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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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CANBERRA DISTRICT WINE WEEK

The Canberra District Wine Week offers an exciting program of wine dinners, tastings and themed events in the city and right around the Canberra wine district.

The 10-day program of wine tastings, food matchings and tours will be held in Canberra, Murrumbateman, Yass, Hall, Bungendore and Gundaroo, culminating in the annual Harvest Festival over the weekend of 8 and 9 April.

Happening Friday 31 March – Sunday 9 April at various venues.

Find more information on the website

Ladies in Black

The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a novel by Madeline St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway.

Sydney, 1959 – a city at the crossroads between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s …

Bright-eyed, bookish school leaver Lisa steps through the doors of the city’s most prestigious department store, F.G. Goodes. A world of unknown possibilities opens up as she befriends the colourful denizens of the Ladies Cocktail Frocks Department – including her new mentor, the exotic Magda, mysterious mistress of Model Gowns.

On stage from Monday 27 March to Tuesday 2 April at Canberra Theatre Centre. Find more information here.

WHO AM I?

It’s a kind of storytelling show – but ….it’s different from most. Maybe from all.. “Who Am I? is for those who love classic storytelling, and those who love suspense. Russell Cheek has been wowing Adelaide Fringe audiences with his very funny story of attempting to win the jackpot on Sale of the Century in 1993.

An hilarious true story of dedication, perseverance and grit written and performed by Russell Cheek, sharing the story of climbing out of unemployed actor poverty by attempting to win the jackpot on Sale of the Century in 1993. Who am I. . .? is a human story about aspiration and determination versus self-doubt and loss of confidence. It’s about the things we all have to confront if we have the ambition to get something done.  It’s the story of 1990s Australia and one man’s attempt to scale the summit of all Australian quiz shows.

Written and Performed by Russell Cheek, Directed By Stephen Abbott (AKA the Sandman), Lighting Design Jacky Bennett.

Happening Tuesday 30 March until Saturday 1 April from 7pm and Sunday 2 April from 4pm at The Street, City West.

Standard Ticket $35 concession $30. Find more information on the website.

TIDBINBILLA OPEN DAY

The Tidbinbilla Open Day is a great day out for the whole family! This year’s theme is Celebrating Diversity so enjoy a day experiencing Tidbinbilla’s diverse people, habitats and heritage.

Explore the many walking tracks on offer, learn about the Reserve’s wildlife or sit back and enjoy a picnic with friends and family. There will be live entertainment, local food stalls, children’s activities and much more.

This free family-friendly event is not to be missed. For more information visit their website.

Happening Sunday 2 April from 10am – 3pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Find more information on the website.

FAREWELL, MY QUEEN – AF FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

Revisit the beauty of Versailles and join this French-themed evening for Farewell, My Queen, presented by the Canberra International Music Festival.

Start the night by enjoying some cheese, sparkling wine and macaroons, while listening to music pieces made for the Versailles court and performed by members from the Canberra International Music Festival.

Then, as part of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, view the movie Farewell, My Queen. This French drama directed by Benoît Jacquot, is based on the novel of the same name by Chantal Thomas. The film depicts the last days of Marie Antoinette in power seen through the eyes of a young servant and stars Diane Kruger as the Queen, and the French actresses Léa Seydoux, and Virginie Ledoyen.

To end the evening, join in a Question and Answer session presented by Dr Gemma King and discover more about French cinema.

Happening Wednesday 29 March from 6.30pm for the pre-screening party, 7pm movie screening and 8.30pm for the Q&A session.

For bookings and more information visit the website.

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ACTEWAGL LLEWELLYN SERIES, PIANO

The ActewAGL Llewellyn Series takes flight with one of the most colourful and diverse figures in Finnish music, Einojuhani Rautavaara. His Cantus Arcticus is an intricate piece in three movements that incorporates recordings of birds found near the Arctic Circle as well as bogs of Liminka in northern Finland.

This is followed by Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor. In this piece, Principal trumpet Rainer Saville offers a sardonic commentary to Daniel de Borah’s melancholic solo piano, revealing all the wit and energy to be found in Shostakovich’s youthful piece.

Finally, Conductor Jessica Cottis will guide the Orchestra through the warmest and most beloved of all Beethoven’s symphonies, Symphony No.6. It evokes an afternoon in the country outside Vienna with rippling brooks, birds, peasants dancing, the fury of a storm and relief at its passing.

“A fresh approach to a work of music… usually comes to those who have a fresh approach to aspects of life, to life in general.” Shostakovich

Happening Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 of March from 7.30pm at Llewllyn Hall. Tickets from $51.00

For more information visit the website or book tickets here

Emma Pask

Award winning Australian vocalist Emma Pask is heading out on tour early 2017!

Recently nominated for an ARIA award for Best Jazz Album of the year and on the back of sell out shows nationally and internationally throughout 2016, she is super excited to be hitting the road again and sharing her music with you all.

Emma’s effortless honest stage presence combined with her powerful vocal ability leaves audiences spellbound and inspired.

She is sure to delight as she interweaves storytelling through timeless swinging jazz standards, upbeat Latin rhythms, original material, tender ballads, all wrapped up with some raucous grooving blues.

By request, Emma has performed for adoring audiences including Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban and Diana, the late Princess of Wales. She has played support for George Benson on his Australian tour and with Latin Superstar Ricky Martin singing her praises, you won’t want to miss her live in action.

Well known for spending the last 20 years by the side of jazz virtuoso James Morrison, Emma Pask has firmly established herself one of one of this country’s favourite voices in Jazz.

“Whilst it’s fashionable to be a jazz singer these days, she’s the real thing!” James Morrison

Happening Friday 31 March form 8pm at The Street, City West.

Find more information and to purchase tickets here

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.

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.

 Canberra Model Train Expo 2017

The Canberra Model Railway Club Inc is one of the largest model train clubs in the ACT and NSW regional area. This year they are running their 29th annual Model Train EXPO.

People of all ages find model trains fascinating and will spend hours watching them and learning how they operate.

At this years Expo there will be over 30 model train displays, trade stands, U-Drive and live steam train rides for the kids, a great outing for all the family.

Happening Saturday 25 March from 9am-5pm at UC High School Kaleen, Baldwin Drive, Kaleen. Find more information here.

FOOD & DRINK

VINTAGE WINERY TOUR AT MURRUMBATEMAN WINERY

Want to know more about wine making?

Join Murrumbateman Winery owner and winemaker Bobbie Makin during Canberra District Wine Week for a winery tour.

Find out what wines they’re making in 2017, learn about fermentation and have a go at punch down.

Session times (sessions capped at 10 people):
Session 1: 2.30pm Friday March 31.
Session 2: 2.30pm Saturday April 1.
Session 3: 3.30pm Saturday April 1.

Happening Friday 31 March – Saturday 1 April at Murrumbateman Winery, Murrumbateman. For more information and to make a booking visit the website

APPLE DAY AT LORIENDALE ORCHARD

Experience freshly harvested organic fruit and vegetables at Loriendale’s annual Apple Day Harvest Celebration. This boutique orchard has an international selection of over 120 varieties of heritage and modern apples.

Enjoy freshly crushed apple juice, country style pies, jams and relishes, a range of organic foods – crepes served with Loriendale apple sauce and Devonshire teas served with delicious scones, muffins or cakes. Stroll through the orchard, complete with free range bantam hens foraging among the trees. Relaxing background music provided by local musicians and choirs and a young children’s activity area.

Crisp mountain air and organic growing in the Canberra Region, brings you the best in high country fruit. If you are a fruit lover and wish to eat freshly picked, organically grown Australian produce, don’t miss Loriendale Orchards Apple Day.

Happening Saturday 1 April from 1.30pm – 5.00pm at Loriendale Orchard, Hall.

Find more information on the website.

PANKHURST WINES DURING CANBERRA WINE WEEK

A week of tasting activities at the cellar door and at venues in Canberra to celebrate their 29th vintage and Canberra Wine Week.

Includes a special vertical tasting of some of their wines accompanied with cheese platters during the first weekend of April at the cellar door, the Hills of Hall wine dinner at Benchmark on April 5 and the Pinot and Duck dinner at The Wild Duck at Kingston on Thursday April 6, a wine tasting at the Ream on April 6 during Canberra Wine Week and food and live music to celebrate harvest at the cellar door April 8 and 9.

Happening Saturday 1 April – Sunday 2 April at Pankhurst Wines cellar door, Wallaroo.

For more information contact Pankhurst Wines on 6230 2592

A TASTE OF THE PHILIPPINES

Pop up restaurant at Trader and Co!  Join this event for a traditional Filippino cuisine served banquet style, cooked by Yass local, Phillipines born, Joeseph.

This event is BYO. For more information join yourself to the Facebook Event Page or make bookings via their email.

Please leave a phone number in your email booking. They’ll get back to you with further information and to take a deposit to secure your spot!

Happening Saturday 1 April from 6.30pm at Trader & Co. Yass.

Find more information on the website.

GALLERY OF GARDENS OPENING

You are invited to celebrate the opening of four new gardens in the Gallery of Gardens at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Listen to live music by the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire and the Black Hat Band on the grassy Events Terrace, bring a picnic or enjoy lunch from Sprout Cafe.

Kids can decorate and make a kite or bring your own kite to fly at one of the best kite-flying spots in Canberra (Kite kits $10 each).

The Open Gardens Australia Celebration Garden, The Labyrinth Garden, the AIDS Garden of Reflection and Mununja the Butterfly Garden have been created through generous donations from individuals and organisations.

Outdoor activities will be cancelled if raining.

Happening Sunday 2 April from 12pm – 3pm at National Arboretum Canberra. Find more information on the website

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

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

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

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

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

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

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 & STAGE

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Ladies in Black

The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a novel by Madeline St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway.

Sydney, 1959 – a city at the crossroads between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s …

Bright-eyed, bookish school leaver Lisa steps through the doors of the city’s most prestigious department store, F.G. Goodes. A world of unknown possibilities opens up as she befriends the colourful denizens of the Ladies Cocktail Frocks Department – including her new mentor, the exotic Magda, mysterious mistress of Model Gowns.

This sparkling production is the work of internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical, Love Never Dies, First Wives Club) and writer Carolyn Burns, with original music by superstar Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House). It won the prestigious “Best New Australian Work” Helpmann Award.

Happening Monday 27 March to Tuesday 2 April at Canberra Theatre Centre. Find more information here.

PAW PATROL LIVE! RACE TO THE RESCUE

Paw Patrol Live! is coming to Australia! Kids it’s time for an adventure with your favourite rescue puppies—Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, Skye and the newest pup, Everest.

Paw Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue brings everyone’s favourite puppies to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy musical adventure.

Tickets are selling fast for Paw Patrol Live!—Race To The Rescue, the musical stage show based on the hit animated Nickelodeon TV series produced by Spin Master.

Happening Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April at the Playhouse Theatre, Civic Square. For more information visit the website and book tickets here.

Laat me…

Cabaret artist Maike Brill and pianist Anthony Smith present the show Laat me… at Teatro Vivaldi, ANU Arts Centre, University Avenue.

After seven years of following live’s opportunities, Maike invites you again to a journey through the dazzling array of human emotions with partly new arranged songs from various times, from Bertholt Brecht, Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, Marlene Dietrich, Hildegard Knef, Ute Lemper, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and David Bowie, Blof and Wende Snijders. Laat me expresses Maike’s life choices and her musical meanderings.

Happening Friday 31 March from 8pm at Teatro Vivaldi, ANU Arts Centre. Cost: $25 – $45 show only / $70 -$90 dinner & show.

For more information email [email protected]

HARVEY SUTHERLAND + BERMUDA

Harvey Sutherland’s improvisational live show – equal parts 808 rattle and double disco clap – is an evolving, synthetic boogie exploration. Manning the controls of the mighty Juno 60 synthesiser, Harvey sweats it out with the crowd, looping new phrases and modulations, pitch-bent solos and the occasional Janet Jackson cover into a heavy four-to-the-floor throwdown.

Sutherland will be accompanied by his band, Bermuda + supports, including Happy Axe, Trim B and DJs FB Perimeter, Cressy and Genie.

Presented by Box Cutter and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres

Happening Friday 31 March from 8pm at Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon. Tickets from $21.89 – $32.34.

Find more information on the website and book tickets here

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017

The nation’s most captivating film event, is now returning for its 28th annual season. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.

Proudly presented by the six main Alliances Françaises and in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, the Festival will be once again hosted by its long-term exhibition partner, Palace Cinemas.

Brimming with highlights, the 2017 event will present 45 films, unveiling the artistry of renowned directors ranging from Emmanuelle Bercot, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Benoît Jacquot and Mia Hansen-Løve, to Philippe Lioret, Martin Provost, Jérôme Salle, Bertrand Tavernier and Roschdy Zem.

Showing until Tuesday 4 April from 6.30pm-9pm at Palace Electric Cinema. Find more information here.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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CANBERRA WALKING FESTIVAL

Challenge yourself by walking from 5 to 44 km during the Canberra Walking Festival weekend. Enjoy a walk along the Centenary Trail or around the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin.

A non-competitive event, the Canberra Two Day Walk is open to walkers of all ages. The festival is all about fun, fitness, fellowship and personal challenge.

Happening Saturday 1 April – Sunday 2 April from 7am – 4pm at Charles Sturt University, Barton.

Find more information on the website

Multicultural Sunday

Love experiencing different cultures? On the first Sunday of the month there’s an added touch of international ‘flavour’ to the markets. It’s like touring the world without leaving the markets.

What might you find? A variety of stallholders offer handcrafted items from around the world – think gorgeous jewellery, clothing, accessories and homewares with a multicultural feel – and of course plenty of tasty international cuisine in our food hall.

Happening Sunday 2 April from 10am to 4pm at the Old Bus Deport Markets.

Find more information on the website.

AUTO ITALIA CANBERRA

Auto Italia Canberra is an automotive exhibition of Italian cars, motorbikes and scooters that promotes Italian culture, heritage and foods. 2017 marks 70 years since Enzo Ferrari produced the first Ferrari 125 S and 60 years since the first of 3.8 million Fiat 500s rolled from the production line in 1957.

Auto Italia is not just for car nuts. It’s a great family day with free entry, food and drink stalls and entertainment, all enjoyed on a lovely Canberra autumn day.

Auto Italia started off in 1984 as a barbeque for the local FIAT and Alfa Romeo clubs, and has grown over 30 years into a spectacular showcase of Italian machinery from Vespa scooters through to the latest hypercars with everything in between.

While there are trophies to be won, most participants are just proud of their little Italian masterpiece and want to spend a day with others who understand and share their passion for the Italian marques.

Happening Sunday 2 April from 8am – 3pm at Old Parliament House. Free Entry.

Find out more information on the website

ACT AUTUMN ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES FAIR 30TH ANNIVERSARY

The 2017 ACT Autumn Antique and Collectables Fair, at the historic Albert Hall attracts 23 antique dealers from around Australia.

The fair is the perfect opportunity for collectors and those just browsing to buy high-quality antiques and collectables at realistic prices. Whether it’s dining tables and chairs, fine china, crystal, silver or antique, estate or costume jewellery, it’s sure to be there.

Are you more interested in less expensive collectables and bric-a-brac? Prices range from around $20 to whatever you’re happy to pay for your passion. And don’t forget the excellent selection of light meals, morning and afternoon teas in the supper room.

To mark the fair’s 30th anniversary, proceeds from this fair will go to CanTeen, the charity that supports young people between 12 – 24 years old, living with cancer. CanTeen helps young people when cancer turns their world upside-down and helps them cope with the physical, emotional and practical impacts of living with cancer.

Happening Friday 31 March 6pm – 9pm, Saturday 1 April 10am – 5pm, Sunday 2 April 10am – 4pm at Albert Hall, Yarralumla

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

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

Find more information on the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

 

USING FELDENKRAIS TO HELP DEAL WITH PAIN

Pain Support ACT inc presents Cassandra Morrow who is a registered practitioner who has practised Feldenkrais in Canberra for over 15 years, both with individual Feldenkrais appointments and groups.

Feldenkrais works with musculoskeletal issues and the focus is on the person’s movement pattern or posture. It is safe and gentle. The work is done through neural organisation – ‘relearning’, rather than muscle strength, and it works with brain plasticity. Our session will be one involving some talk as well as practical movements (if you wish to join in) that you’ll be able to practice and take away. Casandra notes “General practitioners and pain specialists refer people to the Method as it has been proven effective for people with chronic pain.”

Happening Tuesday 28 March from 12pm – 2pm at The Pearce Community Centre, Pearce.

Find more information on the website

EDGE OF LEADERSHIP UN-CONFERENCE

Canberra’s dedicated leadership event for game changers.  An absolute must for business leaders looking to innovate, master and grow their businesses.
All profits from the event go to Menslink and Outward Bound.

The Edge of Leadership Un-Conference brings the best of Australian innovative business thinking to Canberra for this all day event.

There’s little doubt that Australian businesses now face tough competition and a volatile constantly changing environment. Business as usual just isn’t cutting it anymore. Australian businesses need advanced leadership, strategic thinking, a progressive social agenda and a resilient extensive network to flourish and cope with rapid change.

The Edge of Leadership Un-Conference will provide a definitive step in the right direction for Australian business leaders.

The networks and intelligence from the day will bolster your business for years to come.

Happening Tuesday 28 March from 9am – 4.30pm at Hyatt Hotel, Yarralumla.

Register and find more information on the webiste

COMING TO AUSTRALIA: RESEARCHING IMMIGRATION RECORDS

Come along to the National Archives to hear moving stories from our immigration records and learn more about the range of immigration documents available for your own research. Followed by a tour of the Reading Room to view examples of immigration records.

Happening Tuesday 28 march from 5:30pm at the National Archives of Australia. Free Entry

Find more information on the website

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.

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.

On Wednesdays until 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

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Raiders V Eels

The Raiders and Eels won one game each when they met last season, so expect both teams to head into this match keen to secure the win. The Parramatta Eels had a tumultuous season in 2016 but they will be a tougher prospect for NRL teams this year following some new signings.

Happening Saturday 1 April from 5.30pm at Gio Stadium.

Find more information on the website and book tickets here

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast Pre Loved Fashion Sale

Here in the nation’s capital Zonta Club is supporting women through a variety of ongoing projects. Their major focus in recent years has been supporting key YWCA Women’s projects “She Leads” and “Great Ydeas”.  Zonta Club of Canberra is hosting a breakfast and a fashion sale for preloved pieces. All funds raised will go to Zonta projects.

Happening Saturday 1 April from 9am to 3pm at the ATSI Cultural Centre, Yarramundi Reach.

For more information contact Grace 0412626193 or visit the website

Harrison School Twilight Fair

Be part of a fun, vibrant family event to bring together our multicultural community, and raise funds for the school.

Harrison School Twilight Fair will have major rides, amusements, side-show alley, craft activities, NERF arena, bubble soccer, petting zoo, pony rides, market stalls, performances, community groups, international food court, cake stall, plant stall, pre-loved books, trash ‘n’ treasure, lucky hamper raffle, and a Major Prize Raffle with over 100 prizes on offer, valued at over $16k.

Happening Saturday 1 April from 3pm – 7pm at Harrison School, Harrison

Find more information on the website

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Above and Beyond

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Race your friends at the speed of sound. Soar to orbit for a spectacular 360-degree view of Earth. Get ready for a fascinating journey to Mars.

Presented by Boeing, Above and Beyond makes one thing very clear; the sky was never the limit.

Happening Saturday 25 March to Sunday 23 July from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

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.

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.

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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Chutespace

Hilary Wardhaugh in collaboration with bookbinder Joy Tonkin presents Publis Ovid, a miniature photobook, on display in the M16 Photospace Chute Space gallery.

All exhibitions open to the public from 6pm Thursday 23 March 2017. Exhibitions showing until 5pm Sunday 9 April 2017 at the M16 Photospace, 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith.

Find more information here.

REDISCOVERING HANS HEYSEN

Considered one of Australia’s greatest landscape painters, Hans Heysen reached critical acclaim – as well as knighthood- during his lifetime for his art. His work was pivotal to the development of Australian landscape art in the 20th century. Treasures Curator Nat Williams explores the life and work of Hans Heysen, his legacy and the role of families and estates in managing the artistic afterlife.

A Treasures Gallery Access Program supported by the Nora Heysen Bequest. The Treasures Curatorship has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

Happening Sunday 2 April from 2pm – 4pm at the National Library of Australia. Find more information and book tickets here.

Dead Leaf Dreaming: Echoes

Botanical artist and Captain of the Burra Bushfire Brigade, Sharon Field will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery. The exhibition will showcase 18 finely rendered watercolour paintings of artefacts from the Australian bush. Sharon’s work has been recognised internationally by the Society of Botanical Artists in the United Kingdom. A finalist in the Waterhouse National Science Art Prize and a winner of the Queanbeyan Regional Art Prize she has twice been selected as an artist in residence at Bundanon, the home of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. The show will run until 7 May

On from 25 March through to 7 May at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore. Visit the website for more information: www.sukihugh.com.au

Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to the Present

Indigenous Australians have served Australia in all major conflicts from the Boer War to the present. The armed services would provide a first experience of equal opportunity, although sadly not an enduring one. This Shrine of Remembrance travelling exhibition celebrates the courage, tenacity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Australians in the armed forces.

The exhibition uncovers the individual and family stories of service and sacrifice of the First Australians. The National Archives of Australia is proud to host the first Shrine of Remembrance exhibition ever touring to Canberra.

Happening Friday 24 March to Sunday 16 July from 9am-5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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