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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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12 THINGS NOT TO MISS

THE POPULAR MECHANICALS

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon. This revival from State Theatre Company South Australia, directed by former Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director Sarah Giles, will lift the roof in the silliest ways imaginable.

Shakespeare’s greatest clowns – the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – take centre-stage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy. Perhaps the most famous group of amateur thespians of all time, the cast of the play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisbe, bumble their way through rehearsals, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, songs and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an unhinged feast of wit.

Happening from Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 November at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

Donna Hay – Style To Seasoned Perfection

Launch into a season of style with Australia’s favourite food creative, home cook and best-selling cookbook author, Donna Hay at Canberra Centre.

You’ll be guided step-by-step to discover the secrets, insights and insider know-how to create impressively-styled gifts with minimal fuss and maximum impact.

Using recipes from her newest cookbook, Basics to Brilliance Kids, Donna takes you on a journey to transform classic food ideas – from crunchy granola to chocolate truffle, and even a popcorn twist – and turn them into unforgettable gift ideas. Discover unique wrapping ideas and techniques all with Donna’s signature style and get creative this summer! After all, there’s nothing more impressive than a well-styled gift!

From styling to home cooking, Donna shares one of her true and tested favourites, the chocolate peanut slice, and presents an exclusive cooking demonstration. Whether you’re entertaining for kids, the whole family, or an intimate evening in, you’ll be sure to impress as you master the basics, and turn them into brilliance!

Tickets are $22.08 and available from Eventbrite. All registered guests will take home a complimentary copy of her newest cookbook, Basics to Brilliance Kids.

The Masterclass from 12pm to 1pm this Thursday 2 November in the Monaro Mall, opposite Apple.

Pialligo Estate’s Farm Gate Markets

It’s Market Day! Join the Pialligo Estate team in the main paddock at Pialligo Estate for a Sunday full of market stalls and activities that will be sure to delight both adults and children alike!

With a range of local stallholders showcasing gourmet food, wine and spirits; a petting zoo, and a number of masterclasses throughout the day there will be something for everyone.

They’ve taken on all your feedback from the last market day and will have more coffee, more hot food options and more activities for kids!

Please note – There will be no cash facilities, however, most stalls will have EFTPOS machine.

In case of wet weather, please keep an eye on the Facebook page and they will keep you posted if they need to reschedule the Markets.

Find more information here or read our editorial here.

Happening Sunday 5 November from 12-7pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Decoding Colour with Lucy Feagins of The Design Files

When Lucy Feagins founded her blog in early 2008, little did she know that within the year it would be named by The Times UK as one of the world’s top 50 design blogs. Fast forward almost ten years and The Design Files has built a legion of loyal readers and a style all her own.

Join The Design Files editor and founder Lucy Feagins for an in-depth presentation covering global design and colour trends, how these translate to the Australian interior, as well as easy ideas for incorporating them into your own home.

Tickets $20 +bf from Eventbrite. Redeemed for a $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card on arrival. Masterclass takes place from 12pm to 1pm on Saturday 4 November on Level 1 of Monaro Mall, opposite Apple.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Happening from 20 October until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

La Grande Fête

Looking for a great free family day out? Come along to La Grande Fête, presented by Lycée franco australien de Canberra / Telopea Park School from 2:30pm to 7pm on Saturday 4 November!

One of the largest school fêtes in the ACT, the event promises multicultural food, fun and entertainment stretching into the balmy twilight hours. La Grande Fête is famous for its international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied – from dodgem cars to show bags! And for the “big kids”, the event will again feature the annual Canberra French Car Clubs display, preloved clothing and books, the monster Raffle Extraordinaire, beer and wine and a cornucopia of food.

La Grande Fête is hosted by the Telopea Park School P&C Association each year and is held on the school grounds on NSW Crescent in Barton. HerCanberra is proud to be a sponsor!

2017 ICON WATER RUN FOR YOUR LIFELINE

The fourth annual Icon Water Run for your Lifeline will be held on Saturday, 4 November 2017 around Lake Burley Griffin, starting and finishing at Patrick White Lawns near the National Library.

Catering for runners and fun-lovers of all ages and levels, Run for your Lifeline includes 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon events. Registrations include a Lifeline Canberra wrist band and a guaranteed fun day out for the whole family, plus everyone receives a medal when crossing the finish line!

100% of each registration goes directly to our local 13 11 14 crisis support service.
Happening Saturday 4 November from 6:00am to 10:00 am at Patrick White Lawns Canberra, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Camp Quality Giggle Ball Canberra 2017

Picture this – Camp Quality Giggle Ball Canberra 2017. As you and your guests sip on your glass of bubbly, you will have time to peruse the unique items up for auction.

One of the items up for grabs is an exclusive overnight stay in the Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium. You will also have a chance to get your ‘ultimate selfie’ on the red carpet and get a picture taken with our beloved mascot ‘Giggle’ for your social media post. You will then be ushered into the National Ballroom where Kristen & Wilko Canberra’s newest breakfast duo from Mix 106.3 – will keep you entertained and informed as the ‘Mistress & Master’ of Ceremonies for the night! Hotel Realm’s Executive Chef Fabien Wagnon will make your taste buds tingle with his culinary skills, as you enjoy his personally selected 3-course menu, matched with Australian wines or speciality beer.

With your appetite satisfied it will be time to rock out with one of Canberra’s best cover bands – Smooth Ops. This seven-piece ensemble will have you up on the dance floor with all the best tunes from the 60’s to now. If by 11.30pm you still have some energy left… you can continue the party downstairs in Ostani Bar & Restaurant until the wee hours of the morning.

Exclusively for Giggle Ball patron, Doma Group have offered special accommodation rates at all five of their establishments, Canberra for the night of the Ball, so if you want to make this your ‘Plan B’ option please contact the ACT Camp Quality office.

Happening Saturday 4 November at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Yarralumla Primary School Festa Fantastica

This year Yarralumla Primary celebrates 60 years in the Canberra community. Over 400 students from preschool to grade six participate in one of our learning programs. The school offers Canberra’s only bilingual English-Italian program; as well as two preschools including a Montessori unit; and two autism special education classrooms. 

Funds raised from the Festa and Silent Auction will support all these educational programs.

Happening Sunday 5 November 2017 at Yarralumla Primary School, Loftus Street, Yarralumla. 

Find more information via Facebook.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

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

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

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

DAY OF THE DEAD FIESTA

 

Experience the vibes and atmosphere of a Latin America Fiesta at this family-friendly celebration of music, dance, art and the amazing tradition of Dia De Muertos. There’ll be live music, DJs, art and cultural exhibitions, market and food stalls, piñata’s, face painting and authentic Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling). Hosted by local Latin band Los Chavos.

From 1pm to 8:30pm this Saturday 4 November at Ainslie Arts Centre. Find out more at facebook.com/Day.of.the.Dead.Fiesta.Canberra

Boys Will Be Boys

Selling your soul never looked so stylish. Enter the world of currency trading, Dior suits and cocaine. Astrid is a ruthless trader at the top of her game, raking it in with the best of them. To stay on top, she’s had to tough it out with the men that dominate her industry. She hasn’t broken the glass ceiling, she’s re-modelled the entire building.

When the young and ambitious Priya applies for a junior position on the trading floor, Astrid decides to play mentor. But, in the self-serving world of the trade floor, every favour has a price.

Award-winning playwright Melissa Bubnic won the STC’s Patrick White Award in 2010 and, since then, has been carving out a distinctive writing style that is smart, risqué and very funny. In Boys Will Be Boys  she has written a no-holds-barred, biting satire on what it takes to get ahead in the world of finance. With an all-woman cast, in-your-face dialogue, filthy jokes and heartbreaking songs, Boys Will Be Boys is a merciless and unapologetic look at power.

Warning: contains frequent strong language, partial nudity, and strong adult themes including sexual violence.

Happening Wednesday 1 November from 8pm  at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here

PLAN AHEAD FOR…

Melbourne Cup at Highball Express

Fun, frivolity and first-class service will be overflowing at The Highball Express this Melbourne Cup Day.

With a fun tropical feel and big, breezy balcony, Highball Express have the perfect backdrop to celebrate the race that stops the nation! Enjoy a glass of Moët on arrival before taking advantage of the roving punch station, delicious street food canapés and, of course, their amazing entertainment!

There’ll be sweepstakes for those looking to have a punt, as well as best dressed competitions so make sure you frock up for your chance to win. You’ll have exclusive use of the venue until 3:30 pm when they open up to the general public.After the dust settles and the race is run, stick around and continue the party with their incredible live entertainment and samba dancers who will get you up and moving.

Tickets are only $75 per passenger and include:

• Glass of Moët on arrival
• Two-hour food and beverage package
• Roving canapés & punch station
• Live entertainment and samba dancers
• Sweepstakes
• Prizes for best dressed
• Exclusive use of venue from 1 pm until 3:30 pm
• Open to public from 3:30 pm

Book now and fasten your seatbelt in preparation for a fabulous Melbourne Cup.

GET AN EXCLUSIVE HERCANBERRA DISCOUNT

At the checkout, use the code “HerHighball” to access $10 off tickets until 5pm Tuesday 24 October. 

Happening Tuesday 7 November from 1pm onwards at Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, City (entry via Odgers Lane).

Purchase your tickets now via Eventbrite.

FOOD & DRINK

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CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER FIRST BIRTHDAY – AN INTIMATE CELEBRATION WITH A TWIST

Join the Contentious Four for an intimate night of great food, wine and entertainment as they celebrate one year since they opened the cellar door and kitchen. They’ll start on the lawn at sunset with sparkling, lively conversation and a few tunes. Then as the sun goes down they’ll move in to their table, with glorious views, for a classic Australian native degustation menu designed by Tom, their Culinary Director in conjunction with paired wines chosen from the Contentious Four’s own cellar, by Jeremy, their winemaker.

Some rather surprising and contentious entertainment, along with live music for dancing, will feature throughout the night. Numbers are limited to create the contentious intimacy they seek for this special night.

Happening Friday 3 November at Contentious Character Vineyar, Winery, Cellardoor & Kitchen, 810 Norton Road, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

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

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

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

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

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

HILLS Of HALL SPRING WINE FESTIVAL

The Hills of Hall Spring Wine Festival is an annual event held by the wineries of Hall and Wallaroo. This year the wine trail has expanded and each of the wineries will be releasing something special. A new variety of white wine! Enjoy a variety of different foods matched with the very best of cool climate wines whist listening to live music at each venue!

On 4 and 5 November from 10am – 5pm both days at Brindabella hills Winery, Pankurst Wines, Surveyors Hill, Wallaroo Wines, Hops & Vine, Capital Wines. Free entry, visit the Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/HillsofHall/

WOLLUNDRY GROVE OLIVES: FREE TOUR AND TASTINGS

If you’re fascinated by these delicious little morsels, this is the event for you.

Enjoy a leisurely day wandering the grove in a free personalised tour, followed by tasting the products grown and processed on-site.

Happening various dates across October at Wollundry Grove Olives, Wagga.

Bookings essential. More information from visitwagga.com.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Taste Riverina Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

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

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

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

Friday Soirée at Buvette

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

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

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

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

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

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

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

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

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

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

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

TWILIGHT RIDE 

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

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

Spring Tea in the Garden

This exclusive outdoor dining event allows visitors to celebrate the season with a spring tea in one of the charming private gardens of Parliament House.

Daily until 15 October. More information and bookings from aph.gov.au.

TACO TUESDAY

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

BURGERS & BEERS

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

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

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

MUSIC & STAGE

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Unrequited Musical Theatre Project

Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world’s biggest boy band. She’s 100 percent immune to “perfect” singer Angus Marsden and his unfailing predictable lyrics. Show her the anti-fan club….she wants to be its president! Just give her a proper musician. Or maybe the seriously hot med student who rescued her on the train. Ideal formal partner, right? Ideal everything…

But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Throw in a deranged female singer, an enraged fandom, final exams, a part in a musical and a Mum who just doesn’t get it. Want to read more? Click here

The Unrequited Musical Theatre Project has been an exciting and rewarding experience for all involved. The story is based on the novel by Emma Grey, Unrequited: Girl Meets Boy Band. The music was composed by Sally Whitwell (ARIA Award Winner). Creating this abridged version of their musical for the very first time, it is an incredible opportunity for the students at St Clare’s and our guest boy band from St. Edmund’s. This is the musical world premiere!

Happening Thursday 2, Friday 3 and Saturday 4 of November at 7.30 pm with a matinee on Saturday 4 November at 2 pm at St Clare’s College Hall, 1 McMillan Crescent, Griffith. 

Ticket prices $12 Students $16 Adults payment through the Qkr! app. For more information on how to purchase tickets visit stcc.act.edu.au.

The show will run for approximately one hour with no interval. The production is suitable for students and adults of all ages.

Signed copies of Unrequited: Girl meets Boy Band novel will be available to purchase in the Hall foyer before each show for $20.00 cash.

Boys Will Be Boys

Selling your soul never looked so stylish. Enter the world of currency trading, Dior suits and cocaine. Astrid is a ruthless trader at the top of her game, raking it in with the best of them. To stay on top, she’s had to tough it out with the men that dominate her industry. She hasn’t broken the glass ceiling, she’s re-modelled the entire building.

When the young and ambitious Priya applies for a junior position on the trading floor, Astrid decides to play mentor. But, in the self-serving world of the trade floor, every favour has a price.

Award-winning playwright Melissa Bubnic won the STC’s Patrick White Award in 2010 and, since then, has been carving out a distinctive writing style that is smart, risqué and very funny. In Boys Will Be Boys  she has written a no-holds-barred, biting satire on what it takes to get ahead in the world of finance. With an all-woman cast, in-your-face dialogue, filthy jokes and heartbreaking songs, Boys Will Be Boys is a merciless and unapologetic look at power.

Warning: contains frequent strong language, partial nudity, and strong adult themes including sexual violence.

Happening 28 October – 11 November at various times at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

SCUNA PRESENTS ROSSINI’S PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE

The Petite Messe Solennelle translates as ‘Solemn Little Mass’ – ironic, as it’s neither solemn nor little! Composed by the dramatic Gioachino Rossini (perhaps most famous for his opera William Tell), this performance by the ANU Choral Society brings together exceptional harmonies and stand out soloists to showcase the last work of ‘the Italian Mozart’.

Conducted by Lizzy Collier and bring together some of Canberra’s best local musical talent, this is an event not to be missed for lovers of classical music.

Happening Saturday 4 November from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at University House Hotel, 1 Balmain Cres, Acton Act 2601, Australia.

See website for more information.

SONS & BROTHERS

Salut!, one of Australia’s foremost baroque music ensembles, performs music by Bach, Scarlatti, Purcell, Marcello and Sammartini in Sons & Brothers.

When Mozart proclaimed, “Bach is the father. We are the children!”, he was, surprisingly, referring to CPE rather than JS Bach. During his lifetime, Johann Sebastian never received the acclaim that his genius deserved. In contrast, his son Carl Philipp Emanuel was showered with adulation.

This concert contrasts compositions between famous family members. As the contemporary commentator Charles Burney noted in 1773: “There are several traits in the characters of the younger Scarlatti and Emanuel Bach, which bear a strong resemblance. Both were sons of great and popular composers, regarded as standards of perfection by all their contemporaries, except their own children, who dared to explore new ways to fame.”

Happening Friday 3 November from 7:30pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

THE LLEWELLYN CHOIR

The Llewellyn Choir is one of Canberra’s leading and longest-running choral groups. Enjoy hearing select excerpts from Verdi’s Requiem and Will Todd’s Mass In Blue, resounding in the magnificent space of the High Court of Australia’s Great Hall.

Few choral works have captured the public imagination in the way that Verdi’s Requiem has. The uncomplicated directness of his style, his soaring, lyrical melodies which lie perfectly for the human voice, the scintillating orchestration and, most significantly, the work’s extraordinary dramatic and emotional intensity, all contribute to the Requiem’s status as one of the great icons of Western music.

Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, also known as the Jazz Mass, will provide a complete contrast to the Requiem and demonstrates the Choir’s diverse repertoire.

The Llewellyn Choir’s repertoire is based on the classical choral tradition with orchestral accompaniment. It also includes lightly accompanied smaller pieces drawn from a wide range of sources.

Event registration via the High Court website opens one month prior.

Happening Sunday 5 November from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

TRIO WITH A TWIST

Trio with a Twist features the Lanyon Trio; three of Australia’s most experienced and respected musicians – Andrew Lorenz (violin), Robert Harris (viola) and Wendy Lorenz (piano).

The trio’s less usual instrumental combination of violin/viola/piano brings a freshness to their program, with an appealing selection of solos, duos and trios ranging from Bach and Mozart right up to the present day’s Eric Ewazen.

These musicians have enjoyed highly successful careers at the forefront of the nation’s musical life as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians.

Long time friends and colleagues, their musical collaboration stretches over many years, beginning as fellow students at the NSW Conservatorium and including several years touring throughout the world as three quarters of the acclaimed New England Ensemble.

Happening Sunday 5 November from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

ANU CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT – PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE

The Petite Messe Solennelle translates as ‘Solemn Little Mass’ – ironic, as it’s neither solemn nor little! Composed by the dramatic Gioachino Rossini (perhaps most famous for his opera William Tell), this performance by the ANU Choral Society brings together exceptional harmonies and stand out soloists to showcase the last work of ‘the Italian Mozart’.

On 4 November at 4pm at Llewellin Hall, ANU. Entry is $30 adults, $25 concession, $15 children.

Gold Creek School Legally Blonde The Musical

A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine (and, of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser).

Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable, from start to finish.

Happening Monday 30 October, Tuesday 31 October and Wednesday 1 November from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Gungahlin College Theatre, Gozzard Street, Gungahlin.

See website for more information.

IN FULL SWING PLAYS FOR CANBERRA JAZZ CLUB

Canberra Jazz Club’s annual big band concert features Canberra’s premier big band, In Full Swing. This vibrant 20-piece ensemble and it’s talented vocalists are a hit wherever they perform. Playing an extensive range of music from the jazz and big band era of the 1930-40s, through to contemporary funk, rock and Latin songs, In Full Swing will have you toe-tapping the whole afternoon.

Doors open at noon and lunch is available until 2pm. Entry is $10.00 at the door.

Happening from Sunday November from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Harmoine German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

See website for more information. 

LOVE AND DEATH II

Amour et La Mort 2: Love and Death are again on the menu as Ally Cat productions returns to Le Tres Bon with a new selection of short plays. Riff with Shakespeare, dodge a homicidal magpie…it’s all good fun until someone loses a heart – one way or another….
Featuring some of Canberra’s finest acting talent and the music of Frank Zappia, L’amour et La Mort will accompany a three course set menu at the Canberra region’s favourite French restaurant, Le Tres Bon.
Written by Judith Peterson with the creative talents of Rachel Hogan and Helen Way. Directed by Rachel Hogan

Dinner & show $95 per person.
Bookings are essential.
For more information about this event, call 0404256913

Happening Friday 3 November from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at Le Tres Bon, Malbon Street, Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.

JAZZ AT THE HOUSE

Enjoy an evening of hot food, cool jazz and great wine with Jazz at University House on the last Friday of every month. Music starts at 8 pm. Share plates and drinks available for purchase from 7 pm.

Friday 24 November Miroslav Bukovsky/Tom Fell Quartet – Tribute to Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan

Happening at the Common Room, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton.

See website for more information. 

FILM

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THE EXORCIST SCREENINGS AT DENDY

Dendy Cinemas across all locations are gearing up to host a series of spooky retro screenings themed to feature food, drink and moments reminiscent of those in the movies.

This Halloween, both Canberra & Newtown locations, Dendy is screening the classic horror film The Exorcist.

Dendy Cinema-goers can attend this R-rated session for a discounted price. What an excellent day for an exorcism.

Booking online has never been easier, as Dendy has said goodbye to booking fees. Patrons can now book online to secure their seats, skip the queues and never pay Booking Fees again. There’s more to love at Dendy.

Happening Tuesday 31 October at 6:30pm at Dendy Cinemas, 148 Bunda Street, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information

2017 CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 2017 program is an exciting blend of retrospective and contemporary programming, offering some of the world’s best cinema, past and present, emphasising new works from Australia and Asia, and providing a proud national platform for Canberra’s own filmmakers.

CIFF has always had a retrospective component, but this year, it is greatly expanded and fills over half of the Festival’s sessions.

CIFF will continue to serve as a platform for the work of Canberra’s filmmakers, but in 2017 we have the added strategy of looking at past as well as present achievements.

This year’s Festival program has been curated by two local film experts – Andrew Pike (aka Mr Electric Shadows) and Alice Taylor (2016 CIFF director).

This is an exciting and eclectic collection of films showing this year at Canberra’s very own Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Happening Thursday 26 to Sunday 5 November at Arc Cinema – National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

FESTIVALS

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THE HILLS OF HALL SPRING WINE FESTIVAL

The Hills of Hall Spring Wine Festival. Situated in the beautiful rolling hills overlooking the Murrumbidgee Valley, The six Hills of Hall Wineries will tantalise your senses with great food, music and most importantly…Wine!

This year the wine trail has expanded and each of the wineries will be releasing something special – a new variety of white wine! Brindabella Hills, Capital Wines, Hops and Vine, Pankhurst, Surveyors Hill and Wallaroo Wines will be showcasing the very best of Canberra district wines. Combined with great food, live music and breathtaking scenery, this is a festival you don’t want to miss!

All six wineries are a pleasant 20 minute drive from Canberra and will be open 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Bookings are advisable for those who wish to have a sit down lunch (see websites for details) otherwise platters, tapas and casual nibbles are available for those on a ‘moving feast’ journey.

Happening from Saturday 4 November to Sunday 5 November from 10:00 am to 5:00pm at Hills of Hall Spring Wine Festival, Wallaroo Road, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.

St Matthew’s School Fete 

The St Matthew’s school fete has all your regular fete stalls as well as some new and exiting concepts. Why not enter our cake competition, see if you can make the paper aeroplane that travels the longest or have a go at our air guitar competition. You can pick up a plant or five, take an adventure at our book store or rummage through our Trash N Treasure. Cakes, sweets, coffee, BBQ and International Food will all be on show. It is about family, fun, friends and a fabulous fundraising time. This year we are raising money for a sensory garden.

Happening Sunday 5 November from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Stutchbury ST, Page ACT 2614, Australia.

See website for more information.

Pialligo Estate’s Farm Gate Markets

It’s Market Day! Join the Pialligo Estate team in the main paddock at Pialligo Estate for a Sunday full of market stalls and activities that will be sure to delight both adults and children alike!

With a range of local stallholders showcasing gourmet food, wine and spirits; a petting zoo, and a number of masterclasses throughout the day there will be something for everyone.

They’ve taken on all your feedback from the last market day and will have more coffee, more hot food options and more activities for kids!

Please note – There will be no cash facilities, however, most stalls will have EFTPOS machine.

In case of wet weather, please keep an eye on the Facebook page and they will keep you posted if they need to reschedule the Markets.

Find more information here or read our editorial here.

Happening Sunday 5 November from 12-7pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

YARRALUMLA PRIMARY SCHOOL FETE

Come along to their Festa Fantastica and help celebrate 60 years of out wonderful school! Lots of fun for all ages!
Plenty of things to do for all ages. Trash and treasure, raffles, garden stalls, handmade stalls, lob a choc, sausage sizzles (vegetarian options), pasta stalls (vegetarian and gluten free options available), side show alleys, jumping castle and much more!

Happening Sunday 5 November from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Loftus Street, Yarrlumla.

See website for more information.

THE AEONCADEMY OPEN DAY

Keep your Creative Spark burning at the Aeoncademy Open Day!

All day we’ll be helping you Nurture your own Creative Spark, whether you’re a Preschooler or a Parent, or anything in between! All day we’ll have clay to play with, watercolours to paint with, a magnificent exhibition of students’ work, and enough drawing, crafternooning, making and more to keep all comers involved!

Tantalise your tastebuds with delicious food from Scrumpers Garden, who’s collaborating with our Sparks and Cornucopia to put together some sweet treats throughout the day!

At around lunchtime we’ll have a fabulous Vala Dramatic Adventure – and you’re invited to join in! Follow the story of the Knights of the Round Table and how the Sword in the Stone first came to be. With a bit of luck, and some chivalrous behaviour in the Grand Tourney, you might just be able to take home Excalibur!

We’ll also announce the winner of the Vala Contributor’s Prize and release our fantastic Aeondawn Magazine – both in collectors edition Print and Online!

Happening Sunday 5 November from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Aeoncademy, Loftus Street, Yarralumla.

See website for more information. 

THE MAKERS AND SHAKERS MARKET

The Makers & Shakers Market is an indoor, curated, retail event that brings together people who care about where things come from, how things are made and what they are made of.

Featuring 50 makers from interstate and the ACT, the Albert Hall will come to life with makers of homewares and fine foods and lifestyle products. The event aims to give makers an affordable and fun place to show and sell their wares and for shoppers to have a awesome day out, as well as pick up some wonderful new treasures along the way.

We also have an awesome collection of food makers. There will be specialty coffee! Donuts! Cookies! Cannoli! Empanadas!

Happening Saturday 4 November from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

DAY OF THE DEAD FIESTA

Experience the vibes and authentic atmosphere of a Latin American Fiesta at this family-friendly celebration of culture, music, dance, art and the amazing tradition of the Day of the Dead.

The festival includes live music from local and interstate bands, dance performances, art and cultural exhibitions, market and food stalls, a kids Piñata and face painting for everyone. And for the first time in Canberra, authentic Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling)!

All of this comes with entry to the fiesta plus a special all-ages Lucha Libre demonstration and photo session for all our under 18’s and families.

Market and Latin American food stalls and drinks (including a bar) round out the event which is in its 6th year and gets bigger and better each time!

Happening Saturday 4 October at Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

CLASSIC YASS

Promoted by the Yass Antique Motor Club and now in its 12th year, Classic Yass brings together all their favourite parts of ‘The Good Old Days’ in an idyllic setting in the centre of the Historic town of Yass.

Saturday feature cars from the early 1900’s through to the 70’s, vintage memorabilia, their favourite music from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s plus the Rotary Billy Cart Derby and Yass Scout and Rotary Markets, Motor show for cars, bikes and historic racing cars.

Sunday includes the Yass Railway Museum open day, and the self guided tours of the district and wineries.

There is something for everyone to enjoy at this free event.

Happening from Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 November from 9:00 am at Banjo Paterson Park, Meehan Street, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.

LANFEST: LANYON TWILIGHT MARKET

Lanyon High School is running a Twilight Market on November 3rd from 4-8pm. There will be market stalls, student displays, food and performances. It is the perfect opportunity to purchase your Christmas Gifts.

For more information about this event, call 62057255

Happening Friday 3 November from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Lanyon High School, Conder, Heidelberg Street, Conder Act 2906, Australia.

See website for more information.

ARTSOUND SPRING BOOK AND MUSIC FAIR

Put a spring in your step at ArtSound’s Spring Book and Music Fair. Beautiful books, charming CDs, delightful DVDs and voluptuous vinyl. All at brilliant prices. From 10 – 4 both days Saturday and Sunday the 4th and 5th of November.

For more information about this event, call 0430 590 100 or visit www.artsound.fm

Happening Saturday 4 November from 10:00am to 4:00pm at CNR Manuka Circle & NSW Cres, Manuka – Just Next To The Manuka Pool.

See website for more details.

DRAGON DREAMING FESTIVAL

Dragon Dreaming Festival celebrates art, music, nature, and the freedom of self-expression in a safe, family friendly gathering not far from Canberra. Whether you are coming from around the corner, around the country or around the world, they excitedly look forward to having you joining them for the Dragon Dreaming Festival!

Dragon Dreaming will dish up a feast of goodness prepared just for you, featuring some of the amazing artistic talent that the region and country has to offer. The journey will be truly delectable and regardless of your tastes, there will be something to satisfy every appetite.

As many already know, the festival is the art piece and they are all co-creators. Every little part of the event becomes part of the composition: something not just to be seen but to be experienced. Every person who attends helps nurture the dragon’s dream.

Happening Friday 3 November to Monday 6 November at Lake Burrinjuck, Lake Burrinjuck, New South Wales, Australia.

See website for more information.

Taste Riverina Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARKETS

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Multicultural Sunday

Love experiencing different cultures? On the first Sunday of the month, The Old Bus Depot Markets add a touch of international ‘flavour’ to the markets. It’s like touring the world without leaving the markets.

What might you find? A variety of stallholders offer handcrafted items from around the world – think gorgeous jewellery, clothing, accessories and homewares with a multicultural feel – and of course plenty of tasty international cuisine in their food hall.

Happening Sunday 5 November from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Aveue, Kingston.

CANBERRA FASHION MARKET

Canberra Fashion Market is a Canberra based market specialising in new, vintage and recycled clothing and accessories. It’s fashion styling with everything in one location. The market also hosts collectible items including books, DVDs, vinyl records and other cool objects.

Entry: $3

Children under 12 are free.

Happening Saturday 4 November from 10:00 am to 3:00pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park In Canberra, Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

CANBERRA SWAP MEET

The 30th GREAT CANBERRA SWAP MEET will be held on Sunday 5 November 2017 from 7am till 2pm.

The Swap Meet is a large jumble sale catering for all interests and ages, with new and second-hand parts and accessories for old & new cars, motorbikes & engines; automobilia, books, tools, models, toys, crafts, antiques & collectables etc. Spring clean the garage and set up a stall, be early for the bargains or just bring along the family for a fun day out. Club and trade displays welcome.

Free parking available.
Hot food and refreshments available all day on site.
For bookings or more details ring: 0428 697105

Happening Sunday 5 November From 7:00am To 2:00pm At Exhibition Park In Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell.

See website for more information.

THREE SIXTY FASHION MARKET

Three Sixty Fashion Market is a niche Canberra market dedicated to recycling vintage, retro, handmade and pre-loved fashion. This fashion market is ideal for stylish and discerning shoppers after quality fashionable clothing items.

Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to sustainable fashion and to creating a market place and an accessible opportunity for people who value ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun!

Fashion has moved from consumption-driven purchases to a more community driven movement. Now scouring markets, op shops and recycling pre-loved clothing is more than just acceptable; it’s a statement about who you are.

The Three Sixty Fashion Market team understands vintage clothes, designer bargains, style capers, op shopping and sustainable fashion and brings it all together for you.

Entry is Free!

Happening Sunday 5 November from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Fitters Workshop at Kingston Foreshore, Printers Way, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

CAPTAINS FLAT COUNTRY MARKETS

The Captains Flat Country Markets are friendly, relaxed markets held the first Saturday of each month (except January and this April when Easter Saturday falls on the same date) selling craft, homemade jewellery, local produce, handcrafted timber goods, plants, homemade cakes, slices biscuits, pre-loved goods, and much more.

The Markets’ Cafe provides fresh tea and real coffee and various community groups provide a barbecue. The Captains Flat Country Markets are run by the Captains Flat Community Association (CFCA – a not-for-profit organisation), for the benefit of the local community. Funds raised go towards supporting a variety of community initiatives.

Don’t forget to talk to the Community Association representatives on their regular stall to find out more about local events and activities, including local businesses and services.

Happening until Saturday 2 December 2017 at Captains Flat Community Hall. Open from 10am – 2pm.

Find more information on the website.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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TREASURES GALLERY TALK: DEATH OR LIBERTY

Dr. Guy Hansen, Director of Exhibitions, explores the significance of a watercolour sketch that shows the clash between 200 rebel convicts and a contingent of infantry near present-day Rouse Hill on 5 March 1804. A Treasures Gallery Access Program, supported by National Library Patron

Entry is Free, Booking is essential.

Happening Thursday 2 November from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Conference Room, Level 4, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

Southport by GEOCON Open Day

Supported by Matt Blatt, King Ape, Limelight Cinemas & HIT 104.7 crew, the Southport by GEOCON project is now complete and the GEOCON team want to celebrate with the community.

What’s on offer?

  • Interior design trends and home styling tips from the experts at Matt Blatt.
  • Supplement samples and gym advice from the King Ape Paradise gurus.
  • Free movie tickets and popcorn from the awesome team at Limelight Cinemas.
  • Live broadcast and freebies from the Hit 104.7.

Plus WIN over $2000 in prizes including, $1000 Matt Blatt Voucher, Sonos PLAY 3 Sound System, Weber Q – Terms & conditions apply.See the amazing amenity on offer as a part of this complex: plunge pool, lap pool, gym, sauna as well as furnished display apartments.

Happening Saturday 4 November from 10am-4pm at 325 Anketell Street Tuggeranong.

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD – STEPS TOWARDS JUSTICE, RIGHTS & RESPECT

Twenty years ago, the first Sea of Hands was installed at Parliament House in Canberra. ANTaR started with – as indicated in the original acronym – a focus on native title and reconciliation.

Twenty years on, there have been gains and frustrations for Australia’s first peoples. There was despair around the Northern Territory intervention. There was a time of hope with the apology to the Stolen Generation in 2008. Discussion around constitutional change and recognition revealed the need for the next steps to be significant and meaningful. We have now come to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, giving substance to the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across Australia.

2017 – The David Hunter Memorial Lecture will feature a panel of speakers who can reflect on the issues from 20 years ago that inspired the first Sea of Hands, as well as speakers who are taking the next steps through the Uluru Statement.

SPEAKERS:
Tristan Ray who was involved in organising the first Sea of Hands https://antar.org.au/sea-hands
Shannan Dodson, communications and digital consultant, and member of the ANTaR National Committee
Chris Bourke and Jennie Gordon, ACT representatives on the Uluru Position Working Group (https://www.1voiceuluru.org/)
Janet Hunt will chair the 2017 DHML.

Happening Tuesday 31 October from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Australian Centre For Christianity And Culture, 15 Blackall Street.

See website for more information.

LIFE IN SPACE! EXPLORING OUR UNIVERSE

The Royal Australian Mint has teamed up with the Australian National University Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics to officially launch a new product and discuss intriguing questions like: Can humans really survive in space? Is there life elsewhere in our Solar System?

These are just two of the questions that will be explored in a fascinating night of space exploration.

Life in Space! Understanding and exploring our universe – a Talk and Coin series

The event will feature four engaging talks from the following scientists:
– Associate Professor Penny King, geologist Mars expert – Exploring Mars with rovers
– Dr Emma Tucker, specialist in space medicine – Can humans survive living in space?
– Associate Professor Charley Lineweaver, a world expert in cosmology, planets and aliens – Is there life elsewhere in our Solar System?
– Dr Brad Tucker, astrophysicist – Planet 9: What lurks at the edges of our Solar System?

There will be time for a Q&A session at the end of the speaker sessions.

This special event will be the first opportunity for the public to purchase the Planetary Coins Ten-Coin Collection and people coming along will also have the opportunity to win 1 of 5 throughout the event!

Bookings essential as spaces are limited.

Happening Tuesday 31 October from 6:00pm for 6:15pm start at Fellows Rd, Acton Act 2601, Australia.

See website for more information.

FESTIVAL OF AMBITIOUS IDEAS

The popular Festival of Ambitious Ideas is on again, celebrating Canberra’s innovators, game-changers and status quo challengers. As approach the end of 2017, we will be celebrating some of the individuals and organisations working on innovative projects from a range of different sectors – technology, social enterprises, young entrepreneurs, creative industries, government and academia.

The Festival of Ambitious Ideas follows the Ignite format where our speakers only have 5 minutes each to present their ideas and ‘ignite’ the audience. In a little over an hour, guests are treated to a range of different ideas and perspectives. The event is designed to be fast-paced, informal and fun.

If you’re interested in innovation, big ideas and passionate people who are game to try new things and keen to share their experiences; then this is the event for you!

Happening Thursday 2 November from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Brindabella Conference Centre, 33 & 35 Brindabella Circuit, Brindabella Business Park Majura.

See website for more information.

AIPM INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT DAY EVENT

Take a moment to show the people who manage your projects how much you appreciate them on International Project Management Day and bring them along to this event.

International Project Management Day first came about in 2004, spearheaded by Laverne Johnson and Lori Milhaven in conjunction with the men and women of the IIL (International Institute of Learning) team. They knew the hard work that project managers do, and how much they add to a project coming off efficiently and on time, with all the p’s and q’s crossed. Project Managers make sure that everything’s moving smoothly, and work in every industry and sector, from government to volunteer. International Project Management Day focuses on bringing the recognition they deserve for helping our greatest goals come about with smooth competence.

Happening Thursday 2 November from 7:15 am to 9:00am at 25 National Circuit, Forrest Act 2603, Australia.

See website for more information.

Meet The Gardener Tour of Parliament House

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

More information and bookings at aph.gov.au.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP

Bindaree Bee Supplies and Wins Creek Meadery are offering the new and unique two-day Art and Science of Beekeeping course.

The course covers bee genetics, biology and disease control (the science) and actual hands on experience working with these animals and constructing the frames and hives that they live in (the art).

Four-course dates are offered with a limit of 10 people per course. Course attendees get priority bookings for honey bee colonies to start their new adventure.

Happening until Sunday 3 December 2017 from 10am-4pm at Win’s Creek Meadery, 18 East Street, NSW. Cost is $290pp for two days.

See the website for more information.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night.

Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee through the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines.

Happening until 16 December 2017 from 5.30pm-7.30pm at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, NSW. Cost is $130pp.

See the website for more information.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend. 

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT & RECREATION

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Yoga in the Monaro Mall

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles.

The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday from 7.15am–8am, in the event space opposite Endota Spa, Lululemon will be hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees— just bring your own towel, water bottle and zen spirit!As the class is outside regular Centre trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Happening every Thursday from 7.15am–8am opposite Endota Spa in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

KIDS TENNIS DAY

There will be a host of activities for the kids, as well as the chance for parents to get out on court.

Activities include:

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, Fitbit Cardio Tennis Sessions, Jumping Castle, Face painting, Disney and Marvel inspired characters ‘Elsa’ and ‘Spiderman’, Wilson World Wide Demo Tour, Reptiles Inc., Charity Sausage Sizzle and Prime Possum.

Cost is free!

Happening Saturday 4 November at Canberra Tennis Centre, Riggall Place, Lyneham, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

APIS CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Part of The Australian Pro Tour, the next generation of top tennis players are set to compete when the Apis Canberra International kicks off in Canberra form October 28 – November 5. Jordan Thompson, John Millman, Matthew Ebden, Arina Rodionova, Lizette Cabrera, and Destanee Aiava will headline the field.

Players from the world’s top 200, and a crop of rising tennis stars from Australia and across the globe, will compete for significant prize money and valuable world ranking points, as they look to boost their rankings ahead of the Australian Summer of Tennis.

Entry to the event is free, with a gold coin donation on finals day.  Kids day will be held on Saturday 4 November from 9am – 11am, with on court activities, face painting, jumping castle and more.

On from 28 October to 5 November at Canberra Tennis Centre, 3 Riggall Pl, Lyneham. Free entry with a gold coin donation on finals weekend (4-5 Nov). Visit the website for more information:www.tennis.com.au/act/

LEAGUE OF GIANTS

The world’s best are coming to Australia for the Rugby League World Cup and they’ve got some awesome new team-mates.

Fourteen larger than life giant rugby league players are coming to a place near you! From Samoa to the USA, Lebanon to Wales, France to New Zealand, each of these massive units will represent one of the fourteen participating nations in the Cup.

We’re talking HUGE. Each “player” stands three metres tall and weighs 400 kilograms, glowing with internal LED lighting – you can’t miss them day or night!

Throughout the tournament, the League of Giants will make a huge impact on fans as you get up close and personal with these legends in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.

This is a mighty celebration of the courage, honour and strength of the players – get amongst ‘em!

Happening Monday 30 October to Thursday 2 November at Garema Place, Garema Place, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

Live footy screenings at Ostani

Watch the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby live from Ostani’s big screens. Don’t miss a match on the two big screens, plus enjoy Happy Hour every Friday from 5pm-7pm.

Happening at Ostani Lounge Bar and Restaurant, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

OUTDOORS

DEMOCRACY IN FLOWER AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ICON WATER RUN FOR YOUR LIFELINE

The fourth annual Icon Water Run for your Lifeline will be held around Lake Burley Griffin, starting and finishing at Patrick White Lawns near the National Library.

Catering for runners and fun-lovers of all ages and levels, Run for your Lifeline includes 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon events. Registrations include a Lifeline Canberra wrist band and a guaranteed fun day out for the whole family, plus everyone receives a medal when crossing the finish line!

100% of each registration goes directly to our local 13 11 14 crisis support service. Visit Lifeline Canberra’s website to find out more and register. Ticket prices varies depending on age bracket and race

On 4 November at 6am at the Patrick White Lawns, near the National Library.

KIDS

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KIDS TENNIS DAY

There will be a host of activities for the kids, as well as the chance for parents to get out on court.

Activities include:

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, Fitbit Cardio Tennis Sessions, Jumping Castle, Face painting, Disney and Marvel inspired characters ‘Elsa’ and ‘Spiderman’, Wilson World Wide Demo Tour, Reptiles Inc., Charity Sausage Sizzle and Prime Possum.

Cost is free!

Happening Saturday 4 November at Canberra Tennis Centre, Riggall Place, Lyneham, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

See website for more information.

LLAMAS IN THE MIST  

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

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

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

For bookings and more information visit the website.  

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

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

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

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

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

PLAY UP

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

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

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

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

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

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

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

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

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

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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Camp Quality Giggle Ball Canberra

Camp Quality is holding its third annual Giggle Ball Canberra event on 4 November 2017 and we’d love for you to join in on all the fun!

Giggle Ball Canberra will be a huge night of celebration, bringing the community together at one memorable event to giggle, party and give – all to give Australian children impacted by cancer every opportunity to thrive.

Please join us for this not-to-be-missed red-carpet event that will make your taste buds tingle, your heart flutter and in true Camp Quality style, your cheeks will hurt from laughter!
In 2016 Giggle Ball Canberra raised just shy of $70,000 for Camp Quality families living in ACT and regional NSW. This year, we’re hoping to double that amount to be able to support even more local families impacted by cancer.

To achieve this, we need your help. By supporting us, you’ll not only be contributing to this spectacular nights of nights, you’ll be supporting Camp Quality’s purpose to give kids impacted by cancer every opportunity to thrive.

This will be the event of the season, don’t miss out on all the fun and show your support – secure your tickets today!

Happening Saturday 4 November from 6:30pm to 11:30pm at Hotel Realm – National Ballroom, 18 National Circuit Canberra.

See website for more information.

Twilight In the jungle

Join Cerebral Palsy Alliance for an evening on the Catwalk at the National Zoo and Aquarium surrounded by the kings of the jungle!

Tickets cost $75 or $35 for kids, which includes countless canapes, a beverage package and live entertainment. For an extra $25 go behind the scenes to feed the white lions, hyenas and tigers!

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/SEFV

For more information about this event, call (02) 6199 0615 or visit www.trybooking.com.

Happening Thursday 2 November from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at National Zoo & Aquarium, Lady Denman Drive, Yarralumla.

See website for more information. 

LEARN ON THE LOO

The average person spends 10-15 minutes on the toilet a day – that’s almost 8 hours a month! Imagine if we spend that time learning something new?

Introducing Learn on the Loo, WaterAid’s new fundraising challenge. This November, we’re inviting Australians to dedicate their toilet time to learning a new skill. Memorise, meditate, or master your way through the month and ask your friends to sponsor you. Funds raised will help WaterAid reach some of the poorest and most marginalised people on earth who still don’t have access to a decent dunny.

Head to fundraise.wateraid.org.au/join-learnontheloo for more toilet training ideas and to sign up for this new challenge!

Happening Wednesday 1 November from 9:00am to 11:55pm at your toilet.

See the website for more information. 

2017 ICON WATER RUN FOR YOUR LIFELINE

The fourth annual Icon Water Run for your Lifeline will be held on Saturday, 4 November 2017 around Lake Burley Griffin, starting and finishing at Patrick White Lawns near the National Library.

Catering for runners and fun-lovers of all ages and levels, Run for your Lifeline includes 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon events. Registrations include a Lifeline Canberra wrist band and a guaranteed fun day out for the whole family, plus everyone receives a medal when crossing the finish line!

100% of each registration goes directly to our local 13 11 14 crisis support service.
Happening Saturday 4 November from 6:00am to 10:00 am at Patrick White Lawns Canberra, Parkes.

See website for more information. 

HONOUR CELEBRATE AND REFLECT

Alzheimer’s Australia ACT will host a ceremony to acknowledge and pay respect to those who have died of dementia, those living with dementia, their family, friends, supporters, volunteers, health and community professionals, researchers and advocates.

Happening Saturday 4 November from 10:30am to 12:030pm at 15 Blackall St, Barton Act 2600, Australia.

See website for more information.

DRAGON BOATING FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS

If you are a breast cancer survivor and are interested in learning about dragon boating you are invited to come and join us on 4th November 2017 at Lotus Bay, Lake Burley Griffin.

We will provide a paddle and a PFD and of course the opportunity to meet other ladies enjoying this wonderful activity.

Location: Lotus Bay, off Alexandrina Drive Yarralumla Time: Meet at the boats at 9am. There will be some pre- water instruction then a half hour paddle. Paperwork: You will need to complete a DB ACT Temporary Membership Form on the day or download from dbact.net and complete beforehand.

What to wear: 3/4 pants, T shirt, shoes that can get wet (eg crocs or old sneakers), hat , sunglasses and a change of clothes. Sunscreen and a water bottle are essential.

Cost: First 3 trial paddles are free.

Happening Saturday 4 November from 9:00am to 10:30am at Lotus Bay, Lake Burley Griffin, Near The Canberra Yacht Club, Off Alexandrina Drive Yarralumla.

See website for more information. 

HANDS ACROSS CANBERRA CHARITY LUNCHEON

This event has raised more than $300,000 since the first lunch in November 2010. Bookings are now open for the 2017 Luncheon featuring guest speaker Kathryn Greiner AO.

For more information about this event, call 0429614297.

Happening Thursday 2 November from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Parkes Pl E, Parkes Act 2600, Australia.

CRISIS SUPPORT VOLUNTEER INFO SESSION

Lifeline Canberra exists to support people in crisis and save the lives of people experiencing thoughts of suicide, through our local 13 11 14 service.

By volunteering with Lifeline Canberra, not only will you be making a huge difference to the lives of others, you’ll also be enriching your own life. Lifeline Canberra provides comprehensive training for volunteers, as well as ongoing support and development.

Come along to an information session to meet our trainers, find out more about what we do and how you can get involved.

If you are unable to attend this session, we have another on Monday, 4 December. For more information and to register your attendance, please visit our website.

Happening Monday 6 November from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Lifeline Canberra, 1,/71 Northbourne Ave, Canberra Act 2601, Australia.

See website for more information.

Yarralumla Primary School Festa Fantastica

This year Yarralumla Primary celebrates 60 years in the Canberra community. Over 400 students from preschool to grade six participate in one of our learning programs. The school offers Canberra’s only bilingual English-Italian program; as well as two preschools including a Montessori unit; and two autism special education classrooms. 

Funds raised from the Festa and Silent Auction will support all these educational programs.

Happening Sunday 5 November 2017 at Yarralumla Primary School, Loftus Street, Yarralumla. 

Find more information via Facebook.

 EXHIBITIONS

From the shadows: Australia’s special forces 

Highly trained, motivated, and experienced, Special Forces can be inserted into any environment undetected, by land, sea, or air. They have been continuously deployed at home and abroad for nearly two decades, winning honours in Afghanistan, fighting in Iraq, helping establish security in East Timor, performing counter-terrorist roles in Australia, and supporting domestic security agencies.

Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) granted the Memorial unprecedented access and support in the development of this exhibition, which covers the history of Australian Special Forces from the Second World War to Afghanistan. Senior Historian and exhibition curator Dr Karl James said that working with material which has never before been displayed publicly was an extraordinary privilege. 

From the shadows, which will run for 12 months, features more than 660 objects including uniforms, equipment and gallantry awards from Australia’s elite and secretive regiments: the Special Air Service Regiment, the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. 

The exhibition also includes more than 25 interviews produced by award-winning broadcasters Chris Masters and Max Uechtritz, which give thrilling first-hand accounts of the perilous environment operators enter into, with rare, compelling insights from family members on the difficulty of being at home while Special Forces are deployed in secrecy. Members of SOCOMD have received more than 150 battlefield awards in that time, including three Victoria Crosses, Australia’s highest award for bravery.

Showing until 18 October 2018 at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell. 

Find more information on the website.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

WAVING THE RED FLAG: CHINESE POSTERS 1949-1976

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

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

See the website for further information.

THE PRICE OF GOLD EXHIBITION BY STUART WHITELAW

The Belconnen Art Centre presents, The Price of Gold by Stuart Whitelaw. This exhibition is an exploration and celebration of the landscape of the Deua River. The Deua flows through wilderness and National Park providing coastal communities of Eurobodalla with water for households and for growing food. Gold mining has had a profound effect on the river since the mid nineteenth century. The Deua is slowly healing from the erosion and siltation but will the toxic legacy of a new mine reveal the true price of gold?

Showing until 12 November from 10am-4pm, Exhibition opening Friday 20 October from 5.30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre Belconnen. Free Entry.

UNEARTHED EXHIBITION BY MIRABEL FITZGERALD

The Belconnen Art Centre presents Unearthed, an exhibition by Mirabel Fitzgerald. The works are a response to living and working by the sea in the spotted gum forest of the South Coast. The images originate in descriptions of the environment although they frequently become abstracted in the studio process. A fascination with the textures that recur through the markings on trees, rocks and beach detritus, translate into various works on paper; prints. rubbings, and drawings.

Showing until 12 November from 10am-4pm, Exhibition opening Friday 20 October from 5.30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre Belconnen. Free Entry.

CRAFT ACT: CRAFT AND DESIGN CENTRE ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION

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

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

Free Entry.

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

See website for more information.

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

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

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

Check the website for more information.

TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters and take a journey into the heart of Australia. Intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land. See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre hub where artists create works you can take home.

Don’t miss out—this exhibition is a journey like no other.

Showing until 25 February 2018 from 9am – 5pm daily at the National Museum of Australia. Visit nma.gov.au/songlines for details and booking costs.

FINDERS KEEPERS: COLLECTORS AND THEIR STORIES

Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories. From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes us on a journey through Australia’s democratic history.

Finders Keepers asks why do people collect, why do museums collect and what do our collections say about us? With 269 objects on display, the most in the history of the museum, Finders Keepers unveils the collector in us all and invites you to share your own collection story.

Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with the Museum’s fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Showing daily utill Sunday 24 December 2017 from 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Find more information on the website.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today. 

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony? 

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

BEHIND THE LINES 2016: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Explore the unpredictable events of 2016 that shaped our political destiny – from Australia’s own double-dissolution, to Brexit and the shock Trump victory – through the sharpened wit and pencils of Australia’s best cartoonists.

There’s more than cartoons. Dress up in a crown and velvety red cape in the exhibition programming space, discover your political destiny with a game of political tarot or challenge your friends and family in political head.

Showing until 8 December 2017 from 9am- 5pm at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: www.cmag.com.a

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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

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