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

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Rome Up Late

Join the National Museum of Australia for a look at the Romans at home with Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Minchin from the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University.

What was life like in a Roman household? How did the ancient Romans live their everyday lives? Rome Up Late will use archaeological evidence and ancient texts to look at housing, heating and lighting, water supply, diet and cuisine, and family composition (including slaves).

  • Rome exhibition open 5–8.30 pm
  • Gandel Atrium Bar, 5–8 pm
  • The Romans at home with Elizabeth Minchin, 6.30 – 7.30 pm
  • Garden of Australian Dreams – 6–9.30 pm
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (rated PG) screening from 8.30 pm

Happening Friday 18 January from 5-9.30 pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Strictly 18+. See the website for tickets and more information.

Love & Desire Summer Lovin’ with Osher Günsberg

Join host Osher Günsberg for a summer party in the National Gallery of Australia’s spectacular Australian Gardens.

Enjoy a picnic for this enchanting garden party with friends, food, entertainment, and love advice from the country’s resident romance expert.

Experiences and prizes to be won on the night! Ticket prices include a Traditional or Posh picnic for one and entry to Love & Desire. Exhibition open to 10 pm for ticket holders.

Happening Saturday 19 January from 6 pm – 9 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Heat Picnic Fiesta

The first Latin American Festival in Canberra is almost here.

Grab a picnic rug, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a super friendly day at Glebe Park!

Salsa suelta, samba and zumba on the grass from 12 pm midday and be entertained by the best of Canberra Latin-influenced bands, traditional folkloric performance groups and DJ’s!

Over ten delicious Latin inspired food stalls will also be there to sample. Fun activities across the park will include jumping castles and inflatable slides, as well as traditional Latin American games.

This event is made possible with support from the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program.

Happening Saturday 19 January from 12 pm – 6 pm in Glebe Park, City.

See Facebook for more information.

Storytime Ballet: Coppélia

Designed as a perfect school holiday activity, The Storytime Ballet series has been expertly crafted for ballet’s youngest audience members aged three years old and up.

With a performance duration of just under an hour, this live and interactive production features a narrator to guide the audience through the story. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite ballet-inspired outfits and they can also dance along with the performers.

Storytime Ballet: Coppélia is a sparkling tale of magic and mischief set to the wonderful Léo Delibes score, especially recorded for this production by Orchestra Victoria.

This visually spectacular production features glorious recreations of the original sets and includes 15 Kristian Fredrikson costumes from the mainstage production.

Coppélia will transport audiences from the everyday to a magical world. This spectacular production, set to Léo Delibes’ cheery score, is perfect for the whole family. Audiences will meet the lovers Swanilda and Franz, the mysterious Dr Coppelius, and his daughter, who is not what she seems. Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s lair – with the help of some fancy footwork. Bursting with sorcery and masquerade, romance and high jinks, this is the funniest, sunniest ballet audiences will see in 2018.

Happening from 17 – 19 January at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for more information.

The Magic of Malala: Drawing Workshop

Join the Museum of Australian Democracy these school holidays for a creative drawing workshop inspired by the bravery of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.

Malala stood up for what she thought was right – education for all – and proved that everyone has the power to fight for change.

Create your own masterpiece in this artist-led workshop using a variety of different drawing techniques. Suitable for beginners and up.

Happening 21-25 January from 10 am-12 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Cost: $10. Ages: 8-15 years

Find out more at moadoph.gov.au/family.

School holidays at the National Museum of Australia

All roads lead to Rome at the National Museum of Australia (NMA)!

Well, at least some will lead to their latest exhibition Rome: City and Empire. Join them these school holidays for activities inspired by Ancient Rome.

WHEN IN ROME …                                              

Dress up in a toga or stoa, make a Roman laurel wreath and help complete a Roman bathhouse mosaic.

10 am–1 pm weekdays, 14 – 18 January 2019 and 21 – 25 January 2019. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Free-$5. Bookings not required but places are limited. See the website for more information.

CHILL-OUT ZONE

Play, read or relax in the NMA’s Bay Window chill-out zone or try one of the self-facilitated activities inspired by Ancient Rome. In the mornings watch on as artist Byrd creates a cardboard chariot.

10 am–1 pm and 2–3.30 pm weekdays, 14 – 18 January 2019 and 21 – 25 January 2019. Free. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings not required, places limited.

Happening  7 – 18 January 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton. See the website for more information.

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2019

Registrations are open for Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2019! In its 13th year, the walk aims to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and registration.

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk is a free event which will be held on Wednesday 13 February 2019, starting from Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin at 6.45am.

They’re calling all Canberrans to lace up their walking shoes, bring their friends, colleagues, family members and pets and walk for a great cause.

Come early to receive a free t-shirt, hat and gift bag (first in, first served) and finish the morning off with a free BBQ breakfast thanks to Lions Club Canberra Belconnen.

In the lead up to the walk, they’re also encouraging everyone to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donation Register and discuss their choice with loved ones.

Happening Wednesday 13 February from 6.45 am at Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin.

For more information and to register (it’s free), visit giftoflife.asn.au

DEADLY 60 DOWN UNDER

Star of the hit TV series Deadly 60, Steve Backshall is bringing his brand-new show Deadly down Under to Canberra for the first time these summer school holidays.

After multiple sell-out Australian tours and sold out shows from Broome to the Sydney Opera House, don’t miss Steve’s most exciting show ever – Deadly 60 Down Under, featuring some of Australia’s deadliest animals live on stage!

Join Steve as he shares stories and videos from his Australian adventures, plus there will be loads of audience participation and lots of on-stage fun.

Happening Friday 18 January at 12 and 3 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for more information.

TREVOR DICKINSON’S BEAUTIFUL BUS SHELTERS OF CANBERRA

Many Canberra suburbs are home to the distinctive concrete bus shelters designed by architect Clem Cummings in 1975. Nearly 500 shelters remain in place and over the past four years artist Trevor Dickinson has been on a quest to find and photograph every one.

Dickinson has selected over fifty of the most striking examples to draw and develop into digital prints. His collection reveals that every shelter has its own beauty and personality; and explores how these shelters shape Canberra’s unique suburban landscape.

Showing until 26 January at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City.

See the website for more information.

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: BEHIND THE LINES 2018 EXHIBITION TOUR

Venture down the rabbit hole and take a tour around one of our most popular exhibitions, Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2018.

This 30-minute tour gives you an exclusive look at the history of Behind the Lines, what it takes to make the exhibition each year, and which cartoons made it into the curator’s Top 5 this year.

If you’re lucky, you might even get to see the White Rabbit himself.

Daily at 11.30am until 28 January at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. $5 per person, bookings essential.

Find out more at moadoph.gov.au/tour.

SUMMER OASIS AT THE HOWLING MOON

This summer, Canberra’s first rooftop bar has transformed into a tropical retreat, offering guests an early afternoon happy hour, speciality cocktails, summer snacks, live music and an ambience that promises to cool things right down.

With local performers lifting the vibe from 1 pm – 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday, this incredible Braddon bar has your weekend plans covered.

Grab a cocktail pitcher and some snacks, capture your photo amongst the palm leaves and soak up the sun from the fully enclosed rooftop.

Happening every Saturday from 1 – 4 pm at The Howling Moon, The Rex Hotel.

See the website for more information.

The Antarctica Experience: A Virtual Reality Adventure

Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before

Travel to Antarctica using the latest 360-degree virtual reality technology and follow in the footsteps of the scientists researching this mysterious continent.

Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit; cruise through icy waters to meet a penguin colony; visit Davis Station and learn about daily life in these harsh conditions; and marvel at the spectacular Southern Lights.

An immersive theatre experience only at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

Happening until 26 June 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

For tickets and session times visit nma.gov.au/antarctica.

Open Air PlayUP

Want some outdoor fun? Don’t miss Open Air PlayUP during the school holidays in the stunning Senate Courtyard. Enjoy giant lawn games, build an empire with blocks or kick back in a teepee and read one of our many books.

Open weekdays from 7 to 18 January, from 10 am – 5 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

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.

AFTER DARK: GHOST HUNTERS TOUR AT MOAD

If a spooky adventure is more your style, help solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that have been experienced at Old Parliament House after the sun goes down during an After Dark: Ghost Hunters Tour.

This 75-minute torchlight tour takes you through the museum, exploring the mysterious occurrences, ghostly encounters and dastardly deeds of Old Parliament House.

Get in quick because spaces on this tour won’t last long.

$20 per personbookings essential.

For tour dates, visit moadoph.gov.au/tour.

Summer at the National Portrait Gallery

Escape the heat this summer and step inside the National Portrait Gallery for an array of family-fun activities. From storytelling and drawing to music and art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Gallery.

Mums, dads, grandparents and carers can get creative with the kids inside Face Lab – a fun and quirky place where they can investigate their own or someone else’s face. It includes a cosy library and lots of drawing and craft activities. It’s on between 11.00am – 4.00pm daily until 3 February. Entry is free.

Other activities on offer this summer include:

Wiradjuri Echoes: Share Aboriginal culture and storytelling through music and dance. Children are welcome to join the dancers and learn to dance to the didgeridoo. Entry is free and is on at 2.00pm Sunday 6 January.

Headhunt!: An interactive gallery experience for visitors aged 7 – 15 years. This experience encourages kids to take the lead and explore the Gallery, look closely at the portraits and delve into artistic elements, as well as the stories of the people depicted. Headhunt! is free and is on every day between 10.00am – 4.00pm during the summer school holidays.

My many faces: A painting workshop inspired by Study of Louis Nowra by Imants Tillers in the 20/20 exhibition. Like Tillers, children will compose painting of small canvas boards to show multiple perspectives and ideas in one work. Workshops are suitable for children 6 – 12 years and is on from 12.30 – 3.00pm, Thursday 31 January. Cost is $20 per person and bookings are essential.

Portrait play: who are you?: An exploration of portraits through drawing and creative activity for children aged 4 – 8 years. This activity is held each weekday from 10.30 – 11.30am until 1 February. Bookings are essential and cost is $7 per child.

Drawn in: A unique drawing experience while listening to the electro acoustic sounds of Happy Axe – a multi-instrumentalist and musical polymath, who uses violin, musical saw, vocals and digital manipulation to build new worlds out of layers of sound. This free event is on from 1.00 – 3.00pm, Sunday 24 February.

Find out more at portrait.gov.au

DressUP: Change the World

Discover the incredible journeys of some of the world’s most inspiring people, taking the time to walk in their shoes in DressUP: Change the World.

Connect with the lives of historical and contemporary figures, including Frida Kahlo, Adam Goodes, Beyoncé, and many others, by dressing up in their most iconic outfits.

Immerse yourself in their stories of triumph as they go from ordinary people to visionary leaders who have made a difference in the world. Listen to their stories and learn about the challenges they overcame to leave their mark.

Visitors can also tell their own story in our new Zine Lounge. Whether you prefer writing or sketching, the Zine Lounge lets you carve out a space for your voice to be heard.

This engaging exhibition space provides a bold and quirky environment that will inspire young people and asks them “How will you change the world?”

Happening until 31 December 2019 at the Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Love and Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate 

Discover a stunning world of Love & Desire as the Tate’s pre-Raphaelite masterpieces come to Australia for this Summer’s most romantic exhibition.

Fall in love with John Everett Millais’ Ophelia and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott, as the Tate’s most visited works of art leave the gallery together for the first time.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering in paintings inspired by the great love stories of history and literature.

Happening until 28 April 2019 at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 10 am.

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia.

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.

Get Curiouser and Curiouser at Behind the Lines 2018

Venture down the rabbit-hole for Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons 2018, with this year’s theme Curiouser and Curiouser inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Kids of all ages can visit the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland at MoAD for dress ups, games and adventures.

Step through the Looking Glass and dress up as the colourful and curious characters of Wonderland including Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat or the Mad Hatter.

There is also a wall of crazy mirrors that will stretch or shrink you and games with a special Wonderland twist that will delight the whole family.

Older kids can go on a cartooning trail through the exhibition, following clues and learning about the art of political cartooning.

While the children are entertained in Wonderland, parents can grin, smirk and grimace at the cartoons that explore the unexpected twists and turns of politics in 2018.

For more information visit www.moadoph.gov.au/family.

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.

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 (Closing Soon)

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.

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.

MathsAlive!

MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, that has drawn record-breaking crowds in five countries around the world is coming to Canberra in December!

Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Free admission. Open daily 9am – 5pm until 17 March 2019 at East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place, Parkes.

More information on the website.

FOOD & DRINK

Love & Desire Summer Lovin’ with Osher Günsberg

Join host Osher Günsberg for a summer party in the National Gallery of Australia’s spectacular Australian Gardens.

Enjoy a picnic for this enchanting garden party with friends, food, entertainment, and love advice from the country’s resident romance expert.

Experiences and prizes to be won on the night! Ticket prices include a Traditional or Posh picnic for one and entry to Love & Desire. Exhibition open to 10 pm for ticket holders.

Happening Saturday 19 January from 6 pm – 9 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Heat Picnic Fiesta

The first Latin American Festival in Canberra is almost here.

Grab a picnic rug, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a super friendly day at Glebe Park!

Salsa suelta, samba and zumba on the grass from 12 pm midday and be entertained by the best of Canberra Latin-influenced bands, traditional folkloric performance groups and DJ’s!

Over ten delicious Latin inspired food stalls will also be there to sample. Fun activities across the park will include jumping castles and inflatable slides, as well as traditional Latin American games.

This event is made possible with support from the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program.

Happening Saturday 19 January from 12 pm – 6 pm in Glebe Park, City.

See Facebook for more information.

SUMMER OASIS AT THE HOWLING MOON

This summer, Canberra’s first rooftop bar has transformed into a tropical retreat, offering guests an early afternoon happy hour, speciality cocktails, summer snacks, live music and an ambience that promises to cool things right down.

With local performers lifting the vibe from 1 pm – 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday, this incredible Braddon bar has your weekend plans covered.

Grab a cocktail pitcher and some snacks, capture your photo amongst the palm leaves and soak up the sun from the fully enclosed rooftop.

Happening every Saturday from 1 – 4 pm at The Howling Moon, The Rex Hotel.

See the website for more information.

MUSIC, STAGE AND FILM 

Rome Up Late

Join the National Museum of Australia for a look at the Romans at home with Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Minchin from the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University.

What was life like in a Roman household? How did the ancient Romans live their everyday lives? Rome Up Late will use archaeological evidence and ancient texts to look at housing, heating and lighting, water supply, diet and cuisine, and family composition (including slaves).

  • Rome exhibition open 5–8.30 pm
  • Gandel Atrium Bar, 5–8 pm
  • The Romans at home with Elizabeth Minchin, 6.30 – 7.30 pm
  • Garden of Australian Dreams – 6–9.30 pm
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (rated PG) screening from 8.30 pm

Happening Friday 18 January from 5-9.30 pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Strictly 18+. See the website for tickets and more information.

Heat Picnic Fiesta

The first Latin American Festival in Canberra is almost here.

Grab a picnic rug, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a super friendly day at Glebe Park!

Salsa suelta, samba and zumba on the grass from 12 pm midday and be entertained by the best of Canberra Latin-influenced bands, traditional folkloric performance groups and DJ’s!

Over ten delicious Latin inspired food stalls will also be there to sample. Fun activities across the park will include jumping castles and inflatable slides, as well as traditional Latin American games.

This event is made possible with support from the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program.

Happening Saturday 19 January from 12 pm – 6 pm in Glebe Park, City.

See Facebook for more information.

Storytime Ballet: Coppélia

Designed as a perfect school holiday activity, The Storytime Ballet series has been expertly crafted for ballet’s youngest audience members aged three years old and up.

With a performance duration of just under an hour, this live and interactive production features a narrator to guide the audience through the story. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite ballet-inspired outfits and they can also dance along with the performers.

Storytime Ballet: Coppélia is a sparkling tale of magic and mischief set to the wonderful Léo Delibes score, especially recorded for this production by Orchestra Victoria.

This visually spectacular production features glorious recreations of the original sets and includes 15 Kristian Fredrikson costumes from the mainstage production.

Coppélia will transport audiences from the everyday to a magical world. This spectacular production, set to Léo Delibes’ cheery score, is perfect for the whole family. Audiences will meet the lovers Swanilda and Franz, the mysterious Dr Coppelius, and his daughter, who is not what she seems. Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s lair – with the help of some fancy footwork. Bursting with sorcery and masquerade, romance and high jinks, this is the funniest, sunniest ballet audiences will see in 2018.

Happening from 17 – 19 January at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for more information.

Love & Desire Summer Lovin’ with Osher Günsberg

Join host Osher Günsberg for a summer party in the National Gallery of Australia’s spectacular Australian Gardens.

Enjoy a picnic for this enchanting garden party with friends, food, entertainment, and love advice from the country’s resident romance expert.

Experiences and prizes to be won on the night! Ticket prices include a Traditional or Posh picnic for one and entry to Love & Desire. Exhibition open to 10 pm for ticket holders.

Happening Saturday 19 January from 6 pm – 9 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

DEADLY 60 DOWN UNDER

Star of the hit TV series Deadly 60, Steve Backshall is bringing his brand-new show Deadly down Under to Canberra for the first time these summer school holidays.

After multiple sell-out Australian tours and sold out shows from Broome to the Sydney Opera House, don’t miss Steve’s most exciting show ever – Deadly 60 Down Under, featuring some of Australia’s deadliest animals live on stage!

Join Steve as he shares stories and videos from his Australian adventures, plus there will be loads of audience participation and lots of on-stage fun.

Happening Friday 18 January at 12 and 3 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for more information.

Pied Piper the Musical

Child Players ACT presents Pied Piper, the Musical.

A great show for all the family!

Happening 16-19 January at 11 am and 2 pm at Theatre 3, Acton.

See the website for more information.

The Empire Strips Back

After a sold-out, critically acclaimed tour of the United States, The Empire Strips Back team returns home to sneak in their largest Australian tour yet!

For the many that missed out on previous tours be prepared for some seriously sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Boba Fett, some tantalising Twi’leks, a delightfully luke-warm Taun Taun, a lady-like Skywalker, the Droids you are looking for and much, much more!

So get your tickets now and come along to celebrate everything Star Wars…and the removal of clothing.

Happening Saturday 19 January from 8 – 10 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for more information.

SHAKESPEARE UPDATED AT THE NFSA

Inspired by Heath Ledger’s performance in Ten Things I hate about you, a late 1990s teen adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the NFSA takes a look at this and other films featuring Shakespearean themes.

14 Jan – 10 Thinks I Hate About You at 3pm
15 Jan – Forbidden Planet at 3pm
16 Jan – Twelfth Night at 3pm
17 Jan – Gnomeo and Juliet at 11am
18 Jan – Big Business at 3pm
19 Jan – My Own Private Idaho at 3pm
20 Jan – Romeo and Juliet at 3pm

Happening 14-20 January at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Book online via the website.

Once Upon a Mattress

Ickle Pickle Productions presents Once Upon a Mattress at the Belconnen Theatre in the January school holidays.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, and suitable for the all ages, Once Upon a Mattress is the perfect school holiday entertainment for the whole family.

Showing at Belconnen Theatre from 11 to 24 January 2019.

All tickets $24, available online from canberraticketing.com.au.

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.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

The Magic of Malala: Drawing Workshop

Join the Museum of Australian Democracy these school holidays for a creative drawing workshop inspired by the bravery of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.

Malala stood up for what she thought was right – education for all – and proved that everyone has the power to fight for change.

Create your own masterpiece in this artist-led workshop using a variety of different drawing techniques. Suitable for beginners and up.

Happening 21-25 January from 10 am-12 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Cost: $10. Ages: 8-15 years

Find out more at moadoph.gov.au/family

AFTER DARK: GHOST HUNTERS TOUR AT MOAD

If a spooky adventure is more your style, help solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that have been experienced at Old Parliament House after the sun goes down during an After Dark: Ghost Hunters Tour.

This 75-minute torchlight tour takes you through the museum, exploring the mysterious occurrences, ghostly encounters and dastardly deeds of Old Parliament House.

Tours happening Thursday 17 and 24 January. Get in quick because spaces on this tour won’t last long.

$20 per personbookings essential at moadoph.gov.au/events/ghost-hunters

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: BEHIND THE LINES 2018 EXHIBITION TOUR

Venture down the rabbit hole and take a tour around one of our most popular exhibitions, Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2018.

This 30 minute tour gives you an exclusive look at the history of Behind the Lines, what it takes to make the exhibition each year, and which cartoons made it into the curator’s Top 5 this year.

If you’re lucky, you might even get to see the White Rabbit himself.

Daily at 11.30am until 28 January at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. $5 per person, bookings essential.

Find out more at moadoph.gov.au/tour.

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.

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.

SPORT

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 

Credit Mark Nolan

Open Air PlayUP

Want some outdoor fun? Don’t miss Open Air PlayUP during the school holidays in the stunning Senate Courtyard. Enjoy giant lawn games, build an empire with blocks or kick back in a teepee and read one of our many books.

Open weekdays from 7 to 18 January, from 10 am – 5 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

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

School holidays at the National Museum of Australia

All roads lead to Rome at the National Museum of Australia (NMA)!

Well, at least some will lead to their latest exhibition Rome: City and Empire. Join them these school holidays for activities inspired by Ancient Rome.

WHEN IN ROME …                                              

Dress up in a toga or stoa, make a Roman laurel wreath and help complete a Roman bathhouse mosaic.

10 am–1 pm weekdays, 14 – 18 January 2019 and 21 – 25 January 2019. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Free-$5. Bookings not required but places are limited. See the website for more information.

CHILL-OUT ZONE

Play, read or relax in the NMA’s Bay Window chill-out zone or try one of the self-facilitated activities inspired by Ancient Rome. In the mornings watch on as artist Byrd creates a cardboard chariot.

10 am–1 pm and 2–3.30 pm weekdays, 14 – 18 January 2019 and 21 – 25 January 2019. Free. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings not required, places limited.

Happening  7 – 18 January 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton. See the website for more information.

School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Swim Intensive, Soccer, Cricket, Tennis, Dance and a general Sports Vacation Program.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience. Full day or weekly programs available.

Happening until 2 February at the Australian Institute Of Sport.

See the website for more information.

Storytime Ballet: Coppélia

Designed as a perfect school holiday activity, The Storytime Ballet series has been expertly crafted for ballet’s youngest audience members aged three years old and up.

With a performance duration of just under an hour, this live and interactive production features a narrator to guide the audience through the story. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite ballet-inspired outfits and they can also dance along with the performers.

Storytime Ballet: Coppélia is a sparkling tale of magic and mischief set to the wonderful Léo Delibes score, especially recorded for this production by Orchestra Victoria.

This visually spectacular production features glorious recreations of the original sets and includes 15 Kristian Fredrikson costumes from the mainstage production.

Coppélia will transport audiences from the everyday to a magical world. This spectacular production, set to Léo Delibes’ cheery score, is perfect for the whole family. Audiences will meet the lovers Swanilda and Franz, the mysterious Dr Coppelius, and his daughter, who is not what she seems. Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s lair – with the help of some fancy footwork. Bursting with sorcery and masquerade, romance and high jinks, this is the funniest, sunniest ballet audiences will see in 2018.

Happening from 17 – 19 January at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for more information.

DressUP: Change the World

Discover the incredible journeys of some of the world’s most inspiring people, taking the time to walk in their shoes in DressUP: Change the World.

Connect with the lives of historical and contemporary figures, including Frida Kahlo, Adam Goodes, Beyoncé, and many others, by dressing up in their most iconic outfits.

Immerse yourself in their stories of triumph as they go from ordinary people to visionary leaders who have made a difference in the world. Listen to their stories and learn about the challenges they overcame to leave their mark.

Visitors can also tell their own story in our new Zine Lounge. Whether you prefer writing or sketching, the Zine Lounge lets you carve out a space for your voice to be heard.

This engaging exhibition space provides a bold and quirky environment that will inspire young people and asks them “How will you change the world?”

Happening until 31 December 2019 at the Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

MathsAlive! 

MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, that has drawn record-breaking crowds in five countries around the world is coming to Canberra in December!

Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Free admission.

Happening daily from 9 am – 5 pm until 17 March 2019 at East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place, Parkes.

More information on the website. 

PlayUP

After an exciting transformation, the imaginative family space in the Museum of Australian Democracy has all-new hands-on activities to educate, excite and challenge young minds.

This creative exhibition space celebrates the role of children in our community and provides a welcoming environment for families to engage in the rights and responsibilities of children through imagination, discovery, role-play and fun.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, Parkes. Entry costs vary.

Visit the website for more details.

SUMMER AT CANBERRA YOUTH THEATRE DRAMA WORKSHOP

The Canberra Youth Theatre (CYT) will be offering a week-long drama workshop, where a group of 7 -12-year-olds will create an original piece of theatre.

Play drama games and learn skills in voice, movement and storytelling, finishing the week with a performance for family and friends.

Happening 14-18 January at Gorman Arts Centre, C Block Theatre, Gorman House Arts Centre, Batman Street, Braddon.

See the website for more information.

Get Curiouser and Curiouser at Behind the Lines 2018

Venture down the rabbit-hole for Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons 2018, with this year’s theme Curiouser and Curiouser inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Kids of all ages can visit the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland at MoAD for dress ups, games and adventures.

Step through the Looking Glass and dress up as the colourful and curious characters of Wonderland including Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat or the Mad Hatter.

There is also a wall of crazy mirrors that will stretch or shrink you and games with a special Wonderland twist that will delight the whole family.

Older kids can go on a cartooning trail through the exhibition, following clues and learning about the art of political cartooning.

While the children are entertained in Wonderland, parents can grin, smirk and grimace at the cartoons that explore the unexpected twists and turns of politics in 2018.

For more information visit www.moadoph.gov.au/family.

Summer at the National Portrait Gallery

Escape the heat this summer and step inside the National Portrait Gallery for an array of family-fun activities. From storytelling and drawing to music and art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Gallery.

Mums, dads, grandparents and carers can get creative with the kids inside Face Lab – a fun and quirky place where they can investigate their own or someone else’s face. It includes a cosy library and lots of drawing and craft activities. It’s on between 11.00am – 4.00pm daily until 3 February. Entry is free.

Other activities on offer this summer include:

Wiradjuri Echoes: Share Aboriginal culture and storytelling through music and dance. Children are welcome to join the dancers and learn to dance to the didgeridoo. Entry is free and is on at 2.00pm Sunday 6 January.

Headhunt!: An interactive gallery experience for visitors aged 7 – 15 years. This experience encourages kids to take the lead and explore the Gallery, look closely at the portraits and delve into artistic elements, as well as the stories of the people depicted. Headhunt! is free and is on every day between 10.00am – 4.00pm during the summer school holidays.

My many faces: A painting workshop inspired by Study of Louis Nowra by Imants Tillers in the 20/20 exhibition. Like Tillers, children will compose painting of small canvas boards to show multiple perspectives and ideas in one work. Workshops are suitable for children 6 – 12 years and is on from 12.30 – 3.00pm, Thursday 31 January. Cost is $20 per person and bookings are essential.

Portrait play: who are you?: An exploration of portraits through drawing and creative activity for children aged 4 – 8 years. This activity is held each weekday from 10.30 – 11.30am until 1 February. Bookings are essential and cost is $7 per child.

Drawn in: A unique drawing experience while listening to the electro acoustic sounds of Happy Axe – a multi-instrumentalist and musical polymath, who uses violin, musical saw, vocals and digital manipulation to build new worlds out of layers of sound. This free event is on from 1.00 – 3.00pm, Sunday 24 February.

Find out more at portrait.gov.au

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

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2019

Registrations are open for Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2019! In its 13th year, the walk aims to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and registration.

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk is a free event which will be held on Wednesday 13 February 2019, starting from Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin at 6.45am.

They’re calling all Canberrans to lace up their walking shoes, bring their friends, colleagues, family members and pets and walk for a great cause.

Come early to receive a free t-shirt, hat and gift bag (first in, first served) and finish the morning off with a free BBQ breakfast thanks to Lions Club Canberra Belconnen.

In the lead up to the walk, they’re also encouraging everyone to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donation Register and discuss their choice with loved ones.

Happening Wednesday 13 February from 6.45 am at Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin.

For more information and to register (it’s free), visit giftoflife.asn.au

EXHIBITIONS

Love and Desire NGA John Everett Millais Ophelia 1851-2 oil paint on canvas Tate collection presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894 © Tate.

Love and Desire Pre-Raphaelite Masterpiece from the Tate

Discover a stunning world of Love & Desire as the Tate’s pre-Raphaelite masterpieces come to Australia for this Summer’s most romantic exhibition.

Fall in love with John Everett Millais’ Ophelia and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott, as the Tate’s most visited works of art leave the gallery together for the first time.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering in paintings inspired by the great love stories of history and literature.

Happening until 28 April 2019 at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 10am.

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia.

The Antarctica Experience: A Virtual Reality Adventure

Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before

Travel to Antarctica using the latest 360-degree virtual reality technology and follow in the footsteps of the scientists researching this mysterious continent.

Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit; cruise through icy waters to meet a penguin colony; visit Davis Station and learn about daily life in these harsh conditions; and marvel at the spectacular Southern Lights.

An immersive theatre experience only at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

Happening until 26 June 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

For tickets and session times visit nma.gov.au/antarctica.

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.

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.

Bush Mechanics: The Exhibition

The broken-down cars and the ingenious bush mechanics who repair them are back on the road!

Based on the popular television series, Bush Mechanics: The Exhibition is more than a showcase of old cars and clever repairs. It also explores the importance of the car in the outback and provides insights into the life and culture of the Warlpiri people of Central Australia.

Happening until 24 February at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

For more information visit nma.gov.au

 

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 until Sunday 24 February. For more information go to CMAG.

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 17 March 2019 from 12 pm – 5 pm 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 (Closing Soon)

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.

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.

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.

 

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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