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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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ENLIGHTEN NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS 2017

It’s all about noodles, music and Insta moments!

Among the illumination of the Enlighten Festival are the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, offering a unique fusion of food, music and lights. Markets will feature more than 20 different food stalls blending Asian and Western, from spicy street foods to delectable desserts.

Enjoy authentic Asian eats from dumplings and gyoza to pad thai and dosa, as you’re entertained by roving performers. Featured food stalls include Bao Stop, Hoy Pinoy, Poklol, and Let’s Do Yum Cha, with desserts from Black Star Pastry x N2 Extreme Gelato and Gelato Messina. Try some of the exciting new food options by Chur Burger, What the Pho and Grilled & Spice.

Share the unforgettable night with friends and family as you savour the sights, sounds and tastes of the markets with an abundance of exclusive dishes and festive atmosphere.

Happening 3-12 March at Reconcilliation Place, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Open: Fridays and Saturdays: 5pm till midnight, Sunday to Thursday: 5pm – 9pm.

See the website for more information.

Wind It Up: Workshops and Panels

Wind It Up is a two-day music festival set to take over Canberra’s CBD, featuring workshops from industry insiders and parties with the best in the game.

They have a huge program of workshops and panels from Friday 3 to Saturday 4 March.

A $10 ticket will get you access to all of these, but as with any great lineup, there are some clashes. You get your pick across 14 hours of quality sessions, including Gender Issues in Club Culture – presented by HerCanberra at Smith’s Alternative from 3-4pm on Saturday 4 March.

Happening across Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March in a variety of locations in the city centre.

See the event page for individual workshop details. Tickets available at: winditup.getqpay.com. Check out the website: winditupcbr.com. Apply to volunteer here.

Cold Light

The Street Theatre in Canberra presents the world premiere season of Cold Light. AFI award winner Sonia Todd will bring the iconic character of Edith Campbell Berry to life. Adapted by Alana Valentine from the novel by Franklin Miles award winner Frank Moorhouse, and directed by Caroline Stacey, this racy, entertaining epic tells of a remarkable woman with ambition and vision and her role in the transformation of modern Australia over three decades from the 1950s.

Sonia Todd is well known for her work in film, stage and television performances, including McLeod’s Daughters and Police Rescue and ideal as Edith – one of the most complex and intriguing women in Australian fiction. Cold Light has Edith returning to Australia and to its new capital with ambition to become the country’s first female ambassador.

Canberra themed work Cold Light will charm and provoke, while asking timely questions about Australia’s relationship to women of vision and people of difference. This is the first stage adaption of a Frank Moorhouse novel. The work is theatrical storytelling on a grand scale.

Happening from 4-18 March at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

Find more information and purchase tickets via the website.

ENLIGHTEN 2017 PRESENTED BY SINGAPORE AIRWAYS

The national capital’s Parliamentary Triangle will be transformed into a vibrant arts precinct with free entertainment such as talented street artists and international musical acts – all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.

See Canberra in a different light during Autumn when many of the city’s national attractions open their doors after-hours to host an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences.

Happening from 3-12 March across a variety of locations – see program for more details.

The full program is available on the Enlighten website.

Wind It Up: Verity Lane Party

Wind It Up is a two-day music festival set to take over Canberra’s CBD, featuring workshops from industry insiders and parties with the best in the game. Join them as they transform Verity Lane for a huge night of good times.

Wax’o Paradiso (MELB) // Lauren Hansom (SYD) // Gate Five

$10 – tickets on sale now at winditup.getqpay.com. For a limited time, get $15 combined tickets for the all the workshops and this party!

Happening Saturday 4 March from 4-11pm in Verity Lane, Civic. See the event page for more information.

Canberra Wine House Long Lunch

Enjoy a delightful long lunch featuring modern Australian cuisine and local wines in the surrounds of The Canberra Wine House’s incredible Outdoor Garden.

Meet the talented winemakers from Four Winds Vineyard and Lerida Estate as they share their experiences from the winemaking industry.

The Long Lunch will be held at The Canberra Wine House on Saturday 4 March at 12pm and each indulgent course will be accompanied by matched local wines.

Seats are limited!

Tickets are available for $80 per person can be purchased online or by calling 02 6162 5656.

Happening Saturday 4 March from 12pm at The Canberra Wine House, Dickson.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

DIY Home Styling Weekend at Canberra Outlet Centre

Canberra Outlet Centre are hosting two workshops in March to give your home and event planning a little extra polish.

PARTY PRETTY

Hosted by Anisa Sabet from the macadames and Hidden Feast.

Attendees will learn tips and tricks on the perfect place setting, table decoration, food presentation and dressing your home for an event.

All attendees receive a gift bag and Centre gift card

Happening Saturday 4 March  11 – 12.30pm. Places are limited to RSVP please email [email protected]

Cost: FREE

FLORAL FLAIR

Hosted by local Flower Bar the Floral Society

Attendees will learn simple ways to style florals from table runners to faux arrangements and adding that extra pop of colour to your decor.

All attendees receive a gift bag and Centre gift card

Happening Sunday 5 March  11 – 12.30pm. Places are limited to RSVP please email [email protected]

Cost: FREE

Please note gift cards will only be given to attendees who have registered their place.  Please also note which workshop you would like to attend in your email. 

2017 MERCEDES-BENZ CANBERRA BLACK OPAL STAKES AND TAB.COM.AU CANBERRA CUP RACE DAY

The Group 3 Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes is Canberra’s premier race day. The inaugural Black Opal Stakes in 1973 was won by Rich Reward. Now, in its 45th year, the day is one of the more important Autumn race days on the calendar. The Black Opal Stakes program includes the tab.com.au Canberra Cup. The eight race program includes; the $275,000 Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes (Group 3), the $200,000 tab.com.au Canberra Cup (Listed), $125,000 (Canberra) National Sprint (Listed) and the $125,000 Canberra Guineas (Listed). The full racing program is available under the racing drop down menu.

The action takes place both on and off the track at Thoroughbred Park on Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes day. Enter the Myer Fashions on the Field competition for the best prizes in the region. Please note that the Myer Fashions on the Field competition has strict guidelines for each category entry. Categories are Classic Ladies Race Wear, Classic Mens Race Wear and the Millinery Award.

Happening Sunday 5 March from 11am-6pm at Thoroughbred Park, Mitchell.

For more information and to purchase tickets, see the website.

LADIES NIGHT AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM

Climb down the rabbit hole on Friday 3 March for White Rabbit’s first ever Ladies Night!

Join them for a night of funky beats and feminine fun for just $50 per person. They’ll l be serving up an exclusive cocktail menu (think passionfruit mojito’s, cappuccino martinis + more!) and a delicious selection of sweet treats and savoury canapes. 

Don’t miss out, call them on 6257 7779 or email [email protected] to book your tickets today.

COSMIC DECAY: CONTAMINATION BOOK LAUNCH

In local author Courtney Carr’s debut novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, the world is dominated by the Mindless – humans who hunt the empty streets in a cannibalistic rage. A small group of survivors witness the arrival of Visitors from another world who covet the Earth and its natural resources.

When the settlement of Earth begins, the group of survivors race to unravel the mystery that connects the Mindless to the Visitors, giving them their best chance at surviving against all odds.

On Saturday 4 March at 11.30am, Courtney Carr will be signing exclusive copies of her debut novel at Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden Plaza.

For more information go to the website.

STUART DEVLIN – THE DESIGNER WITH THE MIDAS TOUCH

The Royal Australian Mint is a unique attraction as the only producer of Australia’s circulating coins. But be sure to check out Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch, an exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO with unparalleled pieces and behind-the-scenes rarities.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of Australia’s decimal coins. The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

Take a 30-minute tour of the exhibition with a guide who holds specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work and explore his illustrious career in further depth. $10 per person. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

While you are visiting, view the factories where Australia’s circulating coins are made and discover that special coin, gift or souvenir at the Mint Coin Shop.

Showing until 30 April 2017 from 8.30am-5pm at Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information on the website.

Smile Fitness Grand Opening

Come along and see the newly renovated premises of Smile Fitness!

Adele Haussmann from Smile Fitness knows a thing or two about setting and achieving goals. A classically trained ballet dancer, bodybuilder and personal trainer, she’s well acquainted with the female form and its potential.

After her adolescent career as a ballet dancer overseas and relocation to Australia, at age 52 Adele set herself the goal of transforming her body through bodybuilding.

“After immigrating twice and having two children, I desperately wanted my ballet body back, and to get back on stage,” she explains.”So I began bodybuilding and decided to compete as that would get me back on stage and give me the confidence to perform in musicals again. I managed to win down the South Coast and that qualified me to go to the International Natural Body Building World championships in Dubai.

“I loved the idea of representing Australia overseas. I have lived in three countries and desperately wanted to make Australia my home…. and so I trained hard and I went. I managed to win two silver medals for Australia…I came back feeling more Australian than ever!”

Her history of physical learning has given her business, Smile Fitness, the edge when it comes to tailoring programs to suit every woman’s body to achieve their goals.

Read about HerCanberra’s road test with Smile Fitness and Adele here.

At the grand opening there will be fitness and weight loss packages, beauty packages and fashion styling packages, and a lucky door prize! Billy Giampaolo from King Ape supplements and Natalie Kalenjuk form Mobile Body Scans will also be there.

Happening Saturday 4 March 2017 from 10am to 1pm at Smile Fitness, 68 Ina Gregory Circuit, Conder.

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.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

Moving Archetypes: Dance for Connecting free introductory community workshops

Canberrans will have the opportunity to dance their way to connecting with powerful mythical and legendary archetypes through a series of brand new dance classes.

The new classes titled ‘Moving Archetypes’ are the latest offering from internationally award winning choreographer, Padma Menon. Archetypes are figures, such as Cleopatra, Tara or Kali, that symbolise universal patterns of human stories and feelings.

Padma Menon has over 30 years’ international experience as a choreographer and facilitator. Her classes use Indian and western movement, reflection and guided improvisation and music from diverse cultures. Those who have attended classes with Padma all over the world say that archetypes help embrace complexity and make people feel less isolated in their life experiences.

No previous experience of dance or knowledge of archetypes is required.

Padma is offering two free introductory workshops followed by a five-week course of Moving Archetypes classes.

Venue: Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston. Numbers limited and bookings required. Email [email protected] or call 0447643646

The course begins 21 February 2017 and finishes 25 March 2017 (weekly once classes). Find more information here.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

After record attendance last year, Friday Night Drinks are back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match. The event kicks off Friday from 4pm with live bands, cocktails and a BBQ.   

The season will run until April 7, with each week bringing a different themed event to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think DJs, amazing food, craft beers and lawn games. The perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend. 

Themes will be revealed each week on the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Facebook page. 

Happening until Friday 7 April, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

FOOD & DRINK

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Canberra Wine House Long Lunch

Enjoy a delightful long lunch featuring modern Australian cuisine and local wines in the surrounds of The Canberra Wine House’s incredible Outdoor Garden.

Meet the talented winemakers from Four Winds Vineyard and Lerida Estate as they share their experiences from the winemaking industry.

The Long Lunch will be held at The Canberra Wine House on Saturday 4 March at 12pm and each indulgent course will be accompanied by matched local wines.

Seats are limited!

Tickets are available for $80 per person can be purchased online or by calling 02 6162 5656.

Happening Saturday 4 March from 12pm at The Canberra Wine House, Dickson.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

ENLIGHTEN NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS 2017

It’s all about noodles, music and Insta moments!

Among the illumination of the Enlighten Festival are the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, offering a unique fusion of food, music and lights. Markets will feature more than 20 different food stalls blending Asian and Western, from spicy street foods to delectable desserts.

Enjoy authentic Asian eats from dumplings and gyoza to pad thai and dosa, as you’re entertained by roving performers. Featured food stalls include Bao Stop, Hoy Pinoy, Poklol, and Let’s Do Yum Cha, with desserts from Black Star Pastry x N2 Extreme Gelato and Gelato Messina. Try some of the exciting new food options by Chur Burger, What the Pho and Grilled & Spice.

Share the unforgettable night with friends and family as you savour the sights, sounds and tastes of the markets with an abundance of exclusive dishes and festive atmosphere.

Happening 3-12 March at Reconcilliation Place, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Open: Fridays and Saturdays: 5pm till midnight, Sunday to Thursday: 5pm – 9pm.

See the website for more information.

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.

LADIES NIGHT AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM

Climb down the rabbit hole on Friday 3 March for White Rabbit’s first ever Ladies Night!

Join them for a night of funky beats and feminine fun for just $50 per person. They’ll l be serving up an exclusive cocktail menu (think passionfruit mojito’s, cappuccino martinis + more!) and a delicious selection of sweet treats and savoury canapes. 

Don’t miss out, call them on 6257 7779 or email [email protected] to book your tickets today.

Burnelee Excursions on Horseback: Twilight Ride

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

APPLETON ESTATE TASTING AT HIGHBALL

Grab your boarding pass and buckle up for a trip through Jamaica at Highball’s Appleton Estate masterclass. Brand Ambassador Daniele Pirotta will host the evening, taking you on a journey to learn about this unique rum. Enjoy an Appleton cocktail on arrival before you taste your way through a selection of rums from the Appleton Estate.

Happening Thursday 2nd March from 6pm – 7.30pm at Highball Express, Alinga Street, Civic. $40 + booking fee per passenger. Purchase tickets here

Tickets include one complimentary cocktail on arrival and charcuterie platters throughout the evening. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited. Book now to avoid missing out!

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

After record attendance last year, Friday Night Drinks are back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match. The event kicks off Friday from 4pm with live bands, cocktails and a BBQ.   

The season will run until April 7, with each week bringing a different themed event to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think DJs, amazing food, craft beers and lawn games. The perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend. 

Themes will be revealed each week on the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Facebook page. 

Happening until Friday 7 April, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

LERIDA ESTATE SUNDAY MUSIC SESSIONS

Lerida Estate is a producer of fine wines which have been awarded 14 Trophies, a National Wine Show Chair of Judges’ Award and over 630 medals in the 15 years it has been making wines.

For the next four Sundays you can enjoy lunch at Café Lerida whilst listening to some of the finest guitarists not only in Australia – but the world! A unique opportunity to enjoy fine food, fine wine and particularly fine music in a special setting at Lake George.

On Sunday 5 & 12 March from 12.30pm – 3pm at Lerida. Entry is free. For more information visit the website.

PICNIC POP-UP BAR 

A weekly event at Bookplate’s outdoor terrace with $5 happy hour drinks, delicious bar snacks, live music and great lakeside summer vibes, from 4:30pm to 8:30pm every Friday in February and March. Perfect for post-work drinks and winding down for the weekend.

On every Friday from 17 February to 31 March Bookplate’s outdoor terrace at the National Library of Australia from 4:30pm-8:30pm.

Find more information on their website.

HAVANA NIGHTS

Spend a night in Cuba courtesy of The Highball Express as the crew whisks you away to tropical Havana.
Head in every Thursday from 4pm for Havana Nights where you can enjoy some exotic drinks and start the slide into the weekend.

They’ll be featuring mojitos and daiquiris for only $10 and will have all their usual suspects available too so there is always something for everyone regardless of whether you’re flying first class or coach.

Flight Details:
•  Thursday’s from 4pm
•  $10 mojitos and daiquiris
•  Free entry

Happening from 4pm at Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

See website for more information.

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, DANCE, FILM & THEATRE

Sonia Todd as Edith Campbell Berry

Sonia Todd as Edith Campbell Berry

Cold Light

The Street Theatre in Canberra presents the world premiere season of Cold Light. AFI award winner Sonia Todd will bring the iconic character of Edith Campbell Berry to life. Adapted by Alana Valentine from the novel by Franklin Miles award winner Frank Moorhouse, and directed by Caroline Stacey, this racy, entertaining epic tells of a remarkable woman with ambition and vision and her role in the transformation of modern Australia over three decades from the 1950s.

Sonia Todd is well known for her work in film, stage and television performances, including McLeod’s Daughters and Police Rescue and ideal as Edith – one of the most complex and intriguing women in Australian fiction. Cold Light has Edith returning to Australia and to its new capital with ambition to become the country’s first female ambassador.

Canberra themed work Cold Light will charm and provoke, while asking timely questions about Australia’s relationship to women of vision and people of difference. This is the first stage adaption of a Frank Moorhouse novel. The work is theatrical storytelling on a grand scale.

Happening from 4-18 March at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

Find more information and purchase tickets via the website.

YOU CAN JIVE: 40 YEARS OF ABBA MANIA

Without a song or a dance what are we? The Embassy of Sweden presents a special event celebrating 40 years since ABBA touched down on Australian soil for their 1977 concert tour.

Courtesy of ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, we screen a documentary interview with acclaimed director Lasse Hallström, whose career took off thanks to ABBA’s iconic music clips, followed by his film record of the super-group in Australia, ABBA: The Movie (1977 / G / 95mins / D: Lasse Hallström).

The afternoon also includes cider-tasting, performances from Canberra choir Andante Andante, and more. With thanks to Rolfe Motors Volvo and Kopparberg.

Wind It Up: Workshops and Panels

Wind It Up is a two-day music festival set to take over Canberra’s CBD, featuring workshops from industry insiders and parties with the best in the game.

They have a huge program of workshops and panels from Friday 3 to Saturday 4 March.

A $10 ticket will get you access to all of these, but as with any great lineup, there are some clashes. You get your pick across 14 hours of quality sessions, including Gender Issues in Club Culture – presented by HerCanberra at Smith’s Alternative from 3-4pm on Saturday 4 March.

Happening across Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March in a variety of locations in the city centre.

See the event page for individual workshop details. Tickets available at: winditup.getqpay.com. Check out the website: winditupcbr.com. Apply to volunteer here.

BRIDESQUAD

It’s almost the wedding date but an emergency has just come up and it’s up to the bridesmaids to save the day. But how do you work together when all you have in common is your friendship with the bride? And you hate the dress she’s chosen. And you really want to dye your hair. Chrysalis Theatre requests the pleasure of your company for BrideSquad, an improvised romp into the world of bridesmaids.

Come and meet someone old, someone new, someone related and someone untrue.

Happening from 1-15 March at The Front cafe and gallery, Shop 3, 1 Wattle Place, Lyneham.

See the website for more information.

AN EVENING WITH AMANDA PALMER

The queen of punk cabaret returns for An Evening with Amanda Palmer. This intimate solo performance spans The Dresden Dolls, fan favourites and all new songs.

Following a tumultuous period of change including the birth of her son, the tragic deaths of close friends, a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign and the release of her memoir The Art of Asking, Palmer’s provocative art is captivatingly earnest and subversive as ever.

Happening Saturday 4 March from 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See website for more information.

The salt room (March)

Brought to you by BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, the Salt Room (March)presents poetry in its many forms. Featuring national, international and Territory poets alongside performers from varied disciplines, this is a night that combines experiments, entireties and fractures.

Featuring Shane Strange, Jacqui Malins, Sandra Renew and Paul Heslin.

Happening Friday 3 March from 7.30pm at the Main Hall of Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

For more information, see the website.

Frank Woodley: Work In progress

Australia’s bendiest comedian, Frank Woodley, is leaping onto the Courtyard Studio stage in the Canberra Theatre for a limited run only. Frank is built from funny — it’s in his bones. So treat yourself to an evening with one of the country’s most beloved physical comedians – you’ll not regret it.

Happening from 27 February – 4 March at 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Moving Archetypes: Dance for Connecting free introductory community workshops

Canberrans will have the opportunity to dance their way to connecting with powerful mythical and legendary archetypes through a series of brand new dance classes.

The new classes titled ‘Moving Archetypes’ are the latest offering from internationally award winning choreographer, Padma Menon. Archetypes are figures, such as Cleopatra, Tara or Kali, that symbolise universal patterns of human stories and feelings.

Padma Menon has over 30 years’ international experience as a choreographer and facilitator. Her classes use Indian and western movement, reflection and guided improvisation and music from diverse cultures. Those who have attended classes with Padma all over the world say that archetypes help embrace complexity and make people feel less isolated in their life experiences.

No previous experience of dance or knowledge of archetypes is required.

Padma is offering two free introductory workshops followed by a five-week course of Moving Archetypes classes.

Venue: Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston. Numbers limited and bookings required. Email [email protected] or call 0447643646

The course begins 21 February 2017 and finishes 25 March 2017 (weekly once classes). Find more information here.

Wait Until Dark

Join the Canberra REP Company as they explore the dark and unexpected in Frederick Knott’s classic play Wait Until Dark. A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene.

Something valuable is hidden in Suzy’s house. Harry Roat wants it, and he’s enlisted two desperate men to help him. Suzy’s alone and blind, but not completely defenceless. Suzy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to manoeuvre in the dark until the game ends.

Happening Thursday 23 February to Saturday 11 March (Wednesdays to Saturdays) from 8pm at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Canberra. Find more information here.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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Wind It Up: Workshops and Panels

Wind It Up is a two-day music festival set to take over Canberra’s CBD, featuring workshops from industry insiders and parties with the best in the game.

They have a huge program of workshops and panels from Friday 3 to Saturday 4 March.

A $10 ticket will get you access to all of these, but as with any great lineup, there are some clashes. You get your pick across 14 hours of quality sessions, including Gender Issues in Club Culture – presented by HerCanberra at Smith’s Alternative from 3-4pm on Saturday 4 March.

Happening across Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March in a variety of locations in the city centre.

See the event page for individual workshop details. Tickets available at: winditup.getqpay.com. Check out the website: winditupcbr.com. Apply to volunteer here.

DIY Home Styling Weekend at Canberra Outlet Centre

Canberra Outlet Centre are hosting two workshops in March to give your home and event planning a little extra polish.

PARTY PRETTY

Hosted by Anisa Sabet from the macadames and Hidden Feast.

Attendees will learn tips and tricks on the perfect place setting, table decoration, food presentation and dressing your home for an event.

All attendees receive a gift bag and Centre gift card

Happening Saturday 4 March  11 – 12.30pm. Places are limited to RSVP please email [email protected]

Cost: FREE

FLORAL FLAIR

Hosted by local Flower Bar the Floral Society

Attendees will learn simple ways to style florals from table runners to faux arrangements and adding that extra pop of colour to your decor.

All attendees receive a gift bag and Centre gift card

Happening Sunday 5 March  11 – 12.30pm. Places are limited to RSVP please email [email protected]

Cost: FREE

Please note gift cards will only be given to attendees who have registered their place.  Please also note which workshop you would like to attend in your email. 

Canberra Wise Women – Connecting with their Vibe

Canberra Wise Women are excited to be hosting their 2017 evening events at Vibe Hotel, Canberra Airport. The award winning space of Vibe Hotel is the perfect location for Wise Women’s connected and inspiring events.

On Wednesday March 1 from 5pm they will be interviewing three Canberra women who are dedicated to connecting people.

Hannah Wandel of Country to Canberra, Jessica May from Enabled Employment and Pastor Lucy Baker will be interviewed by Emma Grey.

Happening Wednesday 1 March from 5pm at Vibe Hotel, Canberra Airport, Pialligo.

Seats can be secured through Eventbrite.

CEZANNE LECTURE SERIES. LECTURE 1: A ROMANTIC FRIENDSHIP: EMILE ZOLA AND PAUL CEZANNE

The Cezanne lecture series of seven lectures by Terence Maloon on Paul Cézanne will anatomize the complex and paradoxical achievement of a unique creative spirit.

Terence Maloon is an internationally respected authority on Cézanne. He curated AGNSW’s 1998 exhibition ‘Classic Cézanne’, has written important essays on his work and in 2006 led a cultural tour ‘In the Footsteps of Cézanne’ for the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales.

Tracing the long journey from his initial clumsy efforts to the dazzling ingenuity of his mature accomplishment, Cézanne’s rough edges and brazen contradictoriness will be respected throughout. Widely considered to be the fountainhead of modern painting, his influence extending from Gauguin to De Kooning, what exactly did Paul Cézanne communicate to these other artists that established him as such an important inspiration for four or five generations?

Cézanne’s provincial beginnings, his life-defining friendship with Émile Zola, his struggle to assimilate the conventions and skills required to succeed in the nineteenth-century art world, his withdrawal from the Parisian scene for almost twenty years when he entirely ceased exhibiting, and the uncompromising oddity of his personality all marked him out as “a five-legged beast”, according to one of his contemporaries.

Happening Sunday 5 March from 3-4pm at Australian National University School of Art and Design.

See the website for more information.

ICONIC HOUSES OF THE 21ST CENTURY WITH NICK RITAR

In 2080, what will we look back on as the iconic Australian home? For Enlighten 2017 the National Archives of Australia welcomes leading Australian advocate on permaculture and sustainability, Nick Ritar. Book now for a discussion on aesthetic, design and the future of architecture, drinks and nibbles during Iconic Houses of the 21st Century with Nick Ritar.

You can also visit the Archives at any time during Enlighten to explore. Imagine your ideal home in their vintage-inspired audiovisual building projections. Take part in an ‘Iconic Australian Houses’ exhibition tour, children’s lantern making and other after-dark events! Check their website for full details.

Happening Saturday 4 March from 6.30-9pm at the National Archives of Australia.

For more information, see the website.

ACT BEEKEEPING FILED DAY

Curious about beekeeping? A seasoned beekeeper? Come along to the ACT Beekeeping Field Day! See presentations and hive demos by bees experts, including Stuart Anderson, the co-inventor of the innovative FLOW Hive. Visit stallholders selling an array of beekeeping supplies. Free and open to the public, each entry includes a chance to win a door prize – including a free beekeeping course!
On Saturday 4 March from 10am – 4pm at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See the website to find out more.

NEON NIGHT

Experience a night of neon magic for all ages. Join neon artists Harriet Schwarzrock and Steven Cole as they explore the beautiful techniques of making contemporary neon, straight from the hotshop floor.

Enjoy light refreshments, neon inspired games, or book in to make your own light bulb with Sui Jackson* (bookings essential).

Lucky door prize – a Neon Basics beginner’s workshop.

Booking fees apply.

Happening Friday 3 March from 6-8pm at Canberra Glassworks, Kingston Foreshore.

For more information see the website.

FESTIVAL OF AMBITIOUS IDEAS: THE 100 YEAR LIFE

In wealthier countries such as Australia, 50% of our current Year 11’s who were born in 2000 will get to celebrate their 100th birthday. This has implications for everything from healthcare to urban design, education and economics. 

The Age of Longevity is not simply about solving problems related to aged care, but also about how we prepare our young people for the future. They may have two or more careers over their lifetime, needing to re-skill more than once to keep up with technological change and global competition. They will need to be resilient in order to manage multiple transitions as they move from a 3-stage life of education, work and retirement – to a multi-stage life.

At the Festival of Ambitious Ideas on the 2nd March we will hear from 12 speakers from a range of industries and sectors who will explore some of the challenges, opportunities and innovations associated with living longer.

The Format: The Festival of Ambitious Ideas follows the Ignite format where twelve speakers only have 5 minutes each to present their ideas and ‘ignite’ the audience. In a little over an hour, guests are treated to a range of different ideas and perspectives. The event is designed to be fast-paced, informal and fun with opportunities to network and explore topics further after the presentations.

Happening 2 March from 5:30pm – 9pm at the Brindabella Conference Centre, 33 – 35 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra Airport.

Entry starts is $35 – $55, book here.

MAKING PERMACULTURE ACCESSIBLE IN CANBERRA

The Canberra Environment Centre is teaming up with Permaculture Canberra to run a full Permaculture Design Certificate over a 4 month period. The course will take place each Wednesday evening from 6.30 – 9.30 pm at the Canberra Environment Centre and will be led by Bredbo Valley View Farm’s Martyn Noakes.

Permaculture is a design process based on systems-thinking. The Canberra Environment Centre’s PDC will cover the core Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles which serve as the foundations of Permaculture design. Participants will learn about permaculture techniques and strategies such as site observation, imitating nature and zoning and how they can be used to create an abundant, diverse and self-renewing system in your backyard and beyond.The PDC includes a practical component of at least 2 farm visits (on a Saturday morning with dates to be decided by the group) where participants will visit a variety of sites in Canberra and the ACT region.

On Wednesdays from 1 March – 28 June at. 6.30 – 9.30pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula

Cost is $800 and there are limited places available. Bookings are essential, visit the website for more information.

 COSMIC DECAY: CONTAMINATION BOOK LAUNCH

In local author Courtney Carr’s debut novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, the world is dominated by the Mindless – humans who hunt the empty streets in a cannibalistic rage. A small group of survivors witness the arrival of Visitors from another world who covet the Earth and its natural resources.

When the settlement of Earth begins, the group of survivors race to unravel the mystery that connects the Mindless to the Visitors, giving them their best chance at surviving against all odds.

On Saturday 4 March at 11.30am, Courtney Carr will be signing exclusive copies of her debut novel at Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden Plaza.

For more information go to the website.

INTRO TO COMPOSTING 

An effective compost system is the heart of every home garden. Composting is a biological process that decomposes organic material, turning it into fantastic soil and a perfect fertiliser for your garden.

It’s a great way of turning your waste organic matter into a beautiful and nutritious addition to your soil. In this workshop, the Canberra Environment Centre’s garden coordinator Quinn Stow will demonstrate different composting methods such as bokashi, traditional composting bins and using compost inoculants to help you decide which methods suit your household’s needs. Quinn will also explain key concepts behind composting and some of the common mistakes found in home composting systems.

Tickets are $25, limited places are available and bookings are essential. On Tuesday 28 February from 6-8pm at Canberra Environment Centre. Visit the website for more information please www.ecoaction.com.au

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

Dress Code: Empire. An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

Discover Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Showing until 1 August 2017 from 9am-5pm at The Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences are a feast for the senses! Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for Virtual Reality (VR). Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology.

In David Attenborough’s First Life VR, visitors travel back 540 million years as Attenborough reveals the dawn of life on Earth and introduces us to its earliest inhabitants, exploring ancient oceans and interacting with extinct sea creatures.

Long-extinct animals such as the whimsically built Opabinia, the fearsome-looking Anomalocaris and the spiny, worm-like Hallucigenia will be brought vividly alive in a fully immersive VR experience.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR uses real-world footage and pioneering technologies to shed new light on this magnificent habitat. Visitors will take a 360-degree, VR tour through the vibrant coral, darting fish and majestic sharks in this great natural wonder of the world. In a state-of-the-art submersible, Attenborough guides us through the reef.

Showing until 30 June 2017 daily from 9.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

ULTIMATE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

Experience the exclusive Ultimate Museum Experience at the National Museum of Australia with a:

  • Meet and greet service
  • Refreshment in the Museum member’s ‘Friends Lounge’
  • Tailored tour of the Museum – planned to suit your interests with a dedicated Museum Visitor Services Host
  • Meal with a glass of wine in the stunning waterfront Museum Cafe
  • A voucher for 10% off purchases at the beautiful Museum Shop

Tickets are available from the Museum or online.

# The Museum Shop discount applies to full-priced items, single transaction only, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

** Rate valid until 31 March 2017

* Brunch and lunch is available at the Museum Café up until 2 pm daily

Allow for 2-3 hours to experience this package!

Showing until 1 April 2017 daily from 10am, 1pm, 3pm or on request at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

SPORT

BATTLEFIELD CHALLENGE – KIDDYHAWK

If you thought the Battlefield Challenge was just for the adults then you would be mistake. Introducing Kiddyhawk. A mini version of the battlefield challenge. The course is very similar to the adults except the obstacles and distance have been scaled down. It’s designed for 3-13 year olds. Its full of mud, great obstacles and will definitely have the little ones pumped all week.
The whole family can go home together with big muddy grins.

Happening 4-5 March from 8am-3pm at Paintball Sports ACT, Pialligo Avenue.

For more information and to book tickets, see the website.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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Multicultural Sunday @ Old Bus Depot Markets

Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building. Stalls offer unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

Celebrate Canberra’s rich and diverse multicultural community.

Sample an array of delicious multicultural foods, be entertained by local ethnic music and dance groups performing traditional dances and buy gifts handcrafted in faraway lands.

Find handcrafted statues from Africa, silk handbags from Thailand, Russian baboushka art, hand painted ceramic plates from Italy, French provincial tablecloths, woollen hats from Nepal, Indian block print textiles, Vietnamese lanterns and much more. Tasty dishes from Spain, Laos, Ethiopia, France and Mexico.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets.

Happening Sunday 5 March at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston Foreshore.

Find out more at obdm.com.au.

ENLIGHTEN NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS 2017

It’s all about noodles, music and Insta moments!

Among the illumination of the Enlighten Festival are the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, offering a unique fusion of food, music and lights. Markets will feature more than 20 different food stalls blending Asian and Western, from spicy street foods to delectable desserts.

Enjoy authentic Asian eats from dumplings and gyoza to pad thai and dosa, as you’re entertained by roving performers. Featured food stalls include Bao Stop, Hoy Pinoy, Poklol, and Let’s Do Yum Cha, with desserts from Black Star Pastry x N2 Extreme Gelato and Gelato Messina. Try some of the exciting new food options by Chur Burger, What the Pho and Grilled & Spice.

Share the unforgettable night with friends and family as you savour the sights, sounds and tastes of the markets with an abundance of exclusive dishes and festive atmosphere.

Happening 3-12 March at Reconcilliation Place, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Open: Fridays and Saturdays: 5pm till midnight, Sunday to Thursday: 5pm – 9pm.

See the website for more information.

TARAGO SHOW

This relatively small show once more prides itself on giving everybody a wonderful variety of events and displays that will not break the budget.

There are so many things to see and do in a very accessible site, including:
Main pavilion full of exhibits by CWA, Tarago Tomato Tourney, State shearing championships, Horse show, Dog show in Tarago Village, Ben Britton’s Wild Animal Encounters, Jester/Magician Shane, Many and varied childrens activities, A wonderful variety of stalls and displays, Adult and childrens Tug of War, Cow pat lotto, Plenty of parking within walking distance, Two fantastic food outlets and a bar.

Full details are available on Tarago Show website and on their speical Facebook site.

Happening Sunday 5 March at Tarago Showground, Braidwood Road, NSW.

For more information, call 02 4844 5518.

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.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Come and do your weekly shop grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! On every Friday from 4pm – 8pm at the Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

YASS FARMERS MARKETS

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Farmers Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Farmer’s Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

On until 7 October 2017 every first and third Saturday of the month from 10am- 1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church.

Find more information on the website.

SOUTHERN HARVEST FARMERS MARKET AT BUNGENDORE

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market: selling sustainable, authentic, regional food: grown and made by the Community, for the Community.

The market is open every Saturday from 9am to Noon.

It is a great source of fresh food and farm produce from around the region including meat, eggs, seafood, honey, fruit, vegetables, preserves and refreshments.

Stall holder enquiries welcome.

Showing until 16 September 2017 every Saturday from 9am- 12pm at Bungendore Anglican Hall, 25 Butmaroo Street.

Find more information on the website.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

DONATE LIFE WALK 2017

Join thousands of Canberrans at Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation.

The annual walk is at a new location starting at the Patrick White Lawns, between the National Library of Australia and Lake Burley Griffin, gathering at 6.45am on Wednesday 1 March.

Participate individually or get a team together for Canberra’s largest community event that raises awareness about organ and tissue donation – it’s free!

Both walks finish with a free BBQ breakfast served by the Lions Club Belconnen.

A limited number of free t-shirts, hats and giveaways will be available on the day withfirst in, best dressed.

For more details and to register head to giftoflife.asn.au

CHARITY GARAGE SALE 

Are you looking for good quality second-hand items?

Come along to the next Charity Garage Sale and browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items including:

– Books, CDs, DVDs

– Baby & kids clothing, shoes & accessories

– Pictures and photo frames

– Baby equipment and nursery items

– Craft and sewing supplies

– Toys, games, puzzles, sporting gear

– Electrical appliances, kitchenware, crockery

– Bric-a-brac & jewellery

– Stationary

– Vintage and collectibles

– Plus much more

All proceeds go towards funding projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities through well-known charities such as The Fred Hollows Foundation, Caritas & Oxfam as well as a few grassroots organisations.

Happening every Saturday 8am-2pm at 5 O’Grady Pl, Wanniassa. Find more information here.

KIDS

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BATTLEFIELD CHALLENGE – KIDDYHAWK

If you thought the Battlefield Challenge was just for the adults then you would be mistake. Introducing Kiddyhawk. A mini version of the battlefield challenge. The course is very similar to the adults except the obstacles and distance have been scaled down. It’s designed for 3-13 year olds. Its full of mud, great obstacles and will definitely have the little ones pumped all week.
The whole family can go home together with big muddy grins.

Happening 4-5 March from 8am-3pm at Paintball Sports ACT, Pialligo Avenue.

For more information and to book tickets, see the website.

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences are a feast for the senses! Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for Virtual Reality (VR). Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology.

In David Attenborough’s First Life VR, visitors travel back 540 million years as Attenborough reveals the dawn of life on Earth and introduces us to its earliest inhabitants, exploring ancient oceans and interacting with extinct sea creatures.

Long-extinct animals such as the whimsically built Opabinia, the fearsome-looking Anomalocaris and the spiny, worm-like Hallucigenia will be brought vividly alive in a fully immersive VR experience.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR uses real-world footage and pioneering technologies to shed new light on this magnificent habitat. Visitors will take a 360-degree, VR tour through the vibrant coral, darting fish and majestic sharks in this great natural wonder of the world. In a state-of-the-art submersible, Attenborough guides us through the reef.

Showing until 30 June 2017 daily from 9.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

Mathamazing and Byte Wise 

Visit Questacon this summer and discover the amazing world of mathematics! Proudly supported by Samsung Electronics Australia, the Mathamazing and Byte Wise exhibitions take the abstract and challenging worlds of maths and computational thinking and turn them into fun hands-on experiences for the whole family.

Mathamazing uncovers the maths that underlies the world we live in, from how knitting answers fundamental questions about the universe to the curious fact that the fastest way between two points is not always a straight line. Byte Wise explores how computational thinking rules the modern world – from how your smartphone displays images to the perfect hole in one in mini-golf.

Happening daily from 9am-5pm until Wednesday 1 March at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

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.

No charges apply for activities held at the Visitors Centre. Nominal entry fees apply for activities within the reserve.

Happening from Saturday 18 February to 31 December at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, RMB 141 Paddy’s River Road, via Tharwa. Find more information here.

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.

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

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

Andrew Baldwin, ‘Impermanence’ – Studio Glass

For glass artist, Andrew Baldwin, the vessel has become a vehicle to explore notions of impermanence and emptiness. The profound beauty in these Buddhist ideas is represented within the flowing coloured lines that softly weave around the central ‘void’ in the glass surface.

Andrew graduated with Honours from the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University, School of Art in 2000. He now has works held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Glass Collection at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and the Toyama City Glass Collection (Japan).

Happening Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Sundays 9am-5pm until Sunday 5 March at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information here.

Dianne Fogwell, ‘Renascent’ – Paintings & Works on Paper

Canberra artist, Dianne Fogwell’s layered linocuts engage with the cyclical passage of decay and renewal within her local environment. Each ghostly layer of weathered tree, pollinating flower and native bird visually demonstrates her pursuit to understand that, as Dianne reflects, “all things pass in both nature and ourselves.”

Dianne has exhibited widely across Australia and in group shows internationally for the past 40 years. She is represented in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Artbank, Australian War Memorial, Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Art Institute of Chicago (USA).

Happening Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Sundays 9am-5pm until Sunday 5 March at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information here.

Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes 

Elisabeth Cummings is among the most widely acclaimed and best-loved painters of her generation. Interior landscapes, curated by Sioux Garside, surveys Cummings’s sumptuous paintings of studio interiors and her evocations of the landscape.

Cummings graduated from the National Art School in Sydney in the 1950s as part of a cohort of high achievers. Most of her contemporaries made careers and gained recognition well before she did. The twenty-first century has witnessed her rocketing to prominence.

Although her painting is figurative in its general orientation, it maintains a highly animated dialogue with abstraction and with her revered forerunners such as Bonnard, Vuillard, Braque, Fairweather and Cossington-Smith.

Happening Wednesday to Sunday until 9 April from 10am-5pm at Drill Hall Gallery, 29 Kingsley Street, Acton. Find more information here.

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.

Showing until 30 June February 2017 from 10am at National Gallery of Australia

Parkes Place East, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

MARIANA DEL CASTILLO, FUGITIVE FAITH – A CONSCRIPTED OATH

In her practice Mariana del Castillo explores experiences common to humanity, in particular themes of migration, displacement and the painful burden of loss. Employing recycled materials, her reconfigured forms occupy the space of the gallery as if engaged in a kind of danse macabre, in a surreal meditation on identity and the body, the past and the present.

In subverting the original uses for the objects that make up her work, del Castillo draws on her Ecuadorian heritage, her memories of her grandparents’ shop with its cabinets of curiosities, the cultural influences of pre-Columbian art and the Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo, as well as the dark strains of European surrealists such as Hans Bellmer and the satirical series of etchings Los caprichos, by the great 18th century Spanish artist Francisco Goya.

For Mariana del Castillo Fugitive Faith – A conscripted oath, the artist continues to explore the themes and forms of her recent work, employing largely recycled materials in a surreal reflection on identity, migration, religion and the body.

Showing until 26 March 2017 weekdays 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at The Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and Civic Square.

Find more information on the website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2016: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Explore the unpredictable events of 2016 that shaped our political destiny – from Australia’s own double-dissolution, to Brexit and the shock Trump victory – through the sharpened wit and pencils of Australia’s best cartoonists.

There’s more than cartoons. Dress up in a crown and velvety red cape in the exhibition programming space, discover your political destiny with a game of political tarot or challenge your friends and family in political head.

Showing until 8 December 2017 from 9am- 5pm at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

Dress Code: Empire. An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

Discover Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Showing until 1 August 2017 from 9am-5pm at The Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

VELOCITY: VINTAGE RACING BIKES

Velocity: Vintage racing bikes offers an exhibition from the extensive collection of Peter Taylor. Peter is a postman and cycling enthusiast who services bicycles from his garage workshop and maintains a large and wonderful collection of vintage racing bikes.

Examples from Peter’s collection range from rare Post World War II European bikes to an Australian bike raced at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The exhibition coincides with the inaugural L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France bicycle race which will take place in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales.

Showing until 5 March 2017 from 10am-5pm weekdays and: 12 – 5pm weekends at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit and Civic Square.

Find more information on the website.

ARTISTS OF THE GREAT WAR

Artists of the Great War explores the horrors of the First World War, palpably expressed in the work of Australia’s official war artists and their combatant and non-combatant peers.

This powerful exhibition addresses wartime propaganda, front-line experience and remembrance through paintings, drawings and prints featuring a a special focus on the remarkable artist Will Dyson.

Showing until 31 May 2017 from 10am-5pm at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

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.

Showing until Sunday 16 July 2017. Open from 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

VERSAILLES TREASURES FROM THE PALACE

For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles.

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.

Showing 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.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

DEFINING MOMENTS 

An exhibition of combined works by Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock which captures defining moments in this couple’s careers in Australian contemporary studio glass.  Their partnership in glass and life will be explored through their works, images, photographs and stories.

Showing Thursday 26 January to Sunday 26 March at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. 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.

Showing until Wednesday 1 March 2017 at The Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.

THE POPULAR PET SHOW

The Popular Pet Show expresses 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 includes 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 until 12 March 2017.

Exhibition tickets: $10/$8 members and concessions. See website for more information: portrait.gov.au/exhibitions.

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.

Showing until 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!

Showing until 25 April 2017, daily 10am – 5pm. No booking required. More information at National Library of Australia.

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.

Showing until 30 June 2017, 10am – 5pm daily at the National Gallery of Australia. More information at National Gallery 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: www.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 Strugglepays 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.

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 ofMagna 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 exhibitionexplores 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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