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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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The weather is getting hotter and the calendar is getting busier. This week there’s the launch of a the glittering British Film Festival, a workshop with Canberra’s premier paint shop where you can finally learn all the DIY skills you’ve lusted after, Canberra sweetheart and The Voice contestant Amber Nicholls is performing at the National Arboretum, there’s a walk for the Brain Foundation that requires you to like eating brains and a swag of markets, theatre productions, music and exhibitions for every taste. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!


2015 BBC British Film Festival 

This year marks the third annual British Film Festival. This year it’s being hosted by Palace Electric Cinemas in NewActon and features films from all over the British Isles. There are an amazing range of new films spanning all genres, as well as a series of award winning romance films, grouped under the title of ‘Love Actually’ that run alongside the festival’s films. 

This year sees a number of films with a strong focus on inspirational and courageous women.

From director Sarah Gavron (London Road) comes this year’s BFI London Film Festival opening night selection, Suffragette, an intense drama tracking the fight for women’s voting rights, starring a powerful ensemble cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep; Queen of the Desert, from legendary director Werner Herzog, telling the thrilling adventures of traveller, writer, archaeologist and political attaché for the British Secret Service, Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman); and Dare to be Wild, the true story of Irish heroine Mary Reynolds (Emma Greenwell), who was a prodigy in the field of landscape design and shared the uncompromising beauty and power of wild nature with the world.

Read about our giveaway for the film festival here.

Palace Electric Cinemas, October 29-November 18. See website for program details.

DIY like a pro this Spring with Paint Place Phillip

Are you excited to ‘Spring’ (sorry) into your DIY projects now that the weather’s a little warmer? Perhaps you’re a bit lacking in the DIY knowledge around paint and woodcare. Perhaps you’d just like to get the best advice and know-how before you start a major project.

From interior painting to exterior woodcare, The Paint Place Phillip will show you the expert tips & techniques using Haymes, one of Australia’s leading brands on site at their location in Phillip. Workshops begin on Thursday 29 October!


DECORATING DOs & DON’Ts Join Paint Place Phillip for their Trend Colour launch PLUS learn about how to achieve professional DIY results at home. THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER

MOODBOARDS & SCHEMING Receive practical hands on advice, whilst planning a colour scheme for your next DIY project! THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER

BASIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES Learn how to paint like a professional using Haymes, one of Australia’s leading brands. THURSDAY 26 NOVEMBER

WOODCARE We’ll show you the necessary tips & tricks on how to make your deck look like new, just in time for Summer. THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER

Paint Place Phillip’s Spring DIY workshops, Paint Place Phillip, 38 Botany Street, Phillip. Various dates from October to December, see events page for details.

Amber Nichols live @ the Arboretum

The Arboretum presents singer-songwriter Amber Nichols live in concert, as seen on The Voice. With special guests fellow contestant on The Voice, Grace Pitts, and local rising star, 14 year old Lucy Sugerman.

Licensed event. Refreshments available from Ginger Catering. The Curatoreum gift shop will be open.

CDs available for purchase and signing before the show.

Friday 30 October at the National Arboretum. Adult: $30.00, Child: $20.00, Family: $75.00. Doors open 6pm. Concert 7-9pm CD’s for sale and signings, meet and greet from 6pm. See website for details.

Canned Heat

Think of blues and boogie, one of the first names that come to mind is none other than Canned Heat.

The band has been around for 50 years now – an incredible achievement – and the best part is: they’ve still got it.

Still vibrant, energetic and as tight as they were back in the day, Canned Heat have worked hard and created their own legacy. As a part of this landmark achievement, Canned Heat will make their long awaited return to Australian shores in October 2015.

Canberra Theatre Centre, October 26, 8-10pm. See website for ticket details.

Carl Barron

Carl Barron returns to Canberra with a brand new show after making over 300,000 Australians laugh on his last tour and taking a year off to star in his first feature film!

Don’t miss Australia’s most popular comedian and the opportunity to see one of our country’s great comedic minds at work as he presents an evening of stand up with a bit of guitar.

Be there for a night where Carl blends structure with chance, or as he likes to call it – drinking with a fork.

Transaction fees apply. See website for more details.

From 13 October 2015 to 27 October. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 8pm. Sunday 25 October: 8pm.

Lee Kernaghan

A spectacular two part show featuring the stories behind Lee Kernaghan’s biggest songs plus the music from the number one hit album Spirit Of The Anzacs. You will experience the power and emotion of the songs that captured the hearts and minds of our nation this year. This amazing musical journey incorporates theatrical lighting and a large video screen that will bring to life the stories of those men and women who’ve made our country great.

Lee Kernaghan’s special guests for the tour are The Wolfe Brothers and Christie Lamb.

Canberra Theatre Centre, October 30 from 8-10pm. See website for ticket details.

Fashion and Fantasy: 21st century fashion dolls

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

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

Play Up

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

In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.


Fair Day By The Lake

Fair Day By The Lake is happening at the vibrant pop-up park on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin. A day for the whole family; celebrate Canberra’s diverse LGBTIQ community. There’s a raft of fun activities with markets, gourmet food, social groups and advocacy stalls, live music, drag and dancing exhibitions.

Win some great prizes showing off your spoilt pooch at the popular pet parade.

After Party 6-11pm at Westside’s sky high saloon. Chill out or dance the night away with your besties!

Further information and tickets available via the AIDS Action Council.

Saturday 31 October 11am-11pm. See website for more details.

Canberra Zombie Walk 2015

The Canberra Zombie Walk involves participants dressing as zombies and the undead, who then limp, shuffle and walk through the city streets and malls. The walk is purely for fun and for those who enjoy dressing up, and those with a love of brains!

This free event for the whole family also raises awareness for the Brain Foundation.

Even though the walk is free, all participants must register. You are asked to bring a gold coin to donate.

Saturday 31 October: 3pm for a 3.30pm start at Regatta Point. More information here.


 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.

Parties at the Shops: Hall

The Hall Rural Fire Brigade has thrown down the gauntlet to neighbouring fire brigades in the lead up to the village’s largest community event for the year, Hall Parties at the Shops Friday 30 October from 4pm.

The event features a wide range of activities and entertainment and will see local fire brigades go head to head in the highly anticipated sand-shovelling competition, and President of the Hall Rural Fire Brigade, Melissa Riches, has challenged NSW rural fire brigades.

“Parties at the Shops gives the community a chance to really show off all of the diverse aspects of the village. There will be a huge range of activities including the sand-shovelling and wood-chopping competition, vintage car displays, wine tasting, petting zoo, live music, market stalls, kids activities, and of course heaps of food,” said Shaun O’Connor.

In the spirit of the outback, there will be a few people getting into character.

“There’s been sightings of bushrangers in the local area and bushrangers are notorious for getting up to mischief on the full moon, and the moon will be pretty bright this Friday. We’ve heard a few rumours and it seems it’s highly likely that the local store will be held up by bandits. I think if people are around the shop at 7.20pm, they might get a glimpse of the action.”

Victoria St, Hall. Friday 30 October from 4pm. Free entry.

Hikmet Cetinkaya

On the occasion of “The Year of Turkey in Australia”, the Turkish Embassy in Canberra is pleased to invite you to the live performance of Painter Hikmet Cetinkaya, famous for his paintings of poppies, and Turkish music recital.

You’ll have the opportunity to witness how the flower of remembrance has been shaped and blossomed by the hands of this talented Turkish artist, while indulging themselves into the melodies and richness of the Anatolian music.

Free entry, but bookings essential.

Wednesday 28 October 6-8pm, Lalezar Hall at the Turkish Embassy, 6 Moonah Place, Yarralumla.

Southside Farmers Markets

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

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

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

Open every Sunday morning from 8am until 11:30am at CIT Southside Campus, corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip. Visit for more information.


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

Westside Markets

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

Capital Region Farmers Market

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


Rutherglen Estates Cellar Club Dinner

Come along and enjoy a 5-course dinner with Rutherglen Estates at Sage Restaurant in Canberra this October. Celebrating food production from paddock to plate, most of the ingredients used in the Sage Restaurant are sourced from their own farm. Come and see this wonderful fresh produce paired with a selection of our finest wines.

The evening will cost $120 for Cellar Club members or $135 for non-members. Bookings are essential as places are limited. To secure a place at the table of this exclusive event or for more information, please call Rutherglen Estates on 02 60 327 999. Dinner will commence at 7pm on Thursday October 29 at Sage Restaurant – Gorman House Arts Centre, Batman St, Braddon. 

Halloween Dinner at the Merchant Brasserie

The Merchant Brasserie is hosting a Halloween Night for families and all who want to have fun!
Dress up in your scariest costume, bring your zombie dance moves and order from their outrageously spooky menu!

Bookings are Essential! See website for details.

Merchant Brasserie, 2 Trevallian Quay Kingston Foreshore. Saturday dinner from 6pm. Regular breakfast and lunch till 3pm.

Introduction to Fermentation 

Join health and wellness coach Jane McIntyre in a hands on cooking demonstration with a focus on fermentation. Jane will walk us through the process of pickling and fermenting beetroot and carrots and then will teach us how to make sauerkraut and sour cream. You will walk away with a jar of each. Visit the website for more information: On October 31 from 10am – 1pm at YMCA Bush Capital Lodge, 191 Dryandra Street, O’Connor.

High Tea at Old Parliament House Café

Enjoy a delicious floral themed High Tea in the iconic Old Parliament House Café, available every single day during spring. Bookings essential via the website.

The licensed Terrace Café has refreshing beverages, snacks, delicious coffee and light meals on offer, and is the best place to relax after an exciting day at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Watch out for the newly refurbished Courtyard Brasserie opening late September 2015, and the return of Friday Night Drinks late October 2015.From 1 September 2015 to 30 November 2015, Open daily 9am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day).


University of Canberra Capitals vs Melbourne

Join the University of Canberra Capitals as they take on Melbourne in their 30th WNBL season and 8th Championship title tilt.

You get even more UC Caps action and excitement this season. Be there in prime position at the AIS Arena games as stars Steph Talbot, Jess Bibby, Carly Wilson and Lauren Jackson lead the UC Caps to the playoffs.

“This could well be one of our most exciting season on and off the court in a long time” – Head Coach Carrie Graf.

Saturday 31 October from 7-9:30PM. Doors open 1 hour prior to game tip-off at AIS Arena. Click here to buy tickets.

Socceroos vs Kyrgyzstan

The Socceroos are coming to Canberra as they take on Kyrgyzstan in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at GIO Stadium.
See local boy Tom Rogic along with captain Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo and Mat Leckie and Socceroos legend Tim Cahill in action.

A great night out with the family or your mates.

Tickets are expected to sell fast, get in quick! Now on sale through Ticketek.

12 November 2015. Thursday: 8pm. Gates open 6.30pm


Canberra Girls Grammar School P&F Fete 2015

CGGS welcomes the Canberra community to the annual P&F Fete this Saturday. Come and see the 50 stalls; hot food, cakes, salads, fairy floss, Greek sweets, trash and treasure, plants, high quality pre-loved books, clothing, farm animals, carnival rides and show bags for all ages and entertainment for the whole family. Don’t forget to watch this year’s student-run Fashion Parade. Entry is free, for more information visit the website On Saturday October 31 from 10am – 3pm at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Melbourne Avenue, Deakin.  

Get Messy with Grandma or Grandpa

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa offers art and craft activities once a month, especially for preschool-aged children and their grandparents.

Bookings essential, through the Eventbrite website, by email or phone.

Museum Friends is the membership program of the National Museum of Australia. The Museum Friends endeavour to provide unique events, engaging programs and increased benefits for their members.

2 September, 7 October and 4 November: 10am at the National Museum of Australia. See website for more details.

Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick

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

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

Play Up

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

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.



Physician and award-winning author Leah Kaminsky has carved out a unique place in the Australian literary landscape, bringing together the practices of medicine and writing in new and intriguing ways. Kaminsky’s highly praised first novel, The Waiting Room, captures the sights, sounds, accents and animosities of contemporary Israel, a country overflowing with stories.

Kaminsky will be joined by ABC 666 broadcaster Alex Sloan as they set about dissecting both the mind and the heart with what promise to be revealing results. Tickets are $10 and include a glass of wine or soft drink and can be booked here: On October 27 from 7.30pm – 8.30pm at Muse, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston. 

One Day DSLR Photography Course

See Canberra through the lens with National Photo Training College. Enjoy an outdoor experience learning how to use your camera and taking photos while you’re in the nation’s capital. Choose from beginner or advanced classes for the relevant tuition.

Small classes with a professional photographer ensure plenty of personal attention to advance your knowledge. Handout notes provided.

DSLR1 a beginner class where you’ll enjoy Old Parliament House and nearby grounds. Its simple and fun!

DSLR2 Twilight is ideal for people wanting to shoot travel,landscapes and long exposure near Lake Burley Griffin on manual exposure.

Over 15s welcome. Group discounts available. DSLR 1: Friday 10am – 4pm or Saturday or Sunday: 9.15am -3.30pm. DSLR2: Saturday 2.30pm – 6.30pm

23 October – 8 November. Meet at Pork Barrel Cafe, 11 King George Terrace, Parkes. Tickets available here.

afterDARK Lantern Tours

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

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

Women in War museum theatre performances

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

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.

Refreshments will be served after the event. Seating is limited. Please try and arrive before 6pm. Wednesday 14 October, 6pm at Australian Centre for China and the World.


NFSA Fright Fest – All Nite Late Show

Where else should you spend Halloween but one of Australia’s most haunted buildings? Head to the National Film and Sound Archive for a seriously spooky old-fashioned, all-night movie-thon in Arc Cinema. Kick off with a haunting ghost story from local ghost hunter Tim the Yowie Man, followed by a program of locally-grown celluloid horror.

Ticket price includes all-night tea and coffee (served in the Gallery) and breakfast of bacon and egg burgers for those who last the distance.

The café will be selling the kind of fuel you’ll need to make it through the night.

Saturday October 31 from 10pm-9am Sunday 1 November at the National Film and Sound Archive. $25 per person, click here to book tickets.

Ronny Chieng

If you haven’t heard about Ronny Chieng in the past year you’ve been hiding under a chair. Chieng hits the road for his smash-hit 2015 live solo show, You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About. And no, you really don’t.

Catch one of Australia’s most ambitious rising comedy stars in 2015, while you still can.

Thursday 29 October from 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre. See website for details.

Geraldine Turner: Turner’s Turn

Geraldine Turner is a true icon of Australian show business. Throughout a career that spans four decades, she has earned her place in the Australian Theatre as one of this country’s most legendary leading ladies.

Turner’s Turn is a celebration of Geraldine’s incredible life on stage and marks Geraldine’s first cabaret appearance in more than ten years. This intimate evening of songs from her celebrated career, peppered with show business anecdotes and stories (and there are some great stories to tell), is an opportunity to see one of Australia’s most beloved stage performers, up close and personal.

Sunday 1 November 4pm-6pm at The Street Theatre. Box office opens 1.5hrs prior to show. Adult: $45.00, concession: $42.00. Click here to book tickets.

Lyn Mills: ‘A social butterfly in bogong territory’

Lyn is a former Canberra Times (currently City News) social writer and photographer and host of the Canberra television show David Jones Notebook.

Through archival TV footage and personal reminiscences, Lyn takes an affectionate and often hilarious look at Canberra’s social history over the past decades. Friends of the NFSA free, others gold coin donation. Friday October 30 from 5:30-7pm at National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. 

Culture Reels: Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work

Culture Reels is a fortnightly series of arresting Australian and international documentaries on art and culture.

This instalment of Culture Reels will screen Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg.

Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work (2010) exposes the private dramas of irreverent, legendary comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to remain the queen of comedy. Filmed as a cinema verite documentary, the film reveals a rare glimpse of the comedic process and the toxic mixture of self-doubt and anger that often fuels it.

Thursday 28 October from 7-9pm at Gorman Arts Centre. $5 per person. See website for more details.

Dr Hook

Showcase Entertainment Group and The Harbour Agency are pleased to present Dr Hook! Enjoy an evening of Dr Hook’s timeless hits fronted by the legendary voice of founding lead vocalist Dennis Locorriere, the true voice of Dr Hook, and his celebrated live band!

Since the bands farewell tour in 1985, Dennis Locorriere (Low-Cor-Ee-Air) has toured the world performing for the most part as a solo artiste with just his magical voice and an acoustic guitar. He has now played to well over 200,000 people with this show.

Saturday 31 October at 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre. See website for more details.

Fright Fest!

Spend Halloween in one of Australia’s most haunted buildings for an all night movie-thon!

Spend the scariest night of the year – and perhaps your life! – in one of Australia’s most haunted buildings, the former Institute of Anatomy, for some seriously spooky all-night movie-thon in Arc cinema.
We kick off the night with a haunting ghost story from local ghost hunter Tim the Yowie Man at 10 pm, followed by a program of locally-grown celluloid horror including 1984 classic Razorback and contemporary cult classics like the award- winning The Babadook, written and directed by Jennifer Kent.

Doors open at 9 pm and the ticket includes all-night tea and coffee (served in the Gallery), as well as breakfast of bacon and egg rolls for those who last the distance. The Bench Room café will also be selling the kind of fuel you’ll need to make it through the night! Tickets are $20 each and are available online: On Saturday 31 October 10pm – Sunday 1 November 9am at the Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Gallipoli Centenary – A Year to Remember?

The Defining Moments project strives to highlight pivotal moments in Australia history. The latest event is a lecture titled ‘The Gallipoli Centenary – A Year to Remember?’.

April this year marked the centenary of the 1915 Gallipoli Landing. An estimated 120,000 people flocked to the dawn service at the Australian War Memorial. Yet historian Clare Wright claims that Australians are suffering from ‘Gallipoli fatigue’: “…people are feeling like it’s been turned into a kind of circus sideshow”.

Are people tired of remembering events from 100 years ago? Is Gallipoli still as symbolically potent as it was 100 years ago? What is the value of Australia’s largest and most public of commemorations since the Centenary of Federation?

Join National Museum of Australia director Dr Mat Trinca for a conversation with distinguished panel Brad Manera, Dr Carolyn Holbrook and Prof Peter Stanley as they discuss ‘A year to remember’. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: On October 29 at 12.30pm at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton.

Canned Heat

Woodstock veterans Canned Heat return to Australia to celebrate their 50th anniversary. With 32 studio albums, 10 live albums and multiple collaborations with some of the biggest names in classic rock, Canned Heat are sure to thrill with their smooth blues and boogie rock sound.

A one-of-a-kind band, Canned Heat rose to fame thanks to their deep understanding and love for the blues. Their music is as vibrant, energetic and tight as ever – evidently the result of the kind of hard work and dedication required to perform successfully for 50 years.

Monday 26 October at Canberra Theatre Centre, show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are $68.50 per person and are available here.

Celebrate Papua New Guinea’s 40 years of independence

The National Film and Sound Archive is celebrating Papua New Guinea’s 40 years of independence with a series of significant documentaries and panel discussions.

PNG on Screen:
A series of significant documentaries from Australian filmmakers working in Papua New Guinea communities to capture their traditional way of life and evolution to a young nation in the modern world.

PNG in Discussion:
Explore PNG from administration to independence through discussion, research and rare film.

PNG from the Film Australia Collection:
The Australian Government film unit documented and also trained its cameras and our protectorate and neighbour New Guinea.

From 1 September 2015 to 30 October at the National Film and Sound Archive. Check their website for details.

Carl Barron

Carl Barron returns to Canberra with a brand new show after making over 300,000 Australians laugh on his last tour and taking a year off to star in his first feature film!

Don’t miss Australia’s most popular comedian and the opportunity to see one of our country’s great comedic minds at work as he presents an evening of stand up with a bit of guitar.

Be there for a night where Carl blends structure with chance, or as he likes to call it – drinking with a fork.

Transaction fees apply. See website for more details.

From 13 October 2015 to 27 October. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 8pm. Sunday 25 October: 8pm.

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.


Out to Lunch featuring The Hugo Lee Band

This instalment of Out to Lunch features the Hugo Lee Band who will be presenting compositions by Lee from his two albums Rhythm Of The Machine (2014) and CONFLUENCE (2015) as well as re-arranged and re-imagined jazz standards.

This lunchtime concert series curated by Ellen Falconer showcases the best of Canberra’s emerging and established musicians. The series focuses on new and experimental music, as well as classical music less performed.

Tuesday 27 October 1.30pm-2.30pm, Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street Braddon.

ArtSound FM’s annual Radiothon

This very popular book and music fair runs from 31 October to 8 November, with the station studio open day on Sunday 8 November from 9am to 4pm. Members of the public are warmly invited to visit ArtSound in the Manuka Arts Centre (next to Manuka Pool) where there will also be live local music on the lawns, studio tours, a chance to record your voice for radio airplay and food and drink. ArtSound presenters will also be popping up around town for live outside broadcasts during that week and would love listeners to come by and say hello. Information about the Radiothon and the outside broadcast schedule will appear on the website General enquiries phone 6295 7444.

“Wednesday Lunchtime Live”

“Wednesday Lunchtime Live” Concert.  Duo Guitars: Andrew Blanch & Callum Henshaw. Recent winner of the ANU School of Music’s Whitworth Roach Classical Music Performance Competition, Andrew Blanch and fellow student Callum Henshaw perform a set of stunning guitar music for this WELL concert.  Both Blanch and Henshaw will each feature as soloists before coming together to play duets by Australian composers’ Phillip Houghton, Nigel Westlake and Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati. Entry is $5 visit the website for more information On October 28 from 12.40pm – 1.20pm at Wesley Music Centre, National Circuit, Forrest.

Dawn Disco

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

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

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The Front Room

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

No Lights, No Lycra

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

Live Local Music

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


Pink Ribbon Silent Auction (in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation) 

Everyone knows someone who has had Breast Cancer. The only way to find better treatments and, one day, a cure is to raise money and awareness.

Major Sponsors include Nick Kygrios and Hotel Hotel. Other contributors include: Dendy, Tennis Australia, EightySIx, Bentspoke, Pulp Kitchen, Therese Crowe, Shaw Vineyard, Wily Trout, Lake Crackenback, Royal Canberra Golf Club, Fitness First, Kundalini and Geranium House (Just to name a few). This Pink Ribbon Silent Auction is being held at the Nishi Gallery in NewActon on Saturday October 31 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. For more details contact Tara Blacker at [email protected]

Open Garden –  Bosom Buddies

Double sized garden in historic Oaks Estate as featured in the Canberra Times Good Food Magazine will be open this Sunday. $5 entry, refreshments will be available along with a small plant stall. All proceeds going to Bosom Buddies. For more information contact Bosom Buddies on 0406 376 500. On Sunday November 1 from 11am – 4pm at 35 Williams Street, Oaks Estate.

Retro Invasion

This event is an all ages, family friendly event to raise money for the Brain Foundation. Canberra’s favourite retro band Back to the Eighties will be playing music to get people dancing, and DJs will be playing retro songs from the 60s to 90s – including requested songs from the audience on the night! 

Tickets are $15 for adults or $25 for families and can be purchased here: On Friday October 30 at 7pm at the RUC, 54 McCaughey St, Turner.


Michael Buzacott Sculpture

This exhibition displays sculptures made over the last 40 years by Sydney artist Michael Buzacott (b. 1950). He is an inventive, idiosyncratic artist working in the Cubist tradition. This is the first time his work has been surveyed in depth.

The formal language of lines and planes, superseding the language of volume and mass, substituting for the bump and hollow of traditional sculpture – this was the fabulous legacy of cubism to twentieth-century sculptors.

Michael Buzacott continues to work in this tradition, and his work has kept the language of cubism exceptionally fresh and vital.

12-5pm, 30 Sep – 1 November, Drill Hall Gallery at the ANU.

Cloth and Clay

Cloth and Claya pop-up shop showcasing hand-printed household textiles and wheel thrown ceramic tableware, by mother/daughter duo Lauraine and Jemima Parker.

If you’re a lover of beautiful things for the home and the hand-made is your thing, then you can’t miss Cloth and Clay, a pop-up shop featuring locally handmade textiles and ceramics showing from 21 October to 1 November at The Hamlet. This pop-up shop will showcase bespoke homewares – hand-printed household textiles and wheel thrown ceramic tableware. Visit the website for more information The launch night  is being held on Wednesday 21 October 6pm – 8pm. The pop up shop runs from Wednesday October 21 to Sunday November 1 at pod, Shop 5, The Hamlet, 16 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Gorgeous Mortar

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

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

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

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


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

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

Norforce: Tony Albert

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

Other exhibitions

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


The Distant Warriors

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

Australia in the Great War

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

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

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

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

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

Art is a Weapon

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

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs.

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

Behind the Lines 2014

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

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

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

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

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

Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

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

Magna Carta – an Australian story

This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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


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