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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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Australia Day BBQ at Pialligo Fields

The time to celebrate our amazing country is around the corner, and Pialligo Estate wants you to bring your family and friends together for the perfect Sunday session in our Nation’s Capital.

Think gourmet BBQ, backyard cricket, great local craft beers from BentSpoke Brewing, your favourite delicious Aussie treats, and best of all, chilling out to good background beats, and enjoying your surroundings and views of Parliament House with a drink and with loved ones.

On Sunday 26 January 2020, celebrate Australia at the Estate, great food and plenty of fun for kids and adults alike.

The DJ will keep the vibe going, while the kids can chill out with icy poles and watch some friendly competition erupt with fun Aussie games, including backyard cricket and much more.

The menu will include Pialligo Smokehouse meats, salads, desserts, and icy poles for the kids. And best of all, you don’t have to lift a finger so the whole family can properly relax and enjoy themselves!

Pialligo Estate will also be encouraging the support of all those affected by the current bushfire tragedies occurring around our country, and so will have a donation box available on the day to raise funds for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery.

Choose from your ticket package below to help you celebrate the long weekend in style:

  • Adults – $40pp, includes BBQ and a drink (your choice of a soft drink, a beer or a glass of Pialligo Regional wine).
  • Children (U12) – $20pp, includes BBQ, a soft drink and icy poles.
  • Family ticket – $100 for 2 adults and 2 kids, with the above inclusions.

Happening Sunday 26 January 2020 from 12 pm to 4 pm at Pialligo Fields, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au for more information.

Animatic Antics: Take two

Join the NMA for summer school holiday fun, inspired by DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition. Get creative with our hands-on activities and explore the fascinating world of animation.

Activities suitable for children 6 years+, but younger children are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $5 child, kids and adults free.

Happening 13-24 January from 10 am – 1 pm at the National Museum of Australia. 

See nma.gov.au for more information.

OPEN AIR PLAYUP

The always popular Open Air PlayUP is back these school holidays in the stunning Senate Courtyard.

Enjoy giant lawn games, build an empire with blocks and Lego or kick back in a tee pee and read one of our many books.

Happening 25 – 27 January from 10 am – 5 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See moadoph.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.

26 January at the National Museum of Australia

This Australia Day, visit the National Museum of Australia for music, dance, demonstrations, and family-friendly activities, inspired by the First Australians gallery and the new forecourt garden.

EVENT PROGRAM

Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony: Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian Paul House

Happening 10–10.10 am | Forecourt Garden | Free 

Jewellery making: Krystal Hurst (Worimi).

Try your hand at assembling an emu feather and quandong seed necklace and learn about the importance of Aboriginal adornment in cultural expression and storytelling.

Happening 10.10 am–1 pm | Bay window | $5 | Places limited

Bush animal and doll making: Ronnie Jordan (Kalkadoon)

10.10 am–12.30 pm | Bay window | $5 | Places limited

Tastes of the Bush: Yurbay and Adam Shipp (Wiradjuri)

Join Adam for a walk through our the Forecourt Garden as he shares his knowledge of native plants. Followed by bush food tastings and displays. (1 hour)

10.15–11.15 am, 11.15 am – 12.15 pm, 12.45–1.45 pm, 1.45–2.45 pm | Forecourt Garden | Free

First Australians gallery talks

Join one of the National Museum’s hosts for a 15-minute talk about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

10.15 am, 11.15 am and 12.15 pm | Meet at the Informa­tion Desk 10 minutes prior | Free

Didjeridu performance: Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian Paul House

After the performance, see some of Paul’s amazing glass didjeridus.

12–12.20 pm | Main stage | Free

First Australians gallery tour

Join one of the National Museum’s hosts for a comprehensive gallery tour.

3-4 pm | Meet at the Informa­tion Desk 10 minutes prior | $15

Happening Sunday 26 January from 10 am–4 pm at the National Museum of Australia.

Cost: Free entry. Exhibition entry and some activity costs apply. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the RSPCA National Bushfire Appeal.

See nma.gov.au/26-jan for 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.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment?

School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time.

These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

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

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

Full day or weekly programs available. 

Happening 6-31 January at the Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier Street, Bruce.

See experienceais.com/sports-camps/holiday-program for 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.

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze. The progression of visages is designed to prompt the senses, tapping into the endless subjectivity of being human.

Where one viewer sees a subject’s distant stare as baleful, another perceives a fatalistic cheer; here’s a face in three quarter profile pondering past triumphs, or perhaps you sense a layer of barely-there regret? Does the full stare with smouldering countenance shock or seduce, or is it a bit of both? 

Whether sparking familiarity, empathy, diffidence or reverence, our summer collection show invites you to slow down – to see eye to eye with another life and imagine that lived experience. Eye to Eye features portraits of Natalie Imbruglia, Kev Carmody, Miranda Otto, David Williamson, a marble bust of Peter Garrett and many more, including several works new to the collection.

Happening until 16 February 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery. 

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/eye-to-eye-2019 for more information.

Australia Day in the Capital

fundraising concert in Commonwealth Park on Australia Day will raise funds for those impacted by bushfires and will replace the annual fireworks show along the lake this year.

Following the national flag raising and citizenship ceremony at Rond Terrace at 9 am and a RAAF flyover Lake Burley Griffin, head across to Stage 88 at Commonwealth Park.

Bring a picnic rug, enjoy a bite to eat from the food trucks and kick back to enjoy the sounds of Japanese Wallpaper and Nicole Millar, supported by local Monica Moore.

There will also be amusement rides, a glitter bar and roving entertainers for the kids.

The concert is an opportunity to help support a number of charities supporting the bushfire recovery across Australia.

The charities will be on hand at Commonwealth Park, raising much-needed funds for those directly impacted by the bushfires, including a mental health charity and one dedicated to wildlife and the restoration of habitats.

Given the current bushfires impacting our surrounding region the ACT Government will not be presenting fireworks this year *.

Cost: Free

Happening Sunday 26 January 10 am to 1 pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park.

See events.act.gov.au/australiaday

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION: THE EXHIBITION – JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SCREEN

From the makers of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes and extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen brings together rare concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Take a thrilling journey, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to amazing stories and fantasy worlds brought to you by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Happening until 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au or more information.

AUSTRALIA DAY 2020

Australia Day in the Capital

fundraising concert in Commonwealth Park on Australia Day will raise funds for those impacted by bushfires and will replace the annual fireworks show along the lake this year.

Following the national flag raising and citizenship ceremony at Rond Terrace at 9 am and a RAAF flyover Lake Burley Griffin, head across to Stage 88 at Commonwealth Park.

Bring a picnic rug, enjoy a bite to eat from the food trucks and kick back to enjoy the sounds of Japanese Wallpaper and Nicole Millar, supported by local Monica Moore.

There will also be amusement rides, a glitter bar and roving entertainers for the kids.

The concert is an opportunity to help support a number of charities supporting the bushfire recovery across Australia.

The charities will be on hand at Commonwealth Park, raising much-needed funds for those directly impacted by the bushfires, including a mental health charity and one dedicated to wildlife and the restoration of habitats.

Given the current bushfires impacting our surrounding region the ACT Government will not be presenting fireworks this year *.

Cost: Free

Happening Sunday 26 January 10 am to 1 pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park.

See events.act.gov.au/australiaday

Australia Day BBQ at Pialligo Fields

The time to celebrate our amazing country is around the corner, and Pialligo Estate wants you to bring your family and friends together for the perfect Sunday session in our Nation’s Capital.

Think gourmet BBQ, backyard cricket, great local craft beers from BentSpoke Brewing, your favourite delicious Aussie treats, and best of all, chilling out to good background beats, and enjoying your surroundings and views of Parliament House with a drink and with loved ones.

On Sunday 26 January 2020, celebrate Australia at the Estate, great food and plenty of fun for kids and adults alike.

The DJ will keep the vibe going, while the kids can chill out with icy poles and watch some friendly competition erupt with fun Aussie games, including backyard cricket and much more.

The menu will include Pialligo Smokehouse meats, salads, desserts, and icy poles for the kids. And best of all, you don’t have to lift a finger so the whole family can properly relax and enjoy themselves!

Pialligo Estate will also be encouraging the support of all those affected by the current bushfire tragedies occurring around our country, and so will have a donation box available on the day to raise funds for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery.

Choose from your ticket package below to help you celebrate the long weekend in style:

  • Adults – $40pp, includes BBQ and a drink (your choice of a soft drink, a beer or a glass of Pialligo Regional wine).
  • Children (U12) – $20pp, includes BBQ, a soft drink and icy poles.
  • Family ticket – $100 for 2 adults and 2 kids, with the above inclusions.

Happening Sunday 26 January 2020 from 12 pm to 4 pm at Pialligo Fields, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au for more information.

26 January at the National Museum of Australia

This Australia Day, visit the National Museum of Australia for music, dance, demonstrations, and family-friendly activities, inspired by the First Australians gallery and the new forecourt garden.

EVENT PROGRAM

Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony: Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian Paul House

Happening 10–10.10 am | Forecourt Garden | Free 

Jewellery making: Krystal Hurst (Worimi).

Try your hand at assembling an emu feather and quandong seed necklace and learn about the importance of Aboriginal adornment in cultural expression and storytelling.

Happening 10.10 am–1 pm | Bay window | $5 | Places limited

Bush animal and doll making: Ronnie Jordan (Kalkadoon)

10.10 am–12.30 pm | Bay window | $5 | Places limited

Tastes of the Bush: Yurbay and Adam Shipp (Wiradjuri)

Join Adam for a walk through our the Forecourt Garden as he shares his knowledge of native plants. Followed by bush food tastings and displays. (1 hour)

10.15–11.15 am, 11.15 am – 12.15 pm, 12.45–1.45 pm, 1.45–2.45 pm | Forecourt Garden | Free

First Australians gallery talks

Join one of the National Museum’s hosts for a 15-minute talk about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

10.15 am, 11.15 am and 12.15 pm | Meet at the Informa­tion Desk 10 minutes prior | Free

Didjeridu performance: Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian Paul House

After the performance, see some of Paul’s amazing glass didjeridus.

12–12.20 pm | Main stage | Free

First Australians gallery tour

Join one of the National Museum’s hosts for a comprehensive gallery tour.

3-4 pm | Meet at the Informa­tion Desk 10 minutes prior | $15

Happening Sunday 26 January from 10 am–4 pm at the National Museum of Australia.

Cost: Free entry. Exhibition entry and some activity costs apply. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the RSPCA National Bushfire Appeal.

See nma.gov.au/26-jan for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

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 19 January – 15 March at the Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin, NSW.

See contentiouscharacter.com.au for more information.

CHAMPAGNE BY THE LAKE: BOWEN PARK

The bubbles are chilled and ready to pop!

The House of Bubbles is back to Bowen Park, Kingston Sunday afternoon from 3-8 pm, on the corner of Wentworth Avenue and Eastlake Parade, Kingston in the park next to the apartments, behind The Canberra Glassworks.

New selections as well as some favourite Champagnes, great local sparklings, Proseccos, beers, cider or soft drink along with snacks with your family and friends.

Enjoy our wonderful lakeside areas over a glass or two of bubbles – cheers!

Please note: Card Only.

Happening Sunday 26 January from 3 – 8 pm at Bowen Park, Kingston.

See Facebook 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

DAVID SUCHET POIROT AND MORE – A RETROSPECTIVE

David Suchet makes his eagerly-awaited return to Australian stages in Poirot and me: a retrospective.

A retrospective look at David’s career will have you witness some of his most beloved performances in a new and intimate light.

Discover why David Suchet is renowned for not only becoming the role but also taking on the personalities of some of television and theatre’s most fascinating characters.

Take your seat at this once-in-a-lifetime event, as they go behind the screen and curtain with a legend.

Happening Monday 20 January from 7.30 – 9 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre. Cost not specified.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

THE AMITY AFFLICTION / UC REFECTORY

Off the back of their epic new single ‘All My Friends Are Dead’ The Amity Affliction are heading out on a massive regional tour to kick off the new year.

Support from Odd Worlders, Ocean Grove and New Zealand’s Antagonist AD, plus local supports TBA.

18+ show.

Happening Thursday, 23 January from 8 – 12 pm at UC Refectory, Building 1, University of Canberra, Kirinari Street, Bruce.

See moshtix.com.au for more information.

DAVID GULPILIL MOVIE SEASON

Renowned Yolngu Elder David Gulpilil received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National NAIDOC Awards in 2019.

Celebrate his successful collaborations with Rolf de Heer and some of his outstanding, award-winning performances.

Program:

  • The Tracker – 25 January, 12.00pm
  • Ten Canoes – 25 January, 2.00pm
  • Indigenous Representations on Screen – 26 January, 1.00pm
  • Charlie’s Country – 26 January, 2.00pm

Happening 25 – 26 January at the ARC Cinema and NFSA Theatrette.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

AMERICAN EXPRESS OPENAIR CINEMA CANBERRA

American Express Openair Cinemas returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from January 8 to February 16, 2020.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, American Express Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

Featuring a wide range of movies and a smorgasbord of food and drink to keep your taste buds tantalized, you’ll be entertained from start to finish.

Happening 8 January–16 February at Patrick White Lawns, Parkes.

See openaircinemas.com.au/canberra/home for more information.

MUSIC

Via facebook.com/pg/contentiouscharacter

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 19 January – 15 March at the Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin, NSW.

See contentiouscharacter.com.au for more information.

More local music

Check out BMA and CBR DIY for more local gigs

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

The National Gallery of Australia.

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.

COLLECTION DETECTION AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Join a curator to discover rarely seen items in the Memorial’s collection.

Learn more about the fascinating job of these experts in this hands-on experience for families.

Cost: Free entry.

Happening Wednesday 22 January from 2 – 2.30 pm at Australian War Memorial, Captain Reg Saunders Gallery, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

CURATING STORY TIME

National Library of Australia Curator, Dr Grace Blakeley-Carroll, offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the exhibition, ‘Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature’, was developed.

Hear how Grace brought together material from the National Library, the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature and other important collections, as she explores some of the key themes and books featured in the exhibition.

Happening Tuesday, 14 January from 12:30 – 1:30 at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West.

See nla.gov.au for more information.

ANIMATED FANTASY TO ANIMATRONIC REALITY – WITH PHILIP MILLAR

Join puppet designer Philip Millar as he discusses bringing fantasy creatures to life using puppetry, animatronics and complex hydraulics.

Learn about the nature of movement design for the giant dragons by Creature Technology Co. from the How to Train Your Dragon – Live Spectacular, and discover the unique challenges of these productions.

Afterwards, visit DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition and take off on a Dragon Flight, or challenge your friends to a game in the inflatable lounge. The night comes full circle with a free screening of How to Train Your Dragon (2010).

Bookings essential. Costs apply.

Happening Friday 17 January from 6–9 pm at the National Museum Australia.

See nma.gov.au 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.

Happy and Glorious

The Queen’s Visit in 1954. The phrase conjures up memories of a young Queen in summer dresses and ball gowns, crowds of Australians excitedly waving flags and charming tableaus spelling out heartfelt messages.

Old Parliament House was central to the royal tour while the Queen was in Canberra. The Queen alighted from the Daimler and walked up the front steps in her coronation gown to rousing cheers. She was escorted through King’s Hall by a very proud Prime Minister Menzies to attend the State Banquet. In her most formal duty, the Queen opened the 20th Parliament in the Senate Chamber. A room in the President of the Senate’s suite was redecorated and furnished for her private use while she was in the house.

Relive the memories of her visit at the Happy and Glorious exhibition. Enter the very room the Queen used while she was at Old Parliament House.

On until Thursday 16 January 2020 daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

SPORT + FITNESS

UC CAPITALS V SYDNEY UNI FLAMES

Join the reigning WNBL champions, the University of Canberra Capitals, for Round 15 of the 2019-20 season as they play the Sydney Uni Flames.

With an epic roster including WNBL MVP Kelsey Griffin, WNBA All-Star 5 member Kia Nurse and Olivia Epoupa who has been labelled one of the fastest players in the women’s game, this will no doubt be an explosive game.

Cost: $10 – $80.

Happening Sunday, 26 January from 5 – 7 pm at National Convention Centre Canberra, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City.

See wnbl.basketball 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 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.

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

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.

COLLECTABLE SUNDAYS at BUS DEPOT MARKETS

On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Old Bus Depot Markets highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques.

The Old Bus Depot Markets host a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing.

Free entry.

Happening 26 January 2020 – 24 January 2021 from 10 am – 4 pm at Old Bus Depot Markets.

See obdm.com.au 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 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

BOUNCE BACK

Over the course of three months, four ANU students and four IGNITE artists have developed artworks and bespoke product design, utilising discarded strings from tennis racquets. Innovative bespoke products, like one-of-a-kind jewelry and carefully crafted woven vessels, will be showcased and available for sale at Belconnen Arts Centre.

This project raises awareness through shared experience and builds a collective capacity to address the barriers (attitudinal/ physical) faced by artists and designers living with disability.

This project is a creative collaboration between Belconnen Arts Centre, the Australian National University in response to the brief provided by Glenda Stowell, the originator of the Bounce Back concept.

Happening until Sunday 9 February from 10 am – 4 pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre. Free entry.

See belcoarts.com.au for more information.

OUTDOORS

AUSTRALIAN BUSH DANCING IN THE PARK

Dancing in the Park is held on Monday evenings in summer in an outdoor setting in Commonwealth Park. Live music (all musicians welcome and encouraged to come and play – there is no power, so acoustic only).

No experience required – all dances taught and called. You can bring a rug with the family, sit in front of the stage to listen and dance if you feel like it.

Happening until Monday 20 January from 6:45 pm – 8 pm at Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park. Free entry.

See monarofolk.org.au for more information.

KIDS

Madagascar (2005), artist Shannon Jeffries. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Animatic Antics: Take two

Join the NMA for summer school holiday fun, inspired by DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition. Get creative with our hands-on activities and explore the fascinating world of animation.

Activities suitable for children 6 years+, but younger children are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $5 child, kids and adults free.

Happening 13-24 January from 10 am – 1 pm at the National Museum of Australia. 

See nma.gov.au for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment?

School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time.

These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

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

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

Full day or weekly programs available. 

Happening 6-31 January at the Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier Street, Bruce.

See experienceais.com/sports-camps/holiday-program for more information.

PORTRAIT PLAY: PORTRAIT DETECTIVE

Become a PI – Portrait Investigator – explore the portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

For children aged 4 to 8 to share with family and friends. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Bookings essential.

Happening 17 – 31 January from 10.30 am -11.30 am at National Portrait Gallery. Cost $7 per child.

See portrait.gov.au for more information.

OPEN AIR PLAYUP

The always popular Open Air PlayUP is back these school holidays in the stunning Senate Courtyard.

Enjoy giant lawn games, build an empire with blocks and Lego or kick back in a tee pee and read one of our many books.

Happening 25 – 27 January from 10 am – 5 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

MAKE AND CREATE: SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

A free craft session for children and their families. Create items to take home or help make a collaborative work to display in the Education Space.

Happening 16–17 and 23–24 January from 11.30 am – 1 pm at Australian War Memorial, Education Space, Lower Galleries. Free entry.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

SPY SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

A spy-tacular school holiday workshops that explores the exciting world of spies with hands-on activities.

Tour the National Archives’ awesome ‘Spy’ exhibition, see special objects that were used by real spies and hear some exciting real-life stories.

You’ll need all your best detection skills to find a mystery face within the exhibition.

Afterwards, your spy training will begin! Learn how to see invisible writing, write messages with secret code and disguise yourself with a mask.

What does your fingerprint look like? Then, make your own secret suitcase to store your work in.

For children aged 5-12. (Children to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Accompanying adults do not require tickets)

Happening 13–24 January at the National Archives of Australia, Kings Avenue, Parkes.

See Eventbrite for more information.

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION: THE EXHIBITION – JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SCREEN

From the makers of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes and extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen brings together rare concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Take a thrilling journey, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to amazing stories and fantasy worlds brought to you by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Happening 12 September 2019 – 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au or more information.

MAKE AND CREATE: SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

A free craft session for children and their families. Create items to take home or help make a collaborative work to display in the Education Space.

Happening 23–24 January from 11:30 am-1 pm at the Australian War Memorial.

See awm.gov.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.

FRIDAY STORY TIME AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys.

Story time at the Australian War Memorial is a program suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening until Friday 7 February from 10:30 – 11 am at the Australian War Memorial. Free entry.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

DRESSUP: CHANGE THE WORLD

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

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

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

Visitors can also tell their own story in the 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?”

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

See the website 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.

Happening 13 December–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.

HI-VIS FUTURES ALEXANDER BOYNES AND MANDY MARTIN WITH SOUND BY TRISTEN PARR

From ‘eco’ to ‘FIFO’. From high-value to high-vis. This art installation encompasses the complex political, environmental and fundamental social issues that are occurring right now and for the visible future.

A collaboration between artists Mandy Martin, Alexander Boynes and musician Tristen Parr, High-Vis Futures is a sequence of sound, video projection and mixed media artworks depicting the intimate connection between industry, carbon emissions and the end of the fossil fuel era.

Cost: Free entry.

Happening 17 January – 1 February from 10 am – 5 pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See cmag.com.au for 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.

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION: THE EXHIBITION – JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SCREEN

From the makers of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes and extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen brings together rare concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Take a thrilling journey, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to amazing stories and fantasy worlds brought to you by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Happening until 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au or more information.

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze. The progression of visages is designed to prompt the senses, tapping into the endless subjectivity of being human.

Where one viewer sees a subject’s distant stare as baleful, another perceives a fatalistic cheer; here’s a face in three quarter profile pondering past triumphs, or perhaps you sense a layer of barely-there regret? Does the full stare with smouldering countenance shock or seduce, or is it a bit of both? 

Whether sparking familiarity, empathy, diffidence or reverence, our summer collection show invites you to slow down – to see eye to eye with another life and imagine that lived experience. Eye to Eye features portraits of Natalie Imbruglia, Kev Carmody, Miranda Otto, David Williamson, a marble bust of Peter Garrett and many more, including several works new to the collection.

Happening until 16 February 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery. 

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/eye-to-eye-2019 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.

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

See moadoph.gov.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 17 January – 1 March from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm at Australian National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

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

Free entry.

Happening 16 January 2020 – 14 February 2021 on Thursday: 9 am – 12 pm; Sunday: 12 – 4 pm at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall.

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

F L U X – CURATED BY DANIEL SAVAGE

F L U X is an exhibition of contemporary digital art from around the world by prominent d/Deaf and disabled artists. The exhibition features video, virtual reality, and interactive digital work by artists from Australia, the UK, Europe, and Asia.

The exhibition showcases the way disabled artists have utilised the potential of digital technology to explore the variations of lived experience in the world, from the fluctuating individual experience of disability to the diverse collective emotional experience of a whole city.

People with disabilities have often been at the forefront of adapting new forms of technology to aid in navigating a world designed to conform to non-disabled bodies. This adaptive nature is highly evident in the work of disabled artists.

This skill for creative adaption coupled with an eager embracement of the proliferation of accessible digital technology over the past 30+ years is reflected in the work of the artists in F L U X.

Happening until Sunday 9 February from 10 am – 4 pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre. Free entry.

See belcoarts.com.au/ for more information.

ALFRED DEAKIN: CREATING A NATION EXHIBITION

This exhibition celebrates the life and achievements of Alfred Deakin, the first Attorney General and the second Prime Minister of Australia, and one of the founding fathers of Australian nationhood. It features significant documents and objects that explore Deakin’s life and his pivotal role in establishing the Commonwealth of Australia and in the drafting of a national constitution.

Happening until 1 February 2020 at Parliament House.

See aph.gov.au for more information.

STORY TIME: AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Seven Little Australians, The Magic Pudding, The Rainbow Serpent, Where Is the Green Sheep? and The Deltora Quest are much-loved children’s books that have been read and shared over decades.

Story Time, a free exhibition of Australian children’s literature from the colonial period through to the present day, will appeal to anyone who has experienced the magic of these stories.

Presented in association with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature, the exhibition will feature books, manuscripts, illustrations and ephemera from the Library’s extensive collections alongside significant loans.

This exhibition will reacquaint attendees with old friends and introduce them to new ones. Go on a nostalgic tour through childhood, looking at the works of great Australian authors and illustrators including Bronwyn Bancroft, Mem Fox, May Gibbs, Bob Graham, Emily Rodda, Ivan Southall, Shaun Tan and Ethel Turner.

A must-see exhibition, Story Time explores the rich history of Australian children’s literature and goes on a journey across time and place—real and imagined.

Happening until 9 February 2020 at National Library of Australia.

See nla.gov.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.

THE LOOK

Featuring striking photographic portraits of contemporary figures from the National Portrait Gallery collection, The Look is an aesthetic treat with a lashing of je ne sais quoi.

Happening until 19 February 2020 at National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au 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.

Happening 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?”

Happening until 30 June 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au 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.

Happening until 23 January 2020 at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre.

See museum.hall.act.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.

Happening until 31 March 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

HALL WW1 COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION

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

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

Happening until 9 February 2020 at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre.

See museum.hall.act.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.

Happening until 14 May 2023 at National Dinosaur Museum.

See nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

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

Happening until 9 February 2020 at Former Hall Primary School.

See museum.hall.act.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.

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

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

LICHTENSTEIN TO WARHOL: THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION AT THE NGA 

Following World War II, master printer Kenneth Tyler was at the forefront of printmaking innovation in America, orchestrating the move from printmaking as a minor artform to a leading visual practice. Through his workshops, Tyler empowered major post-war artists—Josef and Anni Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Sultan and Andy Warhol—to create print works on a grand scale, using ground-breaking techniques. Free.

Happening until 1 February 2020 at National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.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.

Magna Carta—An Australian Story

Magna Carta is one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world.

First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

The Magna Carta: An Australian Story exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy takes you on a journey through the history of the Magna Carta. You will discover the spirit and legacy of the Magna Carta and learn the significance it plays in Australia’s democratic history.

Happening until Monday 3 February 2020 daily at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN? 

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

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

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

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.

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