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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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THINGS NOT TO MISS

Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

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.

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.

Women in Media Networking Night with Tracey Spicer

Women in Media (WiM) Canberra is proud to bring you a relaxed evening event to cap off International Women’s Day. Join colleagues from the media and communications industry for champagne and canapés and a chat with Tracey Spicer, National Convenor of Women in Media.

With a rich history of 30 years in the Australian media, Tracey is one of the most sought-after speakers in the country. The multi-media journalist currently works as a commentator on ABC TV’s The Drum, weekly opinion and travel columnist for Fairfax, and presentation trainer at the Australian Film, TV and Radio School. Her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has garnered almost 1.5 million views. Her memoir, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, is being published by HarperCollins in April.

Tracey will discuss the day, the year, and the campaign ahead for women in an informal interview with award-winning Social Justice Reporter and member of the organising committee for WiM Canberra, Ginger Gorman. Join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable and worthwhile evening.

Tickets are $24.99 and available from Eventbrite.

CHICAGO

Prepare yourself for the razzle-dazzle of the hit musical CHICAGO, presented by Canberra Philharmonic Society. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations, CHICAGO is Broadway’s longest-running Musical Revival and the longest running American Musical every to play the West End. Known for its sizzling score and sensational choreography, CHICAGO is the story of a nightclub dancer, a smooth talking lawyer and a cell block of sin and merry murderesses.

Nightclub sensation Velma, murders her philandering husband, and Chicago’s slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn, is set to defend her. But when Roxie also winds up in prison, Billy takes on her case as well, turning her into a media circus of headlines. Neither woman will be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity.

Performing at Erindale Theatre from 9 to 25 March. Ticket from philo.org.au.

Lights! Canberra! Action!

A piece of Hollywood returns with the fourteenth Lights!Canberra!Action! film making festival. Filmmakers are given a list of 10 items to include in their movie, with only 10 days to shoot, edit and produce a seven minute film exploring the theme ‘right’. The screening of the top 12 finalists will again take place outdoors in the Senate Rose Gardens at the Museum of Australian Democracy, with the award winners announced immediately after the screening.

Bring your chair or bean bag, blanket and movie snacks, and settle in for a great night of film viewing.

Happening Friday 10 March from 7pm-10pm at Senate Gardens, Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, Parkes.

ENLIGHTEN 2017 PRESENTED BY SINGAPORE AIRWAYS

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

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

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

The full program is available on the Enlighten website.

ENLIGHTEN NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS 2017

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

Opening Night of the Alliance Française French Film Festival

Set sail at the Alliance Française French Film Festival opening. The Odyssey is a mesmerising tale of Jacques Cousteau’s innovative discoveries. Enjoy a drink on arrival and receive a gift bag at this Canberra Premiere. After the screening, enjoy a French soirée with some charcuterie, the best French cheese and a glass of wine with live music!

Undertake this lyrical journey through a dazzling array of global exploration locations almost as if you were a member of Cousteau’s crew. Experience the epic highs and excruciating lows of this pioneer’s astounding career which changed humanity’s relationship with the sea forever. The film stars Pierre Niney, Lambert Wilson and Audrey Tautou.

Happening Thursday 9 March from 6.30 pm at Palace Electric Cinema, Acton.

To book tickets and find out more information, 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 [email protected] 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.

Old Bus Depot Markets – Retro Depot on March

Dust off your platforms, get off the Featherston, and channel your inner hipster. Get along to Retro Depot at the Old Bus Depot Markets this Sunday!

Retro Depot is a celebration of all things retro cool. Browse their fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories; all things that are designed to push your ‘groove button’.

Happening Sunday 12 March from 10 am to 4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston.

Visit the website for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

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ENLIGHTEN NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS 2017

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

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

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

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

Every night until 12 March at Reconciliation Place, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Open: Fridays and Saturdays: 5pm till midnight, Sunday to Thursday: 5pm – 9pm.

See the website for more information.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

UNDERGROUND SPIRITS MASTERCLASS

Underground Spirits is a brand new local Canberra boutique distillery, who have their sights set on creating some of the best spirits in the world. Their unique distillation process involves a submicron, subzero filtration technique…basically extreme freezing. The difference is in the taste: a much cleaner, smoother finish. Essentially more flavour, and less burn.

Head to Black Market for an Underground masterclass event featuring their uniquely distilled vodka and gin.

At the masterclass, you’ll have the opportunity to taste gin and vanilla, caramel and hazelnut vodka.

On Thursday 9 March from 6pm-7pm at Black Market 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra.

Tickets are $30 + booking fee. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited. Book at bmbar.eventbrite.com.

UNDERGROUND SPIRITS TAKEOVER

Following hot on the heels of the Masterclass, Underground Spirits are taking over Black Market.  Head in to Black Market from 7pm until close as they feature Underground spirits and create some sultry, US-inspired cocktails.

On Thursday 9 March from 7pm until late. Tickets are $10 + booking fee (includes complimentary cocktail on arrival).

Book your ticket now at www.bmbar.eventbrite.com to avoid missing out.

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.

LERIDA ESTATE SUNDAY MUSIC SESSIONS

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

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

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

PICNIC POP-UP BAR 

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

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

Find more information on their website.

HAVANA NIGHTS

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

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

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 & THEATRE

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Sonia Todd as Edith Campbell Berry

COLD LIGHT 

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

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

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

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

Find more information and purchase tickets via the website.

CHICAGO

Prepare yourself for the razzle-dazzle of the hit musical CHICAGO, presented by Canberra Philharmonic Society. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations, CHICAGO is Broadway’s longest-running Musical Revival and the longest running American Musical every to play the West End. Known for its sizzling score and sensational choreography, CHICAGO is the story of a nightclub dancer, a smooth talking lawyer and a cell block of sin and merry murderesses.

Nightclub sensation Velma, murders her philandering husband, and Chicago’s slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn, is set to defend her. But when Roxie also winds up in prison, Billy takes on her case as well, turning her into a media circus of headlines. Neither woman will be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity.

Performing at Erindale Theatre from 9 to 25 March. Ticket from philo.org.au.

Man about the House: an evening with Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst

Following rave reviews of the recent television series, Streets of Your Town, Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst welcome you to Man About the House; a one-of-a-kind experience at the National Archives for Enlighten 2017.

For the last four years Ross and Warhurst have taken temporary possession of architecturally significant buildings and skilfully blended storytelling, music and design in a mood-breaking format that has seen them literally sell out houses across the globe.

Ticket includes drinks and nibbles. Happening Saturday 11 March from 6.30 to 9.00pm at National Archives of Australia, Parkes.

For more details visit www.naa.gov.au.

THE AGE OF BONES

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres present The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang), a stunning Indonesian-Australian co-production set deep beneath the sea.

Created by award-winning Darwin playright, Sandra Thibodeaux, with Sumatran theatre company, Teater Satu, The Age of Bones traces the story of Ikan, an Indonesian boy who goes fishing one day and fails to return. Fearing the worst, his family hires a famed seafarer to track him down – he finds nothing.

Combining Indonesian puppetry, music and digital projection, The Age of Bones follows Ikan’s fantastical story from Indonesia to his eventual imprisonment ‘down under’ and his fight to get home to his family.

Showing at 7:30pm from Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 March Wednesday to Saturday, with an 11am matinee on Friday 10 March, in C-Block Theatre at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

Tickets range from – $30 – $100 and can be found at www.agac.com.au.

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.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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Old Bus Depot Markets – Retro Depot on March

Dust off your platforms, get off the Featherston, and channel your inner hipster. Get along to Retro Depot at the Old Bus Depot Markets this Sunday!

Retro Depot is a celebration of all things retro cool. Browse their fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories; all things that are designed to push your ‘groove button’.

Happening Sunday 12 March from 10 am to 4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston.

Visit the website for more information.

ENLIGHTEN NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS 2017

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

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.

MUSIC & DANCE

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Dami Im ‘Yesterday Once More’ Encore Show

Dami Im is set to wow audiences with her two-hour show featuring songs from The X-Factor, the Eurovision and smash hit single Sound of Silence, a selection of songs from the Classic Carpenters album There’s A Kind of Hush, Close To You, Rainy Days and Mondays, A Song for You, plus Dami’s own chart-topping hits Alive, Super Love, Gladiator and a few surprises.

Performing Saturday 11 March from 8pm to 10.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

See the website for more information and to buy tickets.

Liquidfest 2017

Liquid Fest  2017 will be headlined by Three Wishez, X Factor finalists in 2016. Three Wishez will be supported by amazing local acts like Tash Doherty, Breeding Audacity (from the ACT), The Faumuis, DJ Cuddles and many more.

Liquid Fest is an annual music festival that has been running for more than 10 years in Queanbeyan. This is an opportunity for young people aged 12-25 to attend a free live music event and for local emerging bands a performers to showcase their talent. Parents can rest assured that the event is drug and alcohol free, well supervised, and is safe for your teens or tweens.

Happening Friday 10 March from 5pm-9pm at Queen Elizabeth Park, Queenbeyan.

See the website for more information.

Lloyd Spiegel

With 9 albums, a swag of accolades to his name and over 25 years performing, writing and recording,  Lloyd Spiegel has certainly squeezed more into 36 years than many do in a lifetime. It’s that experience and presence well beyond his years that has seen him become one of this country’s leading blues artists and most respected guitarists.

Performing Sunday 12 March from 5pm -8pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Narrabundah.

To find out more about event visit Facebook.

BRASS SKETCHES – CANBERRA WIND SYMPHONY

Buy a glass of champagne and listen to the lively and inventive Brass Sketches,a Canberra Wind Symphony  Chamber Music Concert, while viewing a stunning exhibition of paintings  by Elizabeth Cummings at the Drill Hall Gallery.

Music includes Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an exhibition which the Russian composer wrote in honour of the paintings of a friend.  Film will also be part of the concert event. The Drill Hall will resound with music from Star Wars – the eternally cheerful Cantina Band by John Williams played in the film by the bug eyed biths, and the melodic tune Up Country by Percy Grainger.  Paul Dukas’ magical dance poem Peri (once performed by famous ballerina Margot Fonteyn) will also be part of the evening.

On 9 March from 7.30pm at ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley St, Acton. Tickets are $35. Visit the website for more information:  www.canberrawindsymphony.com.au.

Alesa Lajana: Frontier Lullaby Album Launch

Alesa Lajana is an award winning Australian singer-songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and banjoist. For the last eight years she has travelled the dusty highways of Australia, collecting stories from post European contact history, and setting them to music. Her new album Frontier Lullaby is the collection of songs and stories from this wild and epic adventure, leading listeners on a heartfelt journey through shadowy chapters of Australian history.

The album features collaborations with multi Grammy award winner Bela Fleck, Aria winners Amy Saunders and Julian Curwin, Australian songwriting icon and Order of Australia recipient Shane Howard, and iconic session players Kirk Lorange and Luke Moller.

Performing Saturday 11 March from 8pm to 10pm at The Street Theatre, Civic.

Send enquiry for the tickets here and find out more about the event on the website.

MOVING ARCHETYPES: DANCE FOR CONNECTING FREE INTRODUCTORY COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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50/50 by 2030 Foundation Launch

The 50/50 by 2030 Gender Equality Foundation is launching its brand new blog on Wednesday 8 March and want you to be a part of it.

Entertainment, drinks and nibbles will all be provided for free- but please rsvp to [email protected]

Happening on Wednesday 8 March from 5pm -7.30pm at Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – CHILD FRIENDLY 

Local mumprenur Vanessa Vanderhoek, founder of Career Inside Track, was frustrated when trying to find an event to celebrate with her side kick (toddler) in tow. What she discovered is there are no events which are kid-friendly.

She has partnered with Mimi’s Pit Stop to bring you Canberra’s first child-friendly International Women’s Day event!

Please join them next Wednesday 8 March with your beautiful bubbas to celebrate International Women’s day! Hear practical tips from Vanessa on how to maximise your confidence returning to work after having your bubba. Meet at Mimi’s Pit Stop – Mimi will be serving her famous hot beverages and delicious snacks.

On 8 March from 9.30am for (10am talk) at Mimi’s Pip Stop, Mortimer Lewis Dr, Greenway.

Canberra Soroptimist IWD Breakfast

Please join members of Soroptimist International of Canberra Inc for a continental breakfast to celebrate The International Women’s Day. We are raising funds for our education bursaries for women and girls from the refugee community.
Guest speaker will be Kath Taplin, Acting Executive Director Women’s Legal Centre (ACT and region). A lucky door prize and raffle to held on the day.

Happening Wednesday 8 March from 7am to 8.30 am at Canberra Deakin Football Club, Deakin.

For more information about this event, call 0419298953 or visit the website.

AHRI’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY BREAKFAST

Join Sarah Ferguson, the multiple Walkley Award winning journalist for this year’s AHRI International Women’s Day breakfast in Canberra. Sarah will share her insights on empowering women and tackling issues including domestic violence, forced marriages for girls and gender inequality.

On 8 March from 7.30am – 10am at The National Portrait Gallery. Entry is $125. Visit the website for more details www.ahri.com.au.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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DSLR2 Twillight – learn Travel & Night Photography with your digital camera

Light determines exposure so how do we control it? Learn how to do night photography with your DSLR camera. This free practical workshop focuses on three core elements to low light photography; exposure, composition and lighting.

Students must understand aperture and shutter speed control or have completed the DSLR 1 class as it will be an extensive practical workshop. Handout notes are provided. All students must have a camera that allows for slow exposure and are encouraged to bring their flash and tripod.

Ideal for those wanting to understand full manual exposure and light metering. We also apply white balance and slow exposure photography in a practical shoot environment as the sun sets and we move into sculpting with artificial light. If you don’t have a tripod the trainer does have limited additional tripods on a share basis.

Happening on Saturday 11 March from 4.30pm -8pm at Blundells Cottage, Parkes.

More information about this event 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.

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.

A frontline Perspective on alcohol

What does your Saturday night look like? Are you a reveller cutting loose on the dancefloor, or maybe it’s a glass of red with dinner at your favourite restaurant, or possibly pyjamas and Netflix on the couch? No matter how you spend it, have you ever stopped to wonder what a Saturday night looks like for our police and hospital emergency department workers?

Join us for an open and frank discussion about what really happens on Canberra’s streets on the weekends. Guests will have an opportunity to hear from special guest, Professor Jonathan Shepherd, who is visiting Australia from the United Kingdom to assist with the ‘Driving Change’ research study at Calvary Hospital.

The free forum will be facilitated by Professor Steve Robson, President of the Australian Medical Association (ACT), and will include a light lunch and networking opportunity.

Happening on Tuesday 7 March from 10.30am to 12.30 pm at ACT Legislative Assembly, London circuit.

See the website for more details about this event

National Day of Women living with HIV

The AIDS Action Council would like to invite you to morning tea on Thursday March 9 to mark the National Day of Women Living With HIV. Join us from 10am – 11.30am on our porch at Havelock House  to enjoy some delicious treats and demonstrate our support for women living with HIV.

Happening Thursday 9 March from 10am-11.30am at Havelock House, Northbourne Avenue.

To find more information about this event see the website

PARENTING TOOLS TO HELP YOUR ADOLESCENT THRIVE

APFACTS is hosting an inspiring presentation for parents of teenagers. Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most qualified parenting and wellbeing experts. He is a celebrated author, has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is well known expert in this field. He regularly appears in the media for expert commentary.

Justin also lives what he promotes, as the father of six girls ranging from 2 to 16. He is down-to-earth and relatable, not afraid to share his personal experiences and learning.

On 8 March from 7pm – 8:30pm at Daramalan College. Tickets are $25 and can be booked at www.eventbrite.com.

ARE YOUR CHILDREN ADDICTED TO TECHNOLOGY?

This is a seminar for parents whose children are attached to their devices!

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most qualified parenting and wellbeing experts. He is a celebrated author, has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is well known expert in this field. He regularly appears in the media for expert commentary. Justin also lives what he promotes, as the father of six girls ranging from 2 to 16. He is down-to-earth and relatable, not afraid to share his personal experiences and learning.

On Thursday 9 March from 7pm – 8:30pm at Canberra Grammar School. Tickets are $25 and can be booked here: www.eventbrite.com.

IWIN PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK MEET 

Initiatives for Women in Need (IWiN) is launching a series of Professional Women’s Networking Meets on 10 March 2017. The inaugural guest speaker is Ms Elizabeth Kikkert, ACT Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services and Multicultural Affairs.

Get along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while listening to an inspiring talk on ‘Career and Home: Striking a fine balance’ by Elizabeth Kikkert, followed by opportunities to network and connect with likeminded people in Canberra.

On 10 March from 6pm – 7pm  at the Belconnen Labor Club, Chandler Street, Belconnen. More information at www.eventbrite.com.au.

CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL – SENIOR and Primary SCHOOL OPEN DAY

Canberra Grammar School encourages prospective families to schedule an introductory visit on a normal school day to see how the School operates on a daily basis.

Happening Thursday 9 March from 9 am-11.30 am at Canberra Grammar School

Visit cgs.act.edu.au for more details.

SPORT

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Raiders VS Sharks

The  Raiders first home match of the season is set to be a blockbuster against the reigning premiers, the Cronulla Sharks. With their rivalry continuing to grow, expect plenty of feeling between these two rugby league sides when they hit the field for Round 2 of the Telstra Premiership. This will be one NRL match you won’t want to miss.

Happening Saturday 11 March from 7.30 pm at GIO Stadium, Bruce. Tickets from Ticketek.

JlL Community series – Giants V North Melbourne

Your chance to see the GIANTS v North Melbourne in Canberra with a pre-season match, just two weeks ahead of Round 1 of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. Be there to see the form of both teams in the last game of the JLT Community Series.

Happening Friday 10 March from 5.50 pm at Manuka Oval, Forrest.

Tickets via Ticketek.

ACT Claycourt International

The ACT Claycourt International tennis tournament brings players from all over the world and around Australia to the nation’s capital.

With a total of USD $50,000 in prize money on offer, the competition will be fierce. 2016’s competitors included Eri Hozumi, Miyu Kato, Destanee Aiava, Ashleigh Barty, Arina Rodionova, Anna Bondar, Kanae Hisami and Varatchaya Wongteanchai.

Happening from Saturday 11 March to Sunday 26 March.

Find out more at www.tennis.com.au/act.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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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

COMPANIONS WALK IN THE GARDENS FOR ALZHEIMER’S

A small group event encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors with a walk at their own pace and free photography tuition if they choose. Available to the first 20 people!

Grab a friend and join in for exercise, companionship and fun, all for the purpose of ridding the world of Alzheimer’s. Every little bit helps and this is one great way to do it. Walking and companionship are good for the brain.

Included Options: Devonshire Tea @ 10.30am – along with some giveaways.

Free Options: Guided Walk and Photography Tips (from a qualified photographer)

Happening Wednesday 8 March from 8.30am to 11.30 am at Australian National Botanic Garden, Acton.

Cost: $45 with all profits donated to NeuRA.

For more information about this event see the website.

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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.

AJIT NINAN: CARTOONIST TO THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEMOCRACY

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

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

See website for more information.

THE POPULAR PET SHOW

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

The Popular Pet Show will be the National Portrait Gallery’s major summer show, running until 12 March 2017.

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

FOR COUNTRY, FOR NATION

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

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

Showing until 27 September 2017, 10am – 5pm, at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

See website for more information.

THE SELL: AUSTRALIAN ADVERTISING 1790S TO 1990S

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

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

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

FRANK STELLA THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION

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

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

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

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

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

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

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

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: www.cmag.com.au

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS

Explore two million years of human history through treasured objects from the British Museum’s collection. Discover how people have shaped the world and, in turn, have been shaped by it.

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum will invite visitors to span the globe, to wonder at the remarkable achievements of people as they faced changing climates, new lands and shifting political arenas. It is an astonishing testament to human ingenuity and craftsmanship.

This is a story told exclusively through the things people have made: objects of all kinds that have been admired and preserved, or used, broken and discarded. From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the objects range in size from tall Assyrian reliefs to a small, but exquisite, gold llama from Peru.

For more information, visit nma.gov.au/exhibitions

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

A young man whose soft features betrayed the intensity of his own self-image, Arthur Boyd portrayed others with equally concentrated emotion. In this focus exhibition, Boyd’s self-portrait at age twenty-five is joined by his portraits of those around him. Through his eyes they are a reflection of the artist’s own state of mind.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

This exhibition features the voices and memories of some of the Australians and South African expatriates who worked hard over decades to bring about the end of apartheid. They often faced bitter opposition, and some were jailed for their actions. Memories of the Strugglepays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.

On exhibition now at the Museum of Australian Democracy, inside Old Parliament House, Parkes.

ART IS A WEAPON

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary ofMagna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. This exhibitionexplores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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