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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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THE COMMONS STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

Gluttony never tasted so good as the inaugural The Commons Street Feast assembles your every guilty food pleasure into a 10-day summer celebration of street food and fun.

Eat your way around the globe with Asian, American, European and South American food vans. Vendors include Gelato Messina, Mary’s and Happy as Larry.

Drink offerings come from Shaw Wines, Batlow Cider, Pact Beer, Little Creatures, Rouge Wines, Capital Brewing Co and Melbourne Martini Bar.

Treat yourself at The Commons with your very own butler. The butlers are available for hire so you can be waited on hand and foot at the event.

There are kids activities each weekend and lawn games for young and old across the grassy knolls of Commonwealth Park.

Check their website for full details and opening times of each day.

Christmas In The City – Canberra Celebrates

Enjoy a series of food, drink, music, handcrafted and arts markets and entertainment at Christmas in the City – Canberra Celebrates. Don’t miss this month-long festive extravaganza with something special for the young and young-at-heart.

See the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most number of lights on an artificial Christmas tree. See Shannon Noll headline the Christmas In The City Concert on Wednesday 16 December with Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, the Brindabella Chorus and Santa!

The Christmas Food Markets will be a foodies’ dream, featuring a number of delicious culinary themed nights such as Burgers, Sweet Treats, Street Food and Cocktails & Canapes. Next door you’ll find the Christmas Handcrafted Gifts and Arts Markets under a canopy of fairy lights.

Entry is by donation to SIDS and Kids.

Happening Friday 16 to Saturday 24 December at various venues, various locations around Canberra.

See website for more information.

One Day Block Party

In huge news, the ONE DAY BLOCK PARTY is coming to Canberra, and where else than WESTSIDE VILLAGE on Sunday 18th December.

Following the formula of the ONE DAY SUNDAYS parties held around Australia, this party  will combine the finest hip hop and RnB DJs in your town, live graffiti, incredible food & drinks in a beautiful outdoor venue, to create Australia’s favourite day party in your hood.

One Day Sundays are sending some Sydney representation in the form of the ONE DAY DJsJOYRIDE, RAPH & NICK LUPI, bringing with them bulk bangers & maximum vibes, showcasing why their parties have gained national notoriety.

There’ll also be some local talent with a DJ set from HAU as well as DJ SLIM.

It ain’t a ONE DAY BLOCK PARTY without the talent of some amazing graffiti artists, so they’ll be calling on an insane artist to paint a mural live at the party, painting you the backdrop of a perfect afternoon – make sure you get down early to watch the whole thing come together.

Happening Sunday, December 18 at Westside Acton Park, Barrine Drive, Acton. Entry is FREE. Doors open at 1pm – don’t miss out!

Find more information via their website.

Christmas In The City Concert

The Christmas in the City Concert features Aussie rock legend Shannon Noll in front of the Canberra Christmas Tree.

Be there for great sounds, big screens and a custom built stage fit for the occasion. You’ll also see Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, The Brindabella Chorus, and of course no Christmas concert would be complete without an appearance from Santa himself!

Happening Wednesday 16 December, 5pm at City Centre, City Walk, Canberra, ACT.

See website for more information.

Culture Shop

Experience a night of shopping with a twist with Culture Shop! Get 20% off purchases* from the Museum Shop and enjoy a summer style workshop and show featuring this season’s clothing and accessories, with fashion and beauty stylist Trish Murray.

The Museum Bar will be open with a cash bar and delicious food from Broadbean Catering, and the ‘Maestro of Mix’ DJ Jungle Jerry providing the beats.

Free entry but bookings are essential. Reserve your place now.

*No rainchecks and no further discounts apply

Happening Thursday 15 December, 6pm – 8pm at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See website for more information.

Meet the Authors and Book Signing: Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann

Steve Lewis arrived in Canberra in late 1992 and spent the next two decades tormenting the nation’s political elite. He worked as a political reporter for the Australian Financial Review, the Australian and News Corp metro papers, and is currently senior adviser at Newgate Communications.

Chris Uhlmann is one of Australia’s best-known political broadcasters. He won a Walkley award for broadcast interviewing in 2008 and is highly respected for for the quality of his reporting and analysis as political editor of ABC News.

Happening Saturday 17 December, 11.30am – 12.30pm at Paperchain Bookstore, 34 Franklin Street, Manuka.

See website for more information.

Versailles Treasures from the Palace

The NGA has worked with the French Government and the Palace of Versailles to deliver a major exhibition opening this Friday.

More than 7 million people make the journey to the Palace of Versailles every year to experience a phenomenon central to French history – Louis XIV’s architectural masterpiece, the centre of his court of absolute rule and the embodiment of luxury. The luxurious interiors and gardens were often the backdrop to enchanting and extravagant celebrations including masked balls, theatre, opera, concerts, sumptuous feasts and fireworks.

With the support of the French Government, the NGA’s partnership with Versailles has brought this experience to Australia, which has never before been seen outside France.

“We are very excited to be working with Versailles to bring exclusively to Canberra a truly astonishing exhibition and look forward to sharing more details in coming months,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director.

Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles

Open from Friday 9 December 2016 until Monday 17 April, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information: nga.gov.au/Versailles

Canberra’s 2016 Carols By Candlelight

Canberra’s 2016 CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – presented by Woden Valley Youth Choir

FREE EVENT: Bring a picnic dinner and your Canberra Times Carol sheet published (Monday, 12 December)

FEATURING:

MC: Ian McLean

Guest Artists:
1. Alex Clubb
2. Vanessa de Jager
3. Colin Milner
4. Damien Bermingham

Woden Valley Youth Choir
Spectrum Big Band
Canberra City Band

CHARITY: Palliative Care ACT

SPONSORS:
Canberra Southern Cross Club
The Canberra Times
Eclipse Lighting and Sound

Happening Wednesday 14 December, 7pm – 11pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Canberra.

See website for more details.

Christmas at the National Carillon

A special concert of Christmas music on the bells and carol singing. Bring your family, bring your picnic and enjoy one of the best spots on Lake Burley Griffin. Brief free guided tours of the tower for one hour before the concert, no bookings necessary but spaces will be very limited.

Lead carillonist Lyn Fuller and senior carillonist Astrid Bowler will serenade concert goers with both traditional and more modern music, including an innovative piece called ‘Moonfire’. The Canberra Harmony Chorus will sing Christmas carols – and the audience will be asked to join in too!

Happening Sunday 18 December, 6pm – 7pm (tours 4.15pm  – 5.45pm)

For more information about this event, call 02 6272 2902 or visit www.nationalcapital.gov.au

Athol Shmith Fashion Photographs

Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.

Happening Wednesday 30 November to Sunday 16 July, 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Christmas at The Old Bus Depot Markets

Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas in December.

Why visit? Stock up on everything you will need for Christmas. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

You’ll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and advent calendars. Purchase a live Christmas tree from St Nicholas Trees. Order a personalised Christmas bauble.

Buy delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

Happening Saturday 3 December to Sunday 18 December, 10am – 4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See website for more information.

SUNSET CINEMA CANBERRA

Watch the stars under the stars with Sunset Cinema.

Round up the crew and book yourself a spot at Sunset Cinema! Sit back, relax and enjoy the Canberra twilight with friends & family this November. Oh, and throw in some good food, great film (AND a bean bag) for good measure! This year the program is brimming with new releases, thrillers, adventure, family flicks… And the list goes on!  To find out about screenings, special offers and tickets join their free movie club via their website.

Happening Friday 11 November to Thursday 17 December at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. See website for showtimes. Find more information here: www.sunsetcinema.com.au

FOOD & DRINK

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Christmas Belles Dinner

The Conservatory Restaurant at the National Arboretum presents their Christmas Belles’ Dinner; a one-off feast to celebrate Christmas and holiday time!

Relax and enjoy a delicious a special three course Christmas-themed meal with matching wines, while taking in the panoramic views of Canberra.

Happening Wednesday 14 December, 6pm at National Arboretum Canberra – The Conservatory Restaurant, Forest Drive, ACT

See website for more information.

Treehouse Bar

The Treehouse Bar has some fantastic things happening for the rest of 2016 that you might like to know about!

Mondays – TRIVIA

Every Monday night from 7pm

Winner after 8 rounds in a row receives a $100 bar tab and a keg of cider

Thursdays – DOUBLE TROUBLE

2 For 1 Burgers

Happy Hour from 5pm – 7pm

DJ from 9pm and $4 basics, $5 blue waterfalls, vodka red bulls & jägerbombs

Class Act Fridays

2 For 1 Pizzas from 4pm – 10pm

Happy Hour from 5pm – 7pm

The Catch Up package

A bottle of champagne for four and a tapas sharing plate from $25pp

Cocktails $16

DJ from 9pm

Saturdays – The Sessions

Happy Hour from 5pm – 7pm

Cocktails $16

DJs from 9pm

Cocktail Classes

Perfect for birthdays, hens and special events

Guests receive a glass of champagne each on arrival, a cheese platter, and of course, cocktails!!!! Treehouse also holds functions for Christmas parties, birthdays, engagements, launches, hens/bucks nights and more including private bar, catering and VIP bottle service packages to choose from.

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.

SUITS & SIPS

If sipping on $10 cocktails after work suits you, it’s time to mix it up at The Loft. They’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 their 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 their 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 4pm. Find out more at www.highballexpress.com.au.

SPIRITS TASTING BOARD – SINGLE MALT

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. 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. 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.

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. 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.

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, FILM & THEATRE

Christmas at the National Carillon

A special concert of Christmas music on the bells and carol singing. Bring your family, bring your picnic and enjoy one of the best spots on Lake Burley Griffin. Brief free guided tours of the tower for one hour before the concert, no bookings necessary but spaces will be very limited.

Lead carillonist Lyn Fuller and senior carillonist Astrid Bowler will serenade concert goers with both traditional and more modern music, including an innovative piece called ‘Moonfire’. The Canberra Harmony Chorus will sing Christmas carols – and the audience will be asked to join in too!

Happening Sunday 18 December, 6pm – 7pm (tours 4.15pm  – 5.45pm)

For more information about this event, call 02 6272 2902 or visit www.nationalcapital.gov.au

Christmas Story Time and Christmas Concert

Enjoy festive season stories from Australia and overseas. Stay on for Christmas music in the Foyer as Igitur Nos presents its annual lunchtime Christmas concert, a feast of Christmas music, in one of Canberra’s premier cultural institutions.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Happening Wednesday 14 December, 11.30am – 12pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

The Australian Bee Gees

After 5 years and over 1600 shows headlining on the Las Vegas strip, The Australian Bee Gees Show will return to Australia for The 20th Anniversary Tour, a brand new show for 2016. This show is a retrospective look at the amazing career of The Brothers Gibb and will be presented in two parts with costume changes defining the eras. The show will feature all of the greatest hits throughout the decades but will also tell the Bee Gees story in a multi- media show that captures the mood and memories of the time.

Happening Wednesday 14 December, 8pm at Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 96 Corrina Street, Phillip.

See website for more information.

Christmas In The City Concert

The Christmas in the City Concert features Aussie rock legend Shannon Noll in front of the Canberra Christmas Tree.

Be there for great sounds, big screens and a custom built stage fit for the occasion. You’ll also see Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, The Brindabella Chorus, and of course no Christmas concert would be complete without an appearance from Santa himself!

Happening Wednesday 16 December, 5pm at City Centre, City Walk, Canberra, ACT.

See website for more information.

Dormi Jesu: Christmas with Luminescence

Conducted by Bengt-Olov Palmqvist, the Luminescence Chamber Singers and Luminescence Children’s Choir join forces to present a program of moving music for the festive season. Featuring music by Franz Biebl, Pavel Chesnokov, Benjamin Britten, and Saunders Choi, Dormi Jesu: Christmas with Luminescence promises to be an uplifting evening.

Luminescence Chamber Singers is a virtuosic chamber music ensemble comprised of eight young vocalists. Since 2013 Luminescence has gained a reputation for presenting exciting and excellent singing. In addition to being soloists as well as choristers, many Luminescence artists are also conductors, composers, instrumentalists and teachers.

Happening Saturday 17 December, 7pm at All Saints Anglican Church Ainslie, 1 Bonney Street, Ainslie.

See website for more information.

Cell Block 69 – Brand New Show

Cell Block 69 are 80’s Rock (and to a smaller but not to be undermined extent, synth pop) megastars to the MaXXX ! This means that Canberrians will now have the opportunity to see what Cell Block 69 look like when they appear onstage in Canberry’s northwest at The Basement Bar and Arena !

The street lights will shimmer across Lake Ginninderra and reflect off Corey’s sequins, on to you !!!!! That is the power of Rock. It’s the power of Corey !

Buy tickets to Cell Block 69’s Arena of Extravaganza and secure your piece of the year two thousand and Nineteen Eighty sixteen !

Incredibly awesome support acts to be announced shortly.

Happening Friday 16 December, 8pm – 11.55pm at The Basement, Cohen St., Belconnen.

See website for more information.

Friday Night Live – Low Society

Low Society is a bunch of blokes playing the hottest trad jazz, the dirtiest blues and – honestly – not much in between. The group features members from Canberra institutions including Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Agency Dub Collective and the dear departed Moochers Inc.

Cam Smith, trumpet and vocals, Tom Manley, clarinet, Liam O’Connell, banjo and vocals, Dave Abkiewicz, sousaphone, Owen Cooper, trombone and vocals, Mitch Preston, frottoir and percussion.

Happening Friday 16 December, 8pm – 10.30pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

See website for more information.

Australian Haydn Ensemble presents Haydn’s Passion

Dr Erin Helyard directs a dramatic program of music inspired by the Sturm & Drang movement.

Directed by Dr Erin Helyard from the keyboard to finish the year, we venture to the dramatic side of C.P.E. Bach and Haydn. The program contains four works reflecting the 18th century ‘storm and stress’ movement. Often discussed in the context of literature, such musical works are commonly in minor keys and exhibit dramatic characteristics.

C.P.E. Bach’s Flute Concerto in D minor, one of his most virtuosic and colourful, will showcase the exquisite and pure sounds of Australia’s leading period instrument flautist, Melissa Farrow. The Harpsichord Concerto in D major will be performed by our esteemed colleague, Dr Erin Helyard, preceeded by a stormy Sinfonia in E minor. As the finale of our 2016 season, we present Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 ’The Passion’. His only orchestral work in the key of F minor, this piece illuminates the darker side of an otherwise sunny composer.

Happening Thursday 15 December, 7pm at The Hall, University House, ANU.

See website for more information and bookings.

The Star of Bethlehem

The Llewellyn Choir presents its Christmas concert for 2016: Joseph Rheinberger’s Christmas cantata, The Star of Bethlehem. The choir will be accompanied by the Llewellyn Sinfonia and feature soloists Rebecca Collins and Rohan Thatcher.

The Star of Bethlehem is a beautifully melodic work which recounts the nine scenes of the Biblical story of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Other works on the program include motets by Anton Bruckner and Andrew Ford’s Wassails and Lullabies.

Happening Saturday 17 December, 6pm at Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Circuit, Forrest.

See website for more information.

The Peter “Wally” Bamford Memorial Concert

Peter “Wally” Bamford died in his sleep on 21st December 12 years ago. He was fit and healthy. This is a mystery and the Centenary Institute do research into how this terrible thing they call SADS kills dozens of seemingly healthy young men and women every year. So Wallys family raise funds for research by holding a concert every year where the bands and entertainers donate their time for this concert. All money raised goes into research, so that hopefully one day they will find a cure.

Happening Saturday 17 December, 3pm – 11pm at The Bushranger Hotel, Church Street, Collector, NSW.

Call 0424700908 for more information.

Key Grip Hosts Xmas Blues Jam

Key Grip will cap off a year that has seen the launch of a live cd, two visits to Adelaide and one to Melbourne, by hosting our December blues jam. Exploring the many shades of blues, here is a band that always keeps things swinging.

Featuring the soulful vocals of Angela Lount out front, with Leo Joseph on keys and vocals, local stalwarts, Dave Blanken, Mitch Preston, James Luke and Joe Taylor holding the band down – you’re in for a Christmas treat!

And don’t forget the Xmas hamper to be raffled, lucky door prize, and giving tree for Mary Mead.

$3 CBS; $5 general

Happening Sunday 18 December, 2pm – 5.30pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

See website for more information.

Carols In Town Park

Community activities are an important ingredient in “building community” and The Salvation Army’s Carols in Town Park – Tuggeranong has developed into a large and great event to Celebrate Christmas.

Carols in Town Park celebrates the Christmas Story and the Tuggeranong Community with in excess of 3,500 people in attendance at the 2015 event.  This year, Carols in Town Park is on Sunday 18th December, and again our main sponsor is The Vikings Group.

As in previous years, there’s lots to do for the kids. Jumping castles and slides, petting zoo, reptile display and pony rides and a special visit from Santa.  Food and drinks will be on sale at family friendly prices.

The Kids Activities commence at 5pm, with the Carols service commencing at 6.30pm.  Once again, our Carols celebration will include The National Capital Salvation Army Band & Timbrels, Community Choir; local artists, Katie de Veau and Amber Nichols (The Voice), and this year we welcome for the first time Ventriloquist Natalie May.

Carols in Town Park is a family friendly event and we would love for the Canberra Community to come and join the Salvos in celebrating Christmas!

Happening Sunday 18 December, 5pm – 8pm at Tuggeranong Town Park, Anketell Street, Greenway.

See website for more information.

Belle Chen: Postcards From the Mediterranean

Winner of the Classical Music Rising Star Award at the inaugural 2015 London Music Awards, Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen is bringing her unique style and talent to Australia’s High Court.

In this concert Belle will present Postcards from the Mediterranean, which takes the audience through a journey around the vibrant Mediterranean coast. From quirky, elegant works of French composers Ravel and Poulenc, the rhythmic dances of Spanish composers Mompou and Albeniz, to the exotic and mysterious work by Turkish composer Fazil Say, this programme will bring to life the kaleidoscopic cultures and sounds of the Mediterranean.

As well as winning prizes and scholarships around the world, Belle was hand picked for the 2014 NOISE Festival Curator’s Choice for Music Award by Brian Eno, who described her music as “Original and provocative.” Belle’s music has been featured on BBC China, Classic FM, ABC FM, 4MBS, Macroview TV Taiwan and Dateline TV Australia.

Happening Sunday 18 December, 1.30pm at High Court of Australia, 19 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

The Night Before Christmas

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS …

Beth, Timothy, Charlie and Lucy are looking forward to their new iPads and video games for Christmas; they have no time for the traditional narrator and his boring old poem.

But this Christmas, magic will transport the children to other worlds; the worlds of Beatrix Potter, Hans Christian Anderson and Christmas folklore – all told with a modern twist.

Meet the mysterious Innocent; listen to the poor Little Match Girl; marvel at the Tailor of Gloucester, his sneaky cat Simkin and the Three Little Mice; and strut down the runway for the annual reindeer fashion show with Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen.

Written by the award-winning author of children’s comedy The Fairytale Channel and featuring some of Canberra’s most talented young performers, this is a Christmas family event not to be missed.

Please note: there are alternate casts performing each night.

Happening Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 December, 6pm – 7pm at The Canberra Street Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra.

See website for more information.

Canberra’s 2016 Carols By Candlelight

Canberra’s 2016 CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – presented by Woden Valley Youth Choir

FREE EVENT: Bring a picnic dinner and your Canberra Times Carol sheet published (Monday, 12 December)

FEATURING:

MC: Ian McLean

Guest Artists:
1. Alex Clubb
2. Vanessa de Jager
3. Colin Milner
4. Damien Bermingham

Woden Valley Youth Choir
Spectrum Big Band
Canberra City Band

CHARITY: Palliative Care ACT

SPONSORS:
Canberra Southern Cross Club
The Canberra Times
Eclipse Lighting and Sound

Happening Wednesday 14 December, 7pm – 11pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Canberra.

See website for more details.

Calwell Community Carols

Join in with your favourite carols, song booklets and seating provided. All welcome.

Happening Friday 16 December, 6pm – 7pm at the Calwell Shopping Centre, Webber Cres. Calwell.

See website for more information.

SUNSET CINEMA CANBERRA

Watch the stars under the stars with Sunset Cinema.

Round up the crew and book yourself a spot at Sunset Cinema! Sit back, relax and enjoy the Canberra twilight with friends & family this November. Oh, and throw in some good food, great film (AND a bean bag) for good measure! This year the program is brimming with new releases, thrillers, adventure, family flicks… And the list goes on!  To find out about screenings, special offers and tickets join their free movie club via their website.

Happening Friday 11 November to Thursday 17 December at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. See website for showtimes. Find more information here: www.sunsetcinema.com.au

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

Fencing champs

2016 Australian National Fencing Championships

See top fencers from around Australia and overseas participating in Canberra at the 2016 Australian National Fencing Championships, the ultimate event in the Australian Fencing Calendar.

The tournament has 24 separate events, 6 individual open, 6 individual veterans, 6 team plus up to 6 team veteran events. You’ll see matches across three fencing weapons – Foil, Epee, and Sabre.

Happening Friday 9 December until Tuesday 13 December daily from 9am to 5pm at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce. See website for more information.

Canberra Cavalry Vs. Perth Heat

Head out to watch baseball, eat great food, and have an amazing night at Narrabundah Ballpark when Canberra Cavalry vs. Perth Heat.

Whether you are a huge baseball fan, enjoy sports in general, or are just looking for a fun night, a Cavalry game is a great opportunity to experience baseball with family, friends, or an organisation.

The Cavalry were the 2013 Australian Baseball League Champions and are excited for a competitive 2016-17 season.

Check out their website for tickets.

Happening Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 December, Thursday to Saturday: 7pm. Sunday: 12pm at Canberra Cavalry & Narrabundah Ballpark, Corner of Goyder and Kyeema Place, Narrabundah.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

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RANGER GUIDED WALKS AND ACTIVITIES AT TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers an extensive program of guided walks and activities and special school holiday activities throughout the year. Don’t miss your chance to see Australian wildlife in this beautiful natural environment.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of Australian animals including kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles.

Walks and activities cater for a range of different age groups.

Happening until 31 December at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find out more at tidbinbilla.act.gov.au.

CHRISTMAS WREATH AND TABLE CENTREPIECE WORKSHOPS WITH LADY LARISSA

Everlasting Wreath

Learn how to create an everlasting nature-inspired wreath, suitable to hang or place on a table. This will be made with a mixture of textured scented foliages, nuts, natives and dried flowers onto a wicker base wreath.

All tools & materials supplied. $135 per person.

Christmas Table Centrepiece

Learn how to design a garden-inspired Christmas table centrepieces made with a combination of lasting natives and romantic English blooms. Perfect to style your Christmas table or to be given as a gift.

All tools and materials and container supplied. $150 per person. 

Both workshops Thursday 15 December from 6pm – 8.30pm. For more info + bookings contact [email protected]

Meet the Authors and Book Signing: Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann

Steve Lewis arrived in Canberra in late 1992 and spent the next two decades tormenting the nation’s political elite. He worked as a political reporter for the Australian Financial Review, the Australian and News Corp metro papers, and is currently senior adviser at Newgate Communications.

Chris Uhlmann is one of Australia’s best-known political broadcasters. He won a Walkley award for broadcast interviewing in 2008 and is highly respected for for the quality of his reporting and analysis as political editor of ABC News.

Happening Saturday 17 December, 11.30am – 12.30pm at Paperchain Bookstore, 34 Franklin Street, Manuka.

See website for more information.

THE POLYGOT CLUB

Informal conversation groups in German, Spanish, French and Danish suitable for intermediate to advanced or native speaker. (Small annual fee).

Held each Monday (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.

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 AND FESTIVALS

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FOR OUR ROUND UP OF FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS, CLICK HERE

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.

Find out more at obdm.com.au.

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 30 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 Canberra College, corner of Launceston Street and Yamba Drive, Phillip. Visit the website for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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Image via instagram/hercanberra

Christmas In The City – Canberra Celebrates

Christmas in the City – Canberra Celebrates. Enjoy a series of food, drink, music, handcrafted and arts markets and entertainment. Don’t miss this month-long festive extravaganza with something special for the young and young-at-heart.

See the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most number of lights on an artificial Christmas tree. See Shannon Noll headline the Christmas In The City Concert on Wednesday 16 December with Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, the Brindabella Chorus and Santa!

The Christmas Food Markets will be a foodies’ dream, featuring a number of delicious culinary themed nights such as Burgers, Sweet Treats, Street Food and Cocktails & Canapes. Next door you’ll find the Christmas Handcrafted Gifts and Arts Markets under a canopy of fairy lights.

Entry is by donation to SIDS and Kids.

Happening Friday 16 to Saturday 24 December at various venues, various locations around Canberra.

See website for more information.

Another Chance Op Shop

Another Chance Op Shop (Scullin, ACT) will be having End of Year Sale – 50% off STOREWIDE! Another Chance Op Shop is a project of Mosaic Baptist Church, with profits from sales going directly towards supporting people in need both locally and overseas.

Happening Monday 12 to Friday 16 December, Monday to Friday at 10am-4.30pm and on Saturday at 10am-1pm at Ross Smith Crescent, Scullin Shops.

See website for more information.

350 Canberra End of Year Party & Movie

Join 350 Canberra for our end of year party – enjoy some FREE FOOD and watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood. 350 Canberra is the ACT chapter of 350.org, the global grassroots climate movement working to preserve a liveable climate and bring CO2 in the atmosphere back to 350 parts per million. Come along on Wednesday 14 December and learn how you can join us in driving action on climate change. Get dressed up in your best Red Carpet digs (or come as you are), and enjoy some free food and drinks.

Happening Wednesday 14 December, 5:30pm – 6:30pm (Pre-film Red Carpet end of year party), 6:30pm: Free Screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood at Manning Clarke Centre, ANU

See website for more information and to RSVP.

KIDS

Miss Millie at the Bricks4Totz session. Photo by Mel Hill Photography.

Miss Millie at the Bricks4Totz session. Photo by Mel Hill Photography.

FOR OUR ROUND UP OF FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS, CLICK HERE

National Dinosaur Museum School Holiday Tours

Join in the fun these school holidays with the National Dinosaur Museum. Take a guided tour through Australia’s largest display of dinosaurs.

Experience the Mesozoic – the age of the dinosaurs – with the help of our friendly and experienced team of staff who are passionate about prehistory and education. Touch genuine fossilised bones from dinosaurs and other extinct creatures along the way!

Suitable for all ages. Free with museum admission.

These fun, educational tours are available every day during ACT and NSW school holidays.

Happening Saturday 17 December 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017, Daily: 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm at National Dinosaur Museum, 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

Wordplay

Drop in and read, write, illustrate and imagine at Wordplay. A range of activities allow you to explore the shape, meaning and use of language.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ages 4 and over

Happening Saturday 17 December 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017, Daily: 10am – 4pm. Closed Christmas Day at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

School Holiday Family Corner

During the school holidays pop into the National Archives of Australia to enjoy puzzles, play a board game and read a book from their selection of Australian stories.

Free, bookings not required.

Happening Monday 19 December 2016 to Wednesday 25 January 2017, at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information and opening times.

STORY TIME AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys. This Friday program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening Fridays, excluding public holidays 10.30 am until 16 June 2017 in the lower galleries at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

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.

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

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Athol Shmith Fashion Photographs

Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.

Happening Wednesday 30 November to Sunday 16 July, 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Versailles Treasures from the Palace

The NGA has worked with the French Government and the Palace of Versailles to deliver a major exhibition opening this Friday.

More than 7 million people make the journey to the Palace of Versailles every year to experience a phenomenon central to French history – Louis XIV’s architectural masterpiece, the centre of his court of absolute rule and the embodiment of luxury. The luxurious interiors and gardens were often the backdrop to enchanting and extravagant celebrations including masked balls, theatre, opera, concerts, sumptuous feasts and fireworks.

With the support of the French Government, the NGA’s partnership with Versailles has brought this experience to Australia, which has never before been seen outside France.

“We are very excited to be working with Versailles to bring exclusively to Canberra a truly astonishing exhibition and look forward to sharing more details in coming months,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director.

Open from Friday 9 December 2016 until Monday 17 April, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information: nga.gov.au/Versailles.

CANBERRA GLASSWORKS: In Depth: Joanna Bone with Aaron Micallef

Inspired by found objects including sea grasses, sand dollars and other marine creatures, Joanna Bone has revisited her childhood love of pattern and repetition in this new body of extraordinary glass works. The sense of depth and layers within the surface of these pieces engages viewers and invites intimate observation and quiet contemplation.  She has collaborated with Aaron Micallef in hot glass and shared studio space in Brisbane for the past four years.  Aaron and Joanna’s shared aesthetic approach, revolving around pattern and symmetry, contributes to the success of their working partnership. What started as a photographic documentation of Joanna’s work, has moved beyond the pure recording of processes, with Aaron creating stunning imagery that captures and reinterprets Joanna’s body of works in this exhibition.

Happening Friday 9 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017 at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston.

Call 02 6260 7005 or email [email protected] for more information.

Frank Stella ‘The Kenneth Tyler Collection’

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking. Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year. Frank Stella ‘The Kenneth Tyler Collection’ showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Happening Saturday 19 November until Friday 30 June 2017, 10am at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Iconic Australian Houses

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia.

Happening Saturday 26 November until Friday 3 March at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Peter Hislop, People, Performances and Places

Peter Hislop is a photographer specialising in documenting fine music performance and performers. This exhibition looks back forty years to the beginning of this work and comes forward to the present in a personal journey through fond memories of people, performances and places.

Peter became interested in photography and classical music in his teens, and managed to combine both at age twenty as volunteer editor of Sydney radio 2MBS-FM’s monthly magazine.

He is a graduate of the four year Photography course at Sydney TAFE and holds a Degree in Graphic Design (Hons) from the University of Canberra.

Peter currently works full-time as a Public Servant, and documents approximately two hundred music events per annum in his free time. The images are donated to the performers, and a catalogued set is also gifted to the National Film and Sound Archives as part of their documentation of Australia’s music making.

Happening Sunday 11 December until Wednesday 25 January 2017 daily from noon to 4pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information.

Ajit Ninan: Cartoonist to the World’s Largest Democracy

One of India’s best known cartoonists for the Centrestage series in India Today magazine and Ninan’s World in the Times of India, Ajit Ninan has been part of many Indians’ daily lives. See the most provoking and influential political cartoons from the world’s largest democracy. For Ajit Ninan cartooning runs in the blood, he is the nephew of cartoonist Abu Abraham and had his first cartoon published in the late 1960s when he was still at school.

Happening Tuesday 1 November until Wednesday 1 March, 10am at The Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Circle

See original works by celebrated author-artist Jeannie Baker from her new book Circle, which follows the migratory route of the Godwit from Alaska to Australia and New Zealand.

In partnership with Walker Books and Newcastle Museum.

Happening Saturday 26 November until Monday 12 December, Weekdays: 10am – 5pm. Weekends: 12pm – 5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit. See website for more information.

The Popular Pet Show

The Popular Pet Show will express the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and will celebrate their trusting, unpretentious ways. Comprising exuberant recent Australian paintings, many on a large scale, it will include portraits of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn Sweaney and Kristin Headlam.

The Popular Pet Show will be the National Portrait Gallery’s major summer show, running from 4 November 2016 to 12 March 2017. A host of associated programs and events for adults, children and pets are currently in development.

Free entry. See website for more information: portrait.gov.au/exhibitions.

Iconic Australian Artists

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia. 

Happening 26 November 2016 to 13 March 2017, Daily: 9am – 5pm. Closed Christmas Day at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

For Country, For Nation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service in times of war and peace will be told in this new exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

For Country, for Nation will draw inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of the warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.

Happening 23 November 2016 to 27 September 2017, 10am – 5pm, at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

See website for more information.

THE SELL: AUSTRALIAN ADVERTISING 1790S TO 1990S

Step back in time, into the ads of Australia’s past. The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s showcases rich collections of Australian advertising and explores the messages behind many iconic and long forgotten ads.

Ephemeral by nature, often lasting in impact, advertising can reflect how much or just how little Australian society has changed over the centuries. From wanted posters to ads for underwear and chocolates, Vegemite and Victa Mowers, to the ‘Life. Be in it’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaigns, there will be something to push everyone’s buttons!

Happening 23 November 2016 to 25 April 2017, daily 10am – 5pm. No booking required. More information at National Library of Australia.

MEMORY OF THE WORLD IN CANBERRA

Memory of the World in Canberra is an opportunity to learn about the long history Canberra shares with the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme for safeguarding documentary heritage.

Discover the rich documentary heritage held in Canberra’s premier cultural institutions and the contribution made to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register by Canberra’s librarians, archivists, curators and conservators. Challenge your understanding of what a ‘document’ is in a display that includes film, music and dance, oral history and digital media

Happening 12 November – 19 December, Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm, Weekends noon until 5pm. More information at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

FRANK STELLA THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking.

Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year.

Frank Stella The Kenneth Tyler Collection showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Happening 19 November 2016 to 30 June 2017, 10am – 5pm daily at the National Gallery of Australia. More information at National Gallery of Australia

MUD MEN: RAMESH NITHIYENDRAN

Mud men: Ramesh Nithiyendran is an installation comprising five large-scale ceramic sculpture, including four new works that are being exhibited for the first time.

The Sydney based artist draws from wildly varied subject matter, including Hindu and Christian religions, patriarchy and its opposition in queer and feminist theory. He also incorporates motifs from art history.

Showing until 30 January 2017 at 10am at National Galley of Australia.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

For half a century during the 1860’s, Ginninderra flourished and in it’s prime boasted a church, two schools, store, Police Station, post & telegraph office, school of arts, nursery, farmers union hall, annual show, sports team and hotel.
By 1915 Ginninderra was finished. Find this out and more by visiting the Re-Discovering Ginninderra exhibition.

Showing until 16 March 2017, every Thursday at 10.00am to 12.00pm and the first Sunday of every month from noon till 3pm at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

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

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS

Explore two million years of human history through treasured objects 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, visit 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.

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

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.

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.

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