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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

Want to know what’s happening around Canberra this week? You’ve come to the right place…

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

10 THINGS NOT TO MISS

HOTEL KURRAJONG CANBERRA’S WEDDING OPEN DAY

Hotel Kurrajong Canberra will bring together wedding stylists, florists, plus hair and makeup experts to share secrets, tips and trends in an interactive environment for their first Wedding Open Day.

There will be a variety of suppliers on show, fantastic prizes and all of Kurrajong Hotel Canberra’s stunning wedding venue options will be on display from which brides can take inspiration and visualise their perfect day.

Entry is free so come along and be inspired.

For more information on Hotel Kurrajong visit www.TFEhotels.com or [email protected]

FIX AND MAKE: FACTORY

A fully operational factory production line will be set up at Hotel Hotel. The textile-making factory will produce a pencil case. The assembly line will open up the various steps at different stages of production from pattern making, to cutting, sewing and labeling, to quality control, pressing and packaging.

It highlights the multiple inputs of the production line process – where no one person is responsible for the item being made – and contrasts this to the designer maker’s process where one person is directly involved in each aspect of the making. Visitors are invited to join the workers from ANU at their individual stations and contribute to the production of the item being made.

Happening on Saturday 21 May from 10am until 4pm at Hotel Hotel, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon. Free entry. Find out more information here: hercanberra.com.au.

UNITED FOR ECUADOR

On 16 April 2016 a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador — the death toll exceeds 660, more than 16,600 have people have been injured, and 25,640 are living in temporary shelters. Rescue efforts are underway and there is an urgent need for food, clean water, clothing, medical supplies and “refuge” tents to serve as provisional shelter.

In light of this tragedy, ANU Ecuadorian Society is hosting#UnitedForEcuador in conjunction with AKT Fitness and CasaBlanca-Canberra this Saturday 21 May from 4pm to 11pm at Majura Hall, Rosevear Street, Dickson.

Enjoy a Zumbathon class with AKT Fitness and enjoy entertainment from DJ Paisa, Acuarelatina, Habana Kaliente Dance SchoolSalsabor Dance Studio, Mexico Lindo Canberra, Subsdance Dance StudioRaio de Sol Canberra Community Samba BandKokoloco Dance Studio and Nelson Alcantara (aka Doctor Salsa). 

There will also be Traditional Ecuadorian food on offer plus a wide range of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (18+) including the traditional Canelazo!

Find out more here.

CAPELLA FINAL CHECK-IN AT LANTERNE ROOMS

The team at Lanterne will be re-creating a 5-star resort experience in Campbell!

Bring your Hawaiian shirt and your imagination, and join them in their 5-star Lanterne Rooms hotel. Check in and relax resort style… This one is going to be super fun, and of course super delicious with an amazing menu brought to you by Daniel & Aravinth.

Price: $90 p.p for full tasting menu, drinks additional. For bookings, call 62496889

Happening Friday 20 May at Lanterne Rooms, 3 Blamey Place, Campbell. Click here for more information: chairmangroup.com.au.

LIFELINE GALA 2016

On Friday, 20 May 2016, Lifeline Canberra will be hosting their annual Gala at the Australian War Memorial. In a rare opportunity to enjoy a star studded night of entertainment under G for George in Anzac Hall, members of the community are invited to attend the event.

This elegant black tie event is the perfect occasion to reward your team and impress your clients. From arrival, you will be wowed and amazed at what the Australian War Memorial has to offer. Lifeline Canberra Patron and Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson AO will be welcoming guests along with Richard Rolfe of Audi Centre Canberra, who is kindly sponsoring the event.

Guests will be entertained by Tania Kernaghan and the local RMC Band, with hits ranging from Beyoncé to the Beetles. Our MC for the evening is Cross of Valour recipient, Allan Sparkes CV VA, who will be conducting a brief Q&A with two Canberrans who have lived experience of using Lifeline’s life-saving services.

There will be a range of auction and raffle items up for grabs, as well as the ever-popular champagne bar.

Happening Friday, 20 May from a 7pm arrival time at the ANZAC Hall, Australian War Memorial. Dress code: Black tie

Tickets are $300 per person or $3,000 for a table of ten. Visit Lifeline Canberra’s website to find out more or email [email protected]

MOLLY MASTERCLASS: SPIRITS OF FRANCE 

The team at Molly are excited to invite you to the next instalment of their Education & Tasting Series. Learn the history and taste your way through some of the best spirits that France has to offer. This is a great opportunity to experience a beautiful range of unique spirits including Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados & Mistelles.

Tickets for this masterclass are only $25 per person and complimentary charcuterie platters will be provided. Book your seat at the bar via www.eventbrite.com.au.

On 16 May at 4.30pm at Molly, Hobart Place, Canberra.

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY: COUNTERMOVE

“Witty, effervescent and playful” The Australian (Cacti)

The Sydney Dance Company’s CounterMove explores luminescence and life, humour and darkness in a double bill that celebrates the exhilaration and physicality of some of Australia’s finest dancers.

From Swede Alexander Ekman – one of the world’s most exciting choreographers – comes a hilarious, affectionate tribute that parodies modern art: Cacti. Ekman’s witty and energetic piece, employing the full Company and a string quartet, will take you in with a knowing wink, then surprise with its bracing physicality.

Time Out Sydney lauded Cacti for its ‘infectious playful energy and absolutely incisive wit’. Crikey.com called it ‘blindingly brilliant’ and the Daily Telegraph noted the audience’s laughter was ‘impossible to suppress’.

Rafael Bonachela’s world premiere, Lux Tenebris, provides the perfect contrast: it is a deeply emotional exploration of light, darkness and beauty emerging from a dusky sonic landscape by composer and long-term Sarah Blasko collaborator Nick Wales.

Happening Thursday 19 May and Saturday 21 May at 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic. For tickets and more information click here: www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

SPARROWFOLK: SuBIRDia

Catch Aussie “sirens of satire”, Sparrowfolk when they return to Canberra with a brand new street party.

This award-winning musical comedy duo are back with a fresh batch of deliciously, hysterical songs divulging the daring and delightful underbelly of suburban life. The deceivingly sweet pair are jaw-droppingly naughty – it’s Kath and Kim on citric-acid. Following sell-out shows at home and Edinburgh Fringe, don’t miss the hilarity that is a Sparrow-Folk street party.

Happening from Thursday 19 until Saturday 21 May at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Civic. Purchase tickets via Patronbase ticketing

CANBERRA GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL TOURS

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) invites you to visit the School as part of a small group tour. Numbers are limited so you will have the opportunity to personally meet the School’s key staff members. 

To give you a deeper insight into the School, your tour will be guided by one of the students on a normal school day. You are encouraged to ask your tour guide about school life.

To book a scheduled tour, or to arrange an alternative time, please email the Director of Admissions at [email protected] 

Happening Wednesday 18 May at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Melbourne Ave, Deakin. Places are limited and RSVP is essential. Early Learning Centre and Junior School tours: 9.30am–11am. Senior School and Boarding House tours: 11.30am–1pm.

THE IDEA OF NORTH: GROOVE SESSIONS

The Idea Of North are teaming up with the world’s most incredible jazz vocal percussionist, Kaichiro Kitamura (JAPAN) for an Australian tour this May.

What Kai can do really does have to be seen – but even then you still won’t believe it! Kai is well-known the world over as one of the only people ever to have mastered beat-boxing in the jazz style. He performs regularly with his own jazz quartet (piano, bass, vocals) in Japan, as their actual drummer. Yes, his vocal emulation of the instrument is so complete he doesn’t need a drum kit.

He’s the groove to our jazz, the rock to our roll – an ideal and seamless addition to our varied repertoire. An exciting evening of astonishing vocalisation and heart-warming music, all presented with TION’s endearing and WYSIWYG style. Don’t miss this great collaboration. We know you’ll love it as much as we do.

Happening Saturday 21 May from 4-6pm and 8-10pm at The Street, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. For tickets and more information see Patronbase.

FOOD & DRINKS

CAPELLA FINAL CHECK-IN AT LANTERNE ROOMS

The team at Lanterne will be re-creating a 5-star resort experience in Campbell!

Bring your Hawaiian shirt and your imagination, and join them in their 5-star Lanterne Rooms hotel. Check in and relax resort style… This one is going to be super fun, and of course super delicious with an amazing menu brought to you by Daniel & Aravinth.

Price: $90 p.p for full tasting menu, drinks additional. For bookings, call 62496889

Happening Friday 20 May at Lanterne Rooms, 3 Blamey Place, Campbell. Click here for more information: chairmangroup.com.au.

1 + 1 @ LILOTANG

Lilotang’s 1 + 1 dinners will see a collaboration between Lilotang’s Head Chef Shunsuke Ota and Dave Young (Rockpool, Cafe Sopra, Mirabelle London) to create a menu that suprise and delight in a clash of East & West.

1 + 1 will be a great clash of traditional of modern, where the two chefs will collaborate to push the boundaries and create a surprising and exciting dining experience for you.

Happening for three nights only: Friday 20 May, Friday 27 May and Friday 3 Jun at Lilotang, 1 Burbury Close, Barton. Price: $90 p.p for full tasting menu, drinks additional. For bookings, call 62731424

MOLLY MASTERCLASS: SPIRITS OF FRANCE 

The team at Molly are excited to invite you to the next instalment of their Education & Tasting Series. Learn the history and taste your way through some of the best spirits that France has to offer. This is a great opportunity to experience a beautiful range of unique spirits including Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados & Mistelles.

Tickets for this masterclass are only $25 per person and complimentary charcuterie platters will be provided. Book your seat at the bar via www.eventbrite.com.au.

On 16 May at 4.30pm at Molly, Hobart Place, Canberra.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

Available between 11:30am – 2:30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

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

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.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

CELTIC THUNDER

Celtic Thunder will return to Australian shores in May 2016 for an extensive national tour, visiting both capital city and regional markets across Australia, some of which they’ll be visiting for the first time. Their new and highly anticipated show, Legacy, vows to be even bigger and better than ever before.

The 2008, 2009 and 2011 #1 Billboard World Artists, who once performed for President Obama at the White House, have amassed global sales of over two million albums and more than 800,000 concert tickets to date. With thousands of loyal followers and adoring fans they have a string of platinum and double platinum discs in Australia, with 2012’s The Show going triple platinum.

Happening Saturday 21 May from 7.30-11pm at the National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Civic. Purchase tickets via Ticketek.

SPARROWFOLK: SuBIRDia

Catch Aussie “sirens of satire”, Sparrowfolk when they return to Canberra with a brand new street party.

This award-winning musical comedy duo are back with a fresh batch of deliciously, hysterical songs divulging the daring and delightful underbelly of suburban life. The deceivingly sweet pair are jaw-droppingly naughty – it’s Kath and Kim on citric-acid. Following sell-out shows at home and Edinburgh Fringe, don’t miss the hilarity that is a Sparrow-Folk street party.

Happening from Thursday 19 until Saturday 21 May at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Civic. Purchase tickets via Patronbase ticketing

THE IDEA OF NORTH: GROOVE SESSIONS

The Idea Of North are teaming up with the world’s most incredible jazz vocal percussionist, Kaichiro Kitamura (JAPAN) for an Australian tour this May.

What Kai can do really does have to be seen – but even then you still won’t believe it! Kai is well-known the world over as one of the only people ever to have mastered beat-boxing in the jazz style. He performs regularly with his own jazz quartet (piano, bass, vocals) in Japan, as their actual drummer. Yes, his vocal emulation of the instrument is so complete he doesn’t need a drum kit.

He’s the groove to our jazz, the rock to our roll – an ideal and seamless addition to our varied repertoire. An exciting evening of astonishing vocalisation and heart-warming music, all presented with TION’s endearing and WYSIWYG style. Don’t miss this great collaboration. We know you’ll love it as much as we do.

Happening Saturday 21 May from 4-6pm and 8-10pm at The Street, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. For tickets and more information see Patronbase.

MARIO: THE STORY AND MUSIC OF MARIO LANZA

In the 1950s Mario Lanza was a tenor superstar in Hollywood, his records topped the charts and everyone fell for his charm and beautiful voice. Ten years later, he was all washed up, dying mysteriously at the age of 38. What happened?

Mario: The Story and Music of Mario Lanza is part opera and part music theatre and thus encompasses a broad range of musical styles. Highlights include Your Tiny Hand is Frozen, Nessun Dorma, Caro Mio Ben and The Loveliest Night of the Year.

Blake Bowden (South Pacific) sings up a storm as the stormy Lanza, while writer/satirist/ pianist and Wharf Revue’s Phil Scott fills in the gaps, playing various characters in the singer’s life.

Happening Thursday19 May until Saturday 21 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra. Purchase tickets via Canberra Theatre Centre.

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

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

MAXIMISE YOUR ALIVENESS – ANU FUNDRAISER FOR SOLDIER ON

Frank Jay Porcaro is an electric motivational speaker and coach currently touring Australia. As a you he encountered domestic violence and abuse which led him down the road of an angry and rebellious adolescence.

You are invited to hear Frank speak about how to help mates who’ve experienced trauma and how he overcome trauma and came alive again.

Tickets are $5/$10 for concession and regular and 100% of the proceeds will be go directly to Soldier On.

On May 16 from 6pm – 7.30pm at Lecture Theatre 2, Manning Clarke Centre, Building 26A, ANU.

For more information visit the website www.frankjayporcaro.com

LEARN ABOUT THE ART OF SPEECHWRITING 

Hear first hand from some of Canberra’s most senior speechwriters in government and the private sector on the skills you need to write a good speech, no matter who you’re writing for.

Speakers include: Paul Ritchie, speechwriter for the former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott; Duncan Sheppard, the Director, Policy and Communication for the influential, Canberra-based  Australian Logistics Council; and James Groves, a professional speechwriter since 2000, drafting or advising on more than 2000 speeches in that time.

Any budding speechwriter, or those just interested to get a look behind the scenes should attend this workshop.

On 19 May from 12.15pm to 1.30pm at The Public Meeting Room, Canberra Museum & Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra.

Find tickets here www.pria.com.au.

COLOURING IN AT NISHI GALLERY

Join Sydney painter George Raftopoulos at the Nishi Gallery for an afternoon of colouring in and chatting about travelling the world!

There’ll be tables with crayons and colour pencils and children will be able to colour in printed versions of the artist’s work. This is a free event – children with their parents are welcome to drift in and sit and stay for a while. Please note, children must be accompanied by an adult.

On 21 May from 1:30pm- 3:00pm at Nishi Gallery, Kendall Lane, NewActon.

You can register here www.eventbrite.com.au/e/colour-in-nishi-gallery-tickets-25185004025

CANBERRA GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL TOURS

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) invites you to visit the School as part of a small group tour. Numbers are limited so you will have the opportunity to personally meet the School’s key staff members. 

To give you a deeper insight into the School, your tour will be guided by one of the students on a normal school day. You are encouraged to ask your tour guide about school life.

To book a scheduled tour, or to arrange an alternative time, please email the Director of Admissions at [email protected] 

Happening Wednesday 18 May at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Melbourne Ave, Deakin. Places are limited and RSVP is essential. Early Learning Centre and Junior School tours: 9.30am–11am. Senior School and Boarding House tours: 11.30am–1pm.

CANBERRA SCAVENGER HUNT

Think Amazing Race meets Treasure Hunt meets walking-tour-on-Red-Bull and you have the Canberra Scavenger Hunt. Explore the city finding tricky clues and performing witty challenges, while searching for hidden gems even the locals don’t know about.

Bring a whole team (3-5 racers) or go as a solo or pair and you’ll be teamed up with some other hunters. Take some time out for joy, happiness and adventure as life doesn’t have to be too serious.

Meet at the fountain outside the Canberra Centre on Ainslie Place then head off on a madcap race around town, finding clues, talking to strangers, making human pyramids and getting to know your friends in a new way. Who secretly loves taking selfies? Who has a competitive streak you never knew was there? Who has an hilarious laugh? Find out all this and more on a Saturday afternoon to remember!

Happening this Saturday 21 May starting at Canberra Centre, Ainslie Place, The Fountain, Canberra. Click here for more information: www.paypal.com

AN EVENING WITH SPIRIT – UK MEDIUM CHRIS DREW

All the way from the UK’s Arthur Findlay College, the world’s foremost college for the Advancement of Mediumship and Psychic Sciences, join Chris for this one night only event in Canberra as he proves life is eternal and your loved one’s only a breath away.

Mentored by Paul Jacobs, one of the finest teachers of mediumship – Chris has built a solid reputation based on the quality and accuracy of his work, his integrity and compassion, and the modern demonstration style that he has developed.

With his fresh and modern approach to mediumship, Chris works tirelessly to reunite people with their loved ones, and helps people to discover their own latent mediumistic abilities.

Chris works around the world as both demonstrator and tutor, including the Arthur Findlay College, where he is an approved tutor, SAGB in London and De Zwanenhof in Holland.

Happening Friday 20 May from 7.30pm – 9pm at Griffith Hall, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite

THE STORY OF THE STONE: CAO XUEQIN AND HIS BANNERMAN FRIENDS

Dream of the Red Chamber, also called The Story of the Stone, is one of China’s greatest literary works. Professor John Minford discusses the background of this novel, written by Cao Xueqin during the High Qing of the 18th century.

Prof. Minford is a sinologist and literary translator, primarily known for his translations of Chinese classiscs such as The Story of the Stone, The Art of War and I Ching. He graduated from the University of Oxford with First Class Honours in Chinese Studies, and later studied for his PhD at the Australian National University. Since 2006, he has been Professor of Chinese at the School of History and Language in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

Happening Thursday 19 May from 6-7pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Supported by the Australian Centre on China in the World.

TOUR OF THE NFSA COLLECTION

In celebration of International Museums Day, take a Tour of the NFSA collection and peek behind the curtain at the National Film and Sound Archive’s vaults. Meet some of their two-and-a-half million collection items up close and personal.

Tours are limited to 20 people. You will need covered footwear and to bring a light jacket (vaults and warehouses vary in temperature according to the items being stored).

Happening Wednesday 18 May at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Numbers limited, booking essential. Purchase tickets here: www.nla.gov.au.

LIFE, DEATH AND TRANSCENDENCE 

The battle diaries of a “kangaroo cousin”, Verdun veteran Jacques Playoust is part of a concert, Life Death and Transcendence, at the National Gallery to commemorate the music and the memories of the battle of Verdun in1916, France’s most significant battle.

The “kangaroo cousins” was the nickname given to the French-Australian wool buyers who exported wool to Europe 100 years ago, at a time when sheep were said to carry Australia on their backs.

The Sculthorpe Quartet (Chris Latham, Veronique Serret, violins, Tor Fromyhr viola, David Pereira cello) with Louise Page soprano and Tamara-Anna Cislowska, piano, will perform music by a number of composers, including Ravel. Much of the music has been re-discovered by ANZAC Fellow Chris Latham as part of his Flowers of War series which uncovers the lost music of WWI.

A dramatic slide show based on the WW1 sketches of the great German artist, Franz Marc, who founded the Blue Rider (Blau Reiter) School and died at Verdun in 1916, will be shown for the first time.

ABC 666’s Alex Sloan will chair a conversation before the concert featuring Jaques Playoust’s daughter, Jacqueline Dwyer, in conversation with Chris Latham and eminent historian Joan Beaumont.

Happening Tuesday 17 May from 6.30pm for the talk and 8pm for the concert at the James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. For tickets and more information click here: Trybooking.

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARMY PAY CORPS PLAQUE DEDICATION CEREMONY

This ceremony is conducted in recognition of the Centenary of service and sacrifice of members of the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps.

Happening Friday 20 May from 10am at the Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, the Australian National War Memorial. See website for more information: awm.gov.au.

THE WRONG WAY DINNER

Join Deborah Hart, Senior Curator of Australian Painting and Sculpture Post 1920 for a tour of Fiona Hall: Wrong way timefollowed by dinner done the wrong way around in the members lounge.

Happening on Friday 20 May from 6pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

Venue: Fiona Hall exhibition and Members Lounge
Price : $100 members, $120 guests

Please check the website for booking the tickets: tickets.nga.gov.au.. See website for more information: nga.gov.au/calendar

REMEMBERING FRED HOLLOWS

Panel discussion and film screening: Join Gabi Hollows and a panel of special guests as we remember surgeon and humanitarian Fred Hollows and his work to improve health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Marking the 40th anniversary of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program.

Includes the first public screening of footage from the documentary They Used to Call It Sandy Blight, since it aired in 1978. Presented in partnership with The Fred Hollows Foundation and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

Happening Friday 20 May from 2.30pm4.15pm at the National Museum of Australia. Bookings essential, online through the Eventbrite website. Meet at the Visions Theatre of National Museum of Australia. Free entry (includes lig

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.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

FILM

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating International Museum Day  with a special presentation of circus home movies – including rare footage of vaudeville performer Frank ‘Tex’ Glanville, the ‘Wizard of the Wire’ Con Colleano, and the family behind the prestigious Wirth’s Circus.

On Wednesday 18 May at 12pm at the National Film and Sound Archives, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton.

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

THE CIRCUS IN ARCHIVAL FILM AND HOME MOVIES

Our film curator Tara Marynowsky has been mining a rich vein of materials in the NFSA collection around the circus in Australia. She shares rarely seen footage, including the home movie collections of Australian vaudeville performer Frank ‘Tex’ Glanville and the family behind Wirth’s Circus.

Happening Wednesday 18 May from 12pm at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Free. No booking necessary.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

THE TRUE COST

The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva.

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

Happening Thursday, 19 May 2016 from 6pm to 9pm at Canberra Institute of Technology – Room J28, J Block, 37 Constitution Avenue , Reid.

Click here to purchase tickets: Eventbrite

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

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

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

CANBERRA GIRLS GRAMMAR – NIGHT MARKETS 

Get along to Canberra Girls Grammar School’s first ever Night Markets!

Each of the various stalls will portray quality products, interesting and varied culinary delights and fun activities for children and families as well as circus entertainment and the school’s very own jazz band.

Entry is free. On 20 May from 5.30pm – 8.30pm at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Melbourne Avenue, Deakin.

Visit the website for more information www.cggs.act.edu.au.

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.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKET 

Farmers and Foodies will feature thirty stalls selling anything from tea to dog treats to organic vegetables and wood-fire sour dough all the way from Adaminaby. There will also be live music and a small bar.

For those who struggle to make it to the Farmers Markets on Saturday or Sunday, come out for some music, food and seasonal shopping at Farmers and Foodies Market!

Happening every Friday evening starting 22 April, from 3-7pm at the Kingston Foreshore, within the Old Bus Depot Markets. See the Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com

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.

KIDS

COLOURING IN AT NISHI GALLERY

Join Sydney painter George Raftopoulos at the Nishi Gallery for an afternoon of colouring in and chatting about travelling the world!

There’ll be tables with crayons and colour pencils and children will be able to colour in printed versions of the artist’s work. This is a free event – children with their parents are welcome to drift in and sit and stay for a while. Please note, children must be accompanied by an adult.

On 21 May from 1:30pm- 3:00pm at Nishi Gallery, Kendall Lane, NewActon.

You can register here www.eventbrite.com.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

MAXIMISE YOUR ALIVENESS – ANU FUNDRAISER FOR SOLDIER ON

Frank Jay Porcaro is an electric motivational speaker and coach currently touring Australia. As a you he encountered domestic violence and abuse which led him down the road of an angry and rebellious adolescence.

You are invited to hear Frank speak about:

  • how to help mates who’ve experienced trauma and
  • how he overcome trauma and came alive again

Tickets are $5/$10 for concession and regular and 100% of the proceeds will be go directly to Soldier On.

On May 16 from 6pm – 7.30pm at Lecture Theatre 2, Manning Clarke Centre, Building 26A, ANU.

For more information visit the website www.frankjayporcaro.com

EXHIBITIONS

BENEATH THE BULA SMILE 

For the majority of the world Fiji is seen as a holiday destination, a place to relax, the ever ready smile, the Bula greeting, and a vibrancy of colour. However, this is not the reality.

While interning with the UN Women’s Office in Fiji last year (as the result of winning the UN/CIT Photographic Prize), local emerging photographer Eva Schroeder met with women market vendors in Suva, heard their stories, and documented their faces.

The images Eva captured will be on display in Beneath the Bula Smile, a ‘satellite’ head on exhibition that powerfully illustrates the lived reality of many women in the Pacific.  Official opening by Fiona Dace-Lynn – Director, College of Technology & Design, Canberra Institute of Technology on 20 May.

On Friday 20 May – 18 June at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway.
Visit the website for more information www.tuggeranongarts.com

EUROBODALLA RIVER OF ART FESTIVAL

The annual Eurobodalla River of Art Festival will unleash a cascade of music, visual arts, theatre, film, literature and workshops.

Opening with a vibrant launch in Moruya on 20 May, the 10-day program showcases the creative talents that thrive on the stunning South Coast region of NSW.

With 100 events, exhibitions and artists’ studio openings all along the South Coast from Bateman’s Bay to Bermagui, there are treats that will appeal to all tastes and interests.

The fabulous Wearable Art Fashion Parade – better known as The Beastly’s – is a show stopping favourite. Presented by the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textiles Group, this year’s parade on 26 May promises to dish up a cornucopia of wildly creative and provocative outfits.

There’s much more on the music front – with Simon Tedeschi playing “Gershwin and Me” at Batehaven, Four Hands, One Piano in Narooma, and Alain Carmichael with his ambient, folk rock in Bateman’s Bay.

As usual, the festival serves up an extravaganza of visual arts thanks to the region’s renowned talents. Along with 22 open studios where you watch local artists at work, another 40 exhibitions are on show in shops, cafes and businesses all along the Eurobodalla coast.

For festival lovers who want a more hands-on experience, book now for workshops where you can learn more about textiles, printmaking, photography, millinery and more.

Check out the program now and map out your festival trail by visiting www.riverofart.com.au.

THE TRANSPORTED

George Raftopoulos plays with the notion of the migrant identity or absence thereof. His works are odd and he knows it. But being an oddity is all part of the migrant experience, it is a part of everyone’s humanity. These paintings converse with the past, a real foreign country. They don’t tell stories as much as they reacquaint us with people who should never be forgotten. True, they might startle you if you’ve stumbled in looking for landscapes, but these works are also about seeing a different vista.

Entry is free. On from 13 May – 29 May at the Nishi Gallery, Kendall Lane, NewActon. Entry is free

Visit the website for more information www.hotel-hotel.com.au

DIVERGENCE

The six artists in Divergence, although all working in ceramics, use the medium in very diverse and unusual ways. What brings the work together in this exhibition is the artists’ use of divergent thinking to create engaging and unique sculptural works.

Works informed by biology and flora,  Mackay-Sim’s work celebrate atypical relationships, and offer an example of coexistence that crosses gender boundaries.  Burness replicates destruction and renewal in her dialogue with natural forces, while Tajcnar tackles metaphysical questions about the nature of perception and knowledge. Romano extends her exploration of  the universal importance of ritual and remembrance and Flavell’s work is informed by our culture’s glorification of the busy through faceted installation.

On from 3 May to 22 May at Form Studio and Gallery , 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan.

AUSTRALIAN TREASURES ART EXHIBITION

The ‘Australian Treasures’ art exhibition celebrates our unique and precious Australian animals, plants, and landscapes, through drawings and paintings by Canberra artist, Jessica Thomas.

Both iconic and less charismatic Australian subjects are presented however all are of value to Australia’s biodiversity and deserving of protection for future generations. Original artworks are for sale with 10% from each sale donated to RSPCA ACT.

Free entry. On from 11 May to 12 June from 9.30am – 4.30pm daily at Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor’s Centre Gallery.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PLAY SCHOOL: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years marks a milestone for Australia’s longest-running children’s television program at the National Museum of Australia. Head inside to find all your favourite Play School characters – Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima – plus the Rocket Clock and all the windows. This exhibition brings childhood stories alive.

On exhibition daily from 9am until 5pm from 7 May – 24 July at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton. For all ages.

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 (CMAG) and other national institutions.

Happening from 29 February – 26 June at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and City Square.

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He embodied not only the hopes of his long-suffering people, but also the spirit of thousands of anti-apartheid supporters around the world who had worked tirelessly to rid the country of its racist laws.

Among these supporters were many Australians. From as early as 1950, trade unions, the government, sportsmen and women, musicians and many individuals took part in the fight for justice in South Africa. The anti-apartheid movement was diverse and complex, and made up of many different groups and voices.

While Old Parliament House functioned as the federal parliament, important discussions were held and decisions were made there on Australia’s response to the South African government’s discriminatory policy of apartheid. Three prime ministers—Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke—made key decisions that put pressure on the South African government to abolish apartheid.

This exhibition features the voices and memories of some of the Australians and South African expatriates who worked hard over decades to bring about the end of apartheid. They often faced bitter opposition, and some were jailed for their actions. Memories of the Struggle pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.

The Museum of Australia Democracy is pleased to be a contributing partner to this important exhibition.

On exhibition now at the Museum of Australian Democracy, inside Old Parliament House, Parkes.

PERFECT IMPERFECT

An exhibition of perfectly imperfect objects, collected from around the world. Curated by Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel, in collaboration with Hotel Hotel.

Perfect Imperfect’ springs from the pages of a new book by the same name by editor and author Karen McCartney, with photography by Sharyn Cairns and styling by Glen Proebstel. The book and exhibition are a celebration of accident, curation, collection, hesitation, collaboration, reuse and reimagining; and brings together contemporary design with well-worn objects to explore the established aesthetic of wabi-sabi in a new way. The exhibition is firmly sited in the now – where digital technologies and handmade processes are being merged to produce truly original objects and ideas.

The exhibition features local and international designers and artisans whose work best exemplifies the theme including exhibiting artists include Guy Keulemans, Don Cameron, Martyn Thompson, Alison Coates, John Wardle, Alana Wilson, Julian Watts, Jacqui Fink, Sharyn Cairns, Nectar Efkarpidis, James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel. 

‘Perfect Imperfect’ combines ceramics, art and sculptural pieces, textiles, photography and found objects to form one cohesive study of imperfection.

Opening party on Wednesday 27 April from 6pm. See the website for more information: www.hotel-hotel.com.au.

FIONA HALL: WRONG WAY TIME

Straight from the Venice Biennale comes Fiona Hall’s Wrong Way Time. This exhibition brings together hundreds of elements which create tensions around three intersecting concerns: global politics, world finances and the environment.

Previously exhibited in the newly built Australian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, it will be accompanied alongside works from the NGA’s collection.

Free entry, on from 22 April until July 10 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Visit the website for more information nga.gov.au/exhibitions

SEMBLANCE BY SALLY WALK 

Established ceramic artist Sally Walk will present a series of sculptures in her upcoming exhibition entitled Semblance. In 2015 Sally was awarded the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Award for Ceramics (first place) at the Florence Biennale in Italy and attended the Changchun International Ceramics Symposium in China. 

The exhibition title refers to Walks fascination with human nature, in particular the facades often created to ensure belonging.

Sally has been invited to exhibit at the 2016 Tokyo International Art Fair and also been shortlisted to the North Queensland Ceramic Art Award. She has worked in ceramics for 25 years and has exhibited extensively over the last 10 years in France, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Italy and Australia. In 2018, she will present her work in a solo exhibition at Artifact Gallery in Manhattan New York.

On from from 9 April to 29 May at the Suki and Hugh Gallery  – Thursday to Fri 11am to 4pm, Sat to Sun 10am to 5pm, Monday 11-4pm, 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore.

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

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.

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.

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    Quiet a long list! And also amazing!

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