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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

Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes, c. 2020 by Nic Walker.

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 from 20 March–1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

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

March4Justice

March4Justice events call for an end to gendered violence and the Canberra March4Justice will take place from 12 pm on Monday 15 March at Parliament House.

This is a peaceful protest and more guidelines and information can be found here.

See Facebook for more information.

Tennis ACT’s Canberra Girls Get Active Day

Tennis ACT is teaming up with sports across the capital to host a FREE community event aimed at inspiring, energising and empowering young women to be more active.

Women and girls will have the opportunity to try out a number of sports onsite, free classes from Next Gen, Tennis 4 Teens lessons, a jumping castle, roaming characters, a fundraising BBQ, tunes from a local DJ and much more!

The first 100 girls aged 14 or under through the gates will receive a free tennis racquet. The event is open to women and girls of all ages and abilities, boys and men are more than welcome to attend also!

This is a COVID Safe event. Please check out the event guide the week of the event, including requirements and check-in policy.

Happening Sunday 21 March from 10 am –12 pm at Tennis ACT, 1 Riggall Place, Lyneham.

See Facebook for more information.

The 2021 Alliance Française French Film Festival

Returning to Palace Cinemas for its fabulous 32nd incarnation, the Alliance Française French Film Festival will beguile and engage audiences nationally from 4-31 March.

The festival will take place at NewActon’s Palace Electric, which will be adhering to stringent COVID protocols to guarantee festival patrons a safe cinema experience.

Awash with high-octane drama, seductive romance, nail-biting suspense, historical tales that will enthral and comedies guaranteed to elevate your spirits, the 2021 Alliance Française French Film Festival will showcase multiple Première screenings and special events, including the HerCanberra Ladies Night!

Want to know our picks? Read all about it here.

Happening 4–31 March at Palace Electric, Philip Lim Street, NewActon.

See affrenchfilmfestival.org/schedule/canberra for more information.

Pamela Denoon Lecture 2021: Libby Lyons CEO, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

The Pamela Denoon Lecture is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious feminist lecture, held for the first time at University of Canberra. Join Workplace Gender Equality CEO Libby Lyons as she asks: Are Australia’s employers agents for change?

Gender equality is at a crossroads in Australia’s workplaces. After seven years of data collection by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the findings indicate progress towards gender equality is in danger of stalling.

The Agency’s Director Libby Lyons has overseen the Agency’s data collection and work with Australian private sector employers for the last five and a half years.

Refreshments provided from 5.15 pm, lecture 6 pm-7 pm.

The Pamela Denoon Lecture is held under the aegis of the National Foundation for Australian Women and is hosted by:The Pamela Denoon Planning Committee and 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra.

This is a free event

Happening Tuesday 16 March from 5.15 pm at the Refectory Building 1, University of Canberra, Kirinari Street, Bruce.

See Eventbrite for more information.

World Storytelling Day

Love storytelling? Come along to New Beginnings World Storytelling Day at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Come along to this all ages event to hear from some of Canberra’s most talented storytellers—for free!

Happening Sunday 22 March from 10–11.30 am on the Cafe Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton.

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.

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

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 Sound of Music

Queanbeyan Players is proud to present The Sound of Music as their first musical production for 2021. Featuring a talented local cast, the classic story of Maria and the Von Trapp children will be performed at TheQ in Queanbeyan over 10 captivating performances.

In a convent in 1930s Austria, free-spirited postulant Maria Rainer is found ill-suited to life as a nun, and is sent to serve as governess to the seven children of Captain Von Trapp, a widower and decorated Naval Officer.

Upon her arrival, Maria discovers the seven children living grim lives in a strict and regimented household, run by a father who has forgotten how to love. Soon, however, Maria’s zest for life, love and music infects not only the Von Trapp children but Captain Von Trapp himself.

Set against the historical backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power and ultimate occupation of Austria, The Sound Of Music is a time-honoured story of love and patriotism, including such classic and well-loved songs as “My Favourite Things”, “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”, “Climb Every Mountain” and “So Long, Farewell”.

Young and young at heart will enjoy this classic family show.

DATES

  • Wednesday 17 March 2021 – 7.30 pm
  • Thursday 18 March 2021 – 7.30 pm
  • Friday 19 March 2021 – 7.30 pm
  • Saturday 20 March 2021 – 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm
  • Sunday 21 March 2021 – 1.30 pm

TICKETS

  • Adult: $55
  • Concession: $45
  • Groups 6+: $45
  • Under 25: $45
  • Under 16: $30

Purchase tickets at theq.net.au/whats-on/productions/the-sound-of-music, email boxoffice@qprc.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 6285 6290 during Box Office hours.

Box Office hours are:

  • Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
  • Closed on public holidays.

Happening from 12-21 March at The Q, 251 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

See theq.net.au/whats-on/productions/the-sound-of-music for more information.

Hellenic Festival 2021

2021 is a highly symbolic year for Greece, as it marks the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the country’s independence war against the Ottoman rule in 1821.

As part of the commemorations for the anniversary, the Hellenic Club of Canberra, in partnership with the Greek Community of Canberra and Fair Canberra Inc, will be bringing its own festival to the Hellenic Club Woden this March – Hellenic Festival: Street Food of the World.

To be held across two days on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March, the festival will feature traditional street food, music and dance from a wide range of cultures.

The festival is also expected to include a number of other events within the Club, including a commemorative art exhibition by Greek Australian artist, Angela Kiki Konstantinopoulou, titled 1821, a traditional Greek Taverna Night at Fillos Taverna + Bar and a range of free lectures.

Happening 20-21 March at the Hellenic Club Woden, Corinna Street, Woden.

Click here for the full program.

A Road Home: Bozhko Marshall, Baird and Crane

Home is wherever we gather with our family and friends. It can be the city, it can be the coast or somewhere in between. Houses get bought and sold; a home stays with you always.

Three Canberra based artists, Valentyna Crane, Elena Bozhko Marshall and Jennifer Baird explore the feeling of home in this expressive Group Exhibition.

Well known for her panoramic landscapes, Valentyna Crane is passionate about the beauty of Canberra, inviting everyone to fly over her much loved city and hills in her body of work. It is the unique combination of wild nature and urban life, vast horizons and blue hills that nourishes her creative spirit, providing a burning desire to paint and to capture her feelings on canvas every day.

In a gentle visual reminder that we are children of this universe, Elena Bozhko Marshall brings an interpretation of our home on this tiny blue planet called Earth. An imaginative view to the exhibition, her clay vessels are an earthy reminder that home is made of your family, past and present, kids, friends, good people around, gardens, seasons, holidays, rainbows and stars in the sky. Elena hopes her vases and platters will unite people around the table to share food, joy and happiness.

For Jennifer Baird, the body of work included in the exhibition is an intimate expression of her thoughts about Home. From her first home with her husband Marcus to feeling at home by the sea. Whether this is in Sydney or by the coast, she particularly embraces the feeling of being hugged by Jervis Bay, South Coast NSW.

Earth, City or Sea. Together three artists will provide a rich and diverse experience for the patrons of the gallery. Come and explore the feeling of home with three Canberra Artists.

Artist Talk: Saturday 20 March from 2-4 pm. Featuring: Elena Bozhko Marshall, Jennifer Baird and Valentyna Crane.

Showing 10-28 March at Humble House gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, Canberra.

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: Free

FOOD & DRINK

Watson Micro-Forest Dinner: Growing Community Together

The Watson Micro-Forest and The Knox Made in Watson cafe have combined forces to create a sustainable, local and delicious dinner!

Join in for a night out at the Knox café, meet the Micro-forest team and find out what’s next in this exciting climate cooling project. Indulge in a custom-designed three-course meal, or pick up a gourmet picnic pack to enjoy on the grass. All profits go to the Watson Microforest Project.

Be quick to secure your place at this sustainable and locally produced dinner for the Watson micro-forest on Sunday 21st March—tickets are limited!

They have the witty James Vyver from ABC Radio to emcee the night as well as the gorgeous voice and guitar of Lisa Richards to serenade you and all their awesome supporters.

Kicking off at 5 pm for drinks, with dinner and speeches from 6 pm. You’ll hear from landscape designer and Climate Factory founder Edwina Robinson on the potential of Microforest’s to cool our suburb, create habitat and grow a community at the same time.

Plus meet the Watson Microforest team and find out next steps and how you can be involved in the project everyone in Watson (and Canberra) is talking about.

Happening Sunday 21 March from 5–9.30 pm at The Knox Cafe, 13 Watson Place, Watson.

See Eventbrite for tickets and more information.

Hellenic Festival 2021

2021 is a highly symbolic year for Greece, as it marks the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the country’s independence war against the Ottoman rule in 1821.

As part of the commemorations for the anniversary, the Hellenic Club of Canberra, in partnership with the Greek Community of Canberra and Fair Canberra Inc, will be bringing its own festival to the Hellenic Club Woden this March – Hellenic Festival: Street Food of the World.

To be held across two days on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March, the festival will feature traditional street food, music and dance from a wide range of cultures.

The festival is also expected to include a number of other events within the Club, including a commemorative art exhibition by Greek Australian artist, Angela Kiki Konstantinopoulou, titled 1821, a traditional Greek Taverna Night at Fillos Taverna + Bar and a range of free lectures.

Happening 20-21 March at the Hellenic Club Woden, Corinna Street, Woden.

Click here for the full program.

Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival

Australia’s premier craft beer and cider festival is held in the grounds around the heritage Mercure Canberra hotel.

Featuring over 40 exhibitors from around Australia, the Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival features the ‘best of the best’, with opportunities to meet the brewers, enjoy beer-food matching and demonstrations by master brewers.

The Festival offers live entertainment throughout the day, high-quality food and a wide range of family-friendly activities to ensure the whole family enjoys the day out.

The Festival is held in two ticketed sessions – 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm and is a very relaxed, fun event where patrons can learn about Australia’s incredible craft beer evolution.

Happening Saturday 20 March from 11am–6 pm at Mercure Canberra, 39 Limestone Avenue, Braddon.

See canberrabeerfest.com.au for more information.

PLAN AHEAD FOR…

DVCS Charity Feast

Jo Pow has been on a fundraising adventure to raise awareness for domestic violence for the last few years.

This March, along with Experience Eats and Ondine European Brasserie, Jo will be hosting the DVCS Charity Feast as a small steppingstone to help more people know about Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT and the amazing work they do.

Together we can help reduce the violence and abuse in our community.

On Monday 22 March, join Jo for an amazing night of fun, food and festivities to help raise Domestic Violence Awareness and to support your local not-for-profit organisation—Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT, and local restaurant Ondine European Brasserie.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Service is an amazing not-for-profit organisation here in the ACT. DVCS is passionate about breaking the domestic violence cycle in the Canberra community and are here to help people build lives free from domestic violence and fear.

At the end of 2020, DVCS released statistics reflecting that we lost 42 Women, 17 Men, 12 Children and three Unknown from Domestic Violence during 2020 with numbers starting to grow in 2021.

Tickets for the evening are $115 per person and include dinner and drinks as well as a donation to DVCS. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction

Donate to DVCS directly here or to purchase a ticket to the DVCS Charity Feast on Monday 22nd March 2021 via Eventbrite.

Happening Monday 22 March from 6 pm at Ondine European Brasserie, Deakin.

See Eventbrite for tickets and 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

The 2021 Alliance Française French Film Festival

Returning to Palace Cinemas for its fabulous 32nd incarnation, the Alliance Française French Film Festival will beguile and engage audiences nationally from 4-31 March.

The festival will take place at NewActon’s Palace Electric, which will be adhering to stringent COVID protocols to guarantee festival patrons a safe cinema experience.

Awash with high-octane drama, seductive romance, nail-biting suspense, historical tales that will enthral and comedies guaranteed to elevate your spirits, the 2021 Alliance Française French Film Festival will showcase multiple Première screenings and special events, including the HerCanberra Ladies Night!

Want to know our picks? Read all about it here.

Happening 4–31 March at Palace Electric, Philip Lim Street, NewActon.

See affrenchfilmfestival.org/schedule/canberra for more information.

The Sound of Music

Queanbeyan Players is proud to present The Sound of Music as their first musical production for 2021. Featuring a talented local cast, the classic story of Maria and the Von Trapp children will be performed at TheQ in Queanbeyan over 10 captivating performances.

In a convent in 1930s Austria, free-spirited postulant Maria Rainer is found ill-suited to life as a nun, and is sent to serve as governess to the seven children of Captain Von Trapp, a widower and decorated Naval Officer.

Upon her arrival, Maria discovers the seven children living grim lives in a strict and regimented household, run by a father who has forgotten how to love. Soon, however, Maria’s zest for life, love and music infects not only the Von Trapp children but Captain Von Trapp himself.

Set against the historical backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power and ultimate occupation of Austria, The Sound Of Music is a time-honoured story of love and patriotism, including such classic and well-loved songs as “My Favourite Things”, “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”, “Climb Every Mountain” and “So Long, Farewell”.

Young and young at heart will enjoy this classic family show.

DATES

  • Wednesday 17 March 2021 – 7.30 pm
  • Thursday 18 March 2021 – 7.30 pm
  • Friday 19 March 2021 – 7.30 pm
  • Saturday 20 March 2021 – 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm
  • Sunday 21 March 2021 – 1.30 pm

TICKETS

  • Adult: $55
  • Concession: $45
  • Groups 6+: $45
  • Under 25: $45
  • Under 16: $30

Purchase tickets at theq.net.au/whats-on/productions/the-sound-of-music, email boxoffice@qprc.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 6285 6290 during Box Office hours.

Box Office hours are:

  • Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
  • Closed on public holidays.

Happening from 12-21 March at The Q, 251 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

See theq.net.au/whats-on/productions/the-sound-of-music for more information.

Drag Takeover at Boardwalk Bar

Every Drag Takeover is bringing you a bevy of local Canberran Drag Queens, Drag Kings and queer talent with and multiple stunning performers appearing at every show.

What sickening tricks will the stunning kings, queens, and deities pull to celebrate? Well, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!

Happening Friday 19 March at Boardwalk Bar, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See phishandphreak.com for more information.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller Based on Eric Carle’s Books “and – pop! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”

One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for children 18 months+ and their adults.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the production features a menagerie of over 75 magical puppets, including the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar – and an Australian cast who bring these beloved books to life on stage.

Happening Friday 19 March, with three shows across the day at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-show for more information.

The Gruffalo’s Child

The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should

Ever set foot in the deep dark wood…

CDP Theatre Producers presents Tall Stories’ magical musical adaptation of The Gruffalo’s Child.

If you loved The Gruffalo, don’t miss the sequel, which returns following previous sell-out Australian tours – now in a new West End production! Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book.

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?

The team behind The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- & 91-Storey Treehouses return with The Gruffalo’s Child, bringing together physical theatre, music and puppetry to deliver songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up, and their adults

Happening Friday 19 March, with two shows across the day at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/the-gruffalos-child for more information.

Jersey Boys

Put your hands up…it’s time to get excited…Jersey Boys tickets are now on sale!

Remember, seats to the Canberra Philharmonic Society show are limited for each performance so don’t put off purchasing or you might miss out on your preferred show or your favourite seat.

Jersey Boys is the inspiring rags-to-riches tale of The Four Seasons. When Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi met, they were just four New Jersey teens singing together under street lamps, scraping for gigs and money in their working-class neighbourhood. A Jersey Boys is a smash hit that showcases The Four Seasons most iconic hits and reveals the inspiring tale behind the music.

Happening until 20 March at Erindale Theatre, 115 McBryde Crescent, Erindale College.

See philo.org.au/tickets/jersey-boys/#sctab87660 for tickets.

MUSIC

Midnight Oil: Majarrata Live with First Nations Collaborators

Midnight Oil return to Canberra with Makarrata Live, featuring brand new music and iconic Oils songs.

Joining the band on stage will be leading First Nations vocalists Dan Sultan, Alice Skye, Troy Cassar-Daley, Tasman Keith and Leah Flanagan.

Plus special supporting sets from Dan Sultan and Leah Flanagan.

Happening Wednesday 17 March from 3.30-10.30 pm at Stage 88.

See frntr.co/MidnightOil21Can for tickets and more information.

FESTIVALS

The 2021 Alliance Française French Film Festival

Returning to Palace Cinemas for its fabulous 32nd incarnation, the Alliance Française French Film Festival will beguile and engage audiences nationally from 4-31 March.

The festival will take place at NewActon’s Palace Electric, which will be adhering to stringent COVID protocols to guarantee festival patrons a safe cinema experience.

Awash with high-octane drama, seductive romance, nail-biting suspense, historical tales that will enthral and comedies guaranteed to elevate your spirits, the 2021 Alliance Française French Film Festival will showcase multiple Première screenings and special events, including the HerCanberra Ladies Night!

Want to know our picks? Read all about it here.

Happening 4–31 March at Palace Electric, Philip Lim Street, NewActon.

See affrenchfilmfestival.org/schedule/canberra for more information.

Hellenic Festival 2021

2021 is a highly symbolic year for Greece, as it marks the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the country’s independence war against the Ottoman rule in 1821.

As part of the commemorations for the anniversary, the Hellenic Club of Canberra, in partnership with the Greek Community of Canberra and Fair Canberra Inc, will be bringing its own festival to the Hellenic Club Woden this March – Hellenic Festival: Street Food of the World.

To be held across two days on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March, the festival will feature traditional street food, music and dance from a wide range of cultures.

The festival is also expected to include a number of other events within the Club, including a commemorative art exhibition by Greek Australian artist, Angela Kiki Konstantinopoulou, titled 1821, a traditional Greek Taverna Night at Fillos Taverna + Bar and a range of free lectures.

Happening 20-21 March at the Hellenic Club Woden, Corinna Street, Woden.

Click here for the full program.

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

Pamela Denoon Lecture 2021: Libby Lyons CEO, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

The Pamela Denoon Lecture is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious feminist lecture, held for the first time at University of Canberra. Join Workplace Gender Equality CEO Libby Lyons as she asks: Are Australia’s employers agents for change?

Gender equality is at a crossroads in Australia’s workplaces. After seven years of data collection by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the findings indicate progress towards gender equality is in danger of stalling.

The Agency’s Director Libby Lyons has overseen the Agency’s data collection and work with Australian private sector employers for the last five and a half years.

Refreshments provided from 5.15 pm, lecture 6 pm-7 pm.

The Pamela Denoon Lecture is held under the aegis of the National Foundation for Australian Women and is hosted by:The Pamela Denoon Planning Committee and 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra.

This is a free event

Happening Tuesday 16 March from 5.15 pm at the Refectory Building 1, University of Canberra, Kirinari Street, Bruce.

See Eventbrite for more information.

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

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.

MARKETS

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.

SPORT + ACTIVE

Tennis ACT’s Canberra Girls Get Active Day

Tennis ACT is teaming up with sports across the capital to host a FREE community event aimed at inspiring, energising and empowering young women to be more active.

Women and girls will have the opportunity to try out a number of sports onsite, free classes from Next Gen, Tennis 4 Teens lessons, a jumping castle, roaming characters, a fundraising BBQ, tunes from a local DJ and much more!

The first 100 girls aged 14 or under through the gates will receive a free tennis racquet. The event is open to women and girls of all ages and abilities, boys and men are more than welcome to attend also!

This is a COVID Safe event. Please check out the event guide the week of the event, including requirements and check-in policy.

Happening Sunday 21 March from 10 am –12 pm at Tennis ACT, 1 Riggall Place, Lyneham.

See Facebook for more information.

Local Yoga’s free fundraising yoga classes at Gorman Arts Centre

Local Yoga and Gorman Arts Centre are offering free fundraising yoga classes all through the upcoming summer months.

Classes will be held in the tranquil courtyard gardens of Gorman Arts Centre every Sunday morning at 9 am until March 2021. Classes are provided free of charge to encourage awareness and donations towards Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

If ever there was a year for Canberrans to embrace the physical and mental benefits of modern yoga, it’s been the rollercoaster ride of 2020.

Local Yoga is a brand new Canberra-based initiative committed to socially conscious yoga—not only making yoga more accessible for all Canberrans, but also raising support and awareness for Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

Happening Sundays from 9 am until 28 March 2021 at Gorman Arts Centre, Batman Street, Braddon.

See localyogaproject.com for more information.

OUTDOORS

World Storytelling Day

Love storytelling? Come along to New Beginnings World Storytelling Day at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Come along to this all ages event to hear from some of Canberra’s most talented storytellers—for free!

Happening Sunday 22 March from 10–11.30 am on the Cafe Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton.

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


Carlo Crivelli. The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius. 1486. © The National Gallery, London. Presented by Lord Taunton, 1864.

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.

A Road Home: Bozhko Marshall, Baird and Crane

Home is wherever we gather with our family and friends. It can be the city, it can be the coast or somewhere in between. Houses get bought and sold; a home stays with you always.

Three Canberra based artists, Valentyna Crane, Elena Bozhko Marshall and Jennifer Baird explore the feeling of home in this expressive Group Exhibition.

Well known for her panoramic landscapes, Valentyna Crane is passionate about the beauty of Canberra, inviting everyone to fly over her much loved city and hills in her body of work. It is the unique combination of wild nature and urban life, vast horizons and blue hills that nourishes her creative spirit, providing a burning desire to paint and to capture her feelings on canvas every day.

In a gentle visual reminder that we are children of this universe, Elena Bozhko Marshall brings an interpretation of our home on this tiny blue planet called Earth. An imaginative view to the exhibition, her clay vessels are an earthy reminder that home is made of your family, past and present, kids, friends, good people around, gardens, seasons, holidays, rainbows and stars in the sky. Elena hopes her vases and platters will unite people around the table to share food, joy and happiness.

For Jennifer Baird, the body of work included in the exhibition is an intimate expression of her thoughts about Home. From her first home with her husband Marcus to feeling at home by the sea. Whether this is in Sydney or by the coast, she particularly embraces the feeling of being hugged by Jervis Bay, South Coast NSW.

Earth, City or Sea. Together three artists will provide a rich and diverse experience for the patrons of the gallery. Come and explore the feeling of home with three Canberra Artists.

Showing 10-28 March at Humble House gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, Canberra.

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: Free

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.

OutsideIn | InsideOut Exhibition

Artists from the Lime Flamingo Collective,  a networking group for emerging professional artists from the Canberra region, have worked together to create this group exhibition, OutsideIn | InsideOut.

In such uncertain and challenging times, it is focusing on the small and ordinary things, the light ‘within the cracks’ and our internal world that give us hope and solace.

Lime Flamingo Collective artists reflect on the current COVID-19 crisis, life in quarantine, the recent bushfire disasters and the climate emergency, and respond to these large challenges through the lens of both vulnerability and strength; through diverse perspectives and artistic practice; looking at our collective experiences of looking from the ‘outside-in’ during the bushfire and climate crisis and the ‘inside-out’ during COVID-19 shutdown.

The exhibition will include a small body of work from each artist including drawing, painting, printmaking, video, textiles, photography and sculpture.

For more info on the Lime Flamingo Collective, visit their website and Instagram.

Showing until 21 March 2021 at West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank Belconnen.

Matisse’s Harem: A behind-the-scenes journey into a secret world

In her latest solo show, Sydney artist Jane Gerrish takes us to the glamourous Côte d’Azur of the 1920s and beyond.

In her highly researched, exquisite drawings, we see and learn about the women Matisse chose to work alongside him in his studios. Treated with the utmost respect and admiration, Matisse often plucked his models from their lives as actresses and dancers in vibrant Nice and would pose them in amazing costumes in wildly theatrical harem stage sets.

We see examples of Matisse’s use of sumptuous tasselled cushions; huge gilded mirrors; tarnished pewter pitchers; carved Moorish screens; inlaid Turkish daybeds; pottery from Fez; porcelain from China; Persian carpets and his familiar, richly patterned textiles.

This unique exhibition, entitled “Observe”, Jane Gerrish’s third solo show, makes full use of her fashion design background, giving us highly sensitive renderings of drapery and precise detailing of patterns and textures.

Showing until Sunday 21 March at Suki & Hugh Gallery from 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, NSW.

See sukihugh.com.au 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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