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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

Eat ALL the French food at La Grande Fête

La Grande Fête 2019

La Grande Fête is famous for its international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

Looking for a great free family day out? Come along to La Grande Fête, presented by Lycée franco australien de Canberra / Telopea Park School from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturday 2 November!

One of the largest school fêtes in the ACT, the event promises multicultural food, fun and entertainment with international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

There are loads more reasons to get along to this year’s La Grande Fête: the REKT! teen chill zone, Warmup daylight Dance Party with DJ Snap for primary kids, books and toys, more entertainment than ever before and so much more!

And for the “big kids”, the event will again feature the annual Canberra French Car Clubs display, preloved clothing and books, the monster Raffle Extraordinaire, beer and wine and a cornucopia of food.

La Grande Fête is hosted by the Telopea Park School P&C Association each year. HerCanberra is proud to be a sponsor!

Follow La Grande Fête on Facebook! Find La Grande Fête at New South Wales Crescent, Barton.

Zumbathon fundraiser for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT

Bring your sneakers and your sass for an afternoon of shimmying, shaking, and twerking to raise money for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT!

Zumba instructor Naomi is joining forces with fellow enthusiastic instructors to deliver this fun high-energy extended Zumba class with a purpose.

All proceeds raised from the 90-minute Zumbathon will go directly to Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service. This inclusive service works with children, young people, and adults who are impacted by family, domestic, and intimate partner violence. This includes people who use violence and want to stop.

Enter the raffle draw to win great prizes from local businesses and makers, and hang around for a slice of Naomi’s birthday cake!

Cost: $20

Happening Sunday 3 November from 3 – 4.45 pm at Harrison School, Wimmera St, Harrison

See Facebook for more information and find tickets via Eventbrite.

The 39 Steps

Pulled into a web of intrigue and deceit, accidental hero Richard Hannay must evade shadowy organisations and femme fatales, corrupt constables and frisky farmers’ wives.

Twisted into knots by skullduggery and suspicion, Hannay must solve the mystery of the ‘39 Steps’ and save the motherland before it is too late…

Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s film version of John Buchan’s 1915 adventure novel, The 39 Steps is equal parts farce, clowning masterclass and heart-stopping noir.

So strap yourself in as four actors perform 139 roles in 100 minutes at breakneck hilarity.

Happening 29 October – 2 November at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/the-39-steps for tickets and more information.

SIDE PROJECT SESSIONS AT KEEP CO

Side Project Sessions is a regular event series designed to help people put their projects–and themselves–first.

Offering a unique format of ‘peer-pressured productivity’, it is a space for people to come together to overcome common blocks including procrastination, fear and busyness and find routine, accountability, community and focus.

Whether it’s writing a novel or a resignation letter, starting an illustration series or sending one scary email, Side Project Sessions welcomes any project, big or small!

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided to ensure you maintain your energy and focus on whatever you’ve been putting off.

What to bring: Headphones, notebooks, pens, pencils, whatever you need for focused project time!

If it’s your first time attending, here are some notes on what to expect and what not to expect from the event, or visit the website.

Happening Sunday 3 November from 10 am for a 10.15 am start–1 pm at Keep Co CBR co-working space, Building 2, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick (next to Bloc Haus).

See Facebook for more information.

Park Jam in Haig Park

Celebrate dance culture with a block party at one of Canberra’s most beloved institutions, The Mandalay Bus. Presented by City Renewal Canberra.

Come and check out a variety of dance showcases, live graffiti art, DJs, MCs, and cheer on your favourite crew as they go head to head for cash prizes in a 3v3 all styles dance battle!

Make sure to grab a delicious bite at the Mandalay Bus and a drink from the carpark bar. This free event is open to all ages.

Dancers, please email steve.w.gow@gmail.com to register your crew for the battle. More info at the dance-specific FB event – One More Round 9 Park Jam. Park Jam is proudly supported by Project Beats Dance Studio and The Mandalay Bus.

Let’s branch out and embrace our city’s backyard! #HaigParkCBR. For more information about Haig Park Experiments head to www.HaigParkCBR.com.au

Happening Saturday 2 November from 4-9 pm in the Mandalay Carpark, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

SpringOUT Pride Festival 2019

SpringOUT is Canberra’s only pride festival. Held in November each year, it is a month-long pride festival that celebrates Australia’s most LGBTIQ-friendly city and its LGBTIQ community in all its fabulous diversity.

From masquerade balls to trivia nights, a rainbow pet parade, community picnic and more, you can find a full list of events here.

Read more about SpringOUT 2019 here.

Happening 2­–24 November across various locations.

See springout.com.au/festival for more information.

WOMEN IN VOGUE: Celebrating 60 years in Australia

WOMEN IN VOGUE: Celebrating 60 years in Australia showcases 60 years of the Vogue Australia archive together with a special tribute to some remarkable Australian women who have featured in the pages of Vogue, and includes iconic portraits of Kylie Minogue and Elle Macpherson, among others.

Rare examples of archived magazines will be on show, from the early decades of publication through to bold photographs of women of the 21st century.

Cost: Tickets are now on sale ($12 adults, $10 concession, under 18 years free). Her Canberra readers receive a special discounted price $10

Happening until 24 November at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See portrait.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.

Woolley Street Night Markets

As part of the Woolley St. Project, Woolley Street will come alive on Friday 1 November with an eclectic array of local stalls, produce and live entertainment.

Friday night is taken care of with this combination of vibrant night-time shopping alongside the tasty Dickson restaurants.

Alongside nighttime shopping, the entertainment agenda includes:

6pm – Canberra Dragon Dance – Yut Hung Kung Fu Academy
6:10pm – Acoustic Performance – Minh
6:40pm – Bellydance – Harika Dance
6:50pm – Guzheng Duo – ZhuGe Guzheng Studio
7pm – Bollywood Dance – Bolly Nache
7:10pm – Acoustic Performance – Minh
7:50pm – Japanese Vogue and Pop Dance – Cross Crew
8pm – Bellydance – Bellyup Bellydance
8:10pm – Acoustic Performance – Monica’s Duo
8:50pm – K-Pop Dance – ANU K-Pop Club Dance Group
9pm – Glow in the Dark LED Lion Acrobatic Dance – Canberra Dragon Dance
9:10pm – K-Pop Dance – ANU K-Pop Club Dance Group
9:20pm – Acoustic Performance – Monica’s Duo

Cost: Free

Happening Friday 1 November from 6-10 pm at the Woolley Street Plaza, Dickson.

See dicksoncbr.com.au/event/night-markets

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 Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

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

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION: THE EXHIBITION – JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SCREEN

From the makers of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes and extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen brings together rare concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Take a thrilling journey, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to amazing stories and fantasy worlds brought to you by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Happening until 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au or more information.

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a Shepparton Art Museum curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria.

It presents the work of 17 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materials and techniques with political intent. The artists in this exhibition subvert and extend craft forms as vehicles of activism and social change, exploring the ideas and issues of our time.

Some works encourage social connection and participation in collective processes, others respond to artistic or political movements and yet others reveal that the personal remains political.

Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms challenges us to see craft in a new light, inviting us to reflect on social participation and political change.

Don’t miss this provocative exhibition, visiting Canberra for the only time.

Happening until 2 February at the Museum of Australia Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. 

See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/craftivism for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

La Grande Fête 2019

La Grande Fête is famous for its international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

Looking for a great free family day out? Come along to La Grande Fête, presented by Lycée franco australien de Canberra / Telopea Park School from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturday 2 November!

One of the largest school fêtes in the ACT, the event promises multicultural food, fun and entertainment with international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied – from dodgem cars to show bags! And for the “big kids”, the event will again feature the annual Canberra French Car Clubs display, preloved clothing and books, the monster Raffle Extraordinaire, beer and wine and a cornucopia of food.

La Grande Fête is hosted by the Telopea Park School P&C Association each year. HerCanberra is proud to be a sponsor!

Interested in hosting a stall? Email the Telopea Events Team at telopeaevents@gmail.com.

Follow La Grande Fête on Facebook!

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 Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

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

HILLS OF HALL SPRING WINE FESTIVAL

It’s that time of year again when the Hills of Hall wineries will knock your socks off at the Spring Wine Festival with a fantastic variety of cool climate wines and food to match. Be the first to taste new releases and take advantage of huge discounts!

Listen to live music throughout the day, visit each venue and enjoy one of the most picturesque areas of Canberra. You’ll soon see why the Hills of Hall wine region is considered the hidden gem of Canberra!

Happening Saturday 2 November 10 am – 5 pm at Hills of Hall Spring Wine Festival.

See the Facebook Event for more information.

CELLARMASTERS’ CANBERRA MEET THE MAKERS

Clear your palate, because some of Australia’s best names in wine including Gwyneth Olsen, Jim Barry, David Lowe and Stefano de Pieri are coming to Canberra to serve up a wide range of award-winning wines.

The annual Cellarmasters’ Canberra Meet the Makers wine tasting event is where wine lovers can sample up to 60 prized wines and meet their makers.

Happening Friday 1 November 6 – 8:30 pm at QT Canberra.

See cellarmasters.com.au for more information.

GRILLED & CHILLED – BEERS, BANDS & BBQ FESTIVAL

Capital Brewing Co. is bringing Grilled & Chilled back!! Putting together a stellar lineup of local bands for you and grandma to rock out to.

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers | The Narcissists | Signs & Symbols | An Inconvenient Groove | Neko Pink | Liv Li | Peach Lane | Cathy Diver.

They’re also calling in your favourite food vans who’ll be providing heavenly treats throughout the day.

Last but certainly not least, we’ll have a ton of delectable beers pouring on the day so you won’t need to worry about that.

Happening Sunday 3 November 11:30 am – 9 pm at Capital Brewing Co.

See the Facebook Event for more information.

LERIDA LONG LUNCH

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is hosting a long lunch at Lerida Estate Winery – the perfect mid-week escape before the busy end of year period sets in! Treat your taste buds to a harvest feast, paired with Lerida Estate wines. Enjoy the open space, to the sound of beautiful music provided by a CSO ensemble. “We love the idea that people can enjoy our wines whilst also stimulating other senses, be it music, art or theatre,” says Andrew McFadzean, Lerida Estate Winery’s General Manager. Transport included – tickets limited!

Happening Wednesday 30 October from 11 am – 3 pm at Lerida Estate Winery, Lake George. Transport included from Canberra CBD.

See the website for information and bookings.

SPOOKY SOIREE: A Halloween Party

Some 1,400 local women have joined a movement called The CBR Gals to discover and fulfill their callings. Highball is a rum and cocktail bar in the city, backed onto the Melbourne Building. 

It is here that the costumes come out for a night filled with laughter and your new best gal pals in a space of like-minded women who build each other up.

Grab your boo and gal pals and get ready for an evening of Halloween activities with your favourite girl bosses, photo ops, libations, snacks, and more. And yes, men are welcome.

Happening Thursday 31 October from 8 pm at the Highball Express, entry inside Odgers Lane, City.

For more information and tickets, please visit: cbrgals.com/product/halloween.

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

The 39 Steps

Pulled into a web of intrigue and deceit, accidental hero Richard Hannay must evade shadowy organisations and femme fatales, corrupt constables and frisky farmers’ wives.

Twisted into knots by skullduggery and suspicion, Hannay must solve the mystery of the ‘39 Steps’ and save the motherland before it is too late…

Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s film version of John Buchan’s 1915 adventure novel, The 39 Steps is equal parts farce, clowning masterclass and heart-stopping noir.

So strap yourself in as four actors perform 139 roles in 100 minutes at breakneck hilarity.

Happening 29 October – 2 November at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/the-39-steps for tickets and more information.

GAME MASTERS: FRIDAY NIGHT LATES

With exclusive all-night access to Game Masters: The Exhibition and 80 playable video games, the bar open late and music in the Courtyard, it is the perfect late night event at the NFSA.

  • 1 November, 5pm – 8pm: Halloween Creature Features
  • 22 November, 5pm – 9pm: Local Heroes of Gaming *
  • 13 December, 5pm – 9pm: Gaming – The Next Level *

* A lucky winner will take home the brand-new SEGA Mega Drive Mini console! Come along to these Game Masters: Friday Lates events, and sign up to compete in a friendly tournament for your chance to win. Offer not available for the Halloween event on 1 November.

Happening 1 November – 14 February at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

EPITAPH MUSEUM THEATRE PERFORMANCES AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

This museum theatre piece captures the emotional struggle for Australian families at the end of the First World War as they faced the task of writing an epitaph for their loved ones buried in foreign lands.

Written by Ross Mueller, Epitaph is a collaboration between the Australian War Memorial and the Street Theatre, performed by actor Kristian Jenkins.

Happening 1 – 11 November at Anzac Hall.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

HALLOWEEN AT CANBERRA’S MOST HAUNTED BUILDING

A night of mysterious and fascinating items from the NFSA collection, focusing on haunted histories from across Australia. From spirit slides to ghostly radio serials, short films to newsreels and testimonials. Sceptics, true believers and everyone in between are all welcome. Just $25pp, includes a drink on arrival. Bring the whole family. Ages 12 plus. Note this is an EVENT is a cinema, not a ghost tour.

Happening Thursday 31 October 6 – 7:30 pm at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

See the Facebook Event for more information.

SCARY STORIES SEASON

The NFSA is an atmospheric backdrop to this program of spooky tales from film, TV and Tim the Yowie Man, host of the popular NFSA Ghost Tours.

Happening until 29 November at National Film and Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

MUSIC

Diana Doherty. Credit: Christie Brewster.

AUSTRALIAN SERIES: RENEWAL

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Artist in Focus, oboist Diana Doherty, takes centre stage in a concert of Australian music. Alongside the CSO Wind Quintet, Doherty will perform works by Ross Edwards AM and Cyrus Meurant, as well as the world premiere of a new work by Indigenous composer and opera singer Deborah Cheetham AO. ABC Radio Canberra’s Paula Kruger will moderate a pre-concert composer panel (numbers limited). The concert also includes an after hours viewing of the Women in Vogue exhibition.

The Australian Series is presented by Singapore Airlines in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

Happening Thursday 31 October at 6.30 pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Pre-concert conversation starts 5.30 pm.

See the website for information and bookings.

PRESS CLUB 

Melbourne group, Press Club release their second full-length album, Wasted Energy and head off around the country in November.

Press Club’s sonic calling cards are all present on Wasted Energy; the fuzz-addled, kicked-in speaker bass of Iain MacRae, the razor sharp guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk, the merciless drumming of Frank Lees, not to forget the emotionally charged vocal deliverance of Natalie Foster.

The enigmatic, Sydney quintet, Johnny Hunter – whom in their own right seem inexorably flung towards a crowd-wrenching career – join Press Club in what will be one of the most powerful tours of homegrown, showpersonship this year.

18+ show

Happening Thursday 31 October 8 pm – 12 am at UC Hub.

See ucrefectory.com for more information.

GYROSCOPE 

With new music and tour dates also comes the announcement that long-time member, Rob Nassif, will be sadly departing the band and the ‘4YRLV’ Tour 2019 will be the drummer’s last live shows with Gyroscope after more than 20 years.

** 18+ show **

Happening Friday 1 November 8 pm – 12 am at UC Hub.

See ucrefectory.com for more information.

Don’t Change: Ultimate INXS – 80s Halloween

Come celebrate the 80s, Halloween and the unforgettable music of the world’s greatest ever party band – INXS!

Don’t Change capture all the passion and energy that is INXS. all the passion and energy that is INXS. Featuring a line-up of 6 exceptional musicians fronted by the charismatic Blair Dwyer, Don’t Change recreate a concert style tribute to one of the greatest live stadium acts the world has ever seen.

This fully authentic 2-hour production takes audiences on an engaging musical journey through all the biggest INXS hits, spanning 3 decades, with tracks such as Never Tear Us Apart, Original Sin, Don’t Change, Listen Like Thieves, Burn for You, Need You Tonight, Pretty Vegas, I Send a Message, Devil Inside and many, many more! This is an experience not to be missed.

Cost: $29.50

Happening 31 October from 7 pm at The Basement, Canberra

See Facebook for more information.

Australian Girls Choir Canberra Open Day

The Australian Girls Choir is delighted to invite girls who will be school-aged in 2020 and their parents to join them at the Australian Girls Choir Open Day.

Join in for a complimentary group singing lesson, watch a junior choir perform, meet the AGC tutors, and experience what it’s like to be a part of the Australian Girls Choir!

The Australian Girls Choir provides opportunities for young girls to explore and develop their creativity and musicality in a fun and supportive environment. Girls blossom musically and socially, while developing confidence and a life-long love of the performing arts.

Happening Sunday 9 November at Canberra Girls Grammar, 48 Melbourne Avenue, Deakin.

Attendance is free but places are limited. RSVP essential! 

See ausgirlschoir.com.au/openday for more information.

The Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

Bring along your favourite records, share your music stories and hear what’s spinning on the NFSA’s turntables.The ultimate listening party for vinyl aficionados.

The Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month.

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

See nfsa.gov.au for more information. 

More local music

Check out BMA and CBR DIY for more local gigs!

FESTIVALS

La Grande Fête 2019

La Grande Fête is famous for its international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

Looking for a great free family day out? Come along to La Grande Fête, presented by Lycée franco australien de Canberra / Telopea Park School from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturday 2 November!

One of the largest school fêtes in the ACT, the event promises multicultural food, fun and entertainment with international food stalls, carnival rides and a fantastic range of entertainment!

There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied – from dodgem cars to show bags! And for the “big kids”, the event will again feature the annual Canberra French Car Clubs display, preloved clothing and books, the monster Raffle Extraordinaire, beer and wine and a cornucopia of food.

La Grande Fête is hosted by the Telopea Park School P&C Association each year. HerCanberra is proud to be a sponsor!

Interested in hosting a stall? Email the Telopea Events Team at telopeaevents@gmail.com.

Follow La Grande Fête on Facebook!

Park Jam in Haig Park

Celebrate dance culture with a block party at one of Canberra’s most beloved institutions, The Mandalay Bus. Presented by City Renewal Canberra.

Come and check out a variety of dance showcases, live graffiti art, DJs, MCs, and cheer on your favourite crew as they go head to head for cash prizes in a 3v3 all styles dance battle!

Make sure to grab a delicious bite at the Mandalay Bus and a drink from the carpark bar. This free event is open to all ages.

Dancers, please email steve.w.gow@gmail.com to register your crew for the battle. More info at the dance-specific FB event – One More Round 9 Park Jam. Park Jam is proudly supported by Project Beats Dance Studio and The Mandalay Bus.

Let’s branch out and embrace our city’s backyard! #HaigParkCBR. For more information about Haig Park Experiments head to www.HaigParkCBR.com.au

Happening Saturday 2 November from 4-9 pm in the Mandalay Carpark, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

SpringOUT Pride Festival 2019

SpringOUT is Canberra’s only pride festival. Held in November each year, it is a month-long pride festival that celebrates Australia’s most LGBTIQ-friendly city and its LGBTIQ community in all its fabulous diversity.

From masquerade balls to trivia nights, a rainbow pet parade, community picnic and more, you can find a full list of events here.

Read more about SpringOUT 2019 here.

Happening 2­–24 November across various locations.

See springout.com.au/festival for more information.

Woolley Street Night Markets

As part of the Woolley St. Project, Woolley Street will come alive on Friday 1 November with an eclectic array of local stalls, produce and live entertainment.

Friday night is taken care of with this combination of vibrant night-time shopping alongside the tasty Dickson restaurants.

Alongside nighttime shopping, the entertainment agenda includes:

6pm – Canberra Dragon Dance – Yut Hung Kung Fu Academy
6:10pm – Acoustic Performance – Minh
6:40pm – Bellydance – Harika Dance
6:50pm – Guzheng Duo – ZhuGe Guzheng Studio
7pm – Bollywood Dance – Bolly Nache
7:10pm – Acoustic Performance – Minh
7:50pm – Japanese Vogue and Pop Dance – Cross Crew
8pm – Bellydance – Bellyup Bellydance
8:10pm – Acoustic Performance – Monica’s Duo
8:50pm – K-Pop Dance – ANU K-Pop Club Dance Group
9pm – Glow in the Dark LED Lion Acrobatic Dance – Canberra Dragon Dance
9:10pm – K-Pop Dance – ANU K-Pop Club Dance Group
9:20pm – Acoustic Performance – Monica’s Duo

Cost: Free

Happening Friday 1 November from 6-10 pm at the Woolley Street Plaza, Dickson.

See dicksoncbr.com.au/event/night-markets

ORIGAMI AND PAPER FESTIVAL  

In the heart of Woolley St. enjoy the Origami Workshop and Paper Festival. Learn the traditional art of paper folding – from intricate origami cranes to simple paper stars.

All material will be provided on the day and you’ll be guided by local origami experts Makiko from ‘Makico. Happy Creations’ and Nicolle.

What’s on the agenda:

  • 10am – Origami demonstration by Makico – for public viewing
  • 10:45 – Origami Workshop by Makico – sign up on whiteboard (limited spaces)
  • 12pm – Towel Bear Demonstration by Makico – for public viewing
  • 12:45 – Origami Workshop hosted by Nicolle – sign up to create a dog, a heart or a crane.

Where: Woolley Street Courtyard

What to bring and how to register:

Your best paper sculpting skills (creatives and “not-so-arty” types are all welcome).

The demonstrations are for public viewing, but if you’d like to register for the workshops simply sign up on the whiteboard. There will be limited spots available for Makiko’s workshops.

This event forms part of the Woolley St. Project.

Happening Saturday 2 November 10 am – 2 pm

See dicksoncbr.com.au for more information.

DAY OF THE DEAD FIESTA – CANBERRA – 2019

Experience the vibes and atmosphere of a Latin American Fiesta at this family friendly celebration of music, dance, art and the amazing tradition of “Dia De Muertos” over one huge day!

This will be the 8th edition of the festival – and once again will feature LIVE BANDS and CULTURAL PERFORMANCES, plus MARKET and FOOD stalls and a KIDS PIÑATA + FACE PAINTING for everyone!

With MEXICAN WRESTLING once again this year! Also, Mexican performer Karina Salgado back this year as MC and host for the night! She will be delivering a very unique performance during the night.

And as always, a traditional OFRENDA (“altar”) which is always a part of Day of the Dead Celebrations in Mexico and around the World will be there.

Get your face painted and learn a little about how vast and deep Hispanic culture is – eat some “Pan De Muertos” and reflect on what’s important to mark the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead by enjoying the best in life!

Presented by Day of the Dead Fiesta – Canberra with the support of Cultura Clandestino + Live at the Polo, Mexican Embassy Canberra, Polish White Eagle Club, Mexico Lindo Canberra, BMA Magazine, 2XX FM, ArtSound FM 92.7.

Happening Saturday 2 November 12 – 8:30 pm at Polish White Eagle Club.

See the Facebook Event for more information.

SPORT + FITNESS

Zumbathon fundraiser for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT

Bring your sneakers and your sass for an afternoon of shimmying, shaking, and twerking to raise money for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT!

Zumba instructor Naomi is joining forces with fellow enthusiastic instructors to deliver this fun high-energy extended Zumba class with a purpose.

All proceeds raised from the 90-minute Zumbathon will go directly to Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service. This inclusive service works with children, young people, and adults who are impacted by family, domestic, and intimate partner violence. This includes people who use violence and want to stop.

Enter the raffle draw to win great prizes from local businesses and makers, and hang around for a slice of Naomi’s birthday cake!

Cost: $20

Happening Sunday 3 November from 3 – 4.45 pm at Harrison School, Wimmera St, Harrison

See Facebook for more information and find tickets via Eventbrite.

Lifeline Canberra Bootcamp

Lifeline Canberra’s second annual Bootcamp will be held on Saturday 2 November.

Proudly sponsored by Icon Water, Club Lime and the University of Canberra.

  • Serious Bootcamp 8:30 am
  • Family Bootcamp 9.30 am

Cost: $26 per person.

Happening Saturday 2 November from 8.30–10.30 am at Oval 6, University of Canberra. 

See lifelinecanberra.org.au/events/bootcamp-2019 for more information.

UC CAPITALS V SYDNEY UNI FLAMES 

Join the reigning WNBL champions, the University of Canberra Capitals, for Round 4 of the 2019-20 season as they play the Sydney Uni Flames.

With an epic roster including WNBL MVP Kelsey Griffin, WNBA All-Star 5 member Kia Nurse and lightning fast Olivia Epoupa, this will no doubt be an explosive game.

Happening Saturday 2 November 5 – 7 pm at AIS Arena.

See wnbl.basketball for more information.

ILLAWARRA HAWKS VS BRISBANE BULLETS

The Illawarra Hawks have officially announced that they will be bringing another action-packed game to the nation’s capital this 2019/20 NBL Season.

Following the success of the first NBL game in Canberra in ten years, the Hawks will once again be returning to the same venue where they will go head to head with the Brisbane Bullets.

In what has been a huge off-season for the Hawks, Canberra will have the chance to see the teams new star powers with the likes of global teenage superstar LaMelo Ball, NBA legend Aaron Brooks and powerhouse Josh Boone all part of this season’s line-up.

Buy your tickets now via the website before you miss out as this will be one game you don’t want to miss.

Happening Sunday 3 November 5 – 7 pm at AIS Arena.

See hawks.com.au for more information.

COMMUNITY TENNIS DAY

This free community event will be the place to check out and experience what the Summer of Tennis has in store, and officially launch the 2020 Apis Canberra International.

There will be something for all ages; kids can have some fun on the jumping castle or get free glitter tattoos and face painting. They will also get the chance to meet Enchanted Canberra’s Snow White and Batman or jump into an ANZ Tennis Hot Shots class.

The adults won’t miss out, with free Cardio Tennis Sessions running from Tennis World Canberra, alongside range of classes by Next Gen Canberra.

Happening Saturday 2 November 10 am – 12 pm at Canberra Tennis Centre.

See tennis.com.au/act for more information.

Community Tennis Day

Welcome to the Summer of Tennis!

This FREE community event will be the place to check out and experience what the Summer of Tennis has in store, and officially launch the 2020 Apis Canberra International.

There will be something for all ages; kids can have some fun on the jumping castle, or get free glitter tattoos and face painting. They will also get the chance to meet Enchanted Canberra’s Snow White and Batman, or jump on court in an ANZ Tennis Hot Shots class.

The adults won’t miss out, with free Cardio Tennis Sessions running all morning from Tennis World Canberra, alongside range of classes by Next Gen Canberra.

Visitors will be able to get their hands on all the information about the Apis Canberra International tournament, including posters and ticketing information.The Walking Clinic, Mels Massage and ANZ Australia will be onsite with information and giveaways.

Cost: Free

Happening Saturday 2 November from 10 am – 2 pm at The Canberra Tennis Centre, Lyneham.

See Facebook for more information. 

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.

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.

MEET & MOVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

SIDE PROJECT SESSIONS AT KEEP CO

Side Project Sessions is a regular event series designed to help people put their projects–and themselves–first.

Offering a unique format of ‘peer-pressured productivity’, it is a space for people to come together to overcome common blocks including procrastination, fear and busyness and find routine, accountability, community and focus.

Whether it’s writing a novel or a resignation letter, starting an illustration series or sending one scary email, Side Project Sessions welcomes any project, big or small!

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided to ensure you maintain your energy and focus on whatever you’ve been putting off.

What to bring: Headphones, notebooks, pens, pencils, whatever you need for focused project time!

If it’s your first time attending, here are some notes on what to expect and what not to expect from the event, or visit the website.

Happening Sunday 3 November from 10 am for a 10.15 am start–1 pm at Keep Co CBR co-working space, Building 2, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick (next to Bloc Haus).

See Facebook for more information.

Tony Wheeler’s Islands of Australia – Lecture and Book Launch

Join Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler, Walkley Award–winning journalist Paul Daley and National Library Director-General Marie-Louise Ayres for the launch of Tony Wheeler’s Islands of Australia.

In Tony Wheeler’s Islands of Australia, travel guru Tony Wheeler takes readers on a journey of exploration arounds some of Australia’s more than 8,000 islands. Dip your toe in the crystal-clear waters of Queensland’s postcard-perfect beaches, take a tour of a historic lighthouse and witness volcanic eruptions on remote and rugged subantartic outcops.  Go behind the tourist brochure and discover the fascinating, and often dark, histories of Australia’s islands: from tropical resorts gone belly-up to murder, mutiny and bloodshed.

Cost: Free

Happening Wednesday 30 October from 6-7.30 pm at the National Library of Australia. 

See nla.gov.au/event/tony-wheelers-islands-of-australia for more information.

Canberra Potters Open Day

Canberra Potters annual Open Day is on again this November!

There’s no better opportunity to go and explore the Watson Arts Centre and discover what Canberra Potters can do with clay. Canberra Potters is brimming with expert potters and ceramic artists who will provide you with a day of demonstrations, hands-on activities, exhibitions, shop sales, open studios, trade and information tables. As an ACT Key Arts Organisation and the only one dedicated to ceramics, Canberra Potters pride themselves on their knowledge, skill and outstanding facility which provides an essential centre of activity to the region’s ceramic artists.

Have you ever wanted to try the potters wheel? Now’s your chance! Spend some time making clay creatures with the young and young at heart, and watch talented demonstrators create new pieces right in front of you. The ever popular Raku firing will be operating throughout the day too, where under expert guidance, you can buy a pot and glaze it and behold the alchemy of the Raku kiln!

Visit artist studios, enjoy the annual Members’ Exhibition, and stoke your passion for clay. Woodfired pizza, coffee and other refreshments available on the day.

No ATM facilities (nearest ATM is a 5min drive at the Watson Shops), however EFTPOS is accepted for any purchase.

Free entry.

Happening Sunday 3 November from 11 am – 4 pm at Canberra Potters, Watson Arts Centre, 1 Aspinall Street, Watson.

See canberrapotters.com.au/events/canberra-potters-2019-open-day

BONSAI WORKSHOP AND PLANT SALE 

Join Urban Jungle Canberra, Young Bonsai and Planted for the Woolley Street Project’s Bonsai Workshop and Plant Sale.

Featuring a range of indoor plants, pots, bonsai and terrariums on sale, ranging from $15-$150.

Whether you’re an avid gardener or looking to plant your first seed, this is a great opportunity to learn from indoor plant specialists who will be giving presentations on plant care, propagation and the craft of bonsai.

Ensure you arrive ahead of the workshops if you wish to sign up on the day.

While the theme of the day is coloured green this event makes up one part of the vibrant events, activations and creative installations that are happening throughout the broader Woolley St. Project.

Happening Saturday 2 November 10 am – 2 pm at Woolley Street Plaza.

See dicksoncbr.com.au for more information.

AMERICAN SMOKING CLASS

Gain confidence to use charcoal / wood in smoking / cooking meats. Learn about the “low and slow” method of American BBQ. Unlock the secrets of amazing dry rubs and sauces.

Learn how to produce mouth-watering, juicy, tender, fall apart delicious meats every time you use your Smoker or Charcoal BBQ.

Happening Saturday 2 November 11:30 am – 2:30 pm at The Harmonie German Club.

See bbqschool.com.au for more information.

AUTHOR TALK: DAMASCUS WITH CHRISTO TSIOLKAS 

Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, Christos Tsiolkas’ new book, Damascus, is a historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and sacrifice.

Happening Thursday 31 October 6 – 8 pm at National Library of Australia.

See nla.gov.au for more information.

Art for lunch

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

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

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

See nga.gov.au for more information.

#UDHRQUILTPROJECT

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

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

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

Happening daily from 9am – 5pm until 30 June 2020 at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA 

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

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30 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 ooms 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 10.30 am – 11.30 am every Friday at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

‘YERIBEE’: INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCES OF PARLIAMENT HOUSE.

Hear the stories of our Indigenous parliamentarians and staff, explore the site history of Parliament House, gain insights into how Australia’s First Peoples are participating in the nation’s democratic processes, and enjoy significant artworks from the Parliament House Art Collection by celebrated Indigenous artists.

The tour will look at the Great Hall Tapestry, The Great Hall Embroidery, The Barunga Statement, The Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples, The Yirrkala Bark Petitions, recent portraiture commissions, and significant pieces from Indigenous artists from the Parliament House Art Collection.

‘Yeribee’ is the Ngunnawal word for ‘Walk’. The United Ngunnawal Council of Elders have kindly allowed us to use the word as the name of our tour.

We recommend to arrive at least 20 minutes before the tour for screening and check-in. All tours run subject to the operational needs of the Parliament.

Happening until 29 December at Australian Parliament House.

See aph.gov.au for more information.

Happy and Glorious

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

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

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

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

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

MARKETS & FAIRS

CBR FAIR DAY 2019 

AIDS Action Council is once again proud to present CBR Fair Day 2019, with the support oF principal partner, the ACT Government, venue partner Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and festival partner Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival.

This year, to mark 20 years of Fair Day launching SpringOUT, you are invited to Connect (with friends, bright ideas and new experiences), to Create (memories, happiness, and art) and Celebrate all of the wonderful, brave and loveable aspects of Canberra’s unique LGBTIQ+ culture!

Performances, stalls and experiences will be showcased that you’ve come to know and love over the years, along with some great new features to make this year’s Fair Day extra special!

Happening Saturday 2 November 11 am – 4 pm at Gorman Arts Centre.

See aidsaction.org.au for more information.

SpringOUT Pride Festival 2019

SpringOUT is Canberra’s only pride festival. Held in November each year, it is a month-long pride festival that celebrates Australia’s most LGBTIQ-friendly city and its LGBTIQ community in all its fabulous diversity.

From masquerade balls to trivia nights, a rainbow pet parade, community picnic and more, you can find a full list of events here.

Read more about SpringOUT 2019 here.

Happening 2­–24 November across various locations.

See springout.com.au/festival for more information.

THE MAKERS AND SHAKERS MARKET

The Makers and Shakers returns to the ACT this November at a new (and extra large!) location!

Shoppers can meet both established and emerging makers of beautiful homewares, stunning lifestyle products to delicious food.

From vegan donuts, ceramics, candles, to original art and more, the event features a curated lineup where shoppers get the access to the very best in locally, handmade products.

If you appreciate where things come from, how things are made and who made them, then this is your event! You can meet the maker, support local business and come away with amazing and delicious treasures in time for Christmas!

The stallholder line up will be announced soon.

There will be plenty of vegan and vegetarian food options + indoor seating

Happening Saturday 2 November 10 am – 3 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot.

See themakersandshakers.com for more information.

HUGE INDOOR PLANT WAREHOUSE SALE – TROPICANA PARTY

Enjoy hundreds of Indoor plants to choose from, including a rare plants corner.

Chat to the on-site horticulturist’s who will be available to answer your questions. Enjoy the Jungle tunes and vibes as well as take home tips and advice on display about how to care for each plant.

Dress up- $5 off if you wear a Hawaiian shirt! Raid your Dads wardrobe if you have to.

This event will be ticketed to help us better manage the flow on the day and also so we know how many plants to bring you. Tickets are FREE and will be released on Monday, October 28th at 12 noon

The plants range from $5-20 for small plants, $20-40 for medium plants and $40-150 for rare/large plants.

Please note “service dogs” are permitted.

Please note loud music will be played.

Happening 2 – 3 November 8 am – 4 pm at The Fitters Workshop.

See the Facebook Event for more information.

THE PRECINCT MARKETS

Take your Fridays to the next level at Kambri at ANU, with the exciting launch of the weekly Precinct Markets.

From Friday, 20 September you can come down to the Kambri Cultural Centre and meet artisanal makers at over 60 stalls. There’s everything you could want, all in the one place – freshly baked bread, organic produce, handmade smallgoods, farm fresh cheeses, vintage clothing and accessories, handmade vegan skincare, flowers, hot food and more!

Market-goers will enjoy a lively festival atmosphere each Friday with live entertainment and a perfectly curated mix of friendly vendors. Browse, taste and go home with the best!

Happening every Friday from 20 September – 22 November at Kambri, ANU.

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

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

NORTHSIDE FAMILY MARKETS

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

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

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

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

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Zumbathon fundraiser for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT

Bring your sneakers and your sass for an afternoon of shimmying, shaking, and twerking to raise money for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT!

Zumba instructor Naomi is joining forces with fellow enthusiastic instructors to deliver this fun high-energy extended Zumba class with a purpose.

All proceeds raised from the 90-minute Zumbathon will go directly to Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service. This inclusive service works with children, young people, and adults who are impacted by family, domestic, and intimate partner violence. This includes people who use violence and want to stop.

Enter the raffle draw to win great prizes from local businesses and makers, and hang around for a slice of Naomi’s birthday cake!

Cost: $20

Happening Sunday 3 November from 3 – 4.45 pm at Harrison School, Wimmera St, Harrison

See Facebook for more information and find tickets via Eventbrite.

Lifeline Canberra Bootcamp

Lifeline Canberra’s second annual Bootcamp will be held on Saturday 2 November.

Proudly sponsored by Icon Water, Club Lime and the University of Canberra.

  • Serious Bootcamp 8:30 am
  • Family Bootcamp 9.30 am

Cost: $26 per person.

Happening Saturday 2 November from 8.30–10.30 am at Oval 6, University of Canberra. 

See lifelinecanberra.org.au/events/bootcamp-2019 for more information.

Enchanted Gala Dinner Fundraiser for R U OK?

Raising funds and awareness for R U OK? on Friday 1st November from 6pm at Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden.  Tickets can be purchased through Try Booking and closes on 23rd October. Included in the price is a 3 course meal, drink on arrival and ticket into lucky door prize as well as entertainment through out the evening.

Other events on the night include a video from R U OK? a raffle with lots of prizes to be won, a silent auction, performances from Dance Central and Nomad the Magician.  Bethany from Hit104.7 will be the MC for the event. Portrait photography provided by Images Instantly for a donation of $10 and will be sent to the guests phone ready for social media within seconds of their photo being taken.  Event styling provided by Show Pony Events.

Cost: $65 per person or $550 for a table of 10

Happening Friday 1 November from 6 pm at Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden in “Top of the Cross”.

See TryBooking for more information.

OUTDOORS

Lifeline Canberra Bootcamp

Lifeline Canberra’s second annual Bootcamp will be held on Saturday 2 November.

Proudly sponsored by Icon Water, Club Lime and the University of Canberra.

  • Serious Bootcamp 8:30 am
  • Family Bootcamp 9.30 am

Cost: $26 per person.

Happening Saturday 2 November from 8.30–10.30 am at Oval 6, University of Canberra. 

See lifelinecanberra.org.au/events/bootcamp-2019 for more information

Yoga in the Pines

The spring weather is a perfect time to try something new. Yoga HQ is running yoga in the Kaleen Pine Forest from October to March. 

This practice combines fresh air, sunshine and vinyasa flow yoga in a beautiful natural space. Kids welcome to play on the nearby equipment while carers can chill out with a gentle stretch under the trees. 

Happening Saturdays from 9.15 am at Bokhara Circuit Playground, Kaleen Pine Forest, Kaleen. 

See yogahq.net for more information.

KIDS

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DREAMWORKS ANIMATION: THE EXHIBITION – JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SCREEN

From the makers of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes and extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen brings together rare concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Take a thrilling journey, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to amazing stories and fantasy worlds brought to you by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Happening 12 September 2019 – 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au or more information.

STORYTIME AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys.

Friday Story time at the Australian War Memorial is a program suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening until 1 November 10:30 – 11:30 am at Australian War Memorial.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

DRESSUP: CHANGE THE WORLD

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

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

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

Visitors can also tell their own story in the new Zine Lounge. Whether you prefer writing or sketching, the Zine Lounge lets you carve out a space for your voice to be heard.

This engaging exhibition space provides a bold and quirky environment that will inspire young people and asks them “How will you change the world?”

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

See the website for more information.

LITTLE GRIFFINS

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

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

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

Visit nca.gov.au for more information.

PLAYUP

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

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

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

Visit the website for more details.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY  

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

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

EXHIBITIONS

Vogue Cover Image April 2018 Fernanda Ly, Akiima Ajak, Charlee Fraser ,Andreja Pelic photographed by Patrick Demarchelier Courtesy VOGUE Australia and Patrick Demarchelier.

WOMEN IN VOGUE: Celebrating 60 years in Australia

WOMEN IN VOGUE: Celebrating 60 years in Australia showcases 60 years of the Vogue Australia archive together with a special tribute to some remarkable Australian women who have featured in the pages of Vogue, and includes iconic portraits of Kylie Minogue and Elle Macpherson, among others.

Rare examples of archived magazines will be on show, from the early decades of publication through to bold photographs of women of the 21st century.

Cost: Tickets are now on sale ($12 adults, $10 concession, under 18 years free). Her Canberra readers receive a special discounted price $10

Happening 11 October to 24 November at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See portrait.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.

Old Graham: Collecting in the bush

After buying and restoring ‘Old Graham’ House at Hovells Creek, John and Liz Baker began to collect all sorts of colonial and Australiana items to fill it.

From lost buttons and farm machinery to pokerwork and oil lamps, they found that collecting crept up on them.

Showing until 30 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

More information at cmag.com.au.

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION: THE EXHIBITION – JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SCREEN

From the makers of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes and extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen brings together rare concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Take a thrilling journey, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to amazing stories and fantasy worlds brought to you by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Happening until 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au or more information.

FASHIONABLY LATE @ NPG

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open late for four sassy spring soirées. Each night at 7pm saunter through the Women in Vogue exhibition on a guided tour.

The evening offers a standout schedule of stylish spectacles and smooth sounds, with snacks and a bar service available. Free program. Exhibition ticket required for tour only.

Happening 11 October – 1 November at National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au for more information.

A PALETTE OF PIONEER PLACES

An exhibition of renowned Canberra artist Isla Patterson’s water colours.

Isla has painted eight heritage buildings of local significance in Hall. Villages such as Hall were gazetted in 1882 and surrounding land was identified for market gardens, commercial options and residential blocks.

The exhibition features eight early district properties, supplemented by accounts of the heritage of each building.

Come and discover their origins.

Happening until 12 January at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre.

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

STORIES FROM THE YARNING CIRCLE: ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER WOMEN’S WAR ART

To mark the 99th anniversary of Aboriginal servicewoman Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s (Kath Walker) birth, join this Indigenous curator behind-the-scenes talk to view works of art by female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Learn about the significant contribution these women have made to our understanding of the Australian Indigenous experience of war and its enduring impact.

Happening Thursday 31 October 12:30 – 1:30 pm at Australian War Memorial.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

RONA GREEN – ‘YOU REMIND ME OF SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW’ 

Rona Green’s highly engaging prints, drawings and paintings explore ideas about the nature of individuality. Through the creation of her fanciful cast of hybrid characters Rona captures recognisable human characteristics and attitudes.

Rona has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Geelong Acquisitive Print Award, the Silk Cut Award Grand prize and was a finalist in the 2019 Burnie Print Prize. Her prints are in over fifty national and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and Artbank.

Happening until 3 November at Beaver Galleries.

See beavergalleries.com.au for more information.

SUN RAIN FLOWERS SOLO ART EXHIBITION BY ROGER BEALE AO

An exhibition of flower paintings for which Roger is best known. Also in this exhibition are landscapes and drawings so people can see how Roger’s paintings emerge from concept to finished work.

Roger is one of Canberra’s esteemed artists who has been exhibiting since the 1980s. His paintings are in a baroque style and his capture of colour and light is exceptional.

Happening until 3 November at Humble House gallery.

See humblehouse.com.au for more information.

AIM: ART IN MINIATURE EXHIBITION 

The Art in Miniatur Canberra friendship invites the public to an exhibition of miniature works- an art form that has existed since the 8th century. It was then that the Islamic influence flowed through to Indian, Chinese and North African art. In the Western world the earliest examples can be found in the illuminated capital letters of church manuscripts. The letters were often decorated in pure goldleaf and around them were pictures of everyday life, or from the Bible.

The work in this exhibition depict local surroundings, home, country, overseas, and more intimate places like our kitchen benches, the beauty of flora and fauna and the inner imagination.

The jewel-like artworks invite the viewer for a closer look to appreciate the level of detail that comprise each artwork.

Happening until 10 November at Strathnairn Arts.

See strathnairn.com.au for more information.

‘PRECIOUS NATURE’ – GROUP CERAMICS EXHIBITION

‘Precious nature’ brings together the work of three contemporary Australian ceramicists – Julie Bartholomew, Shannon Garson and Fiona Hiscock. Their work stems from a deep respect of the natural world often with a focus on secluded and threatened ecosystems. Though these artists use a myriad of different techniques, they are bound by their common study and concern for fragile environments.

Happening until 3 November at Beaver Galleries.

See beaergalleries.com.au for more information.

CONNECTING CANBERRA AND NARA COLOURS: OIL PAINTINGS BY STEPHANIE FITZSIMMONS

 Stephanie is a Canberra based artist, who draws on subjects such as flowers in her garden and the enchanting colours in the landscape.

Japanese art, especially Kamisaka Sekka, influence her sense of colour and design. Stephanie studied floral art whilst living in Japan and the Japanese way of painting is a continual source of inspiration.

Stephanie paints on natural primed linen with a fine plate knife.

Happening until 10 November at Strathnairn Arts.

See strathnairn.com.au for more information.

ALFRED DEAKIN: CREATING A NATION EXHIBITION

This exhibition celebrates the life and achievements of Alfred Deakin, the first Attorney General and the second Prime Minister of Australia, and one of the founding fathers of Australian nationhood. It features significant documents and objects that explore Deakin’s life and his pivotal role in establishing the Commonwealth of Australia and in the drafting of a national constitution.

Happening 7 October 2019 – 1 February 2020 at Parliament House.

See aph.gov.au for more information.

SYDNEY PRINTMAKERS – BORDERLESS 

An exhibition of selected works by members of the organisation Sydney Printmakers responding to the theme Borderless.

Exhibiting Artists Include:

Susan Baran – Anthea Boesenberg – Rafael Butron – Neilton Clarke – Carolyn Craig – Tanya Crothers – Barbara Davidson – Rew Hanks – Nathalie Hartog-Gautier – Salvatore Gerardi – Angela Hayson – Nina Juniper – Roslyn Kean – Carmen Ky – George LoGrasso – Graham Marchant – Seraphina Martin – Bernhardine Mueller – Helen Mueller – Janet Parker-Smith – Ben Rak – Sandi Rigby – Marta Romer – Susan Rushforth – Anna Russell – Gary Shinfield – Laura Stark – Anne Starling – Wendy Stokes – Andrew Totman – Thea Weiss – Olwen Evan Wilson – Sharon Zwi

Happening until 2 November at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery.

See megalo.org for more information.

NAPIER WALLER ART PRIZE

The Memorial’s Napier Waller Art Prize aims to promote artistic excellence, the healing potential of art, and raise a broader awareness of the military experience and the impact of service on the individual.

Happening until 1 December at Australian War Memorial.

See awm.gov.au for more information

STORY TIME: AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Seven Little Australians, The Magic Pudding, The Rainbow Serpent, Where Is the Green Sheep? and The Deltora Quest are much-loved children’s books that have been read and shared over decades.

Story Time, a free exhibition of Australian children’s literature from the colonial period through to the present day, will appeal to anyone who has experienced the magic of these stories.

Presented in association with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature, the exhibition will feature books, manuscripts, illustrations and ephemera from the Library’s extensive collections alongside significant loans.

This exhibition will reacquaint attendees with old friends and introduce them to new ones. Go on a nostalgic tour through childhood, looking at the works of great Australian authors and illustrators including Bronwyn Bancroft, Mem Fox, May Gibbs, Bob Graham, Emily Rodda, Ivan Southall, Shaun Tan and Ethel Turner.

A must-see exhibition, Story Time explores the rich history of Australian children’s literature and goes on a journey across time and place—real and imagined.

Happening until 9 February 2020 at National Library of Australia.

See nla.gov.au for more information.

THE LOOK

Featuring striking photographic portraits of contemporary figures from the National Portrait Gallery collection, The Look is an aesthetic treat with a lashing of je ne sais quoi.

Happening until 19 February 2020 at National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au for more information.

PRIMED: SOME PRIME MINISTERS

Only seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Their portraits have been acquired in random order, mostly according to unexpected opportunity. This is the first time in the Gallery’s 20-year history that the esteemed prime ministers’ portraits have been shown as a group. The contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits, and the different ways they have become available, reflect the exhilarating variety across the collection as a whole.

Happening until 9 March 2020 at National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au 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?”

Happening until 30 June 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION

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

Happening until 23 January 2020 at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre.

See museum.hall.act.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.

Happening until 31 March 2020 at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

HALL WW1 COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION

“When Hall Answered the Call” – Visit the small community of Hall’s School Museum and see their moving exhibition to commemorate the district’s contribution to World War 1 as part of the ANZAC Centenary.

The exhibition features photos, medals, letters, and other memorabilia that tell the story of the boys and men from the district who went off to fight in WW1. Learn about the support provided by their families, the local community and Welcome Home celebrations.

Happening until 9 February 2020 at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre.

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

LIFE THROUGH THE LENS – PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY AT THE NFSA

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 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.

Happening until 31 December 2019 at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

See nfsa.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.

Happening until 14 May 2023 at National Dinosaur Museum.

See nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au for more information.

RE-DISCOVERING GINNINDERRA

For half a century during the 1860’s, Ginninderra flourished and in it’s prime boasted a church, two schools, store, Police Station, post and telegraph office, school of arts, nursery, farmers union hall, annual show, sports team and hotel. By 1915 Ginninderra was finished. Find this out and more by visiting the Re-Discovering Ginninderra exhibition.

Happening until 9 February 2020 at Former Hall Primary School.

See museum.hall.act.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.

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

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

Activism: forces for change in Canberra

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

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

Showing at Canberra Museum and Gallery until 2 November. Find out more at cmag.com.au.

ART EXHIBITION ‘CONNECTIONS: WILDLIFE OF TIDBINBILLA’

‘Connections: Wildlife of Tidbinbilla’ is an exhibition of paintings of the unique and vulnerable species who call Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve home, by Canberran artist Emily Birks.

In a world with rapidly escalating environmental issues, artist Emily Birks is inspired by the work Australian ecologists are doing to preserve our native species. She creates highly detailed ink on paper portraits showing the beauty and character of each animal subject, while also telling the story of their importance to the environment.

Happening until 5 December 9 am – 5 pm at Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre.

See tidbinbilla.act.gov.au for more information.

SPRING PHOTOACCESS EXHIBITONS 

Explore the best of contemporary photography and photo-media arts through a changing series of exhibitions featuring artists from the ACT and beyond, creative conversations and talks and hands-on workshops.

Visit the website for more information and to view the details of current exhibitions.

Happening until 30 November 10 am – 4 pm at PhotoAccess.

See photoaccess.org.au for more information.

LICHTENSTEIN TO WARHOL: THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION AT THE NGA 

Following World War II, master printer Kenneth Tyler was at the forefront of printmaking innovation in America, orchestrating the move from printmaking as a minor artform to a leading visual practice. Through his workshops, Tyler empowered major post-war artists—Josef and Anni Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Sultan and Andy Warhol—to create print works on a grand scale, using ground-breaking techniques. Free.

Happening 7 September-1 February 2020 at National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Redefining Leadership

Redfining Leadership is an Exhibition from Women with Disabilities ACT with photography by Akka Ballenger Constantin.

The women and non binary people in this exhibition are leaders in the ACT community and recognised nationally and internationally in a range of endeavours. They are proud women with strong voices, who happen to also have disabilities. They are women making a positive contribution to the social fabric of the ACT. As feminist leaders they advocate to make positive change for people who are on the margins of society. All have been acknowledged by their peers, the community and government with a string of awards and accolades. Redefining Leadership invites you to share a moment of their lives.

Showing at Canberra Museum and Gallery until 2 November. Find out more at cmag.com.au.

ABORIGINAL ART EXHIBITION AT 73 NORTHBOURNE

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

Minnie Pwerle
Judy Watson Napangardi
Lilly Kelly Napangardi
Gloria Petyarre

This exhibition will rotate every 6-12 months.

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

See 73northbourne.com for more information.

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.

ACTIVISM: FORCES FOR CHANGE IN CANBERRA

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

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

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

See Canberra Museum and Gallery for more information.

Magna Carta—An Australian Story

Magna Carta is one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world.

First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

The Magna Carta: An Australian Story exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy takes you on a journey through the history of the Magna Carta. You will discover the spirit and legacy of the Magna Carta and learn the significance it plays in Australia’s democratic history.

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

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

DRESSUP: CHANGE THE WORLD

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

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

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

Visitors can also tell their own story in our new Zine Lounge. Whether you prefer writing or sketching, the Zine Lounge lets you carve out a space for your voice to be heard.

This engaging exhibition space provides a bold and quirky environment that will inspire young people and asks them “How will you change the world?”

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

See the website for more information.

BEHIND THE LINES 2018

Venture down the rabbit-hole for Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons 2018, with this year’s theme Curiouser and Curiouser inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Kids of all ages can visit the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland at MoAD for dress ups, games and adventures.

Step through the Looking Glass and dress up as the colourful and curious characters of Wonderland including Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat or the Mad Hatter.

There is also a wall of crazy mirrors that will stretch or shrink you and games with a special Wonderland twist that will delight the whole family.

Older kids can go on a cartooning trail through the exhibition, following clues and learning about the art of political cartooning.

While the children are entertained in Wonderland, parents can grin, smirk and grimace at the cartoons that explore the unexpected twists and turns of politics in 2018.

For more information visit moadoph.gov.au/family. 

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN? 

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

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

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

PLAYUP 

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

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

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

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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