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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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There’s also an array of markets to explore if you’re a market dweller, exhibitions galore for the art lovers and plates aplenty for the foodies. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!


Fireside Festival

Venues around the Canberra region turn up the heat in August for the capital’s annual celebration of winter – Fireside Festival, which runs from 31 July to 31 August.

Embrace winter – from degustation dinners celebrating local and seasonal produce to tastings of the region’s best reds, innovative and exciting performances, musicians, events and exhibitions. Experience the thrill of a horse back ride through the hills as you muster the flock for shearing, sip the smoothest hot chocolate and snuggle in for the night with accommodation packages… fall in love with winter.

Discover five of our must-attend events here.

Of Mice and Men

The multi-award winning, Sport of Jove Theatre Company are bringing to life one of the world’s most compelling tales of friendship and survival, Of Mice and Men.

Written and adapted for the stage by Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck, this show is one of the finest pieces of polarizing literature in history. It serves as a striking indictment of how we treat our disenfranchised fringe dwellers, our migrant peoples and our most vulnerable citizens.

Performing at Canberra Theatre Centre from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 August. Tickets from

Cult Classics return to Dendy

Dendy Canberra’s Cult Classics showcases some of the best films from the last several decades. 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.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge. On the first Friday of each month from 5pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.



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 for more information.

Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair

This year’s Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair will be an inspiring hub of creativity covering wearable art, embroidery, knitting, paper craft, textile art, vintage fashion and a stunning array of quilts! With impressive displays, workshops and craft products all on offer at Australia’s most popular craft event, visitors will be spoilt for choice. Visitors can also be inspired to begin preparations for a handmade Christmas early at the enchanting Christmas area featuring inspiring free Christmas workshops with creative ideas on how to make this year’s Christmas a handmade affair.

For those wanting to stock up on all the latest craft supplies, tools and gadgets, the Fair will be bursting at the seams with specialty retailers from all over Australia. Tickets start at $15 and can be bought on the day or online. To learn more and book a ticket online in advance and save, please visit On 10am – 4.30pm from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 August at Exhibition Park In Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell.

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.


International India Pale Ale and Curry Day at The Durham Castle Arms

International India Pale Ale (IPA) day is the celebration of one of the most diverse and popular styles of beer available in Australia. These fruity, citrusy and piney beers were borne out of the need to put more hops in beer in order to withstand the journey from England to India. And they match great with a spicy Indian curry. On tap there will be 6 different IPA’s available and 4 different and diverse curry dishes made by highly skilled team of Punjabi chefs. Visit the website for more information On August 6 to August 9 from 6pm each night at The Durham Castle Arms, Green Square, Kingston.

Fireside Festival

Venues around the Canberra region turn up the heat in August for the capital’s annual celebration of winter – Fireside Festival, which runs from 31 July to 31 August.

Embrace winter – from degustation dinners celebrating local and seasonal produce to tastings of the region’s best reds, innovative and exciting performances, musicians, events and exhibitions. Experience the thrill of a horse back ride through the hills as you muster the flock for shearing, sip the smoothest hot chocolate and snuggle in for the night with accommodation packages… fall in love with winter.

Lerida Estate Duck and Pinot Master Class

Enjoy superb duck canapés matched with a range of Lerida Estate’s fine Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines and examine what food and wine matches work best and why. Hear Jim Lumbers talk about the wines, and wife Anne talk about the food. Finish with a dessert matched with the triple Gold Medal winning 2013 Botrytis Pinot Gris.

The Master Class is on from 11am to 1pm this Saturday 8 August. Find out how you can get a special rate on a Vines and Wines tour here.

The Truffle Festival Canberra Region

Discover the magic of black truffles at The Truffle Festival Canberra Region. Learn from celebrity chefs and other truffle experts. Join a truffle hunt, take a cooking class, or indulge in the special flavours and intoxicating aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants, cafes and wineries. Try breakfasts and lunches or immerse yourself in the grandeur of this exquisite delicacy with sumptuous truffle degustation dinners at various fine dining restaurants. With more than 60 participating venues, there is much to explore! Celebrate the local harvest of these highly prized gems until late August. Visit the website for information and event times.

Seven-course Truffle Festival Degustation

If you love Truffles, you won’t want to miss this 7 course Truffle Festival Degustation being hosted by Sherry McArdle-English (of French Black Truffles of Canberra) at The National Press Club of Australia. Inclusive seven-course dinner served with Hungerford Hill Wines from the Hunter Valley. Tickets start at $130 for members and $160 for non-members. Visit the website for more information or to book your ticket On Saturday 15 August from 7pm at The National Press Club of Australia, 16 National Circuit, Barton.

Hooch Fridays at QT

During winter we need that little bit extra motivation to leave the house. QT want to provide that motivation for you in a cocktail form. Dine at Capitol Bar & Grill on a Friday during the month of July and August, order an entree, main or main and dessert and receive a complimentary cocktail in Lucky’s Canberra. On Fridays at QT, Capitol Bar & Grill, 1 London Circuit, Canberra.

Visit the website for more information.

Majura Valley Experience

Take a journey through the Majura Valley, enjoy and experience the best local produce. Start your day at French Black Truffles of Canberra with Sherry for a truffle hunt. Then travel next door to Mount Majura Vineyard where you will enjoy a local truffle infused brie matched with some outstanding wines. Travel down Majura Road to Pod Food in Pialligo to finish your experience with a two course lunch including a glass of Mount Majura Vineyard wine. The entrée and main will both feature Sherry’s famed French black truffles. Contact Mount Majura for bookings and meeting point. Price is $165 per person. On until 9 August (Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) from 10am to 3pm.

Canberra Truffle Hunts

Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; Ruffells Estate. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. These exceptionally talented dogs roam amongst the farm’s 2,500 trees to find a piece of ‘black magic’. Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy. Choose from Truffle Hunts, A Twilight Hunt and Cook or the Weekend Hunt and Cook. Hunts: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays. Brunch, Hunt & Cook: Saturdays. Lunch, Hunt & Cook: Saturdays & Sundays. Twilight, Hunt & Cook: Fridays. Tours available until 14 August. Book online.


Family Sunday Sessions: Escape into the Gardens

Get along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens to their guided storytelling experience exploring the themes of ‘Fire and Light in the Australian bush’. The adventure begins with a tasty morning tea before families head out with their hosts from the ACT Storytellers and Gardens’ education team, finishing their journey in the Red Centre Garden toasting marshmallows over a fire. Suitable for families with primary school aged children. Bookings essential with tickets $20 adults and $15 concession and children. Phone 6250 9588. On Sunday 30 August from 10.30am.


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 the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

Story time at the Memorial

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys at the Australian War Memorial. This program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome. Meet in the lower galleries, free event. On every Friday from 10.30am to 11.30am until 28 August at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell.

Little faces

Little children and their parent (or carer) are invited to join an experienced Learning Facilitator at the National Portrait Gallery for playful activities in the galleries exploring faces, colour, sound and movement in the portraits with the Little Faces program. This 30-minute event is ideal for children from the ages of 6 months to 3 years. It’s followed by morning tea in the cafe. Bookings essential. On until Thursday 5 August (9.30am and 10.30am) at the National Portrait Gallery.

Winter magic at the library

Libraries ACT is offering bundles of events, classes, regular activities and, of course, their extensive movie, magazine, book and audio book collections to keep everybody entertained this winter. One-on-one digital literacy training: Book in for a personalised 30-minute session on a topic of your choice. Topics include email, eBooks, internet and computer basics, tablets, and privacy and security. From 2pm to 4pm until Thursday 27 August at Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin libraries.

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.


CBR Brave v Sydney Bears

It’s all happening at the Brave Cave as the CBR Brave take on Sydney Bears on Saturday 8 August. Catch all the action at Phillip Ice Skating Centre when the puck drops at 5.30pm. Tickets available online now or catch the live stream at

Canberra Raiders vs Wests Tigers

See the Canberra Raiders take on the Tigers in Round 22 of the competition – nothing beats being part of the crowd at a live rugby league match, especially when the Raiders are playing on their own turf!

Wrap up warm and experience a real winter experience at GIO Stadium at 7pm on Monday 10 August. Tickets from Ticketek.


The Fabulous Adventure of Cubism

Discover The Fabulous Adventure of Cubism at this Sunday Lecture Series presented by renowned curator and art historian Terence Maloon, currently of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.

2 August: Cubism, collage, construction and Picasso’s achievement in sculpture.
9 August: Picasso and the problem of abstraction.
16 August: Altered perspectives – modern art after the conquest of the air.

Sundays 3pm to 4.30pm at ANU Manning Clark Centre, Australian National University, off Kingsley Street, Canberra. Find out more at


The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds monthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind. This month: Metamaterials: invisibility cloaks and bending light. Join Professor Yuri Kivshar at 6pm this Tuesday 4 August as he delves into the science of metamaterials, and shows us how they can achieve many effects previously only imagined in science fiction.

Invisibility is being held at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street in Canberra this Tuesday 4 August. Tickets are $6 each. Find out more at

A striking resemblance: Portraiture in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

In this lecture, Will Christie looks at the role played by the portrait, and by the aesthetics and language of portraiture, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. He examines how Austen exploited the uncertain status of portrait painting in the 18th century and the ambiguity of ‘ideal imitation’ as championed by art theorists like Sir Joshua Reynolds. Visit the website for more in information www.

On Wednesday 12 August from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

An Introduction to Food Forests

Backyard food forests are a perfect place to begin a garden if you are keen to start producing your own food but are short of time. Tanya Hobbs will be leading this introductory workshop, in which we will explore the concept of food forests, why you might want to set one up, how to adapt the forest to your circumstances and a brief outline of design ideas. Be prepared to be inspired by the brilliant possibilities your backyard holds. Tanya will distribute a worksheet to help you work through the steps of researching and planning your own food forest.

Visit for more information. Tickets start at $20. On 4 August from 6pm – 8pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula.

Health and Motivational Workshop

A workshop is being held by Sprouting Mindsets about empowering women in leading a healthy lifestyle by healthy vegetarian eating and positive thinking. Visit for more information on a healthy lifestyle and tips on healthy eating and positive thinking. On August 9 from 3.15pm – 5.15pm at Gungahlin Library in Training Room 2, Corner of Hibberson and Gozzard streets, Hibberson St, Gungahlin. Entry is free.
Drawn In

Let your creative juices flow at the National Portrait Gallery! Pick up a pencil and enjoy the experience of drawing while listening to local musicians. Free. Ideal for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided. On Sunday 9 August with Carlos Perez, classical guitar at the National Portrait Gallery. Free entry.

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.


Of Mice and Men

The multi-award winning, Sport of Jove Theatre Company are bringing to life one of the world’s most compelling tales of friendship and survival, Of Mice and Men.

Written and adapted for the stage by Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck, this show is one of the finest pieces of polarizing literature in history. It serves as a striking indictment of how we treat our disenfranchised fringe dwellers, our migrant peoples and our most vulnerable citizens.

Performing at Canberra Theatre Centre from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 August. Tickets from

The Soldiers Wife live

Powerful, passionate and deeply personal, The Soldiers Wife is a unique theatrical music project designed to document through song the untold and emotional stories-behind-the-stories of the sacrifice of women and families behind Australia’s pastime in war.

Performing at The Street Theatre this Thursday 6 August at 7:30pm. Tickets from


GREASE had its Broadway premiere in 1972 and has triumphed across the globe.  In 1979 GREASE took over the record as the longest running show in the history of Broadway and the hit film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John proved to be the highest grossing movie musical ever.  Everywhere it opened GREASE struck a universal chord with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and 1950s pop culture.  It is the No. 1 Party Musical, it’s got groove, it’s got meaning and it’s burning up the quarter mile!

Showing at The Q in Queanbeyan until 15 August. Tickets from

Culture Teels: Beautiful Losers

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre presents Culture Reels, a fortnightly series of arresting Australian and international documentaries on art and culture. The first Culture Reels screening kicks off with Beautiful Losers. Directed by Aaron Rose and co-directed by Joshua Leoard, Beautiful Losers speaks to the collective memory of the 1990’s and sheds new lights on those unbeknownst to mainstream America.

Screening Wednesday 5 August, 7pm – 8.30pm at Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Canberra.

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.


Gurrumul: The Gospel Songs Tour

Gurrumul’s The Gospel Album is a dedication to his mother and aunts, who brought him up with songs and lullabies from the church at Elcho Island. As a small boy Gurrumul was not only influenced by the traditional music of his clan but by the gospel music he heard every Sunday at the local Methodist church. The Gospel Album is a re-imagining of the spiritual songs that came to north-east Arnhem Land via Christian missionaries.

Performing at Canberra Theatre next Monday 10 August. Tickets from

Rubber Soul Revolver

See two Beatles studio masterpieces performed live on stage with 17 of Australia’s finest musicians and singers in Rubber Soul Revolver. Bringing these classic albums to life are Husky Gawenda from Husky, Fergus Linacre from Kingswood and singer/songwriters Jordie Lane and Marlon Williams.

Backed by a rock orchestra including guitars, brass, strings and sitar, both albums will be performed in track order and musically directed by Australian songwriter, singer, pianist and record producer Paul Gray.

Experience a faithful recreation of the acoustic beauty and genius of Norwegian Wood, Michelle, Girl and In My Life, as well as the classically influenced Eleanor Rigby, and the ethereal vocals and mystical influences in Here, There and Everywhere, Love You Too and Tomorrow Never Knows.

Don’t miss this unique and spectacular live concert experience at Canberra Theatre Centre at 8pm this Thursday 6 August. Tickets from

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge. On the first Friday of each month from 5pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.

Jack Carty + Jordan Millar

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar are bringing their intimate and by request format to The Street Theatre.

Jack has had an exciting six months since the release of his third studio album “Esk”,landing at #7 on the AIR Independent Album Chart and #17 on The AuReview’s list of the Best Australian Albums of 2014.

Jordan, after releasing the ISC critically acclaimed “Advice From Beyonce” plus “The Wheel EP” last year, has spent the first half of 2015 in the studio working on new material.

Performing at The Street Theatre this Friday 7 August. Tickets from

Salut! Baroque’s August concert: The Master Luthier

Salut! Baroque’s August concert, “The Master Luthier”, showcases some of the composers who worked in Italy when Antonio Stradivari was creating many of his masterpieces as a violin maker. It’s extraordinary to think that instruments and music made 300 years ago still have such beauty and soul.

Hear music by Vivaldi, Corelli, Albinoni, Sammartini and Bertali at 7:30pm this Friday 7 August at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra. Tickets available at the door.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Record breaking 16-time winner of the UK Brass in Concert Championships, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is returning to Australia under the direction of conductor Dr. Robert Childs. Hear music from Brassed Off!, popular classics including Glenn Miller, music by Charlie Chaplain and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Performing at 7:30pm this Saturday 8 August atLlewellyn Hall, Childers Street, Canberra. Tickets from Ticketek.

Comedy Club at The Civic Pub 

Catch the winner of the prestigious Golden Gibbo award for best independent show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015, Laura Davis’ Ghost Machine, at The Civic Pub for a truly unique experience for comedy lovers. Visit for more information. On Wednesday 5 August from 8pm at The Civic Pub, 8 Lonsdale St, Braddon.

A Fleeting Fantasy – art song recital

A Fleeting Fantasy offers an art song recital by Sonia Anfiloff (soprano), Ben Connor (baritone) and Alan Hicks (piano). From darkest desires and dreams, to the pictures of our imagination, fly to the corners of a fantastical world of dwarfs and nymphs, and love, life and death. Sonia, Ben and Alan explore a dark magical path through forests and skies with the likes of Debussy, Strauss, Ullman, Wolf and Medtner. Come and experience some soul-wrenching Lieder, wistful art song and enchanting chanson.

At Wesley Music Centre, National Circuit, Forrest this Sunday 9 August, from 3pm to 5pm. Find out more at

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 takes place in two locations across Canberra: Monday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Mugga Mugga Scout Hall in Red Hill, and 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.

David Pereira Presents: A Hungarian Stopover

David Pereira, one of Australia’s finest cellists, performs alongside pianist Edward Neeman to present Hungarian Stopover. The evening features prominent Hungarian composers Franz Liszt, Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály as well as Prague-born David Popper.

Performing at 2pm this Sunday 9 August at Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. Find out more at

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.


Project Futures

Project Futures, a not for profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness and funds for anti-trafficking projects in Australia and Cambodia, is hosting a charity event to raise awareness and funds for anti-human trafficking projects. The event is a celebration of their Stella Fella Campaign which encourages men in the community to stand up and take actions against this global crime – ‘Stella Fellas’.

On Thursday 13 August from 6pm at The Loft at Duxton, Cnr Sargood & MacPherson Streets, O’Connor. Tickets start at $45 general admission or $74.95 general admission and bow tie (plus booking fee). Visit for more information .


Internecine: The Vanished Musicians

In 2012, historian Albrecht Duemling wrote ‘The Vanished Musicians’ about ninety-six German nationals who fled Nazism and settled in Australia. Many were famous artists who toured Australia and stayed on, others less known, forced to leave Germany because they were Jewish. Aware that Australian officials insisted on more practical skills, many downplayed their musical talent when entering the country and were forced to abandon their music careers entirely.

Internecine examines the concept of resettlement, raises awareness to Australian attitudes of immigration and refugees and the cultural impacts that these vanished groups brought to Australian society.

Showing at Nishi Gallery, Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, New Acton from Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 August.

Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture

Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture presents more than 40 of Australia’s current contemporary printmakers at the National Gallery of Australia’s newest space for art in Canberra; NGA Contemporary. The exhibition is bright, colourful, graphic and surveys the last 15 years of exciting Australian printmaking. Digital prints, video, zines and textiles are some of the many techniques on display from artists including eX de Medici, Mike Parr, Heather B Swann, Sarah Contos, Minna Gilligan, Brent Harris and Marian Tubbs. On until 8 August at the National Gallery of Australia.


As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoADOPH), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, 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.

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.


Celebrate 40 years of mystery with Picnic at Hanging Rock at NFSA

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Peter Weir’s seminal filmPicnic at Hanging Rock with an exclusive one-night only exhibition of original costumes, props and posters. Picnic at Hanging Rock: 40 Years a Mystery begins, with the exhibition open to the public in the NFSA foyer. This display of the original items preserved in the NFSA collection is a one-night only event, soPicnic fans should not miss this rare opportunity to see them up close.

Drinks and food will be available from The Bench Room café at the NFSA, the film screening commences at 7pm. Visit the website for more information On 7 August from 5pm at National Film and Sound Archives,1 McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Artistic impressions: The aftermath of Hiroshima

To mark the bombing of Hiroshima in the Second World War, go behind the scenes at the Australian War Memorial for a look at the Art collection and how it documents the legacy of this significant event.

Artistic impressions: The aftermath of Hiroshima is on show at the Australian War Memorial this Thursday 6 August, 12pm – 1pm. Free entry. Bookings essential.

Playground Dreaming Indigenous Art Exhibition

Sensory Playground is an all inclusive space designed to engage all the senses and provide creative opportunities to explore through social imaginative play. When planning the playground consideration was given to the needs of students, particularly those with special learning needs. Playground Dreaming is holding an inaugural Indigenous art exhibition to raise funds for the playground and showcases work from the talented artists from the Yuendumu region in the Northern Territory. Entry is free. On 7 – 9 August at Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip. 


Thanks to a growing network of Art Fairs, a new digital art market and a  surge of interest from China, art has suddenly become a globally traded commodity. No matter how well our Australian artists are known at home, they are all on the same footing when exposed to the global art platform. Almost unknown in Australia, a handful of our young artists – graduates of the streets and laneways of our capital cities – have grabbed the opportunity to market their art world wide. And they have triumphed. BRICKS to CANVAS tells the story of these resourceful talents, their transition from spray can to paint brush and with it their rise to international recognition. This is truly a success story in Australian art, which has yet to be acknowledged. Visit the website for more information Exhibition opens Saturday 8 August at 2.00pm at Aarwun Gallery, Federation Square, Nicholls.

Ink Remix

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.

The story of Rama Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi

Now on at the National Gallery of Australia, The story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi exhibition explores one of the world’s great epics, Ramayana, a tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and victory of good over evil. It follows the story of the hero Rama, an exemplary prince, admired for his honour, valour and compassion. Great adventure unfolds when Rama’s beloved wife Sita is abducted by Ravana, the ten-headed demon king of Lanka. On display until 23 August at the National Gallery of Australia.

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.

Revealing the Rothschild Prayer Book (c.1505–1510 from the Kerry Stokes Collection)

An acknowledged masterpiece of Renaissance manuscript illumination, the Rothschild Prayer Book has remained the preserve of a privileged few. With its recent acquisition for the Kerry Stokes Collection, this historic book of hours will be on public display with a selection of the National Library of Australia’s medieval and Renaissance treasures. Open until 9 August from 10am to 5pm every day at the National Library of Australia. Visit the website for ticket prices.

Colour my world: Australian photography

Colour My World is the National Gallery of Australia’s first exhibition dedicated to the hand-coloured photograph. It draws together new acquisitions and rarely seen works from the National Collection. These photographs challenge the medium’s technical sameness by personalising the print and imbuing it with individuality and uniqueness as well as an intimacy, warmth and fallibility. On until 30 August at National Gallery of Australia. Free entry.

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.

Crisis 1914! The call to arms

Crisis 1914! The call to arms explores the political events which led to Australia’s involvement in the First World War, from outbreak of war in August to the first convoy’s departure in November 1914. In Australia’s first crisis as a new nation, we went willingly, even enthusiastically, into the war. See the original cabinet table used in 1914, along with other memorabilia from the era which help to tell the story of Australia’s political journey. This exhibition contributes to the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years of service by Australian servicemen and women, and the experience of war by all Australians. At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House until 5 August 2015.

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. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect 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. Open now 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.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August 2015.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.


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