This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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The weather is getting hotter and the calendar is getting busier. An exciting, jam packed week ahead kicking off with Melbourne Cup, the launch of Canberra Beer Week, a vintage fashion fair, the 19th Canberra International Film Festival, butter making, winery tours, a swag of markets, theatre productions, music and exhibitions for every taste. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!


Telopea Park School’s La Grande Fete

La Grande Fête brings a strong French polish to the traditional Australian school fête at the Lycée Franco-Australien de Canberra, combining multicultural fun, food and entertainment stretching into the twilight hours.

There’s something for everyone – including carnival rides, a display of a range of French Cars, entertainment, market stalls, and a veritable cornucopia of food and drinks. You can also purchase a ticket in the Raffle Extraordinaire for a chance to win $5000 towards two return airfares to Paris!

From 2:30pm to 7pm this Saturday 7 November at Telopea Park School, New South Wales Crescent, Barton.

Day of The Dead Afro-Latin Festival

Over two nights, Canberra will be treated to a stellar line-up of musicians & dancers from around the country who come together to showcase the deep cultural links that unite Latin America and Africa.

United under the theme of the 3000 year old Mexican tradition of “Day of the Dead”, which celebrates friends and family members who have departed, the weekend is divided into two separate and unique nights.

Acoustica! Friday 6 November will be a night dedicated to the human voice and the melodic vibes of the guitar; hosted in the intimate Teatro Vivaldi at the ANU campus. A sit down evening of acoustic Afro-Latin music and poetry headlined by the Oscar Jimenez Trio and a host of local artists, poets and musicians.

Fiesta! at the Croatian Club in Turner from 4pm on Saturday 7 November will be an all ages fiesta focused on the dance and the power of the drum. With arts and craft stalls, food stalls, face painting and DJs, the night will feature the latin ska of locals Los Chavos, Keyimba – Australian’s leading West African band, Amaru Tribe’s amazing blend of Andean and Caribbean music, a rare and unique show by Melbourne’s Afro-Brazilian percussion and dance group Esterla Du Mar, and a special masked performance from Sydney’s Bolivian dance troupe Sabor Boliviano. Closing out of the line up is the local latin fusion group FunkyTrop and the multicultural reggae vibes of Jambalaya.

Purchase your tickets online at trybooking.



Canberra Beer Week and Beer Day Out 

Canberra Beer Week is almost upon us, launching officially next Thursday 5 November.

This is the time of the year when your otherwise food-uninterested partners might actually prefer a five course meal to a pub lunch and you can catch up with your friends over a pint of boutique cider from Sydney rather than cocktails.

Apart from making really fun days out or dates, the Canberra Beer Festival is a great way to expand your palette and get to know both the Canberra region breweries as well as a handpicked selection from interstate.

You may be a wine buff who can smell their way around the Canberra Region Wineries, but now’s the time to learn how to pair beer and cider with food – and cook with it too!

This year sees the festival expand to 50 events across 20 venues until Wednesday 11 November including tap takeovers, tasting events, food matchings and much more.

Happening over two days, Beer Day Out is for those obsessed with the sweet science of hops, barley and malt. They will showcase over 30 Australian and International craft breweries.

There will be prizes, draws and all things BEER, beer and food matching sessions and more beer-ducation than you can poke a bottle at.

Buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Check out their website for the various locations and venues, and check out our ‘10 events not to miss during Canberra Beer Week‘ too!

Jewel of Canberra at Old Bus Depot Markets

November is the time the Old Bus Depot Markets transform into a giant jewellery box of sorts, celebrating the amazing local and regional jewellery makers and designers at Jewel of Canberra on Sunday 8 November.

Browse the many jewellery stalls and find a unique handcrafted piece of jewellery to make you stand out from the crowd. You’ll find a large range of jewellery styles, price points and individual pieces because the stallholders are all independent designers and craftspeople who work within a small business environment.

Jewel of Canberra is on at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Sunday 8 November from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free. For more information visit the website.

Fix and Make Market

A free day of live making and communal action to introduce the Fix and Make program and collaborators. Local food market curated by Monster kitchen and bar. Free event. All ages.

SEE / DO: Invent an instrument with Dylan Martorell, make a utility apron from old jeans with Suzan Dlouhy and whittle long-life chopsticks from salvaged wood with Tom Skeehan.

FOOD / DRINK: A. Baker, Lark Hill Winery, Stone and Wood Brewery, Barrio Collective Coffee, Monster kitchen and bar, Močan and Green Grout and Parlour Wine Room.

Visit the website for more information. On Saturday 7 November, 10am – 2pm, Nishi Gallery, Kendall Lane, NewActon.

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard

Hear tracks from Transmutant, the new studio long-player from one of Australia’s most respected and sublime recording artists, Katie Noonan at The Street Theatre this Friday 6 November.

An ethereal body of work, it introduces audiences to Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, bringing Katie back to the band environment where she started her career as an 18 year old, a backdrop where she acknowledges she feels most comfortable.

Friday 6 November at 7.30pm. Box office opens 1.5 hours earlier. All tickets $45 per person. See website for more details.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Llewellyn Series 15.4 RACHMANINOV

A season finale unlike any other the orchestra has ever performed! The opening work by Arturo Márquez converts the symphony orchestra into a Mexican dance band! You will be delighted and enthralled as your CSO musicians revel in intoxicating Latin rhythms.

Australia’s most celebrated percussionist, the kaleidoscopic Claire Edwardes, will demonstrate exquisite mastery and the most colourful palette of sound in Kats-Chernin’s riveting work.

Rachmaninov’s wonderful Symphonic Dances, one of the most virtuosic showpieces of the orchestral repertoire, is a perfect climax to an epic season of festive and inspirational music-making with the CSO.

Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 November at Llewellyn Hall in the ANU School of Music. For tickets see their website.

100 days of Summer at Lucky’s

Lucky’s Speakeasy at QT Canberra is throwing a massive party, all through Summer!

There’ll be a Melbourne Cup gala, Halloween bash, Movember shindig, James Bond 007 NYE party and QT Backyard Australia Day BBQ, as well as weekly events, like Friday sessions, secret men’s business, Latino nights, summer night markets and a ping pong tournament. This summer at Lucky’s is going to be on like Donkey Kong.

As one of Canberra’s premiere watering holes, you’ll find an event to suit every taste at Lucky’s. For more information see their website.

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.

Paint Place Phillip’s Spring Workshops

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.

 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.


Ranger Guided Walks and Activities at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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

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

Walks and activities cater for a range of different age groups. Check their website for full details.

No charges apply for activities held at the Visitors Centre. Nominal entry fees apply for activities within the reserve.

From 2 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. Check their website for full details.

Watson Parties at the Shops

Celebrate Healthy Living Watson with lots of activities, dancing and music! Watson Community Feast sees neighbours breaking bread with neighbours—bring a plate to share and enjoy a community dinner from 6pm. Produce and Plant Swap encourages you to bring down your home grown produce and plants to swap with others.

This Friday 5 November, 3pm till late at the Watson Shops, Knox Street Watson.

Jackie Fairweather Memorial Triathlon

In honour of the late Jackie Fairweather (nee Gallagher), the Jackie Fairweather Memorial Triathlon promises to be truly special.

Jackie made an amazing contribution to triathlon and sport in general. This event brings together many wonderful aspects of the Triathlon Australia Hall of Famer’s life.

Held over Australia’s most popular triathlon distance, the Sprint, competitors will compete on a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

Jackie’s love, of not only triathlon but also duathlon and running, will be showcased at the event with an inclusive day for all to be a part of the celebration of an amazing woman.

Sunday 8 November: 7am-2pm at Rond Terraces, Parkes Way. See website for more details.


Old Bus Depot Market

Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee. Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Visit for more information.

Canberra Timber & Working With Wood Show

Don’t miss the Canberra Timber and Working With Wood Show, held each year over the Father’s Day weekend!

It’s ideal for everyone from Do-it-yourselfers through to passionate enthusiasts. Hear the best in the industry share their expertise. Go, try, learn and buy – and experience some of the world’s finest timbers all at one location!

Join internationally renowned experts for demonstrations and workshops. The show features hundreds of woodworking products, suppliers and experts, you will see the latest operating machinery.

Thursday-Sunday 6-8 November at Exhibition Park In Canberra, 10am-4pm each day. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult: $16.00 – Children 0-14 Free with accompanying Adult.

HMAS Canberra Freedom of Entry march

Take part in history and don’t miss a rare opportunity to see navy, army and air force personnel when the 300-strong company of the navy’s largest ship, HMAS Canberra, exercise their Freedom of Entry to Canberra and march through our city on Thursday 5 November.

Come along to Civic Square to greet the company, and to take part in this centuries old tradition.

11am-11.30am, 5 November, Civic Square, London Circuit, Civic.

ActewAGL Queanbeyan Show

The 120th ActewAGL Queanbeyan Show is on at the Queanbeyan showground. Children (and adults) have an opportunity to cuddle the animals in the free farmyard nursery. The ‘Civil Construction Hire’ bull ride is returning on Saturday night followed by a huge fireworks display. On Sunday a special ceremony will be held to commemorate the Snowy River Route March and the ‘Snowy River Mob’ children’s choir will perform. There’s so much more to see and do at the 120th Queanbeyan Show. Visit the website for more information. On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November. Gates open at 8.30am at the Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Avenue, Queanbeyan. 

Festa Italiana in the Embassy Gardens

Italy comes alive right here in Canberra for a day! The first Festa Italiana in the Embassy Gardens. Come and enjoy Italian food and drinks, live musical entertainment, a raffle with Italian prizes, luxury Italian cars and much more. All proceeds are donated to purchase Italian resources for the bilingual Yarralumla Primary School and to support the Italian retirement village Sant’Antonio in Page. Ambassador Pier Francesco Zazo and his wife Svetlana are inviting everyone to attend.

Entry is free. On Sunday November 8 from 11am to 4pm at 78 National Cct, Deakin.

Frock Up Canberra – The Way We Wear Vintage Fashion Fair

Frock Up Canberra brings together vintage dealers from Sydney, ACT and Victoria selling fabulous vintage and antique clothing, accessories, jewellery, exotic textiles, fashion art, buttons and bows, linen and lace as well as fashion ephemera and collectables.

The free weekend workshops include millinery making classes, swing dancers, burleque performers and talks. Divine vintage and also the chance to win ‘Ms (or Mr) Vintage Canberra’.

Entry starts at $12, visit the website for more information. On Friday 6 to Sunday 8 November at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, 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 the website 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 their website 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.


Beer Day Out 

Beer Day Out 2015 will showcase over 30 Australian and international craft breweries. Enjoy a range of beer and cider with entertainment, food matching, information sessions, prizes, draws and all things beer over two days. Tickets available online and on the day. Note: You need to be 18+ to attend this event.

Visit the website for more information. On Friday 6 November: 4-9pm, Saturday 7 November: 12-6pm at the Former Transport Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

A.BAKER Backyard Produce Dinner

Passionate about working with local produce, A-Baker often find themselves alongside growers helping to harvest their fruits for the store!

Have you got some incredible produce growing at yours that you’d like to share over dinner? WELL, here is how it works!

You grow your favourite seasonal produce, harvest it and bring it into A-Baker 2-3 days before the event (in this case by the 9th of Nov).

At that time, book yourself and your friends a table for dinner and leave the rest to the team! us! Head chef Bernd Brademann will then work out a special dinner using all the ingredients that diners have brought to the kitchen.

The names of those who supplied each produce will appear on a special menu on the night for all the diners to see.

If you don’t have any produce but would still like to come along you can either ask your neighbour or bring along some flowers for the tables! 

Bookings are ESSENTIAL! If you wish to book or have any questions please call us on 6287 6150. On Tuesday November 11, 6.30pm at A-Baker Restaurant, 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra.

Murrumbateman Uncorked – Vines and Wines Tours

Vines and Wines is a Canberra based wine tour company who pick you up, take you to wineries, share their knowledge and expertise and then drop you home again. Murrumbateman is located approximately 30km from Canberra and although located in NSW, is arguably the capital of Canberra’s cool climate wine region. This weeks itinerary includes Eden Road Wines, Brindabella Hills Winery, Surveyors Hill Winery (2 course lunch + glass of wine) and Pankhurst Wines. Visit the website for more information and to book. On Saturday November 7 from 9.30am.

Old Parliament House – Friday Night Drinks

Spring is back, and so is Canberra’s favourite Friday night drinks at Old Parliament House.

Starting on October 30, unwind from the week and kick-start the weekend with your colleagues, friends or significant other in the historic courtyard of Old Parliament House. Enjoy live DJ, delicious snacks and chilled cocktails until March 2016. Kick your weekend off in style for a drink in the historic courtyards of the House. Visit the website for more details.

King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.

Making Butter at Home 

Artisan cheesemaker, Gurkan Yeniceri, will be hosting this workshop. He will teach us everything you need to know to get started on making our own butter at home. This workshop will be a demonstration. Visit the website for more informationOn Tuesday November 3 from 6pm – 8pm at Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton.

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. Until 30 November 2015, Open daily 9am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day).


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.


Thought – Process by Tom Skeehan

A solo exhibition, as part of DESIGN Canberra, by Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member and industrial desinger Tom Skeehan.

The exhibition will launch Skeehan’s new furniture line and showcases his journey from sketch to polished product, incorporating production images, material samples and prototypes.

5 November – 12 December at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Level 1, 180 London Circuit. Times: Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 12.00pm – 4.00pm (Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays).

For more details check out the website.

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.


Thank you for Being a Friend

Prepare for an evening of laughter, spectacular put-downs and familiar friends as Miami’s four favourite Golden Girls – Dorothy, Sophia, Rose and Blanche – reunite in puppet-form for this lovingly hilarious live tribute show.

Thank You For Being A Friend is the ultimate Golden Girls experience, delivering all the classic dialogue, razor sharp gags and taboo-breaking stories you’d expect.

As a wonderful introduction to the joy of the hit television series for first timers, it’ll have the uninitiated rolling in the aisles, while die-hard fans fondly remember the brilliance of The Golden Girls.

Thursday and Friday 6-7 November at the Canberra Theatre Centre from 7.30-10.30pm. Tickets are $60-65 per person and can be booked here.

Matt Okine: The Other Guy

Matt Okine brings his killer stand up show to Canberra for one night only.

While waiting to see if he’s about to become a dad, Matt has a lot of thinking to do. After years of stealing his flatmates shampoo, and eating meals that consist entirely of food samples given out at the supermarket, Matt is now stinking rich. And it’s awesome.

But his nine-year relationship has ended out of the blue, and Matt can’t help but wonder why? Where did it all go wrong? How much do babies cost? And why do racists always catch the bus??

Saturday 7 November from 8-9pm. Box office opens 1.5 hours prior to any show. Tickets available here.

Brazilian Movie Cycle

The Embassy of Brazil are screening free Oscar-nominated Brazilian movies with English subtitles every Thursday in November.

5th Nov: “Central Station”, by Walter Salles (1998, 12+)
Drama – Best Actress /Film in a Foreign Language

12th Nov: “City of God”, by Fernando Meirelles (2002, 18+)
Drama – Best Director/Adapted Screenplay/Cinematography/Film Editing

19th Nov: “Wasteland”, by Vik Munis (2010, G)
Documentary – Best Documentary

26th Nov: “Rio”, by Carlos Saldanha (2011, G)
Animation – Best Song

Hosted by the Brazilian Embassy every Thursday in November: 6pm-7:45pm (5-26 November). See website for more details.


Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres presents a special screening event featuring work from visiting Finnish video artist Juhani Koivumäki alongside the work of ACT based video artist, Ellis Hutch.

The screening will integrate conversation between Koivumäki and Hutch, giving audiences greater insight into the intersections between their work and the challenges and surprises of working in one of contemporary art’s most dynamic disciplines.

Afterwards, join the artists for informal conversation and drinks in the Mint Bar.

6-7pm, Thursday 5 November at the Ainslie Gorman Arts Centre. For more information see their website.

19th Canberra International Film Festival

The 19th Canberra International Film Festival returns this year with a stronger grassroots focus on films hand-picked by local experts. This year’s festival program showcases Canberra’s filmmakers alongside Indigenous films, screenings from the Asia-Pacific and Middle East, and restored classics.

The festival includes workshops, discussions and networking opportunities for local film lovers and filmmakers. Visit the website for full details. On November 5 – 15 at Arc Cinema, National Film & Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Canberra City.

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.


The Paper Kites

Melbourne indie folk quintet, The Paper Kites have today dropped an endearing video for single one, “Electric Indigo” from the new record (“twelvefour” out August 28), alongside an extensive national “twelvefour” album tour reveal.

Determined to capture a bolder sound, the band travelled to Seattle to record with Grammy-nominated producer Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Manchester Orchestra, Fleet Foxes) and the result is “twelvefour”, an album that is lush and intimate, with drum machines and dirtier guitars (“very much an ’80s twinge,” Sam insists) mixed with atmospheric synth moments.

Saturday 7 November at 8pm until late at ANU Bar the Australian National University. Tickets are $30.08 and can be purchased via Ticketek.

Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra

One of Australia’s most celebrated musicians, James Muller teams up with Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra for a sensational new project played by cutting edge Australian musicians in collaboration with one of the worlds leading jazz arrangers.

Wednesday 4 November at The Street Theatre from 7.30pm. Adults: $39.00, Concessions: $35.00. Box office opens 1.5 hours beforehand, see website for more details.

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard

Hear tracks from Transmutant, the new studio long-player from one of Australia’s most respected and sublime recording artists, Katie Noonan. An ethereal body of work, it introduces audiences to Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, bringing Katie back to the band environment where she started her career as an 18 year old, a backdrop where she acknowledges she feels most comfortable. All tickets $45.00, visit the website for more information. On Friday November 6 at 7.30pm, The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Llewellyn Series 

A season finale unlike any other the orchestra has ever performed! The opening work by Arturo Márquez converts the symphony orchestra into a Mexican dance band! You will be delighted and enthralled as your CSO musicians revel in intoxicating Latin rhythms.

Australia’s most celebrated percussionist, the kaleidoscopic Claire Edwardes, will demonstrate exquisite mastery and the most colourful palette of sound in Kats-Chernin’s riveting work.

Rachmaninov’s wonderful Symphonic Dances, one of the most virtuosic showpieces of the orchestral repertoire, is a perfect climax to an epic season of festive and inspirational music-making with the CSO.

Visit the website for more information. On Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 November from 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Acton.

Canberra Brass Inc.

Canberra Brass Inc. is thrilled to announce that it will be holding its first annual Youth Brass Band Workshop for young brass players and percussion players, aged 12-19, in the ACT and Capital Region.

The workshop aims to be the first-step in establishing the first ever Youth Brass Band in the ACT and the Capital Region to be launched in early 2016!Youth Brass Extravaganza & The Rose and the Thistle

‘A Youth Brass Extravaganza’ aims to provide young brass and percussion players with a taste of what they can expect with the formation of the regions first ever youth brass band, providing a mix of entertaining but high level competitive playing.

Entry to the workshop is $5 per participant which includes lunch and morning tea.

Participants will be introduced to the world of brass bands with a series of rehearsals and sectional activities before putting on a short concert for friends and family at 2pm.  

On Sunday November 8, Canberra Brass will perform in their annual concert, “The Rose and the Thistle” along side the Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Deakin. 

Tickets/entry: Workshop: $5 Concert: Adult $25, Children(U13) $15, Concession $15, Family(2+2) $55 Visit the events page for more information. On Saturday November 7 from 9.30am at Canberra City Band Hall, 49 Philip Ave. Watson

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 websiteGeneral enquiries phone 6295 7444.

Dark Disco

Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. We turn the lights off and the music up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching.

It’s a place to have fun, de-stress and totally be yourself! We try to play a little bit of everything, from old stuff to dance, pop, rock, hip hop, Triple J tunes to super cheesy Top 40.

It’s light enough so that you can see the silhouettes of people around you, but dark enough so that you can’t make out their awesome dance moves!

Dark Disco is $5 and held every Monday from 7 till 8pm (except public hols) on Level 2 of The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street Civic.

British Piano Gems – Wednesday Lunchtime Live

Canberra based pianist Stuart Long will perform a program that consists of five exquisite British piano works.

Stuart commenced his tertiary musical studies in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1990. He completed a B.Mus in piano performance at the Canberra School of Music in 1995, studying with Alan Jenkins and Lillian Tan.

More recently he has studied extensively with Colin Forbes. Stuart has won a number of musical prizes, including several prizes from the North Queensland Concerto and Vocal Competition.

He enjoys performing solo, as an accompanist and in chamber groups. He has been a regular performer at Wesley Wednesday concerts, both as a soloist and in small groups, including a number of recitals with Canberra-based flautist Rick Lilienthal.

Visit the website for more information. Tickets at the door, entry is $5. On November 11 from 12.40pm – 1.20pm at Wesley Music Centre, National Circuit, Forrest.

 The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National 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.


Laugh For Life

Laugh for Life – A stand up comedy night to raise funds for Camp Quality!

A night filled with laughter, watch the brilliant boys who brought to you Fat Pizza; Tahir and Rob Shehadie! Not only this but you will also be thrilled by the entertainment from award winner and Guinness world record holder, magician-comedian Brendan Mon Tanner! With local comedian Emo Parsonson as MC, food, drinks and more.

All proceeds go to Camp Quality, so come along to support kids with cancer and have a good laugh. Tickets start at $55.00 or book a table of 8 people for $50 per person. Book tickets here. On Friday November 6 from 6:30pm-11:30pm at Canberra Labor Club, Chandler St, Belconnen.

Camp Quality ACT Giggle Ball

Be a part of the inaugural ACT Camp Quality Giggle Ball, the most fun you’ll have in a suit or high heels all year! 

The ACT Giggle Ball is set to be an elegant night of entertainment, fun and laughter. Dress up in your best black tie outfit and add ‘a touch of colour and fun’ through your accessories.

Sit back while you are treated to a three course meal with a little surprise for dessert.

There will be a range of entertainment throughout the night along with an array of not-to-be missed silent and live auction prizes, and a few surprises thrown in – there’s something for everyone!

Visit the website for more information. On Saturday November 7 from 6.30pm until midnight at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden.

Trivia Night to help save Sumatran Tigers

Enjoy a fun night out with seven rounds of questions on various topics. There will be games with prizes, a silent auction, a lucky door prize, merchandise, tiger adoptions and raffle.

Jungle attire is encouraged – there will be a prize for best dressed! There will also be prizes for first, second and wooden spoon teams.

Tickets are $25 per person and tables consist of 10 people (no tickets are available at door). Bookings can be made online through our sister organisation, The Orangutan Project.

All proceeds go to the International Tiger Project. The Sumatran Tiger is critically endangered, with as little as 300 in the wild! Help save them from extinction by making a donation via the website. On Saturday 7 November 2015 from 6pm  to 10pm at Eastlake Football Club, Griffith

Catwalk & Design 2015

In celebration of International Thanksgiving Month in November and 2015 being the Year of Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving International is holding Catwalk & Design as its main event.

Catwalk & Design is modelling and fashion design competition featuring kid models as young as 5 yrs old through to mature-aged models.  Competition categories are for Best Teen Model, Best Model, and Madame Model.  Kid models are part of Nation Paraders, a non-competing category, and kids feature a country costume of their own choosing. The night has entertainment with dinner, fashion show, fashion auction and prizes. Tickets start at $60 and can be found here. On Saturday November 7 at 6pm at the Canberra Labor Club, Belconnen.


 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.



Trees +, an exhibition and celebration of the tree at the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Featuring woodworkers Terry Martin and Zina Burloiu and visual artists Sue Cochrane and Malcolm Pettigrove.

“My love of trees has always influenced what I have made. Every time I cut a piece of wood, I think about the tree and that’s why I try to leave something of the tree in so many of my pieces.” – Terry Martin

31 October to 6 December at Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, 22 Malbon Street, Bungendore, 9am-5pm.

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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