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

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WHAT NOT TO MISS

Canberra Fashion Market

Discover new and pre-loved fashion at the Canberra Fashion Market, including designer labels and a wide range of styles for women, men, teens and kids. Fashion, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories and beauty products are on hand.

Market-goers have uncovered major national and international brands, including Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Guess, Dior, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Guess, Ralph Lauren, Decjuba, Kookai, Country Road and Witchery.

Support a sustainable lifestyle and help reduce waste by recycling quality, stylish fashion that’s too good to discard. You’ll also uncover interesting collectables. The Canberra Fashion Market (formerly Fash ‘n’ Treasure) has been around for 20 years, and with good reason. Food and coffee available.

Visit the yummy cupcake stand. Bring the kids and Plenty of free parking and public transport available.

Only eight minutes from the city. $3 entry fee (kids under 12 free).

Held indoors and protected from the weather. New stallholders can apply on canberramarkets.net.au.

Happening Saturday 9 February from 10 am – 3 pm in the Coorong Pavillion at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See the website for more information.

Vera Blue at UC Refectory

Vera Blue is one of a kind – and now she’s coming to Canberra.

Since releasing her EP ‘Fingertips’ in 2016 and debut album ‘Perennial’ in 2017; Vera Blue has played five completely sold out Australian tours, European/UK and USA dates, and multiple festivals including Lollapalooza and Splendour in the Grass.

Her new single  ‘All The Pretty Girls’, is a stunning change of pace, taking her deft lyricism and vocal prowess to a bold, new direction. The summer jam defined by self-possession and empowerment was the most added track to Australian radio in its debut week.

Happening Thursday 7 February from 8 pm at UC Refectory, University of Canberra, Building 1, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

This is an 18+ event.

French Afterwork at the Alliance Française of Canberra

This week, as always, you rocked! Work, kids, family, responsibilities…you handled it all like a queen. What about you treat yourself now? How about you take some time for you to learn a new language while sipping good wine and meeting new friends?

The Alliance Française of Canberra presents you its French Afterwork! Come learn French in a relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of wine or a beer. Open to all levels

Happening every Friday for five weeks from 8 February – 8 March at The Alliance Française of Canberra from 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

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.

Girls Night Out: On The Basis of Sex

Join Limelight Cinemas for an Advance Screening of ON THE BASIS OF SEX on Wednesday 6 February and see why Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s story made history.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights.

When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

Tickets include a choc top and drink on arrival.

Happening Wednesday 6 February. Arrive from 6.30 pm for a 7 pm film start at Limelight Cinemas Tuggeranong, inside South. Point Tuggeranong.

See the website for more information.

Short Story Masterclass with A.S. Patrić

In this special ACT Writers Centre masterclass with Miles Franklin Award-winner, A.S. Patrić, writers will be taken through a study of the craft and technique essential for writing unique and vital short stories.

Explore character development, narrative function, voice and tone, as well as the ideas and aesthetics specific to short stories, with a focus on how to deploy these skills practically.

Discussion will be warm and inclusive, exploring a range of genres and styles but always with a focus on the art of fiction.

Writers will cover:

  • A method for developing literary craft and a functional writing process.
  • An understanding of the narrative dynamics that create compelling short stories.
  • A better idea of how to develop characters with integrated, integral narratives.
  • Understanding the scope and functions of short narratives.
  • Practical knowledge of Australian literary market for local short story writers.

Before Black Rock White City won Australia’s most prestigious award in 2016, A.S. Patrić had published two story collections: Las Vegas for Vegans (short-listed in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards) and The Rattler & other stories. Individually, his stories have been winners of the Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize and twice published in Best Australian Stories. In November 2018, he published his third collection, The Butcherbird Stories.

Happening Saturday 9 February from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at the ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

Find tickets and more information on Eventbrite.

John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins with The Waifs and Stella Donnelly

Everyone’s favourite roots and blues group, John Butler Trio are coming to Canberra and bringing some very special guests along with them.

Taking Stage 88 for one huge afternoon on Sunday 10 February, the beloved trio will be joined onstage by Missy Higgins, The Waifs and Stella Donnelly.

Happening Sunday 10 February from 2 pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park.

See the website for tickets and 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.

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

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. 

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. 

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.

FOOD & DRINK

 

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.

Songs of a Changeling Earth

Music, art and science come together in “Songs of a Changeling Earth”, the latest exhibition at the CSIRO Discovery Gallery. Multimedia artist Grayson Cooke presents work from his recent artist-residency with Geoscience Australia.

In “Songs of a Changeling Earth”, Cooke explores the different materials and processes of geoscience, seeking creative ways of figuring the complex interaction between ancient Earth processes and the human use of and impact on the environment.

The exhibition takes inspiration from German romantic composer Gustav Mahler’s song-symphony “Das Lied von der Erde / Songs of the Earth.” Mahler composed this work in 1909, by which time he knew he was dying. “Songs of the Earth” is a meditation on human mortality in the face of the eternity of the Earth, incorporating a libretto based on translations of ancient Chinese poems.

Featuring photography and video works, and using extracts from both the libretto and a recording of Mahler’s work, “Songs of a Changeling Earth” presents a rich and colourful “mashup” of German Romanticism with the materials and processes of geoscience.

The exhibition will run in the CSIRO Discovery Gallery, North Science Road, Acton, from 6 February – 15 March from 9 am-4.30 pm Monday-Friday. Admission is free.

The exhibition will be opened at 5.30pm Wednesday 6 February by Dr Steve Hill, Geoscience Australia Chief Scientist.

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.

Gaspted Wines Canberra Wine Tasting Degustation Dinner

A collaboration between OTIS Dining Hall and Gapsted Wines from North East Victoria, this exclusive dining event will carefully pair premium wines with delectable creations from award-winning chef Damian Brabender. This is an event not to be missed!

Happening Thursday 7 February at Otis Dining Hall, Kingston. Tickets are $145 which includes bubbles, canapes followed by a degustation dinner with 5 matched glasses of wine.

Tickets available through the Gaspted Wine website.

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 

Girls Night Out: On The Basis of Sex

Join Limelight Cinemas for an Advance Screening of ON THE BASIS OF SEX on Wednesday 6 February and see why Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s story made history.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights.

When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

Tickets include a choc top and drink on arrival.

Happening Wednesday 6 February. Arrive from 6.30 pm for a 7 pm film start at Limelight Cinemas Tuggeranong, inside South. Point Tuggeranong.

See the website for more information.

Vera Blue at UC Refectory

Vera Blue is one of a kind – and now she’s coming to Canberra.

Since releasing her EP ‘Fingertips’ in 2016 and debut album ‘Perennial’ in 2017; Vera Blue has played five completely sold out Australian tours, European/UK and USA dates, and multiple festivals including Lollapalooza and Splendour in the Grass.

Her new single  ‘All The Pretty Girls’, is a stunning change of pace, taking her deft lyricism and vocal prowess to a bold, new direction. The summer jam defined by self-possession and empowerment was the most added track to Australian radio in its debut week.

Happening Thursday 7 February from 8 pm at UC Refectory, University of Canberra, Building 1, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

This is an 18+ event.

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.

John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins with The Waifs and Stella Donnelly

Everyone’s favourite roots and blues group, John Butler Trio are coming to Canberra and bringing some very special guests along with them.

Taking Stage 88 for one huge afternoon on Sunday 10 February, the beloved trio will be joined onstage by Missy Higgins, The Waifs and Stella Donnelly.

Happening Sunday 10 February from 2 pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park.

See the website for tickets and more information.

Hands Like Houses

Canberra rockers Hands Like Houses are thrilled to announce a national album tour in February, unleashing their latest full-length album–Anon. live to the masses, joined by special guests Ocean Grove.

Happening Friday 8 February at UC Refectory, Bruce from 7-11pm.

For tickets and information, visit the UC Refectory website.

PETER PAN GOES WRONG

Following hot on the wobbly heels of the box office hit The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre brings its triumphant disaster Peter Pan Goes Wrong from London’s West End to Australia.

Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Peter Pan Goes Wrong turns the J.M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan, into ‘a joyous masterclass of physical comedy and general disaster’ (London Evening Standard).

Once again, the much-loved members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes with hilarious and disastrous results.

Will they ever make it to Neverland?

Happening 6-10 February at Canberra Theatre Centre.

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.

MARKETS

Canberra Fashion Market

Discover new and pre-loved fashion at the Canberra Fashion Market, including designer labels and a wide range of styles for women, men, teens and kids. Fashion, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories and beauty products are on hand.

Market-goers have uncovered major national and international brands, including Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Guess, Dior, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Guess, Ralph Lauren, Decjuba, Kookai, Country Road and Witchery.

Support a sustainable lifestyle and help reduce waste by recycling quality, stylish fashion that’s too good to discard. You’ll also uncover interesting collectables. The Canberra Fashion Market (formerly Fash ‘n’ Treasure) has been around for 20 years, and with good reason. Food and coffee available.

Visit the yummy cupcake stand. Bring the kids and Plenty of free parking and public transport available.

Only eight minutes from the city. $3 entry fee (kids under 12 free).

Held indoors and protected from the weather. New stallholders can apply on canberramarkets.net.au.

Happening Saturday 9 February from 10 am – 3 pm in the Coorong Pavillion at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

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.

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

French Afterwork at the Alliance Française of Canberra

This week, as always, you rocked! Work, kids, family, responsibilities…you handled it all like a queen. What about you treat yourself now? How about you take some time for you to learn a new language while sipping good wine and meeting new friends?

The Alliance Française of Canberra presents you its French Afterwork! Come learn French in a relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of wine or a beer. Open to all levels

Happening every Friday for five weeks from 8 February – 8 March at The Alliance Française of Canberra from 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

See the website for more information.

Short Story Masterclass with A.S. Patrić

In this special ACT Writers Centre masterclass with Miles Franklin Award-winner, A.S. Patrić, writers will be taken through a study of the craft and technique essential for writing unique and vital short stories.

Explore character development, narrative function, voice and tone, as well as the ideas and aesthetics specific to short stories, with a focus on how to deploy these skills practically.

Discussion will be warm and inclusive, exploring a range of genres and styles but always with a focus on the art of fiction.

Writers will cover:

  • A method for developing literary craft and a functional writing process.
  • An understanding of the narrative dynamics that create compelling short stories.
  • A better idea of how to develop characters with integrated, integral narratives.
  • Understanding the scope and functions of short narratives.
  • Practical knowledge of Australian literary market for local short story writers.

Before Black Rock White City won Australia’s most prestigious award in 2016, A.S. Patrić had published two story collections: Las Vegas for Vegans (short-listed in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards) and The Rattler & other stories. Individually, his stories have been winners of the Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize and twice published in Best Australian Stories. In November 2018, he published his third collection, The Butcherbird Stories.

Happening Saturday 9 February from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at the ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.

Find tickets and more information on Eventbrite.

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.

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

UC CAPITALS FACE OFF IN THE WNBL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Get out and support Canberra’s UC Capitals as they enter into Round One of the WNBL Grand Final!

Happening Saturday 9 February at the National Convention Centre, Civic.

See the website 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 until Tuesday 5 February at Manuka Oval, Forest from 10am – 5:30pm.

For more information head to cricket.com.au

Canberra Triathalon Festival

Get ready to race in the Nation’s capital as Elite Energy deliver the Proximity Canberra Triathlon Festival. This year’s Standard distance triathlon is an Age Group ITU World Championship Qualifying Race. Your finishing position will determine the number of selection points that you receive giving you points to represent Australia in 2019.

Promising a huge day of racing with several events to choose from, this is the perfect chance to either tackle a tri for the first time or get out and race your favourite distance.

Happening Saturday 9 February at Round Terrace, Parkes from 6am – 1pm.

For more information, visit eliteenergy.com.au

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 until Tuesday 5 February at Manuka Oval, Forrest.

See website for tickets and more information.

OUTDOORS 

YOGA BY THE LAKE 

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

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

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

See Facebook for more information.

ACT PARKS 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

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.

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

Unmanning Aviation

Code like a girl will be launching their 2019 events calendar with an exploration of the space & aerospace industries. Join CLG as they uncover the stories and experiences of women whose careers are – quite literally – taking off.

With drinks, nibbles and special treats available for the CLG community.

Happening Wednesday 6 February at The Australian National University (Hanna Neumann Building), Acton. Entry is $10.

For more information visit Code like a girl.

CLG Adult Workshop – Introduction to Programming with Python

Learning to code with Python is a brilliant starting block for any future programmer. It’s one of the most versatile and widely-used programming languages. It’s also a great place to start if you’re a complete coding newbie.

This Python workshop will give you an introduction to some general programming concepts and terminology, including:

– Types, operators and functions

– Control statements

– Introductory syntax of Python 3

This adult workshop is aimed at complete beginners, so we’ll give you plenty of opportunity to tinker while you’re learning. We also encourage you to work together and ask plenty of questions!

Happening Tuesday 5 February at Department of Education and Training, Marcus Clarke St. Entry is $45 (Students $25).

For more information visit Code like a girl.

Lifeline Book Fair

The Lifeline bookfair is the largest gathering of book-lovers in Canberra and they raise a major portion of the funding needed to keep our local 13 11 14 crisis support and suicide prevention service available to the community.

Happening Friday 8 – Sunday 10 February at Exhibition Park, Lyneham. Entry is a gold coin donation.

For more information, head to the Lifeline website.

PETstock’s National Pet Adoption Day

PETstock Assist in partnership with not-for-profit charity PetRescue will be running its 5th annual National Pet Adoption Day in February to help find forever homes for pets all over Australia.

The National Pet Adoption Day is a great opportunity to remind those that are looking to add a new member to their family, that they should adopt, not buy a pet this year and help an animal in need.

Happening Saturday 9 February at PETstock, Fyshwick from 10am – 2pm. Free entry.

For more information head to petstock.com.au

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.

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 (CLOSING SOON)

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 (CLOSING SOON)

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 until 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.

 

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. 

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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