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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS… 

Australian of the Year Awards and Concert

Combined on one large stage in front of Parliament House, the Australian of the Year Awards and Concert will kick off at 5pm on January 25. Headlining the evening is Jimmy Barnes, who says he is looking forward to returning to Canberra for the landmark event. While Jimmy will bring his quintessentially Aussie sound to the evening, Samantha Jade will bring her irresistible pop sound, including her latest hit ‘Always’ from the new album ‘Nine’.  

Topping off the list of performers is hot new favourite Cyrus Villanueva, fresh from the seventh season of The X Factor, who will perform his single ‘Stone’. Cyrus’ soulful sound won the young singer/songwriter a legion of fans during The X Factor and he has recently recorded his debut album. 

The Australian of the Year Awards and Concert is a free, family friendly event which is open to the public on the lawns in front Parliament House on 25 January 2016. 

Gates will open at 5pm so get in early to grab a spot on the lawns and enjoy the evening’s program: 

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Live music performances, 

7:00pm – 7:30pm: Roulettes display overhead, 

7:30pm – 9:00pm: Australian of the Year Awards – including special recognition of the 2015, Australians of the Year and announcement of the 2016 Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero, 

9:00pm – 10:30pm: Live music performances. The easiest way to get to and from the event is via public transport. Action Buses will run special services for the event on 25 January.

Monday 25 January, from 5pm on the lawns in front Parliament House. Free entry. For more information on Australia Day visit australiaday.org.au and for more details on the Australian of the Year Awards visit australianoftheyear.org.au. To plan your trip by bus, please check details at action.act.gov.au

Growing up Chinese in Australia

Join brother and sister duo Benjamin and Michelle Law as they divulge real-life experiences and expectations of growing up Chinese in Australia.

Part of the Library’s Experience China: The Chinese in Australia weekend. Explore the Chinese experience of Australia. From historical perspectives to contemporary cultural commentary, this weekend offers some fascinating insights.

Saturday 23 January from 2-3pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes. More information here.

Summer Sounds 2016 

As the sun goes down at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, enjoy live music, great food and drink, socialising and dancing on the Eucalypt Lawn.

Enjoy the onsite catering of wood fired pizzas, pulled pork burritos, cold car, gelato ice cream and barista coffee.

Live musics acts include Amber Nicholls, Lulu Swing, Big Boss Groove, Justine Clarke, Annie & The Armadillos and Young Monks.

Summer Sounds runs Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5.30pm – 7.30pm each night from January 16 through to Sunday February 7.  General entry is $5, concession $2, child 12 yrs and under, free. Visit the website for more information.

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas 

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are a quintessential outdoor event, with feature films lighting up our huge movie screen from dusk. Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie with some tasty food and frosty beverages from the licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian and New Zealand music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local musicians.

Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema Patrick White Lawns, by the National Library. Find out more via the website

Sex, murder and mayhem tours

Sideshow’s adults-only accompaniment, replete with grim and grisly tales; not for the young or faint of heart! Exhibition ticket required.

The Sideshow Alley exhibition considers the official, personal and commercial uses made of images of Australian convicts and criminals throughout the 19th century.

Dates and times: Friday 22 January: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 29 January: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 5 February: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 12 February: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 19 February: 6.30-7.00pm Friday 26 February: 6.30-7.00pm.

Book your tickets here now. National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

With a selection of 80 cartoons from 39 cartoonists, this year’s exhibition displays some of Australia’s most controversial cartoons that test the boundaries of free speech and the freedom of the press.

Until 25 November 2016, Daily 9am – 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. Click here for more information.

Celestial Empire: Life in China 1644-1911

Celestial Empire – 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries. From life at court to in the villages and fields, glimpse the world of China’s last imperial dynasty.

See exquisite and precious objects from the National Library of China. Marvel at drawings and plans for Beijing’s iconic palaces from the Yangshi Lei Archives, never seen in Australia. Beautiful maps, books and prints come alive in ornate detail.

Discover the National Library of Australia‘s acclaimed Chinese Collection, including rare items from the London Missionary Society; a unique view of early western impressions of China.

Open daily from 10am at the National Library of Australia, Parkes. Click here for more information.

A. BAKER X EAT STREET

A wonderment to the senses. Set in the Old Oak Tree Courtyard and serving up aromatic street food to craft beers, enchanting sights and sounds of live performers, A. BAKER plays host to Canberra’s most interactive street style experience. Every Friday from 6pm throughout Summer, entry is free. Food from $11.00. Beverages from $6.00. Visit the website for more information.

A. BAKER Old Oak Tree Courtyard, NewActon Pavilion, 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra. 

Tom Roberts

Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it’s not to be missed.

The exhibition takes place during an exciting period of change at the NGA, including a large-scale rehang of almost every work of art, with Australian art taking pride of place in a new location.

Daily from 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets here

Australians of the Year exhibition at the National Museum of Australia

Champions for gender equality, the abolition of capital punishment, conservation, personal sacrifice for others, affordable health care and the building of youth self-esteem, are being honoured in a new exhibition featuring the National Australia Day Council’s (NADC) 2016 Australian of the Year finalists.
The Australian of the Year Awards 2016 exhibition pays tribute to the eight extraordinary Australians chosen as the 2016 Australian of the Year finalists. The exhibition features personal objects selected by the finalists that have special significance to them and communicate something special about their lives and experiences.
On now at The National Museum of Australia, Acton. The museum is open 9am-5pm every day. The exhibition is free and located in the entrance hall. Cost: Free. See australianmuseum.net.au for more information.

Spiders at Questacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

100 Days of Summer at Lucky’s

Lucky’s Speakeasy at QT Canberra is throwing a massive party, all through Summer! There’ll be a QT Backyard Australia Day BBQ, as well as weekly events, like Friday sessions, secret men’s business, Latino nights, summer night markets and a ping pong tournament. This summer at Lucky’s is going to be on like Donkey Kong.

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

Play Up

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

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

HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS AND MORE

For our handy guide as to what restaurants, bars and cafes are open over the holidays, click here.

For our ultimate guide to getting the most out of summer in Canberra, click here.

Also make sure you check out our school holiday program round up for some great ways to keep the kids entertained and build new skills this summer.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Brilliant Football January Holiday Program 

Brilliant Football is Canberra’s only private junior academy which follows the Football Federation Australia (FFA) curriculum in all their programs. The academy provides an inclusive environment where all boys and girls (7 to 12) are welcome and developed to become better footballers.

The January Holiday Program is the best way to experience the Brilliant Football
difference. It runs for 3 days (3 hours per-day) which are filled with fun activities, incorporated within a carefully designed program focusing on player technical development.

The program will be managed by a qualified C-License Technical Director and will include activities on learning:

– First Touch

– Running with The Ball

– 1v1

– Striking The Ball

– Positioning

– Communication

Holiday program dates are:

Narrabundah – 18, 19 & 20 Jan

Wanniassa – 20, 21 & 22 Jan

For more details and registration visit the website

The Fit Muse – Social Running Club

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

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

All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner. 

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE.

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

CANCON

CANCON is Australia’s largest dedicated tabletop gaming convention, showcasing a range of games from miniatures, card games and modern boardgames for all ages. 

The boardgames library within CANCON has a range of games which you can borrow to play in the library and volunteers to assist you.  Cost is $10 per day (children under 12 free must be accompanied by an adult) or $25 for all three days.  A family ticket (2 adults 2 children) is $30 per day or $75 for all three days.

Visit the website for more details. On from January 23-25 at EPIC, Flemington Road Mitchell.

Old Bus Depot Market

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

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

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

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

Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

Southside Farmers Markets

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

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

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

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

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

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

EAT LOCAL FRIDAYS Farmers Market

Shut Down Period – December 18 2015 and resumes January 29 2016

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

Special guest Costa Georgiadis, will be there to kick things off. Visit their website for more information. On from 2.30pm – 7pm each Friday at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands — the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more.

Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers.

On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

SPORT

4th Victoria Bitter ODI: Australia vs India

This January sees two of cricket’s ODI heavyweights clash on Australian soil when ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 champions, Australia, play host to India in the Victoria Bitter One Day International series at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

Returning for a second successive ODI tour of Australia, the young, exciting Indian side will be looking to reassert their dominance in the one-day format. Fans can look forward to an explosive contest right across the five-match series.

This summer, Cricket Australia is calling on fans to ‘show your colours’ and support your team by decking out in Australian gold or Team India blue.

Wednesday 20 January – play commences at 2.30pm at Manuka Oval. Buy tickets here.

Brilliant Football January Holiday Program 

Brilliant Football is Canberra’s only private junior academy which follows the Football Federation Australia (FFA) curriculum in all their programs. The academy provides an inclusive environment where all boys and girls (7 to 12) are welcome and developed to become better footballers.

The January Holiday Program is the best way to experience the Brilliant Football
difference. It runs for 3 days (3 hours per-day) which are filled with fun activities, incorporated within a carefully designed program focusing on player technical development.

The program will be managed by a qualified C-License Technical Director and will include activities on learning:

– First Touch

– Running with The Ball

– 1v1

– Striking The Ball

– Positioning

– Communication

Holiday program dates are:

Narrabundah – 18, 19 & 20 Jan

Wanniassa – 20, 21 & 22 Jan

For more details and registration visit the website

The Fit Muse – Social Running Club

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

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

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

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE

FOOD & WINE

Delicious afterDark

Indulge in an exclusive evening of delicious food, fine wine and a unique after dark tour experience at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

These ‘adults only’ evenings combine the best of our new grazing menu featuring regional produce followed by a Ranger led night tour.

Special guest presentations each night by wine makers – Gary and Richard Parker from Long Rail Gully, and Floresco head chef – Ben Smith.

For the palate, your evening starts with Canapes on the deck and the delicious menu will be accompanied by a superior range of wines from Long Rail Gully including their 2015 Reisling, Rose and Shiraz.

Bookings are essential and can be made here.

On Friday January 29, 12 February, 4 & 11 March from 7pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Backyard Beekeeping in Canberra

Keeping a bee hive in your backyard allows you to harvest your own wild honey and greatly improves the pollination of your garden crops.

It is quite simple to get started and not the least bit scary. Canberra has a thriving community of backyard bee keepers, who all provide their own delicious honey.

Hear from Mitch Pearce from Canberra Urban Honey. Mitch is Canberra’s youngest urban beekeeper!

Tickets are $20 and limited spaces are available, RSVPs essential via the website.

On Tuesday January 19 from 6pm – 8pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula.

A. BAKER X EAT STREET

A wonderment to the senses. Set in the Old Oak Tree Courtyard and serving up aromatic street food to craft beers, enchanting sights and sounds of live performers, A. BAKER plays host to Canberra’s most interactive street style experience. Every Friday from 6pm throughout Summer, entry is free. Food from $11.00. Beverages from $6.00. Visit the website for more information.

A. BAKER Old Oak Tree Courtyard, NewActon Pavilion, 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra. 

Old Parliament House – Friday Night Drinks

Shut Down Period – December 18 2015 and resumes January 29 2016

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

Unwind from the week and kick-start the weekend with your colleagues, friends or significant other in the historic courtyard of Old Parliament House. Enjoy live DJ, delicious snacks and chilled cocktails until March 2016.

Kick your weekend off in style for a drink in the historic courtyards of the House. Visit the website for more details.

King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.

FAMILY

Brilliant Football January Holiday Program 

Brilliant Football is Canberra’s only private junior academy which follows the Football Federation Australia (FFA) curriculum in all their programs. The academy provides an inclusive environment where all boys and girls (7 to 12) are welcome and developed to become better footballers.

The January Holiday Program is the best way to experience the Brilliant Football
difference. It runs for 3 days (3 hours per-day) which are filled with fun activities, incorporated within a carefully designed program focusing on player technical development.

The program will be managed by a qualified C-License Technical Director and will include activities on learning:

– First Touch

– Running with The Ball

– 1v1

– Striking The Ball

– Positioning

– Communication

Holiday program dates are:

Narrabundah – 18, 19 & 20 Jan

Wanniassa – 20, 21 & 22 Jan

For more details and registration visit the website

Snakes Alive!

Be charmed by live displays of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and more at the Australian National Botanic Garden’s Snakes Alive! Conserving, Breeding and Keeping Native Reptiles and Fishes Exhibition

Snakes Alive! is one of the most diverse displays of reptiles in Australia. Get up close and see over 20 different species of reptiles

Enjoy seeing and touching live reptiles and amphibians. Learn about rare and threatened species and the thrill of morning and afternoon feeding times. With gifts and souvenirs available for sale this is a full educational experience.

Weekdays from 10am – 4pm; Weekends: 10am – 6pm from 18-24 January at the Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Click here for more information.

Children’s China

Curious about Kung Fu? Want to speak Mandarin? Join in this fun Wednesday session, which explores elements of language, calligraphy, martial arts and storytelling to deepen engagement with the Celestial Empire exhibition.

Wednesdays 10:30am-12pm at the National Library of Australia. Tickets are $15 each, purchase them here.

Summer Fun at NIDA

Create your own story this summer with the National Institute of Dramatic Art at their fun and inspiring performing arts classes.

NIDA Open will be holding a variety of short courses and workshops at Canberra’s Street Theatre, giving people of all ages the chance to explore their creative side.

Acting Boot Camp

Date: 2324 January

Time: 10am–5pm

Age Group: Grades 3–6, 7–10 and 11 and 12

Price: $320 inc GST

Where: The Street Theatre, Canberra

Website: open.nida.edu.au/summerfun

What: Fast-paced and fun, this course focuses on building skills in essential acting techniques including improvisation, character development and scene work. Participants also have the opportunity to put their skills to the test and perform scenes for family and friends at the end of the two days.

 Acting Essentials

 Date: 2324 January

Time: 10am–5pm

Age Group: 18 years +

Price: $320 inc GST

Where: The Street Theatre, Canberra

Website: open.nida.edu.au/summerfun

What: This comprehensive two-day course will help you develop core acting skills including improvisation, voice and movement and gain confidence through expert feedback from NIDA’s experienced tutors, while rehearsing and performing short scenes.

Singing and Songwriting Workshop

If you are looking for a musical experience for your teen or preteen, Lisa Richards is running singing and songwriting workshops perfect for the 12-15 year old age group.

3 half days of singing and songwriting with no previous musical experience necessary. From singing with no fear, to warming up your voice, to writing stories in your songs these workshops cover it all.

Find out more about Lisa Richards here.

Workshop cost is $350 pp (payment plan available) and you can register here. On Monday January 18 until Wednesday January 20 from 10am – 1pm each day. Workshop is held in Flynn, Canberra.

Celestial Empire Family Room at the National Library

Use your imagination in this hands-on, interactive area to explore life during China’s last imperial dynasty. Kids and parents can contribute to a giant collaborative dragon artwork. Other activities will include puppeteering, craft, and colouring with ample space to curl up with a Chinese storybook.

The Family Room is open 2 January to 24 March and 26 March to 22 May 2016 at the National Library of Australia. Find out more information here.

School holidays at the AIS

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? With a focus on participation and having a good time, AIS holiday programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer and Tennis Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

4-29 January 2016, Monday to Friday: 8am-5:30pm, except Australia Day public holiday 26 January. Full day or weekly programs available. Click here for more information.

Memory of a Nation Family Corner

Summer is a great time to visit our Memory of a Nation exhibition, with new and curious collection items now on show.

Queen Victoria’s underpants? A trip to Antarctica? What is an archive? Read stories from our past, do a puzzle or try the Discovery Trail.

For children under 10 and fun for mum and dad too.

On at the National Archives of Australia until 2 February. Free entry. Open daily from December 18 2015 to February 1 2016 (except Christmas Day) 9am-5pm.

Amusement parlour: Family space

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy these summer school holidays with free activities inspired by Sideshow Alley for families to enjoy together.

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

At the National Portrait Gallery, open from 11am-4pm, 26 December 2015 – 24 January 2016.

Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick

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

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

Play Up

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

Family Space

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy this school holidays in the Portrait Gallery Adventure Family Space.

Explore the lives of Australia’s greatest adventurers through interactive art carts, dioramas and dress ups.

Make your own portrait that expresses your spirit of adventure using fun art materials and the photo booth. All materials provided and free for all to enjoy! From 11am to 4pm daily.

Leap into your local library

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to 2 years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

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

Friday Storytime for Preschoolers

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

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

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Chinese-Australian Communities in the Qing Era

From the gold rush decades of the 1860s and 1870s, small numbers of Chinese women started arriving in Australia. Kate Bagnall shares stories of some of the women who left China for Australia in the late Qing dynasty, as well as the families and communities they formed here.

Sunday 24 January from 2pm-3pm at the National Library of Australia. Buy tickets and find more information here.

Summer Fun at NIDA

Create your own story this summer with the National Institute of Dramatic Art at their fun and inspiring performing arts classes.

NIDA Open will be holding a variety of short courses and workshops at Canberra’s Street Theatre, giving people of all ages the chance to explore their creative side.

Acting Boot Camp

Date: 2324 January

Time: 10am–5pm

Age Group: Grades 3–6, 7–10 and 11 and 12

Price: $320 inc GST

Where: The Street Theatre, Canberra

Website: open.nida.edu.au/summerfun

What: Fast-paced and fun, this course focuses on building skills in essential acting techniques including improvisation, character development and scene work. Participants also have the opportunity to put their skills to the test and perform scenes for family and friends at the end of the two days.

Acting Essentials

Date: 2324 January

Time: 10am–5pm

Age Group: 18 years +

Price: $320 inc GST

Where: The Street Theatre, Canberra

Website: open.nida.edu.au/summerfun

What: This comprehensive two-day course will help you develop core acting skills including improvisation, voice and movement and gain confidence through expert feedback from NIDA’s experienced tutors, while rehearsing and performing short scenes.

Victoria’s Models – One Week Course

Suitable for 12 years +, Victoria’s models are running a one week course starting with a 3 day workshop on Grooming, Deportment and Etiquette. Topics covered are:

Make-up, skin care, manicure, deportment, hair care & styling, health, diet & fitness, wardrobe co-oridnation, job interview techniques, posture analysis & walking, social and business etiquette and self motivation & goal setting.

Cost is $250 and you can visit the website for more information. On from January 18 to 20 from 9am – 3pm each day at Orpheus Room, The Hellenic Club, Matilda Street, Phillip.

Followed by a 2 day course on Advanced Modelling. Topics covered are:

Television, model bag, choreography, speech & drama, castings & audition, photographic modelling, photo posing techniques, catwalk modelling techniques, tips & advice on being successful, business etiquette in the industry, preparation for & conduct on a job and manufacturing, partner & group work.

Please note, the Grooming & Deportment component is a prerequisite to attending this course.

Cost is $250 and you can visit the website for more information. On from January 21 and 22 from 9am – 3.30pm each day (graduation parade at 6pm on January 22) at Orpheus Room, The Hellenic Club, Matilda Street, Phillip.

Backyard Beekeeping in Canberra

Keeping a bee hive in your backyard allows you to harvest your own wild honey and greatly improves the pollination of your garden crops.

It is quite simple to get started and not the least bit scary. Canberra has a thriving community of backyard bee keepers, who all provide their own delicious honey.

Hear from Mitch Pearce from Canberra Urban Honey. Mitch is Canberra’s youngest urban beekeeper!

Tickets are $20 and limited spaces are available, RSVPs essential via the website.

On Tuesday January 19 from 6pm – 8pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula.

Women in War museum theatre performances

Be part of the spring school holiday programs at the Australian War Memorial with Women In War. See actor Leith Arundel in two moving performances, Last letters and Radio silence, relating the experiences of women during wartime. 

Other programs include story time, hands-on history activities, drop in craft sessions and gallery talks. Please visit the Australian War Memorial events calendar on their website for exact dates and times.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions.

Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks.

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

STAGE & FILM

Robbery Under Arms (PG) Film Screening

The National Portrait Gallery is continuing its free film screenings throughout Summer. Join them for a screening of Robbery Under Arms (PG) 141 minutes.

Saturday 23 January from 2pm at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Limited places, no bookings required.

Donations are welcome.

Kung Fu Panda (PG) Film Screening

Despite his unlikely physical attributes, Po the Panda is chosen to fulfil an ancient martial arts prophecy.

Starring the voices of Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and Seth Rogan.

Thursday 21 January from 1pm-2.45pm at the National Library of Australia. Free entry but bookings essential, click here for more details.

FILM: Drunken Master (111 minutes, M)

An undisciplined boy must learn Drunken Fist Kung Fu in order to stop an assassin.

Starring Jackie Chan. An early example of the comedic Kung Fu genre for which Chan became famous.

National Library of Australia, Tuesday 19 January 2016, 2pm-4pm. Free entry.

Sunday film screening series

The summer holidays are here again, and with them comes the annual Australian War Memorial Sunday film screenings. Join us in 2016 for a collection of iconic films exploring the roles and experiences of women during wartime. This is a rare opportunity to see these classics on the big screen.

All screenings are free, and will be accompanied by a short introduction to the film given by experts from the Memorial.

This is not a ticketed event, so get in early to guarantee a seat.

Sundays 17, 24, 31 January, 7 and 14 February at 1.30pm at the BAE Systems Theatre at the Australian National War Memorial, Campbell.

Uni Pub Comedy Featuring Tom Gleeson

Tom is in every Aussie comedian’s Top 5. A true master of the craft, he remarkably gets better each year, a phenomena that ensures other comics sneak in the back of his always sold out shows.

He’s performed at every major comedy festival in the world, been twice nominated for a Helpmann and the biggest stand up on the planet Louis CK chose Tom to be his support act for his Australian tour. A sure fire, killer stand up at the top of his game.

Appearing on so many  TV shows, it would take too long to name them all,  Tom Gleeson returns to Canberra to headline the Uni Pub.

MCee will be comedy renegade Tom Gibson with supports including The Stevenson Experience, David Graham and more…

Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door (if available). Visit the website for more information comedyact.com.au. On January 22 from 7.30pm at Uni Pub, London Circuit. 

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE 

Songs to die for

The die is cast as comedy cabaret duo Shortis and Simpson present Songs to die for, a musical exploration of society’s morbid fascination with criminals and death at the National Portrait Gallery.

Friday 22 January: 6.00-6.35pm and 7.00-7.35pm Friday 29 January: 6.00-6.35pm and 7.00-7.35pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Fore more information click here.

Dark Disco

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

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

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

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

No Lights, No Lycra

Shut Down Period – December 16 and resumes in 2016 TBC

There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. 

NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself. NLNL is on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm at St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). 

Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door.

Live Local Music

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

ART

Portrait Play

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity at the National Portrait Gallery with Portrait Play. The themes these holidays are: My favourite things (26 December – 15 January) and Eyes, ears, mouth and pose (16 – 31 January)

For children from 4 to 8 share with family and friends. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Daily in the school holidays. Bookings essential, click here for more information.
Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

National Portrait Gallery, daily from 11am-12pm from 26 December 2015 – 31 January 2016.

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

With a selection of 80 cartoons from 39 cartoonists, this year’s exhibition displays some of Australia’s most controversial cartoons that test the boundaries of free speech and the freedom of the press.

Until 25 November 2016, daily from 9am – 5pm at Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. Closed Christmas Day. Click here for more information.

 Wendy Saddington: Underground icon

Artist Peter Maloney first saw Wendy Saddington perform in Canberra when he was around 17 years of age. He became a lifelong admirer and then friend of the singer and amassed an extensive personal archive of material relating to this iconic Australian performer.

Using material from Maloney’s archive, the exhibition follows the development of Saddington’s career as a cult celebrity and a key figure in Australian popular music history.

Opening hours: Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm until 17 April 2016 at Canberra Museum and Gallery

Magnified: 12 years of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Celebrate 12 years of The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the National Archives this summer. Enjoy incredible prize-winning artworks exhibited alongside inspiring historical content from the collections of the National Archives of Australia and the South Australian Museum.

A partnership exhibition developed and curated by the National Archives of Australia and South Australian Museum.

Open daily 9am-5pm, except Christmas Day and Good Friday until 28 March 2016 at National Archives of Australia. Free entry. 

Borland + Borland

This exhibition is a celebration of the work of sisters Polly and Emma Borland. Polly Borland, who is currently based in Los Angeles USA, is one of Australia’s most important contemporary photographers. Emma Borland is a glass artist based in Melbourne.

Until 7 February at Canberra Glassworks. Opening times: 10am – 4pm: Tuesday – Sunday. 

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

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

Other exhibitions

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

EXHIBITIONS

Commemorative late-night openings at the Australian War Memorial

See the Memorial in a different light during late-night openings of the Commemorative Area throughout January 2016. Volunteer guides will offer insights into the space and the stories of those listed on the Roll of Honour.

Listen to the recorded voices of Australian schoolchildren reciting the names of the men and women who died serving our nation during the First World War. As the sun sets visitors can watch as names from the First World War Roll of Honour are projected onto the dome above the Memorial’s Hall of Memory.

Fridays and Saturdays 7.30 pm – 10 pm from 1-30 January 2016 at the Australian National War Memorial.

Tom Roberts

Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it’s not to be missed.

The exhibition takes place during an exciting period of change at the NGA, including a large-scale rehang of almost every work of art, with Australian art taking pride of place in a new location.

Daily from 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets here

The Last Temptation: The art of Ken + Julia Yonetani

Chandeliers made from uranium glass representing nuclear-powered nations and a nine-metre banquet table made entirely of salt feature in the first large survey show of internationally acclaimed Japanese and Australian artist collaborators Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary.

Ken + Julia Yonetani’s NGA installation is a provocative response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. In an installation of chandeliers reconfigured to emanate UV light, and decorated with specially sourced Uranium glass, each chandelier represents a country that operates nuclear power stations. It is work that is aesthetically astounding, accessible and engaging. Uranium glass poses no health risks.

Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm from Saturday 12 Dec 2015 – 27 Mar 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia Contemporary, Parkes. 

Home in time

The exhibition Home in Time was inspired by a book written for the centenary of Canberra. 100 Canberra Houses: A Century of Capital Architecture by Tim Reeves and Alan Roberts surveys Canberra’s domestic culture from 1913 – 2013.

Ten homes from the book have been selected for this exhibition. They demonstrate a variety of themes, from public service inundation to architectural innovation and date back to the foundation of Canberra’s urban environment. Generous private lenders have contributed precious family heirlooms to this exhibition; furniture, paintings, plans, photographs are on display in this exposé of Canberra homes.

Opening times: Weekdays: 10am – 5pm; Weekends: 12 – 5pm from Saturday 12 December 2015 – 24 Mar 2016 at Canberra Museum and Gallery

Capital and Country: the Federation years 1900–1914

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

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

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

Sideshow Alley: Infamy, Macabre and the Portrait

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

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

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

Sideshow Alley Highlights Tour

Step into Sideshow Alley at the National Portrait Gallery and explore the notorious Australian criminals from nineteenth century Australia. Featuring a selection of death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits.

Daily at  2.30pm. From 5 December 2015 to 28 February 2016. See above item for exhibition details. 

Duration is 30 minutes. No bookings required. Exhibition ticket required.

Australia in the Great War

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries. Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War.

The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.

 The Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine and the war at sea. On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

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

William Edwin Pidgeon was a painter, cartoonist, illustrator, and newspaper critic. This exhibition presents a selection of the over 400 works by William Pidgeon held in the Australian War Memorial’s Art collection.

The works relate to Pidgeon’s Second World War experiences in Darwin, New Guinea, Borneo and Morotai between 1943 to 1945. 

On display in the Second World War Galleries until 7 March 2016 at the Australian War Memorial.

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

Stories at the heart of our history

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

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

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

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

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade.

The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan, reflecting both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message.

Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs.

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

Magna Carta – an Australian story

This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world.

First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms.

Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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

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