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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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NINE THINGS NOT TO MISS

GOVERNMENT HOUSE OPEN DAY

Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of Government House’s construction, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove will host the 2016 Government House Open Day.

This will be a pleasant opportunity to tour the historic residence and enjoy a picnic on the property lawns. Local SES personnel will run a sausage sizzle, cake stall, and a tea and coffee stand.

Public parking will be available along Dunrossil Drive. Please note, visitors may need to submit to a bag search at the gate.

Happening on 24 September from 11am – 2pm at the Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla. Entry is free. For more information click here.

BOTANICA

Bisonhome celebrates spring in the ACT with Botanica. This annual design festival features floral displays, an art exhibition from Tiffany Brown and master classes from leading local and national stylists. There’s chefs, providores and a killer bake-off!

Keep checking their website for details.

Happening from 24 September – 17 October at Bisonhome, 6/8 Beltana Road, Pialligo. For more information click here: www.bisonhome.com

EDEN STYLE WORKSHOPS WITH FIONA KEARY

Keep your heel on the pulse of fashion’s latest trends, and learn the style secrets of the trade from one of Canberra’s leading image consultants and Canberra Centre’s new stylist, Fiona Keary of Style Liberation.

Focusing on helping women increase their confidence and presence through their sense of style, Fiona will be hosting workshops to teach you essential tips for investing in a capsule wardrobe that will see you through every season.

From work to play, monochrome to colour, Fiona’s expertise will invigorate your style and have you mix and matching outfits like a pro in no time.

Covering both how to create a capsule wardrobe, and how to work colour into your style set, in two seperate workshops, Fiona will take you through her top need-to-know tips to give you the confidence to master the new season trends.

Happening from 24 September – 9 October at Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra. For more information click here: blog.canberracentre.com.au

COLOURING AND COCKTAILS: OKTOBERFEST

Join us at King O’Malley’s on Wednesday, September 21 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm for another great night of Colouring and Cocktails. This month’s theme is ‘Oktoberfest’ and celebrates this timeless German tradition as we gear up for King O’Malley’s own month of Oktoberfest to follow.

Try your hand at the popular adult colouring craze while sampling King O’Malley’s wide selection of cocktails and beer. And of course, King O’Malley’s usual selection of drinks will be available, along with mocktails.

Coloured pencils and colouring pages will be provided, there will be free nibbles, a colouring contest, and of course cocktails will be available for purchase. Free entry to the event.

Happening on 21 September from 5.30pm at the King O’Malley’s Pub 131 City Walk, Civic. Entry is free. For more information click here.

FLORIADE 2016: WEEK ONE

Floriade 2016: Life in Bloom is finally here! There’s a lot on for the first week of Floriade, with quirky roving performers to entertain and delight, Matilda’s Farmyard animals in Kids’ Corner, cooking and floral inspired workshops.

Stage 88 will also come to life as local school bands take over between Monday and  Friday providing a backdrop of jazz, classical and popular music, followed by performances from a selection of local and regional community groups and performers on Saturday and Sunday. See the program details below to find out what’s on in week one of Floriade.

Floriade will be happening at Commonwealth Park from the opening weekend beginning on Saturday 17 September 2016. Find the entire opening weekend program here.

For information on the location, events, and ticketing, visit the Floriade website here: www.floriadeaustralia.com or read our 11 things not to miss here.

THE WHARF REVUE

“A fabulous night of nonsense and brilliance” Stagenoise

The Wharf Revue’s irresistible blend of vitriol and vaudeville returns. Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott turn their delightfully poisonous gaze on the antics of our indignitaries, past and present – but mostly present. Phillip Scott’s virtuosity on piano contributes to the feeling that this is “like Gilbert and Sullivan on speed.” (Stagenoise)

If there’s one thing that a federal election year brings, it’s a smorgasbord of satirical goodies. There’ll be minor party pies, red meat, blue cheese and don’t forget your greens. More than enough food for thought.

The Wharf Revue has become a Canberra institution. Its superbly delivered political satire gives the audience a chance to let off steam. We’ve all had a year of closely observing the truth that is stranger than fiction in Parliament House. Now, our not so revered leaders are centre stage: dancing, singing, wearing crazy wigs and misbehaving in a humourous tour de force. Don’t miss it – we all need a good laugh.

Happening from 13-24 September at Canberra Theatre Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

 THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM

Discover 2 million years of human history in the one room with A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum. This major international exhibition from the British Museum explores the history of humanity – how we have shaped the world, and how the world has shaped us.

It provides an exceptional opportunity to witness compelling human stories expressed through a unique and beautiful collection of artefacts drawn from across the globe.

Each object featured in the exhibition marks a point on the journey through history, from two million years ago until the present.

Happening at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, for more information on tickets and opening hours click here: www.nma.gov.au.

SPRING THREE SIXTY FASHION MARKET

The fabulous, fun-filled and award winning 360 Fashion Market is on again!

Happening on 25 September from 10am – 3pm at the Fitters Workshop Kingston Foreshore, Printers Way, Kingston ACT. Entry is free. Find more information here: threesixtyfm.com.

PARLIAMENT HOUSE SPRING PROGRAM 2016

See a different side of ‘the people’s house’ during Parliament House’s Spring Program including Meet the Gardner Tours, Spring Teas, Landscape Walks and more.

Find out the full program of events here.

Happening at Parliament House from 10 September until 13 November 2016.

FOOD & DRINK

EAT DRINK AND BE LITERARY WITH STEVE LEWIS AND CHRIS UHLMANN

A not to be missed literary event with the authors of the Secret City trilogy, Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann. Join Steve and Chris as they discuss their latest novel, The Shadow Game, which again delves into the murky world of politics and espionage in Canberra.

Happening 23 September from 7.15pm at The Hall, University House, Balmain Crescent, ANU. For more information click here.

TERRIBLE TWOS: CHEF’S HAT MENU AT LILOTANG

Since opening in 2014, Lilotang has been awarded a Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat for two the second year running. To celebrate this great honour, Head Chef Shunsuke Ota has created new dishes for a tasting menu, available for a limited time only.

The menu includes:
– Beef Tataki with sake-steamed oyster and ponzu salad
– Rice Malt marinated salmon with black garlic, Ikura, citrus miso & aged black vinegar

Terrible Twos: two years old, two Chef’s Hats for Lilotang. No cause for tantrums here!

Happening from 20 September – 15 October. Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6pm at the Lilotang, 1 Burbury Close, The Burbury Hotel, Barton. Entry is $80.00 per person for six-course tasting menu, including dessert. For more information click here: chairmangroup.com.au. Bookings essential.

FUN FOR KIDS WITH THE SOCIAL CHEF

Join us at Paleo Café Canberra City on the third Monday of each month for a children’s book reading with local chef and children’s book author, Matt Morrissey – The Social Chef. Kids will be entertained with stories and activities while grown-ups can relax with friends and enjoy morning tea. Mini muffins and babycinos will also be available for the little ones to enjoy!

Book readings commence at 10am and all activities are suitable for children up to 6 years of age. Happening 19 September from 10am – 10.45am at the Paleo Cafe Canberra City, Mort Street, Braddon

AUSTRALIAN COOL CLIMATE WINE SHOW

The Australian Cool Climate Wine Show is a national wine show dedicated to benchmarking the unique wine styles produced from cool climate wine regions. An increasing number of winemakers are submitting entries to the wine show and more and more visitors are coming along to the public events.

While the actual show judging week is not open to the public, there are masterclasses and public tasting events planned for you to try and where you can learn about cool climate wines.

Bookings are essential. Check their website for full details.
Happening from 19-24 September at the Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds, 19 East Street, Murrumbateman, New South Wales. For more information click here.

YASS VALLEY’S SPRING EVENTS

Shake off your winter blues with a hearty dose of springtime celebration in Yass Valley. The coming months are the best time to enjoy a large range of high quality events packed with real country charm. In fact, ‘tis the season for enjoying the best things in life – regional food and wine, colourful characters, the arts, live music and cultural pursuits that the Yass Valley is renowned for. “Whether it’s a feast for your eyes, ears or taste buds, Yass Valley is bringing colour and excitement to the region throughout spring”, said Economic Development and Tourism Manager for Yass Valley Council, Sean Haylan.
Events include:

Sculpture in the Paddock 16th September – 9th October

Murrumbateman Moving Feast 1st October

Gundaroo Music Festival 8th October

Festival of Flavours 29th and 30th October

More information, accomodation and bookings at Yass Valley or 1300 886 014.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT

So you may have picked up by now that creating amazing drinks is something Highball Express are good at!  Well they want to give you an excuse to lock in a much needed girls night out. Master the art of mixing the perfect cocktail from our award-winning team of bartenders and enjoy the exclusivity of our small group sessions. You’ll learn the tricks of the trade as you take part in the creation of two signature Highball cocktails and one of our fabulously fruity punch bowls. After the class, head to a booth or out to the balcony to continue the fun.

Flight Details:
• Wednesday 21 September
• 6pm & 7pm sessions, only 10px per session

Tickets are $40 per person. On Wednesday 21 September at 6pm & 7pm at Highball Express, Odgers Lane, Canberra City.

Visit the website for more information www.highballexpress.com.au/event/girls-night-out/

SUITS & SIPS

If sipping on $10 cocktails after work suits you, it’s time to mix it up at The Loft. We’re serving up Vanilla Espresso Martinis, Coconut Mango Martinis, Fireball Sours and more tantalising creations every Thursday night from 5pm. Feeling peckish? Select one of their $20 tasting boards and settle in for the evening.

Happening every Thursday from 5pm at The Loft at Duxton, Macpherson St, O’Connor ACT. For bookings and more information visit the website.

LET’S DO DINNER

Join us for our new Let’s Do Dinner set menu special. Venture upstairs to enjoy a Chef’s selection entree tasting plate, followed by your choice of main and dessert for only $49pp. For a special touch speak to our staff about a perfectly matched glass of wine to enjoy with your meal.

Happening Monday – Friday from 5pm at The Loft at Duxton, Macpherson St, O’Connor ACT. For bookings and more information visit the website.

LATIN TUESDAYS 

Your Tuesday night at Highball just got hotter! Hosted by amazing people from Salsabor, you can learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free latin dancing taster class every Tuesday from 6.30pm! Add a few piña coladas or a banana & maple old fashioned from our new cocktail menu and you’ve got yourself a Tuesday night that’s hard to beat. Be transported to Cuba and enjoy a night of latin dancing you’ll want to keep coming back for.

On every Tuesday at Highball Express, Odgers Lane. Doors open at 4.00pm.

Visit the website for more information www.highballexpress.com.au/event/latin-tuesdays/

SPIRITS TASTING BOARD – SINGLE MALT

Starting in July. Enjoy three individual glasses from some of the top single malt whiskeys. Accompanied by tasting notes.

Happening every Tuesday – Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar at 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For bookings and more information visit the website.

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 ACT. 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 ACT. For more information visit the website.

WINE AND DINE WEDNESDAYS

Two-course chef’s menu, Chocolate Assiette to share and a bottle of house white, red, or sparkling. Tables of 2 only $75pp.

Happening every Wednesday from 6pm-10pm at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. 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 ACT. For more information visit the website.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11:30am – 2:30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

SEAFOOD BUFFET AT THE COURTYARD

Enjoy an all you can eat Seafood Buffet at The Courtyard. Takes place the last Friday of every month and includes a glass of wine on arrival – all for just $65.00

Happening until Friday 30 December at Courtyard Restaurant, Mercure Canberra, Corner of Ainslie and Limestone Avenues, Braddon. For bookings and more information visit ResDiary.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

TANGENTS – STATELESS ALBUM LAUNCH

Post-everything experimentalists Tangents head to Canberra in September to launch their second album Stateless.

In a delectable hybrid of styles, Stateless cuts up and weaves together rich instrumental passages from the multi-talented ensemble of musicians whose collective resumé spans decent swathes of recent experimental music history: British electronic music producer Ollie Bown (Icarus, Not Applicable); Adrian Lim-Klumpes (ex-Triosk, 3ofMillions) on piano, Rhodes, vibraphone and marimba; Peter Hollo (FourPlay String Quartet) on cello; and the duo Spartak (free improviser Evan Dorrian and singer/producer Shoeb Ahmad on drums and guitar respectively).

Happening on 24 September from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. For more information click here.

THE WHITLAMS

Sweet and sombre tales charged with emotion are set to spill out when The Whitlams return to Canberra, for another brilliant display of music making as Tim, Jak, Warwick & Terepai get together to play all of The Whitlams’ favourites.

Triple Aria winners and beloved piano alt-rockers forever championing audiences who care about lyrics, in 1998 The Whitlams won ‘Best Group’, as well as ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Independent Release’ for their third album Eternal Nightcap. More recently this album was voted no. 17 in “JJJ’s Hottest Australian Albums of All Time”.

Happening from 23-24 September from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Entry is $60.00. For more information click here.

TRACKS: CANBERRA EDITION

Tracks: Canberra Edition is a one-day program to facilitate, develop, inform, and showcase young writers and publishers in the Canberra region. If you’re aged 14 to 25 and have a love of reading and writing, this is an exciting day-long event just for you.

At Tracks: Canberra you’ll learn from the best writers in town, including a fiction masterclass with writer and researcher Rosanna Beatrice Stevens, and a nonfiction masterclass presented by writer and editor Jessica Friedmann. Hear about the opportunities there are for you in the ACT and beyond with Zoya Patel, Gabriela Falzon and Lucy Nelson. Learn how to perform your work for an audience with Emma McManus and Andrew

Galan, and what happens when your work has been selected for publication with Duncan Felton, Irma Gold and Ashley Thompson.

The first ten to register will also receive a free one-year print subscription to Voiceworks (normally $60).

Express Media is delighted to present Tracks: a travelling pop-up program for young writers that brings the best of Express Media’s workshops, masterclasses, networking opportunities and special events to communities across Australia.

Happening on 24 September from 9am – 7pm at the Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. For more information click here.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG

Do you watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race and get shady on the queens for their catwalk looks and lip synch? Think you can do a better job? So You Think You Can Drag is a contest for amateur drag queens and kings to strut their stuff and compete for the title.

Inspired by the Miss Corinbank Pageant at Corinbank Festival in 2012, So You Think You Can Drag has had two outstanding seasons in Melbourne hosted by the incredible Dolly Diamond and featuring phenomenal talent from the amazing amateur, up-and-coming, or first time drag queens and kings. It took Canberra by storm in 2015 with a sold out season.

This event will be the most raucous, the most ridiculous and by far the most outrageous that Highwire Events and Entertainment have ever run.

Happening on 24 September from 7.30pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. Entry is $25.00. For more information click here.

CONCERT BLANC: KEYBOARD FOR THE VERSAILLES KINGS

The Alliance Française de Canberra, together with the Wesley Music Foundation, is presenting a new Spring Series of three concerts of beautiful French music at the Wesley Uniting Church.

This second concert, Concert Blanc – Keyboard for Versailles’s Kings, celebrates the Glories of Versailles through the musical keyboard, including French works for clavichord, harpsichord, forte piano and organ.

Artists include:

  • James Porteous (organ)
  • Ariana Odermatt (harpsichord)
  • Colleen Rae-Gerrard (forte piano)

These concerts are in support of the Alliance Français de Canberra Building Fund and the Wesley Music Foundation – Music Scholars program.

Happening on 24 September from 5.30pm at the Wesley Uniting Church, 20-22 National Circuit, Forrest. Entry is free. For more information click here.

THE SALT ROOM: SEPTEMBER

‘If I have to have a poem, then I prefer it to be multiple choice.’

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, in partnership with Ainslie + Gorman, brings you the Salt Room, the national capital showcase of the finest territory, interstate and international writers and performers.

MCed by Joel Barcham and Andrew Galan.

Featuring performances from Miranda Lello, P.S Cottier, and Scott Wings.

Happening on 23 September from 7.30pm at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. For more information click here.

BASICALLY BEETHOVEN: SELBY AND FRIENDS

The hugely popular foray into the chamber music of Beethoven, initiated by Selby and Friends in 2014 in partnership with ABC Classic FM, occupies a special spot in this Selby and Friends 10th anniversary year. And who better to perform Beethoven than very special guests and Goldner String Quartet members, violinist Dene Olding and cellist Julian Smiles, together with pre-eminent pianist Kathryn Selby! Beginning with Beethoven’s earliest piano trio opus, through violin and cello sonatas of the middle period and culminating in the universal favourite, the “Ghost” Trio, this concert evening will leave listeners breathless a nd yearning for more.

Happening on 19 September from 7.30pm at the Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Ticket information available here.

Luminescence Chamber Singers: Descent into Madness

LUMINESCENCE CHAMBER SINGERS

Join Luminescence Chamber Singers on a journey into the depths of musical madness. Conducted by acclaimed composer Gordon Hamilton, this dramatic concert features the world premiere of a new work by Alice Chance, as well as music by Gesualdo, Elliot Gyger, Katy Abbott and Rob Davidson.

Descent into Madness juxtaposes chaos and clarity, the scary and the silly. The opening night concert in Canberra will also feature the newly established Luminescence Children’s Choir.

Happening on 20 September from 7.30pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon. Ticket information available here.

MEET THE ARTIST: CHRYSTIAN DOZZA

Meet the Artist: Chrystian Dozza, one of the leading lights of the new generation of Brazilian instrumental musicians. The talents of this brilliant young guitarist/composer have been widely displayed and rewarded. Before his concert in the Street Theatre in Canberra, Chrystian Dozza will meet and greet music enthusiasts at the Embassy of Brazil in Canberra. He will talk about his career and about the uniqueness of Brazilian music. Do not lose the opportunity to to know the man behind the artist.

Happening on 20 September from 6.30pm at the Embassy of Brazil in Canberra, 19 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla. Entry is free. For more information click here.

CHRYSTIAN DOZZA: DESPERTAR ALBUM LAUNCH

Chrystian Dozza is one of the stars of a new generation of Brazilian instrumentalists. He is a brilliant young guitarist/composer whose talents have been widely showcased. Dozza has recorded three CDs: Songs from the Land (2006), Fantasia Mineira (2010) and Despertar (2015), comprised of his original compositions and creative arrangements of Brazilian classic.

Happening on 21 September from 7.30pm at the The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra . Tickets are available here.

COLLECTED RESONANCES – SEPTEMBER

Collected Resonances is a concert series curated by students in the Australian National University (ANU) Experimental Music Studio.

Each evening consists of four 20-minute sets featuring different groups of sonic and visual artists from Canberra and further afield, with a focus on creating a performance space encouraging innovative cross-media collaborations.

Featuring: Ben Keough, Ben Harb and the ANU New Music Ensemble. Artist bios available on the Ainslie and Gorman website.

Happening on 21 September from 8.00pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street Braddon. Tickets are $5.00. For more information click here.

afterDARK: SPRING SCAVENGER HUNTS

Take an afterDARK Spring Scavenger Hunt on selected Saturday nights and see what you can find in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Gather your family for a night­time botanical scavenger hunt with fascinating discoveries and places to be explored.

Bring your torch, follow the clues and obtain the most points to take home the coveted ‘super­sleuth’ prize.

afterDARK Scavenger Hunts are not suitable for children under five years due to timing and length of tours.

Online bookings essential.
Happening 5 November at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. For more information visit www.anbg.gov.au/gardenshttp://www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/

POLARITY

Polarity interrogates how we weather life’s disasters ­ asking what we do when the scaffold of what makes us whole, gets ripped out from under our feet.

Combining contemporary circus, physical theatre and powerful raw acrobatics, Canberra’s own Warehouse Circus will balance the lightness of flying through the air against the heaviness of needing to find ground in this exquisite new circus work.
A freak flood rips through an Australian town – a village in tatters ­ a community in ruin. Amid the aftermath, an unlikely phoenix must unshackle a difficult past in order to grasp any chance of survival.

Happening­ 8 October from 7pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. For more information visit www.thestreet.org.au/shows/polarity

LATIN TUESDAYS

Your Tuesday night at Highball just got hotter! Hosted by amazing people from Salsabor, you can learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free latin dancing taster class every Tuesday from 6.30pm. Add a few $10 mojitos and you’ve got yourself a Tuesday night that’s hard to beat.

Be transported to Cuba and enjoy a night of Latin dancing you’ll want to keep coming back for.

Happening Every Tuesday from 6:30pm at Highball Express, Level 1, 82 Alinga St, Canberra City. To make a booking visit the website.

DARK DISCO

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

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

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

SPORTS, LEISURE & WELLBEING

CAPITAL COUNTRY FLORIADE – FULLY SUPPORTED CYCLING HOLIDAY

Floriade is the largest floral festival in the southern hemisphere and one of Canberra’s most spectacular annual sights.

This tour combines a visit to the Floriade festival with a ride through the spectacular scenery of the Capital Region. Cycle under wide blue skies, breathing crisp, clean air on this journey through the quiet country roads, historic villages and sweeping plains that surround Canberra and Goulburn.

You will have the opportunity to tour the Woodlawn Eco Precinct and Bioreactor which produces green electricity, stroll through the splendid dazzling displays of mass plantings of tulips and other seasonal bulbs at Floriade, experience the rich natural surroundings of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, visit the historic Changi Chapel, ride through quiet country villages and towns and stock up at Crookwell’s Lindner Sock Factory.

7 Days / 7 Nights
Overnight stays in: Bungendore, Canberra, Gunning, Crookwell and Goulburn Average Daily Distance: 56km

Happening from 26 September – 3 October at the Mulga Bicycle Tours, Level 7, 28 University Avenue, Canberra. For more information click here www.mulgabicycletours.com.au

SKYZONE’S ANTI-GRAVITY DODGEBALL 2016

Gather your fellow glory-hunters and get ready to go head-to-head in the ultimate anti-gravity dodgeball league at Skyzone Westfield Belconnen.

The winning team will head to Sydney for the grand final and battle it out for the ultimate prize….a FREE trip to Las Vegas to represent Australia in the 2017 Ultimate Dodgeball Challenge.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • A team of five players
  • An awesome team name
  • A big ol’ hunk of enthusiasm and good sportsmanship

THE GRAND PRIZE

  • $1000 cash prize
  • A private party to celebrate the team victory (valued at $500)
  • Sky Zone vouchers (valued at $500)
  • Dodgeball Winner’s Trophy & Tees for you to flaunt in the next season
  • Next season entry cost covered (valued at $750)
  • Spot in the 2017 semifinals for UDC. Semifinal winners head to Sydney for the grand final and battle it out for the ultimate prize… a FREE trip to LAS VEGAS to represent Australia in the 2017 Ultimate Dodgeball Championship!

Happening from 31 August – 2 November at SkyZone Westfield Belconnen, Lathlain Street, Belconnen. Sign up and find more information here: skyzone.com.au/dodgeball

LATIN TUESDAYS

Your Tuesday night at Highball just got hotter!

Hosted by amazing people from Salsabor, you can learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free latin dancing taster class every Tuesday from 6.30pm! If you need a little Cuban courage before getting out on the dance floor, we’ll be serving up delicious $10 raspberry mojitos from 4pm.

Be transported to Cuba and enjoy a night of latin dancing you’ll want to keep coming back for.

Happening: Every Tuesday from 4pm at the Highball Express.

Free entry. For more information call 0405474367 or visit the website www.highballexpress.com.au

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

MT. STROMLO OBSERVATORY PUBLIC ASTRONOMY NIGHT

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite the Canberra community to attend our public observing nights of 2016. Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory, including Prof. Naomi McClure-Griffiths, and observations on several telescopes.

Prof. Naomi McClure-Griffiths is an internationally recognised radio astronomer, the 2006 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year and 2015 winner of the Pawsey Medal of the Australian Academy of Science. Her research has provide insights into the structure and evolution of the Milky Way, and how it interacts with its neighbors. Naomi is playing a leading role in the scientific exploitation of the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder and Australia’s participation in the SKA.

Happening 23 September from 7pm – 9pm at Mount Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Road, Weston Creek. For more information click here.

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY Q&A

A team of young writers from the youth-led journal Demos will present readings and a Q&A.
The free event coincides with the release of D emos’ 5t h edition, which builds on the theme of ‘Resistance’.

Established by students at the Australian National University in 2015, the journal aims to put the D emos – or people – back into democracy by presenting content that looks at democracy in a changing world.

The idea that art, poetry and literature have an equally important role to play, in the changing world we live in, is the ethos that drives the organisation and its content.

Creative and critical writing about the climate crisis, the evolution of higher education, Indigenous politics, refugee rights, ecology and the role of the creative arts in shaping social discourse are some of the regular themes covered in the online publication.

Bringing together diverse and fascinating voices in a huge variety of media, it covers the most challenging, urgent and complex issues facing us in our current historic juncture. Content is presented in essays, book reviews, opinion pieces and interviews and through the medium of animation, poetry, visual art and photography.

The publication is entirely youth-led and seeks to bridge the gap between theory and practice by linking ideas with community-based, grassroots campaigns.

Demos have 5 editors and 10 sub-editors – all current or former students of ANU. The journal is currently based online and you can find them at www.demosproject.net .

Happening on 22 September from 7.30pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Lakeside Literary Lounge.

THE CHALLENGES FACING CANBERRA’S COMMUNICATORS: PRIA ACT AGM AND PANEL DISCUSSION

Join the PRIA for their Annual General Meeting and an evening of informal networking, drinks and refreshments, and to hear from a panel of private and public-sector experts on some of the challenges we face as communication professionals in Canberra. Speakers include:

  • Kate Bradstreet, Managing Director of Kate Bradstreet Communications.
  • Dr Scott Rickard , Assistant Professor Communication at University of Canberra.
  • Jane Speechley, Communications and Campaign Lead for RSPCA Australia.

Happening 20 September from 5.30pm – 7pm at the Morris Walker Offices, 1/285 Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick. Entry is free. For more information click here.

EDEN STYLE WORKSHOPS WITH FIONA KEARY

Keep your heel on the pulse of fashion’s latest trends, and learn the style secrets of the trade from one of Canberra’s leading image consultants and Canberra Centre’s new stylist, Fiona Keary of Style Liberation.

Focusing on helping women increase their confidence and presence through their sense of style, Fiona will be hosting workshops to teach you essential tips for investing in a capsule wardrobe that will see you through every season.

From work to play, monochrome to colour, Fiona’s expertise will invigorate your style and have you mix and matching outfits like a pro in no time.

Covering both how to create a capsule wardrobe, and how to work colour into your style set, in two seperate workshops, Fiona will take you through her top need-to-know tips to give you the confidence to master the new season trends.

Happening from 24 September – 9 October at Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra. For more information click here: blog.canberracentre.com.au

PLANE SPOTTERS’ PARTY

Canberra Airport is inviting you to celebrate the arrival of the city’s first international flight from Singapore, at the Plane Spotters’ Party at Majura Park.

SQ 291 is expected to touch down just after 8am and Canberra Airport is ready to celebrate in style.

Enjoy coffee, breakfast and a ringside seat for this historic event in the capital’s history. There’s no need to book, but an early arrival around 7am is suggested, as the Plane Spotters’ venue will only comfortably hold around 1,000 people.

Happening on 21 September at the Majura Shopping Centre, Off Beaufighter Street. Entry is free. For more information click here.

J.M BRAGA COLLECTION TALK: THE PORTUGUESE IN MACAU

The Braga Collection was built up by José Maria (Jack) Braga (1897-1988) and acquired by the National Library in 1966. It consists of books, manuscripts and paintings covering the Portuguese influence in Macau. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the acquisition of the collection, hear from Dr Stuart Braga, nephew of Jack Braga and Professor Jorge Santos Alves, Catholic University of Portugal as they tell the fascinating story of the world’s most enduring European colony.

The Braga Collection contains about 7400 books and pamphlets, nearly all of them written in English or Portuguese. The collection consists predominantly of historical works and in particular histories of Portugal, the Portuguese colonies, China and Japan. While the bulk of the collection dates from the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, there are about 50 pre-1800 titles, with the earliest dating from 1489.

J.M.Braga Collection Talk : The Portuguese in Macau is supported by the Embassy of Portugal.
Happening on 22 September from 4pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Entry

is free. For more information click here.

UNEARTHING AUSTRALIA’S CLIMATE: DR JOELLE GERGIS

From 1997–2009 south-eastern Australia experienced the longest and most severe drought on record. In June 2016, heavy rainfalls drenched eastern Australia causing Lake George to fill for the first time since 2001. Are these extreme events just a normal part of natural climate variability or are we witnessing significant changes due to global warming? Australian Research Council fellow and science writer Dr Joelle Gergis presents highlights of our climate history since 1788 and delves into how our erratic climate has shaped Australian society.

Happening on 21 September from 12.30pm – 1.30pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Entry is free. For more information click here.

WILSON BROTHERS COMMEMORATION DINNER

Dinner at the Australian War Memorial on 21 September will be a very special event. The dinner speaker is French battlefields expert Martial Delebarre who will give a presentation on the little-known battle of Fromelles and the quest to find missing Diggers. Many were Gallipoli veterans or new raw recruits who experienced the worst 24 hours in Australian military history. Brendan Nelson will be there to respond.

See why Martial is so popular with Australians travelling the Trail of Remembrance and learn more about the Western Front. Join the ACT Branch of the RSL at 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks, a two-course meal and wine. Book before 15 September to secure your place.

Happening on 21 September at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. Tickets are $100.00. For more information click here: www.trybooking.com

THE POLYGOT CLUB

Informal conversation groups in German, Spanish, French and Danish suitable for intermediate to advanced or native speaker. (Small annual fee)
Mondays (not public holidays) at 5.30 at the Cellar Bar, University House, ANU.

For more information contact: Dr Peter Gibson: [email protected] or  0408 231 153 or via the website: Polygot Club.

afterDARK: SPRING SCAVENGER HUNTS

Take an afterDARK Spring Scavenger Hunt on selected Saturday nights and see what you can find in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Gather your family for a night­time botanical scavenger hunt with fascinating discoveries and places to be explored.

Bring your torch, follow the clues and obtain the most points to take home the coveted ‘super­sleuth’ prize.

afterDARK Scavenger Hunts are not suitable for children under five years due to timing and length of tours.

Online bookings essential.

Happening 3 September ­- 5 November at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. For more information visit www.anbg.gov.au/gardens

CANBERRA ENVIRONMENT CENTRE UPCOMING SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

The Canberra Environment Centre will be running the following workshops in September as part of the SustainAbility Workshops series:

Introduction to Natural Dyeing

Tuesday 20 September 6-­8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, $20

Back by popular demand, this is a unique opportunity to learn the art of plant dyeing from one of Australia’s celebrated textiles artists. Sally Blake is a Canberra based textiles artist who recently completed her PhD in textiles at the ANU. Her practice includes woven techniques, stitching, plant dyeing and paper work. Along with appearing in exhibitions around Australia, Sally has been recognised in France, Britain, Japan and New Zealand.

Sally will give a general introduction to plant dyeing and the different techniques available, as well as a short history of the practice. This will be followed by a demonstration on how to make and apply plant based dyes.

Cultivating Healthy Soil

Tuesday 27 September 6­8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, $20

Often overlooked and sometimes forgotten, healthy soils are the key to growing successful, nutrient dense fruit and veggies. This workshop is about growing the best fruit and veggies you can without using pesticides or chemical fertilisers.

Starting with the basics of soil microbiology and an overview of why nutrient density is important, gardening enthusiast Gurkan Yeniceri will cover different methods of measuring soil quality and nutrient density in the backyard and a variety of techniques for improving soil quality. Learn about microbial innoculents for compost, weed fertilisers and compost tea, worm farms, mulching and mineral supplements. We’ll also talk about different minerals and their benefits to human health.

Limited places are available and bookings are essential, please visit www.ecoaction.com.au or phone 6248 0885 to book.

THE WORLD OF COIN DESIGN

Have you always wanted to enter the world of a coin designer? Visit the Mint now to see a pop-up display showing what a typical coin design studio looks like on the inside. Whether sketching in pencil, sculpting and carving in plaster or modelling using 3D software, the age-old skills and craft of creating miniature works of art are alive and well at the Royal Australian Mint.

Entry is free. On now at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin.Visit the website for more information www.ramint.gov.au.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

MARKETS

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

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

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

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKETS

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands — the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more.

Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers.

On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKET 

Farmers and Foodies will feature thirty stalls selling anything from tea to dog treats to organic vegetables and wood-fire sour dough all the way from Adaminaby. There will also be live music and a small bar.

For those who struggle to make it to the Farmers Markets on Saturday or Sunday, come out for some music, food and seasonal shopping at Farmers and Foodies Market!

Happening every Friday evening from 3-7pm at the Kingston Foreshore, within the Old Bus Depot Markets. See the Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS

The Southside Farmers Market is a village market that provides all the fresh food that you need for your weekly shop. The market has a great range of fresh, seasonal produce from around 60 stallholders each week – including fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, honey, bread, gourmet treats and much more.

Open every Sunday morning from 8am until 11:30am at CIT Southside Campus, corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip. Visit the website for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

SELF HELP & WELLBEING EXPO

This is a free event showcasing the amazing community support groups and services in Canberra. Come along to see:
– Official opening at 10:30 am by Minister for Disability Chris Bourke
– Cooking demos by Nutrition Australia
– Exercise demos by Heartmoves
– Mini-health checks by Life Pharmacy Group
– Advance Care Planning by Health Care Consumers’ Association – Hearing screenings by Connect Hearing
– Stroke & resuscitation talks by St John Ambulance

Happening 21 September from 10am – 3pm at the Olympus Room, Hellenic Club, Woden Valley, Phillip.

MARYMEAD SPRING PLANT SALE

Come along to the Marymead Spring Plant Sale on Saturday 24 September from 9.00am – 1.00pm at 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah. There will be ground covers, herbs, perennials, shrubs and trees. Quality plants and competitive prices with all proceeds to Marymead. There will also be books, toys, preserves, clothes and morning tea.

Happening 24 September from 9am – 1pm at 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah. For more information click here.

KIDS

LITTLE GRIFFINS

A free program for toddlers and pre-schoolers. At 10am on the last Friday of each month come along for an hour of constructive fun at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive Commonwealth Park (just off Commonwealth Avenue).

Prams welcome and bookings aren’t necessary. 2016 dates for LITTLE GRIFFINS:  30 September, 28 October, 25 November. Click here for more details: www.natcap.gov.au

PLAY UP

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

The exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun.

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

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

SPIDERS AT QUESTACON

Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair! Spiders – a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.

Open every day from 9am to 5pm until 9 October at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see www.questacon.edu.au.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information

FILM

A LITTLE PRINCESS SCREENING

Head along to the 1995 movie screening of ‘A Little Princess.’ When young Sara (Liesel Matthews) is sent to a boarding school by her well-meaning World War I-bound father (Liam Cunningham), the imaginative girl makes the best of things by entertaining her friends with fanciful tales.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, rated G. 93 minutes.

Places are limited.. Happening on 24 September from 3pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Entry is a gold coin donation. For more information click here.

WOMEN OF THE SUN (1981) SCREENINGS

In 1981, Sonia Borg and Hyllus Maris wrote a series of television movies telling the story of Australia’s colonisation through the eyes of four Aboriginal women. The groundbreaking series included performances from the likes of Bob Maza and Essie Coffey, and went on to win the United Nations Media Peace Prize and the Banff Grand Prix in 1983.

We present a special season screening all four films. See the website for more details: www.nfsa.gov.au

Happening 3pm daily at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Free entry. Tickets can be accessed via www.trybooking.com

QUOTE-A-LONG MOVIES AT DENDY CANBERRA

You know all the words… so why not join in with Quote-A-Long Movies At Dendy Canberra?

During Dendy’s season of quote-along films, there’s no shushing allowed! Join cult classics including Anchorman and Wayne’s World, and show off your encyclopaedic knowledge of their legendary dialogue. These are interactive sessions of some of the greatest films of all time every Monday!

  • September 19, 2016 – Mean Girls
  • September 26, 2016 – Princess Bride

Happening Mondays from 6.30pm at Dendy Cinemas Canberra, Bunda Street, Level 2 Canberra Centre.

Entry prices: $12 for adults, $10 for members; $8.50 for students.

FILMS ON FILM

As the cold air approaches, settle in for a wintery season of cinematic delights. Every Sunday at 2pm enjoy rare, cult, classic, experimental and surprising treasures from the National Film and Sound Archive’s 16mm and 35mm collections.

Happening at the National Film and Sound Archive on Sundays. See the full program on the website: www.nfsa.gov.au

EXHIBITIONS

 SPRING ART EXHIBITION IN CANBERRA

Do you enjoy fine art? Are you a collector? You will be amazed by the variety and quality of works in the Artists Society of Canberra’s Spring Exhibition. You may find just what you have been looking for! Credit card facilities available or you can pay by PayPal.

Come along and watch a feature artist at work. Get involved, ask questions, vote for your favourite art work. Browse the artists’ cards and unframed works.

Visiting Canberra for Floriade? After you enjoy the flowers, take a short walk across the bridge and find us at the Albert Hall. Make a cuppa and have a snack. Then enjoy a browse of around 300 art works from contemporary to realist. Oils, pastels, watercolours, mixed media, acrylics and digital art.

Happening from 21-25 September from 10am – 5pm at the Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Building, Yarralumla. Entry is free. Find more information here: www.asoc.net.au

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS

Explore two million years of human history through treasured objets from the British Museum’s collection. Discover how people have shaped the world and, in turn, have been shaped by it.

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum will invite visitors to span the globe, to wonder at the remarkable achievements of people as they faced changing climates, new lands and shifting political arenas. It is an astonishing testament to human ingenuity and craftsmanship.

This is a story told exclusively through the things people have made: objects of all kinds that have been admired and preserved, or used, broken and discarded. From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the objects range in size from tall Assyrian reliefs to a small, but exquisite, gold llama from Peru.

For more information, please check the website: nma.gov.au/exhibitions

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

A young man whose soft features betrayed the intensity of his own self-image, Arthur Boyd portrayed others with equally concentrated emotion. In this focus exhibition, Boyd’s self-portrait at age twenty-five is joined by his portraits of those around him. Through his eyes they are a reflection of the artist’s own state of mind.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

PLAY UP – THE RIGHT TO SHELTER

Popular family exhibition space Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Curated for, with and by children, this fabulous space allows children to stand up, dress up, make up, think up and step up.

The new exhibition ‘The Right to Shelter’ sets the theme until August 2016. With new hands-on activities like the life size cubby, doll houses, videos, books, touch screens and more, children are invited to think about their own rights and those of others around the world, all while having fun!

Showing daily 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Entry costs: $2 for adults, $1 for children and concession, $5 for family

TOUGH AND TENDER

Photographs by Warwick Baker, Larry Clark, Rozalind Drummond, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Collier Schorr reflect the formative identity of young adulthood and complexities of masculinity and gender, composed with sensitivity and candour in Tough and Tender. In ground-breaking performance art documented on video, Chris Burden’s physical trials strip back his own persona and the mythic ethos of manhood.

Specific works have been selected from broader oeuvres to create an atmosphere of revelation of subtle emotion and bodily sensation in portrait-related work.

Happening 15 Jul – 16 Oct at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit www.portrait.gov.au

BIGGER ON THE INSIDE: COLLECTING DR WHO

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

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

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

Happening 16 Jul – 20 Nov at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit http://www.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/bigger-on-the-inside-collecting-dr-who

MICHAEL TAYLOR: A SURVEY 1963-2016

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

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

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

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He embodied not only the hopes of his long-suffering people, but also the spirit of thousands of anti-apartheid supporters around the world who had worked tirelessly to rid the country of its racist laws.

Among these supporters were many Australians. From as early as 1950, trade unions, the government, sportsmen and women, musicians and many individuals took part in the fight for justice in South Africa. The anti-apartheid movement was diverse and complex, and made up of many different groups and voices.

While Old Parliament House functioned as the federal parliament, important discussions were held and decisions were made there on Australia’s response to the South African government’s discriminatory policy of apartheid. Three prime ministers—Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke—made key decisions that put pressure on the South African government to abolish apartheid.

This exhibition features the voices and memories of some of the Australians and South African expatriates who worked hard over decades to bring about the end of apartheid. They often faced bitter opposition, and some were jailed for their actions. Memories of the Struggle pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.

The Museum of Australia Democracy is pleased to be a contributing partner to this important exhibition.

On exhibition now at the Museum of Australian Democracy, inside Old Parliament House, Parkes.

AUSTRALIA IN THE GREAT WAR

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries. Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War.

The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.

On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

ART IS A WEAPON

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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

BIGGER ON THE INSIDE: COLLECTING DR WHO

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

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

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

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

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

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

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