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

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Emil and the Detectives

By Erich Kästner, adapted for the Stage by Nicki Bloom

Never underestimate the determination of a child! Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal?

Kästner’s 1929 novella is more than a ‘good romp’, it broke ground for the independent-children-versus-devious-adults story genre. Streetwise city kids, a hard-working single mother, and Emil’s past brush with the law add grit and nuance to this satisfying tale.

How do we find our friends in the world? How do we work together to defeat tricksters?

In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score. Dark and light, intrigue and delight for audiences aged eight and upwards.

Happening 27-28 July at the Canberra Theater Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/emil-and-the-detectives for more information.

Questacon goes viral

Questacon is BACK with an adults-only night like no other! It’s the age of Lockdowns, QRs codes, and Masking up. We’ve spent the year hearing of these ‘Unprecedented Times’ enough to set a precedent.

So to reward you for all those brisk nasal swabs, Questacon is teaming up with our friends from the Australia National University to inject some fun into this Pandemic. Come join us as we super-spread the science of vaccines, pandemics, and viral information.

You’ll take part in the 2021 Miss Information Pageant and vote on the best-worst way that people try and sell you information. Join ANU researchers as they take us on an exploration of how vaccines work, and discover where Pandemics come from and what we have learned from them throughout history. And to top it all off our resident Liquid Nitrogen chefs are busy freezing up a Fizzy-Pfizzer-Spider* for you to try.

In addition, our researcher friends will be conducting some science on the night all around public health communication and attitudes – so if you’ve ever wanted a cool story about how some people wrote a paper about you once, come along and find out more.

Tickets are limited, and include one free drink, sorbet and of course entertainment. So book your spot before they sell out!

*Vaccine not included

Happening Friday 30 July at Questacon.

See premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=QUESTGV21 for more information.

Bottomless Brunch

Shake off the winter blues and make your way to Bottomless Brunch.

There’ll be all your breakfast favourites, from eggs and bacon, freshly baked pastries and our seductive range of Smokehouse meats, fresh fruits and granola. And what’s more, they’ll be eagerly replenished, seconds are highly encouraged.

Take in the glorious view from the Estate Glasshouse and reconnect with your friends and family all while enjoying bottomless mimosas.

Brunch lovers rejoice, it’s brunch like you’ve never had at Pialligo.

Included | Breakfast bar for 2 hours, Bottomless mimosas, Tea, coffee and juice

Additional | Beer, Wine and Spirits from list

Bookings | Bookings are essential. No refunds are available after purchase.

Dietaries | Please advise of dietary requirements when booking and we will do our best to accommodate. (Limited Vegan and Gluten-free options are available).

Happening Sunday 1 August at Pialligo Estate.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/bottomless-brunch for more information.

Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence

Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.

Such was her standing, that when the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, it was Ruth Lane-Poole that they engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.

This exhibition brings together items never exhibited before outside the official residences, and which explore the inspirations for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.

Showing until 23 October 2021.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/ruth-lane-poole-a-woman-of-influence for more information.

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

FOOD & DRINK

Celebrate Farrah’s Liquor Collective’s Second Birthday

Farrah’s Liquor Collective is turning the terrible twos and will be celebrating with its biggest birthday sale ever.

From Friday 30 July to Sunday 1 August, you’ll be able to shop in-store and online for three massive days of exclusive offers perfect for stocking up your wine or beer fridge this winter.

You don’t even need to shop in-store to access these amazing deals like buy any 12 bottles of wine or more and get 20% off all wines and buy any 4 pack or 6 pack of beer and get 20% off. They’ll even deliver it free to your door, anywhere in Canberra.

Farrah’s innovative business model works closely with the smaller producers of Australia and cuts the prices by dealing direct and cutting out all the middlemen.

Happening Friday 30 July –Sunday 1 August at Farrah Liquor Collective, 8 Townsville Street, Fyshwick.

See farrahsliquorcollective.com for more information.

Bottomless Brunch

Shake off the winter blues and make your way to Bottomless Brunch.

There’ll be all your breakfast favourites, from eggs and bacon, freshly baked pastries and our seductive range of Smokehouse meats, fresh fruits and granola. And what’s more, they’ll be eagerly replenished, seconds are highly encouraged.

Take in the glorious view from the Estate Glasshouse and reconnect with your friends and family all while enjoying bottomless mimosas.

Brunch lovers rejoice, it’s brunch like you’ve never had at Pialligo.

Included | Breakfast bar for 2 hours, Bottomless mimosas, Tea, coffee and juice

Additional | Beer, Wine and Spirits from list

Bookings | Bookings are essential. No refunds are available after purchase.

Dietaries | Please advise of dietary requirements when booking and we will do our best to accommodate. (Limited Vegan and Gluten-free options are available).

Happening Sunday 1 August at Pialligo Estate.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/bottomless-brunch for more information.

Truffle-infused Winter Weekends at Mount Majura Cellar Door

Truffle season is upon us and Mount Majura are excited to include truffles at their cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.

Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining a deliciously rich and creamy brie with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 29 August 2021.

See mountmajura.com.au/truffle-infused-weekends-supporting-raw-potential-canberra for more information.

The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn is at Queen Elizabeth Terrace this weekend—pull up a table for two and enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie platter.

Popping up from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August.

Find out more at thepopinn.com.

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.

The Canberra Region Truffle Festival

Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, a taste of mid-winter magic.

The festival celebrates the seasonality of this special ingredient and runs throughout the entire truffle season. So come along and choose from a range of events and experiences and satisfy your taste for life’s finer things.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles, before learning recipes and experiencing them first hand.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening until 29 August across various venues in the Canberra region.

See trufflefestival.com.au for more information.

STAGE AND SCREEN

Film screening: Some Like It Hot

Billy Wilder’s 1959 classic Some Like It Hot is a screwball romantic comedy that is undoubtedly one of the best of all time. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, you’ll enjoy its charm, glitz, glamour and wit.

Two musicians (Curtis and Lemmon) witness a gangster’s revenge (inspired by real-life events of 1929) but are seen fleeing the scene. To escape, they dress in drag and join the all-female band Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopators, bound for Miami. When they meet the band’s sultry singer, Sugar ‘Kane’ Kowalczyk (Monroe), the film really starts to sizzle!

Don’t miss this chance to see the incomparable Monroe, larger than life, at the National Archives in the Parliamentary Triangle. Ticket includes a drink on arrival.

Runtime: 121 minutes

Rating: PG

Screened in association with Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties, a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

This program is presented in line with COVID-19 regulations and guidelines.

Happening Saturday 31 July at the National Archives of Australia.

See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/some-it-hot-film-screening for more information.

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

Emil and the Detectives

By Erich Kästner, adapted for the Stage by Nicki Bloom

Never underestimate the determination of a child! Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal?

Kästner’s 1929 novella is more than a ‘good romp’, it broke ground for the independent-children-versus-devious-adults story genre. Streetwise city kids, a hard-working single mother, and Emil’s past brush with the law add grit and nuance to this satisfying tale.

How do we find our friends in the world? How do we work together to defeat tricksters?

In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score. Dark and light, intrigue and delight for audiences aged eight and upwards.

Happening 27-28 July at the Canberra Theater Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/emil-and-the-detectives for more information.

Film Screening: Detention

In 1962, at the height of the White Terror, Greenwood High School was home to a secret reading club, led by Miss Yin and Mr Chang.

Second-year, Wei, has a crush on fellow attendee, Fang; but Fang, a troubled and frustrated senior, has fallen for Mr Chang.

After Mr Chang mysteriously disappears one day, Miss Yin and Wei find themselves in a school that is increasingly unfamiliar and unsettling.

As they search for answers, only they seem to remember Mr Chang’s existence, and they soon encounter a host of ghouls and demons, prowling the hallways, preying on students.

Slowly they uncover the horrible truth of their fate. The highest grossing film of 2019, Detention is an elegantly shot supernatural horror film that was based on a video-game, showing how popular culture has opened new narratives on the once taboo history of political repression in Taiwan.

Free registration. 103 mins, 2019 (M), English & Chinese subtitles. Directed by John Hsu.

Happening Tuesday 27 July at the National Australian University.

See ciw.anu.edu.au/events/film-screening-detention for more information.

Bangarang

Get ready to yell Bangarang! Bangarang is all about local: local performers coming together to support our artistic community and local charities.

It’s a mixed bag of alternative performing arts, including burlesque, live music, cabaret, comedy, drag, and anything else they can put on a stage.

Entry by donation. Strictly 18+.

Come be a part of their family, discover new artists, and support local causes.

Happening 30 July until 24 September at Flazéda Hub.

See the Bangarang Facebook page for more information.

I liked it but I didn’t know what the f*#k it was about

This is Joel. Joel is a very serious, very important performance artist. Joel makes very important “works” about issues that you should definitely care about. Please please come and see Joel’s very important show.

No one needs that. I liked it but I didn’t know what the f*#k it was about, goes where few “experimental contemporary immersive performance” works dare to tread…out of the theatre and into the bar to see what passes the “pub test”.

Grab a drink and enjoy some tunes from local brother and sister due to Rosie and Will Luby yarns about the craziest, weirdest, most confusing stuff he’s ever had to see on and off of a stage.

Expect very silly stories about very serious people, served with tongue firmly in cheek. Together, they’ll try and work out how stuff even gets made, and why you should care.

Happening 30 July until 1 August at Theatre Lane.

See joelbraydance.com for more information.

MUSIC

Bohemian Symphony The Music of Queen Orchestrated

Bohemian Symphony is an Orchestral Tribute to one of the biggest stadium-rock bands in the world, QUEEN.

A 24 piece symphony orchestra Conducted by internationally-renowned George Ellis will perform Queen’s Greatest Hits including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘I Want to Break Free’, ‘Radio Ga Ga’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and more.

Featuring special guest vocalists iOTA, Virginia Lillye, Reece Mastin and Bobby Fox.

Experience a breathtaking celebration of Queen’s Greatest Hits as rock meets classical for this spectacular concert event!

Happening 31 July–1 August at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/queen-orchestrated for more information.

David Helfgott in concert

A performance by the internationally acclaimed Australian pianist, David Helfgott OAM.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning, Australian film, “Shine”, which was nominated for an astonishing seven Academy Awards, The 74 year old is a national treasure, awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to the performing arts, following a career spanning seven decades.

After Having performed at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall this is Canberra’s chance to witness this amazing talent live in concert.

Happening Friday 30 July at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/ for more information.

The Noordhuis/ Nicolle Group

Both trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis and vocalist Michelle Nicolle are jazz artists at the top of their game that have changed the game. Both possess qualities and abilities on their respective instruments that challenge what those instruments are supposed to do.

Musical collaborators and friends for over twenty years Michelle and Nadje come together again for a new project and tour (including playing for SIMA in Sydney and various regional Victorian towns and Melbourne’s Brunswick Green).

Performing along with Australia’s legendary acoustic bassist, Jonathan Zwartz, this cordless trio will lovingly explore standards and original repertoire allowing the trumpet and voice space to roam, discover and soar.

Happening Friday 30 July at the Street Theatre.

See thestreet.org.au/shows/noordhuis-nicolle-group for more information.

Diesel Greatest Hits: Alone with the blues

With the recent release of his studio opus to life “in the burbs” and the human condition, ‘Sunset Suburbia’, Diesel is ready to hit the road once again to perform in solo mode.

Playing everything himself and paying homage to some of his all-time favourite blues songs, along with a recently discovered but long-forgotten songwriting collaboration by Australian blues and roots pioneer Ross Wilson, ‘Alone With Blues’ showcases Diesel’s blues DNA on a macro level, in the process, showing new facets to an artist known for his diversity.

The set will be littered with hits that span his 30+ years in music, including Tip Of My Tongue, Cry In Shame, Don’t Need Love, 15 Feet of Snow plus many more.

The evening promises to showcase his unique blending of rock, soul, r&b, and blues, a blend that mixes seamlessly with the ‘Alone with Blues’ tracks that he’ll be previewing for the very first time on the night.

Don’t miss a chance to celebrate 30+ years of hits and a love of blues!

Happening Friday 30 July at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/diesel-greatest-hits for more information.

Paradiso Reggae Night

You may not be able to venture overseas at the moment but you can still get your weekly fix of culture and that holiday feels at their new Paradiso Reggae night.

Featuring a regular rotating line-up of the local Reggae, Roots, and Tropical sounds – we’ll take you on a trip to a tropical paradise with LIVE music. Doors open 4 pm with live music starting at 8 pm.

Chill vibes and great beats with cozy Caribbean style. With each band bringing their unique flavour each week, expect a funky mix of tropical Ska, Dub, Reggae, Roots and Latin sounds.

Happening Wednesdays at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, City.

See Facebook for more information.

Dickson Sounds in the Village

Dickson is coming alive with the sound of music! Sounds in the Village is back for 2021.

Enjoy free performances from local musicians and performers every Thursday and Saturday from 11 am-1 pm.

You can find the performances in the Dickson Library courtyard. Watch their Facebook page each week for information on upcoming performances.

Happening Thursday and Sunday at Dickson Square, Dickson.

See Facebook for more information.

Live music Fridays at Blackbird

Every Friday night a different artist will play. Drop in for amazing cocktails in a great cosy and candlelit atmosphere, with some amazing talent on stage every Tuesday and Friday night.

Happening Friday evenings at Blackbird, 114 Alinga Street, Canberra City.

See blackbirdbar.com.au for more information.

Lunchbox Acoustic

Introducing the City Renewal Authority’s new Lunchbox Acoustic program of​ live performances in the city centre!

The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12 pm – 1:30 pm) in Civic until the end of June 2021.

These live performances will bring life to the heart of the city and encourage people to spend time in our city centre’s outdoor public spaces.

The Lunchbox Acoustic program is a diverse mix of performances by entertainers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, female and non-binary performers, singers and musicians and theatre, poetry and dance artists.

Happening weekdays at lunchtime in Garema Place, City.

See act.gov.au/cityrenewal/whats-on/lunchbox-acoustics2 for more information.

FAMILY

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

Questacon goes viral

Questacon is BACK with an adults-only night like no other! It’s the age of Lockdowns, QRs codes, and Masking up. We’ve spent the year hearing of these ‘Unprecedented Times’ enough to set a precedent.

So to reward you for all those brisk nasal swabs, Questacon is teaming up with our friends from the Australia National University to inject some fun into this Pandemic. Come join us as we super-spread the science of vaccines, pandemics, and viral information.

You’ll take part in the 2021 Miss Information Pageant and vote on the best-worst way that people try and sell you information. Join ANU researchers as they take us on an exploration of how vaccines work, and discover where Pandemics come from and what we have learned from them throughout history. And to top it all off our resident Liquid Nitrogen chefs are busy freezing up a Fizzy-Pfizzer-Spider* for you to try.

In addition, our researcher friends will be conducting some science on the night all around public health communication and attitudes – so if you’ve ever wanted a cool story about how some people wrote a paper about you once, come along and find out more.

Tickets are limited, and include one free drink, sorbet and of course entertainment. So book your spot before they sell out!

*Vaccine not included

Happening Friday 30 July at Questacon.

See premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=QUESTGV21 for more information.

AusDance ACT open class with Lialh Gow

Lilah Gow is a graduate of Brent Street performing arts. Originally trained in classical ballet, Lilah found her true calling in improvisation, contemporary, Commercial, JFH and Hip Hop.

Training young dancers, choreographing and performing for corporate/commercial work in Canberra and Sydney for many years was her main passion.

Her focus was then turned to the visual art of makeup artistry and has been enthralled in this world for the last 10 years.

Coming back into the love of dance, Lilah has begun to experiment with the importance of movement and the empowerment of expressing oneself through this medium and breath.

The joy of letting your hair down and taking it back to having fun dancing your heart out in class.

Class: It’s time to try and shake away the winter slumber.

Get ready to strut your stuff and feel the music.

90s dance music and a few slow jams will fuel this class as you let go and feel the music.

Everyone is welcome! The only rule is, leave all your stress at the door! And just enjoy yourself!

Happening 29 July until 5 August at Canberra Dance Theater.

See ausdanceact.org.au/open-classes-term-3 for more information.

Local Canberra at Canberra Glassworks

Local Canberra offers an opportunity to explore the present and future of design through the work of five designers—Emma Elizabeth, Tom Fereday, Tom Skeehan, Andrew Simpson and Anna Varendorff.

It will acknowledge the importance of design in today’s culture and recognise those designers whose talent, vision and desire to innovate, will set a standard for the future.

The imagination, diversity, and techniques on display will attest to the crucial role these five designers have in the ongoing construction of cultural heritage.

Happening 29 July until 5 September at Canberra Glassworks.

See canberraglassworks.com/visit/exhibitions for more information.

ANU 75th Anniversary

The Australian National University will launch their year-long 75th Anniversary celebrations by coming together as a community to celebrate on Sunday 1 August.

The day will include a series of fun and informative in-person community events in the Kambri precinct on their Acton campus.

There’s something for everyone including informative talks, tours, science shows and arts and crafts for the kids! These in-person events are free of charge, and the University invites all members of the Canberra community to attend.

Spaces are limited so registration is essential.

Happening Sunday 1 August at Kambri Precinct from 11 am-5 pm.

Cost/price: Free

See anu.edu.au/news/all-news/anu-turns-75 for more information.

Photography Workshop: C41 Colour

Colour developing is not a daunting process! It’s a quite straightforward, especially once you learn all the tips and tricks of the trade in this one-day workshop from PhotoAccess.

They’ll talk all about shooting in colour, the chemistry behind colour developing, the best ways to control temperature in the darkroom and at home and how to shift your colours for troubleshooting and for effect.

You’ll get to shoot and develop your first colour (or black and white C41) film on the day with the guidance of our experienced and knowledgeable tutor Kate Matthews.

Once the rolls are dry, PhotoAccess will give you a detailed negative scanning tutorial so you will have all the basics of colour film processing under your belt!

By the end of the day, you’ll be more than confident with the simple and fool-proof C41 (colour) process.

You will hopefully start shooting more C41 and feel knowledgeable about the process and scanning the negatives.

Darkroom experience is helpful, but this workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to learn!

As always when working in the darkroom PhotoAccess does recommend you wear long sleeves and long pants, while covered shoes are mandatory.

All other protective gear such as gloves, eye masks and protective aprons will be provided.

Happening Saturday 31 July at PhotoAccess.

See photoaccess.org.au/learn/classes/c41-developing-life-in-full-colour for more information.

“What makes you unique” Balloon storytelling show

Do you like balloons? Do you like stories? Then you will love the “What Makes You Unique” Balloon Storytelling Show, a book reading done with a twist!

It is the story of how our DNA makes each one of us unique, told using fun and colourful balloon creations. It is based on the book, “What Makes You Unique” written by Dr Chloe Lim, a scientist who is also a professional balloon artist!

This free event introduces children to the concept of genetics and how DNA makes us unique. Using the magic of balloon twisting, Chloe creates a fun learning experience for children to learn more about how their body works!

This event is suitable for 3-5 year old children and their parents/carers. Join in for some fun with balloons and learn about what makes you unique! Limited spots available so register now!

This project is supported by Inspiring the ACT and is in partnership with Communities @ Work. This free event is brought to you by Giggly Wiggly Balloons.

Happening Monday 26 July at Weston Community Hub.

See bit.ly/balloonstorytelling

Knot My Birthday

Join the National Museum of Australia to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening.

Howard Raggatt, the Museum’s architect, and Professor Cameron Bruhn, Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland, will discuss the inspiration behind the building and the challenges of bringing a design to life, and consider how the building might move forward into the future.

Hosted by Adrienne Erickson, the Swayn Senior Fellow in Australian Design at the Museum.

Happening Tuesday 27 July at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au/whats-on/knot-my-birthday for more information.

Milky Way Photography Workshop with Ari Rex

Take your night sky photography to the next level.

Learn how to capture stunning Milky Way nightscapes.

Expert instruction is given by award-winning photographer Ari Rex. Enjoy fabulous fun, amazing stars, new adventures and great company. If you’re passionate about astrophotography, this workshop is for you!

Happening across various Saturdays until 6 November 2021.

See arirex.com.au/amwphwc for more information.

Wilding: The secret life of urban plants program symposium

Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Wilding: The Secret Life of Urban Plants public program of events invites you to consider the plant-life around in new ways.

Created to complement the community arts project Embracing the Familiar by Rebecca Mayo, the series includes foraging walks, a symposium and a workshop.

Join Sydney based edible weeds advocate and wild food expert Diego Bonetto for a 2.5-hour stroll around the local area and learn about common edible and medicinal plants that surround us. Hear local stories of plant resilience woven with cultural trivia, migrant perspectives, and native wisdom. Find out about the role weeds play in repairing soil and how they are used for food, craft and natural remedies. There are several walks taking place between 28 and 30 July.

Diego Bonetto will join Kamilaroi man and First Nations cultural educator Aaron Chatfield and artist Rebecca Mayo to host a Symposium on Saturday 31 July. Aaron is an expert in local plant species and well-known for his work, with schools and organisations, improving Canberra’s understanding of connecting to plant ecosystems. Using storytelling to discuss how plants have been used to nourish and heal, speakers will share their thoughts on why we should rethink urban greenspaces and our gardens.

A free drop-in workshop with Rebecca Mayo completes the program on Saturday 7 August.

Happening until 7 August at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

See tuggeranongarts.com/whats-on/wilding-the-secret-life-of-urban-plants-public-program 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

Love Local Markets

This Winter, enjoy treats both toasty and tasty at the Love Local Markets at The Plot 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo on Sunday, July 25.

Come and delight your taste buds with a huge collection of Canberra & Region boutique products. Savour mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and other winter goodies, or let the kids loose in our playground wonderland. Best of all, do it while supporting your local community!

You’ll also have the chance to check out the Pialligo Market Grocer, the Farm Shop Café, as well as interior designer and homewares shops, Wren & Rabbit Interiors and Pink Flamingo Interiors, Bison & Crusoe & Co.

Happening Sunday 25 July at The Plot, Pialligo.

See theplotatpialligo.com.au/love-local-markets 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.

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

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

Ruth and Charles outside St Columba’s College Chapel on their wedding day, 1911. From the estates of Ruth Lane-Poole’s daughters, Charlotte Ruth Burston and Phyllis Gainsborough Hamilton, by descent to their families.

Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence

Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.

Such was her standing, that when the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, it was Ruth Lane-Poole that they engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.

This exhibition brings together items never exhibited before outside the official residences, and which explore the inspirations for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.

Showing until 23 October 2021.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/ruth-lane-poole-a-woman-of-influence for more information.

Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

Unique and captivating photographs of the 1920s criminal underworld capture the zeitgeist of an era. These mugshots, known as ‘Specials’, are unexpectedly candid and intriguing portraits of suspects in custody, and they are unlike any elsewhere in the world.

Bosses, bruisers, plotters, drug pushers, addicts, sly-grog purveyors and petty crims are all captured by the camera as they stare down the lens into history. But more than simple mugshots, these portraits, and the stories of the sordid sorts they portray, also convey the rise and fall of trends such as the flapper and illustrate the post-war movement of people between Sydney and other cities such as New York and London.

The hit BBC series Peaky Blinders found inspiration in this unique photographic archive, as have artists, academics and designers such as Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld. What will you take from them?

A travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Showing until 24 October at the National Archives of Australia.

See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/underworld-mugshots-roaring-twenties for more information.

Reflections Of My Country

“My Country gives me inspiration to paint; also my family and community.”

Duncan Smith OAM presents an exploration of Wiradjuri Country, using traditional ochre and acrylic paints on board. His works reflect rivers, waterholes, meeting places, animals, trees, grinding stones, artifacts, scar tree patterns and land patterns.

Before painting, Wiradjuri people travel throughout their Country to collect ochre. After gathering the ochre, they grind it to a fine powder with a grinding stone, then add water and a binding agent, such as wood glue, to help it stick to the surface it is being applied to. Ochre colours are traditionally white, red, yellow and brown, and paint brushes and sticks are used to paint dots. The exhibition includes single works as well as sets of three, with every painting different to each other.

Showing until 15 August at Belco Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au/exhibitions/ for more information.

Fruit, Flowers, Feathers and Fur

An exhibition of botanical and wildlife treasures by four local artists – Wendy Antoniak, Maria Boreham, Cornelia Buchen-Osmond and Vivien Pinder.

Open daily from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm in the Visitor Centre Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Happening 28 July until 15 August at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on/exhibitions for more information.

Heart Strong

Heart Strong features new works by six strong Aboriginal women who currently reside on Ngunnawal Country in Canberra, where their individual stories come together. Each artist uses their unique perspective to tell stories of Country, care, connection and strength.

Coming together from regions across Australia, and all at different stages of their artistic careers, these women share their individual stories and their shared experiences as strong women who lead, create and love in support of their families and community.

This exhibition is supported by the ACT Government through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants program.

Happening until 15 August 2021 at Belcom Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au/heart-strong/ for more information.

Ginger Meggs: 100 Years of Adventure

The Royal Australian Mint is marking a century of Australia’s most iconic comic strip, Ginger Meggs, with a brand new exhibition.

The Ginger Meggs: 100 Years of Adventure exhibition features cartoon strips from the original 1921 comics created by Jimmy Bancks, as well as current cartoons drawn by Jason Chatfield.

Designed to delight the whole family, there will also be a range of objects on display, including figurines, lapels and money boxes, among other memorabilia featuring the lovable larrikin.

Happening until 21 November 2021 at the Royal Australian Mint.

See ramint.gov.au/ for more information.

Australian Megafauna Exhibition

An exhibition featuring original large scale paintings of Australia’s megafauna by Australian wildlife artist, author and paleontological illustrator Peter Schouten AM.

Peter Schouten has an international reputation for his specialised area as a Paleontological Reconstructionist, rebuilding a fossil species. David Attenborough termed his skills as “rare and precious” and among the world’s best. Peter has published some of Australia’s most outstanding wildlife publications.

His work features in books such as Gliding Mammals of the World, Prehistoric Animals of Australia, A Gap in Nature, Astonishing Animals, Possums of the World, Tree Kangaroos A Curious Natural History, Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds and strangely enough, the Encyclopaedia of Asian Food. He has co-authored books with Dr Tim Flannery and Stephen Jackson as well as producing the book Megafauna which was a collaboration with Dr Ross MacPhee.

Peter’s works are featured in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Natural History Museum in New York, the Naturalis Museum in Holland and in David Attenborough’s private collection.

Showing until 25 July 2021 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on/exhibitions for more information.

Yurwang Bullarn—Strong Women’s Group

Yurwang Bullarn Strong Women’s Group is for women who are parents, carers, aunties and grandmas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Strong Women’s Group focuses on community connectedness and providing local women with an opportunity to socialise regularly and engage in activities addressing art, culture, self-care, health and wellbeing.

Yurwang Bullarn Strong Women’s Group includes Natasha Best (Wakamin), Leah Brideson (Kamilaroi), Megan Daley (Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri), Kayannie Denigan (Luritja), Krystal Hurst (Worimi) and Kristie Peters (Wiradjuri).

The pieces of art were done by the women at home during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown, with most sessions conducted on digital platforms. The women also met for a couple of sessions face-to-face towards the end of 2020, held at Belconnen Arts Centre.

Showing until 15 August at Belco Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au/strong-women for more information.

The Trevor Kennedy Collection: Highlights

Discover objects of rare beauty and items of curiosity and wonder in this exhibition.

Drawn from the rich and diverse Trevor Kennedy Collection, this selection of stunning artworks, ceramics, furniture and jewellery highlights Australia’s history, culture and identity.

Showing until 10 October. Free entry.

I Weave What I Have Seen: War Rugs of Afghanistan

I weave what I have seen is a testimony to the creativity and resilience of a people who have faced the devastating effects of war and conflict.

The rug-makers of Afghanistan developed a complex imagery of war planes, helicopters, machine guns, maps and slogans during three war-torn decades, between the late 1970s and 2010.

Afghan rugs and carpets were traditionally made by semi-nomadic peoples recognised for their distinctive designs, their rich palette and superior craftsmanship. Significant changes to the rug designs began to appear soon after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

The persistence of war and conflict in the region and the exodus of nearly four million people into Iran and Pakistan has instigated this new genre of war art.

I weave what I have seen consists of 40 rugs of different shapes and sizes sourced from Australian private collections. The exhibition investigates the history, iconography, production and distribution of these “war carpets” in Afghanistan itself, and among the far-flung Afghani diaspora.

I weave what I have seen developed out of a research project undertaken by Nigel Lendon (Honorary Fellow, School of Art and Design) and Tim Bonyhady (Faculty of Law) at the Australian National University.

The exhibition and its national tour are organised by the ANU Drill Hall Gallery in conjunction with Tim Bonyhady.

Showing until 15 August at Drill Hall Gallery, ANU.

See dhg.anu.edu.au for more information.

Yours Faithfully

Yours faithfully is an interactive exhibition that invites you to rediscover the art of letter writing.

In Yours Faithfully, you can use the Museum of Australian Democracy’s (MoAD) range of tools and supplies including beautifully restored typewriters and writing supplies to express your inner thoughts. Whatever the subject and whoever the recipient, you can pop your letter in the post box located in the exhibition and MoAD will cover the postage.

In an age of pithy one liners, text messages and FaceTime, rediscover letter writing at MoAD.

Happening until 31 December at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King Edward Terrace, Barton.

See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/yoursfaithfully for more information.

Celebrating 50 Years of Canberra Milk

Bringing together works of art and social history objects from the Canberra Museum and Gallery collection, Crafting Canberra explores how the Canberra community continues to evolve.

This exhibition examines ways Canberra has crafted a community for itself, as well as a national identity, over time.

Happening until 31 July at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/don-t-forget-the-milk-celebrating-50-years-of-canberra-milk for more information.

A Shared Enchantment: Japanese, Australian and New Zealand Contemporary Enamelling

A Shared Enchantment brings together Japanese, Australian and New Zealand enamelling artists Tsuruya Sakurai, Kazuko Inomata, Hiroki Iwata, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Mio Kuhnen and Jasmine Watson.

Japanese enamelling Master and teacher Tsuruya Sakurai provides the link between the artists, emulating the centuries old tradition of cultural exchange in the multifaceted development of the craft of enamelling. The exhibition showcases the extraordinary technical sophistication and challenging medium of enamelling, in both traditional and contemporary craft forms.

Happening until 15 August at Drill Hall Gallery. ANU.

See dhg.anu.edu.au for more information.

Sidney Nolan: Remembrances of my youth

Over 1982 and 1983 Sidney Nolan grew increasingly interested in the possibilities of working with spray paint on a large scale. He first used the medium during his time working as a commercial artist at Fayrefield Hats in Melbourne where he built a spray bay to paint advertising hoardings in the late 1930s. With access to the convenience of aerosol cans in a rainbow of vivid colours, he completed the lyrical Illuminations series – that title referencing the long poetic text by Arthur Rimbaud that had been a touchstone for the artist for over fifty years.

A series of twelve large works, Remembrances of my youth came shortly after, and each is untitled, leaving open how we might read these works presenting the artist in a darker frame of mind. This was a time of change again for Nolan, including the passing of John and Sunday Reed at the end of 1981, the end of his friendship with Albert Tucker and suffering a slight stroke while working on sets at the Sydney Opera House. There was also new energy through time spent at Bundanon with his wife Mary on the Shoalhaven River, her brother Arthur and his wife Yvonne Boyd.

CMAG manages The Nolan Collection on behalf of the Australian Government.

Showing until 4 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/remembrances-of-my-youth 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 26 January 2022 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

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