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

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WHAT NOT TO MISS

Jamila Rizvi. Credit: Daniel Spellman.

VIP Dinner: Meet The Chiefs

Laws are like sausages; you never want to see how they’re actually made. Unless you’re Canberran, that is.

Future Women explores how policy making for women really happens, with power players we rarely get to hear from. In this special event, Future Women’s Jamila Rizvi speaks exclusively and off the record to Clive Mathieson, Amanda Lampe and Shadow Minister for Finance Dr Jim Chalmers, about why women’s interests too often get left behind in lawmaking and who has the power to change it.

These former chiefs of staff to Prime Ministers Turnbull and Gillard, and Treasurer Swan have never appeared on stage together before. Their insights will be unmissable for anyone interested in the policy and political processes that shape our nation.

Panellists:

  • Dr Jim Chalmers, Shadow Minister for Finance and former Chief of Staff to Treasurer Wayne Swan
  • Clive Mathieson, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull MP
  • Amanda Lampe, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP

Presented by King & Wood Mallesons, ‘Meet The Chiefs’ is a window into the current state of Australian politics.

Individual tickets: $160. Tables of 10: $1,403. Pre-dinner reception: $45. This is an opportunity to join FW and our panellists for an intimate meet and greet from 5.45pm-6.30pm before the evening’s formalities commence. Limited availability.

Tickets include: Two-course dinner with matching wines provided by Bird In Hand.

Happening Wednesday 2o February from 6.30 pm at QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

Fusion: a taste of what’s to come

We’re giving you a taste of the cultural fusion that will be a big part of the exciting new DKSN precinct.

Chinese New Year celebrations with Lion Dancing, FREE Coffee, DJ’s & live music, ‘Eat like a Pig’ Dickson experience vouchers and more.

Happening Saturday 23 February from 3 – 7 pm and Sunday 24 February from 10 am – 1 pm at the DKSN Display Suite, 76/2 Cape Street, Dickson.

Get all the details on Facebook.

Canberra Wedding Fair

Help is at hand for brides and grooms-to-be with the Canberra Wedding Fair, kicking off at the Australian Institute of Sport on 24 February.

Designed to help guests create their perfect occasion, the interactive fair will feature an array of ideas with more than 60 exhibitors including Pâtissez, Rex Hotel’s The Howling Moon, Blades Menswear, La Ombre Creations, Alex Pasquali Photographs, Pialligo Estate, West Row Botanica, 121 Hair and more.

Eat Canberra will present an experience in the outdoor Foodie Park, with The Pizza Trailer, Tikka House and The Sweet Tooth Society among the tasty offerings, along with live entertainment by the region’s best musicians and even a big white jumping castle for the kids at heart.

Former Canberran and milliner to the Stars Viktoria Novak will share her creative journey in fashion and millinery in a stage workshop hosted by MC Sarah Kelly. Since launching her label in 2006, Viktoria has become the go-to milliner for celebrities such as Jennifer Hawkins, Jesinta Franklin and Kate Waterhouse. Her workshop will include models adorned with intricate handmade crowns, paired with bridal and occasional gowns.

The fair will also feature a Wellness Empowerment Collective experience, Trufitt and Hill men’s workshops, an inaugural start-up ‘Take Flight Market’ featuring local creatives to uncover and a Red Robot Industries Instaworthy cabana to escape, relax and enjoy a mocktail.

Happening Sunday 24 February from 10 am – 3 pm at the Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

The much-loved annual ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show is back again this year from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 February.

Bring the family along to Exhibition Park to check out the 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors. Play along during the day and take a stroll under the evening lights as you grab a show bag on your way out.

Held Friday 22- Sunday 24 February, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd &, Northbourne Ave, Mitchell

See the website for more information.

French Afterwork at the Alliance Française of Canberra

This week, as always, you rocked! Work, kids, family, responsibilities…you handled it all like a queen. What about you treat yourself now? How about you take some time for you to learn a new language while sipping good wine and meeting new friends?

The Alliance Française of Canberra presents you its French Afterwork! Come learn French in a relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of wine or a beer. Open to all levels

Happening every Friday for five weeks until 8 March at The Alliance Française of Canberra from 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

See the website for more information.

Shakespeare by the Lakes II- Twelfth Night

Independent and creative theatre company Lakespeare and Co bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to life this February. Director and acclaimed Shakespeare actor Christopher Stollery and our very own talented Canberran actors welcome you to bring along your picnic blankets to join them in Tuggeranong and Glebe Park for Matinee and Evening shows. This is a free event perfect for all ages.

Happening 21-24 February at a variety of locations across Canberra.

See the website for more information.

Summer High Tea at Pialligo Estate

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

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

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

$60 per person and includes a Glass of Bubbles, Selection of Tea Garden Co. Teas, Selection of sweet and savoury items.

For group bookings of above eight guests please contact Pialligo Estate on 02 6247 6060

Happening Sunday February 17, February 24, March 10, March 17 and March 24 from 11 am to 1 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Glasshouse, Pialligo Estate.

Please note, Pialligo Estate can only cater for Gluten-free dietary requests. Please let us know how many GF guests will be attending in the notes section of your booking.

See the website for more information and bookings.

Three Sixty Fashion Market

The Canberra Fashion Market brings its niche and unique style back on February 24 showcasing beautiful vintage, recycled and sustainable fashion.

The Three Sixty markets are collaborating with the Canberra Fashion Market in 2019 with the aim to provide shopping choices that promote sustainable and ethical styling.

The markets will be held at the Fitters Workshop in the Kingston Power House precinct (next to the Bus Depot Markets) entry is free so bring the girls down for a day of shopping.

Happening February 24, Fitter Workshop, 21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston.

See the website for more information.

YOGA BY THE LAKE

Yoga by the Lake has returned for 2019. Yoga by the Lake is perfect for all experience levels and aims to bring together the yoga community in a beautiful location at Bowen Park in Barton.

With a class every Thursday, it’s a BYO mat event. Entry is free with donations welcome. All ages and experience welcome.

Every Thursday evening from 6 pm at Bowen Park, Bowen Drive, Barton.

See Facebook 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 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

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

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.

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 at the Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Dragons Abreast Come and Try dragon boating day

The Dragons Abreast Come and Try dragon boating day is being held on Saturday the 23rd of February 2019 from 9 am to approximately 10.30 am.

Come and Try is held at Lotus Bay, off Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla, beside the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club, just look out for the pink marquee and banner.

It will begin at approximately 9 am with a short welcome, filling in a temporary membership form for insurance purposes, and some on land instruction on paddling technique.

This will be followed by approximately 30 minutes of easy paddling with a delicious morning tea at the end of the paddle where participants can chat with other women who have experienced breast cancer.

Come and Try events are free of charge.

Happening Saturday 23 February from 9 am – 10.30 am at Lotus Bay, off Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla.

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 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 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. 

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.

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

More information on the website.

FOOD & DRINK

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.

Fusion: a taste of what’s to come

We’re giving you a taste of the cultural fusion that will be a big part of the exciting new DKSN precinct.

Chinese New Year celebrations with Lion Dancing, FREE Coffee, DJ’s & live music, ‘Eat like a Pig’ Dickson experience vouchers and more.

Happening Saturday 23 February from 3 – 7 pm and Sunday 24 February from 10 am – 1 pm at the DKSN Display Suite, 76/2 Cape Street, Dickson.

Get all the details on Facebook.

VIP Dinner: Meet The Chiefs

Laws are like sausages; you never want to see how they’re actually made. Unless you’re Canberran, that is.

Future Women explores how policy making for women really happens, with power players we rarely get to hear from. In this special event, Future Women’s Jamila Rizvi speaks exclusively and off the record to Clive Mathieson, Amanda Lampe and Shadow Minister for Finance Dr Jim Chalmers, about why women’s interests too often get left behind in lawmaking and who has the power to change it.

These former chiefs of staff to Prime Ministers Turnbull and Gillard, and Treasurer Swan have never appeared on stage together before. Their insights will be unmissable for anyone interested in the policy and political processes that shape our nation.

Panellists:

  • Dr Jim Chalmers, Shadow Minister for Finance and former Chief of Staff to Treasurer Wayne Swan
  • Clive Mathieson, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull MP
  • Amanda Lampe, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP

Presented by King & Wood Mallesons, ‘Meet The Chiefs’ is a window into the current state of Australian politics.

Individual tickets: $160. Tables of 10: $1,403. Pre-dinner reception: $45. This is an opportunity to join FW and our panellists for an intimate meet and greet from 5.45pm-6.30pm before the evening’s formalities commence. Limited availability.

Tickets include: Two-course dinner with matching wines provided by Bird In Hand.

Happening Wednesday 2o February from 6.30 pm at QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

Molly’s 5th Birthday

Five years ago, Molly’s doors quietly opened and what a ride it has been. To celebrate, they’re throwing one hell of a party and everyone who loves this little speakeasy is invited to join in the festivities.

They’ve got a few little tricks up their sleeves to keep you entertained for the evening so pop on in and raise a glass to the birthday girl.

At your service from 4 pm, live jazz from 9 pm. Book a table for our birthday soiree. Free entry.

Happening Saturday 23 February from 4 pm at Molly.

See the website for more information.

Wine Yoga

Hotel Kurrajong is putting the ‘Vin’ in Vinyasa with wine Yoga this February. The event welcomes people with all levels of experience to raise a toast to mindfulness. Host Cathy Bryson has been practising yoga for over 15 years and will be there to pass on her broad knowledge of yoga.

Happening Monday 18 and 25 of February from 6 – 7.30 pm at Hotel Kurrajong Courtyard. What is included: Wine & Yoga Mat

See the website for more information

Canines, Cocktails and Catch-Ups

Treehouse Bar welcomes George the Greyhound and his furry friends for a fun evening of cocktails and cuddles. With 10 ambassadors and adoptable greyhounds running the night, all the funds will be donated to Greyhound Connections, a locally based rehoming organisation. With cocktails and canapés provided there will be a hearty supply of dog treats on hand to spoil your newest pals.

Join the party on Wednesday 20 February from 6.30 pm, Treehouse Bar, Northbourne Avenue.

See the website for more information.

Rosè Festival

Celebrate the end of Summer at the Highball Express’ first ever rosé festival.

They’ve selected five of their favourite rosados for you to enjoy on their big breezy balcony. Get your group together and enjoy the last days of sunshine while sipping on, Rogers and Rufus Grenache Rosé, From Sunday’s The Sunday Project, Mada Nebbiolo Rosé, Golden Child Beach Bum Rosé & Bondar Grenache Rosé.

They’ll be flinging the doors open from 2pm with live Latin music all afternoon.

$45 per passenger, includes five wines, shared charcuterie and empanadas.

Fun, frivolity and first-class service will be overflowing at Rosé Sunday.

Happening Sunday 24 February from 2 pm – 10 pm at The Highball Express

See the website for more infiormation.

Arette Masterclass

Born from one of the oldest distilleries in the region, Arette is amongst some of the most traditional Tequilas in the world. Join Tequila Arette for an evening sampling their range of striking spirits. You’ll learn the history of the distillery and the tricks of the trade for crafting a classic cocktail.

Enjoy a tequila cocktail on arrival and charcuterie throughout the night. Tickets are $35 per person.

Happening Thursday 22nd February from 6 pm at Black Market (underneath Morning Glory), New Acton.

See the website for more information.

SUMMER SUNDAY MUSIC SERIES AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

Each Sunday throughout Summer, the winery will be bringing a different musician or band to play away the Summer afternoons. Attendees can watch the sun set while sipping on a Happy Hour Wine of the Day. Bring the kids to play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or watch the kangaroos.

Happening every Sunday until 24 March at 810 Norton Road, Wamboin.

See the website for more information.

SUNSET SESSIONS AT THE LAKES

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

Happening until 29 March at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, Nicholls.

See the website for opening hours, details and performer schedules.

HIGH TEA AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE 

Enjoy a summer high tea surrounded by the beautiful historic Old Parliament House. Tour through the fragrant rose gardens before dining on a range of sweet and savoury delicacies.

Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout summer.

Held until 24 February from 12 pm – 4 pm at Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

Contact 02 6277 5239 for bookings and information.

Pre-booking is essential. Check out the website to see the menu.

MUSIC, STAGE AND FILM 

Credit: Esh Photography.

Shakespeare by the Lakes II- Twelfth Night

Independent and creative theatre company Lakespeare and Co bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to life this February. Director and acclaimed Shakespeare actor Christopher Stollery and our very own talented Canberran actors welcome you to bring along your picnic blankets to join them in Tuggeranong and Glebe Park for Matinee and Evening shows. This is a free event perfect for all ages.

Happening 21-24 February at a variety of locations across Canberra.

See the website for more information.

ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

The much-loved annual ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show is back again this year from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 February.

Bring the family along to Exhibition Park to check out the 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors. Play along during the day and take a stroll under the evening lights as you grab a show bag on your way out.

Held Friday 22- Sunday 24 February, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd &, Northbourne Ave, Mitchell

See the website for more information.

Leo Sayer 70th Birthday Concert

British musician Leo Sayer is taking his tour across the globe this year in celebration of his 70th Birthday. Bringing hits such as Thunder In My Heart, More Than I Can Say, Moonlighting, The Show Must Go On, One Man Band and I Can’t Stop Loving You to the Playhouse Theatre here in Canberra on February 22. Get ready to groove along with Sayer in his newest electrifying concert.

Happening February 22 at the Playhouse Theatre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

Bananarama

Put your dancing shoes on and get nostalgic!

After 3 years, 80’s pop icon Bananarama is heading down under as they tour across the nation with a special show at the Canberra Theatre. There is no doubt as to why Bananarama is one of the world’s most successful female bands ever. With hits such as Shy Boy, Robert De Niro’s Waiting and their iconic song Venus cementing them as legends in pop history.

Held February 23 at the Canberra Theatre, Civic Square.

See the website for more information.

The Umbilical Brothers: Green

The hilarious comedy duo The Umbilical Brothers are back in Canberra with their work in progress Green. Aiming to impress the Canberra audience this experimental show contains adult themes… and bears.

Happening 19 February- 3 March at the Canberra Theatre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

A Doll’s House

Presenting this modern English translation by Simon Stephens of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama – A Doll’s House. directed by the highly regarded and greatly experienced Aarne Neeme AM.

Ibsen’s 1879 play shocked its first audiences with its radical insights into the social roles of husband and wife. His portrayal of his flawed heroine, Nora, remains one of the most striking dramatic depictions of late-nineteenth century woman.

Happening from Thursday 14 February at Theatre 3, Acton from 8 pm.

For more information and to make a booking, visit canberrarep.org.au.

Bianca Del Rio- It’s a Jester Joke

Join the Queen of Mean, comedian and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio. Coming back to Australian shores after three consecutive sell out shows her newest show is guaranteed to keep the audience in stitches. The ‘tell it like it is’ drag queen opens up about travel, social media family and her adventurous, outrageous life in her new show ‘It’s a Jester Joke’.

Happening Thursday 21 February from 8 pm the Canberra Theatre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

Club Sandwich Comedy

Fill up your Friday with more laughs than you can fit in with the hottest, newest (and only) comedy room in Tuggeranong: Club Sandwich Comedy! Featuring some of Canberra’s favourite funny people this is a night not to be missed right here in Tuggeranong.

The line up features some of Canberra’s funniest so get your ticket now before they are snapped up!

Show host and MC Chris Ryan is “Unapologetic and ruthlessly clever, one of Canberra’s funniest people.” – Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour website 2018.

The evening’s headliner Tom Gibson is described as “a Superstar” – Host of Hard Chat, Tom Gleeson.

The laughs will continue with feature spots from RAW Comedy National Finalist Tim Noon; ACT RAW comedy Finalist Frances McNair and Deadly Funny National Finalist Benny Eggmolesse.

Happening Friday 15 February at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Greenway from 8pm.

For more information and to make a booking, visit trybooking.com

Twelfth Night Premiere Performance

ACT Historic Places presents – Lakespeare at Lanyon – Twelfth Night.

Step into the story with an intimate preview of the 2019 Shakespeare by the Lakes II season.

Enjoy sunset over the Brindabellas with an exclusive ticketed performance of Lakespeare’s Twelfth Night set in the stunning gardens of Lanyon Homestead. Tickets are limited to 150 guests who will receive individual seating and enjoy a special Q&A with visiting director Christopher Stollery and Laura Tchilinguirian.

Presented by ACT Historic Places, the Lakespeare company have adapted Twelfth Night especially for this heritage venue. Audiences will enjoy the show in a more intimate, and Lanyon-specific setting.

Homestead opens and food/drink available: 5:30 pm. Performance from 6:30 pm.

Happening Friday 15 February at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa from 6:30 pm.

For more information and book a ticket, visit evetbrite.com.au.

Vivaldi Bach Saint- Saens- Chamber Philharmonia

Sit within the beautiful Christopher’s church and allow one of Germanys finest ensembles Chamber Philharmonia, to dazzle you with their recent performance of pieces from Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens.

Happening 19 February from 8 pm at Christopher’s Cathedral 55 Franklin Street, Forrest.

See the website for more information.

Mountainfilm on Tour

Mountainfilm on Tour is back! The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours – HEART. Celebrate adventure, environment and the human spirit with special guest Emcee – all the way from Colorado!

Mountainfilm is one of the world’s best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world.

Happening Monday 11 February at Openair Cinema, Patrick White Lawns from 6pm. Entry is $25 adults, $20 concession.

For more information and to buy tickets visit openaircinemas.com.au

FESTIVALS

ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

The much-loved annual ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show is back again this year from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 February.

Bring the family along to Exhibition Park to check out the 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors. Play along during the day and take a stroll under the evening lights as you grab a show bag on your way out.

Held Friday 22- Sunday 24 February, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd &, Northbourne Ave, Mitchell

See the website for more information.

Fusion: a taste of what’s to come

We’re giving you a taste of the cultural fusion that will be a big part of the exciting new DKSN precinct.

Chinese New Year celebrations with Lion Dancing, FREE Coffee, DJ’s & live music, ‘Eat like a Pig’ Dickson experience vouchers and more.

Happening Saturday 23 February from 3 – 7 pm and Sunday 24 February from 10 am – 1 pm at the DKSN Display Suite, 76/2 Cape Street, Dickson.

Get all the details on Facebook.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Let the Australian China Friendship Society dazzle you with their annual Chinese lantern display at the Beijing Garden. The evening will hold live performances, folk dancing, traditional Lion dancing and martial arts followed by a lantern parade by Lake Burley Griffin. Free entry, all ages welcome. Bring a picnic and join the illuminating festival by the lake.

Event happening Saturday 23 February, Beijing Garden, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. 6pm- 9pm

See the website for more information.

MARKETS

Three Sixty Fashion Market

The Canberra Fashion Market brings its niche and unique style back on February 24 showcasing beautiful vintage, recycled and sustainable fashion.

The Three Sixty markets are collaborating with the Canberra Fashion Market in 2019 with the aim to provide shopping choices that promote sustainable and ethical styling.

The markets will be held at the Fitters Workshop in the Kingston Power House precinct (next to the Bus Depot Markets) entry is free so bring the girls down for a day of shopping.

Happening February 24, Fitter Workshop, 21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston.

See the website for more information.

Canberra Fashion Market

Discover new and pre-loved fashion at the Canberra Fashion Market, including designer labels and a wide range of styles. Fashion, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories and beauty products are on hand. You’ll also uncover interesting books, vinyl records and other collectables. More than 1,750 sqm of shopping and more than 100 stallholders. This is the largest market of its kind in Canberra. Food and coffee available. It’s a fun, relaxed market and a great day out for friends and family. Free parking (including disabled parking). Only 8 minutes to the city. Public transport available. Held indoors so not affected by weather. New stallholders can apply online.

Happening Sunday 24 February from 10 am – 3 pm at Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra. Entry is a $3 donation to Fred Hollows Foundation and Save the Orangutans.

See the website for more information.

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 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

Canberra Wedding Fair

Help is at hand for brides and grooms-to-be with the Canberra Wedding Fair, kicking off at the Australian Institute of Sport on 24 February.

Designed to help guests create their perfect occasion, the interactive fair will feature an array of ideas with more than 60 exhibitors including Pâtissez, Rex Hotel’s The Howling Moon, Blades Menswear, La Ombre Creations, Alex Pasquali Photographs, Pialligo Estate, West Row Botanica, 121 Hair and more.

Eat Canberra will present an experience in the outdoor Foodie Park, with The Pizza Trailer, Tikka House and The Sweet Tooth Society among the tasty offerings, along with live entertainment by the region’s best musicians and even a big white jumping castle for the kids at heart.

Former Canberran and milliner to the Stars Viktoria Novak will share her creative journey in fashion and millinery in a stage workshop hosted by MC Sarah Kelly. Since launching her label in 2006, Viktoria has become the go-to milliner for celebrities such as Jennifer Hawkins, Jesinta Franklin and Kate Waterhouse. Her workshop will include models adorned with intricate handmade crowns, paired with bridal and occasional gowns.

The fair will also feature a Wellness Empowerment Collective experience, Trufitt and Hill men’s workshops, an inaugural start-up ‘Take Flight Market’ featuring local creatives to uncover and a Red Robot Industries Instaworthy cabana to escape, relax and enjoy a mocktail.

Happening Sunday 24 February from 10 am – 3 pm at the Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

Fakes and Forgeries – the world of the master forger with Hillary Kay

Listen to Hillary Kay from the BBC Antiques Roadshow on the devious world of the master forger – objects that fooled the experts, from a Botticelli to a bottle of gin. To register, please contact the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society at adfasmembershipcanberra@gmail.com or Sally on 0420 536409 (leave a message). The lecture costs $30 (payable at the door) and includes refreshments  This is the first lecture for 2019. Annual memberships for the 2019 lecture series are now available but visitors are always welcome to attend individual lectures.

Tickets are $30 per person.

Happening Monday 25 February from 6 pm at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Floor Talk. Julie Ryder: The Hidden Sex

With The Hidden Sex, renowned textiles artist Julie Ryder presents a rich exhibition of mixed media work that continues her interests in science and history, and that tracks her determination to solve an historical mystery. For the past few years, Ryder has been researching early Australian botanical collections and her imagination was captured by two albums of pressed seaweed which seemed to have no provenance. Seaweed collecting was a global craze in the 19th century but rarely depicted in botanical illustration. She was lured on a journey of detective work and discovery, visiting herbaria and museums in Australia and Ireland and handling original material.

The Hidden Sex is an artistic response to this research, and Julie has used seaweed (cryptogams, literally ‘hidden sex’) as a metaphor for the hidden roles that women played in 19th-century science.

Julie’s second Floor Talk will be on International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March, at 12pm.

Happening Saturday 23 March from 1pm at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

Big Skills for Small Bikes kids cycling course

Want help to get the kids off their training wheels? Pedal Power’s Big Skills for Small Bikes is a beginner cycling course for kids aged 3 – 8 years who are not yet riding on their own unaided.

Parents/carers and children attend the training sessions together, with resources provided to help them continue to teach and support their child to develop bike skills.

Four 45 minute sessions held on Saturday at 9 and 10 am starting 23 February on the Basketball courts at Majura Primary School.  $50 per child

For more information contact  Pedal Power ACT on 6248 7995 or projectmanager@pedalpower.org.au.

See the website for more information

Tortellini at Midnight and Provence to Pondicherry Talk

Join The Essential Ingredient Kingston for a conversation with Emiko Davies and Tessa Kiros to discuss their latest books.

Emiko’s new release ‘Tortellini at Midnight’ is a collection of beautiful photographs and heirloom family recipes that span the length of Emiko’s adopted home, Italy.

Tessa Kiros also lives in Tuscany and her most recent book – ‘Provence to Pondicherry’ traces the influence of French cuisine on The Caribbean, Vietnam, India and La Reunion, and ending back in France. Tessa demonstrates how French ideas have been combined with local ingredients and traditions.

We will taste some of the incredible dishes from the books, with of course a selection of our cheeses and share a glass of wine.

There will be time for questions and a book signing.

Happening Saturday 23 February from 4.30 pm at The Essential Ingredient, 25 Jardin Street, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

French Afterwork at the Alliance Française of Canberra

This week, as always, you rocked! Work, kids, family, responsibilities…you handled it all like a queen. What about you treat yourself now? How about you take some time for you to learn a new language while sipping good wine and meeting new friends?

The Alliance Française of Canberra presents you its French Afterwork! Come learn French in a relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of wine or a beer. Open to all levels

Happening every Friday for five weeks from 8 February – 8 March at The Alliance Française of Canberra from 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

See the website for more information.

Zumba with Lachlan

Lachlan is a trained American Ballroom and Latin dance teacher that has been instructing Zumba for over three and a half years.

Starting up a new year, Lachlan hopes to bring a more dance-oriented style of Zumba to Gungahlin.

Whether you have been dancing Zumba for years, or have always wanted to try, this is the perfect way to get started.

Exercise shoes and a water bottle are strongly encouraged.

Happening every Monday at 9.30 am at the Gungahlin Club, 51 Hinder Street, Gungahlin.

See Facebook for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE  

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

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running). It is recommended that participants 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.

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 28 February at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. See the website for more information.

NGA PLAY: SALLY SMART

Sally Smart invites visitors to enter a Ballets Russes inspired world of colourful cut-out assemblages and activities. Participants can create their own costumes and headwear before stepping into their own performance, dancing alongside projections of Brooke Stamp who has responded to the original dances with her own dance improvisation. The space also unfolds to reveal immersive places to create personal narratives in pencil and felt, blackboard activities and paper construction.

Happening until 31 March at 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 11.30am
. 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.

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

See the website for more information.

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 

The National Portrait Gallery offers a free thirty-minute tour of their Collection every day. Explore the building and be immersed into the artistic world. Learn some background information on specific works and the artists behind the masterpiece.

Participants should feel free to ask any questions. Guides are more than happy to answer.

Happening daily until 22 April at 11.30am at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes

See the website for more information.

SPORT

Plus500 Brumbies vs Chiefs

The Plus500 Brumbies are going head to head against the Chiefs this weekend at GIO Stadium. Bring the family along to cheer on the boys as they give it their all this season.

Happening Saturday 23 February at GIO Stadium Battye St, Bruce

Go to the Brumbies website for more information and updates.

See the website for more information.

OUTDOORS 

YOGA BY THE LAKE 

Yoga by the Lake has returned for 2019. Yoga by the Lake is perfect for all experience levels and aims to bring together the yoga community in a beautiful location at Bowen Park in Barton.

With a class every Thursday, it’s a BYO mat event. Entry is free with donations welcome. All ages and experience welcome.

Every Thursday evening from 6 pm at Bowen Park, Bowen Drive, Barton.

See Facebook for more information.

ACT PARKS WETLAND WONDERS

Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands to learn about its amazing inhabitants and if you are lucky catch a glimpse of an elusive platypus.

Entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required. Arrive early to explore the rest of the sanctuary or the eucalypt forest.

Happening until 31 March from 4pm-4.30pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River

See the website for more information.

Australian Native Bonsai Show

The Canberra Bonsai Society and The Botanical Gardens are proud to present the Australian Native Bonsai Show with collections from local Canberran’s. Alongside viewing visitors will have the opportunity to attend demonstrations each day at 2pm and join guided tours throughout the gardens.

Happening 23 and 24 of February at the Australian Botanical Gardens, Crosby Morrison Building Clunies Ross Street.

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 from 2.45pm-3.15pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River. See the website for more information.

KIDS

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 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.

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

Memory Walk and Jog

Join Dementia Australia again this year for the Canberra Memory Walk and Jog around Lake Burley Griffin this weekend. Starting on Barrine Drive you can choose between a 2km, 5km or 10km circuit. Bring the family along to get active and help beat dementia.

Held on Sunday 24 February, 7 am- 11 am at Barrine Drive.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

John William Waterhouse The Lady of Shalott 1888 oil on canvas Tate © 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 at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 10 am.

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 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

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

Nature’s Spectral Arch

Acclaimed artist Sharon Field will return to Suki & Hugh Gallery to open her second solo exhibition with the gallery on 2nd February 2019.

The exhibition entitled Nature’s Spectral Arch explores aspects of a changed environment around the former slate mining village of Corris, Wales where the artist recently completed a month-long artists residency with Stiwdio Maelor. With time, nature is reclaiming this once degraded landscape with a gentle persistence and dignity.

Showing until 24 March 2019 at the Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore with an opening event happening Saturday 2 February from 3-5 pm.

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 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. 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 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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

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 from 10am-1pm at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

 

THE HIDDEN SEX

Solo exhibition by Julie Ryder, exploring creative ways of using seaweed as a medium for artistic expression and incorporating natural dyes and threads for further embellishment. Botanical and algae collections were a popular pastime for women in the 19th century, and their drawings or paintings are an inspiration for the artist who uses them as a contemporary metaphor for gender inequality. Ryder also pays homage to the Victorian passion for science, seaweed and botany from the women’s point of view, with a series of wall pieces that will include digital prints in the way of large glass microscope slides.

Held until 16 March at Craft ACT, London Circuit. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

See website for more information.

ELECTRIC! PORTRAITS THAT POP!

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Happening until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

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 cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

Happening until 16 March at Craft ACT, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

Facing new worlds 

This summer the Robert Oatley Gallery is curated with a focus on the relationships forged between Europeans and Indigenous peoples during the formative Age of Empire – roughly the 1760s to the 1840s. The rehang explores both how these relations of mutual interest formed, and what effects they had in the making of modern life in the southern hemisphere.

Happening until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information. 

CARTE-O-MANIA!

Drawn from the NPG’s burgeoning collection of cartes de visite, Carte-o-mania! celebrates the wit, style and substance of the pocket-sized portraits that were taken and collected like crazy in post-goldrush Australia.

 Happening until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Finders keepers: collectors and their stories

Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories. Dedicated to the act of preserving and collecting, the exhibition tells the stories of individuals through the objects they chose to safeguard revealing extraordinary stories about the ideas, individuals and events that have shaped the nation.

From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes you on a journey through Australia’s democratic history. Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Finders Keepers asks why do people collect, why do museums collect and what do our collections say about us? With 269 objects on display, the most in the history of the museum, Finders Keepers unveils the collector in us all and invites you to share your own collection story.

Happening until 31 August at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes.

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.

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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