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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team and Chloe Lester

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

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10 THINGS NOT TO MISS

GREAT BIG ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

Celebrate Play School’s 50th birthday and enjoy craft, Museum adventures, puppets, dress-ups, tea parties, toys and a special story time with Play School presenters Teo and Emma at the National Museum of Australia’s Great Big Adventure Festival.

Free (though some activities may involve a small charge). You can download a program now (PDF 441kb). There will also be printed programs available on the day.

Happening between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 17 July at the National Museum of Australia.

BASTILLE DAY DINNERS

Embrace this very French occasion at one of four chic venues!

Pialligo Estate is celebrating the renowned Truffle Festival and La fête Nationale with a sumptuous winter dinner on Thursday, 14 July. Enjoy a decadent French truffle feast and embrace the joy of hand-selected wines paired closely with a bespoke four course French truffle menu. Find out more and buy tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au

Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar presents a special three-course truffle menu for Bastille Day on 14 July. Celebrate with our signature cocktail, the Lillet Mode de Vie, on arrival and a complimentary amuse bouche. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

Les Bistronomes are dishing out an incredible five course menu for just $85 per person, with matching Bordeaux for just $35 per person. Find out more at www.lesbistronomes.net.

Just out of town in Murrumbateman, on Saturday 16 July, Wins Creek Meadery will be offering a French Buffet to coincide with the French Bastille Day. McKellar Ridge Winemaker, Dr Brian Johnston, will be a guest speaker at the event. The menu will include a choice of three mains, two desserts, and complimentary glass of McKellar Ridge wine (or non-alcoholic drink of choice). To making a booking, email [email protected].

BOO SEEKA

Boo Seeka had a massive 2015, with multiple National support tours with Kim Churchill, Sticky Fingers and SAFIA. Then went ahead and sold out their own headline tours around the country and managed to jump on a couple of Aussie festival slots, including: GTM Canberra, The Plot, Woodford Festival and NYE on The Hill. When they found some down time in their Australian schedules, they flew over to Europe and the UK to let them know what’s up. Playing their own shows and alongside fellow Aussie’s Jarryd James and DMA’s.

Currently, the Boo Seeka boys have been working in the studio with producer, Ian Pritchett, towards an album release (due out late 2016). They’ll be touring their newest single ‘Oh My’ around the country this June and July. It will be the first taste of new material from Boo Seeka.

Happening Wednesday 13 July at Transit Bar, 7 Akuna Street, Canberra. For tickets visit Moshtix.

CREATIVE FIBRE AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Immerse yourself in creativity with the region’s most talented textile artists showcasing and selling their work at Creative Fibre.

Creative Fibre is your opportunity to engage with the region’s textile artists – people who design, print on fabric, weave, make baskets, knit, hand dye fabric – learn about the processes involved, and take home original works.

You’ll find beautifully handcrafted home ares and clothing, and displays by regional guilds.

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

Find out more at obdm.com.au.

SASS & TEASE COLLECTIVE

The Sass and Tease Collective are hosting the reigning Miss Burlesque Australia Bella de Jac (Vic) and Australian Burlesque Festival headliner Jacqueline Furey (Qld) for one night only in a very special full-length theatrical cabaret.

All are invited to The Abbey in Gold Creek on Saturday 16 July where a bevy of Canberra’s cabaret performers will be bringing and the most glamourous and gruesome creatures of the fairy court to life.

Tickets from $30+bf, available through The Abbey: theabbey.com.au

AQUIS BRUMBIES V WESTERN FORCE

See the Aquis Brumbies v Western Force at GIO Stadium. It’s the Brumbies’ last match before Super Rugby finals. The Force were no match for the Brumbies in 2015 but with a number of handy offseason additions this side could be the one to watch in 2016. It’s the pointy end of the competition and every point counts.

Happening Saturday 16 July at GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce ACT. For tickets visit Ticketek.

TOTALLY 80s

The Best 80’s Experience Ever. Seven international 80’s Superstars – Martika, Berlin, Limahl of Kajagoogoo, Paul Lekakis, Katrina, Men Without Hats, Stacey Q Live in Concert performing all their Biggest Hits. Plus Australia’s own Countdown favourites; Wa Wa Nee and Real Life.

So many Classic 80’s Hits Performed Live by the Original Artists
too much 80’s fun, do yourself a favour and get your tickets now!

Happening Sunday 17 July at National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra. For tickets visit Ticketek.

HEROINES IN CHARGE!

July school holiday fun at the National Film and Sound Archive. Empowering films where females are in charge of their own adventure! From new characters like Rey in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens to classic heroines like Alice, these are all fantastical stories to enthrall and inspire.

Screening: Spirited Away, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Lilo & Stitch, Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Howl’s Moving Castle

Happening until Friday 15 July at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT. For session bookings visit trybooking.com

THE WIZARD OF OZ

The Wizard of Oz Show celebrates its 4000th performance with the International Yellow Brick Road Tour 2016-17 through Australia, New Zealand, America, India and Singapore. It comes to Canberra during the July school holidays.

So click your heels together and get ready to follow a yellow brick road full of fun, adventure and wacky characters. Kids can rap with the Tinman, roar like a Lion, wake up sleepy Shakey the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy in this interactive, new adaptation of America’s best loved story.

Three dimensional animation on screen, catchy music and fantastic costumes bring this Youngstars2.com production alive on stage. Come dressed up as your favourite Oz character and create some oz-some photo memories. Ideal for 2 to 8 year olds.

Happening Saturday 16 July at The Auditorium, Erindale Vikings Club, 6 Ricardo Street, Wanniassa ACT. For tickets visit Ticketek.

CAPE GRIM & FLINDERS ISLAND MEAT MASTERCLASS

James Madden from Flinders Island Meat and Michael White from Cape Grim Beef will get into the guts of the meat industry, and discuss the importance of produce with real provenance. They will also showcase lamb and beef from animals of different ages throughout a lavish lunch to give an understanding of the differences between certain cuts and their relation to flavor.

An event usually reserved only for chefs, they’re opening it up for the general public to give you some tricks of the trade. Ticket includes:  a four-course lunch with a vast variety of meat cuts, delicious beverages and tips, tricks and unbeatable knowledge from Michael and James

Find out more and buy tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au

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

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.

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.

CHAIRMAN GROUP: WINTER SPECIALS 2016

EN­KAI BANQUET AT LILOTANG 

En­Kai: small words encapsulating a beautiful idea­ to gather and laugh loudly over a shared meal. We thought this was just what is called for at Lilotang this Winter, a delicious and affordable banquet menu that takes all the hassle out of dinner, so you can focus on the laughs!

Happening every Tuesday – Friday from 6 – 11pm at Lilotang, 1 Burbury Cl, Barton ACT. For bookings phone (02) 6249 6889.

BENTO LUNCH AT LILOTANG

Your choice of a traditional bento main: menu changes regularly, from braised beef to tonkatsu curries, with pop up specials like kaki furai-fried oyster – Yum! Served with sides such as rice, potato salad, green salad and Japanese pickles.

Happening every Tuesday – Friday from 12 – 3pm at Lilotang, 1 Burbury Cl, Barton ACT. Walk ­in or call to make a booking (02) 6273 1424.

MARKET LUNCH AT LANTERNE ROOMS

Choice of a curry (menu changes regularly, at least three options to choose from) served with three sides, such as rice, croquettes, salad and malay pickles.

Happening every Tuesday – Friday from 12 – 3pm at Lanterne Rooms, 3 Blamey Pl, Campbell ACT. Walk­ in or book on (02) 6249 6889.

 

TRUFFLES, WINE & JAZZ AT MERCURE CANBERRA

Join the team at Mercure Canberra as they celebrate Canberra’s Truffle Festival with Truffles, Wine & Jazz @ Mercure Canberra.

Free wine tasting from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, with the fantastic Long Rail Gully, Mt Majura Vineyard, Lerida Estate and Eden Road Wines

Purchase Tarago Truffles inspired tasty food dishes at our Food Stalls from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Sit back and enjoy Canberra’s Jazz Trio, Tilt who will be playing live in the lounge from 6.30pm, providing smooth tunes throughout the evening.

Bookings are not required, however we suggest you arrive early to secure the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the Truffles, Wine & Jazz.

Happening Saturday 16 July at Mercure Canberra, Corner Limestone Avenue & Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT. Bookings are not required, for more information visit the website.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

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.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

The Wizard of Oz Show celebrates its 4000th performance with the International Yellow Brick Road Tour 2016-17 through Australia, New Zealand, America, India and Singapore. It comes to Canberra during the July school holidays.

So click your heels together and get ready to follow a yellow brick road full of fun, adventure and wacky characters. Kids can rap with the Tinman, roar like a Lion, wake up sleepy Shakey the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy in this interactive, new adaptation of America’s best loved story.

Three dimensional animation on screen, catchy music and fantastic costumes bring this Youngstars2.com production alive on stage. Come dressed up as your favourite Oz character and create some oz-some photo memories. Ideal for 2 to 8 year olds.

Happening Saturday 16 July at The Auditorium, Erindale Vikings Club, 6 Ricardo Street, Wanniassa ACT. For tickets visit Ticketek.

BOO SEEKA

Boo Seeka had a massive 2015, with multiple National support tours with Kim Churchill, Sticky Fingers and SAFIA. Then went ahead and sold out their own headline tours around the country and managed to jump on a couple of Aussie festival slots, including: GTM Canberra, The Plot, Woodford Festival and NYE on The Hill. When they found some down time in their Australian schedules, they flew over to Europe and the UK to let them know what’s up. Playing their own shows and alongside fellow Aussie’s Jarryd James and DMA’s.

Currently, the Boo Seeka boys have been working in the studio with producer, Ian Pritchett, towards an album release (due out late 2016). They’ll be touring their newest single ‘Oh My’ around the country this June and July. It will be the first taste of new material from Boo Seeka.

Happening Wednesday 13 July at Transit Bar, 7 Akuna Street, Canberra. For tickets visit Moshtix.

FOREVER DIAMOND

Enjoy Peter Byrne’s Forever Diamond, with a touch of Christmas this July at the Southern Cross Club Woden. The show performs some of Diamonds greatest hits spanning over three decades in an uncanny portrayal that has to be seen to be believed.

Happening Friday 15 July at Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, Corinna Street, Phillip ACT. For tickets visit Ticketek.

 

SETH SENTRY WITH SPECIAL GUEST REMI

After the release of the fourth single off his album Strange New Past, Seth Sentry is taking to the road again for another huge national tour this July and August. Launching his 1969 Campaign to bring hip-hop to the Australian public, there is no doubting that Seth Sentry is the perfect candidate for the job.

Joining Seth on the tour is one of the fastest rising hip hop acts in Australia, REMI, who appears on the track, Nobody Like Me taken from the Strange New Past album.

Although it may not Trump Seth’s record-breaking 50 show tour last year, the 1969 Campaign Trail will be his biggest feat in terms of momentousness. Coming off the back of an AIR Award for Best Hip Hop Release, an ARIA Award for Best Urban Release and appearances at a string of Summer festivals (including Falls Festival), Seth is on a winning streak and isn’t looking to break it any time soon.

Happening Saturday 16 July at ANU Bar, University Avenue, Canberra. For tickets visit Moshtix.

THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY

The Simon and Garfunkel Story tells the fascinating tale of how two young boys from Queens, New York went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time.

Direct from London’s West End and following a sell-out European tour, The Simon & Garfunkel Story features all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, Scarborough Fair, The Boxer, The Sound Of Silence and many more performed by an extraordinary band.

Please note, this is a tribute show.

Happening Saturday 16 July at Canberra Theatre, Theatre Lane, Canberra City. For tickets visit Canberra Theatre Centre.

EVENSONG: JULY

One weekend each month at the National Portrait Gallery Choral music is performed by the professional vocal ensemble, Clarion, led by Tobias Cole. Enjoy browsing portraits while listening to music.

Happening 16-17 July at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT. Entry is free, for more information contact the event organiser on – 02 6102 7000.

TOTALLY 80s

The Best 80’s Experience Ever. Seven international 80’s Superstars – Martika, Berlin, Limahl of Kajagoogoo, Paul Lekakis, Katrina, Men Without Hats, Stacey Q Live in Concert performing all their Biggest Hits. Plus Australia’s own Countdown favourites; Wa Wa Nee and Real Life.

So many Classic 80’s Hits Performed Live by the Original Artists
too much 80’s fun, do yourself a favour and get your tickets now!

Happening Sunday 17 July at National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra. For tickets visit Ticketek.

2016 RAY MATHEW LECTURE: PULLING DRAMA FROM AN ARCHIVE BOX

Playwright Alana Valentine discusses the alchemy of turning letters and ledgers into the flesh and bones of drama, transporting our history into the artistry of universal emotional resonance.

Happening Thursday 14 July at National Library of Australia, Theatre Lower Ground 1, Parkes Place,
Canberra. For bookings visit the website.

PLAY WITH THE BAND: ACO VIRTUAL

Imagine standing on stage during a live performance by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. ACO Virtual takes you there.

Fusing digital technologies with visual and sonic innovation, this groundbreaking interactive installation allows you to conduct and even play along with the ACO.

Don’t miss this extraordinary new way to experience music.

Happening until Sunday 17 July at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit the website.

THE LITTLE PRINCE

Take flight with your imagination with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Little Prince adapted by Simon Clarke from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

With its timeless message about the importance of friendship, The Little Prince is an adventure story that celebrates the richness of human feeling and imagination.

One of the most widely read books in history, Saint-Exupéry’s exquisite tale tells the story of a curious prince who leaves his tiny home planet and journeys across the universe, discovering that adults have very strange ideas about the things that really matter.

Happening 13-16 July at The Street, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. For tickets and more information visit the website.

THE YO FUNKY DANCE FESTIVAL

The Yo Funky Dance Festival is a free community event. All ages and all abilities are welcome. Take your dancing from a studio into a live venue. There will be dance battles, freestyle dance and great performances. See some of Canberra’s best dancers with acts from Kulture Break and Project Beats. Yo Funky is a look good, feel great brand, created by child entrepreneur, Ethan Hart. There will be drinks and merchandise for purchase as well as door prizes on the night. An event not to be missed!

Happening Thursday 14 July at Hellenic Club Woden, Matilda Street, Woden ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit the event website.

INTERNATIONAL DANCE WORKSHOP WITH ANDRE VAN DE PLAS

Celebrating 400 years since Dirk Hartog landed on Australian shores, Andre van de Plas from the Netherlands is in Australia and visiting Canberra for one night only to bring us folk dances from around the world.

Happening Monday 11 July at Folk Dance Canberra Hall, 114 Maitland Street, Hackett ACT. For more information visit the website or contact the event organiser on (02) 6286 6401.

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 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.

DRAWN IN – JULY

Draw while listening to Hope Street Band, a group dedicated to classical pop – carnival groove music.
 All materials provided. For all ages and abilities.

Happening until Sunday 17 July at National Portrait Gallery,
King Edward Terrace,
Parkes ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit the website.

STORYTIME

Listen to the story The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and create your own visual response.

All materials provided. All abilities and ages. All children must be accompanied.

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Happening Wednesday 13 July at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT. For tickets and more information visit the website.

CREATE YOUR DIGITAL SELF-PORTRAIT: A PROGRAM FOR YOUNG MUSLIM WOMEN

Develop your own digital stories and self-portraits with the support of Jenni Savigny from Gen S Stories and Thea McGrath from Photo Access. The results will be published online. This program has been designed for students in years 9–12.

Due to limited numbers bookings are essential.

Happening Wednesday 13 July at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT. For bookings and more information visit the event page.

SPORT, LEISURE & WELLBEING

AQUIS BRUMBIES V WESTERN FORCE

See the Aquis Brumbies v Western Force at GIO Stadium. It’s the Brumbies’ last match before Super Rugby finals. The Force were no match for the Brumbies in 2015 but with a number of handy offseason additions this side could be the one to watch in 2016. It’s the pointy end of the competition and every point counts.

Happening Saturday 16 July at GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce ACT. For tickets visit Ticketek.

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. 

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.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS – CREATIVE FIBRE

Immerse yourself in creativity with the region’s most talented textile artists showcasing and selling their work. Creative Fibre is your opportunity to engage with the region’s textile artists – people who design, print on fabric, weave, make baskets, knit, hand dye fabric – learn about the processes involved, and take home original works. You’ll find beautifully handcrafted home wares and clothing.

Happening Sunday 17 July at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit the website.

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

CANBERRA MOB – INDIGENOUS DOG HEALTH 2016 ART AUCTION FUNDRAISER

It’s that time again! The 2016 Art Auction fundraiser for the Canberra Mob Indigenous Dog Health project is on at 7pm Friday July 15 at the Canberra Grammar School, Red Hill. There are more than 100 original paintings on offer from Utopia and Central Desert. The Canberra Mob have made a remarkable difference to the health and well being of the Utopia communities of the Northern Territory through the provision of de-sexing clinics, parasite control and community education for dogs and cats.

Happening Friday 15 July at Canberra Grammar School, 40 Monaro Cres, Red Hill ACT. Tickets are available from the Kippax, Manuka and Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospitals.

KIDS

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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.

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.

DISCOVERY SPACE: WHAT’S BEHIND THE WINDOWS?

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter these school holidays behind the Museum’s own amazing windows. After a short tour of the Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years exhibition, create your own Play School episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

All ages, Weekdays 4-15 July

Two sessions daily: 10 – 11.30am and 11.30am – 1pm

Bay Window Play Space
Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Free, all ages Weekdays 2-3.30 pm

Happening until Friday 15 July at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton ACT. For bookings visit the event page. 

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:  29 July, 26 August, 30 September, 28 October, 25 November. 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.

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 until Monday 11 July at National Arboretum Canberra, 
Forest Drive, Canberra City. No bookings required, for more information visit the website.

WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Keep the kids busy these July school holidays with a range of educational programs at the Memorial. Activities include; stories for families, drop-in craft sessions, hands-on history programs, workshops, talks and tours. See our website for all the details.

Happening until Monday 18 July at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell ACT. For more information visit the website.

PORTRAIT PLAY

Portrait Play explores portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. This activity is ideal for children from 4 to 8 to share with family and friends. Theme – Portrait stories.

All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. 
Bookings essential.

This program made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Happening until Sunday 17 July at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT. For bookings visit the website.

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 until Sunday 17 July at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit the website.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AIS

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the AIS has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure. Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer and Swim Intensive Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience. Full day or weekly programs available.

Happening until Friday 15 July at Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce ACT. For more information visit the website.

GREAT BIG ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

Come celebrate Play School’s 50th birthday at the Great Big Adventure Festival. Enjoy Museum adventures, puppets, craft, dress-ups, farmyard animals, horse rides and a special story time with Play School presenters Emma and Teo.

Happening Sunday 17 July at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton ACT. Free entry, some activities have a small charge. For more information visit the website. 

WINTER TALES & SONGS IN THE STORYTENT

Come join magical storyteller Annie Bryant of Tales & Songs in the Storytent at the Orana Steiner School these Winter school holidays. Annie will share beautiful Winter stories to captivate our imaginations, before taking the children on a story hunt to collect nature items to make a beautiful nature wands with Kelly of Happy Whimsical Hearts.

Special guest, author Rachel Larmer will share a lovely Winter story from her children’s storybook Wish Soup. Bring a picnic to enjoy with your family and dress warmly!

Happening Saturday 16 July at The Cottage, Orana Steiner School, Unwin Street, Weston ACT. For bookings contact the organiser (02) 6288 4283 or visit the event page.

WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM – STORIES IN THE FOREST

Join us on a story quest through the old Cork oak forest. Discover what has happened to winter and why our forests need winter to thrive. Note: A basic level of fitness is required and prams are welcome. Please meet in the cork oak car park. For children aged 4 to 7. Bookings essential.

Happening 12-15 July at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Canberra City. For bookings contact the organiser – 02 6207 8484 and for more information visit the website.

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.

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 enjoy 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. See the full program on the website: www.nfsa.gov.au

HEROINES IN CHARGE!

July school holiday fun at the National Film and Sound Archive. Empowering films where females are in charge of their own adventure! From new characters like Rey in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens to classic heroines like Alice, these are all fantastical stories to enthrall and inspire.

Screening: Spirited Away, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Lilo & Stitch, Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Howl’s Moving Castle

Happening until Friday 15 July at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT. For session bookings visit trybooking.com

EXHIBITIONS

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 until 2 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery,
176 London Circuit,
Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit www.cmag.com.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

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.

BIGGER ON THE INSIDE: COLLECTING DR WHO

Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp displays his entire collection of Dr Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.

The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Dr Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Explore this cultural phenomenon through a collection that ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

Happening Saturday 16 July – Sunday 20 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit the website.

STREETS OF PAPUNYA

Streets of Papunya presents the new generation of painters from the legendary epicentre of Western Desert art. Networks of kinship have ensured the handing-down of ancestral narratives, clan designs and the mental maps of sacred geography which provide the paintings’ motifs.

This exhibition seeks to locate the work of the current generation within the momentous historical achievement of their elders.
Women artists are conspicuously more prominent among the younger generation. It coincides with a major publication by Vivien Johnson, who is also the curator of this exhibition.
Papunya artists past and present include Albert Namatjira, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Charlotte Phillipus Napurrula, Martha McDonald Napaltjarri, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, candy Nelson Nakamarra and Shorty Lunkarta

Happening Friday 15 July at rill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton ACT. For more information visit the website.

WEI LENG TAY – THE OTHER SHORE

Wei Leng Tay
Based in Singapore and Hong Kong, Wei Leng Tay’s work considers how socio-economics, history, family and the state intersect with notions of displacement and self-identity. Tay builds a relationship with her subjects through extensive interviews, some of which are recorded and presented as transcripts or audio installations with her photographs. In 2015, Tay was the recipient of the Poynter Fellowship at the Yale School of Art. Tay’s work has been exhibited widely in Asia and internationally, including National University of Singapore Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

Happening until 15 July at The Gallery, Australian National University, Fellows Lane, Building 188, Acton ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit the website.

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 until 17 July at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit the website.

WILLIAM YANG – BREATHING THE RAREFIED AIR OF CANBERRA

Thirty five works from William Yang’s little-known series have been borrowed from the National Library of Australia for this exhibition, depicting aspects of Canberra’s arts and academic life and evocative landscape images.

Happening until Sunday 17 July at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. For more information visit the website.

BEHIND YOUR EYES, BETWEEN YOUR EARS

Artist George Khut will be working in a public studio space at the National Portrait Gallery to develop his brainwave interactive artwork and digital portraiture project. Khut uses biomedical sensing technologies to explore embodiment and mind-body processes. The project is supported by artsACT through their Arts Residencies ACT program.

Happening until Sunday 17 July at National Portrait Gallery,
King Edward Terrace,
Parkes ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit the website.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.

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