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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

FASHFEST 2017

You’ll want a FROW seat at this year’s FASHFEST, the capital’s most stylish red-carpet event, so you’re the first to see new fashion, new music and new film.

FASHFEST 2017 is a stunning three-day fashion experience. Held 28 to 30 September, FASHFEST presents amazing creative talent on Australia’s capital stage for the world to see. Three nights. Six distinct shows (two per night). One total fashion experience.

Dynamic ambitious and vibrant, with a cutting-edge spirit, FASHFEST 2017 showcases the work of more than 50 designers–local, national and international labels. Fifteen musicians and DJs play live, including with original sound tracks. FASHFEST is held at the award-winning National Convention Centre Canberra. After parties are all happening, including at Lucky’s, QT Hotel. VIP, Platinum, Gold and Silver tickets available. Backstage experience packages are too.

FASHFEST 2017 is not just an event. It’s a total fashion experience, from the moment guests approach the venue until they enjoy their last sip of champagne. Its vision is to take guests to places they would not ordinarily go and show them what they would not ordinarily see.
FASHSFEST promises excitement and delivers with spine-tingling effect.

Happening 28-30 September at the National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, City.

Check out the full program and buy your ticket today on: www.fashfest.com.au Tickets from $49.

FLORIADE 2017

Floriade’s 2017 theme is ‘rejuvenation’. This year there are even more flowers, enhanced food and beverage options including local produce and craft beer, extended opening hours into the twilight, two weekends of illuminated brilliance at NightFest as well as more than 100 performances, demonstrations and workshops.

There is also an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the flowers before the gates open at the Floriade Opening Concert on Friday 15 September, featuring an open air performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and David Bowie tribute act The Ziggy Band. Get your tickets now from Ticketek.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 15 October daily from 10am-7pm at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

Further information can be found via the official Floriade websiteappFacebook and Instagram.

THE TRADIES MURRUMBATEMAN MOVING FEAST

Tantalise your taste buds with the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a roving degustation of fine local wines matched with delicious tasting plates.

The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place over the October long weekend, showcasing the best of Murrumbateman’s local wineries, each offering a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines. Complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.

Come along, indulge a little, and meet the makers behind the region’s fantastic wines!

Happening Saturday 30 September to Sunday 2 October from 10am – 5pm at Various wineries throughout Murrumbateman NSW, Barton Highway, NSW

See the website for more information.

Under Sedation

Under Sedation: Canberra verse remixed embraces compositions from one of the most vibrant poetic hubs in the nation. This new theatre work weaves together the old and the new, sung and spoken, published and drafted, applauded and unknown, the earnest and irreverent. Under Sedation transforms performance poetry from slam to stage to explore what may hurt or pacify. Under Sedation will not mark the first time that poetry has gone to the theatre but will see The Street transform local poetry into a bold, contemporary production to continue and enrich the dialogue that Canberra poets and songwriters have so generously brought to our community.

Happening Friday 29 September from 7:30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Read an interview with cast and crew here.

Purchase tickets here.

The Arrival

Built on the animation of images from Shaun Tan’s new book, a fantastical world comes to life in a strange and wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, alien objects and weird animals. It is in this place that our hero Aki makes his home.

The Arrival is a fusion of Tan’s beautiful, surreal illustrations with exquisite puppetry, haunting music and fine acting.

The challenges, humour and adventures of arriving in a new country resonate with any arrival….a new school, a new job, a new town. The absence of words not only makes the story perfect for puppetry but emphasizes the isolation that is experienced by many people arriving in a new place. This is Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s most visually stunning and emotionally moving production to date and has been received with absolute critical claim.

‘…..one of the best pieces of children’s theatre… a soulful and richly imaginative show of refreshing excellence.’ The Australian

Based on the book by Shaun Tan

Age Recommendation: Suitable for all ages, perfect for 5 and above.

Happening 2-30 September at various times. See the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Red Hill Pop Up Market #2

If you’re staying around in Canberra on the long weekend then this is the place to be. Bring your friends, or even invite them to Canberra to show off what makes Canberra fabulous. It will be lots of fun and will include new stall holders and the greats from the first Pop Up Market.

For your afternoon of Footy Finals, there are some great specials in store for you to take home an afternoon of delights! Live music, food vendors and more! Don’t miss out!

10am to 3pm, Red Hill Shops. More information on Facebook.

A Taste of Buvette

Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar’s philosophy is good food, great wine, excellent service and atmosphere. They understand that good food requires no introduction and great wine speaks volumes.

They believe that the best way to learn about new food or wine is to explore, take a risk, and to taste – which is why they are hosting our first “A Taste of Buvette” dinner.

Executive Chef, Fabien Wagnon has written the specialty menu to match wines from around the world. Using quality ingredients and different cultural influences this menu is one not to be missed.

Enjoy a night of exciting flavours and perfectly paired wines.

Food only – $125
Food & Wine – $185

Happening Thursday 28 September from 6pm at Buvette, inside the Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

To book call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected].

Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

Yoga in the Monaro Mall

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles.

The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday from 7.15am–8am, in the event space opposite Endota Spa, Lululemon will be hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees— just bring your own towel, water bottle and zen spirit!As the class is outside regular Centre trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Happening every Thursday from 7.15am–8am opposite Endota Spa in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season kicks on Friday 22 September 22 and runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons between 22 September and 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

This week the masterclasses on offer include Italian Kitchen, Mini Masters Pies and Pastries for the kids.

Find out more here.

AFTER DARK: GHOST HUNTERS

Join us for a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.

Help us solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that have been experienced here after the sun goes down.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited. Tickets $20 each.

Happening 7 – 28 September every Thursday from 8pm at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

For more information visit the website.

FOOD & DRINK

Taste of Buvette

A Taste of Buvette

Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar’s philosophy is good food, great wine, excellent service and atmosphere. They understand that good food requires no introduction and great wine speaks volumes.

They believe that the best way to learn about new food or wine is to explore, take a risk, and to taste – which is why they are hosting our first “A Taste of Buvette” dinner.

Executive Chef, Fabien Wagnon has written the specialty menu to match wines from around the world. Using quality ingredients and different cultural influences this menu is one not to be missed.

Enjoy a night of exciting flavours and perfectly paired wines.

Food only – $125
Food & Wine – $185

Happening Thursday 28 September from 6pm at Buvette, inside the Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

To book call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected].

THE TRADIES MURRUMBATEMAN MOVING FEAST

Tantalise your taste buds with the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a roving degustation of fine local wines matched with delicious tasting plates.

The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place over the October long weekend, showcasing the best of Murrumbateman’s local wineries, each offering a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines. Complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.

Come along, indulge a little, and meet the makers behind the region’s fantastic wines!

Happening Saturday 30 September to Sunday 2 October from 10am – 5pm at Various wineries throughout Murrumbateman NSW, Barton Highway, NSW

See the website for more information.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

This week the masterclasses on offer include Italian KitchenMini Masters Pies and Pastries for the kids.

Find out more here.

Australian Women in Wine Awards

Come and celebrate the Australian Women in Wine Awards next Tuesday the 26 September.

The celebration will take place at Pod Food in Pialligo. A number of great local women will be pouring Canberra District wine including Mount Majura Vineyard, Summerhill Road Wines, Lerida Estate Wines, Yarrh Wines, Eden Road Wines and Four Winds Vineyard. Enjoy free wine tastings or buy a glass or bottle of your favourite. Pod Food will have canapes, charcuterie and much more to enjoy while tasting.

The Australian Women In Wine Awards acknowledges and rewards the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.

Jancis Robinson has called the awards “seriously worthwhile” and has said that the Australian wine industry historically “may have been a bit backward” in terms of gender equality.

The award ceremony will take place in London and will be broadcast at 7pm, be there to cheer on Sarah Collingwood from Four Winds Vineyard as she vies for Owner/Operator of the year.

Happening Tuesday 26 September from 5.30-8.30pm at Pod Food. Tickets are $45pp. Purchase tickets here

Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

Sunday Roast at Pialligo Estate

Experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm.

Sunday Roast is just $65 for adults, $30 for children (2-12 years old). Includes drink on arrival and a three-course shared menu included two roast varieties.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Why wait for summer? Spring into action, gather your friends and head to Old Parliament House for Friday Night Drinks. This weekly event is back in 2017 with new themes, great food and entertainment to match.

The season kicks on Friday 22 September 22 and runs until Friday 15 December. Each week will see a different themed event brought to the courtyard of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Think Salsa and Sangria, Aperol Sunset Sessions and a Pimms Garden Party.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick-start the weekend.

For more information and a full list of weekly themes click here.

Happening on Friday afternoons between 22 September and 15 December, from 4pm until late at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea, launching this weekend!

Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head.

If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

HIGH TEA AT THE HOUSE

Enjoy High Tea at the House featuring the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Celebrate spring in the gardens of University House to the sounds of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Indulge in an afternoon of elegance, champagne, tarts, dainty cakes, coffee and fine tea.

Happening every Saturday in September from 2pm-4.30pm at University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton. Tickets cost $45 plus credit card surcharge.

See the website for more information.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Spring has sprung, the weather is warm and we have the perfect excuse to lock one a catch up with your girls – Highball’s Girls Night Out cocktail masterclass!

Master the art of mixing the perfect cocktail from their award-winning team of bartenders. Learn the tricks of the trade as you take part in the creation of some unique Highball cocktails and one of their fabulously fruity punch bowls. After the class, head to a booth or out to the balcony to continue the fun.

Flight Details:
• Thursday 27th September
• 5:30pm & 9pm sessions
• $40 per passenger

Bookings essential. On 27 September from 5:30pm & 9pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $40pp. Visit the website for more information: www.highballexpress.com.au/event/girls-night-out/

LATIN TUESDAYS

Tuesdays are hot at Highball with Latin Tuesdays social night. Hosted by the amazing team from Salsabor Dance Studio, learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free Latin dancing taster class 6.30pm. Add a few cocktails and you’ve got yourself a Tuesday night that’s hard to beat.

$12 cover l $5 extra for 45 mins class. On Tuesdays from 6.30pm at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

Find more information here.

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE CONSERVATORY

Book now to enjoy a special Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant and magnificent views over Canberra.

Located in the Village Centre at the National Arboretum Canberra, The Conservatory Restaurant offers visitors the opportunity to dine on food-less-travelled, with sweeping views of the nation’s capital.

The tasty delights served for tea showcase the best produce the region has to offer, prepared with care using Ginger’s paddock-to-plate philosophy.

Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant, hosted by Ginger Catering; a wonderful way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Call or email now to make your reservation.

Happening Sundays until 24 September from 2pm at the Conservatory Restaurant, National Arboretum Canberra.

Find more information on the website.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE 

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

HAVANA NIGHTS

Spend a night in Cuba courtesy of The Highball Express as the crew whisks you away to tropical Havana. Head in every Thursday from 4pm for Havana Nights where you can enjoy some exotic drinks and start the slide into the weekend.

They’ll be featuring mojitos and daiquiris for only $10 and will have all their usual suspects available too so there is always something for everyone regardless of whether you’re flying first class or coach.

Happening from 4pm at Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

See website for more information.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

FILM, MUSIC & STAGE

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Under Sedation

Under Sedation: Canberra verse remixed embraces compositions from one of the most vibrant poetic hubs in the nation. This new theatre work weaves together the old and the new, sung and spoken, published and drafted, applauded and unknown, the earnest and irreverent. Under Sedation transforms performance poetry from slam to stage to explore what may hurt or pacify. Under Sedation will not mark the first time that poetry has gone to the theatre but will see The Street transform local poetry into a bold, contemporary production to continue and enrich the dialogue that Canberra poets and songwriters have so generously brought to our community.

Happening Friday 29 September from 7:30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Read an interview with cast and crew here.

Purchase tickets here.

The Arrival

Built on the animation of images from Shaun Tan’s new book, a fantastical world comes to life in a strange and wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, alien objects and weird animals. It is in this place that our hero Aki makes his home.

The Arrival is a fusion of Tan’s beautiful, surreal illustrations with exquisite puppetry, haunting music and fine acting.

The challenges, humour and adventures of arriving in a new country resonate with any arrival….a new school, a new job, a new town. The absence of words not only makes the story perfect for puppetry but emphasizes the isolation that is experienced by many people arriving in a new place. This is Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s most visually stunning and emotionally moving production to date and has been received with absolute critical claim.

‘…..one of the best pieces of children’s theatre… a soulful and richly imaginative show of refreshing excellence.’ The Australian

Based on the book by Shaun Tan

Age Recommendation: Suitable for all ages, perfect for 5 and above.

Happening 2-30 September at various times. See the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

FASHFEST 2017

You’ll want a FROW seat at this year’s FASHFEST, the capital’s most stylish red-carpet event, so you’re the first to see new fashion, new music and new film.

FASHFEST 2017 is a stunning three-day fashion experience. Held 28 to 30 September, FASHFEST presents amazing creative talent on Australia’s capital stage for the world to see. Three nights. Six distinct shows (two per night). One total fashion experience.

Dynamic ambitious and vibrant, with a cutting-edge spirit, FASHFEST 2017 showcases the work of more than 50 designers–local, national and international labels. Fifteen musicians and DJs play live, including with original sound tracks. FASHFEST is held at the award-winning National Convention Centre Canberra. After parties are all happening, including at Lucky’s, QT Hotel. VIP, Platinum, Gold and Silver tickets available. Backstage experience packages are too.

FASHFEST 2017 is not just an event. It’s a total fashion experience, from the moment guests approach the venue until they enjoy their last sip of champagne. Its vision is to take guests to places they would not ordinarily go and show them what they would not ordinarily see.
FASHSFEST promises excitement and delivers with spine-tingling effect.

Happening 28-30 September at the National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, City.

Check out the full program and buy your ticket today on: www.fashfest.com.au Tickets from $49.

POTTERFEST – MOVIE MARATHON

Get in training now so you can survive the full 20+ hours of wizarding wonder at Potterfest. This Harry Potter marathon will include all eight Harry Potter Films plus a screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

There will also be plenty of other Potter fun in between sessions! Thankfully, both muggles and wizards are welcome.Happening Saturday 30 September – Sunday 1 October from 10am at the Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street

See the website for more information.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC SCREENS – POLYPHONIC ASIA

The new season of Asia and Pacific Screens is showcasing a series of films from Southeast Asia that often turn to the surreal to express the complexities of modern life.

The diversity found in the languages, religious practices, and histories of Southeast Asia defy any understandings of a united region. This season does not attempt to define or capture Southeast Asia, but offers a kaleidoscope of recent cinema from a variety of locations and in many languages.

Showing on select Wednesdays until 4 April 2018 from 5.15pm at The Auditorium, ANU China in the World Building, Fellows Land, Acton.

See the website for more information.

Emmanuel Pahud

The world’s greatest living flautist Emmanuel Pahud is back! Fourteen years after his Australian debut with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, one of Richard Tognetti’s great musical friends returns.

This program is like an historical adventure – tracing the Franco-Germanic lineage from JS Bach to his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, then on through to Franck, Debussy and Ravel.

Costs from $49.00 (plus booking fees)

Happening Saturday 30 September from 8pm to 11pm at Llewwellyn Hall, building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra ACT 2601.

See website for more information.

ROCKY HORROR INTERACTIVE SCREENINGS AT DENDY

Dendy Cinema is gearing up to host a series of retro screenings themed to feature food, drink and moments reminiscent of those in the movies. To kick things off, this September Dendy is screening of one of the most iconic movies of all time – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in a fabulous interactive screening like no other.

The evening will be hosted by the incredibly enthusiastic River Styx and cinema-goers will receive a prop bag, participation sheet and themed cocktail on arrival.

Do not miss the opportunity to dress up as you favourite character and shudder in anticipation. With tickets available at fantastic prices this event is sure to sell out, so book today!

Happening Monday 25 September from 6.30pm at the Dendy Cinemas, 148 Bunda Street.

See the website for more information. 

ZONTA CBR CLUB BREAKFAST – MOVIE NIGHT FUNDRAISER – GAME SET AND MATCH MOVIE NIGHT

Zonta Canberra Breakfast Club‘s movie night features the true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Starting Emma Stone, Elizabeth Shue and Steven Carell.

Join them for pre-movie drinks and networking. Funds raised support our projects that empower local and international women and girls.

Raffle tickets and prizes available on the night.

$25.00 for movie ticket only and can be purchased from the website.

Happening Thursday 28 September from 6pm at Palace Cinemas, Phillip Law St, Canberra.

BETHANIE JOLLY WITH LUKE RHODES – MAKING TRACKS TOUR

As part of her ‘Making Tracks’ Tour, Northern Rivers’ singer-songwriter Bethanie Jolly will be joined by Luke Rhodes to share and celebrate the songs that are carved like tracks in the soil as we walk through life.

Bethanie’s unique soulful voice tells heart stirring, deeply personal tales that will captivate you and leave you swooning for the sun, the moon, the land and the heart. Fellow Bello musicians Tyler Nakoa and Holly Mae will be joining them with their own tunes and tales from Tyler’s exciting new album ‘Throw Your Stone’.

Happening Thursday 28 September from 7pm until 10.30pm at The Front Gallery and Cafe, 1 Wattle Place, Lyneham.

See the website for more information.

THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND

Experience a spectacular evening of traditional Irish dance, music and song enhanced by stunning costumes, lighting and sound. This is indeed, The Rhythms of Ireland.

Following the highly-successful and critically acclaimed previous sell-out Australian and world tours, Ireland’s most celebrated and elite company of dancers, The Rhythms of Ireland, return with their awe-inspiring and innovative production as part of their worldwide 10 Year Anniversary Tour.

The Rhythms of Ireland has been seen by over two-million worldwide amassing an unsurpassed reputation of their “stunning executed performances”. The incomparable quality and pure unadulterated spectacle of their work perfectly blends the ancient traditions of Irish dance and music with the innovative and flawlessly choreographed production values of contemporary Irish excellence.
Transaction fees apply. Tickets available through events website.

Happening Thursday 28 September from 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

JAZZ AT THE HOUSE

Enjoy an evening of hot food, cool jazz and great wine with Jazz at University House on the last Friday of every month. Music starts at 8 pm. Share plates and drinks available for purchase from 7 pm.

Friday 29 September Dirk Zeylmans Trio – Famous as the Moon

Friday 27 October In2deep + 2 – Mike Dooley/Rachel Thorne + 2

Friday 24 November Miroslav Bukovsky/Tom Fell Quartet – Tribute to Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan

Happening at the Common Room, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton.

See website for more information.

GUDIRR GUDIRR

An intimate solo dance and video work performed by Dalisa Pigram, daughter of Broome. Gudirr Gudirr is the breath-taking choreographed piece which poses the question: what does it take to decolonise Aboriginal people’s minds, to unlock doors, and to face cultural change?

The production lights a path from a broken past through a fragile present and on to a future still in the making.

Happening Saturday 30 September from 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, Canberra, Canberra City.

See website for more information.

MONET’S FLOWER’S OF WAR – THE LAST SHINING OF THE BELLE EPOQUE

Monet’s Flowers of War is a concert of French music with projections of paintings by Claude Monet created during WWI. Famous for his evocative paintings of waterlilies and irises which grew in his garden at Giverny, Monet at the end of his life was losing his sight and desperately sad about the loss of life in the war. His enormous waterlily paintings were later gifted to the French nation, but were only just saved by his neighbour and friend French President Clemenceau who found Monet attacking them with a razor.

The music which will accompany these historic paintings was written during WWI by serving French composers Jean Cras, Philippe Gaubert and Maurice Ravel with works by Lili Boulanger and Claude Debussy who both died in 1918. Performed by Jane Rutter (flute), David Pereira (cello), Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano), Christopher Latham (violin and director).

Happening Friday 29 September from 7.30 until 9pm and Saturday 30 September from 2pm until 3.30pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, James Fairfax Gallery, Parkes

See website for more information.

THE ARC RIDERS

The Arc Riders is Tony Cini’s (Ginhouse Bluesband) new blues rock band. The Arc Riders is Tony Cini’s (Ginhouse Bluesband) new blues rock band. Tony guarantees that The Arc Riders will offer a hell of a lot of surprises without a regular lineup, just household known band members ready to step in and give it their all, reminiscent of The Party Boys in the 1980s.

Happening Friday 29 September from 8pm to 10.30pm at Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

For more information about this event, call 0419988059 or visit www.facebook.com.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC SCREENS – POLYPHONIC ASIA

The new season of Asia and Pacific Screens is showcasing a series of films from Southeast Asia that often turn to the surreal to express the complexities of modern life.

The diversity found in the languages, religious practices, and histories of Southeast Asia defy any understandings of a united region. This season does not attempt to define or capture Southeast Asia, but offers a kaleidoscope of recent cinema from a variety of locations and in many languages.

Showing on select Wednesdays until 4 April 2018 from 5.15pm at The Auditorium, ANU China in the World Building, Fellows Land, Acton.

See the website for more information.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

THE TRADIES MURRUMBATEMAN MOVING FEAST

Tantalise your taste buds with the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a roving degustation of fine local wines matched with delicious tasting plates.

The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place over the October long weekend, showcasing the best of Murrumbateman’s local wineries, each offering a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines. Complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.

Come along, indulge a little, and meet the makers behind the region’s fantastic wines!

Happening Saturday 30 September to Sunday 2 October from 10am – 5pm at Various wineries throughout Murrumbateman NSW, Barton Highway, NSW

See the website for more information.

THE 7TH ANNUAL LIVING GREEN FESTIVAL

Canberra’s unique Living Green Festival showcases a kinder shade of green for the planet, humans and animals.

There will be plant-based cuisine from all around the globe. Take your pick from unique Malaysian and Japanese dishes to fresh Italian pasta and hot Aussie pies; from raw cuisine and fresh juices to cakes, smoothies, coffee, chai and ice cream. There will be a huge range of market stalls selling and promoting sustainable, fair-trade and cruelty-free products and services. Everyone’s sure to find something to suit!

In the free Kidzone, rock climbing is back with an 8m wall that kids (and the kids-at-heart) can climb to get the best view of the Festival. Plus there will be face painting, games and an art & craft tent—ALL FREE!

Chill out in the grounds of the Albert Hall while listening to live music from some of Canberra’s best performers including Petrichor, Hope Street, Monique Lewis and Sophia Fletcher, or catch one of the many workshops and talks on environmental, sustainability and food issues.

Oh, and there’s a dog café! That’s right, dogs are welcome at the Living Green Festival. In fact, we’ve created a whole café just for pooches and their humans! Carson’s Café will be right in the middle of the 2017 Living Green Festival serving treats for people and dogs alike.

So come and experience a kinder shade of green for a day! It’s free!

FREE ENTRY.

Happening Sunday 1 October from 10:am to 4:00pm at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla.

See website for more information.

FLORIADE 2017

Floriade’s 2017 theme is ‘rejuvenation’. This year there are even more flowers, enhanced food and beverage options including local produce and craft beer, extended opening hours into the twilight, two weekends of illuminated brilliance at NightFest as well as more than 100 performances, demonstrations and workshops.

There is also an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the flowers before the gates open at the Floriade Opening Concert on Friday 15 September, featuring an open air performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and David Bowie tribute act The Ziggy Band. Get your tickets now from Ticketek.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 15 October daily from 10am-7pm at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

Further information can be found via the official Floriade websiteappFacebook and Instagram.

FLORIADE NIGHTFEST 2017

NightFest returns to Floriade in 2017, and as a special milestone birthday treat we’ve doubled the fun.  This year, Floriade invite visitors to experience NightFest across two weekends, 22-24 Sept and 29 Sept – 01 Oct. Word to the wise, there will be different comedians, musicians and taste experiences each weekend.

Happening Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September from 8pm at Commonwealth Park, Canberra.

Tickets available through events website. 

ARALUEN SPORTS DAY

Come along on Saturday the 30th of September to the Araluen Sports Day. A fun-filled family day with lots of events and prizes for all ages! Featuring a round of the NSW Axeman’s Association Woodchop, Tug-O-War, Free Children’s Corner, Ironman and Ironwoman, Amateur Cross Cut Saw, Horizontal Bungee, Nail Drive, Historical Displays, Dog High Jump, Ute and Tractor Show & Shine, Pie Eating Competition, Chocolate Wheel and much more!

Happening Saturday 30 September from 9.30am to 4pm at Araluen Recreation Ground, Araluen, New South Whales.

For more information about this event, call 0400760089.

Multicultural Sunday

Love experiencing different cultures? On the first Sunday of the month the Old Bus Depot Markets add a touch of international ‘flavour’ to the markets. It’s like touring the world without leaving the markets.

What might you find? A variety of stallholders offer handcrafted items from around the world – think gorgeous jewellery, clothing, accessories and homewares with a multicultural feel – and of course plenty of tasty international cuisine in their food hall.

Happening Sunday 1 October from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Private Gardens of the Monaro

Enjoy a drive through the country, just over an hour from Canberra and experience a private garden tour of three magnificent gardens, guided by the owners, with morning, afternoon tea and lunch. All the gardens are located on historic pastoral properties. Visitors will gain an insight into rural homestead life on historic Australian livestock enterprises.

At altitudes of around 1000metres, the gardens are “cold climate” with four distinct seasons giving fabulous autumn colour, spring flowering bulbs, leafy summery greenery and cold winters with frosty mornings and sometimes snowy days.

Each garden is distinctly different, one recently renovated under the guidance of landscape designer Paul Bangay, another one of Australia’s most prominent Merino Sheep and Angus Cattle Studs with a heritage listed homestead that was altered to its present form by architect Professor Leslie Wilkinson. One of the homesteads built in 1880 remains true to the original design.

Access to the gardens is by appointment only and limited to only a few visits per year. This is a rare opportunity for those that appreciate gardens, their history and their beauty to view them as part of a small exclusive group.

Happening Monday 25 September at the Shirley Gardens, Monaro. Find more information here.

CANBERRA MOON FESTIVAL 2017

Canberra Moon Festival (CMF) 2017 celebrates Moon Festival in true multicultural fashion. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘tie us together.’ Enjoy catering (multicultural cuisines and mooncakes), activities (amusement park and handcraft), shopping and six hours of multicultural performances.

Canberra’s own singer and songwriter, the Voice Australia 2017 finalist Lucy Sugerman will bring a homecoming gig to the stage. CMF 2017 is proudly collaborating with OzHarvest to fight food waste and promote sustainable living. Guests are encouraged to bring in a can of food and donate to the onsite OzHarvest milk crate station.

Happening Sunday 1 October from 1pm until 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre Forecourt, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City.

See the website for more information.

BUNGENDORE AND DISTRICT CAR AND BIKE SHOW

Bungendore and districts annual Car and Bike show this year on Saturday the 30th of September. A day for the whole family to come and enjoy cars, bikes, food, drink and kids activities. This is a fundraising event for the Bungendore community.

Happening Saturday 30 September from 8am to 8.30pm at Bungendore, New South Wales.

For more information about this event, call 0412541358.

BEYOND FESTIVAL

Are you passionate about social justice? Do you want to connect with likeminded people? Well Beyond Festival is for you. Australia’s only justice-focused music, arts and action festival is held over the Labour Day long weekend in Canberra.

Beyond Festival inspires you to celebrate diversity, make a difference and work for justice in your local communities. Using music and art as changing tools, Beyond Festival brings families and friends together to take part in the national conversation around compassion, dignity and respect.

Happening Saturday 30 September to Tuesday 3 October at Greenhills Camp, Conference Centre of the Uniting Church, Stromlo, ACT.

See 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 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

CAPTAINS FLAT COUNTRY MARKETS

The Captains Flat Country Markets are friendly, relaxed markets held the first Saturday of each month (except January and this April when Easter Saturday falls on the same date) selling craft, homemade jewellery, local produce, handcrafted timber goods, plants, homemade cakes, slices biscuits, pre-loved goods, and much more.

The Markets’ Cafe provides fresh tea and real coffee and various community groups provide a barbecue. The Captains Flat Country Markets are run by the Captains Flat Community Association (CFCA – a not-for-profit organisation), for the benefit of the local community. Funds raised go towards supporting a variety of community initiatives.

Don’t forget to talk to the Community Association representatives on their regular stall to find out more about local events and activities, including local businesses and services.

Happening from Saturday 3 June – Saturday 2 December 2017 at Captains Flat Community Hall. Open from 10am – 2pm.

Find more information on the website.

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 – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Farmers and Foodies Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

YASS FARMERS MARKETS

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Farmers Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Farmer’s Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

On until 7 October 2017 every first and third Saturday of the month from 10am- 1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church.

Find more information on the website.

SOUTHERN HARVEST FARMERS MARKET AT BUNGENDORE

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market: selling sustainable, authentic, regional food: grown and made by the Community, for the Community.

The market is open every Saturday from 9am to noon and is a great source of fresh food and farm produce from around the region including meat, eggs, seafood, honey, fruit, vegetables, preserves and refreshments.

On every Saturday from 9am- 12pm until 16 September 2017 at Bungendore Anglican Hall, 25 Butmaroo Street.

Find more information on the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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EDEN Fruit And Flower Arrangement Workshop

Brought to you by The Floral Society. 

Turn petals into a work of art with this hands-on floral arrangement workshop. Learn the tips and tricks needed to create a beautiful arrangement from scratch using fruit, flowers and greenery – all under the guidance of qualified florists from The Floral Society. At the end of the workshop you’ll be able to take your creation home.

Happening Saturday 30 September from 11am-12pm on Ground Level of Monaro Mall near David Jones.

Tickets are $24.08 and include a complimentary $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card, gift bag and champagne and canapés upon arrival. Find out more and book here.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

This week the masterclasses on offer include Italian KitchenMini Masters Pies and Pastries for the kids.

Find out more here.

Private Gardens of the Monaro

Enjoy a drive through the country, just over an hour from Canberra and experience a private garden tour of three magnificent gardens, guided by the owners, with morning, afternoon tea and lunch. All the gardens are located on historic pastoral properties. Visitors will gain an insight into rural homestead life on historic Australian livestock enterprises.

At altitudes of around 1000metres, the gardens are “cold climate” with four distinct seasons giving fabulous autumn colour, spring flowering bulbs, leafy summery greenery and cold winters with frosty mornings and sometimes snowy days.

Each garden is distinctly different, one recently renovated under the guidance of landscape designer Paul Bangay, another one of Australia’s most prominent Merino Sheep and Angus Cattle Studs with a heritage listed homestead that was altered to its present form by architect Professor Leslie Wilkinson. One of the homesteads built in 1880 remains true to the original design.

Access to the gardens is by appointment only and limited to only a few visits per year. This is a rare opportunity for those that appreciate gardens, their history and their beauty to view them as part of a small exclusive group.

Happening Monday 25 September at the Shirley Gardens, Monaro. Find more information here.

NATURE WRITING: A SPECIAL EVENT WITH INGA SIMPSON

Find your voice in the heart of nature in this special event at the National Arboretum.

Join award-winning author Inga Simpson on a nature writing adventure in the National Arboretum. Learn techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life. This workshop uses a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with opportunities for discussion. This workshop is ideal for professional writers in environmental fields or creative writers with an interest in the natural world.

Note: Lunch will be provided for this event. Please indicate any dietary requirements.

On 30 September from 10am-4pm at The Green Room, National Arboretum Canberra. Tickets are $180 (+B.F) members, $245 (+B.F) general admission (includes 12 months of ACTWC membership)
Visit the event page for more information: www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-writing-a-special-event-with-inga-simpson-tickets-35421680199?aff=HERCanberra

Yoga in the Monaro Mall

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles.

The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday from 7.15am–8am, in the event space opposite Endota Spa, Lululemon will be hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees— just bring your own towel, water bottle and zen spirit!As the class is outside regular Centre trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Happening every Thursday from 7.15am–8am opposite Endota Spa in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

FORESTS IN BLOOM

Floriade is spectacular, but bulbs aren’t the only things that flower in Spring. A number of the tree species planted at the National Arboretum put on a spring show as well.

This guided walk will link together a number of the forests in the southern part of the arboretum that flower and shoot during September and October. Forests visited will include The Mediterranean and Canadian red buds, Chinese Mahogany and Callery Pears. Bring water and suitable walking shoes. Meet at the Information Desk at the Visitors Centre.

This is a free activity but bookings are essential.

Happening Sunday 24 September to Sunday 15 October from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

AFTER DARK: GHOST HUNTERS

Join us for a torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House.

Help us solve the mystery of the ghostly encounters that have been experienced here after the sun goes down.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited. Tickets $20 each.

Happening 7 – 28 September every Thursday from 8pm at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

For more information visit the website.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP

Bindaree Bee Supplies and Wins Creek Meadery are offering the new and unique two-day Art and Science of Beekeeping course.

The course covers bee genetics, biology and disease control (the science) and actual hands on experience working with these animals and constructing the frames and hives that they live in (the art).

Four-course dates are offered with a limit of 10 people per course. Course attendees get priority bookings for honey bee colonies to start their new adventure.

Happening until Sunday 3 December 2017 from 10am-4pm at Win’s Creek Meadery, 18 East Street, NSW. Cost is $290pp for two days.

See the website for more information.

LLAMA EXPERIENCE: TAKE A LLAMA FOR A WALK

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

Happening until on selected dates from Saturday 16 September-Saturday 16 December 2017 at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW. Cost is $30pp for children and $70pp for adults. Note: only adults are allowed to lead llamas.

See the website for further information.

ENHANCING BRAIN HEALTH BEYOND

Come along to find out simple, practical strategies you can use in your everyday life to boost your brain health! Improve your mental agility, memory, mood and overall well-being. Shani Lauf is a neuroscientist who is sure to entertain as well as inform you. While the seminar is open to everyone, this particular event is more suited for retirees or people who are soon to retire. Don’t miss this chance to discover the true power of your brain!

About the Speaker: Shani Lauf completed a neuroscience degree at the University of New South Wales. She has worked in research and clinical practice improving brain function in dementia, depression, autism and schizophrenia. She has researched and written a thesis on interventions to improve memory, and is passionate about ‘neuroplasticity’, that is, the power of the brain to change itself. She believes in the importance of translating research into real outcomes for people

Happening 25 September from 1.45 until 3pm at the Top of the Cross Room, 92-96 Corinna St, Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden.

Tickets available through events website.

CURATOR TALK FOR DOMBROVSKIS: JOURNEYS INTO THE WILD

Exhibition curator Matthew Jones gives an insight into the life and work of Peter Dombrovskis and the works behind Journeys into the Wild. Hear how Dombrovskis created some of his iconic and powerful images and how his work changed the way Australians think about their environment.

Happening Wednesday 27 September from 12.30 until 1.30pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes

Free entry. Bookings essential. See website for more information. 

THE UC STUDENT-LED CLINICS AND PEOPLE WITH PAIN

Pain Support ACT Expert Speaker event presents Katherine Carletown who is the manager of the University of Canberra Student-Led clinics. She will talk about the range of (lower cost) services offered to members of the public at the student–led clinics. She will discuss how people with pain can access services there and its advantages as a model including location near other useful services.

BYO: It is lunchtime, so many people bring their own lunch. Coffee and tea provided
COST: A gold coin/small donation please to help Pain Support ACT’s work.

Happening Tuesday 26 September from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at The Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place, Pearce.

Please see website for more information

TEEN START-UP: THE SCIENCE OF EVERYDAY 

Simply studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is only half the story. While STEM encourages innovation; entrepreneurship is what delivers it to the world. Not every child will become an entrepreneur, but we can inspire every young person to have an entrepreneurial mindset – to think creatively and critically; to collaborate and communicate effectively; to focus, commit and have the grit to persevere when things get tough.

Teen Start-Up introduces a new school holiday program this September that explores how the Natural, Formal and Social Sciences can be applied to everyday life in innovative and creative ways. During the two-day program, students will have the opportunity to meet the experts; complete the challenges; explore, invent and design; earn points and WIN!

COST:
$180.00 (+GST) per person for the two-day program
$160.00 (+ GST) per person for 2 or more children

Happening Thursday 28 September to Friday 29 September from 9am to 4pm at Lecture Theatre South Building 30 UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Northcott Drive.

See website for more information.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night.

Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee through the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines.

Happening until 16 December 2017 from 5.30pm-7.30pm at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, NSW. Cost is $130pp.

See the website for more information.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend. 

Complete the online contact form to register.

For Country, For Nation Highlights Tour

Since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have proudly served in the Australian military forces. The Australian War Memorial’s exhibition For Country, for Nation has a diverse range of relics and stories to explore. Join a Memorial curator to learn of some of these personal stories on a highlights tour.

Occurring every Tuesday from 11.30am till 12.30pm till 26 September 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

For more information visit the website.

SPORTS

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Yoga in the Monaro Mall

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles.

The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday from 7.15am–8am, in the event space opposite Endota Spa, Lululemon will be hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees— just bring your own towel, water bottle and zen spirit!As the class is outside regular Centre trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Happening every Thursday from 7.15am–8am opposite Endota Spa in the Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

Sessions are complimentary and no bookings are required.

Live footy screenings at Ostani

Watch the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby live from Ostani’s big screens. Don’t miss a match on the two big screens, plus enjoy Happy Hour every Friday from 5pm-7pm.

Happening at Ostani Lounge Bar and Restaurant, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

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BOOK HEROES ON THE SCREEN

This program of literary adaptations will be the perfect way for families to keep kids entertained over the school holidays.

Tickets are only $8, and with a season that celebrates Roald Dahl (with films including The BFG and Fantastic Mr Fox)as well as modern classics like Where the Wild Things Are, there’s bound to be a movie in the line-up to spark the imagination!

PROGRAM:

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach – 26 September, 11:00 am
Roald Dahl’s The BFG in 3D – 28 September, 11:00 am
Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox – 29 September, 11:00 am
The Golden Compass – 4 October, 11:00 am
Where the Wild Things Are – 5 October, 11:00 am
Legends of the Guardians – 6 October, 11:00 am

On 26 September – 6 October at 11am each day at the National Film and Sound Archives. Tickets are $8 tickets (Kids under 3 attend free).

Visit the website for more information: www.nfsa.gov.au.

The Arrival

Built on the animation of images from Shaun Tan’s new book, a fantastical world comes to life in a strange and wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, alien objects and weird animals. It is in this place that our hero Aki makes his home.

The Arrival is a fusion of Tan’s beautiful, surreal illustrations with exquisite puppetry, haunting music and fine acting.

The challenges, humour and adventures of arriving in a new country resonate with any arrival….a new school, a new job, a new town. The absence of words not only makes the story perfect for puppetry but emphasizes the isolation that is experienced by many people arriving in a new place. This is Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s most visually stunning and emotionally moving production to date and has been received with absolute critical claim.

‘…..one of the best pieces of children’s theatre… a soulful and richly imaginative show of refreshing excellence.’ The Australian

Based on the book by Shaun Tan

Age Recommendation: Suitable for all ages, perfect for 5 and above.

Happening 2-30 September at various times. See the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Pialligo Estate Academy

The Pialligo Estate Academy reflects the diversification and sustainability of the Estate by delivering an array of unique and innovative lifestyle, educational and vocational training programs to enhance personal development, engage social groups, build teams and inspire quality hospitality practices.

The Academy Masters will share their first-hand knowledge, skills, experiences and techniques which will heighten interests, foster passions and enhance lifestyles.

This week the masterclasses on offer include Italian KitchenMini Masters Pies and Pastries for the kids.

Find out more here.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

Join us these spring holidays for some awesome LEGO fun inspired by the Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks exhibition. Drop in for a mega building session, follow our free LEGO Explorers Trail or build your construction, programming and robotics skills in workshops by SySTEMic Innovations and Robogals.

All ages. Workshops available to suit different age groups from 4–16 years. Booking essential, costs apply for some activities.

On Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 September, Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 October 2017 at various times at the National Museum of Australia.  Entry in building session is $2 per child, workshops (various) $15 per child, Museum Mkid member $10
Visit the website for more information: www.nma.gov.au/school-holidays.

Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

SPRING SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM: A PLAY UP MIXED UP, MASH UP

PLAY UP is a dedicated young people’s space in the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) where we share creative ideas and opinions. These school holidays MoAD invites kids to come along and have their say by participating in a range of the museum’s most loved and interactive kid’s activities, including zine creation, speech bubbles and ‘occupy’ figurines.

Places limited. Bookings are essential. Tickets available through events website.

Happening Monday 25 to Friday 29 from 10.30 until 11am at the Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website. 

BATTLE GAMES – SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

Kids will have a blast making new friends, climbing, crawling, running, hanging and laughing through the Battle Games – School Holiday Programs. These obstacle course sessions are suited for kids 7 – 15 years.

• 4 October: Battle Ninja is brought to you exclusively by Australian Ninja Warrior (ANW) finalist, Lee Campbell. Teams will be hosted and mentored by ANW contestants throughout the day!

• 28 September: Operation ‘Ninja Spirit’ offers fun challenges to test problem-solving, balance and coordination.

• 29 September: Operation ‘Mud Mayhem’ is a day of obstacles packed full of mud!

• 5 October: Operation ‘Bold Ninja’ will have you climbing, crawling, swinging, jumping, balancing and sliding like a Ninja!

• 6 Oct: Operation ‘Special Ops’ is a day of physical and mental challenges!

• 28/29 September and 5/6 October: Operation ‘Total Domination’ offers you the chance to tackle all four operations in one package.

Happening at the Battle HQ, Corner of Narrabundah Lane & Jerrabomberra Avenue. Tickets available through events website.

See the website for more information.

ZOOCATION HOLIDAY PROGRAM

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

Staffed and developed by the experienced and qualified Education Guides of the National Zoo and Aquarium, this program prides itself on delivering a program like no other. For tickets visit events page.

Happening Tuesday 26 September to Friday 6 October from 9am – 4pm at the National Zoo & Aquarium, Lady Denman Drive, Weston Creek

See the website for more information.

FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES @ THE LAKES

Need to keep the kids busy these school holidays?…
Head to the Lakes and enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea with a view while the kids are entertained by the team from Mollycoddles Parties! With an indoor play area and games room, plus FREE School Holiday Activities the kids will be kept busy for hours.

The team from Mollycoddles Parties will be at The Lakes on Tuesdays during the September School Holidays from 11:30am–2:30pm.

Face Painting
Glitter Tattoos
Balloon Sculpting
Art & Crafts

Happening Tuesday 26 September from 11:30am to 12:30pm at Gungahlin Lakes Golf and Community Club, Gundarro Drive, Nicholls.

See website for more information.

FAMILY FUN DAY

This Family and Community Day public holiday, come along to the Family Fun Day.
It’s on at the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, and just across the Bridge from Floriade from 10am-2pm on Monday 25th September.

The Fun Day is free entry and free activities include egg and spoon races, face painting, market stalls, seed bomb making, giant games and a roving magician! There will be food trucks including What The Pho, Capital Woodfired Pizza, Le Petit Breton, Scotts Food Van, Ice Dream Van and The Brathaus.

Other activities include carnival rides, a petting zoo and much more. Everyone’s welcome!

Happening Monday September 25 from 10:00 am to 2:00pm at Patrick White Lawns Canberra, Parkers.

For more information about this event, call 0477850339

OUTDOORS

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FLORIADE

Floriade’s 2017 theme is ‘rejuvenation’. This year there are even more flowers, enhanced food and beverage options including local produce and craft beer, extended opening hours into the twilight, two weekends of illuminated brilliance at NightFest as well as more than 100 performances, demonstrations and workshops.

There is also an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the flowers before the gates open at the Floriade Opening Concert on Friday 15 September, featuring an open air performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and David Bowie tribute act The Ziggy Band. Get your tickets now from Ticketek.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 15 October daily from 10am-7pm at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

Further information can be found via the official Floriade website, app, Facebook and Instagram.

TULIP TOP GARDENS

Explore an array of blooms to delight any flower lover at the tranquil Tulip Farm, sprawled over 10 acres in Sutton, Yass Valley.

The 10-acre garden of magnificent tulips and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers, providing a magical pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse, complete with classical music wafting through the air in the hidden valley. Take the popular pathway past the rosemary field framed by unique blossom trees to the 70 meter high viewing platform for the perfect photo. Tulip Top is also dog-friendly and home to a nursery.

Happening until Sunday 15 October daily from 9am-5pm at Tulip Top Gardens, Federal Highway, NSW.

Check the website for more information.

Taste Riverina Festival

The Taste Riverina Festival is a month-long menu of events throughout October each year, bringing together the Riverina’s finest producers, growers, and chef to showcase all the region has to offer.

Now in its sixth year, Taste Riverina will offer a diverse line-up of events, held right across the region, providing a complete paddock to plate experience.
Long lunches and degustation dinners, farmers markets, cooking with local and celebrity chefs, cultural and farm tours, regional dishes and wine and beer matching are all set to feature.

The diversity of the Taste Riverina events provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to hear the stories, taste the produce and experience the region. Spectacular scenery, food, wine, art and legendary country hospitality awaits you this October.

The Festival has partnered with Temora Travel to create self-drive Taste Riverina Travel Packages that allow you to explore each October weekend in style and comfort for a truly memorable Riverina experience.

Events will be held in Ariah Park, Barellan, Griffith, Grong Grong, Leeton, Lockhart, and Narrandera right through to Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and Wagga Wagga from late September until the end of October.

Ticket prices vary to each of the events and tickets can be booked directly with individual event operators.

For more information, travel packages and a full list of events visit www.tasteriverina.com.au.

DEMOCRACY IN FLOWER AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Spring has sprung in Canberra, and Parliament House is once again opening its courtyards and gardens to the public.

The Australian Parliament House 2017 Spring Program features two events, coinciding with two of Canberra’s most anticipated festivals.

Democracy in Flower, coinciding with Floriade, is a celebration of all things floral around Parliament House. The event features tours of Parliament House’s private courtyards and gardens, run by our brilliant tour guides.

Meet the Gardener tours are a great opportunity to ask questions to some of Australia’s best gardeners, and finish with morning or afternoon tea at the Queen’s Terrace Café.

Finally, Democracy in Flower features the return of the much-loved Spring Tea in the Garden – an exclusive opportunity to enjoy sweet and savoury treats in the gardens of Parliament House.

The Democracy in Design event, timed to complement the DESIGN Canberra Festival, will feature a new building tour focusing on design and architecture, as well as the launch of a new art installation featuring new artworks incorporating leather-bound volumes of Hansard.

For more information about the 2017 Spring Program, or to book tickets, visit aph.gov.au/Spring.

FLORIADE FOREST WALKS

Every Sunday during Floriade, join an informative, free walk through the Arboretum’s forests.

Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre. Wear strong, closed shoes and a hat and take water.

Happening Sundays 24 September, 1 October, 8 October, and 15 October from 11am at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive. Free entry but registration required.

Find more information here.

DONKEY DELIGHTS

What would 1.5 hours with a herd of regular sized donkeys, miniature donkeys, and some very little foals be like? Just like oversized dogs, these animals love to follow you around, give you a gentle nudge, or tug on your clothing, to remind you that All your attention should be on petting them. And, they even smile for the camera! You’ll be just as reluctant as these animals will be to let you go home. And you’ll probably need to clear out some space on your phone to accommodate all the selfies you’re going to take.

Happening from 13 August – 2 October at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW.

FORESTS IN BLOOM

Floriade is spectacular, but bulbs aren’t the only things that flower in Spring. A number of the tree species planted at the National Arboretum put on a spring show as well.

This guided walk will link together a number of the forests in the southern part of the arboretum that flower and shoot during September and October. Forests visited will include The Mediterranean and Canadian red buds, Chinese Mahogany and Callery Pears. Bring water and suitable walking shoes. Meet at the Information Desk at the Visitors Centre.

This is a free activity but bookings are essential.

Happening Sunday 24 September to Sunday 15 October from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

KIDS

Image: nma.gov.au

Image: nma.gov.au

TOWERS OF TOMORROW WITH LEGO BRICKS

See 20 of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers from Australia, Asia, Canada, USA and the United Arab Emirates, constructed from LEGO® bricks by the Southern Hemisphere’s only certified LEGO® professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught.

Be amazed by model skyscrapers of international building icons such as Eureka Tower, Marina Bay Sands and Taipei 101. The exhibition at the National Museum of Australia will include the world premiere of 10 new towers. See the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and New York’s Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

Visitors can also create their own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose bricks in our hands-on construction areas.

Admission costs and sessions times apply. Book your tickets online.

Happening until 8 October from 9am-5pm at the National Museum of Australia.

See the website for more information.

SPRING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE ARBORETUM

There are plenty of activities for the kids these school holidays at the National Arboretum! From Bonsai making workshops, kite making and story telling to indigenous cultural workshops with the Wiradjuri Echoes. With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to take the family walking along the many trails, to have a picnic in the Himalayan cedars or to play at Pod Playground. Bookings are required and prices vary.

Happening Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October from 9:00pm to 4:00pm at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

FLORIADE

Floriade’s 2017 theme is ‘rejuvenation’. This year there are even more flowers, enhanced food and beverage options including local produce and craft beer, extended opening hours into the twilight, two weekends of illuminated brilliance at NightFest as well as more than 100 performances, demonstrations and workshops.

There is also an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the flowers before the gates open at the Floriade Opening Concert on Friday 15 September, featuring an open air performance by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and David Bowie tribute act The Ziggy Band. Get your tickets now from Ticketek.

Happening Saturday 16 September-Sunday 15 October daily from 10am-7pm at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

Further information can be found via the official Floriade websiteappFacebook and Instagram.

LLAMAS IN THE MIST  

On a misty morning watch the mist rise revealing a tranquil vista of paddocks and rolling hills, with dozens of alpacas and llamas peacefully grazing… or on a frosty morning watch the frost on their whiskers and fleece become steam rising from their bodies as they amble up the paddock for their breakfast. 

This is a rare opportunity and one not to be missed – meet over 200 alpacas and llamas, learn about them, and take wonderful “selfies” with them. 

Happening until Saturday 11 November from 8:30am – 10am at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales. 

For bookings and more information visit the website.  

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the 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.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 18 October from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

PLAY UP

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

The exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun.

Open from 9am to 5pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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Australian Women in Wine Awards

Come and celebrate the Australian Women in Wine Awards next Tuesday the 26 September.

The celebration will take place at Pod Food in Pialligo. A number of great local women will be pouring Canberra District wine including Mount Majura Vineyard, Summerhill Road Wines, Lerida Estate Wines, Yarrh Wines, Eden Road Wines and Four Winds Vineyard. Enjoy free wine tastings or buy a glass or bottle of your favourite. Pod Food will have canapes, charcuterie and much more to enjoy while tasting.

The Australian Women In Wine Awards acknowledges and rewards the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.

Jancis Robinson has called the awards “seriously worthwhile” and has said that the Australian wine industry historically “may have been a bit backward” in terms of gender equality.

The award ceremony will take place in London and will be broadcast at 7pm, be there to cheer on Sarah Collingwood from Four Winds Vineyard as she vies for Owner/Operator of the year.

Happening Tuesday 26 September from 5.30-8.30pm at Pod Food. Tickets are $45pp. Purchase tickets here

NATIONAL POLICE REMEMBRANCE DAY 2017

National Police Remembrance Day will be commemorated with a memorial service at Kings Park near the National Carillon from 4.30 pm. The service will be preceded by a display of more than 200 police officers across Kings Avenue Bridge from 3.50 pm.

National Police Remembrance Day commemorates Australian police who have been killed in the line of duty. This solemn ceremony will see the names of more officers added to the memorial wall, taking the total number of police officers named to more than 764.

Police, family, friends and visitors are welcome at all National Police Remembrance Day events. Free event.

Happening Friday 29 September from 3.50pm at the Australian National Police Memorial, Wendouree Drive, Parkes.

For more information visit the website.

ZONTA CBR CLUB BREAKFAST – MOVIE NIGHT FUNDRAISER – GAME SET AND MATCH MOVIE NIGHT

Zonta Canberra Breakfast Club‘s movie night features the true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Starting Emma Stone, Elizabeth Shue and Steven Carell.

Join them for pre-movie drinks and networking. Funds raised support our projects that empower local and international women and girls.

Raffle tickets and prizes available on the night.

$25.00 for movie ticket only and can be purchased from the website.

Happening Thursday 28 September from 6pm at Palace Cinemas, Phillip Law St, Canberra.

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY BANKING ACT LAUNCH – ST GEORGE

On 27th September Tuggeranong St. George Branch is pleased to launch the dementia friendly banking program here in the ACT with a morning tea and social gathering. Inviting members of the community including advocates, carers, support staff and suffers to attend to hear about the initiative and understand how the banking industry is seeking to support those affected.

Happening Wednesday 27 September from 8:30am to 9:30am at St. George Branch/ATM, Tuggeranong, Greenway.

See website for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

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WAVING THE RED FLAG: CHINESE POSTERS 1949-1976

What did it mean to be a citizen in the new People’s Republic of China? Waving The Red Flag is a mini exhibition of bright, colourful propaganda posters that shows us how the Chinese government communicated its officially sanctioned ideals for the lives of its people in this brave new world.

Showing until 2 February 2018 from 10am-5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Entry is free.

See the website for further information.

CRAFT ACT: CRAFT AND DESIGN CENTRE ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION

The Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Annual Members Exhibition demonstrates the trends in contemporary craft and design in Australia by accredited practitioners from the ACT and surrounding region.

This exhibition represents the work of Accredited Professional Members and Associate Members working across all mediums of craft and Design.

Free Entry.

Happening Friday 21 September to Saturday 4 November from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Craft ACT, Level 1 North Building/180 London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory.

See website for more information.

NEIL ROBERTS – CHANCES WITH GLASS

Chances with Glass focuses on Neil Robert’s relationship with glass as object, medium and signifier.  Neil Roberts (1954-2002) was an important artist in Canberra who had a growing national and international reputation. He was enormously influential and supportive of the national arts scene.

Born in Melbourne, Roberts trained as a glass blower at the Jam Factory in Adelaide, the Orrefors Glass School in Sweden and the Experimental Glass Workshop in New York. He came to Canberra in 1983 when he was invited by Klaus Moje AO, the inaugural Head of the Glass Workshop at Canberra School of Art, to join him in creating the Workshop’s teaching program.

After two years at the School, Roberts chose the life of an independent artist, but, with Moje, was instrumental in setting the serious, rigorous and innovative tone of the ANU School of Art & Design Glass Workshop, which in the ensuing twenty-five years has earned it an international reputation.

Showing until 15 October 2017 at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

DARIO ARGENTO: HORROR MAESTRO

Dario Argento is, quite simply, one of the finest horror filmmakers in the world. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of his cult classic Suspiria, this special season showcases his finest works – all bathed in wild colours, synthesised electro scores and hefty doses of blood and gore. All films are Italian language with English subtitles. Presented in association with GOMA.

Program
Tenebrae – 27 September; 7pm
Phenomena – 29 September; 6pm
Deep Red – 29 September; 8pm
Opera – 4 October; 7pm

On 20 September – 2 October at the Arc cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive. Entry is $13 concession/$15 for adults.

Visit the website for more information.

KANALARITJA: AN UNBROKEN STRING

Kanalaritja: An Unbroken String celebrates the unique practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell stringing – past, present and future.

See stunning shell necklaces created in the 1800s, alongside necklaces from acclaimed makers of today and a new wave of stringers who learnt the tradition at cultural renewal workshops.

A Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) touring exhibition. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Showing until 3 October from 9am-5pm each day at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

See the website for more information.

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, A Change Is Gonna Come invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events that led to and followed these significant moments. Has change truly come, or is it coming still?

Showing until 30 January 2018 daily from 9am-5pm only at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra. Entry is free.

Check the website for more information.

TOWERS OF TOMORROW WITH LEGO BRICKS

See 20 of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers from Australia, Asia, Canada, USA and the United Arab Emirates, constructed from LEGO® bricks by the Southern Hemisphere’s only certified LEGO® professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught.

Be amazed by model skyscrapers of international building icons such as Eureka Tower, Marina Bay Sands and Taipei 101. The exhibition at the National Museum of Australia will include the world premiere of 10 new towers. See the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and New York’s Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

Visitors can also create their own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose bricks in our hands-on construction areas.

Admission costs and sessions times apply. Book your tickets online.

Happening until 8 October from 9am-5pm at the National Museum of Australia.

See the website for more information.

KANALARITJA: AN UNBROKEN STRING

An exhibition celebrating the unique practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell stringing – past, present and future.

A Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) touring exhibition.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Showing until 3 October from 9am – 5pm at the National Museum of Australia. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/kanalaritja

VAST BY INGRID BOWEN

Sydney based artist Ingrid Bowen is opening her solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery. The exhibition entitled ‘Vast’ presents a series of whimsical watercolour landscapes that will resonate with viewers from our region. The paintings respond to a feeling of ‘exhaling’ or decompressing for the artist who describes a sense of release when driving away from urban centres.

The works have an impressionistic quality created through Bowen’s expressive use of white space and light wash. This contributes a dream-like, abstract quality to the images and allows viewers to imagine the places and ideas they express.

Showing until 19 October from 3pm – 5pm at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.sukihugh.com.au

TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters and take a journey into the heart of Australia. Intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land. See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre hub where artists create works you can take home.

Don’t miss out — this exhibition is a journey like no other.

Showing until 25 February 2018 from 9am – 5pm daily at the National Museum of Australia. Visit the website for details and booking costs.

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. From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes us on a journey through Australia’s democratic history.

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.

Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with our fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Showing daily till Sunday 24 December 2017 from 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Find more information on the website.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Showing until Sunday 18 October from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today. 

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

See forty-nine of the year’s best photographic portraits at the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize. An annual prize open to both aspiring and professional photographers, the NPPP celebrates contemporary photographic portraiture from across the country, with the winner awarded $25,000.

Now in its tenth year, the prize continues to present surprising perspectives on contemporary photographic portraiture, with the images remaining an evolving kaleidoscope of the nation’s preoccupations and identity.

Happening daily at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony? 

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

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

Showing until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2016: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Explore the unpredictable events of 2016 that shaped our political destiny – from Australia’s own double-dissolution, to Brexit and the shock Trump victory – through the sharpened wit and pencils of Australia’s best cartoonists.

There’s more than cartoons. Dress up in a crown and velvety red cape in the exhibition programming space, discover your political destiny with a game of political tarot or challenge your friends and family in political head.

Showing until 8 December 2017 from 9am- 5pm at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: www.cmag.com.a

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

A young man whose soft features betrayed the intensity of his own self-image, Arthur Boyd portrayed others with equally concentrated emotion. In this focus exhibition, Boyd’s self-portrait at age twenty-five is joined by his portraits of those around him. Through his eyes they are a reflection of the artist’s own state of mind.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

ART IS A WEAPON

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, 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. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Feature image: Eric Red Photography

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