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Who said Canberra slows down in the cooler months? With an epic list of more than 80 things to do around town, you’re gonna need more days to fit all this goodness in!

Oh, hello there, May. You have snuck up on us a bit too quickly this year. If you are denying the fact it’s already May with the rage of a falsely accused child, stop right there. Don’t panic. We have a jam-packed list that may soothe your ‘downhill run to winter’ blues. But no promises.

FESTIVALS + SPECIAL EVENTS

The Heritage Festival

This year’s theme is Curiosity. The Heritage Festival will invite audiences to be curious about the tangible and intangible heritage that make our region unique. Discover our mid-century architecture, our engineering heritage, or join Ngunnawal custodians as they connect to Country.

Until 1 May | Various locations | environment.act.gov.au

Canberra International Music Festival

10 full days of music from around the globe? Sounds like a lovely way to spend Autumn! Headlined by The Australian Haydn Ensemble’s performance of The Creation, you can get a taste of the festival from multiple locations across the city.

Until 8 May | Multiple locations | cimf.org.au

Reconciliation Day

The theme for this year’s Reconciliation Week is, Be Brave. Make Change. It’s a time for all Canberrans to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Creating important discussions to build better relationships among the Canberra community.

Monday 30 May, 10 am–3 pm | National Arboretum Canberra | events.canberra.com.au

FOOD + DRINK

Australian Cocktail Month

Need we say more? Grab a ticket, and enjoy discounted cocktails across a number of Canberra locations: Bar Rochford, High Jinks, Miss Van’s, Molly, Volstead Repeal, and Zaab.

Until 31 May | Multiple locations | australiancocktailmonth.com.au

Brindabella Sunset

Food, drinks, live music, sunset and stars. Watch the sunset over the Brindabellas, while you enjoy live music, mulled wine and a pizza or mezze box by Cafe Stepping Stone.

Pre-order dinner or bring your own picnic. (Drinks, mulled wine, hot chocolate, beer, wine, non-alcoholic options, dessert and snacks will be available).

Sunday 1 May from 4–6 pm | Strathnairn Arts | strathnairn.com.au

The Taste Festival

Get ready to experience Australia’s best wine, spirits, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. All to be tasted and enjoyed whilst indulging in generous ‘walk & fork’ gourmet plates and live entertainment at Casino Canberra.

Five sessions will be held over four days and include a welcome glass of bubbles followed by endless boutique wine and spirits.

28 April–1 May | Casino Canberra | Tickets via Eventbrite

Taste Local Workshops with The Canberra Distillery

Discover local produce and enjoy unique experiences of tasting adventures and masterclasses at Canberra Centre’s Taste Local Festival – a month-long celebration of local producers and talents.

Consider yourself a master gin drinker? On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May, join the Canberra Distillery in a gin tasting masterclass.

Taste through six different gins and discover how to build the perfect gin and tonic. Experiment with garnishes and ask the distillers any burning questions you have about the gin process and learn about the history of gin and tonic. You’ll also be provided with some delicious snacks supplied by The Lazy Grazer!

Invite a friend to join you and bring your Mum to the Mother’s Day workshops on 8 May to have a chance to win a lucky door prize.

7–8 May | Sessions start at 10.30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm | Located inside the doors of City Walk, Canberra Centre | Each session runs for 60 minutes | Tickets: $20pp. Bookings are essential | Tickets: Buy online from eventbrite.com

Mother’s Day High Tea at Australian Parliament House, Members’ Hall

Treat mum like a queen this Mother’s Day with a high tea in Members’ Hall. Indulge in savoury and sweet treats created just for Mum, plus your choice of sparkling wine or tea and coffee.

Executive Chef David Learmonth has curated an exquisite high tea offering using flavours of the season and Indigenous ingredients, a mix of savoury and sweet items presented beautifully on a three-tier high tea stand.

High tea is served with a welcome cocktail, sparkling wine or non-alcoholic mocktail. Available for purchase at the event are wines by the glass/bottle, as well as a range of non-alcoholic beverages.

Enjoy the rarified atmosphere of Members’ Hall—an area of Parliament House that isn’t usually open to the public—with portraits from throughout Australia’s political history on display. Make a day of it and book a tour of the architecture or exhibitions.

Sunday 8 May – arrivals from 11.30 am for 12 pm service – allow two hours | Australian Parliament House, Members’ Hall | Tickets $80 from events.humanitix.com

Hotel Realm Mother’s Day High Tea

Celebrate mum this Mother’s Day with high tea in the Hotel Realm Ballroom, with live music and a Piper-Heidsieck Pop-up bar. Treat her to a decadent buffet of French cakes and tarts, delicate savouries and traditional scones, accompanied by TWG fine teas and freshly brewed coffee.

Choose from: $95 Traditional Buffet High Tea with complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival or $145 Free-Flowing Champagne High Tea. Special children’s prices available.

Sunday 8 May – 11.00 am and 2.30 pm sittings | Hotel Realm Ballroom, National Circuit, Barton | Tickets from eventbrite.com.au

Mother’s Day Tuscan Lunch

This Mother’s Day, give your mum a taste of la dolce vita and celebrate the art of Jeffrey Smart with a Tuscan-style lunch in the National Gallery’s dining room overlooking the Sculpture Garden.

Returning by popular demand, the Tuscan lunch is back for the final two weekends of the Jeffrey Smart exhibition, which closes on 15 May 2022.

Inspired by the great Italian trattorias, the seasonal menu showcases locally sourced and fresh produce with Primi, Secondi and Dolce courses.

Guests are invited to choose 2 courses: Primi and Secondi or Secondi and Dolce. Guests will be able to select their courses from the menu on the day.

One glass of white or red wine is included in the adult per person price and one glass of juice or soft drink is included in the children per person price. A third course is not included in the per person ticket price but can be ordered on the day for an additional cost.

A Tuscan Lunch ticket does not include exhibition entry to Jeffrey Smart. If you wish to visit the exhibition, please purchase your exhibition ticket separately.

7- 8 May and 14 – 15 May | National Gallery of Australia | Adult: $55 per person,  National Gallery Members: $49.50, Child (up to 12 years): $25 | National Gallery Member Child: $22.50 | Tickets are available here

EXPERIENCES, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS + MORE

Pixar Putt

This open-air, pop-up mini-golf sensation is made up of interactive putt-putt holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy StoryMonsters, Inc., Soul, The Incredibles, OnwardFinding Nemo, A Bug’s LifeWall-EInside Out, Luca and more. This premiere Canberra season also features a new hole from Disney and Pixar’s latest hit movie, Turning Red, now streaming on Disney+.

Until Sunday 1 May | Civic Square | pixarputt.com.au

Colour Story

Shop online design store Gingerfinch’s range in real life at Colour Story—a pop-up exhibition and market held from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May at Gingerfinch’s Fyshwick studio.

Showcasing the works of seven Australian artists and craftspeople, Colour Story will feature works by Denise Hojdyssek, Lymesmith, Sarah Annand, Tiarna Herczeg, Madeline Cardone, Clyde Arnott and Louis Grant and will focus on how colour impacts our life.

Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May | 10 am–4 pm | 5 Geelong Street, Fyshwick | hercanberra.com.au

Sensory Art Lab

With a Sonic Archery Room, Audible Touch space and a giant Archiloom ready for your weaving, the Sensory Art lab is a great way to get those creative juices flowing.

Until 8 May (10 am to 2 pm, Wednesday to Sunday) | Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon | agac.com.au

Guided Walks at the Botanic Gardens

Fancy a trip to the botanical gardens? Get the most out of your trip with a free guided walk. Led by knowledgeable guides, these walks allow you to appreciate the beauty and clever adaptations of Australian plants and the research and effort involved in creating and maintaining the Gardens.

Until August 2022| Australian National Botanic Gardens | parksaustralia.gov.au

Community Lead(her)s Seminar: Addressing the Gendered Impacts of Homelessness and Housing Insecurity

The CBR Gals Network has developed the five-part Community Lead(her)s Series in partnership with the ACT Office for Women.

The third event will be held on Friday 6 May from 6-9 pm at Proximity, Level 2/55 Blackall St, Barton and will delve into a rich and intimate discussion surrounding the impacts of housing and homelessness insecurity, financial factors, and tools and resources that are available.

During this illuminating event, attendees will first listen to two keynote speeches outlining tools to understand factors affecting housing security, and the services available to women, presented by prominent leaders in our community. This will be followed by an interactive panel discussion. At the conclusion of these more formal dialogues, event attendees can join speakers for CBRGals-style nibbles and networking.

Tickets are still available at cbrgals.com at a recommended price of $29, which includes alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, food, workshop materials, and the networking event. Any funds collected in excess will be donated to Common Ground Canberra to support those in need.

Friday 6 May | 6-9 pm | Proximity, Level 2/55 Blackall Street, Barton | cbrgals.com

Suitcase Rummage in Canberra!

I don’t know about you, but the suitcase rummage always gets me doing excited backflips. (metaphorical ones of course, because of my bung back and lack of athleticism). The suitcase rummage is a vintage lovers hidden treasure seeker’s dream.

Get a coffee and fossick through a range of second-hand items. From artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper, ……you name it! And for those us with too many of these things, register for a stall and give your unwanted items a second life.

Saturday 7 May, 12 noon–4 pm | Haig Park | facebook.com

Jewellery Making Wine Workshop

Yes, you did read that right because life is too short for jewellery and wine to be mutually exclusive. Oh, and did we mention the earrings you will be making grape themed earrings? Come on, that’s too delightful.

If that doesn’t tempt you, cupcakes will be on offer, plus a guided tasting of three wines.

Saturday 21 May, 2 pm–4 pm | The Boardwalk Bar And Nightclub, Unit 11/114 Emu Bank, Belconnen | events.humanitix.com

The No Such Thing as TMI x Living with Endometriosis Event- Yoga addition

Endometriosis sufferer advocate Emily Victoria is rallying the sisterhood, uniting and empowering women through an inclusive and non-judgmental event. There will be talks and Q&A sessions with Pelvic Floor Physio, Kate; Slow Yin Yoga class; and fresh juices and salads to nourish your body and soul.

Sunday 22 May, 10 am–1 pm | Sound CBR Unit 175/44 Macquarie Street, Barton | emiliavictoria.com.au

The ShowRoom Canberra

The ACT’s largest Home Design, Build, Garden & Lifestyle Show. The two-day event brings together Canberra’s most creative, innovative and informative industry professionals all under the one roof in the Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Whether you’re looking to design your home, build your home, remake your home, decorate, furnish, cool or heat, buy, sell, enjoy or discover new and exciting ideas for your home and garden—you’ll find all the inspiration you need right here for one weekend only!

28–29 May | Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell | theshowroomcanberra.com.au 

MARKETS

Handmade Canberra Markets

Handmade Canberra Markets make a welcome return after two years of online trading. With more than 220 designers and producers selling their wares and a gourmet food hall full of street food vans and producers, it’s the perfect time to grab a Mother’s Day present or just support small businesses that have survived a challenging two years.

10 am–4 pm Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May | Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Mitchell | handmadecanberra.com.au

Dairy Road Market

The market brings together local wineries offering tastings and sales, art and crafts by CraftACT members, facilitated object play, handmade objects, vintage clothing, jazz and funk from Micah Heathwood quartet, and the traders of Dairy Road.

Tickets for the markets are free, or $12 with a Cellar Door stemless wine glass for tastings and use at home. Tickets are available on Humanitix and on the Dairy Road Market Facebook page.

12 pm–5 pm Sunday 1 May | Dairy Road Gardens, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick | events.humanitix.com

Super Sunday for Mother’s Day at Bus Depot Markets

It’s a Super Sunday for Mother’s Day. Take mum out for a day at the Markets. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and see some of the best handcrafts and high-quality items on offer. Get along to see some of the best stalls from our Multicultural, Designer and Collectable markets. Taste a wide selection of delicious food, see an array of fine jewellery, try on the latest styles from your local designers and much more. It’s a celebration of the best the markets have to offer—you don’t wanna miss it. 

Sunday 8 May | Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | obdm.com.au

Mother’s Day at Haig Park Village Markets

Haig Park Village Markets will be treating Canberra’s mums, grandmothers and all those special women in our lives to a celebration market event for Mother’s Day on Sunday 8 May from 8.30 am to 2 pm.

Live music, cooking demonstrations, pop-up bar, roving entertainment, high tea picnic, art workshops, Mother’s Day card making for kids and face painting, as well as the vibrant atmosphere of the Sunday market will provide Canberrans with the perfect opportunity to spoil those special women with a delightful day in the park.

Sunday 8 May | 8.30 am – 2 pm | Haig Park, Braddon | haigparkvillagemarkets.com.au

Capital Region Farmers Markets

With more than 100 stallholders each week, the Capital Region Farmers Market at EPIC Park has endless options when it comes to freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce.

Fill the garden using their great selection of natives and landscape plants, fruit trees, seedlings and shrubs or fill your stomach with freshly baked bread, cakes, macarons and croissants.

Saturday 7 am-11.30 am | Exhibition Park in Canberra | capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au

Southside Farmers Markets

This village market is located at Canberra College, making it the perfect place to duck in to grab what you need (and maybe a few things you don’t). Order an egg and bacon roll to start the morning as you explore the best of fresh seasonal veggies, handmade pasta and pet treats.

Sunday 8 am–11.30 am | 2 Launceston Street, Phillip | facebook.com

MUSIC + POETRY

Daniel Champagne

One reviewer recently wrote “Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical”

Daniel is regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for dropping jaws, making crowds buzz and breaking guitars wherever he goes.

4 May | The Street Theatre | thestreet.org.au

Five Masters at their Best

The Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Concert series presents the emerging young pianist Damien Ruan in a solo recital of the best-loved works of five masters of keyboard composition: Sonata in D minor K141 by Scarlatti, Sonata in D Major Hob.XVI:37 by Haydn, the Military Polonaise Op.40 No.1 by Chopin, Debussy’s Rêverie, and Grieg’s Wedding Day at Troldhaugen.

4 May | Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest | wesleycanberra.org.au

Bach to Bolling

Black Tulip Jazz Trio with virtuosic cellist Teije Hylkema play Bach and a bubbly jazz suite by Bolling.

Bach to Bolling is the fusion of a Bach Suite for cello solo juxtaposed against a movement from Claude Bolling‘s Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio.

The Bach cello suites are considered to be among the most profound of all classical music works. They are one of the pillars of Bach’s musical achievements. Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Caude Bolling’s suite for Cello and Jazz piano trio is a refreshing mix of the noble and lyrical side of the cello mixed with boogie-woogie and ragtime amidst some Bachian counterpoint.

Thursday 5 May | 8 pm | The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre | theq.net.au

Ivy Lore at UC Hub

Join Ivy Lore and special guests for the celebration and debut of their forthcoming new single, Almost Gone, to be released on the same day!

Ivy Lore is a dynamic alt-rock group of eclectic, passionate odd-balls whose raw, anthemic tunes are fused with high energy and heartfelt performances.

Friday 6 May | UC Hub | Tickets via Moshtix

The Band of the Royal Military College: Masterworks for Winds.

The Band will be joined by music students from ANU and all proceeds from the performance will go to support Legacy.

Friday 6 May 2022 | 7 pm | Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music | Bookings essential via Eventbrite

TYPICA Nights

Starting with one night in May, just ahead of Mother’s Day, Typica hopes to activate the businesses around Manuka and bring the hospitality and creative industries together after two tough years.

Known for coffee and brunch, the menu will start with jazz, pop and wine. May 7 artists include Leisa Keen, John Mackey and Canberra’s own star of The Voice, Lucy Sugarman. Joanne Flowers of Manuka will also be open for late night trading.

Each evening of Typica NIGHTS is uniquely themed for an extraordinary and intimate night of entertainment. Musicians are in amongst the audience and the night is masterfully MC’d by radio host, Ryan Banks AKA ‘Banksy’.

Saturday 7 May | 7 pm – 9 pm | Typica Cafe Manuka, The Lawns, 4 Palmerston Ln, Griffith | events.humanitix.com

Haiku Hands

Haiku Hands is coming to Canberra, bringing their singular, rebellious and fun sound back the nation’s capital.

7 May | UC Hub | moshtix.com.au

Stewart D’Arrietta: Tom Waits for No Man

Tom Waits depicted the poor, the punks, the hobos and the lost. He could also write a love song to shatter Cupid’s bow. D’Arrietta covers this terrain of tenderness to terror, and all the pathos in between. He has a long relationship with the music, and an affinity deeper than most having developed the hit show over two decades.

7 May | The Street Theatre | thestreet.org.au

INXS Show: Live Babe Live!

Live Baby Live! The INXS Tribute Show is Australia’s premier rendition of one of the most iconic bands in Australian history.

Live Baby Live! deliver a stunning replication of all the classic INXS tracks, performing songs from their first album all the way through to their latest hits.

Front man Simon Kennedy is a natural born performer and brings the late great Michael Hutchence to life on stage, bearing a striking resemblance to Michael Hutchence in sound. Simon will have audiences engaged from the first song with his charm and charisma.

Saturday 7 May | 8 pm | The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre | theq.net.au

Selby and Friends

Selby & Friends is touring with three brilliant guest artists and a new program entitled “Four-Part Harmony” featuring favourite piano quartets by Fauré, Dvořák and iconic Australian composer Paul Stanhope.

A wonderful opportunity to hear four extraordinary artists together for the first time, SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and Principal Viola Tobias Breider join young rising star cellist Miles Mullin-Chivers and Artistic Director/pianist Kathryn Selby in seven concerts.

Thrill to the passion of Gabriel Fauré’s first piano quartet, the utterly delicious melodic realm of Antonín Dvořák’s second piano quartet and Stanhope’s lyrical hymn quartet in this stunning program.

10 May | Llewellyn Hall | ticketek.com.au

Baroque, Spanish and Latin American Works for Guitar

Four outstanding young classical guitarists play an exciting program of works by J.S. Bach, Villa Lobos, Tarrega and others.

11 May | Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest | wesleycanberra.org.au

Alice Skye

An artist at the dawning of a meteoric rise, Alice Skye has been making waves with her unique storytelling ability and magnetic songwriting. Once-private bedroom scribbles are presented as articulate lyrics on love, loss, and life, offering a looking glass into the world Alice Skye finds herself in. Skye’s album, I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good (produced by Jen Cloher), sees her expanding sonic boundaries, bringing grungier, heavier flavours to the evolving sound, resulting in one entrancing passage after another.

12 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

The Mara! Big Band: Zashto?

The Mara! Big Band is a twelve-piece ensemble where Eastern European gypsy brass band meets jazz big band traditions. Featuring the cream of Australia’s jazz and world music illuminati and a beguiling kaleidoscope of musical colours including brass, piano accordion, percussion and voice.

Premiering in 2022 Zashto?  [or “Why?” in Bulgarian] is an epic new 60-minute musical suite mixing the experience of migration to Australia and the spectre of incarceration (physical and psychological) that has hovered over each wave of migration in the past 230 years.

13 May | The Street Theatre | thestreet.org.au

Press Club

Your Saturday night looking a bit dry? Craving a beer and some funky rock tunes? Press Club is back bringing with them their classic hits, as all as some new tunes to keep you die-hard fans on your toes.

14 May | UC Hub | moshtix.com.au

Narratives and Liturgies

Pianist Jacob Wu brings together two works of immense power in his inaugural recital for the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Concert series: Chopin’s Sonata No.2 in B-Flat minor, Op.35 and Liszt’s Ballade No.2 in B minor.

Chopin and Liszt are perhaps the two most performed composers from the first half of the 19th Century but the works reveal a less well-known side to these composers. A theme that unites the two is that the slow movement in Chopin’s Sonata is a Funeral March, and although Liszt did not specify the motivation behind writing the Ballade, many scholars agree that it is inspired by the Greek myth of Hero and Leander, a tale of love and death.

18 May | Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest | wesleycanberra.org.au

Poetry not luxury

Does the sound of inclusive, non-competitive, feminist, queer, leftist poetry open mic poetry tickle your fancy? Got some revolutionary content up your sleeve that you are ready to holler from the highest of hills? Well, my little budding poet, poetry not luxury sounds like the event for you.

Sunday 22 May – sign-ups from 7 pm, event starts at 7:30 pm | Gang Gang Café, Downer | facebook.com

Let it Be Live

Celebrate the closing chapter of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll story of all time. ARC—Antipodean Rock Collective—is comprised of Kram, Darren Middleton, Mark Wilson and Davey Lane, and they are self-confessed Beatles tragics.

As they did with Abbey Road Live, the band will once again walk the tightrope to faithfully and lovingly bring another brilliant Beatles creation to life on stage—Let It Be from start to finish—followed by a second set playing a selection of favourites spanning the breadth of The Beatles’ catalogue.

24 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

All the gigs at Smith’s Alternative

From poetry to jazz, open mic to origami, Smith’s Alternative has an incredible range of live performances every week. Check out the calendar, grab your friends, and support Canberra’s arts scene.

All month | Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra City | smithsalternative.com

Dance

Ausdance ACT 2022 Australian Dance Week

Ausdance ACT curates an annual umbrella festival of events for Australian Dance Week, highlighting a thriving and diverse local dance scene from studio classes, workshops, and activities for all ages with loads of free classes and showings.

Many local studios, dance artists and arts centres offer free, trial and taster dance classes during Australian Dance Week. This is the time to get out and try a new dance experience, see a show, take a class, and celebrate dance. Plan your week by checking out the program.

Until Sunday 8 May | various venues | ausdanceact.org.au

Terra Firma

Three works, three perspectives—QL2 Dance explores the diverse ways we perceive our changing world.

Melanie Lane explores the relationship between body, objects, and our built environment. Within a world in which we navigate excess, constructs and algorithms, her work Metal Park contemplates how we have become a part of the material world in which we operate and questions our desire for material necessity. Traversing through a choreography of meditation, resistance and collision, Metal Park unfolds the ways in which we both harness and negotiate our constructed habitat.

In Tides of Time, Steve & Lilah Gow (Synergy Styles) investigate our relationship with time in an era of constant change; how we project ourselves in the future or live in the past, exploring ways to remain in the present, onto solid ground, to fulfill our lives.

Cadi McCarthy’s Shifting Ground explores the physicality of solid versus shifting ground as concepts, embodying the strength and connection that holds us to our world in these uncertain times.

26–28 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Stage + Film

Three Tall Women

ACT Hub’s Season 2022 is off to an amazing start with rehearsals for Edward Albee’s most autobiographical play in full swing, also the debut of one of Canberra’s newest theatre companies, Chaika Theatre.

Three Tall Women is the story of a sophisticated, flawed and complex woman as she looks back unsentimentally at her extraordinary life. A portrait of Albee’s tempestuous relationship with his adoptive mother, the role is played at different stages of her life by three of Canberra’s most celebrated actresses – Natasha Vickery, Lainie Hart and Karen Vickery.

Scathingly funny whilst touchingly vulnerable, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama has been described as a ‘pearl-handled dagger of a play’.

4–21 May | ACT Hub, Causeway Hall, Spinifex Street, Kingston | acthub.com.au

Hotel Sorrento

An Australian modern classic, Canberra REP Theatre’s Hotel Sorrento takes a family drama laced with love, secrets and betrayals, and overlays it with broader questions about cultural and national identity. Three sisters reunite in their sleepy hometown of Sorrento after 10 years apart and old tensions start bubbling to the surface. These are fuelled by a novel written by Meg, which has been nominated for the Booker, and which contains details that are uncomfortably familiar to her sisters.

See the Preview 8 pm 28 April, followed by a Q&A with the director and cast.

Until 14 May | Canberra REP Theatre, (Theatre 3), 3 Repertory Lane, Acton | canberrarep.org.au

SIX

International smash-hit pop musical SIX lands in Canberra tomorrow night! What can you expect? A modern take on the tale of the six wives of Henry VIII and an electrifying, high-octane journey as these Tudor Queens turned Pop Princesses take to the mic to reclaim their story.

The six Queens are set against the theatrical backdrop of a pop concert, and battle it out to be the lead singer in their band. Each having their moment in the stoplight, it’s a catchy way to brush up on history while also keeping “girl power” at the fore—where it should be.

Until 15 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Moro Spanish Film Festival

The Moro Spanish Film Festival presented by Palace will return in 2022 with a curated selection of dramas, thrillers and major box-office hit comedies from across Spain, plus a selection of gems from Latin America. Rediscover the big screen with this unforgettable celebration of Hispanic culture.

Until 15 May | Palace Electric Cinemas, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon | palacecinemas.com.au

The Party Room: Live

The 2022 federal election campaign may be a marathon, but Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese have set a cracking pace since day one, doling out the promises, seizing on gaffes and ramping up the scares.

To cut through the campaign noise, join Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas—hosts of the much-loved ABC podcast The Party Room—as they wrap up the campaign so far.

Is Scott Morrison headed for a second miracle? Or can Labor win government from the opposition benches for only the fourth time since the Second World War?

At the midway point in this six-week race to polling day, Fran, PK and their special guests will decipher the politics and pork barrelling, analyse the promises and policies and explain what it means for you.

Monday 2 May | 7 pm | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Ahn Do: The Happiest Refugee (Live)

Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.”

Anh’s stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story.

When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing… happiness.

Tuesday 3 May | 8 pm | The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre |theq.net.au/whats-on/productions/6124

Aunty Donna – The Magical Dead Cat Tour

Sure, to be an entertaining, laugh-filled night – The Magical Dead Cat hopes Aunty Donna can entertain them with a 70-minute live show… will she be up to the task?

3–4 May |  Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

The Mission

Family secrets are revealed in a spellbinding theatre show coming to Tuggeranong Arts Centre in Mya. Featuring a powerful yet forgotten story from Australia’s past, audiences will meet an ordinary individual, whose extraordinary life still reverberates to this day.

The Mission was a labour of love as well as a truth-telling exercise for Molyneux, and was created in collaboration with other Gunditjmara community members, dramaturg James Jackson, and also features striking original music by Nadje Noordhuis.

Directed by Green Room Award-nominated director Daniel Lammin, The Mission will bring to life lingering memories and lessons from the past, as told by two Australian storytellers at the top of their game. This performance is part of their 2022 national tour to all corners of Australia.

4–5 May | Tuggeranong Arts Centre | tuggeranongarts.com

My Cousin Vlad: People Have Lost It Tour

Following up his SOLD OUT National ‘People Are Gonna Lose It’ Tour of 2021, My Cousin Vlad has taken a year to prepare something even bigger and even more shredded.

In 2022, Vlad takes to the road around Australia for the ‘People Have Lost It’ Tour!

With the catastrophic year it has been, Vlad has not stopped documenting and writing what is going to be the most immaculate show to date! Coming off recent shows alongside Dave Hughes, Luke Heggie, Aaron Chen & Tahir, My Cousin Vlad isn’t playing games anymore.

Friday 6 May | 8 pm | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Valley of the Molls

Drag performer Venus Mantrap navigates humour and horror in a coming-of-age tale set deep in the Tuggeranong Valley.

Valley of the Molls is a one-hour show that uses lip-syncing and storytelling to make sense of the fraught landscape of adolescents — journeying back to the 90s in a nostalgic trip that dives deep into the people and places that shape us, for better or worse.

With comedic observation and cabaret stylings, Venus presses play on a back catalogue of music by female artists from the decade — an angsty and cathartic mix-tape that ruminates on origin and our capacity to transcend.

6-7 May | Tuggeranong Arts Centre | tuggeranongarts.com

Stir-Fried Science at Smith’s Alternative

Michele Conyngham, Phil Dooley and Patrick Trumper are serving up a cornucopia of science, comedy, music, and even a smidgeon of philosophy.

Featuring real live scientists: Dr Ed Simpson, Nuclear Physicist ANU;  Dr* Meena Sritharan, Plant Ecologist ANU; and Dr* Kyle Hemming, Forest Ecologist, Uni Canberra.

*nearly!

Want to debate the newsworthiness of black holes? Or apply Schrodinger’s theory to ringing doorbells? Perhaps you would like to see how a plant biologist might serve you in a florist, or philosophise about the nomenclature used on your cafe menu?

Saturday 7 May | 7–9 pm | Smith’s Alternative | smithsalternative.com

Schapelle Schapelle – The Musical

This fast-paced musical comedy is a satirical exploration of Australia’s weakness for media sensationalism, as told through the life of Schapelle Corby upon her arrest for drug smuggling in Bali in 2005.

Fictionalised, but featuring pivotal actual events and verbatim elements, Schapelle Schapelle captures a story of absurdity, opportunism, loneliness and redemption.

11 May | The Street Theatre | thestreet.org.au

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Weaving a narrative through human rights, sexual politics, and the projected dominance of artificial intelligence, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes is a sly theatrical revelation inspired by mistakes, mis-readings, mis-leadings and misunderstanding.

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes is a story about a public meeting, the type of meeting you would hope to happen in a certain kind of democracy. How do we come together to make decisions that are in the best interest of a civic society? This is a play about individual and collective responsibility.

11–13 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Jane Eyre

Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a faithful yet fiercely original new stage adaptation—featuring original music, written by multi ARIA Award winner Sarah McLeod—from the nationally-renowned shake & stir theatre co.

Following a childhood spent suffering at the hands of her cruel Aunt, Jane finds employment at Thornfield Hall – the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester. As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets locked within the walls of Thornfield start to unravel forcing Jane on a heart-wrenching journey toward truth and freedom.

17–21 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Under the Bonnet – An unscripted comedy of manners

Designed for Canberrans seeking reprieve from the demands of a busy life. Under the Bonnet delivers a tongue-in-cheek comedy set it the world as Jane Austen knew it.

19–21 May | The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Jimeoin: Turn it up!

In need of a laugh? The respected comedian is returning to Canberra and is sure to bring it.

21 May | Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Yass, that’s right, the drag queens of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, have taken their magical bus all the way to The Q.

Rally your fellow queens for a magic show of love, friendship, dazzling costumes, and a lot of laughs.

Until 22 May | The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre | theq.net.au

The World of Musicals

The World of Musicals is gracing Canberra’s stage again, featuring some of the biggest hits and ballads from musicals we all know and love. Musical theatre fans, this one’s for you!

22 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Meg Mac on Your Mind Tour

With her soulful tunes and radiant voice, Meg Mac is back in Canberra to showcase her new single and more of her signature sound.

23 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Urzila Carlson: It’s Personal

Welcome to the days of mind your own business and don’t comment on others’ business. Not their gender, sexuality, body, hair, education or career. Also, welcome to the days of total oversharing on social media, but STILL, mind your own business. We want to talk about things and want everyone to know IT’S PERSONAL!

This is a show about keeping your cards close to your chest but walking around naked, from one of the biggest names in comedy in Australia and New Zealand. Can we have it all? Yes, but also bloody no but also it’s none of your business because IT’S PERSONAL.

26–28 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

MOTEL live show

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid checking into a cheap hotel was about as good as bag of chips. MOTEL’s live show pays homage to the sentimental and nostalgic Australian summers spent in old motels. Where nothing quite beat the twin pack of biscuits waiting for you inside. Oh, so golden days of yore-upon a time.

27 May | National Archives of Australia | naa.gov.au

Reconciliation Day Eve 2022

The Australian Capital Territory observes Reconciliation Day, a public holiday marking the start of National Reconciliation Week. And on the eve of Reconciliation Day, Canberra Theatre Centre is the place where some of the strongest voices in the country unite.

Featuring the extraordinary talent of powerhouse rapper Briggs, soulful electronic music duo Electric Fields and the award-winning singer Christine Anu, this is an event not to be missed for those who love Australian music and believe in its power to change the country for the better.

29 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

EXHIBITIONS

Growing in the Gardens

Is there anything more delightful than an Australian Native? The exhibition of botanical art by members of the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ Art Group, latest exhibition is, representing the diverse flora Australia has to offer, and rightly so.

Their artworks beautifully depict these national treasures that you could very well incorrupt within your own garden, should the autumn sunshine inspire your green thumb.

Until 8 May | Australian National Botanic Gardens | parksaustralia.gov.au

Inspirations from the garden

Leigh Murray is a Canberra based artists, who is giving a moment of well-deserved adoration for Australia’s Natives. Inspiration from the Garden captures the beauty and diversity of native flora to encourage a keener appreciation of the importance of the Gardens Living Collection. A humble reminder that money can’t buy happiness, sometimes an Aussie Native will do just the trick.

11–15 May | Australian National Botanic Gardens | parksaustralia.gov.au

Home Grown

In this exhibition, Canberra-based furniture and object designer/maker Jeremy Brown will celebrate the beautiful street trees of Canberra.

Combining his two main threads of practice; furniture making and botanical illustration, Brown will create a juxtaposition between the natural and built environments and to bridge the disconnect between the origins of raw materials and the final product (i.e., a piece of furniture). Combining design-by-nature and design-by-human, this exhibition will also promote the use of local materials, which is integral to maintaining a smaller environmental footprint.

Until 14 May | Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra City | craftact.org.au

Lake Ginninderra: Nine ways

Often unfairly overlooked in favour of Lake Burley Griffin, it’s only fair that Belconnen’s iconic lake has a moment of humble adoration.

The exhibition will combine local artists, beautiful local landscapes and the synergy of the revitalised new facilities at Belo Arts.

Lake Ginninderra: Nine Ways is a body of work from artists who have captured and interpreted the Lake Ginninderra vista through their own medium and viewpoint. Interested in seeing the lake from a different perspective? Give the link below a gander.

Until 15 May | Belconnen Arts Centre | belcoarts.com.au/lake-ginninderra

Jeffrey Smart

The year 2021 marks one hundred years since the birth of acclaimed Australian artist Jeffrey Smart. This major exhibition celebrates and commemorates this significant centenary.

One of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Smart sought inspiration from the world around him – looking to the environment of urban and industrial modernity – which he transformed through his imaginative sense of theatre and intimate understanding of geometry and composition. These potent and intriguing images have become emblematic of 20th and 21st-century urban experience.

Until 15 May | National Gallery of Australia | nga.gov.au

Kaleidoscope: An exhibition celebrating LGBTQI+ pride

The LGBTQI+ community is so much more than six colours. Diversity and inclusion are the glue that binds the community; the common thread that makes connections and provokes dialogue. Everyone has their own ideas about what it means to be part of this diverse rainbow community. Belco Arts is celebrating the LGBTQI+ community, and all that makes up its diversity of perspectives, lived experiences and shared ambitions by inviting LGBTQI+ artists in Canberra and throughout Australia—at any level of artistic experience—to create and share what being queer and being part of the LGBTQI+ means to them.

Until 15 May | Belco Arts | belcoarts.com.au

Fire Country 

Fire Country is a furniture and photography installation addressing the physical and cultural significance of fire in Australia. It draws the burnt landscape into the domestic space, revealing its intrinsic beauty as part of key environmental mechanisms. These works by Rebecca Selleck and James Tylor are representative of our contemporary relationship with fire and potential for better engagement in the future.

19 May – 2 JulyCraft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra City | craftact.org.au

Collide + Divide 

Collide + Divide is a discipline-bending object based exhibition that will feature eleven emerging JamFactory associates who work in various mediums. Each artist has been put into a group where they will collaborate on creating a body of work that celebrates interdisciplinary skill sharing, merging both contemporary art and craftsmanship—the task of each associate is to gain access to new insights and materialities as they undertake this cross disciplinary focus.

19 May – 2 JulyCraft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra City | craftact.org.au

Three new exhibitions at PhotoAccess

PhotoAccess is delighted to present the opening of their next suite of Huw Davies Gallery exhibitions: Between Hope and Despair, by Natasha Fijn, Eating Wild Weeds by Alex Flannery, and Archive Apparitions by Elisa deCourcy.

In this intriguing suite of exhibitions the artists transverse time and place, exploring the possibilities of cross-cultural and/or intergenerational communication through the photographic medium.

Until 21 May | PhotoAccess, 30 Manuka Circle, Griffith | photoaccess.org.au

Back to the Boombox

Boomboxes, or “ghettoblasters”, are synonymous with music culture of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

These portable machines incorporated radio/cassette player formats, in-built speakers and a handle to ensure the music could travel with you wherever you went. This exhibition showcases the private collection of Kinloch Kilby – an avid collector and music appreciator. Discover the array of designs, sizes and features of these machines and enjoy being transported to the beat of an earlier era.

Until 21 May | Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra City | CMAG.com.au

Canberra Raiders: 40 years in the limelight

Affectionately known as the ‘Green Machine’ thanks to their trademark lime green jerseys, the Canberra Raiders have taken fans from the highs of premiership victory to the heartbreak of defeat. Over 40 years, they have become an integral part of the identity of Canberra and the region.

Discover the history of the team, their place in the NRL and what they mean to the fans – and the city – who support them. View Raiders’ memorabilia and photographs, including rare jerseys, material from the Raiders’ earliest days and their grand final appearances. Help us celebrate all things Raiders during their 40th anniversary.

Until 21 May | Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra City | CMAG.com.au

Roger Beale AO: The Magic of Light, a Solo Exhibition

Entranced by the way light, especially warm slanting light, brings flowers, landscapes and people to life, Beale’s Solo Exhibition of over sixty works include large-scale oil paintings of flowers amongst powerful and nostalgic landscapes, portrait sketches and detailed pen and ink drawings.

Subjects include Paris’s famous Luxembourg Gardens in Spring, café portraits of the characters of the 6th arrondissement in the heart of Paris’s left bank (Rive Gauche), through vertiginous vineyards in Piedmont to moody memories of Sicily. And, of course, a revel of glorious blooms from our spring and summer.

Online catalogue available via the website.

Until Sunday 29 May | Humble House gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick | humblehouse.com.au

Upending Expectations

As the title Upending Expectations: Contemporary Glass implies, the focus of this exhibition is on artists whose experimental, innovative and at times cross-disciplinary practice, utilises glass and its properties of light, transparency and reflection, through a diverse range of approaches.

Until 15 June | Canberra Glassworks, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | canberraglassworks.com

Connection Point: Contemporary established fibre textile artists of ACT and NSW

This exhibition highlights fibre textile art from CMAG’s own collection, alongside works from textile artists from ACT and NSW. Twenty artists from each territory/state will be represented, to highlight this strong community of fibre textile artists.

Until 18 June | Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra City | CMAG.com.au

Delene White: Flower Power

Delene White presents a sculptural garden of giant cyclamens that sway and bow, their gentle light offering a welcome and a glow of hope. Her installation, made from fabricated sheets of fibreglass, speaks of her own memories and, as we come out of COVID-19 lockdown, may also reflect the experience of others.

Until 25 June | Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra City | CMAG.com.au

Sidney Nolan: Inferno

This nine-panel painting on loan from The Estate of Lady Nolan will show in conjunction with the Commonwealth Nolan Collection that is managed by CMAG.

Nolan immersed himself in the myths of the Greeks, reading the Iliad and visiting Gallipoli, so close to Troy. He saw parallels which inspired the vigour of his paintings and drew on Homer, Aeschylus, Euripedes as well as Dante’s ‘Inferno’, Rimbaud, Blake and others to compose works that hold the world, like the painting Inferno, 1966.

Until 9 July | Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra City | CMAG.com.au

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits. While they undergo the largest renovation of their building in 125 years, more than 80 treasures from their collection are on show in Canberra for this exclusive exhibition.

Until 17 July | National Portrait Gallery | portrait.gov.au

Australians & Hollywood

Australians & Hollywood: A Tale of Craft, Talent and Ambition is a Canberra-exclusive exhibition celebrating iconic moments in contemporary Australian film.

This blockbuster exhibition by the NFSA features beloved cinema moments, rare behind-the-scenes footage and costumes and props from the NFSA collection on display for the first time. Discover the creativity and craft that goes into making a classic and get up close with personal treasures from Eric Bana, Paul Hogan, Baz Luhrmann and more.

Until 17 July | National Sound and Film Archive of Australia | nfsa.gov.au

DECODED: 75 years of the Australian Signals Directorate

Find out if you have what it takes to be a cyber security operative at DECODED: 75 years of the Australian Signals Directorate, a free exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

Explore objects, hear inside stories, and scan code words to reveal the hidden history of Australia’s oldest national intelligence organisation kept secret until 1977.

Until 24 July 2022 | National Museum of Australia | nma.gov.au

Fourth National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony

Ceremony remains central to the creative practice of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. From the intimate and personal to the collective and collaborative, ceremonies manifest through visual art, film, music and dance. This immersive exhibition and program of events will challenge and unsettle; animate and heal.

Through the work of 35 artists from around Australia, Ceremony reveals how the practice of ceremony is at the nexus of Country, culture and community.

Until 31 July | National Gallery of Australia | nga.gov.au

On Stage: Spotlight On our Performing Arts

This exhibition brings Australia’s performing arts history into the limelight, also providing a backstage pass to the action behind the scenes, showcasing perspectives on stage direction, costume design, scripts, contracts and musical scores used by performers.

Presented together for the first time and drawing exclusively from the collections of the National Library, the exhibition features items that have never before been on display. Other highlights include the earliest surviving Australian printed document, selections from the JC Williamson theatre archives, and other contemporary live music and theatre posters.

Until 7 August | National Library of Australia | nla.gov.au

Brian Corr, Timshel

Timshel is a major new installation of architectural art glass in the CMAG Foyer. This recent gift to the collection, reflects the development of Canberra as a place internationally known for excellence in glass-making practice. The striking work features a large translucent disc of glass, cradled within a corten steel sculpture. The glass becomes a point of stillness, of meditative light and energy, juxtaposed with the progressive movement of the harsher material.

Ongoing | Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra City | CMAG.com.au

Sport

NRL: Raiders vs Bulldogs

The Raiders take on a new look Bulldogs team in 2022, with the boys from Canterbury playing their first match in Canberra since 2020. The match will also be used to help recognise the Raiders history, with the annual Forever Green match to hold special significance due to the 40th anniversary of the club.

Be there for the family-friendly kick-off time of 6pm and get the weekend started with a high quality game of rugby league at GIO Stadium.

Friday 6 May | GIO Stadium | raiders.com.au

Brumbies v Crusaders

It’s the ultimate pre-finals test, right here in Canberra! The Brumbies take on New Zealand powerhouse the Crusaders in the ultimate pre-finals test. It’s the powerhouse match up that’s worth leaving the house for.

13 May | GIO Stadium | brumbies.rugby

Brumbies v Blues

Round 12 of the NRL premiership will be used to celebrate Indigenous culture in the game, with the annual NRL Indigenous round. The Raiders take on the sleek Parramatta Eels, who once again look like the team to beat in 2022.

29 May | GIO Stadium | brumbies.rugby

Feature image of Bar Rochford by Lean Timms.

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