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

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The Dressmaker Sarah Snook (Trudy), Hayley Magnus (Prudence), Amanda Woodhams (Nancy), Tracy Harvey (Lois) and Rebecca Gibney (Muriel). Photographer: Ben King.

The Dressmaker 1950s Vintage Ball

Catch an evening viewing of The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition and join the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) for a night of 1950s fashion and fun!

Come dressed in your finest vintage wear, or bring a prized piece for discussion with an NFSA curator, catch a swing dance demonstration (and learn a step or two) from Savoy Dance – all to the backdrop of the swinging five-piece Dan McLean Big Band.

You’ll be able to view a delightful sample of European and Australian fashion films from the 1940s and ’50s in Arc cinema or hear from one of the NFSA curators who will be delivering floor talks with interesting insights into the exhibition throughout the night.

$25 per person, includes a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. This event is 18+.

Happening Saturday 27 April from 7 – 11 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au/events/dressmaker-1950s-vintage-ball for tickets and more information.

Dutch Food and Culture Festival 2019

Showing that The Netherlands is more than just tulips, canals and very thin houses, the Dutch Food and Culture Festival is a way for the Dutch community to share their rich and diverse culture with Canberra while also celebrating King’s Day—or Oranjefeest—one of the country’s biggest annual celebrations.

Taking place on Sunday 28 April at Albert Hall, Dutch food enthusiasts will be excited to know that deliciousness will again be taking centre stage at the Festival, with everyone’s favourite tiny Dutch pancakes poffertjes offered alongside lesser-known (but just as tasty) dishes such as fresh oliebollen, hot stroopwafelsbitterballencroquettes—and the perfect autumn snack—hot fries with mayonnaise. Of course, you’ll still have a spare hand as you cradle your stroopwafel, so why not accompany your lunch with a wine from Mount Majura or a craft beer from Plonk?

There will be performances by a Dutch choir, a folk dance group, a miniature street organ, Dutch party games (‘sjoelen’) and a very special program of films focussed on Dutch/Australian relations presented by the National Film and Sound Archive.

If your fondest memories of travelling to the Netherlands focus squarely on nightlife, you’ll be able to relive them with a DJ showcase of Dutch EDM, Funk, Groove and even music from the Netherlands Antilles, while outside there will be plenty of ways to keep kids (and kids-at-heart) occupied, including an obstacle course, flash mob dances, a face painter,  Dutch games and air bikes.

Free entry.

Happening Sunday 28 April from 10 am – 4 pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla

See oranjefeestcanberra.org or Facebook for more information.

Autumn Cocktails with The Martini Whisperer

Whether you are looking to create an Espresso Martini with a difference, spice up a Negroni-style cocktail, or produce a non-alcoholic cocktail that tastes like the real deal – then this masterclass is for you!

Hosted by Phillip Jones, a.k.a The Martini Whisperer, this unique masterclass at Canberra Centre will bring an autumnal twist to your next cocktail evening!

Throughout the afternoon, Phillip will teach you how to craft each cocktail at home, share top advice on how to run a flawless cocktail evening, and most importantly – give you the opportunity to taste-test each tipple! Phillip will finally round off the event with an exclusive Q&A session.

Tickets are $20 and include a complimentary glass of champagne and gift bag. A delicious grazing platter of cheese, meats, fruit & nuts will also be provided.

Happening Saturday 27 April from 2 – 3.30 pm at Canberra Centre in the Monaro Mall.

See the website for tickets and more information.

Harvest Hamper Trail

Find yourself in the countryside and immerse yourself in the region’s delights – food, wine, honey, pottery, alpacas, chocolate on the Harvest Hamper Trail.

Over the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April the Makers of Murrumbateman are opening their doors to bring you a weekend of food, wine, entertainment, art, and local produce.

Events include; Hampers in the vineyard, signature dishes matched with premium wines, live music, pottery open day and sale, bottle your own wine, barrel tastings, chocolate delights, harvest platters on the verandah, dinner and show, locally made cheese platters and winery tours.

Click here for the full line up of events.

Happening 27-28 April across a variety of venues in Murrumbateman.

See makersofmurrumbateman.org.au/events/harvest-hamper-trail for more information.

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant back by popular demand

American folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie has become an iconic figure with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost 60 years.

Experiencing Guthrie live is a treat. His keen sense of humour and clever storytelling intermingles with his musical mixture of folk, rock, country, blues and gospel styles in songs almost equally divided between his own originals and well-chosen cover tunes.

Like his father Woody Guthrie, he is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice and storytelling around a song. Guthrie’s best-known work is Alice’s Restaurant Massacree, an 18-minute and 20-second partially sung comic monologue opposing the war and the backward reasoning of authority has become a quintessential anti-establishment anthem.

Since the first time he performed in public in 1961 at the age of 13, and after almost 60 years of shows, Arlo Guthrie, now in his 70s, has become an American folk elder – a keeper of the flame.

Happening Monday 22 April from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/arlo-guthrie-alices-restaurant for tickets and more information.

THE DRESSMAKER COSTUME EXHIBITION

From 1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra, the original costumes from the hit film The Dressmaker will be on display at the NFSA from 18 April 2019.

Audiences will be able to go ‘behind the seams’ of a diverse range of elegant vintage fashion worn by Hollywood stars and home-grown acting talents including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Rebecca Gibney and more.

The exhibition, designed by Marion Boyce, features a spectacular range of haute couture worn by the film’s stars.

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition celebrates the artistry of the film’s sumptuous designs, as well as the transformational power of fashion.

Showing from Thursday 18 April until Sunday 18 August from 10 am – 4 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

Canberra Heritage Festival 2019

The 2019 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival will be 23 days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage.

The theme for 2019 is ‘S P A C E’ and not just outer space. There are so many meanings for space which means a bigger variety for you. Space can be a place or location, an interval of time, an expanse or clearance.

Of course, the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing will be a key part, as that footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, was beamed to the world from Canberra.

With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more. The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage. So leave some ‘space’ in your diary.

Happening until 5 May at various locations across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-and-the-community/heritage_festival for more information.

Free Easter School Holiday Activities

Get set for two weeks of FREE Easter school holiday fun at Marketplace Gungahlin.

Foodie Kids Crafts

Cupcake decorating, pasta play – who says you can’t’ play with food?

Monday 22 April until Friday 26 April from 10 am – 1 pm daily (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Anzac Day)

Also, don’t forget to shop the huge range of delicious Easter eggs, hot cross buns, Easter decorations and craft supplies throughout the Centre.

Cost: Free

Happening from 15 – 26 April across a variety of times at The Marketplace Gungahlin, 33 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin.

See the website for full details.

GROOVIN THE MOO MUSIC FESTIVAL

GTM’s increasingly recognised trademark is that of a fun and value-packed day complete with a twist of country hospitality and inclusivity. GTM tours acts from all genres, which in turn reflects the importance of diversity for the festival.

In 2019, GTM Canberra has moooved to an epic new venue, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC).

Happening Sunday 28 April from 10:30 am – 10 pm at EPIC.

For more information visit gtm.net.au

Recyclacine at the National Museum of Australia

Help the National Museum of Australia create a herd of extinct animals.

Join in these school holidays and help artist Tom Buckland make a herd of extinct and imaginary animals from found and recycled materials. Make a thylacine, a Muttaburrasaurus, a Diprotodon or your own imaginary animal.

Or be a waste warrior and decorate your own reusable calico bag to take home.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $10 child, $5 Mkids.

Happening Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24 and Friday 26 April at 10–11:30 am and 11:30 am–1 pm in the Gandel Atrium, National Museum of Australia.

Note: No programs on 19, 22 or 25 April due to public holidays

Bookings essential, visit nma.gov.au/families

OR ALTERNATIVELY…

Chill-out zone

Play, read or relax in the National Museum’s chill-out zone or try one of the self-guided activities inspired by the Australian environment.

Free. Bookings not required, places limited. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Happening Monday to Thursday 15–18 April and 23, 24, 26 April from 2–3.30 pm in the Gandel Atrium.

Note: No programs on 19, 22 or 25 April due to public holidays.

The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China

Calligraphy and painting are two treasures of traditional Chinese culture. For thousands of years artists have produced works that have sustained the practice of China’s most revered art and provided cultural nourishment for the Chinese people.

This Australian-first exhibition explores the breadth and tradition of Chinese calligraphy and painting through artworks from the National Museum of China’s collection. See exquisite paintings by three Chinese modern artists — Xie Yun, Xiao Lang and Wang Naizhuang —and an extraordinary 20-metre-long replica 18th-century scroll documenting Emperor Qianlong’s 1751 tour to the southern provinces.

A mesmerising and immersive animation brings the story of the scroll and its historical figures to life in intricate three-dimensional detail.

The National Museum of Australia’s Harvest of Endurance pictorial scroll, painted in the traditional gong bi style and representing two centuries of Chinese contact with, and migration to, Australia forms a companion element of the exhibition, with eight of its 50 metres on display.

This exhibition is part of a cultural exchange with the National Museum of China.

Free entry.

Showing until 28 July 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See nma.gov.au/chinese-art for more information.

School holidays at South.Point Tuggeranong

South.Point has your back this Easter School Holidays with a variety of great activities to keep the kids busy with opportunities for you to sit down and unwind with a cup of coffee in between the chaos.

South.Point has booked some awesome immersive zones and entertainment with live performances from special guests The Stufflers.

STUFFLERS IMMERSIVE ZONE

Is there anything better than making your own toys? In the second week of the school holidays, in the Stufflers Immersive Zone, kids can make their own furry friend, with options ranging from traditional teddy bears to cats, dogs, jungle animals and even dragons and monsters!

Happening 22 – 26 April from 9.30 am to 4 pm (1 pm- 5:30 pm on Thursday 25 April because of ANZAC Day) at Centre Court

MOVIES AT LIMELIGHT CINEMA

Kids tickets are only $10 this school holidays with great movies to see including The Lego Movie 2DumboWonder Park and Missing Link!

On Sunday 28 April, Limelight will also be holding a Peppa Pig family fun day which will include free face painting, 10 brand new episodes, a festival 2-part special and exclusive new interactive entertainment. 

Happening 15 – 28 April at South.Point Tuggeranong, Anketell Street, Tuggeranong.

See southpointcanberra.com.au/news/south-point-has-school-holidays-covered for more information.

Inked: Australian Cartoons

Inked features a selection of the best cartoons from the National Library of Australia’s extensive collections.

The exhibition draws from over 14,000 cartoons by dozens of artists, from before the arrival of the  First Fleet in 1788 up to the present. Each work is a time capsule, offering a snapshot of Australian life.

Visitors will be captivated by the works on display by many greats of Australian cartooning, including Will Dyson, Judy Horacek, Michael Leunig, David Low, Phil May, Alan Moir, Bruce Petty, Martin Sharp, Cathy Wilcox and many more.

INKED: PLAY

Come and see the famous Gumnut Babies going off to war. Create your own cartoon or draw a protest sign to hang on our display wall. Get stuck into a book. Find all the hidden Inkie the Echidnas and explore whether the world is doomed or domed.

Inked Play is open daily as part of Inked: Australian Cartoons. Find it by following Inkie the Echidna.

Open 10am to 5pm every day from 7 March–21 July 2019

nla.gov.au

Pop Yum Cha at Natural Nine

In the mood some great Asian fusion food? Natural Nine has revamped its Pop Yum Cha menu, with new mouth-watering additions including Salt & Pepper Fried Bao, Potato Noodles with Chilli & Sesame, and Crispy Whitebait with Tom Yum Mayo.

The food has drawn inspiration from the flavours and fun aesthetics you see in cities such as Hong Kong and Taiwan while still staying true to the unique techniques, playful food design, and punchy flavour combinations Natural Nine is famous for.

While you’re there, try one of six new cocktails including the Rabbit – a zesty combination of Tanqueray, cherry brandy, orange and mint – and the Sheep, a delicious drop of Blue Curacao, lychee liqueur and grapefruit!

Happening every day from 12pm–3pm at Natural Nine inside Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City.

See the website for more information.

Playful Endeavour

Let your kids enjoy a different kind of play experience these school holidays where the only limit to how much fun they can have is their imagination

The Playful Endeavour loose-parts playground is back, this time in Glebe Park, with a collection of found and manufactured materials selected to encourage creative play and social interaction.

Play equipment is more likely to be hoops, poles, crates, ropes, sheets and tyres than the usual slippery dips or swings.

Free entry.

Happening 13 – 26 April from 10 am – 4 pm daily at Glebe Park

See act.gov.au/cityrenewal/whats-on/playful-endeavour-2019 for more information.

Painting on Country

Five senior artists from Tjungu Palya art centre in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia have reinvigorated their ancestors’ practice of painting directly onto the land. Their work, captured in a series of large-format photographs, is both timeless and transient, bridging the ancient and the contemporary.

Exhibition on show at the National Museum of Australia until 30 September 2019. Free entry. More information at nma.gov.au.

FOOD & DRINK

Dutch Food and Culture Festival 2019

Showing that The Netherlands is more than just tulips, canals and very thin houses, the Dutch Food and Culture Festival is a way for the Dutch community to share their rich and diverse culture with Canberra while also celebrating King’s Day—or Oranjefeest—one of the country’s biggest annual celebrations.

Taking place on Sunday 28 April at Albert Hall, Dutch food enthusiasts will be excited to know that deliciousness will again be taking centre stage at the Festival, with everyone’s favourite tiny Dutch pancakes poffertjes offered alongside lesser-known (but just as tasty) dishes such as fresh oliebollen, hot stroopwafelsbitterballencroquettes—and the perfect autumn snack—hot fries with mayonnaise. Of course, you’ll still have a spare hand as you cradle your stroopwafel, so why not accompany your lunch with a wine from Mount Majura or a craft beer from Plonk?

There will be performances by a Dutch choir, a folk dance group, a miniature street organ, Dutch party games (‘sjoelen’) and a very special program of films focussed on Dutch/Australian relations presented by the National Film and Sound Archive.

If your fondest memories of travelling to the Netherlands focus squarely on nightlife, you’ll be able to relive them with a DJ showcase of Dutch EDM, Funk, Groove and even music from the Netherlands Antilles, while outside there will be plenty of ways to keep kids (and kids-at-heart) occupied, including an obstacle course, flash mob dances, a face painter,  Dutch games and air bikes.

Free entry.

Happening Sunday 28 April from 10 am – 4 pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla

See oranjefeestcanberra.org or Facebook for more information.

Autumn Cocktails with The Martini Whisperer

Whether you are looking to create an Espresso Martini with a difference, spice up a Negroni-style cocktail, or produce a non-alcoholic cocktail that tastes like the real deal – then this masterclass is for you!

Hosted by Phillip Jones, a.k.a The Martini Whisperer, this unique masterclass at Canberra Centre will bring an autumnal twist to your next cocktail evening!

Throughout the afternoon, Phillip will teach you how to craft each cocktail at home, share top advice on how to run a flawless cocktail evening, and most importantly – give you the opportunity to taste-test each tipple! Phillip will finally round off the event with an exclusive Q&A session.

Tickets are $20 and include a complimentary glass of champagne and gift bag. A delicious grazing platter of cheese, meats, fruit & nuts will also be provided.

Harvest Hamper Trail

Find yourself in the countryside and immerse yourself in the region’s delights – food, wine, honey, pottery, alpacas, chocolate on the Harvest Hamper Trail.

Over the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April the Makers of Murrumbateman are opening their doors to bring you a weekend of food, wine, entertainment, art, and local produce.

Events include; Hampers in the vineyard, signature dishes matched with premium wines, live music, pottery open day and sale, bottle your own wine, barrel tastings, chocolate delights, harvest platters on the verandah, dinner and show, locally made cheese platters and winery tours.

Click here for the full line up of events.

Happening 27-28 April across a variety of venues in Murrumbateman.

See makersofmurrumbateman.org.au/events/harvest-hamper-trail for more information.

Pop Yum Cha at Natural Nine

In the mood some great Asian fusion food? Natural Nine has revamped its Pop Yum Cha menu, with new mouth-watering additions including Salt & Pepper Fried Bao, Potato Noodles with Chilli & Sesame, and Crispy Whitebait with Tom Yum Mayo.

The food has drawn inspiration from the flavours and fun aesthetics you see in cities such as Hong Kong and Taiwan while still staying true to the unique techniques, playful food design, and punchy flavour combinations Natural Nine is famous for.

While you’re there, try one of six new cocktails including the Rabbit – a zesty combination of Tanqueray, cherry brandy, orange and mint – and the Sheep, a delicious drop of Blue Curacao, lychee liqueur and grapefruit!

Happening every day from 12pm–3pm at Natural Nine inside Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City.

See the website for more information

Monster’s Afternoon Delight

Serene, methodical and exceptionally Monster.

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

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

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

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

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

Every Friday at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 2, Building 3, 1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick. Find out more at vertikalsnowsports.com.

CELLAR DOOR

Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct.

Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.

Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books.

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

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

See the website for more details.

GINX’d

Fire up the group chat, Monster Kitchen and Bar’s pop-up gin garden is happening every Saturday.

Whether you’re after a cheeky G&T or one of Monster’s exclusive gin cocktails we have it all with an ever-rotating list of gin’s, on trend fever tree varieties, Jenga and other fun games there will be something new to discover each week.

Drink up every Saturday for the month of March from 2 pm at Monster Kitchen and Bar, inside Ovolo Nishi.

See Facebook for more information.

SUNSET SESSIONS AT THE LAKES

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

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

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

MUSIC

Sarah Snook as Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Pratt Photographer: Ben King.

The Dressmaker 1950s Vintage Ball

Catch an evening viewing of The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition and join the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) for a night of 1950s fashion and fun!

Come dressed in your finest vintage wear, or bring a prized piece for discussion with an NFSA curator, catch a swing dance demonstration (and learn a step or two) from Savoy Dance – all to the backdrop of the swinging five-piece Dan McLean Big Band.

You’ll be able to view a delightful sample of European and Australian fashion films from the 1940s and ’50s in Arc cinema or hear from one of the NFSA curators who will be delivering floor talks with interesting insights into the exhibition throughout the night.

$25 per person, includes a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. This event is 18+.

Happening Saturday 27 April from 7 – 11 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au/events/dressmaker-1950s-vintage-ball for tickets and more information.

GROOVIN THE MOO MUSIC FESTIVAL

GTM’s increasingly recognised trademark is that of a fun and value-packed day complete with a twist of country hospitality and inclusivity. GTM tours acts from all genres, which in turn reflects the importance of diversity for the festival.

In 2019, GTM Canberra has moooved to an epic new venue, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC).

Happening Sunday 28 April from 10:30 am – 10 pm at EPIC.

For more information visit gtm.net.au

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant back by popular demand

American folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie has become an iconic figure with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost 60 years.

Experiencing Guthrie live is a treat. His keen sense of humour and clever storytelling intermingles with his musical mixture of folk, rock, country, blues and gospel styles in songs almost equally divided between his own originals and well-chosen cover tunes.

Like his father Woody Guthrie, he is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice and storytelling around a song. Guthrie’s best-known work is Alice’s Restaurant Massacree, an 18-minute and 20-second partially sung comic monologue opposing the war and the backward reasoning of authority has become a quintessential anti-establishment anthem.

Since the first time he performed in public in 1961 at the age of 13, and after almost 60 years of shows, Arlo Guthrie, now in his 70s, has become an American folk elder – a keeper of the flame.

Happening Monday 22 April from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/arlo-guthrie-alices-restaurant for tickets and more information.

Dutch Food and Culture Festival 2019

Showing that The Netherlands is more than just tulips, canals and very thin houses, the Dutch Food and Culture Festival is a way for the Dutch community to share their rich and diverse culture with Canberra while also celebrating King’s Day—or Oranjefeest—one of the country’s biggest annual celebrations.

Taking place on Sunday 28 April at Albert Hall, Dutch food enthusiasts will be excited to know that deliciousness will again be taking centre stage at the Festival, with everyone’s favourite tiny Dutch pancakes poffertjes offered alongside lesser-known (but just as tasty) dishes such as fresh oliebollen, hot stroopwafelsbitterballencroquettes—and the perfect autumn snack—hot fries with mayonnaise. Of course, you’ll still have a spare hand as you cradle your stroopwafel, so why not accompany your lunch with a wine from Mount Majura or a craft beer from Plonk?

There will be performances by a Dutch choir, a folk dance group, a miniature street organ, Dutch party games (‘sjoelen’) and a very special program of films focussed on Dutch/Australian relations presented by the National Film and Sound Archive.

If your fondest memories of travelling to the Netherlands focus squarely on nightlife, you’ll be able to relive them with a DJ showcase of Dutch EDM, Funk, Groove and even music from the Netherlands Antilles, while outside there will be plenty of ways to keep kids (and kids-at-heart) occupied, including an obstacle course, flash mob dances, a face painter,  Dutch games and air bikes.

Free entry.

Happening Sunday 28 April from 10 am – 4 pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla

See oranjefeestcanberra.org or Facebook for more information.

GARY CLARK JR

Texas’ sensational multi-genre, Grammy Award-winning artist is bringing his signature sounds to Australia this coming April. Showcasing his forthcoming new album This Land.

Declared “Best Young Gun” by Rolling Stone magazine, Gary Clark Jr. began his musical career playing guitar at the age of 12 and doing small gigs in his teens. His career took off in 2005 with the release of his album Tribute.

Since then Clark has produced four studio albums and two live albums and was selected by none other than Eric Clapton to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival and once more at his 50th anniversary shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. His song Please Come Home won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B performance.

Happening Tuesday 23 April from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

For more information visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au

TONI CHILDS – RETROSPECTIVE

Join the legendary Toni Childs for a special two hour performance as she celebrates her 30 year anniversary of Union. Toni will be performing hits and fan favourites from Union, House of Hope, The Woman’s Boat and Keep the Faith. The second hour will be your introduction to Toni’s new music from two very special albums It’s All A Beautiful Noise and Citizens of the Planet.

Emmy Winner and three-time Grammy nominated recording artist, Toni is a celebrated singer/songwriter known for her powerful voice, inspiring independent spirit and crafted storytelling. With fans in over 50 countries around the world, Toni has produced a list of international hits such as: Don’t Walk Away, Stop Your Fussin’, Walk and Talk Like Angels, Zimbabwe, Where’s the Ocean, Many Rivers to Cross, I’ve Got To Go Now and Because You’re Beautiful, to name a few.

Happening Wednesday 24 April from 7:30 pm – 9 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

For more information visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au

COLIN HAY

Colin Hay, best known as the frontman for Australian hit makers Men at Work, is receiving continued accolades, for his troubadour-style solo performances, spanning the last 30 years, with the release of his 13th, and critically acclaimed album, Fierce Mercy, as well as currently touring the world as a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr band.

Colin returns to Australia with his Los Angeles based band, including, from Cuba, SanMiguel Perez (guitar/tres/vocals), Yosmel Montejo (bass/vocals) and Jimmy Branly (drums). Rounding out the front line of the band, is Peru’s own Cecilia Noël (percussion/vocals) and Scheila Gonzalez (keyboard/flute/sax/vocals) whose family hails from Guatemala. All these musicians are the real deal and are legends in their own right.

Alongside the thoughtful storytelling in his songs, Hay’s shows are peppered with hilarious anecdotes from his, often surreal, experiences in the world of rock music.

Happening Friday 26 April from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

For more information visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au

REECE MASTIN  

Rock n Roll born and bred, guitars are loud and proud, Reece’s show is full of energy and fun, you can see it written on his face alongside his amazingly tight band.

Reece Mastin is loved all over the countryside and with a career kicking off in the 2000’s after winning X Factor Australia in 2011 as a 16 year old and achieving so much at such a young age including 2x Platinum #1 albums, Three Consecutive chart topping Singles, Aria Chart #1,2 and #1 Singles respectively.

Happening Saturday 27 April from 7 pm – 12 pm at the Royal Hotel Queanbeyan

For tickets and more information visit codeone.oztix.com.au

CARRIBERRIE – INDIGENOUS SONG AND DANCE VR EXPERIENCE

Put on your virtual reality headset and let David Gulpilil and Jack Charles guide you on a journey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander song and dance.

You’ll encounter the contemporary dancers of Bangarra performing at the Sydney Opera House, The Lonely Boys rocking out in Alice Springs, and performers of songs and dances used to share knowledge and culture for thousands of years.

From Uluru to Cairns and the Torres Strait, this is an intimate and immersive experience unlike any other.

Happening now until Saturday 1 June from 11 am – 2 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

More local music

Check out BMA and CBR DIY for more local gigs!

STAGE + SCREEN

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE NFSA: ANIMAL KINGDOM  

What do a pelican, a pig, a rabbit and a bee have in common?

They are all stars of our school holiday program! Follow these Aussie animals on their adventures… with some special surprises at each screening.

Program:

Babe (G) – Tuesday 23 April, 11.00am

Maya the Bee: The Honey Games (G) – Wednesday 24 April, 11.00am

Peter Rabbit (PG) – Thursday 25 April, 11.00am

NFSA Restores: Storm Boy (G) – Friday 26 April, 11.00am

Happening Tuesday 23 – Friday 26 April from 11 am – 12:30 pm at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

For more information visit nfsa.gov.au

THE BIRDS WITH LIVE SCORE ON TRAUTONIUM

Experience the Trautonium’s uniquely eerie and wonderfully warm electronic sounds when it is played by Peter Pichler, visiting from Germany and appearing live on stage for the first time in Canberra.

The 1929 Berlin invention has been used in hundreds of films, most famously Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, in which it replaced a traditional score. A rare opportunity not to be missed!

Happening Wednesday 24 April from 6 pm – 8 pm at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information 

OPHELIA AFTER HOURS: ENTER OPHELIA

See Ophelia in Love and Desire Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate and experience the reimagining of Shakespeare’s drowned damsel Enter Ophelia on stage, presented by Essential Theatre & Three Birds Theatre.

This is a thrilling black comedy exploring femininity, isolation and silliness.

Director John Kachoyan has expressed his delight at the NGA presenting Enter Ophelia at the Gallery. He says, ‘Enter Ophelia was born out of the imagery and icons that have been built up around Shakespeare’s neglected heroine over time. The Pre-Raphaelites and their circle played with and used these images in their work. The production is a dynamic, darkly funny exploration of the myth-making underpinning our idea of Shakespeare’s women’.

Ophelia After Hours invites you to see this pacey one hour play in the James O Fairfax Theatre and then enjoy exclusive after-hours access to Love & Desire Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate during the exhibition’s final weekend.

Ticket includes exhibition entry and a cash bar will be available.

Happening Friday 26 –  Saturday 27 April  from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Sunday 28 April from 4 pm – 6:30 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information visit nga.gov.au

NUTS PRESENT PETER PAN 

The National University Theatre Society is delighted to present its first production of 2019: J.M Barrie’s timeless classic Peter Pan.

This will be a modern adaptation full of magic, pirates, fairies and mermaids this is a classic story of wild dreams, imagination, reckless adventure and a belief in the impossible.

Happening Wednesday 25 – Saturday 27 April from 7:30 pm at Kambri Dance Centre.

For more information visit nutsanu.wixsite.com

Season: Film Mash-Ups

From the instantly recognisable to the virtually never-before-seen, these mash-ups allow images from the big screen to collide with one another, re-emerging as something new to challenge, entertain and question the viewer.

Program

KinoKonzert: Berlin, Sinfonie der Großstadt with Sonic.Art – Tuesday 30 April, 6.00pm

Happening until Tuesday 30 April 2019 at National Film and Sound Archive Australia.

See www.nfsa.gov.au for more information.

FESTIVALS

Dutch Food and Culture Festival 2019

Showing that The Netherlands is more than just tulips, canals and very thin houses, the Dutch Food and Culture Festival is a way for the Dutch community to share their rich and diverse culture with Canberra while also celebrating King’s Day—or Oranjefeest—one of the country’s biggest annual celebrations.

Taking place on Sunday 28 April at Albert Hall, Dutch food enthusiasts will be excited to know that deliciousness will again be taking centre stage at the Festival, with everyone’s favourite tiny Dutch pancakes poffertjes offered alongside lesser-known (but just as tasty) dishes such as fresh oliebollen, hot stroopwafelsbitterballencroquettes—and the perfect autumn snack—hot fries with mayonnaise. Of course, you’ll still have a spare hand as you cradle your stroopwafel, so why not accompany your lunch with a wine from Mount Majura or a craft beer from Plonk?

There will be performances by a Dutch choir, a folk dance group, a miniature street organ, Dutch party games (‘sjoelen’) and a very special program of films focussed on Dutch/Australian relations presented by the National Film and Sound Archive.

If your fondest memories of travelling to the Netherlands focus squarely on nightlife, you’ll be able to relive them with a DJ showcase of Dutch EDM, Funk, Groove and even music from the Netherlands Antilles, while outside there will be plenty of ways to keep kids (and kids-at-heart) occupied, including an obstacle course, flash mob dances, a face painter,  Dutch games and air bikes.

Free entry.

Happening Sunday 28 April from 10 am – 4 pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla

See oranjefeestcanberra.org or Facebook for more information.

GROOVIN THE MOO MUSIC FESTIVAL

GTM’s increasingly recognised trademark is that of a fun and value-packed day complete with a twist of country hospitality and inclusivity. GTM tours acts from all genres, which in turn reflects the importance of diversity for the festival.

In 2019, GTM Canberra has moooved to an epic new venue, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC).

Happening Sunday 28 April from 10:30 am – 10 pm at EPIC.

For more information visit gtm.net.au

Canberra Heritage Festival 2019

The 2019 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival will be 23 days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage.

The theme for 2019 is ‘S P A C E’ and not just outer space. There are so many meanings for space which means a bigger variety for you. Space can be a place or location, an interval of time, an expanse or clearance.

Of course, the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing will be a key part, as that footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, was beamed to the world from Canberra.

With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more. The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage. So leave some ‘space’ in your diary.

Happening 13 April – 5 May at various locations across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-and-the-community/heritage_festival for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

FASHION REVOLUTION SWAP PARTY

To mark this year’s Fashion Revolution week, Canberra Women in Business – CWB Nous House and Clothes Swap & Style are hosting an exclusive sustainable fashion event.

Featuring a mini styling demo by Eco Styles and fashion design showcase by Pure Pod – Sustainable clothing and a clothes swap specifically for quality corporate, cocktail and smart casual attire.

Come and enjoy grazing platters, and refreshments whilst mingling and networking.

Happening Sunday 28 April from 3 pm – 5 pm at The Nous Group, Marcus Clarke Street, City.

For more information visit facebook.com

#UDHRquiltproject

The #UDHRQuiltProject features never before seen work from a global craftivism project. Stitching in local and global stories; see the intricate detail of these quilts that represent the world’s conscience.

Through the creation of four quilts, each embroidered with the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the project draws attention to the way human rights are challenged around the world today. The messages sewn into the quilts encourage visitors think, engage and take action.

The #UDHRQuiltProject moves beyond a traditional museum experience by inviting visitors to participate in a range of hand-on craft activities and workshops.

Happening until 30 June 2019 at Museum of Australian Democracy at various times.

See moadoh.gov.au/exhibitions/udhr-quilt-project to see more information.

SPORT + FITNESS

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

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

Every Friday at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 2, Building 3, 1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick. Find out more at vertikalsnowsports.com.

MEET & MOVE

Are you finding it hard to get active since having kids? Perhaps it’s time for you to Meet & Move!

Meet & Move is a new, active playgroup. It’s facilitator, Nicole Sadlier from Bluearth, knows that it can be hard to get out of the house when you have young kids. But like she says “When you do get outside,  you feel much better. Your mood improves and you feel refreshed and more energetic!”

Meet & Move sessions occur outdoors and include a pram-friendly, baby-wearing friendly walk, gentle yoga-style stretching or toning exercises (selected sessions) and a chance for the kids to burn off some energy at a playground or to walk/bike with the group.

It also engages parents and their kids in activities which develop skills such as running, kicking, balancing, throwing and catching. Their focus is to make movement fun and help parents to bank more active time into their day.

Join one of their free weekly sessions which run on Monday – Thursday from 10 am during the school term. Full details for locations can be found on Facebook.

Meet & Move is a program of the Bluearth Foundation, working in partnership with Mums Exercise Group Australia (MEGA) Canberra and supported by ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.  It has been created to help mums with young kids to be more active together, get outdoors and connect with other mums.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NetSetGo Community Program

Khaamburra Netball and Netball ACT will be running a five-week community NetSetGo program which is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys and girls between 5-12-year-old.

Kids will take part in a PLAY Netball NetSetGo program which will focus on skill development from beginners to those more experienced.

The NetSetGo program is a great way for our children to become active, develop fundamental netball skills and learn the value of teamwork.

Happening every Thursday until 2 May, the program will run after school from 4 pm – 4.45 pm at the Netball Centre on Northbourne in Lyneham.

For more information email khaamburranetball@outlook.com.

Calm Abiding Meditation

Eight-week Meditation course of sequential set of teaching sessions that go for one hour per week, and provide a complete introduction to help establish a daily meditation practice.

Calm Abiding Meditation is a proven and effective way to obtain balance and manage our lives through peaceful means. It reduces anxiety, stress and helps us to live in the moment. Single-pointed concentration and visualisation meditation is a natural process that helps you to focus better on ordinary tasks.

7:45 pm to 8:45 pm until Monday 6 May at Nishi Gallery, NewActon.

$140 for eight-week course.

More information from newacton.com.au.

YOGA BY THE LAKE 

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.

Zumba with Lachlan

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

Lachlan hopes to bring a more dance-oriented style of Zumba to Gungahlin. Whether you have been dancing Zumba for years, or have always wanted to try, this is the perfect way to get started.

Exercise shoes and a water bottle are strongly encouraged.

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

See Facebook for more information.

MARKETS & FAIRS

Canberra Heritage Festival 2019

The 2019 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival will be 23 days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage.

The theme for 2019 is ‘S P A C E’ and not just outer space. There are so many meanings for space which means a bigger variety for you. Space can be a place or location, an interval of time, an expanse or clearance.

Of course, the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing will be a key part, as that footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, was beamed to the world from Canberra.

With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more. The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage. So leave some ‘space’ in your diary.

Happening until 5 May at various locations across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-and-the-community/heritage_festival for more information.

NORTHSIDE FAMILY MARKETS

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS 

Autumn Cocktails with The Martini Whisperer

Whether you are looking to create an Espresso Martini with a difference, spice up a Negroni-style cocktail, or produce a non-alcoholic cocktail that tastes like the real deal – then this masterclass is for you!

Hosted by Phillip Jones, a.k.a The Martini Whisperer, this unique masterclass at Canberra Centre will bring an autumnal twist to your next cocktail evening!

Throughout the afternoon, Phillip will teach you how to craft each cocktail at home, share top advice on how to run a flawless cocktail evening, and most importantly – give you the opportunity to taste-test each tipple! Phillip will finally round off the event with an exclusive Q&A session.

Tickets are $20 and include a complimentary glass of champagne and gift bag. A delicious grazing platter of cheese, meats, fruit & nuts will also be provided.

PAINT. DRINK. LAUGH. REPEAT!

Enjoy a fun night out sipping wine, feeling fine, and creating your own unique masterpiece. Bring your friends and make some new ones during a guided two-hour painting session from start to finish. No experience needed to have a fantastic time!

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso

Happening Monday 22 April from 7 pm – 9 pm at The Lighthouse Pub.

For more information visit lifewithpaint.com

Canberra Heritage Festival 2019

The 2019 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival will be 23 days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage.

The theme for 2019 is ‘S P A C E’ and not just outer space. There are so many meanings for space which means a bigger variety for you. Space can be a place or location, an interval of time, an expanse or clearance.

Of course, the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing will be a key part, as that footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, was beamed to the world from Canberra.

With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more. The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage. So leave some ‘space’ in your diary.

Happening until 5 May at various locations across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-and-the-community/heritage_festival for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA 

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

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

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

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

For more detailed information visit the website.

FRIDAY WITH A FRIEND

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

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

See the website for more information.

Art for lunch

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection.

Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening Thursday 14 Feburary until Thursday 28 November, every Thursday from 12:45-1:15pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Happy and Glorious

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

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

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

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

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Discover the stories behind the building on a special tour of Parliament House. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of the 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). Visit the website for more information.

It is recommended 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.

Happening now until Saturday 31 August at 10 am, 12 pm and 3 pm with a cost fee of $25 per adult, $ 20 per child and $20 for a concession fee.

See aph.gov.au for more information.

CHANGING LIVES WITH SCIENCE

The 2019 Canberra Speaker Series held across the year at the iconic Shine Dome.

Throughout this series listen to remarkable science stories that haven’t yet been told. Stories of innovation, research, breakthroughs, and how science is solving the big challenges of our time.

Happening now until Tuesday 10 December from 5:30 pm – 7 pm with a cost of $ 15.

See science.org.au for more information.

MYSTERY TOUR – ONE SMALL STEP

The 1960s was a decade of small steps and giant leaps for humankind.

As part of the 2019 Canberra and Regions Heritage Festival, trek back through time at MoAD to a world of moon rocks, UFOs and tracking stations.

Engage with debates about whether space exploration leads us to a brave new world, or only lost opportunities here on Earth.

Happening Saturday 13 – Sunday 28 April from 11:30 am – 3:45 pm at MoAD, Old Parliament House.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

MARION HALL BEST: INTERIORS

Described as electrifying, vital and avant-garde, Marion Hall Best was the most flamboyant Australian interior designer of the 1950s through to the 1970s.

Her schemes were unashamedly modern at a time when other interior designers preferred a subdued palette and period furniture. She claimed that “gentle, soft colours…are not restful, but dreary, sapping the energy and the mind”; by contrast, “bright clear colours challenge the mind.”

Presented by CMAG, Marion Hall Best: Interiors is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Happening from Saturday 23 March – Saturday 15 June from 10 am – 4 pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See cmag.com.au for more information.

MOUNT STROMLO PUBLIC ASTRONOMY NIGHT

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite the Canberra community to attend the public observing nights of 2019. Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon, and beautiful star clusters and nebulae.

On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes.

Bookings are essential and entry is by gold coin donation. Warm clothing is recommended.

Happening at various times until until 27 September from 7 pm – 9 pm at Mt Stromlo Observatory.

See eventbrite.com.au for more information.

OUTDOORS 

YOGA BY THE LAKE 

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.

WILD NIGHT OUT – AUTUMN

There has never been a better time to experience Canberra’s iconic wildlife sanctuary than this April School Holidays with the ultimate family sleepover – A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla. 

More than just accommodation our Pop Up Wilderness Family Camp includes your overnight stay in Glamping Tents with real beds, 5 Unique Day & Night Ranger Activities, Dinner, Campfire fun under the stars, Breakfast as well as a day pass to explore Tidbinbilla after check out.

Explore this vast 54.5 square kilometre Nature Reserve with specially designed ranger guided activities that offer new and exclusive ways to learn about the diversity of wildlife in this unique landscape. From Hi Tech Wildlife, Behind the Scenes at the Vet Centre to CSI Tidbinbilla we have created engaging workshop for kids ideally aged between 5 – 12 years. Younger kids are welcome by arrangement, this is a family camp with lights out at 10pm.

Wake up in the wild and experience Tidbinbilla in a whole new light.

Happening until Saturday 27 April from 3 pm – 10:30 pm at Tidbinbilla Wildlife Reserve.

For more information visit wildfest.com.au

Critters of the Eucalypt Forest

Take a short walk with a ranger and learn about the potoroos and other important inhabitants of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Eucalypt Forest and get back in time for “Koalas in the Canopy”.

This wildlife walk is suitable for all ages, there are no bookings required and the cost is included in the Reserve entry fee.

Available Saturdays, 2 pm – 2.45 pm until 29 June. Meet at the koala enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest.

Find out more at tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

Koalas in the Canopy

From 2.45 pm – 3.15 pm every Saturday until 29 June 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.

Find out more at tidbinbilla.act.gov.au.

Land: Place: Site (variation one)

Originally conceived for Sculpture by the Sea 2018 and now re-imagined for the courtyard of Belconnen Arts Centre, Land: Place: Site (variation one) is a rural overlay upon the urban alignment of the Belconnen Arts Centre Outdoor Gallery. Its intention is less defined as object in place than as a site relocated.

It stands as a reminder of the agricultural heritage of Australia, and our need to frame and tame spaces through creating boundaries and fences, while acknowledging the fragility of tenure we have within our places.

Happening Friday 22 March to Sunday 28 April daily at the Belconnen arts centre.

See belconnenartscentre.com.au for more information.

KIDS

School holidays at South.Point Tuggeranong

South.Point has your back this Easter School Holidays with a variety of great activities to keep the kids busy with opportunities for you to sit down and unwind with a cup of coffee in between the chaos.

South.Point has booked some awesome immersive zones and entertainment with live performances from special guests The Stufflers.

STUFFLERS IMMERSIVE ZONE

Is there anything better than making your own toys? In the second week of the school holidays, in the Stufflers Immersive Zone, kids can make their own furry friend, with options ranging from traditional teddy bears to cats, dogs, jungle animals and even dragons and monsters!

Happening 22 – 26 April from 9.30 am to 4 pm (1 pm- 5:30 pm on Thursday 25 April because of ANZAC Day) at Centre Court

MOVIES AT LIMELIGHT CINEMA

Kids tickets are only $10 this school holidays with great movies to see including The Lego Movie 2DumboWonder Park and Missing Link!

On Sunday 28 April, Limelight will also be holding a Peppa Pig family fun day which will include free face painting, 10 brand new episodes, a festival 2-part special and exclusive new interactive entertainment. 

Happening 15 – 28 April at South.Point Tuggeranong, Anketell Street, Tuggeranong.

See southpointcanberra.com.au/news/south-point-has-school-holidays-covered for more information.

Recyclacine at the National Museum of Australia

Help the National Museum of Australia create a herd of extinct animals.

Join in these school holidays and help artist Tom Buckland make a herd of extinct and imaginary animals from found and recycled materials. Make a thylacine, a Muttaburrasaurus, a Diprotodon or your own imaginary animal.

Or be a waste warrior and decorate your own reusable calico bag to take home.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $10 child, $5 Mkids.

Happening  Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24 and Friday 26 April at 10–11:30 am and 11:30 am–1 pm in the Gandel Atrium, National Museum of Australia.

Note: No programs on 19, 22 or 25 April due to public holidays

Bookings essential, visit nma.gov.au/families

OR ALTERNATIVELY…

Chill-out zone

Play, read or relax in the National Museum’s chill-out zone or try one of the self-guided activities inspired by the Australian environment.

Free. Bookings not required, places limited. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Happening Monday to Thursday 15–18 April and 23, 24, 26 April from 2–3.30 pm in the Gandel Atrium.

Note: No programs on 19, 22 or 25 April due to public holidays.

Free Easter School Holiday Activities

Get set for two weeks of FREE Easter school holiday fun at Marketplace Gungahlin.

Featuring crafty activities for the whole family, from Easter baskets and photo frames to cupcake decorating and pasta making! Plus register now to take part in their amazing Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny*!

Foodie Kids Crafts

Cupcake decorating, pasta play – who says you can’t’ play with food?

Monday 22 April until Friday 26 April from 10 am – 1 pm daily (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Anzac Day)

Also, don’t forget to shop the huge range of delicious Easter eggs, hot cross buns, Easter decorations and craft supplies throughout the Centre.

Cost: Free

Happening from 15 – 26 April across a variety of times at The Marketplace Gungahlin, 33 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin.

See the website for full details.

Playful Endeavour

Let your kids enjoy a different kind of play experience these school holidays where the only limit to how much fun they can have is their imagination

The Playful Endeavour loose-parts playground is back, this time in Glebe Park, with a collection of found and manufactured materials selected to encourage creative play and social interaction.

Play equipment is more likely to be hoops, poles, crates, ropes, sheets and tyres than the usual slippery dips or swings.

Free entry.

Happening 13 – 26 April from 10 am – 4 pm daily at Glebe Park

See act.gov.au/cityrenewal/whats-on/playful-endeavour-2019 for more information.

DRESSUP: CHANGE THE WORLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

BEAR MAKING EVENT

Back again these school holidays. Join with Stufflers Bear Building to make your own furry friend.

Bring down the family and make a PAWsome day of it. Find bears, animals and creatures to become a brand new keep sake.

Also win the opportunity to take home a super $150 party pack on facebook and bring super smiles to your kids for their birthday.

Happening Monday 22 April until Friday 26 April from 9:30 – 4 pm at South Point Shopping Centre.

See facebook.com for more information.

EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM AT JERRABOMBERRA WETLANDS

Hop along this Easter to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands for a range of holiday programs including nature walks, Indigenous culture, art workshops and more.

Tues 23 April – Aboriginal Bush painting

Wed 24 April – Wetland Treasures walk for under 7s

Bookings essential and children must be accompanied by an adult.

All events wheelchair accessible including bush walks.

Happening Monday 15 April until Wednesday 24 April from 10 am – 3:30 pm.

See jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM AT MULLIGANS FLAT

You’ve heard of the Easter Bunny, you’ve probably heard of the Easter Bilby, but have you heard of the Easter Bettong?

This April school holidays hop along to Mulligans Flat for a range of discovery tours and you can even meet a Bettong!

Happening Monday 15 April until Friday 26 April with an admission cost between $ 10 to $ 20.

See mulligansflat.org.au for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AIS

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 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 Monday 15 April until Friday 26 April from 8 am – 5:30 pm with an admission cost of $ 66.

See experienceais.com for more information.

THE PLAYFUL ENDEAVOUR

Let your kids enjoy a different kind of play experience these school holidays where the only limit to how much fun they can have is their imagination.

The Playful Endeavour loose-parts playground is back, with a collection of found and manufactured materials selected to encourage creative play and social interaction.

Play equipment is more likely to be hoops, poles, crates, ropes, sheets and tyres than the usual slippery dips or swings.

Happening until Friday 26 April from 10 am – 4 pm at Glebe Park.

See cityrenewalCBR.com.au for more information.

LITTLE GRIFFINS

The National Capital Authority’s popular and entertaining Little Griffins program for children four years and under and their parents and carers is back for 2019, every Friday from 10 am – 11 am at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point.

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

Happening every Friday from 1 am at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point.

Visit nca.gov.au for more information.

PLAYUP

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

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

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

Visit the website for more details.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY  

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

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

EXHIBITIONS

The Dressmaker Sarah Snook (Trudy), Hayley Magnus (Prudence), Amanda Woodhams (Nancy), Tracy Harvey (Lois) and Rebecca Gibney (Muriel). Photographer: Ben King.

THE DRESSMAKER COSTUME EXHIBITION

From 1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra, the original costumes from the hit film The Dressmaker will be on display at the NFSA from 18 April 2019.

Audiences will be able to go ‘behind the seams’ of a diverse range of elegant vintage fashion worn by Hollywood stars and home-grown acting talents including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Rebecca Gibney and more.

The exhibition, designed by Marion Boyce, features a spectacular range of haute couture worn by the film’s stars.

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition celebrates the artistry of the film’s sumptuous designs, as well as the transformational power of fashion.

Showing from Thursday 18 April until Sunday 18 August from 10 am – 4 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

Inked: Australian Cartoons

Inked features a selection of the best cartoons from the National Library of Australia’s extensive collections.

The exhibition draws from over 14,000 cartoons by dozens of artists, from before the arrival of the  First Fleet in 1788 up to the present. Each work is a time capsule, offering a snapshot of Australian life.

Visitors will be captivated by the works on display by many greats of Australian cartooning, including Will Dyson, Judy Horacek, Michael Leunig, David Low, Phil May, Alan Moir, Bruce Petty, Martin Sharp, Cathy Wilcox and many more.

INKED: PLAY

Come and see the famous Gumnut Babies going off to war. Create your own cartoon or draw a protest sign to hang on our display wall. Get stuck into a book. Find all the hidden Inkie the Echidnas and explore whether the world is doomed or domed.

Inked Play is open daily as part of Inked: Australian Cartoons. Find it by following Inkie the Echidna.

Open 10am to 5pm every day from 7 March–21 July 2019

nla.gov.au

The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China

Calligraphy and painting are two treasures of traditional Chinese culture. For thousands of years artists have produced works that have sustained the practice of China’s most revered art and provided cultural nourishment for the Chinese people.

This Australian-first exhibition explores the breadth and tradition of Chinese calligraphy and painting through artworks from the National Museum of China’s collection. See exquisite paintings by three Chinese modern artists — Xie Yun, Xiao Lang and Wang Naizhuang —and an extraordinary 20-metre-long replica 18th-century scroll documenting Emperor Qianlong’s 1751 tour to the southern provinces.

A mesmerising and immersive animation brings the story of the scroll and its historical figures to life in intricate three-dimensional detail.

The National Museum of Australia’s Harvest of Endurance pictorial scroll, painted in the traditional gong bi style and representing two centuries of Chinese contact with, and migration to, Australia forms a companion element of the exhibition, with eight of its 50 metres on display.

This exhibition is part of a cultural exchange with the National Museum of China.

Free entry.

Showing until 28 July 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See nma.gov.au/chinese-art for more information.

I HOPE YOU GET THIS: RAQUEL ORMELLA

I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella brings together a selection of new and recent work by one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. The exhibition includes a wide variety of media, and particularly draws on Ormella’s experimental textile works, exploring key themes that the artist has consistently developed in her work: social and environmental activism; human and animal relationships; nationalism and national identity.

These recurrent interests are brought together by a consistent engagement with the artist’s voice. Rather than being the site of authority, Ormella’s voice simultaneously expresses an aspiration for connection, while remaining uncertain about whether the communication will work.

Happening until Sunday 9 June from 10 am – 5 pm.

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

Painting on Country

Five senior artists from Tjungu Palya art centre in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia have reinvigorated their ancestors’ practice of painting directly onto the land. Their work, captured in a series of large-format photographs, is both timeless and transient, bridging the ancient and the contemporary.

Exhibition on show at the National Museum of Australia until 30 September 2019. Free entry. More information at nma.gov.au.

onetoeight: Australia’s first prime ministers

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

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

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

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

FORM BEYOND FUNCTION: NIGEL LENDON’S PLASTIC CAMERAS

Alongside his practice as an artist and art-historian, Nigel Lendon has been an inveterate and purposeful collector of, amongst other things, conceptual art, Afghan War rugs and over 200 plastic cameras.

In the 1970s and ‘80s Lendon was interested in the intersections of high culture and mass communication. He discovered flea markets swamped with plastic artefacts discarded by previous generations and asked, how was it that plastic, once heralded as the “material of the future”, so rapidly fell out of fashion to become cheap and ‘nasty’?

Lendon’s plastic camera collection has remained cocooned in storage until now. It has emerged when plastic and the waste it generates is now regarded as a new challenge for the survival of life on the planet.

Happening until 27 July from 10 am – 5 pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square.

See cmag.com.au for more information.

ARBORESCENT: DRAWINGS BY ELIZABETH CROSS

Elizabeth Cross is better known as an art historian and curator, but she has nurtured her remarkable talent for drawing out of the public eye. This exhibition consists of twenty drawings of trees – they are for the most part denuded of foliage and it is their nervy, sinuous, gesticulating grace that translates so well into the language of drawing.

Western art history is full of great artists who have been fascinated by trees and have been inspired to make works which have an analogy with the light-loving, profusely spreading, graceful unities that trees epitomise. There is a tradition stretching from Albrecht Dürer and Claude Lorrain to Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Mondrian which establishes the most exacting criteria in the field of drawing. That these drawings by Elizabeth Cross can withstand any such comparison is surely the measure of her formidable achievement.

Happening until Sunday 9 June from 10 am – 5 pm at Drill Hall Gallery.

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

LOVE AND DESIRE

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.

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

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia. 

A Tale of Two Villages

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

Showing at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall each Thursday 9am-12pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm. Find out more at museum.hall.act.au.

Mr Squiggle Exhibition – Royal Australian Mint

To coincide with the recently released 2019 Mr Squiggle 60th anniversary coin set, the Royal Australian Mint is hosting an exhibition to commemorate Mr Squiggle and his creator, Norman Hetherington.

The exhibition includes children’s letters to Mr Squiggle, script books, original artwork and a portrait loaned from the National Portrait Gallery of Australia ‘Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)’ by artist Kate Rae.

The exhibition also showcases one of the most loved and longest running Australian children’s programs, honouring Norman Hetherington, the brilliant man behind the iconic puppets and television series

Happening until 28 July 2019 at the Royal Australian Mint.

See www.ramint.gov.au for more information.

Artist in residence 2018: Cupped Hands. Simon Cottrell & Vicky Shukuroglo 

The annual international artist-in-residence program supports a local, national and international artist to each undertake a residence at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in the Namadgi National Park, and a two week research component within a national cultural institution in Canberra. The program facilitates access for the artist to national cultural, tertiary and research institutions and their collections, curators and researchers.

A group exhibition of new work by each of the artists is held annually, and a catalogue produced about the program is disseminated internationally.

Happening until 11 May 2019 from 10:00am – 5pm (most days) at Craft ACT: Craft Design Centre.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

Cosmic Speculations

As astronomers discover more about our universe, they find it is often stranger than we could have imagined. David Jensz’s practice involves the construction and fabrication of sculptural objects that reflect on the patterns that underpin the intricacy of life.

The simplicity in his work alludes to greater complexity and he views the work as fragments of a much larger whole. In practical terms, Jensz contemplates the world by engaging with physical materials: his working process is a journey from the known to the unknown.

Happening until Sunday 28 April from 10am – 4pm at Belconnen Arts Centre.

See belconnenartscentre.com.au for more information.

Maori Markings: Ta Moko at the NGA

By marking the skin and face with connecting patterns, Māori Tā Moko artists tell stories of prestige, authority and identity. To receive and wear Moko is a great cultural privilege. Captivating photographs, paintings and sculptures trace the history of Tā Moko from the 18th century to its contemporary resurgence, including illustrations created during Captain Cook’s first voyages to Māori Chiefs.

This exhibition includes a unique art event featuring Moko artists engaging in a live demonstration of this phenomenal practice. Free.

Happening until Sunday 25 August 2019 daily at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Magna Carta—An Australian Story

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

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

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

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

See www.moadoph.gov.au for more information.

I Thought I Heard a Bird

I thought I heard a bird is a collection of Interdisciplinary artworks based on observations, habitations, and re-imaginings of birds in the Anthropocene utilising methodologies of birdwatching, habitecture, and design fictions.

Artists involved: Ashley Eriksmoen | Fernando do Campo | Joyce Hwang | Madeleine Kelly | Patsy Healy | Raquel Ormella

Happening until Saturday 11 May 2019 daily at Craft ACT.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

A Flag of our Own

It’s been flying on flag poles for 25 years but how much do you know about the Canberra flag?

Discover the history, controversy and humour of the current Canberra flag…and why there is a discussion for it to be changed.

Happening until the 4 May 2019 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See cmag.com.au for more information.

DRESSUP: CHANGE THE WORLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

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 moadoph.gov.au/family. 

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN? 

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

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

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

PLAYUP 

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

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

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

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.

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

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

AFTER THE WAR EXHIBITION, AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

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

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

Finders keepers: collectors and their stories

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

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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