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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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WHAT NOT TO MISS

Credit: Cole Bennetts.

Art, Not Apart 2020

Canberra’s largest contemporary arts festival Art, Not Apart returns for its 10th anniversary festival with an extended programme from 12–15 March.

Experience the main event on Saturday 14 March, a free contemporary arts festival featuring 200+ artists from the Canberra region and beyond, presenting works traversing performance art, music, installations, visual art, street art, film and moving image.

Stages, exhibitions, workshops, interventions and parties will explode and flow throughout NewActon PrecinctNFSA – National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and The Shine Dome.

The arts will be complemented by the ever-popular Suitcase Rummage, delicious street food curated by The Forage, a local wine tasting experience by Cellar Door, and a festival bar run by Bar Rochford.

Free entry.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 1-7 pm across NewActon, The Shine Dome and the National Film and Sound Archive.

See Facebook for more information.

CANBERRA DAY AT ENLIGHTEN FESTIVAL

What better way to celebrate the birthday of the nation’s capital then in the heart of the capital at Enlighten Festival.

This year’s event will pay a special tribute to Canberra’s emergency services, volunteers and parks and conservation staff who worked tirelessly over what was a long and tough summer.

To celebrate our local heroes, the day will include some amazing local musicians, delicious street food, as well as a bunch of family-friendly activities for all to enjoy!

Monday 9 March from 11 am onwards King Edward Terrace | enlightencanberra.com

SKYFIRE AT ENLIGHTEN FESTIVAL

Hit104.7 Skyfire is lighting up Lake Burley Griffin. There are great vantage points all around the lake with some of Canberra’s favourite food trucks serving up snacks and meals along with the Skyfire EATS in Commonwealth Park featuring bars and entertainment throughout the afternoon. Bring your blanket and radio and tune into the live entertainment from Skyfire Central at Regatta Point with Ned & Josh from 6pm.

Make sure to crank your radio tuned to Hit 104.7 loud and enjoy the whole Skyfire experience with the firework set to a 20 minute soundtrack from 8.30pm. It’s guaranteed to draw Canberra’s Enlighten Festival to a close with a massive bang thanks to the team at Foti International Fireworks and Forch Foti’s famous all out explosive finale.

Note: Fireworks at 8.30 pm.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 6–9.30 pm at Lake Burley Griffin.

See hit.com.au/news/skyfire for more information.

2020 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Discover a thrilling selection of contemporary French cinema during the annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival.

Canberra’s biggest film festival will screen at Palace Cinemas from 12 March to 8 April and comprises of 49 features and documentaries, many of which are Australian premiers.

To help you make your selection, the films are showcased via 9 distinct categories including Magnetic Love, and City of Lights, the 2020 line-up has a strong emphasis on social engagement and altruistic endeavours.

Be uplifted by romances such as Love at Second Sight and The Bare Necessity, or have your faith restored in human nature with The Extraordinary and The Invisibles.

There is something for every taste. So savour the flavour of France right here in Canberra this March!

Happening 12 March to 8 April at Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton.

See affrenchfilmfestival.org/canberra for more information.

Martini Whisperer ‘Cocktails & Fireworks’ Masterclass

Join the one and only Martini Whisperer as he hosts an exclusive cocktail evening in the beautiful Little National Lounge.

Enjoy sweeping views of the city as you learn how to make bespoke Martinis from the Martini Whisperer himself, Phillip Jones.

Over the course of the evening guests will be personally guided through crafting their own Martini using premium spirits and vermouths. Once the fireworks begin, guests will be invited to get comfy and enjoy their cocktail creations and canapes while watching Skyfire from the wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows.

Guests are encouraged to spend the rest of the evening mingling in the lounge.

Cost: $110 per person.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 6–9.30 pm at Little National Hotel, Barton.

See Facebook for more information.

Sound and Fury: Art, Not Apart 2020 Afterparty

This is the official afterparty of the tenth anniversary of Art, Not Apart. Each party has a virtue or sin, this one is GLUTTONY.

Sound and Fury flaunts and fuses the exceptional skills of performance artists in an exciting party format. Expect punchy music, theatre, dance, spoken word and live art. This is a late-night, live art party at its best.

It’s going to be a “Best Of” Sound and Fury ensemble acts from over the years, plus a record number of guest artists. And the bar will be run by one of the city’s favourites, Bar Rochford.

That’s all you can know for now. Wear gold.

Directed by Little Dove Theatre Art.

Tickets: $38/$45 + bf

Happening Saturday 14 March, 7.30 pm-late at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

See Facebook for more information and Eventbrite  for tickets.

Summer Sounds 2020

Kicking off an epic event program to celebrate the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ 50th Anniversary, Summer Sounds 2020 is set to entertain the whole family.

With a great line-up of local musicians and dance talent spread across three weekend in March, Summer Sounds 2020 will get you moving and grooving to the sounds of your favourite top 40 hits through to the smooth sounds of jazz.

They’ll be heaps to entertain the kids too inside the Gumnut Hut with free face-painting, storytelling and craft activities.

Here’s a peek at the program:

TRIBUTE WEEKEND – A celebration of music icons Fleetwood Mac and Aussie rock and pop legends

Saturday 14 March – The Drinking Lizards with Kokoloco

Sunday 15 March – Sweet Little Lies with the National Capital Bootscooters

Summer Sounds is a picnic haven, but if picnics are not your thing then grab a bite to eat at the concerts – mobile bar and sweet and savoury menu options are all on offer.

Cost: $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free

Happening Saturdays and Sundays from 7–22 March from 5–7 pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Eucalypt Lawn.

Tickets available online or at the door.

For more info, or to pre-book your tickets visit the Australian National Botanic Gardens website:  parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens

Family Values

A comic drama that pulls no punches.

Roger is a retired federal judge. On his birthday all he wants is a low-key celebration with his wife and three children. But when one of his daughters, a left-wing activist, brings home an asylum seeker on the run from Nauru, old resentments start to resurface. At this family gathering, their values are laid bare. Politics, religion, sex — no topic is off the table.

For 50 years, David Williamson has shown us the best and worst of ourselves. A darkly comic drama situated squarely on the fault lines that divide Australia. Family Values is Williamson at his best: furious that his generation has retired from defending the socially compassionate values on which they claim to have built this country.

Happening 11 March to 14 March at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra City.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/family-values

National Sheepdog Trial Championships

A blur of high-speed motion, absolute stillness, controlled aggression and canny mind control of the three sheep—all while instantly responding to direction from the handler.

Ever seen a top sheepdog in action? It’s a compelling, often nail-biting, spectator experience and a display of extraordinary teamwork.

Between 11-15 March, see some incredibly talented sheepdogs and their handlers in action at this year’s National Sheep Dog Trial Championships!

Now in its 77th year, the National Sheep Dog Trial Championships serves as an enduring link between the Bush Capital and rural Australia. Although the conditions this year are challenging – despite drought and fires, competitors will come from all over the country to support this sport that is rich in Australian rural heritage.

Sheep Dog Trials are a unique, heritage sport where three species—sheep, dog and person—endeavour to work together to complete a course of three obstacles in fifteen minutes.

It is the ultimate level playing field – it doesn’t matter if you are male, female, young, old or in a mobility scooter. Every competitor starts with 100 points – after that anything can happen!

The competition begins Wednesday 11th March with finals being held on Sunday 15th March. The top 20 scoring dogs will run and then the highest-scoring will compete for the prestigious Duke of Gloucester Sash.

This year, the National Sheep Dog Trials are privileged to also have the support of His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) who will be attending the final and presenting the Duke of Gloucester Sash to the National Sheep Dog Trial Open Champion.

Come along to this family-friendly event for a fun day out to witness this unique, inclusive sport with a proud heritage. Dogs (on leads) are welcome too!

Cost: Entry by donation Wednesday to Friday / Saturday and Sunday $5 per person Children under 16 free.

Happening 11-15 March from 8 am–5 pm at Hall Showground

See nationalsheepdogtrials.org for more information.

March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective

It’s March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective!

TASTE THE STORE and go in to the draw to win a case of wine valued at $150 each weekend in March!

Since opening the doors last year, Farrah’s Liquor Collective’s mission has been to bring a whole new range of wines, beers and spirits to the Canberra market—direct from the producer to you.

It has been a huge success and FLC customers have been delighted with the quality and prices of product on offer.

Matt and his team know it is important to know all there is about the products but there is nothing better than to try for yourselves and March is your chance to do just that.

Each weekend in March, FLC is hosting a massive tasting (80 plus products each Saturday and Sunday) so by the end of the month, you will have TASTED THE STORE.

Wines from:

  • Dixon Creek
  • Pear Tree
  • Lake George
  • Bunnamagoo
  • Borambola

Beer:

  • Wilson Draught
  • Tumut Brewery
  • Billson Brewery
  • Bondi Brewery
  • Zierholtz

Spirits:

  • Cody Road Bourbon
  • Ailsa Bay Whiskey
  • Cello ….Cello’s
  • Castleglen Liqueurs
  • Tiny Bear Gin

Cost: Free

Every case sold on the weekend goes into the draw to wine a case of wine valued at $150

Happening every Saturday and Sunday of March (7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 March) from 10 am–5 pm at Farrah’s Liquor Collective, Townsville Street, Fyshwick (the old Good Guys site).

See farrahsliquorcollective.com for more information.

Wedding Open Night at the NGA

The Big Group and the National Gallery of Australia invite you to attend their wedding open night, Friday 13 March from 4 pm.

The Gallery is an incredibly unique and iconic venue in Canberra and with so many locations not only for your ceremony in the Sculpture Gardens overlooking the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and through to your dream wedding reception venue – look no further.

We are excited to be collaborating with the best in the business–Alex Pasquli Photographs; Love Letters Canberra; Flowers from the Garden; Chicago Charles; La Ombre; Sweet Pea and Poppy; Capital Brewing; Archie Rose; The Design Depot—we can help with all the finer details.

Free entry with bubbles and beers and grazing stations to keep you well-fed on your visit—we look forward to sharing this special night with you and your partner.

Free entry.

Happening Friday 13 March 2020 from 4 –7 pm Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia.

See thebiggroupcanberra.wixsite.com/weddingopennight for more information.

Today I, Tomorrow You

Today I, Tomorrow You is a group exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Art, Not Apart with new works from nine artists.

Each artist has responded to the festival provocation with distinct ideas and unique mediums but are united by a preoccupation with our environment and the contemporary and future impact of climate change. Curated by Art, Not Apart visual art curator Chloe Mandryk.

ARTISTS 

byrd // Millie Black // Michelle Day // Sophie Dumaresq // Rinaldo Hartanto // Rachel Howie // Kevin Adrian Miller // Nikkayla // Bernadette Smith

Among many inspired pieces, Michelle Day will present “Tread Lightly” a delicate installation emblematic of a hurricane and “the turmoil and disharmony but also the fragility and care needed for our minds and ecosystem.” byrd is constructing a towering sentinel made from cardboard, a comment on siloed thinking in today’s society.

Sophie Dumaresq’s photos of Lake George and pink tumbleweed sculptures (colour referencing harmful pesticides) will consider “how our present day treatment of the land will not only have consequences in the future but are already happening and are here.

Opening Night: Thursday 12 March from 6 pm

Free entry.

Exhibition happening 12 March–4 April at the Nishi Gallery, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

See Facebook for more information

Zonta Preloved Fashion Sale

The Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast’s annual Preloved Fashion Sale is a mecca for Canberra fashionistas in the know. It specialises in affordable vintage and high-end fashion labels in a range of sizes.

This year, thanks to the generosity of the women of Canberra, the Zonta Preloved Fashion Sale has an especially high amount of quality high-end fashion labels. By attending the event, women are supporting both sustainable fashion and projects that empower women.

Money raised supports projects that empower women, including providing birthing kits for women giving birth in developing countries, and scholarships for women and girls studying in Canberra– especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fields.

In the past year, the Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast supported 55 domestic violence survivors with kitchen packs to assist as they moved into their own homes.

This year the sale has chosen the theme of regeneration, to send a message of healing and transformation during difficult times.

Happening Friday 13 March from 5 pm to 8 pm (preview, $25 ticketed event) and Saturday 14 March from 9 am to 3 pm (free entry) at Yarramundi Cultural Centre on Lady Denman Drive on Lady Denman Drive.

See TryBooking and zontadistrict24.org/d24-clubs/area-2/canberra-breakfast for tickets and more information.

Melting Pot: Art, Not Apart jam experience

Experience a melting pot of world-class improvised music and live projections at the iconic Albert Hall in the nation’s capital.

After captivating crowds with monthly gigs at NewActon Precinct during 2019, Melting Pot returns in 2020 for a one-off jam experience of epic proportions as part of the tenth anniversary festival of Art, Not Apart.

Immerse yourself as acclaimed saxophonist John Mackey leads an ensemble of the country’s finest musicians on a safari of improvised jams. Melting Pot will be elevated to a multi-sensory experience with the addition of live improvised projections directed by moving image artists.

Don’t forget to grab a drink from the bar run by Canberra favourites Bar Rochford.

You’ve never seen Albert Hall like this before.

Cost: $25–$30 + bf. Book tickets here: ana2020meltingpot.eventbrite.com.au

Happening Friday 13 March from 8 pm–12 am at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

See Facebook for more information.

Enlighten Festival

Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival, presented by Singapore Airlines, brings together the best autumn events.

Held over 17 days from 28 February to 15 March, the city will come alive with a range of free and ticketed events.

Kick off the festival at the 10th anniversary of Enlighten Illuminations (28 February to 9 March) as architectural projections light up the National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy, Questacon and more.

Enjoy the roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances throughout the Enlighten precinct.

With programming commencing at 6 pm, and architectural projections lighting up your evening from 8 pm to 11 pm each night, there’s plenty of time to have your tastebuds tempted at the Canberra Night Noodle Markets (28 February-9 March), Bentspoke Beer Garden and Enlighten Alley.

After taking in the projections, be enlightened with a visit inside many iconic national attractions. With exclusive events on offer sure to entertain every member of your family.

Enhance your experience of Enlighten Illuminations by joining the Chef’s Degustation at Parliament House for a fine dining experience or book a private garden dining experience at Questacon’s Illuminated Igloo Garden.

Entertain the family at National Zoo and Aquarium’s Zoofest or receive exclusive night access to some of Canberra’s best exhibitions including Spy: Espionage in Australia at National Archives of Australia and Friday Late: Games Masters Exhibition at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. View the full program at enlightencanberra.com.

Prepare to have your mornings brightened when the Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns from 7 to 15 March as hot air balloons fill the sky with a flurry of colour, sound and movement.

Celebrate local creativity as Lights! Canberra! Action! (6 March) shines a light on local film-makers and Symphony in the Park (8 March) provides the perfect soundtrack to your sunset picnic.

Top off the festival by celebrating the city’s birthday at Canberra Day (9 March) and enjoy a flourish of fireworks at Hit 104.7 Skyfire (14 March).

Cost: Prices vary, please check the website.

Happening until 15 March, times vary, please check the website. Parliamentary Triangle.

See enlightencanberra.com for more information.

The Canberra Times Night Noodle Markets

The Canberra Times Night Noodle Markets will return to Reconciliation Place for an extended duration of eleven nights, from 28 February until 9 March, transforming Reconciliation Place into a bustling Asian street food festival.

Kicking off on 28 February, the highly anticipated Night Noodle Markets will return for an extended stint due to popular demand, turning Reconciliation Place into a bustling Asian street food festival over eleven sizzling nights.

Canberrans can embark on a vibrant flavour journey through Asia, tasting new creations, dynamic flavours and signature dishes from hawker-style stalls from around the country served alongside live music, DJs, and lion dancing.

Local favourites Korbq, Donburi Station and Superbao will be joined by multicultural flavours from around Australia from Hoy Pinoy, Gelato Messina, May’s Malaysian Hawker, Wonderbao, Bangkok Street Food, Twistto, Flying Noodles, Teppanyaki Noodles, Shallot Thai, Satay Brothers, Chinese Dim Sum King, Mochi Donuts, Waffleland, The Pham Sisters, Raijin, Poklol x Puffle, Chur Burger, Wok Master and Bao Brothers.

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 5 pm–10.30 pm and Saturday – Sunday: 4 pm–10.30 pm.

Happening 28 February–9 March at Reconciliation Place, Canberra.

Free Entry. To view all stallholder menus visit: goodfoodmonth.com/canberra/canberra-night-noodle-markets

CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR 

Wake up to more than 25 hot air balloons drifting across Canberra skies as part of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular.

Head to the lawns of Old Parliament House to be part of the festival of colour, sound and movement. Be there as the pilots inflate and launch their balloons from 6.15am and enjoy hot drinks and breakfast as the balloons ascend into the sky. Or for a morning to remember, experience the thrill of hot air ballooning with a balloon ride.

Free for spectators, balloon flights are ticketed.

This event is weather dependent. Daily announcements if balloons will launch and fly are made at 6.15am and published on the website and via the Enlighten Festival and EventsACT social channels.

Happening Saturday 7 March until Sunday 15 March 2020 from 6:15-10am on the Lawns of Old Parliament House, Parkes.

See enlightencanberra.com for more information.

Illuminated Mini Beasts at Canberra Centre

Be immersed and inspired by a collection of Australian insects as Canberra Centre debuts the ‘Mini Beasts’ – three giant interactive sculptures for Enlighten Canberra 2020.

These innovative handmade art installations utilise thousands of pixel mapped LED lights, and produce high quality sound based on your input. The Mini Beasts include a gesture-controlled humming Neon Cuckoo Bee, an enormous proximity activated Swallowtail Butterfly, and a touch sensor triggered singing Cicada.

Despite their name, there is nothing ‘mini’ about the sculptures, with each standing up to four metres high. Built using state of the art technologies, combined with traditional handmade steel techniques, Mini Beasts were inspired by the truly spectacular nature of these tiny real-world creatures.

Happening 28 February–25 March at Canberra Centre.

See canberracentre.com.au for more information.

The National Portrait Prizes – One ticket, two extraordinary exhibitions

Experience the very best of Australian portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn.

The National Portrait Prizes – comprising the lustre of the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, along with topical audience favourite the National Photographic Portrait Prize – will see vibrant, concurrent exhibitions in the mediums of painting and photography.

The Darling Portrait Prize is a new annual painting prize, honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery.

Featuring a $75,000 winner’s prize, the Darling Portrait Prize will become one of the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country. The winner of the Darling Portrait Prize 2020 will be announced on Thursday 5 March 2020.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP)remains one of the highlights of the Australian arts calendar.

Now in its thirteenth year, it offers audiences an insight into the practice of some of Australia’s best professional and amateur portrait photographers, as well as providing an intriguing, reflective national ‘snapshot’. The NPPP offers the following four prizes: Winner; Highly Commended; the Art Handlers’ Award; and the People’s Choice Award, with all winners announced on Friday 13 March 2020.

Price: $15 for Adults; $12 for concession and $10 for members (one ticket, two exhibitions)

Happening from 10 am–5 pm daily from 6 March – 10 May at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

See portrait.gov.au for tickets and more information

MATISSE & PICASSO

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

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

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

See nga.gov.au for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective

It’s March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective!

TASTE THE STORE and go in to the draw to win a case of wine valued at $150 each weekend in March!

Since opening the doors last year, Farrah’s Liquor Collective’s mission has been to bring a whole new range of wines, beers and spirits to the Canberra market—direct from the producer to you.

It has been a huge success and FLC customers have been delighted with the quality and prices of product on offer.

Matt and his team know it is important to know all there is about the products but there is nothing better than to try for yourselves and March is your chance to do just that.

Each weekend in March, FLC is hosting a massive tasting (80 plus products each Saturday and Sunday) so by the end of the month, you will have TASTED THE STORE.

Wines from:

  • Dixon Creek
  • Pear Tree
  • Lake George
  • Bunnamagoo
  • Borambola

Beer:

  • Wilson Draught
  • Tumut Brewery
  • Billson Brewery
  • Bondi Brewery
  • Zierholtz

Spirits:

  • Cody Road Bourbon
  • Ailsa Bay Whiskey
  • Cello ….Cello’s
  • Castleglen Liqueurs
  • Tiny Bear Gin

Cost: Free

Every case sold on the weekend goes into the draw to wine a case of wine valued at $150

Happening every Saturday and Sunday of March (7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 March) from 10 am–5 pm at Farrah’s Liquor Collective, Townsville Street, Fyshwick (the old Good Guys site).

See farrahsliquorcollective.com for more information.

Martini Whisperer ‘Cocktails & Fireworks’ Masterclass

Join the one and only Martini Whisperer as he hosts an exclusive cocktail evening in the beautiful Little National Lounge.

Enjoy sweeping views of the city as you learn how to make bespoke Martinis from the Martini Whisperer himself, Phillip Jones.

Over the course of the evening guests will be personally guided through crafting their own Martini using premium spirits and vermouths. Once the fireworks begin, guests will be invited to get comfy and enjoy their cocktail creations and canapes while watching Skyfire from the wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows.

Guests are encouraged to spend the rest of the evening mingling in the lounge.

Cost: $110 per person.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 6–9.30 pm at Little National Hotel, Barton.

See Facebook for more information.

The Canberra Times Night Noodle Markets

The Canberra Times Night Noodle Markets will return to Reconciliation Place for an extended duration of eleven nights, from 28 February until 9 March, transforming Reconciliation Place into a bustling Asian street food festival.

Kicking off on 28 February, the highly anticipated Night Noodle Markets will return for an extended stint due to popular demand, turning Reconciliation Place into a bustling Asian street food festival over eleven sizzling nights.

Canberrans can embark on a vibrant flavour journey through Asia, tasting new creations, dynamic flavours and signature dishes from hawker-style stalls from around the country served alongside live music, DJs, and lion dancing.

Local favourites Korbq, Donburi Station and Superbao will be joined by multicultural flavours from around Australia from Hoy Pinoy, Gelato Messina, May’s Malaysian Hawker, Wonderbao, Bangkok Street Food, Twistto, Flying Noodles, Teppanyaki Noodles, Shallot Thai, Satay Brothers, Chinese Dim Sum King, Mochi Donuts, Waffleland, The Pham Sisters, Raijin, Poklol x Puffle, Chur Burger, Wok Master and Bao Brothers.

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 5 pm–10.30 pm and Saturday – Sunday: 4 pm–10.30 pm.

Happening 28 February–9 March at Reconciliation Place, Canberra.

Free Entry. To view all stallholder menus visit: goodfoodmonth.com/canberra/canberra-night-noodle-markets

Winderlust: Live Your Best Life Series

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

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

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

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

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

Happening until 8 April 2020 at Pavilion Hotel, Dickson.

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

Pialligo Fields

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUMMER SUNDAY SOUNDS AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

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

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

Free entry.

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

See contentiouscharacter.com.au for more information.

CELLAR DOOR

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more details.

Monster’s Afternoon Delight

Serene, methodical and exceptionally Monster.

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

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

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

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

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

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

Find out more at vertikalsnowsports.com.

STAGE + SCREEN

2020 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Discover a thrilling selection of contemporary French cinema during the annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival.

Canberra’s biggest film festival will screen at Palace Cinemas from 12 March to 8 April and comprises of 49 features and documentaries, many of which are Australian premiers.

To help you make your selection, the films are showcased via 9 distinct categories including Magnetic Love, and City of Lights, the 2020 line-up has a strong emphasis on social engagement and altruistic endeavours.

Be uplifted by romances such as Love at Second Sight and The Bare Necessity, or have your faith restored in human nature with The Extraordinary and The Invisibles.

There is something for every taste. So savour the flavour of France right here in Canberra this March!

Happening 12 March to 8 April at Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton.

See affrenchfilmfestival.org/canberra for more information.

Art, Not Apart 2020

Canberra’s largest contemporary arts festival Art, Not Apart returns for its 10th anniversary festival with an extended programme from 12–15 March.

Experience the main event on Saturday 14 March, a free contemporary arts festival featuring 200+ artists from the Canberra region and beyond, presenting works traversing performance art, music, installations, visual art, street art, film and moving image.

Stages, exhibitions, workshops, interventions and parties will explode and flow throughout NewActon PrecinctNFSA – National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and The Shine Dome.

The arts will be complemented by the ever-popular Suitcase Rummage, delicious street food curated by The Forage, a local wine tasting experience by Cellar Door, and a festival bar run by Bar Rochford.

Free entry.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 1-7 pm across NewActon, The Shine Dome and the National Film and Sound Archive.

See Facebook for more information.

Enlighten Festival

Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival, presented by Singapore Airlines, brings together the best autumn events.

Held over 17 days from 28 February to 15 March, the city will come alive with a range of free and ticketed events.

Kick off the festival at the 10th anniversary of Enlighten Illuminations (28 February to 9 March) as architectural projections light up the National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy, Questacon and more.

Enjoy the roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances throughout the Enlighten precinct.

With programming commencing at 6 pm, and architectural projections lighting up your evening from 8 pm to 11 pm each night, there’s plenty of time to have your tastebuds tempted at the Canberra Night Noodle Markets (28 February-9 March), Bentspoke Beer Garden and Enlighten Alley.

After taking in the projections, be enlightened with a visit inside many iconic national attractions. With exclusive events on offer sure to entertain every member of your family.

Enhance your experience of Enlighten Illuminations by joining the Chef’s Degustation at Parliament House for a fine dining experience or book a private garden dining experience at Questacon’s Illuminated Igloo Garden.

Entertain the family at National Zoo and Aquarium’s Zoofest or receive exclusive night access to some of Canberra’s best exhibitions including Spy: Espionage in Australia at National Archives of Australia and Friday Late: Games Masters Exhibition at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. View the full program at enlightencanberra.com.

Prepare to have your mornings brightened when the Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns from 7 to 15 March as hot air balloons fill the sky with a flurry of colour, sound and movement.

Celebrate local creativity as Lights! Canberra! Action! (6 March) shines a light on local film-makers and Symphony in the Park (8 March) provides the perfect soundtrack to your sunset picnic.

Top off the festival by celebrating the city’s birthday at Canberra Day (9 March) and enjoy a flourish of fireworks at Hit 104.7 Skyfire (14 March).

Cost: Prices vary, please check the website.

Happening until 15 March, times vary, please check the website. Parliamentary Triangle.

See enlightencanberra.com for more information.

BREAKING THE CASTLE

David can’t get enough, of anything. Alcohol, drugs, women, gambling – whatever it takes to escape the bark of the black dog.

Consumed by an overwhelming feeling of never belonging anywhere, days and nights are lived through a thick haze of drugs and alcohol. This bender could be his last, but he doesn’t care – there are worse things than death.

Then David is thrown an unlikely lifeline. Finding himself in the mountains of South -East Asia he is offered a chance at redemption – but he will need to confront his inner demons, traumas and secrets long buried in his psyche.

Visceral, fierce, and uplifting Breaking The Castle is an exquisitely rendered gripping tale and performance from creator Peter Cook as a man yearning for connection.

Content Advice :Contains coarse language, drug references and mature themes, recommended 15+.

Happening until 14 March on Saturday’s from 6.30 pm-7.45 pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City.

See thestreet.org.au for more information.

Bright Blue Gorilla Concert & 36 Husbands Movie Screening at Artists Shed

Artists Shed and Bright Blue Gorilla Movies & Music invite you to come celebrate the Canberra Premiere of 36 Husbands! Come meet the Writer, Director, Producer and actors!

Bright Blue Gorilla: Award-Winning Filmmakers & Musicians from Los Angeles are coming to Canberra!

Be the first audience in Canberra to see their new film: 36 Husbands! Many scenes were filmed in and around Canberra!

  • 5:30pm doors open
  • 6:00pm Bright Blue Gorilla concert
  • 6:30pm short break for drinks, mix & mingle
  • 7:00-9:00pm 36 Husbands film with Q&A after

 

Cost: $20 includes BBQ, Concert and Film

Happening Wednesday 11 March from 6–9 pm at Artists Shed, 88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick.

See Facebook for more information.

MUSIC

Summer Sounds 2020

Kicking off an epic event program to celebrate the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ 50th Anniversary, Summer Sounds 2020 is set to entertain the whole family.

With a great line-up of local musicians and dance talent spread across three weekend in March, Summer Sounds 2020 will get you moving and grooving to the sounds of your favourite top 40 hits through to the smooth sounds of jazz.

They’ll be heaps to entertain the kids too inside the Gumnut Hut with free face-painting, storytelling and craft activities.

Here’s a peek at the program:

TRIBUTE WEEKEND – A celebration of music icons Fleetwood Mac and Aussie rock and pop legends

Saturday 14 March – The Drinking Lizards with Kokoloco

Sunday 15 March – Sweet Little Lies with the National Capital Bootscooters

Summer Sounds is a picnic haven, but if picnics are not your thing then grab a bite to eat at the concerts – mobile bar and sweet and savoury menu options are all on offer.

Cost: $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free

Happening Saturdays and Sundays from 7–22 March from 5–7 pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Eucalypt Lawn.

Tickets available online or at the door.

For more info, or to pre-book your tickets visit the Australian National Botanic Gardens website:  parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens

Melting Pot: Art, Not Apart jam experience

Experience a melting pot of world-class improvised music and live projections at the iconic Albert Hall in the nation’s capital.

After captivating crowds with monthly gigs at NewActon Precinct during 2019, Melting Pot returns in 2020 for a one-off jam experience of epic proportions as part of the tenth anniversary festival of Art, Not Apart.

Immerse yourself as acclaimed saxophonist John Mackey leads an ensemble of the country’s finest musicians on a safari of improvised jams. Melting Pot will be elevated to a multi-sensory experience with the addition of live improvised projections directed by moving image artists.

Don’t forget to grab a drink from the bar run by Canberra favourites Bar Rochford.

You’ve never seen Albert Hall like this before.

Cost: $25–$30 + bf. Book tickets here: ana2020meltingpot.eventbrite.com.au

Happening Friday 13 March from 8 pm–12 am at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

See Facebook for more information.

Art, Not Apart 2020

Canberra’s largest contemporary arts festival Art, Not Apart returns for its 10th anniversary festival with an extended programme from 12–15 March.

Experience the main event on Saturday 14 March, a free contemporary arts festival featuring 200+ artists from the Canberra region and beyond, presenting works traversing performance art, music, installations, visual art, street art, film and moving image.

Stages, exhibitions, workshops, interventions and parties will explode and flow throughout NewActon PrecinctNFSA – National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and The Shine Dome.

The arts will be complemented by the ever-popular Suitcase Rummage, delicious street food curated by The Forage, a local wine tasting experience by Cellar Door, and a festival bar run by Bar Rochford.

Free entry.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 1-7 pm across NewActon, The Shine Dome and the National Film and Sound Archive.

See Facebook for more information

More local msic

Check out BMA and CBR DIY for more local gigs.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS AND TALKS

Martini Whisperer ‘Cocktails & Fireworks’ Masterclass

Join the one and only Martini Whisperer as he hosts an exclusive cocktail evening in the beautiful Little National Lounge.

Enjoy sweeping views of the city as you learn how to make bespoke Martinis from the Martini Whisperer himself, Phillip Jones.

Over the course of the evening guests will be personally guided through crafting their own Martini using premium spirits and vermouths. Once the fireworks begin, guests will be invited to get comfy and enjoy their cocktail creations and canapes while watching Skyfire from the wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows.

Guests are encouraged to spend the rest of the evening mingling in the lounge.

Cost: $110 per person.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 6–9.30 pm at Little National Hotel, Barton.

See Facebook for more information.

Wedding Open Night at the NGA

The Big Group and the National Gallery of Australia invite you to attend their wedding open night, Friday 13 March from 4 pm.

The Gallery is an incredibly unique and iconic venue in Canberra and with so many locations not only for your ceremony in the Sculpture Gardens overlooking the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and through to your dream wedding reception venue – look no further.

We are excited to be collaborating with the best in the business–Alex Pasquli Photographs; Love Letters Canberra; Flowers from the Garden; Chicago Charles; La Ombre; Sweet Pea and Poppy; Capital Brewing; Archie Rose; The Design Depot—we can help with all the finer details.

Free entry with bubbles and beers and grazing stations to keep you well-fed on your visit—we look forward to sharing this special night with you and your partner.

Free entry.

Happening Friday 13 March 2020 from 4 –7 pm Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia.

See thebiggroupcanberra.wixsite.com/weddingopennight for more information.

National Sheepdog Trial Championships

A blur of high-speed motion, absolute stillness, controlled aggression and canny mind control of the three sheep—all while instantly responding to direction from the handler.

Ever seen a top sheepdog in action? It’s a compelling, often nail-biting, spectator experience and a display of extraordinary teamwork.

Between 11-15 March, see some incredibly talented sheepdogs and their handlers in action at this year’s National Sheep Dog Trial Championships!

Now in its 77th year, the National Sheep Dog Trial Championships serves as an enduring link between the Bush Capital and rural Australia. Although the conditions this year are challenging – despite drought and fires, competitors will come from all over the country to support this sport that is rich in Australian rural heritage.

Sheep Dog Trials are a unique, heritage sport where three species—sheep, dog and person—endeavour to work together to complete a course of three obstacles in fifteen minutes.

It is the ultimate level playing field – it doesn’t matter if you are male, female, young, old or in a mobility scooter. Every competitor starts with 100 points – after that anything can happen!

The competition begins Wednesday 11th March with finals being held on Sunday 15th March. The top 20 scoring dogs will run and then the highest-scoring will compete for the prestigious Duke of Gloucester Sash.

This year, the National Sheep Dog Trials are privileged to also have the support of His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) who will be attending the final and presenting the Duke of Gloucester Sash to the National Sheep Dog Trial Open Champion.

Come along to this family-friendly event for a fun day out to witness this unique, inclusive sport with a proud heritage. Dogs (on leads) are welcome too!

Cost: Entry by donation Wednesday to Friday / Saturday and Sunday $5 per person Children under 16 free.

Happening 11-15 March from 8 am–5 pm at Hall Showground

See nationalsheepdogtrials.org for more information.

National Photographic Portrait Prize forum

Join the Portrait Gallery for a discussion about this year’s NPPP 2020 exhibition and exploring powerful storytelling in photographic portraiture. Penny Grist, NPG Curator and NPPP judge, chairs a panel including fellow NPPP2020 judges Naomi Hobson and Nici Cumpston.

Cost: Free. Limited places, bookings essential.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 11 am–12 pm at the National Portrait Gallery

See portrait.gov.au/calendar/nppp2020-forum for more information.

Cowork Coplay: Coworking, networking with childminding

Calling all parents who are itching to work on a business, career-related or social good project!

Here’s an opportunity to cowork with others (read ‘time and headspace!’) while your child is cared for nearby.

Network with others working on business or professional projects

Learn from a guest speaker

Tick off those ‘To Do’ list tasks

Take advantage of on-site childminding with qualified educator ** places are limited **

Enjoy morning tea

Access to a private online community.

Bring your laptops, notebooks, ideas or whatever you want to work on for this productive but enjoyable time.

Cost:

Coworker + Coplayer (child): $160 for all 4 sessions

Coworker only (ie. no child): $100

Extra child, subject to availability: $60

Happening 16, 23 and 30 March from 9.30 am–12.30 pm at The Mill House Ventures: University of Canberra Social Enterprise Hub, Building 1, Level A, Shop 03, Bruce.

Note that parents using the babysitting service will need to provide food, nappies etc. for their children and are ultimately responsible for them and must remain on-site. Breastfeeding or visiting children at any time welcome.

See coworkcoplay.space/next-program for more information.

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

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

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

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

Cost: $20

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

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

NatureArt Lab workshops

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

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

Throughout February and March, there will be courses on offer, ranging from two, four and six weeks, which will give students a chance to examine and interpret insects, birds and other creatures through various art mediums.

Each course will take students through a step-by-step process to develop valuable drawing techniques used to create beautiful works of art.

For artists who wish to explore beyond Canberra, NatureArt Lab is also offering nature tours to a number of renowned destinations inspired by their natural beauty such as Costa Rica, Borneo and Peru.

With an early bird discount available to tour Borneo in late October, photographers, artists and nature lovers who want to experience a 13-day adventure through the wildlife region are encouraged to secure their place now.

The NatureArt Lab Summer Program commenced on 2 February 2020, with multiple courses running through February-March and is open to anyone over 16.

To book a course, visit natureartlab.com.au

FRIDAY WITH A FRIEND

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

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

See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA 

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

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

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

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

For more detailed information visit the website.

FESTIVALS

Soul Defender truck in front of NFSA. Credit: Cole Bennetts.

Art, Not Apart 2020

Canberra’s largest contemporary arts festival Art, Not Apart returns for its 10th anniversary festival with an extended programme from 12–15 March.

Experience the main event on Saturday 14 March, a free contemporary arts festival featuring 200+ artists from the Canberra region and beyond, presenting works traversing performance art, music, installations, visual art, street art, film and moving image.

Stages, exhibitions, workshops, interventions and parties will explode and flow throughout NewActon PrecinctNFSA – National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and The Shine Dome.

The arts will be complemented by the ever-popular Suitcase Rummage, delicious street food curated by The Forage, a local wine tasting experience by Cellar Door, and a festival bar run by Bar Rochford.

Free entry.

Happening Saturday 14 March from 1-7 pm across NewActon, The Shine Dome and the National Film and Sound Archive.

See Facebook for more information.

Enlighten Festival

Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival, presented by Singapore Airlines, brings together the best autumn events.

Held over 17 days from 28 February to 15 March, the city will come alive with a range of free and ticketed events.

Kick off the festival at the 10th anniversary of Enlighten Illuminations (28 February to 9 March) as architectural projections light up the National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy, Questacon and more.

Enjoy the roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances throughout the Enlighten precinct.

With programming commencing at 6 pm, and architectural projections lighting up your evening from 8 pm to 11 pm each night, there’s plenty of time to have your tastebuds tempted at the Canberra Night Noodle Markets (28 February-9 March), Bentspoke Beer Garden and Enlighten Alley.

After taking in the projections, be enlightened with a visit inside many iconic national attractions. With exclusive events on offer sure to entertain every member of your family.

Enhance your experience of Enlighten Illuminations by joining the Chef’s Degustation at Parliament House for a fine dining experience or book a private garden dining experience at Questacon’s Illuminated Igloo Garden.

Entertain the family at National Zoo and Aquarium’s Zoofest or receive exclusive night access to some of Canberra’s best exhibitions including Spy: Espionage in Australia at National Archives of Australia and Friday Late: Games Masters Exhibition at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. View the full program at enlightencanberra.com.

Prepare to have your mornings brightened when the Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns from 7 to 15 March as hot air balloons fill the sky with a flurry of colour, sound and movement.

Celebrate local creativity as Lights! Canberra! Action! (6 March) shines a light on local film-makers and Symphony in the Park (8 March) provides the perfect soundtrack to your sunset picnic.

Top off the festival by celebrating the city’s birthday at Canberra Day (9 March) and enjoy a flourish of fireworks at Hit 104.7 Skyfire (14 March).

Cost: Prices vary, please check the website.

Happening 28 February to 15 March, times vary, please check the website. Parliamentary Triangle.

See enlightencanberra.com for more information.

The 8th Australian National Kapa Haka Festival 2020

The 8th Australian National Kapa Haka Festival 2020 will be held at the Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) on Saturday, 14 March 2020 from 8.30 am to 4 pm.

There will be a Powhiri (Traditional Welcome – free of charge) held on Friday 13 March 2020 from 1 pm sharp.

Cost: Tickets start from $10

Happening Saturday 14 March from 8.30 am–4 pm at EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra).

See trybooking.com/BHVYL for more information.

WELLBEING, SPORT + FITNESS

NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA NORTH CANBERRA

What is it? 

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

What kind of music? 

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

How dark is it? 

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

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

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

See the Facebook Page for more information.

MARKETS + FAIRS

The Night Noodle Markets are back. Image: Martin Ollman.

The Canberra Times Night Noodle Markets

The Canberra Times Night Noodle Markets will return to Reconciliation Place for an extended duration of eleven nights, from 28 February until 9 March, transforming Reconciliation Place into a bustling Asian street food festival.

Kicking off on 28 February, the highly anticipated Night Noodle Markets will return for an extended stint due to popular demand, turning Reconciliation Place into a bustling Asian street food festival over eleven sizzling nights.

Canberrans can embark on a vibrant flavour journey through Asia, tasting new creations, dynamic flavours and signature dishes from hawker-style stalls from around the country served alongside live music, DJs, and lion dancing.

Local favourites Korbq, Donburi Station and Superbao will be joined by multicultural flavours from around Australia from Hoy Pinoy, Gelato Messina, May’s Malaysian Hawker, Wonderbao, Bangkok Street Food, Twistto, Flying Noodles, Teppanyaki Noodles, Shallot Thai, Satay Brothers, Chinese Dim Sum King, Mochi Donuts, Waffleland, The Pham Sisters, Raijin, Poklol x Puffle, Chur Burger, Wok Master and Bao Brothers.

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 5 pm–10.30 pm and Saturday – Sunday: 4 pm–10.30 pm.

Happening 28 February–9 March at Reconciliation Place, Canberra.

Free Entry. To view all stallholder menus visit: goodfoodmonth.com/canberra/canberra-night-noodle-markets

Burgmann Anglican School 2020 Fair

Join Burgmann Anglican School once again (or come for the first time) to experience the Burgmann Twilight Fair everyone raves about!

Each year more than 2000 members of the Burgmann parents, friends, and local community come together for a family friendly evening on the grounds of Forde campus. This year, the Fair will feature a central community area and main stage surrounded by a wonderful array of food, drinks, and entertainment.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome so bring friends, neighbours and family along! Proudly supported by Burgmann’s Parents & Friends, you can visit more than 20 stalls including hot food, cakes, salads, fairy floss, sweets, cold drinks, a cosy book nook with high quality pre-loved books, toys, and games plus much more.

Cost: Free

Happening Friday 13 March from 3.30-7 pm at Burgmann Anglican School Forde Campus.

See Eventbrite for more information.

Dyara Indigenous Arts Hub panel and shopping experience

Join Jenifer Kemarre Martiniello, Paul House, Gabrielle Sullivan and Tim Acker for a discussion on Indigenous art, followed by an after-hours shopping experience at the Dyara Indigenous Arts Hub. The panel will look at trends in Indigenous art and ethical buying.

Cost: $10 Museum Friends, includes drink on arrival and 15% discount shopping at this event, $20 General admission includes drink on arrival and 10% discount shopping at this event

Happening Thursday 12 March from 5.30–7.30 pm at the National Museum of Australia

See nma.gov.au/visit-us/shop for more information.

Royalla Country Fair

Royalla Country Fair will have something for everyone.

Expect rides, Market stalls, food, showbags, Petting Zoo, pony rides, raffle, Shannon’s Show and Shine, Canberra Helicopter flights, Car boot, Trial bike of Canberra display, Horse display, Canberra Kubota, Art and photography exhibition, Devonshire Tea, Rural Fire Service, Horse vs dirt bike, The Canberra and District Historic Engine Club, and much more!

Cost: Entry by gold coin donation.

Happening Sunday 15 March from 9 am–4 pm at Royalla Common 317 Royalla Drive, Royalla.

See royallacountryfair.com/visitor.php for more information.

Murrumbateman Village Market

Murrumbateman Village Market has been described as “a great little country market showcasing produce and crafts from the local area”. It is a chance to actually meet and talk to the producer and the craftsperson.

Just 30 minutes from Canberra on the Barton Highway. There is arts and crafts, farm fresh beef, pork and lamb, fruit and vegies, bread, cakes, pastries, jams, sauces, salami, olive oils, native plants and fresh produce straight out of local gardens and a wide range of crafts. Live music and wine tasting from a number of local wineries.

This is a little bit of the rural close to Canberra, the ambience of the Village Green and the chance to take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Free entry

Happening Saturday 14 March from 9 am–1 pm at Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds, Barton Highway.

See mvmarket.com 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.

CELLAR DOOR

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more details.

NORTHSIDE FAMILY MARKETS

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical-free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30 am until 12.00 or sold out. Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30 am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood.

For more information visit the website.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Credit: Julie Leafe from Frolic Photos.

Zonta Preloved Fashion Sale

The Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast’s annual Preloved Fashion Sale is a mecca for Canberra fashionistas in the know. It specialises in affordable vintage and high-end fashion labels in a range of sizes.

This year, thanks to the generosity of the women of Canberra, the Zonta Preloved Fashion Sale has an especially high amount of quality high-end fashion labels. By attending the event, women are supporting both sustainable fashion and projects that empower women.

Money raised supports projects that empower women, including providing birthing kits for women giving birth in developing countries, and scholarships for women and girls studying in Canberra– especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fields.

In the past year, the Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast supported 55 domestic violence survivors with kitchen packs to assist as they moved into their own homes.

This year the sale has chosen the theme of regeneration, to send a message of healing and transformation during difficult times.

Happening Friday 13 March from 5 pm to 8 pm (preview, $25 ticketed event) and Saturday 14 March from 9 am to 3 pm (free entry) at Yarramundi Cultural Centre on Lady Denman Drive on Lady Denman Drive.

See TryBooking and zontadistrict24.org/d24-clubs/area-2/canberra-breakfast for tickets and more information.

Women in Leadership Lunch

The 13th of March 2020 marks the day of CPA Australia’s annual Women in Leadership lunch. This year’s lunch will be held at Hotel Realm, providing the chance for Canberra professionals to hear from Canberra’s best and brightest on why it is important to be unapologetically you.

This year’s Women in Leadership lunch works hand in hand with the International Women’s Day theme #EachforEqual, encouraging women and men to actively fight against stereotypes and bias by being unapologetically you.

By being your best and authentic self in the work place you can improve situations, broaden perceptions and develop a work environment that provides equal opportunity for all.

Cost: $100

Happening Friday 13 March from 12–3 pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

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

OUTDOORS

CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR 

Wake up to more than 25 hot air balloons drifting across Canberra skies as part of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular.

Head to the lawns of Old Parliament House to be part of the festival of colour, sound and movement. Be there as the pilots inflate and launch their balloons from 6.15am and enjoy hot drinks and breakfast as the balloons ascend into the sky. Or for a morning to remember, experience the thrill of hot air ballooning with a balloon ride.

Free for spectators, balloon flights are ticketed.

This event is weather dependent. Daily announcements if balloons will launch and fly are made at 6.15am and published on the website and via the Enlighten Festival and EventsACT social channels.

Happening Saturday 7 March until Sunday 15 March 2020 from 6:15-10am on the Lawns of Old Parliament House, Parkes.

See enlightencanberra.com for more information.

National Sheepdog Trial Championships

A blur of high-speed motion, absolute stillness, controlled aggression and canny mind control of the three sheep—all while instantly responding to direction from the handler.

Ever seen a top sheepdog in action? It’s a compelling, often nail-biting, spectator experience and a display of extraordinary teamwork.

Between 11-15 March, see some incredibly talented sheepdogs and their handlers in action at this year’s National Sheep Dog Trial Championships!

Now in its 77th year, the National Sheep Dog Trial Championships serves as an enduring link between the Bush Capital and rural Australia. Although the conditions this year are challenging – despite drought and fires, competitors will come from all over the country to support this sport that is rich in Australian rural heritage.

Sheep Dog Trials are a unique, heritage sport where three species—sheep, dog and person—endeavour to work together to complete a course of three obstacles in fifteen minutes.

It is the ultimate level playing field – it doesn’t matter if you are male, female, young, old or in a mobility scooter. Every competitor starts with 100 points – after that anything can happen!

The competition begins Wednesday 11th March with finals being held on Sunday 15th March. The top 20 scoring dogs will run and then the highest-scoring will compete for the prestigious Duke of Gloucester Sash.

This year, the National Sheep Dog Trials are privileged to also have the support of His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) who will be attending the final and presenting the Duke of Gloucester Sash to the National Sheep Dog Trial Open Champion.

Come along to this family-friendly event for a fun day out to witness this unique, inclusive sport with a proud heritage. Dogs (on leads) are welcome too!

Cost: Entry by donation Wednesday to Friday / Saturday and Sunday $5 per person Children under 16 free.

Happening 11-15 March from 8 am–5 pm at Hall Showground

See nationalsheepdogtrials.org for more information.

Enlighten Festival

Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival, presented by Singapore Airlines, brings together the best autumn events.

Held over 17 days from 28 February to 15 March, the city will come alive with a range of free and ticketed events.

Kick off the festival at the 10th anniversary of Enlighten Illuminations (28 February to 9 March) as architectural projections light up the National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy, Questacon and more.

Enjoy the roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances throughout the Enlighten precinct.

With programming commencing at 6 pm, and architectural projections lighting up your evening from 8 pm to 11 pm each night, there’s plenty of time to have your tastebuds tempted at the Canberra Night Noodle Markets (28 February-9 March), Bentspoke Beer Garden and Enlighten Alley.

After taking in the projections, be enlightened with a visit inside many iconic national attractions. With exclusive events on offer sure to entertain every member of your family.

Enhance your experience of Enlighten Illuminations by joining the Chef’s Degustation at Parliament House for a fine dining experience or book a private garden dining experience at Questacon’s Illuminated Igloo Garden.

Entertain the family at National Zoo and Aquarium’s Zoofest or receive exclusive night access to some of Canberra’s best exhibitions including Spy: Espionage in Australia at National Archives of Australia and Friday Late: Games Masters Exhibition at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. View the full program at enlightencanberra.com.

Prepare to have your mornings brightened when the Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns from 7 to 15 March as hot air balloons fill the sky with a flurry of colour, sound and movement.

Celebrate local creativity as Lights! Canberra! Action! (6 March) shines a light on local film-makers and Symphony in the Park (8 March) provides the perfect soundtrack to your sunset picnic.

Top off the festival by celebrating the city’s birthday at Canberra Day (9 March) and enjoy a flourish of fireworks at Hit 104.7 Skyfire (14 March).

Cost: Prices vary, please check the website.

Happening 28 February to 15 March, times vary, please check the website. Parliamentary Triangle.

See enlightencanberra.com for more information.

KIDS

 

LITTLE GRIFFINS

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

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

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

Visit nca.gov.au for more information.

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

Tommy by N Kohler.

The National Portrait Prizes – One ticket, two extraordinary exhibitions

Experience the very best of Australian portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn.

The National Portrait Prizes – comprising the lustre of the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, along with topical audience favourite the National Photographic Portrait Prize – will see vibrant, concurrent exhibitions in the mediums of painting and photography.

The Darling Portrait Prize is a new annual painting prize, honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery.

Featuring a $75,000 winner’s prize, the Darling Portrait Prize will become one of the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country. The winner of the Darling Portrait Prize 2020 will be announced on Thursday 5 March 2020.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP)remains one of the highlights of the Australian arts calendar.

Now in its thirteenth year, it offers audiences an insight into the practice of some of Australia’s best professional and amateur portrait photographers, as well as providing an intriguing, reflective national ‘snapshot’. The NPPP offers the following four prizes: Winner; Highly Commended; the Art Handlers’ Award; and the People’s Choice Award, with all winners announced on Friday 13 March 2020.

Price: $15 for Adults; $12 for concession and $10 for members (one ticket, two exhibitions)

Happening from 10 am–5 pm daily from 6 March – 10 May at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

See portrait.gov.au for tickets and more information.

Today I, Tomorrow You

Today I, Tomorrow You is a group exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Art, Not Apart with new works from nine artists.

Each artist has responded to the festival provocation with distinct ideas and unique mediums but are united by a preoccupation with our environment and the contemporary and future impact of climate change. Curated by Art, Not Apart visual art curator Chloe Mandryk.

ARTISTS 

byrd // Millie Black // Michelle Day // Sophie Dumaresq // Rinaldo Hartanto // Rachel Howie // Kevin Adrian Miller // Nikkayla // Bernadette Smith

Among many inspired pieces, Michelle Day will present “Tread Lightly” a delicate installation emblematic of a hurricane and “the turmoil and disharmony but also the fragility and care needed for our minds and ecosystem.” byrd is constructing a towering sentinel made from cardboard, a comment on siloed thinking in today’s society.

Sophie Dumaresq’s photos of Lake George and pink tumbleweed sculptures (colour referencing harmful pesticides) will consider “how our present day treatment of the land will not only have consequences in the future but are already happening and are here.

Opening Night: Thursday 12 March from 6 pm

Free entry.

Exhibition happening 12 March–4 April at the Nishi Gallery, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

See Facebook for more information

DARLING PORTRAIT PRIZE

The National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize is the newest portrait painting prize in the country, held at the home of Australian portraiture.

The inaugural 40 finalists will be alongside the National Photographic Portrait Prize. One ticket. Two extraordinary exhibitions.

Happening from Friday 6 March until Sunday 10 May 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au for more information

HIVE MIND

MoAD’s renowned Enlighten experience is back again with Hive Mind – a collaborative artwork that comes to life with visitor participation.

Join in the fun at Old Parliament House as King’s Hall transforms into a buzzing beehive. Share your best life lesson or words of advice on honeycomb-shaped cells that fit like pieces of a puzzle into the giant hive walls.

Over four nights during Enlighten, join a community, contributing to a collective knowledge bank just like a functioning real-life working hive.

Be part of something big and help create an enormous, immersive artwork with responses from thousands of people from different generations, cultures and identities.

You can also explore MoAD after dark with all our galleries and exhibitions open until 11  pm.

Happening 28 February–8 March from 6.30 pm – 11 pm at Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

MATISSE & PICASSO

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

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

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

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Game Masters: The Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Chef and the Potter

The Canberra Potters Society, a not-for-profit community organisation, was established in Canberra in 1975 and it is celebrating its 45th birthday this year. Its objectives are to promote excellence and innovation in ceramics, foster appreciation of handcrafted ceramics in the broader community and encourage the professional development of its members and support our local artists and their work.

The Chef and the Potter invites viewers to explore the playful, refined and unique tableware used by chefs in and around Canberra. It aims to provoke a deeper consideration of beautifully crafted vessels we use every day, exploring the continued reinvention of ceramic tableware by chefs and potters alike.

Featuring: Georgina Bryant (Linburn Handmade), Joey Burns (Sawpit Studios), Andres Caycedo, Richilde Flavell (Girl Nomad Ceramics), Chris Harford, and Annie Parnell.

Free

Happening until 29 March at Canberra Potters, Watson Arts Centre Aspinall Street, Watson.

See canberrapotters.com.au/project/the-chef-and-the-potter for more information.

Spy: Espionage in Australia

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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

See naa.gov.au for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

Craft ACT Glass Exhibition: Distorted Trajectories

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

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

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

Showing until 21 March at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, North Building, Canberra City.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

Building a Life: The Jennings Germans story

The fingerprints of the ‘Jennings Germans’ are all over Canberra – but who were they? This exhibition explores the lives and legacy of the 150 German carpenters who came to Canberra in the early 1950s to build 1850 homes for construction company AV Jennings.

After travelling halfway around the world, these young men began to build not only houses, but also a life for themselves. Brick by brick and friendship by friendship, they altered the physical and cultural landscape of the young capital and left a legacy that has lasted generations.

Showing until 18 July at Canberra Museum and Gallery, City.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/building-a-life-the-jennings-germans-story for more information.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES 2020

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

Artists to be selected by Craft ACT in late 2019

Showing until 21 March at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, North Building, Canberra City.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

 

 

PHOTOACCESS: TERRAFORM

The exhibition centres on Josh Dykgraaf’s remarkable photoshop manipulation of his own original images, Terraform invites intimate attention to vanishing species and explores the limits and interconnections of the world.

Happening 12 February – 24 March at East Hotel, Canberra Avenue, Kingston, ACT.

See photoaccess.org.au for more information.

HAM DARROCH: PROPELLER AT THE ANU DRILL HALL GALLERY

ANU Alumni and Canberra based artist Ham Darroch opens the Drill Hall’s 2020 exhibition program with a dynamic ensemble of colour, geometry and object-based form.

In his paintings and object based sculptures Darroch investigates the visual tradition of hard edge abstraction of the 1960’s and 70’s.

His works evoke a strong carry over of the enigmatic conceptualism of Marcel Duchamp and he makes wide ranging references to other works of Australian and non-Australian modern and pre-modern artists.

Showing until 12 April at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Acton.

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

 

ADAPTATION

Local artist Sian Watson presents a collection of figurative sculptural works that explores our shared vulnerability with nature in this shifting landscape.

This investigation highlights environmental and social change and adaptation, and the moral roles that humans and animals might play in times to come.

Through the fusion of humans and animals she creates works that question these relationships and understandings and invites the viewer to create their own imaginative conclusions.

Showing until 29 March at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au for more information.

State of Synthesis

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

Graffiti + Ocean + Flowers

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

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

Call (02) 6295 6925 for more information.

 

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN?

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

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

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

“Our democracy needs us. Are you in?”

Showing until 30 June 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

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

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

Showing until 31 March 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM PUBLIC TOURS

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

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

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

Tours are free with general admission tickets to the museum.

Showing until 14 May 2023 at National Dinosaur Museum.

See nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au for more information.

SELECTED SPACES. SETTLING THE GINNINDERRA DISTRICT

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

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

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

onetoeight: Australia’s first prime ministers

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

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

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

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

A Tale of Two Villages

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

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

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

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN? 

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

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

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

PLAYUP 

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

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

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

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS  

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

For full details visit the NGA website.

Feature image: Tim Bean

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