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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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During these first weeks of Spring, Canberra is coming alive with an exciting range of things to do and see including Canberra’s best loved flower festival, a fashion event like no other, a food market that will make your tastebuds sing and a swag of markets, theatre productions, music and exhibitions for every taste. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…

Floriade 

Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection.

Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat.

12 September- 11 October, Commonwealth Park, Canberra. Free Entry.

Westfield Belconnen Spring/Summer 2015/16 Launch Weekend

Celebrate all things Spring at Today, I Am: Westfield Belconnen SS15/16 Launch Weekend with expert advice from HerCanberra’s team of experts in fashion, beauty, interior design and nutrition. There will be beauty tutorials, fashion advisory sessions, free food, tutorials in interior design and more!

Come and join the HerCanberra team as we celebrate the coming of Spring (fashion)!

Westfield Belconnen, September 11 @ 5:00 pmSeptember 13 @ 3:00 pm. Free. 

Gayby Baby: Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Gayby Baby is a portrait of four Australian kids – Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham – whose parents all happen to be gay. As they each wrestle with the challenges of oncoming adolescence, the outside world wrestles with the issue of marriage equality, and whether or not kids like them are at risk.

See this nominated documentary and stay on following the film for a special QandA with filmmakers Maya Newell + Charlotte Mars.

10 Sep 2015, 7pm, Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Philip Law Street, New Acton

The Forage and Hustle&Scout

The popular street style food event The Forage to be held alongside the Hustle&Scout Fashion Markets, is back! The twilight event includes up to 100 food and fashion stalls, with live music from The Lavers, Tuchasoul and The Burley Griffin, a workshop series by The Maker’s Collective, educational ‘pairing sessions’ run by The Cheesesmith and Bentspoke and roaming contemporary dance performances.

There are 26 brand new fashion designers attending the event, including: Birdsnest, Hana Designs, A Skulk of Foxes, Runaway Apparel, Solar Bare, and Fujinella. Eight of the designers who showcased at Fashfest this year will be bringing their latest collections: Sovata, Zilpah Tart, Red Corner Boxing, Solar Bare, Hana Designs, Birdsnest, Recollection and Assemblage Project.

There are also 10 new vendors coming to The Forage, including locals such Tikka Stand, 4 Bee Meats, The Nighthawk Diner, Honey & Glow and 54 Benjamin. Old favourites include Pialligo Estate, Mr Papa, Poachers Pantry, Sweet Bones Bakery, East Street Canberra and The Brathaus and more.

Entry is free. Visit the websites for more information www.theforage.com.au and www.hustleandscout.com.au. On Saturday September 12 from 2pm – 7pm at the Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Men’s Style & Tech Workshop

Leading the way for relatable men’s fashion, Luc Wiesman’s website, D’Marge, started out as a hobby but quickly gained a loyal following of style-seeking men. D’Marge is the place for guys to go for classic, cultured and expertly curated content for the modern man.

In this men’s styling and technology workshop at the Canberra Centre, Luc shares his take on the season’s trends and his picks for new gadgets that you need right now. Finish off the evening at the QT Grooming Station followed by a Gentleman’s cocktail class hosted by Lucky’s Speakeasy.

September 11 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm. $5o per person. Tickets include a complimentary $50 Canberra Centre Gift Card and a style bag to take home. Bookings essential, visit Customer Service on Level 1 or click here for more information.  

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. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – 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. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

MARKETS, FESTIVALS & EXPOS

Floriade 

Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection.

Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat.

12 September- 11 October, Commonwealth Park, Canberra. Free Entry.

Night Market Canberra

Night Market Canberra focuses on fashion, homewares and lifestyle products in a great outdoor setting. Presenting a curated selection of pop-up shops from local and interstate designers, live entertainment, a licensed bar and street eats – there will be something for everyone!

Once you’ve finished shopping, relax in the grassed courtyard and quench your thirst with an organic juice or cocktail from the licensed bar within Maple+Clove, while sampling an array of food served up by local eateries from within the Realm Precinct.

11 Sep, 4pm-9pm, Free. Realm Park, Burbury Close

Westfield Belconnen Spring/Summer 2015/16 Launch Weekend

Celebrate all things Spring at Today, I Am: Westfield Belconnen SS15/16 Launch Weekend with expert advice from HerCanberra’s team of experts in fashion, beauty, interior design and nutrition. There will be beauty tutorials, fashion advisory sessions, free food, tutorials in interior design and more!

Come and join the HerCanberra team as we celebrate the coming of Spring (fashion)!

Westfield Belconnen, September 11 @ 5:00 pmSeptember 13 @ 3:00 pm. Free. 

Spring Glory Courtyard Tour at Parliament House

A once-a-year opportunity to see the glorious gardens that are lovingly tended by the Parliament House landscape staff. Beautifully calm and simple, these hidden gardens will delight and amaze everyone.

Saturday 12 September, Duration: 60 minutes. Times: 10.00 am, 12.00 pm, 3.30 pm, Cost: Adults $18, Concession/Child $13, Family $45 (two adults and two children). A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700.

Meet the Gardener Tour

The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Dates: Sunday 27 September and Sunday 4 October. Times: 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

Latin American Flavours Festival 

This month, the capital feasts on the wonders of Latin American food with a special line-up of dinners being held at the Hyatt’s Promenade Café, created by Executive Chef Nitin. The chef and his culinary team have spent months researching authentic dishes by 12 countries, from Cuba right through to Mexico. Cuba will celebrate the festival with a rum Mojito tasting and an opportunity to get those hips moving with the lively music of a Cuban band. Peru will dish up humitas (traditional corn cake steamed in corn husk), Columbia a whole roast stuffed pig and Uruguay pascualina (a traditional dish with spinach and hard-boiled eggs stuffed in pastry).

Guatemala will have a guest chef in the kitchen. Chile’s menu features traditional potato pancakes, Argentina wine tasting and empanada. Venezuela will serve up a mighty tasty Creole red snapper dish and Mexico will have Chef Maria Del Carmen Saenz on site to add a special touch to dishes like Mayan pork and Mole Coloradito chicken.

Latin America is a big part of the world with some figures suggesting it takes up almost 13% of the earth’s land surface and has a population of more than 600 million. So it’s no wonder that the flavours and styles of food are so diverse.

Friday 11 September – Tuesday 22 September at Hyatt Promenade Cafe. $69 per person for a buffet dinner and dessert. See the website for details about nights and cuisines.

Old Bus Depot Market

Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee. Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

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.

Amongst the wide range of food available, you will find vegetables from Cowra, free range eggs from Tharwa, organic meat from Bombala, organic salad greens from near Hall, vegetables from Marulan, fresh mushrooms and seafood from the south coast, award winning olive oil from near Hall, vegetables from Thirlmere, citrus from Leeton, apples from Batlow Gunning and Pialligo, local breads, cooking sauces and condiments made in Canberra, and award winning organic and fair trade coffees roasted here in Canberra.  If you have a sweet tooth try some freshly baked, tarts, macarons or cakes. There is a wide range of certified organic and biodynamic produce available.

After your shopping relax over a cappuccino or a hot chocolate made with real Belgian chocolate, with a crepe, waffle, sausage sandwich or gozleme in the courtyard.

Open every Sunday morning from 8am until 11:30am at CIT Southside Campus, corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip. Visit www.canberrafarmersmarkets.com.au/southside-farmers-market for more information.

EAT LOCAL FRIDAYS Farmers Market

Eat Local Fridays is a brand new farmers’ market to hit Canberra. Held every Friday, buy chemical and GMO-free produce directly from the grower and makers. Special guest Costa Georgiadis, will be there to kick things off. Visit www.eatlocalmovement.org for more information. On from 2.30pm – 7pm this Friday 4 September at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Westside Markets

Whether it’s food, fashion, second-hand or handmade, Canberrans love a good market. The newest addition to the market scene are the Westside Acton Markets which have seen Westside Acton Park transformed into an eclectic outdoor market every Sunday. Each week a mix of handmade, vintage and designer stalls will set up alongside live entertainment and permanent food vendors in the lakeside precinct. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Westside Acton Park, Barrine Drive.

Capital Region Farmers Market

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.

FOOD & WINE

The Forage and Hustle&Scout

The popular street style food event The Forage to be held alongside the Hustle&Scout Fashion Markets, is back! The twilight event includes up to 100 food and fashion stalls, with live music from The Lavers, Tuchasoul and The Burley Griffin, a workshop series by The Maker’s Collective, educational ‘pairing sessions’ run by The Cheesesmith and Bentspoke and roaming contemporary dance performances.

There are 26 brand new fashion designers attending the event, including: Birdsnest, Hana Designs, A Skulk of Foxes, Runaway Apparel, Solar Bare, and Fujinella. Eight of the designers who showcased at Fashfest this year will be bringing their latest collections: Sovata, Zilpah Tart, Red Corner Boxing, Solar Bare, Hana Designs, Birdsnest, Recollection and Assemblage Project.

There are also 10 new vendors coming to The Forage, including locals such Tikka Stand, 4 Bee Meats, The Nighthawk Diner, Honey & Glow and 54 Benjamin. Old favourites include Pialligo Estate, Mr Papa, Poachers Pantry, Sweet Bones Bakery, East Street Canberra and The Brathaus and more.

Entry is free. Visit the websites for more information www.theforage.com.au and www.hustleandscout.com.au. On Saturday September 12 from 2pm – 7pm at the Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Night Market Canberra

Night Market Canberra focuses on fashion, homewares and lifestyle products in a great outdoor setting. Presenting a curated selection of pop-up shops from local and interstate designers, live entertainment, a licensed bar and street eats – there will be something for everyone!

Once you’ve finished shopping, relax in the grassed courtyard and quench your thirst with an organic juice or cocktail from the licensed bar within Maple+Clove, while sampling an array of food served up by local eateries from within the Realm Precinct.

11 September, 4pm-9pm, Free. Realm Park, Burbury Close.

Spring Tea

Celebrate spring in one of the stunning hidden Parliament House courtyards. Enjoy a delightful high tea of mouth-watering delicacies with a glass of something sparkling to celebrate Floriade.

Dates: Saturday 3 October and Saturday 10 October, Times: 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Cost: $55. Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

SPORT & FITNESS

Capital Carnage vs Sydney City Smash & Rogue Scholars vs S2D2 The Empire

Join the excitement of live full contact roller derby in this double header event! Varsity Derby League’s Capital Carnage plays Sydney City Smash (men’s game), and VDL’s Rogue Scholars play South Side Derby Dolls’ The Empire (women’s game). Sit trackside to get up close to the action! This is a family friendly event and kids under 12 are free with a paying adult. Plenty of entertainment, and refreshments without the big stadium prices too.

Saturday 12 Sep, 3pm, Southern Cross Basketball Stadium. Tickets $15 on the door for adults. Children under 12 free with accompanying adult.

Free early morning exercise walks at Floriade

Local Heart Foundation walk organisers and CANwalk members will lead walkers through the gardens before the gates open to the general public. Experience the beauty and serenity of the gardens without the crowds!

Held 8am—9am daily during Floriade, starting Saturday 12 September. Meet at Commonwealth Avenue Pedestrian crossing.

For more information contact Diane on 6269 2655 or [email protected]

FAMILY

Spring Glory Courtyard Tour at Parliament House

A once-a-year opportunity to see the glorious gardens that are lovingly tended by the Parliament House landscape staff. Beautifully calm and simple, these hidden gardens will delight and amaze everyone.

Saturday 12 September, Duration: 60 minutes. Times: 10.00 am, 12.00 pm, 3.30 pm, Cost: Adults $18, Concession/Child $13, Family $45 (two adults and two children). A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700

Floriade 

Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection.

Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat.

12 September- 11 October, Commonwealth Park, Canberra. Free Entry.

Gunning Fireworks Festival 2015

The Gunning Fireworks Festival has become one of the most popular family events in the area and its less than an hour’s drive from Canberra. The fireworks finale will showcase the latest in high tech effects during a massive pyrotechnical musical sky show.

Stallholders will be there to tempt you with locally handmade products plus food, drinks and entertainment.The event is produced by Fireworks Australia who have a factory in the region. Fireworks Australia supply specialised products to other fireworks companies, film and television, touring productions and major events Australia wide.

Saturday 12 September, 3pm-9pm. Gunning Showground, Copeland and Warratah Streets, Gunning. Entry cost: Adult: $10.00, Child: $5.00 – 16 and under, Family: $25.00.

Night Market Canberra

Night Market Canberra focuses on fashion, homewares and lifestyle products in a great outdoor setting. Presenting a curated selection of pop-up shops from local and interstate designers, live entertainment, a licensed bar and street eats – there will be something for everyone!

Once you’ve finished shopping, relax in the grassed courtyard and quench your thirst with an organic juice or cocktail from the licensed bar within Maple+Clove, while sampling an array of food served up by local eateries from within the Realm Precinct.

11 September, 4pm-9pm, Free. Realm Park, Burbury Close.

Meet the Gardener Tour

The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Dates: Sunday 27 September and Sunday 4 October. Times: 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

Chifley Preschool Spring Fair

Heaps of family fun, great entertainment for kids and their grown-ups, and a great way to spend a few hours with a lovely local community.

Raffles and silent auctions on the day with amazing prizes. Micro-Scooters, accessorized kids bikes (caps off to Onya Bike), gym memberships (thanks to YMCA and Alive), wheelbarrow full of power tools and blokes stuff (all from Masters), a family weekend in Batemans Bay (from the local Commonwealth Banks), dinner vouchers for A Bite to Eat – and many more deals to be had. Plus the local fire truck will make an appearance. On Sunday September 13 from 10am – 1.30pm at Chifley Preschool, 60 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley.

BFirm Battle Games – Holiday Sessions 

Celebrity Trainer Lee Campbell’s BFirm Battle Games are unique school holiday experiences for any kids aged between 8 – 14, where the primary aims are adventure, inclusiveness and fun. The sessions can stand alone or kids can participate in all of the available “missions”.

In teams, kids will compete in a variety of challenges which focus on every form of development from their creativeness, teamwork/leadership, fitness and strength – Battle Games is for everyone and they spend a whole day outside without being plugged in!

Sessions will be held on 29 and 30 September and 6 and 7 October. Bookings can be made at www.bfirm.com.au/battlegames

Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick

The National Capital Exhibition presents Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick; an exciting programme for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Little Griffins includes songs, activities and lots of Duplo™ construction fun as a gentle introduction to the wonders of the National Capital.

Held from 10am to 11am the last Friday of each month at National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Canberra.

Sustainable House Day at Googong

The township of Googong is hosting Sustainable House Day on Sunday 13 September with a range of free presentations and workshops to help those building or redecorating to find green solutions for their homes. The Block’s Keith the Foreman will be moderating panel sessions in Beltana Park from 11am to 2pm for those interested in sustainable building, choosing energy-wise building products and appliances, and creating a greener household. Bespoke handmade products will be on display throughout the day with makers sharing their tips and tricks for creating chic and sustainable interiors. There will also be a sausage sizzle, coffee, sweet treats and children’s entertainment. On Sunday, 13 September at 11.30am at Beltana Park off Beltana Avenue, Googong (adjacent to Club Googong). More information here: http://googong.net/news/events.php.

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. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – 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. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

Perception Deception

Does your brain play tricks on you? Is one person’s reality the same as yours? Answer these questions and more with the Perception Deception exhibition at Questacon. Surprise your senses and challenge your mind with over 60 hands-on and multimedia exhibits featuring perceptual test and illusions.  This family-friendly exhibition reveals how our brains process information from our senses to form our perception of the world around us. Sometimes all is not as it seems! On now until 30 September 2015. For entry prices visit the website.

There’s always heaps for people of all ages to do at Questacon – check out their list of events here.

National Dinosaur Museum Weekend Tours

The National Dinosaur Museum holds tours every weekend. Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time. Take your camera, your friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages. Tours are free with admission. Tours are 30-minutes and run every weekend at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm until 27 December.

Family Space

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy this school holidays in the Portrait Gallery Adventure Family Space. Explore the lives of Australia’s greatest adventurers through interactive art carts, dioramas and dress ups. Make your own portrait that expresses your spirit of adventure using fun art materials and the photo booth. All materials provided and free for all to enjoy! From 11am to 4pm daily.

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 2 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.

Friday 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 the website for more information.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Westfield Belconnen Spring/Summer 2015/16 Launch Weekend

Celebrate all things Spring at Today, I Am: Westfield Belconnen SS15/16 Launch Weekend with expert advice from HerCanberra’s team of experts in fashion, beauty, interior design and nutrition. There will be beauty tutorials, fashion advisory sessions, free food, tutorials in interior design and more!

Come and join the HerCanberra team as we celebrate the coming of Spring (fashion)!

Westfield Belconnen, September 11 @ 5:00 pmSeptember 13 @ 3:00 pm. Free. 

Exclusive Q&A with Kirstie Clements

In this exclusive Q&A, former Vogue editor Kirstie Clements reveals her stylish tips on how to have the best career & work wardrobe. During the session guests can enjoy complimentary drinks, canapés & goodie bags.

Tickets include sparkling wine on arrival, morning tea, goodie bag and a $50 Westfield Gift Card. Bookings are essential – see concierge. For more information, click here.

Saturday 12 September, 10am-11.30am, Westfield Woden, $50 per person.

YOR Health Canberra Launch Event 

YOR Health is officially launching the dynamic and diverse YOR Health Canberra Team to announce that they are here to help empower the women of Canberra to take control and improve their health, gain confidence and get into the best shape of their lives! YOR Health also offers a unique opportunity for people to create wealth, time freedom, achieve personal growth, fulfilment and happiness in a community environment. 

 To register for this FREE event, please send your name and contact number to [email protected].For more information, please visit our website at www.yorhealth.com.

At the launch you will: Learn directly from YOR Health Australia’s top leaders why it’s one of the fastest growing health companies in Australia, meet average people with above average ambition, taste and learn about these premium quality health products, hear about the fastest growing 8 Week Challenge, hear about our amazing rewards program, find out how to win a holiday for two, shopping spree, makeover and $3000 in products, find out where you can join FREE boot camp in an area near you! Find out how to take advantage of this opportunity to control your health, wealth and self mastery!

Calwell Club, 1 Were Street Calwell, 7pm, Saturday 12 September.

Meet the Gardener Tour

The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Dates: Sunday 27 September and Sunday 4 October. Times: 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: canberraticketing.com.au or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ with Jon Ronson

Join Jon Ronson at the National Library of Australia from 6pm this Tuesday 1 September as he talks about his latest book, ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’. Inspired by the theft of his identity through a fake Twitter account, Ronson interviewed individuals involved in high-profile cases of online public shaming. Through his book he explores the powerful and devastating effects of the phenomenon that has become epidemic on social media.

Includes a book signing and refreshments. Cost $20. Book your ticket online at www.nla.gov.au.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

Sustainable House Day at Googong

The township of Googong is hosting Sustainable House Day on Sunday 13 September with a range of free presentations and workshops to help those building or redecorating to find green solutions for their homes. The Block’s Keith the Foreman will be moderating panel sessions in Beltana Park from 11am to 2pm for those interested in sustainable building, choosing energy-wise building products and appliances, and creating a greener household. Bespoke handmade products will be on display throughout the day with makers sharing their tips and tricks for creating chic and sustainable interiors. There will also be a sausage sizzle, coffee, sweet treats and children’s entertainment. On Sunday, 13 September at 11.30am at Beltana Park off Beltana Avenue, Googong (adjacent to Club Googong). More information here: http://googong.net/news/events.php.

STAGE & FILM

The Illusionists 1903

Having shattered box office records around the world, THE ILLUSIONISTS is now coming to captivate Canberra. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has dazzled audiences of all ages.

Featuring brand-new, world class Illusionists handpicked from across the globe, THE ILLUSIONIST 1903 promises to transport the audience back to the golden age of magic – a time when conjurers were the true rock stars of the day. Showcasing the origins of some of the greatest and most dangerous illusions ever built, the show also unveils never-seen-before experiments drawn from a treasure trove of long-forgotten mysteries.

September 8 @ 8:00 amSeptember 16 @ 5:00 pm, Canberra Theatre Centre.  Tickets are $79.

Gayby Baby: Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Gayby Baby is a portrait of four Australian kids – Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham – whose parents all happen to be gay. As they each wrestle with the challenges of oncoming adolescence, the outside world wrestles with the issue of marriage equality, and whether or not kids like them are at risk.

See this nominated documentary and stay on following the film for a special QandA with filmmakers Maya Newell + Charlotte Mars.

10 September 2015, 7pm, Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Philip Law Street, New Acton

Cranky Bear

Cranky Bear is a rollicking new show by Patch Theatre Company for 4 – 8 year olds packed with laughter, surprise and mayhem. Flamboyant friends Zebra, Lion and Moose each think they know how to solve the Bear’s crankiness but their shenanigans just make him even crankier! It takes a humble and empathetic Sheep with an open heart and listening ear to solve the Bear’s woes.

11-12 September, two shows each day at 10.30am and 1pm at the Canberra Theatre.

Tickets from Canberra Ticketing. Transaction fees apply.

Cult Classics return to Dendy

Dendy Canberra’s Cult Classics will return for another season, showcasing some of the best films from the last several decades. The program opens with the first instalment of the magnificent adventure Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) on every Monday with an incredible line-up for the winter season that will feature some of the best films of all time including the highest grossing film of 2003, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Fight Club (1999).

The August program includes The Exorcist (1973), Wayne’s World (1992), Willow (1998), 54 The Director’s Cut (1998) and Tropic Thunder (2008). The season will conclude with the best known ‘midnight movie’ The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on Monday 21 September with fans and guests encourage to attend in their best Rocky Horror attire. The Cult Classics screen every Monday with a session at 10am and 6.30pm. Members pay just $10 and non-members $12. Tickets are now on sale and bookings are highly recommended.

MUSIC, DANCE & MORE

SAFIA

The ‘Embracing Me’ tour follows SAFIA’s recent sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne as part of the cool accidents’ Vinyl Club launch parties, and previous sold out tours, as well as appearances at the likes of The Great Escape, Primavera Festival, SXSW, and Falls Festival. Their Triple J Like a Version debut in May saw the three-piece cover Alt-J’s ‘Left Hand Free’, winning them virtual high fives from across the globe. SAFIA will be supported on their national run by fresh faces, Boo Seeka, famed for their experimental compositions and dreamy evocations.

Saturday 12 September from 8pm, ANU Union Bar, Australian National University. Tickets are $24.98 and you can buy them here.

Night’s Caressing Grip – Art song recital

Night’s Caressing Grip; Art song recital by Rachael Duncan (soprano) and Anthony Smith (piano) presented by Art Song Canberra. In art song from the 19th and early 20th centuries, this concert will explore themes of devotion, loss, yearning and homecoming. Music will be by Schumann, Grieg, Britten (including his song cycle, On This Island), Hahn and Svendsen.

Sunday 13 September, 3pm-5pm,Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. Tickets only available at the door and range from $15-35. More information here.

Neil Murray

Neil Murray is one of the country’s finest and enduring song men. A founding member of the Warumpi Band and the man behind such classics as My Island Home, Blackfella Whitefella and Good Light in Broome, Murray will perform a intimate solo show at The Street this September. Hear his new single Whispering Casuarina and songs from his “Bring Thunder and Rain” tour, the album of which received a 4 out of 5 stars in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Saturday 12 September at 8pm at The Street Theatre. Tickets $35. Purchase them here.

Ellie Drennan (The Voice winner)

After winning an emotionally charged grand finale on Australia’s popular music TV show The Voice, Ellie Drennan will now travel the country meeting her fans and celebrating the release of her debut album Close Your Eyes. Ellie will perform and sign copies of her brand new album at Westfield BelconnenCentre Court on Friday 11 September, 3pm and albums will be available to purchaseon the day. Available 11 September, Ellie Drennan’s debut album Close Your Eyes is a collection of songs that she performed on the show, plus 2 additional new covers, and her own original single Ghost. Don’t miss the chance to meet The Voice winner Ellie Drennan at 3pm Friday 11 September for a very special performance. For more information, visit the Westfield Belconnen website. Pre-order Ellie’s new album ‘Close Your Eyes’ for a chance to win a private lunch with Ellie at EllieDrennan.lnk.to/Store

Friday September 11, 3pm-5pm, Westfield Belconne. Free.

Olli Mustonen, Bach & Shostakovich

Olli Mustonen is music’s ultimate triple threat: a virtuosic pianist, an extraordinary conductor and an outstanding composer. Experience all three facets of Mustonen when he appears as soloist in Bach’s Concerto for Keyboard, directs Hindemith’s The Four Temperaments from the piano, then invites the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s own Timo-Veikko Valve to perform the world premiere of his Sonata for Cello and Orchestra.
This will be an enthralling evening. Hindemith’s The Four Temperaments is a lush, bluesy ballet, while Mustonen’s Cello Sonata is a gripping tale from a deft storyteller. Exhilarating masterpieces from Bach and Shostakovich book end the evening.

Saturday 12 September, 8pm at Llewellyn Hall. Tickets and more information here.

Selby & Friends – Antilogy

Selby and Friends – Antilogy features Sophie Rowell and Anna Da Silva Chen on violin, Tobias Breider on viola, Julian Smiles on Cello and Kathryn Selby on piano. Selby and Friends’ ninth season offers another extraordinary collaboration between Australian and international artists who come together to create memorable performances of beloved masterpieces, large and small.
Thriving in a festival-like atmosphere, Selby and Friends concerts create a strong and intimate connection with the audience. This allows the performers to share not only their brilliance and flair but also warmth, humour and personal musical experiences

Monday 7 September, 7:30pm at James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia. More information here.

Dawn Disco

Dawn Disco is set to be an energetic morning dance experience for people who want to start their day with positivity and fun times! Kicking off at 7am this Friday 4 September, Dawn Disco will be held on the first Friday of every month at O’Donnell Youth Centre, Braddon.

It’s a morning dance party featuring upbeat songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today! Plus there’ll be hula hooping by Hoopbeat, yummy homemade muesli for sale by The Muesli Bar, Yoga with Ashtanga Lab PLUS the dancing awesomeness of Rave CBR.

Entry is $5 on the door (kids free) and there is heaps of FREE parking at the venue. This event is all-ages and is drug and alcohol free. Wear comfy clothes that can get sweaty! Don’t forget your water bottle!

Find out more at www.ravecbr.com or follow the fun on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Rave-CBR.

Block ’n‘ Roll is here to slay!

Join in the excitement of live, full contact roller derby action when Varsity Derby League’s Capital Carnage rips it up on the track with Sydney City Smash. If you want to see fast, hard-hitting derby this is one not to miss. Capital Carnage players Copter and Skateslinger have been selected for the Australian Men’s Roller Derby team, and Sydney Smash have five skaters on the national team.

It doesn’t end there though: the VDL Rogue Scholars will take South Side Derby Dolls’ The Empire to block ‘n’ roll high school to be all shook up in the second game of the day.

Tickets start at $15 and can be booked here:varsityderbyleague.com. On Saturday September 12, doors open 3 pm, first whistle 4 pm, second game 6 pm at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Tuggeranong. 

Dragon Boating Come and Try Day

Enjoy a paddle on Lake Burley Griffin to see why dragon boating is such a fast growing fun sport! Females from teens to over 40s are welcome, even if you’ve never done a team sport or water sport before. Dragon boating with Diamond Phoenix is a great way to improve fitness in a supportive environment. Be sure to bring quick drying clothes, shoes that can get wet, water bottle and a towel for after. All other equipment is provided. Visit the website for more information: http://www.diamondphoenix.com.au. On Saturday September 12 from 11am – 12.30pm, Lotus Bay, Mariner Place, Yarralumla.

The Spring Fling

Spring is finally here! It’s time to shake off the winter blues and kick this season into gear. Get on down to The White Eagle Polish Club in Turner from 8pm this Friday 4 September and congregate with your friends, drink refreshing beverages, dance with complete strangers and listen to the amazing sounds of Brother Be, Monsterpiece and Beth Monzo all at one place on the first weekend of Spring!

Wednesday Lunchtime Live

Damsels in Duet Rose Holcombe on piano perform virtuosic works by Enesco and Ewazen, trumpet & as well as gems by Prokofiev, Debussy and Chopin in the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Live series. Julie Watson is a freelance trumpeter with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Coro Chamber Music and the Canberra Choral Society. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the ANU School of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Library & Information Management from the University of Canberra. Entry starts at $5, tickets at the door or visit the website for more inforamtion www.wesleycanberra.org.au/music. On Wednesday September 9 from 12.40pm – 1.20pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in theNational Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm until 24 December at the National Film and Sound Archive.

No Lights, No Lycra

There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself. NLNL is on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm at St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The PhoenixTransit BarThe FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Bras & Boxers

In September, Oncology Massage Training and The Cancer Support Group will be bringing art to all the fun places! With live music, auctions, raffles and prizes PLUS the 2016 calendar launch, the event will be fundraising for cancer support services in Canberra and the supporting region. Designers and local celebrities will be designing bras and boxers for auction and to illustrate a 2016 calendar. Winning designs will win cash prizes.

Dress: Cocktail. Tickets:$100 per head and available on through the Hellenic Club or phone (02) 6281 0899

If you have a creative streak and want to showcase your skills, visit Bras and Boxers for more information.

Karinya House – Home Hope Horizon 

A special event for the new Karinya House Purpose Built Facility. This event is a chance to learn more about the future of Karinya House and how you can be part of it. Karinya House is a community based, not for profit organisation servicing the ACT and surrounding regions. The service operates on a twenty-four hour, seven days a week basis. Karinya supports women from Canberra and surrounding regional areas. It is the only residential and outreach service specifically for pregnant and parenting women in the region.

Through the generous support of the ACT Government, construction has commenced on the new Karinya House Purpose Built Facility. It is estimated that the new Home for Karinya House will be completed by early 2016. The new facility will double Karinya’s residential accommodation capacity, as well as providing a designated area for the provision of outreach support including our groups program.

The relocation and refurbishment costs will require significant corporate and community support, both financially and in-kind. You can read more about Karinya House’s new home here: http://karinyahouse.asn.au/blog/new-facility/.  A voluntary donation of $30 would be welcome, you can donate here: karinyahouse.asn.au/donate-now/donate-online/. RSVP by Wednesday September 9 to [email protected] On Wednesday September 16 from 5.30-7.30pm at The Mosaic Room at Hotel Hotel Edinburgh Ave, NewActon.

The Inaugural Signature Soiree

The Signature Soirees are social opportunities to network with like-minded, high-performing people. These events are for those who want to expand and explore the richness of their personal and professional lives in order to make the best of both worlds.

The Signature Soirees will be held at Tanglewood a private Bungendore venue. There will be live background music and light refreshments served in an elegant and pleasing environment and, weather-permitting, you might also enjoy a stroll through the lovely spring gardens. As Guest Speakers for our Soirees, we have invited an exciting list of prominent people from the Canberra and regional communities. Each has achieved outstanding success on their own terms, be it in small business, the corporate world, the public service, the media, the arts, or in other fields of endeavour.  You may know many by name or reputation! Visit the website for more information www.thesignaturecircle.com.au/signature-soirees. Tickets start at $55. On Saturday September 12 from 3.30pm at Tanglewood, Bungendore. 

 ART

Ultimate Museum Experience at the NMA

Enjoy the ultimate Museum experience at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, with a:
• personalised tour
• meal with a glass of wine in their stunning waterfront café
• voucher for 10 per cent off purchases at the beautiful Museum Shop. (Conditions apply)

Choose either a one hour Museum Highlights Tour (10am or 1pm) or a one hour First Australians Tour (3pm) to include in your package. Tickets are available from the Museum or online.

Gorgeous Mortar

Canberra’s newest pop-up, a community arts hub, is opening this week in Braddon. Housed in the old Cornucopia Bakery space on Mort Street, Gorgeous Mortar seeks to create a vibrant local arts space which engages with the community via a diverse range of stimulating events and offerings. The introduction of Gorgeous Mortar will see an expansion of events and utilisation of the space. A simple, funky cafe and bar is to be installed, which will showcase live music, art exhibits & installations. A special curated week-long event, the FortyMorty Project, will celebrate the original building and its inhabitants.

Karina Bontes, Zoe Anderson and Dai Cameron, the collaborators working on the project, see it as a chance to celebrate the changing face of Braddon, a location bursting with expression, fun and urban vibes. Visit the website for more information gorgeousmortar.com.au. Opens Friday 11 September, 40 Mort Street, Braddon. 

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

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 2016.

Interrestrial: Interactive Ceramics

Interrestrial is an exhibition of interactive ceramics that breaks free of the white-washed world of the gallery and invites you to touch and play to your heart’s content. Featuring the work of Verney Burness, Richilde Flavell, Isabelle Mackay-Sim, Michelle Lim and Zoë Slee, which spans a variety of ceramic approaches, from functional objects to sculptural forms and installations. These five artists work within the theme of interactivity to explore the materiality of clay in their own unique ways.

Showing at the Nishi Gallery in NewActon until 13 September.

Bespoke

In Bespoke: Design for the people, six Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response.

Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Other exhibitions

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

EXHIBITIONS

The Mandala Project

Darryl’s Den is a local non-profit Canberra disability studio. The Darryl’s Den Mandala project is a positive art project, giving people with a range of disabilities the opportunity to create beautiful original art work in a collaborative group environment. Mandalas have been used for thousands of years by many different cultures for healing, renewal, expression, discovery, meditation, reflection, creativity, wellbeing and connecting.

Entry is free. For more information visit www.belconnenartscentre.com.au. Opens on Friday 4 September at 5.30pm, at the Belconnen Art Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

 Ink Remix

INK REMIX: Contemporary Art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong is curated by Dr Sophie McIntyre and highlights new and innovative aspects of contemporary ink art. Most artists in the exhibition have trained in Chinese calligraphy and ink painting but reinvent or subvert the tradition in works that explore links between personal, regional and global experience. On now until 18 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City.

The Embroiderers’ Guild ACT

The Annual Exhibition is being held at The Albert Hall and the theme for the exhibition is ‘Recycling’ where members of the Guild will create a new and amazing item from an old “recycled” one.

Other highlights include a story board detailing the making of Princess Charlotte’s Blanket with members working on similar images and a display of the aides that enable us to do our embroidery and our favourite gadgets. The popular Café, Vintage and Recycle Shop, and Gift Shop will be open. For more information email [email protected] On  September 11-13 from 10 am to 4 pm at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla.

X-rated: the sex industry in the ACT

Since the 1980s Canberra has been synonymous with sex in the minds of many Australians. Twenty years have passed since it became legal to sell X-rated videos in the Australian Capital Territory. The adult industry has gone through periods of growth, boom and, many would argue, bust. This exhibition explores the evolution of Canberra’s sex industry over the past 50 years. The public is warned that some material displayed in this exhibition may cause offence. Persons under 18 years of age may not enter this exhibition. On until 20 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

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.  The Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine and the war at sea. On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

William Edwin Pidgeon (1909–1981), war correspondent and artist

William Edwin Pidgeon was a painter, cartoonist, illustrator, and newspaper critic. This exhibition presents a selection of the over 400 works by William Pidgeon held in the Australian War Memorial’s Art collection. The works relate to Pidgeon’s Second World War experiences in Darwin, New Guinea, Borneo and Morotai between 1943 to 1945. On display in the Second World War Galleries until 7 March 2016 at the Australian War Memorial.

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, The Home Front looks at life back at home and the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by those far from the battlefields. Through 23 personal stories, this exhibition explores Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions. See the effects of war on those at home. Rediscover Prime Minister Billy Hughes’s determination to impose conscription on a divided nation, Basil Watson’s thrilling and ultimately tragic aerobatic displays in his homemade biplane, May Gibbs’s quaint postcards that carried messages of joy to soldiers and more. On display at the National Museum of Australia until 1 January 2017.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan, reflecting both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

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 at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something.

Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories.

Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Magna Carta – an Australian story

This year we celebrate 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. Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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