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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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EIGHT THINGS NOT TO MISS

FASHFEST

FASHFEST is Canberra’s annual red-carpet fashion event. Dynamic, ambitious and vibrant with a cutting-edge spirit, FASHFEST 2016 is much more than a typical fashion event. It’s a total fashion experience, celebrating arts and culture as well as designer fashion.

FASHFEST will roll out two curated and themed shows each night, featuring international, national and local designer fashion. Beyond stylish runway shows with glamorous models showcasing fashion, FASHFEST presents DJs and live music with original tracks, original film productions, extraordinary hair and makeup, artists, electric sound and lighting, exclusive behind-the-scenes backstage tours, VIP events, after parties and much more.

Held in the award-winning National Convention Centre, FASHFEST cultivates modern emerging fashion, design and creative talent on Australia’s capital stage for the world to see. Bold and original, FASHFEST will take you to places you would not ordinarily go and show you what would not ordinarily see. It promises spine-tingling excitement, from the moment you enter the venue until your last sip of champagne.

Happening from 29 September -1 October at the National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra. Find more information at www.fashfest.com.au

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

FLORIADE 2016: WEEK TWO + NIGHTFEST 2016

In week two Floriade will be celebrating the school holidays with fun activities for both the kids and the adults. The highlights for the kids this week will be the gnome sales and painting, Matilda’s Farmyard, and The Dinosaur Experts.

NightFest 2016 also starts this week, kicking off on Wednesday 28 September from 6.30pm!

Other highlights during this week will include The Floral Society’s Flower Truck, “Uptown” Brown!, various chef’s showcases, ANU School of Music Student Ensemble, seated yoga, and much more.

Week two of Floriade will be happening at Commonwealth Park from 26 September to 2 October.

For more information on events, ticketing and locations, visit the Floriade website here: www.floriadeaustralia.com

AUTHOR TALK WITH GARTH NIX

Meet one of Australia’s masters of fantasy fiction, Garth Nix, as he explores Goldenhand, his long-awaited fifth instalment of New York Times best-selling Old Kingdom series.

Garth’s books include award-winning young adult fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen and Clariel. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, and his work has been translated into 40 languages. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales respresentative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Army Reserve.

In association with Allen and Unwin.

Happening on 29 September at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information at www.nla.gov.au/event/author-talk-with-garth-nix

THE TRADIES MURRUMBATEMAN MOVING FEAST

Tantalise your taste buds with the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a roving degustation of fine local wines matched with delicious tasting plates. The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place over the October long weekend, showcasing the best of Murrumbateman’s local wineries, each offering a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines.

Head along, indulge a little, and meet the makers behind the region’s fantastic wines! Complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.

Happening across a variety of locations in Murrumbateman across the weekend of 1, 2 and 3 September. Click here for more details: www.makersofmurrumbateman.org.au

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.

WELLNESS MASTERCLASS WITH BIANCA CHEAH

Wellness specialist and founder of online lifestyle destination Sporteluxe, Bianca Cheah, wants to help us turn that around. An expert at finding the balance between work, socialising and ‘me’ time; Bianca is proof that you can have it all, and is dedicated to sharing her wellness and health philosophy with others. Join Bianca at this exclusive Wellness & Wellbeing Masterclass, where she’ll be sharing all her style, health and wellness secrets, tips on creating an effortless look and how she manages to stay fit and healthy whilst constantly on the go.

Happening Saturday 1 October, 10am and 1pm at  Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre. Secure your place at these masterclasses at moshtix.com.au

To discover Eden for yourself, stop by Level 1 near Country Road and explore our new wellbeing destination

 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.

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

HAT’S ON TASTING MENU AT LANTERNE ROOMS

The team at Lanterne Rooms was humbled and honoured to once again receive the prestigious Chef’s Hat award from Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2017. To celebrate, a special ‘Hat’s On‘ Tasting menu will be available for a limited time.

The menu features 6 courses including dessert, and a celebratory glass of bubbles to begin. Dishes include Spicy XO prawns, Fish Otak Otak with Banana Blossom, Slow braised beef cheek Baukteh and more from their new Spring menu.

Call to reserve your table now.

Happening until 8 October at the Lanterne Rooms, Shop 3, Blamey Plc, Campbell. Find more information at chairmangroup.com.au/lanterne_rooms

BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS

Start your weekend with Breakfast with the Birds! Embark on an early morning tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and set off on a guided bird watching expedition.

Be guided through the many different landscapes of the Gardens and see some of the beautiful bird life that call the Gardens home.

Conclude your morning with a delicious breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens cafe – included in the price of your ticket.

Bookings essential. Please note: this walk is not suitable for children under eight.

Breakfast with the Birds is presented on Saturdays and Sundays throughout Floriade by the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Happening until 16 October at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Find more information at [email protected]

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.

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.

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

SHAOLIN WARRIORS

Direct from China, the legendary Shaolin Warriors return to Canberra these September school holidays, punching, kicking and tumbling in a spectacular, dynamic production.

Shaolin Warriors is more than a Kung-fu show; it’s a traditional strength through adversity story. Featuring rarely seen Buddhist meditation alongside deadly martial-arts prowess, this breathtaking extravaganza starring 20 kung fu masters follows the journey from a young child’s initiation into the monastery, to achieving fully fledged warrior status through diligent training and study.

The original kung fu spectacular, Shaolin Warriors has had audiences around the world gasping in disbelief at the awe-inspiring demonstrations of hypnotic and death-defying feats. From balancing on sharp metal spears to smashing marble slabs with their heads, from the troupe’s incredible synchronization to their proficiency with 18 dangerous traditional weapons, the Shaolin Warriors will amaze audiences beyond the boundaries of their own belief.

Happening from 27-28 September at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City. Find more information at Canberra Theatre Centre.

BALL PARK MUSIC

It feels like a lifetime has passed since Ball Park Music‘s last big Australian tour. They were lucky enough to devote a year to writing, relaxing, European touring and playing festivals spots.

But now they’ve bunkered down to chip away at their new record, Every Night The Same Dream, which you’ll all get to hear soon enough.

Ball Park Music is chomping at the bit to get back on the road and play a bunch of new material as well as all the old faves. Well, most of the old faves.

Happening on 29 September at the ANU Bar, University Avenue, Canberra. Find more information at Moshtix.

PAPILION

A spectacular and debaucherous buffet of circus, cabaret and comedy; Papillon turns typical circus on its head.

Papillon is themed around classic archetypes of vintage circus, bringing time honoured circus discipline into a sophisticated and modern show in a surprising and exciting way. The show combines comedy and cabaret with circus to create a show that is delightfully risqué and visually stimulating.

NOTE: Papillon is strictly 16+ and features course language, sexual references and nudity.

Happening from 29 September – 8 October at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Find more information at www.thestreet.org.au

NATIONAL POLICE REMEMBRANCE DAY

National Police Remembrance Day will be commemorated with a memorial service at Kings Park near the National Carillon from 4.30pm. The service will be preceded by a display of historic police vehicles from 2.00 pm and a parade of more than 200 police officers across Kings Avenue Bridge from 3.50pm.
National Police Remembrance Day commemorates Australian police who have been killed in the line of duty.

This solemn ceremony will see the names of seven more officers added to the memorial bring the total number of police officers named on the National Police Memorial Wall to 764.

Police, family, friends and visitors are welcome at all National Police Remembrance Day events.

Happening on 29 September at the Australian Police Memorial, Wendouree Drive, Edmund Barton Building, Parkes. Find more information at www.npm.org.au

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/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.

NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA

No Lights No Lycra is a dance community that started in Melbourne by unruly dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett in 2009. 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.

South Canberra: Mondays 7-8pm at South Kambah Scout Hall, 66 Springbett Drive, Kambah. Find more information here.

North Canberra: Wednesdays 7.30-9pm, St John’s Church Hall, 45 Constitution Avenue, Reid. Wheelchair accessible. Parking available. Find more information here.

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

ART OF ENDO – WORKSHOPS

Join Canberra artists Margaret Kalms and Susan Hey as they host free drawing and photography workshops for women who suffer from endometriosis.

The workshops will teach women basic drawing, painting and photography skills, in an art therapy setting with like-minded women,

The women are running a crowdfunding campaign to fund the workshops, and are close to reaching their target.

Find more information here.

LEARN TRAVEL AND NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR DSLR CAMERA

Light determines exposure so how do we control it? Learn how to do night photography with your DSLR camera. This practical workshop focuses on three core elements to low light photography; exposure, composition and lighting.

Many of the smaller compact cameras offer a night mode capture. Anyone who is travelling and wants to capture the scene at night is encouraged to attend but some of the session will not be applicable. It is preferable that students have a hybrid PASM camera or full DSLR.

Students with a DSLR must understand aperture and shutter speed control or have completed our DSLR 1 class as it will be an extensive practical workshop. Handout notes are provided.

All students must have a camera that allows for slow exposure and are encouraged to bring their flash and tripod.

Ideal for those wanting to understand full manual exposure and light metering. We also apply white balance and slow exposure photography in a practical shoot environment as the sun sets and we move into sculpting with artificial light. If you don’t have a tripod the trainer does have limited additional tripods on a share basis.

Happening until 12 November @ Blundell’s Cottage, Wendouree Drive, Parkes.

DRAWN IN

Drawn In allows you to draw while listening to music. For all ages and abilities; all materials provided.

Tony Hunter plays folk music on the banjo, mandolin and guitar.

Happening on 2 October @ the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information at www.portrait.gov.au

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:

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

IRISH WOOLFEST

The Running of the Sheep at the Boorowa Community Bank Irish Woolfest has been likened to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. It is not to be compared to the danger of the bulls as these sheep are cute and cuddly, but certainly as visually exciting. Visitors love the sheepdog component when they see the trusty kelpies leaping on and off the sheep’s backs as they race down the street guided by Farmer Ashley on his four wheel motorbike.

A spiritual thanksgiving for the fine wool of the district follows an old-style ritual shearing for the annual Blessing of the Fleece. Sheep events display the sheep in all their glory.

Irish bands and dancers create the Irish spirit whilst top Irish performers appear on the main stage.

Happening on 2 October at Main Street, Marsden Street, Boorowa, New South Wales. Find more information at www.irishwoolfest.com.au

THE LIVING GREEN FESTIVAL

The Living Green Festival is a day of fun in a kinder shade of green for the planet, humans and other animals.

With over 80 market stalls selling globally found plant-based cuisine, including Aussie pies and a cruelty-free BBQ, Salvadorian, Mexican, RAW, sweets galore, fresh juices, smoothies, chai and ice creams plus other stalls selling and promoting sustainable, fair trade and cruelty-free products and services – everyone’s sure to find something!

In the Kidzone, Base Zero Rock Climbing is back with their 8m rock climbing wall which kids (and the kids-at-heart) can climb to get the best view of the festival. Plus there will be face painting and an art & craft tent.

Bring a blanket and chill on the grass outside while listening to live music from some of Canberra’s up and coming performers like Lucy Sugerman, Ghostnoises and Hope Street or catch one of the many workshops or talks on a wide range of environmental, sustainability and food issues.

Wait! Woof! The 2016 Living Green Festival will be hosting Carson’s Café, a café that caters for humans and their canine friends!

Happening on 2 October at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Parkes. Find more information at www.lgf.org.au

BEYOND FESTIVAL

Australia’s only justice-focused music, arts and action festival is held over the Labour Day long weekend in Canberra. Beyond Festival will be inspiring you to celebrate diversity, make a difference and work for justice in your local communities.

Using music and art as changing tools, Beyond Festival aims to bring families and friends together to take part in the national conversation around compassion, dignity and respect.

Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision and Aboriginal Elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks lead the line-up of inspiring speakers. ARIA award winner Megan Washington will headline the music stage and is joined by Montaigne, Hey Geronimo and multi-award winning singer-songwriter Lior, alongside celebrated indigenous artists Frank Yamma and Gambirra Mob.

Full weekend tickets, include free camping, are on sale now. Kids under 13 are free. More information can be found at their website.

#UnleashJustice

Happening from 30 September- 3 October at Greenhills Conference Centre, 1437 Cotter Road. Find more information at www.beyondfestival.com.au

CONFLUENCE FESTIVAL OF INDIA

Confluence Festival of India, the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia is coming to Canberra!

Canberra’s festival program includes world-class dance, theatre and music as well as conferences and workshops on Indian innovation, politics and sport spread over seven weeks.

One of the festival’s key components is fostering bilateral ties, with joint performances and collaborations between Indian and Australian artists and thinkers.

Happening until 8 November @ Various Venues, Various Locations, Canberra City. Find more information at confluencefoi.com

TULIP TOP GARDENS

Visit 10 acres of beautiful tulips and other Spring flowers at Tulip Top Gardens. With classical music and stunning water features, experience Spring in a spectacular way.

‘Tulip Top Treasures’ also lets you browse local gems, and pop into their café for refreshments among the tulips.

Happening everyday until 16 October @ Tulip Top Gardens, 20 Federal Highway New South Wales. Find more information at tuliptopgardens.com.au

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

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

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

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKETS

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

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

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

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKET 

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

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

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

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS

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

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

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

NATIONAL POLICE REMEMBRANCE DAY

National Police Remembrance Day will be commemorated with a memorial service at Kings Park near the National Carillon from 4.30pm. The service will be preceded by a display of historic police vehicles from 2.00 pm and a parade of more than 200 police officers across Kings Avenue Bridge from 3.50pm. National Police Remembrance Day commemorates Australian police who have been killed in the line of duty.

This solemn ceremony will see the names of seven more officers added to the memorial bring the total number of police officers named on the National Police Memorial Wall to 764.

Police, family, friends and visitors are welcome at all National Police Remembrance Day events.

Happening on 29 September at the Australian Police Memorial, Wendouree Drive, Edmund Barton Building, Parkes. Find more information at www.npm.org.au

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AIS

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the AIS has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer, Tennis and Swim Intensive Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program.

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

Full day or weekly programs available.

Happening until 7 October at the Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier Street, Bruce. Find more information at www.experienceais.com/sports-camps/holiday-program

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: INVENTING THE FUTURE

This school holidays, be transported to the outer realms of your imagination with fun films at the National Film and Sound Archives about inspiring inventors and dedicated daydreamers.

Check their website for details.

Happening from 26 September – 7 October at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information at www.nfsa.gov.au/calendar/?startdate=2016-09-26&type=inventing-future

ART CART – BUGS AND BLOOMS

Art Cart – Bugs and Blooms offers free activities inspired by Floriade and the National Portrait Gallery Collection for families to enjoy together.

Daily during the ACT school holidays.

Happening until 9 October at the National Portrait Gallery, Kind Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information at www.portrait.gov.au/calendar/art-cart-bugs-blooms

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT TUGGERANONG HYPERDOME

Week 1: MARVEL GREEN MACHINE SHOW

Team up with Spider-Man on an interactive journey to be an environmental superhero. Take the superhero oath & make our planet a safer place to live.Monday 26 – Friday 30 September
Daily shows: 11am & 1pm
Meet & greet: 12pmBest of all, it’s free!Find out more information here:

Week 2: FUN FOOD FACTORY

Come & create your own fun & healthy snack at the free Fun Food Factory located in the Hyperdome’s centre court.

Monday: Fruit Rockets

Tuesday: Banana Butterflies

Wednesday: Grape Caterpillars

Thursday: Fruit Rockets

Friday: Banana Butterflies

Happening 3-7 October. Find more information here: www.hyperdome.com.au

PORTRAIT PLAY: BUSH MAGIC

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.
Portrait Play: Bush Magic is for children aged 4 to 8 to share with family and friends.

All children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Bookings essential.

Happening until 9 October at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information at www.portrait.gov.au/calendar/portrait-play-2016-autumn

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN

Enjoy School Holiday Fun at the at the National Archives of Australia . Pop in to see the Constitution! Or visit their Family Corner for activities and games inspired by the Waterhouse exhibition.

The Federation Gallery will be also open for both long weekends of the school holidays.

Free, bookings not required.

Happening until 9 October at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Find more information at www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events

SPRING SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Get glassy these spring school holidays at the Canberra Glassworks.

In their exhibition-inspired workshop, Mosaic Vessels, children can make their own upcycled glass mosaic vase, working with a professional artist. Or kids can have a go at kiln forming in the Make Your Own Spring Insect/Butterfly Tile class.

Happening from 28 September – 9 October at the Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information at www.canberraglassworks.com/education/holiday-classes

WORDPLAY

Check out Wordplay, the National Library of Australia’s interactive pop up kids’ space. Drop in and read, write, illustrate and imagine. Celebrate Floriade with a range of activities exploring spring, flowers and the shape, meaning and use of language.

Happening until 9 October at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra. Find more information at www.nla.gov.au

SAFARI ZOO AT CANBERRA OUTLET CENTRE

Children can watch the animals come to life and then participate in daily craft activities.

Happening from 3-7 October at Monkey Mania and Caffé Cherry Beans, Canberra Outlet Centre. Find more information www.canberraoutletcentre.com.au

WORLD HABITAT DAY AT THE NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM

Visit the National Dinosaur Museum to catch a special midday tour in honour of World Habitat Day.

Happening on 3 October at the National Dinosaur Museum, Barton Highway, Canberra. Find more information at nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au

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

 CLIPPED @ NFSAClipped Music Video Festival brings an exciting slice of its program from 2016 VIVID to Canberra for one night only. It includes the screening of high-calibre music videos, live music and discussion featuring a diverse line-up of directors, filmmakers, music industry chiefs and artists.

Don’t miss Clipped @ NFSA.

Happening on 30 September @ the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information at www.nfsa.gov.au

QUEER SCREEN FILM FEST

With its roots in the earliest days of Sydney’s Mardi Gras, Queer Screen has run what we now refer to as LGBTIQ programming long before the acronym came into being. This year the National Film and Sound Archives present two highlight films from Queer Screen Film Fest 2016.

Happening on 1 October @ The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information at www.nfsa.gov.au

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

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

HELEN GEIR – ‘COMING STORM’, PAINTINGS & WORKS ON PAPER

The perception and experience of the spaces within a landscape are pivotal themes in Helen Geier’s work. Schematic expressions of colour and pattern within her works set up a tension between perceived and constructed space, bringing into question traditional notions of linear perspective. Her new work Coming storm reflects the turbulent times we are in at the moment, expressing her concern that “there seems to be much breaking up of recognisable forms, bizarre assemblages and disruption of the natural order of things – climate change being just one aspect of global malaise.”

Helen’s work is represented in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Powerhouse Museum, Canberra Museum & Gallery and Artbank.

Happening until everyday until 2 October at Beaver Galleries, 1 Denison Street, Deakin, Canberra. Find more information at www.beavergalleries.com.au

CLARE HALI – FUSION

Clara Hali’s art practice engages with the sculptural possibilities offered by the human form, within a contemporary context. The work in this exhibition, Fusion, integrates the landscape and the practice of yoga into figurative forms with the landscape acting as a metaphor for the duality of fragility and strength in humans and yoga representing the potential for equilibrium. Each sculpture is imbued with both meaning and subtle complexity.

Clara has exhibited extensively and her work is represented in collections including Macquarie University, University of Sydney, Compaq Computers and Brambles Australia.

Happening until 2 October at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin, Canberra. Find more information at www.beavergalleries.com.au

FEDERATION GALLERY SPECIAL OPENING – SEE THE CONSTITUTION!
The Federation Gallery contains some of Australia’s most significant documents – those that record the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia. The National Archives like to refer to these as the ‘birth certificates’ of our nation.

The seven items in the gallery include the original Constitution Act passed by the British Parliament and the Royal Commission of Assent signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900. They also include documents that record later changes to Australia’s Constitution.

Don’t miss this special opportunity at the Federation Gallery Special Opening – See The Constitution! A must see for your Canberra itinerary!

Happening until 3 October at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Find more information at www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events/index.aspx

SPRING ART SHOW

This Spring Art Show for charity is a exhibition of original art by local artists organised by the Queanbeyan Art Society

All works are for sale.

Artists demonstrations daily and local choirs for entertainment at lunch time.

Happening every day until 3 October at City Walk, Canberra. Find more information at www.qarts.com.au

CANBERRA BOTANICAL

Canberra Botanical 2016 – Coinciding with Canberra’s iconic spring festival Floriade, Canberra Botanical 2016 explores the structure of plants and their innate beauty through drawing.

See this group exhibition of national artists working with an array of mediums – focused on Australian flora.

Happening until 9 October at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, Canberra. Find more information at www.hotel-hotel.com.au/blog/whats-on

SPECIAL WATERHOUSE TOURS

Explore ‘Life in bloom’ through art, science and the natural world in The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize™ 2016. This gorgeous travelling exhibition was developed by the South Australian Museum.

Free, bookings not required.

Happening until 15 October at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Find more information at www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events

AUSTRALIAN SKETCHBOOK – COLONIAL LIFE AND THE ART OF S.T. GILL

Catch a glimpse of nineteenth century life on the goldfields and in the bush, cities and towns of Australia through the vibrant imagery of of S.T. Gill, once Australia’s most popular artist, but now a forgotten name.

Happening until 16 October at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find more information at www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-sketchbook

DIANE ARBUS: AMERICAN PORTRAITS

The photographs of Diane Arbus (1923–1971) are powerful allegories of postwar America. Once seen they are rarely forgotten. Contemporary audiences found the way that Arbus approached the genre of portraiture confronting and her work continues to polarise opinion. The images raise difficult, uncomfortable questions concerning the intent of the photographer.

Happening until 30 October at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes, Find more information at nga.gov.au/Arbus

FRESH GLASS

Drawing inspiration from spring and to celebrate Floriade, Fresh Glass pairs studio glass vessels and sculpture with fresh botanical installations. Artists have been invited to collaborate across the mediums to elaborate on one of the most functional forms of glass.

Curator: Narelle Phillips

Artists: Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott, Harriet Schwarzrock, Sui Jackson,
Amy Hick, Peter Nilsson, Amanda Dziedzic, Belinda Toll, Jonathon Westacott
and Rose Mary Faulkner

Floral artists: Bloomin Mad Floral Designs, brave botanics, Lady Larissa, Moxom and Whitney, Nature Child Botanical Designs, Peking Spring and Shizuko Barber.

Happening until 30 October at the Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information at www.canberraglassworks.com/exhibitions/current

CHARLIE SHEAD

The fluid and mutable interactions of Charlie Sheard’s intensely coloured washes of paint result in an array of remarkably poised and majestically scaled paintings.

These works might seem to coalesce accidentally, coming together all at once, but in fact are the result of intense deliberation, extraordinary presence of mind and an acute eye for composition. Some of them have taken many years to reach their definitive form.

The sophistication of Sheard’s work, which draws broadly on the heritage of surrealist abstraction, romanticism, symbolism, abstract expressionism and the esoteric “thought forms” of the Theosophists, converges in a sizzlingly upbeat and contemporary idiom.

This survey of Sheard’s recent work, all produced during the last decade, represents a major achievement, and attests to the coming of age of a virtuosic and intrepidly lyrical artist.

This exhibition is curated by Terence Maloon.

Happening until 6 November at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, New Acton. Find more information at dhg.anu.edu.au/events

DOUG ALEXANDER
Before his untimely death at the age of thirty-six in 1981, Doug Alexander had set up a number of workshops in rural Australia and New Zealand. During the last five years of his life he was resident potter at Cuppacumbalong Craft Centre, Tharwa, in the ACT.

Alexander’s aesthetic philosophy was greatly influenced by the East-meets-West approach championed by Bernard Leach.

Leach’s studio in St Ives, Cornwell was dedicated to producing usable objects that were aesthetically satisfying: the studio was embedded in a community which it was dedicated to serve. His practice deviated radically from the individualism typical of the modern artist.

The forms of Doug Alexander’s pots achieve an almost classical balance and proportion, while the organic earthiness of their surfaces is due to traditional glazes of rustic Japanese pottery.

His exploration of calligraphic embellishment added a touch of the Australian landscape, its leaves, grasses and flora, to the underlying orientalist premise.

This exhibition has been curated by Meredith Hinchliffe

Happening until 6 November at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingston Street, Building 29, Acton. Find more information at dhg.anu.edu.au

MIKE PARR – FOREIGN LOOKING

Mike Parr is one of Australia’s most provocative and influential artists. His exhibition Foreign Looking is the first to bring together works in all media across Parr’s voraciously experimental practice from 1970 to the present. Spanning nine galleries, this installation of performance, film, sculpture and photography provokes a challenging yet mesmerising experience.

Happening until 6 November at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find more information at www.nga.gov.au/exhibitions

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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