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In Canberra, we’re still working together to keep our community safe. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do.

From live music and theatre to exhibitions and festivals, here’s what’s happening this week in Canberra.

While restrictions are lifting, we strongly encourage you to keep physical distance between each other when you leave the house and be mindful of the current restrictions.

STAY UP TO DATE

Restrictions may have eased, but your responsibility hasn’t.

Find the most recent information regarding COVID restrictions in the ACT here: covid19.act.gov.au/updates

WHAT NOT TO MISS

ANZAC Day

This Anzac Day, come together in person and in spirit, to commemorate and reflect upon the service and sacrifice made by Australians in all wars and on operations, and the legacy created by those who landed at Gallipoli and fought for our nation and our values, during the First World War.

While the ability for crowds to gather onsite is restricted, the Australian War Memorial is encouraging people to commemorate Anzac Day however they can, at home or within their local communities.

Images will be projected on to the façade of the main Memorial building which the general public are welcome to attend at the grounds of the Memorial to view.

The Australian War Memorial website is also offering a range of information and activities to encourage commemoration from home.

Happening Sunday 25 April.

See awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac-day for more information.

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all heritage: Aboriginal, historic and natural, to Canberra and its surrounds. In 2021 the program will run for 21 days and what an eclectic assortment it is!

Get access to places not normally open to the public. Join tour groups with engaging and knowledgeable guides and uncover something you never knew in your neighbourhood. Watch a rare skill being demonstrated or hop on your bike at the Heritage Polaris is a race against time to visit as many historical sites as possible.

This year’s theme is Reimagine, which has been further reimagined after last year’s festival was cancelled. With mainly smaller events on offer a Covid-safe experience is a reality as we monitor and respond to changing restrictions.

Discover our mid-century architecture, our engineering heritage, or join Ngunnawal custodians as they connect us to Country. Running over the glorious autumn school holidays there are plenty of activities for the whole family.

Happening 6-26 April at various venues across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-festival for more information.

Giants v Western Bulldogs

Don’t miss AFL Round 6: GIANTS v Western Bulldogs at Manuka Oval.

Enjoy the atmosphere of the Orange Army helping the GIANTS against the best teams from around the country.

Make sure you’re at Manuka Oval to be part of the action this year as the Stephen Coniglio, Toby Greene and the next generation of young guns see the GIANTS aim to return to finals footy.

Happening Friday 23 April from 7.50 pm at Manuka Oval.

See gwsgiants.com.au for more information.

Australian Love Stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!).

Reconnect and reflect with a new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) and explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

From the enduring to the forbidden, romantic to platonic, the unrequited, obsessive, scandalous or creative. Swoon over more than 200 artworks from across photography, painting, works on paper, small sculpture and an immersive glass installation.

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-love-stories-2020 for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

High Jinks. Image supplied.

High Jinks Interactive Cocktail Class

Admit it: you’ve always fantasised about getting behind the bar and whipping up your own cocktail. Well, now’s your chance.

In this interactive session, you’ll learn how to whip up the perfect cocktail while enjoying exclusivity of the private venue.

This golden ticket gets you:

– Beer, wine or bubbles on arrival
– Antipasto platter to share for two
– Learn about bartending fundamentals, spirit, liqueurs, flavours and other trade secrets
– Learn how to whip three of our signature cocktails, then taste for yourself
– Jump behind the bar to shake and make your own cocktail

By the time you leave, you’ll be considering a second career in mixology!

Cost: $65 per person

Happening Saturday 24 April from 3-5 pm at High Jinks, underneath Morning Glory in NewActon.

See highjinks.bar for more information.

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

STAGE AND SCREEN

Image: nfsa.gov.au

Arc Out Loud: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is continuing their series of interactive, ‘out loud’ screenings.

Some films deserve hushed reverence and quiet contemplation… these are not those films.

Dammit, Janet! The ultimate cult classic film is back!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was our very first Arc Out Loud event back in August 2019. The cleaners have finally forgiven us, so we thought it was about time to bring it back and do the time warp… again!

Whether it’s your 100th viewing, or your first time, come immerse yourself in this interactive screening! Dance in your seat, call out your favourite quotes and hurl some toilet paper, confetti or rice.

Newcomers can grab a cheat sheet of audience participation cues and some props to share. And of course, there are prizes for Best Dressed! The night will have you shivering with antici … pation!

Happening Friday 23 April at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See tickets.nfsa.gov.au/Events/THE-ROCKY-HORROR-PICTURE-SHOW- for more information.

Ben Elton: Live 2021

Ben Elton exploded onto the comedy scene more than 30 years ago, hosting Channel 4’s groundbreaking Saturday Live. Since then Elton has achieved huge success as a stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director.

He’s written television shows such as The Young Ones, Blackadder 2, Blackadder The Third, Blackadder Goes Forth, The Thin Blue Line, the famous ‘exam’ episode of Mr Bean and many more, as well writing and directing two feature films: 2000’s Maybe Baby and 2017’s Australian-made Three Summers. Last year he wrote Kenneth Branagh’s critically acclaimed biopic of William Shakespeare All Is True which starred Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.

A highly respected author, Elton has published 16 best-selling novels, six of which became number one bestsellers. Elton is also widely known for his writing for the stage which includes three smash hit West End plays and the global phenomenon We Will Rock You based on the music of British rock legends Queen.

A serial award winner, he has won three BAFTAs, two Laurence Olivier Awards, The Royal Television Society Writer’s Award, The Golden Dagger UK Crime Writer of the Year Award, The Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Eurovision Golden Rose D’Or Lifetime Achievement Award.

Happening Tuesday 20 April from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/ben-elton-live-2021 for more information.

Così

Join with Canberra REP Theatre as they present this poignant Australian comedy.

Set in a Melbourne mental hospital in 1971 the semiautobiographical Così is the sequel to Nowra’s previous play, Summer of the Aliens. Nowra adroitly demonstrates that reality is unique for each person, and often people may slip into illusions in order to avoid the truth. It is suggested that although they may not have been completely ‘normal’, those considered to be ‘insane’ still possess great insight that ‘normal’ people may overlook.

Happening until 24 April at Canberra Rep Theatre, Acton.

See canberrarep.org.au/content/cos%C3%AC for more information.

MUSIC

A Farewell To Doris

Following the recent passing of the legendary Doris Day, acclaimed Australian singer Melinda Schneider pays tribute to her childhood idol in A Farewell To Doris, performing all of Doris’ timeless hits, including Que Sera, Sera, Sentimental Journey, Everybody Loves a Lover and Secret Love.

Happening Friday 23 April from 8 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/melinda-schneider-a-farewell-to-doris for more information.

We Can Be Heroes: The music of David Bowie Orchestrated

We Can Be Heroes is an Orchestral Tribute to the man who fell to earth, David Bowie.

Conducted by George Ellis the 24 piece Symphony Orchestra will perform the Best of Bowie featuring songs from his entire songbook including Space Oddity, Starman, Under Pressure, Let’s Dance, Rebel Rebel, Heroes, Life On Mars, Fame, Changes, Ashes To Ashes Plus More.

Special Guest Vocalists are Steve Kilbey from The Church, iOTA, Jeff Duff and Chris Cooke.

This Spectacular Tribute to David Bowie is for One Night Only – Saturday 24th April Canberra Theatre.

Experience David Bowie’s Greatest Hits as you’ve never heard them before!

Happening Saturday 24 April from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/we-can-be-heroes for more information.

Neil Murray: Keep Rolling On

Maverick song man Neil Murray was a founding member of the pioneering Warumpi Band, which in the 1980’s penetrated mainstream Australia with the iconic anthems My Island Home and Blackfella Whitefella.

He is now a respected singer/songwriter, with a string of remarkable albums, the most recent being Blood & Longing and Tjungu (all in one, joined together) with Sammy Butcher.

Accolades include the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the year, the 1995 APRA song of the year award for My Island Home. The latter plus Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out from Jail- a 1983 co-write with Sammy Butcher in the Luritja language) have been selected into the National Film and Television Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia Series.

His song writing is diverse and influential. Artists such as Mary Black, Jimmy Little, Missy Higgins, Powderfinger and Liz Stringer have recorded his songs. Always engaging live, Neil Murray’s work has contributed substantially to Australia’s contemporary music heritage. In January 2021 he released the single Keep Rolling On.

Happening Friday 23 April from 8–9.50 pm at The Street Theatre.

See thestreet.org.au/shows/neil-murray-keep-rolling for more information.

Jeff Lang: Some Memories Never Die

Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling and influential music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalogue of over 30 albums.

But with every well-credentialed artistic soul, evolving and diving into the unknown is a step that is never too far away and so in 2019 Jeff sat down and began to write what would become his first book.

“Some Memories Never Die”, the resulting memoir of three decades on the road, contains memories of gigs where the pay was akin to blood money, reflections on how the road’s twists and turns can be lightened by the presence of fellow travellers and occasionally darkened by them too. Each purchase of the book comes bundled with a download code for an exclusive 22 track album of re-recorded versions of Jeff Lang classics explicitly produced for the book’s publication.

To celebrate the book’s release, Jeff will hit the highway for a 37 date national tour running from March through to July with each show combining music with an ‘in conversation’ and Q&A session.

Happening Saturday 24 April from 7.30-9.50 pm at The Street Theatre.

See thestreet.org.au/shows/jeff-lang-some-memories-never-die for more information.

FESTIVALS

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all heritage: Aboriginal, historic and natural, to Canberra and its surrounds. In 2021 the program will run for 21 days and what an eclectic assortment it is!

Get access to places not normally open to the public. Join tour groups with engaging and knowledgeable guides and uncover something you never knew in your neighbourhood. Watch a rare skill being demonstrated or hop on your bike at the Heritage Polaris is a race against time to visit as many historical sites as possible.

This year’s theme is Reimagine, which has been further reimagined after last year’s festival was cancelled. With mainly smaller events on offer a Covid-safe experience is a reality as we monitor and respond to changing restrictions.

Discover our mid-century architecture, our engineering heritage, or join Ngunnawal custodians as they connect us to Country. Running over the glorious autumn school holidays there are plenty of activities for the whole family.

Happening until 26 April at various venues across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-festival for more information.

Ginninderra Cricket Club Ladies Day @ The Races

Ginninderra Cricket Club would love to invite you to its inaugural ‘Ladies Day’ at The Races!

Join them on Friday 23 April at Thoroughbred Park as we celebrate our ‘Ladies Day’.

Tickets are $130 a person, $1200 for a table of 10.

Includes a 2-course meal and all day beverage package in the Silks Room.

Fashion on the Field – Major Prizes to be won. Limited tickets available so get in quick!

Happening Friday 23 April from 12 pm at Thoroughbred Park, Mitchell.

See Eventbrite for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

Make Your Own at Canberra Glassworks

Create your own artwork with one-on-one guidance from a highly skilled Teaching Artist at the Canberra Glassworks.

Make your own paperweight, bird, tumbler or vase in a short one-on-one session from 20 to 40 minutes long.

Saturday or Sunday sessions available at Canberra Glassworks. Book online at canberraglassworks.com/create/myo

“The Leadership” at the Shine Dome

The Australian Academy of Science has partnered with the distributors of The Leadership to screen this documentary at the Shine Dome.

The Leadership documents the leadership journey of 76 female scientists participating in the Homeward Bound Program which takes them to Antarctica.

The journey forces reflection on new models of leadership, while unearthing the systemic obstacles to women’s advancement in science and society.

Join the Australian Academy of Science and Bunya Productions at the iconic Shine Dome to watch this important documentary, followed by a panel discussion with Academy Fellows and Academy Chief Executive, Anna-Maria Arabia.

Happening Thursday 22 April from 6–8.15 pm at The Shine Dome, Acton.

See events.humanitix.com/the-leadership-at-the-shine-dome for tickets and more information.

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin

Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.  This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August 2021.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

The 5.30 Club Canberra

Inspired by The 5:30 am Club in Sydney, Emily Davidson has started her own for us here in Canberra.

Join her for your Power Hour on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 am-7 am at Eighty/Twenty Food in Braddon Canberra

Everyone is welcome and there is no cost involved. If you want to start your morning off on the right foot, come and join The 5.30 am Club Canberra! Bring along a book, your laptop or pen and paper—anything to work on for your Power Hour!

What could you do with an hour to yourself in your day? Start writing a book, smash your email inbox, journal, brainstorm ideas for your next project or plan your day…the sky is the limit!

All while soaking up the sunrise over a morning brew, and all before peak hour!

The Club’s motto is ‘Win the morning, win the day!’ Emily says her day is better when it starts with The 5:30 am Club. “After we meet in the morning I’m on a high—feeling fresh, inspired and ready to start the day!”

Join The 5.30 am Club! Look for the blonde-haired girl with the llama on her table.

See sites.google.com/view/the530club for more information.

SPORT + WELLBEING

Giants v Western Bulldogs

Don’t miss AFL Round 6: GIANTS v Western Bulldogs at Manuka Oval.

Enjoy the atmosphere of the Orange Army helping the GIANTS against the best teams from around the country.

Make sure you’re at Manuka Oval to be part of the action this year as the Stephen Coniglio, Toby Greene and the next generation of young guns see the GIANTS aim to return to finals footy.

Happening Friday 23 April from 7.50 pm at Manuka Oval.

See gwsgiants.com.au for more information.

Ginninderra Cricket Club Ladies Day @ The Races

Ginninderra Cricket Club would love to invite you to its inaugural ‘Ladies Day’ at The Races!

Join them on Friday 23 April at Thoroughbred Park as we celebrate our ‘Ladies Day’.

Tickets are $130 a person, $1200 for a table of 10.

Includes a 2-course meal and all day beverage package in the Silks Room.

Fashion on the Field – Major Prizes to be won. Limited tickets available so get in quick!

Happening Friday 23 April from 12 pm at Thoroughbred Park, Mitchell.

See Eventbrite for more information.

MARKETS

Via facebook.com/haigparkvillagemarkets

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital region farmers market

The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

Find your way to the Market with our directions to EPIC. We have over 100 stallholders each week who bring their freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce to the Market.

Speak to a stallholder and ask them where their produce comes from—you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn and pick up cooking, storage and usage tips. Find your favourite stallholder in the directory.

Happening every Saturday from 7 am– 11.30 am at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au for more information.

OUTDOORS

Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

ANZAC Day

This Anzac Day, come together in person and in spirit, to commemorate and reflect upon the service and sacrifice made by Australians in all wars and on operations, and the legacy created by those who landed at Gallipoli and fought for our nation and our values, during the First World War.

While the ability for crowds to gather onsite is restricted, the Australian War Memorial is encouraging people to commemorate Anzac Day however they can, at home or within their local communities.

Images will be projected on to the façade of the main Memorial building which the general public are welcome to attend at the grounds of the Memorial to view.

The Australian War Memorial website is also offering a range of information and activities to encourage commemoration from home.

Happening Sunday 25 April.

See awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac-day for more information.

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin

Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.  This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August 2021.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London draws exclusively from one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world.

This unprecedented exhibition includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192-year history.

Botticelli to Van Gogh features 55 of the world’s most famous and admired artists from the fifteenth to the turn of the twentieth century, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia—only in Canberra

Showing until 14 June at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au/masterpieces for more information.

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

This stunning exhibition shines a light on Australia’s leading First Nations creatives and a design movement that is fast becoming a national fashion phenomenon.

Featuring the work of Indigenous artists and designers from the inner city to remote desert art centres, Piinpi highlights the strength and diversity of the rapidly epanding Indigenous fashion and textile industry.

Exhibition organised by Bendigo Art Gallery.

Showing until 8 August 2021 at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au/exhibitions/piinpi-contemporary-indigenous-fashion for more information.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Art and science collide as artists investigate the natural world around them.

See this travelling exhibition at the National Archives of Australia, developed by the South Australian Museum.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. This biennial prize provides an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them and present their perspectives on natural science. It encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet and offers a valuable platform for them to contribute to the environmental debate.

The 2020 prize winners and highly commended entrants are on show at the National Archives of Australia from 27 March to 6 June 2021. The National Archives is the exclusive venue for the Prize outside South Australia.

The open winner, Grayson Cooke and Emma Walker’s video Open Air combines satellite imagery, videography and painting to produce a complex picture of a changing planet, set to The Necks’ 2013 album Open.

The emerging winner, Rebecca McEwan’s installation 4000 stories, takes the shape of a chandelier made from glass vessels filled with honey, asking us to question the value we place on honey and the existence of bees in our delicately balanced ecosystem.

Showing until 6 June at the National Archives of Australia.

See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/waterhouse-natural-science-art-prize for more information.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now showcases art made by women. It brings together more than 300 works, drawn from the Gallery’s collection and other collections from across Australia.

This exhibition is part of a series of ongoing initiative by the National Gallery to increase the representation of artists who identify as women in its artistic program, featuring lesser-known and leading artists such as Margaret Preston, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Destiny Deacon and Julie Rrap, this exhibition tells a new story of Australian art.

Highlights include a floor-to-ceiling presentation of artists’ portraits in a variety of mediums, the work of pioneering performance artists Bonita Ely and Jill Orr and a complete edition of Tracey Moffatt’s first major series of photographs, Something more 1989. Gemma Smith has been commissioned to paint the walls of the galleries.

By bringing together artists from different times, places and cultures, this exhibition proposes another history, upending the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.

Showing until 4 July 2021 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Harriet Schwarzrock: Spaces between movement and stillness

‘The heart is often regarded as our emotional centre. Working with this form allows me to contemplate many aspects of being.’

Luminous alone, the myriad tones and permutations of spaces between movement and stillness also echo the boundless forms of love in the autumn-winter exhibition, Australian Love Stories, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations. ‘From the subtle yet essential electricity within our bodies, I am fascinated by this interplay between the invisible and the visible, between our extraordinary similarities and differences.’

In spaces between movement and stillness, the artist has embraced science and experimentation to create visual wonders: glass, inert gases, and electricity combine into an array of organic forms, producing a captivating field of colour and movement. ‘Sometimes they have a warm glow, much like an aurora contained in a bottle; in others there are lightning-like lines meandering around the form. Although the gases are invisible, when excited by electricity they reveal subtle effects and differences.’

The creation draws reflections on the role of the human heart as our central, exquisitely responsive ‘engine’. When we’re relaxed, the heart beats at a slow and steady rhythm; when excitement takes hold – for example, in the first throes of true love – the cadence might crank with the beat of a wilful, wild machine.

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/harriet-schwarzrock-2021 for more information.

Seeing Canberra

As a city initiated as an imagined capital for the new Australian nation, Canberra has been a place that quickly invited visual representation.

As it developed, artists have seen Canberra through different lenses, and these have shaped the way they understood and interpreted the evolving landscape.

In this exhibition, drawn primarily from CMAG’s collection, visitors will journey through four key periods of the city’s development and for each, will encounter an object that represents a prism to understand a way of seeing at that time.

Showing until 17 July 2021 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See origin.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/seeing-canberra for more information.

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