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THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL 2018

Join the celebration of traditional and contemporary folk life at the National Folk Festival with high-end entertainment and a program designed to inspire, enliven and entertain.

With over 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country in a program including music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone.

The National Folk Festival showcases top Australian acts alongside international headliners across 20 venues.

Take advantage of food and beverage outlets, browse the festival market place and enjoy an exciting mix of entertainment.

Happening Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April at Exhibition Park, Canberra, Corner Flemington Road and Federal Hwy, Mitchell.

See the website for more information.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Happening Friday 30 March until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE BY NAKKIAH LUI

Love, politics and other things you shouldn’t talk about at dinner. At the centre of this production is Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love.

The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! Inviting him and his conservative parents to Christmas is a bold move that has all sorts of unintended consequences.

Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through. With a toe-tapping soundtrack and an array of brilliant, eccentric, loveable characters, this is a great night in the theatre and a thoroughly beguiling, very Australian story from award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui.

Happening Wednesday 28 March and Thursday 29 March from 8pm, and Saturday 31 March from 2pm and 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018

Returning to Palace Cinemas from 1-28 March, the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is poised to seduce audiences with an incendiary selection of 47 features, 2 documentaries and a cheeky Parisian TV series, which showcase the passion, artistry and dazzling diversity of contemporary French cinema.

For his second year at the helm, Artistic Director Philippe Platel has selected an impressive line-up that resonates with themes of courage, friendship and egalitarianism; motifs reflected via a host of Première screenings, delightful special events, and, for the first time, a LGBT strand in celebration of Australia’s recent, historic ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage.

Some of many highlights to be found in this year’s Festival include a Ladies Night on Wednesday 21 March presented by HERCANBERRA as well as the Canberra premiere of many acclaimed films. Read our full roundup of highlights here.

Happening 1-28 March at Palace Electric, NewActon.

See the full program at affrenchfilmfestival.org.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in an awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia.

Book your session online now: nma.gov.au/space.

First Edition and Mollycoddle’s Easter Extravaganza

Always wanted to enjoy High Tea with your little one but unsure where would be friendly for little ones? Commencing Monday 26 March, First Edition Canberra has partnered with Molly Coddle Parties to create a family-friendly event kicking off with an ‘Easter Extravaganza’.

Not quite your conventional high tea, this event encourages parents to relax for two stress-free hours whilst the children are entertained with an array of interactive activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, music and dancing as well as the traditional but all-time favourite Easter Egg Hunt in celebration of the occasion.

Molly Coddle Parties are renowned for creating entertaining experiences. Perfect for little minds to engage their creativeness and providing the opportunity to make new friends. Meanwhile, parents and carers are able to unwind and network whilst knowing their little ones are having the time of their life.

Parents are welcomed with a glass of bubbles on arrival and the morning is complete with a delicious high tea inspired menu created by Head Chef Jenni Tressler.

Continuing the First Edition food philosophy, Tressler makes the most of locally sourced fresh produce to create a shared style, help yourself grazing table combining bite-sized savouries and sweets for both big and little mouths to enjoy. Including a selection of Strawberry and Chocolate Lamingtons, Mini Party Pies, a Seasonal Fruit Platter as well as a selection of Boutique Cupcakes. Adults will also have the option to indulge in  ‘Canberra’s Tableland Tour Board’ with a selection of Tilba cheeses, trio of Balzanelli meats including Speck, Cacciatore salami and Bresaola, Fedra Olive Grove Olives and Bush dukkah rounded off with Jasper and Myrtle rocky road chocolate.

Each uniquely themed monthly high tea style event will run from 11 am through to 1 pm, in addition to the entertainment and food all children will leave with a unique creation of their very own, differing per event and theme.

Novotel Hotels welcome all families, especially those travelling with little ones. We proudly offer accommodation and breakfast for free for two children under the age of 16. As well as a wide range of meal deals within our hotel restaurants, making those family holidays a little less stressful.

Limited spots are available so get in quick. Tickets are available to purchase via Eventbrite, adults (25) children 5-2 years (35) & children 0-1 (free).

Happening Monday 26 March from 11 am – 1 pm at First Edition Bar & Dining, Level 1, 65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra.

Parking available on site.

See Eventbrite for tickets and 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.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

FOOD & DRINK

First Edition and Mollycoddle’s Easter Extravaganza

Always wanted to enjoy High Tea with your little one but unsure where would be friendly for little ones? Commencing Monday 26 March, First Edition Canberra has partnered with Molly Coddle Parties to create a family-friendly event kicking off with an ‘Easter Extravaganza’.

Not quite your conventional high tea, this event encourages parents to relax for two stress-free hours whilst the children are entertained with an array of interactive activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, music and dancing as well as the traditional but all-time favourite Easter Egg Hunt in celebration of the occasion.

Molly Coddle Parties are renowned for creating entertaining experiences. Perfect for little minds to engage their creativeness and providing the opportunity to make new friends. Meanwhile, parents and carers are able to unwind and network whilst knowing their little ones are having the time of their life.

Parents are welcomed with a glass of bubbles on arrival and the morning is complete with a delicious high tea inspired menu created by Head Chef Jenni Tressler.

Continuing the First Edition food philosophy, Tressler makes the most of locally sourced fresh produce to create a shared style, help yourself grazing table combining bite-sized savouries and sweets for both big and little mouths to enjoy. Including a selection of Strawberry and Chocolate Lamingtons, Mini Party Pies, a Seasonal Fruit Platter as well as a selection of Boutique Cupcakes. Adults will also have the option to indulge in  ‘Canberra’s Tableland Tour Board’ with a selection of Tilba cheeses, trio of Balzanelli meats including Speck, Cacciatore salami and Bresaola, Fedra Olive Grove Olives and Bush dukkah rounded off with Jasper and Myrtle rocky road chocolate.

Each uniquely themed monthly high tea style event will run from 11 am through to 1 pm, in addition to the entertainment and food all children will leave with a unique creation of their very own, differing per event and theme.

Novotel Hotels welcome all families, especially those travelling with little ones. We proudly offer accommodation and breakfast for free for two children under the age of 16. As well as a wide range of meal deals within our hotel restaurants, making those family holidays a little less stressful.

Limited spots are available so get in quick. Tickets are available to purchase via Eventbrite, adults (25) children 5-2 years (35) & children 0-1 (free).

Happening Monday 26 March from 11 am – 1 pm at First Edition Bar & Dining, Level 1, 65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra.

Parking available on site.

See Eventbrite for tickets and more information.

EASTER SEAFOOD BUFFET

Looking for somewhere to dine over the Easter long weekend! This Easter we are offering a wonderful seafood buffet that can be experienced with friends and family. The best way to send Good Friday or a relaxing way to entertain on Saturday night (with no dishes). Happening at the Courtyard Restaurant, this establishment normally offers a range of Modern Australia dishes. Located at the Mercure Canberra, the restaurant overlooks the Courtyard Terrace and beautiful internal gardens, prefect place to enjoy a meal and a drink.

Happening Friday 30 March and Saturday 31 March from 6pm at The Courtyard Restaurant, Mercure Canberra, 39 Limestone Ave, Braddon.

See the website for more information.

THE GREAT EASTER EGG TRAIL

Hop along to the cleverest Easter egg trail in town at the Museum of Australian Democracy on Easter Sunday! Challenge friends and family to follow the trail, find the clues, crack the code and collect a yummy reward, all while exploring iconic Old Parliament House.

Bookings are essential to this free event. Your ticket includes entry to the Great Easter Egg Trail, a chocolate reward and activities in the courtyards.

Rotary Club will also be on hand with a BBQ offering a hot breakfast, or take a coffee break and enjoy sweet treats at the Terrace Café or in the courtyards.

Happening Sunday 1 April from 8am-1:30pm at Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

ADULTS ONLY EASTER EGG HUNT

The Duxton is open all Easter long weekend with trading hours and entertainment as usual PLUS their inaugural ADULTS ONLY EASTER EGG HUNT!

Kids shouldn’t be the only ones who have fun on Easter. The Duxton is hosting a fun twist on this tradition. You will scour the pub, hunting for the carefully placed eggs containing not only tasty treats but dinner vouchers, drink cards and more!

Must be 18 and over to participate.

Happening Saturday 31 March 3pm-8pm at the Duxton at O’Connor, Cnr Sargood & MacPherson Sts, O’Connor.

See the website for more information.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

Garden Bar Happy Hour

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email buvette@domahotels.com.au. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at  5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC & STAGE

Image credit: Rene Vaile

BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE BY NAKKIAH LUI

Love, politics and other things you shouldn’t talk about at dinner. At the centre of this production is Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love.

The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! Inviting him and his conservative parents to Christmas is a bold move that has all sorts of unintended consequences.

Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through. With a toe-tapping soundtrack and an array of brilliant, eccentric, loveable characters, this is a great night in the theatre and a thoroughly beguiling, very Australian story from award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui.

Happening Wednesday 28 March and Thursday 29 March from 8pm, and Saturday 31 March from 2pm and 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

GILBERT O’SULLIVAN

Irish superstar announces first national Australian tour as part of his 50th anniversary celebrations. This is a once IN A LIFETIME opportunity to witness one of the world’s greatest Music Legends of all time.

Gilbert O’Sullivan, one of the biggest Irish songwriters and recording artists to reach international chart success in the 70s and 80s, has announced he will be in Australia in 2018 for a national tour as he celebrates 50 years in music.

Gilbert O’Sullivan is best known worldwide for his hit singles Alone Again (Naturally), Clair and Get Down – all released in the early ‘70s and still heard on radio to this day.

Happening Monday 26 March at Canbera Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

2018 NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL CONCERT

Enjoy a taste of the 2018 National Folk Festival with Irish flute player and researcher Fintan Vallely.

Fintan Vallely is a musician, writer, lecturer and researcher on Traditional Irish music. From Co. Armagh, he has taught flute at the Willie Clancy summer school in Co. Clare since 1986, and in that year was the author of the first tutor for Irish flute. A commentator on Traditional music, he has been writing about it since 1990, and lecturing on it at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University of Ulster, Trinity College Dublin, Dundalk Institute of Technology and in the USA.

In association with the National Folk Festival.

Happening Wedneday 28 March from 6pm-7pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

AUTUMN NIGHT CONCERT

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea has the pleasure of inviting you to the Autumn Night Concert performed by Pine Tree Brass Band.

As an event of opening the Korean Embassy garden to the public, the concert is prepared for everyone to enjoy beautiful music and have a good time. The concert will feature various music genres including classical music, soundtracks of films and musicals and Korean folk songs.

We hope to see you and your family at the Autumn Night Concert! Pine Tree Brass Band, a traditional British brass band, aims to be the world‘s top brass band by winning the British Open, European Brass Band Championships and Australian National Band Championships.

Happening Wednesday 28 March from 6pm-7:10pm at Korean Embassy Garden, 113 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla.

See the website for more information.

JACKSON BROWNE

Jackson Browne has sold over 18 million albums and written some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music including Running on Empty, Doctor My Eyes, Take It Easy, Somebody’s Baby, These Days, Lawyers in Love, For a Rocker and The Pretender. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 by Bruce Springsteen and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

Browne defines a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics and is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights and arts education.

Accompanying Jackson on the road in Australia are longtime band mates Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (Drums), Val McCallum (guitar), Alethea Mills (Vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals), Jeff Young (keyboards), and the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel, pedal steel).

Jackson Browne’s debut album was released in 1972 on David Geffen’s Asylum Records and since then Browne has released fourteen studio albums and four live albums.

Happening Wednesday 28 March at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

CONCERT: THE DARWIN RONDALLA

Join the Darwin Rondalla for a lunchtime concert at the National Library, as they bring back the sounds of old Darwin. String or rondalla bands were the music Darwin danced to in the 1930s, an unmistakable musical style that blended the traditional and the popular.

In association with the Australian Folklore Conference.

Happening Thursday 29 March from 12:45pm-1:45pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ

Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist José González is a deep, artful thinker whose approach to song writing evokes the greats of the 60s and 70s, a creator of music that resounds with beauty.

Starting his mainstage Australian tour in Canberra, Jose Gonzalez will take the Canberra Theatre stage in March 2018.

Having ensured his position as one of the most important artists of his generation with his first two albums Veneer and In Our Nature, and his contribution to the The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty soundtrack, José released his latest album, Vestiges & Claws, in 2015. This album consists of years’ worth of musical sketches and is as an outstanding addition to an already impressive body of work.

Jose is a musician’s musician, much loved for his unique and quietly visceral power. This intimate solo show, which will comprise of a mix of his favourites and a selection from his latest album, promises to be the perfect musical experience.

Happening Thursday 29 March at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

FREE RAIN THEATRE PRESENTS 42ND STREET

One of show business’s most classic a beloved tales, 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a young performer with stars in her eyes, who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, armed with her tap shoes and big dreams. Peggy’s talent catches the eye of Broadway director Julian Marsh, who gives her a spot in the chorus of Pretty Lady, his newest show. Peggy’s rise from showgirl to star is the stuff of show business dreams.

42nd Street is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards such as ‘Lullaby of Broadway‘ and ‘Shuffle Off to Buffalo’, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers including ‘We’re in the Money’ and ‘Forty-Second Street’.

Free-Rain Theatre’s production of 42nd Street an amazing, uplifting, high energy show and quite simply this show has the wow factor.

Happening Monday 26 March to Sunday 15 April at The Q Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, NSW.

See the website for more information.

NGA PLAY: INDIEGUERILLAS

Join duo Indieguerillas on a cultural journey through the stories of their Indonesian home. Ride the bike to create sound and movement. Create your own digital avatar and shadow puppets and display your work in the YEAH GALLERY.

Happening until Sunday 13 May 2018 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

VIKTOR RUFUS POWER TRIO

The Víktor Rufus Power Trio Heavily inspired by DICE (Adam Rogers), Swooping Duck (Hiatus Kaiyote), Julian Lage and Jim Campilongo with an emphasis on original material, highly disguised pop covers and odd-time toe-tapping goodness. Víktor Rufus (guitar), Brendan Keller-Tuberg (bass) and Jamal Salem (drums and cymbals) bring together their collective minds to bring life to works of their own inspiration, testing their limits as performers and composers. Come prepared to hear new music still observing the traditions set by Smith’s Alternative’s musical ancestry, garnished with personal textural and sonic explorations.

Happening Thursday 29 March from 8pm-10pm at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, City.

See the website fo more information.

HOT DUB WINE MACHINE

Join Triple J for a magnificent day of music, wine and fresh local produce on the picturesque banks of the Molonglo River.

WINE MACHINE 2018 NATIONAL ARTIST LINE-UP

HOT DUB TIME MACHINE
SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM
THE KITE STRING TANGLE (excl. Tas)
TOUCH SENSITIVE
LUKE MILLION
HAIKU HANDS (ACT & Vic only)
OWL EYES (excl. ACT & Vic)
LUEN JACOBS
FALCONA DJs
+ MANY SPECIAL GUESTS TBA

…and host, TOM TILLEY Triple J’s resident deep throat.

Happening Saturday 31 March from 1pm-11pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

 

FILM

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018

Returning to Palace Cinemas from 1-28 March, the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is poised to seduce audiences with an incendiary selection of 47 features, 2 documentaries and a cheeky Parisian TV series, which showcase the passion, artistry and dazzling diversity of contemporary French cinema.

For his second year at the helm, Artistic Director Philippe Platel has selected an impressive line-up that resonates with themes of courage, friendship and egalitarianism; motifs reflected via a host of Première screenings, delightful special events, and, for the first time, a LGBT strand in celebration of Australia’s recent, historic ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage.

Some of many highlights to be found in this year’s Festival include a Ladies Night on Wednesday 21 March presented by HERCANBERRA as well as the Canberra premiere of many acclaimed films. Read our full roundup of highlights here.

Happening until 28 March at Palace Electric, NewActon.

See the full program at affrenchfilmfestival.org.

KILL BILL DOUBLE FEATURE AT DENDY

Dendy Cinemas across all locations are gearing up to host a series of retro screenings featuring thematic food, drink and nostalgic moments all throughout 2018.

Dendy is set to host a retro screening of the iconic Quentin Tarantino films – Kill Bill Volume 1 & Kill Bill Volume 2.

Includes free drink and popcorn refills with large and colossal combos.

Don’t miss a chance to see Uma Thurman kick-ass yet again on the big screen.

Booking online has never been easier, as Dendy has said goodbye to booking fees. Patrons can now book online to secure their seats, skip the queues and never pay Booking Fees again. There’s more to love at Dendy.

Happening Monday 26 March from 6:30 pm at Dendy Cinemas, 148 Bunda St, City.

See the website for more information.

CLOSING NIGHT – AF FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – 50 IS THE NEW 30

Join us in celebrating the last screening of the Festival with a light-hearted comedy about a mid-life crisis starring the multi-award winning Valérie Lemercier.

French with English subtitles.

Happening Thursday 28 March at PALACE ELECTRIC CINEMAS, Nishi, 2 Phillip Law Street, City.

See the website for more information.

CANBERRA SCREENING OF AMERICA & ME

AMERICA & ME will screen at the ANU Food Coop on March 29 7pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker David Bradbury and MC Tim Hollo (Executive Director of The Green Institute).
AMERICA & ME documents the filmmaker’s observations over three months in the US during the lead up to the surprise election of Donald Trump. A one-man band and always traveling with his camera, David Bradbury was easily able to slip into gear and start filming while on tour with his antimilitarism documentary War on Trial.
Happening Thursday 29 March from 7pm-10:30pm at The Food Co-Op Shop & Café, 3 Kingsley St, City.

See the website for more information.

NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS [FILM SEASON]

Roll up, roll up! Come on a journey through the darker side of carnival culture with screenings that showcase the circus freaks and dreamers of cinema’s imagination.

Cinephiles, this is your chance to see the NFSA’s newly acquired 35mm prints of A Clockwork Orange and Freaks on the big screen.

Presented in association with the ANU conference ‘Imagineers in Circus and Science.’

PROGRAM:

Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed – 28 March, 8:00 pm

Curator Talk: Circus Home Movies – 4 April, 7:00 pm

Freaks – 4 April, 8:00 pm

Children of Paradise (4K restoration) – 6 April, 7:00 pm

Happening until 6 April at the National Film and Sound Archive Find more information and tickets via the website.

FESTIVALS

THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL 2018

Join the celebration of traditional and contemporary folk life at the National Folk Festival with high-end entertainment and a program designed to inspire, enliven and entertain.

With over 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country in a program including music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone.

The National Folk Festival showcases top Australian acts alongside international headliners across 20 venues.

Take advantage of food and beverage outlets, browse the festival market place and enjoy an exciting mix of entertainment.

Happening Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April at Exhibition Park, Canberra, Corner Flemington Road and Federal Hwy, Mitchell.

See the website for more information.

FESTIVAL OF AMBITIOUS IDEAS

Festival of Ambitious Ideas showcases some of the innovative businesses and initiatives in Canberra across a variety of sectors.

The theme for this event will be ‘Home Grown’ showcasing a range of organisations and projects that have built on the uniqueness of Canberra – its landscape, people, industries and personality to create innovative businesses, events and programs.

Our twelve speakers will talk about their inspiration; challenges they have faced along the way and future opportunities they see for Canberra.

The event is designed to be fast-paced, informal and fun. The audience will be made up of individuals from organisations active in the Canberra innovation ecosystem.

Happening Thursday 29 March from 5:30pm-8:30 pm at Alastair Swayne Theatre, Brindabella Conference Centre, 33 & 35 Brindabella Circuit, Majura.

See the website for more information.

MARKETS

PORTOBELLO ROAD ON EASTER SUNDAY – ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES

After the chocolate egg hunt, it’s a hunt for original antiques, jewellery and collectables with Portobello Road.

So take a break from the chocolate and the hot cross buns and fossick through an eclectic mix of quirky and interesting treasures. The fun is in the hunt and you’re bound to find something you love and that has a story to tell.

Happening Sunday 1 April from 10am-4pm at Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

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 11am 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 – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

CROWN MARKET CANBERRA

Discover Canberra’s best local creatives this April at Crown Market Canberra, the world’s first blockchain market! Meet the talented makers behind the best handmade goods and artisanal products the region has to offer.

On 7 April from 9am – 3pm at the Budawang Pavilion at EPIC.  Visit the website for more information: www.meetingplaceact.com.au.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

UNEARTHING CANBERRA STORIES

Prior to the construction of Canberra as a planned city there stands a rich history of people, events and places, before and after European settlement.

The National Library of Australia, by virtue of it’s role and its location, stands as one of the strongest custodians of records relating to the local history of the region.
Join this session to gain insights into the resources and services the Library has to offer the interested local historian.

Happening Wednesday 28 March from 1pm-2pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

FIFTY YEARS OF FOLK AND LORE

The National Library is home to a huge collection of music and folklore. Join Professor Graham Seal AM as he looks at this collection, Australian folklore studies, research, archiving and dissemination through performance, publication and digitisation.

Graham is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University, where he is also Director of the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute. His books on Australian folklore include The Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore (with Gwenda Beed Davey), The Hidden Culture: Folklore in Australian Society and Verandah Music: Roots of Australian Tradition (with Rob Willis). His work has been recognised with an Order of Australia.

In association with the Australian Folklore Conference.

Happening Thursday 29 March from 11:15am-12:15pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

FE – FC HOLDEN NATIONALS – SHOW ‘N’ SHINE

The FE – FC Holden Nationals – Show ‘n’ Shine offers over 100 fully restored, modified and much loved vehicles to view and admire.

Remember the car your grandparents used to drive? Can you remember the time when half of the cars on the road were Holdens? From 1956 until 1959 FE and FC Model Holdens were the “must have” cars in Australia. Australia had just started to manufacture motor cars and Holden had built manufacturing plants in a number of Australian cities.

Take a walk down memory lane at the FE – FC Model Holden Nationals – Show ‘n’ Shine.

Happening Saturday 31 March from 10am-3pm at Hall Showground, Gladstone Street, Hall. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

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

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running). To find more, visit the website.

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.

MENSLINK MIDWEEKER FEATURING CRAIG ALLEN

Craig Allen is Canberra’s ABC weekend newsreader and a member of the reporting team.

Craig began his journalistic career in 1992 and has had stints reporting for the Stateline/7.30 ACT, the 7.30 Report, news reading and guest presenting on ABC 666. During his reporting career in Canberra, Craig has covered the 1997 Thredbo landslide disaster, the Canberra Hospital implosion and nine ACT Budgets.

Midweekers are available to women and men of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their families.

Happening Wednesday 28 March at Gryphons Caffe Bar, Barker Street, Griffith.

See the website for more information.

F-TRUCK ROUND UP

The show is open to all F series ford trucks and broncos, free entry for cars and spectators. It will be the biggest All F series show ever held in Australia, all the miniature trains will be on display, and taking passengers around the show. Food and drinks available.

Happening Saturday 31 March 12pm-5pm at Jerrabomberra Ave, Symonston.

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 every Thursday between March 8–November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend.

Complete the online contact form to register.

OUTDOORS

Image: VisitCanberra

TIDBINBILLA SANCTUARY CELEBRATIONS

In April 2018 the Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla celebrates its 10 year reopening anniversary after being destroyed by fire in 2003. Visit us over Easter while staff and volunteers celebrate the re-emergence of this wonderful open air visitor and education site. Check out the Tidbinbilla website for the Explore Program for Easter activities.

Happening Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

See the website for more information.

KIDS 

YOUTHQUAKE: AN EVENT OF ART, MUSIC AND CONVERSATION

Join us at Youthquake – Canberra’s young movers and shakers

How are Canberra’s youth shaping Australian culture and how are they changing the world in which we live?

Find out at Youthquake – an event of art, music and conversation created by and for 16–24 year-olds. Hosted by the National Museum of Australia.

Happening Thursday 29 March from 6pm-9pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.

TODDLERS TODDLE – MOUNT MAJURA RESERVE

A walk designed for kids 18 months to 5 year olds each accompanied by a parent or grandparent. We will follow a track at the foot of Mt Majura until we reach smooth old fallen trees to climb on. Meet at 10am at the informal carpark at the gate marked, ‘Clancy’s Track’ in Antill Street Watson. (Marked on the attached map. Google Maps address = Clancy’s Walking Track, Antill Street; or see Canberra Street Directory, page 40). To reach the car park drive up a rise, on a gravel road parallel to Antill Street, for approx 100 metres. Organised by the Canberra Bushwalking Club.

Happening Monday 26 March from 10am-11:30am at Clancys Walking track, Antill Street, Watson. Free entry.

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.

5-12.

Bookings are essential. Register here.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger-guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the 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.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

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.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10 am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

RUTLEDGE AV CHARITY GOLF DAY

Rutledge AV in partnership with Love Your Sister Foundation is organising a charity golf day, this event will be hosted by Samuel Johnson and Rutledge AV’s Craig Glover.

The Love Your Sister Foundation was created by the late Connie Johnson and her brother Gold Logie Winner and Australian of the Year 2018 Nominee, Samuel Johnson in an effort to ‘Help us kick cancer in the facehole!’
Happening Thursday 29 March at Gungahlin Lakes Club, 110 Gundaroo Drive, Nicholls.

See the website for more information.

WODEN VIEW CLUB LUNCHEON

Woden View Club Luncheon: delicious 2 course luncheon. Our guest, Fi Shewring, is from the organisation Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen This is an activity to support The Smith Family and its Learning for Life Program, which helps children in need with their education. Cost is $27.

Happening Tuesday 27 March from 11:30am at Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden.

See the website for more information

EXHIBITIONS

 

Cartier London, Halo tiara 1934, platinum, round old- and baguette-cut diamonds
4 cm (height). Collection Cartier © Cartier. Photo: Nils Herrmann.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Happening Friday 30 March until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE

Tuggeranong Arts Centre presents Another Day in Paradise, a major exhibition by artist Myuran Sukumaran.

The exhibtion will be accompanied by a series of artworks by leading Australian artists, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Khaled Sabsabi, and Matthew Sleeth, whose works respond to the death penalty and profile human rights.

Curated by Ben Quilty and Michael Dagostino, Another Day in Paradise was developed by Campbelltown Arts Centre and first presented as part of Sydney Festival. This exhibition presents a vast and sobering series of powerful portraits by Sukumaran, painted during his incarceration at Bali’s Kerobokan jail and from his final incarceration on Nusa Kambangan Island.

Another Day in Paradise highlights the importance of forgiveness and compassion for humanity, while proving the profound power of art to change lives.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre CEO Rauny Worm emphasises, ‘the Centre is very much aware of the sensitivities of this exhibition and the ethical and moral complexity surrounding Sukumaran’s story.’ For this reason, TAC will present these works along with ‘The Human Condition,’ a suite of public programs that invite the community to explore the many difficult themes and questions emerging from the works and the associated story.

Happening until Sunday 29 April at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway.

See the website for more information.

PUBLIC MOMENTS BY KIRA GODOROJA-PRIECKAERTS

Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) award-winner Kira Godoroja-Prieckaerts’ ‘Public Moments’ focuses on the non-consensual touch of women in public space. Most incidents leave no trace or evidence of the moment other than the lived experience, so the prints act as a testament to the reality. The artwork validates the experience and redefines its influence; it is the hand of the creator, not the aggressor, that holds the power here.

Kira Godoroja-Prieckaerts has been involved in group exhibitions at the 8th National Print Symposium at the National Gallery of Australia, The Left Hand Gallery, and a solo show at Honky Tonks. Her works have also appeared several times in Demos Journal, including the upcoming print edition. In 2017, she graduated from the ANU School of Art and Design where she received the Belconnen Arts Centre Emerging Artist Support Scheme award.

Exhibition Live: Artist in Conversation, 2:00pm Saturday 24 March
Join exhibiting artist Kira Godoroja-Prieckaerts in conversation about her practice and the work in her exhibition. It is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what drives her creativity.

Happening from Friday 16 February to Thursday 29 March at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

AUSTRALIAN IMPRESSIONISM

Heralding the return of Arthur Streeton’s Golden summer, Eaglemont from the National Gallery, London, all of the NGA’s major Australian Impressionist works will be hung together, offering an unprecedented opportunity to experience the depth and richness of the national collection.

In the final decades of the 19th century, the development of a new lighter, brighter, out-of-doors painting style was played out in the artistic centres of Britain and Europe, and crucially influenced contemporary practice in Australia. Artists who began their careers in Melbourne were influenced by Impressionism, Plein Air, Naturalism and Aestheticism, and paid close attention to representing modern life. Leading up to Federation in 1901, these artists also created distinctly Australian responses to the landscape.

Highlights include some of the finest masterpieces of Australian Impressionism from Tom Roberts, Charles Douglas Richardson and Arthur Streeton.

On show at the National Gallery of Australia until March 2018.

Happening until Saturday 31 March at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

SILVER AND GOLD: UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN OBJECTS 1830-1910

This latest exhibition at the Royal Australian Mint, showcases exceptional nineteenth and early twentieth century Australian silver and gold objects drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s significant collection of colonial decorative arts and design. The theme of this exhibition is celebration, with objects marking significant personal, community and professional achievements and milestones, or displays of prosperity and artistic accomplishment.

Silver and gold reveals the exceptional skills of Australia’s earliest professional craft practitioners and their compelling narratives of Australian social and commercial history.

Happening until Sunday 1 April at Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, 65, Deakin.

See the website for more information.

INCOMMENSURABLE PHOTOMEDIA IN THE ERA OF GLOBALISATION AND JACQUELINE BRADLEY FIGURE IN THE LANDSCAPE

In even the most perfunctory effort to describe the characteristic phenomena of our age, we are struck time and again by how much the world is out of joint – by the incredible disparities in the circumstances and conditions of different parts of society and different parts of the world, in people’s lived experience and what they can possibly hope for.

Curated by Terence Maloon, the works in this exhibition by Nick Danziger, Merilyn Fairskye, Ciara O’Brien, David Stephenson, Martin Walch, Anne Zahalka set up conflicting perspectives that highlight some of the more troubling aspects of our globalised age.

Jacqueline Bradley’s works combine found materials – rocks, fencing wire, and dirt – with intimate bodily objects – combs, thimbles and scarves – in playful, delicately poised combinations. Sharing the gallery with Sidney Nolan’s Riverbend, these small sculptures reflect the artist’s interaction with the landscape and articulate some of the complexities encountered when negotiating our presence in the Australian environment.

An exhibition of Jacqueline Bradley exhibits nationally and internationally and is a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Sculpture Workshop at the ANU School of Art and Design.

Happening until Sunday 8 April at ANU Drill Gallery, Kingsley Street, Building 29, Acton. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

‘TRANSITIONS’

Artists: Helen Bodycomb, Pamela Irving, Rachel Bremner, Caitlin Hughes, Kate Butler

Featuring work by five leading mosaic artists, Transitions will explore the mosaic as a vehicle for complex artistic expression and conceptual investigation using traditional methods and experimental techniques.

In the last two decades there has been a resurgence of the ancient craft of mosaics both internationally and in Australia, with numerous Australian practitioners gaining international recognition. Despite the current surge in contemporary mosaics in Australia it is a little known phenomena. The exhibition seeks to address this imbalance.

Happening until Saturday 5 May at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, City.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITION ‘FUNCTIONAL SHADOWS: MARILOU CHAGNAUD’

2017 Artist-in-Residence Marilou Chagnaud will present a new body of work for her solo exhibition Functional Shadows.

Functional Shadows narrates a journey between two places, a research period at the Australian War Memorial followed by a residence at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in the Namadgi National Park. During two weeks, I explored the AWM collection of objects, studying materials, collecting shapes and stories. My research led me to pay attention to the history of camouflage in Australia during World War II, specifically the use of shadows to create visual confusion. The exhibition will present a body of works questioning our reading of forms and objects as well as
pushing the lines between function and abstraction.

Marilou Chagnaud is a French artist and designer established in Canberra. Approaching paper with an eye to its sculptural possibilities, she explores the deployment of printed patterns into spatial installations, objects and sculptures, investigating the path from two to three-dimensional space as well as the notions of repetition and perception.

Presented in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation Service and the Australian War Memorial.

Happening until Saturday 5 May at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, City.

See the website for more information.

FREE EXHIBITIONS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parliament House we are running a jam-packed program of events, including two free exhibitions.

Exhibition: Design in a decade – The Design in a Decade – The 1980s

Step back in time with the Parliament House Art Collection as we revisit the 1980’s. Bold colours and geometric shapes abound in celebration of a rich decade in Australian art, craft and design.

Location: Exhibition area, level 1.

Exhibition: From Competition to Completion: Building Australian Parliament House.

The construction of a permanent Parliament House within a 10 year period remains an architectural feat unrivalled in Australia. Come and see the unique objects, images and artworks that document the building of an icon.

Location: Exhibition area, level 1.

Happening until Sunday 13 May at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

YES: THE ONGOING STORY OF THE 1967 REFERENDUM

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition.

The national referendum on 27 May 1967 was a historic one. An overwhelming majority of Australians – over 90 per cent – voted ‘Yes’ to allowing the federal government to make laws in relation to Aboriginal people and to allowing Aboriginal people to be included in the census.

In Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum, discover the historic events and strong relationships involved in making the referendum happen and explore the significance of the referendum today.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Happening until Friday 25 May at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, 18, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

THE ART OF SCIENCE: BAUDIN’S VOYAGERS 1800-1804

See exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science.

Happening from Friday 30 March until Sunday 24 June at National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

This collection exhibition draws attention to portraits of Australians whose unique life experiences symbolise social and cultural themes. The portraits attest to the facility of photographic portraiture to convey compelling psychological depth.

Happening until Friday 7 September at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

1968: CHANGING TIMES

Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll…and a missing prime minister.

1968 was momentous. A time of tumultuous world events, including the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

At home in Australia, we struggled with the fallout from the December 1967 disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt and growing unrest about conscription for overseas military service.

From Hendrix’s blistering solos and far-out fashions to a swinging counter-culture, there was a strong sense that the world was rapidly changing. Where were we headed?

The opening of the National Library’s lakeside building in Canberra in August 1968 was a moment of national pride and achievement in the midst of this turbulent time.

Revisit the 1960s as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening, and reflect on what was happening in the world, in Australia and in Canberra at the time.

Happening from Thursday 1 March to Sunday 12 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

MEGAN HINTON: UNITED CONSTRUCTS

This is new series of etchings and screen printed works are influenced by the Bauhaus design movement, Russian Constructivism and abstraction – it takes inspiration from our built environment, dissecting each segment, line and shape to create newly constructed compositions of repurposed architectural forms.

This series of work and exhibition is supported by Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation.

Showing until 7 April at  Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

A preview of new work by trailblazing stencil artist Luke Cornish (ELK).

Luke Cornish’s current practice is focussed on the war ravaged streets of Syria, and the individuals caught in the conflict. More specifically, Cornish aims to put a human face to the effects of war, and to portray the hope and positivity which he encountered there.

Works are a mixture of stencil, aerosol and sublimation on aluminium on canvas. Sublimation printing is a process of heating dye and transferring onto a medium such as paper or plastic.

This exhibition is presented alongside Another Day in Paradise.

Happening until Sunday 29 April 2018 from 10am–5pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

DRAWINGS BY JOHN FORRESTER CLACK

The act of drawing, mark making and surface materiality are for John Forrester Clack a place where he can explore the incarnation of the word Amen – ‘So Be It’. Through exploration and experimentation, he has been working to see if he could be in the ‘now’, without fear of failures of the past or doubts about the future, to express as fully as he can, body, mind, emotions and spirit through the physical act of drawing.

John Forrester Clack has been a practising artist for over thirty years and has exhibited in major public exhibitions. He was awarded the Kedumba Prize for Drawing and selected for the Art Gallery of NSW Dobell Drawing Prize. He has been represented by major commercial galleries, with work in collections across Australia and overseas.

Showing until Thursday 29 March 2018 at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Opening night from 5.30pm. Free entry.

Check out the website for further information.

IN TRANSIT UNFRAMED OPEN EXHIBITION

2018 is the beginning of a new chapter for Belconnen Arts Centre as they embark on realising the completion of a new centre and sharing the journey with artists of Australia. Facing new opportunities and with the transformation of the building, artists are being invited from throughout Australia to respond to themes of change, metamorphosis, growth, journey and evolution. The Arts Centre asks artists to investigate their ideas of transition and transformation on A3 paper with imagination, a sense of play, boldness, thoughtfulness or contemplation.

All works will be eligible for consideration of the $500 People’s Choice Award, with entries due by COB 4:00pm Monday 5 February 2018.

Showing until Thursday 29 March at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Free entry.

Entry details and further information can be found on the website.

ART DECO

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian vitalism, capturing Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture, and technology.

In the 1920s, Australian artists rebelled against the austerity of World War I to create images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian Vitalism, including Rayner Hoff’s architectural frieze Deluge – stampede of the lower gods 1927, Jean Broome-Norton’s Abundance 1934 and Napier Waller’s painting, I’ll put a girdle round about the earth 1933, which captures Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture and technology. 

Showing until Monday 31 December 2018 7 days from 10am-5pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information, see the website.

Deeds Not Words: The Bessie Rischbieth Collection

National Library of Australia is proudly representing the opportunity to see the collection of Bessie Rischbieth, a prominent figure in Australian and international feminism.

During her stay in England in 1913, Bessie Rischbieth witnessed the whirlwind of the suffragettes’ struggle for the right to vote, which was then at its height.

Fascinated by the charisma of the suffragettes and their militant actions, she gathered memorabilia of the movement, building a collection of photographs, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, suffrage periodicals, postcards and correspondence. She continued to grow the collection for the remainder of her life.

Rischbieth bequeathed this ‘living memorial’ to the National Library of Australia.

Free entry.

Showing until 19 August daily from 10 am to 5 pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus.

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today.

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email craftact@craftact.org.au or call 6262 9333 for more information.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony?

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily until 2 May 2018. For more information visit: moadoph.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: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

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

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

For more information visit the website.

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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