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Another big week ahead with plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Take on the CBR 100 Challenge and step outside your comfort zone; check out the Canberra Comedy Festival for a barrel of laughs that will carry you across six days madness; or potter about the Fash n Treasure markets. There always plenty do for art lovers, market dwellers and even sports fans too!

Here’s what’s happening This Week in The Can!


CBR 100 Challenge

If you’re looking for a fun way to get fit with friends, support a worthy cause and explore some of Canberra’s hidden gems, you just might be up for the CBR 100 Challenge!  Form a team and join the ACT Chief Minister and other well-known Canberrans in raising funds to support the valuable work of the ACT Heart Foundation. Walk or run right out of your comfort zone on a 25km, 50km or 100km course exploring the sights of Canberra’s new Centenary Trail. On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March leaving Regatta Point. Visit for more information.

Canberra Comedy Festival

Back for another year of madness, laughters and belly-aching laughs, the Canberra Comedy Festival returns to the nation’s capital this week armed with 60 shows and the world’s best comedians. The (sold out) Opening Night Gala will kick off the festival on Tuesday 17 March at the Canberra Theatre Centre. The six-day festival features headlining acts including Cal Wilson, Peter Helliar, The Umbilical Brothers, Sarah Kendall and Dave Thornton. Shows will run across a number of venues. Tickets available through the Canberra Comedy Festival. Opening Tuesday 17 to Sunday 22 March.

You Are Here

You Are Here is a curated festival which showcases the best of Canberra’s diverse independent and experimental arts and culture. After four successful years, You Are Here is now a fixture of the Canberra arts landscape and is quickly becoming established as one of the pre-eminent experimental and emerging arts festivals in Australia. For the full program visit the You Are Here website. On Wednesday 18 to Sunday 22 March at The Record Store, Cnr East Row and City Walk.

Fashion Saturday at Westfield

Obsessed with Fashion? You’ll love Westfield’s Fashion Saturday! This Saturday only, it’s all about VIP events, workshops and special retailer offers. Visit our event pages to see what’s on at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden this Saturday 21 March!

There are styling workshops, high tea previews, kids activities and much more!

Operation Slipper Welcome Home Parade

The end of 2014 marked the end of Operation SLIPPER, Australia’s military contribution to the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan and the Middle East. The Prime Minister announced a nation-wide commemoration activity marking the end of Operation SLIPPER will be held this Saturday. In Canberra, Operation SLIPPER veterans will march at 09:30 along Anzac Parade to the Australian War Memorial, where a memorial service will follow. Canberrans and visitors to the capital are invited to attend and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our personnel. The form up point for the march will be along Anzac Parade. Participation in the Canberra march is for Defence personnel and other government agency personnel who deployed on Operation SLIPPER and are living in the Canberra, Wagga and Goulburn regions. Additionally, discharged veterans and allied nations’ veterans and locally engaged employees who served as part of the operation are welcome to participate. On Saturday 21 March from 9.30am to 12pm at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell.

WHO IS Exhibition

For this unique exhibition, Walter Knoll will take over Designcraft’s showroom. Their temporary residency will introduce Canberrans to a wide range of pieces of residential furniture, including sofas, chairs, tables, stools and even home-office furniture. It will be the first chance Canberra will have to see some Walter Knoll products. Designer Louisa de Smet, from Corr Blimey, has created her latest collection, entitled ‘Propaganda’, around furniture designed by internationally renowned Walter Knoll, celebrating its 150th year in business in 2015. WHO IS provides the public with a unique opportunity to talk to designers direct and see fabulous design up close. Tours of Designcraft’s factory will also be held. The exhibition opens 21 March from 10am to 4pm and runs until 28 March at Designcraft, Monaro Highway in Hume.


Backyard Produce Dinner

Your gateway to the vast array of stunning produce grown right on their doorstep, A.Baker present their intimate series of Backyard Produce Dinners to take the best fruit, vegetables and herbs that you’ve grown in your backyard and put it into their kitchen for the chefs to prepare once a month. Simple book at a table, bring in a bunch, box or bag of your best produce two to three days before the event and they’ll prepare a great dinner! At A.Baker in the NewActon Pavilion – check the A.Baker website for details of dates. Limited seating so bookings are essential online or by phoning (02) 6287 6150. Tickets are $60 food and $35 for matched wines.

Canberra Endometriosis Network High Tea

Canberra Endometriosis Network is holding a high tea to raise funds for Endometriosis Awareness Month. Held at Adore Tea Gold Creek,10 from each adult ticket and all proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Canberra Endometriosis Network. Adult tickets are $48 and kids tickets are available for $18. There will also be a raffle on the day. RSVP are essential by 16 March to and include any dietary requirements. On Saturday 21 March from 11.30am to 1pm. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Apple and Pear Festival

To celebrate the launch of the new season’s apples and pears, the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets will be hosting the Apple and Pear Festival. There’ll be fun activities for kids, giveaways, produce tastings, products and ciders, cooking demonstrations, producer visits and much more. The Festival will run from 19 March until 29 March at Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, 12 Dalby Street Fyshwick. Note: Fyshwick Markets are open Thursday to Sunday.


Delicious afterDARK: Rainforest to Red Centre (adults-only)

Experience the contrasts of the cool rainforest and the arid Red Centre at night—right in the heart of Canberra. Start your evening with an aperitif on arrival, then embark on a night-time guided journey through the diverse habitats of the Gardens. Finish your evening with a gourmet bush food supper and wine tasting in the Red Centre Garden. An ‘adults only’ evening combining the best of the Gardens’ afterDARK tour experiences with gourmet food and wine. On Friday 20 March. $75 per person. See the National Botanical Gardens website for details on how to book.

Courtyard Cinema at A. Baker

Courtyard Cinema brings you a summer of new and classic movies in the intimate setting of NewActon’s courtyard every Tuesday evening until the end of March. Styled for the summer holiday season, screenings commence at sunset. The monthly Raw Stories strand selects premier or barely seen new documentary films, true stories with a bite to them. Blink and You’ll Miss Them picks up on a few feature films that either slipped Canberra by, or were gone before you knew that they’ve been here. Cult Cuts carves off a tasty slice of our favourite cult movies, whilst Classy Coms is a tasteful sideboard of some of the most streamlined screwball rom coms from the deluxe 1930s.

Screenings commence at sunset. Deckchair admission is free on the purchase of an A. Baker glass of wine or bottle of beer. Bookings essential, as seats are very limited. Patrons should note ratings for all films; those under 15 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian to films marked MA15+ or E. In the event of wet weather, the screening will be cancelled. Cancellations will be announced on the A. Baker Facebook page three hours prior to the screening.

Tid by Torchlight

Summer might be over but Canberrans and visitors can still enjoy the unique opportunity to explore Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during the evening to watch native animals emerge from their hiding places for nightfall. The Tid by Torchlight program, which is organised by Conservation Volunteers Australia, run every Friday and Saturday night until 30 April, and subject to minimum booking numbers. The program is an opportunity to see and learn about our local, native flora and fauna in the stunning reserve with an expert guide. Each tour runs for five hours and begins with a dusk wildlife walk and gourmet bush BBQ before venturing into the forest at night, to discover animals you wouldn’t normally find.

Your guide will walk you through the reserve sanctuary and a spotlight tour of the forest, while teaching you about Australia’s native wildlife. Tickets are $80 for an adult and $65 for children. For visitors, the ticket price also covers the cost of transportation to and from Canberra hotels. Your ticket sale will support wildlife conservation at Tidbinbilla; a portion of the cost is donated directly back to Tidbinbilla’s endangered species breeding programs. For more information visit their website.


Celebrate the Future You

Run by Change Coaching Australia, Future You is a fancy dress celebration unlike any other. Shift your state, become your dreams, see new faces and celebrate your future. You are the theme. You are always changing; therefore it is only fitting that your costume will also change each year. Some of CCA’s change technicians are qualified in fantasy makeup  and happy to assist with your transformation at discounted rates. Future You is an alcohol-free event. Join Now to become a Change Coaching Australia (CCA) Member to receive discounts on this event and other services.  If you are already a CCA member Sign In to receive your discount. Take advantage of the special HerCanberra offer and enter this code (HerFuture) to receive 10% off. On 6.30pm to 10pm Saturday 28 March at Nishi Gallery.

GWS Giants’ Fan Day

The GIANTS kick off their home ground 2015 season this Sunday. Head down to StarTrack Oval on Saturday afternoon for GIANTS Fan Day and meet the team. There’ll be face painters, a jumping castle and a huge signing session with all the GIANTS. You’ll also have the chance to meet GMAN too! On Saturday 21 March from 3pm to 5pm at StarTrack Oval, Manuka Circle, Griffith. For more information email

Canberra Raiders v Illawarra Dragons

Be a part of the action at GIO Stadium for a Canberra Raiders home match. See them play the Dragons in Round 3 of the competition. Nothing beats being part of the crowd at a live rugby league match, especially when the Raiders are playing on their own turf!  Tickets will be on sale from Ticketek. On Saturday 21 March with gates open at 4pm for 6.30pm kick off at GIO Stadium, Bruce.

GWS Giants v Sydney Swans

Get your tickets now to see the GIANTS take on the Sydney Swans as part of the 2015 NAB Challenge. The GIANTS have a passionate home following and will be desperate to reward their Canberra fans with a win and a fantastic fight to the final whistle. Tickets available from Ticketek. On Sunday 22 March with kick off from 1.10pm at StarTrack Oval, Manuka.


Old Bus Depot Markets

Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets.

On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Fash n’ Treasure

Fash ‘n’ Treasure is Canberra’s one and only fashion event, bringing together local wardrobes, fashion designers, fashion shops, milliners and stylists. Held approximately once per month, Canberrans can come along and indulge in a day of shopping for clothes, shoes, bags, hats and accessories, whilst thrifty fashionistas can sell their beloved items to make room for more essential purchases! On Saturday 21 March from 10am to 3pm at EPIC. Entry gold coin donation.

Charny Carny

The Charny Carny is a joint initiative of Charnwood-Dunlop School, St Thomas Aquinas Primary School and Mt Rogers Scouts. A day about uniting the community, working together and having fun. It also serves to raise much needed funds for the two schools and Scout group. Rides, stage entertainment, activities and games, showbags, petting zoo, face painting, food, market stalls, more food, mascot race, art gallery and much much more! This event is definitely one to put in your diary. All-day unlimited ride wristbands are available from Charnwood Capital Chemist for the early bird price of $30 or on the day from the ride ticket booth for $35. Entry to the Charny Carny always has been and always will be FREE! On Saturday 21 March from 12pm to 6pm on Lhotsky Street, Charnwood.

O’Connor Cooperative School Fete

All sorts of fun things to do and stacks of stalls crammed with interesting stuff. White elephant, raffle, face painting, curries, skills auction, bbq, bouncy castle, books, café, tombola, clothes, craft, and much more. On Saturday 21 March from 10am to 2pm at Macpherson Street, O’Connor.

Canberra Community Twilight Markets

The Canberra Community Twilight Markets @ The Hangar are this Saturday. Enjoy a market full of local art and exhibits, as well as wonderful regular stallholders. Over 60+ stalls, live entertainment and children’s entertainment. There’ll be lots of Easter delights for you to purchase and Canberra Roller Derby League will be there cooking up a storm and skating around to talk to the public about their upcoming bouts. For the kids, there will be an Easter egg hunt on at 6.30pm (weather permitting). With an optional Gold Coin Donation to the Lone Fathers Association. Come and support small business and the community a “Buy Local or Bye Bye Small Business” Campaign. On Saturday 21 March from 3pm to 8pm at 225 Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands – the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

Gorman House Markets

For a quarter of a century, the Gorman House Markets have been Canberra’s much loved meeting place providing opportunities for the community and visitors alike to express themselves creatively, trade and shop in a vibrant environment, access to an audience, engage in the arts and be a part of living heritage. Experience them from 10am to 4pm every Saturday at Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.


Play Up

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.

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 2 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.


Car Cruise Fundraising for Tara Costigan’s Family

On Saturday 28 February, Tara Costigan was killed in a domestic incident in Calwell. Since then Canberra has come together to raise money for her children. This Friday evening there will be a car cruise through the streets of Canberra to not only raise money for the children she left behind but also to raise awareness for domestic violence and its affects. All cars, both new and old, are welcome. On Friday 20 March from 7.30pm to 11pm meeting and departing from Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre, Phillip. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

The Black Dog Ride

Established in 2009 by Steve Andrews, who rode his motorcycle solo around Australia in 26 days to raise awareness of depression, the Black Dog Ride was incorporated as a national suicide prevention charity in 2014. Participants will carry the Black Dog Ride mascot ‘Winston’ on their bikes – a soft toy black dog named after Sir Winston Churchill who famously diarised about the ‘black dog of depression’. The Ride will raise money for Lifeline Australia’s regional Lifeline Centres in every state and territory. On Sunday 22 March from 8am to 1pm, 441 Sutton Road, Majura. For more information visit

Marymead Charity Race Day

Come along to the Canberra Outlet Centre proudly supporting Marymead Charity Race Day at Thoroughbred Park in the Silks Room on Saturday 21 March. It will be a fabulous day with Tim Gavel as MC. The room will be abuzz with Punters Club, Private TAB facilities, the best seat in the house overlooking the track, prizes, auctions, giveaways, glam bar, goodie bags and much much more! Corporate tables together with individual tables are currently available but are selling fast. Ticket prices include a fabulous three course meal including five hour beverage package. For more information regarding the Canberra Outlet Centre Charity Race Day, contact Joanne Dean-Ritchie on 6107 3036 or email

Heartkids Hillclimb

Come and watch some exciting time trial racing action and help support HeartKids at the Heartkids Hillclimb. This day is dedicated to raising awareness for HeartKids, Australia’s soles charity focused on childhood Heart Disease. Chance for kids to ride in a race car. Food and Drinks available onsite. Spectator entry free. For more information about this event visit the Heartkids Hillclimb Facebook page. On Sunday 22 March from 9am to 4pm at 441 Sutton Road, Majura.


Portraits of a Tea Cosy

A tea cosy exhibition would not be complete without Loani Prior tea cosies and this exhibition stars 20 exuberant cosies with marvellously quirky names such as Sleeveless in Seattle and All form and No Function. To coincide with the Portraits of a Tea Cosy exhibition, Craft ACT is proud to partner with the ANU to offer knitting enthusiasts a special one off opportunity to learn from the Queen of Teacosies, Loani Prior in a two-day workshop on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Places are limited. For more information and to book visit Craft ACT On until Saturday 28 March.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.


Mary Poppins

Canberra will come alive with ‘Chim, chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey Chim chim cher-ee!’ and ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ when Mary Poppins, the broadway musical, flies into Canberra Theatre Centre this week. The company that brought you The Phantom of The Opera in 2013 is delighted to be returning to Canberra Theatre Centre with the Free-Rain production of Disney’s & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins — a classic family tale that will sprinkle its magic into the hearts and minds of all Canberrans. On now until 29 March. Tickets available online from Canberra Theatre Centre.

EVITA — The Musical

The iconic musical EVITA returns to the stage in Canberra for the first time in 25 years, and tells the true story of Evita Peron and stars some of Canberra’s finest theatre performers. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical returns to Canberra for the first time in 25 years in this stunning new Canberra Philharmonic production. With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, EVITA has become iconic. It features some of the most memorable and best loved songs in musical theatre, including ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’, ‘You Must Love Me’, and ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’. A talented local cast features Kelly Roberts in the title role, with Grant Pegg as the everyman Che, and Tony Falla playing Argentine President Juan Perón. On now until Saturday 21 March at Erindale Theatre, McBryde Crescent, Wanniassa. For tickets and information visit


No Lights, No Lycra

No Lights, No Lycra makes a return for 2015. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.

Bec and Sam will be taking over as the (North) Canberra ambassadors for 2015. NLNL will take place on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm, and in a new location. Head to St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door. For more information visit the new NLNL Facebook page. On every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge. On every Friday from 5pm.

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

30+ Dance Event will be hosting weekly Dance Parties every Saturday night at The RUC where you will be provided with an entralling and relaxed atmosphere to meet new people at your own leisure. A fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere to dance, meet new or other likeminded persons, romance, flirt or socialise and make friends. These are popular weekly Saturday night evens and the ideal night out for fun-loving socialable 30+s with pulsating music from the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s plus much more. Visit 30 Plus Dance Event for details. On every Saturday from 8pm onwards at The RUC, Turner and $20 per head.

Smith’s Alternative Live Gigs

For more information about Smith’s Alternative Live gigs and to purchase tickets please visit their website.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The PhoenixTransit BarThe FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.


Art in the Gardens with Friends Exhibition

On display at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery, the Art in the Gardens with Friends exhibition features botanical paintings and drawings dedicated to Australian native plants. Curated by the Friends Botanical Art Group, the exhibition brings together both amateur and expert artists who seek to portray plants found in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, some of which can be difficult for artists to find elsewhere. Most artworks featured in the exhibition are for sale. Exhibition opens 9.30am to 4.30pm on 20 March until 19 April at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery.


As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, 6 Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response. Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Following sell-out shows in Los Angeles and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, comes the National Gallery of Australia’s 2014 summer blockbuster James Turrell: A Retrospective. Never before seen in Australia and showing only in Canberra, James Turrell is considered one of the greatest artists of our time. The National Gallery of Australia’s retrospective combines works from LACMA’s tour with spectacular new, site-specific installations. The exhibition is open until Monday 8 June, 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia. Ensure to check the exhibitions time changes over Christmas (closed Christmas Day). Tickets are available to purchase through Ticketek but bookings are also essential as only 15 people are allowed through in any one session.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of artworks created by Warlpiri people in the 1950s. Glimpsed through the eyes of the collector as well as more recent Warlpiri interpretations, Warlpiri Drawings explores how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change, to picture life in the present and look hopefully towards the future. The exhibition is open until 31 May 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.

Other exhibitions

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.


5×15 – Five by Fifteen

In celebration of its 15th birthday, Aarwun Gallery is inviting FIFTEEN of its longest standing and best loved artists to exhibit FIVE new and unique works. You are warmly invited to join the Gallery for wine, gourmet canapés and a salon performance by world acclaimed cellist David Perieira on the Opening Night. Guests can also enjoy a 15% discount on this stunning art collection, for one evening only. This event is free but please RSVP by phone (02) 6230 2055 or email On Friday 20 March from 5.30pm at Aarwun Gallery at Federation Square, Gold Creek. 

Let Me Be Myself: The Story of Anne Frank

A message to the young people of today, the travelling Anne Frank exhibition, Anne Frank, Let Me Be Myself, features quotations from Anne Frank’s diary and photos of her family that form a thread throughout the exhibition. To emphasise the chronological order of events, almost every panel contains a timeline. Below the timeline is the personal story of Anne Frank and above the timeline the visitor is confronted with the ‘big historical events’ of that time. The exhibition developed by the world-famous Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is travelling around major cities and regional towns throughout Australia. Guides will be available to assist visitors to understand the story of Anne Frank and its context. On now until 31 March from 10am to 5pm at the Australian Jewish Centre. Entry is $5 per person. For more information visit their website.

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

A tea cosy exhibition would not be complete without Loani Prior tea cosies and this exhibition stars 20 exuberant cosies with marvellously quirky names such as Sleeveless in Seattle and All form and No FunctionPortraits of a Tea Cosy has been developed into a travelling exhibition through collaboration with the artists and Warwick Art Gallery with assistance from Museum and Gallery Services of Queensland. The exhibition will open Thursday 12 February by Mark Viner, Head of Sturt at 6pm in Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Gallery and will run until Saturday 28 March. Craft ACT is proud to partner with the ANU to offer knitting enthusiasts a special one off opportunity to learn from the Queen of Teacosies, Loani Prior in a two-day workshop on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Places are limited. For more information and to book visit Craft ACT.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Open until 24 December 2015. Visit their website for more information.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs. Open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something. Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Enterprising Australians

An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 25 June 2015 at Questacon.

Keepsakes: Australians and The Great War

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the National Library of Australia invites you to explore their fascinating collection of wartime albums, medals, letters and diaries in Keepsakes. Keepsakes tells the story of The Great War as experienced by Australian servicemen and women, key political leaders, civilians, artists and families on the homefront. Discover how very personal stories become our nation’s collective memory. Open until Sunday 31 May 2015.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August 2015.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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