This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

FIVE THINGS NOT TO MISS

RETRO DEPOT AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Dust off your platforms, get off the Featherston, and channel your inner hipster. Get along to Retro Depot at the Old Bus Depot Markets! Retro Depot is a celebration of all things retro cool. Browse fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories that are all designed to push your ‘groove button’.

It’s all happening from 10am to 4pm this Sunday 17 April at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston. Free entry.

Find out more at obdm.com.au.

THE JUNGLE BOOK MOVIE PREMIER FUNDRAISER

Attend the opening night of this much anticipated movie by Disney Studios – a live action and CGI blend remake of the beloved The Jungle Book which features and all star cast. Some more elements of the original story by Rudyard Kipling have been incorporated into the film, so it is a little darker than the original animated classic. The movie is rated PG.

Enjoy a champagne or orange juice and some nibblies prior to the movie. All funds raised will go to support the Zoos NZACT Conservation fund and TRAFFIC, the primary organisation dealing with stopping the illegal trade in live animals and animal products.

Check it out on Thursday 14 April at Limelight Cinemas , Tuggeranong, Anketell Street, Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Greenway. Tickets start from $15. For tickets visit: nazoo.bookingboss.com/booknow.cfm?e=NAZOO5816

TRAVELS IN CHINA

Join photographer and performer William Yang as he reflects on his recent Travels in China.

After completing a Bachelor of Architecture at Queensland University, Yang moved to Sydney in 1969, where he worked as a freelance photographer documenting Sydney’s social life. In the mid-1880s, he began to explore his Chinese heritage. His photographic themes expanded to include landscapes and the Chinese in Australia, and he made several visits to China.

Since then, he has expanded into performance art while continuing to exhibit his photography. His work in both formats has been viewed around the world.

On Sunday 17 April at 11am at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. All tickets are $15 and include light refreshments. For more information visit: www.nla.gov.au/node/8919

 CANBERRA AND REGION HERITAGE FESTIVAL 

Canberrans are invited to dig up the past and re-explore their region at this year’s Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

Supported by the ACT Government, this year’s festival theme Discovery and Rediscoveries.

With ghost trains, torchlight tours, cycling events, open days and historical re-enactments all around Canberra and the surrounding region, there’s something for every age and stage!

It’s on until Monday 18 April at various locations across Canberra. Event costs vary. See the National Trust website for more details: www.nationaltrustfestival.org.au/events/#state=ACT

CIRQUE AFRICA COMES TO CANBERRA

The greatest show from Africa is in Canberra for the first time ever and is guaranteed to be 100% African, 100% energy and 100% fun!

Cirque Africa is a two-hour high energy African circus production, bursting with colorful costumes, live music, dance and acrobatics. The show features 38 of Africa’s finest artists, along with an acrobat contortionist from 6 different African countries performing to a 9-piece live band playing original music composed for the show. It is a cultural, educational and visually spectacular production without animals and the only five-star rated show currently touring Australia!

Cirque Africa will be showing at Exhibition Park from 7 April until 29 May. Show times are Wednesdays to Fridays at 7.30pm; Saturdays at 1.00pm & 7.30pm; and Sundays at 1.00pm. There will also be additional shows during the school holidays.

For more information and the full show schedule, visit: www.cirqueafrica.com.au.

FOOD & DRINKS

LET’S DO DINNER 

Get along to The Loft Bar & Grill during March for their Let’s Do Dinner set menu special. With a fresh new menu each week, select from the two featured entrees & two mains each with a perfectly matched glass of wine.

Dinner is $49pp and bookings can be made from Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm. To book a table contact us The Loft on 6247 733023.

SUITS & SIPS 

If sipping on $10 cocktails after work suits you, it’s time to mix it up at The Loft. They are serving up Vanilla Espresso Martinis, Coconut Mango Martinis, Fireball Sours and more tantalising creations every Thursday night. $10 Cocktails & $20 Tasting Boards.

On every Thursday night from 5pm at The Loft, corner of Sargood and MacPherson Streets, O’Connor.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

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AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM AT CANBERRA GLASSWORKS

Go marble mad during the Autumn School Holiday Program!

Program ideal for kids 8+.

– Make your own ‘flat marble’

– Play for keepsies in the Glassworks marbles ring

– Buy collectable marbles in the shop

– Visit the marble exhibition Collecting Nostalgia

– Watch Australia’s leading glass artists in action in the hotshop or Engine Room

Programs include:

Make Your Own Flat Marble

What is a ‘flat marble’? A ‘flat marble’ is essentially that, a flat marble! In this workshop you will be creating a circular pattern on a flat glass tile using frit (finely powdered glass), and then decorating it with pieces of twisted cane which are actually used in the creation of real flame-worked marbles.

20 minute workshop

Make Your Own Autumn Tile

Make your own autumn-inspired fused glass tile with a professional artist in just 20 minutes. The whole family can get involved!

45 minute workshop

On from Wednesday 13-Sunday 24 April. Marbles available between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Tiles at 1pm. Taking place at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Tickets start from $30.

For more information visit: www.canberraglassworks.com/education/holiday-classes

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FILM PROGRAM – FAMILY CLASSICS

April school holiday fun at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Monday 11 April, 10am

Paper Planes

2014, G, 96mins, D: Robert Connolly

Tuesday 12 April, 10am

Oddball

2015, G, 95mins, D: Stuart McDonald

Wednesday 13 April, 10am

Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water

2015, PG, 92mins, D: Paul Tibbitt, Mike Mitchell

Thursday 14 April, 10am

Blinky Bill: The Movie

2015, G, 93mins, D: Deane Taylor

Friday 15 April, 10am

The Man From Snowy River

1982, PG, 102mins, D: George Miller

Events on from Monday 11 April to Friday 15 April at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. All tickets are $5.

For more information visit: www.nfsa.gov.au/calendar/?startdate=2016-04-11&type=family-classics

CIRQUE AFRICA COMES TO CANBERRA

The greatest show from Africa is in Canberra for the first time ever and is guaranteed to be 100% African, 100% energy and 100% fun!

Cirque Africa is a two-hour high energy African circus production, bursting with colorful costumes, live music, dance and acrobatics. The show features 38 of Africa’s finest artists, along with an acrobat contortionist from 6 different African countries performing to a 9-piece live band playing original music composed for the show. It is a cultural, educational and visually spectacular production without animals and the only five-star rated show currently touring Australia!

Cirque Africa will be showing at Exhibition Park from 7 April until 29 May. Show times are Wednesdays to Fridays at 7.30pm; Saturdays at 1.00pm & 7.30pm; and Sundays at 1.00pm. There will also be additional shows during the school holidays.

For more information and the full show schedule, visit: www.cirqueafrica.com.au

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AIS

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the AIS has a focus on participation and having a good time. These 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. Full day or weekly programs available.

Starting Monday 11 April-22 April, 8am-5.30pm at Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce. Various admission programs available at different prices. For more information visit: www.experienceais.com/sports-camps/holiday-program

DISCOVERY SPACE: MUSEUM DESIGNER

Using the National Museum’s architecture for inspiration, children can design, make or draw their very own museum these school holidays! Take a short tour to learn about the Museum’s building, then design and build your own mini-museum to take home, with consultant architect Richard Henty. For ages 5+. Costs apply.

Draw a Museum – explore the Museum’s architecture then draw, read or just chill out in our Discovery Space. Free.

For $2 (FREE for children on Museum Friends Full membership), grab a Building Blocks architecture trail from the Information Hub in the Museum’s Main Hall and uncover some of the building’s secrets.

On from Monday 11 April to 22 April from 11am to 1pm at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton. Entry is $10 and bookings are essential as numbers are limited. For more information visit: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/discovery-space-museum-designer-tickets-17538548270

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

EVENSONG

The National Portrait Gallery presents Evensong every month throughout the autumn season. Experience the magical acoustics of quality choral music in the National Portrait Gallery’s beautiful building. Evensong will be performed by Canberra’s professional vocal ensemble, Clarion, led by Tobias Cole, one of Australia’s most successful counter-tenors.

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Entry is FREE. For more information visit: www.portrait.gov.au

LIAM BUDGE

Award-winning Jazz Vocalist and ex-Canberran Liam Budge returns to Canberra for one last performance before returning to New York City!

Since releasing his debut jazz album to critical acclaim and a four star review in The Australian, Liam has continued to establish himself as one of Australia’s leading vocalists and song-writers.

In 2014 Liam relocated to New York City to begin working on new musical ventures and projects. During this year Liam recorded and played with New York City’s finest musicians including Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Kris Bowers & Brad Williams and studied under Grammy-Winning Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling.

Joining him on the night will be some of Australia’s finest musicians:

Tim Firth – Drums

Carl Morgan – Guitar

Luke Sweeting – Keys

Tom Botting – Bass

On Monday 18 April from 7:30pm at The Street, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. All tickets are $20. For more information visit: www.thestreet.org.au.

CANBERRA WIND SYMPHONY: APRIL IN PARIS

The second voyage in the 2016 beyondblue Concert Series sees the outstanding Canberra Wind Symphony take a trip through Gay Paree and beyond into the lush French countryside; travelling with Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, Jacques Offenbach, Paul Dubois, Georges Bizet, Maurice Ravel and George Gershwin.

The French sound is one of passion, grandeur, ooh-lah-lah and perhaps a little decadence. It has, well … a certain je ne sais quoi! Rich and lustrous harmonies thrive in the environments of the great impressionist and modern French composers; paying homage to the excitement and flair of the French lifestyle.

On Wednesday 13 April at 7.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton. Tickets start at $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

INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE PAINTING

Learn the secrets and traditions of Chinese brush painting from illustrious author and illustrator Gabrielle Wang, who studied Chinese painting at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou, China.

Discover ‘the four treasures’ and practice various brush techniques to produce your own beautiful paintings under the guidance of an expert in this enjoyable hands-on workshop.

On Sunday 17 April from 2-3pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. All tickets are $35 and include morning tea. For more information visit: www.nla.gov.au/node/8879

DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

Enjoy an outdoor experience learning how to use your camera and taking photos while you’re in the nation’s capital. Choose from beginner or advanced classes for the relevant tuition. Classes are offered for anyone 15 and over. Professional photographers ensure plenty of personal attention to advance your knowledge. Handout notes are provided.

Group discounts are available.

Held until Sunday 19 June at the Pork Barrel Café. For more information, contact 02 9560 0077. To book, visit National Photo Training College website.

COLLECTING NOSTALGIA

Collecting Nostalgia, curated by Aimee Frodsham, 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. Participating artists are Alexandra Chambers, Tom Moore, Emilie Patteson, Phoebe Porter, Danielle Rickaby, Jaan Poldaas, Jan Rigden-Clay, Trish Roan and Mikki Trail.

Held until Sunday 24 April at Canberra Glassworks. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.canberraglassworks.com.

SECRETS, STORIES, SPIES 

Take a peek at the secret spaces of the historical East Block building that now houses the National Archives. Home to many government departments throughout its 82-year history, including the Postmaster General and ASIO. Hear stories of haunted rooms, missing mail bags, pneumatic tubes to Parliament House and the ASIO ‘green door’.

Tours are free but bookings are required and can be made here: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/secrets-stories-spaces-tickets-24049275029

On 11 and 13 April from 4.30 – 5.30PM at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace. Suitable for families.

Visit the website for more information www.naa.gov.au

PENINSULA TALES

The award-winning Peninsula Tales tours are back for a limited time as part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. Join your guide ‘Catherine Fysh’ in the year 1947 as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of Acton Peninsula on this easy-paced one-hour walking tour.

Catherine has just arrived in Canberra in 1947 to take up a position as a biochemist at the Institute of Anatomy. She leaves her family in country Queensland and arrives to find a new suburb named after her great-grandfather. Living at Acton Guest House, she soon enters into the lifestyle of the developing capital.

Held from Sunday 3 April to Sunday 17 April at the National Museum of Australia. Booking is essential. Visit www.eventbrite.com.au for tickets.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

FILM

MARCO POLO JR VERSUS THE RED DRAGON

1972, PG, Dir: Eric Porter, Australia, 82mins

Young Marco, descendant of Marco Polo is given a quest to find the mythical kingdom of Xanadu. This delightful family film was the first Australian animated feature. It was conceived and directed by Eric Porter, the animator behind the Louis the Fly and Bertie the Aeroplane advertisements, and with the talents of Cam Ford who had worked on the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.

Happening Friday 15 April from 6.30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circut, Acton. Tickets start at $5. For more information visit: www.nfsa.gov.au

Q&A WITH CAM FORD

One of Australia’s best known animators and founder of Cinemagic Animated Films, Cam Ford, will visit the National Film and Sound Archive for a special Q&A session. Cam will transport the audience back to swinging London and his time working on psychedelic Beatles wonder Yellow Submarine in a similarly psychedelic animation studio in Soho. He will also talk about his almost 50 years of experience in the animation field and working around the world.

Cam was one of the sequence directors of Marco Polo Jr versus the Red Dragon, Australia’s first animated feature film. It was conceived and directed by Eric Porter, the animator behind the Louie the Fly and Bertie the Aeroplane advertisements, with the talents of Ford as sequence director.

Tickets start at $10. Meet Cam on Friday 15 April at 6.30pm at the National Film and Sound Archives, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Visit the website for more information www.nfsa.gov.au

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FILM PROGRAM – FAMILY CLASSICS

April school holiday fun at the NFSA.

Monday 11 April, 10am

Paper Planes

2014, G, 96mins, D: Robert Connolly

Tuesday 12 April, 10am

Oddball

2015, G, 95mins, D: Stuart McDonald

Wednesday 13 April, 10am

Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water

2015, PG, 92mins, D: Paul Tibbitt, Mike Mitchell

Thursday 14 April, 10am

Blinky Bill: The Movie

2015, G, 93mins, D: Deane Taylor

Friday 15 April, 10am

The Man From Snowy River

1982, PG, 102mins, D: George Miller

Events on from Monday 11April to Friday 15 April at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. All tickets are $5. For more information visit: www.nfsa.gov.au/calendar/?startdate=2016-04-11&type=family-classics

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

INTRODUCTION TO PRANAYAMA AT FLOURISH YOGA

Pranayama is the yogic practice of controlling or regulating the breath or lifeforce energy (prana) in order to increase lung capacity, vitality, and overall wellbeing. Yogic Breathing is a wonderful key to good health, longevity and spiritual advancement.  It is also a superb lead-in to meditation.
During this 2 and a half hour masterclass Ash will guide you through:
•       Gentle Asana (Hatha yoga and Yin Yoga) class to open up the energy channels that allow the prana (life force) to flow freely.
•       Introduce some basic pranayama techniques which will have an effect on energizing, relaxing and healing the body
•       Introduction to Mudra
•       Visualisation Techniques

This workshop will give you a good basic understanding of what pranayama is and how it works, enabling you to supercharge your whole body with regular practice!
Ash has been teaching yoga all over the world including 10 years in India where she was first introduced to pranayama.

Tickets are $75. On Sunday 17 April from 1.30pm – 4pm at Flourish Yoga,62/28 Mort St, Braddon.

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

URBAN POLARIS

The Urban Polaris rides again – all over Canberra. Forming part of the Canberra & Region Heritage Festival and Australian Heritage Week the event will take in heritage sites spread throughout Canberra.

Come and make tracks in the Capital as teams of 2 riders take to the cycle paths, forests and roads seeking out a choice of checkpoints in a seven-hour event that is open to serious riders, recreational riders and teams of all ages.

Urban Polaris is a navigating and cycling event where teams must find their way around control points. Each control point is given a point value that the competitors accumulate during the day. The team with the most points at the end of the seven hours is declared the winner. Successful teams will require good tactics to ensure they visit enough control points while allowing themselves time to return to base without incurring too many penalties.

Despite its competitive undertone the event suits everybody from those teams who will endeavour to reach every point to those who see it as an opportunity to have a day out riding with friends and taking in areas of Canberra they may not otherwise visit. There are categories and prizes.

On Saturday 16 April from 6am-5pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. All tickets are $80. For more information visit: www.urbanpolaris.com.au

CANBERRA RAIDERS VS CRONULLA

Be a part of the action at GIO Stadium for a Canberra Raiders home match when Raiders v Cronulla. Semi-finalists in 2015, the Sharks have recruited well with many exciting attacking options. A perfect outing to watch what is shaping up to be a high scoring shoot-out.

Tickets on sale from Ticketek. Transaction fees from $4.95 per transaction apply.

On Sunday 17 April, kick off is at 2pm at GIO Stadium Canberra, 21 Battye Street, Bruce. For more information visit: www.ticketek.com.au

GIANTS VS PORT ADELAIDE

AFL (Australian Football League) action at it’s finest when the Giants vs Geelong in Round 4 of the AFL Toyota Premiership Season. See the stars of the Giants in Cameron, Patton, Mummy and Ward take on Ports’ Boak, Ryder and Wingard in a game not to miss.

Tickets from Ticketek. Transaction fees apply.

On Sunday 17 April, kick off is at 1.10pm at StarTrack Oval, Manuka Circle, Griffith. For more information visit: membership.gwsgiants.com.au

2016 BEACH TOUCH SEASON

Want to extend your summer of Touch Football in Canberra and can’t hold out for the Winter competition? Or are you new to the sport? Dust off your boardies, flick off your thongs and put the surf board on hold for a short/sharp season of exciting Beach Touch through April, 2016!

The ACT Beach Volleyball courts is the hottest sporting venue in town and plays host to a variety of sports including Beach Touch.

Featuring two action-packed modified games per night played over three consecutive weeks and a finals week (w/c 19 April, 2016), the new Beach Touch format provides a great way for you and your mates to fling the ball around in a great social and fun setting before the sun goes down this summer.

The cost is $380 per team.

Held each Tuesday until Wednesday 19 April at the Volleyball ACT Beach Volleyball Courts. For more information or to register, contact Nicola Wines: [email protected].

PENINSULA TALES

The award-winning Peninsula Tales tours are back for a limited time as part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. Join your guide ‘Catherine Fysh’ in the year 1947 as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of Acton Peninsula on this easy-paced one-hour walking tour.

Catherine has just arrived in Canberra in 1947 to take up a position as a biochemist at the Institute of Anatomy. She leaves her family in country Queensland and arrives to find a new suburb named after her great-grandfather. Living at Acton Guest House, she soon enters into the lifestyle of the developing capital.

Held from Sunday 3 April to Sunday 17 April at the National Museum of Australia. Booking is essential. Visit www.eventbrite.com.au for tickets.

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.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

2016 BEACH TOUCH SEASON

Want to extend your summer of Touch Football in Canberra and can’t hold out for the Winter competition? Or are you new to the sport? Dust off your boardies, flick off your thongs and put the surf board on hold for a short/sharp season of exciting Beach Touch through April, 2016!

The ACT Beach Volleyball courts is the hottest sporting venue in town and plays host to a variety of sports including Beach Touch.

Featuring two action-packed modified games per night played over three consecutive weeks and a finals week (w/c 19 April, 2016), the new Beach Touch format provides a great way for you and your mates to fling the ball around in a great social and fun setting before the sun goes down this summer.

The cost is $380 per team.

Held each Tuesday until Wednesday 19 April at the Volleyball ACT Beach Volleyball Courts. For more information or to register, contact Nicola Wines: [email protected].

MARKETS

RETRO DEPOT AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Dust off your platforms, get off the Featherston, and channel your inner hipster. Get along to Retro Depot at the Old Bus Depot Markets! Retro Depot is a celebration of all things retro cool. Browse fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories that are all designed to push your ‘groove button’.

It’s all happening from 10am to 4pm this Sunday 17 April at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston. Free entry.

Find out more at obdm.com.au.

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

FOR OUR COMPREHENSIVE ROUND UP OF AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS CLICK HERE.

CANBERRA OUTLET CENTRE – MEET CAPTAIN COOK FROM PETER PAN

Children are invited to meet Captain Hook at the Canberra Outlet Centre from 18 – 22 April between 11am – 2pm and join him in creating pirate hats or fairy wings to take home to continue a pirate adventure. The fun will take place outside of Monkey Mania, while parents can enjoy a coffee from Caffe Cherry Beans right next door.

Cost: Free

Website: canberraoutletcentre.com.au/news/school-holiday-activity-captain-hook 

PEANUTS LIVE SHOW AT WESTFIELD BELCONNEN AND WODEN

Join us for some school holiday fun and watch Snoopy and the gang from Peanuts perform live at Westfield!

Show times at Westfield Woden: Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 April. Two shows per day at 11am (followed by a meet and greet at 12pm) and 1pm.

It’s happening at Centre Court Westfield Woden, Keltie Street, Woden. Bookings are not required.

Show times at Westfield Belconnen: Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 April. Two shows per day at 11am (followed by a meet and greet at 12pm) and 1pm.

It’s happening at Centre Court Westfield Belconnen, Benjamin Way, Belconnen. Bookings are not required.

TUGGERANONG HYPERDONE STAR WARS IMMERSIVE ZONE

The Star Wars Immersive Zone is an interactive zone with a tech hub, obstacle course and the sphere! Lots of Star Wars themed fun for all ages!

They would love to see you geared up in your best Star Wars costumes, plus they’re expecting a visit from the Southern Cross Garrison, the local branch of the 501stGarrison (an international society of Star Wars fans who love to attend events in their Star Wars costumes & enjoy all things Star Wars!)

Want to relive the movie experience? Limelight will be showing Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Check out session times here: limelightcinemas.com.au/tuggeranong/film/star-wars-episode-vii-the-force-awakens-1177

Happening at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome Centre Court from Monday April 11 – Friday 22 April from 11am-2pm daily. Find out more via the website: www.hyperdome.com.au/whats-on/star-wars-school-holidays

STORYTIME

Listen to the story My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald and create your own exciting and creative visual response. You don’t need to bring a thing as all materials provided.

All abilities and ages. All children must be accompanied. Bookings essential

On Wednesday 13 April at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. All tickets are $5. For more information visit: www.portrait.gov.au

PuppetOOdle

Have you ever seen a puppet create an artwork? Renowned puppeteer Marianne Mettes will be operating a cast of quirky puppets who create art with you! A family show filled with fun and silly puppetry sketches – celebrating the art of puppetry that connects us with kids’ ABC TV shows of the 1960s and 1970s. Marianne’s puppets will also invite family members to create take-home masterpieces!

On Wednesday 13 April and Saturday 16 April from 11am–12pm OR 1–2pm at National Archives Australia,Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

Book here: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/puppetoodle-tickets-22553547267 (under 3 free)

DISCOVERY SPACE: MUSEUM DESIGNER

Using the National Museum’s architecture for inspiration, children can design, make or draw their very own museum these school holidays! Take a short tour to learn about the Museum’s building, then design and build your own mini-museum to take home, with consultant architect Richard Henty. For ages 5+. Costs apply.

Draw a Museum – explore the Museum’s architecture then draw, read or just chill out in our Discovery Space. Free.

For $2 (FREE for children on Museum Friends Full membership), grab a Building Blocks architecture trail from the Information Hub in the Museum’s Main Hall and uncover some of the building’s secrets.

On from Monday 11 April to 22 April from 11am to 1pm at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton. Entry is $10 and bookings are essential as numbers are limited. For more information visit: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/discovery-space-museum-designer-tickets-17538548270

MEMORY OF A NATION – FAMILY CORNER

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. Fun for mum and dad too!

On from April 11 – 25  from 9am–5pm at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more infromation www.naa.gov.au

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

CHARITY GARAGE SALE
Get along and browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices at the next Charity Garage Sale in Wanniassa.  New items are added every month with proceeds used to fund projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities.
On Saturday 16 April from 8am-12pm at 5 O’Grady Pl Wanniassa.

EXHIBITIONS

Tuning In: ABC TV 1964–76
Gather around the telly and bask in the glow of vintage ABC. From Play School to raunchy romps, Australian life reflected on screen. From the National Archives of Australia audiovisual collection.

On from 8 April – 15 May from 9am–5pm, 7 days a week. Entry is free at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes

Visit the website for more information www.naa.gov.au

The ACT Witness Tree Project

The Gallery of Australian Design (GAD) will be launching an exhibition exploring a key aspect of Canberra’s local history and heritage. Presented by the ANU School of Art Furniture Workshop, the ACT ‘Witness Tree Project’ features objects created from the timber of city street trees who have come to the end of their useful life.

The ACT Witness Tree Project saw select trees distributed to a handful of artists, craftspeople and furniture makers to be transformed into new objects, reflecting on what the trees may have seen or heard in their lifespans.

Launches 8 April and runs until 30 April 2016 at Gallery of Australian Design, 47 Jardine Street, Kingston. Entry is FREE.

TUNING IN: ABC TV 1964-76

Gather round the telly and bask in the glow of vintage ABC. From Play School to raunchy romps, see Australian life reflected on screen in Tuning IN: ABC TV 1964-76.

From the National Archives of Australia audiovisual collection

Starting Friday 8 April and running until 15 May, open daily from 9am – 5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free. For more information visit: www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/exhibitions/index.aspx

CONNECT WITH NATURE

View works produced by artists Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher during the Archives’ ‘Connect with your nature’ artist-in-residence program. A National Archives, Craft ACT and ACT Parks and Conservation Service project.

On from Friday 8 April  to Saturday 14 May from 9am–5pm at the  National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more information www.naa.gov.au

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

Re-Discovering Ginninderra is an exhibition that explores questions about Ginninderra: How and when did it begin as a village? Where was it? When and why did Hall take over? Who were the movers and shakers? Who was affected and why? Do the ghosts of our pioneers and the past still have an impact today?

From the 1860s for half a century, Ginninderra flourished and in its prime boasted a church, two schools, store, police station, post a d telegraph office, school of arts, nursery, farmers union hall, annual show, sports team and hotel. By 1915, Ginninderra was finished.

Held from Saturday 2 April to Thursday 16 March 2017 at Former Hall Primary School. Entry is free. For more information, contact 0412 580 792.

NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2016

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Now in its ninth year, this ever-popular event promotes the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

Held until Sunday 26 June at the National Portrait Gallery. For more information, visit www.portrait.gov.au.

BUSH CAPITAL: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE ACT

Bush Capital showcases the natural history of the Australian Capital Territory. With the selection of the Yass-Canberra region as the location for the national capital, the phrase ‘Bush Capital’ became enshrined as an integral part of the city’s identity.

In this exhibition, the natural history of the Territory will be illustrated using specimens, illustrations, photographs, works of art and sound from the collections of Canberra Museum and Gallery and other national institutions.

Running until Sunday 26 June at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.cmag.com.au.

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.

Held until Sunday 22 May at the National Library of Australia. For more information, visit www.nla.gov.au.

MENZIES BY JOHN HOWARD

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated the Menzies exhibition. He shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister, Robert Menzies.

The exhibition will help mark the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’s first term as Prime Minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family.

Showing until Sunday 1 May at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Entry is up to $5 for a family. For more information, visit www.nma.gov.au.

MACQUARIE DIGITAL PORTRAITURE AWARD 2016

The Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015 exhibition is your chance to see outstanding finalist works, including two award winners, support artists working with screen-based technology and cultivate digital portraiture as an evolving art form.

Rigorous visual form and careful consideration of soundscape and duration characterise the six finalist artworks.

Held until Monday 25 April at the National Portrait Gallery. For more information, visit www.portrait.gov.au.

BEHIND THE SCENES: TYLER GRAPHICS AT WORK

The National Gallery of Australia’s Kenneth Tyler Print Collection spans the entirety of Tyler’s career and is the most comprehensive collection of post-war American art outside the United States.

Consisting of over 7000 works of art and extensive holdings of documentary film, sound and photographic material, the collection provides insight into the workings of the most innovative print workshop of the twentieth century.

Showing until Sunday 8 May at the National Gallery of Australia. For more information, visit www.nga.gov.au.

THE WORLD IS BEAUTIFUL

The world is beautiful is an exhibition of photographs taken over the last 100 years from the National Gallery of Australia’s magnificent photography collection, including work by Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Henson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Edward Weston and many more.

Together, these photographs capture some of the delight photographers take in turning their cameras on the world and re-imaging it, making it beautiful through the power of their vision and their capacity to help us see the world in new ways.

Held until Sunday 10 April at the National Gallery of Australia. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.nga.gov.au.

CONNECT WITH YOUR NATURE 

View works produced by artists Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher during the Archives’ ‘Connect with your nature’ artist-in-residence program. A National Archives, Craft ACT and ACT Parks and Conservation Service project.

On from Friday 8 April until Saturday 14 May from 9am – 5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more information www.naa.gov.au

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.

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.

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.

Feature image by Arkadiusz Rejman Photography. Image via cirqueafrica.com.au

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