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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS… 

The Forage and Hustle&Scout 

Hustle&Scout Twilight Fashion Market and The Forage return for their final event of the year on December 5 at a new location never before used for an event in Canberra – a multi-level car park!

The car park, which will be the event’s third venue for the year, forms part of the recently opened Little National Hotel in Barton. The hotel is situated on the doorstep of Parliament House, boasting spectacular views over iconic landmarks of Canberra. Market organisers, Tegan McAuley and Belinda Neame, were approached by the Doma Group earlier this year with an idea to inject more cultural activity into the precinct and celebrate the opening of the new hotel.

After attracting close to 10,000 visitors to their last event, held at the Old Bus Depot Building in Kingston, this new, unconventional market venue will capture the curiosity of locals.

The Forage, who will be presenting their largest food and drink line-up to date, will be located in the outdoor car park of the hotel. Featuring over 30 vendors, The Forage will welcome a suite of new vendors such as Bush Taco Girls, Yang’s Malaysian Food Truck and Smoothie & Co. The outdoor live music lounge – featuring local talent such as Kaleid, The Feraude Trio and GhostNoises – will lead into the multi-level, above-ground car park where Hustle&Scout will showcase over 60 fashion designers across two, spiralling levels.

Staying true to their mission to provide people with an immersive and unique Canberra experience unlike other markets, visitors can expect an entertainment program that showcases a colourful mix of local creative businesses. In addition to live music, the event will feature crafting workshops by the Maker’s Collective and LLL-Designs, dance performances, live art by local street artist JRB Illustration, hula hooping classes by Hoopbeat and the largest number of roaming models (styled by April’s Caravan) to feature at the event to date. Entry to the event is free.

Visit the Forage website and Hustle&Scout website for more information. On Saturday December 5 from 3pm – 8pm at Little National Hotel, National Circuit, Barton.

This Canberran Life’s Summer Soirée

This Canberran Life, together with Ivy & the Fox invite you to a Summer Soirée at Old Canberra House.

Get along and enjoy great food and drinks provided by the Ivy & The Fox team, and meet other members of the This Canberran Life community.

This cocktail event is in support of the Tara Costigan Foundation to help raise awareness & funds for the Tara’s Angels service – a unique caseworker service helping victims of family violence build strength and independence, to emerge as victors. On the night there will be great raffle prizes on offer from some generous local businesses.

Grab your tickets from Trybooking.

Canberra Opera – La Boheme

Passion, Lust, Jealousy. A painter, a musician, a philosopher and a poet – four poor friends living for their art. What more could a classic Italian opera need? A love that is so full it breaks apart and comes together again.

Nearly 120 years later and Puccini’s La Bohème continues to be one of the most popular and regularly performed operas. Join Rodolfo and Mimi, and Marcello and Musetta as they journey through the highs and lows of love.

27 November – 6 December Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. Friday – 7:30pm Sundays – 2pm. Click here for ticket details.

Night Market Canberra celebrates its First Birthday

More stalls, more food, more entertainment and brighter lights! Night Market Canberra will be bigger than ever, this Friday 4 December at Hotel Realm in Barton.

Celebrating its first birthday, the Night Market will once again bring alive the Hotel Realm precinct in Barton with market stalls, food, music and entertainment for the kids.

Shoppers will be able to get in early for their Christmas shopping, with over 50 stalls to choose from, across all categories of fashion, food, home wares, pets and children.

All designers are hand picked by founders Natalie Weber and Marissa Christian who wanted to give shoppers a unique experience by focusing largely on high-end products with a designer appeal in a unique urban environment.

There will be plenty of music and entertainment all evening, including live music by local crowd favourites Nick Rigby and Chad Croker, as well as a visit from a spritely Christmas Elf to keep the kids entertained.

Maple+Clove will transform into a twilight bar to provide a perfect vantage point for those looking to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere away from the crowd with a Pimms, or cold beer and something to eat.

There will be plenty of tasty food to keep your energy levels up, including Vietnamese street food, Slinky Chips and pop-up stalls by Lilotang and Ostani. In addition, Lilotang, Malamay and Ostani restaurants will all be open on the night serving an array of delicious food and beverages, along with newcomer on the scene, Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar, specialising in gastronomic French cuisine.

The market will be open from 4pm until 9pm, so be sure to get down early and avoid the queues!

There is plenty of parking available at Little National Hotel, and on Sydney Avenue, Macquarie Street and New South Wales Crescent.

For more information on the exciting Night Market Canberra, head over to their website or like Night Market Canberra on Facebook.

Spiders at Questacon

Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair!

Spiders – a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Weave your way through the fascinating exhibits and interactive displays to discover how these web-weavers, hunters and burrowers outlived the dinosaurs to become one of the most successful creatures on earth.

Bravely step into the web of a net-casting spider to get your photo taken or peer into spider innards using 3D scanning technology—what do you see?

Challenge a peacock spider to a dance-off or, if you dare, ‘hold’ a virtual wolf spider in the palm of your hand!

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of spiders as you listen to Australian Scientists detailing their latest discoveries and learn how you can get closer to spiders in your own garden.

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.

Opens 24 November from 9 am – 5 pm every day at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see the website.

Old Bus Depot Markets Christmas Market

With just ten Sundays to go until Christmas Day, Canberra’s favourite Sunday markets, the Old Bus Depot Markets, are getting ready to host their popular Christmas markets, on throughout the month of December.

The Old Bus Depot Markets’ Christmas markets will feature handmade gifts and festive items including Christmas wreaths, decorations, table centrepieces, candles, stockings and advent calendars. Live Christmas trees are also an annual favourite, and modern handmade wooden Christmas trees offer an alternative you can style for your own home.

 And the food, the glorious Christmas food. The markets will offer delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

 At the annual Christmas Stallholder sale markets’ stallholders will be offering exclusive specials and fantastic deals – it’s a great chance for visitors to stock up on everything they need for the festive season.

 Usually a Sunday-only affair, the markets will be open on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout December in the lead up to Christmas Day.  This gives more time for customers to find what they’re looking for, and more opportunity for the many stallholders to spread the Christmas cheer.

 Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets will be open Saturday 5 (stallholder sale) and Sunday 6 December, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free. For more information visit obdm.com.au.

TEDX Canberra2015 On Sunday, 6 December, at the National Film and Sound Archive’s Arc Cinema, you’ll be able to attend TEDxCanberra 2015 – A few of our favourite things!

It is shaping up to be a magical afternoon of live presenters, performers, and screened TED Talks. We are working on a new shorter format to start early in the afternoon and finish with drinks in the early evening. The Arc Cinema is a smaller space than recent events, so we’ll have even more opportunities to strike up conversations with new and old friends, and share ideas. We’ll be back to our full-day format in 2016.

6 December at 2pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton. For more information see the website.

The Wiggles

The grand Aussie family tradition of ending the year with a pre-Christmas Wiggles spectacular will continue bigger, bolder and happier than ever this year as The Wiggles announce their BIG SHOW! Tour.

Each of The Wiggles BIG SHOW! concerts will utilise not one, but two of the largest inflatable concert sets that Australian venues will have ever used, as the shows take on an even more family-friendly format this year.

Wiggles creator and Blue Wiggle Anthony explains, “This year we have two really special performances planned for every concert – it really is two shows in one! Part one will be a high energy mix of all the classic hits and new Wiggles songs that everyone loves to sing and dance along to, like Hot Potato, Rock-a-Bye your Bear, Do the Propeller! and Emma’s Bow Song, with all of our favourite Wiggly friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword joining us.

“And then there’s a great little 15 minute intermission so that children and parents can take a break before settling in again as we reveal part two – an all-new set and a brand new show. I don’t want to spoil too much of the surprise but I can say that it’s a new fairy-tale pantomime – Wigglified of course – with a really fun story and lots of singing and laughs, that both children and adults will enjoy.”

In addition to this vibrant, unique show, local children from each of the cities will also be included in the show as dancers, with The Wiggles HQ currently working with local dance schools in every state.

With over 150 sold out shows this year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as Wiggle tickets sell like…Hot Potatoes!

A variety of show times from December 7-9, 2016 at Canberra Theatre Centre. Buy tickets here

Music @ Midday for Karinya House

The Canberra Theatre Centre has a great tradition, in combination with the Royal Military College Band, of providing the Music @ Midday Concert Series. We are proud to announce that Karinya House for Mothers & Babies is the featured charity at the Canberra Theatre Centre’s Music @ Midday Concert to be held on 1 December 2015. This day, coincidentally is also #GivingTuesday!!

What a way to celebrate the start of the season of giving, and for just a gold coin donation you can enjoy The Royal Military College Band playing their take on modern hits as well as some old favourites.

At the same time, you will be helping to raise funds for Karinya House for Mothers and Babies, and you will be supporting some of the most vulnerable women in our community and their babies.

Karinya House Home for Mothers & Babies Inc. is a community based, not-for-profit organisation providing supported accommodation, transitional housing, outreach services and support groups to pregnant and parenting women and their families who are in crisis. Our service, which operates on a twenty-four hour, seven days a week basis, is located in the ACT and provides professional and specialised support to women throughout Canberra and the surrounding regional areas. Since our establishment in late 1997, we have provided residential and outreach support to over 5,000 pregnant and parenting women.

Music @ Midday Concert with proceeds going to Karinya House for Mothers and Babies at Canberra Theatre Centre on Tuesday 1 December at 11am and 12.30pm (two separate concerts). To learn more about Karinya House, visit karinyahouse.asn.au

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.

Play Up

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

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

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

City Slider 

Everyone loves a water slide! They are synonymous with Australian Summer and youthful fun. Let’s face it, who didn’t always want an even bigger one than the 5m toy store models?

The City Slider is set to bring the centre of your city to life as we transform an inner city street into an alcohol free, family friendly carnival.

It’ll be a street party with quality, healthy fun and a street party that will run for 12 hours!

But what is it exactly? It’s pretty much a 325m LONG WATERSLIDE!

This two lane slide is 6m wide, 325m long and has a layer of 40mm foam underneath it for a soft landing and will be recycling as much water as possible.

Saturday 5 December, Cohen Street Belconnen. For tickets and session prices click here.

Forde Parties at the Shops

Join the residents of Forde for a Christmas themed community extravaganza! Parties at the Shops is produced by Devil Moon and proudly supported by the Land Development Agency, Events ACT, Bendigo Bank and Capital Metro.

Saturday 5 December from 2pm at the Forde Shops, Forde. Click here for more information.

The Garran Christmas Parties at the Shops

The Garran Shops has played host to Christmas parties for the past several years curtesy of Philip Kouvelis Real Estate who has run the event as a gift to the community.

This will be the first time the event has teamed up with the Parties at the Shops crew. Entertainment includes Christmas carols, free faceprinting, free BBQ, and more.

Garran Christmas Parties at the Shops is on Tuesday 1 December from 6-8pm at the Garran Shops. Click here for more information.

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.

The Fit Muse – Social Running Club

Summer is just around the corner and our capital, little city has some amazing tracks for those of you who want to keep fit.

We meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of the bookshop for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again.

All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner. And afterwards stay for a Red Brick Espresso coffee or something from our fitness friendly weekend menu!

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

Belconnen Arts Centre Christmas Market

Over 30 local artists & designers will feature as Belconnen Arts Centre enjoys the indoors and celebrates the lake side for this year’s Christmas Market. Another highlight to be experienced for first time will be the introduction of our wine tasting lounge.

Boutique, designers wares and affordable gifts will be on offer. Enjoy and indulge yourself in the stalls, live music, food and drinks outdoors by Lake Ginninderra. This will be a great afternoon out to find that unique originally designed and handcrafted gift for your friends and family.

Sunday 6 December from 12:00–5:00pm at Belconnen Arts Centre. Click here for more information.

Christmas Sale at Bison Homewares

Our massive selection of high-quality seconds will be further discounted by another 10% off already reduced prices. 

Our Super-Specials include 50% off a selection of spinning top decorations, bowls and decorator pieces.

*Offer Excludes cucina serve bowls and platters, ‘bulb’ vessels in bone china and porcelain, and our collection of blown vases (Isla, Eve and Lou Lou) and glassware (Trinidad and Tobago series). Discount is not valid with any other offer.

All ‘Birgit’ carafes and ‘Elias’ tumblers are also included in the sale.

Sale only at the Bison ACT showroom. If you can’t make our store event, our ONLINE STORE CHRISTMAS SALE will also be available from Thursday 03 December until Midnight Sunday 06 December 2015.

Bison Christmas Sale 10 am – 4:30 pm Daily, Friday 04 December – Sunday 06 December 2015 at the Bison Show room, Beltana Rd, Pialligo

A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas

Join the Canberra Comedy Festival’s best comedians as they get you into the festive spirit in an amazing show packed with comedy superstars. This 2 hour showcase event features some of the very best acts from the 2016 festival line-up.

Don’t wait until March 2016 to get your laughter fix, join us this Xmas for the best Santa-sack full of laughs this side of the North Pole!

Saturday 5 December at Canberra Theatre Centre. For more information see the website.

Summer Garden Party

Join us to celebrate the end of a massive year with a free garden party at Gorman Arts Centre!

Music from Kissin’ Booth and Lady Bones (AKA Megan Bones), No Lights No Lycra Canberra Dance Party and Canberra music-video mashup in the Ralph Wilson Theatre. Art from Paul Summerfield and installations by Hilary Hanrahan.

Cocktails by Mint Garden Bar, Beer by Pact Beer Co, Bertoldo’s Gelato Mio and gourmet party food by Sage Dining Rooms. 6pm til late.

Friday 4 December from 6pm until late at the Gorman Arts Centre. For more information see the website.

The Forage and Hustle&Scout 

Hustle&Scout Twilight Fashion Market and The Forage return for their final event of the year on December 5 at a new location never before used for an event in Canberra – a multi-level car park!

The car park, which will be the event’s third venue for the year, forms part of the recently opened Little National Hotel in Barton. The hotel is situated on the doorstep of Parliament House, boasting spectacular views over iconic landmarks of Canberra. Market organisers, Tegan McAuley and Belinda Neame, were approached by the Doma Group earlier this year with an idea to inject more cultural activity into the precinct and celebrate the opening of the new hotel.

After attracting close to 10,000 visitors to their last event, held at the Old Bus Depot Building in Kingston, this new, unconventional market venue will capture the curiosity of locals.

The Forage, who will be presenting their largest food and drink line-up to date, will be located in the outdoor car park of the hotel. Featuring over 30 vendors, The Forage will welcome a suite of new vendors such as Bush Taco Girls, Yang’s Malaysian Food Truck and Smoothie & Co. The outdoor live music lounge – featuring local talent such as Kaleid, The Feraude Trio and GhostNoises – will lead into the multi-level, above-ground car park where Hustle&Scout will showcase over 60 fashion designers across two, spiralling levels.

Staying true to their mission to provide people with an immersive and unique Canberra experience unlike other markets, visitors can expect an entertainment program that showcases a colourful mix of local creative businesses. In addition to live music, the event will feature crafting workshops by the Maker’s Collective and LLL-Designs, dance performances, live art by local street artist JRB Illustration, hula hooping classes by Hoopbeat and the largest number of roaming models (styled by April’s Caravan) to feature at the event to date. Entry to the event is free.

Visit the websites for more information – theforage.com.au or hustleandscout.com.au. On Saturday December 5 from 3pm – 8pm at Little National Hotel, National Circuit, Barton.

The Eco Elves Night Markets

Showcasing some of the Canberra Region’s best food and wine, whilst offering the community a beautiful and alternative Christmas shopping experience.

The Eco Elves Local’s Bar will be stocking Canberra’s very own German Ale and Pilsner from Zierholz Brewery in Fyshwick Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Rosé from Mount Majura Vineyards, and Shiraz and Chardonnay from Gardners Ground Organic Winery. There will also be fresh mead from Win’s Creek Meadery in Murrumbateman.

Amongst food available on the night is the Paydirt Eatery, a hand-made dumpling business from Braidwood; My Rainbow Dreams Vegetarian Café from Dickson; Funky Pies, an eco-friendly vegan pie maker and Craftedvegan cupcakes, Breton crêpes, gozleme and organic ice cream.

Live music for shoppers as they peruse the 50 stalls selling environmentally conscious, local, recycled and fair trade items on the night. Support Canberra’s local artisans and your environment by shopping outside the box this Christmas. Visit the website for more information. On December 5 from 5pm-9pm at Canberra Environment Centre, Lennox Crossing, Acton. 

Richardson Community Celebration

The Richardson Community Celebration will have different types of stalls, community information, entertainment, craft, games, Santa, food and fun!

This event is held every year at the Richardson Oval and Richardson Primary School on the first Friday of December. Come for an enjoyable evening and learn more about our great community!

Richardson Primary School, Friday 4 December from 5-7pm. See website for more details.

Made by Hand @ Bungendore

Made by Hand @ Bungendore is dedicated to products that are made by the stallholders. A great range of items will be on show including pottery, candles, jewellery, cards, artwork, woodwork and sculpture to name a few. In the kitchen you’ll find light snacks, coffee and cake; all good country fare.

Bring the family for a great day out in historic Bungendore and while here come and visit a country fair showcasing many local talents, just in time for Christmas.

Entry by gold coin donation to the Hall Restoration Fund.

Saturday 5 December at Bungendore War Memorial Hall, Lot 7 Molonglo Street from 9am-3pm.

Christmas Fayre at All Saints Ainslie

All Saints Ainslie is holding a Christmas Fayre offering a day of fun featuring all things Christmas traditional fare – puddings, cakes, mince pies, Christmas crafts and decorations, handmade gifts for children and for adults, living things – plants and produce, St. Nic’s gift bag – lucky dip for boys and girls, sausage sizzle, devonshire teas, slushes and popcorn, fun and games for kids. Entry is free, visit the website for more informationOn Saturday December 5 from 9am – 3pm at All Saints Ainslie, Cowper & Bonney Streets, Ainslie. 

Old Bus Depot Market

 Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople.

Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

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

Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

Southside Farmers Markets

The Southside Farmers Market is a village market that provides all the fresh food that you need for your weekly shop. 

The market has a great range of fresh, seasonal produce from around 60 stallholders each week – including fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, honey, bread, gourmet treats and much more.

Amongst the wide range of food available, you will find vegetables from Cowra, free range eggs from Tharwa, organic meat from Bombala, organic salad greens from near Hall, vegetables from Marulan, fresh mushrooms and seafood from the south coast, award winning olive oil from near Hall, vegetables from Thirlmere, citrus from Leeton, apples from Batlow Gunning and Pialligo, local breads, cooking sauces and condiments made in Canberra, and award winning organic and fair trade coffees roasted here in Canberra. 

If you have a sweet tooth try some freshly baked, tarts, macarons or cakes. There is a wide range of certified organic and biodynamic produce available.

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

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

EAT LOCAL FRIDAYS Farmers Market

Eat Local Fridays is a brand new farmers’ market to hit Canberra. Held every Friday, buy chemical and GMO-free produce directly from the grower and makers.

Special guest Costa Georgiadis, will be there to kick things off. Visit 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.

SPORT

BGCC 24hr Paddle Challenge Supporting Autism Spectrum

The focus of the 24h Paddle Challenge (hosted by Burley Griffin Canoe Club) is to have an awesome time with like-minded people whilst raising money for a fantastic charity – this year Autism Spectrum.

You can paddle solo, as a competitive team or as a social team and recover by the Molonglo Reach in Canberra.  There will be spot prises and a fancy-dress competition as part of the event.  All paddle craft are welcome as long as you bring a smile.

Even if you’ve never paddled before, it doesn’t matter, contact the BGCC now. A club coach is available for juniors or paddlers of all ages can get started on one of the Introduction courses that run all year round.

Tickets/entry are $25-75  pending age and category. Visit the website for more information. On December 5-6 from 10am at Molonglo Reach. 

The Fit Muse – Social Running Club

Summer is just around the corner and our capital, little city has some amazing tracks for those of you who want to keep fit.

We meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of the bookshop for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again.

All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner. And afterwards stay for a Red Brick Espresso coffee or something from our fitness friendly weekend menu!

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE

FOOD & WINE

Summer Lunch in the Garden

Delight in an exclusive Australian performance when five members of the Röhn family, one of Germany’s greatest musical dynasties, combine their individual virtuosity to present a selection of music by Beethoven, Kreisler, Debussy and Dvorak at the Crisp Galleries.

Your afternoon starts with a guided walk through the beautiful gardens of the Crisp Galleries and the opportunity to view Peter Crisp’s acclaimed glass art. Enjoy a simple lunch served al fresco before moving to the Performance Space for the concert.

Saturday 5 December from 11.30am to 3.00pm at The Crisp Galleries, Gap Range, Lot 22, Hume Highway, Bowning. For tickets and more information click here.

Faulty Towers… The Dining Experience

Enter the infamous world of Faulty Towers and enjoy great gags and a great meal in one sitting.

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a loosely-scripted, pitch-perfect tribute to the famous1970s television series.

The fun starts as you wait to be seated, and it hurtles along for the next two hours as Sybil, Basil and Manuel serve the meal. Basil is madly neurotic, Sybil; a domineering madam and Manuel is hopelessly language-challenged.

Everything that can go wrong, will. Book now for some hilarious dinner theatre.

Adult: $110.00 – Ticket price includes canapés on arrival, 3 course meal, selected beverages and a 2 hour interactive show. Child: $80.00 – Ticket price includes canapes on arrival, 3 course meal, selected non-alcoholic beverages and a 2 hour interactive show. Price includes canapés on arrival, 3-course dinner, selected beverages and two-hour interactive show.

Friday and Saturday 4 and 5 December at the Rex Hotel. Click here for further details.

The Big Smoque AAA BBQ Festival 

Smoque American BBQ, the Australian American Association (AAA) and the Office for Multicultural Affairs are bringing you the first ever BBQ Festival to be held in Canberra and we’d love for you to be a part of it.

Set in Civic Square amongst the surrounds of the Legislative Assembly, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Library, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Mr Wei’s Chinese Restaurant, Craft ACT and the Office for Multicultural Affairs, the first ever Canberra BBQ festival will host local and interstate BBQ masters, food stallholders and entertainers. On 5-6 December, get set for a fun, multicultural flavoured family event with activities for all ages.

The BBQ competition component of this festival is sanctioned by the Australasian BBQ Alliance and will adhere to their stringent guidelines for conducting a BBQ competition. This is serious stuff for lovers of BBQ!

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December (select sessions) in Civic Square. Tickets are $6-12 per person. Click here to book now!

The Forage and Hustle&Scout 

Hustle&Scout Twilight Fashion Market and The Forage return for their final event of the year on December 5 at a new location never before used for an event in Canberra – a multi-level car park!

The car park, which will be the event’s third venue for the year, forms part of the recently opened Little National Hotel in Barton. The hotel is situated on the doorstep of Parliament House, boasting spectacular views over iconic landmarks of Canberra. Market organisers, Tegan McAuley and Belinda Neame, were approached by the Doma Group earlier this year with an idea to inject more cultural activity into the precinct and celebrate the opening of the new hotel.

After attracting close to 10,000 visitors to their last event, held at the Old Bus Depot Building in Kingston, this new, unconventional market venue will capture the curiosity of locals.

The Forage, who will be presenting their largest food and drink line-up to date, will be located in the outdoor car park of the hotel. Featuring over 30 vendors, The Forage will welcome a suite of new vendors such as Bush Taco Girls, Yang’s Malaysian Food Truck and Smoothie & Co. The outdoor live music lounge – featuring local talent such as Kaleid, The Feraude Trio and GhostNoises – will lead into the multi-level, above-ground car park where Hustle&Scout will showcase over 60 fashion designers across two, spiralling levels.

Staying true to their mission to provide people with an immersive and unique Canberra experience unlike other markets, visitors can expect an entertainment program that showcases a colourful mix of local creative businesses. In addition to live music, the event will feature crafting workshops by the Maker’s Collective and LLL-Designs, dance performances, live art by local street artist JRB Illustration, hula hooping classes by Hoopbeat and the largest number of roaming models (styled by April’s Caravan) to feature at the event to date. Entry to the event is free.

Visit the websites for more information – theforage.com.au or hustleandscout.com.au. On Saturday December 5 from 3pm – 8pm at Little National Hotel, National Circuit, Barton.

Jim Murphy Wine Expo

Enjoy an afternoon of wine, food and music at Jim Murphy Market Cellars in Fyshwick. Get along and check out wines from leading brands such as  Wolf Blass, Penfolds, GH Mumm, Coopers and so much more. You can also get involved in other special events which are being hosted throughout the day including a french champagne master class presented by Moet Hennessy at 3pm. Book in for this masterclass at [email protected] General entry is free. On December 5 from 12pm – 5pm at Jim Murphy Market Cellars, 19 Mildura Street, Fyshwick.

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.

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).

FAMILY

Little Faces – December

Little children and their parent or carer are invited to join an experienced Learning Facilitator at the National Portrait Gallery for playful activities in the galleries. We will look at the portrait Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu by Guy Maestri 2009, exploring sight, sound and music.

This 30 minute event is ideal for children from the ages of 6 months to 3 years. It is followed by morning tea in the cafe.

1-2 December, Tuesday and Wednesday: 9.30am & 10.30am, at the National Portrait Gallery. Bookings essential on 6102 7000. This program made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC. Adult: $10.00 – Price includes tea/coffee

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.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Fix and Make | Make Your Own Camp Furniture Workshop

Make your own camp furniture. For this workshop Dale Hardiman, a Melbourne based object and furniture designer, will be teaching you how to make camp furniture from foraged branches and biodegradable plastic with nothing but your hands and a kettle

Saturday 5 December at Hotel Hotel, New Acton from 1.30-5.30pm. Click here for more details.

Robot Evolution

Challenge and stimulate your mind at The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation. Join monthly public talks to discover more about science.
The 2015 series looks at Science Fiction to Science Fact and the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

This month’s talk explores the field of robotics and how it is poised to make factual what has previously only been possible in fiction.
Come experience the heritage-listed Canberra Icon, the Shine Dome and listen to some of Australia’s leading scientific minds.

At the Academy of Science (The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton), 1 Dec at 5.30pm.

Christmas Flower Workshop with Lady Larissa

Local floralista Lady Larissa will be holding a selection of small workshops before Christmas to help Canberrans create the most unique centrepieces and wreaths this holiday season.

RUSTIC CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOP 

Learn how to make your own bespoke Christmas wreath. Think branches, nuts, cinnamon, eucalyptus & pine. Walk away with your own rustic creation suitable for drying. This piece can be hung on the front door, or use as a table decoration.
INCLUDES
Local Press juice or tea/coffee, cake, demonstration, all tools + materials.
$115 per person. Bookings essential
E: [email protected]
Tuesday 1 December 6.30pm – 8.30pm
At Local Press Cafe on the  Kingston Foreshore

FRESH FLORAL CHRISTMAS TABLE WREATH

Create your very own fresh floral table wreath using textured foliages, wild flowers and summer fruits.
This style will look as if it were plucked from The Secret Garden. A stand out circular piece, perfect for the home table or given as a gift to a loved one.
INCLUDES
Demonstration, bubbles, nibbles, flowers, all tools + materials.
$135 per person. Bookings essential
E: [email protected]
Monday 7 December from 6pm – 8.30pm
At Brow Lab, Eloura Street Braddon

CHRISTMAS CENTREPIECE FLOWERS

Learn how to make your own fresh Christmas floral centrepiece. I will teach you how to capture the romantic English garden look. You will walk away with a bespoke table arrangement full of fresh flowers, wild foliages and fruit.
INCLUDES
Local Press juice or tea/coffee, cake, demonstration, container, tools + materials.
$140 per person. Bookings essential
E: [email protected]
Wednesday 16 December from 6.30pm – 9pm
At Local Press Cafe on the Kingston Foreshore

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.

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.

STAGE & FILM

Griffyn Ensemble: The Utopia Experiment Performance

The fascinating story of colonial Australians who set out to establish a utopian society in the heart of South America in the 1890s is told through electro-acoustic music from Latin America, a new operetta, and the words of poet Mary Gilmore.

Bookings essential.

Saturday and Sunday 4-5 December at 7pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Click here for more details.

Words on a Wire

Words on a Wire features live storytelling scored by musicians and sound designers. In the spirit of a collaborative experiment, artists will pair with each other to respond to historical images and creative provocations.

In the final event of the current series of Words on a Wire, the participating artists will present new work created as the result of a month of close collaboration.

Artists:
Ruth O’Brien
Luke McGrath
Digby Tomes
Fossil Rabbit
Lisa Divissi
Morgan Little

This event is presented by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres in partnership with rip publishing.

Thursday 3 December 7-9pm. For more information see the website.

Canberra Opera – La Boheme

Passion, Lust, Jealousy. A painter, a musician, a philosopher and a poet – four poor friends living for their art. What more could a classic Italian opera need? A love that is so full it breaks apart and comes together again.

Nearly 120 years later and Puccini’s La Bohème continues to be one of the most popular and regularly performed operas. Join Rodolfo and Mimi, and Marcello and Musetta as they journey through the highs and lows of love.

27 November – 6 December Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. Friday – 7:30pm Sundays – 2pm. Click here for ticket details.

Hollywood Retro Film Festival

Margaret Pomeranz presents the Hollywood Retro Film Festival at Dendy Canberra!

See the greats of cinema history, from the 1930s through to 1960, digitally re-mastered and brought to the big screen. Twenty-two Hollywood classics, many of which have rarely made it to Australian cinema screens, are the centrepiece of the first inaugural festival. Dendy Canberra is delighted to bring you iconic movies including Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942),  It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and Singing in the Rain (1952), with a rollcall of actors including Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Veronica Lake and Marlon Brando. Tickets start at $15, visit the website for more information. On from November 26 to December 13 at Dendy Cinemas Canberra. 

 IMB Bank Sunset Cinema Kicks Off Summer in Canberra

One of Canberra’s most popular summer attractions, IMB Bank Sunset Cinema, is back for its fourth season at the beautiful Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Screening from Friday November 13 through to the December 19, 4 sessions per week, IMB Bank Sunset Cinema offers its guests an entertaining mix of blockbusters, dramas, thrillers and family films, as well as live music, beanbags, fantastic food from London Burgers, and a fully licensed bar.

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema is so much more than just a trip to the movies!

The 2015 program has something for everyone, with blockbuster films such as ‘The Martian’ and ‘Spectre’, themed sessions including ‘Girls Night Out’ Wednesdays, screening films such as Mistress America, Magic Mike XXL, Man Up and The Dressmaker, to ‘Family Friday’ screenings including Oddball and Hotel Transylvania 2

The opening night film on Friday 13th November is People, Places, Things starring Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords, with live music prior to the film presentation.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit the website for more information. On from Friday November 13 to Saturday December 19 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton. 

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE 

Agency

See Canberra post-punk outfit Agency launch their debut album The Stillness Of Speed in Street Three, the room in which they recorded this raw and urgent LP live in four days.
Featuring current and ex-members of Hoodlum Shouts, Spartak and A Drone Coda, Agency are in some ways an ACT super group, and in others one of the more original acts to emerge from the nation’s capital.

Performing this launch as an expanded five piece, Agency mesh their grinding angular guitars, sludge smeared bass lines and haywire vocals with a uniquely chaotic energy that’s all their own.

Saturday 5 December at The Street Theatre. See website for more information.

The 2015 “Asia’s Got A Talent’” Grand Finalists in Australia

Experience the culture of 2015 grand finalists of the “Asia’s Got A Talent” show – The “Khusugtun” ethnic ballad band of Mongolia when they perform live in Canberra.

The mixture of Mongolia’s nomadic way of living, wild, untouched nature creates one of the greatest cultural heritages and valuable folk art. The Khusugtun Group is keen to continue their priceless cultural intangible legacy and promote to the world the culture of one of the greatest civilisations in human history – the Mongols.

Tuesday 1 December at Llewellyn Hall ANU. Box Office opens: 5.30pm Doors open: 6.10pm Show Starts: 7pm Approx. Finish: 8.30pm. Tickets via Ticketek.

 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.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Christmas Dog Day

Murrumbateman Winery dog Mollie is hosting a Christmas Dog Day! This community event is a chance for dogs, dog lovers and families to come together and enjoy a relaxed afternoon. 

Mollie was a rescue dog and this Christmas she wants to give back to the people who helped her, the ACT RSPCA. She has set up a wishing bone at the Murrumbateman Winery cellar door and is encouraging visitors to donate dog toys. She wants to be able to give every dog and puppy at the ACT RSCPA a gift this christmas, that’s about 80 toys. Visit the website for more information. On Sunday December 6 from 12pm – 3pm at Murrumbateman Winery, corner Barton Hwy and McIntosh Cct, Murrumbateman.

Call Me Dad Screening & Panel Discussion

YWCA Canberra invites you to the Canberra premiere of feature documentary Call Me Dad. Following the screening, join us for a panel discussion with local experts.

As part of our involvement in the worldwide campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, we will be hosting a screening of Call Me Dad, an Australian documentary on domestic violence. Call Me Dad is a story about men who have perpetrated, or are at risk of perpetrating, family violence. These men struggle to maintain intimate relationships without resorting to abuse, physical or otherwise. This documentary follows the men over several months, as they attempt to change themselves, and heal fragile bonds with their loved ones.

Following the documentary screening, a panel discussion will be held to explore the issue. The panel will be hosted by Frances Crimmins, Executive Director of YWCA Canberra, and will feature:

– Alisa Draskovic, Founder, This is Not a Wife Beater Campaign

– Greg Aldridge, Executive Officer, Canberra Men’s Centre

– Station Sergeant Joanne Cameron, Officer in Charge, Family Violence Coordination, ACT Policing

– Kylie Travers, CEO, Author, Speaker and Anti-Domestic Violence & Homelessness Advocate

As well as a fascinating insight into this widespread and tragic issue, Call Me Dad is also a powerful tool to further elevate the conversation on family violence and how we can create meaningful change. Tickets are $15 and profits will go towards the Respectful Relationships programs. Visit the website for more information. On December 2 from 6pm at Level 3, 71 Northbourne Avenue, Civic.

Royal Life Saving ACT presents: A DAY AT THE LAKE!

 Come along and reconnect with Canberra’s most well-known aquatic location – Lake Burley Griffin – and all the activities it has to offer! With our partners at Safe Waters ACT we’ll be hosting:

Children’s activities and games!

Interactive displays!

Demonstrations!

and a MEGA Barbecue! (other food options as well!)

Not enough? How about FREE ADMISSION, and an EVENT-WIDE MODERN DAY SCAVENGER HUNT with PRIZES GALORE!? (Now we’ve got your attention!)

PLUS Fm104.7’s Black Thunder will be there with giveaways too!

Entry is free. Visit the event page for more information. On Sunday December from 11am – 3pm at Lake Burley Griffin, grass area adjacent to Barrine Drive, near Regatta Point. (In front of Captain Cook’s Memorial Jet).

Lifeline Canberra present Angry Anderson & James Southwell Band

The George will be hosting a free family event. All donations collected on the day will be going towards Lifeline Canberra. Support Acts starting from 12 midday with Angry Anderson appearing later in the afternoon. There is no cover charge or door charge but bookings are encouraged. Contact The George at [email protected] for more information. On Saturday 5 December from 12pm at The George Harcourt Inn Gold Creek in the front beer garden.

The Charity Garage Sale

Browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices.  Plenty of new items every month, including kids clothes, adult clothing, books, DVDs, CDs, kitchenware, toys, bric-a-brac and much, much more.  All proceeds go towards funding projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities.  Visit the website for more information www.o2d.org. On Saturday December 5 form 7am – 12pm at 5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa.

ART

Drawn In: Harp and Voice

Pick up a pencil and enjoy the experience of drawing while listening to David Yardley, voice and harp at the National Portrait Gallery. Ideal for all ages and abilities, all materials are provided.

Donations welcome.

At the National Portrait Gallery, Sunday 6 December from 1pm-3pm.

Nicola Dickson Close Encounters: the Voyage of Bruni D’Entrecasteaux

During the French naval voyage commanded by Bruni D’Entrecasteaux to Australia and the Western Pacific in 1791-1794, encounters with people and place were recorded by the artist Jean Piron.

The nature of these meetings between minds and bodies, each with their own desires, needs and understandings is explored in this exhibition which re-presents engravings derived from Piron’s drawings.

Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm (4pm in Winter) at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Civic Square.

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

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

Bespoke

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

Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces.

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

Other exhibitions

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

EXHIBITIONS

Capital and Country: the Federation years 1900–1914

This exhibition celebrates the art of the newly-federated Australia alongside the work of Australians working in Europe during these formative years of the new century.

The paintings by twenty-five Australians invite viewers on a journey through the era and around the world, from patriotic visions of the Australian bush to the bohemian enclaves of London and Paris where sumptuous portraits were produced. Capital and country is a travelling exhibition of paintings from the national collection, developed as the National Gallery of Australia’s gift to the nation in celebration of Federation and the centenary of the Federal Capital in 2013.

Weekdays: 10am – 5pm Weekends: 12 – 5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Sideshow Alley: Infamy, Macabre and the Portrait

Featuring a spooky and sometimes disquieting selection of portraits, Sideshow Alley will map the various ways in which artists, photographers and entrepreneurs used portraits of Australian convicts and criminals: the canny publishers trading in salacious prints and penny dreadfuls; the studios doing a brisk trade in portraits of heroes and villains; and the waxworks proprietors who, with their ‘Chambers of Horrors’, turned violence, scandal and misfortune unto a lucrative art form.

Drawing extensively from the underbelly of the Portrait Gallery’s own collection, Sideshow Alley will also include fascinating, rarely seen objects from major public collections in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, as well as from those of the Old Melbourne Gaol, the University of Melbourne, the Victoria Police Museum, and the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney.

Sideshow Alley will be on display from Saturday 5 December 2015 until Sunday 28 February 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Exhibition by Aboriginal artist Michael (Garmarroongoo) Huddleston

Arnhem Land myths and lore depicted in artworks created by Michael (Garmarroongoo) Huddleston will be exhibited at the Burrunju Art Gallery during November.

Michael has exhibited his works in Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as Galleries in NSW, QLD and the NT.

He is an Aboriginal man from the Ngandi language group in the Roper River Region of East Arnhem Land, currently living locally, and maintaining his connection to country through his art.

2-30 November Burrunju Art Gallery, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Canberra City, Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. Free entry.

Trees+

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.

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.

Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum.

Stories at the heart of our history

This not-to-be-missed exhibition reveals the powerful stories of rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum’s unparalleled collection.

Encounters also features contemporary works produced by the Indigenous communities from which the British Museum’s objects were originally acquired.

Many of the objects from the British Museum have not been seen in Australia since they were first acquired during contact between early settlers and First Australians.

Entry is free. Timed tickets are available at the door but we recommend you book online. Encounters is on show from 27 November 2015 until 28 March 2016, only at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

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.

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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