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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

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Handmade Christmas Market December 2017

Canberra’s award-winning Handmade Market is a quarterly event, which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs.

Handmade Market December 2017 is an indoor event showcasing over 260 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food & wine hall.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Happening 8 – 10 December. Friday from 5-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra at the corner Northbourne Ave & Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Find more information on their website.

THE COMMONS 2017

In 2016 the inaugural The Commons Street Feast attracted over 50,000 Canberrans across 10 days of pure, glorious indulgence! Returning for 2017 from 30 November – 10 December in Commonwealth Park, The Commons is bringing over 20 of Australia’s most mouthwatering food trucks, dedicated craft beer and wine bars, the completely insta- worthy Pimms Garden, plus a whole host of events, entertainment and installations to satisfy your innermost gluttonous desires.

Featuring food from:

Hoy Pinoy | Down N’ Out | Mary’s | Gelato Messina | Maverick Wings | Pimp My Chimney | MEET | De Wafel | Kransky Brothers | Killa Fries | Two Fat Indians | Getintheq | The Avocado Hut | That Arancini Guy Soul Cartel | Graze Expectations | Twistto

It is a free event and open to all ages with licensed 18+ bar areas on site. The Commons Street Feast is open for dinner every night and from midday on weekends with activities for the kids during the day.

Happening from 30 November – 10 December in Commonwealth Park, Regatta Point.

• Monday 5pm – 9pm
• Tuesday 5pm – 9pm
• Wednesday 5pm – 9pm
• Thursday 5pm – 10pm
• Friday 5pm – 11pm
• Saturday 12pm – 11pm • Sunday 12pm – 9pm

Find more information via the website.

Megan Morton The Festive Table Masterclass

Megan Morton makes atmospheres that make people obscenely happy. She has been called on to style, design and work her ‘house whispering’ magic for celebrities, magazines and her next-door neighbours. Her work has been featured on the covers of international glossies, including Elle Decoration UK and Vanity Fair. In Australia her clients include Vogue Living, In Style and Inside Out magazines.

Morton’s popularity can be attributed to her love of unconventional colour, strong imagery and over 12 years publishing experience. Take some super stylish cues from Megan’s book, as she shares her fall safe tips for chic festive season decorating.

Tickets are $22 and can be booked via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 9 December from 11 am – 12 pm at Canberra Centre, Level One, opposite Apple.

Future State of the Territory 2017

About the future, for the future, the Future State of the Territory on December 5 from 5.30 pm at Dairy Road is a mix of talks and debate on technology and democracy, media and branding, identity and inclusivity, smart cities… and our city – Canberra.

Canberra. Australia’s first knowledge economy, the original smart, is increasingly defined by these two words. Original – discovering the unknown first, be it in the depths of space or the leafy labs of universities, the exchange of ideas in the laneways of civic or the shiny-floored halls of institutes. Smart – becoming a smart city, excelling in real and artificial intelligence, using our innate sense of democracy, fairness and inclusivity to make big decisions, our proven collective brain power to solve the world’s challenges.

Debates facilitated by the ACT Chief Minister on how our city makes the most of its unique assets, how leaders can represent the needs of all levels of society, how Canberra can continue to ensure our reach always exceeds our grasp.

Award-winning advertising guru Dee Madigan [Campaign Edge, ABC Gruen panellist, SKY commentator] will explore how to make change happen. So many of the big issues from gender to marriage equality, climate change to STEM subject take-up, are not utilising the skills of those who excel at change: communicators, marketers, storytellers, advertisers. Dee will give tips on how to influence change to create the future.

About the future for the future by the future. In addition to those involved with FutureNet, you will meet other young people’s groups to network and find out more information about what they do.

Brodburger, Capital Brewing Co. & VertiKal. Your ticket includes food by Brodburger, a drink by Capital Brewing Co. and demonstration at Canberra’s amazing, new indoor ski venue – VertiKal.

Happening Tuesday December 5 from 5.30 pm at Dairy Road. Reserve your free ticket now via Eventbrite.

Infamous! A Cabaret Cirque Sensation

Infamous! A Cabaret Cirque Sensation is at Majura Park! This show offers the best of circus with added sex appeal – it’s a Cabaret twist. Please note, this is an adults ONLY show.

Over 18s can enjoy death defying acts, including the wheel of death, flying trapeze whilst the dancers and singer will captivate you with their sultry yet sexy numbers. Be AWARE the drunken clown character will have you in stitches as he stumbles through the crowd and appears along side a flirtatious and unpredictable kitty lady. On offer is a fully licensed bar which opens one hour before the show starts and stay OPEN after the show, so you can have a drink, mingle and photograph with the performers. 

Happening Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm and  Sunday at 7pm until Sunday 17 December 2017 in the big top at Majura Park Showgrounds, opposite Costco, Majura Park. 

Purchase tickets and find more information at www.infamous.net.au. Please note, this is an adults ONLY show.

MAMMA MIA!

Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s classic songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s MAMMA MIA! is a heart-warming tale. It tells us of a young bride-to-be on the eve of her wedding, who wants to discover the identity of her father. She brings together three men from her mother’s past, back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical.

MAMMA MIA! is a global phenomenon, and now, in a stunning new production, you can join the party of a lifetime! A celebration of love, laughter and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous night out whatever your age!

Happening Friday 24 November until Sunday 17 November from 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic. Tickets available online.

Pialligo Estate Cellar Door Sessions

Join the team at Pialligo Estate for their Cellar Door Sessions. Bring a picnic blanket or take a seat and settle in for an intimate showcasing of local and interstate artists.

Wine, beer and nibbles menu, available all night.

Happening Thursday 7 December from 6-9pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Tickets are $25 per person via Eventbrite.

ANU CASS Postgraduate Showcase

At the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, Master degrees allow you to pursue your passion and boost your career.

With a diverse range of over 20 postgraduate coursework degrees to choose from, you can tailor your degree to suit your personal and professional needs with flexible study options available.

Master degrees are open to everyone who has a recognised Bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 5/7 and who meets any additional degree-specific entry requirements. You can even explore a completely new disciplinary area without a background in that field. If you do have a cognate degree, you may be able to fast-track your Masters by 6 or 12 months.

The Postgraduate Showcase will give you the opportunity:

  • To hear from Postgraduate Convenors about different programs offered
  • To learn about the application process and key dates
  • To speak one-on-one with an academic about your postgraduate study interests

Happening Wednesday 6 December from 5-7 pm at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU.

Find more information here.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, My Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing from 10 November – 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

Kirklandd + Oxfam present FADED live in concert

Following his first national tour off the back of last year, Canberra artist Kirklandd has just announced his first headline Canberra show, presented in collaboration with Oxfam.

Having teased the track at his Canberra shows supporting Seth Sentry, Dylan Joel and The Ansah Brothers, and recent his performance at Fashfest, Kirklandd’s first headline show has been announced as part of a 3-stop tour in celebration of his new single, Faded.

Led by production from renowned Australian producer Cam Bluff (Amy Shark, Allday), Faded is an alternative take on the new wave of hip hop emerging in Australia, blurring genre boundaries to offer a unique sound from Canberra’s rapidly emerging music scene.

Co-presented by Oxfam, the show will feature performances from a number of Canberra’s strongest live acts, including Moaning Lisa, The Ansah Brothers and more, with half of the show’s profits being donated directly to the organisation:

“I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to work with Oxfam for some time now, and I’m that excited they’ve gotten on board for the tour. I think the work they do on a national and international level is invaluable, and to use the music as a vehicle to steer people in their direction is sick… it’s going to bring a strong community feel to this run of shows” – Kirklandd

Faded will be presented live in concert on Saturday 9 December at Transit Bar, with presale tickets live here.

CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD DEPOT MARKETS

Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas in December.

Why visit? Stock up on everything you will need for Christmas. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

You’ll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and advent calendars. Purchase a live Christmas tree from St Nicholas Trees. Order a personalised Christmas bauble.

Buy delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday in December until Christmas from 10 am to 4 pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

Subsdance End of Year Show: ICONIC

Allow Subsdance Dance Studio to take you through the generations, different cultures and countries, through moments of time, into famous places and events around the world…I C O N I C people, places and times.

I C O N I C will be the most creative production at Subsdance yet with instructors and students displaying their WILDEST ideas and SPECTACULAR performances through dance.

Whether it’s going back in time through the era’s to the 1920’s or being swept away to the Pyramids of Giza, there is an icon familiar to all ages, men and women.

Join them for their final show spectacular for 2017! It’s set to be even bigger and better than the last!

Happening Friday 8 December at Erindale Theatre. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 7.30 pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at subsdance.com.au/show-tickets.html.

HYPER REAL

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

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

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

International Human Rights Day Community Forum, Marriage Equality: Where to Now?

Regardless of where we are on marriage equality law on 8 December, a fresh national debate on human rights, individual freedoms and discrimination law has opened up.

The forum will be opened by ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay and the speakers are:

Anne-Marie Delahunt, Chair of the ACT LGBTIQ Ministerial Advisory Council. Anne-Marie is a member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She was one of the few people to be married under ACT’s civil marriage laws before the High Court found them invalid in 2013. She is a long term member of Canberra Qwire and founding member of Rainbow Refugee Action.

Katrina Fanning, Director of Coolamon Advisers. Katrina has also worked in senior executive roles for ACT and Federal Governments including for Aboriginal Hostels, Centrelink and on the NT Emergency Response.

Bede Carmody, Amnesty International and Community Activist. Bede has long been involved in human rights and animal rights campaigns. Since July 2003, he has worked with Amnesty International Australia including its campaign for marriage equality since 2004.

ACT Human Rights Commission President Dr Helen Watchirs will chair the forum.

Happening Friday 8 December, from 12pm-2pm at the Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly.

Tickets are free but limited. You can register via Eventbrite. For more information please contact: [email protected]

Hosted by the ACT Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

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

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

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

‘Dragon Year’ EP Launch

Pheno (fee-no) is electric guitarist and vocalist Jess Green. As Pheno, she is pioneering her own style of Art-Pop. Canberra audiences have witnessed Pheno both with band and solo at Smith’s Alternative, the ANU bar finale, supporting Moaning Lisa or at the Candelo Arts Festival. This very special concert is the Canberra launch for the debut EP from Pheno ‘Dragon Year’. Jess grew up in Canberra, studying guitar at the ANU Jazz department, and has returned to live in the ACT after 12 years living and working in Sydney.

Happening Saturday 9 December from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City West.

Tickets via PatronBase.

CHRISTMAS KIDS AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Christmas Kids will have the kids laughing at our cheeky resident elf entertaining the crowds from The Fool Factory, they can get up close to the animals with a petting zoo from Bowral Farmyard Friends among other fun and playful amenities.

Happening Saturday 2 December from 10 am to 4 pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT.

See website for more information. 

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

Find out more here.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Happening from 16 November to 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

Showtime Saturdays

Casino Canberra’s Showtime Saturdays will see different themed performances every fortnight by some of Australia’s best talent. Entertainment starts at 9pm and is completely FREE.

Come see outstanding vocalists such as Robyn Loau (from Australia’s biggest girl band ‘Girlfriend’), M.C. Hayes Loau, Matilda Moran, Ben Palumbo and Dina David. Plus, performances by Hot Disco Dolls and GG Showgirls, just to name a few.

Happening Saturday 11 November – Broadway Nights at 9 PM, 10 PM and 11 PM at Casino Canberra, Binara Street, City.

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CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD DEPOT MARKETS

Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas in December.

Why visit? Stock up on everything you will need for Christmas. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

You’ll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and advent calendars. Purchase a live Christmas tree from St Nicholas Trees. Order a personalised Christmas bauble.

Buy delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday in December until Christmas from 10 am to 4 pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

Handmade Christmas Market December 2017

Canberra’s award-winning Handmade Market is a quarterly event, which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs.

Handmade Market December 2017 is an indoor event showcasing over 260 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food & wine hall.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Happening 8 – 10 December. Friday from 5-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra at the corner Northbourne Ave & Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Find more information on their website.

FESTIVE DIE HARD SCREENING AT DENDY

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

This December, for one night only, Dendy Canberra is set to host screenings of the epic Christmas film Die Hard. Dendy Cinema-goers can attend a 6:30pm session with both Christmas drink & cookie, and maybe some mistletoe too!

Don’t miss a chance to celebrate the end of the year Bruce Willis style!

Happening Monday 11 December from 6.30pm at Dendy Cinema, Canberra. Ticket $18pp available online.

Joyeyx noel 2017

Canberra City Salvos invites you to experience Joyeux Noel – a community Christmas celebration. Spend time with the family with loads of free family fun – jumping castles, petting zoo, face painting, lawn games + much more.

Shop for unique gifts at our Christmas Market. Relax on the Village Green listening to fabulous performances from local Canberra artists, including Mickey Sulit, Ten Reasons Band and Recorder Rondo.

Finish a great afternoon singing carols with the amazingly talented Lucy Sugerman (The Voice Australia Grand Finalist) and The Salvation Army Band.

Happening Sunday 10 December from 2-6pm at The Salvation Army Braddon. All ages free event.

Relay for Life Christmas Stall

The Relay for Life Team is holding a Christmas Stall in the Charity Space at the Fyshwick Markets to raise funds for Cancer Research. There will be homemade preserves, pickles, chutneys, lemon butter, shortbread, Christmas puddings and cakes, plus a range of hand sewn & knitted items, including children’s dress up and doll’s clothes and other Christmas gifts. Also 2nd handbooks and bric-a-brac.

Stock up for Christmas on Saturday 9 and 10 December from 8am – 5pm daily at the Charity Space at the Fyshwick Markets

POLISH CHRISTMAS FETE

Bring the family and spoil the kids at the Polish Christmas Fete! Santa will be bringing a BIG BAG goodies. There’ll be Polish hotdogs, Paczki (Polish donuts), Pierogi, stalls, art and craft activities, story telling and heaps more!

Canberra’s beloved Wielkopolska dance group will also be performing.

Happening Saturday 9 December from 10am-3pm at the Polish White Eagle Club, Turner.

CAPITAL CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKETS

Capital is hosting a Christmas Night Market complete with live music, tasty food, and even a special Christmas beer, made by Capital Brewing Co right here.

Santa is coming and with him comes overly crowded shopping centres and a stress management plan. That’s not what Christmas is about, Christmas is about enjoying time spent with family and friends… and beer.

The Christmas Night markets are the perfect excuse to take the night off from worrying if you got Jacqueline the right Barbie doll, or if Barry is going to spend way more on you than you spent on him. Score your Mum a handcrafted gift from local producers and have a blast while you do it.

Happening 6 December from 5-11pm at Capital Brewing Co. Fyshwick.

FOOD & DRINK

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THE COMMONS 2017

In 2016 the inaugural The Commons Street Feast attracted over 50,000 Canberrans across 10 days of pure, glorious indulgence! Returning for 2017 from 30 November – 10 December in Commonwealth Park, The Commons is bringing over 20 of Australia’s most mouthwatering food trucks, dedicated craft beer and wine bars, the completely insta- worthy Pimms Garden, plus a whole host of events, entertainment and installations to satisfy your innermost gluttonous desires.

Featuring food from:

Hoy Pinoy | Down N’ Out | Mary’s | Gelato Messina | Maverick Wings Pimp My Chimney | MEET | De Wafel | Kransky Brothers | Killa Fries | Two Fat Indians | Getintheq | The Avocado Hut | That Arancini Guy Soul Cartel | Graze Expectations | Twistto

It is a free event and open to all ages with licensed 18+ bar areas on site. The Commons Street Feast is open for dinner every night and from midday on weekends with activities for the kids during the day.

Happening until 10 December in Commonwealth Park, Regatta Point.

• Monday 5pm – 9pm
• Tuesday 5pm – 9pm
• Wednesday 5pm – 9pm
• Thursday 5pm – 10pm
• Friday 5pm – 11pm
• Saturday 12pm – 11pm • Sunday 12pm – 9pm

Find more information via the website.

Pialligo Estate Cellar Door Sessions

Join the team at Pialligo Estate for their Cellar Door Sessions. Bring a picnic blanket or take a seat and settle in for an intimate showcasing of local and interstate artists.

Wine, beer and nibbles menu, available all night.

Happening Thursday 7 December from 6-9pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Tickets are $25 per person via Eventbrite.

Handmade Christmas Market December 2017

Canberra’s award-winning Handmade Market is a quarterly event, which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs.

Handmade Market December 2017 is an indoor event showcasing over 260 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food & wine hall.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Happening 8 – 10 December. Friday from 5-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra at the corner Northbourne Ave & Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Find more information on their website.

SPRING FEAST AT LANTERNE ROOMS

Spring is in the air… and on the plate at Lanterne Rooms!

Come out of hibernation, catch up with friends and family over their Spring Feast banquet – 6 courses! Featuring fantastic new dishes from our freshly bloomed Spring menu. Bookings essential.

Happening until Thursday 30 November at Lanterne Rooms, Shop 3, Blamey Place, Campbell. Cost is $50 per person for a six-course banquet. Minimum of six people.

Check out the website for further information.

SPRING FEAST AT LILOTANG

Lilotang’s Spring Feast banquet covers five courses featuring delish new dishes from our new menu. Grab some friends, spring on in!

Happening until 30 November at Lilotang, Burbury Close, Barton.

$49.50 per person for five-course banquet. Minimum of 6 persons. Must be pre-booked.

Bookings essential via the website.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

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

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

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

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

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

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

This week the masterclasses on offer include Italian KitchenMini Masters Pies and Pastries for the kids.

Find out more here.

Vybz Carnival

Vybz Entertainment kicks off the end of year celebrations with their newest event, “Vybz Carnival” at Treehouse Bar, Canberra!

“Vybz Carnival”, coming to Treehouse Bar is an event not to be missed! With a Caribbean Carnival vibe, DJ Cliff and DJ Mick Dagger will be on the decks, delivering back to back Soca, Afrobeats, Dancehall and Reggae tracks, all night long! The Kokoloco Samba Belezas will be there to bring the carnival to the dance floor – this will be a night to remember!

Making use of Treehouse’s Maple Bar, we have both General Admission and VIP Tickets available – Early Bird Tickets on sale NOW!

On 1 December at 9pm at the Treehouse Bar – 32 Northbourne Ave. Tickets are $15 G/A / $40 VIP (Early Bird Discount of 30% on now!). Visit the event page for more information via Facebook.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

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

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

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

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

TIKI THURSDAYS

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

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

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

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

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

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

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

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

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

Friday Soirée at Buvette

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

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

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

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

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

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

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

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

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

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

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

TWILIGHT RIDE 

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

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

TACO TUESDAY

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

BURGERS & BEERS

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

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

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

MUSIC & STAGE

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MAMMA MIA!

Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s classic songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s MAMMA MIA! is a heart-warming tale. It tells us of a young bride-to-be on the eve of her wedding, who wants to discover the identity of her father. She brings together three men from her mother’s past, back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical.

MAMMA MIA! is a global phenomenon, and now, in a stunning new production, you can join the party of a lifetime! A celebration of love, laughter and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous night out whatever your age!

Happening Friday 24 November until Sunday 17 November from 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic. Tickets available online.

Infamous! A Cabaret Cirque Sensation

Infamous! A Cabaret Cirque Sensation is at Majura Park! This show offers the best of circus with added sex appeal – it’s a Cabaret twist. Please note, this is an adults ONLY show.

Over 18s can enjoy death defying acts, including the wheel of death, flying trapeze whilst the dancers and singer will captivate you with their sultry yet sexy numbers. Be AWARE the drunken clown character will have you in stitches as he stumbles through the crowd and appears along side a flirtatious and unpredictable kitty lady. On offer is a fully licensed bar which opens one hour before the show starts and stay OPEN after the show, so you can have a drink, mingle and photograph with the performers. 

Happening Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm and  Sunday at 7pm until Sunday 17 December 2017 in the big top at Majura Park Showgrounds, opposite Costco, Majura Park. 

Purchase tickets and find more information at www.infamous.net.au. Please note, this is an adults ONLY show.

Subsdance End of Year Show: ICONIC

Allow Subsdance Dance Studio to take you through the generations, different cultures and countries, through moments of time, into famous places and events around the world…I C O N I C people, places and times.

I C O N I C will be the most creative production at Subsdance yet with instructors and students displaying their WILDEST ideas and SPECTACULAR performances through dance.

Whether it’s going back in time through the era’s to the 1920’s or being swept away to the Pyramids of Giza, there is an icon familiar to all ages, men and women.

Join them for their final show spectacular for 2017! It’s set to be even bigger and better than the last!

Happening Friday 8 December at Erindale Theatre. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 7.30 pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at subsdance.com.au/show-tickets.html.

‘Dragon Year’ EP Launch

Pheno (fee-no) is electric guitarist and vocalist Jess Green. As Pheno, she is pioneering her own style of Art-Pop. Canberra audiences have witnessed Pheno both with band and solo at Smith’s Alternative, the ANU bar finale, supporting Moaning Lisa or at the Candelo Arts Festival. This very special concert is the Canberra launch for the debut EP from Pheno ‘Dragon Year’. Jess grew up in Canberra, studying guitar at the ANU Jazz department, and has returned to live in the ACT after 12 years living and working in Sydney.

Happening Saturday 9 December from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City West.

Tickets via PatronBase.

Kirklandd + Oxfam present FADED live in concert

Following his first national tour off the back of last year, Canberra artist Kirklandd has just announced his first headline Canberra show, presented in collaboration with Oxfam.

Having teased the track at his Canberra shows supporting Seth Sentry, Dylan Joel and The Ansah Brothers, and recent his performance at Fashfest, Kirklandd’s first headline show has been announced as part of a 3-stop tour in celebration of his new single, Faded.

Led by production from renowned Australian producer Cam Bluff (Amy Shark, Allday), Faded is an alternative take on the new wave of hip hop emerging in Australia, blurring genre boundaries to offer a unique sound from Canberra’s rapidly emerging music scene.

Co-presented by Oxfam, the show will feature performances from a number of Canberra’s strongest live acts, including Moaning Lisa, The Ansah Brothers and more, with half of the show’s profits being donated directly to the organisation:

“I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to work with Oxfam for some time now, and I’m that excited they’ve gotten on board for the tour. I think the work they do on a national and international level is invaluable, and to use the music as a vehicle to steer people in their direction is sick… it’s going to bring a strong community feel to this run of shows” – Kirklandd

Faded will be presented live in concert on Saturday 9 December at Transit Bar, with presale tickets live here.

NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS (ACT)

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia’s diverse and successful live industry, celebrating the diversity and success of the Australian live scene – recognising the best vocal talents and musicians alongside the best venues, events and festivals.

Eight simultaneous events will be held around Australia – one in every State and Territory. The ACT event will be held at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra, with live performances from nominees The Ansah Brothers and Betty Alto, alongside a DJ set from Glitoris and special guests to help hand out the ACT trophies. And more to be announced!

Happening Thursday 7 December from 6pm at Smiths Alternative, Canberra. Free entry but RSVP online.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Join Strange Weather Gospel Choir for their final concert of the year, a fundraiser for SOS Villages Botswana.

Under the direction of Musical Director Daniel Bennett, the choir will showcase an exciting mix of gospel, spiritual, African and contemporary songs.Light supper will be served after the concert.

On 6 December at 7.30pm at the High Commission of the Republic of Botswana, 130 Denison Street, Deakin
Tickets are: Adult $35, Concession $25, Children 15yr and under free. Visit the website for more information: www.strangeweather.org

SPARROW FOLK: A VERY NESTIE XMAS

Come along and pop your Christmas crackers with Sparrow-Folk as they return to The Street Theatre to celebrate yuletide under the tree. These award-winning turtle doves will be throwing the partridge out and bringing the party in. With a smorgasbord of songs new and old, Fox and Lark will fill your stockings to the brim with comedy gold.

Strictly limited season so don’t miss your chance to kick off the silly season with laughs, good cheer and two cheeky elves!

Happening Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre, Acton. Tickets from $25pp available through Street Theatre website.

BACH’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

The last time the ACO performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio critics, audiences and the Orchestra themselves considered it the concert of the year. In 2017, the Choir of London join the Orchestra again for this wonderfully festive oratorio.

Happening Friday 8 December from 6.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Canberra. Tickets from $49pp to $143pp available through event website.

THE EAST POINTERS

Transatlantic Celtic folk power trio, the JUNO Award winners The East Pointers, are Prince Edward Island fiddler Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and Ontario guitarist Jake Charron. Their second album ‘What We Leave Behind’, released in September 2017, continues to blur the lines between traditional and popular music and develop a devoted fanbase around the globe. With a captivating balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental tunes, and songs, The East Pointers have spent the last two years solidly touring Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia in support of their JUNO Award winning album, Secret Victory.

“Furiously energetic yet organic, celebratory yet cool, this is an impressive calling-card for a band who are soon to be making waves around the world” – Songlines Magazine

Happening Thursday 7 December from 7.30-10.30pm at Ainsle and Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon. Tickets $30pp available through Eventbrite.

TOM VINCENT TRIO 2017 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Tom Vincent has been on the international music scene since 1991 and has made his presence known through his unique improvisational style powered by strong jazz rhythmic drive. Rooted in the tradition of blues and swing, Tom is inspired by the performances of the Jazz greats: Louis, Monk, Clifford, Ellington, Miles, Coltrane and he showcases his passion for spontaneous real- time creations through his unique and vibrant re-invention of a long repertoire of classics and original compositions.

Joining Tom is Sam Anning, one of Australia’s most in-demand bassists freshly back from living and performing in NYC, and rising young Hobart drummer Alf Jackson.The charismatic Tom Vincent Trio is all about dynamic acoustic jazz and showcases spontaneous real-time creations, vibrant re- inventions and group interaction. The repertoire is large and from the great American songbook.

Happening Saturday 9 December, from 8.30-10.30pm at Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon. Tickets $35pp available through Eventbrite.

THE SONG COMPANY PRESENTS LULLY LULLA: CANBERRA

The final program in the 2017 season The Attraction of Opposites is set within the narrative framework of mediaeval English verse, with seasonal music old and new that touches both on the joy of a young mother giving birth to the King of the Ages, and on the hard-hitting realities of exile, refugee status, and the ‘slaughter of the innocents’.

The ‘Coventry Carol’ Lully, Lulla is one of three songs (transcribed, arranged, or composed by Thomas Mawdycke in 1591) from the Shearmen and Tailors’ Pageant and is justly famous for its chillingly evocative tale of Herod’s rage. Woven into The Song Company’s telling of the story are new Australian and English carols, as well as a Gloria in excelsis from the first part of the 15th century with upbeat syncopations and happy harmonies that could have been written yesterday.

Happening Saturday 9 December from 7pm at Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest. Tickets from $40pp to $65pp available through event website.

Showtime Saturdays

Casino Canberra’s Showtime Saturdays will see different themed performances every fortnight by some of Australia’s best talent. Entertainment starts at 9pm and is completely FREE.

Come see outstanding vocalists such as Robyn Loau (from Australia’s biggest girl band ‘Girlfriend’), M.C. Hayes Loau, Matilda Moran, Ben Palumbo and Dina David. Plus, performances by Hot Disco Dolls and GG Showgirls, just to name a few.

Happening every Saturday at 9PM, 10PM and 11PM at Casino Canberra, Binara Street, City.

FILM

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IMB SUNSET CINEMA

IMB Bank Sunset Cinemas will return to Canberra for the 2017 season, with a new look and feel, “The Summer Local”, encouraging Canberrans to make Sunset Cinema their local outdoor summer movie destination.

Open multiple nights each week until 23 December at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classic – perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

The season will kick off with the screening of popular drama film, Patti Cake$, followed by other favourites like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Emoji Movie and Logan Lucky.

This year, the IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will partner with three local charities, asking moviegoers to vote for their favourite cause with a grant allocated at the end of the season.

Happening until 23 December. Tickets are available now via the website: www.sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra.

FESTIVE DIE HARD SCREENING AT DENDY

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

This December, for one night only, Dendy Canberra is set to host screenings of the epic Christmas film Die Hard. Dendy Cinema-goers can attend a 6:30pm session with both Christmas drink & cookie, and maybe some mistletoe too!

Don’t miss a chance to celebrate the end of the year Bruce Willis style!

Happening Monday 11 December from 6.30pm at Dendy Cinema, Canberra. Ticket $18pp available online.

FESTIVALS

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THE COMMONS 2017

In 2016 the inaugural The Commons Street Feast attracted over 50,000 Canberrans across 10 days of pure, glorious indulgence! Returning for 2017 from 30 November – 10 December in Commonwealth Park, The Commons is bringing over 20 of Australia’s most mouthwatering food trucks, dedicated craft beer and wine bars, the completely insta- worthy Pimms Garden, plus a whole host of events, entertainment and installations to satisfy your innermost gluttonous desires.

Featuring food from:

Hoy Pinoy | Down N’ Out | Mary’s | Gelato Messina | Maverick Wings Pimp My Chimney | MEET | De Wafel | Kransky Brothers | Killa Fries | Two Fat Indians | Getintheq | The Avocado Hut | That Arancini Guy Soul Cartel | Graze Expectations | Twistto

It is a free event and open to all ages with licensed 18+ bar areas on site. The Commons Street Feast is open for dinner every night and from midday on weekends with activities for the kids during the day.

Happening from 30 November – 10 December in Commonwealth Park, Regatta Point.

• Monday 5pm – 9pm
• Tuesday 5pm – 9pm
• Wednesday 5pm – 9pm
• Thursday 5pm – 10pm
• Friday 5pm – 11pm
• Saturday 12pm – 11pm • Sunday 12pm – 9pm

Find more information via the website.

MARKETS

Handmade Christmas Market December 2017

Canberra’s award-winning Handmade Market is a quarterly event, which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs.

Handmade Market December 2017 is an indoor event showcasing over 260 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food & wine hall.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Happening 8 – 10 December. Friday from 5-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra at the corner Northbourne Ave & Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Find more information on their website.

Indigenous art market 2017

The AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market is now in its 4th year and is the largest market yet with six Aboriginal community art centres travelling to Canberra to sell original and handmade products.

Head down to Acton Peninsula and buy authentic art, crafts, fashion and jewellery from some of the Australia’s most remote regions and support the artists and their communities.

Happening Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December at the lawns of Acton Peninsula, Acton. Free event.

Find more information here.

Capital Christmas Night Markets

Forget your traditional December shopping nightmares. Capital is hosting a Christmas Night Market complete with live music, tasty food, and even a special Christmas beer.

The Christmas Night markets are the perfect excuse to take the night off from worrying if you got Jacqueline the right Barbie doll, or if Barry is going to spend way more on you than you spent on him.

Instead, come hang out with us. Score your Mum a handcrafted gift from local producers and have a blast while you do it.

Happening Wednesday 6 December from 5 – 11pm at Capital Brewing Co, Building 3, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD DEPOT MARKETS

Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas in December.

Why visit? Stock up on everything you will need for Christmas. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

You’ll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and advent calendars. Purchase a live Christmas tree from St Nicholas Trees. Order a personalised Christmas bauble.

Buy delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday in December until Christmas from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

COMMUNITY MARKET

Meeting Place and Diversity ACT have come together to put on a series of community markets in Kambah.

There will be handmade stalls, live music, food and drink. Located right next to the adventure playground, bring the kids for a play, grab some snacks, and do some shopping.

Happening each Saturday until 20 January 2018 at Diversity ACT, 8 Laidlaw Place, Kambah. Entry is free.

See the website for further information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

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

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

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

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

Find more information on the website.

CAPTAINS FLAT COUNTRY MARKETS

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

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

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

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

Find more information on the website.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

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

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

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

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

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

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

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

 

Megan Morton The Festive Table Masterclass

Megan Morton makes atmospheres that make people obscenely happy. She has been called on to style, design and work her ‘house whispering’ magic for celebrities, magazines and her next-door neighbours. Her work has been featured on the covers of international glossies, including Elle Decoration UK and Vanity Fair. In Australia her clients include Vogue Living, In Style and Inside Out magazines.

Morton’s popularity can be attributed to her love of unconventional colour, strong imagery and over 12 years publishing experience. Take some super stylish cues from Megan’s book, as she shares her fall safe tips for chic festive season decorating.

Tickets are $22 and can be booked via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 9 December from 11 am – 12 pm at Canberra Centre, Level One, opposite Apple.

International Human Rights Day Community Forum, Marriage Equality: Where to Now?

Regardless of where we are on marriage equality law on 8 December, a fresh national debate on human rights, individual freedoms and discrimination law has opened up.

The forum will be opened by ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay and the speakers are:

Anne-Marie Delahunt, Chair of the ACT LGBTIQ Ministerial Advisory Council. Anne-Marie is a member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She was one of the few people to be married under ACT’s civil marriage laws before the High Court found them invalid in 2013. She is a long term member of Canberra Qwire and founding member of Rainbow Refugee Action.

Katrina Fanning, Director of Coolamon Advisers. Katrina has also worked in senior executive roles for ACT and Federal Governments including for Aboriginal Hostels, Centrelink and on the NT Emergency Response.

Bede Carmody, Amnesty International and Community Activist. Bede has long been involved in human rights and animal rights campaigns. Since July 2003, he has worked with Amnesty International Australia including its campaign for marriage equality since 2004.

ACT Human Rights Commission President Dr Helen Watchirs will chair the forum.

Happening Friday 8 December, from 12pm-2pm at the Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly.

Tickets are free but limited. You can register via Eventbrite. For more information please contact: [email protected]

Hosted by the ACT Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International.

AUSTRALIA’S ROLE IN LOOKING FOR LIFE ON MARS

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to listen to some of Australia’s leading scientific minds and experience the heritage-listed Canberra icon, the Shine Dome, while you’re in the nation’s capital.

December talk: Australia’s Role in Looking for Life on Mars
Speaker: Professor Dr Carol Oliver, University of New South Wales

The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds bimonthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind. In 2017 these unique events are led by Australian researchers at the forefront of the “Dawn of the new Space Age” as we strive to learn more about our universe. Discover global science in a local forum with access like nowhere else to scientists at the cutting edge of space research.

Happening Tuesday 5 December from 5.30pm at The Shine Dome, Acton. Tickets are $10pp available through Eventbrite.

Future State of the Territory 2017

About the future, for the future, the Future State of the Territory on December 5 from 5.30 pm at Dairy Road is a mix of talks and debate on technology and democracy, media and branding, identity and inclusivity, smart cities… and our city – Canberra.

Canberra. Australia’s first knowledge economy, the original smart, is increasingly defined by these two words. Original – discovering the unknown first, be it in the depths of space or the leafy labs of universities, the exchange of ideas in the laneways of civic or the shiny-floored halls of institutes. Smart – becoming a smart city, excelling in real and artificial intelligence, using our innate sense of democracy, fairness and inclusivity to make big decisions, our proven collective brain power to solve the world’s challenges.

Debates facilitated by the ACT Chief Minister on how our city makes the most of its unique assets, how leaders can represent the needs of all levels of society, how Canberra can continue to ensure our reach always exceeds our grasp.

Award-winning advertising guru Dee Madigan [Campaign Edge, ABC Gruen panellist, SKY commentator] will explore how to make change happen. So many of the big issues from gender to marriage equality, climate change to STEM subject take-up, are not utilising the skills of those who excel at change: communicators, marketers, storytellers, advertisers. Dee will give tips on how to influence change to create the future.

About the future for the future by the future. In addition to those involved with FutureNet, you will meet other young people’s groups to network and find out more information about what they do.

Brodburger, Capital Brewing Co. & VertiKal. Your ticket includes food by Brodburger, a drink by Capital Brewing Co. and demonstration at Canberra’s amazing, new indoor ski venue – VertiKal.

Happening Tuesday December 5 from 5.30 pm at Dairy Road. Reserve your free ticket now via Eventbrite.

Theatre lunch with Todd McKenney and Nancye Hayes

Christmas is fast approaching  however, there is one event you must add to your December calendar!

Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney are coming to Canberra for lunch on Wednesday 6th December.

Nancye and Todd have been “bosom buddies” ever since they first worked together nearly 30 years ago and they want to share their stories with us. It will be a fabulous lunch that you don’t want to miss.

All profits from the lunch will be going to Bosom Buddies ACT Inc.

On 6 December at 12.30pm at Crown Plaza, Canberra City

Entry is $50.00. Visit the website for more details.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

Find out more here.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

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

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

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

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT & RECREATION

UC CAPITALS 2017/18 SEASON

The 2017/18 WNBL is set to be another bumper year of basketball for the UC Capitals. With many fan favourites and plenty of fresh faces joining the team, the UC Capitals need your support.

They have a new home stadium, the National Convention Centre and we would love nothing more than to pack the stands each and every week.

Games scheduled until 29 December 2017. Click here for the full schedule.

2017 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The ACT Fencing Association is pleased to host the Australian National Fencing Championships this year. The competition includes men’s and women’s individual and team events across three weapons in both Open and Veteran categories.

This will be the sixth year the ACT has hosted the National Championships and we have built a reputation for the biggest and best National Fencing competition in Australia. This competition brings the best fencers from around Australia, as well as competitors visiting from New Zealand, Asia, and Europe.

Happening from 8-12 December at AIS Arena, Bruce. Free entry.

John Knight Memorial Disc Golf Course Official Opening and Come and Try Day

Join Deputy Cheif Minister and Minister for Sport Yvette Berry as she officially opens the newest disc golf course in Canberra at John Knight Memorial Park! This beginner friendly course is comprised of metal baskets, signs and concrete teepads and is completely free to play; all you need is a disc! They will have discs available to lend out for free, can provide instruction, and will have discs for sale as well. The John Knight course is a perfect place to see what the sport is all about. Great for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, anyone! It truly is an all-inclusive sport!

The official opening with Yvette Berry will be from 10am followed by the open day going until 3pm.

The event will be held next to the first tees which is adjacent to the 2nd pond from the top. The path from the top of the parking lot goes directly to the start. From the lakeside, you can simply walk up by the ponds and you will find them.

The course features nine baskets, with a short and long tee for each hole, and also has two locations for each basket (A and B position). This allows for 36 unique ways to play the course! The course is fully signed to navigate from hole to hole and has a practice basket at the start to warm up your putt.

From 3pm there will be a fun competition playing a round of 18 in the A position, a short break, and another round of 18 in the B position. Small entry fee and top division prizing.

Please come out and support the growth of disc golf in the ACT!

On 2 December from10am to 3pm at John Knight Memorial Park. Visit the event page for more information: www.facebook.com/events/1546160228797357.

Yoga in the Monaro Mall

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

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

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

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

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

Live footy screenings at Ostani

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

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

OUTDOORS

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Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

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

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

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

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

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

IMB SUNSET CINEMA

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will return to Canberra for the 2017 season, with a new look and feel, “The Summer Local”, encouraging Canberrans to make Sunset Cinema their local outdoor summer movie destination.

Open multiple nights each week between November 16 – 23 December at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classic – perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

The season will kick off with the screening of popular drama film, Patti Cake$, followed by other favourites like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Emoji Movie and Logan Lucky.

This year, the IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will partner with three local charities, asking moviegoers to vote for their favourite cause with a grant allocated at the end of the season.

Tickets are available now via the website: www.sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra.

THE COMMONS 2017

In 2016 the inaugural The Commons Street Feast attracted over 50,000 Canberrans across 10 days of pure, glorious indulgence! Returning for 2017 from 30 November – 10 December in Commonwealth Park, The Commons is bringing over 20 of Australia’s most mouthwatering food trucks, dedicated craft beer and wine bars, the completely insta- worthy Pimms Garden, plus a whole host of events, entertainment and installations to satisfy your innermost gluttonous desires.

Featuring food from:

Hoy Pinoy | Down N’ Out | Mary’s | Gelato Messina | Maverick Wings Pimp My Chimney | MEET | De Wafel | Kransky Brothers | Killa Fries | Two Fat Indians | Getintheq | The Avocado Hut | That Arancini Guy Soul Cartel | Graze Expectations | Twistto

It is a free event and open to all ages with licensed 18+ bar areas on site. The Commons Street Feast is open for dinner every night and from midday on weekends with activities for the kids during the day.

Happening from 30 November – 10 December in Commonwealth Park, Regatta Point.

• Monday 5pm – 9pm
• Tuesday 5pm – 9pm
• Wednesday 5pm – 9pm
• Thursday 5pm – 10pm
• Friday 5pm – 11pm
• Saturday 12pm – 11pm • Sunday 12pm – 9pm

Find more information via the website.

KIDS

Visit Santa at his Woodland Forest

Santa and his helpers will be at the Canberra Outlet Centre every weekend in December and daily from the 9-24 December.

Families will have the chance to meet Santa and his deer, bunnies and helpers between 11am and 3pm. For a gold coin donation, customers are also welcome to snap their own photos with Santa in his Woodland Forrest, located across from Monkey Mania.

Make sure to tell Santa your wishes before Christmas! All proceeds from the gold coin donation will go directly to Marymead.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

FAMILY WALK, SWAMP CREEK NATURE RESERVE

A Sunday afternoon walk. This nature reserve, near Uriarra Crossing, contains a pleasant creek fringed with casuarinas. The walk is designed for families, and is best suited to kids in the 6 to 12 year age range. Also suitable for agile baby-wearing parents, with the baby on the back. We will take a break where we first cross the creek and again further upstream for a snack on grass under big, shady casuarinas.

This walk is entirely off-track, crossing grassland with a few patches of scrub, 3 creek crossings on rocks or balancing on logs, and some rocky sections where you may need to use your hands. Some steepish slopes with loose soil or gravel underfoot. 3 to 4 km. The route is roughly figure-of-eight shaped so there will be an option to do only the first part of the walk for any families that wish to. Should be finished by 5 pm.

Meet on the Uriarra Road, 750 metres south of the junction of Fairlight and Uriarra Roads, ready to leave promptly at 1.30 pm. Map shows meeting point.

Organised by the Canberra Bushwalking Club; non-members welcome. 

Happening from Sunday 1.30 pm to 5 pm at Uriarr Road, Coree, Australia Capital Territory.

LLAMAS IN THE MIST  

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

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

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

For bookings and more information visit the website.  

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

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

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

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

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

PLAY UP

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

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

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

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

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

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

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

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

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

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Defiant Lives – Screening of disability rights documentary

Come celebrate International Day of People with Disability, with People With Disabilities ACT! They are hosting a special one-time screening of the Australian documentary Defiant Lives at Dendy Canberra in the Canberra Centre.

Defiant Lives tells the story of the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in the United States, Britain and Australia. The film weaves together never-before-seen archival footage with the often-confronting personal stories of people with disabilities as they moved from being warehoused in institutions to fighting for independence and control over their lives.

Unlike a traditional movie showing, this Demand Film screening requires that 40 more tickets be reserved in the next fortnight to confirm the screening will go ahead. Tell your friends and have them join us for this special one-time screening of Defiant Lives.

Unfortunately, wheelchair spaces will be limited.

On 4 December at 6:30pm at Dendy Canberra. Tickets are $21.85 and can be found here: tickets.demand.film/event/2831.

Chuffed.org Crowdfunding for Social Causes Workshop

Want to know more about Crowdfunding for Social Causes? Donation-based crowdfunding is a new way of raising funds and allows you to source money for a project by asking a large number of contributors to donate a small amount, and asking a small number of contributors to donate a large amount. In return, backers may receive token rewards that increase in prestige as the size of the donation increases.

On 6 December from 6pm – 9pm at the Wotso Workspace Ground Floor, 490 Northbourne Ave Dickson. Tickets range from $35 – $65 and can be booked here Eventbrite.

CHARITY GARAGE SALE

Find a bargain for all the family at the next Charity Garage Sale in Wanniassa.  Browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices.  Plenty of new items every month.  All proceeds go towards funding projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities.

On 2 December from 8am-12pm at5 O’Grady Place, Wanniassa. Free entry, find out more via Facebook.

EXHIBITIONS

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus. 

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top. 

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

‘New Documents’ by Bartolomeo Celestino

New Documents (all true things are equal)’ is an exhibition by Bartolomeo Celestino that presents formally and poetically charged sequences of abstract natural constructs as part of a larger meditative practice. The title takes its cues from the 1967 MoMA exhibition of relatively unknown photographers that had a lasting influence on modern photography. This abstract survey details the elusive relationships and primitive responses that we all have with discovery and the natural world.

On exhibition until Sunday 28 January at Nishi Gallery. Free entry.

Find more information at hotel-hotel.com.au/calendar/new-documents-by-bartolomeo-celestino.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

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

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

ABORIGINAL ARTWORK EXHIBITION AND CD LAUNCH

An amazing exhibition of Dale Huddleston’s newest artworks at the Burrunju Art Gallery opens!

View the artworks created by Dale, a well known Aboriginal artist who has ties to the Ngandi language group in the Roper River region of East Arnhem Land through his father’s people. Enjoy nibbles and drinks while listening to selected tracks from his newest CD – Middle & Country Rockin’ performed live by Dale and the Riverbank Band.

Happening Friday 8 December from 5.30-8pm at Burrunju Art Gallery, Canberra. Free event.

SMALL WORKS 2017

Painters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists and glass artists have created exquisite and often challenging small works for their annual exhibition.

Included artists are Annette Blair, Joungmee Do, Sara Freeman, Shannon Garson, Holly Grace, Rona Green, Daehoon Kang, Ben Landau & Lucile Sciallano, Hayley Lander, Dai Li, Nikki Main, Meg Morton, Ruth Oliphant, Jenny Orchard, Isobel Rayson, Nick Stranks, Wendy Teakel, Sarah Tomasetti, Graeme Townsend, Wayne Viney, Max Lawrence White.

Happening from 23 November until 24 December at Beaver Galleries, Deakin. Free Entry.

SILENT WITNESSES: AN EXHIBITION OF ARTWORKS BY MARTIN ROWNEY

This exhibition features sculptural pieces created with original fittings from one of the Australian National University’s most significant buildings. Early Bakelite switches and power points, Negretti & Zambra thermographs, pressure gauges, fans and bells were salvaged during the refurbishment of the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

Martin Rowney has repurposed these objects to reflect upon the dichotomy between the significant nature of the research undertaken at the John Curtin School, and the relatively ordinary nature of everyday objects that were silent witnesses to these important events.

Happening 29 November 2017 to 19 Janurary 2018 at Australian Centre on China ANU, Acton. Free entry.

MIDAWARR | HARVEST: THE ART OF MULKUN WIRRPANDA AND JOHN WOLSELEY

Midawarr | Harvest, two artists, two completely different approaches, but one abiding passion – to depict the natural bounty to be found in northern Australia.

For almost a decade, renowned artists Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley have met at midawarr, the harvest season, to seek, eat and paint the edible plants of Yolŋu country in north-eastern Arnhem Land. Together they have created an unforgettable suite of works.

Happening from 24 November 2017 to 18 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton. Free entry.

COLLEGE EXPRESS 9

Young artists in Years 11 & 12 from colleges in the north Canberra region explore the world around them through photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, textiles and new media in College Express 9. This will be the ninth annual College Express exhibition; Ray White Belconnen sponsors both the $1,000 Art Prize and the $500 People’s Choice Award.

Happening from 8 December 2017 to 28 January 2018 at Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen. Free entry.

EIRENE MORT: A LIVELIHOOD

The story at the heart of this exhibition is that of Eirene Mort; a prolific artist, collaborator, teacher, writer, family historian and a ‘new woman’ pursuing a profession in the arts at the beginning of the 20th Century.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her life and work. View numerous artefacts from Mort’s art practice made possible thanks to a generous gift to Canberra Museum and Gallery from her heirs.

A self-described woman of independent means, Mort was an advocate and proponent of the use of Australian materials and motifs in decorative arts. Her translation of the English Arts and Crafts movement to an Australian context coincided with the creation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901 and helped define a burgeoning national identity.

Showing until 25 February 2018, from 12-5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City. Free entry.

HYPER REAL

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

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

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

CIT Diploma of Visual Art Graduation Exhibition 2017

On exhibition is a collection of graduating students works, a brilliant display of creative and conceptual skills across disciplines, incorporating ceramics, textiles, sculpture, paintings, drawings, digital and installation works of art.

David Broker, Director, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, will officially open the exhibition at 6pm Thursday 7 December. The exhibition will then open for visiting during the day 10am-4pm on 8, 9 and 11-14 December.

On from 7 December at DesignSpace, CIT Reid. Entry is free. Visit the event page for more information: facebook.com/events/1734184353556049.

Custom Limited Edition

Thinking about Christmas? Custom Limited Edition is a popup shop that will open on for two weeks in December. It will showcase the work of 20 emerging artists and designers specializing in different media including, glass, jewelry, furniture, textiles and ceramics.

The shop will sell unique locally produced and finely crafted home wares: candelabra, planters, T shirts, earrings, drawer sets and more.

On from 10 – 23 December from 10am – 8pm daily at The Front Gallery and Cafe. 1 Wattle Pl, Lyneham.

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

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

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

Check the website for more information.

TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

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

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

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

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

FINDERS KEEPERS: COLLECTORS AND THEIR STORIES

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

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

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

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

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

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

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

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

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

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

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

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

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

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

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

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

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

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

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

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

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

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

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

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

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