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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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West Side Story

Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, West Side Story is the modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle. The “Jets”, sons of previous immigrants to America, battle the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the “Sharks”, for domination of the streets.

The moment the curtain first went up on the original West Side Story on Broadway, musical theatre changed forever.

Powerhouse creatives Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins produced an iconic dance musical that has swept audiences off their feet for over 60 years.

Bernstein’s world-famous score features unforgettable songs including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty, which have been universally adored for generations.

Happening 10 – 27 October at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/west-side-story for tickets and more information.

Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other.

Claudio, however, is quickly consumed by envy and his idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.

But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all?

Directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans (Julius Caesar)and starring Zindzi Okenyo (Antony and Cleopatra, MTC’s An Ideal Husband) as Beatrice, this Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?

Happening 11-19 October at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/much-ado-about-nothing-bell-shakespeare for tickets and 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 11 October to 24 November at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See portrait.gov.au for more information.

Open Studio: Tim Fairfax Learning Gallery and Studio Launch

To celebrate the opening of the Tim Fairfax Learning Gallery and Studio the whole National Gallery of Australia will be transformed into an open studio where everyone is welcome to create and express themselves on Saturday 12 October.

Celebrate the opening of the Tim Fairfax Learning Gallery and Studio with Gallery-wide activities for the whole family.

Roaming guest performers will help ignite your creativity to roll up your sleeves and bring your own artistic creations to life. Drop into the Studio for a workshop inspired by Body Language on Level 2, draw from life and representations of the body in the Bodies of Art exhibition, Lower Ground, craft your own poem in response to Urs Fischer’s ‘Francesco’—a sculpture that melts before your eyes—or pose for a fun polaroid snap in Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia on Level 1.

From the Confucian school of thought comes the maxim, ‘I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand’, and it is this idea that underpins the studio’s development and the National Gallery’s broader learning strategy.

Enjoy a program of tours, talks, performances and storytelling throughout the day to help you deepen your understanding and appreciation of art. Get physical and express yourself in the open studio!

Happening Saturday 12 October from 10am to 4pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Visit nga.gov.au/learningstudio for more information.

Labour Day Festival and Union Picnic

This year’s Labour Day Festival is just around the corner on Monday 7 October!

Labour Day Union Picnic is a fun, free-entry, family-friendly, inclusive festival for all Canberrans to celebrate Labour Day, union members and the union movement; and the perfect way to spend a public holiday with some outdoor family fun.

For the kids, there will be rides, a petting zoo, team games and free face painting. Adults can enjoy food trucks, live music and entertainment, a beer garden and also the annual dog show!

Happening Monday 7 October from 10 am-2 pm in Eddison Park, Woden.

See Facebook for more information.

Beauty Night Markets + free HerCanberra gin cocktails

We can’t think of a better way to finish up the work week than with a pamper session (and a free gin cocktail, if you’re into that!),

Throughout Temple of Beauty at Canberra Centre (from 27 September until 27 October), every Friday night the Beauty Night Markets will be the place to chill out and ring in the weekend.

We’re talking complementary treatments, live music, free HerCanberra x The Canberra Distillery French Earl Grey gin cocktails and an indulgent candy cart.

Happening every Friday night from 5 pm to 8 pm until 25 October at the Temple of Beauty (Ground Level, near R. M. Williams) at Canberra Centre.

See canberracentre.com.au for more information.

Personalised Monograms at IKEA Canberra

IKEA Canberra is offering all customers free personalised embroidered monograms on towels, bathrobes and pillowcases.

The monogram service will be available at the store exit, 4 October – 10 October, everyday between 12-3 pm.

Happening until Thursday 10 October from 12 and 3 pm at IKEA Canberra, 1030 Majura Road, Majura Park.

Oktoberfestival 2019 at Pialligo Estate

Come eins, come all! Oktoberfest is almost here and we’re bringing it to you in true Pialligo Estate style – a high-quality experience with steins full of authentic fun!

Complete with traditional German foods including Bratwurst, Kransky and Schnitzels, and Pig on a Spit, your Oktoberfest will be complete with premium Zierholz brews on tap – it’s going to be a big day, make sure your belly is ready to be filled to the brim!

Come in your finest lederhosen and dirndls, be part of Mr and Ms Oktoberfest, flex your muscles in beer barrel races and Hammerschlagen, and if you’re really game, there’ll be yodelling too…after you’ve had a few bier, perhaps?

Buy your ticket now for just $20 to get your Commemorative Stein full of your first bier, and entry to all competitions, games and entertainment. Free entry for kids U18 and free access to the Kinder Zone.

The fun runs over two days from Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 of October from 12 pm – 7 pm each day.

See thepialligoestate.com.au for more information.

Googong’s Rural Fire Service Open Day

The Rural Fire Service’s Open Day is a fascinating adventure for the young and the young-at-heart.

The local crew from Jerrabomberra Creek Rural Fire Brigade will be on hand at Googong with lots of free family fun.

Climb the big red fire trucks or have a go with the hoses under the watchful eye of our local brigade. Try the firies’ emergency gear on for size and share some of the amazing stories from our local heroes.

Everyone is invited to join in the free fun at Beltana Park, Beltana Avenue, Googong, from 10 am to 2 pm, with live music, food vendors plus a sausage sizzle.

Find out more at googong.net

Floriade: Dogs’ Day Out

Floriade wouldn’t be complete without the return of Dogs’ Day Out.

For one day only, event organisers invite visitors to bring their four-legged pals!

All pups, big and small, are invited to soak up the sunshine and explore Floriade on Sunday 13 October with speciality stores just for dogs, lots of extra doggie activities and breed group photos it’s definitely a day not to be missed!

Find out more at floriadeaustralia.com.

Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market

Who doesn’t love a market with fab fashion, food and wine?

The Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market, 12 October, features new and pre-loved fashion, including designer labels and a wide range of styles. We’ve now expanded with food and wine and have re-located to a new home, Thoroughbred Park.

Explore stalls and uncover great buys with clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories, and more, including major national and international brands across the full fashion spectrum—vintage, evening wear, casual, corporate, sports.

The Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market supports a sustainable lifestyle and helps reduce waste by recycling quality, stylish fashion that is too precious to discard.

Grab a coffee, enjoy great food, artisan products and taste test quality local wines. Bring family and friends for a relaxed day hanging out in spring weather.

12 October is the last market for the year. Great Christmas shopping available too.

New stallholders (fashion, food, wine) welcome. It’s quick and easy to apply online: canberramarkets.net.au.

Free entry. Free parking. Only minutes from the city, with public transport available and the light rail conveniently stopping nearby.

Happening Saturday 12 October from 10 am – 4 pm at Thoroughbred Park, Lyneham.

See canberramarkets.net.au for more information.

Car maintenance workshop

It’s the school holidays, and some of us will be heading out of town. But how much attention do you usually give your car in the lead up to hitting the highway, other than filling up the tank?

If you’ve ever broken down and stood gazing helplessly at the ‘bits under the hood’, wondered if your tyres are safe to drive on, or blown a headlight while driving at night, we’ve got an event for you.

Autoco is hosting a workshop to ensure you feel empowered when it comes to understanding your vehicle. Focused on three key components: checking your tyres, getting under the hood, and being prepared for a dark, wet night.

Happening Saturday 12 October from 9.30 am – 12 pm at Autoco, 5 Rickerby Street, Phillip.

See Eventbrite for tickets and more information.

Vogue Australia Q&A Session

Join Vogue Australia’s Senior Beauty and Health Editor, Remy Rippon, and Market Editor, Kaila Matthews, as they bring you the lowdown from the world of beauty and fashion.

Explore the latest seasonal trends, get expert advice, and learn how to become a total style sensation.

Don’t miss special guests Shani Grimmond, Elle Ferguson, Rae Morris and Danh Doan. Come and be immersed in the beautiful.

Cost: $10

Happening Saturday 12 October from 12 – 1 pm at Canberra Centre’s Temple of Beauty, Level One (outside R.M. Williams).

See cc.sproutix.com.au for tickets and more information.

Free School Holiday Activity Hub at Marketplace Gungahlin

Get the kids out of the house these School Holidays at Marketplace Gungahlin’s fun and free kids activity hub!

Activities are happening every day (except the Labour Day Public Holiday)  featuring mindfulness, sensory and skilled base play

Week 2: Mindfulness and Sensory Play (Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 October from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm each day)

  • Tuesday 8 October  –  Pinwheel making
  • Wednesday 9 October –  Spring Bouquet making
  • Thursday 10 October – Mini Circus Skill
  • Friday 11 October – Wooden Spinning top decorating
  • Saturday 12 October – Dragonfly Bug Pots

Happening 30 September – 12 October from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm at Marketplace Gungahlin, directly outside Big W.

See marketplacegungahlin.com.au for more information.

South.Life Launch at South.Point Tuggeranong

Are you a southsider and proud of it? You’re about to have a whole lot of company next week when South.Point Tuggeranong unveils its new South.Life dining precinct on Saturday 12 October.

Located on Anketell Street, the South.Life dining precinct will see a whole new range of dining options—from family-friendly eateries to cafes, burgers and more—and to celebrate, South.Point is holding a huge day of delicious deals and family fun.

Keep an eye out for an array of giant inflatable foods along Anketell Street. If you see one, make sure you snap a pic and post it to social media with the hashtag #SOUTHLIFE—you could go into the draw to win one of 10 $200 South.Point vouchers.

NEW RESTAURANTS

Anketell Street is set to become a dining hotspot and with over 10 venues in one place, there will be plenty of reasons to keep coming back, including Rashays, La Pasteria, Zambrero, Streets of Asia, Café Milligram, Brew Bar, Little Istanbul, Chalisa, Asian Noodle House and Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant.

Keep an eye out for the Mookie Burger pop up, where they’ll be treating southsiders to a taste of their iconic American-Japanese fusion burgers, fries and shakes.

VIP GIFT BAGS

To make your first experience of South.Life even sweeter, be one of the first 500 people to register and sign up to the South.Life VIP list here and you’ll receive a South.Life goodie bag full of treats on the day!

GIVEAWAYS

Can’t wait to try all the new venues? Make sure you grab a South.Life Passport from the Customer Service Desk before you head out. This important little document is your chance to win $500—that’s right, $500!

Simply take your South.Life Passport along when you eat at each of the new venues and when you’ve ticked them all, hand your passport back to Customer Service Desk to go into the draw to win a $500 South.Point Gift Card!

But wait, there’s more. Limelight Cinemas will also be doing giveaways on the day and keep your eyes out for other retailer giveaways. We don’t want to spoil it for you, but we heard there might be some South.Point Gift Cards up for grabs…

Happening Saturday 12 October from 11 am – 4 pm at Anketell Street, South.Point

See southpointcanberra.com.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.

 

TEMPLE OF BEAUTY

Visit Canberra Centre to discover a land devoted to all things beauty, with an insta-worthy Beauty Temple, special events, giveaways, a pop-up gin bar (with HerCanberra French Earl Grey gin!), beauty night markets and more.

Plus, don’t miss special guests Shani Grimmond, Elle Ferguson, Rae Morris, Danh Doan and Vogue Editors Remy Rippon and Kaila Matthews. Come and be immersed in the beautiful.

Happening until 27 October at Canberra Centre, Level One (Outside R.M. Williams).

See canberracentre.com.au for more information.

Floriade

Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring, returns to Commonwealth Park from Saturday 14 September until Sunday 13 October 2019.

With over one million blooms on display and free entry, Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of spring.

With a diverse and ever-expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment, recreational activities and more, you’ll find something for everyone.

Celebrate this year’s theme, World in Bloom daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Happening 14 September – 13 October from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm seven days a week at Commonwealth Park.

Visit floriadeaustralia.com for more information.

Pialligo Estate: High Tea Floriade

Delight your tastebuds and indulge them in beautiful Pialligo Estate delicacies, all while you enjoy the atmosphere at Floriade.

While you enjoy the gorgeous view across the tulips in comfort from Pialligo Urban’s sunny deck, you’ll have the chance to unwind and spoil yourself with a range of sweet and savoury treats handmade by the renowned chefs at Pialligo Estate.

Beautiful china will accompany the variety of Moroccan inspired sweet treats, classic ribbon sandwiches, Pialligo Estate smokehouse sausage rolls, seasonal fruit and more, all while enjoying a selection of quality drinks including housemade lemonade and kaffir, loose leaf and herbal tea or barista coffee.

You may also purchase bubbles or other alcoholic beverages to help you really relax and recharge.

Pialligo Estate’s High Tea will be the perfect enhancement to your Floriade experience–it’ll add that extra little something to your weekend, go on, you deserve it!

Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, please notify Pialligo Estate when making your booking.

There will be two High Tea sittings at 1 pm and 2 pm across various dates from 21 September – 13 October at Pialligo Urban, Floriade, inside Commonwealth Park.

See the website for more information.

Pialligo Fields

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

Pialligo Estate is bringing Canberra a new style of fun–with next-level drinks by our 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 Wednesday to Friday from 3 pm until late 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.

Photography at Floriade

The popular Floriade Photography Workshops are back in 2019!

Run by leading Canberra photographers, Geoff Comfort and Ben Kopilow, these workshops run each Saturday morning at 6:30 am from September 14 until October 12.

During the workshops, Geoff and Ben explain the techniques of great flower photography, guide you through a hands-on photography session and then critique your photos at the end of the workshop.

The workshops are suitable for all budding photographers, from beginners to advanced.  You will need to bring a camera, anything from a compact camera or phone up to a full DSLR kit will be suitable.

The workshops are a great opportunity to improve your photography and composition skills and make the most of the morning light!  They fill quickly, so book here now!

Tickets $75 from Ticketek.

6:30 am to 9:30 am, Saturday 12 October: The Terrace at Floriade

Find out more at floriadeaustralia.com.

Canberra Players League All-Star Basketball Exhibition

For the third year running, the Canberra Players League in collaboration with the Cancer Council ACT presents All-Star Saturday!

This annual event is testimate to the League’s strong social culture and a reputation for fierce and enjoyable competition, bringing the League’s best players and some of Canberra’s most iconic sporting legends together to showcase their skills in a day of entertaining family-friendly exhibition games!

Gold coin donation entry, or pick up a fully catered courtside box so you are front row for all of the action, including the main event where NBL Hall-of-Famer Cal Bruton and his Legends try to better the CPL Legends.

All-Star Saturday blends CPL’s most MVP voted players into new teams to play against one another in competitive fun. Taking it a step further, All-Star Saturday also marks the annual NBL Legends and CPL Legends rise from retirement to see who’s still got game.

Outside of the official games, All-Star Saturday boasts a load of family fun, with a DJ, jumping castle, silent auction, 3-point competition, half-court cash shots and other crowd participation, jumping castle and, of course, food!

For those wishing to throw in some money for this years cause – the Cancer Council ACT – VIP catered, courtside boxes are available for $350 each. Each box seats 10 and comes with hot food platters and 40 drinks (beer, wine, soft drink, or a combination of each based on your preference). If you would like to book a box, simply contact the CPL by email or by using this form to reserve one today.

Entry to the event is a gold coin donation, with all donations going directly to the Cancer Council to help the important work they do every day

This year, the CPL will be donating all funds raised at ‘Assisting Cancer Research’ to the Cancer Council ACT, a local charity that aims to promote a healthier community by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the ACT region.

For those unable to attend the event but desiring to donate, you can do so on the Cancer Council page here.

A number of amazing businesses have come together to support the event by donating items toward the silent auction. Items up for grabs include a coffee machine, a Canberra Cannons signed basketball, nutritional supplements, and much, much more!

Happening Saturday 12 October from 3.30 – 8.30 pm at the AIS Arena, Bruce.

See Eventbrite for more information.

FLORIADE 2019

YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CANBERRA’S BIGGEST CELEBRATION OF SPRING

Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring, returns to Commonwealth Park from Saturday 14 September until Sunday 13 October 2019.

With over one million blooms on display and free entry, Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of spring.

With a diverse and ever-expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment, recreational activities and more, you’ll find something for everyone.

Celebrate this year’s theme, World in Bloom daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Happening until 13 October from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm seven days a week at Commonwealth Park.

Visit floriadeaustralia.com for more information.

Pialligo Estate: High Tea Floriade

Delight your tastebuds and indulge them in beautiful Pialligo Estate delicacies, all while you enjoy the atmosphere at Floriade.

While you enjoy the gorgeous view across the tulips in comfort from Pialligo Urban’s sunny deck, you’ll have the chance to unwind and spoil yourself with a range of sweet and savoury treats handmade by the renowned chefs at Pialligo Estate.

Beautiful china will accompany the variety of Moroccan inspired sweet treats, classic ribbon sandwiches, Pialligo Estate smokehouse sausage rolls, seasonal fruit and more, all while enjoying a selection of quality drinks including housemade lemonade and kaffir, loose leaf and herbal tea or barista coffee.

You may also purchase bubbles or other alcoholic beverages to help you really relax and recharge.

Pialligo Estate’s High Tea will be the perfect enhancement to your Floriade experience–it’ll add that extra little something to your weekend, go on, you deserve it!

Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, please notify Pialligo Estate when making your booking.

There will be two High Tea sittings at 1 pm and 2 pm across various dates from 21 September – 13 October at Pialligo Urban, Floriade, inside Commonwealth Park.

See the website for more information.

Photography at Floriade

The popular Floriade Photography Workshops are back in 2019!

Run by leading Canberra photographers, Geoff Comfort and Ben Kopilow, these workshops run each Saturday morning at 6:30 am from September 14 until October 12.

During the workshops, Geoff and Ben explain the techniques of great flower photography, guide you through a hands-on photography session and then critique your photos at the end of the workshop.

The workshops are suitable for all budding photographers, from beginners to advanced.  You will need to bring a camera, anything from a compact camera or phone up to a full DSLR kit will be suitable.

The workshops are a great opportunity to improve your photography and composition skills and make the most of the morning light!  They fill quickly, so book here now!

Tickets $75 from Ticketek.

6:30 am to 9:30 am, Saturda12 October: The Terrace at Floriade

Find out more at floriadeaustralia.com.

Floriade: Dogs’ Day Out

Floriade wouldn’t be complete without the return of Dogs’ Day Out.

For one day only, event organisers invite visitors to bring their four-legged pals!

All pups, big and small, are invited to soak up the sunshine and explore Floriade on Sunday 13 October with speciality stores just for dogs, lots of extra doggie activities and breed group photos it’s definitely a day not to be missed!

Find out more at floriadeaustralia.com.

The Heart Foundation Early Morning Floriade Walks

The Heart Foundation ACT is hosting early morning Floriade walks everyday, except Sundays, until October 13. 

These walks are to start a movement to take positive steps towards active living to help reduce stress, have a healthier body and heart, and build stronger relationships. They are here to get everyone moving, no matter where you live or your fitness level.

The walks are held before Floriade opens to the public. It’s a great way to get some exercise, be beat the crowds! Come join in and enjoy the sun, get to know the community and be active!

The Heart Foundation would not be able to offer these walks without the help of their wonderful volunteer Leaders and Walkers.

Free entry. 

Happening every day except Sundays until October 13 from 8 am at Commonwealth Avenue, Floriade. 

See the website for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

South.Life Launch at South.Point Tuggeranong

Are you a southsider and proud of it? You’re about to have a whole lot of company next week when South.Point Tuggeranong unveils its new South.Life dining precinct on Saturday 12 October.

Located on Anketell Street, the South.Life dining precinct will see a whole new range of dining options—from family-friendly eateries to cafes, burgers and more—and to celebrate, South.Point is holding a huge day of delicious deals and family fun.

Keep an eye out for an array of giant inflatable foods along Anketell Street. If you see one, make sure you snap a pic and post it to social media with the hashtag #SOUTHLIFE—you could go into the draw to win one of 10 $200 South.Point vouchers.

NEW RESTAURANTS

Anketell Street is set to become a dining hotspot and with over 10 venues in one place, there will be plenty of reasons to keep coming back, including Rashays, La Pasteria, Zambrero, Streets of Asia, Café Milligram, Brew Bar, Little Istanbul, Chalisa, Asian Noodle House and Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant.

Keep an eye out for the Mookie Burger pop up, where they’ll be treating southsiders to a taste of their iconic American-Japanese fusion burgers, fries and shakes.

VIP GIFT BAGS

To make your first experience of South.Life even sweeter, be one of the first 500 people to register and sign up to the South.Life VIP list here and you’ll receive a South.Life goodie bag full of treats on the day!

GIVEAWAYS

Can’t wait to try all the new venues? Make sure you grab a South.Life Passport from the Customer Service Desk before you head out. This important little document is your chance to win $500—that’s right, $500!

Simply take your South.Life Passport along when you eat at each of the new venues and when you’ve ticked them all, hand your passport back to Customer Service Desk to go into the draw to win a $500 South.Point Gift Card!

But wait, there’s more. Limelight Cinemas will also be doing giveaways on the day and keep your eyes out for other retailer giveaways. We don’t want to spoil it for you, but we heard there might be some South.Point Gift Cards up for grabs…

Happening Saturday 12 October from 11 am – 4 pm at Anketell Street, South.Point

See southpointcanberra.com.au for more information.

Oktoberfestival 2019 at Pialligo Estate

Come eins, come all! Oktoberfest is almost here and we’re bringing it to you in true Pialligo Estate style – a high-quality experience with steins full of authentic fun!

Complete with traditional German foods including Bratwurst, Kransky and Schnitzels, and Pig on a Spit, your Oktoberfest will be complete with premium Zierholz brews on tap – it’s going to be a big day, make sure your belly is ready to be filled to the brim!

Come in your finest lederhosen and dirndls, be part of Mr and Ms Oktoberfest, flex your muscles in beer barrel races and Hammerschlagen, and if you’re really game, there’ll be yodelling too…after you’ve had a few bier, perhaps?

Buy your ticket now for just $20 to get your Commemorative Stein full of your first bier, and entry to all competitions, games and entertainment. Free entry for kids U18 and free access to the Kinder Zone.

The fun runs over two days from Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 of October from 12 pm – 7 pm each day.

See thepialligoestate.com.au for more information.

Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market

Who doesn’t love a market with fab fashion, food and wine?

The Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market, 12 October, features new and pre-loved fashion, including designer labels and a wide range of styles. We’ve now expanded with food and wine and have re-located to a new home, Thoroughbred Park.

Explore stalls and uncover great buys with clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories, and more, including major national and international brands across the full fashion spectrum—vintage, evening wear, casual, corporate, sports.

The Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market supports a sustainable lifestyle and helps reduce waste by recycling quality, stylish fashion that is too precious to discard.

Grab a coffee, enjoy great food, artisan products and taste test quality local wines. Bring family and friends for a relaxed day hanging out in spring weather.

12 October is the last market for the year. Great Christmas shopping available too.

New stallholders (fashion, food, wine) welcome. It’s quick and easy to apply online: canberramarkets.net.au.

Free entry. Free parking. Only minutes from the city, with public transport available and the light rail conveniently stopping nearby.

Happening Saturday 12 October from 10 am – 4 pm at Thoroughbred Park, Lyneham.

See canberramarkets.net.au for more information.

Beauty Night Markets + free HerCanberra gin cocktails

We can’t think of a better way to finish up the work week than with a pamper session (and a free gin cocktail, if you’re into that!),

Throughout Temple of Beauty at Canberra Centre (from 27 September until 27 October), every Friday night the Beauty Night Markets will be the place to chill out and ring in the weekend.

We’re talking complementary treatments, live music, free HerCanberra x The Canberra Distillery French Earl Grey gin cocktails and an indulgent candy cart.

Happening every Friday night from 5 pm to 8 pm until 25 October at the Temple of Beauty (Ground Level, near R. M. Williams) at Canberra Centre.

See canberracentre.com.au for more information.

Pialligo Fields

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

Pialligo Estate is bringing Canberra a new style of fun–with next-level drinks by our 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 Wednesday to Friday from 3 pm until late 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.

Pialligo Estate: High Tea Floriade

Delight your tastebuds and indulge them in beautiful Pialligo Estate delicacies, all while you enjoy the atmosphere at Floriade.

While you enjoy the gorgeous view across the tulips in comfort from Pialligo Urban’s sunny deck, you’ll have the chance to unwind and spoil yourself with a range of sweet and savoury treats handmade by the renowned chefs at Pialligo Estate.

Beautiful china will accompany the variety of Moroccan inspired sweet treats, classic ribbon sandwiches, Pialligo Estate smokehouse sausage rolls, seasonal fruit and more, all while enjoying a selection of quality drinks including housemade lemonade and kaffir, loose leaf and herbal tea or barista coffee.

You may also purchase bubbles or other alcoholic beverages to help you really relax and recharge.

Pialligo Estate’s High Tea will be the perfect enhancement to your Floriade experience–it’ll add that extra little something to your weekend, go on, you deserve it!

Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, please notify Pialligo Estate when making your booking.

There will be two High Tea sittings at 1 pm and 2 pm across various dates from 21 September – 13 October at Pialligo Urban, Floriade, inside Commonwealth Park.

See the website for more information.

CELLAR DOOR

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more details.

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

Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other.

Claudio, however, is quickly consumed by envy and his idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.

But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all?

Directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans (Julius Caesar)and starring Zindzi Okenyo (Antony and Cleopatra, MTC’s An Ideal Husband) as Beatrice, this Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?

Happening 11-19 October at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/much-ado-about-nothing-bell-shakespeare for tickets and more information.

West Side Story

Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, West Side Story is the modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle. The “Jets”, sons of previous immigrants to America, battle the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the “Sharks”, for domination of the streets.

The moment the curtain first went up on the original West Side Story on Broadway, musical theatre changed forever.

Powerhouse creatives Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins produced an iconic dance musical that has swept audiences off their feet for over 60 years.

Bernstein’s world-famous score features unforgettable songs including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty, which have been universally adored for generations.

Happening 10 – 27 October at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/west-side-story for tickets and more information.

JON CLEARY & THE ABSOLUTE MONSTER GENTLEMEN

Jon Cleary is one of music’s great anomalies. A Kent raised Englishman turned certified New Orleans music legend after gracefully inhabiting the Crescent City and everything it has to offer over the course of 30 plus years. A Grammy award winning, global touring and studio force, who has graced stages, shared rooms and gained respect from everyone from Allen Toussaint to Tom Jones, Dr. John to Bonnie Raitt, Fats Domino to Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal to BB King, even Brian May to D’Angelo.

Jon Cleary quite simply embodies the sound of New Orleans, and throughout the second half of 2019, he takes that experience to stages across the globe on his massive Dyna-Mite World Tour, bolstered by the presence of his long time band, The Absolute Monster Gentlemen.

“Cleary can be an absolute monster on his own, but Cleary’s full combo R&B is as broad, deep and roiling as the Mississippi River, the combined swinging product of local keyboard tradition, Cleary’s vocal-songwriting flair for moody Seventies soul and the spunky-Meters roll of his Gentlemen”

David Fricke, Rolling Stone

Happening Wednesday 9 October 8 – 10 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

AN EVENING WITH SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON

Sir Michael Parkinson’s Farewell Australian Tour is a celebration of the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, informative look at his remarkable journey from the pit village in Yorkshire to the BBC with a talk show that for many defined their Saturday night.

It will also be a chance for Sir Michael to fondly remember his time in Australia and some of the fascinating colourful and engaging people he met and interviewed which cemented his love affair with the land Down Under.

See him dance with Will Smith, sing with Bing Crosby, kiss Lauren Bacall, flirt with Bette Davis, laugh with Billy Connolly, spar with Muhammad Ali, have an audience with Dame Edna Everage, marvel at Sir David Attenborough plus many, many more household names.

Don’t miss this very special farewell tour.

Happening Saturday 12 October 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Llewellyn Hall.

See sirmichaelparkinson.com.au for more information.

CHRISTIAN HULL AND TANYA HENNESSY: LOW EXPECTATIONS TOUR

Australia’s most adorable BFF’s Christian Hull & Tanya Hennessy have added two Canberra shows to meet demand in their first ever joint tour!

Hull & Hennessy are asking you to lower your expectations and enjoy an hour of silliness, salacious stories and life advice from the beloved comedians. With shows selling out across Australia, tickets are not expected to last long!

With hilarious characters including his hugely popular alter-ego ‘Trish’, Christian Hull (Carrie & Tommy Show, Complete Drivel podcast) began performing live show to big theatres and comedy clubs in 2018 to 100% sold out houses.

Best-selling author, columnist, award-winning national broadcaster and TV presenter Tanya Hennessy’s (The Project, Studio Ten, Bachelor Unpacked) videos have seen her earn over 600 million views on Facebook and a loyal following of 1.5 million across social media.

Join these two prolific comedians, creators, bosom buddies and internet darlings as they hit live stages across Australia and in Auckland, New Zealand for their very first live tour in a fun-filled, unique and eccentric joint show not to be missed.

***2.3 million combined social media followers *** 740 million combined views **

Recommended 15+ : Contains Course language and Adult Themes

Happening Saturday 12 October 9:30 – 11:30 pm at The Street Theatre.

See thestreet.org.au for more information.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG SEASON

During Floriade, the big screen at NFSA hosts some of the world’s most beautiful gardens – and the mavericks who created them – in a short season of delightful Friday matinees.

A little chaos

Fri 20 Sep @ 10.30am

Dare to be wild

Fri 4 Oct @ 10.30am

Gardening with soul

Fri 11 Oct @ 10.30am

Happening until 11 October at National Film and Sound Archive.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

2ND CANBERRA MENTAL HEALTH FILM FESTIVAL

‘It’s Not what You Think!’

Where else can be found; a love triangle within the Russian mental health system, a US President, UK Prime Minister and a Russian President involved in a true story about depression, solo treks around the coast of NZ and the length of South America and local stories about a mum, a dog and the mental health crises affecting our farmers? And don’t forget a robot!

22 films over 3 days.

Only at the 2nd Canberra Mental Health Film Festival

Presented by This Is My Brave Australia Inc.

Happening 11 – 13 October at various screening locations.

See thisismybraveaustralia.com 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

Credit: Jeff Busby.

West Side Story

Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, West Side Story is the modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle. The “Jets”, sons of previous immigrants to America, battle the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the “Sharks”, for domination of the streets.

The moment the curtain first went up on the original West Side Story on Broadway, musical theatre changed forever.

Powerhouse creatives Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins produced an iconic dance musical that has swept audiences off their feet for over 60 years.

Bernstein’s world-famous score features unforgettable songs including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty, which have been universally adored for generations.

Happening 10 – 27 October at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/west-side-story for tickets and 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

Oktoberfestival 2019 at Pialligo Estate

Come eins, come all! Oktoberfest is almost here and we’re bringing it to you in true Pialligo Estate style – a high-quality experience with steins full of authentic fun!

Complete with traditional German foods including Bratwurst, Kransky and Schnitzels, and Pig on a Spit, your Oktoberfest will be complete with premium Zierholz brews on tap – it’s going to be a big day, make sure your belly is ready to be filled to the brim!

Come in your finest lederhosen and dirndls, be part of Mr and Ms Oktoberfest, flex your muscles in beer barrel races and Hammerschlagen, and if you’re really game, there’ll be yodelling too…after you’ve had a few bier, perhaps?

Buy your ticket now for just $20 to get your Commemorative Stein full of your first bier, and entry to all competitions, games and entertainment. Free entry for kids U18 and free access to the Kinder Zone.

The fun runs over two days from Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 of October from 12 pm – 7 pm each day.

See thepialligoestate.com.au for more information.

Googong’s Rural Fire Service Open Day

The Rural Fire Service’s Open Day is a fascinating adventure for the young and the young-at-heart.

The local crew from Jerrabomberra Creek Rural Fire Brigade will be on hand at Googong with lots of free family fun.

Climb the big red fire trucks or have a go with the hoses under the watchful eye of our local brigade. Try the firies’ emergency gear on for size and share some of the amazing stories from our local heroes.

Everyone is invited to join in the free fun at Beltana Park, Beltana Avenue, Googong, from 10 am to 2 pm, with live music, food vendors plus a sausage sizzle.

Find out more at googong.net

Windows to the World

Tour the world, without the long-haul flight!

Windows to the World provides the rare opportunity to see behind the gates of the capital’s embassies and high commissions. See, taste and experience cultures from across the globe, whilst enjoying the beautiful gardens and intricate architecture of some of Canberra’s most iconic buildings.

During Floriade, visitors can also experience a taste of Windows to the World, with a selection of embassies exhibiting onsite at the flower festival on 5 October.

Cost: From $15

Happening 5- 20 October from 10 am at various venues across Canberra.

See windowstotheworld.com.au for more information.

Floriade

Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring, returns to Commonwealth Park from Saturday 14 September until Sunday 13 October 2019.

With over one million blooms on display and free entry, Floriade is the perfect place to experience the beauty of spring.

With a diverse and ever-expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment, recreational activities and more, you’ll find something for everyone.

Celebrate this year’s theme, World in Bloom daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Happening 14 September – 13 October from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm seven days a week at Commonwealth Park.

Visit floriadeaustralia.com for more information.

THE GARDEN OF ENCHANTMENT

Celebrate spring in Garema Place at the Garden of Enchantment.

Delight in the fresh flowers, relax on the field of clover and let your little ones play in the secret fairy garden. Visitors can stroll across the Billy Goat Bridge over the pond, skip down Pebble Path, crawl through Bilbies Burrow, play in the Fairy Garden, wander over to the Wishing Well and roll down Humpty’s Hill.

A program of events throughout the six weeks includes local music sessions, storytelling, a flower crown workshop and children’s face painting and music workshops.

Happening until 20 October at Garema Place.

See act.gov.au for more information.

THE CANBERRA BURNS CLUB HIGHLAND GATHERING AND ACT PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

The Canberra Burns Club Highland Gathering is an annual free event, being held on Kett Street, Kambah Oval. The gathering offers a day of traditional Scottish activities including the ACT Pipe Band championships with bands from around Australia competing.

Enjoy the Scottish Highland Dancing Competition, Scottish themed markets and watch the many Pipe Bands compete in the ACT Pipe Band Championship. The Tartan Warriors provide an amazing exhibition of heavy athletics including the lifting of the heavy stones. There are many more activities and band displays held throughout the day.

Taste the food from a variety of food trucks including traditional Scottish food such as Haggis and more. Check out the many Clan tents and the Canberra Scottie Dogs, visit the children’s corner for face painting and jumping castle and other activities. Concluding at 5pm with a final Massed Bands this is a fun day out for all the family.

Happening Saturday 12 October 10 am – 5 pm at Kambah Oval.

See canberragathering.com.au for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Car maintenance workshop

PRESENTED BY AUTOCOIt’s the school holidays, and some of us will be heading out of town. But how much attention do you usually give your car in the lead up to hitting the highway, other than filling up the tank?

If you’ve ever broken down and stood gazing helplessly at the ‘bits under the hood’, wondered if your tyres are safe to drive on, or blown a headlight while driving at night, we’ve got an event for you.

Well, we’ve revitalised our popular series of free Autoco workshops for those who are interested in learning some key basics to maintaining their vehicle.

Their professionals will share tips and tricks and give you some great hands-on experience in three key areas: checking your tyres, getting under the hood, and being prepared for a dark, wet night. You’ll leave the workshop feeling more confident about driving and also about dealing with your own mechanic.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

How to check your tyres

The state of your tyres can affect the performance and safety of your vehicle. Staying on top of your tyre health is not difficult once you know what you are doing. Autoco will talk you through checking tyre pressures and treads as well as answer any questions that may arise around your four wheels.

Getting under the hood

An area of your vehicle that can be somewhat daunting is ‘under the hood’. Whilst vehicles can vary a great deal, knowing some of the basics will help to keep your car out of trouble.

Preparing for a dark, wet night

A blown head, brake or tail light can be quick to go and even as quick to replace if you know where to look in your car. Quickly fixing this will also help to avoid any unwanted fines. The team will show you the basics of buying and replacing these globes, and also show you how to replace your wiper blades.

LEARN IN A FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

The workshop will be a great opportunity to learn the basics of car maintenance in a non-intimidating ‘hands on’ environment. There’ll be coffee on hand, and you’ll meet some other great HerCanberra readers. We’d love to see you there!

Happening Saturday 12 October from 9.30 am – 12 pm at Autoco, 5 Rickerby Street, Phillip.

See Eventbrite for tickets and more information.

Personalised Monograms at IKEA Canberra

IKEA Canberra is offering all customers free personalised embroidered monograms on towels, bathrobes and pillowcases.

The monogram service will be available at the store exit, 4 October – 10 October, everyday between 12-3 pm.

Happening until Thursday 10 October from 12 and 3 pm at IKEA Canberra, 1030 Majura Road, Majura Park.

The Government House Open Day

Government House will be open to the public on Saturday, 12 October from 10 am – 2 pm.

The Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to

  • Explore the official residence of the Governor-General, one of the most historic properties in the country
  • Take a guided tour through the gardens and grounds
  • Meet the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley; and
  • Meet and learn about the work of the charities and community groups that the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley are Patrons of.

Happening Saturday 12 October from 10 am – 2 pm at Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla. 

Find more information about the Open Day at gg.gov.au.

WHEN THE HEART BREAKS: AN INSPIRING CONVERSATION WITH SAM & CAMERON BLOOM

A catastrophic accident in 2013 rendered Sam Bloom paralysed from the chest down, and the lives of the Bloom family were forever transformed. With the loss of her old life came a consuming depression, which Sam bravely countered as she embarked on a momentous journey of relearning who she was and her place in the world.

The immense love and support from her family was amplified by the arrival of a little injured bird, Penguin. Penguin and Sam formed an inextricable bond through their mutual limitations and yearning for the freedom of mobility – Sam to walk and Penguin to fly.

Join Sam and her husband Cameron, caregiver and co-author of the Penguin Bloom story, in conversation where they candidly, honestly and intimately share their story of loss, healing and the future.

Taking place at The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, experience their unique journey through images, video and a Q&A session. You will laugh, cry, connect and most of all be moved at a deeply human level.

A transforming conversation not to be missed.

Happening Friday 10 October 6:30 – 8:30 pm at James O Fairfax Theatre.

See talkingsticks.com.au for more information.

Photography at Floriade

The popular Floriade Photography Workshops are back in 2019!

Run by leading Canberra photographers, Geoff Comfort and Ben Kopilow, these workshops run each Saturday morning at 6:30 am from September 14 until October 12.

During the workshops, Geoff and Ben explain the techniques of great flower photography, guide you through a hands-on photography session and then critique your photos at the end of the workshop.

The workshops are suitable for all budding photographers, from beginners to advanced.  You will need to bring a camera, anything from a compact camera or phone up to a full DSLR kit will be suitable.

The workshops are a great opportunity to improve your photography and composition skills and make the most of the morning light!  They fill quickly, so book here now!

Tickets $75 from Ticketek.

6:30 am to 9:30 am, Saturday 12 October: The Terrace at Floriade

Find out more at floriadeaustralia.com.

2019 MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING EXPO

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo is an integral part of Mental Health Month in the ACT.

This free public event aims to bring the ACT and surrounding communities together to celebrate positive wellbeing and learn more about mental health services available in the region. Importantly, the Expo aims to encourage people to seek help early to help reduce the impact of mental illness of an individual’s life.

Join over 80 local organisations in a fun market-day atmosphere with interactive activities, sausage sizzle and live music.

Find the event on Facebook and join the conversation by using the hashtag #mentalhealthmonthact

Happening Thursday 10 October 11 am – 2 pm at City Walk.

See mentalhealthmonthact.org/expo for more information.

TEMPLE OF BEAUTY

Visit Canberra Centre to discover a land devoted to all things beauty, with an insta-worthy Beauty Temple, special events, giveaways, a pop-up gin bar (with HerCanberra French Earl Grey gin!), beauty night markets and more.

Plus, don’t miss special guests Shani Grimmond, Elle Ferguson, Rae Morris, Danh Doan and Vogue Editors Remy Rippon and Kaila Matthews. Come and be immersed in the beautiful.

Happening until 27 October at Canberra Centre, Level One (Outside R.M. Williams).

See canberracentre.com.au for more information.

SPRINGTIME COURTYARDS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Take a winding guided tour of the Parliament House private gardens in springtime. Listen to the bubbling water features, see glorious blossoms, and take a break from the hustle and bustle. The tour will showcase the spectacular changing foliage and explain some of the choice of flora made to enhance these spaces.

This tour is timed for guests enjoying Canberra’s Floriade Festival.

Happening 5 – 7 October at Parliament House.

See aph.gov.au for more information

FAMILY TOURS AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Join Education staff as they share some of the fascinating stories behind the objects in the galleries. This 30-minute interactive tour is designed especially for children and their families.

Happening until 11 October at Australian War Memorial.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

OUTDOOR ARTILLERY TOUR

No weapons had greater impact on the lives and landscape of the First World War than artillery. From factories to the front lines, millions of men and women were the creators, users, and victims of artillery. Join a curator for an introduction to a few of the Memorial’s heavy artillery pieces from the First World War.

Happening until 11 October at Australian War Memorial

See awm.gov.au for more information.

2019 CANBERRA BONSAI SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW

Canberra Bonsai Society Show featuring a variety of traditional exotic trees and Australian natives, some by artists featured at the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection at the National Arboretum.

Bonsai Basics talks 10am and 1pm.

Demonstrations 11am and 2pm.

Guided Tours noon and 3pm.

Raffles, plant and pot sales.

Happening 12 – 13 October at Canberra High School.

See cbs.org.au for more information.

PAINT & SIP

Ignite your creativity and learn to create an art masterpiece, the easy and fun way.

Bring your friends and/or make some new ones, over music and a guided two-hour painting session. Forget your stresses and worries, and create your very own unique artwork (yours to keep). You’ll get step by step instructions from our expert artist, to create your own interpretation of the selected painting (see the photo above).

Guests must be 18 or older for this event, as our classes are held at licensed bars. If the date pr theme of this class doesn’t suit you, we have lots of other classes available running regularly – check them out!

Happening Sunday 7 – 13 October at Teacher’s Studio.

See classbento.com.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.

LET’S ROAM CANBERRA

See the best of Canberra and delight your friends with some epic scavenger hunt ideas for adults. On, ART In Canberra, ACT, you will wander with purpose to see the most entertaining sights in Canberra, and learn about the history and culture while you’re at it. Snap silly photos, answer tough trivia, and have a blast with the Let’s Roam scavenger hunt app!

Australia’s capital is like an outdoor art gallery. On this art-filled Canberra scavenger hunt, we explore iconic landmarks and find more than a dozen incredible sculptures. What wonders are contained in Civic Square? Is the Shine Dome really from outer space? Find out on this scavenger hunt of Canberra!

Happening until 12 June 2020 from 8 am – 10pm at 170 London Circuit.

See letsroam.com 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.

CHANGING LIVES WITH SCIENCE

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

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

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

See science.org.au for more information.

SPORT + FITNESS

Canberra Players League All-Star Basketball Exhibition

For the third year running, the Canberra Players League in collaboration with the Cancer Council ACT presents All-Star Saturday!

This annual event is testimate to the League’s strong social culture and a reputation for fierce and enjoyable competition, bringing the League’s best players and some of Canberra’s most iconic sporting legends together to showcase their skills in a day of entertaining family-friendly exhibition games!

Gold coin donation entry, or pick up a fully catered courtside box so you are front row for all of the action, including the main event where NBL Hall-of-Famer Cal Bruton and his Legends try to better the CPL Legends.

All-Star Saturday blends CPL’s most MVP voted players into new teams to play against one another in competitive fun. Taking it a step further, All-Star Saturday also marks the annual NBL Legends and CPL Legends rise from retirement to see who’s still got game.

Outside of the official games, All-Star Saturday boasts a load of family fun, with a DJ, jumping castle, silent auction, 3-point competition, half-court cash shots and other crowd participation, jumping castle and, of course, food!

For those wishing to throw in some money for this years cause – the Cancer Council ACT – VIP catered, courtside boxes are available for $350 each. Each box seats 10 and comes with hot food platters and 40 drinks (beer, wine, soft drink, or a combination of each based on your preference). If you would like to book a box, simply contact the CPL by email or by using this form to reserve one today.

Entry to the event is a gold coin donation, with all donations going directly to the Cancer Council to help the important work they do every day

This year, the CPL will be donating all funds raised at ‘Assisting Cancer Research’ to the Cancer Council ACT, a local charity that aims to promote a healthier community by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the ACT region.

For those unable to attend the event but desiring to donate, you can do so on the Cancer Council page here.

A number of amazing businesses have come together to support the event by donating items toward the silent auction. Items up for grabs include a coffee machine, a Canberra Cannons signed basketball, nutritional supplements, and much, much more!

Happening Saturday 12 October from 3.30 – 8.30 pm at the AIS Arena, Bruce.

See Eventbrite for more information.

CALTEX SOCCEROOS V NEPAL

Get ready sports fans, the Caltex Socceroos are back in Canberra!

After a 4-year hiatus, the Caltex Socceroos are heading to the nation’s capital, as they kick start qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar™ 2022.

Be there for the first home qualifying match as they take on Nepal at GIO Stadium.

The Caltex Socceroos are primed and ready to entertain, so make sure to secure seats now!

Happening Thursday 10 October 7:30 – 9:30 pm at GIO Stadium.

See socceroos.com.au for more information.

THE BLOODY LONG WALK – CANBERRA

The Bloody Long Walk is a 35 kilometre challenge owned and operated by the Mito Foundation. Walk, jog or run and enjoy spectacular scenery whilst raising vital funds to help find cures for mitochondrial disease (mito).

Mito is a debilitating and potentially fatal genetic disorder that impairs the body’s ability to convert food into the energy needed to power muscles and major organs; one in 200 people are at risk of developing mito. One Australian child born each week suffers a severe or life-threatening form of mito making it the second most commonly diagnosed serious genetic disease after cystic fibrosis.

Participants take in the breathtaking views of Canberra and its bush surrounds as they make their way from Red Hill to Lake Burley Griffin. Pass some of Canberra’s most iconic buildings including Parliament House and the War Memorial. Taking the last steps of the 35km challenge at Reconciliation Place.

Enjoy the 35 kilometre challenge at whatever pace, be it a walk, jog or run, knowing that every step is one step closer to finding a cure for mito! Fully supported course with checkpoints and refreshments.

Happening Sunday 13 October 7 am – 5 pm at Red Hill.

See bloodylongwalk.com.au for more information.

The Heart Foundation Early Morning Floriade Walks

The Heart Foundation ACT is hosting early morning Floriade walks everyday, except Sundays, until October 13. 

These walks are to start a movement to take positive steps towards active living to help reduce stress, have a healthier body and heart, and build stronger relationships. They are here to get everyone moving, no matter where you live or your fitness level.

The walks are held before Floriade opens to the public. It’s a great way to get some exercise, be beat the crowds! Come join in and enjoy the sun, get to know the community and be active!

The Heart Foundation would not be able to offer these walks without the help of their wonderful volunteer Leaders and Walkers.

Free entry. 

Happening every day except Sundays until October 13 from 8 am at Commonwealth Avenue, Floriade. 

See the website 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.

TAB TONY CAMPBELL MEMORIAL CUP RACE DAY

Students from Canberra’s University institutions including CIT, University of Canberra and Australian National University will gather at the races to enjoy a great afternoon of racing and fashion. In conjunction with the $35,000 tab.com.au Tony Campbell Memorial Cup and the $25,000 Sky Race Callers Cup along with 6 other races on the day.

Entry is free with action on and off the track including the Fashions on the field competition for the Students providing plenty of colour!

One of Canberra’s biggest student events, a great atmosphere and a fantastic afternoon of quality racing in Canberra.

This is strictly an 18+ event.

The day will also include the Lexus Melbourne Cup tour. Have your photo taken with this years iconic Melbourne Cup

Happening Friday 11 October 11:30 am – 6 pm at Thoroughbred Park.

See thoroughbredpark.com.au/ 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.

MARKETS & FAIRS

Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market

Who doesn’t love a market with fab fashion, food and wine?

The Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market, 12 October, features new and pre-loved fashion, including designer labels and a wide range of styles. We’ve now expanded with food and wine and have re-located to a new home, Thoroughbred Park.

Explore stalls and uncover great buys with clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories, and more, including major national and international brands across the full fashion spectrum—vintage, evening wear, casual, corporate, sports.

The Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market supports a sustainable lifestyle and helps reduce waste by recycling quality, stylish fashion that is too precious to discard.

Grab a coffee, enjoy great food, artisan products and taste test quality local wines. Bring family and friends for a relaxed day hanging out in spring weather.

12 October is the last market for the year. Great Christmas shopping available too.

New stallholders (fashion, food, wine) welcome. It’s quick and easy to apply online: canberramarkets.net.au.

Free entry. Free parking. Only minutes from the city, with public transport available and the light rail conveniently stopping nearby.

Happening Saturday 12 October from 10 am – 4 pm at Thoroughbred Park, Lyneham.

See canberramarkets.net.au for more information.

Beauty Night Markets + free HerCanberra gin cocktails

We can’t think of a better way to finish up the work week than with a pamper session (and a free gin cocktail, if you’re into that!),

Throughout Temple of Beauty at Canberra Centre (from 27 September until 27 October), every Friday night the Beauty Night Markets will be the place to chill out and ring in the weekend.

We’re talking complementary treatments, live music, free HerCanberra x The Canberra Distillery French Earl Grey gin cocktails and an indulgent candy cart.

Happening every Friday night from 5 pm to 8 pm until 25 October at the Temple of Beauty (Ground Level, near R. M. Williams) at Canberra Centre.

See canberracentre.com.au 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.

RETRO DEPOT – BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Retro Depot is the brights of the 60s and 70s, mid-century furniture, funky retro clothing and macramé .

Browse the fashions, jewellery and accessories of times gone by to deck out your retro wardrobe. Make your home fashionably nostalgic with retro homewares and furniture.

Happening until 13 October at The Old Bus Depot Markets.

See obdm.com.au 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

Canberra Players League All-Star Basketball Exhibition

For the third year running, the Canberra Players League in collaboration with the Cancer Council ACT presents All-Star Saturday!

This annual event is testimate to the League’s strong social culture and a reputation for fierce and enjoyable competition, bringing the League’s best players and some of Canberra’s most iconic sporting legends together to showcase their skills in a day of entertaining family-friendly exhibition games!

Gold coin donation entry, or pick up a fully catered courtside box so you are front row for all of the action, including the main event where NBL Hall-of-Famer Cal Bruton and his Legends try to better the CPL Legends.

All-Star Saturday blends CPL’s most MVP voted players into new teams to play against one another in competitive fun. Taking it a step further, All-Star Saturday also marks the annual NBL Legends and CPL Legends rise from retirement to see who’s still got game.

Outside of the official games, All-Star Saturday boasts a load of family fun, with a DJ, jumping castle, silent auction, 3-point competition, half-court cash shots and other crowd participation, jumping castle and, of course, food!

For those wishing to throw in some money for this years cause – the Cancer Council ACT – VIP catered, courtside boxes are available for $350 each. Each box seats 10 and comes with hot food platters and 40 drinks (beer, wine, soft drink, or a combination of each based on your preference). If you would like to book a box, simply contact the CPL by email or by using this form to reserve one today.

Entry to the event is a gold coin donation, with all donations going directly to the Cancer Council to help the important work they do every day

This year, the CPL will be donating all funds raised at ‘Assisting Cancer Research’ to the Cancer Council ACT, a local charity that aims to promote a healthier community by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the ACT region.

For those unable to attend the event but desiring to donate, you can do so on the Cancer Council page here.

A number of amazing businesses have come together to support the event by donating items toward the silent auction. Items up for grabs include a coffee machine, a Canberra Cannons signed basketball, nutritional supplements, and much, much more!

Happening Saturday 12 October from 3.30 – 8.30 pm at the AIS Arena, Bruce.

See Eventbrite for more information.

2019 MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING EXPO

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo is an integral part of Mental Health Month in the ACT.

This free public event aims to bring the ACT and surrounding communities together to celebrate positive wellbeing and learn more about mental health services available in the region. Importantly, the Expo aims to encourage people to seek help early to help reduce the impact of mental illness of an individual’s life.

Join over 80 local organisations in a fun market-day atmosphere with interactive activities, sausage sizzle and live music.

Find the event on Facebook and join the conversation by using the hashtag #mentalhealthmonthact

Happening Thursday 10 October 11 am – 2 pm at City Walk.

See mentalhealthmonthact.org/expo for more information.

OUTDOORS

Googong’s Rural Fire Service Open Day

The Rural Fire Service’s Open Day is a fascinating adventure for the young and the young-at-heart.

The local crew from Jerrabomberra Creek Rural Fire Brigade will be on hand at Googong with lots of free family fun.

Climb the big red fire trucks or have a go with the hoses under the watchful eye of our local brigade. Try the firies’ emergency gear on for size and share some of the amazing stories from our local heroes.

Everyone is invited to join in the free fun at Beltana Park, Beltana Avenue, Googong, from 10 am to 2 pm, with live music, food vendors plus a sausage sizzle.

Find out more at googong.net

 

LLAMA EXPERIENCE: TAKE A LLAMA FOR A WALK

Come along for a Llama Stroll through sprawling, picturesque countryside with these incredibly rare and exotic animals. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and experience these very rare and exotic animals up close and personal, in a small group with an experienced guide.

Happening until 23 November at Alpaca Magic.

See alpacamagic.com.au for more information.

A WILD NIGHT OUT – SPRING 

There has never been a better time to experience Canberra’s iconic wildlife sanctuary than this September/October school holidays with the ultimate family sleepover – A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla.

More than just accommodation, the pop up wilderness family camp includes an overnight stay in glamping tents with real beds, five unique day and night ranger activities, dinner, campfire fun under the stars, breakfast as well as a day pass to explore Tidbinbilla after check out.

Explore this vast 54.5 square kilometre nature reserve with specially designed ranger-guided activities that offer new and exclusive ways to learn about the diversity of wildlife in this unique landscape. From hi-tech wildlife, behind the scenes at the vet centre to CSI Tidbinbilla, we have created engaging workshop for children ideally aged between five and twelve years. Younger children are welcome by arrangement, this is a family camp with lights out at 10pm.

Wake up in the wild and experience Tidbinbilla in a whole new light.

Happening until 12 October at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

See wildfest.com.au for more information.

Critters of the Eucalypt Forest

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

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

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

Find out more at tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

Koalas in the Canopy

From 2.45 pm – 3.15 pm every Saturday until 29 June you can search for koalas and enjoy a ranger-guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear a ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials.

Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park. Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

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

KIDS

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Free School Holiday Activity Hub at Marketplace Gungahlin

Get the kids out of the house these School Holidays at Marketplace Gungahlin’s fun and free kids activity hub!

Activities are happening eery day (except the Labour Day Public Holiday)  featuring mindfulness, sensory and skilled base play

Week 2: Mindfulness and Sensory Play (Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 October from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm each day)

  • Tuesday 8 October  –  Pinwheel making
  • Wednesday 9 October –  Spring Bouquet making
  • Thursday 10 October – Mini Circus Skills
  • Friday 11 October – Wooden Spinning top decorating
  • Saturday 12 October – Dragonfly Bug Pots

Happening 30 September – 12 October from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm at Marketplace Gungahlin, directly outside Big W.

See marketplacegungahlin.com.au for more information.

OPEN AIR PLAYUP

Want some outdoor fun?

The always popular Open Air PlayUP is back these school holidays in the stunning Senate Courtyard.

Enjoy giant lawn games, build an empire with blocks and Lego or kick back in a tee pee and read one of our many books.

Happening until 11 October at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

ZOOCATION AT THE NATIONAL ZOO & AQUARIUM

Zoocation offers a unique experience for primary aged children. During a fun-filled day, children will get up close and personal with many of the zoo’s animals, play games, make toys for the animals, and will learn something along the way.

Staffed and developed by the experienced and qualified Education Guides of the National Zoo and Aquarium, this program prides itself on delivering a program like no other. Zoocation runs between the hours of 9am-4pm on weekdays during ACT school holidays.

Happening until 3 January 2020 at National Zoo and Aquarium.

See nationalzoo.com.au for more information.

VARIETY MUSICAL PICNIC

Join Variety for a free morning of musical fun in Canberra this October school holidays.

A joy-filled and inclusive day for kids of all ages and abilities. Sing a song with Teo from Play School, have your face painted, listen to a story, do some crafts or play it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Joining Teo for a special storytime is author Meryn Cooper with her fabulous new book A Pony Named Taffy. A whimsical look at the notion of inclusion told through the eyes of a pony named Taffy.

Happening Friday 10 October 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at Belconnen Community Centre.

See variety.org.au for more information.

MAKE AND CREATE CRAFT SESSION AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

A free craft session for children and their families. Create items to take home or help make a collaborative work to display in the Education Space.

Cost: Free

Happening 3-11 October from 11:30 am to 1 pm at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

ART CART: FASHION IT FIERCE & FANCY

Art cart: Fashion it fierce & fancy is a range of fun, free activities for families, inspired by fashion from the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Happening until 13 October at National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au 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 12 September 2019 – 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au or more information.

PORTRAIT PLAY: PORTRAIT DETECTIVE

Become a Portrait Detective and explore the portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. For children aged 4 to 8 to share with family and friends. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Bookings essential.

Cost: $7.00

Happening 30 September -11 October from 10:15 am to 11:15 am at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See www.portrait.gov.au for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Swim Intensive, Soccer, AFL and a general Sports Vacation Program.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Full day or weekly programs available.

Cost: $68.00

Happening from Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October from 8 am- 5:30 pm at Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce.

See experienceais.com for 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.

2019 CRAFT ACT MEMBERS EXHIBITION

Curated by Craft ACT, this is a showcase exhibition demonstrating the trends in contemporary craft and design in Australia by accredited practitioners from the ACT and surrounding region.

Happening until 26 October at Craft ACT.

See craftact.org.au for more information.

WOMEN IN WAR MUSEUM THEATRE PERFORMANCES AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

See actor Leith Arundel in two moving performances about the experiences of women in wartime, Last letters and Radio silence.

Happening until 19 October at Australian War Memorial.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

LOOKS LIKE MUSIC, SOUNDS LIKE PAINTING 

Looks like music, sounds like painting is a group exhibition featuring 24 painters. Gallery of small things hosts an annual show in September/October to showcase a visual art form.

In 2019, the theme Looks like music, sounds like painting, invites artists to connect with or respond to music via painting in any way. They can consider how music influences them in the studio, either directly or indirectly.

The highlight is that all works must be made using a CD cover case as a support or a container for painting.

Visitors will experience Canberra’s tiniest gallery transformed with a composition of paintings/textiles.

Ruth Waller, former Head of Painting, School of Art + Design at the Australian National University will co-curate with Anne Masters to make this a special showing.

Happening until  20 October at GOST— The Gallery Of Small Things.

See galleryofsmallthings.com for more information.

TREASURES IN TIMBER

Discover the finest work of the ACT Woodcraft Guild, meet the members and explore a variety of woodworking techniques through demonstrations.

There’ll be examples of bowls, puzzles and pieces of wood art on display in the Crosbie Morrison Building at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Happening 4 – 7 October at Australian National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY SCREENING – THE ADVENTURES OF BLINKY BILL

Based on the 1930s books by Dorothy Wall, this animated Australian series features the popular and mischievous koala Blinky Bill. Join Blinky, Nutsy, Splodge, Flap and Marcia as they rebuild their village in the Australian bush.

Polish animator Yoram Gross migrated to Australia in 1968 and, along with wife Sandra, formed Yoram Gross Film Studios. They gave generations of Australian families familiar Aussie characters to cherish in films like Dot and The Kangaroo (1977) and The Little Convict (1979).

Happening Tuesday 8 October 2 – 3:30 pm at Parliament House.

See aph.gov.au for more information.

COLLECTION DETECTION

Join a curator to discover rarely seen items in the Memorial’s collection. Learn more about the fascinating job of these experts in this hands-on experience for families.

Happening until 9 October at Australian War Memorial.

See awm.gov.au for more information.

A GARDEN OF LETTERS

A showcase of works by members of the Canberra Calligraphy Society. This exhibition highlights the diverse styles and approaches to calligraphy while incorporating a botanical theme.

Happening until 27 October at Australian National Botanic Garden.

See parksaustralia.gov.au for 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

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.

COLLISION: CONFLICT OF SACRED REALITIES BY FATIMA KILLEEN

Collision draws attention to the conflict of sacred realities between East and West. The works are inspired by Islamic art with its Arab culture alongside references to Andalusian heritage. It is a celebration of beauty and generosity, bringing understanding and resolve to the negative stereotype surrounding the Arab and Muslim communities in Australia.

The works shed light on the fragility of culture and tradition; an insight into the struggling and divided communities living with complex issues and a persistent national media contingent continuously broadcasting messages of condemnation and disapproval. Collision engages people and invites them to a dialogue of understanding and tolerance. The installations communicate a unique cultural and spiritual perspective and a universal message of peace. The exhibition expresses concerns for the humanitarian, political and environmental impact that Western control has imposed on Arab and Muslim countries. Irrespective of the emphasis on the destruction of war, the works provide a space for contemplation and healing.

Fatima Killeen believes that a unified society of multicultural components is what guarantees tolerance, coherence and the wellbeing of the environment which we all share. Diversity is determined by our respect for the logic of nature and belief in multiculturalism.

Happening until 27 October at Belconnen Arts Centre.

See belconnenartscentre.com.au for more information

CONTEMPORARY WORLDS: INDONESIA AT THE NGA

Featuring 20 emerging and established artists, Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia showcases the vibrant and complex art of Australia’s closest neighbour, bringing together practitioners from Bali and Java’s key artistic centres of Yogyakarta, Jakarta, and Bandung. Presenting new acquisitions and commissions from artists such as Melati Suryodarmo, Fx Harsono and Eko Nugroho, this is an exciting exhibition dedicated to the best of contemporary Indonesian art.

Happening until 27 October at National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

A Palette of Pioneer Places

Canberra artist Isla Patterson has painted eight heritage buildings of local significance supplemented by accounts of the heritage of each building.  

Each of these properties within the Parishes of Jeir, Wallaroo and Ginninderra was constructed on land purchased by early settlers.  

These paintings will be displayed as an exhibition supplemented by detailed accounts of the heritage of each building, including stories of how the land was acquired and the people who lived there.

Cost: Gold coin donation. 

Happening Sunday 6 October from 9 am at Hall School Museum & Heritage Centre.

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

ON THE EDGE BY CHRISTINE SCOTT

Christine Scott’s work explores states of order/disorder, harmony/chaos and identity relating to environment. She works with paper which she cuts or carves to create images. Cutting paper produces a positive and negative vision of that which is taken and that which is left. Often it is the skeletal features and the unseen structure that is exposed. Through these positive and negative images and the layering of forms and symbolic shapes, she aims to encourage questions about the meanings and references encased in the works.

The eucalyptus leaves and flowers denote the land of Australia. These trees cover all of our land, and grow in many forms and places in wild and beautiful ways. In Scott’s work, the branches are confined, shaped and ordered by the human hand to form a beautiful but fragile ornament. She uses colour to enhance the meaning and layering of her works. Using colour creates new positives and new negatives while also referencing the colours of land, sea and states of movement within. Exploring these diverse states of living within and being surrounded by nature is a consistent theme in Scott’s work.

Happening until 27 October at Belconnen Arts Centre.

See belconnenartscentre.com.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 fre 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

Aviana Australis

This art exhibition is a celebration of Australia’s unique bird life and their habitat. Featuring the iconic magpie, tiny honeyeater along with several other well loved birds. Coinciding with Floriade, Nicole Grimm-Hewitt’s detailed representation of both bird and native flora is a colourful display of natural beauty not to be missed.

Happening until 13 October at East Hotel.

See grimmhewitt.com.au/exhibition 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.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR TOUR

While some are sustained by lifelong partners during their time at Parliament, other romances bloom in the hothouse of politics.

Join MoAd for a 45 minute tour and engage with parliamentary love stories from the 1930s to the 1980s that transcend distance and time.

Happening 14 September – 13 October at Museum of Australian Democracy.

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM PUBLIC TOURS

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

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

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

Tours are free with general admission tickets to the museum.

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.

 

Tom Buckland: Apollo Lunar Module (1:2 Scale) 2019

Fifty years ago, landing on the moon required a vehicle not designed for this world, so the Apollo Lunar Module was born.

One of the most improbable flying machines ever conceived, artist Tom Buckland has been fuelled by a fascination with crewed spaceflight and the lunar module was quite an obsession. On the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing, Buckland has used blueprints, official photographs and several model kits as reference, to construct his own half-scale replica of the Eagle Lunar Module. The ephemeral materials he has used are a reminder of how fragile the original craft now seems.

Developed for the exhibition Promised the Moon at School of Art Gallery ANU, the work now takes its second flight to Civic Square.

Showing at Canberra Museum and Gallery until 19 October. Find out more at cmag.com.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, 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.

SAVANHDARY VONGPOOTHORN: ALL THAT ARISES

The Drill Hall presents a multi-media survey exhibition by Canberra based artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn. Featured are more than 50 of the artist’s works across nearly 25 years, ranging in scale from large triptychs on canvas to intimate works on paper.

Vongpoothorn’s practice has been recently extended through a collaboration with Japanese tanka poet and calligrapher Noriko Tanaka. The exhibition features a major new installation of handmade Japanese paper resulting from this collaboration, which originated in the precincts of the Todai-ji temple complex in Nara, Japan.

Happening until 13 October 10a m to 5 pm at ANU Drill Hall Gallery.

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

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.

CONTEMPORARY WORLDS: INDONESIA AT THE NGA

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

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

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

See the nga.gov.au for more information.

ABORIGINAL ART EXHIBITION AT 73 NORTHBOURNE

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

Minnie Pwerle
Judy Watson Napangardi
Lilly Kelly Napangardi
Gloria Petyarre

This exhibition will rotate every 6-12 months.

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

See 73northbourne.com for more information.

 

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.

Feature image: Martin Ollman

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