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

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WHAT NOT TO MISS

World Wetlands Day celebrations at Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Spend an evening celebrating World Wetlands Day at Jerrabomberra Wetlands and Canberra City Farm!

Eat delicious local foods, join a tour, bring the kids for a range of family activities, get your face painted, enjoy a Capital Brewing beer while watching the birdlife.

Sink your teeth into wood-fired pizza, buy local artwork, listen to music and more.

Happening Saturday 2 February from 4-8 pm at 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See the Facebook page or website for more information. 

DC FIT OPEN DAY

MAKE 2019 YOUR YEAR! Join DC Fit to sample some of their Dance and Studio Fitness Classes!

All classes are free 30-minute taste testers. On offer will be offering Bounce (trampoline), Barre Body, Heels, Limbering, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance.

SCHEDULE

9.30am – 10.00am: Barre Body | Bounce | Heels | Limbering

10.00am – 10.15am: Break with Refreshments supplied by DC

10.15am – 10.45am: Barre Body | Bounce | Hip Hop Dance | Contemporary Dance

10.45am – 11.15am: Refreshments and mingling

All fitness classes are mild to moderate intensity and are for 18yrs plus. All dance classes are catered to beginners.

We will also be offering some small gifts on the day and special rates to those who decide to sign up to a 1 month or 3-month membership!

DON’T MISS YOUR SPOT – REGISTER NOW!

Register via our website. Please note to secure your spot in a class you must register via Mind Body phone app or via our DC Fit page. Places are limited so we urge you to get in quick!

ABOUT DC FIT

DC Fit fitness classes offer a unique selection of training styles that focus on toning, cardio, strength and form. All classes incorporate music specific to the workout and focus on the development of adult fitness across all ages and abilities.

Our classes are gender neutral.

Priorities yourself this year with some fun ways of staying active and feeling good!

Happening Saturday 2 February.

Find out more at dance-central.com.au.

YOUTH CARE CANBERRA TEST EVE CRICKET DINNER

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

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

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

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

See the website for tickets and more information.

Outdoor film screening: Gladiator

As the National Museum of Australia (NMA) celebrates the final days of Rome: City and Empire, join them for an outdoor screening of the epic film Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe.

Pack a picnic and a rug and watch Maximus in action from the beautiful shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Snacks and drinks are available for purchase or bring your own.

Cost: Free

Happening Friday 1 February from 5 pm (film starts at 6 pm) at the Outdoor Amphitheatre, National Museum of Australia

See the website for more information.

Psych-K® Basic Workshop

Learn to simply and effectively change unwanted habits and stress.

You will be able to confidently and competently look at areas in life where you are wanting to create change, and be able to do so easily and quickly.

The subconscious mind is the storehouse for beliefs and perceptions. It’s the “autopilot” mind operating 24/7. It drives the car when we are consciously thinking of other things. It takes care of body operating systems like breathing. Most programs stored at subconscious originate from first 7 years of life…and can do with a bit of updating.

Ever feel like you aren’t reaching the potential of your conscious wisdom?

That, although you have a good idea of what you want and where you want to be heading, that you just can’t seem to make it happen?

The subconscious mind is responsible for 95% of consciousness! If old beliefs are running contra to conscious wisdom, the operating speed of the subconscious mind can be heading in opposing directions.

Lining up subconscious to conscious wisdom means the operating speed of subconscious is supportive rather than limiting.

This three-day workshop teaches you a simple and easy skillset to update the Beliefs that may be limiting you in any area of life: relationships, career, health, spirituality, self-esteem, prosperity etc.

Simple, powerful, verifiable.

Rosi has been instructing this workshop for three years and loves sharing it every time! The feedback from participants is wonderful, and Rosi considers it a joy and privilege to share in the excitement and growth that unfolds and continues. Following the workshop you will be able to facilitate the simple processes with yourself and others.

Investment is 975.00 (Buddy price of 875.00 each if two or more register)

Happening 2 – 4 February or 22 – 24 June 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm each day at Vitality Health Centre, Scollay Street, Greenway.

See the website for registrations or contact: Rosi Pletzer on 0422084009 or at rosi@mindsalign.com.au. 

YOGA BY THE LAKE

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

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

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

See Facebook for more information.

GIFT OF LIFE’S DONATELIFE WALK 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Living Mindfully: With Post-Trauma Symptoms

In this encouraging and uplifting workshop, Petrea King outlines the exciting developments in understanding how trauma impacts the brain and body and the evidence-based therapies and practices that heal both the brain and nervous system.

Regardless of whether post-trauma stress symptoms were stimulated by one or many exposures to stress, the effects can be profound for the person experiencing them. Developing post-trauma stress symptoms has nothing to do with strength of character, courage, training or experience. It is an injury to the brain and nervous system of a person’s body and has nothing to do with personality or character.

You’ll leave this day:

  • Equipped with knowledge and practical strategies to calm your brain and nervous system
  • Knowing how to respond rather than react to triggering people and situations
  • Understanding the keys to peace and resilience
  • Motivated to move forward in your life and feeling equipped to do so.

Happening Saturday 2 February from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at Mantra on Northbourne, 84 Northbourne Ave, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

An Evening with Nigella Lawson

She is one of the most successful food writers of all time, having sold more than ten million cookbooks worldwide, teaching us How To Eat and How To Be A Domestic Goddess. Now it’s time to meet the woman behind the cookbooks.

Direct from London’s West End, An Evening with Nigella Lawson is Nigella’s brand-new show, where she tells her own remarkable culinary story, live on stage.

Nigella is one of the most talked-about celebrities in the world, but now she’s doing the talking. An Evening with Nigella Lawson is interactive and intimate, inviting culinary questions from the audience, with Nigella sharing her thoughts, food stories and insights into the role food plays in life, plus what she is eating and cooking now.

Entertaining and eminently articulate, Nigella is one of the world’s most intriguing stars: mother, former book reviewer (she became the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times at the age of 26), TV host, award-winning author (her most recent best-seller, At My Table, is her 11th cookbook) and a compulsive collector of cookbooks.

Happening Monday 4 February from 7.30 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

See the website for tickets and more information.

 

THE ANTARCTICA EXPERIENCE: A VIRTUAL REALITY ADVENTURE

Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before

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

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

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

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

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

ROME: CITY + EMPIRE 

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information. 

SUMMER AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

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

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

Other activities on offer this summer include:

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

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

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

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

Find out more at portrait.gov.au

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.

LOVE AND DESIRE: PRE-RAPHAELITE MASTERPIECES FROM THE TATE 

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

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

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

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

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia. 

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

GET CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER AT BEHIND THE LINES 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COOK AND THE PACIFIC 

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information. 

Colette: Movie Fundraiser for UN Women Australia

The Canberra IWD2019 Committee in support of UN Women National Committee Australia invites you to join us for a special fundraising screening of Colette.

Movie synopsis: “After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.”

Join us for this incredible film and find out more about IWD2019. Snacks and prizes are included in the ticket price of $25 per person. Information for IWD2019 Canberra lunch will be available.

Happening Thursday 31 January from 7 pm for a 7.30 pm screening at Nishi Gallery, Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

See the website for more information.

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN? 

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

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

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE 

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

HEATH LEDGER: A LIFE IN PICTURES (CLOSING SOON)

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

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

Showing until 10 February at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton. Floor talks happening until 8 February. See website for more information.

PLAYUP 

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

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

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

MATHSALIVE!

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

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

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

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

More information on the website.

AUSTRALIA DAY ALL WEEKEND AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

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

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

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

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

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

FOOD & DRINK

YOUTH CARE CANBERRA TEST EVE CRICKET DINNER

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

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

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

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

See the website for tickets and more information.

An Evening with Nigella Lawson

She is one of the most successful food writers of all time, having sold more than ten million cookbooks worldwide, teaching us How To Eat and How To Be A Domestic Goddess. Now it’s time to meet the woman behind the cookbooks.

Direct from London’s West End, An Evening with Nigella Lawson is Nigella’s brand-new show, where she tells her own remarkable culinary story, live on stage.

Nigella is one of the most talked-about celebrities in the world, but now she’s doing the talking. An Evening with Nigella Lawson is interactive and intimate, inviting culinary questions from the audience, with Nigella sharing her thoughts, food stories and insights into the role food plays in life, plus what she is eating and cooking now.

Entertaining and eminently articulate, Nigella is one of the world’s most intriguing stars: mother, former book reviewer (she became the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times at the age of 26), TV host, award-winning author (her most recent best-seller, At My Table, is her 11th cookbook) and a compulsive collector of cookbooks.

Happening Monday 4 February from 7.30 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

See the website for tickets and more information.

Zero Proof Masterclass

This is the perfect event for people who want to detox from the silly season, meet new people and learn how to create delicious zero proof cocktails!

For $70 you’ll be treated to an intimate evening including:

A hands-on zero proof cocktail workshop with Christina, our CEO and Head of Product Development.
Labelling your own bottle of “Light Me Up” to take home with you (valued at $30)
A copy of our Crafty Cocktails eBook so you can create zero proof drinks using everyday ingredients (valued at $10)
Zero Proof Cocktails on tap and nibbles
-Tips and tricks to help you cut down on the booze for FebFast (or just to help you drink more mindfully)

Happening Friday 1 February at 3 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See the website for more information.

 

SUMMER SUNDAY MUSIC SERIES AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

Each Sunday throughout Summer, the winery will be bringing a different musician or band to play away the Summer afternoons. Attendees can watch the sun set while sipping on a Happy Hour Wine of the Day. Bring the kids to play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or watch the kangaroos.

Happening every Sunday from 3 February to 24 March at 810 Norton Road, Wamboin.

See the website 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.

HIGH TEA AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE 

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

Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout summer.

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

Contact 02 6277 5239 for bookings and information.

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

MUSIC, STAGE AND FILM 

An Evening with Nigella Lawson

She is one of the most successful food writers of all time, having sold more than ten million cookbooks worldwide, teaching us How To Eat and How To Be A Domestic Goddess. Now it’s time to meet the woman behind the cookbooks.

Direct from London’s West End, An Evening with Nigella Lawson is Nigella’s brand-new show, where she tells her own remarkable culinary story, live on stage.

Nigella is one of the most talked-about celebrities in the world, but now she’s doing the talking. An Evening with Nigella Lawson is interactive and intimate, inviting culinary questions from the audience, with Nigella sharing her thoughts, food stories and insights into the role food plays in life, plus what she is eating and cooking now.

Entertaining and eminently articulate, Nigella is one of the world’s most intriguing stars: mother, former book reviewer (she became the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times at the age of 26), TV host, award-winning author (her most recent best-seller, At My Table, is her 11th cookbook) and a compulsive collector of cookbooks.

Happening Monday 4 February from 7.30 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

See the website for tickets and more information.

THE 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE

Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Stories! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider!

But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry & Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-It-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world?

The team behind the 13-, 26-, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children 6-12 and their adults. Just beware of the Fortune Teller…

Happening Friday 1 to Saturday 2 February at various times at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Sqaure.

See the website for tickets and more information.

OMAR MUSA’S SINCE ALI DIED

Award-winning rapper, poet and author Omar Musa is back home with his enthralling new show Since Ali Died.Musa uses his lifelong hero Muhammad Ali as he travels through slam poetry and song about growing up as a Muslim boy in Queanbeyan, suburban violence and loss of cultural identity. With painstaking attention to detail, Musa’s influence on modern poetry is not to be missed from 30 January to 2 February.

Tickets and information can be found here.

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

See the website for more information.

THE VINYL LOUNGE AT NSFA

Attendees are encouraged to bring along their favourite records, share their music stories and hear what’s spinning on the NFSA’s turntables. The ultimate listening party for vinyl aficionados.

The Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month (except January).

Happening  from 5.30 pm-9 pm, Friday 1 February at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.

See the website for more information.

HAT FITZ & CARA + SPECIAL GUEST OWEN CAMPBELL

High-energy duo Hat Fitz and Cara are one of Australia’s most enduring, popular and talented roots artists. The husband and wife team have clocked up 10 years of touring, festivals and album releases from their base of operations in hinterland Sunshine Coast and show no signs of slowing down.

Hat Fitz and Cara can in no way be mistaken for a dainty duo. They are festival favourites throughout Canada, Australia, Europe, and the UK and it has been said they pack more energy into one song than most have in an entire career.

A unique combination of hill-style Gospel blues with old timey flavourings and stripped down to just voices, guitar and vintage drums, Hat Fitz & Cara embellish impeccable rootsy originals with soulful vocals reminiscent of a time once forgotten.
Join Fitzy and Cara as they launch their much anticipated 5th studio album around the country this summer. Owen Campbell will be performing the opening set. This show will be in the Keller Bar so tickets are strictly limited.

Happening Saturday 2 February 8pm-11pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Narrabundah.

See the Facebook event page for more information.

AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

This is the 34th Festival of Australian Country Music which feature well known Australian entertainers.

Happening Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 February at Bungendore Showgrounds.

See the website for more information.

BUSKING IN THE STREETS OF BUNGENDORE

Country Music Busking Competition with $1000 prize money, held in the Village Streets.

Happening Saturday 2 February from 9am-12pm in the streets of Bungendore.

LIGHTBULB IMPROV: SWITCHED ON!

Lightbulb Improv is Canberra’s premiere improvised comedy troupe, performing monthly since 2016. Join them at Smiths Alternative as they craft comedy moments in an unscripted, lively and daring manner. The Lightbulb Players are tellers of stories , singers of songs and reflectors of humour in the everyday. Their moto? To create fearless theatre that frees the mind, delights the intellect, and distils the meaning of life. They also love to make you laugh!

Happening 7.30pm-9pm on Saturday 1 February at Smiths Alternative, Alinga Street, Civic.

See the website for information.

THE MISS BEHAVE GAMESHOW

This January the Playhouse stage will be reimagined into a flat floor club, complete with two bars and this “wickedly mischievous” (The Times) festival sensation.

Join Miss Behave and her sidekick Tiffany for The Miss Behave Gameshow, a night of satirically subversive fun and games that has turned even the most conservative audiences into unruly hoardes.

“Her Gameshow formula is a simple one… Miss Behave divides the audience into two teams for a series of games. Many of these challenges are based around phones and some come with prizes.” From londonist’s review of the sell-out London run.

Happening from 29 January to 2 February at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

See the website for more information.

MARKETS

 

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS – MULTICULTURAL SUNDAYS

On the first Sunday of the month, the markets add a touch of international ‘flavour’. It’s like touring the world without leaving the markets.

A variety of stallholders offer handcrafted items from around the world – think gorgeous jewelry, clothing, accessories and homewares with a multicultural feel – and of course plenty of tasty international cuisine in the food hall.

Happening 3 February from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

YASS COMMUNITY MARKETS 

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

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

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

Happening until Saturday 2 February from 10 am-1 pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church. $2 entry.

See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

Monster book fair

Calling all book worms…… The ever popular Braidwood Book Fair will be held again over the January long weekend 2019 – National Theatre, Wallace St, Braidwood (opposite the bakery). HUGE variety of books plus DVD’s CD’s, Records & Magazines – lots of treasures to be found. Donations always welcome and may be left at the Theatre any time after 9am Weds 23rd onwards. This is a Braidwood Community event organised by the Anglican Parish of Braidwood.

Happening until 28 January at Braidwood National Theatre.

Yass swap meet 

Plenty of stalls. Food and Drink available all day. $5 entry for adults and kids under 16 free.

Happening Sunday 3 February from 7am-4pm at Grand Junction Road, Yass

See the website for more information.

up-opping@limestones 2019 launch 

UP-Opping@Limestone invites all to help celebrate their new year re-opening. There will be lots of new stock to peruse, including clothing and bric a brac, books and shoes. They will even have some partial bolts of upholstering fabric for those small jobs. There will be a $2 rack of good quality clothes and great prices on everything else.

The famous ‘bluegrass’ Saturday will feature music by “Jammalong.” Food and hot and cold drinks will also be served.

Happening from 1 February to 2 February, 10am-2pm at 82 Limestone Avenue, Ainslie.

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

DC FIT OPEN DAY

MAKE 2019 YOUR YEAR! Join DC Fit to sample some of their Dance and Studio Fitness Classes!

All classes are free 30-minute taste testers. On offer will be offering Bounce (trampoline), Barre Body, Heels, Limbering, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance.

SCHEDULE

9.30am – 10.00am: Barre Body | Bounce | Heels | Limbering

10.00am – 10.15am: Break with Refreshments supplied by DC

10.15am – 10.45am: Barre Body | Bounce | Hip Hop Dance | Contemporary Dance

10.45am – 11.15am: Refreshments and mingling

All fitness classes are mild to moderate intensity and are for 18yrs plus. All dance classes are catered to beginners.

We will also be offering some small gifts on the day and special rates to those who decide to sign up to a 1 month or 3-month membership!

DON’T MISS YOUR SPOT – REGISTER NOW!

Register via our website. Please note to secure your spot in a class you must register via Mind Body phone app or via our DC Fit page. Places are limited so we urge you to get in quick!

ABOUT DC FIT

DC Fit fitness classes offer a unique selection of training styles that focus on toning, cardio, strength and form. All classes incorporate music specific to the workout and focus on the development of adult fitness across all ages and abilities.

Our classes are gender neutral.

Priorities yourself this year with some fun ways of staying active and feeling good!

Find out more at dance-central.com.au

Psych-K® Basic Workshop

Learn to simply and effectively change unwanted habits and stress.

You will be able to confidently and competently look at areas in life where you are wanting to create change, and be able to do so easily and quickly.

The subconscious mind is the storehouse for beliefs and perceptions. It’s the “autopilot” mind operating 24/7. It drives the car when we are consciously thinking of other things. It takes care of body operating systems like breathing. Most programs stored at subconscious originate from first 7 years of life…and can do with a bit of updating.

Ever feel like you aren’t reaching the potential of your conscious wisdom?

That, although you have a good idea of what you want and where you want to be heading, that you just can’t seem to make it happen?

The subconscious mind is responsible for 95% of consciousness! If old beliefs are running contra to conscious wisdom, the operating speed of the subconscious mind can be heading in opposing directions.

Lining up subconscious to conscious wisdom means the operating speed of subconscious is supportive rather than limiting.

This three-day workshop teaches you a simple and easy skillset to update the Beliefs that may be limiting you in any area of life: relationships, career, health, spirituality, self-esteem, prosperity etc.

Simple, powerful, verifiable.

Rosi has been instructing this workshop for three years and loves sharing it every time! The feedback from participants is wonderful, and Rosi considers it a joy and privilege to share in the excitement and growth that unfolds and continues. Following the workshop you will be able to facilitate the simple processes with yourself and others.

Investment is 975.00 (Buddy price of 875.00 each if two or more register)

Happening 2 – 4 February or 22 – 24 June 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm each day at Vitality Health Centre, Scollay Street, Greenway.

See the website for registrations or contact: Rosi Pletzer on 0422084009 or at rosi@mindsalign.com.au.

Living Mindfully: With Post-Trauma Symptoms

In this encouraging and uplifting workshop, Petrea King outlines the exciting developments in understanding how trauma impacts the brain and body and the evidence-based therapies and practices that heal both the brain and nervous system.

Regardless of whether post-trauma stress symptoms were stimulated by one or many exposures to stress, the effects can be profound for the person experiencing them. Developing post-trauma stress symptoms has nothing to do with strength of character, courage, training or experience. It is an injury to the brain and nervous system of a person’s body and has nothing to do with personality or character.

You’ll leave this day:

  • Equipped with knowledge and practical strategies to calm your brain and nervous system
  • Knowing how to respond rather than react to triggering people and situations
  • Understanding the keys to peace and resilience
  • Motivated to move forward in your life and feeling equipped to do so.

Happening Saturday 2 February from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at Mantra on Northbourne, 84 Northbourne Ave, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: BEHIND THE LINES 2018 EXHIBITION TOUR

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

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

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

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

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

Zumba with Lachlan

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

Starting up a new year, 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 from 11 February, with a free trial class happening on 4 February at the Gungahlin Club, 51 Hinder Street, Gungahlin.

See Facebook for more information.

KULTURE BREAK OPEN DAY: NORTHSIDE

Join us for a free trial of our dance classes, with styles covering Hip Hop, Ballet, Breakdance and Contemporary. The school encourages wellbeing in students through inclusion and expression. Attend the Open Day and meet the team to find out more about crews and programs for 2019! 

Happening 9am-12pm on Saturday 2 February at Gold Creek School, Senior Site, Nicholls.

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. Also explore the new Parliament House LEGO display and art exhibitions.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running). It is recommended that participants 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.

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 28 February at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. See the website for more information.

NGA PLAY: SALLY SMART

Sally Smart invites visitors to enter a Ballets Russes inspired world of colourful cut-out assemblages and activities. Participants can create their own costumes and headwear before stepping into their own performance, dancing alongside projections of Brooke Stamp who has responded to the original dances with her own dance improvisation. The space also unfolds to reveal immersive places to create personal narratives in pencil and felt, blackboard activities and paper construction.

Happening until 31 March at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA 

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

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

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

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

For more detailed information visit the website.

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.

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 

The National Portrait Gallery offers a free thirty-minute tour of their Collection every day. Explore the building and be immersed into the artistic world. Learn some background information on specific works and the artists behind the masterpiece.

Participants should feel free to ask any questions. Guides are more than happy to answer.

Happening daily until 22 April at 11.30am at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes

See the website for more information.

SPORT

Canberra Festival of Athletics

The Canberra Festival of Athletics spreads across two days on the Australia Day long weekend. This festival celebrates different events on a traditional athletics calendar from cross country to track and field. Featured events include the Supernova Invitational 10,000m Track Walk and Canberra Track Classic.

Happening 28 January at the AIS Athletics Track, Bruce.

See the website for more information and tickets.

FREESTYLE FRIDAYS AT VERTIKAL 

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

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

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

See Facebook for more information.

CANBERRA DOMAIN TEST MATCH: AUSTRALIA VS SRI LANKA

Don’t miss the first ever International Domain Test Match to be played at Manuka Oval!

A new look Australian side led by Tim Paine and coached by Justin Langer will be looking to reclaim the Warne-Muralitharan trophy against Sri Lanka, led by world class captain Dinesh Chandimal.

Happening Friday 1 to Tuesday 5 February at Manuka Oval, Forrest.

See website for tickets and more information.

WAKEBOARD ACT SUMMER SERIES

Ability-based event for all levels of wakeboarders. All age groups from junior boys/girls to Mums and Dads. Come down and have a great day and meet some new friends.

Round 3 held Saturday 2 February at Molonglo River Waterski Area, Fyshwick.

See Facebook page for more information.

Four Wheel drive spectacular

The Four Wheel Drive Spectacular is held biennially in Queanbeyan to encourage responsible and recreational use of 4WD vehicles in the Australian environment. The event provides four wheel drivers or potential drivers with access to information and products that will encourage responsible outdoor activities.

Features include: over one hundred 4WD vehicle and accessory exhibitions, the latest 4WD vehicles, tents and camping equipment, ACT and Regional 4WD Club displays, food stalls and coffee tents and activities for kids.

The event schedule will provide many static and action displays of 4WD activities.

Happening Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 February at Queanbeyan Showground.

See website for tickets and more information.

OUTDOORS 

World Wetlands Day celebrations at Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Spend an evening celebrating World Wetlands Day at Jerrabomberra Wetlands and Canberra City Farm!

Eat delicious local foods, join a tour, bring the kids for a range of family activities, get your face painted, enjoy a Capital Brewing beer while watching the birdlife.

Sink your teeth into wood-fired pizza, buy local artwork, listen to music and more.

Happening Saturday 2 February from 4-8 pm at 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See the Facebook page or website for more information.

Dating with dogs for lesbians & bi’s

There is a reason that there are so many photos of dogs on dating apps like Tinder and HER – who doesn’t love a cute puppy? They’re easy to swoon over and usually spot a bad egg before you do. But what if the dog was right there, being your awesome wingman?

That’s precisely what Dating with Dogs is all about! As featured on Channel 7’s Sunrise, Dating with Dogs is a sure fire way to make a connection and meet some fellow dog-lovers in a fun and flirty atmosphere. Bring your own dog and find a Lady and the Tramp type love connection, or come dateless and dog-less for a chance to get offline and meet REAL people in REAL time.

With a portion of funds going towards Hear No Evil, Australian Deaf Dog Rescue. , you’ll be doing your part in assisting the rescue and rehoming of deaf and blind dogs.

Happening 2 pm-4 pm on 3 February at The Old Canberra Inn, Lyneham.

See the event website for more information.

YOGA BY THE LAKE 

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

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

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

See Facebook for more information.

The Healthy Heart Program

The Healthy Heart Program is a free, eight-week program endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing. Facilitated by a trained health care professional, participants can expect to learn self-management skills that address the individual risk factors that affect them. They will also be provided tailored education around modifiable risk factors including smoking, weight management, mental health and psychical activities in a non –judgmental environment.

Happening on Tuesday 29 January from 5.30-7pm at the Heart Support Australia National Office, Level 3, 50 Launceston Street, Phillip.

See the website for more information.

SPRING INTO ZUMBA

Get active with free lunchtime Zumba Classes in Garema Place every Tuesday and Thursday.

Zumba is a great way to enjoy the fresh air in your lunch break while having loads of fun. Zumba incorporates Latin rhythms with easy to follow moves to create a dance-fitness class that is friendly and fun.

The Zumba classes have been organised by City Grant recipient, the Spanish Speakers Association Inc. who are passionate about getting people moving in a supportive environment. Their classes are open to everyone, from the beginner to the experienced dancer.

To participate, simply arrive in Garema Place. There is no need to sign up beforehand.

This event has been made possible with support from the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program. Visit CityRenewalCBR.com.au for more information.

Happening on 29 January and 31 January, 12.30pm-1.30pm in Garema Place, Civic.

See the website for more information.

ACT PARKS WETLAND WONDERS

Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands to learn about its amazing inhabitants and if you are lucky catch a glimpse of an elusive platypus.

Entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required. Arrive early to explore the rest of the sanctuary or the eucalypt forest.

Happening until 31 March from 4pm-4.30pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River

See the website for more information.

ACT PARKS CRITTERS OF THE EUCALYPT FOREST  

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

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required.

Happening until Saturday 16 February from 2pm-2.45pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River.

See the website for more information.

ACT PARKS KOALAS IN THE CANOPY 

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

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

2019 SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES

As the sun goes down over the Gardens, enjoy live music, dancing and delicious food and drink in the picturesque Eucalypt Lawn setting.

Bring family and friends for a picnic or enjoy the onsite catering including wine and beer.

Happening Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 February at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton.

See website for tickets and more information.

KIDS

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

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

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

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

Happening until 2 February at the Australian Institute Of Sport.

See the website for more information.

CREATE SPACE: LOVE YOUR NATIONAL COLLECTION AT THE NGA

Drop in for creative activities in selected gallery spaces to explore some of the best loved works in the national collection. Enjoy once or love a different work of art each Tuesday during January.

Happening until 29 January from 10.30-1pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See website for more information.

DRESSUP: CHANGE THE WORLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

MATHSALIVE! 

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

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

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

Free admission.

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

More information on the website. 

PLAYUP

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

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

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

Visit the website for more details.

GET CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER AT BEHIND THE LINES 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happening until 28 January at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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

SUMMER AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

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

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

Other activities on offer this summer include:

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

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

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

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

Find out more at portrait.gov.au

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY  

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

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

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

GIFT OF LIFE’S DONATELIFE WALK 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colette: Movie Fundraiser for UN Women Australia

The Canberra IWD2019 Committee in support of UN Women National Committee Australia invites you to join us for a special fundraising screening of Colette.

Movie synopsis: “After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.”

Join us for this incredible film and find out more about IWD2019. Snacks and prizes are included in the ticket price of $25 per person. Information for IWD2019 Canberra lunch will be available.

Happening Thursday 31 January from 7 pm for a 7.30 pm screening at Nishi Gallery, Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

John William Waterhouse The Lady of Shalott 1888 oil on canvas Tate © Tate

LOVE AND DESIRE PRE-RAPHAELITE MASTERPIECE FROM THE TATE

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

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

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

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

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia.

THE ANTARCTICA EXPERIENCE: A VIRTUAL REALITY ADVENTURE

Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before

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

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

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

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

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

HEATH LEDGER: A LIFE IN PICTURES (CLOSING SOON)

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

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

Showing until 10 February at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton. Floor talks happening until 8 February. See website for more information.

ROME: CITY + EMPIRE

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information. 

COOK AND THE PACIFIC

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

Nature’s Spectral Arch

Acclaimed artist Sharon Field will return to Suki & Hugh Gallery to open her second solo exhibition with the gallery on 2nd February 2019.

The exhibition entitled Nature’s Spectral Arch explores aspects of a changed environment around the former slate mining village of Corris, Wales where the artist recently completed a month-long artists residency with Stiwdio Maelor. With time, nature is reclaiming this once degraded landscape with a gentle persistence and dignity.

Showing from 2 February – 24 March 2019 at the Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore with an opening event happening Saturday 2 February from 3-5 pm.

See the website for more information.

BEAUTY RICH AND RARE

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

BUSH MECHANICS: THE EXHIBITION

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

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

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

For more information visit nma.gov.au.

EUROVISIONS: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE GOLDBERG COLLECTION

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

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

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

COLOUR AT QUESTACON

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

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

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

See the website for more details. 

ALL SHOOK UP: SNOW DOMES FROM THE COLLECTION OF SALLY HOPMAN.

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

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

See the website for more information.

AFTER THE WAR EXHIBITION, AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

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

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

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information. 

Heath Ledger: Creating the joker at the NFSA 

The NSFA is screening films noted in Heath Ledger’s ‘Joker Diary’, which served as inspirations for his iconic portrayal of ‘The Joker’ in The Dark Knight (2008):

1 February – The Shining at 7 pm
2 February – A Clockwork Orange at 4 pm

Happening 1 February and 2 February at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.

See the website for more information and tickets.

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN?  

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

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

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

CENTENARY OF ARMISTICE

Two vast displays of poppies, lovingly created by 5000 Poppies project volunteers – many of whom are descendants of original Anzacs – will be installed in the Marble Foyer and on the Forecourt, with a direct line of sight to the Australian War Memorial.

The displays connect with the 62,000 poppies installed on the Memorial’s grounds representing every Australian life lost in the First World War.

Australians young and old are invited to walk through this evocative tribute designed to ensure that the men and women who gave their all will never be forgotten.

We will remember them.

The Marble Foyer installation will remain until Sunday 3 February at Parliament House.

See website for more information.

ART + SOUND  

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

No bookings required.

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

See the website 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.

Showing until 3 February 2020 at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Studio furniture 2018

Studio Furniture 2018 is an exhibition showcasing national studio furniture makers, highlighting current developments in Australian studio furniture design and making. This is the third time that the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery has hosted this studio furniture exhibition, with each exhibition offering new ideas and ways of making to start a dialog between makers, collectors and buyers. The intention of this Studio Furniture 2018 exhibition is to showcase and encourage the next generation of studio furniture makers to secure the ongoing viability and success of the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery now celebrating its 35th year.

Happening until 31 January at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore.

See the website for more information.

HALL WW1 COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION  

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA  

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

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

FROM WAR: THEIR STORIES

From War conveys compelling stories from the lives of more than twenty veteran artists. The exhibition considers the way military service and war have impacted the lives of the exhibiting artists and their families, demonstrating the way art can positively transform lives.

For many veteran artists making art is both an expression of personal creativity and a way of ‘making meaning’. Veteran artistic practices can draw upon – and extend beyond – the individual’s experience of military service. For some, art is a lifeline and a life force; a way to tell stories and ask important questions about themselves and their place today in Australian society.

Using a diverse range of disciplines including photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, textiles, and poetry, the artists featured in the exhibition reflect on their personal questions and process sharing unique stories of their lived experiences of military service that continue to unfold today.

Happening until 3 February at Parliament House, in collaboration with the ANVAM.

See website for more information.

THE HIDDEN SEX

Solo exhibition by Julie Ryder, exploring creative ways of using seaweed as a medium for artistic expression and incorporating natural dyes and threads for further embellishment. Botanical and algae collections were a popular pastime for women in the 19th century, and their drawings or paintings are an inspiration for the artist who uses them as a contemporary metaphor for gender inequality. Ryder also pays homage to the Victorian passion for science, seaweed and botany from the women’s point of view, with a series of wall pieces that will include digital prints in the way of large glass microscope slides.

Held from 31 January to 16 March at Craft ACT, London Circuit. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

See website for more information.

ELECTRIC! PORTRAITS THAT POP!

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Happening until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

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 cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

Happening until 16 March at Craft ACT, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

20/20

20/20 showcases the dynamic suite of new portraits commissioned to celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s 20th year. Leaders and individualists invited by the Gallery were matched with unique artists to create distinctive contemporary portraits.

Since the National Portrait Gallery’s foundation in 1998, over 50 portraits have entered the collection through the commissioning program. The 20 new portraits displayed in this exhibition continue the Gallery’s commitment to commissioning contemporary portraits.

Free daily 20/20 tours at 2:30 pm, until 10 February at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes. Open 10am-5pm 28 January.

See the website for more information.

Facing new worlds 

This summer the Robert Oatley Gallery is curated with a focus on the relationships forged between Europeans and Indigenous peoples during the formative Age of Empire – roughly the 1760s to the 1840s. The rehang explores both how these relations of mutual interest formed, and what effects they had in the making of modern life in the southern hemisphere.

Happening until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information. 

TAPA TREASURES FROM THE PACIFIC

Discover hidden tapa treasures from the Library’s collection, many of which have rarely seen the light of day since Cook’s voyages.

Before the world knew cloth there was tapa, or barkcloth, which worked its way into the heart of human interactions throughout the Pacific. Made from the inner bark of trees, it was used for clothing and furnishings, to wrap babies and the deceased, as wicks in oil lamps, and presented at important ceremonial occasions and in performances by Polynesian people. It was a crucial part of the world which Captain James Cook and his fellow travellers encountered, and it is through this precious and rare material that we can reveal many stories.

Happening until 3 February at the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

CARTE-O-MANIA!

Drawn from the NPG’s burgeoning collection of cartes de visite, Carte-o-mania! celebrates the wit, style and substance of the pocket-sized portraits that were taken and collected like crazy in post-goldrush Australia.

 Happening until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

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.

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

See the website for more information.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION  

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

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

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS  

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups.

For full details visit the NGA website.

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