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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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11 THINGS NOT TO MISS

CELEBRATE FASHION AT ORI

After the models take their final walk on the FASHFEST stage and the event draws to a close for another year, the fashion, fun and excitement lives on at the Ori.

Home to the Lonsdale Street Traders, the Ori building in Braddon is one of the most unique and exciting shopping destinations Canberra has to offer. Three fashion retailers from Ori will be presenting at FASHFEST 2016; Braddon Tailors, Assemblage Project and Rebel Muse. Collectively they represent over 10 designers from Australia and New Zealand who will be seen on the FASHFEST catwalk.

The Lonsdale Street Traders are throwing a special event to celebrate fashion in the Ori Building. Enjoy late night trade, acoustic live music, special offers, refreshments and an unmissable spread of edible delights from our friends at Woodbrook catering. All while shopping collections straight off the FashFest runway.

Not just for the Fashion savvy. If fashion doesn’t excite you, there will be plenty more on offer that will. Lovable homeware stores Handsome Pretty, Hive and Timber & Tailor as well as itrip iskip, will also be joining in the late night trade and festivities.   Not to mention everyone’s favourite Frugii Desert Laboratory who will be whipping up some special ice cream flavours for the evening including Negroni icy poles.

An unmissable shopping experience to celebrate local business, talent and all that Canberra has to offer, presented to you by the Lonsdale Street Traders.

Happening Thursday 6 October from 5.30pm – 8pm in the Ori Building, 28 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

2016 CANBERRA LATIN DANCE FESTIVAL

The hottest event on Canberra’s spring calendar, the Canberra Latin Dance Festival (CLDF), is back over the weekend of 7-9 October, filled with world-class workshops, spectacular performances, high-energy dancers, spicy routines, and the hottest in Latin music.

What is even more exciting is that it is now in an exclusive new venue, the five-star, stylishly renovated, Canberra Rex Hotel on Northbourne Avenue.

As well as the exciting new venue, world champion dancer, Omar Munoz, and his dance partner, Greysa Baez, will be joining us from the USA. Samba dancer, Dahlia Elkateb from Brazilian Fantasy from the UK, will also be here. She’ll be joined by Sashya Jay of Australian Samba performance troupe, Rhythm Brazil, to lead the annual Samba Parade Finale on Sunday night.

You can buy weekend passes or tickets for all workshops, shows, parties, and evenings online now.

For complete details of the event, including the schedule, tickets, accommodation options, artist bios and venue information, visit the official website canberralatinfestival.com.au or the official Facebook page at facebook.com/canberra.latin.dance.festival where you’ll be across the latest developments as they are announced.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS- RETRO DEPOT IN OCTOBER

Dust off the platforms, get off the Featherston, and channel the inner hipster. Get along to Retro Depot at the Old Bus Depot Markets this Spring.

Retro Depot is a celebration of all things retro cool. Browse fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories that are all designed to push the ‘groove button’.

Happening Sunday 9 October from 10am-4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information here: hobdm.com.au

STYLE WORKSHOPS WITH FIONA KEARY

Keep up with 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 people 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 everyone’s style and have everyone mixing and matching outfits like a pro in no time.

Styling Workshops

Covering both how to create a capsule wardrobe, and how to work colour into people’s style set, in two seperate workshops, Fiona will explore her top need-to-know tips to give everyone the confidence to master the new season trends.

Happening Sunday 9 October from 11am-12pm at Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra. Find more information: blog.canberracentre.com.au

BEATLES IN SYMPHONY- CANBERRA WEEKLY MATINEE MAGIC 

The earth shattering language of the rock world meets the lush romantic sound of the classical symphonic tradition for Beatles in Symphony – Canberra Weekly Matinee Magic.

In the hands of master orchestral arrangers, best-loved Beatles hits are refashioned into creative, evocative and entertaining orchestral suites. Be transported to another time and place. Take a uniquely magical, classical mystery tour where the sound that changed the world forever is refashioned and celebrated in full orchestral splendour.

Dress up ‘Beatles’ style – best costumes win a family pass to the 2017 Shell Prom Picnic Concert.

Happening Saturday 8 October from 2pm at Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra. Find more information here: cso.org.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 THREE

Week three of Floriade will involve many fun and interesting events and activities for both the kids and the adults. This week will be continuing the school holiday celebrations with many fun activities for the kids throughout the week. Kids activities include an obstacle course, Reptiles Inc., and various planting workshops.

For the adults, activities and events include an NRL game development, the National Capital Ballet School, seated yoga, Tea4Two, various performances, and much more.

Week Three of Floriade will be happening from the 3 October to the 9 October at Commonwealth Park. For more information on what events are on and ticketing, visit the Floriade website here: www.floriadeaustralia.com

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

SPRING TEA- PARLIAMENT HOUSE GARDENS 

Book now for Spring Tea—Parliament House Gardens. Celebrate spring in one of the stunning hidden Parliament House courtyards. Enjoy a delightful high tea of mouth-watering delicacies with a glass of something sparkling to celebrate Floriade and Canberra’s seasonal blooms.

Bookings essential via Canberra Ticketing. Only two Saturday sessions are available in the private gardens so book early to avoid disappointment.

Happening Saturdays 1 October and 8 October only from 2pm-4pm at Parliament House, Parliament Drive. Find more information: www.canberraticketing.com.au

SUNDAZE FT. POLOGRAPHIA 

Sipping bubbles on a Sunday afternoon while overlooking the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin, laughing with friends and thinking ‘Why can’t every day be this way?’.

There’s no thought of Monday intruding people’s thoughts, and there’s an increasing smile creeping across their faces. Feet will be tapping. Shoulders will be swaying, and everyone will be captivated by every beat, every sound, every nostalgic moment that Polographia delivers to the soul.

Previously touring with the likes of RÜFÜS, the electric Sydney duo Polographia will be coming to launch SUNDAZE @ The Museum Bar to perform their latest release ‘Sly’ on 9th October at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula alongside local sensation, Kanion from 3pm.

With free entry, celebrate live music a scrumptious gourmet meal and pay due to the inner groove while soaking up the Spring sun with a classic refreshing pimms or enjoy a local Canberra Distillery Gin & Tonic on the lawns overlooking the lake.

Happening Sunday 9 October from 3pm-7pm at Museum Bar, National Museum of Australia. Find out more www.facebook.com

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

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

RAW CANBERRA- VERVE

RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. They focus on spotlighting indie underground talent to the public. Every second month they hand-select and showcase 30+ artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and make up for a one night creative explosion!

Verve will feature a huge lineup of 30-40+ of Canberra’s best emerging artists across music, fashion, hair, makeup, performing art, visual art and photography. It’s going to be a mammoth one-night creative explosion!

Happening Friday 7 October from 6:30pm at The Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Find more information: www.rawartists.org/canberra/verve

SYDNEY LAWYER’S ORCHESTRA- CLASSICS IN THE COURT

The Sydney Lawyers Orchestra presents works by Haydn, Mozart and Elgar and the premiere of a forgotten work by Frederick Septimus Kelly, an Australian composer who died 100 years ago on the Western Front. Led by violinist and conductor Thomas Jones the orchestra brings together talented musicians from across the legal profession in Sydney. The orchestra is proudly supported by Corrs Chambers Westgarth where Thomas Jones is a partner.

Since its debut in 2014, the Sydney Lawyers Orchestra has been regularly performing for the general community in Sydney and has held a number of concerts at historic churches in Sydney. It has also helped in fundraising for charitable causes, recently supporting the fundraising efforts of Save the Children Australia for the victims of Cyclone Winston in Fiji. In December 2015, it performed with the NSW Bar Choir in support of The Katrina Dawson Foundation.

The orchestra’s performances have been described as ‘wonderful’ and ‘utterly magical’ and its conductor was recently featured in an article in the Law Society of NSW Journal where he commented upon the ‘transformational power’ of music.

Happening Sunday 9 October from 1.30pm-2.30pm at High Court of Australia, Parkes. Find more information here: www.hcourt.gov.au/about/concert. Bookings essential.

MUSHROOM CLOUD SHOWCASE 

Recently voted as Canberra’s best wedding and cover band band, Mushroom Cloud is a local 5-piece band playing everything from Johnny B. Goode and Mustang Sally to Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. The guys quickly established themselves as one of Canberra’s best live acts and will be playing upstairs in the Loft for a 2 hours music showcase!

Have a drink & some dinner while enjoying some great live music from 5:30pm, followed by Open Mic night at 8pm.

Happening Sunday 9 October from 5:30pm at The Loft at The Duxton. Find more information www.theduxton.com.au

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Searching for 5 minutes of fame? Open Mic Night is the perfect place to get in the spotlight! It’s free for performers and audience members and is hosted by MC Andrew Bensley upstairs in The Loft. The Loft are always excited to see great new acts on the stage. If interested get in early to register. Bar tab prizes are on offer for the best acts as judged by the crowd. Not up for performing but keen for a laugh? Be part of the crowd and check out some of Canberra’s best up and coming comedy talents.

Arrive early for a live music set by Mushroom Cloud at 5:30pm & enjoy some great local entertainment at The Loft.

Happening Sunday 9 October from 8pm at The Loft at The Duxton. Find more information www.theduxton.com.au

KITTY FLANAGAN- ALL NEW WHITEY MCWHITEBOARD TRYOUT SHOW

People always ask Kitty Flanagan how she comes up with her material. The answer is she stands in front of a small but discerning audience with a whiteboard full of ideas and talk until people start laughing. Come along to Kitty Flanagan – All New Whitey McWhiteboard Tryout Show – it’s tops fun!

Join Kitty up close and personal in the Courtyard Theatre as she workshops jokes and stories for a brand new show. This is a loose, informal hour of previously untried material. It’s your chance to sit in judgement and help Kitty identify what’s comedy gold, what’s comedy bronze and what’s just a top notch fart joke.

NB: Heckling always welcome but please be constructive. For example: “Good comedic premise Kitty but the punchline needs a bit more work!”

Happening Tuesday to Sunday 4 to 15 October from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City. Find more information: canberratheatrecentre.com.au

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

The fourth production for REP’s 2016-17 Season is Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. Directed by Tony Turner this play is a true theatre classic.

Set in one night, based on one simple twisting of the truth, an elaborate tale unfolds… Join them to see what happens, when plots are formed at the Three Pigeons Inn. How two young men, Charles and George attempt to woo Kate and Constance.

Happening Wednesday to Saturday 28 September to 8 October from 8pm at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Canberra. Find more information: www.canberrarep.org.au

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: www.thestreet.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

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

EVENING AMONGST THE STARS

At an Evening Amongst the Stars guests will hear about the history of Mt Stromlo observatory, mingle with astronomers, and get the opportunity to star gaze through Mt Stromlo’s outreach telescopes. The research interests of the RSAA cover the length and breadth of astronomy and astrophysics, ranging from planetary science to cosmology, instrumentation to theory.

The night will also hear from Zonta’s winner of the Women in Astronomy Scholarship, Elise Hampton!

Happening Thursday 6 October from 6:30-8pm at Mount Stromlo Observatory. Find more information: www.facebook.com

SPRING GLORY COURTYARD TOUR- PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Spring Glory Courtyard Tour– Parliament House is a once-a-year opportunity to see the glorious gardens that are lovingly tended by the Parliament House landscape staff. Beautifully calm and simple, these hidden gardens will delight and amaze.

The 60 minute tours run three times daily at 10am, 12noon and 3.30pm on the scheduled dates.

Maximum capacity for each tour: 10 people. Bookings essential via Canberra Ticketing.

Happening three times daily on 16 September to 9 October at Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. Find more information: www.canberraticketing.com.au

CRÈME VALAZE

Join Angus Trumble, National Portrait Gallery Director, as he reveals how one Polish-Yiddish-Melbourne woman conquered the world. Sounds mysterious, come along to find out more about Crème Valaze.

Happening Sunday 9 October from 2pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information: www.portrait.gov.au

CANBERRA BONSAI SOCIETY ANNUAL BONSAI AND PENJUNG SHOW 

The Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Bonsai and Penjung Show will feature high quality bonsai from the collections of society members. This will include some created by local artists currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum, Canberra. The display will include both traditional exotic plant species and Australian species.

Highlights in the display this year will be a number of pines which have been developed to display quality through a two year program, some shohin (bonsai under 25cm) and azaleas which have been styled and/or refined during workshops over the last few years and a number of bonsai representing species from the NAC.

Demonstration sessions at 11am and 2pm daily, will cover aspects of designing and maintaining bonsai.

‘Bonsai Basics’ sessions at 10am and 1pm daily.

Plant sales this year will include starter plants, advanced stock trees and styled bonsai. This is a great opportunity to buy trees of a quality which are not available often in Canberra.

Australian made and imported Japanese and Chinese bonsai pots, tools, wire, and books will also be available.

Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite bonsai.

Happening Saturday and Sunday 8 to 9 October from 9am-4pm at Canberra Grammar School, 40 Monaro Crescent, Red Hill. Find more information: www.cbs.org.au

AN EVENING WITH SPIRIT 

Spend An Evening with Spirit. Paul Jacobs is one of the world’s leading spiritual mediums who is passionate about serving Spirit, teaching, and demonstrating mediumship. Paul is one of a few mediums to be trained and mentored by Gordon Higginson, one of the finest mediums of the last century.

Paul has an outstanding reputation for the quality and accuracy of his evidence, and his ability of allowing people to feel, through his mediumship, the presence of their loved ones in the Spirit world. Paul is a long standing course organizer and tutor at the Arthur Findlay College, the world’s foremost school for the training of mediumship and psychic sciences in the UK. He has dedicated over 30 years of his life reuniting people with their loved ones in spirit.

For one night only Paul will be joined by Biagio Tropeano and Val Hood. Three wonderful mediums bringing evidence of the Spirit World to an intimate audience – don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this special night, where for a short while, two worlds meet.

Happening Sunday 9 October from 7.30pm at Griffith Hall, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith. Find more information: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/an-evening-with-spirit

THE CANBERRA HIGHLAND GATHERING & SCOTTISH FAIR 

The Canberra Highland Gathering and Scottish Fair offers an afternoon of pipes and drums, massed bands, pipe band competitions and highland dancing.

Enjoy the spectacle of Scottish athletic events, clan Stalls, craft stalls and more.

This free community event is suitable for all ages. Kidzone activities for the children with Jumping Castle and Facepainting.

Happening Saturday 8 October from 10am-5pm at Kambah Oval, Kett Street, Kambah. Find more information: canberragathering.com.au

FOREST OPEN DAY

Visitors to the National Arboretum Canberra are being offered a rare and special opportunity to drive through the southern forests which are usually closed to public vehicles.

Guides will be on hand to provide free guided tours and information, including the stories behind the forest patterns and the ANU Research Forests.

Don’t miss the chance to drive around and wander through some of the Arboretum’s most colourful and rare trees including two species that are extinct in the wild.

Happening Saturday 8 October from 11:30am-4:30pm at the National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Weston Creek. Find more information: www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

AUTHOR TALK: TIM WINTON: THE BOY BEHIND THE CURTAIN 

Head to the National Library of Australia for a rare view of Tim Winton’s imagination at work and play. The Miles Franklin Award-winning author reveals the real characters and events behind his bestselling novels in this intimate discussion ranging across his boyhood, movies and road-trips, family and faith, to the natural world, art and writing, with ABC’s Andrea Ho.

Happening Saturday 8 October from 11.30am-1pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information: register.eventarc.com

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 at Blundell’s Cottage, Wendouree Drive, Parkes.

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

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- RETRO DEPOT IN OCTOBER

Dust off the platforms, get off the Featherston, and channel the inner hipster. Get along to Retro Depot at the Old Bus Depot Markets this Spring.

Retro Depot is a celebration of all things retro cool. Browse fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories that are all designed to push the ‘groove button’.

Happening Sunday 9 October from 10am-4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information: obdm.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

CHARITY GARAGE SALE

Find a bargain for all the family at the next Charity Garage Sale.  Browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices.  Plenty of new items every month, including kids clothes from just $1.50, books $2 or less, DVDs $2, kitchenware, toys, bric-a-brac and much, much more.  All proceeds go towards funding projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities.

Happening Saturday 8 October 8am-12pm at 5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa. Find out more www.facebook.com

 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA (EFFA)The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) returns to Canberra! EFFA is more than just a film festival – it’s a catalyst for positive and sustainable change.

The EFFA in Canberra Program includes featured films from the world’s most talented and socially-conscious filmmakers from Australia and beyond. And they’re not just entertaining – they challenge the way viewers think about the world.

EFFA is fuelling conversations about how to make the world a better place, now and into the future, with a program of film screenings, discussions, and debates.

Happening Thursday to Saturday 8 to 15 October at Palace Electric Cinemas, 2 Phillip Law Street. Find more information here: www.effa.org.au

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

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

THE ACTEWAGL KOOKABURRA CUP

A staple on the Canberra sporting calendar, the ActewAGL Kookaburra Cup is an annual pre-season tournament attracting players and teams from around the country. The mission of the Cup is to showcase Australia’s number one sport, cricket, to kids and families. The festival vibe of the event has been designed to achieve the two primary goals of participation and enjoyment for all.

Played in the lead up to the summer of cricket, the Kookaburra Cup is fast becoming a staple of the kids’ sporting calendar. In its twelve years of operation, the ActewAGL Kookaburra Cup has continued to grow, with each tournament attracting more than 600 participants playing more than 140 games over three action-packed days.

The T20 tournament is held at multiple venues right across the ACT and is open to entries from both girls and boys. The teams will have eight players per side, and have traditionally competed in either Cup or Plate divisions of Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 groups over the three-day tournament. This year new additions to the program include an opening ceremony and awards night.

Happening Wednesday to Friday 5 to 7 October from 9:30am-5pm at Manuka Oval, Level 2 Bradman Stand, Manuka Circle, Forrest. Find more information: www.cricketact.com.au

TONY CAMPBELL MEMORIAL CUP & STUDENTS RACE DAY

One of Canberra’s bigger social and business events on the calendar. Enjoy a great afternoon of horse racing along with the colour and great atmosphere in the nation’s capital, on one of the best tracks in the country at Thoroughbred Park.

The day is free admission and an 18+ only event. Students will be required to show the correct form of ID.

See eight races including the tab.com.au Tony Campbell Memorial Cup.

Happening Friday 7 October from 11am-6pm at Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road, Lyneham. Find more information: www.thoroughbredpark.com.au

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

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

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

KIDS’ CUSHION CONCERT: WINNIE THE POOH

NewActon and Canberra Symphony Orchestra have teamed up for another instalment in the popular Kids’ Cushion Concert series. Join the CSO Wind Quintet in the Nishi Grand Stair on 4 October for a morning of music and storytelling as we follow the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends.

Bring a cushion for your little one (3 to 8 years old) to sit on and enjoy the musical journey of this classic children’s tale with live narration. Feel free to bring along your child’s favourite plush toy as well – Winnie the Pooh is teddy-bear friendly! 

Happening 10am, Tuesday 4 October at the Nishi Grant Stair, 2 Phillip Law St, Acton. Cost: $10 for kids, free for supervising adults. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com.au.

DINOSAUR TIME MACHINE 

Buckle up and take a trip in a giant time machine to get up close and personal with a life-sized T-Rex. Learn about the ancient world of dinosaurs in the most exciting way possible. Two adventurous performers use science, circus, puppetry and imagination to give you a glimpse into history that you won’t forget.

Dinosaur Time Machine incorporates up to date science and discoveries made about dinosaurs and the world that they lived in, and presents it in a fun and highly visual way, incorporating circus, puppetry, simple narrative and imaginative play in this unique educational theatre production.

This show is perfect for kids aged 3-9, a great excursion for school and school holiday groups. Q&A available on request after the show, as well as a closer look-and-touch with the real dinosaur fossils used in the show.

Happening Wednesday to Saturday 5 to 8 October from 11am at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Find more information: hwww.thestreet.org.au/shows/dinosaur-time-machine

BEE MOVIE 

See the Bee Movie at the National Library of Australia. Just graduated from college, Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) leaves the hive and discovers that humans actually eat honey!

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings essential.

Happening Thursday 6 October from 1pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information: www.nla.gov.au

SPRING STORYTIME

Bring the children along to share a love of reading and stories with some funny and charming yarns from the National Library of Australia‘s collection.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings essential.

Happening Thursday 6 October from 11:30am at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information: www.nla.gov.au/node/9472

ANU DIGITAL ART- STOP ANIMATION SHORT FILM WORKSHOP 

Join Australian National University School of Art graduates in a film production workshop for Year 9—12 students. Participants will respond to the themes and artworks of The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize™ exhibition for inspiration. Play with stop-frame animation and short film production.

Bookings essential.

Happening Friday 7 October from 2pm-3:30pm at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Find more information www.naa.gov.au

DISCOVERY SPACE: MEDIEVAL SPACE

Tuesday to Friday school holiday activities at the National Museum of Australia include Discovery Space and the Afternoon Play Space.

Discovery Space: Medieval Space

Inspired by the new exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, step back in time to help build a medieval castle and make a medieval crown and shield to take home.

Afternoon Play Space

Play, read or relax in the Bay Window play space.

Curl up with a book or try one of the self-guided activities at no cost.

All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential for Discovery Space.

Your Discovery Space ticket entitles discounted entry into the A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum exhibition.

Happening Tuesdays to Fridays 30 September to 7 October from 10am-11:30am and 11:30am-1pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton. Find more information: www.nma.gov.au

STORY TIME 

Listen to the story Whoever you are by Mem Fox, and create a personal visual response. Story Time is for all ages and abilities; all materials provided.

All children must be accompanied. Bookings essential.

Happening Wednesday 5 October from 10.30am-12pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information www.portrait.gov.au

CAMP THUNDER

Learn to play like everyone’s T20 heroes these school holidays at Camp Thunder, Sydney Thunder’s School Holiday Camp. Camp Thunder is for boys and girls aged 8-10. Activities and skills sessions tailored for all skill levels. Professional coaches will ensure every child has a wonderful time playing cricket.

A Thunder shirt, drink bottle and wristband will be included.

The camp runs over two days from Tuesday 4 October to Wednesday 5 October from 9am-1pm at Reid Oval, Elimatta Street, Braddon. Find more information here: visitcanberra.com.au

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:  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

CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSIC EUROPEAN CINEMA AT ARC

Exclusive Battleship Potemkin premiere – original soundtrack, restored!

This October the NFSA will screen the Australian premieres of Sergei Eisenstein’s classics October and Battleship Potemkin, featuring their original soundtracks, restored.

The new digital print of October (1928) will screen, with the restored original score by Austrian-born composer Edmund Meisel, on the Labour Day public holiday, Monday 3 October.

Then, one of cinema’s most celebrated silent films, Battleship Potemkin (1925), will screen on 16 October with its long-lost soundtrack! The shellac discs, created for a ‘talkie’ re-issue of the film, were discovered by Martin Reinhart in Vienna’s Technical Museum in 2000. The findings led to a 15-year international digital reconstruction project.

October happening Monday 3 October from 2pm and Battleship Potemkin happening Sunday 16 from 2pm at Arc Cinema. Find more information www.nfsa.gov.au/arc

CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL  

Making its debut in Canberra, the Czech and Slovak Film Festival has delighted Melbourne audiences for years, annually showcasing a range of classic and contemporary live action and animated films.

See the website for festival program and session times.

Happening Friday to Sunday 7 to 9 October at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information: www.nfsa.gov.au

KIDS SCREENING

Head along to the 1995 movie screening of Kids. The film was directed by Larry Clark and is 93 minutes long.

Don’t forget this movie is rated R18+ so photo ID may be requested.

This show is not for kids.

Happening Saturday 8 October from 3pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information: www.portrait.gov.au

EFFA IN CIVIC SQUARE 

Before the Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) gets going in Canberra, head along to a free screening in Civic Square of the film ‘All the Time in the World’

Bring family and friends and a rug or a chair for a great family-friendly film screening. Featuring a festival favourite from EFFA 2015 that has never before been played in Canberra, this event is sure to whet the appetite for a wonderful EFFA 2016.

Happening Saturday 8 October from 7:30pm at Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information here: www.effa.org.au/canberra

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 

SEEKING REFUGE EXHIBITION 

Artists Sean Davey, Lucile Carson, Euan Graham, Mona Khizam, Penny Ryan, Barak Zelig, and Nicci Haynes and Caren Florance invite you to consider the refugee c­­­risis from several perspectives in Seeking Refuge an exhibition of sculpture, photography, paintings and multi media opening on 6 October.

Through very different representations, Carson and Graham focus on the journey of asylum seekers. Carsons’ tiny assemblages employ discarded objects and detritus to form small, overcrowded boats reminiscent of the imagery we see of refugee boats. Graham’s large paintings also document some of the familiar media images – conjuring rough seas, dangerously crowded vessels and tortured faces and bodies.

Happening Thursday 6 October to Saturday 29 October from 6pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Find more information www.facebook.com/events

EQUUS HOMO EXHIBITION

Penny Ryan builds on her Open Hearts installation, first shown as part of the Chippendale New World Art Prize in June 2016, with a free clay heart-making workshop on Saturday 8 October. The project aims to make 1468 terracotta human hearts, one for each person in detention in Nauru and Manus Island.

In Gallery 2, Canberra sculptor of thirty plus years Stephen Harrison presents Equus Homo. Taking inspiration from the wild horse in Kosciusko National Park, Harrison’s large-scale sculptures and colour photographs characterize the horses’ beauty juxtaposed with their incredibly destructive behaviour.

Describing the mood of the collection as Australian Gothic, Harrison says he is revisiting his interest in challenging the notions of ‘Introduced species’ and ‘Australian Identity’ – a theme he touched on in one of his first exhibitions in the late 80’s. The collection features large format photographs of humans in harsh landscapes wearing sculpted horse heads and holding decaying sculls, alongside ghost-like, life-sized half horse and man sculptures. The exhibition was awarded to Harrison as the winner of Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Exhibition Award at Sculpture in the Paddock. 

Happening Thursday 6 October to Saturday 29 October from 6pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Find more information www.facebook.com

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: hwww.cmag.com.au

ZHANG PEILI: FROM PAINTING TO VIDEO EXHIBITION 

Recognised as the father of Chinese video art, Zhang Peili established himself as an avant-garde painter in the mid-1980s, while experimenting with installation and other new media. In 1988, he became the first Chinese artist to seriously explore video as a medium, switching permanently from painting in 1994.

‘From Painting to Video’ presents one of his last paintings—recently gifted to the Australian Centre on China in the World, newly restored and never before exhibited—alongside a selection of Zhang’s earliest, seminal video works. Through his practice, Zhang continued to deconstruct media and destabilise systems that produce meaning, and his work enacts an applied system and logic that ultimately reveals uncertainty in the authority that surrounds us.

‘Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video’ is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. CIW also acknowledges the generous loan of artworks and media equipment from Media Art Asia Pacific and the support of Zhang Peili’s visit to Australia under the Research School of Asia and the Pacific’s Distinguished Visitors’ Program.

Happening weekdays from 9am-5pm with special weekend viewings 8 to 9 October from 11am-3pm at The Gallery, Australian Centre on China in the World, Building 188, Australian National University, Fellows Lane, Acton. Find more information: ciw.anu.edu.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 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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