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

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WHAT NOT TO MISS

Festival of the Forest

On the cusp of winter becoming spring, Haig Park Experiments invites you to a unique event celebrating seasonal diversity and our special ‘forest’ in the city. Proudly presented by City Renewal Canberra.

Featuring a diverse program from afternoon to evening, Haig Park will come to life with multiple stages presenting live music and performances, storytelling sessions, interactive activities, light installations, local food and drink, and more.

Let’s branch out and embrace our city’s backyard! #HaigParkCBR

For more information about Haig Park Experiments head to www.HaigParkCBR.com.au

Happening Saturday 24 August from 1-7 pm at Haig Park between Lonsdale Street and Mort Street.

See Facebook for more information.

Shakespeare in Love

Young Will Shakespeare has a bad case of writer’s block and desperately needs a muse. His new comedy, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, is less than inspired and he’s running out of time to deliver his next masterpiece.

That is, until he meets Viola, and a real-life Romeo and Juliet story starts to take hold. But Viola has a secret, and this damned Romeo play is turning out to be nothing like the comedy the Queen demanded.

Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars in 1998 when Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes stole our hearts on screen. Now, Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s Academy Award-winning script has been transformed by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) into a side-splitting stage comedy with a stirring love story at its heart.

With acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical) at the helm, this unique theatrical event guarantees a rollicking night of romance, backstage fun and lavish musical accompaniment.

Happening 22-31 August at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for tickets and more information.

Kambri Family Film Fest

Each weekend throughout July and August, gather family and friends for an adventure at Kambri at ANU!

Featuring recent release and classic film screenings for the young and young at heart, plus short film screenings from Little Big Shots, pre-movie entertainment, storytelling at Harry Hartog, and dozens of eateries where you can redeem your included $10 food voucher*.

Tickets are $11.64 per person.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 1 September at 11 am each day at KAMBRI, inside ANU Campus.

See Eventbrite for more information.

DVCS High Tea 2019

Join DVCS at their annual High Tea event to be held at Burbury Hotel.

All guests receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, with a selection of finely made French cakes and tarts, delicate savouries and traditional scones, accompanied with TWG fine teas and freshly brewed coffee.

All money raised at this event will be used to pay for emergency accommodation, security upgrades, support groups and client well-being.

Happening Saturday 24 August from 12 to 2 pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $75 per person or $700 for a table of 10.

Registration: Essential via the website.

MONET: IMPRESSION SUNRISE – FINAL WEEKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2019 Canberra Writers Festival

The fourth Canberra Writers Festival will be held from Wednesday 21 – Sunday 25 August 2019. The program is available and tickets can be purchased from The Canberra Writers Festival website.

Now in its fourth year, the Canberra Writers Festival has something for everyone, from the lover of fine fiction to those who wish to be entertained by Australia’s leading foodies and non-fiction authors.

The festival’s theme – Power Politics Passion – offers wide scope and broad appeal – patriotism, plastic, mathematics, murder, meat, the bush, the brain, the media and the environment, history, romance, a generous dose of politics and more.

A stellar line-up includes 160 local, national and international authors and nearly 80 discreet events across six venues around Canberra – the National Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian National University, the National Library of Australia, the National Press Club and the award-winning 4 National Circuit.

Happening 21-25 August at various locations across Canberra.

See canberrawritersfestival.com.au for more information.

Phoenix: Rise and Reign

The Phoenix is a mystical and majestic bird admired for its beauty and ability to start a new cycle of life.

Ruth Marquez from The Fearless Female and Jade Smith from Anchor & Willow are proud to create this event, Phoenix: Rise and Reign, to remind ladies that the Phoenix is in fact a character which can be found within all women, who can also rise and reign again.

On the night you can expect:

* Canapes
* Champagne on arrival
* Empowerment speeches
* Night markets (shopping!)
* Runway show showcasing local Canberra fashion labels
* Opportunity to network and expand social circles
* Entertainment
* Lucky door prize fun
* And of course, totally Insta-worthy photo opportunities!

The event will be supporting Endometriosis Australia and their relentless work and research to find a cure to this debilitating disease. A donation from every ticket will be going towards Endometriosis Australia.

Happening Saturday 24 August from 6.30 – 11 pm at The Pavillion on Northbourne.

See Facebook for more information.

Sunrise Premium sessions

Enjoy an exclusive viewing of the National Gallery of Australia’s Monet: Impression Sunrise before the doors open to the general public with limited numbers of people.

Available every weekend from 9 am–10 am. You can also continue to enjoy the exhibition after 10 am through to 5 pm.

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

See the website for more information.

Painting on Country

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

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

More information at nma.gov.au.

Sunday Roast at Pialligo Estate

Warm up this winter with a hearty Sunday Roast.

The Sunday roast tradition is all about sitting down to a big meal of veggies, gravy and roast meat with your family to reconnect after a long week. And wine. Sunday Roasts are always better with wine!

Join Pialligo Estate to enjoy the best Roast you have ever experienced. With vegetables from their very own Market Gardens and meats from their Pialligo Estate Smokehouse – you will not be disappointed.

A ticket to Sunday Roast will gain you entry into the beautiful Glasshouse where you will find your place on long, shared tables using the seating plan provided.

The three-course lunch will dazzle you with shared plates of their spectacular seasonal produce with the hero of the day – the roast.

Purchase drinks from the Estate’s fantastic bar and enjoy the views over Canberra while you connect with your guests.

Adults enjoy a 3-course lunch on shared platters for $65 per person. Children will receive a 2-course lunch for $30 per person.

Happening Sunday 25 August. Choose a 2-hour lunch starting at 11 am or at 1 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See the website for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

Sunday Roast at Pialligo Estate

Warm up this winter with a hearty Sunday Roast.

The Sunday roast tradition is all about sitting down to a big meal of veggies, gravy and roast meat with your family to reconnect after a long week. And wine. Sunday Roasts are always better with wine!

Join Pialligo Estate to enjoy the best Roast you have ever experienced. With vegetables from their very own Market Gardens and meats from their Pialligo Estate Smokehouse – you will not be disappointed.

A ticket to Sunday Roast will gain you entry into the beautiful Glasshouse where you will find your place on long, shared tables using the seating plan provided.

The three-course lunch will dazzle you with shared plates of their spectacular seasonal produce with the hero of the day – the roast.

Purchase drinks from the Estate’s fantastic bar and enjoy the views over Canberra while you connect with your guests.

Adults enjoy a 3-course lunch on shared platters for $65 per person. Children will receive a 2-course lunch for $30 per person.

Happening Sunday 25 August. Choose a 2-hour lunch starting at 11 am or at 1 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See the website for more information.

DVCS High Tea 2019

Join DVCS at their annual High Tea event to be held at Burbury Hotel.

All guests receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, with a selection of finely made French cakes and tarts, delicate savouries and traditional scones, accompanied with TWG fine teas and freshly brewed coffee.

All money raised at this event will be used to pay for emergency accommodation, security upgrades, support groups and client well-being.

Happening Saturday 24 August from 12 to 2 pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $75 per person or $700 for a table of 10.

Registration: Essential via the website.

Monet’s Tea Salon @ the NGA

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

$43 NGA Member, $48 Guest.

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

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

CELLAR DOOR

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more details.

Monet’s Feast at First Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

Truffle Infused Winter Weekends at Cellar Door

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

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

Every Saturday and Sunday from early June to late August.

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

See mountmajura for more information.

The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region

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

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

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

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

See truffle festival for more information.

Monster’s Afternoon Delight

Serene, methodical and exceptionally Monster.

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

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

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

Freestyle Fridays at Vertikal

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

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

MUSIC

GIRLS ROCK! CANBERRA FUNDRAISER AT UC HUB

Ahead of their 2019 camp, Girls Rock Canberra are taking over UC Hub in Belconnen with five acts poised to commandeer the Australian music industry.

Line up includes:
The Buoys
Cry Club
Lady Denman
Lucy Sugerman
Peach Lane
+ Zines / Market Stalls / Exclusive Merch + more

Girls Rock! Canberra is part of the nation-wide network of not-for-profit Girls Rock! camps.

Girls Rock! Canberra empowers girls, trans and gender diverse young people (ages 10-17 years) through a week-long program that encourages creativity, self-expression and teamwork through music and mentorship.

Happening Friday 23 August from 6 – 10 pm at UC Hub, 1 Kirinari Street, Bruce.

Visit ucrefectory.com for more information.

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ACTEWAGL LLEWELLYN THREE

Australian pianist Andrea Lam showcases her incredible talents with Russian composer-pianist Sergei Rachmaninov’s formidable First Piano Concerto.

Lam made her concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra when she was just 13-years-old and has never looked back, now enjoying an exciting international career that sees her performing in venues from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. She joins conductor Nicholas Milton in a concert that opens with the frenzied whirling of Ravel’s La Valse, features Matthew Hindson’s glittering The Stars Above Us All—written for the HUSH Music Foundation—and culminates in Modest Mussorgsky’s well-loved Pictures at an Exhibition.

Nicholas Milton AM Conductor

Happening 21-22 August at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music.

See cso.org.au for more information.

WHERE SONG BEGAN

Two of Australia’s most adventurous classical musicians, Simone Slattery (violin) and Anthony Albrecht (cello), are performing their beautiful multimedia show Where Song Began in Canberra and Yass. Based on Tim Low’s bestselling book, this performance tells the story of the evolution of song, featuring music spanning 300 years, stunning visual projections and an immersive soundscape. The experience has been described as “like being sung to by the country”.

Happening Thursday 22 August from 7-8 pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest.

See wheresongbegan.com for more information.

More local music

Check out BMA and CBR DIY for more local gigs!

STAGE + SCREEN

Credit: Jeff Busby.

Shakespeare in Love

Young Will Shakespeare has a bad case of writer’s block and desperately needs a muse. His new comedy, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, is less than inspired and he’s running out of time to deliver his next masterpiece.

That is, until he meets Viola, and a real-life Romeo and Juliet story starts to take hold. But Viola has a secret, and this damned Romeo play is turning out to be nothing like the comedy the Queen demanded.

Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars in 1998 when Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes stole our hearts on screen. Now, Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s Academy Award-winning script has been transformed by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) into a side-splitting stage comedy with a stirring love story at its heart.

With acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical) at the helm, this unique theatrical event guarantees a rollicking night of romance, backstage fun and lavish musical accompaniment.

Happening 22-31 August at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for tickets and more information.

TOMMY LITTLE SELF–DIAGNOSED GENIUS

Following sold-out shows across the country, Tommy Little is bringing his new show to Canberra for one night only!

After completing the world’s most gruelling marathon in Antarctica (with no previous experience), Tommy’s got a cracking story to share. Come and spend an hour with one of the most in-demand comedians in the country.

Happening Friday 23 August at 6.45 pm and 8.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

Kambri Family Film Fest

Each weekend throughout July and August, gather family and friends for an adventure at Kambri at ANU!

Featuring recent release and classic film screenings for the young and young at heart, plus short film screenings from Little Big Shots, pre-movie entertainment, storytelling at Harry Hartog, and dozens of eateries where you can redeem your included $10 food voucher*.

Tickets are $11.64 per person.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 1 September at 11 am each day at KAMBRI, inside ANU Campus.

See Eventbrite for more information.

BRUCE HALL PLAY: THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI

Arturo Ui is a small-time gangster with a thirst for power, who will stop at nothing during his resistible rise to the top. Join the Bruce Hall Players for an unmissable rendition of one of Brecht’s great satires.

Directed by Gemma O’Kane and staring the likes of Zach Cunich, Will Osmond, Samantha Wong, Tommy Jackson, Hanna Adam, Fifon Olearczy, Emma Walsh, and Aaron Bronnit.

Happening 22 – 24 August at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au for more information.

2019 KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Australia and the Korean Cultural Centre in Sydney are pleased to present the 2019 Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) at the Palace Electric Cinema.

At this Canberra exclusive event, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea will hold special raffle events at every session, so stay tuned.

Happening 22-25 August at Palace Electric Cinema, NewActon Nishi, 2 Phillip Law Street.

See Facebook for more information.

STRONG FEMALE LEAD

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

This August there will be an amazing range of comedians, musicians and actors. It’s a night that promises to look at the lighter side, and sometimes the heavier side, of our mental load. There will be laughter, there might be tears!

Featuring: Chris Ryan, Ali Clinch, Helen Way, Ruth Oettle, Liz St Clair Long, Caley Callahan, Monica Lindemann, Sian Owen-Jones and Tammy Pinto.

Produced by Lightbulb Improv.

See smithsalternative.com for more information.

The Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

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

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

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

See nfsa.gov.au for more information. 

FESTIVALS

Festival of the Forest

On the cusp of winter becoming spring, Haig Park Experiments invites you to a unique event celebrating seasonal diversity and our special ‘forest’ in the city. Proudly presented by City Renewal Canberra.

Featuring a diverse program from afternoon to evening, Haig Park will come to life with multiple stages presenting live music and performances, storytelling sessions, interactive activities, light installations, local food and drink, and more.

Let’s branch out and embrace our city’s backyard! #HaigParkCBR

For more information about Haig Park Experiments head to www.HaigParkCBR.com.au

Happening Saturday 24 August from 1-7 pm at Haig Park between Lonsdale Street and Mort Street.

See Facebook for more information.

The 2019 Canberra Writers Festival

The fourth Canberra Writers Festival will be held from Wednesday 21 – Sunday 25 August 2019. The program is available and tickets can be purchased from The Canberra Writers Festival website.

Now in its fourth year, the Canberra Writers Festival has something for everyone, from the lover of fine fiction to those who wish to be entertained by Australia’s leading foodies and non-fiction authors.

The festival’s theme – Power Politics Passion – offers wide scope and broad appeal – patriotism, plastic, mathematics, murder, meat, the bush, the brain, the media and the environment, history, romance, a generous dose of politics and more.

A stellar line-up includes 160 local, national and international authors and nearly 80 discreet events across six venues around Canberra – the National Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian National University, the National Library of Australia, the National Press Club and the award-winning 4 National Circuit.

Happening 21-25 August at various locations across Canberra.

See canberrawritersfestival.com.au for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Monet: Daily guided tours at the National Gallery of Australia – FINAL WEEKS

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

Free tour, exhibition ticket required.

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

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

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

The 2019 Canberra Writers Festival

The fourth Canberra Writers Festival will be held from Wednesday 21 – Sunday 25 August 2019. The program is available and tickets can be purchased from The Canberra Writers Festival website.

Now in its fourth year, the Canberra Writers Festival has something for everyone, from the lover of fine fiction to those who wish to be entertained by Australia’s leading foodies and non-fiction authors.

The festival’s theme – Power Politics Passion – offers wide scope and broad appeal – patriotism, plastic, mathematics, murder, meat, the bush, the brain, the media and the environment, history, romance, a generous dose of politics and more.

A stellar line-up includes 160 local, national and international authors and nearly 80 discreet events across six venues around Canberra – the National Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian National University, the National Library of Australia, the National Press Club and the award-winning 4 National Circuit.

Happening 21-25 August at various locations across Canberra.

See canberrawritersfestival.com.au for more information.

Phoenix: Rise and Reign

The Phoenix is a mystical and majestic bird admired for its beauty and ability to start a new cycle of life.

Ruth Marquez from The Fearless Female and Jade Smith from Anchor & Willow are proud to create this event, Phoenix: Rise and Reign, to remind ladies that the Phoenix is in fact a character which can be found within all women, who can also rise and reign again.

On the night you can expect:

* Canapes
* Champagne on arrival
* Empowerment speeches
* Night markets (shopping!)
* Runway show showcasing local Canberra fashion labels
* Opportunity to network and expand social circles
* Entertainment
* Lucky door prize fun
* And of course, totally Insta-worthy photo opportunities!

The event will be supporting Endometriosis Australia and their relentless work and research to find a cure to this debilitating disease. A donation from every ticket will be going towards Endometriosis Australia.

Happening Saturday 24 August from 6.30 – 11 pm at The Pavillion on Northbourne.

See Facebook 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.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA 

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

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

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

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm. Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading 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 10.30am – 11.30am every Friday at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Happy and Glorious

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

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

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

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

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Discover the stories behind the building on a special tour of Parliament House. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of the national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

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

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

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

See aph.gov.au for more information.

CHANGING LIVES WITH SCIENCE

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

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

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

See science.org.au for more information.

SPORT + FITNESS

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

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

NORTHSIDE FAMILY MARKETS

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

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

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

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

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

DVCS High Tea 2019

Join DVCS at their annual High Tea event to be held at Burbury Hotel.

All guests receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, with a selection of finely made French cakes and tarts, delicate savouries and traditional scones, accompanied with TWG fine teas and freshly brewed coffee.

All money raised at this event will be used to pay for emergency accommodation, security upgrades, support groups and client well-being.

Happening Saturday 24 August from 12 to 2 pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $75 per person or $700 for a table of 10.

Registration: Essential via the website.

2020 PETS OF CANBERRA CALENDAR COMPETITION

The Domestic Violence Crisis Service is excited to be taking entries to their 2020 Pets of Canberra Calendar competition until 31 August 2019.

They are looking for all pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds horses, guinea pigs, chickens, fish and anything else that identifies as a pet!

Entries are just $10 per pet and close on 31 August. Enter your pet via the link and then email a copy of your chosen photo to community@dvcs.org.au.

You can also pre-order calendars now via the same link. We anticipate delivery to happen from November.

All money raised from the entry fees and sale of the calendar will be used to support people impacted by family, domestic and intimate partner violence.

Happening now until the Saturday 31 August in Canberra.

See dvcs.org for more information.

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.

OUTDOORS

Image: VisitCanberra

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

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

Image: Rob Little

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.

MONET: IMPRESSION SUNRISE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monet Mondays @ the NGA

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

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

Happening every Monday from 5 – 7pm on Level One, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

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.

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.

ART SPARKS  

Maria’s personal practice and teachings use Intentional Creativity®, a process learned from Shiloh Sophia McCloud, which weaves together intention, symbolism, and layers of energetic and creative processes in opening individuals to the transformative power of creativity.

Art Sparks, a Living Studio exhibition, will examine themes around the sacred feminine and nature. Maria brings open curiosity, a joy of learning and sharing, and will use a range of mixed media and painting techniques. Materials include paper, canvas, acrylic and watercolour ink and paint.

Maria will also play with the use of thread, wire, weaving and metallic leaf. Her intention is that her art will be a gateway, an alchemical altar, that awakens people to liberate the beauty within and around them.

The public is invited to watch Maria at work and interact with her. A range of free workshops are being offered on Fridays and Sundays, to which all are invited.

Happening until Sunday 1 September from 10 am until 4 pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre.

See belconnenartscentre.com for more information.

SIMILAR LINES

Elizabeth Curry has sustained a life-long fascination with patterns and the contentment they elicit. From those around us in the natural world to those found in the built environment, patterns of all kinds provide order and can present a harmonious quality to the observer.

Elizabeth’s own increasingly intricate, hand-drawn, mandala-style designs were employed as a vehicle for generating the motifs to be utilised for the body of metalworks displayed in ‘Similar Lines’. Through the process of drawing, an unconscious divulgence of a visual archive is released and truly unique and intuitive, but somehow familiar, designs are produced.

For many years, Thomas Wood has had an interest in plants and gardens. He has worked as a horticulturist, grown plants as a nurseryman and arranged and designed with flowers. His creative practice is influenced by the natural environment, where he finds infinite colours, patterns, shapes, textures and possibilities.

Thomas uses layering techniques of acrylic colour and a bright palette to give his work an energetic feel. He works in a repetitive and methodical way, slowly over a period of time building up layers. Working in this way is a type of mindfulness, because he is completely absorbed in the task at hand.

Happening until Sunday 1 September from 10 am until 4 pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre.

See belconnenartscentre.com for more information.

CONTEMPORARY WORLDS: INDONESIA AT THE NGA

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

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

Happening 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.

Painting on Country

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

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

More information at nma.gov.au.

onetoeight: Australia’s first prime ministers

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

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

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

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

A Tale of Two Villages

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

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

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

Mr Squiggle Exhibition – Royal Australian Mint

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

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

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

Happening until 28 July 2019 at the Royal Australian Mint.

See ramint.gov.au for more information.

CRAFT ACT: FORM FOLLOWS FOLD: GILBERT RIEDELBAUCH

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

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

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

Happening until Saturday 31 August at Craft ACT.

See Craft ACT for more information.

PATTERN TRANSLATION

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

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

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

Happening until Saturday 31 August at Craft ACT.

See Craft ACT for more information.

SHIFTS IN JAPANESE MATERIALITY

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

Happening until Saturday 31 August at Craft ACT.

See Craft ACT for more information.

ACTIVISM: FORCES FOR CHANGE IN CANBERRA

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

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

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

See Canberra Museum and Gallery for more information.

Maori Markings: Ta Moko at the NGA

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

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

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

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Magna Carta—An Australian Story

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

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

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

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

See moadoph.gov.au for more information.

DRESSUP: CHANGE THE WORLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

BREAKING THROUGH: 75 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.

BEHIND THE LINES 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEMOCRACY. ARE YOU IN? 

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

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

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

PLAYUP 

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

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

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

Finders keepers: collectors and their stories

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

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

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

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

See the website for more information.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS  

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

For full details visit the NGA website.

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