.au. Opens Friday 11 September, 40 Mort Street, Braddon. 

Reality in Flames: Curator-led tours

Join an Australian War Memorial curator for a tour of Reality in Flames and look at how Australian artists responded to the upheaval and anxiety of the period to create powerful imagery which explored all aspects of life during the Second World War.

Special Exhibitions Gallery, free event.

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

Kaninjaku explores the history of the Canning Stock Route. Stories of contact, conflict and survival are featured in a striking new exhibition, Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route. Showing at the National Museum of Australia until 12 August 2016.

Bespoke

In Bespoke: Design for the people, six Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response.

Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Other exhibitions

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.

EXHIBITIONS

Transfer

A recent residency in Thailand and invitation to exhibit overseas have been the impetus for new works by award winning Canberra artist and printmaker, Jo Hollier.

 “Any travel or ‘transfer’ to a different location is an opportunity to live and observe a different world for a time. It awakens and opens us to new culture, food, people etc.” Jo Hollier presents works on paper which reflect new worlds of colours, textures, plants and sights.

Entry is free, visit the website for more information http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/exhibitions/transfer.html. On from September 25 until October 18 at Belconnen Arts Centre,118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

The Distant Warriors

The Distant Warriors: Ka Maumahara (We Will Remember) Let Us Not Be Forgotten is a special ANZAC Centenary exhibition inspired by the stories of Indigenous Australian and Maori soldiers who fought in the First World War.  The exhibition, only at the Canberra Glassworks, honours our fallen and our survivors. From 9 September 2015 to 19 November 2015
10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Sunday at the Canberra Glassworks. Entry is by gold coin donation.

Ink RemixThe Mandala Project

Darryl’s Den is a local non-profit Canberra disability studio. The Darryl’s Den Mandala project is a positive art project, giving people with a range of disabilities the opportunity to create beautiful original art work in a collaborative group environment. Mandalas have been used for thousands of years by many different cultures for healing, renewal, expression, discovery, meditation, reflection, creativity, wellbeing and connecting.

Entry is free. For more information visit www.belconnenartscentre.com.au. Opens on Friday 4 September at 5.30pm, at the Belconnen Art Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

INK REMIX: Contemporary Art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong is curated by Dr Sophie McIntyre and highlights new and innovative aspects of contemporary ink art. Most artists in the exhibition have trained in Chinese calligraphy and ink painting but reinvent or subvert the tradition in works that explore links between personal, regional and global experience. On now until 18 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City.

X-rated: the sex industry in the ACT

Since the 1980s Canberra has been synonymous with sex in the minds of many Australians. Twenty years have passed since it became legal to sell X-rated videos in the Australian Capital Territory. The adult industry has gone through periods of growth, boom and, many would argue, bust. This exhibition explores the evolution of Canberra’s sex industry over the past 50 years. The public is warned that some material displayed in this exhibition may cause offence. Persons under 18 years of age may not enter this exhibition. On until 20 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Australia in the Great War

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries. Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War. The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.  The Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine and the war at sea. On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

William Edwin Pidgeon (1909–1981), war correspondent and artist

William Edwin Pidgeon was a painter, cartoonist, illustrator, and newspaper critic. This exhibition presents a selection of the over 400 works by William Pidgeon held in the Australian War Memorial’s Art collection. The works relate to Pidgeon’s Second World War experiences in Darwin, New Guinea, Borneo and Morotai between 1943 to 1945. On display in the Second World War Galleries until 7 March 2016 at the Australian War Memorial.

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, The Home Front looks at life back at home and the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by those far from the battlefields. Through 23 personal stories, this exhibition explores Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions. See the effects of war on those at home. Rediscover Prime Minister Billy Hughes’s determination to impose conscription on a divided nation, Basil Watson’s thrilling and ultimately tragic aerobatic displays in his homemade biplane, May Gibbs’s quaint postcards that carried messages of joy to soldiers and more. On display at the National Museum of Australia until 1 January 2017.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan, reflecting both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

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 at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something.

Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories.

Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Magna Carta – an Australian story

This year we celebrate 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. Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore 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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