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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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21 THINGS NOT TO MISS

DIGBYS Melbourne – Canberra Trunk Show

Digbys Boutique is coming to Canberra and will be operating out of the Avenue Hotel, 80 Northbourne Ave, Canberra from Thursday May 10 to Sunday May 13 inclusive, from 10 am to 5 pm daily.

They’ll be bringing up 400 of their best garments, in all sizes – 8-18. They accept all cards. No appointment necessary.

Happening 10-13 May at The Avenue Hotel, 80 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon.

Check our website for details.

Fame: The Musical

Based on the beloved TV show and motion picture FAME – The Musical tells the story of the High School of Performing Arts in New York where students go to learn the craft of acting, music and dance.

The forefather of shows such as High School Musical, Glee and the upcoming Rise, FAME has proven that it’s characters and songs really will ‘live forever’.

Featuring a mix of Canberra’s up and coming and best-loved performers, with a finale that will blow your mind, FAME is a must-see musical of 2018.

Happening from 11-26 May at The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

AUDIENCE ADVICE: suitable for 16+ years – references to sex and drugs.

CARTIER NIGHT IN

Grab your friends or treat your mum and head to the NGA for a night of pampering. Listen to Cartier coordinating exhibition curator, Simeran Maxwell, while you sit back, relax and enjoy a drink.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Cartier: The exhibition showcases more than 300 spectacular items, with loans from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier Collection itself, in exquisite settings such as royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients and discover the age of glamour and icons of style through our program of talks, tours, events and beautifully curated, fully illustrated catalogue.

Happening Friday 11 May at 6 pm – 8 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website for more information.

THREE SIXTY FASHION MARKET

The Three Sixty Fashion Market sells new and recycled fashion for stylish and discerning shoppers. You’ll discover quality garments of all sizes and styles, shoes, handbags, accessories and more.

Stallholders sell vintage, retro and pre-loved fashion that is far too good to just chuck in a bin. The Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to a circular economy and to providing fabulous shopping for those who ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun. You’re guaranteed to uncover some intriguing fashion and great buys.

Happening Sunday 13 May from 10 am – 3 pm at Fitters’ Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston.

See the website for more information. 

THE BLEEDING TREE

In a dirt-dry town in rural Australia, a shot shatters the still night. A mother and her daughters have just welcomed home the man of the house… with a bullet. The only issue now is disposing of the body. Will they get away with it? And do we want them to? The man was monstrous.

Triggered into thrilling motion by an act of revenge, The Bleeding Tree is an Australian murder ballad powerfully crafted for the stage, with three strong women fighting back. Throughout, Cerini’s writing is powerfully lyrical, bracingly funny and a highly original take on Australian gothic.

From the pen of Victorian playwright Angus Cerini, The Bleeding Tree premiered at Griffin Theatre Company in 2015. It immediately earned praise as “a great and complex production” (The Australian) and went on to win three Helpmann Awards – including Best Play, Best Direction and Best Female Actor – as well as the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. In 2017, Sydney Theatre Company presented a sold-out season of the original production. 

Happening 8 – 12 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

See the website for further information.

LIBRARY UP LATE

Expect the unexpected at Library Up Late — an evening just for adults. Ben Law and his mum, Jenny Phang, are here to save you from yourself with sage (and not-so-sage) advice for desperate lovers and sexual adventurers alike.

This event will explore relationships of all kinds, and delve into the lewd, salacious and just plain funny, with a craft beer in hand and live local music.

Scandalous comedy. Feast of strangers. Eyebrow-raising talks. Juicy collection items. 18+ 

Happening Friday 11 May at 7 pm – 9 pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website for more information.

Free family yoga at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Enjoy free family yoga in Centre Court at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome!

This is for mum, dad, the kiddies and the grandparents and is about connecting with your loved ones while we move through yoga poses to build strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Open to beginners!

Happening Saturday 12 May at 10.30 am and 11 am at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Reserve a spot via Eventbrite.

Dendy Dames: Tully

On Wednesday 9 May at 7 pm, Dendy Cinemas are set to host a Dendy Dames screening of the movie Tully.

Marlo, a mother of three, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully. Starring  Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis and Mark Duplass.

Dendy Dames is a quarterly event featuring a spectacular film for a night out with friends at the movies. Each film is accompanied by a goody bag and glass of sparkling wine on arrival. For the luxurious movie experience, why not treat yourself to the Premium Lounge? Premium tickets come with a food and dessert package in addition to your goody bag and sparkling on arrival.

Happening Wednesday 9 May from 7 pm at Dendy Cinemas, Bunda Street.

Find more information and tickets here.

Free silent disco at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Grab your friends for a dance party. Centre Court is the place to be for SILENT DISCO fun! With a dedicated dance floor, DJ and your own headsets, you can dance into the evening and choose from four different sessions.

This FREE event is for the little ones, 8 and under, who have a special session at 4 pm just for them.

Happening Friday 11 May at 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Reserve a spot via Eventbrite.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is back in full swing for their winter series. This will be the place to be every Friday for fabulous food, fun, music and drinks.

Throughout the month of May, there will be winter inspired drinks including bourbon and whiskey. Not a bourbon and whiskey fan? Not to worry, there will be plenty of other drinks to choose from. Additionally, there will be more themes throughout the course of the year.

This will be an indoor event located in the Hoi Polloi Restaurant.

Happening every Friday until 25 May from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

For further information contact [email protected], call 6261 7200 or visit the website.

Blanc de Blanc

From the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour Blanc de Blanc is the sell-out sensation, delighting audiences from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End. Now it’s Canberra’s turn for a seductive, immersive and naughty night out inside the Fortuna Spiegeltent.

Blanc de Blanc serves a blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Bringing the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world into a wild, shimmering night – anticipate big moves, great tunes, lots of skin, and more than a few surprises.

Blanc de Blanc is the headline show of Spiegeltent Canberra presented by Strut & Fret in association with Canberra Theatre Centre. The full Spiegeltent Canberra program, featuring some of the best nationally and internationally touring cabaret, comedy, can be found here.

Happening until 20 May at the Fortuna Spiegletent , Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find more information here.

Free Mothers Day Yoga at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Celebrate Mother’s Day with free yoga sessions at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

A yoga session for you to enjoy with your children of all ages. Expect to move through a range of yoga poses to explore the body and mind through breath and movement, practising mindfulness while we develop our balance, flexibility and strength.

Happening Sunday 13 May at 9.30 am, 10.15 am, 10.45 am and 11.15 am in Centre Court at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

ROADSHOW REVEAL AT THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT

 Come and celebrate with the Mint this Saturday as they kick off their national tour with the Rascals and Ratbags Roadshow Reveal.

Strike your own coin with a special ‘Australia’ counterstamp, swap existing coins or cash for freshly minted 2018 and special commemorative coins and browse the latest releases from the Mint.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, stamp their own coin and explore the Mint.

Happening Saturday 12 May from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin. Food and drinks will be available on-site.

In conversation:

 In conversation: Crocodiles and Kaleko: Dangers and Designer Clothes in the Solomon Islands 

This Thursday evening, author Paula Henriksen will discuss her memoir Crocodiles and Kaleko: Dangers and Designer Clothes in the Solomon Islands with James Batley, Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Department of Pacific Affairs, ANU.

Happening Thursday 10 May from 6 pm at Paperchain Manuka.

RSVP: [email protected]

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Happening Friday 30 March until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Mother’s Day High Tea

Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day at Natural Nine’s Chinese High Tea.

For $55pp, indulge in a selection of pop Chinese treats, sparkling wine and a selection of teas that are sure to delight.

Call us on 0455 333 119 to make a booking or visit the website.

Happening Sunday 13 May from 12 pm – 4 pm at Natural Nine, inside Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City. See the menu here.

Free Junkyard Beats Workshop at Tuggeranong Hyperdome

In the hands of Junkyard Beats, ordinary household items are transformed into musical instruments that create a booty shaking, toe-tapping, electric atmosphere that makes you want to get up and move!

Their family-friendly show draws on inspiration from everyday life, the streets, and the junkyard. It is filled with imagination, humour and a lot of rhythm!

At Tuggeranong Hyperdome, you’ll have your chance to take part in two very special FREE Junkyard Beats Workshops! You’ll learn basic body percussion skills and how to perform rhythms using a range of tools such as melody pipes, broomsticks, plastic bins, drums and more!

The Junkyard Beats guys also teach people how to transform junk and recycle materials into musical instruments!

Junkyard Beats Performance happening Saturday 12 May at 11.30 am at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Junkyard Beats Workshop happening Saturday 12 May at 12.15 pm and 2 pm at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Reserve a spot for the workshop via Eventbrite.

SPACE DESCENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in an awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia.

Book your session online now: nma.gov.au/space.

FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN DINNER

On Thursday, Canberra Institute of Technology Event Management students present Fight Like a Woman. Canberra stalls with products, advice, networking, canapes, 2-course lunch, speakers, raffle, silent auction and live entertainment – all in the name of Pink Ribbon.

Visit stalls which include products, services or advice from women that own or operate a business in Canberra. Listen to live singers, help us raise $2, 000.00 for Pink Ribbon, buy tickets to attend, join in the raffle, bid in the silent auction or donate. Let’s help women find the strength to go on day to day and to help their future become a reality.

Your involvement would help highlight how important this cause is for the future of woman in Canberra and how important it is to FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN.

As readers of HerCanberra we offer you $10.00 off VIP Tickets ($75.00 + booking fees) which include 2 canapés, 2 course dinner (main and dessert) and a gift bag (cards/pamphlets from stalls, pink ribbon, pink ribbon pen, pink nail polish, VIP seating and 1 drink voucher), offer code HERCANBERRA2018.

Happening Thursday 24 May from 6 – 9 om pm at Canberra Institute of Technology, K Block, Level 2, 37 Constitution Ave, Reid ACT 2612

Dress: Smart Casual.

Book via Eventbrite. Find more information here.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

CHINESE HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE, CASINO CANBERRA

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

Free Kids Yoga at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Start your Saturday with the kids with a free yoga session at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome!

Open to children between 4-8, perfect for preschoolers and above, this class will be loads of fun allowing the imagination to take each child on a journey using creativity and incorporating basic yoga poses, visualisation, play, relaxation and mindfulness.

Happening Saturday 12 May at 9.30 am and 10 am at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Reserve a spot via Eventbrite.

FOOD & DRINK

Mother’s Day High Tea

Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day at Natural Nine’s Chinese High Tea.

For $55pp, indulge in a selection of pop Chinese treats, sparkling wine and a selection of teas that are sure to delight.

Call us on 0455 333 119 to make a booking or visit the website.

Happening Sunday 13 May from 12 pm – 4 pm at Natural Nine, inside Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City. See the menu here.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is back in full swing for their winter series. This will be the place to be every Friday for fabulous food, fun, music and drinks.

Throughout the month of May, there will be winter inspired drinks including bourbon and whiskey. Not a bourbon and whiskey fan? Not to worry, there will be plenty of other drinks to choose from. Additionally, there will be more themes throughout the course of the year.

This will be an indoor event located in the Hoi Polloi Restaurant.

Happening every Friday until 25 May from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

For further information contact [email protected], call 6261 7200 or visit the website.

FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN DINNER

Canberra Institute of Technology Event Management students presents Fight Like a Woman Dinner. Canberra stalls with products, advice, networking, canapes, 2-course lunch, speakers, raffle, silent auction and live entertainment – all in the name of Pink Ribbon.

Visit stalls which include products, services or advice from women that own or operate a business in Canberra. Listen to one of their own live singers, help them raise $2, 000.00 for Pink Ribbon, buy tickets to attend, join in the raffle, bid in the silent auction or donate. Let’s help women find the strength to go on day to day and to help their future become a reality.

Your involvement would help highlight how important this cause is for the future of woman in Canberra and how important it is to FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN.

As readers of HerCanberra we offer you $10.00 off VIP Tickets ($75.00 + booking fees) which include 2 canapés, 2 course dinner (main and dessert) and a gift bag (cards/pamphlets from stalls, pink ribbon, pink ribbon pen, pink nail polish, VIP seating and 1 drink voucher), offer code HERCANBERRA2018.

Happening Thursday 24 May from 6 – 9 pm at Canberra Institute of Technology, K Block, Level 2, 37 Constitution Ave, Reid ACT 2612

Dress: Smart Casual.

Book via Eventbrite. Find more information here. 

SHIRAZ AND SHIELAS

To kick off the inaugural Makers of Murrumbateman’s Wine, Women and Song festival Murrumbateman Winery is hosting Shiraz and Shielas.

The Murrumbateman region is well known for crafting award winning (and delicious) Shiraz.

At this fabulous Thursday evening event try a variety of Murrumbateman Winery Shiraz craftings from their famous Shiraz Rosé and deliciously light and spicy 2014 Shiraz Viognier and 2016 Old Block, to their full bodied 2014 vintage and 2016 Dual citizen.

They will also have their sentimental 2012 Eli Shiraz and 2015 Leela Shiraz, named after Bobbie’s nephew and niece.

While enjoying your guided tasting, led by owner and winemaker Bobbie Makin, you will be able to enjoy great company, delicious canapes and soft jazz tunes. 

Happening Thursday 10 May from 7 pm – 9 pm at Murrumbateman Winery, 131 McIntosh Circuit, NSW.

See the website from more information.

HOWLING IN THE VINES AT MURRUMBATEMAN WINERY 

As rescues, Mollie and Tannin, do not know their mothers. But, if they did, they’d invite them to their Mother’s Day dog party – Howling in the Vines!

Sure to be a barking good time, Mollie and Tannin are encouraging friendly canines and their human mothers and families to join in this paw-some day out!

There will be pooch and people picnic plates for purchase, adventures to the dam and live acoustics from talented local Maddy McGrath. Bring a picnic rug and settle in for a wonderful Mother’s Day out! This free event is family and dog friendly. Don’t have a dog? No worries, come for the experience.

Happening 13 May from 10 am – 5 pm at Murrumbateman Winery, 131 McIntosh Circuit, NSW.

See the website for more information.

MOTHERS DAY – LUNCH & BUBBLES

Capitol Bar and Grill is hosting the perfect Mother’s Day luxurious lunch to celebrate all the lovely mum’s out there. You deserve a treat!

Prepare for a day of pure deliciousness. Mums will be treated to a glass of Champagne upon arrival and then you will feast upon a fantastic 3-course menu of your choosing.

Enjoy a day all about you and make the most of some time of total indulgence and decadence. 

Happening 13 May from 12 pm – 3 pm at Capitol Bar and Grill, 1 London Circuit, Canberra.

See the website for more information. 

MOTHERS DAY HIGH TEA WITH ENTERTAINMENT AT ALBERT HALL

 Spoil Mum with an elegant High Tea at historic Albert Hall.

Indulge in a delightful spread of hot and cold savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and an array of sweet delights, sure to tempt the taste buds. Includes glass of sparkling wine, coffee, tea and cold beverages.

Enjoy tunes from the grand piano and be mesmerised by the ballroom dancers, before taking to the floor yourself. The little ones can enjoy the craft corner and face painting, while you take in some live entertainment. A great outing for all the family! Reservations essential.

Happening 13 May from 10 am – 1 pm (morning tea) and 2 pm – 5 pm (afternoon tea) at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

See the website for more information.

MOTHERS DAY LUNCH & SPARKLING

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with a beautiful three-course “feed me” menu and a glass of sparkling on arrival.

Happening 13 May from 12.30pm – 2.30 pm at Marble & Grain, 25 Mort Street, Braddon.

See the website for more information.

Mother’s Day Banquet at Zaab Street Food 

Mother’s Day at Zaab will be a feast to remember.

On 13 May, Zaab will be open for lunch and dinner from 11 am, with a $39pp Mother’s Day Feed Me special that shouldn’t be missed.

Happening Sunday 13 May from 11 am at Zaab, 2/9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Mother’s Day at the Dickson Tradies

Every woman loves to feel special and Mother’s Day on Sunday 13 May is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the special women in our lives no matter if they’re a mother, sister, grandma, or simply a friend.

A relaxed gourmet morning tea, set in the comfort of the lounge at the Dickson Tradies, features a sweet and savoury buffet of fresh goodies, tea and coffee, a glass of sparkling wine, and the talented local artist Chicago Charles performing live with a solo acoustic set.

Morning tea will be served between 10 am and 11.30am in an exclusive section of the lounge.

Tickets are $26 per person and includes the morning tea buffet and a glass of sparkling wine. Bookings are essential as seats are limited.

Book by calling 02 6162 5656.

TIPSY TEA AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM

It’s always time for tea at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, Tipsy Tea that is! Kicking off from two every Saturday and Sunday, Tipsy Tea is perfect for those seeking a little adventure.

Tipsy Tea (65 pp), in true White Rabbit style combines classic high tea flare with signature concoctions encouraging the curious to explore their senses. To eat, you are greeted by a 3- tier platter with an array of flavoursome bites including; spiced pork sausage rolls, smoked salmon and cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches and semi-dried tomato and caramelised onion tarts. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try the sour rhubarb and marshmallow tarts or the delightful dark chocolate and peanut brownies topped with caramel icing.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, 65 Northbourne Avenue, City.

Book your table via [email protected] or on (02) 6257 7779.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the websitefor more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

CHINESE HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE, CASINO CANBERRA

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

GARDEN BAR HAPPY HOUR

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

FRIDAY SOIRÉE AT BUVETTE

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

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.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at  5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC, STAGE AND THEATRE

THE BLEEDING TREE

In a dirt-dry town in rural Australia, a shot shatters the still night. A mother and her daughters have just welcomed home the man of the house… with a bullet. The only issue now is disposing of the body. Will they get away with it? And do we want them to? The man was monstrous.

Triggered into thrilling motion by an act of revenge, The Bleeding Tree is an Australian murder ballad powerfully crafted for the stage, with three strong women fighting back. Throughout, Cerini’s writing is powerfully lyrical, bracingly funny and a highly original take on Australian gothic.

From the pen of Victorian playwright Angus Cerini, The Bleeding Tree premiered at Griffin Theatre Company in 2015. It immediately earned praise as “a great and complex production” (The Australian) and went on to win three Helpmann Awards – including Best Play, Best Direction and Best Female Actor – as well as the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. In 2017, Sydney Theatre Company presented a sold-out season of the original production. 

Happening 8 – 12 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

See the website for further information.

Fame: The Musical

Based on the beloved TV show and motion picture FAME – The Musical tells the story of the High School of Performing Arts in New York where students go to learn the craft of acting, music and dance.

The forefather of shows such as High School Musical, Glee and the upcoming Rise, FAME has proven that it’s characters and songs really will ‘live forever’.

Featuring a mix of Canberra’s up and coming and best-loved performers, with a finale that will blow your mind, FAME is a must-see musical of 2018.

Happening from 11-26 May at The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

AUDIENCE ADVICE: suitable for 16+ years – references to sex and drugs.

SPIEGELTENT: TRASH AND TREVOR – THE BEST OF TREVOR ASHLEY

Lavish and loud, brazen and bold, Trevor Ashley presents an evening of his greatest hits! Known for his knockout performances Trash and Trevor: the Best of Trevor Ashley will be the way to kick off your night in style. Together with his live band, TrAshley will sing your favourite divas like you’ve never heard them before. Expect Cher, Tina, Liza and of course Bassey: this will be a diva degustation.

Happening Thursday 10 May from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

See the website for more information. 

Free silent disco at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Grab your friends for a dance party. Centre Court is the place to be for SILENT DISCO fun! With a dedicated dance floor, DJ and your own headsets, you can dance into the evening and choose from four different sessions.

This FREE event is for the little ones, 8 and under, who have a special session at 4 pm just for them.

Happening Friday 11 May at 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Reserve a spot via Eventbrite.

BALLET REVOLUCIÓN

Direct from Cuba, Ballet Revolución – the show that has taken Europe by storm – returns to Australia with a brand new production. Ballet Revolución is recharged, rebooted and ready for its Australian fans once again.

Audiences all over the world simply cannot get enough of the Cuban dancers’ exuberant energy and contagious joy of life with which they turn any idea into an explosive and intense performance. With breathtaking twists, daring jumps and sensual moves from ballet to street dance, Ballet Revolución has already thrilled audiences in sold-out shows from Singapore to Berlin, Vienna and London.

Leading Australian choreographer Aaron Cash, along with Cuban choreographer Roclan Gonzalez Chavez, blend breathtaking contemporary moves with salsa and Cuban dance to produce a unique fusion, resulting in an explosion of unbridled passion and raw energy, with a distinctly Cuban flavour.

Boundless passion, attractive sensuality, stunning athleticism and exuberant joy of life, Ballet Revolución combines it all in a fireball of emotions that no one can escape.

 Happening Thursday 10 May from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

See the website for more information.

MARK WILKINSON – WASTED HOURS WORLD TOUR

After a huge year that saw the Sydney singer-songwriter release his self-produced EP “Lost in a Dream” and stage some 100+ shows across the globe, Mark Wilkinson doesn’t look to slow down in 2018 as he unveils his much anticipated full length record “Wasted Hours” (out Feb 9) and returns to the road.

This collection of songs showcases the full dynamic range of Wilkinson’s songwriting, from delicate and emotive tracks like “Time Machine” to the more driven and anthemic “Moving On”. What remains ever present, though, is his captivating vocal and rare ability to engage and connect with an audience. 

Happening Friday 11 May from 8 pm – 10.20 pm at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra.

See the website for more information. 

MISSY HIGGINS SOLASTALGIA TOUR

Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce that beloved Australian singer-songwriter, Missy Higgins will launch her long-awaited fifth studio album Solastalgia with an East Coast tour this May.

Higgins first original album in six years – Solastalgia – is set for release in early May. The eagerly anticipated set will feature current hit single Futon Couch and sees Higgins explore fresh territory both sonically and lyrically. As one of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters and most popular live performers these album launch shows are not to be missed. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets now to avoid disappointment. 

Happening Friday 11 May from 7.45 pm – 11 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

See the website for more information.

SPIEGELTENT: ROVE MCMANUS – THAT’S ME TALKING

Rove McManus started his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian, and has gone on to become Australia’s most successful talk show host. Now he joins the line-up for the 2018 Spiegeltent Canberra for a return to his comic roots. 

Happening 11 May at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

See the website for more information.

HAT FITZ AND CARA HEADLINING EARTH MOTHER CONCERT

Join them for a unique musical event, commencing with experimental musician, Natsuko Yonezawa, producing her own soundtrack to Tallagandra Hill wines, live. Then settle in for a special audience vocal experience led by Cara and Jess before the main event kicks off with a home-grown set by local art-pop phenomenon Jess Green aka Pheno and the rollicking folk blues headline act of Hatfitz and Cara. Bring your singing voice and your dancing shoes!

Happening Saturday 12 May from 4pm – 9 pm at 1692 Murrumbateman Road, Gundaroo.

See the website for more information. 

A CRAWL TO NOW – JAMES REYNE

Late in 2013, James Reyne played two sold-out shows at The Basement in Sydney, exciting fans with a new live offering, A CRAWL TO NOW. Showcasing a broad selection of Australian Crawl tracks plus songs from his time with Company Of Strangers and his solo hits, the acoustic trio of James Reyne, Tracy and Brett Kingman paid homage to an exceptional body of work. They brought the house down.

With a self-confessed desire to keep up a hectic touring pace, “I’m always playing a gig somewhere, I just love to play live”, Reyne is poised to take A CRAWL TO NOW on the road, bringing it to The Street Theatre as part of a huge regional run from March through to May 2018. He’ll be joined by guitarist Josh Owen in acoustic duo format.

A CRAWL TO NOW is a 90 minute live show featuring songs selected from over twenty albums representing an extensive catalogue.

Happening Saturday 12 May at 7 pm – 9.50 pm at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

SPIEGELTENT: CELIA PACQUOLA – ALL TALK

Celia Pacquola is bringing her brand new show All Talk to Canberra.

A multi-award winning performer, it is Celia’s ability as a writer that makes her stand up so damn good. A comedian who takes stories in unexpected and delightful directions. Sharp, frank, honest, deft and smart as hell.

The stand-up stage is where the journey all started and it’s where she happily returns in 2018.

Happening Saturday 12 May from 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

See the website for more information.

ELVIS & JOHNNY CASH MOTHERS DAY SHOW

Thought about what to get Mum or your special lady for Mothers Day? How about a ticket to the Elvis & Johnny Cash Mothers Day Show. Make sure to get one for yourself and don’t forget Dad. Put on your blue suede shoes because It’s time to walk the line.

It’s a country style dinner & dance on Mothers Day, Sunday evening at the beautiful Gold Creek Station in Hall.

Includes a delicious country style roasted dinner, dessert and the Elvis & Johnny Cash Tribute Show performed by Andrew Leonard (Lemvis).

Happening Sunday 13 May from 6 pm – 7.30 pm at Gold Creek Station, Victoria Street, Hall.

See the website for more details.

EVENSONG

Come along to the National Portrait Gallery for a night of Evensong with the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble directed by Tobias Cole.

Happening Saturday 12 May – Sunday 13 May from 4 pm – 4.30 pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more details. 

American Journey concert

Accomplished Canberra pianist Stuart Long presents an entertaining selection of short works by popular American composers including Gershwin, Copland & Bernstein.

Happening Wednesday 9th May at the Wesley Music Centre from 12.40 to 1.20pm. Tickets are $10 or donation, including refreshments.

Find more information here.

SPIEGELTENT

Starting this month, Spiegeltent Canberra will be set up in Civic Square, featuring some of the best nationally and internationally touring cabaret, comedy, music and dance shows around.

The highlight performance of the program comes from the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour. BLANC de BLANC is a sell-out sensation, delighting audiences from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End. Now it’s Canberra’s turn for a seductive, immersive and naughty night out inside the Fortuna Spiegeltent.

BLANC de BLANC is happening on select dates from Thursday 26 April- Sunday 20 May. See the website for ticketing and more information on this stand out show.

The Spiegeltent will also be hosting a whole array of other outstanding performances that are not to be missed! The full program can be viewed on Spiegeltent’s website.

Spiegeltent is happening until Sunday 20 May at Civic Square, London Circuit.

The Band of the Royal Military College present Marziale 

On 12 May at 7 pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU, The Band of the Royal Military College is proud to present Marziale; a showcase of fine symphonic wind band music rarely heard in the Nation’s Capital. The band will perform classic works from composers including Holst, Bernstein and Arnold. The concert will also include more contemporary works from Samuel R. Haso and Nigel Hess, as well as vocalists and virtuoso instrumental soloists.

Come and support charity organisation Soldier On with a gold coin donation to hear an evening of outstanding entertainment by one of Defence’s premier music ensembles.

More information here.

NGA PLAY: INDIEGUERILLAS

Join duo Indieguerillas on a cultural journey through the stories of their Indonesian home. Ride the bike to create sound and movement. Create your own digital avatar and shadow puppets and display your work in the YEAH GALLERY.

Happening until Sunday 13 May 2018 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

FILM

Cartier London. Necklace, 1932, special order, platinum, diamonds, emerald 8.8 cm (height at centre). Collection Cartier © Cartier Photo Vincent Wulveryck.

MOTHERS DAY MOVIE MARATHON: THE GREAT JEWELLERY HEISTS.

Relax and enjoy some of the best jewellery heist movies on Mother’s Day. Be there for one or all three of the timeless classics: To Catch a Thief (1955), Pink Panther (1963) and Diamonds are Forever. This free public program is presented in association with Cartier: The Exhibition.

Happening 13 May from 10 pm to 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website for more information.

Broken Melodies: Jazz on Screen

From 6 – 25 May, the National Film and Sound Archive will celebrate the role of jazz in film and TV.

Love it or loathe it, you might be surprised by just how much jazz features on our screens. Broken Melodies: Jazz on Screen presents everything you need to begin or expand your love affair with this revolutionary musical genre. As well as showcasing classic films from directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Rolf de Heer and Woody Allen, the season features two live performances.

Tickets are $15/$13 for individual sessions, $60/50 for season passes. More information here.

Flick, Bubbles and Pop

Come and experience a private movie screening of Finding Your Feet on the day before Mothers Day and all the money raised will go to Love Your Sister for Cancer research. It’s not a Mother’s Day film, so bring your partner, or bestie, or sister or brother, Mum or Dad, whoever you fancy sharing an uplifting movie and a fun afternoon with.

The screening will take place at 4pm on 12 May. Tickets are $50 per person and you get a ticket, popcorn, glass of bubbles and a goodie bag. There will be special lucky door prizes and raffles.

More info here.

FESTIVALS 

SKI AND SNOWBOARD EXPO

The SnowSports ACT Ski & Snowboard Sale & Expo will be held this Saturday at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston.

On sale will be ski and snowboard equipment for the whole family, including new and second-hand skis, snowboards, ski boots, snowboard boots, snow boots, jackets, pants, gloves, helmets, goggles and clothing at bargain prices.

Friendly advice is on hand to help you make your purchases. Snow sports exhibitors will be there to promote latest offerings in the market. While there, you can grab a coffee and sausage sizzle and it is worth your while to stay for the ski tuning “how to” sessions.

The community is invited to lodge preloved ski and snowboard equipment to sell. All profits from the sale go towards scholarships for ACT emerging local athletes and development initiatives and programs.

Happening Saturday 12 May from 8.30 am – 1 pm at the Old Bus Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

A WEEKEND OF FREE EVENTS AT THE HYPERDOME

The face of the Hyperdome is changing, and to celebrate there is a program of three days of free activities for the whole family happening this weekend. On Friday, the kids will have a ball at the silent disco taking place at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. On Saturday, stretch out at kids yoga at 9.30am and 10am, or family yoga at 10.30am and 11am. At 11.30am, Junkyard Beats will be performing, followed by a Junkyard Beats workshop at 12.15pm and 2pm. On Sunday, check out Mother’s Day yoga at 9.30am, 10.15am, 10.45am and 11.15am, and the Mum-osa Bar at 11am. Face painting, colouring-in stations and roving performances will be happening all weekend.

Click here reserve a spot for the Disco, Yoga or Workshops.

MARKETS

THREE SIXTY FASHION MARKET 

The Three Sixty Fashion Market sells new and recycled fashion for stylish and discerning shoppers. You’ll discover quality garments of all sizes and styles, shoes, handbags, accessories and more.

Stallholders sell vintage, retro and pre-loved fashion that is far too good to just chuck in a bin. The Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to a circular economy and to providing fabulous shopping for those who ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun. You’re guaranteed to uncover some intriguing fashion and great buys.

Happening Sunday 13 May from 10 am – 3 pm at Fitters’ Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston.

See the website for more information. 

Mothers Day Markets in the Park

Don’t miss Mother’s Day Markets at Brindabella Business Park!

Head to Town Square, Brindabella Business Park on Thursday 10 May, for a lunchtime full of unique market stalls and live music.

Happening Thursday 10 May from 11 am-2 pm at Town Square, Brindabella Business Park.

SUPER SUNDAYS AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Everything goes on Super Sundays. All stallholders are welcome be they multicultural, designer, or collectables. This is a celebration of the best the market has to offer and it’s bound to be a blast!

It’s one of the most bustling events at the Old Bus Depot. Take a bite of some freshly baked bread, eye artful accessories from long-time jewellers, and listen to our many talented performers. You never know which mix of stalls you’ll see for this Sunday. 

Happening 13 May from 10 am – 4 pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more details.

Hartley Hall Markets

You’ll have so much to choose from such as; unique gifts, artwork, home baked goods, dog/cat beds and treats, plants, jewellery, fresh produce, woodwork, crafts and much more – over 200 stalls!

Enjoy the lovely rustic atmosphere where you will find live music, great food and plenty of entertainment for the children to enjoy such as a petting zoo, pony rides, jumping castle, face painting and a giant slide.

Entry is by gold coin donation or our new Tap and Go donation devise and all of the proceeds from the Hartley Hall Markets are contributed to Hartley Lifecare which provides accommodation, respite, community services and assisted technology to people with physical and complex disabilities living in the ACT and surrounding regions.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical-free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Free Mothers Day Yoga at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Celebrate Mother’s Day with free yoga sessions at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

A yoga session for you to enjoy with your children of all ages. Expect to move through a range of yoga poses to explore the body and mind through breath and movement, practising mindfulness while we develop our balance, flexibility and strength.

Happening Sunday 13 May at 9.30 am, 10.15 am, 10.45 am and 11.15 am in Centre Court at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

SHE LEADS IN-CONVERSATION WITH JAX JACKI BROWN & YEN ERIKSEN

Join the YWCA Canberra She-Leads In-Conversation event to hear from Jax Jacki Brown In-Conversation with Yen Eriksen. The conversation will centre around activism, human rights, and equality.

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTIQ activist, writer, public speaker, disability sexuality educator and workshop designer and facilitator. Jax holds a BA in Cultural Studies and Communication where she examined the intersections between disability and LGBTIQ identities and their respective rights movements. Jax is a member of the Victorian Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality, The Victorian governments’ LGBTI taskforce Health and Human Services Working Group and The Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Disability Reference Group. Jax provides a powerful insight into the reasons why society needs to change, rather than people with disabilities.

Yen Eriksen is an advocate, writer and storyteller. They are experienced in LGBTIQ advocacy and community development and are a loud and proud champion for intersectional feminism.

Happening Tuesday 8 May from 6.15pm to 8.15pm at Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

Free Junkyard Beats Workshop at Tuggeranong Hyperdome

In the hands of Junkyard Beats, ordinary household items are transformed into musical instruments that create a booty shaking, toe-tapping, electric atmosphere that makes you want to get up and move!

Their family-friendly show draws on inspiration from everyday life, the streets, and the junkyard. It is filled with imagination, humour and a lot of rhythm!

At Tuggeranong Hyperdome, you’ll have your chance to take part in two very special FREE Junkyard Beats Workshops! You’ll learn basic body percussion skills and how to perform rhythms using a range of tools such as melody pipes, broomsticks, plastic bins, drums and more!

The Junkyard Beats guys also teach people how to transform junk and recycle materials into musical instruments!

Junkyard Beats Performance happening Saturday 12 May at 11.30 am at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Junkyard Beats Workshop happening Saturday 12 May at 12.15 pm and 2 pm at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Reserve a spot for the workshop via Eventbrite.

AUTUMN: AUSTRALIAN SENATE OCCASIONAL LECTURE

After the British House of Commons was destroyed during the blitz, Churchill famously argued: “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”.

If this is so then what might we mean by “they shape us”? How does architecture mediate practices of power within a parliamentary democracy? The architectural design shapes the debating chambers and divides the building into segments and configurations that enable and constrain different forms of encounter and communication. Architecture also constructs meaning through formal imagery, scale, materials and location.

In this lecture Professor Kim Dovey will explore these relations between buildings and power with reference to the Australian Parliament House.

Kim Dovey is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Melbourne, where he is also former Head of Architecture and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. This is a free event.

Happening Friday 11 May from 12.15 pm – 1.15 pm at the Main Committee Room, Level 1, Australian Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

LIBRARY UP LATE

Expect the unexpected at Library Up Late — an evening just for adults. Ben Law and his mum, Jenny Phang, are here to save you from yourself with sage (and not-so-sage) advice for desperate lovers and sexual adventurers alike.

This event will explore relationships of all kinds, and delve into the lewd, salacious and just plain funny, with a craft beer in hand and live local music.

Scandalous comedy. Feast of strangers. Eyebrow-raising talks. Juicy collection items. 18+ 

Happening Friday 11 May at 7 pm – 9 pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website for more information.

DRAWN IN JUANITA CUCINOTTA

Draw while listening to music. Juanita Cucinotta (aka Queen Juanita) – vocals, piano accordion and guitar. All materials provided.

Happening Sunday 13 May from 1 pm – 3 pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Discover the stories behind the building on a special tour of Parliament House. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of our national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running).

We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in as places are limited to 10 participants. tours operate for 55 mins.

For security purposes, all participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation to join any behind the scenes tours or events. If you do not have these, you will be unable to participate.

Participants on a paid tour can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop on the day of the tour.

Happening until March 2019 at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill.

See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience.

Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30am
Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories.

Behind The Scenes – Thursdays at 2 pm
Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm
Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

Tours running until Thursday 31 May at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more detailed information visit the website.

ART FOR LUNCH

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection. Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening every Thursday until November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

STEPPING FORWARD: COMBINING SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH LIGHT EXERCISE

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend.

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT

RAIDERS V CRONULLA SHARKS

Both the Raiders and the Cronulla Sharks are two sides who have had a strong rivalry in recent seasons and this looks set to continue in 2018.

Happening Sunday 13 May from 4.10 pm at the GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

SKI AND SNOWBOARD EXPO

The SnowSports ACT Ski & Snowboard Sale & Expo will be held this Saturday at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston.

On sale will be ski and snowboard equipment for the whole family, including new and second-hand skis, snowboards, ski boots, snowboard boots, snow boots, jackets, pants, gloves, helmets, goggles and clothing at bargain prices.

Friendly advice is on hand to help you make your purchases. Snow sports exhibitors will be there to promote latest offerings in the market. While there, you can grab a coffee and sausage sizzle and it is worth your while to stay for the ski tuning “how to” sessions.

The community is invited to lodge preloved ski and snowboard equipment to sell. All profits from the sale go towards scholarships for ACT emerging local athletes and development initiatives and programs.

 Happening Saturday 12 May from 8.30 am – 1 pm at the Old Bus Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

OUTDOORS

Image: VisitCanberra

HERITAGE FESTIVAL – TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE AND NAMADGI NATIONAL PARK

From April to May Namadgi & Tidbinbilla celebrate history and heritage with immersive and interpretive activities stepping you back in time to experience the lives of those who lived, thrived and explored here. Check out the Explore Program on the Tidbinbilla website for festival activities at both sites.

Happening until Sunday 20 May at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

See the website for further details.

Mother’s Day Bird Walk at Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Join us with your mum on Mother’s Day for a leisurely walk around the Wetlands with a local bird expert to learn more about the amazing array of bird life we have. With 136 bird species recorded at the Wetlands, you never know what you might find!

Happening Sunday 13 May. Tickets cost $15 and spaces are limited to 12 so book your tickets now.

Find more information here.

LLAMAS IN THE MIST

On a misty morning watch the mist rise revealing a tranquil vista of paddocks and rolling hills, with dozens of alpacas and llamas peacefully grazing… or on a frosty morning watch the frost on their whiskers and fleece become steam rising from their bodies as they amble up the paddock for their breakfast.

This is a rare opportunity and one not to be missed – meet over 200 alpacas and llamas, learn about them, and take wonderful “selfies” with them.

Happening until Monday 18 June at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW.

See the website for more information.

KIDS  

Free family yoga at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Enjoy free family yoga in Centre Court at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome!

This is for mum, dad, the kiddies and the grandparents and is about connecting with your loved ones while we move through yoga poses to build strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Open to beginners!

Happening Saturday 12 May at 10.30 am and 11 am at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Reserve a spot via Eventbrite.

Free Junkyard Beats Workshop

In the hands of Junkyard Beats, ordinary household items are transformed into musical instruments that create a booty shaking, toe-tapping, electric atmosphere that makes you want to get up and move!

Their family-friendly show draws on inspiration from everyday life, the streets, and the junkyard. It is filled with imagination, humour and a lot of rhythm!

At Tuggeranong Hyperdome, you’ll have your chance to take part in two very special FREE Junkyard Beats Workshops! You’ll learn basic body percussion skills and how to perform rhythms using a range of tools such as melody pipes, broomsticks, plastic bins, drums and more!

The Junkyard Beats guys also teach people how to transform junk and recycle materials into musical instruments!

Junkyard Beats Performance happening Saturday 12 May at 11.30 am at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Junkyard Beats Workshop happening Saturday 12 May at 12.15 pm and 2 pm at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Reserve a spot for the workshop via Eventbrite.

PAW PATROL LIVE! THE GREAT PIRATE ADVENTURE

X barks the spot in the new tour, Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure. It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration. But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map.

The Paw Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first. The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup, Tracker.

Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure brings everyone’s favourite puppies to the stages of Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, Perth, Geelong, Melbourne and Brisbane for an action-packed, high-energy, interactive musical adventure.

Happening Saturday 12 May from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm at the AIS Arena, 26 Leverrier Street, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

Free Kids Yoga at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Start your Saturday with the kids with a free yoga session at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome!

Open to children between 4-8, perfect for preschoolers and above, this class will be loads of fun allowing the imagination to take each child on a journey using creativity and incorporating basic yoga poses, visualisation, play, relaxation and mindfulness.

Happening Saturday 12 May at 9.30 am and 10 am at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Reserve a spot via Eventbrite.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Ages 5-12.

Bookings are essential. Register here.

Free silent disco at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Grab your friends for a dance party. Centre Court is the place to be for SILENT DISCO fun! With a dedicated dance floor, DJ and your own headsets, you can dance into the evening and choose from four different sessions.

This FREE event is for the little ones, 8 and under, who have a special session at 4 pm just for them.

Happening Friday 11 May at 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm at Centre Court, Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

Reserve a spot via Eventbrite.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger-guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

SUMATRAN WILDLIFE FUNDRAISER

Enjoy a unique evening with delicious canapés and drinks amongst spectacular wildlife, in the brand new Rhino Bistro at the National Zoo & Aquarium. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the latest addition to the Zoo’s facilities.

Celebrate the launch of the Wildlife Guardian Fund and be inspired by a presentation from world-renowned orangutan expert, Leif Cocks. Pick up a signed copy of his latest book.

There will be a live auction of experiences money can’t buy plus you could win a night’s accommodation at Jamala (valued at over $1400)!

All proceeds will go to The Orangutan Project for the protection of critically endangered wildlife and habitat in Bukit Tigapuluh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Happening Thursday 10 May from 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm at the National Zoo & Aquarium, Lady Denman Drive, Yarralumla.

See the website for more information.

Bears of Hope Mother’s Day High Tea

Bears of Hope are an Australian-wide organisation established to support Aussie families through the loss and life-long journey without their precious babies. This Mother’s Day High Tea will be an event to support women who have experienced infant loss on this important day.

Happening Saturday 12 May from 2pm at Decadent Restaurant, Greenway.

Find more information via the website.

EXHIBITIONS 

CARTIER NIGHT IN 

Grab your friends or treat your mum and head to the NGA for a night of pampering. Listen to Cartier coordinating exhibition curator, Simeran Maxwell, while you sit back, relax and enjoy a drink.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Cartier: The exhibition showcases more than 300 spectacular items, with loans from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier Collection itself, in exquisite settings such as royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients and discover the age of glamour and icons of style through our program of talks, tours, events and beautifully curated, fully illustrated catalogue.

Happening Friday 11 May at 6 pm – 8 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website for more information.

OUT OF THE BOX: SHELL NECKLACES

Curators from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art department present shell necklaces from the NGA’s collection. Limited places, bookings essential.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection at the National Gallery of Australia comprises over 7500 works and is the largest in the world. These new gallery spaces allow much more of the collection to be seen with each one specifically designed for a different geographic region or aspect of Indigenous art and, where possible, paintings and sculptures are illuminated overhead by natural daylight, akin to the light in which the works were created.

This dedicated display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art highlights the diversity, richness and excellence of the collection.

Happening Tuesday 8 May from 12.45 pm – 1.15 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website for more information.

LITTLE LOOK AT ART

Join a voluntary guide for a gallery tour for parents and carers with babies (0–1 years) followed by coffee and muffins in the NGA Café. 

Happening Wednesday 9 May from 10 am – 12 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website from more information.

 

THE NATIONAL PICTURE: CURATORS FORUM AND TOUR

Join curators Professor Tim Bonyhady and Dr Greg Lehman, NGA curator Franchesca Cubillo and members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, as they explore works from the exhibition that reference confronting issues from Tasmania’s complex past.
Happening Saturday 12 May from 1 pm to 4.45 pm at the James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website for more information.

COLONY: AUSTRALIA 1770 – 1861

Treasures Curator Nat Williams explores the items currently on loan to the National Gallery of Victoria, examining images of exploration leading to the settlement and expansion of the Australian colonies.

Happening Monday 14 May from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website for more details. 

RENDEZVOUS WITH ART

Enjoy refreshments in the NGA café before joining Gallery guides to discuss selected works of art. Groups will be met by their guide at the front desk.

Happening Monday 14 May from 10 am to 12 pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place.

See the website for more details.

Clay Stories: A Sabbia Gallery and Remote Communities Ceramic Network Touring Exhibition

The exhibition Clay Stories is to be held from Saturday 12 May to Sunday 1 July, 2018 in the Strathnairn Woolshed Gallery. The official opening will take place at 2pm on Saturday 12 May. Clay Stories is a significant survey exhibition of contemporary artworks in ceramics that have been created by both highly established and emerging Indigenous artists in remote parts of regional Australia. The exhibition presents pieces that are both sculptural and vessel-based, with each body of work representative of the artist’s connection to Country and as a strong medium for storytelling.

Find out more here.

Spectrum Exhibition

From 30 April 2018 to 22 May 2018 at ANU Pop Up Gallery, Spectrum showcases the work of ANU School of Art and Design alumni exploring saturation, hue and the intricacies of colour within their art practice, and how such dynamic use of the spectrum can create atmospheric feeling within vibrational visual arenas.

Through investigation into the ways colour is expressed within a variety of mediums, we can consider the symbolic narrative the spectrum plays in our 21st century lives, and meditate upon its impact within our psyche.

Entry is free. More information here.

Still Light Exhibition

Sydney artist Jane Gerrish will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore on 12 May, 2018.

In the exhibition, entitled ‘Still Light’, Gerrish draws on her passion for research to take viewers on a journey through time. Her curiosity is infectious as a narrative rich in history and intrigue unfolds over four series’ of drawings.

Inspired by an exhibition of masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Orchard Street, New York, Gerrish follows the tradition of 17th century master studies. Paying homage to a selection of Dutch & German artists she demonstrates her own phenomenal skill with her chosen mediums of charcoal, graphite and coloured pencil.

‘Studying these artworks and interpreting the different textures of the painted compositions in charcoal proved a new artistic challenge, and a wonderful way to learn more about the genre’ – Jane Gerrish (referring to her ‘Sumptuous Series’ of still life drawings).

The exhibition will run until 24 June 2018. An opening reception will be held from 3 – 5pm on Saturday 12 May. All welcome, more information here.

 EXHIBITION ‘IN THESE HANDS: MARA NYANGANGKA’

An exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts.

The fruits of a collaboration that took place 46 years ago are the subject of a very special exhibition about Australia’s two oldest centres for craft and design – Sturt Gallery & Studios (1941) and Ernabella Arts (1948).

Forty-six years ago, five young artists from Ernabella went to Sturt as part of a residency to learn new weaving techniques. To celebrate Ernabella’s 70th birthday, In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka tells the story of that residency, its impact on subsequent generations and offers a showcase of the contemporary work in painting, ceramics and tjanpi (native grass) weaving and punu (timber) work.

In These Hands will not only tell the historical story of the link between these two famous centres, it will celebrate the long tradition of craft and design in Australia while at the same time being testament to the positive collaboration and understanding between an Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural institution sharing that same passion for ‘making’.

Happening Thursday 10 May – Saturday 30 June from 10 am – 5 pm at the Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITION ‘RETRACE: SABINE PAGAN’

Retrace, is a solo exhibition by contemporary jewellery designer Sabine Pagan. The exhibition will feature rings, photographs and video extending Pagan’s ongoing investigation into themes of architectural environments, place, materiality and memories.

Sabine Pagan is a Swiss‐born Australian jewellery practitioner with a career spanning over 20 years. She has worked in both Switzerland and Australia as a practicing artist and academic, completing a practice‐based PhD in 2016. In 2017, she resumed her career as a full‐time artist, dividing her time between commissions and exhibitions.

Happening Thursday 10 May – Saturday 30 June from 10 am – 5 pm at the Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Happening until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Vibrancy; A celebration of works by the late Val Fitzpatrick

On 28 November 2017 one of Strathnairn Arts long standing and dedicated members, Val Fitzpatrick passed away. Val had applied for an exhibition at Strathnairn Arts in 2018 and her proposal had been accepted. Described as an expressionist painter her love of texture fuelled by an intense interest in ancient history and mythology has resulted in a unique mixed media style use of fabric fibre applied hand coloured paper and sculptured relief is often featured throughout her work.

Happening until 27 May, 2018. Official Opening Saturday 5 May at 2 pm at Strathnairn Arts– Gallery 1 & 2, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION

A Tale of Two Villages tells the story of the Hall-Ginninderra district from Aboriginal times, through the early pioneer farming settlement at Palmerville and then Ginninderra, to the establishment of the village of Hall from 1881.

Happening from Saturday 21 April.

See the website for more information at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall.

‘The Inner Apartment’ exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art

The Inner Apartment’ – an exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art curated by Nur Shkembi will show at the Nishi Gallery.

‘The Inner Apartment’ is an exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art curated by Nur Shkembi that explores the fractured beauty of the sacred and the mundane. Featuring work by Shireen Taweel, Hoda Afshar and Leila El Rayes, ‘The Inner Apartment’ explores the ways in which ordinarily private, spiritual and deeply personal matters of the heart and mind have been turned inside-out and compelled into the public domain.

‘The Inner Apartment’ – showing at Nishi Gallery – is presented in association with the National Museum (NMA) of Australia’s exhibition ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’, and small selection of works will be on display in the NMA foyer.

Showing until Sunday 22 July. Gallery is open from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesday to Sunday at  Nishi Gallery.

Find more information via the website.

NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2018

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Showing until Sunday 17 June at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory,

See the website for more information, including tickets.

DAVID HOCKNEY: PRINTS

This not-to-be-missed exhibition draws from the National Gallery of Australia’s extensive collection of David Hockney’s works on paper, one of the largest in the world, highlighting the depth and scope of the artist’s printmaking output from 1961 to now.

Inspired by sources ranging from Pablo Picasso to Pop Art, Walt Whitman to the Brothers Grimm, and the exhilarating experience of living and working in Los Angeles for much of his career, Hockney’s prints range from using lithography and etching, photocopiers and fax machines, and – most recently — iPhones and iPads.

David Hockney: Prints is a thrilling insight into the mind of an iconic artist still searching for new ways of seeing and depiction.

On show until 27 May at the National Gallery of Australia, Orde Poynton Gallery, Level 2, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

Entry is free but see the website for more information.

AVENUES OF HONOUR

For the past nine years, Sarah Wood has been proactively raising the awareness of Australia’s unique and historic Avenues of Honour throughout Australia through photographic documentation and gallery exhibitions.

The ‘Avenues of Honour’ photographic exhibition is a national project to preserve and promote Australia’s Avenue of Honours as we commemorate the centenary of ANZAC, the Gallipoli landings and World War I.

On display in the Village Centre daily.

Happening until Sunday 27 May at National Arboretum, Forest Drive. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

‘SO YOU MIGHT KNOW EACH OTHER’: FAITH AND CULTURE IN ISLAM

View intriguing objects — from clothing and ceremonial hangings to musical instruments, armour, precious manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery — that celebrate the achievements of Muslim people across the world, their daily lives, traditions and spirituality.

Featuring collections from the Vatican Anima Mundi Museum, the Sharjah Museums Authority and the National Museum of Australia.

Happening until Sunday 22 July from 9am–5pm at National Museum of Australia, 1 Lawson Crescent, Acton. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

FREE EXHIBITIONS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parliament House we are running a jam-packed program of events, including two free exhibitions.

Exhibition: Design in a decade – The Design in a Decade – The 1980s

Step back in time with the Parliament House Art Collection as we revisit the 1980’s. Bold colours and geometric shapes abound in celebration of a rich decade in Australian art, craft and design.

Location: Exhibition area, level 1.

YES: THE ONGOING STORY OF THE 1967 REFERENDUM

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition.

The national referendum on 27 May 1967 was a historic one. An overwhelming majority of Australians – over 90 per cent – voted ‘Yes’ to allowing the federal government to make laws in relation to Aboriginal people and to allowing Aboriginal people to be included in the census.

In Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum, discover the historic events and strong relationships involved in making the referendum happen and explore the significance of the referendum today.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Happening until Friday 25 May at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, 18, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

THE ART OF SCIENCE: BAUDIN’S VOYAGERS 1800-1804

See exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science.

Happening until Sunday 24 June at National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

This collection exhibition draws attention to portraits of Australians whose unique life experiences symbolise social and cultural themes. The portraits attest to the facility of photographic portraiture to convey compelling psychological depth.

Happening until Friday 7 September 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

1968: CHANGING TIMES

Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll…and a missing prime minister.

1968 was momentous. A time of tumultuous world events, including the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

At home in Australia, we struggled with the fallout from the December 1967 disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt and growing unrest about conscription for overseas military service.

From Hendrix’s blistering solos and far-out fashions to a swinging counter-culture, there was a strong sense that the world was rapidly changing. Where were we headed?

The opening of the National Library’s lakeside building in Canberra in August 1968 was a moment of national pride and achievement in the midst of this turbulent time.

Revisit the 1960s as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening, and reflect on what was happening in the world, in Australia and in Canberra at the time.

Showing until Sunday 12 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

ART DECO

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian vitalism, capturing Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture, and technology.

In the 1920s, Australian artists rebelled against the austerity of World War I to create images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian Vitalism, including Rayner Hoff’s architectural frieze Deluge – stampede of the lower gods 1927, Jean Broome-Norton’s Abundance 1934 and Napier Waller’s painting, I’ll put a girdle round about the earth 1933, which captures Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture and technology. 

Showing until Monday 31 December 2018, 7 days from 10am-5pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information, see the website.

DEEDS NOT WORDS: THE BESSIE RISCHBIETH COLLECTION

National Library of Australia is proudly representing the opportunity to see the collection of Bessie Rischbieth, a prominent figure in Australian and international feminism.

During her stay in England in 1913, Bessie Rischbieth witnessed the whirlwind of the suffragettes’ struggle for the right to vote, which was then at its height.

Fascinated by the charisma of the suffragettes and their militant actions, she gathered memorabilia of the movement, building a collection of photographs, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, suffrage periodicals, postcards and correspondence. She continued to grow the collection for the remainder of her life.

Rischbieth bequeathed this ‘living memorial’ to the National Library of Australia.

Free entry.

Showing until 19 August daily from 10 am to 5 pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus.

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

YES: THE ONGOING STORY OF THE 1967 REFERENDUM

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today.

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open until Friday 25 May at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

THE OPENING DAY: 9 MAY 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony?

This exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5pm daily until 2 May 2018.

For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

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