This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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15 THINGS NOT TO MISS

Alice In Wonderland

The New York smash hit production of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice in Wonderland comes to life on stage in the most hilarious-filled madcap fun at the Canberra Theatre this January! Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her adventures through Wonderland in this dazzling, internationally acclaimed production.

A star-studded cast of talented actors and puppeteers use their ingenious stagecraft and limitless possibilities of imagination to bring this beloved story to life. Featuring masterful sets, lavish costumes and enchanting puppetry. Don’t miss your chance to tumble with the Tweedle twins, chase the White Rabbit, boo the boisterous Queen of Hearts, and have tea with the Hatter at the Maddest Tea Party of all!

Happening Sunday 14 January at Canberra Theatre Centre. Find tickets and more information here.

ARBORETUM AFTER HOURS

For three Friday evenings in January, the National Arboretum will stay open after hours. Enjoy share platters, drinks and live music to accompany the spectacular views from the Village Centre. On Friday 5 January, listen to Cicilia and Jorge play upbeat Latin music. On Friday 12 January, hear Leisa Keen Trio play well known jazz and pop hits and on Friday 19 January, enjoy listening to Mitch Campas play contemporary Top 40, rock, retro and dance music.

The Curatoreum Shop, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and Pod Playground will be open ’til 9pm. Free guided forest walks leave at 6pm and 6.30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Arboretum after hours. Free entry and parking. No bookings required. See you there!

For information, call 02 6207 8484.

Happening Fridays during summer from 5-9 pm until 19 January at the National Arboretum, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway.

FASHION ON FILM

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) will explore the magic of costumes on film with a week-long line up of screenings, talks and special guests in January.

Costume Week is part of a season of events curated to complement Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, the exhibition presented in partnership by the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Portrait Gallery (10 November – 4 March 2018). The program has been designed to celebrate the fashion featured in the exhibition – several iconic costumes are on display in Starstruck, including the red satin gown worn by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! and Miranda’s white dress from Picnic at Hanging Rock.

The Costume Week program includes sessions with special guests including film director Richard Lowenstein and Oscar-nominated costume designer Anna Senior. It also features screenings of beloved Australian films known for their eye-catching costuming, including Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Dressmaker, Moulin Rouge! and The Sapphires.

Happening 6-14 January at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the website for more information.

PORTOBELLO ROAD AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Welcome the New Year with one of Canberra’s favourite shopping events, Portobello Road!

Each Portobello Road event is different and the treasures you find will vary every time. Enjoy scouring the many aisles throughout the day to see what you will find! From items such as decorative art and fine silver to restored furniture and eye catching jewellery, the possibilities are endless!

Happening Sunday 14 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

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

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

Session times run between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

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

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914 – 1919 EXHIBITION

This is her story. She – they – went to war. The lives of over thirty Women of Empire. Australians and New Zealanders, brought to life in original clothing of the First World War era. What she wore to save lives in the mud of France, to drive an ambulance under fire, to dig for victory in England’s green and pleasant land, to organize fundraisers or pack comforts, to entertain the troops in the music halls of London or on a stage of bull-beef tins in France, to campaign for peace on the streets of Melbourne, to receive a medal at Buckingham Palace, to open the door to one, two, three, four of those dreaded pink telegrams.

Seen by over half-a-million people in Australia and overseas Women of Empire is the only touring WWI exhibition telling the stories of the women whose lives (and fashions) were transformed by their experiences of this cataclysmic event.

They showed their mettle – at home and abroad – and pushed the boundaries of women’s place in the world. Truly inspiring, truly moving, truly captivating.

Showing from 6-14 January at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the website for more information.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, My Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing from 10 November – 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

The East Hotel Canberra Challenger

The East Hotel Canberra Challenger is a $75,000 professional tennis tournament, featuring as part of the Australian Pro Tour.

Placed the week before the Australian Open 2018, the tournament provides some of the world’s top players with perfect preparation opportunities going into the first Grand Slam of the year.

A quality international field was attracted to Canberra in 2017, including 52 players from 17 countries. Eight top 100 male players featured at the tournament. Israel’s Dudi Sela claimed his 21st challenger title when he defeated top seed Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 3-6 6-4 6-3 in the final.

More information about the Australian Pro Tour see their website.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

HOME IS WHERE THE HEAT IS

To celebrate their tenth anniversary, Canberra Glassworks will showcase site-specific works by our studio artists.

Curator Jane Cush has invited artists who have taught, hired, worked in residence or from a studio at Canberra Glassworks to respond to the unique architecture and design features of the historic Kingston Power House.

The whole of Canberra Glassworks will be activated, including niches rarely seen by the public, throughout the building.

Showing until 14 January at the Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

PLAY UP

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

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open Air PlayUP

MoAD invites you to enjoy Open Air PlayUP – a PlayUP experience in the fresh air and beautiful surrounds of the Senate Courtyard.

Happening Monday 22 January – Friday 26 January 2018 from 10 am – 5 pm.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

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

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

COLOUR

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

Happening from 16 November to 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

FOOD & DRINK

Image: Martin Ollman

ARBORETUM AFTER HOURS

For three Friday evenings in January, the National Arboretum will stay open after hours. Enjoy share platters, drinks and live music to accompany the spectacular views from the Village Centre. On Friday 5 January, listen to Cicilia and Jorge play upbeat Latin music. On Friday 12 January, hear Leisa Keen Trio play well known jazz and pop hits and on Friday 19 January, enjoy listening to Mitch Campas play contemporary Top 40, rock, retro and dance music.

The Curatoreum Shop, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and Pod Playground will be open ’til 9pm. Free guided forest walks leave at 6pm and 6.30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Arboretum after hours. Free entry and parking. No bookings required. See you there!

For information, call 02 6207 8484.

Happening Fridays during summer from 5-9 pm until 19 January at the National Arboretum, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

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

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

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

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

TIKI THURSDAYS

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

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

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

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

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

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

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

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

Friday Soirée at Buvette

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

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

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

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

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

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

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

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

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

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

TACO TUESDAY

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

BURGERS & BEERS

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

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

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

MUSIC & STAGE

Alice In Wonderland

The New York smash hit production of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice in Wonderland comes to life on stage in the most hilarious-filled madcap fun at the Canberra Theatre this January! Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her adventures through Wonderland in this dazzling, internationally acclaimed production.

A star-studded cast of talented actors and puppeteers use their ingenious stagecraft and limitless possibilities of imagination to bring this beloved story to life. Featuring masterful sets, lavish costumes and enchanting puppetry. Don’t miss your chance to tumble with the Tweedle twins, chase the White Rabbit, boo the boisterous Queen of Hearts, and have tea with the Hatter at the Maddest Tea Party of all!

Happening Sunday 14 January at Canberra Theatre Centre. Find tickets and more information here.

Showtime Saturdays

Casino Canberra’s Showtime Saturdays will see different themed performances every fortnight by some of Australia’s best talent. Entertainment starts at 9pm and is completely FREE.

Come see outstanding vocalists such as Robyn Loau (from Australia’s biggest girl band ‘Girlfriend’), M.C. Hayes Loau, Matilda Moran, Ben Palumbo and Dina David. Plus, performances by Hot Disco Dolls and GG Showgirls, just to name a few.

Happening every Saturday at 9PM, 10PM and 11PM at Casino Canberra, Binara Street, City.

FILM

FASHION ON FILM

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) will explore the magic of costumes on film with a week-long line up of screenings, talks and special guests in January.

Costume Week is part of a season of events curated to complement Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, the exhibition presented in partnership by the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Portrait Gallery (10 November – 4 March 2018). The program has been designed to celebrate the fashion featured in the exhibition – several iconic costumes are on display in Starstruck, including the red satin gown worn by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! and Miranda’s white dress from Picnic at Hanging Rock.

The Costume Week program includes sessions with special guests including film director Richard Lowenstein and Oscar-nominated costume designer Anna Senior. It also features screenings of beloved Australian films known for their eye-catching costuming, including Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Dressmaker, Moulin Rouge! and The Sapphires.

Happening 6-14 January at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the website for more information.

FESTIVALS

ARBORETUM AFTER HOURS

For three Friday evenings in January, the National Arboretum will stay open after hours. Enjoy share platters, drinks and live music to accompany the spectacular views from the Village Centre. On Friday 5 January, listen to Cicilia and Jorge play upbeat Latin music. On Friday 12 January, hear Leisa Keen Trio play well known jazz and pop hits and on Friday 19 January, enjoy listening to Mitch Campas play contemporary Top 40, rock, retro and dance music.

The Curatoreum Shop, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and Pod Playground will be open ’til 9pm. Free guided forest walks leave at 6pm and 6.30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Arboretum after hours. Free entry and parking. No bookings required. See you there!

For information, call 02 6207 8484.

Happening Fridays during summer from 5-9 pm until 19 January at the National Arboretum, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway.

MARKETS

PORTOBELLO ROAD AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Welcome the New Year with one of Canberra’s favourite shopping events, Portobello Road!

Each Portobello Road event is different and the treasures you find will vary every time. Enjoy scouring the many aisles throughout the day to see what you will find! From items such as decorative art and fine silver to restored furniture and eye catching jewellery, the possibilities are endless!

Happening Sunday 14 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

COMMUNITY MARKET

Meeting Place and Diversity ACT have come together to put on a series of community markets in Kambah.

There will be handmade stalls, live music, food and drink. Located right next to the adventure playground, bring the kids for a play, grab some snacks, and do some shopping.

Happening each Saturday until 20 January 2018 at Diversity ACT, 8 Laidlaw Place, Kambah. Entry is free.

See the website for further information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

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

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

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

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

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

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

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

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

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

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

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT & RECREATION

The East Hotel Canberra Challenger

The East Hotel Canberra Challenger is a $75,000 professional tennis tournament, featuring as part of the Australian Pro Tour.

Placed the week before the Australian Open 2018, the tournament provides some of the world’s top players with perfect preparation opportunities going into the first Grand Slam of the year.

A quality international field was attracted to Canberra in 2017, including 52 players from 17 countries. Eight top 100 male players featured at the tournament. Israel’s Dudi Sela claimed his 21st challenger title when he defeated top seed Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 3-6 6-4 6-3 in the final.

More information about the Australian Pro Tour see their website.

OUTDOORS

ARBORETUM AFTER HOURS

For three Friday evenings in January, the National Arboretum will stay open after hours. Enjoy share platters, drinks and live music to accompany the spectacular views from the Village Centre. On Friday 5 January, listen to Cicilia and Jorge play upbeat Latin music. On Friday 12 January, hear Leisa Keen Trio play well known jazz and pop hits and on Friday 19 January, enjoy listening to Mitch Campas play contemporary Top 40, rock, retro and dance music.

The Curatoreum Shop, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and Pod Playground will be open ’til 9pm. Free guided forest walks leave at 6pm and 6.30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Arboretum after hours. Free entry and parking. No bookings required. See you there!

For information, call 02 6207 8484.

Happening Fridays during summer from 5-9 pm until 19 January at the National Arboretum, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway.

KIDS

PLAY UP

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

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open Air PlayUP

MoAD invites you to enjoy Open Air PlayUP – a PlayUP experience in the fresh air and beautiful surrounds of the Senate Courtyard.

Happening Monday 22 January – Friday 26 January 2018 from 10 am – 5 pm.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

ARBORETUM AFTER HOURS

For three Friday evenings in January, the National Arboretum will stay open after hours. Enjoy share platters, drinks and live music to accompany the spectacular views from the Village Centre. On Friday 5 January, listen to Cicilia and Jorge play upbeat Latin music. On Friday 12 January, hear Leisa Keen Trio play well known jazz and pop hits and on Friday 19 January, enjoy listening to Mitch Campas play contemporary Top 40, rock, retro and dance music.

The Curatoreum Shop, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and Pod Playground will be open ’til 9pm. Free guided forest walks leave at 6pm and 6.30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Arboretum after hours. Free entry and parking. No bookings required. See you there!

For information, call 02 6207 8484.

Happening Fridays during summer from 5-9 pm until 19 January at the National Arboretum, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway.

COLOUR

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

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

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

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

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

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

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

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

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

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

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.

EXHIBITIONS

Montage photographs by Sarah Kenderdine, Peter Morse and Paul Bourke. Seven Sisters rock art with permission of Walinynga (Cave Hill) custodians. Image supplied.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Dombrovskis: Journeys Into The Wild  

Presented by The National Library of Australia, this exhibition showcases 70 of the best wilderness photos by foremost wilderness photographer Peter Dombrovskis. His reflective and deeply personal images of the Tasmanian wilderness have had a lasting impact, inspiring Australians to look at their environment differently. Some of his photographs have been instrumental in the conservation of various Tasmanian land, including the prevention of damning of the Franklin River.

The carefully curated selection comes from the Library’s extensive collection of over 3,000 Dombrovskis transparencies, to create the most complete survey of his work to date.

On until 30 January 2018 at Exhibition Gallery, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

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

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

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

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

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

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

‘New Documents’ by Bartolomeo Celestino

New Documents (all true things are equal)’ is an exhibition by Bartolomeo Celestino that presents formally and poetically charged sequences of abstract natural constructs as part of a larger meditative practice. The title takes its cues from the 1967 MoMA exhibition of relatively unknown photographers that had a lasting influence on modern photography. This abstract survey details the elusive relationships and primitive responses that we all have with discovery and the natural world.

On exhibition until Sunday 28 January at Nishi Gallery. Free entry.

Find more information at hotel-hotel.com.au/calendar/new-documents-by-bartolomeo-celestino.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

HOME IS WHERE THE HEAT IS

To celebrate their tenth anniversary, Canberra Glassworks will showcase site-specific works by our studio artists.

Curator Jane Cush has invited artists who have taught, hired, worked in residence or from a studio at Canberra Glassworks to respond to the unique architecture and design features of the historic Kingston Power House.

The whole of Canberra Glassworks will be activated, including niches rarely seen by the public, throughout the building.

Showing until 14 January at the Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

UNIQUE FINLAND-INSPIRED ART EXHIBITION AT THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND

As part of Finland’s centenary of independence celebration, the Embassy of Finland in Canberra welcomes everyone to view a unique art exhibition combining the artwork of three different artists inspired by Finnish nature, landscape and architecture. The exhibition can be viewed during the Embassy’s opening hours and is free of charge for everyone.

Päivi Arvonen is a Finnish photographer and journalist. The silence and beauty of the Finnish nature is especially close to her heart. Her photo exhibition “Soul of the Forest” highlights the beauty of untouched Finnish nature in North-Eastern Finland. Steve Salo is an Australian contemporary painter. His “Paintings from Finland” series of expressionist landscape paintings portrays the impact of the evocative Finnish landscape on human emotion. The artworks were created during an artist residency in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.

Showing until 31 January 2018 at the Embassy of Finland, Yarralumla. Free entry.

SILENT WITNESSES: AN EXHIBITION OF ARTWORKS BY MARTIN ROWNEY

This exhibition features sculptural pieces created with original fittings from one of the Australian National University’s most significant buildings. Early Bakelite switches and power points, Negretti & Zambra thermographs, pressure gauges, fans and bells were salvaged during the refurbishment of the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

Martin Rowney has repurposed these objects to reflect upon the dichotomy between the significant nature of the research undertaken at the John Curtin School, and the relatively ordinary nature of everyday objects that were silent witnesses to these important events.

Showing until 19 January 2018 at Australian Centre on China ANU, Acton. Free entry.

MIDAWARR | HARVEST: THE ART OF MULKUN WIRRPANDA AND JOHN WOLSELEY

Midawarr | Harvest, two artists, two completely different approaches, but one abiding passion – to depict the natural bounty to be found in northern Australia.

For almost a decade, renowned artists Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley have met at midawarr, the harvest season, to seek, eat and paint the edible plants of Yolŋu country in north-eastern Arnhem Land. Together they have created an unforgettable suite of works.

Showing until 18 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton. Free entry.

COLLEGE EXPRESS 9

Young artists in Years 11 & 12 from colleges in the north Canberra region explore the world around them through photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, textiles and new media in College Express 9. This will be the ninth annual College Express exhibition; Ray White Belconnen sponsors both the $1,000 Art Prize and the $500 People’s Choice Award.

Showing until 28 January 2018 at Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen. Free entry.

EIRENE MORT: A LIVELIHOOD

The story at the heart of this exhibition is that of Eirene Mort; a prolific artist, collaborator, teacher, writer, family historian and a ‘new woman’ pursuing a profession in the arts at the beginning of the 20th Century.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her life and work. View numerous artefacts from Mort’s art practice made possible thanks to a generous gift to Canberra Museum and Gallery from her heirs.

A self-described woman of independent means, Mort was an advocate and proponent of the use of Australian materials and motifs in decorative arts. Her translation of the English Arts and Crafts movement to an Australian context coincided with the creation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901 and helped define a burgeoning national identity.

Showing until 25 February 2018, from 12-5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City. Free entry.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, A Change Is Gonna Come invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events that led to and followed these significant moments. Has change truly come, or is it coming still?

Showing until 30 January 2018 daily from 9am-5pm only at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra. Entry is free.

Check the website for more information.

TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters and take a journey into the heart of Australia. Intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land. See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre hub where artists create works you can take home.

Don’t miss out—this exhibition is a journey like no other.

Showing until 25 February 2018 from 9am – 5pm daily at the National Museum of Australia. Visit nma.gov.au/songlines for details and booking costs.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

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

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

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

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

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

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

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

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

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

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

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily until 2 May 2018. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

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