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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

10 THINGS NOT TO MISS

THE FORAGE  

The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by local Canberra cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries.

Enjoy the benefits as local businesses (established and new) get creative and showcase and feed the community in a festival style environment. 

This street style food and entertainment event is run seasonally (four times a year) and is a one of a kind in Canberra.

The Forage also has a strong commitment to delivering a high quality entertainment program, giving local musicians/dancers/models exposure and the opportunity to move and groove in front of a live audience.

Happening Saturday 2 July at Little National,
 21 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit www.theforage.com.au.

WINTER FESTIVAL AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

Kristy’s Pudding Day at Pialligo Estate

Join Kirsty at Pialligo Estate for an afternoon of nibbles, drinks and the chance to start getting ready for Christmas by starting your puddings.

Each group member will be responsible for an ingredient as everyone creates their puddings together — this is a social workshop based around home-cooking and team bonding. All guests leave with their own pudding.

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Happening Sunday 3 July from 1pm until 4pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Grab your tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au.

Midwinter Christmas Feast at Pialligo Estate

Guests will find themselves a beautifully styled communal tables for a decadent feast to celebrate Christmas in July. Roasts carved on the table, live music and flowing drinks will embrace the Christmas spirit and warm guests from the inside out.

Small touches like Christmas crackers will create a festive feel, but ultimately the feast will be a beautifully dark and mysterious evening to kick off Pialligo Estate’s winter series.

Get a group of friends together for a wonderful night of food, drink and friends.

Happening Friday 1 July from 7pm until 11pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Grab your tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au.

WINTER FESTIVAL IN THE CITY

Winter Festival in the City is a wintery wonderland styled on European winter markets which will be held in iconic locations in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth. Each Winter Festival will host a wide range of snow and ice related activities including open air ice skating, powder snow pits, toboggan rides and European style pop up food stalls, live music, professional ice skating performances and interactive fun and games. 

Romantic European styling plus loads of food and beverage options make for fun “après festival” options as well. The inner city locations in all cities not only provide stunning backdrops but also immediate and easy access to public transport.

At $22 for an adult ticket, $60 for a family pass and either $5 or $12 per child (depending on age) and with discounts for groups of 10 or more, it’s a fun, healthy and affordable activity.

Winter Festival in the City will be held in Garema Place, the heart of Canberra City. Two new exciting rides, the real snow Toboggan Terror and the Giant Inflatable Ice slide, will sit alongside the ice skating rink and European style market stalls.

Winter Festival in the City is located within easy walking distance of the Civic bus interchange. You can find out details of bus routes at action.act.gov.au. The Canberra Centre has over 5000 parking spaces, with access to car parking along Ainslie Ave, Petrie Street and Scott’s Crossing. There are also various open air car parking options around the City. For details go to au.parkopedia.com and search for ‘Canberra’.

Winter Festival in the City is running from 23 June to 17 July. Find more details here: hercanberra.com.au/event/winter-festival-in-the-city

THE GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW 

Imagine an entire theatre of bubbles. Millions of tiny bubbles floating through the audience. Bubbles so big you can stand inside of them. Bubble sculptures that defy belief. Bubbles filled with smoke shooting across the stage.

It’s all here in the Gazillion Bubble Show and these acts of brilliance are why its creators, the Yang family, have earned over 17 Guinness World Records.

A mainstay on Broadway for the past 10 years, Gazillion Bubble Show has toured the world. Now, Melody Yang brings this extraordinary family tradition to Australia for the very first time.

“Our passion is encouraging children to express their creativity and use their imagination through the magic and science of bubbles,” Miss Yang said. “We are looking forward to interacting with children and families in theatres across Australia”.

Your kids will love the chance to step into an interactive bubble world, with spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry.

Happening from 1-4 July at Canberra Theatre Centre. Click here for information and more tickets: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/gazillion-bubbles-show

SCORSESE BY STRATTON

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) will be showing a month long season of Martin Scorsese’s greatest works at the Arc Theatre. The program is presented in association David Stratton, a renowned film critic as well as the Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). ‘ The screenings are a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in Scorsese and to understand the beauty of not only the films themselves but the impact they’ve had on every generation of filmmaker that came after him’ – Cris Kennedy NFSA Community Engagement Manager.

Happening Friday 1 July at Arc cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Cct Acton. For session times and more information visit www.nfsa.gov.au

CANBERRA YOUTH TALENT SHOW

From magicians to musical performers, the inaugural Canberra Youth Talent Show will showcase the diverse talents of local children and youth. Featuring over fifty performers with entries from individuals, bands, school groups and dance schools, the competition carries a $1000 grand prize and other awards for those who can win over the judges and audience.

Happening Monday 27 June – Saturday 2 July at Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square London Circuit, Canberra ACT. For tickets and more information visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au

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.

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ICON WATER OPERA GALA

After the sold out success of seven consecutive Gala concerts, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra proudly presents a first time Icon Water Gala collaboration with Australia’s flagship opera company, Opera Australia. The magnificent repertoire of opera features sublime creations from a range of composers, including some of the best loved arias from Puccini, Rossini, Saint Saens, and Bizet.

Happening Saturday 2 July at Llewellyn Hall, William Herbert Place, Acton ACT. For tickets visit premier.ticketek.com.au.

THE CANBERRA SUBSONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL LAUNCH

Winter has well and truly set in here in the nation’s capital, so it might be a little hard to be picturing the summer. But picturing summer is exactly what the organisers of Subsonic Music Festival are hoping Canberrans will do, as they bring a launch party for the festival to Transit Bar this July. Last year’s launch party was a highlight of Canberra’s 2015 techno calendar, and the crew expect this one to again be a favourite.

Happening Saturday 2 July at Transit Bar, 7 Akuna St, Canberra. For tickets and more information visit www.trybooking.com.

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.

FOOD & DRINKS

THE FORAGE  

The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by local Canberra cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries.

Enjoy the benefits as local businesses (established and new) get creative and showcase and feed the community in a festival style environment. 

This street style food and entertainment event is run seasonally (four times a year) and is a one of a kind in Canberra.

The Forage also has a strong commitment to delivering a high quality entertainment program, giving local musicians/dancers/models exposure and the opportunity to move and groove in front of a live audience.

Happening Saturday 2 July at Little National,
 21 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit www.theforage.com.au.

ELECTION NIGHT AT THE PRESS CLUB OF AUSTRALIA

Lounge Bar open from 5.30pm with all the election coverage on the big screens! Menu available 5.30pm – 9.30pm with lucky door prizes with thanks to Robert Oatley.

Happening Saturday 2 July from 5.30pm at The Press Club of Australia, 16 National Circuit, Barton. No need to book!

KIRSTY’S PUDDING DAY AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

Join Kirsty at Pialligo Estate for an afternoon of nibbles, drinks and the chance to start getting ready for Christmas by starting your puddings.

Each group member will be responsible for an ingredient as everyone creates their puddings together — this is a social workshop based around home-cooking and team bonding. All guests leave with their own pudding.

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Happening Sunday 3 July from 1pm until 4pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Grab your tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au.

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

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

CANBERRA YOUTH TALENT SHOW

From magicians to musical performers, the inaugural Canberra Youth Talent Show will showcase the diverse talents of local children and youth. Featuring over fifty performers with entries from individuals, bands, school groups and dance schools, the competition carries a $1000 grand prize and other awards for those who can win over the judges and audience.

Happening Monday 27 June – Saturday 2 July at Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square London Circuit, Canberra ACT. For tickets and more information visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au

VINYL WORKSHOP

Canberra’s monthly music favourite, the NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge, is on next Friday 1 July. Local lovers of records and turntables will once again gather to bask in 90 minutes of great music. 

Bring your own vinyl and play a track of your choice on our pure analogue sound system – you also get to share the story behind your song selection! And it’s free. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of the month. The Bench Room cafe is open from 5.00pm for drinks and snacks, with the Vinyl Lounge grooving from 5.30pm – 7.00pm.

Happening Friday 1 July at NFSA Theatrette, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Cct Acton. Entry is free, for more information visit www.nfsa.gov.au.

THE CANBERRA SUBSONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL LAUNCH

Winter has well and truly set in here in the nation’s capital, so it might be a little hard to be picturing the summer. But picturing summer is exactly what the organisers of Subsonic Music Festival are hoping Canberrans will do, as they bring a launch party for the festival to Transit Bar this July. Last year’s launch party was a highlight of Canberra’s 2015 techno calendar, and the crew expect this one to again be a favourite.

Happening Saturday 2 July at Transit Bar, 7 Akuna St, Canberra. For tickets and more information visit www.trybooking.com.

LAH-LAH SING IT LOUD

Sing it Loud! Is the brand new live musical extravaganza from Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band. The Stars of ABC Kids will be playing up a storm in 2016 as they travel all over Australia with their biggest musical show ever!

Celebrating the release of the album Sing It Loud! this brand new show features some new never before performed Lah-Lah tunes as well as some very stripy favourites.

Sing It Loud! and dance along in the spacious Corinna Ballroom at the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden.

Happening 1 July at Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, Corinna Street, Phillip. For tickets visit premier.ticketek.com.au

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ICON WATER OPERA GALA

After the sold out success of seven consecutive Gala concerts, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra proudly presents a first time Icon Water Gala collaboration with Australia’s flagship opera company, Opera Australia. The magnificent repertoire of opera features sublime creations from a range of composers, including some of the best loved arias from Puccini, Rossini, Saint Saens, and Bizet.

Happening Saturday 2 July at Llewellyn Hall, William Herbert Place, Acton ACT. For tickets visit premier.ticketek.com.au.

TEMPESTA WITH THE AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET

Webern’s Fünf Sätze string quartet manages to condense a lifetime of thoughts into five succinct and beautifully crafted gems that seem to disappear right before our ears.

Haydn’s early quartet from op 20 counters this with well-balanced classical logic and stark beauty. The fresh and quick-fire new style in Australian composer/pianist Joe Chindamo’s Tempesta, is a world away from the palpable anguish and heart-torn emotion in Mendelssohn’s quartet, written in despair following the death of his sister Fanny. It was to be his last quartet.

Happening Sunday 3 July at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Gandel Hall, Parkes. For more information visit www.asq.com.au.

HEARTBEATS & GL 

Hear My Eyes screenings are audio-visual experiences that push the conventions of film and sound beyond their traditional forms. Each event consists of the screening of a film paired with an original score performed live by Australian musicians.

The Melbourne duo GL featuring Ella Thompson and Graeme Pogson will perform their distinctive concoction of 80’s analogue synth-pop as a live score to Xavier Dolan’s heavily stylized, visual delight Heartbeats.

Happening Thursday 30 June at The Street theatre, 15 Childers Street, Civic. For more information visit www.thestreet.org.au.

THE BEARDS – FAREWELL TOUR

Declaring that their pro-beard movement has achieved all it can through the medium of live performance, The Beards will be calling an end to their hard-touring ways and have announced a huge Farewell Tour for 2016. The band will be touring throughout Australia performing two sets jam-packed with pro-beard anthems from their impressive five album back-catalogue, incorporating both the stripped-back acoustic sound that saw them crack Triple J’s Hottest 100, and the infectious pop-rock that has won them a legion of fans worldwide. While the band have stated that they will continue to actively propagate a pro-beard agenda, they will be hanging up their touring hat indefinitely, and fans in all states and territories will have one last chance to get a dose of pro-beard activist rock. Don’t miss this hugely entertaining Aussie phenomenon’s victory lap around Australia, starting in February 2016.

Happening Wednesday 29 June at ANU Bar, University Avenue, Canberra. For tickets visit www.moshtix.com.au

PIGMAN’S LAMENT

Trapped in his Canberra apartment, Raoul is blitzed by his grandfather in modern day Australia. What ensues is a white-knuckle ride through the psyche of a man tormented by a fascist past, or is it the present? Forced to re-live extreme moments from his own life, and with his family threatened, this psychological thriller spirals into a hair raising reckoning between the generations.

Pigman’s Lament is a multi-lingual play, brought to life by acclaimed avant-garde theatre director Paulo Castro, renowned in Australia for forging unique humorous and corrosive contemporary theatre as part of company Stone/Castro.

Happening Friday 24 June – Sunday 3 July at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra ACT. For tickets visit au.patronbase.com

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

CENTENARY OF 1916 – WESTERN FRONT LAST POST CEREMONIES AT THE AUSTRALAN WAR MEMORIAL

This year marks 100 years since 1916’s pivotal events of the First World War. These events will be the focus of international remembrance and commemorative ceremonies both in Australia and overseas, especially on the former battlefields of France and Flanders.

In July, to mark the centenary of Australia’s introduction to the Western Front, the Australian War Memorial will host a number of commemorative events to mark the centenary of the battle of the Somme, Fromelles and Pozières. These include special Last Post Ceremonies occurring on the 1, 19 and 23 July. See their website for full details.

Happening 1 – 23 July at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. Entry is free, for more information visit www.awm.gov.au.

TRUE BIOGRAPHIES OF NATIONS

Explore the opportunities and challenges of producing biographical dictionaries. Speakers include Professor Sir David Cannadine, Professor Melanie Nolan, Dr Phillip Carter, Professor Elizabeth Ewan and Professor Ira Nadel.

True Biographies of Nations is a conference that will be held over three days, beginning with a reception on Thursday, 30 June, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of volume one of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. The following two days will consist of papers and panels relating to national dictionary projects.

Happening Friday 1 – Saturday 2 July at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. For tickets and more information visit www.nla.gov.au.

GALLERY ON TRACK OPEN DAY
Free demonstrations of painting, printmaking, ceramics, mosaics, leatherwork, feltmaking and much more. A great opportunity to see the wonderful Gallery located in the restored heritage Railway Barracks building. Watch the talented artists and craftspeople at work and see the high-quality range of artworks and unique gift wares on display. July is also Spotlight on Wool month when the Gallery’s craftspeople who spin, weave, knit, crochet, felt or use woollen fabrics or fibres in their work create fabulous one-of-a-kind items for the Gallery. Find something special to keep you warm this winter at the Gallery on Track.

On Sunday 3 July from 10.30am – 3.30pm at Gallery on Track, Blackshaw Road, Goulburn.Visit the website for more information www.galleryontrack.org

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

AQUIS BRUMBIES V REDS

See the Aquis Brumbies v Reds at GIO Stadium. It’s always a great atmosphere when GIO Stadium welcomes the team that Canberra crowds love to hate. The Queensland Reds 2016 squad is bursting with exciting young talent and Canberra can’t wait to welcome them to the fortress! The Brumbies and their fans will be pulling out all the stops as it gets down to the business end of the competition.

Happening Friday 1 July at GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce. For tickets visit Ticketek premier.ticketek.com.au

CANBERRA RAIDERS V. NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

The Knights have rebuilt their team and travel to Canberra for the first time under Coach Nathan Brown. Coming into the business end of the season the Raiders will be desperate for a victory.

Happening Sunday 3 July at GIO Stadium, 21 Battye Street, Bruce. For tickets visit Ticketek premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=RAI1716

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

PREHISTORIC GARDEN WEEK

Step back in time and explore a prehistoric world during Prehistoric Garden Week at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Spot some of the 19 life-sized dinosaurs that will be on display throughout the Gardens and learn about the types of plants they lived amongst. Grab yourself a self-guided trail map and discover real, fossilised plants from the age of the dinosaurs. Continue your adventure after dark with either a special night-time guided tour with dinosaur experts from the National Dinosaur Museum or keep a watchful eye out for a T-Rex during the Public Open Nights. Want more? Bring your family and friends to a range of activities, public presentations and exhibitions to enhance your prehistoric Garden experience.

Happening 2 – 10 July at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton ACT. For more information visit www.parksaustralia.gov.au

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

MARKETS

THE FORAGE  

The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by local Canberra cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries.

Enjoy the benefits as local businesses (established and new) get creative and showcase and feed the community in a festival style environment. 

This street style food and entertainment event is run seasonally (four times a year) and is a one of a kind in Canberra.

The Forage also has a strong commitment to delivering a high quality entertainment program, giving local musicians/dancers/models exposure and the opportunity to move and groove in front of a live audience.

Happening Saturday 2 July at Little National,
 21 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit www.theforage.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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

NATIONAL FAMILY PORTRAIT MONTH
WANTED MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS to photograph to help raise $10,000 for the Women’s Cancer Foundation. To participate, register on the website for $51, all of which will be donated to the foundation. Portraits will also be available for purchase.
On for the full month of July. Portrait sitting times will be arranged with the photographer and taken in your own home.
Visit the website for more information  www.familyportraitmonth.com.au

KIDS

CANBERRA YOUTH TALENT SHOW

From magicians to musical performers, the inaugural Canberra Youth Talent Show will showcase the diverse talents of local children and youth. Featuring over fifty performers with entries from individuals, bands, school groups and dance schools, the competition carries a $1000 grand prize and other awards for those who can win over the judges and audience.

Happening Monday 27 June – Saturday 2 July at Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square London Circuit, Canberra ACT. For tickets and more information visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au

FAMILY SPACE – I.D. INVESTIGATING SELF

Free activities inspired by the National Portrait Gallery Collection for families to enjoy together.

Daily during the July school holidays (2 – 17 July).

The program is made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Happening 2 – 17 July at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit www.portrait.gov.au/calendar/family-space/979

DISCOVERY ZONE – WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 

In this interactive environment kids can experience what it would be like to work in a trench, a helicopter, or a submarine. They can build bridges, explore an air raid shelter, and try on uniforms. Families can also investigate Australia’s involvement in the Second World War and some of the jobs done by today’s peacekeepers. The Discovery Zone is full of things to hear, see, and do.

The Discovery Zone is an educational space for visiting school groups. The public is invited to enjoy this space from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm on weekdays and all day during weekends, public holidays and ACT school holidays. In the event of a school booking during the ACT school holidays, the Discovery Zone may be unavailable for 30 minutes at 12.00pm and 4.00pm.

Happening 2 – 17 July at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit www.awm.gov.au/visit/discovery-zone/?query=discovery+zone

LAH-LAH’S ADVENTURES 

The stars of Lah-Lah’s Adventures will be live on stage and are set to perform in Canberra.  The award winning cast from the ABC KIDS TV series, Lah-Lah’s Adventures, are making their way to perform their biggest musical tour yet.  The show promises to be a brand new live musical extravaganza from Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band and these shows will feature some new, never before performed Lah-Lah tunes, as well as some very stripy favourites.  Meet Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Bandleader, Lola the Dancing Double Bass and the ever lovable Lah-Lah.

Tickets are $23.50 for adults and children. Children 12 months and under are free.

On Friday 1 July 10.30am at Canberra Southern Cross Club 92 -96 Corinna St, Phillip.

Visit the website for more details:  www.lah-lah.com

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

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.

FILM

A MONTH OF MURRAY AT DENDY

He’s a man whose contribution to the film and entertainment industry can’t be ignored and that’s why Dendy Cinemas is unleashing a month-long celebration of Bill Murray and his amazing performances. 
A versatile performer, Bill Murray has embodied the serious, the funny, and the downright ridiculous. You can’t help but worship a man who openly admits being a nut, and so much more.

Happening Monday 4 July – Saturday 25 July at Dendy Cinemas Canberra, Bunda Street, Level 2 North Quarter Canberra Centre, Canberra City. For session times and more information visit www.dendy.com.au

FILM SCREENING – THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME (1916)

Filmed by Geoffrey Malins and J.B. McDowell just six months after the British War Office relaxed its initial ban on filming at the front, The battle of the Somme records the opening of the British army’s 1916 offensive on the Western Front during the First World War. Inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2005, this documentary is a landmark in both filmmaking and film history.

The Memorial gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the British High Commission and the Imperial War Museum in the screening of this film.

This film is scheduled to commence at approximately 10.30 am, 11.45 am, 1.00 pm, 2.15 pm, and 3.30 pm.

Happening Friday 1 July at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell ACT. This is not a ticketed event, so get in early to guarantee a seat. For more information visit www.awm.gov.au/events/film-screening-battle-somme-1916/

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

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 2 – 17 July at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT. For more information visit www.canberraglassworks.com

MARIA CHATZINIKOLAKI – ESSENCE OF… CERAMICS

Maria Chatzinikolaki is an emerging ceramic artist whose beautiful forms are intricately decorated with finely detailed patterns found both in nature and in art history. This exhibition explores the idea of humans as living vessels that choose what they want to carry throughout their lives. With a rich Greek heritage combined with her Australian upbringing, Maria’s works successfully cross cultural boundaries developing a very personal visual language. In 2015 Maria was selected as a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural History Prize. This is her first solo exhibition with Beaver Galleries.

Happening until Sunday 3 July at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Entry is free, for more information visit www.beavergalleries.com.au

 DAVID FRAZER – DRIFT, PRINTS

David Frazer’s art, through his finely detailed woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs and etchings, explores the themes of truth, despair and often the emotional and fragile state of the human condition.

Although David’s works are intrinsically Australian, his story is universal, drawing tensions between survival and hope, vitality and emptiness in images that are both poignant and mildly unsettling, yet entirely captivating. His work is represented in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Australian War Memorial, State Library of Victoria, State Library of NSW and Chiang Mai Contemporary Art Museum of Thailand.

Happening until Sunday 3 July at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Entry is free, for more information visit www.beavergalleries.com.au

PEOPLES + BRAND

Nellie Peoples and Zoe Brand are emerging art jewellers who have recently graduated from the Australian National University, School of Art Gold and Silversmithing Workshop. This is the first time they have shown together and while they are exhibiting solo bodies of work, the themes and approaches to jewellery share interesting and varied parallels.

Peoples is examining the connections made between objects and people. The work will focus on the aspect of an on-going narrative with the beholder/s. This includes a small series of sterling silver rings encased in crayon that wears down with the journey of time and at the same time marks connection with the journey. Brand is constructing a narrative around how we consume and understand signs. The work includes serial production of badges, pendants and rings as well as one off advertising boards.

Happening Friday 24 – Wednesday 29 June at Bilk Gallery, 12 Palmerston Lane, Manuka. For more information visit www.bilk.com.au

ALEXANDER BOYNES EXHIBITIONS – BODY / TIME / LIGHT

This is the first solo exhibition at Beaver Galleries by Canberra artist Alexander Boynes. His dynamic works of acrylic and pigment on aluminium incorporate his love of painting, photography, print media, light-based work and video installation. Using a palette of bright colours and sharp linear patterns within the figurative image, Alex is able to capture the movement and dynamism of the human form resulting in an image that almost leaps out of its aluminium frame.

Graduating from the Canberra School of Art in 2004, Alexander held his first solo exhibition in 2009. His curatorial skills and his experience with many artists in the Canberra arts community are well known through his work at Canberra Contemporary Artspace.

Happening until Sunday 3 July at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Entry is free, for more information visit www.beavergalleries.com.au

ART TARTS AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA

Discover the NGA’s tarty side, and join us for a night of cocktails and promiscuous art with Assistant Curator, Julia Greenstreet.

See website for more information: nga.gov.au/calendar

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $35 members, $40 guests

Please check the website for booking the tickets: tickets.nga.gov.au/WEBPAGES/EntaWebEvent/EventSeatBlockPrices.aspx

CRAFTING WASTE

Ottomans made out of worn clothing? Light fixtures created out of discarded plastic milk bottles? You bet. These and other items, created by local designer-maker Niklavs Rubenis, showcase in ‘Crafting Waste’, a unique exhibition on now at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre.

Niklavs uses domestic waste and adapts, re-uses or re-appropriates it, giving new value and meaning. Also on is ‘Aesthetics in the Time of Emergency’ by five Melbourne-based glass artists who create around environmental issues requiring a new form of emergency—like climate change and nuclear disaster. It’s fascinating and all designed to make you think hard about the world we live in.

Both exhibitions are free to the public and run until 9 July.

Visit the website for more information www.craftact.org.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.

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.

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

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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