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Winter is here! And so is the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Well, at the end of this week of course and so are the Handmade Markets at EPIC. You’ll find all your favourites taking place too including Hall Markets and Old Bus Depot Markets. There’s also plenty of opportunity to explore the outdoors with friends or family with Sanctuary Tours throughout Mulligans Flat and afterDARK Lantern Tours at the National Botanical Gardens.

Head to Old Parliament House and immerse yourself in the Middle Ages at the Magna Carta Medieval Fest and find out what life was like in the thirteenth century, or make your way to The Street Theatre for one of the many Capital Jazz Project performances taking place this week.

It might be cold but there’s always a perfect time for ice-cream particularly when you can make your own with Mr Frugii! Scroll down for details and find a handful of other foodie delights too!

There’s also plenty to do for theatre goers with the opening of Storm Boy at Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday and exhibitions galore for the art lovers. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!


Medieval Fest at Old Parliament House

Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages at the Magna Carta Medieval Fest and find out what life was like in the thirteenth century. Enjoy a day of free displays and activities for the whole family, from heavy combat and dance demonstrations, to medieval pottery and hands-on art and craft activities. Learn to juggle, dress up and play other Medieval games, with live music, great food and more. Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents in the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. On Queen’s Birthday, Monday 8 June from 10am to 3pm at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Free entry.

Canberra Theatre Centre Family Fun Day

Join Canberra Theatre Centre in celebrating their 50th Anniversary year with a Family Fun Open Day on Saturday, 6 June, from 11am.

This free community event has plenty of activities for all ages; including ERTH’S DINOSAURZOO, showcasing an eye popping visual experience through giant puppetry, stilt-walkers and more. Other highlights are a Canberra magician, THE GREAT ZAMBONI, comedians THE LISTIES, and live music from THE CASHEWSand BEN DRYSDALE. Accompanying these events will be face painting, craft fun and backstage tours of the Theatre. Learn about the last 50 years of the Canberra Theatre Centre through a panel discussion with Helen Musa, Richard Stone and guest with show ‘n’ tell.

PUPPETOODLE will also be running puppet making workshops available for pre-purchase or at the door for only $10. This beautifully compliments what is on in The Playhouse theatre from 3-6 June; the stage adaption of the family classic, STORM BOY.

The celebration will commence on Friday 5 June, from 4:30pm with 666 ABC Canberra’s Adam Shirley as he presents Happy Hour LIVE from Canberra Theatre Centre foyer. Doors open at 4.30pm with Happy Hour Live broadcast to air from 5.00-6.00pm. While tickets are free, registration is required from Canberra Ticketing.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. To celebrate NRW, take part in of a daily highlights tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection that focuses on the story of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Tours presented as part of Reconciliation Week at the National Portrait Gallery. On Wednesday 27 May to 3 June from 11.30am to 12pm.

Handmade Market

Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof. The Handmade Market is held at Exhibition Park in Canberra and will showcase over 180 Australian designer/makers. Discover local and interstate designers with new talent regularly on display. All products on sale at the Handmade Market are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and meet the maker. Free entry, Free parking and all undercover. ATMs on site. On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) from 10am to 4pm daily.

Elixir feat. Katie Noonan

Presented as part of the Capital Jazz Project, Elixir is a trio of friends and musicians including multi-platinum selling songstress Katie Noonan, outstanding saxophonist Zac Hurren and the superb jazz guitarist Stephen Magnusson. The result is an improvised folk and jazz-inspired blend of music. Embracing freedom and spontaneity, Elixir has always been about words-poetry with musical frameworks constructed around the lyrics of the writer. On Sunday 7 June from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre. Bookings online.


Hartley Hall Markets

The Hartley Hall Markets is now one of Australia’s largest home-made and home grown goods markets. The markets have a rural theme and are held at the picturesque Hall Village Showground, just 10 kilometers north of Canberra. Friendly atmosphere and great bargains to be found, the Hartley Hall Markets offer the best of fresh produce, baked goods, plants, furniture, clothing, pottery, jewellery, children’s toys, crafts, unique gifts, and much more. Barbeques, canteens, live music and other entertainment makes each visit a fun, family day out. Entry is by a gold coin donation helping fund Hartley Lifecare’s disability services. On Sunday 7 June from 10am to 3pm at Hall Village Showground (off Victoria Street), Hall.

Old Bus Depot Markets

Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee. Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands—the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

Batemans Bay Writers Festival

Is being held over the June long weekend. This sensational community event is for anyone who delights in a good book, is interested in reading and enjoys being entertained. Author Mark Henshaw, who received the Premier’s Literary Award for his novel The Snow Kimono will give a talk on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June. You will find some Canberra Authors on the list, including Rita Wagner author of the funny book Menopause Makes Mummy Mental! On from 5 to 7 June at the Coachhouse Marina Resort in Batemans Bay. For more information visit the Festival website.


Making ice cream with Mr.Frugii

Indulge in a very rare opportunity to learn how to make ice cream from Canberra’s most celebrated ice cream maker, Mr Frugii of Frugii on Lonsdale Street. Mr Frugii has promised to make this workshop one to remember. Leave with a tub of your very own handmade ice cream. Includes a tasting at the end of the workshop. On Saturday 6 June from 10am to 12pm at YMCA Bush Capital Lodge, O’Connor. Tickets $80 with bookings via phone (02) 6248 0885 or online.

Canberra Truffle Hunts

Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; Ruffells Estate. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. These exceptionally talented dogs roam amongst the farm’s 2,500 trees to find a piece of ‘black magic’. Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy. Choose from Truffle Hunts, A Twilight Hunt and Cook or the Weekend Hunt and Cook. Hunts: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays. Brunch, Hunt & Cook: Saturdays. Lunch, Hunt & Cook: Saturdays & Sundays. Twilight, Hunt & Cook: Fridays. Tours available from Saturday 6 June until 14 August. Book online.

Grow gourmet mushrooms at home

Canberra City Farm, the local community not-for-profit organisation creating learning hubs about responsible food production and sustainable living, are running a 1 day course on how to grow gourmet mushrooms at home. You will learn: how to grow gourmet mushrooms at home; the basics of mushroom propagation that can be adapted to many mushroom varieties; how to inoculate logs with dowels and spawn; and how to grow mushrooms on straw, coffee grounds and a host of other compostables. Run by mushroom expert Will Borowski who is coming all the way from Tasmania. This course will be taking place on Sunday 7 June 2015 from 9 a.m to 5 p.m, at the Canberra City Farm Turner Garden. The cost of the course is: Early bird $165 (Canberra City Farm members) $185 (non-members), and after 7 May $185 (Canberra City Farm members) $205 (non-members). For more information and to book a ticket visit:

Murrumbateman half day tour

Only have time for a tipple? Join Vines & Wines on a half-day tour of the Murrumbateman region and they’ll make sure you sample some of the best wines in the region. What’s included – tastings at three wineries (McKellar Ridge Wines, Barton Estate, Gallagher Wines*), cheese tasting, transport (pick up/drop off included), and expertise! On Sunday 7 June, cost $85 per person. For more information contact Elouise Calabria from Vines and Wines on 0432 807 316 or email


Charity Garage Sale
Browse through a huge range of items for all ages at the next Charity Garage Sale.  Plenty of new bargains every month including baby/kids clothes for just $1, books $2 or less, DVDs $2 each, kitchenware, bric-a-brac, adult clothing and more.  All proceeds are used to fund projects that support sustainable development in poor communities.  Saturday 6 June, 8am-1pm @ 5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa.  Ph:  0404 182 494 or visit


Sanctuary by Twilight

Experience the unique woodlands at night with a Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary Twilight Tour. Discover the only Eastern Bettongs on the Australian mainland, as they come out at night to feed and frolick. With a sanctuary ecologist as a guide, learn about the reintroductions of species long-lost from the woodlands. On Friday 5 June with the tour commencing before sunset. Tickets $49.50 online. Check the website for times and bookings.

afterDARK Lantern Tours

afterDARK Lantern Tours are a wonderful way to spend a winter evening in the nation’s capital. Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with your own ranger guide. Bookings are essential by phoning (02) 6250 9588. Not suitable for children under five years. On Saturday 6 June, 4 July and 1 August from 6.30pm at Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Royal Military College of Australia presents Trooping of the Queen’s Colour

The Corps of Staff Cadets and the Band of the Royal Military College are celebrating the official birthday of the Queen in a colourful and traditional ceremonial parade known as Trooping the Colour on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. The ceremony dates back to the 16th Century when, each evening the Regiment’s Colour was escorted through the ranks of troops to ensure that soldiers would be able to recognise their Colour on the battlefield. Enjoy the spectacle, the pomp and ceremony. You’re welcome to bring along a folding chair and a warm blanket. Refreshments available and facilities provided. On Saturday 6 June from 10.15am at Gallipoli Reach, (Lake Burley Griffin Foreshore at the foot of Anzac Parade), Parkes.

Gallery Tours: All the fall highlights

See highlights of the exhibition All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War on a daily tour.  All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War is the National Portrait Gallery’s contribution to the Anzac Centenary. On now until 26 July at National Portrait Gallery.

Mt Stromlo Observatory May Public Night

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite you to the May public observation night. See the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon and beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night, there will be talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes. In the event of cloudy weather, star gazing will be cancelled but the talks will occur regardless of the weather. Check the weather using the Mt. Stromlo all-sky camera on their website. Warm clothing is recommended.


Little faces

Little children and their parent (or carer) are invited to join an experienced Learning Facilitator at the National Portrait Gallery for playful activities in the galleries exploring faces, colour, sound and movement in the portraits with the Little Faces program. This 30-minute event is ideal for children from the ages of 6 months to 3 years. It’s followed by morning tea in the cafe. Bookings essential. On from Tuesday 2 June until Thursday 5 August (9.30am and 10.30am) at the National Portrait Gallery.

Perception Deception

Does your brain play tricks on you? Is one person’s reality the same as yours? Answer these questions and more with the Perception Deception exhibition at Questacon. Surprise your senses and challenge your mind with over 60 hands-on and multimedia exhibits featuring perceptual test and illusions.  This family-friendly exhibition reveals how our brains process information from our senses to form our perception of the world around us. Sometimes all is not as it seems! On now until 30 September 2015. For entry prices visit the website.


There’s always heaps for people of all ages to do at Questacon – check out their list of events here.

National Dinosaur Museum Weekend Tours

The National Dinosaur Museum holds tours every weekend. Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time. Take your camera, your friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages. Tours are free with admission. Tours are 30-minutes and run every weekend at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm until 27 December.

Play Up

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.

Family Space

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy this school holidays in the Portrait Gallery Adventure Family Space. Explore the lives of Australia’s greatest adventurers through interactive art carts, dioramas and dress ups. Make your own portrait that expresses your spirit of adventure using fun art materials and the photo booth. All materials provided and free for all to enjoy! From 11am to 4pm daily.

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 2 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.


It’s all happening this weekend at Phillip Ice Skating Centre as the CBR Brave take on Melbourne Ice in a double header clash on both Saturday and Sunday.Last weekend’s win bumped the Brave boys up into the Top Four on the Australian Ice Hockey League ladder, so they’ll be looking to maintain this when they hit the ice. Catch all the action at Phillip Ice Skating Centre when the puck drops at 5.30pm on Saturday 30 and 5pm Sunday 31 May. Tickets available online now or catch the live stream at

Quad Save the Queen: A colony-wide roller derby tournament

Canberra Roller Derby League (CRDL) presents Quad Save The Queen on the Queen’s Birthday weekend. This epic event guarantees two tracks and three days of explosive roller derby from twelve teams from across Australia and New Zealand! Knock-out structure means there is no predicting who will conquer all and rise to the throne. On Saturday 6 to Monday 8 June at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Tuggeranong. Tickets $15. Check the website for times.


Meet the author: Christopher Lee
Local author, Christopher Lee will be in store to talk about his recent publication Seasons of War, a fictional account of young Australian at Gallipoli. RSVP to or phone (02) 6232 5832. Anyone who purchases the book on the night goes into the draw for a $20 gift voucher. Acclaimed screenwriter Christopher Lee (TV’s Gallipoli) makes the transition into the world of books with his acclaimed novel Seasons of War. On Thursday 4 June from 6.30pm at Harry Hartog Westfield Woden.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.


Storm Boy

Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy is one of Australia’s best loved stories. Rare a childhood goes by without a bedtime reading of this home grown classic. Sydney Theatre Company and Perth’s Barking Gecko Theatre Company have created an absolutely captivating stage adaptation that is a thoughtful meditation on love, kindness and our connections to the people and world around us. Whether you are an adult keen to revisit childhood memories or want to introduce a new generation of children to the story, this is your chance to savour the wonder of this uniquely Australian classic. On Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 June at Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets available online with matinees shows also.

Jesus Christ Superstar – The AIS Arena Spectacular

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s greatest hit Jesus Christ Superstar tells the powerful story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Directed by Stephen Pike, this show stars Luke Kennedy (The Voice Australia 2013 runner up) as Jesus and Michael Falzon (We Will Rock You, The War of The Worlds, Rock of Ages) as Judas. The cast Canberra’s features finest musical theatre talent and a professional orchestra led by Ian Mclean. Spectacular arena lighting with Jordon Kelly’s vibrant choreography complements the production. Tickets from Ticketek. Fees apply. On Tuesday 2 to Sunday 7 June at Australian Institute of Sport with 7.30pm shows; 1.30pm Saturday matinee and 5pm Sunday.


Watoto Children’s Choir

The Watoto Children’s Choir are excited to bring audiences their all new production Oh, What Love. This incredible group of orphaned children from Uganda present a performance packed full of contemporary African music, spectacular costumes and inspirational real life stories. This exciting event will delight audiences of all ages! The concert is free and open to the public – everyone welcome. Two performances showing over two nights. On Saturday 6 June from 7pm to 9pm at St Mary in the Valley Anglican Church Calwell and Sunday 7 June from 10am to 11.30am at C3 Church Watson. Free entry.

Philippine Baritone Joseleo Logdat followed by Recorders and Strings

Join Philippine baritone Joseleo Logdat, recorder ensemble Walking the Dog and the Mainly Mozart String Quartet as they explore and exploit the amazing acoustics of the High Court. This double concert will include works by Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Telemann and contemporary Australian composer, Elana Kats-Chernin. Bookings via the website necessary for entry. Seating not guaranteed.

Ospina Brothers Trio

In Canberra for Capital Jazz Project 2015, Colombian composer-musician brothers Juan Andres and Nicolas Ospina capture a country where the mix of native, Spanish and African influences take the listener to particular and diverse musical travels. Their show combines elements of contemporary jazz and traditional Colombian styles of cumbia, pasillo and the bambuco. Juan Andres will play both new compositions and old favourites, blending Colombian rhythms with jazz elements. Nicolas will play music from his new album, in which he explores voice as an interactive instrument with piano in a fusion of jazz, Colombian folk music, contemporary and experimental music. On Thursday 4 June from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre. Tickets $32 concession and $35 adult with bookings online.


For over 30 years, Grammy-award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano has been redefining the boundaries of modern jazz. Now this relentless explorer joins the Capital Jazz Project line-up for 2015, presenting his mercurial, fierce and reflective sound. Absorbing a range of styles from impressionistic free jazz through to visceral searing bebop, Joe Lovano has been hailed as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history” (NY Times). He is joined by heavyweights of the Australian music scene, Paul Grabowsky, Philip Rex and Dave Beck for a special reunion not to be missed. On Saturday 6 June from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre. Tickets $40 concession and $45 adult with bookings online.


Presented as part of the Capital Jazz Project 2015, Jazzamatazz is a morning of contagious be-bop beats, hep-cat treats, and jumpin’, jivin’ jazz for kids two to eight-years old. Led by the insanely talented opera singer, actress, jazz singer and mother Ali McGregor, this hour of jazzy beats and early 90’s references will get your kids singing and prancing, twisting and dancing. With songs like ‘Who let the dogs out?’, ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’ and ‘Single Ladies’ everybody will be ‘Shufflin’ to the be-bop beats and hep-cat treats. On Saturday 6 June from 11am at The Street Theatre. Tickets $20 with bookings online.

Daughter’s Fever

Daughter’s Fever create a sound world strange yet accessible, equally melodic and abstracted. Experience a nocturnal mystery through the Melbourne night told as sonic poems. Presented as part of the Capital Jazz Project, Daughter’s Fever delivers music that exists in the meeting point between haunted pop, improvised folk, and nu jazz/improv/sound art. Daughter’s Fever is led by singer-songwriter Paddy Mann of revered alt-folk group Grand Salvo and progressive composer, sound artist, trumpeter, Peter Knight (Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra) with leading contemporary classical/jazz musicians Joe Talia, Erik Griswold, Vanessa Tomlinson and Andrew Brooks. On Sunday 7 June from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre. Bookings online.

Ali McGregor – Alchemy

Hear marvellous mash-ups and genre-defying renditions from Ali McGregor as part of the Capital Jazz Project 2015. Accomplished cabaret and jazz performer Ali McGregor presents her unique hybrids of popular songs, standards and blues performed with salon-style intimacy. McGregor’s inspiration comes from divas of opera, burlesque and trashy 80s pop and is accompanied by one of Australia’s finest jazz pianists and arrangers Sam Keevers and his trio. Ali seduces audiences with her marvellous mash-ups and genre-defying versions of the likes of Madonna, Salt-N-Pepa, Radiohead, Kiss and Elvis, transporting audiences to a smoky Las Vegas club in the 1940s. On Friday 5 June from 8pm at The Street Theatre. Bookings online.

Baecastuff- Mutiny Music

Presented as part of the Capital Jazz Project 2015, Baecastuff performs Mutiny Music. A contemporary music show accompanied by historic images based around the story of the Mutiny on the Bounty in 1789, this show will transport you to the Pitcairn and Norfolk islands and to a time long past and infamous events. Performed by Baecastuff, composed by Rick Robertson, a Pitcairn Descendant, it draws upon Polynesian drumming, hymns written on Pitcairn Island, language samples and Baecastuff’s renowned ability to develop musical thematic material from a soundscape of rhythm, melody and spoken word. On Saturday 6 June from 9.30pm at The Street Theatre. Bookings online.


Presented as part of the Capital Jazz Project, acclaimed Queensland musicians Berardi, Foran and Karlen explore themes of hope, fear, separation, loss, love and conditions of war through songs that use elements of jazz and folk music in an intensely intimate and moving way. A series of new work for piano, voice and saxophone drawing inspiration from ANZAC letters, this truly collaborative trio have a remarkable stylistic affinity. Their combined experience is formidable, with performances around Europe, UK, Japan, USA, Canada, China and South America. On Monday 8 June from 2pm at The Street Theatre. Bookings online.

Hannaford/Eskelin/Tinkler/Rainey – Can You See With Two Sets of Eyes?

Presented as part of the Capital Jazz Project 2015, Can You See With Two Set of Eyes? is led by prodigious pianist and composer Marc Hannaford. This project brings together some of the most influential and iconoclastic voices in the global improvised music scene. Masters of long-form experimentation, together they deliver inspired, intense improvisation at the fringes of the avant-garde. Funded by the 2013 Freedman Fellowship for Jazz, Hannford’s 2014 release, Can You See With Two Sets of Eyes? is representative of his highly original style, stemming from study of the Australian jazz tradition. On Friday 5 June from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre. Tickets $35 with bookings online.


Evoking the sounds of the classic Blue Note period from the mid-sixties, Hammerhead is a genuinely cohesive collective. This Sydney hard bop combo creates and presents its music with imagination and a loving knowledge of where it has come from. The originals, penned by Jason Bruer, Todd Hardy and Tim Bruer, retain the essential elements of the ‘Hard Bop’ movement, reflecting a more contemporary and eclectic approach incorporating swing, latin and funk stylings. The album Mozaic deploys a deft mixture of purposeful originals, canny arrangements of neglected classics. On Thursday 4 June from 8pm at The Street Theatre. Tickets $30 with bookings online.

Eric Harland Band

Regarded by many as the most formidable drummer alive, Eric Harland has been the rhythmic catalyst for many of the definitive jazz recordings of the past 15 years; a groove muse whose stunning power and fluency on the kit has inspired many other jazz masters. Respectful of jazz tradition without being constrained by it, Harland has also emerged as an ambitious composer, melding improvised music with traces of hip hop, neo-soul and post-rock. Inspired by space and time, Voyager is a meditative spiritual journey delivering multi-layered grooves, lush melodies, hypnotic group improvisation and supreme, timeless artistry. A Capital Jazz Project on Tuesday 2 June from 7.30pm at The Street Theatre. Tickets $35 concession and $40 adult with bookings online.

Divergence Jazz Orchestra

Led by Canberra born and bred composer/conductor Jenna Cave, alongside Sydney trombonist Paul Weber, Divergence Jazz Orchestra displays a wide repertoire of all-Australian music and showcases Cave’s own compositions. Known for their joy and exuberance with a focus on toe-tapping rhythms, captivating melodies and expressive orchestrations, the work draws from a wide range of influences including African music, contemporary jazz, New Orleans grooves and 20th century and impressionist composers. Tickets $25. On Monday 8 June from 4pm at The Street Theatre. Bookings online.

Drawn In

Let your creative juices flow at the National Portrait Gallery! Pick up a pencil and enjoy the experience of drawing while listening to local musicians. Free. Ideal for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided. On Sunday 7 June with the Hope Street Band; Sunday 28 June with Anton Wurzer, piano accordion; and Sunday 9 August with Carlos Perez, classical guitar at the National Portrait Gallery. Free entry.

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

30+ Dance Event will be hosting weekly Dance Parties every Saturday night at The RUC where you will be provided with an entralling and relaxed atmosphere to meet new people at your own leisure. A fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere to dance, meet new or other likeminded persons, romance, flirt or socialise and make friends. These are popular weekly Saturday night evens and the ideal night out for fun-loving socialable 30+s with pulsating music from the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s plus much more. Visit 30 Plus Dance Event for details. On every Saturday from 8pm onwards at The RUC, Turner and $20 per head.

Geeks & Nerds Theme Party

Nerd up people. Now here is the opportunity to take a break from your busy work schedule or mundane life to cut loose and dance the night away. Hike up your pants to get down and nerdy. This not to be missed dress up and dance event promises to be nerdastic. It will knock your socks off and will be jam-packed with nerds and geeks from all genres.$15 entry includes complimentary drink (mid of beer or white/red wine or sparkling) For more details check out  On Saturday 6 June from 9.30pm onwards at Digress Cocktail Bar, 11 Akuna Street Civic.

Selby & Friends – The Czech Connection

Selby and Friends – The Czech Connection features Andrew Haveron on violin, Timo-Veikko Valve on Cello and Kathryn Selby on piano. Selby and Friends’ ninth season offers another extraordinary collaboration between Australian and international artists who come together to create memorable performances of beloved masterpieces, large and small. Thriving in a festival-like atmosphere, Selby and Friends concerts create a strong and intimate connection with the audience. This allows the performers to share not only their brilliance and flair but also warmth, humour and personal musical experiences. For more information visit Selby and Friends. On Monday 1 June from 7.30pm at James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive’s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm until 24 December at National Film and Sound Archive.

No Lights, No Lycra

There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.

NLNL takes place in two locations across Canberra: Monday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Mugga Mugga Scout Hall in Red Hill, and Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm at St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West).

Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge. On the first Friday of each month from 5pm.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The Phoenix, Transit Bar, The Front, The Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.


Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture

Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture presents more than 40 of Australia’s current contemporary printmakers at the National Gallery of Australia’s newest space for art in Canberra; NGA Contemporary. The exhibition is bright, colourful, graphic and surveys the last 15 years of exciting Australian printmaking. Digital prints, video, zines and textiles are some of the many techniques on display from artists including eX de Medici, Mike Parr, Heather B Swann, Sarah Contos, Minna Gilligan, Brent Harris and Marian Tubbs. On until 8 August at the National Gallery of Australia.

100 Years of Kingston Power House

Canberra Glassworks invites you on a special tour of Canberra’s oldest public building, Kingston Power House, which turns 100 years old in 2015. Designed by John Smith Murdoch, this building was the heartbeat of Canberra in its early years. It powered the development of this built city, housed its telecommunications system and provided employment for many people across the region. Bookings essential on (02) 6260 7005 or email On until 6 June 2015.


As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, six Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response. Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Following sell-out shows in Los Angeles and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, comes the National Gallery of Australia’s 2014 summer blockbuster James Turrell: A Retrospective. Never before seen in Australia and showing only in Canberra, James Turrell is considered one of the greatest artists of our time. The National Gallery of Australia’s retrospective combines works from LACMA’s tour with spectacular new, site-specific installations. The exhibition is open until Monday 8 June, 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia. Ensure to check the exhibitions time changes over Christmas (closed Christmas Day). Tickets are available to purchase through Ticketek but bookings are also essential as only 15 people are allowed through in any one session.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Other exhibitions

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.


The story of Rama Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi

Now on at the National Gallery of Australia, The story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi exhibition explores one of the world’s great epics, Ramayana, a tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and victory of good over evil. It follows the story of the hero Rama, an exemplary prince, admired for his honour, valour and compassion. Great adventure unfolds when Rama’s beloved wife Sita is abducted by Ravana, the ten-headed demon king of Lanka. On display until 23 August at the National Gallery of Australia.

Simple Moments, Fascinating People

Simple Moments, Fascinating People presents the simple and seemingly inconsequential instances of a life in situ. These moments aren’t landmarks in each story, yet they tell a lot about each character. Our cultures condition us to have high expectations of our purpose in life. We want to change the world and influence our situation. As we grow, we realise that we may only achieve part of those great ambitions. The ensuing disappointment can leave a melancholy as we attempt to adjust our expectations. This exhibition promotes the modest and seemingly insignificant moments that contribute to the rich experience of life. On until 8 June at The Front Gallery.

A Time and Place | Group exhibition

In 2014/15 PhotoAccess ran the ten-month long Personal Photography Project workshop (culminating in this group exhibition) which provided a supportive environment for Canberra-based emerging photographers to develop a project of their choice. A Time and Placeshowcases works by nine participants of the Personal Photography Project: Phil Carter, Lori Cicchini, Julie Garran, Susan Henderson, Andrée Lawrey, Annette Lock, Kim Psaila, Thomas Varendorff and Pavel Vrzala. Opening 6pm Thursday 28 May and running until 28 June. Artist talks take place at 2pm Sunday 28 June.

Rapt in Felt Exhibition

Handmade felt is the new favourite of the design world. It is a natural, warm material, featuring in the collections of Stella McCartney and Givenchy and has been presented in European design fairs in a multitude of forms extending from home wares to jewellery. The Rapt in Felt exhibition features work from over 27 contemporary felt makers, ranging from wearable to decorative arts. This will be the 18th year that the CRF has held this exhibition and fashion show that regularly attracts over 500 people. In preparation for their exhibition, CRF members have worked for months creating their unique felt pieces. The exhibition opens runs until 6 June at The Q, Queanbeyan.

Kerry Johns ‘Forest Subjective’ 

Kerry Johns’ landscape paintings may be familiar to Canberrans from her 2012 show at Chapman Gallery in Manuka, where Monaro-inspired landscapes sat alongside those stimulated by her years on the Eurobodalla coast. These coastal works have often taken the iconography of the spotted gum coastal forest as their motif and starting point. The recurring motif in this exhibition is the stands of forest that dominate the headlands of the south coast, though the real subject of the paintings could be said to be the interplay of light, colour, shape and the ambiguity of positive and negative space. Forest Subjective runs until Monday 31 May, and will be open weekdays 9.30am-2.30pm and weekends 10am-4pm. For further details contact Form Studio and Gallery (0430 359 776) and see the paintings at and

X-rated: the sex industry in the ACT

Since the 1980s Canberra has been synonymous with sex in the minds of many Australians. Twenty years have passed since it became legal to sell X-rated videos in the Australian Capital Territory. The adult industry has gone through periods of growth, boom and, many would argue, bust. This exhibition explores the evolution of Canberra’s sex industry over the past 50 years. The public is warned that some material displayed in this exhibition may cause offence. Persons under 18 years of age may not enter this exhibition. On until 20 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Revealing the Rothschild Prayer Book
(c.1505–1510 from the Kerry Stokes Collection)

An acknowledged masterpiece of Renaissance manuscript illumination, the Rothschild Prayer Book has remained the preserve of a privileged few. With its recent acquisition for the Kerry Stokes Collection, this historic book of hours will be on public display with a selection of the National Library of Australia’s medieval and Renaissance treasures. Open until 9 August from 10am to 5pm every day at the National Library of Australia. Visit the website for ticket prices.

Colour my world: Australian photography

Colour My World is the National Gallery of Australia’s first exhibition dedicated to the handcoloured photograph. It draws together new acquisitions and rarely seen works from the National Collection. These photographs challenge the medium’s technical sameness by personalising the print and imbuing it with individuality and uniqueness as well as an intimacy, warmth and fallibility. On until 30 August at National Gallery of Australia. Free entry.

Australian Paintings from the James and Jacqui Erskine Collection

This selection of Australian works from the James and Jacqui Erskine collection testifies to a breadth of taste and confidence of judgement. See paintings by Lloyd Rees, Kevin Connor, Brian Blanchflower, Emily Kngwarreye, Ildiko Kovacs, Chris Langois, Rosalie Gascoigne, Karl Wiebke, Allan Mitelman, John Olsen, George Tjangurrayi, Aida Tomescu, David Serisier, Prince of Wales, Lucy Culliton, and Virginia Coventry, among others. This is the first time that such a large portion of the invigoratingly various Erskine collection has been on public view. On until 28 June (12pm-5pm) at the Drill Hall Gallery, ANU. Free entry.

Claire Primrose Memory Mapping

Claire’s current body of work is inspired and informed by many different locations from the Australian landscape —a collection of landscape inspired abstracted paintings. She is interested in recreating the surfaces, textures and colours evocative of a particular place, although each work is a culmination of many different images, spaces and experiences, achieved through memory and experimentation. Claire works outside on location and incorporate elements of her surroundings. On until Monday 31 May at Form Studio, Queanbeyan.

Australia in the Great War

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries. Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War. The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.  The Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine and the war at sea. On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. On display until 3 November 2015.

William Edwin Pidgeon (1909–1981), war correspondent and artist

William Edwin Pidgeon was a painter, cartoonist, illustrator, and newspaper critic. This exhibition presents a selection of the over 400 works by William Pidgeon held in the Australian War Memorial’s Art collection. The works relate to Pidgeon’s Second World War experiences in Darwin, New Guinea, Borneo and Morotai between 1943 to 1945. On display in the Second World War Galleries until 7 March 2016 at the Australian War Memorial.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. On until 8 June at the National Portrait Gallery.

Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC; and pays tribute to the Darlings’ persistence in turning their private dream of a gallery of portraits of ‘uncommon Australians’ into a tangible collection in a purpose-built home. Accompanied by a lavish catalogue, the exhibition tours to McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Victoria, and the Tweed Regional Gallery, New South Wales. On now until 14 June at the National Portrait Gallery.

Alex Seton: As of today

See the remarkable sculptures that commemorate the lives of the 41 soldiers who lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan.  “The power of the sculpted flags is developed through the way their pale marble, slightly pink in hue and each imbued with blushes and veins represents an individual and a life lost in the line of duty” Dr Brendan Nelson. On now until 27 May 2015 at the Australian War Memorial. Entry is free.

Urban Suburban

Comprised entirely of works from the Canberra Museum and Gallery visual arts collection, this exhibition explores urban and suburban Canberra. The works examine Canberra as a town and a city independent of the national monuments that define it as the Nation’s Capital.

From black-and-white photographs of the city from the 1960s through to the work of contemporary artists examining life in the suburbs, the exhibition reveals the rituals and experiences that enrich life in Canberra and discovers thematic links between the diverse works in the Collection. Urban Suburban encompasses a range of media including printmaking, photography, painting and sculpture. On until 21 June 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello: Reinventing the Weave

ReInventing the Weave features the sublime, hand blown woven glass sculptures of Jenni Kemarre Martiniello. Weaving has been a long and durable practice within Australian Indigenous Cultures. The artist’s works are inspired by, and draw upon, the beauty of traditional woven objects while paying respect to the elegant forms of these utilitarian vessels. The glass weave technique explores the geometry and precision of the traditional form, fusing it with the exquisite beauty of glass and light to celebrate the juncture of object and art. Curator: Kelli Cole. On now until 7 June 2015 at the Canberra Glassworks.

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, The Home Front looks at life back at home and the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by those far from the battlefields. Through 23 personal stories, this exhibition explores Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions. See the effects of war on those at home. Rediscover Prime Minister Billy Hughes’s determination to impose conscription on a divided nation, Basil Watson’s thrilling and ultimately tragic aerobatic displays in his homemade biplane, May Gibbs’s quaint postcards that carried messages of joy to soldiers and more. On display at the National Museum of Australia until 1 January 2017.

Crisis 1914! The call to arms

Crisis 1914! The call to arms explores the political events which led to Australia’s involvement in the First World War, from outbreak of war in August to the first convoy’s departure in November 1914. In Australia’s first crisis as a new nation, we went willingly, even enthusiastically, into the war. See the original cabinet table used in 1914, along with other memorabilia from the era which help to tell the story of Australia’s political journey. This exhibition contributes to the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years of service by Australian servicemen and women, and the experience of war by all Australians. At the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House until 5 August 2015.

Without Consent

Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices is now open at the National Archives.  An exhibition of moving experiences of heartbreak and resilience, shared by people impacted by Australia’s past adoption practices. This project has been assisted by the Department of Social Services. Open now until 19 July at the National Archives, Parkes.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs. Open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something. Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Enterprising Australians

An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 30 June 2016 at The Ian Potter Technology Learning Centre.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August 2015.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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