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

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Canberra Fashion Market

Canberra Fashion Market is back on Saturday 13 July and is bigger and better than ever.

They have a new home at Thoroughbred Park and have teamed up with a food and wine provider to make the market a great day out for family and friends.

Canberra Fashion Market is excited about expanding fashion to include food stalls, food vans, wine and live music. Come early and stay all day.

Want to register for a fashion, food or wine stall? Click here.

Happening Saturday 13 July from 10 am – 4 pm at Thoroughbred Park, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham.

Entry is free and so is parking.

See canberramarkets.net.au for more information.

Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon

Immerse yourself in Questacon’s after-hours winter spectacular!

Dance under a 7m Moon, discover celestial wonders stargazing, get creative with space crafts and dine in a glowing food court!

Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon is the ultimate family-friendly winter activity these July school holidays.

All eight action-packed galleries will be open and the centre will be bursting with glowing moon and space-themed activities.

Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $12.50 for children or $45 for a family.

Happening 10-13 July 2019 from 5.30 – 9 pm at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See questacon.edu.au for more information.

RONNY CHIENG – TONE ISSUES TOUR

One of the stars of the worldwide smash hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, as seen in GQ and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Canberra Comedy Festival favourite Malaysian Chinese comedian, Ronny Chieng, returns to Australia to perform his unapologetic stand-up live for a very limited run of shows!

Happening Wednesday 9 July from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

School Holidays Activities at Marketplace Gungahlin

Kids are king these school holidays at Marketplace Gungahlin with free activities for the whole family every single day! There’ll be sand and craft play, plus popular children’s characters roaming around the centre to surprise the little ones. All of this entertainment is absolutely free so don’t miss out on the fun! It’ll all happen directly outside Big W throughout the school holidays.

In the first week of the school holidays, there will be sensory play activities happening every day Monday to Friday from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm, including face painting, scratch art with coloured sand and a magic sand table with different sand activities each day.

On the weekend of 13 and 14 July, the Meet Your Favourite Characters event will take place from 11 am – 1 pm. Come say hello and grab a photo with your favourite characters, as princesses, snowmen, ice queens and tigers roam the centre.

The second week of the holidays is all about craft, with different activities on offer from Monday to Friday at 10.30 am – 1.30 pm. 

Kids can play with building straws, play dough, collage, sticking and glueing, the sand table and crayon rubbing every day, plus make their own grass heads on Monday, enjoy bug magnet weaving on Tuesday, make their own wind chime on Wednesday, design their own frisbie on Thursday and make their own kaleidoscope on Friday.

On the weekend of 20 and 21 July, the kids will have another chance to meet their favourite characters from 11 am – 1 pm, with cowboys, dinosaurs and superheroes visiting the centre.

Find out more on the Marketplace Gungahlin website.

WINTERVENTION

As the mercury continues to fall and Canberra braces itself for a frosty winter, we think everyone could use a Wintervention

Canberrra’s only open air ice rink is back and bigger than ever in a brand new location.

Nestled in Civic Square in front of the Canberra theatre, it’s the centre piece for Canberra’s winter festival. More than just skating – Wintervention will be bursting with activities including markets, ice shows, a life size snow globe and live entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

Wintervention will run from Friday 5 to Sunday 21 July, with the Food and Makers’ Markets at Wintervention taking place on the opening weekend (5 – 7 July).

Skating at Wintervention will be on every day from 10 am to 8 pm with scheduled performances from the ‘Stars on Ice’ on Fridays and weekends. Hot drinks and snacks will be available day and night.

There will be live music and entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the event.

Use this year’s Wintervention to get outside, embrace the cold and enjoy our city during this frosty season.

Happening from Friday 5 July until Sunday 21 July in the Civic Square.

See wintervention.com.au for more information.

THE YOUNG KING BY OSCAR WILDE

The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally acclaimed Adelaide theatre company, Slingsby. Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards.

The Young King tells the story of a young boy born to a princess and a poor woodland man. Snatched from his parents as a baby, the Young King is raised by a kindly goatherd in a deep forest.

Years pass and the old King, father of the princess, nears the end of his life. The old king calls for the boy to be brought to the palace; there he tells him, “You are not a young goatherd, you are my grandson the Young King and heir to my throne”

Happening Thursday 11 July to Saturday 13 July at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

Friday Night Drink Special at Pialligo Estate

Pialligo Estate is bringing back their much-loved Friday Night Drinks – this time with its winter edition, for three nights only in July!

Grab yourself a plus-one to cosy-up to and share an incredibly tasty and warming enchilada – Pialligo Estate Smoked Brisket wrapped in a silky tortilla and topped with sour cream, garden coriander and jalapenos AND a bottle of wine (or a jug of mulled wine) for only $60.

Enjoy Pialligo Estate’s Friday Night Drinks special, inside the warm Garden Pavilions, listening to live music sure to relax and ease you into the weekend!

Happening Friday 12, 19 and 26 July from 4.30 – 7 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Bookings essential: email reservations@pialligo.estate or call (02) 6247 6060.

LIFELINE CANBERRA JULY BOOKFAIR

The Bookfair is the largest gathering of book-lovers in Canberra, raising much-needed funds to keep the local 13 11 14 crisis support and suicide prevention service available to the community.

Happening from Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July at the Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium.

See lifelinecanberra.org.au for more information.

COSENTINO

Join Cosentino as he performs death-defying escapes that will thrill your senses, mind-boggling stage illusions and cutting-edge street magic that twists your view of reality.

Cosentino’s trademark blend of dance and magic with a touch of hilarious audience participation will take you on a journey that will captivate fans, new and old, until the very last mind-bending moment.

Happening Saturday 13 July from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

Hyatt Hotel Canberra Truffle Degustation Dinners

To celebrate truffle month, Hyatt Hotel Canberra, in collaboration with four Winery Ambassadors, will showcase local produce, wines and champagnes, and luxurious local black truffles.

DINNERS

  • 11 July | Robert Oatley Wines
  • 18 July | Ruinart Champagne
  • 25 July | Nick Spencer Wines

Dinners start from $145 per person and include a four-course black truffle menu with matching wines.

Call 6269 8901 for bookings and enquiries – limited seats available.

Happening Thursday 4-25 July from 7 pm onwards at The Promenade Café, Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

MONET: IMPRESSION SUNRISE

Featuring Claude Monet’s pioneering painting Impression, Soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise) 1872, from which Impressionism takes its name, this exclusive exhibition brings together works from the impressionist master and other significant artists to examine the founding of an art movement—a defining moment in art history.

Impression, Soleil levant, which rarely leaves the museum walls in Paris, has landed in a newly designed exhibition space at the NGA this winter, along with some forty impressionist and related paintings from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Tate, and Australian and New Zealand collections.

Alongside Monet’s masterpieces are key paintings by JMW Turner, whose early works inspired Monet, James McNeill Whistler, Alfred Sisley and Eugène Boudin, among others.

The works reveal the formative characteristics of Impressionism—depiction of light, purer colour and capturing the momentary view—by a new generation of artists who abandoned their studios for the world outside.

Monet: Impression Sunrise is an unmissable opportunity to see a masterful painting that became emblematic of a cultural movement and trace its influence on the course of art history.

Showing until 1 September 2019 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au/impressionsunrise for more information.

THE DRESSMAKER COSTUME EXHIBITION

From 1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra, the original costumes from the hit film The Dressmaker will be on display at the NFSA from 18 April 2019.

Audiences will be able to go ‘behind the seams’ of a diverse range of elegant vintage fashion worn by Hollywood stars and home-grown acting talents including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Rebecca Gibney and more.

The exhibition, designed by Marion Boyce, features a spectacular range of haute couture worn by the film’s stars.

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition celebrates the artistry of the film’s sumptuous designs, as well as the transformational power of fashion.

Showing until Sunday 18 August from 10 am – 4 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China

Calligraphy and painting are two treasures of traditional Chinese culture. For thousands of years, artists have produced works that have sustained the practice of China’s most revered art and provided cultural nourishment for the Chinese people.

This Australian-first exhibition explores the breadth and tradition of Chinese calligraphy and painting through artworks from the National Museum of China’s collection. See exquisite paintings by three Chinese modern artists — Xie Yun, Xiao Lang and Wang Naizhuang —and an extraordinary 20-metre-long replica 18th-century scroll documenting Emperor Qianlong’s 1751 tour to the southern provinces.

A mesmerising and immersive animation brings the story of the scroll and its historical figures to life in intricate three-dimensional detail.

The National Museum of Australia’s Harvest of Endurance pictorial scroll, painted in the traditional gong bi style and representing two centuries of Chinese contact with, and migration to, Australia forms a companion element of the exhibition, with eight of its 50 metres on display

This exhibition is part of a cultural exchange with the National Museum of China.

Free entry.

Showing until 28 July 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See nma.gov.au/chinese-art for more information.

Inked: Australian Cartoons

Inked features a selection of the best cartoons from the National Library of Australia’s extensive collections.

The exhibition draws from over 14,000 cartoons by dozens of artists, from before the arrival of the  First Fleet in 1788 up to the present. Each work is a time capsule, offering a snapshot of Australian life.

Visitors will be captivated by the works on display by many greats of Australian cartooning, including Will Dyson, Judy Horacek, Michael Leunig, David Low, Phil May, Alan Moir, Bruce Petty, Martin Sharp, Cathy Wilcox and many more.

INKED: PLAY

Come and see the famous Gumnut Babies going off to war. Create your own cartoon or draw a protest sign to hang on our display wall. Get stuck into a book. Find all the hidden Inkie the Echidnas and explore whether the world is doomed or domed.

Inked Play is open daily as part of Inked: Australian Cartoons. Find it by following Inkie the Echidna.

Open 10 am to 5 pm every day until 21 July 201

nla.gov.au

Painting on Country

Five senior artists from Tjungu Palya art centre in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia have reinvigorated their ancestors’ practice of painting directly onto the land. Their work, captured in a series of large-format photographs, is both timeless and transient, bridging the ancient and the contemporary.

Exhibition on show at the National Museum of Australia until 30 September 2019. Free entry.

More information at nma.gov.au.

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC WEEK: INSPIRING VOICES AT THE NFSA

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with films about two inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander figures, Adam Goodes and Ella Havelka.

With Ian Darling film ‘The Final Quarter’ and Douglas Watkin film ‘Ella’ to be played and followed by a panel discussion with special guests. Ella Havelka follows with a Q & A.

Happening Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

QUEANBEYAN NAIDOC BOORI AND FAMILY FUN DAY

NAIDOC Boori and Family Fun Day is a FREE event for the whole community.

Free entry, Free food, Entertainment, Cultural Activities, sporting clinics, Inflatables, Bush Tucker tasting and Education, Stalls, A photo Booth, Lucky Door Prizes and more.

Happening Thursday 11 July from 10 am – 2 pm at the QPRC Indoor Sports, 1 Yass Road, Queanbeyan.

For more information call 0427 415 917 for more information.

BOFFIN GOES BUSH – IN RECOGNITION OF NAIDOC WEEK

Boffins like to focus on local and seasonal ingredients and there is nothing more local than the native edible plants grown for centuries on our land!

In recognition of Naidoc week, Boffins are looking back at the grassroots of Australian foods and marry up the Boffins menu with some added flavours of Bush peppers, Kurrajong seeds, Peppermint gum and many more.

To add to the experience, Adam Shipp, Canberra’s Indigenous gardener, will provide valuable insights on native foods, medicine and growing your own bush foods.

Experience a night of fusion between modern and native Australian flavours in a 5-dish sharing style dinner with accompanying beverages and learn about Australia’s rich food heritage along the way.

Happening Thursday 11 July from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at Boffins, University House.

See unihouse.anu.edu.au for more information.

HANDS ON HISTORY

What do servicemen and servicewomen wear? What do they eat? What jobs do they do? This exciting hands-on history programs answer these questions and many more. Try on uniforms, handle real items, and hear incredible stories of Australians in wartime at Hands on History at the Australian War Memorial.

During NAIDOC week (8-11 July) discovery stories will focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who served their country.

Happening Monday 8 July to Friday 19 July at the Australian War Memorial.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

 

Monet’s Tea Salon @ the NGA

Celebrate the NGA’s winter exhibition Monet: Impression Sunrise with an unforgettable high tea, and enjoy a selection of French-inspired, sweet and savoury delights.

$43 NGA Member, $48 Guest.

Happening daily at 11 am and 2 pm on Level One, National Gallery of Australia.

Bookings online at nga.gov.au or Ticketek.com.

Friday Night Drink Special at Pialligo Estate

Pialligo Estate is bringing back their much-loved Friday Night Drinks – this time with its winter edition, for three nights only in July!

Grab yourself a plus-one to cosy-up to and share an incredibly tasty and warming enchilada – Pialligo Estate Smoked Brisket wrapped in a silky tortilla and topped with sour cream, garden coriander and jalapenos AND a bottle of wine (or a jug of mulled wine) for only $60.

Enjoy Pialligo Estate’s Friday Night Drinks special, inside the warm Garden Pavilions, listening to live music sure to relax and ease you into the weekend!

Happening Friday 12, 19 and 26 July from 4.30 – 7 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Bookings essential: email reservations@pialligo.estate or call (02) 6247 6060.

HOTEL KURRAJONG WINE YOGA: WINTER EDITION

Hotel Kurrajong are putting the ‘Vin’ in Vinyasa this July to bring you Wine Yoga. From beginners to the most experienced Yogis we invite all levels to join Cathy Bryson for a playful yoga class.

Cathy has been practising yoga for over 15 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to her classes.

Happening Monday 8 July from 6 – 7:30 pm at Hotel Kurrajong, National Circuit, Barton.

See TryBooking for more information.

CELLAR DOOR

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more details.

Monet’s Feast at First Edition

In conjunction with the Monet: Impression Sunrise Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, First Edition bring the farm-to-table tradition lived passionately by Claude Monet into the 21st century with a 3-course set menu based on some of Claude Monet’s favourite dishes from his home town of Giverny, France.

The 3 Course Set Menu (which is also available as individual courses) was developed using an abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables found in Monet’s kitchen garden. Beginning with an entrée of Camembert Fritters with apple and botanic jelly, a mouth drooling boeuf bourguignon with rosemary puff pastry crust for mains and Normandy French apple tart with vanilla bean gelato for dessert.

A few of the recipes are of French origin, such as the famous Normandy apple tart. Others are from locations abroad where Monet travelled in search of motifs to paint, such as the Savoy Hotel, London where he acquired their recipe for Yorkshire pudding.

The Monet’s Feast costs $65 per person, but guests will also receive a beautiful Hard Cover “Monet’s Palate Cookbook” per table when ordering the 3-course set menu option. Exquisite photography and inspired recipes bring Monet’s kitchen garden back to life.

The creative team have also designed a Monet themed Cocktail – The Giverny. A gin-based cocktail – available for just $10.

Happening until 1 September 2019 at First Edition Canberra, Level 1/65 Northbourne Ave, Civic.

See the website for more information.

Contentious Chef’s Truffle Selection and Special

One course or three-course selection of the ‘best of the day’ from Contentious Character’s Every Day All Day Menu and from their Daily Specials that can be truffled to your delight!

Happening 22 June – 3 August, every weekend from 10 am – 5 pm at Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin.

See the website for more information.

Truffle Infused Winter Weekends at Cellar Door

Truffle season is nearly upon us and Mt Majura are excited to include truffles at the cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.

Come in to the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining Flinders Estate triple cream brie a deliciously rich and creamy brie style cheese with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Every Saturday and Sunday from early June to late August.

Happening until 25 August from 10 am – 5 pm at Mount Majura Vineyard.

See mountmajura for more information.

The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening now until Sunday 1 September starting at 10 am at various locations.

See truffle festival for more information.

Monster’s Afternoon Delight

Serene, methodical and exceptionally Monster.

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

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

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

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

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

Every Friday at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 2, Building 3, 1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick. Find out more at vertikalsnowsports.com.

MUSIC

ANTHONY CALLEA

Join this ARIA Award winner, and one of Australia’s finest voices, for an intimate concert experience: Unplugged & Unfiltered. Audiences will be captivated by Anthony’s extraordinary voice and infectious personality in it’s purest form, when he will be joined on stage by piano, guitar and vocals in an intimate setting, performing songs from his 7 albums and more, as well as sharing stories and experiences from his life in and out of music.

It’s been 15 years since hitting the spotlight, followed by national tours, performing for royalty, touring with the likes of Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, number 1 albums, countless TV appearances, Anthony is still at the top of his game with his undeniable flawless vocals.

His most recent studio album, ARIA Number 1 Hits in Symphony (recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), debuting at #1 on the ARIA album charts in 2017.

Happening Saturday 13 July from 8 – 10:30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

More local music

Check out BMA and CBR DIY for more local gigs!

STAGE + SCREEN

RONNY CHIENG – TONE ISSUES TOUR

One of the stars of the worldwide smash hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, as seen in GQ and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Canberra Comedy Festival favourite Malaysian Chinese comedian, Ronny Chieng, returns to Australia to perform his unapologetic stand-up live for a very limited run of shows!

Happening Wednesday 9 July from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

THE TWITS BY SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

Mr and Mrs Twit, the most horrible people ever to live on the stage of the earth! How unpleasant is Mr Twit, a hairy –faced, grubby and messy old man! How mean-spirited Mrs Twit, whose once pretty face, now ugly and reflecting her consumption of nasty thoughts!

Being the delightful humans they are, Mr and Mrs Twit spend their days playing dirty tricks on each other. Mrs Twit puts worms in Mr Twit’s spaghetti-yuck! Mr Twit convinces Mrs Twit she has the dreaded shrinks-how mean! Insults are flying left, right and centre and a tag game of revenge and out-trickery is never ending.

Meanwhile, Muggle-Wump, a poor little monkey is held captive by Mr Twit. Obsessed with putting on The Great Upside –Down Monkey Circus, Mr Twit relentlessly trains Muggle-Wump to perform death defying stunts ,punishing the monkey as he sees fit .Poor little Muggle-Wump.

But! Fate changes for Muggle-Wump with the arrival of Roly-Poly, a glorious bird full of grace and pomposity. Together a plot is devised to secure Muggle-Wump’s freedom and punish the Twits forever.

Happening 10 – 13 July at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

See thestreet.org.au for more information.

THE YOUNG KING BY OSCAR WILDE

The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally acclaimed Adelaide theatre company, Slingsby. Journey in wonder, to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards.

The Young King tells the story of a young boy born to a princess and a poor woodland man. Snatched from his parents as a baby, the Young King is raised by a kindly goatherd in a deep forest.

Years pass and the old King, father of the princess, nears the end of his life. The old king calls for the boy to be brought to the palace; there he tells him, “You are not a young goatherd, you are my grandson the Young King and heir to my throne”

Happening Thursday 11 July to Saturday 13 July at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

COSENTINO

Join Cosentino as he performs death-defying escapes that will thrill your senses, mind-boggling stage illusions and cutting-edge street magic that twists your view of reality.

Cosentino’s trademark blend of dance and magic with a touch of hilarious audience participation will take you on a journey that will captivate fans, new and old, until the very last mind-bending moment.

Happening Saturday 13 July from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

The Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

Bring along your favourite records, share your 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.

Happening until Friday 6 December from 5:30 pm – 7 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information. 

FESTIVALS

Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon

Immerse yourself in Questacon’s after-hours winter spectacular!

Dance under a 7m Moon, discover celestial wonders stargazing, get creative with space crafts and dine in a glowing food court!

Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon is the ultimate family-friendly winter activity these July school holidays.

All eight action-packed galleries will be open and the centre will be bursting with glowing moon and space-themed activities.

Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $12.50 for children or $45 for a family.

Happening 10-13 July 2019 from 5.30 – 9 pm at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See questacon.edu.au for more information.

WINTERVENTION

As the mercury continues to fall and Canberra braces itself for a frosty winter, we think everyone could use a Wintervention

Canberrra’s only open air ice rink is back and bigger than ever in a brand new location.

Nestled in Civic Square in front of the Canberra theatre, it’s the centre piece for Canberra’s winter festival. More than just skating – Wintervention will be bursting with activities including markets, ice shows, a life size snow globe and live entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

Wintervention will run from Friday 5 to Sunday 21 July, with the Food and Makers’ Markets at Wintervention taking place on the opening weekend (5 – 7 July).

Skating at Wintervention will be on every day from 10 am to 8 pm with scheduled performances from the ‘Stars on Ice’ on Fridays and weekends. Hot drinks and snacks will be available day and night.

There will be live music and entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the event.

Use this year’s Wintervention to get outside, embrace the cold and enjoy our city during this frosty season.

Happening from Friday 5 July until Sunday 21 July in the Civic Square.

See wintervention.com.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

MEET & MOVE

Are you finding it hard to get active since having kids? Perhaps it’s time for you to Meet & Move!

Meet & Move is a new, active playgroup. It’s facilitator, Nicole Sadlier from Bluearth, knows that it can be hard to get out of the house when you have young kids. But like she says “When you do get outside,  you feel much better. Your mood improves and you feel refreshed and more energetic!”

Meet & Move sessions occur outdoors and include a pram-friendly, baby-wearing friendly walk, gentle yoga-style stretching or toning exercises (selected sessions) and a chance for the kids to burn off some energy at a playground or to walk/bike with the group.

It also engages parents and their kids in activities which develop skills such as running, kicking, balancing, throwing and catching. Their focus is to make movement fun and help parents to bank more active time into their day.

Join one of their free weekly sessions which run on Monday – Thursday from 10 am during the school term. Full details for locations can be found on Facebook.

Meet & Move is a program of the Bluearth Foundation, working in partnership with Mums Exercise Group Australia (MEGA) Canberra and supported by ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.  It has been created to help mums with young kids to be more active together, get outdoors and connect with other mums.

#UDHRquiltproject

The #UDHRQuiltProject features never before seen work from a global craftivism project. Stitching in local and global stories; see the intricate detail of these quilts that represent the world’s conscience.

Through the creation of four quilts, each embroidered with the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the project draws attention to the way human rights are challenged around the world today. The messages sewn into the quilts encourage visitors think, engage and take action.

The #UDHRQuiltProject moves beyond a traditional museum experience by inviting visitors to participate in a range of hand-on craft activities and workshops.

Happening until 30 June 2019 at Museum of Australian Democracy at various times.

See moadoh.gov.au/exhibitions/udhr-quilt-project to see more information.

SPORT + FITNESS

MELBOURNE ICE VS CANBERRA BRAVE

Head out this weekend to support your hometown team of the Canberra Brave as they take on weekend between the Melbourne Ice.

Happening Saturday 13 July from 5.30 – 7.30 pm at the Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre.  

See theaihl.com for more information.

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

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

Every Friday at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, Unit 2, Building 3, 1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick. Find out more at vertikalsnowsports.com.

Winter Yoga Suburban Escape

This half day suburban escape is a great way to relax, recharge and explore your personal yoga practice. Set in the cosy Rise Studio Canberra, Sare will lead you through a workshop to identify your Winter yoga practice needs. It will be followed by an aromatherapy presentation to support your constitution during the colder months and a nourishing wholefoods afternoon tea. The afternoon will finish with a gentle, restorative practice and taste of Thai Yoga Massage.

Tickets are limited to this event for a personalised experience (12 in total) and only four remain as at 1 July. All ticket holders will go into a draw to win a ticket to the next Yoga with Sare Suburban Escape event. The winner can claim the ticket for themselves or gift it to a friend.

Further information and FAQs are available on the Eventbrite booking page.

Cost is $100 per person. 

Happening Saturday 13 July from 1 – 5 pm at Rise Studio Canberra, Greenway

More information via Facebook.

MEET & MOVE

Are you finding it hard to get active since having kids? Perhaps it’s time for you to Meet & Move!

Meet & Move is a new, active playgroup. It’s facilitator, Nicole Sadlier from Bluearth, knows that it can be hard to get out of the house when you have young kids. But like she says “When you do get outside,  you feel much better. Your mood improves and you feel refreshed and more energetic!”

Meet & Move sessions occur outdoors and include a pram-friendly, baby-wearing friendly walk, gentle yoga-style stretching or toning exercises (selected sessions) and a chance for the kids to burn off some energy at a playground or to walk/bike with the group.

It also engages parents and their kids in activities which develop skills such as running, kicking, balancing, throwing and catching. Their focus is to make movement fun and help parents to bank more active time into their day.

Join one of their free weekly sessions which run on Monday – Thursday from 10 am during the school term. Full details for locations can be found on Facebook.

Meet & Move is a program of the Bluearth Foundation, working in partnership with Mums Exercise Group Australia (MEGA) Canberra and supported by ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.  It has been created to help mums with young kids to be more active together, get outdoors and connect with other mums.

MARKETS & FAIRS

Canberra Fashion Market

Canberra Fashion Market is back on Saturday 13 July and is bigger and better than ever.

They have a new home at Thoroughbred Park and have teamed up with a food and wine provider to make the market a great day out for family and friends.

Canberra Fashion Market is excited about expanding fashion to include food stalls, food vans, wine and live music. Come early and stay all day.

Want to register for a fashion, food or wine stall? Click here.

Happening Saturday 13 July from 10 am – 4 pm at Thoroughbred Park, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham.

Entry is free and so is parking.

See canberramarkets.net.au for more information.

LIFELINE CANBERRA JULY BOOKFAIR

The Bookfair is the largest gathering of book-lovers in Canberra, raising much-needed funds to keep the local 13 11 14 crisis support and suicide prevention service available to the community.

Happening from Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July at the Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium.

See lifelinecanberra.org.au for more information.

CREATIVE FIBRE

Creative types unite! Be inspired by the originality of the region’s most talented textile artists showcasing and selling their work at our annual Creative Fibre. This day offers an excellent opportunity to engage with the textile artists who call the Canberra region home.

You can see products and learn about the processes involved in designing, printing on fabric, creating mixed media homewares and wearable textiles, weaving, knitting, crocheting, hand dyeing fabric and more.

What might you find? A large range of handcrafted homewares, clothing and textiles.

Happening Sunday 14 July from 10 am – 4 pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the obdm.com for more information.

NATIONAL ENDANGERED SKILLS AND TRADES SHOW

Horologists, saddlers, bookbinders, weavers, taxidermists, sound engineers, and many more.

These professionals are not anachronisms but thriving businesses using heritage skills in the digital world. Traders will be demonstrating their work and some will be selling their wares. Many are coming to the event as they are looking for new apprentices, meet them in person and talk about their careers.

Happening Saturday 13 July to Sunday 14 July from 9 am – 5 pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets

See Endangered Heritage for more information.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Lovers of fine handcrafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who make their way to Canberra’s famous Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday.

In a fabulous old industrial building you will experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”.

Happening every Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

NORTHSIDE FAMILY MARKETS

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical-free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am 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

Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon

Immerse yourself in Questacon’s after-hours winter spectacular!

Dance under a 7m Moon, discover celestial wonders stargazing, get creative with space crafts and dine in a glowing food court!

Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon is the ultimate family-friendly winter activity these July school holidays.

All eight action-packed galleries will be open and the centre will be bursting with glowing moon and space-themed activities.

Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $12.50 for children or $45 for a family.

Happening 10-13 July 2019 from 5.30 – 9 pm at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See questacon.edu.au for more information.

THE CONSTITUTION IN SPACE

Join the National Archives this Constitution Day for a fascinating discussion exploring the past, present and future of Australia’s role in the space race. Is the Constitution, written more than 100 years ago, relevant in the space age? What do the experts say?

Happening Tuesday 9 July from 5:30 – 8 pm at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See naa.gov.au for more information.

Monet: Daily guided tours at the National Gallery of Australia

Join a gallery guide to discover more about the key Impressionist artists, their work and their predecessors.

Free tour, exhibition ticket required.

Weekdays at Weekdays 10.30am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

Weekends 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

Meet at NGA info desk, Level One, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

Art for lunch

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection.

Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening until Thursday 28 November, every Thursday from 12:45-1:15 pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

In the Studio – Indigenous arts and culture workshops  

Join the NMA for a series of workshops led by Indigenous artists and creatives to explore a new installation of fibre-art figures by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers that brings to life the story of the Seven Sisters. Engage with the life-sized figures and the songline narrative through different mediums including visual and fibre arts, poetry, music and Indigenous language.

For full program visit the website.

Happening now until Friday 12 July starting at 10 am at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au 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.

WAR AND LOVE – NORA HEYSEN

Anne-Louise Willoughby is the author of Nora Heysen, a portrait, a biography of the Australian painter.

Join the author for a talk and readings focusing on Heysen’s experiences as Australia’s first female official war artist.

Happening Wednesday 10 July from 12:30 – 13:30 at the Australian War Memorial.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

FRIDAY WITH A FRIEND

An engaging tour of the NGA collection for people with dementia and their carers. This event is free however it is recommended that participants register interest.

Happening 10.30am – 11.30am every Friday at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Happy and Glorious

The Queen’s Visit in 1954. The phrase conjures up memories of a young Queen in summer dresses and ball gowns, crowds of Australians excitedly waving flags and charming tableaus spelling out heartfelt messages.

Old Parliament House was central to the royal tour while the Queen was in Canberra. The Queen alighted from the Daimler and walked up the front steps in her coronation gown to rousing cheers. She was escorted through King’s Hall by a very proud Prime Minister Menzies to attend the State Banquet. In her most formal duty, the Queen opened the 20th Parliament in the Senate Chamber. A room in the President of the Senate’s suite was redecorated and furnished for her private use while she was in the house.

Relive the memories of her visit at the Happy and Glorious exhibition. Enter the very room the Queen used while she was at Old Parliament House.

Happening until Thursday 16 January 2020 daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au 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 the national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running). Visit the website for more information.

It is recommended that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in as places are limited to 10 participants. tours operate for 55 mins.

Happening now until Saturday 31 August at 10 am, 12 pm and 3 pm with a cost fee of $25 per adult, $ 20 per child and $20 for a concession fee.

See aph.gov.au for more information.

CHANGING LIVES WITH SCIENCE

The 2019 Canberra Speaker Series held across the year at the iconic Shine Dome.

Throughout this series listen to remarkable science stories that haven’t yet been told. Stories of innovation, research, breakthroughs, and how science is solving the big challenges of our time.

Happening now until Tuesday 10 December from 5:30 pm – 7 pm with a cost of $ 15.

See science.org.au for more information.

MT STROMLO PUBLIC ASTRONOMY NIGHT

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite the Canberra community to attend our public observing nights of 2019. Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon, and beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes.

Bookings are essential and entry is by gold coin donation. Warm clothing is recommended.

In the event of cloudy/bad weather, stargazing will be cancelled (the talks will occur regardless of the weather). We will post updates on our Facebook page.

Happening Friday 12 July from 7 PM – 9 PM at the Mt. Stromlo Observatory Visitor centre.

See Eventbrite for more information.

OUTDOORS

Image via VisitCanberra

DINOTRAX

Become an intrepid explorer and step back in time on a dinosaur adventure trail through the Gardens and the National Dinosaur Museum.

Bring family and friends for this rare opportunity to encounter dinosaurs and plant fossils among the landscapes they once inhabited.

Dinosaur herds, living fossil plants and flying winged creatures will be on display throughout the Gardens.

Continue on the trail to the National Dinosaur Museum to discover the largest permanent display of dinosaur and prehistoric fossils in Australia.

Pick up a trail map from the Gardens’ Visitor Information Centre to set off on your adventure.

Happening now until Wednesday 17 July from 9:30 am – 4 pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au for more information.

Critters of the Eucalypt Forest

Take a short walk with a ranger and learn about the potoroos and other important inhabitants of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Eucalypt Forest and get back in time for “Koalas in the Canopy”.

This wildlife walk is suitable for all ages, there are no bookings required and the cost is included in the Reserve entry fee.

Available Saturdays, 2 pm – 2.45 pm until 29 June. Meet at the koala enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest.

Find out more at tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

MCDONALD’S KANGA CUP

From 8–13 July the largest international youth football tournament in the southern hemisphere, the McDonald’s Kanga Cup will be coming to the new Kambri precinct at The Australian National University.

With a super fun social and sporting program featuring family-friendly activities for all ages and stages, it’s the perfect location to complement busy days of McDonald’s Kanga Cup football.

There will also be special lunch and dinner offers in Kambri venues specifically for McDonald’s Kanga Cup attendees, on offer from Monday, 8 July to Saturday 13 July.

No bookings are necessary – just turn up on the day!

Happening Monday 8 July until Saturday 13 July at Kambri at ANU, Acton.

See kangacup.com for more information.

Koalas in the Canopy

From 2.45 pm – 3.15 pm every Saturday until 29 June 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.

Find out more at tidbinbilla.act.gov.au.

KIDS

School Holidays Activities at Marketplace Gungahlin

Kids are king these school holidays at Marketplace Gungahlin with free activities for the whole family every single day! There’ll be sand and craft play, plus popular children’s characters roaming around the centre to surprise the little ones. All of this entertainment is absolutely free so don’t miss out on the fun! It’ll all happen directly outside Big W throughout the school holidays.

In the first week of the school holidays, there will be sensory play activities happening every day Monday to Friday from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm, including face painting, scratch art with coloured sand and a magic sand table with different sand activities each day.

On the weekend of 13 and 14 July, the Meet Your Favourite Characters event will take place from 11 am – 1 pm. Come say hello and grab a photo with your favourite characters, as princesses, snowmen, ice queens and tigers roam the centre.

The second week of the holidays is all about craft, with different activities on offer from Monday to Friday at 10.30 am – 1.30 pm. 

Kids can play with building straws, play dough, collage, sticking and glueing, the sand table and crayon rubbing every day, plus make their own grass heads on Monday, enjoy bug magnet weaving on Tuesday, make their own wind chime on Wednesday, design their own frisbie on Thursday and make their own kaleidoscope on Friday.

On the weekend of 20 and 21 July, the kids will have another chance to meet their favourite characters from 11 am – 1 pm, with cowboys, dinosaurs and superheroes visiting the centre.

Find out more on the Marketplace Gungahlin website.

REPTILE ZOO

Look what’s slithering into Riverside Plaza these school holidays!

Lizards, snakes, goannas, baby crocs and more appearing LIVE at our Reptile Zoo right next to the food court. You might be keen to meet them, but will you want to touch them?

The School Holiday Reptile Zoo operates 10am-3pm, 10-19 July at Riverside Plaza for a gold coin donation to support the Queanbeyan Salvos.

Happening Wednesday 10 July at the Riverside Plaza.

See riversideplaza.com.au 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 the 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?”

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

See the website for more information.

LITTLE GRIFFINS

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

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

Happening the last Friday of every month (unless that Friday falls on a school holiday) from 1 am at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point.

Visit nca.gov.au for more information.

PLAYUP

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

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

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

Visit the website for more details.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY  

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

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

EXHIBITIONS

Claude Monet. Impression, sunrise [Impression, soleil levant] 1872, Gift of Victorine and Eugène Donop de Monchy 1940, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, © Christian Baraja SLB.

MONET: IMPRESSION SUNRISE

Featuring Claude Monet’s pioneering painting Impression, Soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise) 1872, from which Impressionism takes its name, this exclusive exhibition brings together works from the impressionist master and other significant artists to examine the founding of an art movement—a defining moment in art history.

Impression, Soleil levant, which rarely leaves the museum walls in Paris, has landed in a newly designed exhibition space at the NGA this winter, along with some forty impressionist and related paintings from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Tate, and Australian and New Zealand collections.

Alongside Monet’s masterpieces are key paintings by JMW Turner, whose early works inspired Monet, James McNeill Whistler, Alfred Sisley and Eugène Boudin, among others.

The works reveal the formative characteristics of Impressionism—depiction of light, purer colour and capturing the momentary view—by a new generation of artists who abandoned their studios for the world outside.

Monet: Impression Sunrise is an unmissable opportunity to see a masterful painting that became emblematic of a cultural movement and trace its influence on the course of art history.

Showing until 1 September 2019 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au/impressionsunrise for more information.

WARM TREES AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

Warm Trees brightens up the National Arboretum Canberra once again this winter!

Come and visit during the month of July to tiptoe through the knitted tulips, see a giant cargo bike knitted installation and discover the sea of colourful scarves wrapped around trees in the Himalayan Cedar forest.

This year also features the world’s largest handcrafted frieze of colourful tulips, decorated bicycle wheels and groves of magical colour. Get involved! Knitting and crochet drop-in sessions, craft and bicycle maintenance workshops plus guided bike rides for all ages will be held throughout the month of July.

Happening from Monday 1 July until Wednesday 31 July from 9 am –  4 pm at the National Arboretum.

See the nationalarboretum.act.gov.au for more information.

Monet Mondays @ the NGA

Experience Monet after hours with music and a glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne from NGA bar. Available every Monday with purchased exhibition ticket.

$22 adult, $20 concession/student, $17 members

Happening every Monday from 5.00 – 7.0 0pm on Level One, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

THE DRESSMAKER COSTUME EXHIBITION

From 1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra, the original costumes from the hit film The Dressmaker will be on display at the NFSA from 18 April 2019.

Audiences will be able to go ‘behind the seams’ of a diverse range of elegant vintage fashion worn by Hollywood stars and home-grown acting talents including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Rebecca Gibney and more.

The exhibition, designed by Marion Boyce, features a spectacular range of haute couture worn by the film’s stars.

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition celebrates the artistry of the film’s sumptuous designs, as well as the transformational power of fashion.

Showing until Sunday 18 August from 10 am – 4 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

Inked: Australian Cartoons

Inked features a selection of the best cartoons from the National Library of Australia’s extensive collections.

The exhibition draws from over 14,000 cartoons by dozens of artists, from before the arrival of the  First Fleet in 1788 up to the present. Each work is a time capsule, offering a snapshot of Australian life.

Visitors will be captivated by the works on display by many greats of Australian cartooning, including Will Dyson, Judy Horacek, Michael Leunig, David Low, Phil May, Alan Moir, Bruce Petty, Martin Sharp, Cathy Wilcox and many more.

INKED: PLAY

Come and see the famous Gumnut Babies going off to war. Create your own cartoon or draw a protest sign to hang on our display wall. Get stuck into a book. Find all the hidden Inkie the Echidnas and explore whether the world is doomed or domed.

Inked Play is open daily as part of Inked: Australian Cartoons. Find it by following Inkie the Echidna.

Open 10 am to 5 pm every day from 7 March–21 July 2019

nla.gov.au

THE DNA OF COLOUR: ILDIKO KOVACS AT THE DRILL HALL GALLERY

This exhibition surveys an important chapter of Ildiko Kovac‘s painting production, characterised by the powerful fusion of line, colour, image, substance and scale. The majority of paintings make abundant use of rollers. Kovacs’s characteristic motif establishes a kind of linear circuitry, an arabesque turning back on itself.

Curator Sioux Garside notes that: “Deoxyribonucleine acid (DNA) is a code, a fundamental material that all life is made from. As the inherited essence from our ancestors, it determines the core of who we are, and who we will become, from the moment of our conception. It activates predestination if it is allowed to grow and blossom into life.

Kovacs has described her paintings as growing from ‘the line travelling through space,’ and links it to her experiences of ‘vast open distances and roads that go on for eternity.’ Performative movement is the vital element that makes her paintings dance.”

This exhibition was initiated by Orange Regional Gallery and was curated by Sioux Garside.

Happening until Sunday 11 August from 10 am – 5 pm at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.

See dhg.anu.edu.au for more information.

CONTEMPORARY WORLDS: INDONESIA AT THE NGA

Featuring 20 emerging and established artists, Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia showcases the vibrant and complex art of Australia’s closest neighbour, bringing together practitioners from Bali and Java’s key artistic centres of Yogyakarta, Jakarta, and Bandung.

Presenting new acquisitions and commissions from artists such as Melati Suryodarmo, Fx Harsono and Eko Nugroho, this is an exciting exhibition dedicated to the best of contemporary Indonesian art. Free.

Happening Saturday 21 June until Sunday 27 October from 10 am – 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia.

See the nga.gov.au for more information.

The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China

Calligraphy and painting are two treasures of traditional Chinese culture. For thousands of years artists have produced works that have sustained the practice of China’s most revered art and provided cultural nourishment for the Chinese people.

This Australian-first exhibition explores the breadth and tradition of Chinese calligraphy and painting through artworks from the National Museum of China’s collection. See exquisite paintings by three Chinese modern artists — Xie Yun, Xiao Lang and Wang Naizhuang —and an extraordinary 20-metre-long replica 18th-century scroll documenting Emperor Qianlong’s 1751 tour to the southern provinces.

A mesmerising and immersive animation brings the story of the scroll and its historical figures to life in intricate three-dimensional detail.

The National Museum of Australia’s Harvest of Endurance pictorial scroll, painted in the traditional gong bi style and representing two centuries of Chinese contact with, and migration to, Australia forms a companion element of the exhibition, with eight of its 50 metres on display.

This exhibition is part of a cultural exchange with the National Museum of China.

Free entry.

Showing until 28 July 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See nma.gov.au/chinese-art for more information.

CRAFT ACT: RHIZOMING: LANGUAGE OF PRINT AND PLACE

Rhizoming; language of print and place aims to explore the entanglement of nature, place and culture through a woodcut installation and accompanying offshoots based on artists books and objects.

The works respond to the patterns and rhythms of a suburban beach on the Derwent River in Hobart. The exhibition aims to creatively explore, through printmaking and multiples, Deleuze’s theory that rhizomes pertain to a map that is always detachable, connectable, reversible, modifiable and has multiple entryways and exits with its own lines of flight.

Happening until 6 July at multiple times at Craft ACT.

See craftact for more information.

CRAFT ACT: TAKE TIME

Cheryl Thornton | Daniel Edwards | Diana Wood-Conroy | Dimity Kidston | Ema Shin | Patsy Payne | Rachel Hine | Suzanne Knight | Tim Gresham | Valerie Kirk

A group exhibition investigating why artists choose to work in the time consuming medium of woven tapestry in a time poor contemporary world.

Happening until 6 July at multiple times at Craft ACT.

See craftact for more information.

ABORIGINAL ART EXHIBITION AT 73 NORTHBOURNE

Small collection of six aboriginal artworks, located in the ground floor lobby of 73 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra. Exhibit curated and supplied by Heidi Castro of Art Index, and includes pieces designed by prominent artists including

Minnie Pwerle
Judy Watson Napangardi
Lilly Kelly Napangardi
Gloria Petyarre

This exhibition will rotate every 6-12 months.

Happening now until December from 9 am until 5 pm at 73 Northbourne.

See 73northbourne.com for more information.

THE DRESSMAKER – FRIDAY FLOOR TALKS

Catch an evening viewing of The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition and join NFSA for a night of 1950s fashion and fun!

Come dressed in your finest vintage wear, or bring a prized piece for appraisal by an NFSA curator, catch a swing dance demonstration (and learn a step or two) and more to be announced – all to the backdrop of our swinging retro vinyl DJ.

Happening now until Friday 16 August from 1 pm – 3 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

Painting on Country

Five senior artists from Tjungu Palya art centre in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia have reinvigorated their ancestors’ practice of painting directly onto the land. Their work, captured in a series of large-format photographs, is both timeless and transient, bridging the ancient and the contemporary.

Exhibition on show at the National Museum of Australia until 30 September 2019. Free entry.

More information at nma.gov.au.

onetoeight: Australia’s first prime ministers

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

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

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

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

FORM BEYOND FUNCTION: NIGEL LENDON’S PLASTIC CAMERAS

Alongside his practice as an artist and art-historian, Nigel Lendon has been an inveterate and purposeful collector of, amongst other things, conceptual art, Afghan War rugs and over 200 plastic cameras.

In the 1970s and ‘80s Lendon was interested in the intersections of high culture and mass communication. He discovered flea markets swamped with plastic artefacts discarded by previous generations and asked, how was it that plastic, once heralded as the “material of the future”, so rapidly fell out of fashion to become cheap and ‘nasty’?

Lendon’s plastic camera collection has remained cocooned in storage until now. It has emerged when plastic and the waste it generates is now regarded as a new challenge for the survival of life on the planet.

Happening until 27 July from 10 am – 5 pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square.

See cmag.com.au for more information.

A Tale of Two Villages

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

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

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

Mr Squiggle Exhibition – Royal Australian Mint

To coincide with the recently released 2019 Mr Squiggle 60th anniversary coin set, the Royal Australian Mint is hosting an exhibition to commemorate Mr Squiggle and his creator, Norman Hetherington.

The exhibition includes children’s letters to Mr Squiggle, script books, original artwork and a portrait loaned from the National Portrait Gallery of Australia ‘Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)’ by artist Kate Rae.

The exhibition also showcases one of the most loved and longest running Australian children’s programs, honouring Norman Hetherington, the brilliant man behind the iconic puppets and television series

Happening until 28 July 2019 at the Royal Australian Mint.

See ramint.gov.au for more information.

DOUG MORAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE

Established in 1988, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) encourages both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well-known.

The DMNPP is Australia’s richest art prize and is believed to be the world’s most valuable, with a first prize of $150,000.

It attracts Australian artists with differing levels of expertise from the well-known likes of Ben Quilty and Robert Hannaford, to emerging artists like 2018 winner, Lynn Savery.

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the DMNPP. Artists in the exhibition include Ben Quilty, Vincent Fantauzzo, Nigel Milsom, Tim Storrier and Prudence Flint. The DMNPP invites entries of original works from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience.

Happening now until Sunday 21 July from 10 am – 4 pm at Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See Belconnen Arts Centre for more information.

CRAFT ACT: FORM FOLLOWS FOLD: GILBERT RIEDELBAUCH

Solo exhibition by Gilbert Riedelbauch that documents a change in his approach to his creative practice.

Gilbert Riedelbauch works as a contemporary designer/maker in Canberra, and exhibits his work nationally and internationally.

After finishing his studies as a Meisterschueler in silversmithing at the Academy of Fine Art Nuernberg, Germany, he completed a Graduate Diploma at The Australian National University (ANU) School of Art.

Happening Thursday 11 July to Saturday 31 August at Craft ACT.

See Craft ACT for more information.

PATTERN TRANSLATION

Solo exhibition by Al Munro which draws from her recent body of work. The exhibition consists of five pairs of dresses sewn from digitally printed fabrics and paintings.

The process by which these pairs of works were produced involved translating textile patterns into painted forms, translating and manipulating these via the conventions of repeat fabric design to create digitally printed textiles/paintings, and then translating back to traditional painted form.

Pattern Translation continues Munro’s interest in translating and distorting mathematical patterns to explore relationships between textile patterning and painted abstraction and begins a new focus on the aberrations and slippages that can occur as a pattern, like a spoken message, is translated from one ‘language’ to another.

Happening Thursday 11 July to Saturday 31 August at Craft ACT.

See Craft ACT for more information.

SHIFTS IN JAPANESE MATERIALITY

This group exhibition of contemporary design practice considers the changing nature of materiality in Japanese object-making culture. Through the work of experimental Japanese and Australian designers, Shifts in Japanese Materiality highlights the porosity of Japanese design and craft processes in a contemporary context.

Happening Thursday 11 July to Saturday 31 August at Craft ACT.

See Craft ACT for more information.

ACTIVISM: FORCES FOR CHANGE IN CANBERRA

Canberra has a special relationship with activism as it is not only the location of protest on local issues but is also a site of national and international protest as the national capital.

This exhibition is about activism in many forms that has taken place in Canberra over the last century. It includes the well-known stories of the fight for women’s rights, for marriage equality and the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, but also stories of quiet activism; the creation of services for marginalised groups, artist’s collectives and the protest of presence. No matter whether it’s big and dramatic, or quiet and slow, these are stories of people working for change in the Canberra community.

Happening from Saturday 13 July until Saturday 2 November from 10 am – 5 pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See Canberra Museum and Gallery for more information.

Maori Markings: Ta Moko at the NGA

By marking the skin and face with connecting patterns, Māori Tā Moko artists tell stories of prestige, authority and identity. To receive and wear Moko is a great cultural privilege. Captivating photographs, paintings and sculptures trace the history of Tā Moko from the 18th century to its contemporary resurgence, including illustrations created during Captain Cook’s first voyages to Māori Chiefs.

This exhibition includes a unique art event featuring Moko artists engaging in a live demonstration of this phenomenal practice. Free.

Happening until Sunday 25 August 2019 daily at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au 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.

Happening until Monday 3 February 2020 daily at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au 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.

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.

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 moadoph.gov.au/family. 

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN? 

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

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

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

PLAYUP 

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

See the website for more information.

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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