Buvette Masthead

This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

HAVE AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO SEE LISTED IN THIS WEEK IN THE CAN? SUBMIT IT HERE BY COB WEDNESDAY PRIOR.

11 THINGS NOT TO MISS 

HERCANBERRA LADIES NIGHT – LET THE SUNSHINE IN

Enjoy this Ladies’ night sponsored by Her Canberra and a film about the life of a Parisian artist.

A film that perfectly mirrors the inner turmoil of older female singledom, Let the Sunshine In shines bright in star-power.

Denis introduces us to Isabelle; a ‘divorcée’ with a child who is searching for love but finding only callous suitors whose actions lend her experiences an acid-laced comedic edge.

Fans of Denis will note that her hot-blooded sensuality and precision-point scrutiny of human nature take this film beyond regular rom-com territory into something far more prescient; reality without the pessimism.

Giants of the screen – including Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Gérard Depardieu – make colour cameo appearances throughout, but in the end, Let the Sunshine In is Juliette Binoche’s film, and one in which she is an absolute pleasure to behold.
French with English subtitles.

Happening Wednesday 21 March from 6.30pm–9pm at Palace Electric Cinemas, Nishi Building, 2 Phillip Law Street, New Acton.

See the website for further details.

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018

Returning to Palace Cinemas from 1-28 March, the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is poised to seduce audiences with an incendiary selection of 47 features, 2 documentaries and a cheeky Parisian TV series, which showcase the passion, artistry and dazzling diversity of contemporary French cinema.

For his second year at the helm, Artistic Director Philippe Platel has selected an impressive line-up that resonates with themes of courage, friendship and egalitarianism; motifs reflected via a host of Première screenings, delightful special events, and, for the first time, a LGBT strand in celebration of Australia’s recent, historic ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage.

Some of many highlights to be found in this year’s Festival include a Ladies Night on Wednesday 21 March presented by HERCANBERRA as well as the Canberra premiere of many acclaimed films. Read our full roundup of highlights here.

Happening 1-28 March at Palace Electric, NewActon.

See the full program at affrenchfilmfestival.org.

Canberra Comedy Festival 2018

Canberra Comedy Festival presents more than 60 comedy shows in the capital over one week in March, bringing the finest comedic talent to Canberra from around the world.

See the some of the very best acts from the festival in the Gala on Tuesday 20 March, as well as a variety of shows featuring everything from local Canberra talent to some of the biggest stars on the international comedy circuit.

Happening 19-26 March at various locations across Canberra.

See the website for tickets and more information.

Book Launch -‘Egyptian Enigma: Book 3, Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth’ by L.J.M. Owen

Dr Elizabeth Pimms is back! While in Egypt, Elizabeth spies cryptic symbols in the corner of an ancient papyrus recovered from the Golden Tomb.

Returning to Australia, Elizabeth and her gang of sleuths seek to identify the tomb’s architect. Between missing mummies, grave robbers, cannibals and jealous Pharaohs, can Dr Pimms solve her new archaeological mystery?

Join author L.J.M. Owen and 2016 ACT Woman of the Year Amanda Whitley for the launch of the third book in this historical crime series.

Happening Thursday 22 March from 6-7.30 pm at the National Library of Australia.

View more details and book your tickets now via the website.

Lake Crackenback Autumn Food & Wine Festival

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s inaugural Autumn Food & Wine Festival will celebrate the seasonal local produce on offer in the High Country region of New South Wales.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience and celebrate all things autumn. The inaugural weekend will be filled with a series of food masterclasses and culinary demonstrations, exclusive chef dinners, farmer’s market as well as entertainment during the weekend accompanied by a refreshing cider or crisp glass of wine.

If you have an interest in food, if it’s eating or cooking, the weekend will sure to delight. The Snowy Mountains is becoming well-known for rich, hearty ingredients such as beef, garlic, trout, truffles, apples and honey. Many of these ingredients will be incorporated over the weekend in the chef dinners and through market stall offerings.

Enjoy the festival atmosphere by the water’s edge at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa listening to musicians, stroll through the market stalls offering tastings and local produce sales or enjoy coffee or lunch at the Alpine Larder.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will be offering all-inclusive weekend packages along with individual event ticket options.

All-inclusive weekend packages including accommodation from $515 per person, excluding accommodation from $295 per person.

Bookings can be made by contacting the Reservations Team 02 6451 3000 or [email protected]

To view the Festival Program – click here or see the website for more information. 

CHRISTINE MANFIELD SPICES UP GINGER

For one night only, Christine Manfield spices up Ginger.

Enjoy a fabulous one and only dinner with Christine Manfield and Janet Jeffs with Canberra Women Chefs, hosted by Genevieve Jacobs.

Canberra Women chefs include Danielle Brito from Winning, Laura Dale from AKIBA, Marie Koenig and Megan Comfort from Ginger Catering and Leanne Grey from Silo Bakery.
Relish canapés, a four-course dinner and matched wines crushed by Sarah Collingwood Four Winds and Celine Rousseau Eden Road wines. Proceeds go to Women in Hospitality.

Giving back is an integral part of Christine’s work portfolio and she lends her support to be a mentor at Women in Hospitality, championing women in the industry. This not-for-profit organisation provides members with a forum for exploring ideas, networking and access to education and mentorship initiatives.

Happening Thursday 22 March from 6.30pm–9.30pm at the National Arboretum, Forest Drive. Tickets are $170pp for a four-course meal and wine.

Check out the website for more information.

CPA Women’s Leadership Lunch

In 2017 CPA Australian ran their first women’s leadership lunch “How to Rock Your Cape And Crown”. With 270 attendees it was a runaway success, not only providing inspiration from a panel of amazing women but also raising much-needed funds for Ronald McDonald House ACT.  One thing evident at the event was that all the questions to our panel focused on anxiety, depression and mental health. Clearly, there’s an important conversation we need to have and so “How to nurture your hustle – Finding your way back in the dark” was born to help focus on this issue.

The panel for this lunch is entertainment reporter and radio personality Maz Compton, Canberra’s dessert queen and founder of Invincible She Camille Aniversario, Clinical Psychologist from lifeline Dr Sally Bradford and back to share more of her more of her life experiences, radio and social media superstar Tanya Hennessy. These women are strong, inspiring and fierce and are ready to share their stories on how they overcame their own challenges.

Come along to openly discuss and learn more about the issues we all face. If you or know someone who does have these dark feelings, learn how others found the support and strength to get through the darkest days and to always finish the day hustling.

Happening Friday 23 March from 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Tickets are $90 for members and $110 for non-members. Purchase tickets and find more information here.

FRANCOPHONIE DAY & OPEN DAY AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA

The Open Day will host Francophone food from the Embassies and High Commissions of La Francophonie.

There will be various activities for all ages and free placement tests and presentations of our French classes on offer. All registrations for term 2 on that day at the front desk will get a 10% discount.

Happening Friday 23 March from 3pm–5pm at Alliance Française de Canberra, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner. Free entry.

Check out the website for more details.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in an awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia.

Book your session online now: nma.gov.au/space.

The ultimate picnic feast

You’re invited to the FIRST ever Eat Canberra Food Tribe event! The Ultimate Picnic Feast will help you enjoy the last of the warm weather before winter hits. You will enjoy an afternoon sailing on Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin as you sip on local beverages and enjoy a delicious grazing platter on the lake. You might event get to be the captain! When you return to land you will be given the details of the second secret location where you enjoy a feast of seafood, a selection of other amazing food and local beverages.

A local winemaker will join us to talk about some of the wines you will be enjoying! You can choose to take part in outdoors games or sit back and relax while soaking up the sun near the water. The evening will finish as you watch the sunset with fellow foodies. It’s the perfect to enjoy an evening in Canberra so don’t miss out on this exclusive event as tickets are limited. As this is a secret foodie event, more details including location will be emailed to you the day before the event.

There’s also $500 of prizes up for grabs!

Happening Saturday 24 March from 4:15-8:30 pm at a secret location (you will be notified the day before the event).

Price: $150pp

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR  TICKET

What’s included? More than four hours of food, drinks, activities, being part of the FIRST Eat Canberra Food Tribe event, meeting a local winemaker and more…

Make sure you join the tribe before you purchase your tickets. Being a member of the Eat Canberra Food Tribe will mean that you will be the first to know about these events in the future and may receive discounts. There are also lots of other great things planned for the Eat Canberra Food Tribe in 2018 so make sure you’re part of the tribe so you can stay updated.

JOIN THE TRIBE! Find out more and secure your tickets!

PlayUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

FOOD & DRINK

Lake Crackenback Autumn Food & Wine Festival

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s inaugural Autumn Food & Wine Festival will celebrate the seasonal local produce on offer in the High Country region of New South Wales.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience and celebrate all things autumn. The inaugural weekend will be filled with a series of food masterclasses and culinary demonstrations, exclusive chef dinners, farmer’s market as well as entertainment during the weekend accompanied by a refreshing cider or crisp glass of wine.

If you have an interest in food, if it’s eating or cooking, the weekend will sure to delight. The Snowy Mountains is becoming well-known for rich, hearty ingredients such as beef, garlic, trout, truffles, apples and honey. Many of these ingredients will be incorporated over the weekend in the chef dinners and through market stall offerings.

Enjoy the festival atmosphere by the water’s edge at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa listening to musicians, stroll through the market stalls offering tastings and local produce sales or enjoy coffee or lunch at the Alpine Larder.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will be offering all-inclusive weekend packages along with individual event ticket options.

All-inclusive weekend packages including accommodation from $515 per person, excluding accommodation from $295 per person.

Bookings can be made by contacting the Reservations Team 02 6451 3000 or [email protected]

To view the Festival Program – click here or see the website for more information.

The ultimate picnic feast

You’re invited to the FIRST ever Eat Canberra Food Tribe event! The Ultimate Picnic Feast will help you enjoy the last of the warm weather before winter hits. You will enjoy an afternoon sailing on Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin as you sip on local beverages and enjoy a delicious grazing platter on the lake. You might event get to be the captain! When you return to land you will be given the details of the second secret location where you enjoy a feast of seafood, a selection of other amazing food and local beverages.

A local winemaker will join us to talk about some of the wines you will be enjoying! You can choose to take part in outdoors games or sit back and relax while soaking up the sun near the water. The evening will finish as you watch the sunset with fellow foodies. It’s the perfect to enjoy an evening in Canberra so don’t miss out on this exclusive event as tickets are limited. As this is a secret foodie event, more details including location will be emailed to you the day before the event.

There’s also $500 of prizes up for grabs!

Happening Saturday 24 March from 4:15-8:30 pm at a secret location (you will be notified the day before the event).

Price: $150pp

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR  TICKET

What’s included? More than four hours of food, drinks, activities, being part of the FIRST Eat Canberra Food Tribe event, meeting a local winemaker and more…

Make sure you join the tribe before you purchase your tickets. Being a member of the Eat Canberra Food Tribe will mean that you will be the first to know about these events in the future and may receive discounts. There are also lots of other great things planned for the Eat Canberra Food Tribe in 2018 so make sure you’re part of the tribe so you can stay updated.

JOIN THE TRIBE! Find out more and secure your tickets!

First Edition and Mollycoddle’s Easter Extravaganza

Always wanted to enjoy High Tea with your little one but unsure where would be friendly for little ones? Commencing Monday 26 March, First Edition Canberra has partnered with Molly Coddle Parties to create a family-friendly event kicking off with an ‘Easter Extravaganza’.

Not quite your conventional high tea, this event encourages parents to relax for two stress-free hours whilst the children are entertained with an array of interactive activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, music and dancing as well as the traditional but all-time favourite Easter Egg Hunt in celebration of the occasion. 

Molly Coddle Parties are renowned for creating entertaining experiences. Perfect for little minds to engage their creativeness and providing the opportunity to make new friends. Meanwhile, parents and carers are able to unwind and network whilst knowing their little ones are having the time of their life.

Parents are welcomed with a glass of bubbles on arrival and the morning is complete with a delicious high tea inspired menu created by Head Chef Jenni Tressler.

Continuing the First Edition food philosophy, Tressler makes the most of locally sourced fresh produce to create a shared style, help yourself grazing table combining bite-sized savouries and sweets for both big and little mouths to enjoy. Including a selection of Strawberry and Chocolate Lamingtons, Mini Party Pies, a Seasonal Fruit Platter as well as a selection of Boutique Cupcakes. Adults will also have the option to indulge in  ‘Canberra’s Tableland Tour Board’ with a selection of Tilba cheeses, trio of Balzanelli meats including Speck, Cacciatore salami and Bresaola, Fedra Olive Grove Olives and Bush dukkah rounded off with Jasper and Myrtle rocky road chocolate.

Each uniquely themed monthly high tea style event will run from 11 am through to 1 pm, in addition to the entertainment and food all children will leave with a unique creation of their very own, differing per event and theme.

Novotel Hotels welcome all families, especially those travelling with little ones. We proudly offer accommodation and breakfast for free for two children under the age of 16. As well as a wide range of meal deals within our hotel restaurants, making those family holidays a little less stressful.  

Limited spots are available so get in quick. Tickets are available to purchase via Eventbrite, adults (25) children 5-2 years (35) & children 0-1 (free).

Happening Monday 26 March from 11 am – 1 pm at First Edition Bar & Dining, Level 1, 65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra. 

Parking available on site.

See Eventbrite for tickets and more information.

CHRISTINE MANFIELD SPICES UP GINGER

For one night only, Christine Manfield spices up Ginger.

Enjoy a fabulous one and only dinner with Christine Manfield and Janet Jeffs with Canberra Women Chefs, hosted by Genevieve Jacobs.

Canberra Women chefs include Danielle Brito from Winning, Laura Dale from AKIBA, Marie Koenig and Megan Comfort from Ginger Catering and Leanne Grey from Silo Bakery.
Relish canapés, a four-course dinner and matched wines crushed by Sarah Collingwood Four Winds and Celine Rousseau Eden Road wines. Proceeds go to Women in Hospitality.

Giving back is an integral part of Christine’s work portfolio and she lends her support to be a mentor at Women in Hospitality, championing women in the industry. This not-for-profit organisation provides members with a forum for exploring ideas, networking and access to education and mentorship initiatives.

Happening Thursday 22 March from 6.30pm–9.30pm at the National Arboretum, Forest Drive. Tickets are $170pp for a four-course meal and wine.

Check out the website for more information.

WHISKY TASTINGS YAZZBAR

It’s Whisky time. All tastings Whisky will be ‘blind’ and situated in the heart of Yass Valley at the one and only, Yazzbar.

Includes Scottish single malts, Scottish blends, Whiskies of the world and Australian Whiskies.

Deposits can be paid over the counter at Yazzbar or by EFT (electronic funds transfer). Bookings can be made by contacting Yazzbar.

Some food will be provided to accompany the whisky, however not enough to substitute dinner. Suggestion has been made to come a little earlier and grab something to eat or ensure you eat elsewhere beforehand.

Happening Friday 23 March from 8pm at Yazzbar, 81 Comur Street, Yass, NSW. Tickets $70pp.

For more information, check out the website.

SUNDAY SOUNDS: LAMB SHOULDER AND SHIRAZ

 Chef Kurt Neumann and the team from Grazing will be preparing mouth watering slow-cooked lamb shoulders to be enjoyed alongside their award-winning Canberra District Shiraz.

Music is courtesy of the talented Tori Chard, who will be performing her repertoire of chilled acoustic tunes throughout the afternoon.

Happening Sunday 25 March at Gundog Cork Street Cellar, 42 Cork Street, The Stables, New South Wales. Tickets cost $55pp.

Check out the website for more details.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

Garden Bar Happy Hour

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

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.

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.

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.

MUSIC & STAGE

Canberra Comedy Festival 2018

Canberra Comedy Festival presents more than 60 comedy shows in the capital over one week in March, bringing the finest comedic talent to Canberra from around the world.

See the some of the very best acts from the festival in the Gala on Tuesday 20 March, as well as a variety of shows featuring everything from local Canberra talent to some of the biggest stars on the international comedy circuit.

Happening 19-26 March at various locations across Canberra.

See the website for tickets and more information.

SHOWTIME SATURDAYS

Get your glam on, Showtime Saturdays are back! Catch the Divas at 9 pm, 10 pm and 11 pm.

Happening Every Friday and Saturday 2.30pm – 4.30pm

We’re for shaking things up.

80S

Experience the 80s in three unique shows at Casino Canberra’s Showtime Saturdays! Performances are at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm.

Happening Saturday 24 March 2018 at 9 pm, 10 pm, 11 pm.

Happening at Casino Canberra, 21 Binara St, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

RICH HALL

Everyone’s favourite sardonic straight shooter Rich Hall returns to Canberra.
After sell-out shows in 2016 the cranky yank is back, bringing more of his trademark wit and caustic conversation.
Alongside top gongs at both Melbourne Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe, Rich Hall has collected a legion of fans around the world. Through regular television appearances on QI and Have I Got News For You and his own BBC 4 documentaries, Hall cuts deep into the human condition in wry style.
An expert stand-up, musician and improviser, Rich Hall is a master of irony and the absurd. Do not miss this true festival legend doing what he does best – nimbly delivering line after line of on-point political observations and comic banter.

Happening Monday 19 March from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. Tickets cost $33pp.

See the website for more information.

SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE – ROMEO & JULIET (UK)

Presented as part of the 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival.
This multi-award winning, interactive, cult-hit show has already entertained over 170,000 audience members worldwide from Edinburgh to the USA and London’s West End and is hitting Canberra as a part of a debut Australian Tour!
Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely Shit-faced actor. What could possibly go right? With a genuinely inebriated cast member chosen each night, no two shows are ever the same in this raucous, riotous, rampage through Shakespeare’s greatest work: Romeo and Juliet.

Happening Wednesday 21 March from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. Tickets cost $37pp.

Check out the website for more details.

TOM GIBSON – ARE YOU FOR REAL?

Presented as part of the 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival.
After selling out his last Canberra Comedy Festival run, Tom Gibson is back with his new show about who knows what. Fast, clever and extremely funny, don’t miss one of Canberra’s favourite comedians unravel the mysteries of the everyday as only he can.
‘Tom Gibson is a superstar.’ – Tom Gleeson

Happening Wednesday 21 March from 7pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. Tickets cost $25pp.

See the website for more information.

BECKY LUCAS – CUTE FUNNY SMART SEXY BEAUTIFUL

Presented as part of the 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival.
In 2017 Becky Lucas saw a man on crutches trying to walk a big dog and has spent the entire year trying to write stand-up comedy that’s funnier than that.
Becky has written for Emmy nominated show Please Like Me and last year she co-wrote Matt Okine’s TV show The Other Guy for Stan. She was picked to create a web series for ABC’s Fresh Blood as well as co-creating the popular online series share this for Comedy Central.
Last year she had a sold out run of shows nationally and overseas which was eventually filmed for ABC and just recently was chosen to perform at the prestigious JFL showcase at the Sydney Opera House.
Her show at the Canberra Comedy Festival is titled ‘cute funny smart sexy beautiful’ and is a nod to her notoriously low self esteem. Don’t miss out on seeing her live at the Canberra Comedy Festival!
‘…detonates punch lines with the street-smarts of a pro’ ★★★★1/2 – The Herald Sun
‘Becky Lucas is filthy and unashamedly unlike anyone else out there’ ★★★★1/2 – The Herald Sun

Happening Thursday 22 March from 7pm at The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Tickets cost $25pp ($4.95 transaction fee applies).

See the website for more information.

STEPHEN K AMOS – BREAD & CIRCUSES

Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it?
Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.

Happening Thursday 22 March from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets cost $46.90pp ($4.95 transaction fee applies).

Check out the website for further details.

CHRIS RYAN – GREY MATTER

Does going grey matter? It does for Chris Ryan. She should be getting wise and kind but in her head she’s about 12. Stuck in a generation consumed by self-improvement and property, Chris just wants to avoid confrontation with d!ckheads. It’s a grey matter for your grey matter.

Happening Thursday 22 March from 7pm at The Big Band Room, Building 100, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Turner. Tickets cost $25pp.

See the website for more information.

JAMES SMITH – PLEASURE ENTHUSIAST

As seen on Comedy Central, ABC, TBS, HBO’s Flight Of The Conchords and more.
James Smith had a killer set on CONAN (watch it on youtube). His jokes for the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber were published in Time & People Magazines. He’s a favourite at the Comedy Cellar in New York, has appeared numerous times at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and has just support comedy superstar Chris Rock on his recent Australian tour.
Catch James Smith live in his Canberra Comedy Festival Debut for an absolute masterclass in stand-up. One show only.

Happening Thursday 22 March from 8.30pm at The Big Band Room, Building 100, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Turner. Tickets cost $27pp.

See the website for further details.

MATT OKINE – THE HAT GAME

Presented as part of the 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival.
From a young age, Matt’s dad taught him how to get the most out of the slurpee machine. You gotta tap and shake the cup. Expel the air. Work it like a conga drum. Coconut oil is good for sexy massages but also to rub on your head if you are going bald and have nobody to massage. And don’t fall down the flat-earth rabbit hole; you’ll only go round in circles…These are the things our teachers never taught us.
It’s been a massive 12 months for Matt Okine, you could not miss him in 2017 when he wrote and starred in his very own hit series “The Other Guy” on Stan along with hosting his own cooking show on ABC “Shortcuts to Glory” and touring the country with his live standup show. Don’t miss seeing Matt Okine live in 2018.
‘Okine is an outstanding storyteller.’ ★★★★ – The Music
★★★★ – The Guardian
Winner Director’s Choice Award at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Winner ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release 2015
Nominee Best New Talent AACTA 2017

Happening Thursday 22 March from 7pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. Tickets $35pp.

See the website for more information.

ARJ BARKER – ORGANIC

Presented as part of the 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival.
After selling out Canberra in 2017, Arj Barker returns for a special one-off encore performance. Barker is arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in our country than his own and has come to understand our culture perhaps better than we understand it ourselves. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there was one of those.
In his own words: “As always, I start with the finest free-range topics, nurture them until they’re brimming with wholesome hilarity, and ready for the tellin’. Remember, my cruelty-free jokes are ALWAYS tested on animals, and 100% goat-approved by the time you hear them. That’s quality you can trust.”
*may contain traces of nuts
‘A must see for anyone who loves a laugh’ ★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser

Happening Friday 23 March from 8.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets between $46.90–$49.90pp ($4.95 transaction fee applies).

See the website for more information.

CAL WILSON – HINDSIGHT

Cal’s made some awful decisions – relationships, jobs, the 90s. She’s made some great ones as well, she just didn’t realise at the time. People say that everything happens for a reason, but what if it’s just a terrible reason? Can you really learn from your mistakes, or is hindsight just nostalgia for the path you didn’t take? Cal’s trying to make sense of everything she’s ever done. Or she might just tell some jokes. You’ll only know afterwards.
‘A fast-paced hour of hilarious musings’ ★★★★ The Advertiser 2017

Happening Friday 23 March from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. Tickets $33pp.

For further information, check out the website.

JOEL CREASEY – BLONDE BOMBSHELL

Australia’s Crown Prince of Comedy Joel Creasey has whored himself across Australian TV screens from comedy galas, panel shows, celebrity interviews and even the depths of the African jungle.
He is the protégé of the late great Joan Rivers, and this past year alone presided over commentary duties at Eurovision, released his first memoir, won GQ Comedian of the Year, made his debut in a TV drama. Oh… and played a slut on Neighbours.
So you better believe he is ready to rip back the curtain and fill you in on all the juicy behind the scenes action. Strap yourselves in for a night with this blonde bombshell as he slices, dices, sasses and smashes celebrities, pop culture and himself.
As Joel’s rule always stands… anyone not in the room… is a target!
‘Endlessly entertaining… the audience breathless with non-stop laughter’– Metro Magazine (NZ)
‘A master raconteur’ – The Advocate, New York
‘one of Australia’s funniest stand-ups.’ ★★★★★ – The West Australian
‘If you want to laugh for two hours solid, this is the show to see.’ – Out In Perth
★★★★★ – Herald Sun
★★★★★ – Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★★ – Fresh Fringe (UK)

Happening Friday 23 March from 7pm at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets cost $42pp ($4.95 transaction fee applies).

See the website for more details.

NICK CODY – LOOSE UNIT

Presented as part of the 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival.
As seen on Have You Been Paying Attention?, Conan (US), Comedy Next Gen, Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala and heaps more, your old mate Cody is back in town with his luscious ginger beard and another new hour of world class stand-up.
He has been all over the TV, is one of only a few Australians to perform on Conan O’Brien in the US and has toured the globe to packed crowds.
You know what to do. xox

Happening Friday 23 March from 8.30pm at The Big Band Room, Building 100, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Turner. Tickets cost $28pp.

See the website for further details.

RAW COMEDY – ACT STATE FINAL

Presented as part of the 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival.
Who’s got what it takes to make a splash in the comedy scene? Dive into RAW Comedy – Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic competition! Throw yourself into the RAW Comedy waters, where the nation’s best and boldest comedy athletes jump in head first and compete for a prized podium position.
After two rounds of heats at The Civic Pub in February, the ACT decider is held at The Street on Thursday 22nd March. Choose which fresh Canberran comedians should sink, and who will swim on to the RAW Comedy National Grand Final in Melbourne, where they will battle to become 2018’s RAW Comedy Champion, and jump into the fast-lane to perform at Edinburgh Fringe.
Previous comedy competitors making waves include Chris Lilley, Josh Thomas, Hannah Gadsby, Peter Helliar, Claire Hooper, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor, proving that RAW Comedy really is the springboard to success.
It’s time to take the plunge! Whether it’s a perfect 10 or bellyflop, dipping your toes into the water and onto the stage is a rush like no other, so register for RAW Comedy 2018!

Happening Friday 23 March from 8.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. Tickets between $22.50–$26.50pp.

Check out the website for more information.

TOMMY LITTLE – THE LAST KING OF STUPID

Tommy Little is as stupid as they come. Lucky for the rest of us stupid makes for great comedy. He sold out shows all over the country in 2017 so why wouldn’t you forget your troubles and come have a laugh with the best of all the idiots.

Happening Friday 23 March from 7pm at The Big Band Room, Building 100, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Turner. Tickets cost $32pp.

See the website for more information.

CANBERRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA OPERA GALA

Music For Canberra presents the Canberra Youth Orchestra 2018 Concert Series.
Opening with CYO’s Opera Gala, renowned performers Tobias Cole, Louise Page and Sarahlouise Owens will present some of the most popular arias and overtures from over 300 years.
The program will include arias from Handel’s Giulio Cesare, the iconic drinking song Brindisi from Verdi’s La Traviata, and highlights from Australian composer Elena Katz-Chernin’s Wild Swans. The orchestra will perform Rossini’s William Tell Overture and highlights from Bizet’s Carmen Suites.
Music For Canberra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra are supported by artsACT.

Happening Saturday 24 March from 7.30pm–9.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Turner. Tickets between $20–$30pp.

See the website for more details.

CLAIRE HOOPER – ALL THE RAGE

Presented as part of the 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival.
What have you broken in anger?
a) smartphone b) keyboard c) wall/door/window d) a toe e) road rules f) the internet g) Christmas h) your mother’s heart i) all of the above.
If you answered i)… please come to my show.
Why do we get angry? Should we be ashamed of ourselves? And will we be able to claim any insurance on that phone we biffed into traffic? Claire Hooper examines the funny side of one of our darkest emotions in a tale of grand moral outrage and small, daily furies.
And no, you’re not getting any money back for that phone.
‘Marvellously entertaining’ – Chortle 2017

Happening Friday 23–Saturday 24 March from 7pm–8pm at The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets $30pp ($4.95 transaction fee applies).

Check out the website for more information.

CLEAN COMEDY SPECTACULAR

Presented as part of the 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival.
Get tickled by a squeaky clean line-up of comedians doing material that is both hilarious and tasteful, for one show only.
Join them for this spectacular line-up that is suitable for everyone from teens and up. Featuring a selection of the best festival comedians, with none of the dirty bits!

Happening Saturday 24 March from 5pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. Tickets between $20–$25pp.

Check out the website for more information.

DANIEL SLOSS – NOW

Smash-hit new show from internationally acclaimed, award-winning Scottish comedian. Star of Conan (a record seven appearances), he’s performed 10 sell-out Edinburgh’s, two solo off-Broadway seasons, released a DVD, gave a TEDx talk (aged 19) and tours extensively throughout UK, Australiasia, USA and Europe. NOW…what’s next?!

Happening Thursday 22–Saturday 24 March from 8.15pm at The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets $20pp ($4.95 transaction fee applies).

See the website for more information.

DAVE THORNTON – SO WHAT NOW?

Should you come see my show or not? Tell you what, look up my stand-up comedy on YouTube and if it makes you laugh grab some tickets. This brand new show will be like that but with jokes you haven’t heard before. I’m also on The Project (Network TEN) and Sideliners (ABC) if that helps.
‘He’s got that slick stand-up gift of being able to take a spontaneous moment in a show and twist it, turn it, and make it funny’ – Herald Sun
‘A quick and self-deprecating wit’ – The Age

Happening Saturday 24 March from 7pm at The Big Band Room, Building 100, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Turner. Tickets cost $32pp.

See the website for further details.

DILRUK JAYASINHA – BUNDLE OF JOY

As seen on ABC TV’s Utopia and Network Ten’s CRAM & Have You Been Paying Attention?
Dil is one of the most refreshing and exciting voices in Australian comedy, don’t miss his brand new show.
‘A brilliant hour’ ★★★★ Herald Sun, 2017

Happening Friday 23–Saturday 24 March from 8.30pm–9.30pm at ANU Pop-Up Club, Novotel Canberra, 65 Northbourne Avenue. Tickets $28pp.

Check out the website for more information.

LUKE HEGGIE – TIPRAT

No lowbreeds please.
You heard me.
Winner: Comics’ Choice Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017
‘Absolutely rips along.’ ★★★★ Herald Sun
‘A unique, powerful and insightful Australian comic voice’ ★★★★½ Sydney Morning Herald

Happening Saturday 24 March from 8.30pm–9.30pm at The Big Band Room, Building 100, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Turner. Tickets cost $28pp.

Check out the website for more information.

NATH VALVO – SHOW PONY

Complete show-off, Nath Valvo is asking the big questions. Should I donate sperm? Why do night markets exist? Why do people play mixed netball? How the hell do you pronounce acai bowls? Of course the marriage equality postal vote has him fired him up too – but why exactly may surprise you.
‘Loved Nath Valvo tonight! A total natural!’ Graham Norton

Happening Friday 23–Saturday 24 March from 7pm–8pm at ANU Pop-Up Club, Novotel Canberra, 65 Northbourne Avenue. Tickets $25pp.

Check out the website for more information.

NAZEEM HUSSAIN – NO PAIN NO HUSSAIN

Since you last saw him on stage Nazeem Hussain has been around the world and back! Performing live in London, Edinburgh and China, oh and swinging back to the US to film a second series with Bill Nye… not to mention all the while recovering from those weeks in the depths of the African jungle on I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here!… finally Nazeem is back in Australia with a brand new show, No Pain No Hussain! Please, please believe us when we say get in early and buy your tickets now, he will sell out!!
‘And just when you think you have him pegged, he sneaks up on you again, showing society’s conventional wisdom to be little more than prejudice, yet somehow picking out something side-splittingly funny therein’ – The Times (UK)

Happening Saturday 24 March from 7pm–8pm at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets cost $42pp ($4.95 transaction fee applies).

Check out the website for more information.

THE STEVENSON EXPERIENCE – SPOT THE DIFFERENCE.

A new show of uproarious musical comedy from Australia’s favourite bickering identical twins.
Settle in for hilarious songs that have seen them compared to Flight of The Conchord’s, Tim Minchin and Bo Burnham, mixed with their trademark sibling rivalry banter. In 2017 the Stevenson’s swept the world – selling out entire seasons everywhere from the Melbourne Comedy Festival to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – and picking up a Best Comedy Nomination for the third year in a row at Perth FRINGEWORLD. After all that, you’d think they’d have started to get along. You’d be wrong.

Happening Saturday 24 March from 8.30pm–9.30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. Tickets $25pp.

See the website for more information.

AUNTY DONNA

To whom it may concern,
Aunty Donna will be returning in 2018 with a brand new live show. In January we will announce the full details of the show along with the artwork. However, some shows are on sale now and you can book tickets for you and your loved ones.
Warm regards,
Aunty Donna
PS. it gon be lit

Happening Friday 23–Sunday 25 March from 7pm–8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. Tickets $35pp.

See the website for further details.

JOSH EARL – MY FAMILY IS WEIRDER THAN YOUR FAMILY (KIDS SHOW)

Presented as part of the 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival.
Do you ever feel like you’re the only normal one in your family?
Meet Josh Earl, because he feels your pain. After the sell-out success of last year’s Oliver Up A Tree, the award-winning comedian is back to tell tales of a dad who can’t read maps, a mum who can’t be spoken to when her shows are on, a Nan who needs a lesson in table manners and a dog that burps bubbles.
It’s family-friendly mayhem with songs, stand-up and cartoons, bound to have everyone in stitches.
‘kind and intelligent, but is dotted with fart jokes, poo jokes, and a few jokes that only adults will understand. It is a higher level of storytelling energy and imagination that few parents will be able to match.’ ★★★★ – The Age

Happening Saturday 24–Sunday 25 March from 1pm–2pm at The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets between $17–$55.00 ($4.95 transaction fee applies).

See the website for more information.

BLUES AND ROOTS AT CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER

After the fantastic show they put on for New Years Eve, The Guitar Cases return by popular demand to Contentious Character. This time they are putting the band back together (their four piece) for a great afternoon of original blues and roots music. They’re also bringing some of their old mates from the east coast blues festival scene.
The renown Doggin It Blues duo will be performing their own style of Australian story-telling blues and Chris O’Connor will take you to the Delta with his authentic country blues stylings.
The line up is Chris O’Connor from 1pm to 2pm, Doggin It Blues Duo from 2.30pm to 4pm and The Guitar Cases four piece band from 4.30pm to 6pm.
This is an afternoon you won’t want to miss. And return Canberra Coach Co. bus transport is available from and to South, North and Civil. You can check them out at the website.

Happening Sunday 25 March from 12pm–6pm at Contentious Character Vineyard, Winery, Cellar door & Kitchen, 810 Norton Road, New South Wales. Tickets between $35–$50pp.

Check out the website for more information.

ROSS NOBLE: EL HABLADOR

Who is El Hablador? It’s Ross Noble.
No, but who is the one they call El Hablador? I just said, it is Ross Noble. You know? Long hair, does stand up where he dances about the stage, spinning out all the nonsense in his head into a show.
But what is the legend of El Hablador? I don’t think it’s a thing. It’s clearly Ross coming up with a name for his show, so he can make out like he is some sort of mysterious shadowy figure.
Ok I get it.
Ross Noble returns to dance around the stage spinning out all the nonsense in his head into a hilarious stand up show. At some point, he may wander into a shadowy part of the stage and look a bit shadowy.
Book now to see the one they call El Hablador*
*Ross is the only one that calls himself El Hablador.

Happening Saturday 24–Sunday 25 March from 8pm at Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets $49.90pp ($4.95 transaction fee applies).

See the website for more information.

TENTH ANNIVERSARY TWILIGHT BAND CONCERT IN HALL

The Hall School and Heritage Centre are presenting a twilight concert.
The concert hosted by David Kilby and featuring the Canberra Brass band, Victoria Street Brass, Canberra Youth Brass and vocal soloist Katie de Veau, will provide music with a theme of “Musical Reflections” – celebrating a decade in the life of Hall village”.
The Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre will be open from 3pm.

Happening Sunday 25 March from 4pm – 6.15pm at Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

URZILA CARLSON: STUDIES HAVE SHOWN

Every time you hear, “studies have shown” you know you’re about to learn something ridiculous!

Studies have shown your dog is happier than your cat! Who cares! How about they give funding to scientists to come up with a way to eradicate the unibrow, or those weird thin white hairs you occasionally find attached to your face!

Let’s get some research done on what happens to your blood pressure when your kid keeps getting out of bed when you’ve tucked them in 20 f*cking times already!

Happening Monday 19 March at The Street Theatre as part of the Canberra Comedy Festival.

See the website for tickets and more information.

FILM

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018

Returning to Palace Cinemas from 1-28 March, the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is poised to seduce audiences with an incendiary selection of 47 features, 2 documentaries and a cheeky Parisian TV series, which showcase the passion, artistry and dazzling diversity of contemporary French cinema.

For his second year at the helm, Artistic Director Philippe Platel has selected an impressive line-up that resonates with themes of courage, friendship and egalitarianism; motifs reflected via a host of Première screenings, delightful special events, and, for the first time, a LGBT strand in celebration of Australia’s recent, historic ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage.

Some of many highlights to be found in this year’s Festival include a Ladies Night on Wednesday 21 March presented by HERCANBERRA as well as the Canberra premiere of many acclaimed films. Read our full roundup of highlights here.

Happening until 28 March at Palace Electric, NewActon.

See the full program at affrenchfilmfestival.org.

MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR  

Mountainfilm on Tour is coming to Canberra for the first time! Hot on the heels of the Women’s Adventure Film Tour, the 2018 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One words sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours – HEART. Join us for a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit.

Mountainfilm is one of the world’s best mountain film festivals, featured in the 2017 Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world.

Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This years films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring skiing, rafting, mountaineering, expedition travel, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer.

Screening in the Canberra for one night only.

*Please note: All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating or refunds available.

Happening Saturday 24 March from 5pm–7pm at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra City. Tickets between $25–$28pp.

See the website for more information.

QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL

Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival is celebrating its 25th birthday, and will be bringing five highlights from its 2018 program to Canberra.

This year is also the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and together with the NFSA, the Mardi Gras Film Festival goes back and remembers where it all started.

Happening Friday 23–Sunday 25 March at National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Tickets between $17–$19pp.

Check out the website for more details.

NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS [FILM SEASON]

Roll up, roll up! Come on a journey through the darker side of carnival culture with screenings that showcase the circus freaks and dreamers of cinema’s imagination.

Cinephiles, this is your chance to see the NFSA’s newly acquired 35mm prints of A Clockwork Orange and Freaks on the big screen.

Presented in association with the ANU conference ‘Imagineers in Circus and Science.’

PROGRAM:

A Clockwork Orange – 17 March, 1:00 pm

Freaks – 17 March, 5:30 pm

A Clockwork Orange – 21 March, 7:00 pm

Carnival of Souls – 28 March, 6:00 pm

Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed – 28 March, 8:00 pm

Curator Talk: Circus Home Movies – 4 April, 7:00 pm

Freaks – 4 April, 8:00 pm

Children of Paradise (4K restoration) – 6 April, 7:00 pm

Happening until 6 April at the National Film and Sound Archive Find more information and tickets via the website.

FESTIVALS

CANBERRA CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL

The Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival enters its 11th year and will feature over 100 beers and ciders for tasting from all over Australia.

The Festival will be staged in the gardens of the heritage Mercure Canberra in Braddon and will be a family-friendly event featuring live bands, food, entertainment and a wide range of kids’ activities.

The Festival is ideal for all beer and cider enthusiasts – from those who just love tasting such a diverse and premium selection of ales and ciders to budding craft brewers. Visitors will be able to take part in beer/cider food matching sessions, hear guest speakers, and meet the brewers.

Many of Canberra’s best breweries will be exhibiting along with a range of interstate brewers including Sydney Brewery, Thatchers, Little Creatures, Dad and Dave’s Brewing, Stone Dog Meadery, Yenda, and Hope Estate Beer Co.

Once again, the Festival will help raise funds for ACT Cancer Support’s Rise Above organisation, a locally based group that provides support for over 950 cancer patients.
Happening Saturday 24 March from 11am–6pm at Mercure Canberra, Cnr Ainslie and Limestone Avenue, Braddon. Tickets between $15–$22pp. Accommodation and ticketing packages from Mercure Canberra are available for $199pp.

For more information, see the website.

CANBERRA HARVEST FESTIVAL 

The 10th annual Canberra Harvest Festival returns to the Canberra Environment Centre .

One of the biggest events on the Canberra region’s environmental calendar, the Harvest Festival is an annual celebration of local food and producers from the ACT food bowl.

There’ll be something for everyone at the 2018 Harvest Festival; market stalls, BBQ and wine bar, live music, free sustainability workshops and kids activities all afternoon.

Happening Saturday 24 March from 2pm–6pm at Canberra Environment Centre, Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for further details.

MARKETS

CANBERRA ANTIQUE AND COLLECTABLES FAIR 

For 31 years the Canberra Antique And Collectables Fair has been organised by the Rotary Club of Canberra City in the heritage listed Albert Hall.

A wide range of exhibitors have excellent stock of furniture, maps, prints, jewellery, dolls, fine books, china, pottery, clocks, watches and bric-a-brac.

Refreshments (lunches, morning and afternoon teas) available at the Hall.

All proceeds donated to the charity, Rise Above – Capital Region Cancer Relief. for this event.

The Canberra Antiques And Collectables Fair is held twice a year in March and August.

Happening Friday 23 March from 6pm–9pm, Saturday 24 March from 10am–5pm & Sunday 25 March from 10am–4pm at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Tickets between $6–$8pp.

See the Facebook event 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.

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.

CROWN MARKET CANBERRA

Discover Canberra’s best local creatives this April at Crown Market Canberra, the world’s first blockchain market! Meet the talented makers behind the best handmade goods and artisanal products the region has to offer.

On 7 April from 9am – 3pm at the Budawang Pavilion at EPIC.  Visit the website for more information: www.meetingplaceact.com.au.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT 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 Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

 

Book Launch -‘Egyptian Enigma: Book 3, Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth’ by L.J.M. Owen

Dr Elizabeth Pimms is back! While in Egypt, Elizabeth spies cryptic symbols in the corner of an ancient papyrus recovered from the Golden Tomb.

Returning to Australia, Elizabeth and her gang of sleuths seek to identify the tomb’s architect. Between missing mummies, grave robbers, cannibals and jealous Pharaohs, can Dr Pimms solve her new archaeological mystery?

Join author L.J.M. Owen and 2016 ACT Woman of the Year Amanda Whitley for the launch of the third book in this historical crime series.

Happening Thursday 22 March from 6-7.30 pm at the National Library of Australia.

View more details and book your tickets now via the website.

National identity and Global Education Forum

SIETAR Australasia’s fourth conference will be in partnership with the ANU Intercultural Dialogue Association.

Held in Canberra at ANU campus, SIETAR Australasia and ANU Intercultural Dialogue Association present the National Identity and Global Education Forum to discuss inter-culture, identity, education and culture.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Dr Andrew Leigh MP
  • Dr Asmi Wood: Associate Professor and Sub-Dean (Indigenous) at ANU
  • Ms Elizabeth Kikkert MP
  • Mr Sam Wong: Canberra Multicultural Community Forum Inc.,
  • Phillip Roberts. Solicitor Advocate & Advisor at Phillip C Roberts Law Firm

Some of the themes that will be discussed:

  • International culture,
  • Intercultural education
  • Promoting global culture
  • global interfaith education
  • Promoting multicultural education
  • Indigenous education
  • Indigenous culture
  • Identity culture
  • National identity culture
  • Global education
  • National identity education
  • Dual / multiple citizenship
  • ASEAN: One vision, One identity. One community
  • Peace

Happening Friday 23 March – Saturday 24 March 2018 from 9.00am-5.00pm at the Australian National University.

Click here for more information.

ART FOR LUNCH

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection. Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening every Thursday between March 8–November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

FRANCOPHONIE DAY & OPEN DAY AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA

The Open Day will host Francophone food from the Embassies and High Commissions of La Francophonie.

There will be various activities for all ages and free placement tests and presentations of our French classes on offer. All registrations for term 2 on that day at the front desk will get a 10% discount.

Happening Friday 23 March from 3pm–5pm at Alliance Française de Canberra, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner. Free entry.

Check out the website for more details.

BONSAI WEEK WORKSHOPS

An introduction to the art of bonsai during ‘Bonsai Week 2018’. Join curators of the National Bonsai Penjing Collection of Australia to create your very own bonsai to take home!

Learn how to trim, wire and shape your bonsai, plus you’ll be given all the information you need to take care of your tree at home. All materials will be provided and there will be tools to borrow.

Spaces are limited for these popular workshops so book early!

Happening Monday 19–Wednesday 21 March from 2pm–3.30pm at National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Canberra. Tickets from between $65–$70pp.

Check out the website for more information.

MASTERCLASS WITH GARY GREALY

Join Gary Grealy, NPPP 2017 winner, to learn about his working process. Gary will discuss and demonstrate what inspires and influences his approach to portrait photography.

Happening Saturday 24 March form 2pm–4pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Tickets between $85–$90pp.

See the website for more details.

TENTATIVE OPTIMISM: NPPP FORUM

Dr Christopher Chapman, Senior Curator and National Portrait Prize Panel (NPPP) judge leads an open discussion to explore different points of view raised by the exhibition.

Happening Saturday 24 March from 11am–12pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

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.

SPORT & RECREATION

RAIDERS V VODAFONE WARRIORS 

The green machine are back at GIO Stadium in less than a week and face a massive game against a Warriors side who will be looking to secure a win against the Raiders after failing to do so in 2017.

Happening Saturday 24 March from 6.30pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce. Under 20s kick off at 10.40am and Mounties at 12.45pm. Tickets between $17.50–$32.50pp.

Check out the website for more information.

SUPER SATURDAY – PROUDLY SUPPORTING MARYMEAD

Enjoy a great afternoon of horse racing in the nation’s capital on one of the best tracks in the country at Thoroughbred Park.

Join them for fashions on the field with Classic Ladies Race wear and Classic Mens Race wear.

Book a table in the members-only Black Opal Room for a carvery lunch or enjoy superb bar facilities in the Winning Post Bar.

Happening Saturay 24 March from 12pm at Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road, Lyneham. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

OUTDOORS

LORIENDALE APPLE DAY

Discover the wide range of organic apples, pears, quinces and vegetables being harvested. Loriendale Orchard has 130 varieties of apples, many other fruits, berries and vegetables.

This year will be the the 28th year of running the apple day which is a free event, however a gold coin donation is certainly welcome to help support the Green Pastures Hospital in Nepal.

Enjoy the taste of country style apple pies, freshly crushed apple juice, French crepes and organic barbecue meat. Relax with live music, Devonshire tea and coffee.

Happening Saturday 24 March 1.30pm–5pm at Loriendale Orchard, 16 Carrington Road, NSW. Free entry.

See the website for more information. 

ALPACA MAGIC OPEN DAY

The Alpaca Magic biannual Open Day and Reduction Sale is coming up again on the last Sunday of October!

If you’re after a fun day out for the family, looking to find out a bit more about the events we run, or thinking of investing in llamas/alpacas as pets or livestock guardians, please come along to meet the lovely animals (who will be wandering amongst their human guests) and have a chat with the staff.

There’ll be several staff available on the day to answer all the questions you have, coach any nervous children through interacting with the llamas/alpacas for the first time, and point out the animals that are up for sale – at reduced prices throughout this Reduction Sale period.

Happening Sunday 25 March from 11am–3pm at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

KIDS 

THE JELLY FISH BLOOM

As part of Enlighten, Canberra Centre will have giant Jelly Fish positioned around the centre.

Walk under them and watch them flash when they sense human interaction. As you walk under these six mysterious and spectacularly beautiful ancient sea creatures 3600 LED displays will bring tem to life. Inspired by the bio luminous lighting responses of real world jellyfish these light sculptures will capture your imagination as they transform before your eyes.

Created by AMPLE, this immersive art installation incorporates state of the art interactive components and lighting hardware as well as custom designed electronics.

Kids – collect your jellyfish trail map from customer service and spot all the jellyfish for a special gift! 

Happening until Sunday 1 April at Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra City.

See the Facebook event for more information.

PlayUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

5-12.

Bookings are essential. Register here.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

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.

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 10 am (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

CANBERRA OUTLET CENTRE CHARITY RACE DAY SUPPORTING MARYMEAD

Join Marymead, the Canberra Outlet Centre and Marymead’s NEXGEN in the ‘Silks Room’ for a full day of fun, racing and excitement! Enjoy a fabulous day at the track and help us raise $40,000 to build a therapeutic playground for the children and families we work with at our Narrabundah site.

Individual tickets includes a three course meal and five hour drink package. Corporate tables and tables of 10 are also available. Seats are limited.

Happening Saturday 24 March form 11.30am–5pm at Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road, Lyneham. Tickets cost $150pp and includes a three course meal and five hour drink package.

Check out the website for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

MEGAN HINTON: UNITED CONSTRUCTS

This is new series of etchings and screen printed works are influenced by the Bauhaus design movement, Russian Constructivism and abstraction – it takes inspiration from our built environment, dissecting each segment, line and shape to create newly constructed compositions of repurposed architectural forms.

This series of work and exhibition is supported by Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation.

Showing until 7 April at  Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

A preview of new work by trailblazing stencil artist Luke Cornish (ELK).

Luke Cornish’s current practice is focussed on the war ravaged streets of Syria, and the individuals caught in the conflict. More specifically, Cornish aims to put a human face to the effects of war, and to portray the hope and positivity which he encountered there.

Works are a mixture of stencil, aerosol and sublimation on aluminium on canvas. Sublimation printing is a process of heating dye and transferring onto a medium such as paper or plastic.

This exhibition is presented alongside Another Day in Paradise.

Happening until Sunday 29 April 2018 from 10am–5pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

‘LOOP’ – STUDIO GLASS BY ERIN CONRON 

Canberra glass artist Erin Conron is interested in “the cycles, routines and repetitive daily actions of life that structure our identities and create the complexities of our personal stories.”

By painting directly onto hand-blown glass forms, Erin makes a deliberate decision to be in close contact with the glass, creating complex linear patterns over many hours of repetitive mark making.

Graduating from the Canberra School of Art in 2008 with Bachelor (Visual Arts) Honours, Erin was a finalist in the Ranamok Glass Prize in 2008 and a finalist in the ‘Talente’ International Design Competition in Munich in 2009.

Erin’s work is represented in several collections including the National Art Glass Collection at the Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery and the European Museum of Modern Glass, Coburg, Germany.

Happening Thursday 8–Sunday 25 March from 10am–5pm at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

‘LUX’ – PAINTINGS BY PETER BOGGS

Peter Boggs continues to explore the mysterious qualities of light through his interior and landscape paintings. “My interest is in atmospheres and tones, not the accuracy of things – more allegorical than anything illustrative or descriptive; more the idea of place so as to conjure the experience of it…”

The current paintings result from a recent visit to Europe but, rather than presenting a literal depiction, the works are inspired by memory and the idea of a place, imbuing the paintings with a dream-like quality.

Eminent art historian and critic, Professor Sasha Grishin says of the artist, “Peter Boggs is one of the finest tonal painters working in Australia today. Each work is beautifully distilled, resolved geometrically and tonally and where, within the subdued palette, there is a magical glowing inner luminosity”.

Peter had held over fifty solo exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand and is represented in various collections including Parliament House and the Kedumba Drawing Collection.

Happening Thursday 8–Sunday 25 March from 10am–5pm at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

Hearts and Minds

Canberra Glassworks offers an opportunity to attend the first Australian exhibition of artists Penny Byrne and Harriet Schwarzrock that explores the idea of interconnectivity and electrical impulses in the body.

This exhibition is a perfect collaboration between Penny Byrne’s 2 metre Hurt Locker from the Glasstress exhibition, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice Biennale 2015 and the collection of 60 hand-blown glass hearts created by Harriet Schwartsrock. Each of them is filled with a mixture of gases that shimmer and touch the light effect inside. A few of them are also featured with heartbeat sound pulsates at different rates provided by sound artist Brian McNamara.

Free entry.

Showing until 25 March daily from 10 am to 4 pm at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Foreshore.

DRAWINGS BY JOHN FORRESTER CLACK

The act of drawing, mark making and surface materiality are for John Forrester Clack a place where he can explore the incarnation of the word Amen – ‘So Be It’. Through exploration and experimentation, he has been working to see if he could be in the ‘now’, without fear of failures of the past or doubts about the future, to express as fully as he can, body, mind, emotions and spirit through the physical act of drawing.

John Forrester Clack has been a practising artist for over thirty years and has exhibited in major public exhibitions. He was awarded the Kedumba Prize for Drawing and selected for the Art Gallery of NSW Dobell Drawing Prize. He has been represented by major commercial galleries, with work in collections across Australia and overseas.

Showing until Thursday 29 March 2018 at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Opening night from 5.30pm. Free entry.

Check out the website for further information.

IN TRANSIT UNFRAMED OPEN EXHIBITION

2018 is the beginning of a new chapter for Belconnen Arts Centre as they embark on realising the completion of a new centre and sharing the journey with artists of Australia. Facing new opportunities and with the transformation of the building, artists are being invited from throughout Australia to respond to themes of change, metamorphosis, growth, journey and evolution. The Arts Centre asks artists to investigate their ideas of transition and transformation on A3 paper with imagination, a sense of play, boldness, thoughtfulness or contemplation.

All works will be eligible for consideration of the $500 People’s Choice Award, with entries due by COB 4:00pm Monday 5 February 2018.

Showing until Thursday 29 March at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Free entry.

Entry details and further information can be found on the website.

ART DECO

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian vitalism, capturing Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture, and technology.

In the 1920s, Australian artists rebelled against the austerity of World War I to create images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian Vitalism, including Rayner Hoff’s architectural frieze Deluge – stampede of the lower gods 1927, Jean Broome-Norton’s Abundance 1934 and Napier Waller’s painting, I’ll put a girdle round about the earth 1933, which captures Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture and technology. 

Showing until Monday 31 December 2018 7 days from 10am-5pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information, see the website.

Deeds Not Words: The Bessie Rischbieth Collection

National Library of Australia is proudly representing the opportunity to see the collection of Bessie Rischbieth, a prominent figure in Australian and international feminism.

During her stay in England in 1913, Bessie Rischbieth witnessed the whirlwind of the suffragettes’ struggle for the right to vote, which was then at its height.

Fascinated by the charisma of the suffragettes and their militant actions, she gathered memorabilia of the movement, building a collection of photographs, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, suffrage periodicals, postcards and correspondence. She continued to grow the collection for the remainder of her life.

Rischbieth bequeathed this ‘living memorial’ to the National Library of Australia.

Free entry.

Showing until 19 August daily from 10 am to 5 pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus.

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

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 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 until 2 May 2018. 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.

user

Her Canberra

Sometimes a story is bigger than one person...that's when the HerCanberra Team puts its collective head together to come up with the goods. Enjoy! More about the Author