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This Week in The Can is your essential guide to what’s happening in Canberra. From theatre to sport, food and wine to music, and much much more!

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BarkFest 2020

Happening Sunday 23 February at QT Canberra, BarkFest is the ultimate dog-lovers event—even if you don’t own a pooch yourself.

Comprising events for both pet owners and their fur babies, BarkFest was created by Tatum Brown of The Social Dog Company as a stimulating and fun outing for everyone—while also raising awareness and funds for Canberra’s pet rescue services.

A free event for both humans and dogs, the festival is squarely focused on fun—but with an important message: adopt don’t shop.

A variety of Canberra-based rescue associations will be present on the day including ARF (ACT Foster & Rescue) and Greyhound Connections, which will be able to talk prospective owners through the process of adoption or even becoming a foster carer.

Kicking off the afternoon will be the Pup-arazzi red carpet arrivals, followed by the Paw-lympics, where doggies can compete in feats of agility or just plain goofiness.

There will also be a splash pit and a ball pit, plenty of stalls, a dog-themed cocktail menu for humans and a Doggy Diner for the dogs, with all funds raised through that going towards ARF and Greyhound Connections.

Cost: Free entry.

Happening Sunday 23 February from 3–7 pm at QT Canberra, NewActon.

Register via Eventbrite

HerCanberra is a proud sponsor of BarkFest 2020. 

NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 2020

Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival.

Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival.

There will be live music, dancing, performance art, overwhelming food stalls, street parties and more local, national and international artists!

Happening 21–23 February from 10 am across Garema Place and City Walk, City.

See multiculturalfestival.com.au for more information.

ANUSA’s Friday Night Party 2020: Horizon

Set your sights on the Horizon for this year’s ANU Student Association (ANUSA) Friday Night Party.

ANUSA’s biggest night of the year is going down once again on Fellows Oval, right in the heart of the ANU and the line-up is stacked!

LINE UP

  • CUB SPORT
  • HOLY HOLY
  • WAFIA
  • ADRIAN EAGLE
  • GRAACE
  • HAYLEY MARY
  • REMI

Cost: $39-55

Happening Friday 21 February from 3.30 pm at Fellows Oval, Fellows Road, Acton.

See Moshtix and Facebook for more information.

Lino Ramble X Braddon Merchant

Another wine dinner? No, this is a Wine Club.

The new kids on the block, Braddon Merchant, continue to show their support for small scale producers, with Thursday 27 February displaying their latest showcase—Lino Ramble x Braddon Merchant.

This event is about more than just the food and wine pairings—although just to confirm, they will be amazing—this event follows the love story of Lino Ramble and Braddon Merchant, bringing a unity of flavours and texture to the plate over six courses and six wines.

The love affair began on a cold day last July at a chance encounter in the aisles of PLONK Canberra. From that day the relationship has been budding and so has Braddon Merchant’s collection from the McLaren Vale based producer.

Sparks started flying and it was love at first sip, with wines that champion minimal-intervention, climate-appropriate grape varieties, sourced from local vineyards and farmed sustainably, every drop is structured, approachable and all about the texture.

The winemakers behind Lino Ramble, Angela Townsend and Andy Coppard, will be joining in on the evening, to take you through their passion turned adventure as they pair their best-cellared sellers with Braddon Merchant’s beautiful new menu.

Cost: $99 per person.

Happening Thursday 27 February from 6.30 pm at Braddon Merchant, 1 Elouera Street, Braddon.

Book here

Gunning Show

The 118th Gunning Show is on again on Sunday 23 February so get ready for a wonderful day out for the whole family!

There will be free face painting, a patting paddock, clown/magician, Circus, kids entertainment and games. There will even be a bungee trampoline!

Competitions include Miss Showgirl, show boy and girl, Shearing, Yard Dogs, Alpacas, Cattle, Horses (sporting, Pony Club and Jumping) and the Young Famers’ Challenge.

In addition, there will be a pavilion full of local art, craft and fresh produce

Happening Sunday 23 February from 9 am at the Gunning Showground, 80 Lerida Street, Gunning, NSW.

See gunningshow.com.au for more information.

Game Masters: The Exhibition

With the opening of Game Masters: The Exhibition, the NFSA turns into Australia’s biggest video game arcade with the world’s greatest designers, characters and 80 playable games.

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises and a chance to play them.

Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave!

Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.

Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3(2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.

Sign up to join the Game Masters club and receive the latest news from the NFSA plus updates about special gaming events and guests, and exclusive offers and discounts.

Open daily 10 am–4 pm until Monday 9 March 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the nfsa.gov.au for tickets and more information.

MATISSE & PICASSO

Explore the relationship between two of the world’s greatest artists and rivals—from Picasso’s untameable approach to Matisse’s seductive irresistibility—responding to each other’s work throughout their careers.

Curated by the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition includes major works sourced from public and private collections around the world.

Showing until 13 April 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Tumbafest

Tumbafest is an annual festival held in the picturesque town of Tumbarumba, in the western foothills of the New South Wales Snowy Mountains. It is a celebration of quality music and local cool climate food and wine.

The Tumbarumba region was badly affected by the January 2020 bushfires and is still in recovery mode. The region is home to incredible food experiences, outdoor adventures and pristine natural beauty.

Tumbarumba is well known for producing premium cool climate wines, and in fact, many Canberra winemakers also buy grapes from the region (for example, local Canberra winery Collector Wines’ Tiger Tiger Chardonnay – awarded Trophy for Best Chardonnay two years in a row – is made from pristine Tumbarumba grapes).

Some vineyards were burnt completely. Others were just singed. The entire region is in recovery and needs support.

Happening 22-23 February in Tumbarumba, NSW.

See tumbafest.com.au for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

 

Lino Ramble X Braddon Merchant

Another wine dinner? No, this is a Wine Club.

The new kids on the block, Braddon Merchant, continue to show their support for small scale producers, with Thursday 27 February displaying their latest showcase—Lino Ramble x Braddon Merchant.

This event is about more than just the food and wine pairings—although just to confirm, they will be amazing—this event follows the love story of Lino Ramble and Braddon Merchant, bringing a unity of flavours and texture to the plate over six courses and six wines.

The love affair began on a cold day last July at a chance encounter in the aisles of PLONK Canberra. From that day the relationship has been budding and so has Braddon Merchant’s collection from the McLaren Vale based producer.

Sparks started flying and it was love at first sip, with wines that champion minimal-intervention, climate-appropriate grape varieties, sourced from local vineyards and farmed sustainably, every drop is structured, approachable and all about the texture.

The winemakers behind Lino Ramble, Angela Townsend and Andy Coppard, will be joining in on the evening, to take you through their passion turned adventure as they pair their best-cellared sellers with Braddon Merchant’s beautiful new menu.

Cost: $99 per person.

Happening Thursday 27 February from 6.30 pm at Braddon Merchant, 1 Elouera Street, Braddon.

Book here

NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 2020

Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival.

Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival.

There will be live music, dancing, performance art, overwhelming food stalls, street parties and more local, national and international artists!

Happening 21–23 February from 10 am across Garema Place and City Walk, City.

See multiculturalfestival.com.au for more information.

Tumbafest

Tumbafest is an annual festival held in the picturesque town of Tumbarumba, in the western foothills of the New South Wales Snowy Mountains. It is a celebration of quality music and local cool climate food and wine.

The Tumbarumba region was badly affected by the January 2020 bushfires and is still in recovery mode. The region is home to incredible food experiences, outdoor adventures and pristine natural beauty.

Tumbarumba is well known for producing premium cool climate wines, and in fact, many Canberra winemakers also buy grapes from the region (for example, local Canberra winery Collector Wines’ Tiger Tiger Chardonnay – awarded Trophy for Best Chardonnay two years in a row – is made from pristine Tumbarumba grapes).

Some vineyards were burnt completely. Others were just singed. The entire region is in recovery and needs support.

Happening 22-23 February in Tumbarumba, NSW.

See tumbafest.com.au for more information.

Noche Latina – Multicultural Festival Pre-Party!

Join your friends at Highball for a fiesta at our Pre-Multicultural party!

Tropical, sexy and oh so Latin – it’s time to brace yourself for a night of fun, frivolity and of course dancing!

An epic night of music and dance featuring the incredible Latin band Mi Tierra! The bar will be stocked, the drinks will be flowing, the DJ will drop the beat and the dance floor will be hot, hot, hot.

Booth bookings are available for groups of 6+. Book online to secure the best seats in the house.

Happening Friday 20 February from 6 pm-2 am at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, Canberra

See highballexpress.com.au for more information.

National Margarita Day

Margaritas…Tacos…Arriba, Arriba!

Margaritas are something that can be celebrated 365 days a year, but it can’t hurt to pay tribute to this popular tequila drink.

Come celebrate National Margarita Day all day at The Duxton on Saturday, 22 February 2020.

Get down to The Duxton and choose your favourite Margarita from our all-day Margarita Menu, Mexican food delights and the sounds of our in-house DJ mixing upbeat tunes from 4-8 pm.

Happening Saturday 22 February at The Duxton, O’Connor, Cnr Sargood & Macpherson Sts. O’Connor.

See Facebook for more information.

Winderlust: Live Your Best Life Series

A unique 6 part series of events featuring 6 local women experts sharing how to “Live your best life!” …(and there’s wine!)

This series of ‘hump-day’ events are specially designed to help you unwind, enjoy and learn something new on issues that matter to us all including managing money, our career, finding our style, reducing waste, self confidence and using social media better. Guests will receive a flight of three wines on arrival (a different flight at each event) and grazing stations.

Have some fun getting a professional head-shot captured by Lib Creative, and sit back and learn from our speakers.

The 6 episodes will run fortnightly on Wednesday evenings until 8 April 2020.

Cost: $35 or Pay 5 Come to 6 for $175

Happening until 8 April 2020 at Pavilion Hotel, Dickson.

See winederlust.com.au/events for more information.

Pialligo Fields

It’s time to truly unwind and be blown away by the breathtaking views over the fields, watching the sun go down with a drink in hand.

Pialligo Estate is bringing Canberra a new style of fun–with next-level drinks by Pialligo Estate’s funky bar crew, Canberra’s first Gintonica bar experience and the finest craft beers, you’ll taste your way to a new happy place.

Think great beats, highest-quality share platters, space for the kids to run around, and fun you won’t be expecting; Pialligo Fields is the place to bring your family and friends for some fresh air in style.

Whether you have an event that needs some personality, or you just want to find some weekend balance with the family and friends, Fields is a multi-purpose space that will deliver experiences you talk about.

Happening Fridays from 3 pm and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/pialligo-fields for more information.

SUMMER SUNDAY SOUNDS AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

Each Sunday throughout Summer, Contentious Character will bring you a different musician or band to play away the summer afternoons while you watch the sunset sipping on one of their summer-friendly wines, all grown and made on the estate by the Contentious four.

Bring the kids and they can play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or ogle the kangaroos.

Free entry.

Happening until 15 March at Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin, NSW.

See contentiouscharacter.com.au for more information.

CELLAR DOOR

Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. 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.

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

Happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See the website for more details.

Monster’s Afternoon Delight

Serene, methodical and exceptionally Monster.

Presenting a new Sunday afternoon blend, Monster Kitchen and Bar is adding a little extra flavour to your signature lazy day with its very own High Tea…

Amidst the hand-crafted furniture, bespoke artwork, and ambient lighting you will find the familiar flavours you have come to appreciate from the team at Monster with a range of exclusive tea flavours by Tea Garden co, tea-inspired cocktails, Champagne all complemented by black and gold fixtures.

1 pm every Sunday at Monster Kitchen, Ovolo Nishi. Tickets $70 to $120  – more information on Facebook.

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

Join Vertikal every Friday for indoor ski lessons with indoor snow machines and music. Enjoy discounted sessions from $40 or kick back with a Jindabyne Brewing beers on tap or Canberra Distilling Co & Underground Spirits.

Every Friday at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 2, Building 3, 1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.

Find out more at vertikalsnowsports.com.

STAGE + SCREEN

Image: Martin Ollman

NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 2020

Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival.

Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival.

There will be live music, dancing, performance art, overwhelming food stalls, street parties and more local, national and international artists!

Happening 21–23 February from 10 am across Garema Place and City Walk, City.

See multiculturalfestival.com.au for more information.

Rosie Waterland – Kid Chameleon

The award-winning podcaster, author, columnist, comedian and screenwriter’s first book, The Anti-Cool Girl, is a full-frontal no-holds-barred memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you.

Being a Kid Chameleon is how Rosie survived then, and laughing about it is how she survives now.

Book early for what is sure to be another sell-out tour from one of Australia’s most prolific, honest and endearingly funny talents.

Happening Sunday 23 February from 8 –9.10 pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childres St, Canberra City.

See thestreet.org.au for more information.

SHAKESPEARE BY THE LAKES III – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Shakespeare by the Lakes III: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies, is presented by Lakespeare & Co. (Taimus Werner-Gibbings, Lexi Sekuless, Duncan Driver and Paul Leverenz), an independent theatre company on a mission to make high-quality theatre accessible to Canberrans.

The summer shows are free for everyone and fun for all. They bring the community together and provide an enjoyable, family-friendly event for all ages.

Shakespeare by the Lakes III: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is coming to the Patrick White Lawns. Wander past, find a place, grab a glass of champagne, a cup of coffee and some delicious food from the onsite Food Trucks or get a big group together, bring your picnic blankets and baskets, and soak up the serenity.

Food from 3.30 pm and entertainment from 4:30 pm. Please register now.

Happening Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 February from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Patrick White Lawns, Parkes.

See lakespeare.com for more information.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KEVIN MCCLOUD

BAFTA award-winning broadcaster, TV host, writer, environmentalist, amateur balloonist and storyteller, Kevin McCloud is all that and a bit more that you don’t know about. Now it’s time for him to tell his remarkable story—in his own words, live on stage; “The World According to Kevin McCloud”.

It’s an evening that will entertain and make you think; including a Q&A session inviting audience members to ask Kevin questions and air their deep-seated concerns about architecture, DIY and cushions.

Kevin will also dig into his own past in an entertaining survey of 1960s wallpaper, the Space Programme, McMansions, Community and the Planet.

Happening Sunday 23 February from 4 pm-5:30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au

SENIOR MOMENTS 2 ‘REMEMBER, REMEMBER’

The smash hit “Senior Moments” is back in a senior sequel with no equal: “Senior Moments 2!” Australian showbiz legends Max Gillies, Tony Barber and Normie Rowe are having more Senior Moments in the senior sensation that’s sweeping the nation.

Senior Moments 2: “Remember Remember” is another seriously silly comedy revue, a brilliantly funny collection of comic sketches and songs performed by a cast who are old enough to know better!

Happening Friday 21 – Saturday 22 February from 2 pm – 3:30 pm and 3:30 – 9 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

MUSIC

ANUSA’s Friday Night Party 2020: Horizon

Set your sights on the Horizon for this year’s ANU Student Association (ANUSA) Friday Night Party.

ANUSA’s biggest night of the year is going down once again on Fellows Oval, right in the heart of the ANU and the line-up is stacked!

LINE UP

  • CUB SPORT
  • HOLY HOLY
  • WAFIA
  • ADRIAN EAGLE
  • GRAACE
  • HAYLEY MARY
  • REMI

Cost: $39-55

Happening Friday 21 February from 3.30 pm at Fellows Oval, Fellows Road, Acton.

See Moshtix and Facebook for more information.

More local music

Check out BMA and CBR DIY for more local gigs.

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

Supports – Sputnik Sweetheart + Kitschen Boy + Slow Dial

Hailing from the nation’s capital are Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers—a band of four nineteen year old gals with a penchant for plaid and a knack for crafting gritty, nostalgic grunge pop.

Now Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers reveal their first single of the new year, ‘Desk Chair’, which follows a theme of self-sabotage and chasing mundane forms of affection through the personal insecurities experienced during one’s teen years.

With a whole lot of love for both each other and their audiences, Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers are so excited to be playing in their hometown, alongside their best pals, celebrating the release of their new single.

Happening Friday 21 February from 8 – 11 pm at Transit Bar, 7 Akuna St, Canberra.

See moshtix.com.au for more information.

Canberra Blues Society presents the Bondi Cigars

Rarely has an Australian band received as much consistent and widespread acclaim from critics and music fans alike as the Bondi Cigars.

The original Cigars line-up from 1989 brought together four like-minded experienced players, all veterans of Sydney inner-west blues venues, and from the word go, the Cigars have been the very model of the ‘no passengers’ band, a well-oiled machine plus soul: no room for slackers here.

Always one of the country’s hardest working outfits (on the road more than off), the Cigars have kept their music tight, hard-driving and down – to – earth: the Australian bar band par excellence.

Shane Pacey (guitar/vocals), Alan Britton (bass /vocals), Eben Hale (guitar/vocals), Frank Corby (drums/vocals)

Special guest support: Moondog

Happening Saturday 22 February from 8-11 pm at the Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

See Facebook for more information.

Moody Beach “Mirage” Tour – Canberra

Moody Beach is the artistic project of Sydney songwriter Melissah Marie. Her art is about ‘connection’ and through music & performance she tries to serve up some of life’s honesty and complexities.

Happening Thursday 20 February from 7:30 pm at Sideway, 21 East Row, Canberra.

See tickets.oztix.com.au for more information.

Conrad Sewell ‘Big World Tour’ Canberra

By 2019, Australia-raised and Los Angeles-based ARIA Award-winning, platinum-selling singer and songwriter Conrad Sewell had ascended to international renown.

He garnered the coveted “Song of the Year” honor at the 2015 ARIA Awards for his breakout solo single “Start Again.” Next up the hit “Hold Me Up” clocked over 53 million Spotify streams and preceded his debut EP, All I Know.

Sewell, recently wrapped up his biggest Australian tour to date, while his latest single ‘Big World’ is currently climbing the Australian charts

Only tickets purchased from OZ Tix, are valid for this event. Tickets purchased through any other sources may not be valid and you may not be admitted into the show

18+

Happening Thursday 20 February from 7.30-10.30 pm at The Basement Canberra, 2 Cohen St, Belconnen.

See tickets.oztix.com.au for more information.

ABBEY ROAD LIVE

In October 2019 The Beatles opus Abbey Road returned to #1 around the world, 50 years after its release, cementing its place as arguably the greatest album of all time.

Since 2019 some of Australia’s most respected musicians and members of iconic groups, collectively known as ARC — Kram (SPIDERBAIT), Mark Wilson (JET), Davey Lane (YOU AM I) and Darren Middleton (POWDERFINGER), brought The Beatles’ most audacious creation to life on stage, performing ‘Abbey Road  Live’ in full, from start to finish, followed by a second set comprising of a selection of hits spanning the breadth of The Beatles’ career and catalogue.

To meet with the incredible demand and to celebrate the album returning to #1, the band are heading back out on the road for a final run of shows.

Joining ARC live on stage will be special guests Linda Bull (The Black Sorrows, Vika and Linda Bull), Ash Naylor (Paul Kelly, Even and Rockwiz) and James Fleming (Eagle and the Worm, Bob Evans).

Happening Saturday 22 February from 7:30 pm – 9:40 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

GIRLS TO THE FRONT PRESENTS SOPHIE HYDE MOVIE SEASON + Q&A

‘Girls to The Front’ is a quarterly series showcasing content (film, music, TV and beyond) produced by Australian female creative talent, with a specific focus on promoting diverse and under-represented cultures, ideas, and voices.

The National Film and Sound Archive’s inaugural season focuses on the award-winning work of Sophie Hyde.

Join The NFSA after each screening for a Q&A with Sophie herself.

Program:

  • Animals + Q&A – 21 February, 6.00pm
  • 52 Tuesdays + Q&A – 22 February, 2.00pm

Happening Saturday 21 February 6-7.30 pm and Sunday 22 February 2 – 3 pm at The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

Expedition 360: A National Geographic VR Exploration Into the Okavango Delta

Come face-to-face with elephants, lions and hippos as you explore one of the world’s largest wetlands with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project team in a stunning 360-degree virtual reality experience.

Ride in a mokoro (canoe) as it glides through the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions. Join National Geographic Fellow and conservation biologist Dr. Steve Boyes and his team on their mission to survey, conserve and protect the delta, the lifeblood of this unique ecosystem.

This experience is organised and travelled by the National Geographic Society.

Cost: $20

Happening at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula.

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

NatureArt Lab workshops

Canberra’s very own botanic art studio, NatureArt Lab, is offering a variety of short courses and workshops for the budding or experienced artist, starting this February.

With experienced tutors to guide creative learning, students can learn to use watercolour, coloured pencils, ink, pen and much more while immersing themselves in science and nature studies.

Throughout February and March, there will be courses on offer, ranging from two, four and six weeks, which will give students a chance to examine and interpret insects, birds and other creatures through various art mediums.

Each course will take students through a step-by-step process to develop valuable drawing techniques used to create beautiful works of art.

For artists who wish to explore beyond Canberra, NatureArt Lab is also offering nature tours to a number of renowned destinations inspired by their natural beauty such as Costa Rica, Borneo and Peru.

With an early bird discount available to tour Borneo in late October, photographers, artists and nature lovers who want to experience a 13-day adventure through the wildlife region are encouraged to secure their place now.

The NatureArt Lab Summer Program commenced on 2 February 2020, with multiple courses running through February-March and is open to anyone over 16.

To book a course, visit natureartlab.com.au

FRIDAY WITH A FRIEND

An engaging tour of the NGA collection for people with dementia and their carers. This event is free however it is recommended that participants register interest.

Happening 10.30 am – 11.30 am every Friday at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

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 11.30 am. 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.

FESTIVALS

NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 2020

Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival.

Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival.

There will be live music, dancing, performance art, overwhelming food stalls, street parties and more local, national and international artists!

Happening 21–23 February from 10 am across Garema Place and City Walk, City.

See multiculturalfestival.com.au for more information.

BarkFest 2020

Happening Sunday 23 February at QT Canberra, BarkFest is the ultimate dog-lovers event—even if you don’t own a pooch yourself.

Comprising events for both pet owners and their fur babies, BarkFest was created by Tatum Brown of The Social Dog Company as a stimulating and fun outing for everyone—while also raising awareness and funds for Canberra’s pet rescue services.

A free event for both humans and dogs, the festival is squarely focused on fun—but with an important message: adopt don’t shop.

A variety of Canberra-based rescue associations will be present on the day including ARF (ACT Foster & Rescue) and Greyhound Connections, which will be able to talk prospective owners through the process of adoption or even becoming a foster carer.

Kicking off the afternoon will be the Pup-arazzi red carpet arrivals, followed by the Paw-lympics, where doggies can compete in feats of agility or just plain goofiness.

There will also be a splash pit and a ball pit, plenty of stalls, a dog-themed cocktail menu for humans and a Doggy Diner for the dogs, with all funds raised through that going towards ARF and Greyhound Connections.

Cost: Free entry.

Happening Sunday 23 February from 3–7 pm at QT Canberra, NewActon.

Register via Eventbrite

HerCanberra is a proud sponsor of BarkFest 2020. 

Gunning Show

The 118th Gunning Show is on again on Sunday 23 February so get ready for a wonderful day out for the whole family!

There will be free face painting, a patting paddock, clown/magician, Circus, kids entertainment and games. There will even be a bungee trampoline!

Competitions include Miss Showgirl, show boy and girl, Shearing, Yard Dogs, Alpacas, Cattle, Horses (sporting, Pony Club and Jumping) and the Young Famers’ Challenge.

In addition, there will be a pavilion full of local art, craft and fresh produce

Happening Sunday 23 February from 9 am at the Gunning Showground, 80 Lerida Street, Gunning, NSW.

See gunningshow.com.au for more information.

Tumbafest

Tumbafest is an annual festival held in the picturesque town of Tumbarumba, in the western foothills of the New South Wales Snowy Mountains. It is a celebration of quality music and local cool climate food and wine.

The Tumbarumba region was badly affected by the January 2020 bushfires and is still in recovery mode. The region is home to incredible food experiences, outdoor adventures and pristine natural beauty.

Tumbarumba is well known for producing premium cool climate wines, and in fact, many Canberra winemakers also buy grapes from the region (for example, local Canberra winery Collector Wines’ Tiger Tiger Chardonnay – awarded Trophy for Best Chardonnay two years in a row – is made from pristine Tumbarumba grapes).

Some vineyards were burnt completely. Others were just singed. The entire region is in recovery and needs support.

Happening 22-23 February in Tumbarumba, NSW.

See tumbafest.com.au for more information.

SPORT + FITNESS

YOGA BY THE LAKE

Yoga by the Lake returns for the 2019/2020 season!

The class is on every week at 6 pm Thursday Nights. This class is perfect for everyone’s different levels with lots of options provided for different postures.

BYO mat if you can as I have limited spares, but towels/blankets also do the job.

Dogs and kids are most definitely welcome.

Cost: Free

Happening Thursdays from 6 pm – 7 pm at Bowen Park.

See Facebook for more information.

NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA NORTH CANBERRA

What is it? 

Turn off the lights, press PLAY on the music machine, and dance! There’s no teacher, no steps, no instruction and no lights. Feel what it’s like to dance free from judgement. Drug-and-alcohol free. All ages. All abilities.

What kind of music? 

Anything danceable from the last 70 years or so: rock, Motown, soul, pop, funk, dance, house, SKA, world, R&B etc.

How dark is it? 

Light enough to see that there are other people dancing but not their features or moves clearly. There’s no danger of banging into people or tripping over. It’s not creepy or sleazy. It’s about dancing for yourself. No sleazy drunk people. I

t’s a safe environment and a great alternative to the late-night zone of nightclubs. It’s drug-and-alcohol free.

Happening every Friday from 7:30 pm at Canberra Dance Theatre.

See the Facebook Page for more information.

Yoga in the Pines

The spring weather is a perfect time to try something new. Yoga HQ is running yoga in the Kaleen Pine Forest from October to March.

This practice combines fresh air, sunshine and vinyasa flow yoga in a beautiful natural space. Kids welcome to play on the nearby equipment while carers can chill out with a gentle stretch under the trees.

Happening Saturdays from 9.15 am at Bokhara Circuit Playground, Kaleen Pine Forest, Kaleen.

See yogahq.net for more information.

MARKETS + FAIRS

THREE SIXTY FASHION MARKET

The Three Sixty Fashion Market is a truly unique, niche Canberra-based market dedicated to sustainable fashion.

This mostly recycled fashion market is perfect for stylish, discerning shoppers who love genuine, quality vintage, retro and pre-loved fashion that is far too good to chuck in a bin or send to landfill.

The Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to a circular economy and to providing fabulous shopping for those who ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun.

You’re guaranteed to uncover some intriguing fashion and great buys. This is a super shopping day out. Great day for a get together with the gals or enjoy an outing with family and friends. Grab a coffee and explore.

The Three Sixty Fashion Market is run by the ‘Canberra Markets’, which also runs the Canberra Fashion Market, Canberra Kids Market and the Canberra Christmas Market.

Happening Sunday 23 February from 10 am – 3 pm at Fitters Workshop, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston

See canberramarkets.net.au for more information.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Lovers of fine handcrafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who make their way to Canberra’s famous Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday.

In a fabulous old industrial building you will experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”.

Happening every Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

CELLAR DOOR

Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. 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.

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

Happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See the website for more details.

NORTHSIDE FAMILY MARKETS

Northside Farmers Markets brings you the best quality fresh produce from the region. Select from leafy vegetables, free range pork, pastured eggs, luscious peaches and juicy apples.

Grab a sit and enjoy the amazing aroma and refreshing taste of our freshly brewed coffee. Enjoy with some pastry or bakery product. Do all your weekly grocery shopping while enjoying the spacious and sunny atmosphere. Brings friends and family and friends, share a cuppa and stories from your week.

Happening every Saturday from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm at Thoroughbred Park, Lyneham.

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 informatio

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 8.30 am 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 8.30 am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood.

For more information visit the website.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Flicks for Fire Relief

Come down to Hoyts Woden for a screening of the newest movie from the DC Extended Universe, Birds of Prey, starring Australia’s own Margot Robbie. All proceeds will go to the bushfire appeal through St Vincent de Paul Society.

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord, Black Mask in Gotham City.

Tickets are available online, you can also pre-purchase food and drink packages as part of your ticket, the proceeds of which will also go to this charity.

The movie starts at 1:30 pm, but please ensure you have collected your ticket and are seated prior to commencement.

Happening Saturday 22 February from 1 pm-4 pm at Hoyts Woden, Keltie Street, Phillip.

See flicksforfirerelief.eventbookings.com for more information.

Lifeline Canberra Gala 2020 “This is Us”

Join Lifeline Canberra for an unforgettable night celebrating “This is Us” with international entertainment and inspirational Australians.

Proudly supported by Audi Centre Canberra.

Dress code: Black Tie

Happening Friday 21 February at the National Arboretum.

See act.lifeline.org.au/lifeline-canberra for more information.

Fire Fight Exhibition: A WIRES Fundraiser

Even when smoke blankets our beautiful home, we are not helpless. At Fire Fight Exhibition, experience work from 30 Canberra artists coming together to raise funds for WIRES, a group of people coming together to lessen the pain and damage to Australia wildlife during this ecological disaster.

This event follows on from Fire Fight – NSW RFS Fundraiser [SOLD OUT], the first in this series of events designed by Canberra’s creatives to bring us together as a community and remember our collective strength.

// FEATURING //

Sasha Beattie | Tom Buckland | Tom Campbell | Samantha Corbett | Luke Chiswell | Ashley Cullen | Sophie Dumaresq | Mimi Fairall | Romany Fairall | Jake Fiene | Isaac Gibson | Rory Gillen | Luke Hadland | Clare Jackson | Skye Jamieson | Isaac Kairouz | Claire Warren | Alex Lundy | Jacquie Meng | Musonga Mbogo | Sarah Murray | Eve Murray-Fairhall | Nathan Nhan | Eleanor Neumann | Brennan O’Brien | Dan Power | Emma Rani Hodges | Lani Shea-an | Shanti Shea-an | Georgia Whigham |  Eloise White |

Happening until 29 February at  Nishi Gallery, NewActon.

See Facebook for tickets and more information.

Memory Walk & Jog Canberra

Join Memory Walk and Jog on the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore to cover kilometres and raise some dementia-beating dollars!

You’re going to have a lot of fun – and raise even more money – by walking, jogging or running around the lake. It’s a great way to get active, take in Canberra’s centrepiece and make the world of difference for people living with dementia.

Get active and beat dementia your way. Register as an individual or a group. Select either 2km 5km, 10km as your preferred distance. Choose whether you want to walk, jog or run. Whichever way you decide to move, you’ll be helping beat dementia to the finish line.

Happening Sunday 23 February from 7 am to 11 pm at Lake Burley Griffin, Barrine Drive, Acton.

See memorywalk.com.au for more information.

OUTDOORS

 

Memory Walk & Jog Canberra

Join Memory Walk and Jog on the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore to cover kilometres and raise some dementia-beating dollars!

You’re going to have a lot of fun – and raise even more money – by walking, jogging or running around the lake. It’s a great way to get active, take in Canberra’s centrepiece and make the world of difference for people living with dementia.

Get active and beat dementia your way. Register as an individual or a group. Select either 2km 5km, 10km as your preferred distance. Choose whether you want to walk, jog or run. Whichever way you decide to move, you’ll be helping beat dementia to the finish line.

Happening Sunday 23 February from 7 am to 11 pm at Lake Burley Griffin, Barrine Drive, Acton.

See memorywalk.com.au for more information.

KIDS

Spy Kids – Children’s Film Screening

Bring your kids down to the NFSA for a screening of Spy Kids.

Two kids discover their parents are spies when they are kidnapped by an evil villain! Now they must learn super-spy skills to rescue their parents and save the world.

Shown in conjunction with the National Archives of Australia’s exhibition “Spy: espionage in Australia.”

Cost: Free.

Happening Sunday 23 February from 11 am-1 pm at the National Film and Sound Archives, Kings Avenue, Parkes.

See eventbrite.com.au for more information.

QUESTACON LITTLE EXPLORERS – LIVING THINGS

Little Explorers is back at Questacon and this time it’s a month of fun for 0—6 year olds and their carers!

Come learn about Flight, Music, Living Things, and Dinosaurs and see what Questacon has to offer your youngest explorers.

Learn all about with plants and animals at this heart pumping event. All admission is discounted, plus 15% off all memberships purchased on the day.

– Get hands on with Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and find out who lives in our neighbourhood.
– Meet a snake and make friends with a lizard from Canberra Snake Rescue and Relocation.
– Give a furry friend a pat in our robot petting zoo.
– Don’t miss the Little Flower Seed puppet show by Questacon’s own performers.
– Spot Questacon’s resident stick insects and pat Morrie our blue tongue lizard.
– Dance like a bee and discover how they collect pollen and nectar.

Book tickets online to avoid disappointment.

Happening Monday 17 February from 8.30 am-1 pm at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See questacon.edu.au for more information.

LITTLE GRIFFINS

The National Capital Authority’s popular and entertaining Little Griffins program for children four years and under and their parents and carers is back for 2019.

The free, fun and interactive session will include building with DUPLO, songs, stories, and games. No bookings required – just come along!

Happening the last Friday of every month (unless that Friday falls on a school holiday) from 10—11 am at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point.

Visit nca.gov.au for more information.

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.

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. 

EXHIBITIONS

Credit: Pablo Picasso
Woman from Arles (Lee Miller) 1937
oil on canvas
Private collection
© Succession Picasso / Copyright Agency 2019.

MATISSE & PICASSO

Explore the relationship between two of the world’s greatest artists and rivals—from Picasso’s untameable approach to Matisse’s seductive irresistibility—responding to each other’s work throughout their careers.

Curated by the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition includes major works sourced from public and private collections around the world.

Showing until 13 April 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Game Masters: The Exhibition

With the opening of Game Masters: The Exhibition, the NFSA turns into Australia’s biggest video game arcade with the world’s greatest designers, characters and 80 playable games.

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises and a chance to play them.

Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave!

Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.

Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3(2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.

Sign up to join the Game Masters club and receive the latest news from the NFSA plus updates about special gaming events and guests, and exclusive offers and discounts.

Open daily 10 am–4 pm until Monday 9 March 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the nfsa.gov.au for tickets and more information.

Spy: Espionage in Australia

Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. For the first time at the National Archives, Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

See genuine spy equipment, surveillance images and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Play the part of a secret agent in the interactive family trail. Test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.

Developed in partnership with ASIO, Spy brings the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.

Cost: Free

Showing until 27 April 2020 open every day from 9 am–5 pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday) at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See naa.gov.au for more information.

Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2019

Framed by the world of rock music, and under the theme song of The Greatest Hits Tour, the brand new iteration of Behind the Lines allows visitors to hit rewind on the most significant political moments of the year through political cartoons.

You are offered an exclusive all access pass to be thunderstruck by Australia’s leading political cartoonists as they amp up the satire on 2019’s greatest political hits.

Are you ready to rock? Don’t miss Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2019.

Showing until 29 November 2020 at the Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

Craft ACT Glass Exhibition: Distorted Trajectories

Craft ACT are proud to feature two talented glass artists in the Distorted Trajectories. This group exhibition showcases the work of Marcel Hoogstad Hay and Madeline Prowd.

Hoogstad Hay’s work will include a series of wall-­mounted glass discs and rectangular panels. These works serve as abstracted visualisations of the phenomena he has been looking at, such as the quantum nature of the universe, and the distortion of light during certain occurrences.

Prowd has learnt many traditional cane-working and patterning techniques and has been exploring new possibilities and developing innovative patterning techniques with her exhibition work.

Showing until 21 March at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, North Building, Canberra City.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

Building a Life: The Jennings Germans story

The fingerprints of the ‘Jennings Germans’ are all over Canberra – but who were they? This exhibition explores the lives and legacy of the 150 German carpenters who came to Canberra in the early 1950s to build 1850 homes for construction company AV Jennings.

After travelling halfway around the world, these young men began to build not only houses, but also a life for themselves. Brick by brick and friendship by friendship, they altered the physical and cultural landscape of the young capital and left a legacy that has lasted generations.

Showing until 18 July at Canberra Museum and Gallery, City.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/building-a-life-the-jennings-germans-story for more information.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES 2020

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.

Artists to be selected by Craft ACT in late 2019

Showing until 21 March at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, North Building, Canberra City.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

Hugh Ramsay at the NGA

Delve into the paintings, portraits and sketchbooks of seminal Australian artist Hugh Ramsay, whose brilliant career was cut short at just 28.

The young artist shot to fame when four works were selected for the New Salon in Paris in 1902, a feat unheard of in expatriate circles.

Revel in his insights into the human condition as the National Gallery reveals his paintings, drawings and works on paper from around Australia.

Cost: Free.

Showing until 1 March 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

PROMISCUOUS PROVENANCE

Promiscuous Provenance encourages a re-examination of our relationship with our colonial past. Artist Anna Glynn creates a fantasy world, caught between reality and imagination as she plunders historical archives for inspiration.

She draws on the historical practice of copying as a way of expanding the reach of a work and seeking scientific learning. In creating strange natural history tableaux, featuring bizarre reimagined hybrid characters, she encourages the viewer to reflect on the experience of colonisation, and to reawaken a sense of wonder when interacting with our environment.

Promiscuous Provenance is a travelling exhibition from Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Nowra. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Cost: Free entry.

Happening until 1 March from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm at Australian National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au for more information.

PHOTOACCESS: TERRAFORM

The exhibition centres on Josh Dykgraaf’s remarkable photoshop manipulation of his own original images, Terraform invites intimate attention to vanishing species and explores the limits and interconnections of the world.

Happening 12 February – 24 March at East Hotel, Canberra Avenue, Kingston, ACT.

See photoaccess.org.au for more information.

HAM DARROCH: PROPELLER AT THE ANU DRILL HALL GALLERY

ANU Alumni and Canberra based artist Ham Darroch opens the Drill Hall’s 2020 exhibition program with a dynamic ensemble of colour, geometry and object-based form.

In his paintings and object based sculptures Darroch investigates the visual tradition of hard edge abstraction of the 1960’s and 70’s.

His works evoke a strong carry over of the enigmatic conceptualism of Marcel Duchamp and he makes wide ranging references to other works of Australian and non-Australian modern and pre-modern artists.

Showing until 12 April at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Acton.

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

MOMENTUM

Strathnairn’s Artist in Residence Naomi Eburn explores the balance and tension between the technique of throwing and the gestural treatment of surface.

Large brushstrokes and fine sgraffito marks in earthy tones are her intuitive response to the natural world.

Showing until 8 March at the Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt.

See strathnairn.com.au for more information.

ADAPTATION

Local artist Sian Watson presents a collection of figurative sculptural works that explores our shared vulnerability with nature in this shifting landscape.

This investigation highlights environmental and social change and adaptation, and the moral roles that humans and animals might play in times to come.

Through the fusion of humans and animals she creates works that question these relationships and understandings and invites the viewer to create their own imaginative conclusions.

Showing until 29 March at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au for more information.

State of Synthesis

Synthesis: noun – the combination of otherwise different elements to form a connected whole.

Graffiti + Ocean + Flowers

State of Synthesis is a collection of work that blends imagery from photographers Erin Masters and Sue Jans. The collection of 10 pieces merges their individual work into a layered visual inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the elements.

Showing at East Hotel’s Lobby, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston.

Call (02) 6295 6925 for more information.

PRIMED: SOME PRIME MINISTERS

Only seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Their portraits have been acquired in random order, mostly according to unexpected opportunity. This is the first time in the Gallery’s 20-year history that the esteemed prime ministers’ portraits have been shown as a group.

The contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits, and the different ways they have become available, reflect the exhilarating variety across the collection as a whole.

Showing until 9 March 2020 at National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au for more information.

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN?

Democracy is a living system and it work best when there is a healthy balance between trust and distrust – but that balance is tipping. Distrust is on the rise, and confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades.

Told through powerful stories of democracy in action, this exhibition will provoke thought and motivate visitors to recognise the power of their voice.

This contemporary exhibition uses a range of photographs, objects and audio visual elements in unique and engaging ways and aims to both empower and inspire visitors to recognise that our freedoms and our way of life are built on the foundation of democracy. Visitors are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about where Australia’s democracy sits on a global scale.

“Our democracy needs us. Are you in?”

Showing until 30 June 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

The exhibition features Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Showing until 31 March 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM PUBLIC TOURS

 The National Dinosaur Museum offers free public tours (with the general admission entry price) every weekend and school holiday period (NSW/ACT). Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time.

Take a camera, some friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages.

Public tours occur during weekends at 11, 12, 2 and 3pm. During school holidays they occur at 11, 2 and 3pm with an activity at 12.

Tours are free with general admission tickets to the museum.

Showing until 14 May 2023 at National Dinosaur Museum.

See nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au for more information.

SELECTED SPACES. SETTLING THE GINNINDERRA DISTRICT

In the 1860’s and 1870’s – long before the suburbs came, “selectors” chose blocks of land to build a home and a farm, and gradually, a community . Early maps and plans will help show how six pioneering families made Ginninderra home – before it was all taken from them. The stories of these settler families are well illustrated with photographs, maps and plans.

Showing until 29 March 2020 at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre.

See museum.hall.act.au for more information.

onetoeight: Australia’s first prime ministers

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in onetoeight, a contemporary art exhibition. Developed from Alder’s fellowship with the Australian Prime Ministers Centre and motivated by the early period of our nation’s democracy, onetoeight brings these important historical figures a little bit closer to us.

Inspired by a picture of Stanley Bruce’s cabinet where they were all wearing a lapel badge, Alder presents each prime minister wearing at least one badge to reference a key aspect of their time in office. Neither explicitly positive or negative, we are left to form our own opinion.

Through the portraits, intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments, Alder gives us a sense of our nation’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

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

A Tale of Two Villages

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.

Showing at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall each Thursday 9 am-12 pm and Sunday 12 pm-4 pm.

Find out more at museum.hall.act.au.

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.

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.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS  

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups.

For full details visit the NGA website.

Feature image: Ashley St George/Pew Pew Studio

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