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

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Martini Whisperer Rooftop Garden Party

Join us for an exclusive high tea with cocktail masterclass by the Martini Whisperer, Phillip Jones. Phillip is one of Australia’s leading craft spirit educators and mixologist.

Phillip has created three cocktails for the event and will guide guests through a comprehensive and fun masterclass. Phillip will teach you how to craft each cocktail at home and share top advice on how to run a flawless cocktail evening.

Remember to dress in your finest garden party attire as we will have prizes for the best dressed. One lucky guest will also win a lucky door prize – a cocktail masterclass for four hosted by the Martini Whisperer himself!

Cost: $99pp and includes Champagne High Tea and a cocktail of your choice.

Happening Saturday 8 February from 12–3 pm at the Burbury Rooftop Terrace.

Email hightea@burburyhotel.com.au or call 02 6163 1802 for bookings.

See Facebook for more information.

Exhibition Park’s EPIC Charity Weekend

This February, get ready for an EPIC (excuse the pun) Charity Weekend at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

This Charity Weekend will feature three main charities: Lifeline, Rise Above Cancer Convoy and Capital Region Farmers Market (which is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall and in turn supports local producers and farmers).

So how can you support these worthy charities? Each will be hosting their own event—why not get along to all three?

LIFELINE BOOK FAIR

Lifeline Canberra’s book fairs raise a major portion of the funding needed to keep our local crisis support services.

With a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books. You’ll also find magazines and pamphlets, sheet music, comics, maps and atlases, talking books, records and CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws.

Entry to the Lifeline Canberra Book fairs is by gold coin donation.

Friday 7 February from 9 am–6 pm, Saturday 8 February from 9 am–5 pm and Sunday 9 February from 10 am–4 pm

RISE ABOVE CANCER CONVOY

The Rise Above Convoy for Cancer is an annual event to raise money and awareness for Rise Above – Capital Region Cancer Relief.

Every February, hundreds of Trucks and Motorbikes take the journey from Beard Industrial Estate just outside of Queanbeyan and drive through Canberra to Exhibition Park, where the family fun day and concert wrap up the Convoy.

It’s is their biggest fundraiser and helps over 900 patients who are battling Cancer throughout the region.

Sunday 9 February from 11 am–2 pm

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKET

Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital Region Farmers Market. The Market features over 100 stallholders and is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

The Market provides a direct and unbroken link between food producers and customer and also enables the Rotary Club of Hall to support important regional community projects.

Saturday 8 February from 7.30 am–11.30 am

Happening 7-9 February at Exhibition Park in Canberra, corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell.

See exhibitionparkincanberra.com/event/epic-charity-weekend for more information.

FARRAH LIQUOR COLLECTIVE’S once-a-year liquor warehouse sale

After the silly season, it’s understandable if your wine rack or liquor cabinet is looking a tad depleted.

Luckily there’s an epic once-a-year liquor sale on this weekend where you can not only get some outrageously good deals, you can also taste a huge range of craft beers, wines and spirits (more than 100 of them in fact).

Farrah’s Liquor Collective opened up in Fyshwick in June 2019, bringing a brand new way of shopping for liquor to Canberra.

The massive 2400 square metres warehouse space houses an enormous array of wines, spirits and beers—some of which have never been for sale in Canberra before.

With the products already discounted year-round, it’s a great place to stock up any time, but on Saturday 8 February, Farrah’s Liquor Collective is launching their annual warehouse sale—and offering even further discounts.

Customers can stock up and take advantage of discounts including 15 per cent off any 12 bottles or more of wine, 20 per cent off all 4/6 packs of craft beer, and 5 per cent off all spirits—that’s off the already heavily reduced prices.

On the day there will be over 100 products available to taste, and headlining the spirit tasting is Doug van Tienen from Whisky Live, who will take customers through a specialised range of craft spirits from around the world.

Happening Saturday 8 February from 10 am–4.30 pm at Farrah Liquor Collective, Unit 1A, 8-20 Townsville Street, Fyshwick.

See farrahsliquorcollective.com for more information.

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: WERQ THE WORLD 2020

The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns with an all new production for 2020.

Mission leader Michelle Visage is on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens including Aquaria, Kim Chi, Monet Exchange, Plastique Tiara, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Violet Chachki and Season 11 winner Yvie Oddly! Presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder and VH1.

Happening Thursday 6 February from 8 pm until 10 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

Wine, Dine and Design – The Estate Premiere

You are invited to Estate Forrest’s premiere. Be among the first to experience their three prestigious display apartments, each distinctly styled by Coco Republic.

Come and indulge in culinary delights by Wildflour Artisan Bakery, sip on a selection of wines specially curated by the renowned Tyson Stelzer, enjoy award-winning Ona Coffee and live music—all with our compliments.

Coco Republic, who have collaborated on the Estate interiors, will be presenting a series of design and styling workshops over the course of the day.

Four free sessions will be run over the course of the day, covering ‘Interior Decoration’ (11 am), ‘Fung Shui’ (noon), ‘Current Trends’ (1 pm) and ‘Downsizing with Style’ (2 pm).

Please RSVP at estate@addvaldevelopments.com.au to reserve your place at one of Coco Republic’s exclusive styling workshops. Places are limited.

Happening Saturday 8 February 2020 from 11 am–3 pm at the Cnr of State Circle and Canberra Avenue, Forrest (entry off Hobart Avenue).

Cost: Free

Please RSVP to book your place in one of our exclusive styling workshops at estate@addvaldevelopments.com.au.

Fire Fight Exhibition: A WIRES Fundraiser

Even when smoke blankets our beautiful home, we are not helpless. At Fire Fight Exhibition, experience work from 30 Canberra artists coming together to raise funds for WIRES, a group of people coming together to lessen the pain and damage to Australia wildlife during this ecological disaster.

This event follows on from Fire Fight – NSW RFS Fundraiser [SOLD OUT], the first in this series of events designed by Canberra’s creatives to bring us together as a community and remember our collective strength.

// FEATURING //

Sasha Beattie | Tom Buckland | Tom Campbell | Samantha Corbett | Luke Chiswell | Ashley Cullen | Sophie Dumaresq | Mimi Fairall | Romany Fairall | Jake Fiene | Isaac Gibson | Rory Gillen | Luke Hadland | Clare Jackson | Skye Jamieson | Isaac Kairouz | Claire Warren | Alex Lundy | Jacquie Meng | Musonga Mbogo | Sarah Murray | Eve Murray-Fairhall | Nathan Nhan | Eleanor Neumann | Brennan O’Brien | Dan Power | Emma Rani Hodges | Lani Shea-an | Shanti Shea-an | Georgia Whigham |  Eloise White |

Happening until 29 February at  Nishi Gallery, NewActon.

See Facebook for tickets and more information.

Game Masters: The Exhibition

With the opening of Game Masters: The Exhibition, the NFSA turns into Australia’s biggest video game arcade with the world’s greatest designers, characters and 80 playable games.

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises and a chance to play them.

Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave!

Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.

Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3(2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.

Sign up to join the Game Masters club and receive the latest news from the NFSA plus updates about special gaming events and guests, and exclusive offers and discounts.

Open daily 10 am–4 pm until Monday 9 March 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the nfsa.gov.au for tickets and more information.

MATISSE & PICASSO

Explore the relationship between two of the world’s greatest artists and rivals—from Picasso’s untameable approach to Matisse’s seductive irresistibility—responding to each other’s work throughout their careers.

Curated by the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition includes major works sourced from public and private collections around the world.

Showing until 13 April 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Subsdance’s 12 hour dance marathon bushfire appeal

The Subsdance 12 hour bushfire appeal will be donating every cent raised to the bushfire appeal.

Non-stop dancing for 12 hours – different styles and talented instructors from across the Canberra dance community

Head to the Subsdance studio this Saturday 8 February for $5 Dance Classes all day donated by instructors and performers from all over the Canberra Dance Community! One class or 10, every little helps.

ON THE DAY: Donate supplies

Drop off clothes, towels, animal supplies, slabs of drinks, toiletries etc etc to be donated to those affected by the bushfires.

ON THE DAY: Volunteer

Volunteer to help on the day! Giving out water to dancers, taking donations and helping it run smoothly!

Bring snacks to share! Amazing at baking? Bake an extra batch to share with hungry fellow dancers! Buy a big old bag of oranges, bring slabs of water. Help us help each other.

Happening Saturday 8 February from 10 am – 10 pm (each class run approx. 45 mins) at Subsdance Dance Studio, 1/27-29 Eyre St, Kingston.

See Facebook for more information.

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze. The progression of visages is designed to prompt the senses, tapping into the endless subjectivity of being human.

Where one viewer sees a subject’s distant stare as baleful, another perceives a fatalistic cheer; here’s a face in three quarter profile pondering past triumphs, or perhaps you sense a layer of barely-there regret? Does the full stare with smouldering countenance shock or seduce, or is it a bit of both? 

Whether sparking familiarity, empathy, diffidence or reverence, our summer collection show invites you to slow down – to see eye to eye with another life and imagine that lived experience. Eye to Eye features portraits of Natalie Imbruglia, Kev Carmody, Miranda Otto, David Williamson, a marble bust of Peter Garrett and many more, including several works new to the collection.

Happening until 16 February 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery. 

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/eye-to-eye-2019 for more information.

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION: THE EXHIBITION – JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SCREEN: FINAL WEEK 

From the makers of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes and extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen brings together rare concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Take a thrilling journey, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to amazing stories and fantasy worlds brought to you by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Happening until 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au or more information.

FOOD & DRINK

Wine, Dine and Design – The Estate Premiere

You are invited to Estate Forrest’s premiere. Be among the first to experience their three prestigious display apartments, each distinctly styled by Coco Republic.

Come and indulge in culinary delights by Wildflour Artisan Bakery, sip on a selection of wines specially curated by the renowned Tyson Stelzer, enjoy award-winning Ona Coffee and live music—all with our compliments.

Coco Republic, who have collaborated on the Estate interiors, will be presenting a series of design and styling workshops over the course of the day.

Four free sessions will be run over the course of the day, covering ‘Interior Decoration’ (11 am), ‘Fung Shui’ (noon), ‘Current Trends’ (1 pm) and ‘Downsizing with Style’ (2 pm).

Please RSVP at estate@addvaldevelopments.com.au to reserve your place at one of Coco Republic’s exclusive styling workshops. Places are limited.

Happening Saturday 8 February 2020 from 11 am–3 pm at the Cnr of State Circle and Canberra Avenue, Forrest (entry off Hobart Avenue).

Cost: Free

Please RSVP to book your place in one of our exclusive styling workshops at estate@addvaldevelopments.com.au.

FARRAH LIQUOR COLLECTIVE’S once-a-year liquor warehouse sale

After the silly season, it’s understandable if your wine rack or liquor cabinet is looking a tad depleted.

Luckily there’s an epic once-a-year liquor sale on this weekend where you can not only get some outrageously good deals, you can also taste a huge range of craft beers, wines and spirits (more than 100 of them in fact).

Farrah’s Liquor Collective opened up in Fyshwick in June 2019, bringing a brand new way of shopping for liquor to Canberra.

The massive 2400 square metres warehouse space houses an enormous array of wines, spirits and beers—some of which have never been for sale in Canberra before.

With the products already discounted year-round, it’s a great place to stock up any time, but on Saturday 8 February, Farrah’s Liquor Collective is launching their annual warehouse sale—and offering even further discounts.

Customers can stock up and take advantage of discounts including 15 per cent off any 12 bottles or more of wine, 20 per cent off all 4/6 packs of craft beer, and 5 per cent off all spirits—that’s off the already heavily reduced prices.

On the day there will be over 100 products available to taste, and headlining the spirit tasting is Doug van Tienen from Whisky Live, who will take customers through a specialised range of craft spirits from around the world.

Happening Saturday 8 February from 10 am–4.30 pm at Farrah Liquor Collective, Unit 1A, 8-20 Townsville Street, Fyshwick.

See farrahsliquorcollective.com for more information.

BEERGUSTATION AT PIALLIGO ESTATE 

With 8 superb craft beers from BentSpoke Brewing all matched especially with delicious meals from the Pialligo Estate kitchen… it’s a food and beer match made in heaven.

Arrive with your friends and find a seat on long tables at the fabulous new Pialligo Fields while enjoying the views over the Canberra skyline as the sunsets – the makings for the perfect Saturday!

You’ll spend some time with BentSpoke beer wizard, owner, co-founder and Head Brewer, Richard Watkins, and our Pialligo Estate Head Chef as they explain the beer and food flavours and why they are paired together.

Included in the experience, BentSpoke will be showcasing a number of their most famous brews.

Happening Saturday 8 February from 6 pm to 9 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See tickets.myguestlist.com.au for more information and booking.

Martini Whisperer Rooftop Garden Party

Join us for an exclusive high tea with cocktail masterclass by the Martini Whisperer, Phillip Jones. Phillip is one of Australia’s leading craft spirit educators and mixologist.

Phillip has created three cocktails for the event and will guide guests through a comprehensive and fun masterclass. Phillip will teach you how to craft each cocktail at home and share top advice on how to run a flawless cocktail evening.

Remember to dress in your finest garden party attire as we will have prizes for the best dressed. One lucky guest will also win a lucky door prize – a cocktail masterclass for four hosted by the Martini Whisperer himself!

Cost: $99pp and includes Champagne High Tea and a cocktail of your choice.

Happening Saturday 8 February from 12–3 pm at the Burbury Rooftop Terrace.

Email hightea@burburyhotel.com.au or call 02 6163 1802 for bookings.

See Facebook for more information.

Winderlust: Live Your Best Life Series

A unique 6 part series of events featuring 6 local women experts sharing how to “Live your best life!” …(and there’s wine!)

This series of ‘hump-day’ events are specially designed to help you unwind, enjoy and learn something new on issues that matter to us all including managing money, our career, finding our style, reducing waste, self confidence and using social media better. Guests will receive a flight of three wines on arrival (a different flight at each event) and grazing stations.

Have some fun getting a professional head-shot captured by Lib Creative, and sit back and learn from our speakers.

The 6 episodes will run fortnightly on Wednesday evenings until 8 April 2020.

Cost: $35 or Pay 5 Come to 6 for $175

Happening until 8 April 2020 at Pavilion Hotel, Dickson.

See winederlust.com.au/events for more information.

Pialligo Fields

It’s time to truly unwind and be blown away by the breathtaking views over the fields, watching the sun go down with a drink in hand.

Pialligo Estate is bringing Canberra a new style of fun–with next-level drinks by Pialligo Estate’s funky bar crew, Canberra’s first Gintonica bar experience and the finest craft beers, you’ll taste your way to a new happy place.

Think great beats, highest-quality share platters, space for the kids to run around, and fun you won’t be expecting; Pialligo Fields is the place to bring your family and friends for some fresh air in style.

Whether you have an event that needs some personality, or you just want to find some weekend balance with the family and friends, Fields is a multi-purpose space that will deliver experiences you talk about.

Happening Fridays from 3 pm and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/pialligo-fields for more information.

SUMMER SUNDAY SOUNDS AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

Each Sunday throughout Summer, Contentious Character will bring you a different musician or band to play away the summer afternoons while you watch the sunset sipping on one of their summer-friendly wines, all grown and made on the estate by the Contentious four.

Bring the kids and they can play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or ogle the kangaroos.

Free entry.

Happening until 15 March at Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin, NSW.

See contentiouscharacter.com.au for more information.

CELLAR DOOR

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more details.

Monster’s Afternoon Delight

Serene, methodical and exceptionally Monster.

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

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

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

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

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

Every Friday at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 2, Building 3, 1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.

Find out more at vertikalsnowsports.com.

STAGE + SCREEN

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: WERQ THE WORLD 2020

The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns with an all new production for 2020.

Mission leader Michelle Visage is on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens including Aquaria, Kim Chi, Monet Exchange, Plastique Tiara, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Violet Chachki and Season 11 winner Yvie Oddly! Presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder and VH1.

Happening Thursday 6 February from 8 pm until 10 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

LIGHTBULB IMPROV

Come and delight in the quick-wit and creativity of improvised comedy masterminds. In the spirit of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ see a new, completely improvised performance each time. It’s the comedy show that’s made up on the spot. It’s some joy injected into your Summer!

Lightbulb brings you a live show with a difference. An antidote to our often predictable and routine lives, Canberra’s premier comedy troupe create spontaneous entertainment with their variety show to bring you the unexpected.

By combining the wit of stand-up and the intimacy of live theatre, Lightbulb creates characters, scenes and songs in the moment. You never know what might happen next… and neither do they!

Happening Thursday 6 February from 7 pm until 9 pm at Smith Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra City.

See smithsalternative.com for more information.

Hatha Yoga Film Screening: Agniyogana

Produced and directed by world renowned yoga teacher Emma Balnaves, Agniyogana offers a much-needed inquiry into classical Hatha Yoga and the deep meaning of the root “yuj” (yoga).

Taking the viewer on a journey around the world, Balnaves gains rare access to modern yogins who are still upholding the ancient traditions of Hatha Yoga, and in doing so explores the key requirements of the practice: Firmness of mind; the importance of faith; the necessity of a qualified teacher; skilled moderation; the methods to restrain the senses; and the practice of universal equanimity.

This is a real gift to anyone who practices yoga or has an interest in the ancient arts of internal cultivation.

Agniyogana has already premiered in major cities in the United States and Europe to widespread acclaim. Don’t miss this chance to see the film on home ground in Canberra!

Cost: $22

Happening Thursday 2 February from 7.30 pm at Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton

See tickets.demand.film/event/9300?ref=dPZXjYlY for more information.

WOMEN IN WAR MUSEUM THEATRE PERFORMANCES AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

See actor Leith Arundel in two moving performances about the experiences of women in wartime, Last letters and Radio silence.

Happening 15-16 February from 11.40 am, 12.40 pm, 1.40 pm at Australian War Memorial. Free entry.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

AMERICAN EXPRESS OPENAIR CINEMA CANBERRA

American Express Openair Cinemas returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin until February 16, 2020.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, American Express Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

Featuring a wide range of movies and a smorgasbord of food and drink to keep your taste buds tantalized, you’ll be entertained from start to finish.

Happening until 16 February at Patrick White Lawns, Parkes.

See openaircinemas.com.au/canberra/home for more information.

MUSIC

AMANDA PALMER: THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION

Amanda Palmer’s third solo LP, There Will Be No Intermission is the multi-faceted artist’s most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all.

Somber yet exultant, There Will Be No Intermission presents still more dimensions to Amanda Palmer’s already voluminous talent, once again confirming her as a master songwriter at the height of considerable power.

This one-of-a-kind artist has miraculously moulded humour, tears, confession, and naked personal pain into a matchless piece of work that could very well have been morose and gloomy but is, instead, deeply relatable, healing and inspiring.

The touring show itself will feature Palmer on solo piano and ukulele, with no band accompaniment; a night of graphic, honest, and funny storytelling.

Happening Friday 7 September at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

BALL PARK MUSIC / UC REFECTORY

Brisbane indie-rock innovators Ball Park Music return to Canberra for a massive O-Week show this February.

Supported by Perth’s Spacey Jane and Canberra’s own Sputnik Sweetheart.

This show is Licenced/All Ages.

Happening Thursday 6 February from 8 pm-11 pm at UC Refectory 1 Kirinari Street, Bruce.

See ucrefectory.com for more information.

ALLDAY / UC REFECTORY

Allday returns to Canberra as part of UC Live’s massive O-Week 2020 program.

Supported by Kota Banks, Biblemami and Neko Pink. This show is Licenced/All Ages

Happening Friday 7 February from 8 pm – 11:30 pm at The UC Refectory, 1 Kirinari St, Bruce.

See ucrefectory.com for more information.

AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET PLAYS BEETHOVEN DESSNER

Beethoven String Quartet in A major op 18 no 5 Bryce Dessner Aheym Beethoven String Quartet in F major op 18 no 1

Join the Australian String Quartet as they celebrate Beethoven with this special concert exclusively in Canberra. They perform two of the great composer’s joyous opus 18 string quartets, along with a blistering contemporary work by The National’s Bryce Dessner.

Happening Sunday 9 February from 2 pm to 4 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Gandel Hall, 30 Parkes Places East, Parkes.

See asq.com.au for more information.

NOCK /STEWART/WILSON/ZWARTZ

This World is the stunning debut release from a brand new collaborative band formed by four of Australia’s most established and celebrated improvisers Nock /Stewart/Wilson/Zwartz

In December 2018 they gathered in the basement of a cosy inner-Sydney restaurant to play two sets of jazz standards for an intimate but enthusiastic crowd.

It was Nock’s first gig after a six-month break and the joy and vitality of his return to live performance was palpable.

Despite having enjoyed established relationships with each other in a variety of formats, this marked their first performance as a quartet and the four-way chemistry was evident immediately.

Happening Sunday 9 February from 4 pm to 5.50 pm at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City.

See thestreet.org.au for more information.

EVERCLEAR 2020 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

For over two decades, Everclear’s sound has reflected the rock, post-punk, and singer/songwriter influences of Art Alexakis, including acts like X, the Replacements, the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello.

The band found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records, Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, which were all certified platinum.

VIP Package 18+ General Admission

Happening Sunday 9 February from 8 pm – 10 pm at The Basement, 2 Cohen Street, Belconnen.

See thebasementcanberra.com.au for more information.

SUMMER SUNDAY SOUNDS AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

Each Sunday throughout Summer, Contentious Character will bring you a different musician or band to play away the summer afternoons while you watch the sunset sipping on one of their summer-friendly wines, all grown and made on the estate by the Contentious four.

Bring the kids and they can play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or ogle the kangaroos.

Free entry.

Happening until 15 March at the Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin, NSW.

See contentiouscharacter.com.au for more information.

MUSIC AT MIDDAY – CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE

Canberra Theatre Centre together with the Royal Military College Band hosts Music At Midday concerts six times a year with the support of Canberra Labor Club. The proceeds of the concerts support many local charities.

For a gold coin donation you can enjoy The Royal Military College Band playing their take on modern hits as well as some old favourites. It’s a lovely way to spend a lunchtime; and even better, it benefits a great cause.

Pegasus Riding for the Disabled is proud to be the featured charity for the first concert of 2020. Pegasus is a not-for-profit community organisation that provides therapeutic horse-facilitated programs and activities for people living with a disability in the ACT and local

Happening Tuesday 4 February, sessions as 11 am and 12.20 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

Emperors & Armies

A program inspired by eighteenth-century leaders and armies including Haydn’s Emperor quartet and Military symphony.

Boccherini’s playful flute quintet Las Parejas (The Couples) opens our season. The title refers to a Spanish horse race in which two horsemen ride hand in hand. Boccherini infuses the quintet with a military flavour, reminiscent of his famous work Night Streets of Madrid.

Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 3 The Emperor, one of his most famous, takes its nickname from the beautiful second movement set of variations based on the theme of  ‘Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser’ (God Save Emperor Francis), an anthem Haydn wrote for Emperor Francis II. Along with this, the Ensemble performs Mozart’s string quartet The First Prussian dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II, an amateur cellist.

Happening Thursday 6 February from 7–9 pm at Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest

See australianhaydn.com.au/events/emperors-and-armies for more information.

More local music

Check out BMA and CBR DIY for more local gigs

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

BEERGUSTATION AT PIALLIGO ESTATE 

With 8 superb craft beers from BentSpoke Brewing all matched especially with delicious meals from the Pialligo Estate kitchen… it’s a food and beer match made in heaven.

Arrive with your friends and find a seat on long tables at the fabulous new Pialligo Fields while enjoying the views over the Canberra skyline as the sunsets – the makings for the perfect Saturday!

You’ll spend some time with BentSpoke beer wizard, owner, co-founder and Head Brewer, Richard Watkins, and our Pialligo Estate Head Chef as they explain the beer and food flavours and why they are paired together.

Included in the experience, BentSpoke will be showcasing a number of their most famous brews.

Happening Saturday 8 February from 6 pm to 9 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See tickets.myguestlist.com.au for more information and booking.

Wine, Dine and Design – The Estate Premiere

You are invited to Estate Forrest’s premiere. Be among the first to experience their three prestigious display apartments, each distinctly styled by Coco Republic.

Come and indulge in culinary delights by Wildflour Artisan Bakery, sip on a selection of wines specially curated by the renowned Tyson Stelzer, enjoy award-winning Ona Coffee and live music—all with our compliments.

Coco Republic, who have collaborated on the Estate interiors, will be presenting a series of design and styling workshops over the course of the day.

Four free sessions will be run over the course of the day, covering ‘Interior Decoration’ (11 am), ‘Fung Shui’ (noon), ‘Current Trends’ (1 pm) and ‘Downsizing with Style’ (2 pm).

Please RSVP at estate@addvaldevelopments.com.au to reserve your place at one of Coco Republic’s exclusive styling workshops. Places are limited.

Happening Saturday 8 February 2020 from 11 am–3 pm at the Cnr of State Circle and Canberra Avenue, Forrest (entry off Hobart Avenue).

Cost: Free

Please RSVP to book your place in one of our exclusive styling workshops at estate@addvaldevelopments.com.au.

RESEARCHING INTELLIGENCE RECORDS

Learn how to search for intelligence records in the National Archives and discover if you might have a spy in your family!

Presentation starts at 12:30 pm. Tours of the exhibition will be provided both before and after the exhibition at 12 pm and 1:30 pm. Please indicate when you book if you intend to attend the 12 pm or 1:30 pm tours to help with numbers.

Cost: Free

Happening Thursday 6 February from 12 pm to 1 pm at National Archives of Australia, Kings Avenue, Parkes.

See Eventbrite for more information.

Expedition 360: A National Geographic VR Exploration Into the Okavango Delta

Come face-to-face with elephants, lions and hippos as you explore one of the world’s largest wetlands with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project team in a stunning 360-degree virtual reality experience.

Ride in a mokoro (canoe) as it glides through the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions. Join National Geographic Fellow and conservation biologist Dr. Steve Boyes and his team on their mission to survey, conserve and protect the delta, the lifeblood of this unique ecosystem.

This experience is organised and travelled by the National Geographic Society.

Cost: $20

Happening at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula.

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

EXPERIENCE NATURE WITH ART THIS SUMMER

Canberra’s very own botanic art studio, NatureArt Lab, is offering a variety of short courses and workshops for the budding or experienced artist, starting this February.

With experienced tutors to guide creative learning, students can learn to use watercolour, coloured pencils, ink, pen and much more while immersing themselves in science and nature studies.

This Sunday (2 February), NatureArt Lab is offering Canberrans a chance to slow down, look at nature and find their inspiration in the natural world journaling workshop. During the one-day course at the National Botanical Gardens, run by NatureArt Lab founder Julia Landford, an award-winning wildlife and botanical artist, students will learn to observe nature in a new light and use a variety of drawing skills to create their own art journal.

Throughout February and March, there will be other courses on offer, ranging from two, four and six weeks, which will give students a chance to examine and interpret insects, birds and other creatures through various art mediums. Each course will take students through a step-by-step process to develop valuable drawing techniques used to create beautiful works of art. Courses open to anyone over the age of 18.

Happening from 2 February 2020, with multiple courses running through February-March.

See natureartlab.com.au for more information.

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

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

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

For more detailed information visit the website.

SPORT + FITNESS

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon

The AIS in Canberra will come alive with hundreds of Weet-Bix Kids!

The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a non-competitive event. It is a community engagement program that assists kids to develop self esteem. Australia’s largest Kids TRYathlon series aims to encourage kids to get fit & active while having fun with their friends.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is for kids aged 7 – 15 years of age.

TRYathletes will swim, ride and run using very same facilities where many great Australian sporting careers have begun. It doesn’t matter if you have participated in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon series before or not.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is all about TRY-ing your best and having a go!

Happening Sunday 9 February 7 am to 12 pm at the Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce.

See tryathlon.com.au for more information.

Subsdance’s 12 hour dance marathon bushfire appeal

The Subsdance 12 hour bushfire appeal will be donating every cent raised to the bushfire appeal.

Non-stop dancing for 12 hours – different styles and talented instructors from across the Canberra dance community

Head to the Subsdance studio this Saturday 8 February for $5 Dance Classes all day donated by instructors and performers from all over the Canberra Dance Community! One class or 10, every little helps.

ON THE DAY: Donate supplies

Drop off clothes, towels, animal supplies, slabs of drinks, toiletries etc etc to be donated to those affected by the bushfires.

ON THE DAY: Volunteer

Volunteer to help on the day! Giving out water to dancers, taking donations and helping it run smoothly!

Bring snacks to share! Amazing at baking? Bake an extra batch to share with hungry fellow dancers! Buy a big old bag of oranges, bring slabs of water. Help us help each other.

Happening Saturday 8 February from 10 am – 10 pm (each class run approx. 45 mins) at Subsdance Dance Studio, 1/27-29 Eyre St, Kingston.

See Facebook for more information.

NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA NORTH CANBERRA

What is it? 

Turn off the lights, press PLAY on the music machine, and dance! There’s no teacher, no steps, no instruction and no lights. Feel what it’s like to dance free from judgement. Drug-and-alcohol free. All ages. All abilities.

What kind of music? 

Anything danceable from the last 70 years or so: rock, Motown, soul, pop, funk, dance, house, SKA, world, R&B etc.

How dark is it? 

Light enough to see that there are other people dancing but not their features or moves clearly. There’s no danger of banging into people or tripping over. It’s not creepy or sleazy. It’s about dancing for yourself. No sleazy drunk people. I

t’s a safe environment and a great alternative to the late-night zone of nightclubs. It’s drug-and-alcohol free.

Happening every Friday from 7:30 pm at Canberra Dance Theatre.

See the Facebook Page for more information.

YOGA BY THE LAKE

Yoga by the Lake returns for the 2019/2020 season!

The class is on every week at 6 pm Thursday Nights. This class is perfect for everyone’s different levels with lots of options provided for different postures.

BYO mat if you can as I have limited spares, but towels/blankets also do the job.

Dogs and kids are most definitely welcome.

Cost: Free

Happening Thursdays from 6 pm – 7 pm at Bowen Park.

See Facebook for more information.

Yoga in the Pines

The spring weather is a perfect time to try something new. Yoga HQ is running yoga in the Kaleen Pine Forest from October to March.

This practice combines fresh air, sunshine and vinyasa flow yoga in a beautiful natural space. Kids welcome to play on the nearby equipment while carers can chill out with a gentle stretch under the trees.

Happening Saturdays from 9.15 am at Bokhara Circuit Playground, Kaleen Pine Forest, Kaleen.

See yogahq.net for more information.

FESTIVALS

2020 Chinese Lantern Festival

The Australia China Friendship Society will hold performances of Chinese music, dancing, martial arts and a Lantern Parade as a part of the 2020 Chinese Lantern Festival.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a family evening by the Lake (only water and snacks can be bought at the site). Lanterns will be available for purchase.

In case of rain or thick haze the Festival will be cancelled – please check the website on the day

Happening Saturday 8 February from 6.15 pm to 9 pm at Beijing Garden Flynn Drive, Yarralumla.

See acfs.org.au for more information.

MARKETS + FAIRS

Exhibition Park’s EPIC Charity Weekend

This February, get ready for an EPIC (excuse the pun) Charity Weekend at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

This Charity Weekend will feature three main charities: Lifeline, Rise Above Cancer Convoy and Capital Region Farmers Market (which is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall and in turn supports local producers and farmers).

So how can you support these worthy charities? Each will be hosting their own event—why not get along to all three?

LIFELINE BOOK FAIR

Lifeline Canberra’s book fairs raise a major portion of the funding needed to keep our local crisis support services.

With a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books. You’ll also find magazines and pamphlets, sheet music, comics, maps and atlases, talking books, records and CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws.

Entry to the Lifeline Canberra Book fairs is by gold coin donation.

Friday 7 February from 9 am–6 pm, Saturday 8 February from 9 am–5 pm and Sunday 9 February from 10 am–4 pm

RISE ABOVE CANCER CONVOY

The Rise Above Convoy for Cancer is an annual event to raise money and awareness for Rise Above – Capital Region Cancer Relief.

Every February, hundreds of Trucks and Motorbikes take the journey from Beard Industrial Estate just outside of Queanbeyan and drive through Canberra to Exhibition Park, where the family fun day and concert wrap up the Convoy.

It’s is their biggest fundraiser and helps over 900 patients who are battling Cancer throughout the region.

Sunday 9 February from 11 am–2 pm

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKET

Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital Region Farmers Market. The Market features over 100 stallholders and is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

The Market provides a direct and unbroken link between food producers and customer and also enables the Rotary Club of Hall to support important regional community projects.

Saturday 8 February from 7.30 am–11.30 am

Happening 7-9 February at Exhibition Park in Canberra, corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell.

See exhibitionparkincanberra.com/event/epic-charity-weekend for more information.

CELLAR DOOR

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more details.

NORTHSIDE FAMILY MARKETS

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.

There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.

Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.

Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

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

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

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 8.30 am 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 8.30 am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood.

For more information visit the website.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Image: VisitCanberra

Exhibition Park’s EPIC Charity Weekend

This February, get ready for an EPIC (excuse the pun) Charity Weekend at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

This Charity Weekend will feature three main charities: Lifeline, Rise Above Cancer Convoy and Capital Region Farmers Market (which is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall and in turn supports local producers and farmers).

So how can you support these worthy charities? Each will be hosting their own event—why not get along to all three?

LIFELINE BOOK FAIR

Lifeline Canberra’s book fairs raise a major portion of the funding needed to keep our local crisis support services.

With a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books. You’ll also find magazines and pamphlets, sheet music, comics, maps and atlases, talking books, records and CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws.

Entry to the Lifeline Canberra Book fairs is by gold coin donation.

Friday 7 February from 9 am–6 pm, Saturday 8 February from 9 am–5 pm and Sunday 9 February from 10 am–4 pm

RISE ABOVE CANCER CONVOY

The Rise Above Convoy for Cancer is an annual event to raise money and awareness for Rise Above – Capital Region Cancer Relief.

Every February, hundreds of Trucks and Motorbikes take the journey from Beard Industrial Estate just outside of Queanbeyan and drive through Canberra to Exhibition Park, where the family fun day and concert wrap up the Convoy.

It’s is their biggest fundraiser and helps over 900 patients who are battling Cancer throughout the region.

Sunday 9 February from 11 am–2 pm

CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKET

Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital Region Farmers Market. The Market features over 100 stallholders and is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

The Market provides a direct and unbroken link between food producers and customer and also enables the Rotary Club of Hall to support important regional community projects.

Saturday 8 February from 7.30 am–11.30 am

Happening 7-9 February at Exhibition Park in Canberra, corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell.

See exhibitionparkincanberra.com/event/epic-charity-weekend for more information.

Subsdance’s 12 hour dance marathon bushfire appeal

The Subsdance 12 hour bushfire appeal will be donating every cent raised to the bushfire appeal.

Non-stop dancing for 12 hours – different styles and talented instructors from across the Canberra dance community

Head to the Subsdance studio this Saturday 8 February for $5 Dance Classes all day donated by instructors and performers from all over the Canberra Dance Community! One class or 10, every little helps.

ON THE DAY: Donate supplies

Drop off clothes, towels, animal supplies, slabs of drinks, toiletries etc etc to be donated to those affected by the bushfires.

ON THE DAY: Volunteer

Volunteer to help on the day! Giving out water to dancers, taking donations and helping it run smoothly!

Bring snacks to share! Amazing at baking? Bake an extra batch to share with hungry fellow dancers! Buy a big old bag of oranges, bring slabs of water. Help us help each other.

Happening Saturday 8 February from 10 am – 10 pm (each class run approx. 45 mins) at Subsdance Dance Studio, 1/27-29 Eyre St, Kingston.

See Facebook for more information.

Rolfe Property Services Charity Race Day

Join Marymead and Rolfe Property Services on the 7th of February 2020 in introducing their first Twilight Race Day.

The Silks Room will be a hive of fun and excitement as we work together to raise $30,000. Following activities in the room, head down to the track as entertainment extends into the night.

This year, contributions from the day will help fund a bus for the Kids Companions support group. The Kids Companions support group provides quality social support for children and young people isolated due to disability or mental illness. This support is done via social activities within our community.

The bus that currently transports individuals to and from these activities is run down and in need of a replacement.

Happening Friday 7 February from 12 pm to 6 pm at Thoroughbred Park, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham.

See eventbrite.com.au for more information and booking.

Bushfire Fundraiser Concert

Between The Lines Events is hosting a Bushfire Relief Fundraiser Concert with performances by some of the best local musicians. The event will kick off with an open mic for anyone else who wants to be a part of the show.

All money raised will be donated to RFS and non-human animals affected by the fires.

Lineup: KG, Signs & Symbols, Fvceless, Hope Wilkins, Salad Bomb, Black Heart, Babe Fiasco, Trace, Partly Cloudy

18+ event.

Happening Saturday 8 February from 3 pm to 11 pm at Kambri (ANU), Acton.

See Facebook.com for more information.

Native Koala Bushfire Relief Fundraiser

Kicking off 2020 with an amazing Native Koala masterpiece, partnering with Assembly in Braddon to raise much-needed funds for WIRES Wildlife Rescue!

With all the devastating fires that have ravaged Australia the Social Creative wanted to give back, so $25.00 from each ticket sold will be donated directly to WIRES (wires.org.au) with Assembly having agreed to match dollar-for-dollar, all the funds that are raised!

So come along, sip on your favourite wine, enjoying the banter, whilst our creative workshop leaders will guide you through an enjoyable and social painting session.

By the end of the evening you and your friends will take home your very own masterpiece of this gorgeous Koala. Everyone is an artist at The Social Creative!

Happening Monday 3 February from 7 pm to 9 pm at Assembly, 11 Lonsdale Street Braddon.

See eventbrite.com.au for more information.

OUTDOORS

AMERICAN EXPRESS OPENAIR CINEMA CANBERRA

American Express Openair Cinemas returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin until February 16, 2020.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, American Express Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

Featuring a wide range of movies and a smorgasbord of food and drink to keep your taste buds tantalized, you’ll be entertained from start to finish.

Happening until 16 February at Patrick White Lawns, Parkes.

See openaircinemas.com.au/canberra/home for more information.

KIDS

Little Day Out

Learn how to draw Old Tom and create characters of your own with Leigh Hobbs at the Little Day Out.

Come face to face with favourite Australian authors, illustrators and storytellers, including Dub Leffler, Jack Heath, Shelly Unwin, Cate Whittle, Stephanie Owen Reeder, Tania McCartney and Harry Laing.

Snuggle up and listen to a story in the story nook, try your hand in writing and drawing workshops throughout the day, and explore the exhibition, ‘Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature’.

No bookings are required.

Happening: Sunday 2 February from 10 am to 5 pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes, Canberra.

For more information about this event, call (02) 6262 1122.

Little Faces

Little children and their parent or carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries and studio at Little Faces.

This summer they are looking at Marcia Langton by Brook Andrew and Trent Walker, exploring hands and patterns, using movement, singing, finger painting and water play.

The finger painting and water play is designed for babies and toddlers, please bring a change of clothes. For those who choose not to do these activities there will be alternative activities available. For children from 6 months to 3 years. Bookings essential.

Happening 4 Tuesday to 7 Friday 9:30 am-10.15; 10:30 am-11:15 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au for more information.

LITTLE GRIFFINS

The National Capital Authority’s popular and entertaining Little Griffins program for children four years and under and their parents and carers is back for 2019.

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

Happening the last Friday of every month (unless that Friday falls on a school holiday) from 10—11 am at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point.

Visit nca.gov.au for more information.

FRIDAY STORY TIME AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys.

Story time at the Australian War Memorial is a program suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening until Friday 7 February from 10:30 – 11 am at the Australian War Memorial. Free entry.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

PLAYUP

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

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

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

Visit the website for more details.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY  

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

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups.

For more events and info check them out here. 

EXHIBITIONS

Credit: Pablo Picasso
Woman from Arles (Lee Miller) 1937
oil on canvas
Private collection
© Succession Picasso / Copyright Agency 2019.

MATISSE & PICASSO

Explore the relationship between two of the world’s greatest artists and rivals—from Picasso’s untameable approach to Matisse’s seductive irresistibility—responding to each other’s work throughout their careers.

Curated by the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition includes major works sourced from public and private collections around the world.

Happening 13 December–13 April 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Game Masters: The Exhibition

With the opening of Game Masters: The Exhibition, the NFSA turns into Australia’s biggest video game arcade with the world’s greatest designers, characters and 80 playable games.

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises and a chance to play them.

Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave!

Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.

Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3(2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.

Sign up to join the Game Masters club and receive the latest news from the NFSA plus updates about special gaming events and guests, and exclusive offers and discounts.

Open daily 10 am–4 pm until Monday 9 March 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the nfsa.gov.au for tickets and more information.

Spy: Espionage in Australia

Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. For the first time at the National Archives, Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

See genuine spy equipment, surveillance images and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Play the part of a secret agent in the interactive family trail. Test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.

Developed in partnership with ASIO, Spy brings the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.

Cost: Free

Showing until 27 April 2020 open every day from 9 am–5 pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday) at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See naa.gov.au for more information.

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze. The progression of visages is designed to prompt the senses, tapping into the endless subjectivity of being human.

Where one viewer sees a subject’s distant stare as baleful, another perceives a fatalistic cheer; here’s a face in three quarter profile pondering past triumphs, or perhaps you sense a layer of barely-there regret? Does the full stare with smouldering countenance shock or seduce, or is it a bit of both? 

Whether sparking familiarity, empathy, diffidence or reverence, our summer collection show invites you to slow down – to see eye to eye with another life and imagine that lived experience. Eye to Eye features portraits of Natalie Imbruglia, Kev Carmody, Miranda Otto, David Williamson, a marble bust of Peter Garrett and many more, including several works new to the collection.

Happening until 16 February 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery. 

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/eye-to-eye-2019 for more information.

Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2019

Framed by the world of rock music, and under the theme song of The Greatest Hits Tour, the brand new iteration of Behind the Lines allows visitors to hit rewind on the most significant political moments of the year through political cartoons.

You are offered an exclusive all access pass to be thunderstruck by Australia’s leading political cartoonists as they amp up the satire on 2019’s greatest political hits.

Are you ready to rock? Don’t miss Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2019.

Happening until 29 November 2020 at the Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

Craft ACT Glass Exhibition: Distorted Trajectories

Craft ACT are proud to feature two talented glass artists in the Distorted Trajectories. This group exhibition showcases the work of Marcel Hoogstad Hay and Madeline Prowd.

Hoogstad Hay’s work will include a series of wall-­mounted glass discs and rectangular panels. These works serve as abstracted visualisations of the phenomena he has been looking at, such as the quantum nature of the universe, and the distortion of light during certain occurrences.

Prowd has learnt many traditional cane-working and patterning techniques and has been exploring new possibilities and developing innovative patterning techniques with her exhibition work.

Happening 6 February to 21 March at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, North Building, Canberra City.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES 2020

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.

Artists to be selected by Craft ACT in late 2019

Happening 6 February to 21 March at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, North Building, Canberra City.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

Hugh Ramsay at the NGA

Delve into the paintings, portraits and sketchbooks of seminal Australian artist Hugh Ramsay, whose brilliant career was cut short at just 28.

The young artist shot to fame when four works were selected for the New Salon in Paris in 1902, a feat unheard of in expatriate circles.

Revel in his insights into the human condition as the National Gallery reveals his paintings, drawings and works on paper from around Australia.

Cost: Free.

Showing until 1 March 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

PROMISCUOUS PROVENANCE

Promiscuous Provenance encourages a re-examination of our relationship with our colonial past. Artist Anna Glynn creates a fantasy world, caught between reality and imagination as she plunders historical archives for inspiration.

She draws on the historical practice of copying as a way of expanding the reach of a work and seeking scientific learning. In creating strange natural history tableaux, featuring bizarre reimagined hybrid characters, she encourages the viewer to reflect on the experience of colonisation, and to reawaken a sense of wonder when interacting with our environment.

Promiscuous Provenance is a travelling exhibition from Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Nowra. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Cost: Free entry.

Happening until 1 March from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm at Australian National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

For half a century during the 1860’s, Ginninderra flourished and in it’s prime boasted a church, two schools, store, Police Station, post and 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.

Free entry.

Happening until 14 February 2021 on Thursday: 9 am – 12 pm; Sunday: 12 – 4 pm at Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall.

See museum.hall.act.au for more information.

F L U X – CURATED BY DANIEL SAVAGE

F L U X is an exhibition of contemporary digital art from around the world by prominent d/Deaf and disabled artists. The exhibition features video, virtual reality, and interactive digital work by artists from Australia, the UK, Europe, and Asia.

The exhibition showcases the way disabled artists have utilised the potential of digital technology to explore the variations of lived experience in the world, from the fluctuating individual experience of disability to the diverse collective emotional experience of a whole city.

People with disabilities have often been at the forefront of adapting new forms of technology to aid in navigating a world designed to conform to non-disabled bodies. This adaptive nature is highly evident in the work of disabled artists.

This skill for creative adaption coupled with an eager embracement of the proliferation of accessible digital technology over the past 30+ years is reflected in the work of the artists in F L U X.

Happening until Sunday 9 February from 10 am – 4 pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre. Free entry.

See belcoarts.com.au/ for more information.

STORY TIME: AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Seven Little Australians, The Magic Pudding, The Rainbow Serpent, Where Is the Green Sheep? and The Deltora Quest are much-loved children’s books that have been read and shared over decades.

Story Time, a free exhibition of Australian children’s literature from the colonial period through to the present day, will appeal to anyone who has experienced the magic of these stories.

Presented in association with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature, the exhibition will feature books, manuscripts, illustrations and ephemera from the Library’s extensive collections alongside significant loans.

This exhibition will reacquaint attendees with old friends and introduce them to new ones. Go on a nostalgic tour through childhood, looking at the works of great Australian authors and illustrators including Bronwyn Bancroft, Mem Fox, May Gibbs, Bob Graham, Emily Rodda, Ivan Southall, Shaun Tan and Ethel Turner.

A must-see exhibition, Story Time explores the rich history of Australian children’s literature and goes on a journey across time and place—real and imagined.

Happening until 9 February 2020 at National Library of Australia.

See nla.gov.au for more information.

State of Synthesis

Synthesis: noun – the combination of otherwise different elements to form a connected whole.

Graffiti + Ocean + Flowers

State of Synthesis is a collection of work that blends imagery from photographers Erin Masters and Sue Jans. The collection of 10 pieces merges their individual work into a layered visual inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the elements.

Showing at East Hotel’s Lobby, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston.

Call (02) 6295 6925 for more information.

THE LOOK

Featuring striking photographic portraits of contemporary figures from the National Portrait Gallery collection, The Look is an aesthetic treat with a lashing of je ne sais quoi.

Happening until 19 February 2020 at National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au for more information.

PRIMED: SOME PRIME MINISTERS

Only seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Their portraits have been acquired in random order, mostly according to unexpected opportunity. This is the first time in the Gallery’s 20-year history that the esteemed prime ministers’ portraits have been shown as a group.

The contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits, and the different ways they have become available, reflect the exhilarating variety across the collection as a whole.

Happening until 9 March 2020 at National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au for more information.

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN?

Democracy is a living system and it work best when there is a healthy balance between trust and distrust – but that balance is tipping. Distrust is on the rise, and confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades.

Told through powerful stories of democracy in action, this exhibition will provoke thought and motivate visitors to recognise the power of their voice.

This contemporary exhibition uses a range of photographs, objects and audio visual elements in unique and engaging ways and aims to both empower and inspire visitors to recognise that our freedoms and our way of life are built on the foundation of democracy. Visitors are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about where Australia’s democracy sits on a global scale.

“Our democracy needs us. Are you in?”

Happening until 30 June 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

The exhibition features Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Happening until 31 March 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au 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 until 9 February 2020 at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre.

See museum.hall.act.au for more information.

NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM PUBLIC TOURS

 The National Dinosaur Museum offers free public tours (with the general admission entry price) every weekend and school holiday period (NSW/ACT). Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time.

Take a camera, some friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages.

Public tours occur during weekends at 11, 12, 2 and 3pm. During school holidays they occur at 11, 2 and 3pm with an activity at 12.

Tours are free with general admission tickets to the museum.

Happening until 14 May 2023 at National Dinosaur Museum.

See nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

For half a century during the 1860’s, Ginninderra flourished and in it’s prime boasted a church, two schools, store, Police Station, post and 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 9 February 2020 at Former Hall Primary School.

See museum.hall.act.au for more information.

SELECTED SPACES. SETTLING THE GINNINDERRA DISTRICT

In the 1860’s and 1870’s – long before the suburbs came, “selectors” chose blocks of land to build a home and a farm, and gradually, a community . Early maps and plans will help show how six pioneering families made Ginninderra home – before it was all taken from them. The stories of these settler families are well illustrated with photographs, maps and plans.

Happening until 29 March 2020 at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre.

See museum.hall.act.au for more information.

onetoeight: Australia’s first prime ministers

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

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

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

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

A Tale of Two Villages

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

Showing at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall each Thursday 9 am-12 pm and Sunday 12 pm-4 pm.

Find out more at museum.hall.act.au.

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN? 

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

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

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

PLAYUP 

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

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

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

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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