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Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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WHAT NOT TO MISS

Design Canberra x Winning Appliances Progressive Dining Experience

Following the success of the Sunday Supper Club, Winning Appliances will present a progressive dining experience in their Kingston showroom featuring leading appliance brands from around the world. Explore an international festival of flavours as you move through the showroom feasting on delicious treats created in the Winning Appliances display kitchens.

This exciting concept is a collaboration between Winning Appliances and HerCanberra magazine – a long-term DESIGN Canberra media partner and award-winning website highlighting the talents of Canberra women and the cosmopolitan lifestyle to be enjoyed in our national capital.

Happening Thursday 15 November from 6-9 pm at Winning Appliances, Jardine Street, Kingston.

Book your tickets at designcanberrafestival.com.au.

Chat with an Architect

It can feel like there are so many decisions to be made when you first think of building a new home or renovating an existing one. What style? Where can I build? What can I build? How much will it cost? Which builder?

Architects deal with these issues every day and for people like you.

Chat with an Architect is an evening where multi-award-winning architect Tony Trobe of TT Architecture will walk you through what an architect does, the process an architect takes once engaged, tips to stay on budget, golden rules for picking builders, advice on block selection and how much Architects charge.

There will also be an opportunity for you to ask Tony and the TT Architecture team all the niggling questions you want to ask.

You can Chat with an Architect at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 13 November at Winning Appliances, 80 Giles Street Kingston.

Tickets are $15.00 (includes wine and light supper) and limited to just 24 people. Click here to purchase tickets.

Find out more at www.ttarchitecture.com.au.

La Dolce Vita 2018

Discover the Italian spirit of the King Valley’s winemaking families, at La Dolce Vitawine and food festival.

In Spring, the winemaking families of the King Valley open their cellar doors to warmly welcome friends old and new. Celebrate the season in the Italian spirit, with food prepared by nonna or a renowned local chef, both new and museum release wines poured by the winemakers, and festival fun for all, big and small!

The King Valley is the Australian home of Italian wine styles, pioneers of Prosecco and innovators of Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.
Drink in the big, blue skies, mountain views and lush green vineyards of the region in Spring. Enjoy the generous hospitality of the winemaking families, and make memories with your friends and family – life is sweet in the King Valley!

Participating wineries are Brown Brothers, Chrismont, Dal Zotto, Darling Estate, Francesco, King River Estate, La Cantina, Pizzini, Sam Miranda, Symphonia.

Happening 17-18 November across a variety of locations in the King Valley region, North Eastern Victoria.

See the website for more details. 

CANBERRA KIDS MARKET

Hosted at EPIC, The Canberra Kids Market is a chance to find a variety of goods from prams and bassinets to toys, clothes and party supplies. The goods sold at the market will be a combination of new and old and are suitable for children aged 0-12.

The Canberra Kids Market is ideal for those who believe in the benefit of buying second hand.

Happening Saturday 17 November from 9 am – 12 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell.

For more information, go to Canberra Markets.

Keep Co Workshop: Geometric Papercraft Animals

Anna Trundle. Credit: Louis Jaccoud, thanks to Show and Tell Markets.

Create a papercraft masterpiece with ALTA Papercraft in a 2-hour workshop that will provide you with the materials and know-how to cut, fold and glue your own piece of art.

You’ll walk away with your own three-dimensional paper artwork from ALTA Papercraft’s unique DIY papercraft templates and some great new papercraft techniques from founder and head paper engineer Anna Trundle.

All skill levels welcome – suitable for first-time paper crafters right through to the pros – but big kids only as you’ll be dealing with some sharp objects in the process.

There’s a range of different designs to choose from to create on the day to suit all levels of ability. And if you’re hooked, the full range of kits will be available purchase at the workshop if you’d like to take some home with you to complete later with your newfound papercraft skills, or give as gifts.

Happening Tuesday 13 November from 6 pm at Keep Co NewActon.

See Facebook for more information.

ANTHEMS

Wind back the clock and celebrate some of Australia’s most iconic artists!

With an incredible line up locked in featuring John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano, The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda and many more to come – Anthems is bringing you a star-studded concert to Canberra’s National Arboretum.

The concert is happening on Saturday 17 November. For more information and tickets go to Anthems Live.

DESIGN Canberra Festival 2018

DESIGN Canberra is an annual festival which celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design.

Design is in Canberra’s DNA. From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has always been a living design laboratory.

Throughout November 2018, over 100 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra. The festival is for all interests and ages and most events are free. Last year a record 94,500 people attended the festival.

Happening until 25 November across various locations.

See the website for more information.

Presented by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.

DENDY DAMES: WIDOWS

Dendy Dames offers you a great excuse for a girls night out – a preview screening of Widows, including a drink on arrival and a goody bag for each guest.

From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 YEARS A SLAVE”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“GONE GIRL”), comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption.

is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities.

Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Happening Friday 16 November from 6.30 pm at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street.

Buy tickets and find more information here.

Keep Co Workshop: Drag Makeup with Etcetera Etcetera

Everyone has a queen inside of them! All you need is a little help to let it out!

Lead by kooky fashion queen Etcetera Etcetera (aka Oliver Levi-Malouf), this three hour workshop will give you a sneak peek into the world of drag makeup and unleash your inner diva! Focusing on eyebrow blocking, contouring, brows and colour theory, this workshop will give you the tools to take your world from drab to fab!

At the end of the workshop, join Etcetera Etetera as we take to the streets of Braddon for YES!Fest CBR – Marriage Equality Anniversary on Lonsdale St from 4pm onwards and watch her perform on stage for the crowds – celebrating queer love, equality and the first anniversary of saying ‘Yes!’ to Marriage Equality.

Happening Saturday 17 November from 1.30 – 4 pm at the Keep Co NewActon.

See Facebook for more information.

UC Capitals vs Dandenong Rangers

Come and witness the Caps take on the Dandenong Rangers for Round 6 of the WNBL 2018-19 Season this Sunday, November 18 at the National Convention Centre Canberra.

The Caps have just returned from Perth after a gruelling match against the Lynx where we lost to the league leaders by only 6 points. While this knocked the Caps down to third on the ladder, the WNBL claimed that superstar Kelsey Griffin had one of the performances of season, registering 30 points, 18 rebounds and a whopping 10 offensive boards!

The Capitals have created a lot of hype for themselves this season with Kia Nurse winning the WNBL Player of The Month and Paul Goriss taking out Coach of The Month.

Meanwhile, the Rangers have had a tough run in their last four games and will be putting up a tough fight to end their losing streak and to prove themselves as we fast approach the second half of the season.

As always, there will also be plenty of fun and entertainment off-court, with the Bleachers Sports Bar meet and march to the NCCC and the pre-game Go Big Zone, so make sure you’re there to see it all.

Happening from 11:30am on Sunday 18 November at the National Convention Centre.

Find more information via Facebook.

Be-you-tiful Mummies Wellness Workshop

You had a baby. You haven’t slept more than three hours in a row since the beginning of your third trimester. You’re exhausted. You haven’t washed your hair in over a week.  Let alone remember the last time you had matching socks on #winning.   Some days, you get to the gym. Most days, you live hour-by-hour, over-caffeinating and wondering if you’re doing any of it right. You are, by the way. You are doing great. Motherhood is the experience of a lifetime.

However, spoiler alert.  Most women, real women, don’t ‘bounce back’ to their pre-pregnancy shape overnight.  But that doesn’t matter.  Your brightest glory isn’t falling under the caption #mumbod.  Rather, it is in your whole body mysteriously rising up in the middle of the night before they even start crying. And of course, it is taking time to celebrate and appreciate that amazing body of yours.  Celebrating it for all the real work it has done.

Join dietitians Lisa Donaldson and Georgia Houston from FEEDinc. and Summit Health Solutions, as they take you through a morning of wellness and inspiration and provide you with expert advice on how to feel your most be-you-tiful postpartum.

Happening from 11 am on Thursday 15 November at Six Degrees Cafe in O’Connor.

Tickets $10 via Eventbrite.

Keep Co Workshop: Social School

If you’ve been thinking about taking your social media to the next level, but are not sure where to start, this is the workshop for you.

Running a small business and keeping on top of social media is no easy feat. With the digital world moving at a million miles per hour, a strategy that worked wonders last year just might not be as effective today.

In this workshop, you’ll learn social media from the ground up. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to manage successful social media pages that will take your business to the next level.

We’ll share all the juice on the strategies working right now, as well as a bunch of tips and tricks you can use to up your social media game. At the end of the session, you’ll walk away inspired and excited by what’s possible for your small business through the world of social.

Happening Friday 16 November from 6 -8:30 pm at Keep Co CBR NewActon.

See Facebook for more information.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

A Canberra must-do during spring and summer, Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is happening again for summer 2018/19!

With seating across Old Parliament House’s gorgeous Senate Courtyard and its adjoining restaurant Hoi Polloi, Friday Night Drinks is an all-weather event, and the expansive venue means that large groups are welcomed, no matter the size. With its Parliamentary Triangle location, lots of parking and regular public transport access it’s also a perfect meeting place.

Happening every Friday from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Eat Drink DESIGN Canberra

Award-winning chef Ben Willis has curated a one-night-only design dinner celebration of the best of food and design teamed with seasonal, locally sourced produce and contemporary designers.

The Aubergine Eat Drink DESIGN Canberra dinner includes five courses plus matched wine, presented in their beautifully moody and recently refurbished dining room. Hear from Ben Willis about his vision for the perfect dinner, alongside local designers and makers.

Aubergine has had two Chef Hats for the past seven consecutive years, among many other accolades. In 2018, Aubergine retained it’s 2 SMH Chef Hats, was listed in John Lethlean’s Hot 50 Restaurants and Gourmet Traveller’s top #100 restaurants and was also included in The Financial Review Australia’s Top Restaurants list.

Book early – tickets are strictly limited. $180 per person.

Happening Friday 17 November from 6.30 pm at Aubergine, 18 Barker St, Griffith.

See the website for more information.

Taglietti People 16 Exhibition Opening

As part of DESIGN Canberra’s celebration of the work of Enrico Taglietti, PhotoAccess in partnership with DESIGN Canberra, have commissioned Canberra photographer Mark Mohell to make a series of new portraits of those with strong connections to Taglietti. Italian-born and trained, Taglietti featured in the Museum of Modern Art 1979 exhibition, Transformations in Modern Architecture. Taglietti’s contribution is significant: his thoughtful detailing, aesthetics and sense of place have helped to shape Australia’s national capital, home to the most ambitious and most successful example of twentieth century urban planning in Australia.

The exhibition opening will take place at 6pm on Thursday 15 November. The portraits will be on exhibition at EAST Hotel in Kingston until the close of the DESIGN Canberra Festival on 25 November.

Entry is free, more information on the website.

Karen McCartney: The Alchemy of Things

Explore the homes of 18 global creatives who take an eccentric, whimsical, curated and clever approach to their living space with Karen McCartney.

McCartney will speak about her new book The Alchemy of Things: Transforming Interiors Through Objects.

The book details a series of eighteen fascinating homes that come from a truly creative place, transcending conventional notions of collection and display.

This new beauty taps into a craving for a personal space with rich layers, a little bit of oddity and an irrepressible joie de vivre.

A mix of artists, interior designers, architects, collectors, gallerists, stylists, furniture designers and vintage retailers open the doors to their own homes – many for the first time.

Happening Saturday 17 November from 2.30 – 3.30 pm at the National Gallery of Australia. See the website for more information.

Visible City: Contemporary Urban Renewal

The Visible City series brings together international, inspirational and sometimes radical perspectives with contemporary case studies in urban renewal as part of the DESIGN Canberra festival.

How can these new perspectives and recent case studies inform Canberra’s ambitious CBD renewal as it transitions form and function?

Happening until 22 November at various locations around the city.

  • Vibe Hotel, 3.30-5 pm, 9 November
  • Craft ACT, 3.30-5 pm, 15 November
  • City Hill, 12.30-2 pm, 22 November

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Enrico Taglietti Symposium

Enrico Taglietti’s contribution to architecture is significant: his thoughtful detailing, aesthetics and sense of place have helped to shape Australia’s national capital, home to the most ambitious and most successful example of twentieth-century urban planning in Australia.

This highly anticipated symposium is an opportunity to consolidate research and knowledge to assess the significance of Taglietti’s work and better understand its value for the future. Symposium speakers include international and national architects and designers, architectural historians and scholars, and some of the many people who have been touched by Taglietti’s designs – school children, designer-makers, homeowners and more.

Happening Friday 16 November from 10 am – 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

See the website for more details.

Cellar Door

Cellar Door is a new wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct. Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.

Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books. Capital City Soul Club are the resident DJs.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening Saturday 17 November from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon. See the Facebook event for more details.

Keep Co Workshop: Mastering Your Camera

Get to know the ins and outs of your camera to take amazing photos and up your game at capturing the moment with a great new introductory workshop from local photographer Maddie Manning.

This course is designed for those who want to gain more control over their photography and get to know the tools and terminology behind the lens.

You will be shooting right from the beginning of the class to learn more about lighting and composition, and how to manipulate aperture, shutter speed and ISO to produce the results you want from your images.

A combination of theory and practical exercises will get you familiar with key aspects of photography so you can take your photos to the next level. Absolute beginners are very welcome, though participants will get more out of the course if they are familiar with their camera’s menu options for aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

Happening Thursday 15 November from 6-8.30 pm at Keep Co CBR NewActon.

Find more information on Facebook.

ROME: CITY + EMPIRE

Stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost 3000 years after their foundation.

Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire.

Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Happening until 3 February from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.

COOK AND THE PACIFIC

Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Karen McCartney: The Alchemy of Things

Explore the homes of 18 global creatives who take an eccentric, whimsical, curated and clever approach to their living space with Karen McCartney.

McCartney will speak about her new book The Alchemy of Things: Transforming Interiors Through Objects.

The book details a series of eighteen fascinating homes that come from a truly creative place, transcending conventional notions of collection and display.

This new beauty taps into a craving for a personal space with rich layers, a little bit of oddity and an irrepressible joie de vivre.

A mix of artists, interior designers, architects, collectors, gallerists, stylists, furniture designers and vintage retailers open the doors to their own homes – many for the first time.

Happening Saturday 17 November from 2.30 – 3.30 pm at the National Gallery of Australia. See the website for more information.

Democracy. Are you in?

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you. Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

Open daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE

An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures

Audiences around the world know and love Heath Ledger as a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and created iconic roles. Now they have a chance to discover Heath’s creative process and deep passion for the film industry and the visual arts, in a unique exhibition curated in collaboration with his family.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards and more. A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera. A program of special screenings and talks will complement the exhibition.

Showing until 10 February 2019 at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton. See website for more information.

DESIGN Canberra: Living Rooms

Architecture + design + craft = an open home with a difference.

Explore the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses in the inner south, and discover pop-up exhibitions with works on sale by local artists, makers and craft practitioners.

Enjoy a progressive exhibition as you take in the beauty of design in our own backyard.

Happening in various locations from 11 am – 3.30 pm on 11, 18 and 25 November.

Cost: Free

Keep an eye on the website for more information.

Trivia Tuesdays at Casino Canberra

Got a brain full of useless facts and information? Make some money off it at Casino Canberra!

Trivia kicks off at 6:30 pm every Tuesday with free entry and cash prizes to be won!

Visit the website for more information.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information. Free after museum admission. Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Cost: Free.

Zen AF

ZEN AF. – is an hour meditation class to escape from the chaos, to do lists and stresses in life.

Give yourself a mini break from it all and find your inner monk.

In this one-hour class, you’ll be gently guided through a series of meditations.

  • Letting go of the stress and tension thats been building up.
  • Relax your body from head to toe and every cell inbetween, finding ease in your mind and body again.
  • Be gently guided with visualisation, seeing yourself handling life like a rockstar, unshakeable and Zen AF!

Open to all meditation levels, beginners to advanced. No previous experience required. Book your place online.

What to bring:

  • Yoga mat if you have one or towel in not (we have some extra mats)
  • Warm clothing. This class is indoors.
  • Cushion for extra comfort
  • Water if you wish

***This event is capped at 30 people only***

Turn your afternoon into a Sunday Selfcare Session – You may wish to do a Yoga Class 5:30pm – 6:30pm before the Meditation at 7pm. Same studio.

See poweryogacanberra.com.au for more details on their classes.

Trivia Tuesdays

Grab your mates, grab a drink and get ready for a good time. MOLO Live will be hosting trivia every Tuesday – and if that wasn’t good enough, the winners get to ‘pluck a duck’ for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

If your team is the brainiest you stand a chance to win a keg, vouchers from Brodburger, Bentspoke or STA Travel and heaps more!

Happening every Tuesday from 5.30 pm at MOLO Live, in the ANU Pop-Up Village on ANU Campus, Acton.

FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS

Make it Snow at Westfield

Christmas at Westfield. It’s a little magical. And this year, Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden will come alive with magic at their Make it Snow activation zone!

Transforming the centre into a white Christmas wonderland, this is the perfect opportunity to snap a holiday pic.

Don’t miss the first snowfall at Santa’s Arrival on Saturday 10 November.

At Westfield Belconnen, you can catch the first day’s snowfall at 12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm and at Westfield Woden, you will be able to experience the snowfall at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm.

After Santa’s arrival snow will continue to fall at Both Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden at 12 pm,1 pm and 2 pm daily from Sunday 11 November to Friday 16 November.

Happening at Westfield Belconnen from Saturday 10 November – Friday 16 November:  12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm daily and at Westfield Woden on Saturday 10 November 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and then from Sunday 11 November – Friday 16 November:  12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm daily.

Locations: Westfield Belconnen near the Santa Set, Level 1 near Myer and Westfield Woden near the Santa Set, Level 1 Near JB Hifi.

See the website for more information.

SANTA’S ENCHANTED GARDEN at Canberra Centre

Santa arrives in-centre on Saturday 10 November, taking up residence in his brand-new Enchanted Garden. Father Christmas will be available for photos daily up until Christmas Eve…skip the queue and pre-book your ticket online.

Pre-booking will commence early November.

Level One, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, City.

See the website for more information.

Santa’s Arrival

With help from his trusted elves, Santa has made his list and has checked it twice. Now it’s time to join us and celebrate the magic of Christmas by welcoming Santa to Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden!

Welcome Santa in the true spirit of Christmas with a festive parade including Mrs Claus, Santa’s Reindeers, trusty elves, Rudolph, Samoyed dogs and more!

BELCONNEN

When: Saturday 10 November at 10 am
Start: Level 3, Lathlain street entrance
Finish: Level 1, centre court

See the website for more information.

WODEN

When: Saturday 10 November from 1 pm
Start: Fresh Food, Level 2
Finish: Level 1, Santa Set
See the website for more information.

Santa Photography at Westfield

Capture the magic of Christmas with your family

What will you ask Santa for this year? It’s time for your annual Christmas portrait with Santa! From Saturday 10th November, Santa will be available for photos every day right up until Christmas so there’s plenty of opportunities to come in and create that lasting memory.

BOOK YOUR SESSION ONLINE

It’s the busiest time of the year so to make it easier to attend your Santa photo, online bookings will be available. Walk-ins are still an option but for the time poor, we can secure your photo time through an online booking form.  

BELCONNEN

Where: Level 1, Centre Court
When: 10 November – 24 December
See the website for more information

WODEN

Where: Level 1, Centre Court
When: 10 November – 24 December
See the website for more information.

Kids Christmas Activities

Keep your little elves happy!

Christmas can be a busy time of year so to help keep your little ones entertained, visit Westfield’s kids Christmas activity zone. Every day there is something at the space to help keep the kids entertained. From playing games to storytelling to arts and crafts.

Happening 10 November – 24 December. Located in Belconnen: Level 1, next to the Santa Set and at Woden on level 1, next to the Santa Set.

Santa’s Breakfast at Westfield Woden

Join Santa at a fun (and chocolate!) filled breakfast at San Churro on Saturday 10 November. Enjoy sweet treats, face painting and other Christmas themed fun, then follow Santa through to the Santa set to get your Santa photos!

Happening Saturday 10 December 8 – 9 am at San Churro, on Bradley Street near McDonald’s.

Book vow via the website.

Sensory-friendly Santa at Westfield

Sensory-friendly Santa photos have returned for Christmas 2018 at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden.

Santa will be available for photos before the centre opens for trade to ensure a calm, quiet atmosphere with extra attention from Santa’s Helpers. This year, there will be both morning and evening sessions available.

WHEN

Morning sessions: Sunday 18 and Sunday 25 November | 8 am – 10 am

Evening sessions: Thursday 22 and Thursday 29 November | 6 pm- 8 pm

WHERE

Westfield Belconnen Santa Set, Level 1 near Myer

Westfield Woden Santa Set The Level 1, near JB HiFi

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: 

Westfield Belconnen: Email Westfield Belconnen with your preferred date, and session at CLawson@Scentregroup.com

Westfield Woden: Email Westfield Woden with your preferred date, and session at WodenMarketing@scentregroup.com

FOOD & DRINK

La Dolce Vita 2018

Discover the Italian spirit of the King Valley’s winemaking families, at La Dolce Vita wine and food festival.

In Spring, the winemaking families of the King Valley open their cellar doors to warmly welcome friends old and new. Celebrate the season in the Italian spirit, with food prepared by nonna or a renowned local chef, both new and museum release wines poured by the winemakers, and festival fun for all, big and small!

The King Valley is the Australian home of Italian wine styles, pioneers of Prosecco and innovators of Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.
Drink in the big, blue skies, mountain views and lush green vineyards of the region in Spring. Enjoy the generous hospitality of the winemaking families, and make memories with your friends and family – life is sweet in the King Valley!

Participating wineries are Brown Brothers, Chrismont, Dal Zotto, Darling Estate, Francesco, King River Estate, La Cantina, Pizzini, Sam Miranda, Symphonia.

Happening 17-18 November across a variety of locations in the King Valley region, North Eastern Victoria.

See the website for more details.

Design Canberra x Winning Appliances Progressive Dining Experience

Following the success of the Sunday Supper Club, Winning Appliances will present a progressive dining experience in their Kingston showroom featuring leading appliance brands from around the world. Explore an international festival of flavours as you move through the showroom feasting on delicious treats created in the Winning Appliances display kitchens.

This exciting concept is a collaboration between Winning Appliances and HerCanberra magazine – a long-term DESIGN Canberra media partner and award-winning website highlighting the talents of Canberra women and the cosmopolitan lifestyle to be enjoyed in our national capital.

Happening Thursday 15 November from 6-9 pm at Winning Appliances, Jardine Street, Kingston.

Book your tickets at designcanberrafestival.com.au.

FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

A Canberra must-do during spring and summer, Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is happening again for summer 2018/19!

With seating across Old Parliament House’s gorgeous Senate Courtyard and its adjoining restaurant Hoi Polloi, Friday Night Drinks is an all-weather event, and the expansive venue means that large groups are welcomed, no matter the size. With its Parliamentary Triangle location, lots of parking and regular public transport access it’s also a perfect meeting place.

Happening every Friday from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Eat Drink DESIGN Canberra

Award-winning chef Ben Willis has curated a one-night-only design dinner celebration of the best of food and design teamed with seasonal, locally sourced produce and contemporary designers.

The Aubergine Eat Drink DESIGN Canberra dinner includes five courses plus matched wine, presented in their beautifully moody and recently refurbished dining room. Hear from Ben Willis about his vision for the perfect dinner, alongside local designers and makers.

Aubergine has had two Chef Hats for the past seven consecutive years, among many other accolades. In 2018, Aubergine retained it’s 2 SMH Chef Hats, was listed in John Lethlean’s Hot 50 Restaurants and Gourmet Traveller’s top #100 restaurants and was also included in The Financial Review Australia’s Top Restaurants list.

Book early – tickets are strictly limited. $180 per person.

Happening Friday 17 November from 6.30 pm at Aubergine, 18 Barker St, Griffith.

See the website for more information.

CITY SESSIONS: CIVIC SQUARE

As part of the Design Canberra Festival, there will be a gathering in Civic Square featuring a pop up wine bar by The Pop Inn. City Sessions are a chance to celebrate Canberra’s iconic design. There will be works nearby by local artists and designers showcasing entries into the Design Canberra City Art Graphic Interventions Competition. City sessions: Civic Square is a perfect event for those who wish to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of wine and excellent design.

City Sessions will be happening on Thursday 15 November.

More information on the event can be found at Design Canberra Festival.

Friday Food Fest

Tantalise your taste buds and Friday Food Fest; running for ten Friday evenings during October – December on the grassy shores of the Queanbeyan River at QEII Park.

A range of fabulous food vendors will offer a great variety of dishes and flavours; come on down and enjoy the food, warmer weather and a fantastic atmosphere!

Happening every Friday until 21 December at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Queanbeyan from 5-9pm. Free Entry.

For more information head to qprc.nsw.au.

Cellar Door  

Cellar Door is a new wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct. Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.

Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books. Capital City Soul Club are the resident DJs.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening Saturday 17 November from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon. See the Facebook event for more details.

UNDERGROUND SPIRITS TIPPLE AND TEA

Hosted at the beautiful Hyatt Hotel, Underground Spirits Tipple and Tea is a chance to combine cocktails make from Underground Spirits liquor with traditional and well-loved tea at The Hyatt Hotel. The event is for both guests and visitors to enjoy a mixture of cocktails and tea alongside a traditional afternoon tea by The Hyatt. The menu will feature an unusual yet intriguing blend of cocktails to choose from.

The event is happening from 16 November until 18 November. For more information and tickets contact mikaela.panting@hyatt.com or 02 6269 8901.

YAZZ WINE FEST

The Yazz Wine Fest will be returning for 2018 and will involve a day of enjoying local wine, beer and spirits. Located just an hour away from Canberra in the pastoral town of Yass, the event is a chance to visit 15 wineries, 2 distilleries and a brewery. Attendants will be given a wine glass on the day for tasting, a bag to hold 4 bottles and a booklet with tasting tips as well as information on all of the wineries visited.

There will also be a chance to taste food from two local providers; The Pastors Pleasure and Thyme to Taste will have delicious offerings for sale to go with the drinks. A bus leaving from the Canberra Theatre Centre will be available for transport to the event.

Happening on Saturday 17 November. For more information on tickets and transport visit Eventbrite.

GUNGAHLIN SRI LANKAN FOOD FAIR

Authentic delicious food cooked with Sri Lankan Spices hosted at The Gungahlin Community Centre.

Hoppers & Egg Hoppers, Thosa, Samosa, Rice with Traditional Sri Lankan ‘Hot’ & Spicy Curries Variety of finger foods, short-eats, pan rolls, Wade’, & Cold Drinks.

Eat there or take home to enjoy later; most meals are suitable for Freezing. Nothing will be over $9.00.

Happening on Saturday 17 November. For more information call 0425254141.

SUNDAY SESSIONS: BOWEN PARK

Sunday Sessions is a part of the Design Canberra Festival. It will feature an array of local bands with drinks by the Pop Inn Wine Bar. The location of the event will be at the tranquil Bowen Park in Barton.

The event is happening on Sunday 18 November. Entry is free. More information can be found on Design Canberra Festival.

HIGH TEA AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

Showcasing a range of sweet and savoury treats by Pialligo Estate, alongside an impeccable range of tea’s by Canberra based Tea Garden Co.

High Tea at Pialligo Estate is as refined as its setting. Tuck into delicate pastries and cakes, classic finger sandwiches, scones with Estate jam plus a glass of bubbles for extra indulgence.

This High Tea is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, hen parties, dates, family get-togethers and friends wanting something different! Bookings are essential.

Inclusions | Glass of Bubbles, Selection of Tea Garden Co. Teas, Selection of sweet and savoury items.

Happening weekends until Saturday 22 December from 10am at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. From $55. See the website for more information.

TIPSY TEA AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM  

It’s always time for tea at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, Tipsy Tea that is! Kicking off from two every Saturday and Sunday, Tipsy Tea is perfect for those seeking a little adventure.

Tipsy Tea ($65 pp), in true White Rabbit style combines classic high tea flare with signature concoctions encouraging the curious to explore their senses. To eat, you are greeted by a 3- tier platter with an array of flavoursome bites including; spiced pork sausage rolls, smoked salmon and cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches and semi-dried tomato and caramelised onion tarts. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try the sour rhubarb and marshmallow tarts or the delightful dark chocolate and peanut brownies topped with caramel icing.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, 65 Northbourne Avenue, City.

Book your table via info@whiterabbitroom.com.au or on (02) 6257 7779.

GARDEN BAR HAPPY HOUR  

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

FRIDAY SOIRÉE AT BUVETTE  

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE  

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches. Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

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

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE  

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email buvette@domahotels.com.au. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

TACO TUESDAY  

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS  

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS  

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC, STAGE AND THEATRE

ANTHEMS

Wind back the clock and celebrate some of Australia’s most iconic artists!

With an incredible line up locked in featuring John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano, The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda and many more to come – Anthems is bringing you a star-studded concert to Canberra’s National Arboretum.

The concert is happening on Saturday 17 November. For more information and tickets go to Anthems Live.

SALT N PEPA

Guaranteed to bring audiences to their feet, Salt N Pepa are one of the first (and greatest) all-female rap groups. Onstage at Canberra Theatre Centre for ONE NIGHT only, this is a night not to be missed.

Long before the days of high profile social media platforms, the trio commanded the attention of millions with their airtight flow, mass pop appeal, fashion, fun, and unapologetic femininity.

With a Salt N Pepa film and documentary both in the works right now, there’s never been a more important time to see these legends of hip-hop in the flesh.

Happening on Tuesday 13 November. For more information go to Canberra Theatre Centre.

MUSICA VIVA PRESENTS THE BEG TRIO

This will be Musica Viva’s last concert for 2018 and will be performed by UK piano trio The Benedetti Elschenbroik Grynyuk Trio. With Nicola Benedetti on violin, Leonard Elschenbroich on cello and Alexei Grynyuk on piano, the three young soloists will provide an enchanting performance.

The performance will take place at the Llewellyn Hall at The ANU School of Music. Tickets for Under 30s are $30 when entering the promo code U30 and under 40s tickets are $40 when entering the code U40. Family Tickets $100 for two adults and two children.

Happening on Thursday 15 November.  For more information on the event and tickets visit Musicaviva.

XSLF AND THE GO SET

XSLF is Henry Cluney, and Jim Reilly, who reconnected after almost two decades in 2013. They are the founding and original members of Belfast punk band Stiff Little Fingers. Playing a mixture of songs they wrote in the early days of Stiff Little Fingers (Including Alternative Ulster, Suspect Device, Tin Soldiers and more from the first three SLF albums), as well as a swag of material from their new album ‘Arrup Bang’.

November will see them touring Australia for the first time with Melbourne Celtic Punks The Go Set. They will be playing in Canberra at Transit Bar.

Happening on Thursday 15 November. For more information and tickets go to OzTix.

DIANA ANAID AT SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE-THE LEAVING TOWN TOUR

Canberra local and Narrabundah College Alumni Diana Anaid will be returning to Smiths Alternative to play an intimate show with her sister Heya joining to perform a co-written song they wrote as teenagers.

Smith’s alternative will provide a warm setting which will allow Diana to play an intimate show striking up a personal connection with the audience.

The event will take place on Friday 16 November. More information on the event and tickets can be found at Smith’s Alternative.

ALLDAY-UC REFECTORY

To celebrate the end of exams and Spilt Milk weekend, UC is bringing Allday to Canberra, with support from Turquoise Prince and Jannah Beth.

This is a licensed and all ages event.

Happening on Friday 16 November. For more information and tickets go to UC Union.

SONGS FOR SENTEBALE

The Strange Weather Gospel Choir along with The Turner Trebles and The Lyneham High Voices will be putting on a performance of diverse music genres; including African to classical. The concert will raise funds for Sentebale; a charity that supports children affected by HIV and AIDS in Botswana and Lesotho.

The high Commission of The Republic of Botswana will provide a stunning backdrop for the concert. Following the concert a light supper will be provided.

The event is happening on Saturday 17 November. For more information on the event and tickets visit Strangeweather.

SGT PEPPER’S – WITH STRINGS ATTACHED!

An inspired homage to the Beatles’ iconic album infused with the beauty of French Impressionist composers like Debussy, Saint-Saens & Ravel, with a bit of circus and mayhem thrown in for good measure. It’s Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band like it’s never been heard.

This magical recreation of Sgt Pepper’s has been specially written for string quartet, choir and soloists by award-winning Australian composer, Judy Stubbs. It features acclaimed vocal ensemble, Eklektika, and leading musicians, Kyle Little (Violin), Rita Woolhouse (Cello), Miffy Ryan (Viola), and Johnny Spillane (Irish Whistle). The performances will be held at the Gorman Arts Centre.

Happening from Saturday 17 until Sunday 18 November. For more information call 0405143418.

EXCLUSION BY DAVID ATFIELD

Set in Canberra in 2018, this is a play centred around the secret lives of two federal ministers both hoping to become Prime Minister. Their secrets are threaten to destroy their careers. The play deals with themes such as politics, equality, deception, scandal and the intertwining of politics with personal life.

Exclusion is recommended for those over the age of 16. It will be shown at The Street Theatre on Childers Street.

The play is happening until Saturday 17 November. For more information and tickets go to The Street.

TAKING FLIGHT

Canberra’s gay and lesbian choir Qwire will be hosting two separate performances as part of Canberra’s SpringOut Pride Festival. Qwires exciting concert celebrating 25 years, Taking Flight, will draw inspiration from the works of popular musicians such as Maya Angelou, Sia, Concita Wurst and the Disney soundtrack.

The concert will be held at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre and will be a festive celebration of diversity and pride.

The concert will take place on Saturday 17 November and Sunday 18 November. For more information on the event and tickets visit The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. For information on transport to the event contact 0456 435 203.

THE WIZ…….. FROM AUS!

Hosted at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Legs Dance annual showcase of their stars of tomorrow. A thoroughly entertaining show featuring hundreds of dancers and costumes. Great entertainment for the whole family.

See dancers from 4 years and up performing Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Acrobatics, Singing, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary. The Wiz is starring Sophie Highmore as Dorothy and ACT 2 features Australian artists/icons. This show is non-stop fun and promises to have the audience tapping their feet the whole way through!

Happening on Saturday 17 November. For more information go to Canberra Theatre Centre.

ENERGIA

Set at Mount Majura Solar Farm, amid the ACT’s nation-leading renewable energy sector, Australian Dance Party’s ENERGEIA surveys the generation, use and often waste of the energy around us.

The work invites an immersive audience experience that looks closely at human energy transactions positioning the human at the centre of the renewable and non-renewable energy debate. We ask why are we as individuals and a society energy hungry?

The performance, running entirely on battery, solar and kinetic power, reveals the often untapped resource of the human body in combination with the elements and environs in which we exist.

The performance is happening until Sunday 18 November. For more information and tickets go to Australian Dance Party.

BLACK MOUNTAIN PIANO QUARTET: JOURNEY OF PIANO

The Black Mountain Piano Quartet will delight audiences with a series of piano quartets by Beethoven, Schumann, and others in the architecture of the High Court of Australia.

The Quartet is the result of creative collaborations between the four players in various combinations. Together they express a passion to explore and share a love for the piano quartet repertoire. The quartet comprises of Jason Li on violin, Thayer Parker on viola, Alex Moncur on cello and Kathleen Loh on piano.

The performance is happening on Sunday 18 November. For more information go to High Court of Australia.

THE CATHERINE TATE SHOW

The critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor, Catherine Tate, is bringing The Catherine Tate Show – Live to Australia for the first time. It will be shown at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

The tour will unite some of Catherine’s best-known characters from her hugely successful BBC series ‘The Catherine Tate Show’, broadcast on ABC TV in Australia in never before seen sketches. The cast will include ‘Nan’ Taylor, Irish nurse Bernie, Geordie Georgie, Essex girl Sam…and the return of a certain argumentative teenager…

Joining Catherine on her first ever live tour is long–term collaborator Niky Wardley. Niky will take to the stage alongside Catherine as she reprises some of the many characters she embodied throughout the series. They will be joined by David O’Reilly.

The show is happening on Sunday 18 November. For more information and tickets go to Canberra Theatre Centre.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

One man, Two Guvnors is an adaption of the award winning English play A Servant of Two Masters. This comedy play centres on skiffle player Francis Henshall who ends up becoming employed by two different men while trying to make sure that the two never meet one another and discover her double-employment status.

The play will take place at The Canberra REP and will be running until 2 December. For more information and tickets go to Canberra REP.

Trivia Tuesdays

Grab your mates, grab a drink and get ready for a good time. MOLO Live will be hosting trivia every Tuesday – and if that wasn’t good enough, the winners get to ‘pluck a duck’ for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

If your team is the brainiest you stand a chance to win a keg, vouchers from Brodburger, Bentspoke or STA Travel and heaps more!

Happening every Tuesday from 5.30 pm at MOLO Live, in the ANU Pop-Up Village on ANU Campus, Acton.

Trivia Tuesdays at Casino Canberra

Got a brain full of useless facts and information? Make some money off it at Casino Canberra!

Trivia kicks off at 6:30 pm every Tuesday with free entry and cash prizes to be won!

Visit the website for more information.

SUNSET SESSIONS AT THE LAKES  

The perfect way to end your week…Head to The Lakes every Friday from 4pm in the lounge, for your chance to see some of Canberra’s best local musicians!

Happening until Friday 29 March 2019 at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, 110 Gundaroo Drive, Nicholls. Free entry. See the website for more information.

FILM  

DENDY DAMES: WIDOWS

Dendy Dames offers you a great excuse for a girls night out – a preview screening of Widows, including a drink on arrival and a goody bag for each guest.

From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 YEARS A SLAVE”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“GONE GIRL”), comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption.

is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities.

Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Happening Friday 16 November from 6.30 pm at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street.

Buy tickets and find more information here.

SEASON: LONESOME COWBOYS

The Arc Cinema in Acton is hosting a short season of contemporary cowboy classics including popular favourites Brokeback Mountain, Mystery Road, Goldstone and The Proposition.

The event is happening until Saturday 17 November.

For more information go to NFSA.

IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Contemporary Iran has one of the world’s most exhilarating national film cultures. This returning festival showcases a diverse range of the best and most interesting of current Iranian cinema.

The following films will be shown during the period:

  • Tale of the Sea – 17 November, 2.00pm
  • Pig – 17 November, 6.00pm
  • Rona: Azim’s Mother + Lunch Time (short film) – 18 November, 4.00pm
  • 3 Faces – 18 November, 6.00pm

For more information and tickets go to NFSA.

FESTIVALS

La Dolce Vita 2018

Discover the Italian spirit of the King Valley’s winemaking families, at La Dolce Vitawine and food festival.

In Spring, the winemaking families of the King Valley open their cellar doors to warmly welcome friends old and new. Celebrate the season in the Italian spirit, with food prepared by nonna or a renowned local chef, both new and museum release wines poured by the winemakers, and festival fun for all, big and small!

The King Valley is the Australian home of Italian wine styles, pioneers of Prosecco and innovators of Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.
Drink in the big, blue skies, mountain views and lush green vineyards of the region in Spring. Enjoy the generous hospitality of the winemaking families, and make memories with your friends and family – life is sweet in the King Valley!

Participating wineries are Brown Brothers, Chrismont, Dal Zotto, Darling Estate, Francesco, King River Estate, La Cantina, Pizzini, Sam Miranda, Symphonia.

Happening 17-18 November across a variety of locations in the King Valley region, North Eastern Victoria.

See the website for more details.

DESIGN Canberra Festival 2018

DESIGN Canberra is an annual festival which celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design.

Design is in Canberra’s DNA. From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has always been a living design laboratory.

Throughout November 2018, over 100 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra. The festival is for all interests and ages and most events are free. Last year a record 94,500 people attended the festival.

Happening until 25 November across various locations.

See the website for more information.

Presented by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.

POLYFEST CANBERRA

Polyfest; the largest Maori and Pacific Island festival in the world has made its journey to the sunburnt shores of Australia and will be showing at the AIS Arena.

As Canberra’s first-time event and state competition, Polyfest Canberra’s secondary school students have joined forces to bring you an exciting showcase of Pacific Island cultures from the beautiful islands of Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, the Cook Islands and Aotearoa, New Zealand. Through traditional dance, costumes, song and instruments, performers will share stories of old both celebrating and expressing their identity and cultural heritage.

Participating school groups will compete for the coveted position of first place in either the Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island, or Maori categories. From here, first place winners of the State competition will progress through to the National competition held in Canberra, June 2019. The winners from Nationals will furthermore move on to compete on an international stage at the World Championships in Hawaii 2020.

Happening on Saturday 17 November.

For more information go to Facebook and for tickets go to Eventbrite.

MARKETS

CANBERRA KIDS MARKET

Hosted at EPIC, The Canberra Kids Market is a chance to find a variety of goods from prams and bassinets to toys, clothes and party supplies. The goods sold at the market will be a combination of new and old and are suitable for children aged 0-12.

The Canberra Kids Market is ideal for those who believe in the benefit of buying second hand.

Happening Saturday 17 November from 9 am – 12 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell.

For more information, go to Canberra Markets.

CHRISTMAS FAIR AND OPEN DAY

A Christmas market will be held at Alliance Française de Canberra hosting a variety of stalls for shoppers to choose from.

The market will include various handmade, artisan style products making it a perfect destination for unique Christmas gifts. There will be an array of decadent food choices as well as live music and animations for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be an opportunity for guests to receive a 10% discount on French lessons provided that they register on the day.

The event will be held on Saturday 17 November.

For more information on the event visit Alliance Française Canberra.

ST MARY IN THE VALLEY COMMUNITY FAIR

St Mary in the Valley Anglican Church Calwell will hold their annual Community Fair. The Fair features an array of great food, books, craft, plants, entertainment and much more!

The Fair is happening on Saturday 17 November.

For more information visit St. Mary in the Valley Anglican Church.

RIDGECREST RETIREMENT VILLAGE FETE

Come along to Ridgecrest Retirement Village’s annual Fete and see all the great things they have for sale including craft, cakes, books, white elephant stall, plants, Tupperware, Sausage Sizzle, Devonshire Tea and much more.

The fete will be held on Saturday 17 November. For more information call 02 6254 1377.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS: DESIGNER SUNDAY

Designer Sundays at The Old Bus Depot Market will feature an array of Australia designers, artists and artisans selling products from home wares, textiles and artworks. Designer Sundays is a perfect chance to purchase unique, stylish goods or to get a start on Christmas shopping.

For more information on the event visit Old Bus Depot Markets.

YASS COMMUNITY MARKETS  

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Community Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Community Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Come and have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening until Saturday 2 February 2019 from 10am-1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church. $2 entry. See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS  

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11 am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL  

Selling fresh, clean, chemical-free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out. Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

Curtin Primary Twilight Fair

Looking for something for the family to do on a warm Spring Friday night? Come along to the Curtin Primary Twilight Fair, presented by Curtin Primary School 5.00pm to 8.30pm on Friday 9 November!

One of the largest evening school fêtes in the ACT, the event promises multicultural food, fun and entertainment making the most of the warm twilight hours. There will be a great range of international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied – from fairy floss, sideshow alley, ice cream and lots more! And for the “big kids”, there will be a selection of curries, Mexican food, beer and wine, raffle with great prizes, books, white elephant and much, much more.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Chat with an Architect

It can feel like there are so many decisions to be made when you first think of building a new home or renovating an existing one. What style? Where can I build? What can I build? How much will it cost? Which builder?

Architects deal with these issues every day and for people like you.

Chat with an Architect is an evening where multi-award-winning architect Tony Trobe of TT Architecture will walk you through what an architect does, the process an architect takes once engaged, tips to stay on budget, golden rules for picking builders, advice on block selection and how much Architects charge.

There will also be an opportunity for you to ask Tony and the TT Architecture team all the niggling questions you want to ask.

You can Chat with an Architect at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 13 November at Winning Appliances, 80 Giles Street Kingston.

Tickets are $15.00 (includes wine and light supper) and limited to just 24 people. Click here to purchase tickets.

Find out more at www.ttarchitecture.com.au.

Enrico Taglietti Symposium

Enrico Taglietti’s contribution to architecture is significant: his thoughtful detailing, aesthetics and sense of place have helped to shape Australia’s national capital, home to the most ambitious and most successful example of twentieth-century urban planning in Australia.

This highly anticipated symposium is an opportunity to consolidate research and knowledge to assess the significance of Taglietti’s work and better understand its value for the future. Symposium speakers include international and national architects and designers, architectural historians and scholars, and some of the many people who have been touched by Taglietti’s designs – school children, designer-makers, homeowners and more.

Happening Friday 16 November from 10 am – 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

See the website for more details.

Keep Co Workshop: Geometric Papercraft Animals

Create a papercraft masterpiece with ALTA Papercraft in a 2-hour workshop that will provide you with the materials and know-how to cut, fold and glue your own piece of art.

You’ll walk away with your own three-dimensional paper artwork from ALTA Papercraft’s unique DIY papercraft templates and some great new papercraft techniques from founder and head paper engineer Anna Trundle.

All skill levels welcome – suitable for first-time paper crafters right through to the pros – but big kids only as you’ll be dealing with some sharp objects in the process.

There’s a range of different designs to choose from to create on the day to suit all levels of ability. And if you’re hooked, the full range of kits will be available purchase at the workshop if you’d like to take some home with you to complete later with your newfound papercraft skills, or give as gifts.

Happening Tuesday 13 November from 6 pm at Keep Co NewActon.

See Facebook for more information.

LATIN DANCE CLASSES FOR SAME-SEX ATTRACTED WOMEN

Latin dance classes for same sex attracted women are coming to Canberra! Those attending the classes will learn traditional Latin dances such as the salsa, bachata and the cha cha. The classes are tailored to women of all ages and all levels of fitness.

The classes are a chance to learn a new skill, gain confidence, meet new people and a fun way to end the working week.

Classes will take place on Friday nights from 6pm-7pm at Subsdance Dance Studio in Kingston. Tickets are $20 per class or $110 for 6 classes.

Email kristy77thompson@gmail to express your interest.

DESIGN Canberra: Open Studios

Step inside the studios of Canberra’s best designers and makers to purchase contemporary handmade ceramics, furniture, textiles, glass and more, directly from the artists.

Happening 17 and 24 November from 11 am-4 pm at various artist studios from the suburbs to the city.

See the website for more information.

DESIGN Canberra: Living Rooms

Architecture + design + craft = an open home with a difference.

Explore the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses in the inner south, and discover pop-up exhibitions with works on sale by local artists, makers and craft practitioners.

Enjoy a progressive exhibition as you take in the beauty of design in our own backyard.

Happening in various locations from 11 am – 3.30 pm on 18 and 25 November.

Cost: Free

Keep an eye on the website for more information.

Keep Co Workshop: Mastering Your Camera

Get to know the ins and outs of your camera to take amazing photos and up your game at capturing the moment with a great new introductory workshop from local photographer Maddie Manning.

This course is designed for those who want to gain more control over their photography and get to know the tools and terminology behind the lens.

You will be shooting right from the beginning of the class to learn more about lighting and composition, and how to manipulate aperture, shutter speed and ISO to produce the results you want from your images.

A combination of theory and practical exercises will get you familiar with key aspects of photography so you can take your photos to the next level. Absolute beginners are very welcome, though participants will get more out of the course if they are familiar with their camera’s menu options for aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

Happening Thursday 15 November from 6-8.30 pm at Keep Co CBR NewActon.

Find more information on Facebook.

Be-you-tiful Mummies Wellness Workshop

You had a baby. You haven’t slept more than three hours in a row since the beginning of your third trimester. You’re exhausted. You haven’t washed your hair in over a week.  Let alone remember the last time you had matching socks on #winning.   Some days, you get to the gym. Most days, you live hour-by-hour, over-caffeinating and wondering if you’re doing any of it right. You are, by the way. You are doing great. Motherhood is the experience of a lifetime.

However, spoiler alert.  Most women, real women, don’t ‘bounce back’ to their pre-pregnancy shape overnight.  But that doesn’t matter.  Your brightest glory isn’t falling under the caption #mumbod.  Rather, it is in your whole body mysteriously rising up in the middle of the night before they even start crying. And of course, it is taking time to celebrate and appreciate that amazing body of yours.  Celebrating it for all the real work it has done.

Join dietitians Lisa Donaldson and Georgia Houston from FEEDinc. and Summit Health Solutions, as they take you through a morning of wellness and inspiration and provide you with expert advice on how to feel your most be-you-tiful postpartum.

Happening from 11 am on Thursday 15 November at Six Degrees Cafe in O’Connor.

Tickets $10 via Eventbrite.

Keep Co Workshop: Drag Makeup with Etcetera Etcetera

Everyone has a queen inside of them! All you need is a little help to let it out!

Lead by kooky fashion queen Etcetera Etcetera (aka Oliver Levi-Malouf), this three hour workshop will give you a sneak peek into the world of drag makeup and unleash your inner diva! Focusing on eyebrow blocking, contouring, brows and colour theory, this workshop will give you the tools to take your world from drab to fab!

At the end of the workshop, join Etcetera Etetera as we take to the streets of Braddon for YES!Fest CBR – Marriage Equality Anniversary on Lonsdale St from 4pm onwards and watch her perform on stage for the crowds – celebrating queer love, equality and the first anniversary of saying ‘Yes!’ to Marriage Equality.

Happening Saturday 17 November from 1.30 – 4 pm at the Keep Co NewActon.

See Facebook for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE  

Discover the stories behind the building on a special tour of Parliament House. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of our national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running). We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in as places are limited to 10 participants. tours operate for 55 mins. For security purposes, all participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation to join any behind the scenes tours or events. If you do not have these, you will be unable to participate.

Participants on a paid tour can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop on the day of the tour.

Happening until March 2019 at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. See the website for more information.

Keep Co Workshop: Social School

If you’ve been thinking about taking your social media to the next level, but are not sure where to start, this is the workshop for you.

Running a small business and keeping on top of social media is no easy feat. With the digital world moving at a million miles per hour, a strategy that worked wonders last year just might not be as effective today.

In this workshop, you’ll learn social media from the ground up. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to manage successful social media pages that will take your business to the next level.

We’ll share all the juice on the strategies working right now, as well as a bunch of tips and tricks you can use to up your social media game. At the end of the session, you’ll walk away inspired and excited by what’s possible for your small business through the world of social.

Happening Friday 16 November from 6 -8:30 pm at Keep Co CBR NewActon.

See Facebook for more information.

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PRESENTATION SKILLS WORKSHOP

Canberra Ainslie Toastmasters is a gathering where you can practice your speaking and listening skills. The meetings involve a diverse range of people and are filled with talking; listening; laughing; and learning. The workshop will take place at The Ainslie Football Club.

Happening on Tuesday 13 November. For more information go to Ainslie Toastmasters Club.

ARTIST FLOORTALK: THE VOID

Hosted at Craft ACT’s Craft and Design Centre, this artist talk will feature an array of exhibiting artists discuss and reimagining the architecture of Dr. Enrico Taglietti. The Void is part of the Design Canberra Festival and will celebrate Dr. Enrico Taglietti’s contribution to architecture and design in the ACT.

The event is happening on Wednesday 14 November and entry is free. For more information visit Design Canberra Festival.

CANBERRA CITY VIEW CLUB DINNER

A Canberra City View Club dinner is being held at the Yowani Country Club on Northbourne Avenue. Anyone is welcome to join, it is a perfect occasion to socialise and meet new friends.

The event will include an intriguing guest speaker, Elizabeth Burness, a historian and storyteller from the Tuggeranong School House. There will be a two-course meal and entertainment and proceeds from the event will support The Smith Family Learning For Life Charity.

The event will take place on Wednesday 14 November. For more information on the event contact Bernadette on 0404 811 106 or email canberracityevening.viewclub@gmail.com.

FIGHTING FAST FASHION

Guest speaker Summer Edwards will be explaining the impact of fast fashion and how consumers can be more sustainable when buying clothes. The session is an opportunity for listeners to make more environmentally-friendly choices when purchasing new clothes and recycling old ones.

This is a free event however bookings are essential. It will be hosted at The Hume Materials Recovery Facility.

The talk is happening on Thursday 15 November. For more information visit Transport Canberra and City Services.

MID CENTURY MODERN TOUR #2

Back by popular demand, this year’s architecture tours will take their cue from the 2018 Design Canberra theme: geometry. The 2018 Design Canberra festival will celebrate the strong geometry present throughout our city and the ways it creates human, creative and global connections.

The tour will visit three examples of Enrico Taglietti’s sculptural architecture in a residential setting. They highlight some of the themes and elements present throughout his long and illustrious career— spreading roof overhangs with banded fascias, an emphasis on horizontality through the use of massing, and battered walls and unpainted surfaces for texture.

The tours will be presented by local architecture enthusiast and author of Canberra House, Martin Miles. The tours will also feature a variety of special guests, including internationally renowned architects and planners. The tour starts at the Civic Square bus stop at 8:50am.

Happening on Saturday 17 November. For more information and tickets go to Design Canberra Festival.

GEMMA BLACK: MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATION AND HISTORIAL LETTERS

Australia’s most prestigious Illuminator and official Calligrapher, Gemma Black will be hosting a two day workshop teaching attendants how to do illumination of letters. Attendants will have the opportunity to craft their works using a range of pigments and leaf and can conduct their works on either paper or velum.

Lunch and morning tea will be provided on the day.

The event will be held on Saturday 17 November. Formore information and to secure a place contact Gemma at gemmablack.com.

DESIGN CANBERRA AT CANBERRA GLASSWORKS

Canberra Glassworks is hosting special classes, demonstrations and floor talks for adults and children on for Design Canberra. Watch glassblowing, hear from artists and designers or make your own glass piece.

Friday Night: It’s time to re-live the eighties with its big hair and even bigger shoulder pads. Celebrate Design Canberra at Canberra Glassworks with our Friday night design session. Sit back and relax while watching Glassblowing demonstrations with local designer Tom Skeehan, then take part in our Formats and frENZ tile making sessions. Enjoy some local wine and 80s tunes on your Friday night. See below for details.

Saturday Afternoon: Celebrate Design Canberra at Canberra Glassworks with our Saturday Design session. Sit back and relax while watching Glassblowing demonstrations with Annette Blair and Aimee Frodsham, and then take part in our Shapes and Symmetry tile making session.

Happening on Friday 16 November until Saturday 17 November. For more information go to Canberra Glassworks.

UPCYCLING STUDIO OPEN DAYS IN RECYCLING WEEK

Hosted at The Green Shed, Mitchell Resource Management Centre, funk up cycler extraordinaire Candice Addicot will open her studio doors for National Recycling Week with daily demonstrations on up cycling techniques and tricks for beginners. This event will be inspiring for all those who enjoy treasure hunting at The Green Shed in Mitchell.

The event is happening from Monday 12 November until Sunday 18 November.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA  

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience. Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30am
Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories.

Behind The Scenes – Thursdays at 2 pm
Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm
. Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

For more detailed information visit the website.

ART FOR LUNCH  

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection. Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening every Thursday until November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. See the website for more information.

STEPPING FORWARD: COMBINING SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH LIGHT EXERCISE  

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence. The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend. Complete the online contact form to register.

THE SCIENCE OF US  

The 2018 Canberra Speaker Series held across the year at the iconic Shine Dome. The series will investigate the science of our lives and our health, from the moment of conception through to death, focusing on some of the issues we face during our lives and what science is doing to resolve them.

We’ll feature leading experts in the areas of reproduction, embryo development, personalised medicine, addiction, mental health, aging and more.

Happening until Tuesday 11 December from 5.30pm at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton. $10. See the website for more information.

SPORT

WNBL CHAMPIONSHIP–UC CAPITALS V DANDENONG RANGERS

The UC Capitals will be versing the Dandenong Rangers in the 6th round of The Chemist Warehouse Women’s National Basketball League. The game will take place at the National Convention Centre.

The event is happening on Sunday 18 November. For more information and tickets visit WNBL.

SOUL SUNDAY: SELF-CARE YOGA AND MEDITATION

Sacred Soul Yoga and Wellness will be debuting its first Soul Sunday event at Gold Creek Station in idyllic rural Hall. Soul Sunday will incorporate self-care, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, community and connection. It is a chance for attendants to recharge and invigorate before the busy holiday period.

Soul Sunday will include a yoga class as well as meditation and pranayama breathing exercises, vegan snacks and refreshments and soulful music performed live by Sarah King.

The event will take place on Sunday 18 November. For more information on the event and tickets visit Eventbrite. 

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

Vertikal is hosting a discounted ski/snowboarding session with cheap acres every Friday afternoon for the rest of the summer including:

  • $40 ski/snowboarding session on the slopes
  • Cold Jindabyne Brewing beers on tap
  • Canberra Distilling Co & Underground Spirits
  • Music and amazing indoor snow machines

Happening every Friday until 9 February from 3 pm at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 11, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See Facebook for more information.

OUTDOORS 

Image: VisitCanberra

ACT PARKS CRITTERS OF THE EUCALYPT FOREST  

Every Saturday take a short walk with a ranger and learn about the potoroos and other important inhabitants of the Eucalypt Forest and get back in time for “Koalas in the Canopy”. Meet at the koala enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required.

Happening until Saturday 16 February 2019 from 2pm-2.45pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River. See the website for more information.

ACT PARKS KOALAS IN THE CANOPY  

Every Saturday you can search for koalas and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear a ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy. Happening until Saturday 16 February 2019 from 2.45pm-3.15pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River. See the website for more information.

KIDS

ST CLARE OF ASSISI TWILIGHT FETE

It’s that time of year again! St Clare of Assisi will be hosting their annual fete. This year there are heaps of things to see and do. There will be loads of rides, entertainment, and an array of food and sweets!

There will also be raffles, skill games, competitions and lots, lots more!

Happening on Friday 16 November. For more information about this event, contact 0421482838.

BLACK MOUNTAIN FETE AND BRICKS DISPLAY

Black Mountain School, one of the two speciality high schools in the ACT for students with disability, will be showcasing the work skills of their students. Handmade soaps, paper, cards, and scarves. Art work. Plants. Catering and hospitality. Great coffee at the Six Degrees Café. The Black Mountain Fete and Bricks Display will be a wonderful opportunity to see and experience the variety of ways people with disability are finding avenues for employment in the ACT.

As well as the usual fete highlights of a second hand stall, cake stall, raffles, tombola, side show alley, food and drinks, the Black Mountain Fete and Bricks Display will have displays from a number of community groups, NDIS providers and social enterprises. Tuggeranong Netball Association will be hosting come and try participation netball games. Warehouse Circus will be teaching circus skills.

Happening on Saturday 17 November. For more information go to Facebook or call 0418673073.

WANNIASSA HILLS PRIMARY SCHOOL FETE

The annual Wanniassa Hills Primary School Fete is back again for another fun day of rides, slides, activities and stalls. This year there will be a petting zoo and a Nerf arena as well as crowd favourites such as rides, tombola, cake stall, book stall, trash & treasure, plant stall, BBQ & curries, art show, show bags, chocolate trailer, all musically accompanied by the piano students and various school bands.

Happening on Sunday 18 November. For more information call 0413694480.

HEADHUNT

Headhunt is a brand new interactive Gallery experience for visitors aged 7-15 (and their adults!) connecting participants with each other and our portraits. The experience encourages kids to take the lead and independently explore the Gallery, to look closely at the portraits that intrigue them and to delve into the artistic elements of the work and the stories of the people featured.

Happening until Monday 24 December. For more information call 02 6102 7080.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY  

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE 

SCREENING: POWER MERI

Power Meri, a film that follows Papau New Guineas first ever female rugby team to their first World Cup in Australia will be screened at ANU. The film will captivate its audience through its story of incredible women on a journey to change their country through their sport.

There will be a Q&A following the film with PNG Orchids coach David Westley. The funds raised from the screening will go towards Femili PNG: a cause that supports survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.

The event is happening on Wednesday 14 November. For more information on the event and tickets visit Femili PNG.

MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION CHARITY NIGHT

The Make-A-Wish foundation will be hosting a fun night of trivia, fantastic company and prizes. All of the money raised on the night will go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation and making wishes. There will be 3 rounds of trivia, prizes, auctions and canapés making for an enjoyable evening.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation gives provides hope and positivity to ill children through their wish experiences.

The event will take place on Friday 16 November and will be held at the Ruc, Turner Bowls Club. For more information on the event and tickets visit Sticky Tickets.

MCHAPPY DAY 2018

McHappy Day returns! Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is calling on Aussies to dig deep and help put a smile on the face of seriously ill children and their families this McHappy Day.

As the largest fundraiser for RMHC Australia nationally, McHappy Day is crucial in raising funds for the charity, which helps keep families together while their seriously ill child undergoes treatment. Choose from several ways to donate when visiting your nearest McDonalds restaurant.

Happening on Saturday 17 November. For more information go to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

IITB COCKTAIL PARTY

Share the Dignity will be hosting a Christmas cocktail party at The Rydges on Capitol Hill. The event aims to raise awareness of the launch of their fundraising campaign, the It’s in the Bag Christmas appeal. On the night guests will have the chance to enjoy music, comedy as well as delicious cocktails and tapas. Guests are encouraged to participate in the It’s In the Bag appeal by bringing along a spare handbag filled with spare toiletries to donate.

The event will be held on Saturday 17 November. For more information on ticketing visit Share The Dignity.

TORANA NATIONALS CANBERRA

The Canberra Torana Club Inc is hosting the Torana Nationals to be held at Viking Park, Erindale.

Hundreds of Holden Toranas from all over Australia will be participating with many thousands of spectators anticipated to attend. The event is designed to showcase the legacy of Torana Motoring History and will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first A9X Torana Bathurst win of Brock/Richards, the A9X mountain tamer.

The event will be supporting a number of charities within the Canberra region, including The Canberra Hospital Foundation and Beyond Blue.

Happening on Sunday 18 November. For more information go to Torana Nationals.

EXHIBITIONS

Enrico Taglietti. Courtesy of NLA.

Taglietti People 16 Exhibition Opening

As part of DESIGN Canberra’s celebration of the work of Enrico Taglietti, PhotoAccess in partnership with DESIGN Canberra, have commissioned Canberra photographer Mark Mohell to make a series of new portraits of those with strong connections to Taglietti. Italian-born and trained, Taglietti featured in the Museum of Modern Art 1979 exhibition, Transformations in Modern Architecture. Taglietti’s contribution is significant: his thoughtful detailing, aesthetics and sense of place have helped to shape Australia’s national capital, home to the most ambitious and most successful example of twentieth century urban planning in Australia.

The exhibition opening will take place at 6pm on Thursday 15 November. The portraits will be on exhibition at EAST Hotel in Kingston until the close of the DESIGN Canberra Festival on 25 November.

Entry is free, more information on the website.

Inner South Arts Trail at PhotoAccess

Come and celebrate the exhibition openings at PhotoAccess with artist in-conversation events by both the Dark Matter resident Rory King and In Focus resident Anja Loughhead, plus beer provided by Bentspoke Brewery and wine by Angove Family Winemakers.

Back by popular demand; there will be $25 tintype portraits of visitors to PhotoAccess for you to take home.

PhotoAccess will also be holding a vintage camera sale of everything from 35mm cameras to Box Brownies. Come and hang out at PhotoAccess and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of photography!

Continue along on the gallery trail through the leafy Inner-South for exhibitions, open studios, creative workshops, and more.

Happening from 6pm Friday 16 November at PhotoAccess in Manuka.

Free entry.

Visible City: Contemporary Urban Renewal

The Visible City series brings together international, inspirational and sometimes radical perspectives with contemporary case studies in urban renewal as part of the DESIGN Canberra festival.

How can these new perspectives and recent case studies inform Canberra’s ambitious CBD renewal as it transitions form and function?

Happening until 22 November at various locations around the city.

  • Craft ACT, 3.30-5 pm, 15 November
  • City Hill, 12.30-2 pm, 22 November

The Void: Reimagining Enrico Taglietti

The exhibition The Void: reimagining Enrico Taglietti will be presented as part of DESIGN Canberra. This year, the festival will present a range of programs to pay tribute to Dr Taglietti’s work and contribution to the nation’s capital. Fifteen outstanding craft practitioners and contemporary designers have been invited to respond to, or reimagine, Enrico Taglietti’s work to celebrate his legacy and contribute a new perspective to his aesthetics.

Showing until Saturday 15 December at Craft ACT, London Circuit from 10am – 5pm.

For more information, head to Craft ACT.

ROME: CITY + EMPIRE

Stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost 3000 years after their foundation.

Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire.

Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Showing until 3 February from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.

Tea in the Potters’ Garden – Open Studios event

You are invited to visit four open studios in a single location on 10 November from 11am to 4pm. See behind the scenes as to how eight individual craft, design and visual artists work with clay from sculpture to tableware, interior and exterior design . Featured makers include Frattempo, Jo Victoria, Andres Caycedo, PforPottery, Mark Saunders, Lia Tajcnar, Lesley Lebkowicz – Wild Clay, Alya Khan and Girl Nomad Ceramics.

To enhance your experience there will also be a collaborative event, bringing together makers of ceramic tableware, local tea blenders Endeavour Tea and Shop Girl Flower Girl to indulge your senses in an intimate and thosportughtfully curated market in the gardens of the Watson Arts Centre.

Entry is free, more information on the Facebook page.

COOK AND THE PACIFIC

Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE

An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

EUROVISIONS: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE GOLDBERG COLLECTION

This exhibition at The Canberra Museum and Gallery encompasses a vibrant cross-section of leading tendencies in contemporary European art from the collection of Lisa and Danny Goldberg OAM. Conceptual approaches, innovative thinking and a sense of history inform artists’ practices among the most important and influential today including Anish Kapoor, Urs Fischer, Antony Gormley, Isa Genzken, Katharina Grosse, Ugo Rondinone, and Rachel Whiteread.

Many of the works of art have been produced only in the last five years and are on view publicly for the first time in Australia.

The exhibition is happening from Saturday 17 November until Sunday 24 February. For more information go to CMAG.

OPEN STUDIOS: WEEK TWO

As part of Design Canberra Festival, step inside the studios of Canberra’s best designers and makers to purchase contemporary handmade ceramics, furniture, textiles, glass and more, directly from the artists.

Happening on Saturday 17 November. For more information go to Design Canberra Festival.

SCOTT LEGGO GALLERY-MEET THE ARTIST AND GALLERY VISIT

Leading local landscape photographer Scott Leggo will be holding a private viewing of his collection at his new gallery in Kingston. Scott will discuss his designs and the philosophies behinds his works as well as how he curates his popular photographs. The event will include refreshments on arrival as well as a meet and greet with Scott.

There will be a question and answer session as well as the opportunity to purchase Scott’s works and enquire into his personal insights regarding purchased works.

The event will be held on Sunday 18 November. Spots are limited, to register for the event visit Scott Leggo.

BLACK MIST BURNT COUNTRY EXHIBTION

The Black Mist Burnt Country Exhibition is currently being shown at the National Museum of Australia. The exhibition features an array of works reflecting the impact of British nuclear weapons testing in Australia during the 1950s. A collection of works by indigenous and non-indigenous artists will be featured at the exhibition.

The exhibition is represented through a range of various artistic mediums including paintings, sculptures, photography and music. The goal of the works is to prompt viewers to reflect on the impact that nuclear testing had on Australia and its people.

The exhibition is happening until Sunday 18 November. Entry is free. More details can be found at The National Museum of Australia.

THE ARTIST AND THE MAKER

The Artist and The Maker is an exhibition featuring the collaborative works of glassmakers Peter Minson and Patricia Parker. Peter is a highly regarded glassmaker with his speciality being in making lamps. He is currently owns a studio in Binalong where he creates and teaches. Patricia is a popular local glassmaker who currently owns a studio in Duffy where the exhibition is being held.

The exhibition is happening until Sunday 18 November. Entry is free. More information can be found on Design Canberra Festival.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION – RHYTHMS

This photographic exhibition at The Canberra Grammar School is the work of artists Bridie Mackay and Hannah Axelsen and is our final exhibition for 2018, where all members of the CGS community, friends and family are welcome. ‘Overall, this work invites the viewer to slow down, reflect and remove themselves from the chaotic and often destructive society, in which many of us live.’ – Hannah Axelsen.

The exhibition is happening from Saturday 17 November until Saturday 1 December. For more information go to Canberra Grammar School.

Art Bus – Exhibition – Ruby Berry – “Enclose”

The Art Bus was once a transport Canberra workhorse now retired and retrofit into a contemporary gallery space exhibiting and travelling around the A.C.T. with free children workshops happening every weekend.

Softening the walls with dense weavings and tactile forms, Ruby Berry’s Art Bus combines installation and sculptural works to create a space that encourages feelings of comfort and protection.

Join textile artist Ruby Berry for a free hands-on weaving workshop. Play with colours and textures to create small tapestry weavings to take home.

Happening until Sunday 25 November at the Art Bus in Garema Place. Free entry.

For more information and session times, head to ANCA.

All shook up: Snow domes from the collection of Sally Hopman.

Spring is here but snow is still falling at CMAG. View Sally Hopman’s collection of over 500 snow domes, from the classic to the kitsch and everything in between.

Happening until March 17 from 12pm – 5pm daily at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

After the war exhibition, Australian War Memorial

After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018.

Entry is free as always, and this event runs until 11 July 2019. For more information, check out the War Memorial website.

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures  

Audiences around the world know and love Heath Ledger as a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and created iconic roles. Now they have a chance to discover Heath’s creative process and deep passion for the film industry and the visual arts, in a unique exhibition curated in collaboration with his family.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards and more. A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera. A program of special screenings and talks will complement the exhibition.

Showing until 10 February 2019, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton. See website for more information.

Democracy. Are you in?  

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you.

Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

Open every day at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

After the war exhibition, Australian War Memorial

After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018

Happening until 11 July 2019 at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell

See website for more information

ART + SOUND  

A fortnightly series showcasing playlists curated to specific galleries by various personalities. This event is brought to you by NGA and Yamaha.

No bookings required.

Happening until Saturday 2 February 2019 from 1pm-2pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

Transfer Exhibition – Helen Aitken Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen

Transfer, heralds the first time that Bilk Gallery co-directors and mother and daughter team, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen have exhibited exclusively together. Aitken-Kuhnen and Kuhnen, explore the process of enamelling in highly skilled and experimental ways. The resulting work in this exhibition, mainly in the form of brooches and pendants, clearly demonstrates each artist’s proficiency as well as their deep and reverent passion for the ancient craft.

Showing until 23 November at Bilk Gallery, 12 Palmerston Ln, Griffith.

HALL WW1 COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION  

“When Hall Answered the Call” – Visit the small community of Hall’s School Museum and see their moving exhibition to commemorate the district’s contribution to World War 1 as part of the ANZAC Centenary.

The exhibition features photos, medals, letters, and other memorabilia that tell the story of the boys and men from the district who went off to fight in WW1. Learn about the support provided by their families, the local community and Welcome Home celebrations.

Happening Thursdays until Thursday 21 February 2019 from 10am-1pm at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA  

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

Happening until Thursday 21 February 2019 at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry. See the website for more information.

ARTISTS’ FACES AND PLACES  

Peek behind-the-scenes with this fascinating display of portraits of artists and their studios, drawn entirely from the national collection at the National Gallery of Australia. Comprised of artists’ self-portraits, artists’ portraits of other artists, and representations of the places in which they work, the exhibition explores the way artists see themselves, the way they are viewed by their friends and contemporaries, the shared world artists inhabit, and the centrality of the studio to their creative endeavours.

In particular, Roy de Maistre’s Studio Interior 1959, painted the year before his retrospective at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, captures the artist’s strong connection to the location of decades of work.

Happening until Monday 31 December at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Free entry. See the website for more information.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION  

A Tale of Two Villages tells the story of the Hall-Ginninderra district from Aboriginal times, through the early pioneer farming settlement at Palmerville and then Ginninderra, to the establishment of the village of Hall from 1881.

See the website for more information or drop by the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall.

ART DECO  

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian vitalism, capturing Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture, and technology.

In the 1920s, Australian artists rebelled against the austerity of World War I to create images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian Vitalism, including Rayner Hoff’s architectural frieze Deluge – stampede of the lower gods 1927, Jean Broome-Norton’s Abundance 1934 and Napier Waller’s painting, I’ll put a girdle round about the earth 1933, which captures Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture and technology.

Showing until Monday 31 December 2018, 7 days from 10am-5pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information, see the website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS  

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus.

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES  

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists. This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email craftact@craftact.org.au or call 6262 9333 for more information.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS  

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

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