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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

Don’t miss the wonder of Enlighten Festival.

ENLIGHTEN

Eat, see and explore as Canberra transforms for the annual Enlighten Festival!

Held over the first 17 days of March, the city will be a hive of activity with a range of free and ticketed events combining to make the Enlighten Festival a highlight on Canberra’s 2019 events calendar.

In addition to the ever-popular 11 nights of architectural projections in the Parliamentary Triangle (1-11 March), Canberra’s Enlighten Festival is now a true celebration of culture and creativity, bringing together the Canberra Balloon Spectacular (9-17 March), Lights! Canberra! Action! (8 March), Symphony in the Park (10 March), Canberra Day (11 March) and Hit 104.7 Skyfire (16 March), plus activations in the city precinct and more.

Find out more at enlightencanberra.com.

Ferry to Enlighten(ment)

Want to see the beauty of Enlighten from Lake Burley Griffin?

Why not jump on one of the National Capital Authority’s free lake cruises during the Enlighten Festival.

These cruises will depart every 30 minutes from 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday 1 to Sunday 3 March and Friday 7 to Sunday 9 March.

The ferry will depart from the Commonwealth Place Jetty and will allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of Enlighten from the waters of Lake Burley Griffin.

Find out more at nca.gov.au

CANBERRA DAY

CANBERRA IS TURNING 106 THIS YEAR!

Join in the celebrations with a program bursting to the seams with live music and entertainment for all.

The stunning landscape of Commonwealth Park will provide the perfect backdrop for your family day out. Enjoy the thrill of amusement park rides or indulge in a tasty treat from local traders. Relax with a picnic to the sound of live music or join in the children’s activities.

There’s something for everyone this Canberra Day.

Happening Monday 11 March from 2 pm to 7 pm at Commonwealth Park.

Visit enlightencanberra.com more information.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe are expected to take to our skies this autumn. Remember to keep an eye out for the special shape balloon.

Each day from 6:15 am pilots will begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before ascending into the sky and creating a picturesque backdrop for Canberra’s national attractions.

Flurries of colour, sound and movement complemented by live music and a delicious hot breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club will make your morning one to remember.

Balloon flights are weather dependent. Stay up to date on enlightencanberra.com/balloonsFacebookTwitter, or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 from 6:15 am for daily information.

Happening Saturday 9 March to Sunday 17 March from 6:15am at Old Parliament House.

See enlightencanberra.com for more information.

Symphony in the Park

We guarantee this is not your standard symphony experience.

Framed by the tree-lined landscape of the iconic Commonwealth Park, sit back and relax as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra fills the air with music at Symphony in the Park.

The natural amphitheatre provides the perfect backdrop for what is guaranteed to be a magical experience for all the family. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra have outdone themselves this year, perfecting a new interpretation of music we all know and love.

Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a bite to eat from the traders as you watch the sunset.

Enjoy Symphony in the Park from 7 pm to 10 pm on Sunday 10 March.

Find out more at enlightencanberra.com.

Lights! Canberra! Action!

Enlighten Festival is shining a spotlight on Canberra’s talented film-makers as competition sparks creativity.

Filmmakers are given a list of ten items to include in their movie, with only ten days to shoot, edit and produce a seven-minute film exploring the theme of ‘a small step’. This year’s Lights! Canberra! Action! theme has been chosen to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the moon landing, which the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, just south of Canberra, helped televise to the world.

The screening of the top twelve finalists will again take place outdoors in the Senate Rose Gardens at the Museum of Australian Democracy, with the awards winners announced immediately after the screening.

Bring your chair, bean bag or blanket and settle in for a great night of film viewing. Picnics are welcome and foodies will be on site dishing up movie snacks and delicious dinners.

Live music from 7pm, Films screened from 8pm. Find out more at enlightencanberra.com

Enlighten Illuminations

See the Parliamentary Triangle come to life after dark.

Witness thought-provoking and moving large-scale projections on Australian Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon.

To kick start the Enlighten Festival in 2019, the Illuminations have been extended to 11 nights to provide the perfect backdrop for your Canberra Day celebrations. Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle and satellite venues will be transformed into vibrant arts precincts, showcasing Australian talent, amazing roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances. Plus, enjoy late night openings at many iconic national attractions.

Browse the Enlighten Festival digital program to plan you perfect evening full of musical magic, foodie fun and exclusive events.

Happening until 11 March 2019 across the Parliamentary Triangle.

See the website for more information.

Canberra Night Noodle Markets

Allow the Night Noodle Markets to tickle your tastebuds as a part of the Enlighten Festival this March.

On offer will be a range of insta-worthy dishes and drinks to try such as Hoy Pinoy, Chur Burger, Churken, Shallot Thai, Mr Bao, What the Pho and Many More! Bring the whole family down and mingle with the crowd of Canberra foodies.

Happening until 10 March, Reconciliation Place, King Edwards Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2019

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Australia’s most tantalising multi-cultural movie event, the Alliance Française French Film Festival

Screening at Palace Electric in NewActon from 7 March – 10 April, this cherished celebration of French culture will be presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and Unifrance Films. Read more about the program here.

Happening 7 March – 10 April at Palace Electric Cinemas, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See affrenchfilmfestival.org for tickets and more information.

33 Revolutions: Be part of something big!

MoAD yet again offers a unique Enlighten experience with 33 Revolutions – a collaborative artwork inspired by the transformative power of music.

Join us to build an inspiring creation from recycled vinyl records, hanging from a height above King’s Hall at Old Parliament House.

Watch the insta-worthy artwork grow, as this breath-taking installation comes to life with the spirit of revolution.

Be part of something big, connecting thousands of voices from different generations, cultures and identities as you are entertained by a rocking soundtrack including Joan Baez, Kendrick Lamar, Paul Kelly, John Williamson and everything in between.

Happening 1, 2, 8 and 9 March at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

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

nla.gov.au

John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes

The Group 3 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes is Canberra’s premier race day.

The Black Opal Stakes program includes; the $300,000 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes (Group 3), the $200,000 tab.com.au Canberra Cup (Listed), $130,000 (Canberra) National Sprint (Listed) and the XXXX Gold $130,000 Canberra Guineas (Listed). The full racing program is available under the racing drop down menu on the website.

Enter the Canberra Outlet Fashions on the Field competition for the best prizes in the region including a trip for 2 to London and a 5% share in a racehorse.

Free children’s entertainment including Poplar Corner Pony Rides, jumping castle and face painting.

Gates open 11:30am. Find at more at thoroughbredpark.com.au.

Fun at South.Point

There’s a whole lot happening for families this long weekend at South.Point!

Bumblebee Meet and Greet

Meet your favourite Transformers Character Bumblebee from 11 am – 2 pm at South.Point Canberra from Saturday 9 – Friday 15 March.

Also come down to Centre Court and see the two-metre high boombox wall!

Limelight Cinemas

Limelight Cinemas are showing $6 sessions of the Bumblebee movie from Sunday – Monday at 2.15 pm each day, or see Captain Marvel, screening from 7 March.

Family Fun Day

Don’t miss the Family Fun Day on Sunday 10 March, at 2 pm with lego building from Bricks4kidz at 1.15 pm.

Story Time

Story time by Dymocks is back on Thursday 7 March in Kids Corner near Big W from 10 am – 11.30 pm. Join in for some face painting, stories, and craft activities.

iPlay

Trading late this weekend they are open for the little and big kids. Also show your movie ticket and load $30 and get a free $30 iplay credit.

 

Taste. Shop. Play.

Taste. Shop. Play. is arriving at Westfield Woden and Belconnen on 9 and 10 March for a weekend you won’t want to miss. Here are some of the fun things you can expect.

WODEN

Paint & sip classes

Westfield Woden x The Social Creative
When: Friday 8 March
Session times: 5pm – 6.30pm | 7pm – 8.30pm
Where: level 2, near Country Road
Cost: $30 pp.
Book now.

Canberra Region Wine Bar

Date: Friday 8 March
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Where: level 2, near Country Road

Guided children’s craft session

When: Saturday 9 March
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Cost: $5
Where: Cardif Creative Workshop, Mezzanine level

The Canberra Distillery

When: Saturday 9 March & Sunday 10 March
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: level 2, near Country Road

Rest and reset station

When: Saturday 9 March & Sunday 10 March
Time: 11am – 3pm
Where: level 2, near The Body Shop.

BELCONNEN

Sips and Sweets Station

Pop past the Sips and Sweets Station for a little treat as you shop this weekend. Suitable for all ages, you can expect a refreshing fruity non-alcoholic spritz or customise your own lolly bag to take home.

Where: Level 3 outside T2
Date: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March
Time: 10am – 4pm

FREE

Guided Art Workshop

Artist Chris Martin from Splatter is offering a guided workshop to show you how to create an eye-capturing masterpiece. Paint is used here so beware it may get a little messy (smocks will be provided). This is suitable for all ages so bring family or friends along.

Where: Level 3, near Boost Juice
When: 9 & 10 March
Session Times: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

Book online to reserve a spot.

Face Painting

Don’t forget there is free face painting for the little ones.

When: 10am – 4pm Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 March
Where: Level 3, outside T2

MoAD’s Enlighten Selfie Space

This year during Enlighten, MoAD has a fun selfie space that will give you the perfect Instagram selfie!

Want to make a fun video of yourself lip-synching to your favourite protest song to share on your social channels? MoAD has got you covered! There will be a dedicated Tik Tok selfie space, with framed backgrounds and funky backdrops.

You can also take part in the social media phenomenon, #sleeveface. Choose a famous vinyl record cover to obscure part of your face and create a cool photo illusion – perfect for your insta-feed!

Happening 8 and 9 March at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

Canberra Day Pool Party @ The Dickson Aquatic Centre

Enjoy the Canberra Day public holiday at the Dickson Aquatic Centre.  Live music, featuring some of Canberra’s best acoustic talent, will bring the pool deck to life.

There will be fun for all ages with pool games and prizes throughout the day, with proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis ACT.

Patrons will enjoy our three pools and splash park during the event. Bring your swimmers and a picnic rug and enjoy the afternoon at Dickson Aquatic Centre.

Happening Monday 11 March from 12pm – 7:00pm, Dickson.  See the website for more information.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Khadija Gbla: Invisible Women, Invisible Violence in the Australian Human Rights landscape

Khadija Gbla, an African Australian woman is an award winning human rights activist who has been recognised by multiple agencies including Amnesty International and has been a South Australian State finalist for Young Australian of the Year. Khadija is an inspirational speaker and an Ambassador for Our Watch, an organisation established to change attitudes to violence against women and their children.

Gbla discusses the barriers for women in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities trying to access domestic violence services. These women are invisible in many ways, disempowered by a lack of awareness of our health and social support systems and access barriers. They are silenced due to poor language proficiency, discrimination and community backlash.

Happening Tuesday 5 March at Coombs Lecture Theatre ANU, Acton from 7pm. Entry with a gold coin donation.  For more information visit pameladenoonlecture.net.

‘The politics of women’s representation’

Anne Summers AO is an Australian writer, columnist and feminist icon. A former Press Gallery Bureau Chief for the Financial Review, and later Editor of Ms Magazine in the US, Anne’s extraordinary and peripatetic career has seen her traverse media, the Australian Pubic Service, federal politics and international environmental activism.

Summers’ National Press Club address will explore the so-called ‘Year of the Woman’ in the United States – 2019 will see the restoration of Nancy Pelosi to the Speakership of the House of Representatives, and a surge of diverse women who were elected in the mid-terms taking their place in the United States Congress. In light of this, Summers will discuss the prospects for women in the 2019 Australian federal election, and the growing social and political consequences for conservative parties who fail to put forward women candidates.

See Anne on Wednesday, 6 March at the National Press Club, 16 National Circuit, Barton. Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm. Tickets $85 from npc.org.au.

Shattering Stereotypes, One Photo at a Time

Celebrate Women’s Day with a breakfast and talk with Madeline Sturt. A model citizen and global changemaker, she is a transforming thousands of lives, one catwalk at a time as the world’s first professional model with Down Syndrome.

Having walked in over 100 fashion events across the globe, including New York, London and Paris Fashion weeks, 2018 was Madeline’s sixth season in New York.

Hear how Madeline is standing up for diversity and inclusion, inspiring others to turn their dreams into reality with her mother Rosanne and Emmy® winning journalist Sara James.

7:30am to 10:45am Thursday 7 March at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets $129. For more information or to make a booking visit ahri.com.au

International Women’s Day: Geocon + HerCanberra + Kristen Henry

Join us at the Geocon Sales Centre on International Women’s Day for an evening of champagne, canapés and conversation around investing in property.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve teamed up with Geocon and Kristen Henry to present an evening that’s all about women supporting women.

As women we face many challenges, but securing your financial freedom shouldn’t be one of them. Come along to the Geocon Sales Centre in the city for an evening of champagne, canapés and conversation around investing in property—whether it be for somewhere secure to call home, or to begin or add to a property portfolio to create wealth.

It’s all about helping women feel comfortable and educated when it comes to their options for property ownership.

6pm to 8pm, Thursday 7 March at Geocon Sales Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra City. Find out more about the event and register for your free ticket here. RSVPs are essential.

A Community Conversation and Celebration for International Women’s Day

Hosted by the Women with Altitude, this event invites you to join a community discussion and opportunity for local women in professional and business communities to share their experiences, knowledge and passion.

Expect conversations around topics such as how things have changed or not changed; learnings in life, career or business; and what all women might need moving forward.

10:15am at Friday 8 March at Rodney’s Garden Cafe, Pialligo. $49.50 per person. Tickets from womenwithaltitude.com.au.

Canapés on the Deck: Celebrating Women’s Day

Canapés, stunning views and inspiring words from Zoya Patel.

Patel is a writer and editor based in Canberra and was the Founding Editor of the excellent independent feminist journal, Feminartsy, through which she published the work of writers from across Australia, hosted monthly feminist reading nights, and co-hosted the Read Like a Feminist bookclub. Her latest book, published by Hachette, is No Country Woman: A memoir of not belonging.

Happening 5:30pm to 7:30pm Friday 8 March at The Deck, Parkes. For more information and to buy tickets visit Eventbrite.

Weird Flex, But OK

Jess Cochrane‘s latest and last body of work to be shown in Australia for the foreseeable future, will take to the halls of QT Canberra.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day 2019, Cochrane celebrates the strength and influence of women that have played a significant role in her development as an artist.

Cochrane’s signature approach of expressive mark making, worked into the surface of beautiful photographic portraits, is a must-see emotional response to many of the hard-hitting issues that affect the modern woman.

Happening Friday 8 March at QT Hotel Foyer, London Circuit from 6pm – 9pm.

For more information visit Weird Flex, But OK.

Her Sound, Her Story

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) will celebrate International Women’s Day with an all-female panel discussing issues of equality in the arts, and the Canberra premiere of the 2018 Australian documentary Her Sound, Her Story,.

The panel will include NFSA Sound Curator (and former sound engineer) Karen Hewitt, Producer-engineer-mixer Anna Laverty, Milk! Records co-founder Jen Cloher and Founding Director of the Australian Women in Music Awards Vicki Gordon.

This extraordinarily talented panel will be discussing their experiences in the Australian and international music industries, and the issues of equality in the arts and how they are paving the way for change.

Her Sound, Her Story unveils the personal experiences, histories and significant social impacts of women in the Australian music industry. Featuring more than 45 artists spanning six decades, the film’s unique narrative brims with rage, strength, beauty and triumph. A moving and powerful dialogue that extends beyond the music industry to ask, ‘Where do we want women’s voices to sit in the world today?’

6pm Friday 8 March at Arc cinema, National Film and Sound Archive McCoy Circuit, Acton. $15, book online.

Women in Space

Join Mt. Stromlo Observatory and ANU in celebrating the role of women in space this International Women’s Day. Women in Space will present talks from Anna Moore, Director of the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre and the ANU Institute for Space; Anntonette Dailey, Executive Director at the Australian Space Agency; and Lisa Kewley, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence of All-SkyAstrophysics in 3D (ASTRO 3D).

6pm to 8pm Friday 8 March at Mount Stromlo Observatory Visitor Centre, Cotter Road, Weston Creek. Talks will start at 6:10pm. Free—register at eventbrite.com.au.

 On The Basis of Sex

A movie night to celebrate International Women’s Day! On the Basis of Sex is an American biographical legal drama film based on the life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Happening Friday 8 March at Palace Electric Cinemas, New Acton from 7pm. For more information and to buy a ticket visit Eventbrite.

Strong Female Lead

Strong Female Lead showcases the talented women of Canberra—it’s a place for our songs, our stories and our creative soul.

This month Lightbulb Improv presents Sarah Campbell on piano, Helen Way in a weird and compelling theatre piece and Laura Griffin performing spoken word. The feature act is Lou Maconachie and Amy Crawford with an unscripted comedy inspired by the cult of Marie Kondo.

7:30pm to 9pm Friday 8 March at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra City. Tickets $10-15 from smithsalternative.com.

All About Women Canberra

Designed to make you think and push your boundaries, All About Women Canberra is a vibrant day that asks questions about gender, justice, and equality, while celebrating feminism for every person affected by the patriarchy.

The event will feature a live feed from the Sydney Opera House presenting three compelling panels: Me Too, Year Two, a discussion about the next steps in the crucial movement of our moment, Feminism in the Arab World, a panel curated by poet and activist Sara Saleh to explode myths and assumptions about Arab women and LGBTQI people, and Leading while Female, a frank conversation between Julie Bishop, Linda Burney, Sarah Hanson-Young, and Julia Banks to answer the question: why is it so hard to be a woman politician?

Host and local theatre artist Cathy Petőcz will be joined by a panel of Canberran authors, artists, and academics including Myra Mentari Abubakar, Ginger Gorman, Zev Aviv and Shoeb (Sia) Ahmad to discuss the live feed panels and engage with the audience about feminist ideals and activity in our own community. With live music and a bar open all afternoon, All About Women Canberra is the unofficial International Women’s Day after party.

1pm Sunday 10 March at Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

FOOD & DRINK

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

Night Noodle Markets

Allow the Night Noodle Markets to tickle your tastebuds as a part of the Enlighten Festival this March.

On offer will be a range of insta-worthy dishes and drinks to try such as Hoy Pinoy, Chur Burger, Churken, Shallot Thai, Mr Bao, What the Pho and Many More! Bring the whole family down and mingle with the crowd of Canberra foodies.

Happening until 10 March, Reconciliation Place, King Edwards Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Summer High Tea at Pialligo Estate

Showcasing a range of sweet and savoury treats by Pialligo Estate, alongside an impeccable range of teas by Canberra based Tea Garden Co. High Tea at Pialligo Estate is as refined as its setting. Tuck into delicate pastries and cakes, classic finger sandwiches, scones with Estate jam plus a glass of bubbles for extra indulgence.

$60 per person and includes a Glass of Bubbles, Selection of Tea Garden Co. Teas, Selection of sweet and savoury items. For group bookings of above eight guests please contact Pialligo Estate on 02 6247 6060

Happening Sunday March 10, March 17 and March 24 from 11 am to 1 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Glasshouse, Pialligo Estate.

See the website for more information and bookings.

Curley Flatt’s: MONSTER GOES TO PARIS

Teasing the MONSTERS in all Messieurs & Mesdames! Celebrity Chef Ian Curley of Melbourne’s French Saloon crosses over with Daniel Flatt of Monster Kitchen & Bar to design a special four-course dining experience including canapes; never to be experienced again.

A little bit French, a little bit Australian, and very much Contemporarily Modern. Each course will be expertly paired with wines presented by artisan winemaker Matt Harrop from Curly Flat Wines.

6:30pm Wednesday 6 March at Monster Kitchen and Bar at Ovolo Nishi. Tickets $150 from eventbrite.com.au.

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.

‘Dogs Day Out’ at The Cupping Room

The Cupping Room would like to invite all our customers (two and four legged) to join them this Canberra day for the second annual ‘Dogs Day Out‘. Doggos get free treats and humans that bring dogs in get free coffee.

If you don’t have a doggo to bring in, please come in and admire all the puppies. Woof.

Happening 8am – 3pm at The Cupping Room, University Avenue, Canberra City.

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.

Girls Night Out at Highball Express

In desperate need of a night out with the girls? We’ve got you – Girls Night Out is back!

Master the art of mixing the perfect cocktail from our award-winning team of bartenders and learn the tricks of the trade as you take part in the creation of some of Highball’s favourite cocktails.

Be taken step-by-step through three cocktails (you get drink them too) and then finish off the class with a chance for you to get hands on as you jump behind the bar and make your own from scratch.

6pm & 7.30pm sessions this Wednesday 6 March. $45 per passenger. Bookings essential via highballexpress.com.au/bookings

GINX’d

Fire up the group chat, Monster Kitchen and Bar’s pop-up gin garden is happening every Saturday.

Whether you’re after a cheeky G&T or one of Monster’s exclusive gin cocktails we have it all with an ever-rotating list of gin’s, on trend fever tree varieties, Jenga and other fun games there will be something new to discover each week.

Drink up every Saturday for the month of March from 2 pm at Monster Kitchen and Bar, inside Ovolo Nishi.

See Facebook for more information.

Dating with Dogs

Dating with Dogs is a is a fun filled afternoon of hanging out with plenty of pups while you have the potential to meet that special someone. Designed to save you all the awkwardness a traditional dating would cause, we use the dogs as a perfect buffer, amongst other group activities.

Did we mention that a portion of ticket sales goes towards a local dog rescue group?!

Ticket price gets you a drink on entry, finger food, hand fed doggie treats served to the pups by a doggie chef, raffles, games and loads of attention from the doggies!

2pm to 4pm this Sunday 10 March at Old Canberra Inn, Lyneham. Tickets $39 from Facebook.

SUNSET SESSIONS AT THE LAKES

The perfect way to end the week…Head to The Lakes every Friday from 4pm in the lounge, for the chance to see some of Canberra’s best local musicians!

Happening until 29 March at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, Nicholls.

See the website for opening hours, details and performer schedules.

MUSIC

Catch Hanson at Canberra Theatre Centre this week.

Hanson: String Theory

Following a sold out 25th Anniversary World Tour and Greatest Hits release, Grammy nominated multi-platinum pop-rock trio HANSON is beginning the next 25 years with a musical project unmatched in their history.

String Theory brings together an exciting collaboration of song craftsmanship and symphonic majesty, framing the established trio’s music through a special collaboration with Academy Award winning arranger David Campbell, spawning both a world tour featuring the band playing live with Symphony Orchestras, and a studio album.

Performing 8pm Wednesday 6 March at Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

Death Cab For Cutie

To celebrate the release of their ninth full-length record Thank You For Today, indie favourites Death Cab for Cutie will be heading down under for a much-anticipated headline tour in 2019.

Now fully affirmed as the indisputable kings of the indie genre, come and see how Death Cab for Cutie have successfully defined indie rock for a whole generation.

The band last played to Australian fans in 2015, making this latest tour their first return to our shores in four years. Don’t miss this iconic band for one night only as they are guaranteed to tug on your heartstrings.

Performing 7:30pm Saturday 9 March at Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

33 Revolutions: Be part of something big!

MoAD yet again offers a unique Enlighten experience with 33 Revolutions – a collaborative artwork inspired by the transformative power of music.

Build an inspiring creation from recycled vinyl records, hanging from a height above King’s Hall at Old Parliament House.

Watch the insta-worthy artwork grow, as this breath-taking installation comes to life with the spirit of revolution.

Be part of something big, connecting thousands of voices from different generations, cultures and identities as you are entertained by a rocking soundtrack including Joan Baez, Kendrick Lamar, Paul Kelly, John Williamson and everything in between.

Happening 8 and 9 March at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

Summer Sunday Sounds at Contentious Character

Each Sunday until 31 March, Contentious Character will bring you a different musician or band to play away the Summer afternoons while you watch the sun set sipping on a Happy Hour Wine of the Day.

Take the kids and they can play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or ogle the kangaroos. Bus pick up and return available from Civic.

Find out more at contentiouscharacter.com.au.

Rhye w/ Your Smith

Gifted songwriting, breathtaking vocals and deft instrumental arrangements – Rhye debuts in Canberra in March 2019.

A mosaic of stirring piano, physical percussion, buzzing analog synths, and expansive vocals, Rhye finds humanity in musicality. Shrouded in mystery, the group first surfaced setting the Internet abuzz with ambiguous imagery, sophisticatedly sensual music videos, and that distinctive falsetto.

Originally a duo conceived in the studio, RHYE has transformed into a collective led by vocalist and producer Milosh and elevated by a cast of accomplished multi-instrumentalists, creating an intoxicating blend of R&B influenced, deeply emotive music.

Performing at 8 pm on Monday 4 March at Kambri at ANU. More information on Facebook.

Julia Jacklin // Olympia // Annie Hamilton

Julia Jacklin brings her sophomore album Crushing on the road to Kambri as part of her biggest Australian tour to date. She’ll be joined by special guests Olympia and Annie Hamilton.

Performing at Kambri at ANU at 8pm Wednesday 6 March. More information and tickets on Facebook.

The Beasts (FKA The Beasts Of Bourbon) The Johnny’s

After an emotional final performance with the Beasts of Bourbon, Tex Perkins thought of getting the band’s members, past and present into a recording studio just to celebrate the band and see what resulted. Songs weren’t so much learned as ideas thrown together and recorded the moment they coalesced.

Performing at 8pm this Thursday 7 March at Kambri at ANU. Tickets and more information on Facebook.

Bex Marshall with band + special guest Richard Perso

UK British Blues Award winner Bex Marshall returns to Australia after 9 years. Her unique style of guitar playing is a combined technique of slide, blues rock with electric ragtime and roots pickin’. Her voice, often compared to Janis Joplin & Bonnie Raitt is a powerful melting pot of old black woman’s heartache & rock diva soul.

Performing at 8pm this Friday 8 March at Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah. Tickets from eventbrite.com.au.

Love, Life & Death – Phoenix Collective

The Phoenix Quartet is Central Coast NSW’s premier string quartet. It will be performing its Love, Life & Death Program: Philip Glass String Quartet No.3 (Mishima), Shostakovich Polka for String Quartet, W.A Mozart String Quartet No.1 in G K80, L. Beethoven String Quartet in E flat Op.74 (Harp) and Skylife – Turtle Island Quartet.

Performing at 7pm this Thursday 7 March at ANU School of Music. Tickets from phoenixcollective.com.au.

Twelve Foot Ninja // Voyager

Twelve Foot Ninja hit the road for their first headline tour of Australia in two years. The Melbourne hard rock outfit have cemented a cult following off the back of their brand of genre-fusing heavy music.

One of Australia’s most innovative, and experimental rock bands, #1 on the AIR album chart, ARIA nomination for Best Hard Rock/Metal album, Winner of Best New Talent at the US Golden God Awards, and 16 million views of their clips on YouTube they have toured all over the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Performing at 8pm this Friday 8 March at Kambri at ANU. Tickets and more information on Facebook.

Benjamin Skepper at the NGA

Internationally acclaimed Australian-Japanese new media artist and musician, Benjamin Skepper, will present a new composition, building upon his Science Gallery Melbourne commissioned work “Pumping Blood” (2017).

Operating at the vanguard of Art + Science, and as part of his research into the human body as a musical instrument, Skepper will record Fujiko Nakaya’s heartbeat, which will form part of the original soundscape to be presented live for electronics and electric cello.

Performing 4pm Saturday 9 March at the National Gallery of Australia. Free, bookings required. Find out more at nga.gov.au/calendar

Carriberrie Indigenous VR experience

The story of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander song and dance is being presented through an interactive virtual reality experience. The National Film and Sound Archive allows David Gulpilil and Jack Charles to take you on a journey as you encounter contemporary dancers of Bangarra at the Sydney Opera house and The Lonely Boys doing their thing in Alice Springs. This experience aims to give viewers an in depth insight into the cultural and historical significance of indigenous dance.

Free event until 1 June from 11 am- 2 pm at The National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the website for more information.

More local music

Check out BMA and CBR DIY for more local gigs!

STAGE

Hyperspace. Image: Morgan Hickinbotham

HYPERSPACE

HYPERSPACE is the third in a series of works from James Batchelor and his collaborators that grew from a unique opportunity to be part of a scientific expedition to study sub-Antarctic islands in 2016.

From the human body to the cosmos, HYPERSPACE is an inquiry into the metrics we use to measure the deep unknowns of the universe. It proposes a study of the human body seen through the prism of cosmology, a mapping of the universe within and around it. The interior and exterior landscapes of the body are deconstructed, producing a self-critique of the masculine body and its dominance in space exploration.

In HYPERSPACE, the fleshy material of the body bends, stretches and is reconfigured as alien transmutation, appearing simultaneously colossal and microscopic.

HYPERSPACE is part of a four-day takeover of The Courtyard Studio by artists from across Canberra, serving up original live music, theatre and dance. The fun kicks off at 6pm with Happy Hour drinks. Support Act from 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.

Performing Thursday 7 and Saturday 9 March at The Courtyard Studio. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

UNBECOMING

Welcome to your post-death afterglow. Due to the nature of your death you are permitted one haunting within the limited time period of your unbecoming, the duration of which is unknown.

Ado wakes up dead. And rotting. Pretty soon she can walk through walls, read people’s minds, and travel through time, and she is fucking killing it. Now that she’s dead and free of all the expectations everyone has of teenage girls she can finally do what she wants. Except… all she wants now is to solve the mystery of her own death. As a ghostly dead girl in the process of her unbecoming, Ado doesn’t have long before she will be gone completely: how will she choose to use her last chance to interact with humanity, her one-time-only haunting?

Unbecoming is a one-woman play about our obsession with the “dead girl” and what it means for that girl when she actually ends up dead. According to Edgar Allan Poe “the death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world,” but this time the dead girl finally speaks for herself.

UNBECOMING is part of a four-day takeover of The Courtyard Studio by artists from across Canberra, serving up original live music, theatre and dance. The fun kicks off at 6pm with Happy Hour drinks. Support Act from 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.

Performing Wednesday 6 and Friday 8 March at The Courtyard Studio. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

Senior Moments

A comedy revue about ‘old’ people – and the young people they have to deal with John Wood, Benita Collings and Max Gillies are having some Senior Moments, with Geoff Harvey on piano, in this senior theatrical sensation.

Senior Moments is a comedy revue with a deliciously funny and fresh collection of comic sketches and songs performed by a cast who are old enough to know better.

Gold Logie winner John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules), Play School icon Benita Collings, master satirist Max Gillies (The Gillies Report) with former Channel 9 Midday maestro Geoff Harvey on piano, all combine to deliver a somewhat silly show for otherwise sensible seniors.

Performing at Canberra Theatre Centre this Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March. Tickets from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

The Full Monty

Drop Everything! Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, follows six down-on-their-luck steelworkers who are desperately looking for work to support their families when they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash.

Filled with honest affection, big laughs, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show, audiences will be wondering if these lovable misfits will really pull it off.

Supa Productions cooks up an aggressive crowd-pleaser that both entertains and grabs your heart as the guys work to overcome their fears and self-consciousness to discover the power of their strength in solidarity.

Performing at The Q in Queanbeyan 8pm Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March, 8pm Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 March, 8pm Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 March, and 2pm Saturday 16 March and 23 March. Tickets $45-55 from theq.net.au.

The Poet’s Guide to Science – a sceptic think tank

Innovative, exciting, hilarious – featuring actors and scientists performing together! This play addresses the serious issues of global warming, vaccination and genetic modification.

Meet real scientists discussing their research and understanding of science with a couple of actors – and the audience.

A show written for adults and enjoyed by eight-year-olds and up.

Performing 6:30pm Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 March at Japan Theatre, Questacon, King Edward’s Terrace, Parkes. More information and tickets from poetsguidetoscience.com.au.

SPORT + FITNESS

John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes

The Group 3 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes is Canberra’s premier race day.

The Black Opal Stakes program includes; the $300,000 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes (Group 3), the $200,000 tab.com.au Canberra Cup (Listed), $130,000 (Canberra) National Sprint (Listed) and the XXXX Gold $130,000 Canberra Guineas (Listed). The full racing program is available under the racing drop down menu on the website.

Enter the Canberra Outlet Fashions on the Field competition for the best prizes in the region including a trip for 2 to London and a 5% share in a racehorse.

Free children’s entertainment including Poplar Corner Pony Rides, jumping castle and face painting.

Gates open 11:30am Sunday 10 March. Find at more at thoroughbredpark.com.au

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.

DANCE

Let’s dance! Come and help us support victims of domestic abuse in our community through your love of dance. This fun and inclusive Latin dance event will include: a beginners dance class taught by top Canberra dancers Jacki Valk and Pat Tito, an auction of experienced dancers, captivating performances by some of Canberra’s best dance teachers, and social dancing for all levels.

The first DANCE event proceeds will be going to Doris Women’s Refuge in Belconnen and Everyman, which is a men’s refuge. 100% of the proceeds will be going to the refuges listed above and More Than Mortgages will also match all profits raised.

Event kicks off 11am Sunday 10 March at Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah. Tickets $15 from Eventbrite.

YOGA BY THE LAKE 

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

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

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

See Facebook for more information.

Zumba with Lachlan

Lachlan is a trained American Ballroom and Latin dance teacher who has been instructing Zumba for over three and a half years.

Lachlan hopes to bring a more dance-oriented style of Zumba to Gungahlin. Whether you have been dancing Zumba for years, or have always wanted to try, this is the perfect way to get started.

Exercise shoes and a water bottle are strongly encouraged.

Happening every Monday at 9.30 am at the Gungahlin Club, 51 Hinder Street, Gungahlin.

See Facebook for more information.

MARKETS

The Old Bus Depot Markets have something for everyone.

Night Noodle Markets

Allow the Night Noodle Markets to tickle your tastebuds as a part of the Enlighten Festival this March.

On offer will be a range of insta-worthy dishes and drinks to try such as Hoy Pinoy, Chur Burger, Churken, Shallot Thai, Mr Bao, What the Pho and Many More! Bring the whole family down and mingle with the crowd of Canberra foodies.

Happening until 10 March, Reconciliation Place, King Edwards Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Old Bus Depot Markets

Sunday 10 March is Super Sunday—everything goes on Super Sundays! All stall holders are welcome, be they multicultural, designer, or collectables. This is a celebration of the best the market has to offer and it’s bound to be a blast!

What might you find? It’s one of the most bustling events at the Old Bus Depot. Take a bite of some freshly baked bread, eye artful accessories from long-time jewellers, and listen to our many talented performers. You never know which mix of stalls you’ll see for this Sunday.

10 am to 4 pm, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. obdm.com.au

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 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out. Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

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

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

French Afterwork at the Alliance Française of Canberra

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

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

Happening every Friday until 8 March at The Alliance Française of Canberra from 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

See the website for more information.

NIKON: Experience the Z Series

Nikon is giving fans and camera enthusiasts around Australia the chance to experience the new Nikon Z Series. The Canberra leg of the tour is happening from 6pm – 9pm this Friday 9 March at Water’s Edge.

This free, three-hour event will allow attendees to get up close and personal with the new Z 6 and Z 7 and test the capabilities in different shooting environments. From a fashion shoot to live music performance, witness the revolutionary autofocus, image quality and speed made possible by the latest mirrorless cameras and NIKKOR S-Line lenses. Capture 4K UHD video, dynamic stills and experience the future of full-frame imaging, with Nikon experts on-hand to answer questions throughout the night.

As well as the Z Series, a range of Nikon products will be available to test and try, including the award-winning D850, speedlights and NIKKOR lenses.

Tickets are free, but spaces are strictly limited. More information can be found here: mynikonlife.com.au.

Enlighten Walkabout

Experience and capture Canberra coming alive with the colourful change to our iconic buildings and roving luminaries with an experienced and previously enlightened photographer at your side!

Learn how to capture jaw-dropping images and enjoy lots of fun with a small group of like-minded photo people—beginners to experienced will all benefit from shining a light on their photo knowledge and skills.

Happening 7pm-10pm Wednesday 6 March. Find out more from photoschool.com.au.

NGA PLAY: SALLY SMART

Sally Smart invites visitors to enter a Ballets Russes inspired world of colourful cut-out assemblages and activities. Participants can create their own costumes and headwear before stepping into their own performance, dancing alongside projections of Brooke Stamp who has responded to the original dances with her own dance improvisation. The space also unfolds to reveal immersive places to create personal narratives in pencil and felt, blackboard activities and paper construction.

Happening until 31 March at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA 

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

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

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

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

For more detailed information visit the website.

FRIDAY WITH A FRIEND

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

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

See the website for more information.

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 

The National Portrait Gallery offers a free thirty-minute tour of their Collection every day. Explore the building and be immersed into the artistic world. Learn some background information on specific works and the artists behind the masterpiece.

Participants should feel free to ask any questions. Guides are more than happy to answer.

Happening daily until 22 April at 11.30am at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes

See the website for more information.

OUTDOORS 

Explore the Carramar Koala Quest.

The Carramar Koala Quest

In search of a new adventure? The Carramar Koala Quest is a larger-than-life Koala sculpture trail throughout the Australian National Botanic Gardens and at select partner locations. Each koala has been created by a different artist and is named with its own story to tell. Get the koala map and set off on a discovery trail to find the 20 unique koalas.

The koala trail will be at the Gardens throughout the month of March. They will also feature in Luminous Botanicus IV, an after dark event that will light up the Gardens’ plants from the Rainforest to Red Centre.

9 am to 5 pm daily until 31 March at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Find out more at anbg.gov.au.

Luminous Botanicus

For four nights the Enlighten Festival is visiting the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Take a stroll through the rainforest canopy and walk to the red centre gardens to see the wonders of nature and science. Keep an eye out for light projections on the trees and sleepy koalas up above. The Gardens will donate $1 from each ticket sold to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital for conservation and research.

Happening March 8 and 9 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street Acton. Event begins at 7:30pm.

See the website for more information.

Canberra Day Weekend Miniature Golf Tournament

Yarralumla Play Station is hosting the inaugural Canberra Day Weekend Miniature Golf Tournament! Teams of two will compete in this family friendly event to determine who will be the 2019 Canberra Day Miniature Golf Champions.

Each team entry ticket includes: one round of mini-golf (18 holes) on the Putt Putt course for two players, colour-coded ball hire, putter hire, scorecards and Pencils.

Lots of prizes on offer with the Major Prize for the 2019 Canberra Day Miniature Golf Team Champions valued at over $220.

Just select your preferred tee off time above and purchase your tickets from Eventbrite (online entries close at 5pm on Saturday 9 March). Tickets start at $30for a team of two.

Plan to stay after your round of golf for lunch at the Station Stop Café, take a ride on Bluebelle Canberra’s miniature train and visit the furry animals at the mini farm.

It’s all happening at YarralumlaPlay Station, 9 Pescott Lane Yarralumla  this Sunday 10 March, with tee off from 10am and sessions every hour until 4pm. Find out more at yarraps.com.au.

Dating with Dogs

Dating with Dogs is a is a fun filled afternoon of hanging out with plenty of pups while you have the potential to meet that special someone. Designed to save you all the awkwardness a traditional dating would cause, we use the dogs as a perfect buffer, amongst other group activities.

Did we mention that a portion of ticket sales goes towards a local dog rescue group?!

Ticket price gets you a drink on entry, finger food, hand fed doggie treats served to the pups by a doggie chef, raffles, games and loads of attention from the doggies!

2pm to 4pm this Sunday 10 March at Old Canberra Inn, Lyneham. Tickets $39 from Facebook.

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

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.

WETLAND WONDERS

Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands to learn about its amazing inhabitants and if you are lucky catch a glimpse of an elusive platypus.

Entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required. Arrive early to explore the rest of the sanctuary or the eucalypt forest.

Happening until 31 March from 4pm-4.30pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Tidbinbilla Reserve Road, Paddys River

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

YOGA BY THE LAKE 

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

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

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

See Facebook for more information.

KIDS

 

DRESSUP: CHANGE THE WORLD

Discover the incredible journeys of some of the world’s most inspiring people, taking the time to walk in their shoes in DressUP: Change the World.

Connect with the lives of historical and contemporary figures, including Frida Kahlo, Adam Goodes, Beyoncé, and many others, by dressing up in their most iconic outfits.

Immerse yourself in their stories of triumph as they go from ordinary people to visionary leaders who have made a difference in the world. Listen to their stories and learn about the challenges they overcame to leave their mark.

Visitors can also tell their own story in 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, every Friday from 10 am – 11 am at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point.

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

Happening every Friday from 1 am at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point.

Visit nca.gov.au for more information.

The Carramar Koala Quest

In search of a new adventure? The Carramar Koala Quest is a larger-than-life Koala sculpture trail throughout the Australian National Botanic Gardens and at select partner locations. Each koala has been created by a different artist and is named with its own story to tell. Get the koala map and set off on a discovery trail to find the 20 unique koalas.

The koala trail will be at the Gardens throughout the month of March. They will also feature in Luminous Botanicus IV, an after dark event that will light up the Gardens’ plants from the Rainforest to Red Centre.

9 am to 5 pm daily until 31 March at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Find out more at anbg.gov.au.

MATHSALIVE! 

MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit. Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative, consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Happening daily from 9 am – 5 pm until 17 March at East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place, Parkes. Free admission.

More information on the website. 

PLAYUP

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

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

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

Visit the website for more details.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY  

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

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

EXHIBITIONS

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

nla.gov.au

33 Revolutions: Be part of something big!

MoAD yet again offers a unique Enlighten experience with 33 Revolutions – a collaborative artwork inspired by the transformative power of music.

Join us to build an inspiring creation from recycled vinyl records, hanging from a height above King’s Hall at Old Parliament House.

Watch the insta-worthy artwork grow, as this breath-taking installation comes to life with the spirit of revolution.

Be part of something big, connecting thousands of voices from different generations, cultures and identities as you are entertained by a rocking soundtrack including Joan Baez, Kendrick Lamar, Paul Kelly, John Williamson and everything in between.

Happening 8 and 9 March at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Find out more at moadoph.gov.au.

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.

Calling all space cadets at NAA

Don’t miss your chance to marvel at actual fragments of the moon during the Enlighten Festival. The moon rock, which travelled nearly 400,000 kilometres to Earth in 1969, has just landed at the National Archives at Old Parliament House where they will be placing it in the spotlight. Walk through the front door of Old Parliament House and follow the signs.

On show 6–10pm, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March. More information from naa.gov.au.

Foggy wake in the desert

While the warm weather lingers it’s time to head outside for creative fun in the Sculpture Garden as we celebrate Foggy wake in the desert: an ecosphere by Fujiko Nakaya. This much-loved fog sculpture transforms a hot day into the garden into a cool misty wonderland. Free, no bookings required.

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March at the National Gallery of Australia. More information at nga.gov.au.

The Carramar Koala Quest

In search of a new adventure? The Carramar Koala Quest is a larger-than-life Koala sculpture trail throughout the Australian National Botanic Gardens and at select partner locations. Each koala has been created by a different artist and is named with its own story to tell. Get the koala map and set off on a discovery trail to find the 20 unique koalas.

The koala trail will be at the Gardens throughout the month of March. They will also feature in Luminous Botanicus IV, an after dark event that will light up the Gardens’ plants from the Rainforest to Red Centre.

9 am to 5 pm daily until 31 March at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Find out more at anbg.gov.au.

National Photographic Portrait Prize

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

On show daily at the National Portrait Gallery until 7 April. Find out more at nppp.portrait.gov.au.

Life Through the Lens

This photographic display highlights just a few of the 3,000 Commonwealth documentaries and educational short films in the Film Australia Collection, which recorded life as it was lived in Australia during the 20th century.

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) is the proud custodian of the Film Australia Collection, preserving and providing access to the nation’s documentary record – our collective memory. The works in this photographic display are still frames taken during the production of the films.

On show daily at the NFSA until 31 May. Find out more at nfsa.gov.au.

LOVE AND DESIRE

Discover a stunning world of Love & Desire as the Tate’s pre-Raphaelite masterpieces come to Australia for this Summer’s most romantic exhibition.

Fall in love with John Everett Millais’ Ophelia and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott, as the Tate’s most visited works of art leave the gallery together for the first time.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering in paintings inspired by the great love stories of history and literature.

Showing until 28 April at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 10 am.

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia. 

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 9am-12pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm. Find out more at museum.hall.act.au.

A grain of gold – studio glass by Holly Grace

Holly Grace’s new exhibition explores the history and motivations behind early European settlement in the Australian Highlands. She examines their search for material wealth within a landscape of immaterial beauty, juxtaposing the two through imagery painted, etched and projected onto glass objects.

These forms are based on items found in huts throughout the region, fusing place to object creating a transportable memory. Holly uses her immense set of technical skills to take her audience on a journey through the history of this area reflecting on its original occupants, colonialist transformation and modern state.

Showing at Beaver Galleries in Deakin until Sunday 17 March. Find out more at beavergalleries.com.au.

‘Clouds: Ethereal Splendor Above’ – Marilyn Hutchinson and Steffie Wallace

This exhibition, by two different artists, provides depictions of clouds in all their floating and ephemeral diversity. The exhibition presents imagery of clouds and their diversity, beauty and changing nature. The works will be in oil, soft-pastels and photography.

The theme of this exhibition is clouds and their diversity, beauty, and changing nature. The sky gives perspective to our existence: it is limitless and ever-changing, yet provides a constant in our visual perception. Dark at night, light during the day, the clouds give beauty and substance to the sky, inciting emotions ranging from inspiration to fear, depending on the weather they bring. The sheer magnificence of cloud formations give us an ever-changing landscape in the sky: spiritually uplifting and frequently providing hope when none seems forthcoming. Both in our darkest moments and in celebratory joy, we often turn to the sky above.

Showing Thursday 7 to Sunday 31 March at Strathnairn Arts Homestead Gallery 1 and 2, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt.

Glyphs: homage to country – paintings, works on paper & sculpture by GW Bot

Through her unique visual language of glyphs, GW Bot maps the landscape – not literally, but intuitively – with her markings always born from personal experience. “In my art, glyphs are the language of the landscape, a very intimate process of mark making that comes from the land itself.

It is a visible and physical collaboration with nature in all of its forms and moods, the shapes of rocks, mountains, trees and dry lakes, the grasses and the wind in the grass as well as the changing conditions of light.”

Showing at Beaver Galleries in Deakin until Sunday 17 March. Find out more at beavergalleries.com.au.

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 www.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.

MATHSALIVE!

MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, allows children to experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative, consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Free admission. Open daily 9 am – 5 pm until 17 March at East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place, Parkes.

More information on the website.

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.

Nature’s Spectral Arch

Acclaimed artist Sharon Field returns to Suki & Hugh Gallery with her second solo exhibition, entitled Nature’s Spectral Arch. It explores aspects of a changed environment around the former slate mining village of Corris, Wales where the artist recently completed a month-long artists residency with Stiwdio Maelor. With time, nature is reclaiming this once degraded landscape with a gentle persistence and dignity.

Showing until 24 March 2019 at the Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore. See the website for more information.

ALL SHOOK UP: SNOW DOMES FROM THE COLLECTION OF SALLY HOPMAN.

Autumn is here but snow is still falling at CMAG. View Sally Hopman’s collection of over 500 snow domes, from the classic to the kitsch and everything in between.

Showing until 17 March from 12 pm – 5 pm daily at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

AFTER THE WAR EXHIBITION, AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

After the war is a new exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss, and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey of the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018.

Entry is free as always, and this event runs until 11 July. For more information, check out the War Memorial website.

THE HIDDEN SEX

Solo exhibition by Julie Ryder, exploring creative ways of using seaweed as a medium for artistic expression and incorporating natural dyes and threads for further embellishment. Botanical and algae collections were a popular pastime for women in the 19th century, and their drawings or paintings are an inspiration for the artist who uses them as a contemporary metaphor for gender inequality.

Ryder also pays homage to the Victorian passion for science, seaweed and botany from the women’s point of view, with a series of wall pieces that will include digital prints in the way of large glass microscope slides.

Held until 16 March at Craft ACT, London Circuit. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

See website for more information.

ELECTRIC! PORTRAITS THAT POP!

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Happening until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT national award exhibition for early career artists. This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

Showing until 16 March at Craft ACT, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

Facing new worlds 

This summer the Robert Oatley Gallery is curated with a focus on the relationships forged between Europeans and Indigenous peoples during the formative Age of Empire – roughly the 1760s to the 1840s. The rehang explores both how these relations of mutual interest formed, and what effects they had in the making of modern life in the southern hemisphere.

Showing until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information. 

CARTE-O-MANIA!

Drawn from the NPG’s burgeoning collection of cartes de visite, Carte-o-mania! celebrates the wit, style and substance of the pocket-sized portraits that were taken and collected like crazy in post-goldrush Australia.

Showing until 22 April at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Finders keepers: collectors and their stories

Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories. Dedicated to the act of preserving and collecting, the exhibition tells the stories of individuals through the objects they chose to safeguard revealing extraordinary stories about the ideas, individuals and events that have shaped the nation.

From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes you on a journey through Australia’s democratic history. Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Finders Keepers asks why do people collect, why do museums collect and what do our collections say about us? With 269 objects on display, the most in the history of the museum, Finders Keepers unveils the collector in us all and invites you to share your own collection story.

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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