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This Week in The Can

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SEVEN THINGS NOT TO MISS

ART, NOT APART FESTIVAL 2016

Art, Not Apart is a little festival for the arts. Canberra arts. No-one’s apart.

Exhibitions, performance art, four music stages, installations, strange interventions, street food, suitcase market, cafes and a dance party. Cross-disciplinary works about today are a focus, some have been commissioned, and are carefully placed across the beautiful NewActon Precinct, Westside (shipping container village) and an Art Walk in-between. This isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart actively removes boundaries with amazing artists. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen. Depixelate. Experience the patterns of now.

Happening this Saturday 19 March from 1pm until 7pm across a variety of locations in Acton, New Acton and West Basin. See the website for more details artnotapart.com

SKYFIRE 2016

Skyfire 2016 delivers a magnificent display of fireworks set to a soundtrack simultaneously broadcast on Hit 104.7. Canberra lights up on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin’s central basin.

See great free live entertainment at Regatta Point before the fireworks explode! Check the website for performance times and all other details closer to the event. Please note that fireworks displays are always dependant on the weather.

Happening on Lake Burley Griffin from 6pm until the Fireworks from 8:30pm on Saturday 19 March.

CANBERRA COMEDY FESTIVAL 

Canberra Comedy Festival is back for its fourth year, bringing over 60 comedy shows from around the world over six days. Book now for international stars, national and local artists across a variety of comedy formats in venues around Canberra.

Favourites include: Arj Barker, David O’Doherty, Stephen K Amos, Kitty Flanagan, Nazeem Hussain, Hannah Gadsby, Rich Hall, Tahir, and so many more.

Happening from Tuesday 15 March until Sunday 20 March across a variety of locations. See the website for details and to purchase tickets canberracomedyfestival.com.au.

TASTE TEXT AT MUSE CANBERRA

Continuing along Muse’s culinary journey during Good Food Month, and tying in with their love of books (and food), Muse are hosting hosting a distinguished panel of speakers whose words are as delicious as their subject.

The three panelists Bryan Martin, Marion Halligan and Michelle Brotohusodo have expertise across a variety of platforms in print, critical writing and the modern food blogger. Moderated by the eloquent Fergus McGhie, writer and Mount Majura Vineyard man about town, this promises to be an interestingly delicious and fun event.

Seven years ago Bryan Martin was asked to write a small weekly column for The Canberra Times about food, with an emphasis on men doing the cooking – even without involving a barbeque! Somewhere along the way this 300 word contribution evolved into a weekly full page exposition of paddock to plate eating, knowing where your food comes from, woven in with reflections on his life journey, including the issues of getting older – of which there are many.

Happening this Sunday 20 March from 3.30pm until 4.3opm at Muse Canberra, in the East Hotel, Kingston. See the website for more details www.musecanberra.com.au/events/2016/3/20/taste-text-bryan-martin-marion-halligan-michelle-brotohusodo

MARRY ME WEDDING SHOWCASE AT QT CANBERRA

If you’re a bride or groom-to-be craving a creative, unique touch to your wedding, you can’t go past QT Canberra’s Marry Me wedding showcase. The showcase, to be held on Saturday 19 March, will provide a taste of what QT has to offer for both weddings and events and is set in the exclusive QT Lounge on top of the hotel.

Described as far from your ordinary hotel, QT is an eclectic mix of design and art, style and luxury – with a touch of quirk.

Happening on Saturday 19 March from 2pm until 5pm at QT Canberra. There are limited spaces available for this fully catered event, so don’t waste time – apply here.

NOTED WRITERS’ FESTIVAL

Noted is Canberra’s independent writers’ festival and one of the newest additions to Canberra’s cultural calendar – a celebration of reading, writing and all things literary that is not to be missed.

Noted will stage more than sixty free panels, AMAs, workshops and children’s events in city cafés, galleries, pubs and arts centres. Highlights include a literary art exhibition and festival opening at ANU Foyer Gallery, a conversation with partner The Stella Prize, a four-venue literary bar hop, and what may well be Canberra’s largest ever Independent Publishing Fair, with events for adults and children throughout.

Happening across a variety of locations in Canberra from Tuesday 15 March onwards. See their website for the full program, a complete list of artists, and specific information on venues and event times www.notedfestival.com.

MARYMEAD CHARITY RACE DAY

Support Marymead and get along to the Canberra Outlet Centre Charity Race Day in the Silks Room at Thoroughbred Park.  This exciting Charity Race Day is the only Saturday Race Meet for 2016 at Thoroughbred Park.  Enjoy the races, a delicious three course meal together with drinks package, TAB in the room, Punters Club, Glam Bar, Fashions on the Field, Fashions in the Silks  Room, prizes, raffles, auctions and much more.

All funds raised from this wonderful event will be donated to Marymead’s ‘KC Getaways Program’, a program which provides social support and respite to children and families affected by disability.

On Saturday 19 March from 11.30am – 5pm at Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road, Lyneham. Visit the website for more information www.marymead.org.au

FOOD & DRINKS

CANBERRA CRAFT BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL 2016

Whether you’re a beginner or an enthusiast, the 9th annual Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival 2016 is a great day out held in the wonderful surrounds of Mercure Canberra

Taste over 80 beers and ciders whilst rubbing shoulders with the “Who’s who of Brews”. Live bands, expression sessions, meet the brewers, beer and food matching, charity raffle with great prizes, guest speakers, jumping castle for the kids and gourmet food stalls just a few on the offerings on the day. Get you beer on and join an unbelievable day of all things Craft Beer and Cider.

Happening this Saturday 19 March from 11am until 6pm at the Mercure Canberra, Cnr Ainslie and Limestone Ave, Braddon. See the website for more details www.canberrabeerfest.com.au

TASTE TEXT AT MUSE CANBERRA

Continuing along Muse’s culinary journey during Good Food Month, and tying in with their love of books (and food), Muse are hosting hosting a distinguished panel of speakers whose words are as delicious as their subject.

The three panelists Bryan Martin, Marion Halligan and Michelle Brotohusodo have expertise across a variety of platforms in print, critical writing and the modern food blogger. Moderated by the eloquent Fergus McGhie, writer and Mount Majura Vineyard man about town, this promises to be an interestingly delicious and fun event.

Seven years ago Bryan Martin was asked to write a small weekly column for The Canberra Times about food, with an emphasis on men doing the cooking – even without involving a barbeque! Somewhere along the way this 300 word contribution evolved into a weekly full page exposition of paddock to plate eating, knowing where your food comes from, woven in with reflections on his life journey, including the issues of getting older – of which there are many.

Happening this Sunday 20 March from 3.30pm until 4.3opm at Muse Canberra, in the East Hotel, Kingston. See the website for more details www.musecanberra.com.au/events/2016/3/20/taste-text-bryan-martin-marion-halligan-michelle-brotohusodo

CANBERRA HARVEST FESTIVAL

The Canberra Harvest Festival is a celebration of local produce and artefacts produced in the Canberra region. It’s a showcase of local producers, as well as a chance to soak up the last of the summer sunlight with live music, free sustainability workshops, a kids veggie growing competition, an organic BBQ and a wine bar.

On Saturday 19 March from 2pm – 6pm on the lawns of the Canberra Environment Centre, corner of Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula. Visit the website for more information www.ecoaction.com.au

PADDY’S DAY

Bring out the inner Irish in you as the Kingston’s famous pub, The Durham Castle Arms, pours Irish favourite Guinness on tap as well as an Irish Red Ale by country New South Wales brewery Badlands Brewery.

On Thursday 17 March from 12pm until late at The Durham Castle Arms, Green Square, Kingston.

Visit the website for more information www.thedurham.com.au

AUTUMN HARVEST MARKET

The Vibe Hotel at the Canberra Airport are hosting the very first Autumn Harvest Markets at the hotel’s own Helix Bar & Dining. The market will offer the freshest fruit and vegetables available this season from local producers in Pialligo and Queanbeyan, as well as local wines for tasting. Complimentary tasting plates will also be on offer for visitors to sample, created by Head Chef Toby Thorley. 

Vibe Hotel has partnered with Tanbella Orchard and Jim Murphy’s Aiport Cellars for this not to be missed event featuring some of the regions finest food and wine. 

On Thursday 17 March from 11.30am – 2pm at Helix Bar & Dining, Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport 

Visit the website for more information www.helixbaranddining.com.au 

A. BAKER X EAT STREET

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.  Visit the website for more information.

Get along to the A. BAKER Old Oak Tree Courtyard, NewActon Pavilion, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OPH

Spring is back, and so are 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 every Friday night until March. Visit www.moadoph.gov.au for more details.

At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.

THE CANBERRA TIMES GOOD FOOD MONTH

The celebration of fantastic food and produce from around the region returns with The Canberra Times Good Food Month presented by Citi featuring delicious categories including Let’s Do Lunch, Experiences, Drinks and more.

Plus, an impressive line-up of feature events including a delicious lunch with renowned NSW chef Matt Moran, dinner with Moon Park’s Ben Sears and Eun Hee An, a 6 course feast with Ross Lusted, the chef behind The Bridge Room and more.

Kicks off Tuesday 1 March and runs until Thursday 31 March across various venues and locations in Canberra. Explore the full program here: www.canberra.goodfoodmonth.com

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

DEBORAH CONWAY AND WILLY ZYGIER

Australian musicians Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier will take Canberra audiences on a journey through their 30-year careers, with a special one-night-only in-conversation and intimate performance in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) Theatrette.

Deborah Conway is a singer and songwriter, and was a founding member of the band Do-Re-Mi. Deborah is also won the ARIA for Best Female Artist in 1992, and was inducted into the NFSA’s Sounds of Australia registry in 2015, with her song Alive and Brilliant. Willy Zygier first played with Deborah Conway during the tour for her debut album String of Pearls, marking the beginning of a highly successful songwriting and personal collaboration – which has resulted so far in eight records and three children.

The event will be hosted by a NFSA Sound Curator, who will take the audience on a journey through Conway and Zygier’s decade-spanning careers. Deborah and Willy will also play some of their favourite tracks, selected from their rich discography.

Happening Friday 18 March from 7pm at the National Film and Sound Archive. See our Instagram page for a ticket giveaway instagram/hercanberra and the NFSA website for ticket and event details www.nfsa.gov.au.

DON MCLEAN

Don McLean, responsible for the classic ‘American Pie’, is returning to Australia for the first time in three years. This master songwriter penned other huge hits including ‘Vincent (Starry Starry Night)’, ‘Castles In The Air’, ‘Dreidel’, ‘Crying’, and ‘And I Love You So’.

With a career spanning over 40 years, 20 albums, six American Top 40 singles and 40 Gold and Platinum records worldwide, McLean is renowned as one of the truly great contemporary singers and songwriters.

His songs have been covered by Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Josh Groban, George Michael, Madonna, and even punk band NOFX.

Playing this Saturday 19 March from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre – see their website for more details canberratheatrecentre.com.au

NATIONAL CAPITAL ORCHESTRA’S AUSTRALIAN CONCERT SERIES 2016 

The National Capital Orchestra is proud to launch their 2016 Australian Series in this concert featuring renowned guitarist Matt Withers. Opening with Nigel Westlake’s Antarctica Suite, one of the most-loved contemporary pieces for guitar and orchestra, the standard is set high from the very first note. Matched with none other than Rodrigo’s timeless Concierto de Aranjuez, the orchestra weaves continents together with lyrical melodies fitting of this passionate program. 

Concluding the program is César Franck’s Symphony in D Minor, one of the most treasured symphonies of the late Romantic period. Exploring the boundaries of chromatic harmony, César Franck builds an exquisite sense of contrast between adventure, and a passionate sense of raw emotion, culminating in one of the most triumphant finales ever composed.

Conducted by Musical Director Leonard Weiss, himself an ACT Finalist for Young Australian of the Year 2016, this opening to the National Capital Orchestra’s 2016 Australian Series is not to be missed!

Tickets are Adults $35, Concession $30 (seniors, pensioners, concession card holders), Children to age 16 and full time students $15. On Sunday 20 March from 3pm at The Q, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan. For more information visit the event page www.theq.net.au/national-capital-orchestra-march-concert/

CANBERRA WIND SYMPHONY: WHY MARCH?

A fascinating journey through one of the most inspirational and beloved styles of music for the Canberra Wind Symphony: Why March?

The International Canberra Wind Symphony presents music created for its medium by the finest writers, showcasing the extraordinary sounds this instrumental combination produces. A popular feature of their 20th and 21st century repertoire is works by Australian composers.

As a foundation principle the Canberra Wind Symphony supports philanthropy through the arts. For each ticketed performance a substantial donation is made to beyondblue to assist with their work in tackling depression amongst Australia’s farmers.

Friday 18 March from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton. See the website for details and ticket information www.thestreet.org.au

SHORTIS AND SIMPSON – THE POWER AND THE PASSION 

Shortis and Simpson burn the midnight oil to scour the stories, the songs and the politics that are linked to this iconic band. Laced with gems from the Oils’ catalogue, rearranged in Shortis and Simpson style, along with original Shortis songs and more. Tickets start at $50 and include drink and nibbles during intermission. 

On Friday 18 March from 7.30pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway. Visit the website for more information www.tuggeranongarts.com

ALL THIS LIVING

A contemporary, solo piece of theatre, All This Living uses humour, mixed with home truths and leaps of imagination to tell Jay’s story.

Anti-aging ads and her invisibility have worried her and she is searching for answers. What is this ‘third stage’ of her life? ‘Retiree’ but from what…life? The Caillech and the Furies may help and have some answers to her quest. Her wrinkles and crinkles hold secrets and stories and she’s not a fossil. Guerilla grannies have their piercing eyes on those anti-aging ads and her head is buzzing.

From 4pm on Sunday and Monday and 7:30pm pm Saturday 13-20 March at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street. Tickets start from $25. For more information visit: www.thestreet.org.au

DARK DISCO

Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. The lights are off and the music is up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching to 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 holidays) on Level 2 of The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street Civic.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

SNOWY HYDRO SOUTHCARE BASE OPEN DAY

The annual Snowy Hydro SouthCare Base Open Day is an opportunity to see the helicopter up close, meet some of the crew and have a great day out with the family. There will be plenty of things to see and do including amusement rides, food and beverage stalls, face painting, live entertainment, petting zoo and pony rides just to name a few.

The ACT Street Machine Association will conduct their annual Show and Shine once again and there will also be helicopter joy flights available for purchase on the day courtesy of HeliSurveys.

This is a great day out for the entire family where you can find out more about and raise funds for your local aero-medical and rescue helicopter service. Entry is via a gold coin donation with all money going towards the rescue helicopter.

On Sunday 20 March from 10am – 3pm at the SouthCare Helicopter Base, David Warren Road, Hume. Visit the website www.snowyhydrosouthcare.com.au for more information about this event. 

ILLUMINATING ENDOMETRIOSIS

The Canberra Endometriosis Network is proud to present Illuminating Endometriosis on Saturday, 19 March 2016 at the National Museum of Australia. This free program of events will be first event of its kind for endometriosis in Canberra.

Aimed at both health professionals and consumers, Illuminating Endometriosis will focus on three key themes: collaboration, empowerment and networking.

The events will run from 1pm until 9pm. Registration begins at 2pm.  As well as being held during global Endometriosis Awareness Month, the event coincides with Canberra Sky Fire, and its lakeside location will offer attendees exceptional views of the fireworks.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Dr Susan Evans, Gynaecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon and Pain Management Specialist
  • Dr Valeria Lanzarone, Obstetrics and Gynaecological Ultrasound Specialist
  • Dr Uche Menekaya, Gynaecologist, Sonologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon
  • Dr Jenny Leung, General Practitioner
  • Assistant Professor Irmina Nahon, Physiotherapist
  • Melissa Parker, Registered Nurse Coordinator and Researcher
  • Jane Kearney, Sex Therapist

Happening from 1pm at the National Museum of Australia this Saturday 19 March. For more details see Eventbrite.

CONNECT AND PARTICIPATE EXPO

This free event brings together a diverse range of groups and clubs to showcase what they offer members and provide a forum for Canberrans to engage, face to face, with group leaders and members.

Meet like minded people and have an opportunity to join a group. There will be a variety of stage performances from local, informal groups – from dancing, to singing, to performing arts, instrumentalists, martial arts and more. Food and coffee stalls will be open to the public.

Happening this Saturday 19 March from 11am until 4pm at The Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. See the website for more details www.communityservices.act.gov.au

NEW ENCOUNTERS: A PANEL DISCUSSION

Hosted by Radio National’s Geraldine Doogue, this panel features speakers from the First Peoples of Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Scandinavia, who are presenting at the New Encounters conference. They will share their views on ‘how encounters can change the world in which we live’

Happening Thursday 16 March from 6pm onwards at the National Museum of Australia. See the website for more details www.nma.gov.au/whats-on/events/new_encounters_conference/public_panel_discussion

TASTE TEXT – FOOD WRITING 

During March, Muse are examining the best in local food and wine. Part of that culinary journey is a distinguished panel of speakers whose words are as tasty as their subject.

The three panelists Bryan Martin, Marion Halligan and Michelle Brotohusodo have expertise across a variety of platforms in print, critical writing and the modern food blogger. Moderated by the always engaging Fergus McGhie this promises to be an interestingly delicious and fun event!

On Sunday 20 March at Muse, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston.

Tickets are $10 which includes a glass complimentary wine or soft drink and can be booked by visiting the website www.muse.com.au

NIKKI MAIN’S INSPIRATIONS

Join glass artist Nikki Main in discussion about her inspirations and how they shape her unique work. View her Waterhouse Prize winning entry Flood Stones.

On Saturday 19 March from 11am – 2pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

The discussion is free but bookings are required. Visit the website for more information and bookings www.naa.gov.au

CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns this autumn, filling Canberra’s skies with a stunning array of giant hot air balloons.

Each morning from 6am pilots begin inflating balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House against the distinctive backdrop of Canberra’s landmark buildings and attractions.

Early risers can enjoy delicious hot breakfasts served by the Belconnen Lions Club, with all proceeds going back to the Canberra community.

Ensure you’re up early. The action’s on the ground and in the air. Free for spectators. For balloon flight bookings call Balloon Aloft 02 6285 1540 or Dawn Drifters 02 6285 4450.

From 12-20 March, balloons inflate from 6am with the majority of balloons in the air by 7.30am. Check it out on the Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes Entertainment and breakfast until 10am. For more information visit: www.events.act.gov.au/balloons

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

FILM

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2016

The 27th Alliance Française French Film Festival has returned to Palace Cinemas with an exceptional array of contemporary French cinema guaranteed to delight, stimulate and indulge.

Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, uniFrance Films and the gracious support of globally renowned Principal Sponsor, Peugeot, the festival will present a truly thrilling line-up of 48 titles featuring the best French and indeed, worldwide acting talents. Nine evocatively named sections will include highlights such as director Jacques Audiard’s 2015 Palme d’Or winning masterpiece Dheepan, as well as A Perfect Man, Love at First Child, Marguerite, Mon Roi, First Growth, La Belle Saison, Taj Mahal, Un Plus Une and Valley of Love. Five of France’s most popular television shows will also appear.

On now until Tuesday 29 March at Palace Electric Cinemas, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon. See the website for details of times, session and tickets www.affrenchfilmfestival.org

A JOURNEY WITH DEBORAH CONWAY AND WILLY ZYGIER j

Australian musicians Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier will take Canberra audiences on a journey through their 30-year careers, with a special one-night-only in-conversation and intimate performance at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).   

Deborah Conway is a singer and songwriter, and was a founding member of the band Do-Re-Mi. Deborah is also won the ARIA for Best Female Artist in 1992, and was inducted into the NFSA’s Sounds of Australia registry in 2015, with her song Alive and Brilliant.

Willy Zygier first played with Deborah Conway during the tour for her debut album String of Pearls, marking the beginning of a highly successful songwriting and personal collaboration – which has resulted so far in eight records and three children.

The event will be hosted by a NFSA Sound Curator, who will take the audience on a journey through Conway and Zygier’s decade-spanning careers. Deborah and Willy will also play some of their favourite tracks, selected from their rich discography.

On Friday 18 March at 7pm at National Film and Sound Archive,1 McCoy Circuit, Acton. 

Tickets are $35 and can be booked online here www.trybooking.com/JZQB

SPEAR

Throughout March, Arc cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will be screening the exclusive Canberra season of Stephen Page’s debut feature Spear, including a one night only Q&A with Page.

A unique cinematic experience told through movement and dance with little dialogue, Spear draws on Page’s formidable 25 years spent as Artistic Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, where he has been interpreting the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for global stages. Also a talented filmmaker, Page made his short film debut to critical acclaim in 2012 directing Sand, a chapter of the Australian feature film The Turning.

On from 10 – 23 March at Arc cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, Acton. Special Q&A with Stephen Page on Saturday 12 March at 8pm.  

Tickets start at $14, book online www.trybooking.com/JZPZ

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

ACT CLAYCOURT INTERNATION TENNIS EVENT

The ACT Claycourt International tennis tournaments will be held from March 12 to 27, 2016. Two women’s ITF events will be held with a total of USD$50,000 in prizemoney on offer. Players from all over the world are expected to participate along with a number of Australian’s

Kicks off from 12-27 March at Canberra Tennis Centre, 3 Riggall Place, Lyneham. For more information visit: www.tennis.com.au/act

THE FIT MUSE – SOCIAL RUNNING CLUB

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.

At 8:30am every Saturday Morning. FREE.

MARKETS

AUTUMN HARVEST MARKET

The Vibe Hotel at the Canberra Airport are hosting the very first Autumn Harvest Markets at the hotel’s own Helix Bar & Dining. The market will offer the freshest fruit and vegetables available this season from local producers in Pialligo and Queanbeyan, as well as local wines for tasting. Complimentary tasting plates will also be on offer for visitors to sample, created by Head Chef Toby Thorley. 

Vibe Hotel has partnered with Tanbella Orchard and Jim Murphy’s Aiport Cellars for this not to be missed event featuring some of the regions finest food and wine. 

On Thursday 17 March from 11.30am – 2pm at Helix Bar & Dining, Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport 

Visit the website for more information www.helixbaranddining.com.au 

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS 

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.

From 10am to 4pm every Sunday at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, 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.

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.

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKETS

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.

KIDS

SKYFIRE 2016

Skyfire 2016 delivers a magnificent display of fireworks set to a soundtrack simultaneously broadcast on Hit 104.7. Canberra lights up on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin’s central basin.

See great free live entertainment at Regatta Point before the fireworks explode! Check the website for performance times and all other details closer to the event. Please note that fireworks displays are always dependant on the weather.

Happening on Lake Burley Griffin from 6pm until the Fireworks from 9pm until 9.30pm on Saturday 19 March.

SNOWY HYDRO SOUTHCARE BASE OPEN DAY

The annual Snowy Hydro SouthCare Base Open Day is an opportunity to see the helicopter up close, meet some of the crew and have a great day out with the family. There will be plenty of things to see and do including amusement rides, food and beverage stalls, face painting, live entertainment, petting zoo and pony rides just to name a few.

The ACT Street Machine Association will conduct their annual Show and Shine once again and there will also be helicopter joy flights available for purchase on the day courtesy of HeliSurveys.

This is a great day out for the entire family where you can find out more about and raise funds for your local aero-medical and rescue helicopter service. Entry is via a gold coin donation with all money going towards the rescue helicopter.

On Sunday 20 March from 10am – 3pm at the SouthCare Helicopter Base, David Warren Road, Hume. Visit the website www.snowyhydrosouthcare.com.au for more information about this event. 

CELESTIAL EMPIRE FAMILY ROOM

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 from now until 22 May at the National Library of Australia. Find out more at www.nla.gov.au.

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.

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.

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.

Open every day from 9am to 5pm until 9 October at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see www.questacon.edu.au.

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

SNOWY HYDRO SOUTCARE BASE OPEN DAY

The annual Snowy Hydro SouthCare Base Open Day is an opportunity to see the helicopter up close, meet some of the crew and have a great day out with the family. There will be plenty of things to see and do including amusement rides, food and beverage stalls, face painting, live entertainment, petting zoo and pony rides just to name a few.

The ACT Street Machine Association will conduct their annual Show and Shine once again and there will also be helicopter joy flights available for purchase on the day courtesy of HeliSurveys.

This is a great day out for the entire family where you can find out more about and raise funds for your local aero-medical and rescue helicopter service. Entry is via a gold coin donation with all money going towards the rescue helicopter.

On Sunday 20 March from 10am – 3pm at the SouthCare Helicopter Base, David Warren Road, Hume. Visit the website www.snowyhydrosouthcare.com.au for more information about this event. 

MARYMEAD CHARITY RACE DAY

Support Marymead and get along to the Canberra Outlet Centre Charity Race Day in the Silks Room at Thoroughbred Park.  This exciting Charity Race Day is the only Saturday Race Meet for 2016 at Thoroughbred Park.  Enjoy the races, a delicious three course meal together with drinks package, TAB in the room, Punters Club, Glam Bar, Fashions on the Field, Fashions in the Silks  Room, prizes, raffles, auctions and much more.

All funds raised from this wonderful event will be donated to Marymead’s ‘KC Getaways Program’, a program which provides social support and respite to children and families affected by disability.

On Saturday 19 March from 11.30am – 5pm at Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road, Lyneham. For tickets and more information, visit the website www.marymead.org.au

LADIES NIGHT AT RODNEY’S PLANTS PLUS

Gather together your mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunties and friends for a fabulous evening at Rodney’s Plants Plus.  on Thursday 17th March.

The night is full to the brim of fabulous stuff from champagne and canapés, Blue Illusion fashion parade and sales, beauty products, textile and jewellery designers…the list goes on.  BUT best of all GOODIE BAGS to take home!

Tickets are $25.00 which will support Bosom Buddies ACT Inc and Project Didi Australia – both wonderful causes focused on the needs of women in the ACT and Nepal respectively.

On Thursday 17 March from 6pm – 9pm at Rodney’s Plants Plus, 24 Beltana Rd, Pialligo.

Visit the website www.rodneys.com.au to purchase your ticket.

FRIENDS FOR HOLLOWS TRIVIA NIGHT

The Friends For Fred Hollows group is holding a Trivia Night to raise funds for the great work of The Fred Hollows Foundation. 

The night includes a scrumptious Nepalese buffet dinner, 5 rounds of trivia and lucky door prize entry (drinks available at the bar at own cost).  There will also be a silent auction and raffles.  Every $25 raised will help restore the sight to someone with avoidable blindness.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available at [email protected]

On Saturday 22 March from 6pm at The Hungry Buddha Nepalese Cuisine, 44 Curtin Pl, Curtin.  

EXHIBITIONS

GUIDED TOURS OF MAGNIFIED: 12 YEARS OF THE WATERHOUSE NATURAL SCIENCE ART PRIZE

Join National Archives of Australia gallery hosts for a tour of the Magnified: 12 years of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition; a beautiful selection of winning works exhibited alongside fascinating scientific objects.

The tour takes approximately 45 minutes.

From 13-28 March at 11am and 2pm at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free. For more information visit Eventbrite.

UNSETTLED: STORIES WITHIN

In Unsettled: Stories Within, five leading Indigenous Australian artists – Julie Gough, Jonathan Jones, Judy Watson, Elma Kris and Wukun Wanambi – respond to the National Museum of Australia’s major exhibition, Encounters, which reveals Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural material collected during the early years of European colonisation.

On from now until 28 March 2016, daily from 9am-5pm. For more information visit www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/unsettled

COLLECTING NOSTALGIA

Collecting Nostalgia explores ideas about collecting and art making, through the humble glass marble. Marbles can showcase great technical artistry, but they are also treasured objects imbued with memory. Canberra Glassworks has invited nine artists from across Australia to respond to the notion of collecting, using marbles as inspiration.

Showing at Canberra Glassworks until 24 April.

MAKING OF MIDNIGHT OIL EXHIBITION 

The Making of Midnight Oil is a free exhibition exploring the bands impact on Australia’s social and cultural history over their 40-year career. It showcases rare and iconic items like instruments, stage props and memorabilia and includes performances and workshops.

On from Friday 11 March – 14 May at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway. Entry is free, visit the website for more information www.tuggeranongarts.com

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.

Showing until 17 April at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

MAGNIFIED

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

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

THE BALD ARCHY PRIZE 2016

Watson Arts Centre once again presents the Bald Archy Prize, that eccentric icon of the Australian art calendar. Created in 1994 as a spoof of another more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides a genuine opportunity for artists of all styles and standards to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature.

Showing daily, 10am to 4pm, until March 14 at the Watson Arts Centre. See www.canberrapotters.com.au for more information.

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.

Showing daily from 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets at www.ticketek.com.au.

THROUGH SPACE AND TIME

Through Space & Time is a showcase of select abstract graphite drawings and acrylic on canvas artworks that span the last three years of Justin Andrew’s career.

Showing until April 3 at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore. Visit www.sukihugh.com.au for more information.

THE LAST TEMPTATION: THE ART OF KEN AND 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 atNational Gallery of Australia (NGA) Contemporary. Ken + Julia Yonetani’s installation is a provocative response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.

Showing until March 27 at NGA Contemporary, Parkes.

HOME IN TIME

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.

Showing until March 24 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

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.

On display now until January 1 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 Monday 7 March at the Australian War Memorial.

ENCOUNTERS

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.

On show until Monday 28 March at the National Museum of Australia. Entry is free. Timed tickets are available at the door but we recommend you book online.

ART IS A WEAPON

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 now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates 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. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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

KANINJAKU

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.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

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

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