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

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WHAT NOT TO MISS

Yoga by the Lake

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

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

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

See Facebook for more information.

PIALLIGO ESTATE RIVER GARDEN OUTDOOR CINEMA

Enjoy Pialligo Estate’s award-winning food and great family entertainment this Australia Day long-weekend as they launch their new outdoor cinema experience with two classic movies; Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Friday) and Crocodile Dundee (Saturday).

Bring your picnic rug and relax on the lawns of the Estate with their chef’s selection of Estate-grown and Smokehouse food the whole family can enjoy. The restaurant team will be on hand providing a variety of local beverages at Cellar Door prices.

Head to Pialligo for a relaxing evening under the stars with family, friends and a host of Aussie actors in this iconic Australian film.

Gates open at 6 pm with an anticipated movie start time of 8.30 pm (at Sunset).

Happening 25-26 January from 6 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See the website for more information.

The Magic of Malala: Drawing Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

Youth Care Canberra Test Eve Cricket Dinner

Canberra’s first ever Test Match is coming soon! Celebrate this historic moment by joining YouthCare Canberra for their Test Eve Cricket Dinner! The event will be held at Casino Canberra on Thursday 31 January 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Special Cricket Packages are available, which include tickets to the Test Match as well as a night of delicious food and plenty of cricket chat. Special guests including Jeff Thomson and Jim Maxwell.

Don’t miss out on this momentous occasion to see Australia v Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval, all whilst raising much-needed funds for Canberra’s at-risk young people and children.

Happening Thursday 31 January from 6.30 pm at Casino Canberra, 21 Binara St, Canberra.

See the website for tickets and more information.

BRUMBIES MEET N GREET AT SOUTH.POINT

Come down to Centre Court at South.Point Tuggeranong and meet some of your favourite Brumbies Players.

There will be heaps of giveaways including; Brumbies Merchandise, Vikings Gift Vouchers, South.Point Gift Vouchers and Limelight Movie Passes. There will also be opportunities to take a photo with your favourite player and get something signed.

Happening Friday 25 January from 2.30 – 3.30 pm at Centre Court, South.Point Tuggeranong.

UC CAPITALS SEMI-FINAL

University of Canberra Capitals have secured first place on the WNBL ladder cementing them as hosts of the 2018/19 Chemist Warehouse WNBL Semi-Finals series. This is the first time the finals have been in the capital city for WNBL in eight years!

Join the Caps at AIS Arena for the biggest show of the year as they chase down their 8th WNBL Championship. With a range of options available make sure you don’t miss out.

Happening Friday 25 January from 7 – 9 pm at the AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

SCREENING OF PAPER PLANES + LESSONS AND PLANE FLYING COMPETITION

Why not take the whole family to see this heart-warming Australian family film about a young boy who dreams of competing in the world paper-plane championships?

Not only can you see the film, but you can meet the Paper Pilots, the real-life grown-up boys the film is based on, in the NFSA courtyard for plane-folding lessons after the film.

A plane-flying competition will be held on the NFSA front lawns at 3.30pm weather permitting.

Saturday 26 January from 1-4.30 pm | National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton | $10 per person | nfsa.gov.au/events/paper-planes

The Dark Universe – Astronomy in the Pub

Calling all interstellar science lovers! Join the crew at the ANU Pop Up Village and immerse your mind in physics, black holes and The Dark Universe over a few cold beverages for another Astronomy in the Pub session.

The evening’s emcee Dr Phil Dooley from Phil Up On Science will take you on a galactic journey through the expanding universe.

Happening Tuesday 22 January from 6 pm- 9 pm at ANU Pop Up Village Corner Ellery Cr and University Ave, Acton. Free Entry.

See the website for more information.

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TREVOR DICKINSON’S BEAUTIFUL BUS SHELTERS OF CANBERRA

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: BEHIND THE LINES 2018 EXHIBITION TOUR

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

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

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

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

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

SUMMER OASIS AT THE HOWLING MOON

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

The Antarctica Experience: A Virtual Reality Adventure

Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before

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

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

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

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

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

ROME: CITY + EMPIRE 

Stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost 3000 years after their foundation.

Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire.

Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Happening until 3 February from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.

AFTER DARK: GHOST HUNTERS TOUR AT MOAD

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

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

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

$20 per personbookings essential.

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

Summer at the National Portrait Gallery

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

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

Other activities on offer this summer include:

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more at portrait.gov.au

DressUP: Change the World

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

Love and Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate 

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

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

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

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

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia.

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Get Curiouser and Curiouser at Behind the Lines 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COOK AND THE PACIFIC 

Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Democracy. Are you in? 

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you. Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

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

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE 

An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures (Closing Soon)

Audiences around the world know and love Heath Ledger as a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and created iconic roles. Now they have a chance to discover Heath’s creative process and deep passion for the film industry and the visual arts, in a unique exhibition curated in collaboration with his family.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards and more. A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera. A program of special screenings and talks will complement the exhibition.

Showing until 10 February 2019 at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton. See website for more information.

PLAYUP 

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too!

From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information. Free after museum admission. Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Cost: Free.

MathsAlive!

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

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

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

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

More information on the website.

AUSTRALIA DAY 2019

Australia Day Festival at the National Museum of Australia

Join the National Museum of Australia for tours, music, dance, demonstrations, games, fun and food inspired by the First Australians gallery and Rome exhibition.

10 am–12.30 pm

The festival begins at 10am with a Welcome to Country followed by Indigenous-themed activities including tours of our First Australians gallery and a weaving workshop with Ronnie Jordan (Kalkadoon).

Enjoy ‘Tastes of the Bush’ with Yurbay and Adam Shipp (Wiradjuri), and don’t miss seeing the free Bush Mechanics exhibition and films.

1–3 pm

Experience the wonder of Ancient Rome with roaming Romans, Rome-inspired craft activities, large-scale Roman board games, pop-up poets and curator talks.

4 pm–9 pm

As Australia Day draws to a close, gather on Acton Peninsula and get ready for the fireworks. Enjoy music with local DJ Disca-roo, play games on the lawn and grab a bite to eat at the Australia Day BBQ by Broadbean Catering.

Suitable for all ages. Free, though costs apply for some activities, including Rome exhibition entry.

Saturday 26 January from 10 am–9 pm | Gandel Atrium and Lakeside Amphitheatre, National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton | nma.gov.au/whats-on/australia-day-festival

Pialligo Estate Australia Day BBQ

Pialligo Estate is catering for the whole family this Australia Day long weekend and taking care of celebrations with their award-winning cuisine and activities tailored for the young and young at heart.

The gates to the Estate will be open from 5 pm for an evening of food, fun and festivities, with loads of activities for all ages, including an area for little ones, and a section for those in their teenage years.

The Estate’s Executive Chef has designed the perfect menu for the occasion with a selection of national and international flavours fresh from the farm kitchen and their new charcoal grill to treat the tastebuds.

Sunday 27 January from 5 pm – 10 pm | Garden Pavilions at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo | thepialligoestate.com.au/whats-on/australia-day-bbq

AUSTRALIA DAY IN CANBERRA CONCERT

Celebrate with family and friends this Australia Day in Canberra with music, food and fireworks at the official ACT Government celebrations around the lake.

Kicking off from 4 pm, Australia Day celebrations will be spread across two locations, Regatta Point and Patrick White Lawns. The event will conclude with a show-stopping fireworks display from the lake and Commonwealth Avenue Bridge at 9 pm.

The main stage at Regatta Point will have back-to-back entertainment from 4 pm until just before the 9 pm fireworks. Headlined by Rogue Traders featuring Natalie Bassingthwaighte, best known for their hit Voodoo Child, the concert will also feature a mix of local Canberra based artists including The Advocates, Los Chavos and Big Boss Groove.

Patrick White Lawns will feature a range of sporting and interactive activities, try your hand at a cricket fast bowl, practice your golf swing and so much more, there is something for everyone. Activities at Patrick White Lawns will run from 4 pm until 8.30 pm.

Pack a picnic or grab someone from one of the many food outlets at both Regatta Point and Patrick White Lawns. With a multicultural focus, tantalise your taste buds as you take in the music and fireworks.

Saturday 26 January from 4-9 pm | Regatta Point, Commonwealth Park | events.act.gov.au/australia-day

AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN QUEANBEYAN

Watch the local citizenship ceremony and Australia Day awards and enjoy the dulcet tones of the Sing Australia Choir and Queanbeyan City Pipes and Drums.

Entertainment will include fireworks, BBQ, merry-go-round, jumping castle, face painting and temporary tattoos and a prize raffle draw.

Saturday 26 January from 4 pm–9.30 pm | Queanbeyan Park, Lowe Street, Queanbeyan

Australia Day Brumbies Match

The Plus500 Brumbies are starting the 2019 season with a friendly trial match against the Rebels in Canberra at the Vikings Park.

Happening Saturday 26 January from 6.30 pm at Vikings Park in Wanniassa.

See the website for more information.

AUSTRALIA DAY ALL WEEKEND AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

Celebrate at Contentious Character Vineyard by embracing tradition with a twist – native herbs and spices!

The winery will be barbecuing locally grown produce with native herbs and spices and pairing them with their home-grown summer wine range all weekend.

Taste wines such as the 2017 Come the Raw Prawn Riesling, 2018 Rose, 2015 Merlot and for those who really enjoy a good Merlot, their 2010 will be there too.

With a menu including a slow-cooked brisket burger with native pepper and house pickles, a Dewsbury pork sausage sanga with slow-cooked onion and Contentious Ketchup, a Cherry Pavlova and a Lamington ice cream cake, what are you waiting for?

25-28 January | Contentious Character Vineyard, 810 Norton Road, New South Wales | contentiouscharacter.com.au/visit

AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN BUNGENDORE

Watch sheepdog demonstrations, browse market and food stalls and enjoy live music in Bungendore.

Saturday 26 January from 10 am–2 pm | Mick Sherd Oval, Gibraltar Street, Bungendore

AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN BRAIDWOOD

See the local Australia Day awards, enjoy a free BBQ lunch and live entertainment from Wombat Bill in Braidwood this Australia Day.

Saturday 26 January from 12 pm–2 pm | Braidwood Serviceman’s Club, Coronation Avenue, Braidwood

AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN CAPTAIN’S FLAT

There will be activities for the whole family, including a jumping castle, yabby races, and country entertainment.

Saturday 26 January 2019, 11am–2pm | Colin Winchester Oval, Foxlow Street, Captains Flat

FOOD & DRINK

Youth Care Canberra Test Eve Cricket Dinner

Canberra’s first ever Test Match is coming soon! Celebrate this historic moment by joining YouthCare Canberra for their Test Eve Cricket Dinner! The event will be held at Casino Canberra on Thursday 31 January 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Special Cricket Packages are available, which include tickets to the Test Match as well as a night of delicious food and plenty of cricket chat. Special guests including Jeff Thomson and Jim Maxwell.

Don’t miss out on this momentous occasion to see Australia v Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval, all whilst raising much-needed funds for Canberra’s at-risk young people and children.

Happening Thursday 31 January from 6.30 pm at Casino Canberra, 21 Binara St, Canberra.

See the website for tickets and more information.

SUMMER OASIS AT THE HOWLING MOON

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

High Tea at Old Parliament House

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

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

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

Contact 02 6277 5239 for bookings and information.

MUSIC, STAGE AND FILM 

Once Upon a Mattress

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

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

Showing at Belconnen Theatre from 11 to 24 January 2019.

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

Omar Musa’s Since Ali Died

Award-winning rapper, poet and author Omar Musa is back home with his enthralling new show Since Ali Died.

Musa uses his lifelong hero Muhammad Ali as he travels through slam poetry and song about growing up as a Muslim boy in Queanbeyan, suburban violence and loss of cultural identity. With painstaking attention to detail, Musa’s influence on modern poetry is not to be missed from 30 January to 2 February.

Tickets and information can be found here.

Happening 30 January to 2 February from 8 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

See the website for more information.

SCREENING OF PAPER PLANES + LESSONS AND PLANE FLYING COMPETITION

Why not take the whole family to see this heart-warming Australian family film about a young boy who dreams of competing in the world paper-plane championships?

Not only can you see the film, but you can meet the Paper Pilots, the real-life grown-up boys the film is based on, in the NFSA courtyard for plane-folding lessons after the film.

A plane-flying competition will be held on the NFSA front lawns at 3.30pm weather permitting.

Saturday 26 January from 1-4.30 pm | National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton | $10 per person | nfsa.gov.au/events/paper-planes

Keith Urban

After almost two years Grammy and ARIA award winner Keith Urban has come home to Australia to rock his Graffiti U World Tour with Julia Michaels this January.

Happening Sunday 27 January from 7 pm at GIO Stadium, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

MARKETS

YASS COMMUNITY MARKETS 

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Community Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Community Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Come and have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening until Saturday 2 February 2019 from 10am-1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church. $2 entry. See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11 am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL  

Selling fresh, clean, chemical-free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out. Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

The Magic of Malala: Drawing Workshop

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

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

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

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

Find out more at moadoph.gov.au/family

The Dark Universe – Astronomy in the Pub

Calling all interstellar science lovers! Join the crew at the ANU Pop Up Village and immerse your mind in physics, black holes and The Dark Universe over a few cold beverages for another Astronomy in the Pub session.

The evening’s emcee Dr Phil Dooley from Phil Up On Science will take you on a galactic journey through the expanding universe.

Happening Tuesday 22 January from 6 pm- 9 pm at ANU Pop Up Village Corner Ellery Cr and University Ave, Acton. Free Entry.

See the website for more information

AFTER DARK: GHOST HUNTERS TOUR AT MOAD

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

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

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

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

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: BEHIND THE LINES 2018 EXHIBITION TOUR

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

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

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

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

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

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE  

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

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running). We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in as places are limited to 10 participants. tours operate for 55 mins. For security purposes, all participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation to join any behind the scenes tours or events. If you do not have these, you will be unable to participate.

Participants on a paid tour can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop on the day of the tour.

Happening until March 2019 at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA 

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience. Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30am
. Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories.

Behind The Scenes – Thursdays at 2 pm. 
Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm
. Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

For more detailed information visit the website.

SPORT

UC CAPITALS SEMI-FINAL

University of Canberra Capitals have secured first place on the WNBL ladder cementing them as hosts of the 2018/19 Chemist Warehouse WNBL Semi-Finals series. This is the first time the finals have been in the capital city for WNBL in 8 years!

Join the Caps at AIS Arena for the biggest show of the year as they chase down their 8th WNBL Championship. With a range of options available make sure you don’t miss out.

Happening Friday 25 January from 7 – 9 pm at the AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

NBL Hawks v Taipans – Australia Day 2019

The Illawarra Hawks are back in the Capital to take on the Cairns Taipans this Australia Day at the AIS Arena. Bring the family out to watch the game unfold.

Happening Saturday 26 January from 2 pm- 5 pm at the AIS Arena.

See the website for more information.

BRUMBIES MEET N GREET AT SOUTH.POINT

Come down to Centre Court at South.Point Tuggeranong and meet some of your favourite Brumbies Players.

There will be heaps of giveaways including; Brumbies Merchandise, Vikings Gift Vouchers, South.Point Gift Vouchers and Limelight Movie Passes. There will also be opportunities to take a photo with your favourite player and get something signed.

Happening Friday 25 January from 2.30 – 3.30 pm at Centre Court, South.Point Tuggeranong.

Australia Day Brumbies Match

The Plus500 Brumbies are starting the 2019 season with a friendly trial match against the Rebels in Canberra at the Vikings Park.

Happening Saturday 26 January from 6.30 pm at Vikings Park in Wanniassa.

See the website for more information.

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal 

Vertikal is hosting a discounted ski/snowboarding session with cheap acres every Friday afternoon for the rest of the summer including:

  • $40 ski/snowboarding session on the slopes
  • Cold Jindabyne Brewing beers on tap
  • Canberra Distilling Co & Underground Spirits
  • Music and amazing indoor snow machines

Happening every Friday until 9 February from 3 pm at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 11, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See Facebook for more information.

OUTDOORS 

Bee Friendly Garden Workshop

Learn what to plant in order to attract both honey and native bees to your garden with the help of local beekeepers and horticultural experts. Not only will this informative workshop help you adapt your garden into a bee-friendly environment but also get you to taste testing some beautiful honey produced by a variety of flowering species. What more could you want?

Held on 24 January from 5.30 pm – 7 pm at the National Arboretum.

$40 entry fee.

See the website for more information.

Yoga by the Lake

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

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

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

See Facebook for more information.

ACT PARKS CRITTERS OF THE EUCALYPT FOREST  

Every Saturday take a short walk with a ranger and learn about the potoroos and other important inhabitants of the Eucalypt Forest and get back in time for “Koalas in the Canopy”. Meet at the koala enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required.

Happening until Saturday 16 February 2019 from 2pm-2.45pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River. See the website for more information.

ACT PARKS KOALAS IN THE CANOPY 

Every Saturday you can search for koalas and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear a ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy. Happening until Saturday 16 February 2019 from 2.45pm-3.15pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River. See the website for more information.

KIDS

 

 

School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport

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

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

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

Happening until 2 February at the Australian Institute Of Sport.

See the website for more information.

DressUP: Change the World

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

MathsAlive! 

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

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

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

Free admission.

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

More information on the website. 

PlayUP

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

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

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

Visit the website for more details.

Get Curiouser and Curiouser at Behind the Lines 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer at the National Portrait Gallery

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

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

Other activities on offer this summer include:

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

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

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

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

Find out more at portrait.gov.au

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY  

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EXHIBITIONS

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

Love and Desire Pre-Raphaelite Masterpiece from the Tate

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

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

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

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

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia.

The Antarctica Experience: A Virtual Reality Adventure

Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before

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

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

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

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

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

ROME: CITY + EMPIRE

Stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost 3000 years after their foundation.

Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire.

Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Showing until 3 February from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.

COOK AND THE PACIFIC

Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE

An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Bush Mechanics: The Exhibition

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

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

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

For more information visit nma.gov.au

EUROVISIONS: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE GOLDBERG COLLECTION

This exhibition at The Canberra Museum and Gallery encompasses a vibrant cross-section of leading tendencies in contemporary European art from the collection of Lisa and Danny Goldberg OAM. Conceptual approaches, innovative thinking and a sense of history inform artists’ practices among the most important and influential today including Anish Kapoor, Urs Fischer, Antony Gormley, Isa Genzken, Katharina Grosse, Ugo Rondinone, and Rachel Whiteread.

Many of the works of art have been produced only in the last five years and are on view publicly for the first time in Australia.

The exhibition is happening until Sunday 24 February. For more information go to CMAG.

Colour at Questacon

Our ability to see colour is one of the many beautiful aspects of life and Questacon’s newest Room of Missing Colour exhibition takes you on journey to see the world in a new light.

With 25 interactive experiences, you can compare your ability to see colour with those around you, see like a bee and envision colour in ultraviolet light this school holidays.

Showing until Friday 1 February from 9 am- 5 pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace.

See the website for more details.

All shook up: Snow domes from the collection of Sally Hopman.

Spring is here but snow is still falling at CMAG. View Sally Hopman’s collection of over 500 snow domes, from the classic to the kitsch and everything in between.

Happening until 17 March 2019 from 12 pm – 5 pm daily at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

After the war exhibition, Australian War Memorial

After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018.

Entry is free as always, and this event runs until 11 July 2019. For more information, check out the War Memorial website.

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures (Closing Soon)

Audiences around the world know and love Heath Ledger as a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and created iconic roles. Now they have a chance to discover Heath’s creative process and deep passion for the film industry and the visual arts, in a unique exhibition curated in collaboration with his family.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards and more. A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera. A program of special screenings and talks will complement the exhibition.

Showing until 10 February 2019, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton. See website for more information.

Democracy. Are you in?  

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

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

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

After the war exhibition, Australian War Memorial

After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018

Happening until 11 July 2019 at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell

See website for more information

ART + SOUND  

A fortnightly series showcasing playlists curated to specific galleries by various personalities. This event is brought to you by NGA and Yamaha.

No bookings required.

Happening until Saturday 2 February 2019 from 1pm-2pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

HALL WW1 COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION  

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

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

Happening Thursdays until Thursday 21 February 2019 from 10am-1pm at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA  

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

Happening until Thursday 21 February 2019 at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry. See the website for more information.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION  

A Tale of Two Villages tells the story of the Hall-Ginninderra district from Aboriginal times, through the early pioneer farming settlement at Palmerville and then Ginninderra, to the establishment of the village of Hall from 1881.

See the website for more information or drop by the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall.

 

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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