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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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10 THINGS NOT TO MISS

NAIDOC BY THE LAKE – SINGING OUR CULTURE

Celebrate NAIDOC week with a free, family friendly celebration on the shores of Lake Ginninderra on Saturday 9 July. Join in a rich program of live performances, food and art stalls, a jumping castle, film screenings and hands-on craft activities.

Bring the family to join in some traditional weaving or sit around the camp-fire and listen to some yarns. Or take yourself on another kind of journey through a program of local films by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film-makers curated by Richard Jameson.

At Belconnen Arts Centre from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 9 July.

FIX AND MAKE: REPAIR. REMAKE. SWAP.

This event is a meeting place for our loved yet neglected clothing to be repaired, re-imagined, remade or swapped. Bring a pre-loved item and expertise and materials are on hand to ensure you leave with a piece that you can love again.

You can…

Repair – darn over a moth hole, make a feature out of a repair (like a button hole), use traditional ‘by hand’ techniques that actually add to the garment through repair. Led by Valerie Kirk.

Remake – reimagine and redefine a piece, transforming it into something different and completely original. Led by Jacoba.

Swap – trade an old piece for a new piece. Led by Nina Gbor.

Happening Saturday 9 July at Hotel Hotel. There will be two sessions throughout the day, so see website for details.

CANBERRA IMPRO CHALLENGE GRAND FINALE DOUBLE BILL

Canberra Impro Challenge Grand Finale Double Bill is part of Improvention 2016; an international festival of unscripted theatre, with performers and directors from Sweden, Austria, France, Israel, USA, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, United Kingdom & Australia

Cheer the locals, marvel at the experts, boo the judges, and most of all, laugh lots and lots and lots!

Before the Grand Finale outstanding Perth improviser, Glenn Hall, presents “Yes”, in which some of the world’s most inspiring improvisers allow their peers to create fiction from each other’s true personal stories. An international feast!

Show starts at 7:30pm on Saturday 9 July at The Street Theatre. Tickets from The Street.

THE BUTCHER, THE BAKER AND THE MERRYMAKER AT PIALLIGO ESTATE 

FEATHER AND BONE MASTERCLASS

Feather and Bone have spent 10 years running a premium butchery business organised around supporting and promoting extensive, sustainable animal production. They visit all the farms from which they source in order to gain a fully rounded understanding of their products, from the unique characteristics of each farm through to the carcasses that arrive at the butchery.

So, while Grant will demonstrate how the familiar cuts emerge from the whole lamb carcass and discuss the different ways to cook them depending on muscle function and fat level, he’ll also provide a detailed and comprehensive picture of the provenance of the lamb. You’ll learn about the management of the soil, plants and animals on the farm, the characteristics of the breed and how that affects the carcass and eating quality.  

Ticket from www.eventbrite.com.au.

Can’t get enough of Feather and Bone? Come along to a Feast of the Beast on Sunday too! Buy your two day ticket here.

FEAST OF THE BEAST

Feather and Bone have prepared a five course menu showcasing the skill and passion of the producers they represent. Pialligo’s chefs will conjure up a meaty feast ranging from delicate broths to rich rillettes and accompanied by gorgeous local wines.

Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au.

PIALLIGO ESTATE’S SUNSET DRINKS: HERCANBERRA VIP READER SESSION

Visit the Sunset Drinks at Pialligo Estate on Thursday 7 July and discover why Tastes of Two Regions has become an icon on the Canberra foodie calendar.

Pialligo Estate has partnered with Wines of King Valley and Rutherglen Wines to give you an exclusive opportunity to get a taste before anyone else prior to their annual event in August. Meet some of the region’s winemakers, learn about their incredible wines at the same time settle in for some fantastic local produce from Pialligo Estate.

$25 for two beverages (mulled, Pialligo Estate wine, beer or non-alcoholic) and charcuterie board for two (usually $40pp). Be sure to enter the password hcreaders for your VIP ticket – but be quick, there are just 25 tickets available!

Happening July 7 from 5pm until 7pm at the Pialligo Estate Glasshouse, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. 

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

WORLD CURRY FESTIVAL

The World Curry Festival was created in 2015 out of love of food, culture and community. It’s a unique event that’s quite simply ‘a celebration of all things curry’.

Foodies from far and wide come to experience the authentic tastes of Asia, Europe and Africa in the heart of Canberra’s City Centre. Here you will be treated to tantalising street food, scrumptious market stall goodies and a variety of live cultural and community dance performances.

Go along and take part in the World Curry Festival chilli eating competition for your chance to be named ‘Canberra’s hottest citizen’!

The World Curry Festival in the City has been expanded to three days this year, running from Friday 8 July to Sunday 10 July on City Walk.

CHILDREN’S BOOK LAUNCH – CHARLIE’S ADVENTURES…IN HAWAII

Celebrate the launch of Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii in luau style. There will be food, hula dancing and door prizes. Proceeds from book sales on the day will be donated to the Miracle Babies Foundation, Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.

For those of you who cannot attend the launch event, proceeds from book sales made on the de Rose-Ahern Stories website www.derose-ahernstories.com on Sunday 10 July and Monday 11 July will also be donated to the Miracle Babies Foundation. Grab your Hawaiian shirt, lei and ukulele and join Charlie on his first adventure!

Happening Saturday 9 July at Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden, 
Keltie Street, Woden. For more information visit www.derose-ahernstories.com

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. 

Winter Festival in the City is running until 17 July in Garema Place. Find more details at hercanberra.com.au.

NAIDOC WEEK COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

Celebrate NAIDOC Week, a time to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Eight of Canberra’s community organisations have teamed up for a special day for everyone which will include a performance by Johnny Huckle, a ‘human library’ for conversation and learning, an Indigenous art display, BBQ lunch and displays and stalls.

Join the fun from 11am to 2pm, Tuesday 5 July at Marymead, 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah.

Discover more local NAIDOC events at www.naidoc.org.au.

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.

For more information visit www.trufflefestival.com.au

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 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.

Happening throughout July and August 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 until 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.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

BUNKER COMEDY PRESENTS SIMON KENNEDY

Simon Kennedy, one of Sydney’s most diverse comedians will hit the stage at Bunker Comedy on 9 July. Hosted by Greg Kimball and supported by Danny Bensley and a host of great locals, it will be another belter night of comedy.

Happening Saturday 9 July at Ginninderra Labor Club, Lhotsky St, Charnwood. For more information visit comedyact.com.au/whats-on

INTO THE NIGHT

The annual Intervarsity Choral Festival is being run from 1 to 10 July 2016. This is a unique event worldwide – every year since 1950, members of university choirs around Australia (and on occasion from overseas) have gathered together in one of our capital cities (Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Canberra and Perth) for intensive rehearsals, workshops, and fun, culminating in one or more public performances.

Happening Saturday 9 July at St Christopher’s Church, 55 Franklin St, Forrest. For tickets and more information visit www.trybooking.com

THE SYDNEY HOTSHOTS LIVE AT THE ABBEY!

The Sydney Hotshots are back by popular demand, bringing their brand new show “Unzipped” to The Abbey stage on Saturday 9 July! After 400 shows and 80,000 happy ticket holders in 2015, this is the sexiest show to date. Enjoy a memorable range of entertainment during the two-hour show, plus some up close and personal attention on stage with the boys and see just why the Sydney Hotshots has been the leading male revue show in Australia for 20 years!

Happening Saturday 9 July at The Abbey, Federation Square, O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls. For tickets and more information visit www.moshtix.com.au

COUNTRY SONG

Delight in Country Song, a fictionalised story wrapped around the life of Indigenous singing legend Jimmy Little – a witty, warm journey into Australia’s recent past. It’s a rollicking celebration featuring music from some of Australia’s renowned Indigenous entertainers and pure escapist entertainment, revelling in the healing power of music.

Michael Tuahine leads a cast of six actor/musicians in this warm and witty yarn drawing on the life of the gentleman balladeer, peppered with old-time hits from Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins to Jimmy’s own No.1 Royal Telephone and his covers of 80’s hits Under the Milky Way and Blackfella/Whitefella.

Happening 7 – 9 July at The Playhouse, London Circuit, Canberra. For tickets and for information visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au

DARK DISCO

Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. The lights are off and the music is up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching to everything from old stuff to dance, pop, rock, hip hop, Triple J tunes to super cheesy Top 40.

It’s light enough so that you can see the silhouettes of people around you, but dark enough so that you can’t make out their awesome dance moves!

Dark Disco is $5 and held every Monday from 7 till 8pm (except public holidays) on Level 2 of The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street Civic.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

CONSTITUTION DAY SPEAKERS FORUM AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA

Join Mr Stan Grant, Journalist, Host of The Point and Member of the Referendum Council and Ms Shireen Morris, Policy adviser and constitutional reform research fellow at Cape York Institute, as they discuss Indigenous recognition and Australia’s identity.

Seating is strictly limited.

Happening Saturday 9 July at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. To book your seat visit www.eventbrite.com.au

CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY

Drop into the National Archives of Australia from 11am to 4pm to see the Federation documents, join in some constitution-style family fun with the discovery trail, calligraphy, storytelling, and attend the annual Constitution Day Speakers’ Forum.

Happening Saturday 9 July at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free, for more information visit www.naa.gov.au.

NAIDOC WEEK – COLLECTION TALK

The National Library of Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members Shannon Sutton, John Morseu and Nicolette Suttor share collection items that have special meaning for them.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Happening Tuesday 5 July at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. For tickets and more information visit www.nla.gov.au.

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

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.

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

CANBERRA RAIDERS V. NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

This match is a chance to come and see the Green Machine take on the 2015 premiers. Don’t miss this game and the opportunity to watch the world’s best player, Johnathan Thurston.

Happening Monday 11 July at GIO Stadium, 21 Battye Street, Bruce ACT. For tickets visit Ticketek

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.

On until 10 July at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. For bookings and more information visit www.parksaustralia.gov.au

MARKETS

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who head to Canberra’s award winning Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday. In a fabulous old industrial building you’ll experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”.

Not your average market, each week you’ll find over 200 stalls of exceptional quality, featuring items all hand-crafted by local and regional creatives. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets building on Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

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 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
Seeking 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

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CHILDREN’S BOOK LAUNCH – CHARLIES ADVENTURES…IN HAWAII

Please join us to celebrate the launch of ‘Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii’ in luau style. There will be food, hula dancing and door prizes. Proceeds from book sales on the day will be donated to the Miracle Babies Foundation, Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.

For those of you who cannot attend the launch event, proceeds from book sales made on the de Rose-Ahern Stories website www.derose-ahernstories.com on Sunday 10 July and Monday 11 July will also be donated to the Miracle Babies Foundation. Grab your Hawaiian shirt, lei and ukulele and join Charlie on his first adventure!

Happening Saturday 9 July at Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden, 
Keltie Street, Woden ACT. For more information visit www.derose-ahernstories.com

SCHOOL HOLIDAY KITE MAKING

Make and fly your own kite these school holidays. There is no better place to fly a kite in Canberra! Stay warm in our newly enclosed Terrance Room to make and decorate your own kite. Step straight out and fly it on the Amphitheatre. Kites cost $10 each. No bookings needed – drop in activity.

Happening 6-11 July at National Arboretum Canberra. For more information visit www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

FAMILY SPACE – I.D. INVESTIGATING SELF

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

Daily until 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.

On until 17 July at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit www.awm.gov.au.

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: 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

SCREENING: THE DISH

The Dish is an Australian film that tells a somewhat fictionalized story of the Parkes Observatory’s role in relaying live television of man’s first steps on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Happening Saturday 9 July at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Bookings are no required, however places are limited! For more information visit www.portrait.gov.au.

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.

On until 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

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

ART UNDERGROUND IN JULY – NAIDOC: LAND, ANIMALS, LORES

NAIDOC Week 2016 invites all Australians to learn more about Songlines and to explore the way that they connect people to Country and the Country to people.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our ancestral spiritual beings.

Dreaming tracks crisscross Australia and trace the journeys of our ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lores. These dreaming tracks are sometimes called Songlines as they record the travels of these ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into life.

Our feature acts will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who can share some of their knowledge of traditional Songlines with us through story, song and visual art. Equally however you are invited to share your stories of land, animals and lore via our 5-minute open mic slots.

Happening Friday 8 July at Beyond Q Books, Curtin Shopping Centre, 44 Curtin Pl, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit the event page at www.facebook.com

MICHAEL TAYLOR: A SURVEY 1963-2016

Michael Taylor is one of Australia’s best expressionist painters and one of our most significant contemporary artists, with a practice spanning 60 years. This exhibition is the first major survey of Taylor’s practice and includes paintings and drawings from six decades, sourced from major public and private collections in Australia.

He has lived in the Canberra region since 1971 – in Canberra, Bredbo, Michelago and Cooma. The landscape of the region has been a leitmotif in his ebullient, sensuous paintings, which oscillate between abstraction and representation. In Taylor’s painting every mark is electric with energy.

Showing from 9 July to 2 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery,
176 London Circuit,
Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit www.cmag.com.au

GLASS ALPHABET

This composite work of art consists of 26 individual works, each of which refers to a single letter of the alphabet. The letters were made by 27 glass artists, all of whom have a strong connection to the Canberra region.

Alphabet was instigated by Mel George, an independent curator with a practice as a glass artist, and was first shown at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, from 25 May to 7 July 2012. George was inspired by a desire to bring children into a gallery space with a playful exhibition that celebrated the extraordinary variety of glass techniques. Alphabet includes works by senior, mid-career and emerging glass artists.

Showing until 10 July at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. For more information visit www.cmag.com.au.

FEDERATION GALLERY OPENING

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.

The gallery will also be open across the June long weekend.

Happening 9-10 July at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free, for more information visit www.naa.gov.au

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.

Showing until 17 July at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. For more information visit www.canberraglassworks.com

2016 WORKING ON COUNTRY PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION EXHIBITION

A photography exhibition showcasing the valuable and unique work of Indigenous Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area groups.

Contributors to the Working on Country Photography Competition submitted more than 250 images, crafting a vibrant story about Indigenous land and sea management in Australia.

Three Indigenous judges with backgrounds in photography and conservation management shortlisted 40 exhibition photos from these stunning entries – each captures the spirit of Working on Country projects and Indigenous Protected Areas.

The exhibition shows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s continued presence and cultural ties to their traditional lands and their determination to pass on healthy country to their children.

It is a celebration of these successful Indigenous programmes, and the Indigenous rangers, project coordinators and administrative staff that make them thrive – providing you with a glimpse into the important, but often unseen, services that Indigenous people provide to the Australian community.

Showing until 10 July at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Entry is free, for more information www.indigenous.gov.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. Book tickets at tickets.nga.gov.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 until 4 September at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes from 9am–5pm daily with free entry.

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.

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 1 January 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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