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This Week in The Can

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NINE THINGS NOT TO MISS

WORLD GIN DAY DEGUSTATION AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

Canberra’s own Martini Whisperer, Phillip A. Jones, will be hosting Canberra’s first ever World Gin Day degustation dinner on Saturday 11 June at Pialligo Estate.

Be part of this global celebration of the spirit of the times – Gin!

Pialligo Estate’s culinary team have partnered with Phillip to present a special menu with bespoke cocktails that showcase some of Australia’s award winning craft gins. Phillip will also share his expert insights on their production and the passionate distillers who make them possible. For those who prefer, there will be wine options for each course too.

You’ll experience a Martini on arrival, learn how to make the perfect one yourself, and have the opportunity to sample a range of craft gins from around Australia. They suggest you plan ahead and take advantage of the special Uber code and travel responsibly. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. Click here to view the full menu.

Happening on Saturday 11 June from 6pm until 11pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. For more information head to www.pialligoestate.com.au/worldginday or purchase tickets through Eventbrite

BREAKING THE FAST IN THE CITY

The holy month of Ramadan is a very special time of the year for Muslims. In Canberra more than 8,000 Muslims observe the fast. Breaking fast (called Iftar) occurs at a designated time around sunset on each day of this month.

The Ramadan Breaking Fast in the city event idea came out of the 2014 One Canberra Symposium and it is a recommendation that was put forward by the One Canberra Reference Group to the Minister of Multicultural Affairs Yvette Berry in August 2015.

The 2016 event will be held on Saturday 11 June from 4.30pm at Civic Square. It is a multi -way partnership between Canberra CBD Limited, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Canberra Islamic Centre, and various community organisations along with their foreign missions based in Canberra.

The 2016 event is the first time such an event has been held in Canberra and it is anticipated that there will be up to 22 different nationalities represented. There will be 10 different food stalls. Given the nature of the occasion, it will be a free event open to the public, however in order to plan and cater for it the organising committee has agreed to cap the event to 2,000 people.

This will be managed by issuing a voucher through participating community organisations. The voucher will enable patrons to initially the Iftar plate of food with which to break fast and the main course that will be available following the prayers. There will seating arrangements as well as a designated area for people who wish to perform the prayers shortly after the breaking of the fast.

The event will be delivered by Canberra CBD Limited’s Events and from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Both will facilitate the event by organising the stalls, stages, closing the roads in the city, security, waste management, first aid, ambulances, SES, sound and lighting, sponsors, entertainers and coordinating all community showcases, among other things.

Happening Saturday 11 June from 4.30pm in Civic Square.

RAPT IN FELT EXHIBITION

Each year Canberra Region Feltmakers holds an exhibition, fashion parade and bazaar to showcase and sell work made by members over the previous year.

The handmade felt pieces on exhibition are unique and typically use a range of fibres including wool, silk and alpaca – as well as woven fabrics. This colourful event is popular, with a host of regular visitors as well as many new faces each year.

Rapt in Felt opens at The Q in Queanbeyan at 5.30pm on 31 May 2016 and runs until 11 June. Opening hours are weekdays 10am-4pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, closed Sundays. The fashion parade starts at 11am on 4 June.

Find out more here: crfelters.org.au.

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE

“Bovell’s hypnotic, poetic use of language… (is) piercingly beautiful” Arts Hub

The Price family appears to be living the Australian dream – a loving household, a quarter acre block where time is measured by the seasonal changes in working class patriarch Bob’s beloved roses. The four kids have grown up and spread their wings, with only the youngest, Rosie, still at home. As the seasons turn, their story becomes darker and more difficult. But with complexity comes richness, resolution and meaning.

Epic in scope while deeply human in focus, Things I Know To Be True tugs at your heart while asking big questions about what keeps us going.

A newly commissioned play from one of our greatest contemporary playwrights, Andrew Bovell, (The Secret River and Lantana) is cause enough for celebration – but add to that an international collaboration with the extraordinary Frantic Assembly, (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) a brilliant cast including stage icon Paul Blackwell, the outstanding Nathan O’Keefe (Betrayal, The Importance of Being Earnest) and introducing rising star Tilda Cobham-Hervey, and you have the ingredients of something special.

Happening from Wednesday 8 June until Friday 10 June at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Purchase tickets and find more information here: www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

MIKELANGELO AND THE BLACK SEA GENTLEMEN ALBUM LAUNCH

From one of Australia’s most magnetic live acts – Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen – comes a compelling new show telling a forgotten story.

“After the Flood” was inspired by a residency in the Snowy Mountains  exploring the dark and troubled stories of the many migrants who came to the Snowies to work on the Snowy Hydro Scheme in the 60s. The men often saw no light for days but were very popular with the local ladies because they dressed sharp and danced well, and at one time the small rural town of Cooma had more nightclubs than anywhere else in Australia apart from Kings Cross.

Touting consistent rave reviews, sell out shows, a die hard international and national fanbase and multiple awards including the Green Room award and Time Out London critics choice, there is nothing quite like them in the world.From bittersweet dark lullabies to alt-country twang and Pogues like swagger, this new show has it all and is set against the backdrop of a vintage 60s era nightclub with the audience key players too.

It’s all pure seduction, and just when their music touches the shadows, it then journeys to the quixotic and phantasmagorical, surprising you into peels of laughter. If Mikelangelo and the Gentleman show up in your town, all anybody will say is, make sure you get a seat.

After the Flood’s album launch will take place from 8pm on Friday 10 June at the White Eagle Polish Club in O’Connor.

Book your ticket HERE, or see Mikelangelo’s website for more details: www.mikelangelo.net.au

IKEA CANBERRA SWEDISH MIDSOMMAR

In Sweden, June’s Midsommar (Midsummer) celebrations are one of the biggest parties of the year, so IKEA are not letting the cold Canberra days stop them from kicking their heels up.

This Queen’s birthday long weekend they’re celebrating Midsommar with festivities the whole family will enjoy. With hot one-day deals and offers on a range of products across the store, they’re bringing the Swedish Midsommar to Canberra with a weekend of fun for everyone.

What’s on in-store: a range of free workshops, children’s activities and giveaways to keep the kids entertained, cooking demonstrations and food tastings, exclusive offers across the weekend and your chance to win a room makeover (to the value of $2500), plus a consultation with one of their Interior Designers*.  *T&C’s available in-store.

From Saturday 11 to Monday 13 June at IKEA Canberra.  Visit www.ikea.com for the full program.

FIX AND MAKE: MAKE A UTILITY APRON

Designer Suzan Dlouhy makes new clothes from old clothes. Bring along your old denim to this workshop led by Suzan and make a new Japanese boro style utility apron to take home. Tick.

There will be three sessions throughout the day and bookings are essential. Read about Susan’s clothing line and the ethics of recycled clothing here.

For tickets and more information see the website: hotel-hotel.com.au.

HANDMADE MARKET JUNE 2016

Shop Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof. Find that unique gift from the region.

The Handmade Market will showcase over 220 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale at the Handmade Market are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and meet the maker.

Happening across Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 June from 10am until 4pm each day.

Find out what’s new for June at the Handmade Market here: www.handmadecanberra.com.au. ATMs on site. Indoor venue includes a gourmet food hall.

CAPITAL JAZZ PROJECT + MINI CAPITAL JAZZ PROJECT

Emma Pask is one of the amazing female artists coming to The Street in Canberra’s City West for the Capital Jazz Project, Canberra’s midwinter jazz festival and will pay tribute to the iconic songs of Neil and Tim Finn. This much-loved celebration of jazz returns with a mini program and massive bill of renowned Australian and overseas jazz musicians including the legendary Mulatu Astatke, Father of Ethio-Jazz. From 8 – 13 June, 42 musicians will take to The Street stage over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

This festival off-year sampler offers audiences the rich experiences they have come to expect from The Street as a nationally respected artistic and music hub, taking audiences on a journey drawing upon place, global cultures, contemporary compositions, iconic popular culture and current and historical events.

Capital Jazz Project 2016 showcases seriously inventive and innovative projects and great artists exploring jazz now. The stellar line-up includes Mulatu Astake (Africa) and Black Jesus Experience (Aus), Barb Jungr (UK), Gerard Masters (NZ), Emma Pask, Darren Percival (AUS), Paolo Angeli and Mirko Guerrini (Italy), Stu Hunter (AUS), Lloyd Swanton (AUS) and many other leading musicians who hail from Canberra and around Australia.

Happening at The Street Theatre from 8-13 June. More information, program and booking details can be found at www.thestreet.org.au.

FOOD & DRINKS

WORLD GIN DAY DEGUSTATION AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

Canberra’s own Martini Whisperer, Phillip A. Jones, will be hosting Canberra’s first ever World Gin Day degustation dinner on Saturday 11 June at Pialligo Estate.

Be part of this global celebration of the spirit of the times – Gin!

Pialligo Estate’s culinary team have partnered with Phillip to present a special menu with bespoke cocktails that showcase some of Australia’s award winning craft gins. Phillip will also share his expert insights on their production and the passionate distillers who make them possible. For those who prefer, there will be wine options for each course too.

You’ll experience a Martini on arrival, learn how to make the perfect one yourself, and have the opportunity to sample a range of craft gins from around Australia. They suggest you plan ahead and take advantage of the special Uber code and travel responsibly. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. Click here to view the full menu.

Happening on Saturday 11 June from 6pm until 11pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. For more information head to www.pialligoestate.com.au/worldginday or purchase tickets through Eventbrite

CANBERRA TRUFFLE HUNTS

Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; The Truffle Farm. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. These exceptionally talented dogs roam amongst the farm’s 2,500 trees to find a piece of ‘black magic’.

Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy.

Choose from Truffle Hunts, Breakfast Hunts with three indulgent truffle courses and sparkling wine or Lunch Hunts featuring a world class, six course truffle degustation with matching local wines. Truffle creations come courtesy of award winning Michelin Star Chef Damian Brabender.

Tours available Fridays to Sundays early June to August. They sell out fast so book now to avoid disappointment.

Happening Sunday 5 June – Sunday 28 June at The Truffle Farm, Mount Majura Road, Majura. For bookings visit Eventbrite

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

The Truffle Festival- Canberra Region is the ultimate foodie festival. Each year from June to August individual events are held across the region highlighting the rare Black Winter Truffle. Participating venues offer a range opportunities to taste and experience the magic of these highly prized gems.

Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration or pop along to a farmers market.

Visit the website for more information.

Happening Wednesday 1 June – Wednesday 31 June in the Canberra Region. For more information visit www.trufflefestival.com.au

SEAFOOD BUFFET AT THE COURTYARD

Enjoy an all you can eat Seafood Buffet at The Courtyard. Takes place the last Friday of every month and includes a glass of wine on arrival – all for just $65.00

Happening Friday 27 May – Friday 30 December at Courtyard Restaurant, Mercure Canberra, Corner of Ainslie and Limestone Avenues, Braddon. For bookings and more information visit ResDiary

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

$49pp – 3 Courses

Let’s Do Dinner continues in June with their delectable dinner menu!

Join the team at The Loft for dinner where for just $49pp you’ll receive an entree tasting plate, then your choice of main meal (including the specials board), and your choice of dessert! Top it off with a glass or two from the extensive wine selection and you’ve got dinner done.

Open Wednesday to Friday from 5pm. To book a table contact The Loft on 6247 7330

The Loft Bar & Grill is situated above the Duxton at O’Connor shops. With a warm rustic, seasonal menu and a strong focus around the grill. The menu is a showcase of Australian regional produce and innovative sides dishes all paired with the extensive wine and cocktail list.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

APIA GOOD TIMES TOUR

Apia is proud to announce that the annual Apia Good Times Tour is returning in 2016 for the fourth year running. With another stellar line-up of Antipodean legends including Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano, and making their “Good Times” debut, Jon Stevens and John Paul Young will take to the stage to perform their hits separately and together for a show that will have audiences across the country up on their feet, singing along.

This year’s legendary line-up have a huge array of hits to draw from including The Horses, As The Days Go By, Pash, Bedroom Eyes, Touch, Take Me Back, Yesterday’s Hero and Love Is In The Air, to name a few. Each artist will perform a solo set of their hits and join in an extraordinary finale with all four sharing the stage.

Backed by a world-class, six-piece band, and with three former cast members of Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as the hits above, music fans will no doubt be delighted by some magic ‘Superstar’ moments, when the Apia Good Times Tour takes to the road in May and June.

Happening Sunday 12 June from 7.30pm – 10.15pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Click here for more details: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/apia-good-times-tour

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE

“Bovell’s hypnotic, poetic use of language… (is) piercingly beautiful” Arts Hub

The Price family appears to be living the Australian dream – a loving household, a quarter acre block where time is measured by the seasonal changes in working class patriarch Bob’s beloved roses. The four kids have grown up and spread their wings, with only the youngest, Rosie, still at home. As the seasons turn, their story becomes darker and more difficult. But with complexity comes richness, resolution and meaning.

Epic in scope while deeply human in focus, Things I Know To Be True tugs at your heart while asking big questions about what keeps us going.

A newly commissioned play from one of our greatest contemporary playwrights, Andrew Bovell, (The Secret River and Lantana) is cause enough for celebration – but add to that an international collaboration with the extraordinary Frantic Assembly, (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) a brilliant cast including stage icon Paul Blackwell, the outstanding Nathan O’Keefe (Betrayal, The Importance of Being Earnest) and introducing rising star Tilda Cobham-Hervey, and you have the ingredients of something special.

Happening from Wednesday 8 June until Friday 10 June at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Purchase tickets and find more information here: www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

ART UNDERGROUND
A free, fun, funky and friendly open mic night. June’s edition will feature two artists, Georgia Bennett (guitarist and songwriter) and Catherine Claessens (visual artist). So whether you want to jump up yourself and perform – be it music, spoken word, poetry or otherwise – or just to absorb the shenanigans, Art Underground promises to be an entertaining night of shared stories, food, drink, community and art.

On Friday 10 June at 7pm at Beyond Q Books Bar Barista, Curtin Shops.

Visit the Facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/artundergroundopenmic

BRINDABELLA CHORUS – OPEN NIGHT 

Love to sing? Brindabella Chorus invites you to try them out!

Brindabella Chorus is Canberra’s premier women’s a cappella chorus. They perform four part a cappella harmony, with a diverse repertoire of popular music from across the 20th and 21st centuries. Members come from all walks of life and range in age from early twenties to seventy something.

Join them for an evening of singing and learn more about the fun that awaits you in women’s barbershop!

Free entry. On 8 June from 7.15pm at Taylor Primary School, Marconi Cres, Kambah

Visit the website for more information www.brindabellachorus.org.au/OpenNight2016

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

THE SHRIEKING SISTERHOOD

The National Library of Australia are raising funds to preserve and digitise women’s suffrage material. Find out why at this exclusive viewing of early 20th-century women’s suffrage material from their collection.

Dr Anne Summers AO and Dr Béatrice Bijon will provide an introductory lecture.

Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States. She is author of eight books, including the classic Damned Whores and God’s Police, first published in 1975. A new edition was published on International Women’s Day 2016.

Dr Béatrice Bijon is an Adjunct Fellow with the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. Her edited publications include In-Between Two Worlds: Narratives by Female Explorers and Travellers 1850–1945 and The Production of Strangeness in Postcolonial Literatures. She was a Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia in 2011. A publication resulting from the fellowship, a documentary history of British and American women’s suffrage campaigns, will appear in France later in 2016.

This event will be followed by a free screening of the 2015 film Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep.

Happening on Friday 10 June from 5pm at the National Library of Australia. Tickets are $30 and bookings are recommended.

Purchase tickets here: register.eventarc.com/34616/the-shrieking-sisterhood-stories-of-the-suffragette-movement

PUTTING THE BALANCE BACK IN DIET: PROFESSOR STEPHEN SIMPSON

The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds monthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind.

In the Australian Academy of Science’s 2016 public event series, ‘Bots, bacteria and booze’, they hold a lens up to the science of the everyday, the amazing discoveries and inventions that help keep our lives ticking over, and peer through the looking glass to some of the science that will become part of the everyday for the next generation.

June talk: Putting the balance back in diet

Speaker: Professor Stephen Simpson

Happening at the Australian Academy of Science on Tuesday 7 June from 5.30pm. Check their website for full details

UNOFFICIAL CANBERRA SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK
Pencil June 8 into your calendars because the unofficial Canberra social media week is here. Hosted by Canberra’s Rambling Ranga, Jessica Schumann, and Tweet Canberra’s James Tew, and proudly sponsored by Dendy Canberra, the event will kick off in the Dendy Premium Lounge where there will be an hour of presentations from three selected speakers.
After an hour of enlightenment, you’ll leave the cinema and enjoy some snacks and you can grab a wine or two and network for the rest of the evening.
On 8 June from 6.15pm at Dendy Premium Lounge. Tickets are limited to 35 and is 100% free. Follow the link to book your ticket www.eventbrite.com.au/e/canberras-unofficial-social-media-week-event-tickets-17597506616

afterDARK: WINTER LANTERN TOURS

Spend a winter’s night out with friends and family at the Gardens. Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour with your own ranger guide.  Finish your evening enjoying supper and toasting marshmallows over the open-air fire.   Bookings are essential. Not suitable for children under five years.

Tour dates: Sat 2 July, Sat 9 July, Sat 16 July and Sat 6 August. Tours start at 6.30pm and tickets start at $26. Held at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton.

Visit the website for more information www.nationalbotanicgardens.gov.au/gardens

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.

THE WORLD OF COIN DESIGN

Have you always wanted to enter the world of a coin designer? Visit the Mint now to see a pop-up display showing what a typical coin design studio looks like on the inside. Whether sketching in pencil, sculpting and carving in plaster or modelling using 3D software, the age-old skills and craft of creating miniature works of art are alive and well at the Royal Australian Mint.

Entry is free. On now at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin.

Visit the website for more information www.ramint.gov.au/world-coin-design

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

VARSITY DERBY LEAGUE

Canberra’s only gender-inclusive roller derby league, is looking for male and female new players, referees and officials and will be holding an information night at King O’Malley’s Civic.

No experience with roller skating or roller derby is needed as all coaching and instruction is provided by the league by friendly and experienced trainers.

There will also be a come-and-try skating afternoon at the league’s training venue on Saturday 25 June where people can get skates on and get an introduction to roller derby with VDL. Full details are at the VDL website: VarsityDerbyLeague.com.

Some equipment other than mouth guards may be available to borrow for the first sessions. Skaters will need quad roller skates suitable for derby and protective gear – knee, elbow and wrist pads plus a helmet and mouth guard.

Varsity has two women’s teams (DisHonour Rollers and Rogue Scholars), a men’s team (Capital Carnage) and a mixed team (Smackademics), as well as our referees and off-skates officials, so there are plenty of opportunities for anyone interested in roller derby to get involved. We also have a juniors team which will have another intake soon.

Happening at 7 pm on Monday 20 June at King O’Malleys, City Walk, Civic. Full details are at the VDL website: VarsityDerbyLeague.com.

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

HANDMADE MARKET JUNE 2016

Shop Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof. Find that unique gift from the region.

The Handmade Market will showcase over 220 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale at the Handmade Market are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and meet the maker.

Happening across Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 June from 10am until 4pm each day.

Find out what’s new for June at the Handmade Market here: www.handmadecanberra.com.au. ATMs on site. Indoor venue includes a gourmet food hall.

KIDS IN THE SHED AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Find your inner child or just enjoy this family day out for children, parents and grandparents.

Why visit? For the markets’ lively atmosphere and the buzzing energy levels of all the kids alone! With lots of entertainment, pony rides, jumping castle, Milo the clown, face painting, yummy things to eat, and stacks of products especially for kids, the place teems with little ones having loads of fun.

Stallholders and items you’ll find: Bright, funky, modern and wearable handmade clothes for little boys and girls, the latest and grooviest accessories, handcrafted toys, artworks for kids’ rooms and much more

It’s all happening from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 12 June at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston. Free entry.

Find out more at obdm.com.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

LITTLE GRIFFINS

A free program for toddlers and pre-schoolers. At 10am on the last Friday of each month come along for an hour of constructive fun at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive Commonwealth Park (just off Commonwealth Avenue).

Prams welcome and bookings aren’t necessary. 2016 dates for LITTLE GRIFFINS: June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28, November 25. 

Click here for more details: www.natcap.gov.au/index.php/whats-on/4259-little-griffins-duplo-program-at-the-national-capital-exhibition

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

FILM

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!

Throughout June, the National Film and Sound Archive explores sex, sexuality and gender on screen. We delve into the seedy world of the sexploitation flick, screen films dogged by controversy and censorship, and showcase experimental films that explore sexuality and sensuality in intriguing new ways.

Throw in some rare treasures of Queer cinema and screen activism and a feisty celebration of the most boundary-pushing television series Australia has ever seen and you have yourself a steamy start to winter.

Happening at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. See the full program on the website: www.nfsa.gov.au

FILMS ON FILM

As the cold air approaches, settle in for a wintery season of cinematic delights. Every Sunday at 2pm we’ll screen rare, cult, classic, experimental and surprising treasures from the National Film and Sound Archive’s 16mm and 35mm collections.

Happening at the National Film and Sound Archive on Sundays across June and August.See the full program on the website: www.nfsa.gov.au

EXHIBITIONS

RAPT IN FELT EXHIBITION

Each year Canberra Region Feltmakers holds an exhibition, fashion parade and bazaar to showcase and sell work made by members over the previous year.

The handmade felt pieces on exhibition are unique and typically use a range of fibres including wool, silk and alpaca – as well as woven fabrics. This colourful event is popular, with a host of regular visitors as well as many new faces each year.

Rapt in Felt opens at The Q in Queanbeyan at 5.30pm on 31 May 2016 and runs until 11 June. Opening hours are weekdays 10am-4pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, closed Sundays. The fashion parade starts at 11am on 4 June.

Find out more here: crfelters.org.au/events/rapt-in-felt-exhibition

LIGHT TRANSLATIONS

An exhibition of new works by Holly Grace and Lisa Cahill exploring place and identity, reflecting the natural and cultural environments of Denmark and Australia.

Happening Thursday 2 June – Sunday 17 July at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Entry is free.

CONFIDENT COLLECTING AT M16ARTSPACE
Calling all art lovers and aspiring art collectors! Join in the art talk, wine and nibbles at this winter series of 4 panel/Q and A sessions on the what, how, where and why of collecting art.
Hear from  the finest of the nation’s brains trust in the visual arts! Senior curators from the NGA, ANU, Drill Hall Gallery and CMAG are teamed with notable collectors and gallery owners. Come and learn how to engage with abstract art and Indigenous art and get answers to all the questions that will make you dazzle as an arts aficionado at your next dinner party!
Dates: Session 1, Monday 30 May: Session 2, Monday 6 June: Session 3, Monday 20 June: Session 4, Monday 27 June. Each session starts at 6.30 pm at 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith
Visit the website for more information www.m16artspace.com.au

CURATOR TALK: FAITH, FASHION, FUSION

Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia explores the emerging modest fashion market and the work of Muslim designers and entrepreneurs – from swimwear to denim to red carpet gowns.

Developed by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney, with advice and assistance from Multicultural NSW, Australian Muslim organisations and community members who shared stories, loaned objects and took part in the film and fashion shoots that make the exhibition visually and emotionally rich.

The exhibition includes commentary by Sydney’s first, and highly influential, Muslim fashion blogger Delina Darusman-Gala. Delina shares her love of clothing and offers advice on modest fashion, where to buy outfits and accessories, and how to make mainstream fashion trends more modest.

Faith Fashion Fusion also provides a space where Muslim women speak more broadly about themselves, their experiences and their faith, countering misconceptions that exist in Australian society. The women share their opinions, challenges and achievements through photographs, treasured objects and interviews; including author Randa Abdel-Fattah, academic and media commentator Susan Carland, Australia’s first Muslim surf lifesaver Mecca Laalaa and author Arwa Abousamra.

Inspired by the work of photo bloggers such as Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, the exhibition also captures the diversity and creativity of Muslim women’s style through a street style photo shoot undertaken at locations around Sydney.

Faith Fashion Fusion is on show at the National Archives in Canberra until 4 September at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes from 9am–5pm daily with free entry.

The Archives is the final venue of its extensive national tour.

JUDY HOLDING – THE LOADED LANDSCAPE; SCULPTURE AND WORKS ON PAPER

For over thirty years, Judy Holding has established a strong identity as an artist through the development of a personal visual ‘vocabulary’ of symbolic forms. In particular, her beautifully realised depictions of trees and birds, through her sculptures and works on paper, reflect her abiding love of the diverse flora and fauna of Australia. Judy says, “Working as a landscape artist in Australia, one is always conscious of those who have gone before. I have used the layering of watercolour images to stress the richness and unresolved tensions of the Australian bush.” Much of the motivation for her recent work is also drawn from her increasing concern with environmental issues affecting our natural world.

Happening Thursday 26 May – Sunday 12 June at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Entry is free.

FEDERATION GALLERY OPENING AND RECONCILIATION WEEK TOURS

The Federation Gallery contains some of Australia’s most significant documents – those that record the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia. We like to refer to these as the ‘birth certificates’ of our nation.

The seven items in the gallery include the original Constitution Act passed by the British Parliament and the Royal Commission of Assent signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900. They also include documents that record later changes to Australia’s Constitution.

The National Archives is committed to ensuring the future survival of this material as well as encouraging and facilitating Australians’ access to the documents.

New preservation research techniques measure the impact of light on documents. We balance the documents’ future conservation needs with the public’s right to access. We now open the gallery for special public viewing days, and for group and school bookings.

Special Reconciliation Week Tours will run from Monday 30 May until Friday 3 June.

Happening Friday 27 May – Monday 13 June at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free.

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

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.

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

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.

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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