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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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13 THINGS NOT TO MISS

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HIT104.7 SKYFIRE

Join over 100,000 people around the iconic Lake Burley Griffin in the nation’s capital, Canberra, to watch Skyfire – 20 minutes of world class fireworks set to a soundtrack broadcast on Hit104.7.

Get there early to claim your picnic and viewing spot. The Regatta Point venue has plenty of pre-show entertainment.

Happening Saturday 18 March from 6pm at Lake Burley Griffin.

Find out more information on the website.

ART, NOT APART

Art, Not Apart is a little festival for the arts. Canberra arts. No-one’s apart. Experience exhibitions, performance art, numerous music stages, interactive installations, strange interventions, film and projection, street food, dance parties and more.

Cross-disciplinary works which ‘shake it up’ are a focus, with the festival carefully spanning across the beautiful NewActon Precinct and National Film and Sound Archive (with plenty to do in between!)

This isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart actively removes boundaries with amazing artists. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen, inspires you and us. This is art. No-one’s apart.

Happening Saturday 18 March from 1pm – 7pm at NewAction Precinct. Free entry.

Find out more information from the website

NAB AFLW – GIANTS V WESTERN BULLDOGS

Be a part of AFL history in the nation’s capital. The GIANTS and the Western Bulldogs are two of eight clubs fielding a side in the 2017 inaugural NAB AFL Women’s competition. The competition will be fierce when GIANTS v Western Bulldogs.

Happening Saturday 18 March, kickoff 7.10pm at Manuka Oval, entry is free

Find out more information on the website

SUITCASE RUMMAGE IN CANBERRA!

Suitcase Rummage is setting up their suitcases in Canberra! At this mini scaled market you’ll find suitcases filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies! There will be brilliant vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper… you name it!

Happening Saturday 18 March from 1pm – 7pm at NewAction Precinct

Find out more information on the website

HANDMADE MARKET MARCH 2017

Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market is a quarterly event, which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs.

Handmade Market March 2017 is an indoor event showcasing over 240 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food, wine and home wares hall.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Happening Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 March from 10am – 4pm at Exhibition Park

For more information visit the website

Fashion Weekend at Westfield Belconnen

To celebrate the start of the Autumn and Winter Fashion season, join Westfield Belconnen for a weekend of special offers and events!

All offers will be available from Thursday 16 March under the deals section of Westfield’s website.

INSTAGRAM BOOTH – WIN A $200 WESTFIELD GIFT CARD

Feel like you are a part of our AW17 photoshoot, with an interactive Instagram Booth! Simply upload your photo to receive a free print out of your photo.

Plus, upload your photo to Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #OneWestfieldACT and if you get the most likes you will win a $200 Westfield Gift Card!

  • Sat 18 March, 10am – 4pm
  • Sun 19 March, 10am – 4pm

Location: Level 3, near Glue and SDS

DROP AND SHOP WITH SKY ZONE

Want an hour to yourself to shop this Fashion Weekend? Book your kids in for an hour of FREE jumping at Sky Zone. Sky Zone will keep them entertained whilst you enjoy some ‘me’ time.

  • Sat 18 March, 9am – 5pm*
  • Sun 19 March, 10am – 4pm*

*Sessions commence on the hour, every hour. Spaces are limited, bookings are essential. Children must be 4 years and over.

For more information and to book click on the ‘Fashion Weekend: Drop and Shop’ tile on their events section

GIFT WITH PURCHASE

Spend $150 or more at selected speciality fashion and beauty retailers and receive a BONUS Clinique Chubby Stick valued at $36. Visit westfield.com.au/belconnen for more details.

Happening 18-19 March at Westfield Belconnen. See the website for more information.

Canberra Comedy Festival 2017

Canberra Comedy Festival presents more than 60 comedy shows in the capital over one week in March, bringing the finest comedic talent to Canberra from around the world.

See the some of the very best acts from the festival in the Opening Night Gala on Monday 20 March, as well as a variety of shows featuring everything from local Canberra talent to some of the biggest stars on the international comedy circuit.

Happening Monday 20 March – Sunday 26 March from 10am at ­­various locations see website for details

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe are expected to take to our skies this autumn. Remember to keep an eye out for the special shape balloons.

Each day from 6:15am pilots will begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before ascending into the sky and creating a picturesque backdrop for Canberra’s national attractions. Passengers can experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise while spectators on the ground are treated to an experience of the senses. Flurries of colour, sound and movement complemented by live music and a delicious hot breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club will make your morning one to remember.

Balloon flights are weather dependant. Call Canberra Connect, follow on Facebook and Twitter or tune into local radio stations from 6am for daily information. For balloon flight bookings call Balloon Aloft 02 6285 1540 or Dawn Drifters 02 6285 4450. Free viewing for spectators.

Happening from Saturday 11 March to Sunday 19 March at the lawns of Old Parliament House. Find out more at balloonspectacular.com.au.

Canberra Day

Canberra’s 104th Birthday Bash (Canberra Day) presents the Hoodoo Gurus, supported by Havana Brown. See local acts Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, the String Elephants and kid’s live stage performances from the Trolls and Shaun the Sheep. This free afternoon out in the park for all the family is complete with live music, children’s rides and activities, and a variety of food and drinks available to purchase.

Join the fun this Monday 13 March from 10 am at Commonwealth Park. For more information visit www.events.act.gov.au.

CANBERRA OUTLET CENTRE CHARITY RACE DAY – PROUDLY SUPPORTING MARYMEAD

Enjoy a great afternoon of horse racing in the nation’s capital on one of the best tracks in the country at Thoroughbred Park.

Join them for fashions on the field with Classic Ladies Race wear and Classic Mens Race wear.

Book a table in the members-only Black Opal Room for a carvery lunch or enjoy superb bar facilities in the Winning Post Bar.

Happening on Friday 17 March from 11am – 6.30pm at Thoroghbred Park.

Find more information on the website

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.

Performing until 18 March at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

Find more information and purchase tickets via the website.

AW17 Fashion Weekend Workshops at Westfield Woden

Westfield Woden invite you to join them for their AW17 Fashion Weekend Workshops Series with Hayley O’Neill.

Hayley is a Canberra-born Sydney-based fashion stylist who currently works at marie claire Australia and as a Contributing Fashion Editor to HerCanberra.

Fashion Workshops

11AM – Outfits AM to PM

This workshop breaks down two key A/W trends, for example square shoulders and sculptural shirting, and shows to the audience how to take these trends from desk to dinner with key pieces and accessories.

12.30PM – A to Z Accessories

From A-symmetrical earrings to Micros bags; Kitten heels to fashion forward Yoga mats. This workshop looks into the new season accessories and how these easy and affordable pieces are the gateway to trying new trends and how effective they can instantly update an outfit.

2PM – Best Buys under $200

This workshop teaches you that you don’t need to break the bank to update your wardrobe. We find the best pieces to start off the new season and the best part, they all check in at under $200.

Happening Saturday 18 March at 11am, 12.30pm & 2pm at Centre Court Westfield Woden (In between Lorna Jane and Just Jeans).

Tickets: FREE bookings essential – customers will also receive a luxury gift bag upon arrival. To secure your spot, visit the website.

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.

Workshops are held at Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston. Numbers limited and bookings required. Email info@movingarchetypes.com.au or call 0447643646

The course 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 7 April, 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 CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL

The Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017. The festival will feature breweries from across Australia along with live bands, food, entertainment and kids activities.

Over 100 beers and ciders will be available for tasting. You’ll be able to take part in beer/cider food matching sessions, hear guest speakers, and meet the brewers. This makes the festival ideal for all beer and cider enthusiasts – from beginners to budding craft brewers.

Exhibiting breweries will include the multi-award winning Sydney Brewery, Thatchers, Little Creatures, Dad and Dave’s Brewing, Stone Dog Meadery, Yenda, Hope Estate Beer Co and many others from across Australia.

A special Beer Fest accommodation package includes two nights B&B accommodation at the 4 Star Mercure Canberra, a 4-pack of award-winning Sydney Brewery beer and cider, free entry, 5 tasting tickets, and a 4pm check out on Sunday. The package is available from $169 per room per night. Check their website for details.

Happening on Saturday 18 March from 11am – 6pm at Mercure Canberra.

Find more information and purchase tickets on the website

PEATED MALTS OF DISTINCTION TAKEOVER

How much do you know about peated malt whisky? Not much? Perfect! Head in to Molly for an exclusive takeover event featuring some very special peated malt whiskies.

There’ll be four cocktail specials on the night that will showcase the whiskies on offer:

  • Connemara Peated Irish Single Malt
    • Laphroaig Select Cask
    • The Ardmore Legacy
    • Bowmore 12yo

National Whiskey Ambassadors Michael Nouri & Dan Woolley from The Exchange will be guest bartenders on the night so you’re bound to learn something new, even if you’re an expert! Entry is free. On Thursday 16 March from 7pm at Molly’s, 35-37 London Circuit, Canberra.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

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

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

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

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

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

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

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

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email buvette@domahotels.com.au. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

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.

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.

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.

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

See website for more information.

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.

FILM, MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

Australian Dance Party

Australian Dance Party

ART, NOT APART

Art, Not Apart is a little festival for the arts. Canberra arts. No-one’s apart. Experience exhibitions, performance art, numerous music stages, interactive installations, strange interventions, film and projection, street food, dance parties and more.

Cross-disciplinary works which ‘shake it up’ are a focus, with the festival carefully spanning across the beautiful NewActon Precinct and National Film and Sound Archive (with plenty to do in between!)

This isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart actively removes boundaries with amazing artists. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen, inspires you and us. This is art. No-one’s apart.

Happening Saturday 18 March from 1pm – 7pm at NewAction Precinct. Free entry.

Find out more information from the website

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.

Performing until 18 March at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

Find more information and purchase tickets via the website.

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT WITH SPECIAL GUESTS – OH PEP!

See Martha Wainwright with Special Guests – Oh Pep! live in Canberra.

Martha’s new album and first in four years, Goodnight City will be released on 11 November (Inertia), and is poised to be her best record yet. The 13-track album is confessional, impressionistic and dynamic – songs that twist and turn with a surging intensity, showcasing her distinguished songwriting craft and an astonishingly versatile voice; a voice that soars, sighs, provokes and tells secrets.

Goodnight City includes several original works as well as songs written for the album by Beth Orton, Rufus Wainwright, Michael Ondaatje and Glen Hansard. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard) and Brad Albetta (Angus and Julia Stone, Teddy Thompson).

Joining Martha as Special Guests on the full tour are local pop duo Oh Pep!. Stadium Cake, the debut release from the talented outfit has been praised by Rolling Stone as “faultless folk-rock”, while Stereogum described it as “instantly captivating”. The Australian noted “…acoustic pop earworms… gloriously hummable hooks” in a 4-star review.

Happening Wednesday 15 March from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find more information and purchase tickets on the website.

The Amazing Travelling Comedy Tour

Five of Australia’s best stand-up comics are coming to The Canberra Comedy Festival as part of The Amazing Travelling Comedy Tour. Join award winning comics for two hours of great stand up. Touring comedians include:

Angus Gordon Raw Comedy Winner, ABC TV
Nick Capper ABC TV, Fun Guy
Matt Stewart Raw Comedy Winner, ABC TV
Ben Russell, Tokyo Hotel Podcast, ABC TV, Golden Gibbo Nominee
Laura Dunemann Comedy, ABC TV

Stupid Old Studios is bring you some of Australia’s best as part of their first ever stand up comedy tour.

Warning: This show may contain strong language and adult concepts. Held in licensed premises and therefore 18+ only.

Happening from Wednesday 15 – Wednesday 22 March with varying start times at The Civic Pub.

For more information visit the website

BOCCHERINI NIGHT STREETS PRESENTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE

AHE launches their year with a vibrant program of hot-blooded Spanish-influenced string quintets by Boccherini, Cambini and Mozart.

Boccherini’s Night Music of the Streets of Madrid is his charismatic reflection on the vibrant city. Church bells, the soldier’s drum, popular street dances and the curfew call from the night watch, are all vividly depicted in this stunning work. Exceptionally prolifc in his output for this quintet combination – we also perform his virtuosic, tenderly languishing Op. 25 No. 6 in A minor.

Tickets range from $35 – $60. On March 16 from 7pm-9pm at The Hall, University House, ANU 1 Balmain Crescent Acton. Visit the website for more information: www.australianhaydn.com.au/events/boccherininightstreet

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 info@movingarchetypes.com.au or call 0447643646

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

THE CYT COMPANY ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

The Company Ensemble is for artists aged 16 – 25 years who want to pursue the performing arts at a high level, cultivating outstanding skills in theatre development and performance to produce the major dramatic work poem every day as part of the 2017 Artistic Program.

Poem every day will be a new devised work of immersive theatre created by CYT in 2017. The work will be based on the poetry of Joshua Bell and developed with The Company Ensemble to be performed in August at Ainslie Arts Centre.

Happening Wednesday 15 March from 6.30 – 8.30 at C Block, Theater, Gorman Arts Centre

For more information visit the website

SPECIAL SCREENING – A KID

Experience a Canadian evening with wine, cheese and live music from Dollface, and A Kid. 

As part of the Alliance Française French film Festival, the High Commission of Canada presents A Kid. Frenchman Mathieu finds himself in strange circumstances when he learns the father he never knew has just passed away. This deeply poignant ode to familial bonds comes from praised director Philippe Lioret and stars the Cesar award-winner Pierre Deladonchamps. After the film, join a Question and Answer session presented by Dr Gemma King and discover more about French cinema.

Happening Thursday 16 March from 6.30pm pre-screening party, 7pm movie screening, 8.30pm Q & A session at Palace Electric Cinema.

Find more information and purchase tickets on their website

THE BEST MEDICINE | CANBERRA

Join this outstanding up-and-coming comedian for a night of hilarity as she lifts the lid on motherhood, living with chronic pain and life with a lift mechanic in her ridiculously funny new show, The Best Medicine (as seen at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival). “Refreshingly frank…Absolutely brilliant!” -The AU Review (Suitable for ages 16+)

Happening Saturday 18 March from 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Aquare.

For more information visit the website. 

CBR BIG BAND AT THE ABBEY

Join Canberra’s newest big band, CBR Big Band at The Abbey, for an unforgettable evening featuring music performed by the great orchestras of Count Basie and Stan Kenton. Hear arrangements penned by Sammy Nestico, Quincy Jones and many more.

CBR Big Band comprises some of the best talent Canberra has to offer, featuring professional musicians from around the ACT. The band showcases their musicianship and finesse with repertoire from the greats, as well as the newest arrangements from local and national composers and arrangers. They groove hard, lay back, swing with ease and they will blow you away with their power house horns.

Happening on Saturday 18 March from 6.30pm at The Abbey.

Find more information on and purchase tickets on the website.

BANDALUZIA FLAMENCO AND NAIKE PONCE

Witness Flamenco at it’s core with acclaimed modern Flamenco ensemble, Bandaluzia Flamenco, led by ARIA nominated guitarist Damian Wright with extraordinary special guest singer direct from Spain, Naike Ponce. Experience the traditions of this art form with the most contemporary and progressive elements that Bandaluzia is so revered for.

Naike Ponce was born in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain, She has worked with many music greats including Jorge Pardo (Paco de Lucia), Estrella Morente, Manolo Sanlùcar and Manolo Soler. She recently released her debut album ‘Con Nombres De Mujer’ alongside legendary guitarist and Grammy winner Jose Suarez Paquete, with the collaboration of Raimundo Amador, Tomatito and Piraña, among others.

Bandaluzia is a modern flamenco ensemble led by ARIA nominated guitarist Damian Wright. In 2014 Damian was invited to perform as a solo artist at The Rajasthan International Folk Festival, INDIA and in 2016 performed at The Shanghai Fringe Festival, China. He has performed at the biannual Adelaide International Guitar Festival. Winner of “The Pick Of the Sydney Fringe” at The Sydney Fringe Festival and sold out the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist to TEDX Sydney 2014.

Happening Friday 17 March from 7pm at Palace Electric at the Tuggeranong Atrs Centre.

Find more information and purchase tickets 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.

FREE SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASS FOR BEGINNERS

This free class is for people who have not tried Scottish Country Dancing before and who wish to learn about the steps and basic dance formations that are the building blocks of Scottish Country dancing.

Scottish Country Dancing is a very sociable activity, usually done in sets of three or four couples, with a different partner for every dance.  You can come on your own or with a partner.  Initially, the class teacher will ensure that you have an appropriate partner for each dance.

This is an opportunity to come and try Scottish Country Dancing prior to an eight-week course of classes for beginners commencing at 6pm on Wednesday 19 April.

Saturday 18 March 10.30am – 12pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, State Circle, Forrest.

For more information see The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) Canberra and District Branch website www.rscds-canberra.org/

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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HANDMADE MARKET MARCH 2017

Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market is a quarterly event, which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs.

Handmade Market March 2017 is an indoor event showcasing over 240 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food, wine and home wares hall.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Happening Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 March from 10am – 4pm at Exhibition Park

For more information visit the website

Canberra Walk and Ride Week

During the Canberra Walk & Ride Week, everyone is encouraged to walk, ride and catch public transport as often as possible for any journey purpose. It might be your commute to school, to work, or to a meeting. It might be to appointment during the day, to a social outing, to the shops, or to one of Canberra’s many and diverse events.

Canberrans are encouraged to download the free GPS tracking smartphone app ‘ACTiveLog’ to capture the data of all your walking and cycling activities during the week. This information will help the ACT Government to better understand where, how and when Canberrans walk and ride around our city. The more they understand, the better they can provide future infrastructure and facilities.

To further celebrate all things great about walking, cycling and catching public transport in the ACT, look out for a diverse program of events and activities throughout the week.

Happening Friday 17 March – Friday 24 March from 10am each day.

For more information visit the website 

Designer 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.

For one Sunday each month they welcome specialty stallholders with their gorgeous jewellery and accessories for ‘Designer Sunday’.

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.

A variety of special theme events are held regularly throughout the year.

Find out more at obdm.com.au

HARVEST DAY OUT

The annual picking event will be held on Saturday March 17 from 8am.
Everyone including kids and dogs are welcome to join them in celebrating the years harvest.

Not only will you get bragging rights to the wine that the grapes produce, they will provide morning tea, lunch and a tractor ride.
Please RSVP via email.

Happening on Saturday 18 March from 8am at Summerhill Road Vineyard, 44, Bywong.

Find more information on the website and purchase tickets via email

SUTTON COUNTRY FAIR

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
The Sutton Country Fair is a community day of fun for all with entertainment and music, rides, games, jumping castle, face painting, animal patting paddock, raffles and prizes. There will be art and craft stalls and garden plants. Live performances and a Ute Muster with prizes in each category. Barbecue and sausage sizzle, casseroles, Devonshire tea, snacks, treats and ice creams, hot and cold drinks.

Happening Saturday 18 March from 10am – 2pm at Sutton Public School, NSW

For more information visit the website

LORNA JANE WAREHOUSE SALE

Come on Canberra, let’s get in FORMATION. You asked and we delivered! The Lorna Jane Warehouse Sale is here again by popular demand so get ready to shop up to 60% OFF active wear, get access to exclusive products, samples AND giveaways!

Entry is free. On 18 March from 9am – 5pm and 19 March from 9am – 3pm at Exhibition Park, Mallee Pavilion.

Visit facebook event page for more information – www.facebook.com

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.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Image courtesy of cbs.org.au/

Image courtesy of cbs.org.au

PUBLIC SPEAKING & PRESENTATION SKILLS WORKSHOP

Canberra (Ainslie) Toastmasters is conducting a public speaking and presentation skills workshop on aspects of effective communications.

Happening Tuesday 14 March from 5.30pm – 7pm at Ainslie Football Club

For more information visit the website

GRIEF AND LOSS INFORMATION EVENING

The evening will cover topics such as, what grief ids and how it can affect us, what causes grieve the way we do, how to understand the difference between ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ grieving and finally, how we can support ourselves and others who have experienced loss.

Happening Tuesday 14 March from 7pm – 8.30pm at Griffith Neighborhood Hall.

For more information visit the website

Bonsai Week 2017

Bonsai Week 2017 at the National Arboretum Canberra offers an international bonsai experience with a week of demonstrations, masterclasses, curator guided tours and social events. Guest presenter Mr Tony Tickle from the United Kingdom is an internationally renowned, award winning Bonsai artist and a leader in the Bonsai community.

Bonsai Week highlights the ancient art of Bonsai and will capture the imagination for the Bonsai professional, enthusiast and the curious.

Happening from Monday 20 March – Sunday 26 March from 9am – 6pm each day at National Arboretum Canberra

For more information visit the website

TALK BY LEADING MEDITATION TEACHER IN CANBERRA

Ven Ajahn Brahm will be giving a public talk at Australia Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara, 30 Jenke Circuit, Kambah on Tuesday, 14th March 2017. This is a free event and the talk will commence at 7pm. Ajahn Braham is an experienced meditation teacher, highly sought after speaker on Buddhism in many parts of the world and an author of several books on meditation practice.

Happening Tuesday 14 March from 7pm – 8.30pm at Buddhist Centre, 30 Jenke Circuit, Kambah

PRIVATE GARDENS OF THE MONARO

The spectacular Monaro High Country is home to some of Australia’s most stunning private gardens, situated on historic merino sheep and cattle stations. Join an exclusive small group to visit Private Gardens of the Monaro, a full day tour including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. You are welcome to book as a single or with a group, and can choose to self drive or travel by small luxury coach with host for an additional cost. Access to the 3 gardens is strictly by appointment only.

On Wednesday March 15 at 10.30am at the Private Gardens of the Monaro. Tickets are $200 and you can book via the website www.privategardensofmonaro.com.au/

Visit the website for more information www.privategardensofmonaro.com.au/

NAWIC ACT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY BREAKFAST 2017 

Are you ready to #BeBoldForChange this IWD 2017 and beyond? International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Join in a breakfast to learn from one of Australia’s most sought-after speakers on the topics of gender equity and women’s leadership development, Founder and CEO of Inkling Women Dr Gemma Munro. Whether you are a man or a woman, in a leadership role or not, we all have a role to play in achieving gender parity.

Includes hot plated breakfast.

On Wednesday March 15 at 6.45am at the Bradman Room, Manuka Oval. Visit the website for more information www.nawic.com.au/NAWIC/Active_Content/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=A170315

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.

SPORT

GWS

NAB AFLW – GIANTS V WESTERN BULLDOGS

Be a part of AFL history in the nation’s capital. The GIANTS and the Western Bulldogs are two of eight clubs fielding a side in the 2017 inaugural NAB AFL Women’s competition. The competition will be fierce when GIANTS v Western Bulldogs.

Happening Saturday 18 March, kickoff 7.10pm at Manuka Oval, entry is free

Find out more information on the website

MELANOMA MARCH CANBERRA

Melanoma March Canberra is a fun community event where participants unite together and walk along a short course to raise awareness and funds for life-saving research. It is an exciting day for the whole family – there will be entertainment, food, drinks and lots more.

More than 13,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year. Melanoma makes up 20% of all cancer cases in young Australians (15-39 years old).

Happening Sunday 19 March from 9am – 12pm at Weston Part,

To register, or for more information, visit their website.

GIANTS NETBALL V ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS

The 2017 Suncorp Super Netball is well underway and a new era of netball has been born. In this Round 5 clash see state rivals in action as the GIANTS Netball take on the Adelaide Thunderbirds at AIS Arena.

See hours of netball talent as the Suncorp Super Netball makes its debut in Canberra, followed by local Canberra GIANTS taking on the Southern Force.

Happening Sunday 19 March from 12pm at Australian Institute of sport Arena

Book tickets here

RAIDERS V WESTS TIGERS

Sunday rugby league makes an early season appearance in Canberra when the Raiders tackle the Wests Tigers in the popular afternoon time slot. Several big-name acquisitions have boosted the Tigers squad for 2017, and they will be out for revenge after the Raiders thrashed them twice in 2016.

Happening Sunday 19 March from 4pm at GIO Stadium, Bruce

Tickets available for Round 3 of the NRL Telstra Premiership at Ticketek from February 16.

For more information visit the website

CANBERRA DAY FUNDRAISER

Celebrate Canberra’s Birthday! Cockington Green Gardens is waiving its normal admission fee for Canberrans on Canberra Day.

For just a Gold Coin Donation, all funds will be supporting local community group “YouthCare Canberra” YouthCare Canberra is a not for profit organisation, supporting young people at risk in our community, of violence and homelessness.

Happening Monday 13 March from 9.30am – 5pm at Cockington Green Gardens, 11 Gold Greek Road, Nicholls.

For more information visit the website

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

MELANIE SWAN MOVIE NIGHT FUNDRAISER

Bring your friends to enjoy a night at the movies and help fund vital cancer research at the University of Canberra (UC). University of Canberra researcher Professor Sudha Rao and her team are on the brink of significant advancements in the treatment of metastatic cancer. Their research aims to stop the reoccurrence of cancer (initially focusing on breast cancer), improve the effectiveness of existing cancer treatments by combating natural resistance and improve patient care during cancer treatment.

You can help support this incredibly important and ground-breaking work by attending a movie fundraising night at Dendy Canberra Centre. Enjoy a movie (Miss You Already), pre-session drinks, nibbles and a choc top as well hear directly from Professor Rao about her research. A raffle with great prizes will also be held on the night.

The evening will also pay special tribute to Melanie Swan, an inspirational advocate of Sudha Rao’s work on metastatic breast cancer. Melanie’s community fundraising efforts helped raise more than $100,000 for cancer research at UC. The University of Canberra will pay tribute to her on the night by awarding the inaugural Melanie Swan Cancer Research Fellowship.

On Thursday 16 March from 6 pm – 9 pm at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra Centre, 2/148 Bunda Street, Canberra City.

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.

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.

CANBERRA DAY FUNDRAISER

Celebrate Canberra’s Birthday! Cockington Green Gardens is waiving its normal admission fee for Canberrans on Canberra Day. For just a Gold Coin Donation, all funds will be supporting local community group “Youth Care Canberra” – a not-for-profit organisation, supporting young people at risk in our community, of violence and homelessness.

Happening Monday 13 March between 9.30 am – 5pm at 11 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls.

For more information see the website

KIDS

National Dinosaur Museum

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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 Museum of Australian Democracy at 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 members’ ‘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 and a voucher for 10% off purchases at the beautiful Museum Shop.

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.

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.

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.

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 until Sunday 26 March at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. 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.

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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