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This Week in The Can

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There’s a buzz in the air as Canberra springs back into life and it can only mean one thing! School’s back for 2015! So if you’re looking for something to help you get through it, or a little fun to celebrate surviving the first week back, there’s an epic lineup to choose from including  GoogFest, Summerside Festival, Ben and Jerry’s OpenAir Cinema, Night Market Canberra and so much more!

Here’s what’s happening This Week in The Can!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…

Dami Im @ GoogFest

Get ready for a tasty line up of stars and veritable feast of music when the GoogFest kicks off this Saturday. Hosted by FM104.7’s Scotty and Nige, the free concert will feature X-Factor winner Dami Im as well as X-Factor contender Mary Ann Van Der Horst and local bands Big Boss Groove and Lavers. Free shuttle buses will be picking up from Queanbeyan Interchange at 4.30pm and from Bay 18 at Woden Interchange at 4.15pm. Return buses will depart at 9.30pm. So take the family, a picnic and rug, and settle in to enjoy an evening of free live music under the stars in picturesque Beltana Park. You can also grab a bite to eat from the range of food stalls available on the night. On from 5pm Saturday 7 February.

FOOD AND WINE

Summerside Festival

When the weather heats up so does The Poacher’s Way, with their exciting calendar of summer-themed eventsThe annual Summerside Festival celebrates everything good about summer in the region; this month-long festival is full of dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the best of the region’s wines as well as exciting performances, events and exhibitions.

Embrace the warmer weather this February with a morning horse ride, lazy long lunch, chocolate or wine tasting, film under the stars or an afternoon of live music. Or why not make a weekend of it at one of our accommodation providers before finishing it off with a degustation dining experience… On now until until 1 March.

V Spot Café presents Raw Food Dinner

In honour of the 2015 Multiculutral Festival, the V Spot Café has designed four Raw Dinners from four cuisine cultures (Thai, Italian, Indian and Spanish). The first dinner of the series will take place this Friday with a Thai theme but numbers are limited. Bookings are $75 per person with bookings essential. Email [email protected]. On Friday 6 (Thai), Thursday 12 (Italian), Friday 20 (Indian) and Friday 27 February (Spanish) from 6pm at V Spot Café.

High Tea with Dendy

Only at Dendy Canberra can you see the best new releases in luxurious comfort in their Premium Lounge with reclining leather seats and in-cinema menu delivered directly to you. For just an additional $25 per person (not including movie ticket), Premium Lounge patrons can enjoy a traditional High Tea starting with a glass of sparkling on arrival, mini cucumber sandwiches and salmon bagulettes, topped off with chocolate covered strawberries and Devonshire Tea. Only available at selected Premium Lounge sessions including the multi-award winning biopic The Theory of Everything (PG) on Sunday 8 February at 10am. To see the High Tea menu, upcoming screenings, and to book the Premium Lounge High Tea sessions visit Dendy Canberra.

OUTDOORS

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema Canberra

Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema has finally arrived in the nation’s capital and is inviting you to join them at Canberra’s central lakeside venue on Patrick White Lawns (near the National Library). With music by day and movies by night, Openair Cinemas support local musicians and play a mix of favourite cult classics and hot new release films. Check their website for full details and bookings. Variety of seating options available. On now until Thursday 22 February.

Summer at the National Arboretum Canberra

Throughout summer the National Arboretum Canberra is offering a range of visitor experiences including self-guided walking tours, free guided Terrace Talks and forest walks. Tours for all ages and abilities are available whether on your own or in a group. The free guided tours leave regularly from the Village Centre, starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm each day. Bookings recommended with a maximum of 16 people. The full program of events is available at the National Arboretum Canberra website. Open until Saturday 28 February 2015.

Courtyard Cinema at A. Baker

Courtyard Cinema brings you a summer of new and classic movies in the intimate setting of NewActon’s courtyard every Tuesday evening until March. Screenings are styled for the summer holiday season. The monthly Raw Stories strand selects premier or barely seen new documentary films, true stories with a bite to them. Blink and You’ll Miss Them picks up on a few feature films that either slipped Canberra by, or were gone before you knew that they’ve been here. Cult Cuts carves off a tasty slice of our favourite cult movies, whilst Classy Coms is a tasteful sideboard of some of the most streamlined screwball rom coms from the deluxe 1930s.

Screenings commence at sunset. Deckchair admission is free on the purchase of an A. Baker glass of wine or bottle of beer. Bookings essential, as seats are very limited. Patrons should note ratings for all films; those under 15 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian to films marked MA15+ or E. In the event of wet weather, the screening will be cancelled. Cancellations will be announced on the A. Baker Facebook page three hours prior to the screening.

Delicious afterDARK: Rainforest to Red Centre

Experience the contrasts of the cool rainforest and the arid Red Centre at night—right in the heart of Canberra. Start your evening with an aperitif on arrival, then embark on a night-time guided journey through the diverse habitats of the Gardens. Finish your evening with a gourmet bush food supper and wine tasting in the Red Centre Garden. An ‘adults only’ evening combining the best of the Gardens’ afterDARK tour experiences with gourmet food and wine. Runs every Friday night until 27 March 2015. Cost applies. See the National Botanical Gardens website for details on how to book.

Tid by Torchlight

With summer well underway, Canberrans and visitors have the unique opportunity to explore Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during the evening to watch native animals emerge from their hiding places for nightfall. The Tid by Torchlight program, which is organised by Conservation Volunteers Australia, is available to run every Friday and Saturday night until 30 April 2015, subject to minimum booking numbers. The program is an opportunity to see and learn about our local, native flora and fauna in the stunning reserve with an expert guide. Each tour runs for five hours and begins with a dusk wildlife walk and gourmet bush BBQ before venturing into the forest at night, to discover animals you wouldn’t normally find.

Your guide will walk you through the reserve sanctuary and a spotlight tour of the forest, while teaching you about Australia’s native wildlife. Tickets are $80 for an adult and $65 for children. For visitors, the ticket price also covers the cost of transportation to and from Canberra hotels. Your ticket sale will support wildlife conservation at Tidbinbilla; a portion of the cost is donated directly back to Tidbinbilla’s endangered species breeding programs. For more information visit their website.

Mt Stromlo Observatory Site Tour

Take a walking tour of the Mount Stromlo Observatory and learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites. Mount Stromlo Observatory has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and prior to the 2003 firestorm had grown from a small outpost of pioneering astronomers to one of the greatest observatories of the world. Its history includes designing optical munitions during the Second World War, weathering two devastating bushfires and earning one Nobel Prize. Head along and learn about the history, the science, and the future of Mount Stromlo Observatory. As most of the tour is outdoors, it is recommended to bring a sunhat and water as well as a warm jacket. In the event of rain, the tour will be cancelled. Bookings essential for the Saturday 31 January (10am-11.30am) tour via Eventbrite.

MARKETS AND FESTIVALS

Night Market Canberra

Following the huge success of the inaugural event held in 2014, Night Market Canberra returns for their second event promising more stalls, live entertainment, tasty treats, cocktails and fun. A great way to get lucky, head along to Realm Park in Burbury Close on Friday 13 February from 4pm to 9pm.

Canberra Wedding Showcase

The 2015 Canberra Wedding Showcase presented by Restaurant Associates has heaps of exhibitors for aspiring brides-to-be to gather ideas and inspiration for the big day from the region’s best wedding professionals. Enjoy wine tasting and a fashion show. RSVP at www.canberraweddingshow.com. On Sunday 8 February from 10am to 2pm at Old Parliament House, Parkes.

Old Bus Depot Markets

The Old Bus Depot Markets are back into the swing of things for 2015 and is something of a Sunday tradition in Canberra. Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who make their way to Canberra’s famous Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston every Sunday. Find your favourite stallholder and visit the Markets this Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Find out more at the Old Bus Depot Markets website.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands – the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

Gorman House Markets

For a quarter of a century, the Gorman House Markets have been Canberra’s much loved meeting place providing opportunities for the community and visitors alike to express themselves creatively, trade and shop in a vibrant environment, access to an audience, engage in the arts and be a part of living heritage. Experience them from 10am to 4pm every Saturday at Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

Muddle Puddle Market & Teddy Bears Picnic

Muddle Puddle Markets and Miracle Bags have joined forces and will be holding a Super Sized Market and Teddy Bears Picnic in support of raising funds for Sids and Kids. A great range of handmade, new and preloved babies and childrens stalls. There will be food, entertainment and childrens play area plus lots more! On Saturday 7 February with markets from 9am to 2pm and Teddy Bears Picnic will run from 10am to 1pm at Gungahlin College Gymnasium, Gozzard Street Gungahlin.

FASHION

Up Opping @ Limestone Sale

Join Up Shopping for their first monthly Saturday opening of their Op Shop. All summer clothing and shoes at the ridiculous price of $2. There will be live music by Jammalong, hot and cold drinks and cakes or slices. For more information about this event phone 0412 730 982. On Saturday 7 February from 10am to 2pm at 82 Limestone Avenue, Ainslie.

AB Fab shop Fundraiser

The AB Fab shop is having a fashion fundraiser from the Fred Hollows Foundation. Head along to pick up a bargain and support a great cause. On Saturday 7 February from 2.30pm to 5pm at 3/25 Lathlain Street, Belconnen.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Eat Drink Paleo with Irena Macri

From the creator of the hugely popular foodie blog, Eat Drink Paleo comes a stunning cookbook filled with delectable, paleo inspired recipes. Passionate paleo-enthusiast Irena Macri draws on her love of world cuisines and all-natural ingredients to produce gourmet recipes that were created, taste-tested and photographed by the cook herself. Join Irena at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka where she will speak about every aspect of the Paleo diet followed by a lively Q&A with the audience. On Friday 6 February from 5.45pm for a 6pm start. RSVP on (02) 6295 6723 or email [email protected]

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

STAGE AND FILM

Sunday Film Screening – The Great Escape (1963)

These summer holidays escape the heat and join the team at the Australian War Memorial for a collection of classic films focused on the experiences of prisoners of war. The last film to be shown is The Great Escape (1963) rated PG this Sunday 8 February. Visit their website for more information.

MUSIC & DANCE

No Lights, No Lycra

No Lights, No Lycra makes a return for 2015. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.

Bec and Sam will be taking over as the (North) Canberra ambassadors for 2015. NLNL will move to Wednesday nights starting Wednesday 4 February with dancing from 7.30pm to 9pm, and in a new location. Head to St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door. For more information visit the new NLNL Facebook page. On Wednesday 4 February from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Thursday Nite Blues Party: The Bridge Between

Roots ‘n’ blues with effortless vocal harmonies coupled with soulful solo singing, and the spellbinding use of acoustic and electric guitars, sizzling slide and harmonicas. This funky trio always whip the dance floor into a frenzy. On Thursday 5 February from 5pm at the National Press Club.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Returning this Friday from 5pm, join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge.

Phoenix Players presents High Fidelity

Phoenix Players presents High Fidelity – a rock musical about hating your job, falling in love, and your all-time Top Five! Based on the novel by Nick Hornby and the Touchstone Pictures Film. Matinee and evening shows at the ANU Arts Centre from 5 to 21 February. Tickets start at $25 from www.phoenixplayers.com.au.

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

30+ Dance Event will be hosting weekly Dance Parties every Saturday night at The RUC where you will be provided with an entralling and relaxed atmosphere to meet new people at your own leisure. A fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere to dance, meet new or other likeminded persons, romance, flirt or socialise and make friends. These are popular weekly Saturday night evens and the ideal night out for fun-loving socialable 30+s with pulsating music from the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s plus much more. Visit 30 Plus Dance Event for details. On Saturday 7 February from 7.30pm onwards at The RUC, Turner.

Smith’s Alternative Live Gigs

For more information about Smith’s Alternative Live gigs and to purchase tickets please visit their website.

Sunday afternoon music

Make your summer weekends last longer with Sunday afternoon jazz in the House of Representatives courtyard. Running until Sunday 22 February, share a platter and Sangria with friends from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. For more information visit the MOADOPH website.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The PhoenixTransit BarThe FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.

FAMILY

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. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – 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. At the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.

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 2 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.

Brick by Brick Installation

Budding designers can create their own capital using Lego and Duplo blocks at the National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point. Brick By Brick: Build Your Own Capital allows visitors to create a new National Capital or replicate iconic buildings in Canberra, designed for people of all ages and abilities. Construction sheets are available for visitors to copy the design of some the national institutions and buildings. Open Australia Day. For details on Brick By Brick session times, visit the National Capital Authority website.

Plus the National Capital Authority’s free preschooler program, Little Griffins also returns this Friday, perfect for the littlies to enjoy at the National Capital Exhibition. From 10am to 11am, your little one(s) can enjoy songs, activities and lots of Duplo construction fun as a gentle introduction to the wonders of the nation’s capital.

SPORT & FITNESS

Brumbies Rugby Season Launch

The 2015 Super Rugby season is drawing near and all fans, to come and help the team kick off the beginning of the new season at the Brumbies Season Launch. A spectacular evening with Rod Kafer emcee for the evening and who will introduce the full 2015 squad. The Brumbies Season Launch will be held at the Deck at Regatta Point from 6pm-9pm on Wednesday 4 February. Book your tickets today online or phone (02) 6283 8505.

Brindabella Physical Culture Club Open Day

Physical Culture is an excellent low impact exercise that increases strength and flexibility, and can really give you a full body workout! At Brindabella it’s all about confidence building, personal growth and working to achieve personal goals. Head along and check out their classes and meet their teachers for free! Classes from 4pm and run until 9.30pm at 41 Templeton Street, Cook. Wear comfortable clothing. For class times and ages visit BrindabellaPhysie.org. On Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 February.

Belnorth Summer Football Competition

Belnorth Summer Football Competition is a friendly competition aimed to bring together various levels and skills. Competition consists of mixed and mens comps, and caters for 6, 9 and 11 aside teams. Starts Monday 2 February from 6pm-8.30pm at Giralang Playing Fields. Visit www.belnorthsummerfootball.com for more information.

Dragon Boating with Dragons Abreast

Want to have fun and get fit while getting on with life after breast cancer? Then come and try dragon boating with the women of Dragons Abreast Canberra. Join them on Lake Burley Griffin for an easy paddle followed by morning tea at Lotus Bay. A paddle and personal flotation device (PFD) will be available. Wear 3/4 pants, T shirt, shoes that can get wet, hat and sunglasses. Bring a spray jacket if it’s cold. Remember sunscreen and a water bottle and bring a change of clothes for after the session in case you get wet. The first three paddles are free then membership fees apply. For registration and queries phone 0407 255 094, 0402 110 086 or 0419 611 167 by 6 February. On Saturday 7 February from 9am to 10.30am at Lotus Bay, Yarralumla. For more information visit the Dragons Abreast website.

North Gungahlin Raiders Netball Club Registration Day

NGRNC will be holding its registration for the 2015 North Canberra Netball Association Competition on Saturday 7 and 14 February 2015. Registration is open to all ages from 8 and up. A registration table will be located in The Marketplace in Gungahlin, outside Big W. All enquiries, registrations and payments can be made on those days. Alternatively, the club can be contacted via email to [email protected]. For more information about this event phone 0411 880 658 or visit the North Gungahlin Raiders website. On Saturday 7 February from 9am to 1pm at the Marketplace, Gungahlin.

Queanbeyan Hockey Club Registration Day

Sign up for the 2015 Hockey season with Queanbeyan Hockey Club. There are teams for all ages and any fitness level in a great family environment. Have a chat with the Club Admin about fee structures and payment plans because they want you to come play. Support your local hockey club! For more information phone 0417 209 855 or visit www.quhc.com.au. On Saturday 7 February from 10am-4pm at Riverside Plaza, Queanbeyan.

Brumbies Rugby: Meet the Players Day

Calling all Brumbies fans! Come and meet your favourite Brumbies players at the annual Brumbies Meet the Players Day. A fun filled day including face painting, balloon modellers, jumping castles, BBQs, player autographs, an ice cream van and much more! Junior Rugby Registration will also be held on the day. All junior clubs will be present at the event so don’t forget to come and sign up for the upcoming Junior Rugby season. On Saturday February 7 from 10am-11pm at the Building 29 Oval, University Drive, University of Canberra.

Canberra Track Classic

The 2015 Canberra Track Classic in the ACT is the third round of the national Australian Athletics Tour, which sees our country’s best track and field athletes compete around the country. The superstars of Australian athletics will come to Canberra’s AIS Athletics Track in Bruce to compete. All events will be straight finals with only the best Australian runners, throwers and jumpers invited to take part as they seek to earn a berth in the Finals of the 2015 Australian Athletics Tour. Don’t miss out as the Australian Athletics Tour returns to the ACT! On Saturday 7 February from 3.30pm to 7pm at AIS Athletics Track, Bruce.

ART

Imaginarium: Curated by Amanda Stuart

The exhibition will delve into the realm of imaginary creatures and/or forms that speak to interpretations of “hybrids”: imaginary creatures, creations, or objects that are fanciful, intriguing, even confronting, invite interpretation, and explore the cross–fertilisation of ideas, places and imagery. Imaginarium will examine the political, spiritual, technological, biological, ecological and cultural, and showcases the work of 20 local and national artists working in a range of mediums. On now until Sunday 15 February at Belconnen Arts Centre.

Bespoke

As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, 6 Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response. Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Following sell-out shows in Los Angeles and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, comes the National Gallery of Australia’s 2014 summer blockbuster James Turrell: A Retrospective. Never before seen in Australia and showing only in Canberra, James Turrell is considered one of the greatest artists of our time. The National Gallery of Australia’s retrospective combines works from LACMA’s tour with spectacular new, site-specific installations. The exhibition is open until Monday 8 June, 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia. Ensure to check the exhibitions time changes over Christmas (closed Christmas Day). Tickets are available to purchase through Ticketek but bookings are also essential as only 15 people are allowed through in any one session.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier

Explore Parisian life through the work of three nineteenth century French masters in the new exhibition Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier at the National Gallery of Australia. Featuring over 150 prints, posters, drawings and monotypes from the national collection Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier examines the major contribution to French art made by Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808-1879), Edgar Degas (1834-1917) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). Open until 15 March 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia.

In the Flesh

In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary art that confronts the concept of humanness and the experiences of consciousness and emotion. Featuring 10 Australian artists including Jan Nelson, Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Michel Peck, the exhibition explores themes of nurture, vulnerability, self-possession, isolation, acceptance and intimacy. The exhibition is open until 9 March 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of artworks created by Warlpiri people in the 1950s. Glimpsed through the eyes of the collector as well as more recent Warlpiri interpretations, Warlpiri Drawings explores how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change, to picture life in the present and look hopefully towards the future. The exhibition is open until 31 May 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.

Other exhibitions

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.

EXHIBITIONS

Let Me Be Myself: The Story of Anne Frank

A message to the young people of today, the travelling Anne Frank exhibition, Anne Frank, Let Me Be Myself, features quotations from Anne Frank’s diary and photos of her family that form a thread throughout the exhibition. To emphasise the chronological order of events, almost every panel contains a timeline. Below the timeline is the personal story of Anne Frank and above the timeline the visitor is confronted with the ‘big historical events’ of that time. The exhibition developed by the world-famous Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is travelling around major cities and regional towns throughout Australia. Guides will be available to assist visitors to understand the story of Anne Frank and its context. Open Wednesday 4 February from 10am to 5pm at the Australian Jewish Centre. Entry is $5 per person. For more information visit their website.

New Exhibitions at M16 Artspace

M16 Artspace will re-open its doors to the public on the 22nd of January with FOUR new exhibitions centred around experience. Experience: Four exhibitions that juxtapose experiences of the modern world. Experience consumer culture, through digital overstimulation and the glut of food, and experience the awe and power of the natural world. The exhibitions include A Pinch of Salt: Kerry Shepherdson, Bubble ’n’ Squeak: Dash Kossmann, Fran Meatheringham, Michele England, Square Eyes: Josh Owen, Julian Rouch, Kai Wasikowsi & Beauty Through Motion: Kelly Hayes. Showing until Sunday 8 February. For more information visit their website.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Open until 24 December, 2015. Visit their website for more information.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities. 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. Open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something. Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Enterprising Australians

An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 25 June 2015 at Questacon.

World of Cricket from the Bradman Museum at Canberra Museum and Gallery

The unmistakable sound of leather on willow will echo through Canberra this summer when the city plays host to some of the world’s leading cricket nations as they compete for the prestigious – ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Featuring rare and captivating material from the Bradman Museum, as well as contemporary equipment from those teams that will compete at Manuka Oval in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the exhibition will bridge the historical gap between Bradman and the contemporary game, and shed a light on Canberra’s own cricketing heritage. Open until Sunday 15 March 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Rick Amor 21 Portraits

Rick Amor 21 Portraits brings together paintings, prints and drawings spanning Rick Amor’s thirty year career, confirming his status as one of Australia’s great portrait artists. A regular exhibitor and finalist in the Archibald prize, Amor’s works are held in all major public collections in Australia. In 2008, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne held a survey show of Rick Amor’s paintings and drawings. Rick Amor (b. 1948) has been a quiet presence in the Australian art scene for three decades. 21 Portraits evokes Amor’s broader practice: his professional commissions, his artistic circle in Melbourne, his periods abroad, his stern self-analysis and his brooding visions of the natural and built environment. The exhibition includes portraits of artists, poets, writers as well as four self portraits, reflecting Amor’s broad interest in culture, politics and the written word. Rick Amor 21 Portraits, draws portraits from both private collections and the Portrait Gallery’s own collection. Open until 1 March 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Keepsakes: Australians and The Great War

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the National Library of Australia invites you to explore their fascinating collection of wartime albums, medals, letters and diaries in Keepsakes. Keepsakes tells the story of The Great War as experienced by Australian servicemen and women, key political leaders, civilians, artists and families on the homefront. Discover how very personal stories become our nation’s collective memory. Open until Sunday 31 May, 2015.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August, 2015.

PULSE: Reflections on the body

PULSE: Reflections on the body incorporates the work of 25 contemporary Australian artists. As medical science increasingly employs prosthetics, the distinctions between the natural and the fabricated body is blurring more and more in today’s world. Through exhibition, a performance program and a series of floor-talks and public conversations, the project is curated by Mark Bayly, CMAG’s Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Collections. Open until 22 February 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story

Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story reflects on the powerful bonds and enduring relationships between people and horses to trace how together they have helped build the Australian nation. This exhibition features some 500 historical artefacts, including icons of the nation’s thoroughbred racing history, horse-drawn vehicles, riding equipment and trophies telling the stories of some of Australia’s leading international equestrians. Film, sound and sculptural elements bring the majesty and character of the horse into the space, with specially produced digital features exploring Australian breeds and the nation’s pony club stories. Open now until 9 March 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.

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