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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

It may be love that’s in the air this week, but it won’t be the bucket loads of affection that will overwhelm you—it’s all the exciting events that are taking place in and around the nation’s capital this week. It’s big! You’ve got the Multicultural Festival and the Multicultural Fringe Festival, there’s Night Market Canberra returning this Friday and Three Sixty Fashion Market on Sunday, Chet Faker is playing the Royal Theatre on Wednesday night, the Summerside Festival is still kicking on until the end of the month, loads of inspiring exhibitions to admire and of course your good old favourites including the Old Bus Depot Markets. Did we miss anything?

Oh and we’re giving away five double passes to Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema Valentine’s Day screening of Pretty Woman! Just email your details to [email protected] and tell us which dynamic duo play Vivian and Edward in the flick? Winners will be notified Thursday 12 February via email.

Here’s what’s happening This Week in The Can!


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Sweet Charity

Hey big spender… Canberra Theatre Centre is proud to announce the return of smash-hit professional musicals for the nation’s capital with three-time Helpmann Award Winning production Sweet Charity and it opens this Wednesday night. The high-octane musical tells the story of dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine and her co-workers. Each day, Charity dances with man after man in order to earn a living, all the while dreaming of the day she will be taken away from her sordid dance hall existence and rescued by a respectable man who falls madly in love with her.  Sweet Charity’s high-energy choreography and sharp-witted dialogue makes it the perfect night of musical theatre for adults. On Wednesday 11 February until Sunday 22 February. For session times visit Canberra Theatre Centre.

Multicultural Festival

A kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, sights, flavours and fun is set to transform Canberra when the 2015 National Multicultural Festival unfolds in the city centre this weekend. The festival will feature all the key events and performances it’s renowned for, including: the Food and Dance Spectacular, Greek Glendi, Carnival in the City, Chinese New Year and Pacific Island Showcase. Justice Crew will be headlining the Festival’s stellar program and you won’t want to miss it. On Friday 13 to Sunday 15 February kicking off at 5.30pm on Friday afternoon and from 10am Saturday and Sunday in Garema Place, City Walk and other nearby venues in and around the heart of the city. For more information and to check out the program visit the Multicultural Festival website.

Chet Faker

As his massive year draws to a close, Chet Faker (aka Melbournian native Nicholas Murphy) hits Canberra for the final tour of his award-winning breakthrough debut LP Built On GlassChet will be ably supported by Melbourne wonder-producer Roland Tings and rising cosmic-funk revivalists GL.

Chet Faker took out five wins from nine nominations at this year’s ARIA Awards including ‘Best Male Artist’, ‘Best Independent Release’, ‘Producer of the Year’, ‘Engineer of the Year’ (Eric J Dubowsky) and ‘Best Artwork’ (Tin&Ed) for his chart-topping, gold-accredited debut album Built on Glass (Future Classic). He recently picked up the J Award for ‘Australian Album of the Year’ as well as the #1 spot on the listener-voted triple j Best of 2014 – Top Ten Album poll.

At the Royal Theatre on Wednesday 11 February. Tickets from Ticketek.

Multicultural Fringe Festival 

FIESTA! CORROBOREE! PARTY! The new look Canberra Multicultural Fringe promises to be a celebration of risk taking arts with a multicultural focus. Prepare for great music, dynamic performance, games, workshops, parties and events for people of all ages when the Multicultural Fringe kicks off this Friday. Canberra Multicultural Fringe is a festival that celebrates the edge of Australian cultural identity and diversity through music, art, film and dance, and is curated by Little Dove Theatre Art. On Friday 13 to Sunday 15 February. For more information and the program visit the Multicultural Fringe website.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Shell Prom Concert

Pack your rug and picnic hamper, bring the family and join the CSO under the trees for Canberra’s favourite afternoon concert. This concert invokes the spirited and intoxicating musical traditions of the British Isles. It features Australian violin sensation, Anna Da Silva Chen, in the sprightly folk melodies of Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Other selections include the Hebrides Overture, inspired by Mendelssohn’s visit to the Hebrides Archipelago off the west coast of Scotland in 1829, orchestral renditions of Danny Boy and The Last Rose of Summer, as well as English folk song, Greensleeves. With the wit, whimsy and energy of compère and conductor Guy Noble, this concert is a must for all the family. Tickets available through Canberra Ticketing, or at the gate. Adult tickets approximately $30, family packages available. Phone the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for more details on (02) 6262 6772. On Saturday 14 February from 5pm to 7pm at Government House, Yarralumla. Visit the CSO website for more information.

Valentine’s Day Recital: Love is in the air

Love is the air this Saturday evening when lead carillionist Lyn Fuller and studen carillionist Anna Wong perform a special Valentine’s Day recital at the Carillion on Aspen Island. With big hits including Hey Big Spender, Sweet Caroline, and Skip to my Lou, it’s an evening not to be missed. Pack a hamper and picnic rug, and relax by the lake at sunset for this very special Valentine’s Day performance. On Saturday 14 February from 7pm to 8pm at Aspen Island, Parkes.


Summerside Festival

When the weather heats up so does The Poacher’s Way, with their exciting calendar of summer-themed eventsThe annual Summerside Festival celebrates everything good about summer in the region; this month-long festival is full of dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the best of the region’s wines as well as exciting performances, events and exhibitions.

Embrace the warmer weather this February with a morning horse ride, lazy long lunch, chocolate or wine tasting, film under the stars or an afternoon of live music. Or why not make a weekend of it at one of our accommodation providers before finishing it off with a degustation dining experience… On now until until 1 March.

V Spot Café presents Raw Food Dinner

In honour of the 2015 Multiculutral Festival, the V Spot Café has designed four Raw Dinners from four cuisine cultures (Thai, Italian, Indian and Spanish). The first dinner of the series will take place this Friday with a Thai theme but numbers are limited. Bookings are $75 per person with bookings essential. Email [email protected]. On Thursday 12 (Italian), Friday 20 (Indian) and Friday 27 February (Spanish) from 6pm at V Spot Café.


Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema Canberra

You won’t want to miss Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema‘s Valentine’s Day screening of Pretty Woman at Canberra’s central lakeside venue on Patrick White Lawns (near the National Library). There’s even a specially crafted cocktail and pizza menu to enjoy. Setting the seductive tone until sundown is Producer and DJ, Beat Taskforce, whose music draws influence from 90s R&B, alternative hits and future beats.  The perfect Valentine’s night wouldn’t be complete without some tantalising treats to keep you and your date satiated. The Jar Bar will be serving up some specially created Valentine’s Day cocktails including ‘Romance on Rodeo Drive’, a delightful ‘Pretty Woman’ twist on the Long Island Iced Tea with mixed berries that is sure to set hearts racing. Lovebirds can also share a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream or one of the Rocketboy wood-fired pizzas whilst snuggled with a rug under the stars. Enjoy all the action in comfort and style as deckchairs, bean loungers and blankets can be hired as part of the ticket packages available, and Valentine’s Day tickets include a glass of Giesen wine or non-alcoholic beverage on arrival. Volkswagen Polo Class tickets also include reserved bean lounger seating, a blanket, a drink and a Ben & Jerry’s shortie. With music by day and movies by night, Openair Cinemas support local musicians and play a mix of favourite cult classics and hot new release films. Check their website for full details and bookings. Variety of seating options available. On now until Thursday 22 February.

Summer at the National Arboretum Canberra

Throughout summer the National Arboretum Canberra is offering a range of visitor experiences including self-guided walking tours, free guided Terrace Talks and forest walks. Tours for all ages and abilities are available whether on your own or in a group. The free guided tours leave regularly from the Village Centre, starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm each day. Bookings recommended with a maximum of 16 people. The full program of events is available at the National Arboretum Canberra website. Open until Saturday 28 February 2015.

The Orangutan Project Stall

The Multicultural Festival is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Drop by The Orangutan Project stall to say hi, adopt a baby orangutan (our editor Jess has twins!), or to simply check out the range of merchandise. The stall will be selling gorgeous orangutan toys, books, drink holders, hats, drink bottles, key rings, notepads, palm-oil free soap, cookies and more! Raffle tickets will be on sale for $2 to win a terrific hamper. Don’t forget to bring your old mobile phones for recycling too. The Orangutan Project (TOP) is the world’s foremost not-for-profit organisation, supporting orangutan conservation, rainforest protection, local community partnerships and the rehabilitation and reintroduction of displaced orangutans back to the wild, in order to save the two orangutan species from extinction. TOP is a non-partisan organisation that collaborates with several orangutan conservation projects, as well as providing habitat protection through its own programs to deter wildlife poaching, illegal logging and land clearing in Indonesia. On Sunday 15 February from 9am to 4pm in Garema Place.

Courtyard Cinema at A. Baker

Courtyard Cinema brings you a summer of new and classic movies in the intimate setting of NewActon’s courtyard every Tuesday evening until March. Screenings are styled for the summer holiday season. The monthly Raw Stories strand selects premier or barely seen new documentary films, true stories with a bite to them. Blink and You’ll Miss Them picks up on a few feature films that either slipped Canberra by, or were gone before you knew that they’ve been here. Cult Cuts carves off a tasty slice of our favourite cult movies, whilst Classy Coms is a tasteful sideboard of some of the most streamlined screwball rom coms from the deluxe 1930s.

Screenings commence at sunset. Deckchair admission is free on the purchase of an A. Baker glass of wine or bottle of beer. Bookings essential, as seats are very limited. Patrons should note ratings for all films; those under 15 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian to films marked MA15+ or E. In the event of wet weather, the screening will be cancelled. Cancellations will be announced on the A. Baker Facebook page three hours prior to the screening.

Delicious afterDARK: Rainforest to Red Centre

Experience the contrasts of the cool rainforest and the arid Red Centre at night—right in the heart of Canberra. Start your evening with an aperitif on arrival, then embark on a night-time guided journey through the diverse habitats of the Gardens. Finish your evening with a gourmet bush food supper and wine tasting in the Red Centre Garden. An ‘adults only’ evening combining the best of the Gardens’ afterDARK tour experiences with gourmet food and wine. Runs every Friday night until 27 March 2015. Cost applies. See the National Botanical Gardens website for details on how to book.

Tid by Torchlight

With summer well underway, Canberrans and visitors have the unique opportunity to explore Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during the evening to watch native animals emerge from their hiding places for nightfall. The Tid by Torchlight program, which is organised by Conservation Volunteers Australia, is available to run every Friday and Saturday night until 30 April 2015, subject to minimum booking numbers. The program is an opportunity to see and learn about our local, native flora and fauna in the stunning reserve with an expert guide. Each tour runs for five hours and begins with a dusk wildlife walk and gourmet bush BBQ before venturing into the forest at night, to discover animals you wouldn’t normally find.

Your guide will walk you through the reserve sanctuary and a spotlight tour of the forest, while teaching you about Australia’s native wildlife. Tickets are $80 for an adult and $65 for children. For visitors, the ticket price also covers the cost of transportation to and from Canberra hotels. Your ticket sale will support wildlife conservation at Tidbinbilla; a portion of the cost is donated directly back to Tidbinbilla’s endangered species breeding programs. For more information visit their website.


Night Market Canberra

Following the huge success of the inaugural event held in 2014, Night Market Canberra returns for their second event promising more stalls, live entertainment, tasty treats, cocktails and fun. A great way to get lucky, head along to Realm Park in Burbury Close on Friday 13 February from 4pm to 9pm.

Three Sixty Fashion Market

When Sunday arrives you’ll want to be on the steps of Kingston Foreshore at the historic Fitters Workshop because Three Sixty Fashion Market is back! You’ll find recycled and ethically made wares, because looking good is feeling good. It’s about thoughtfulness, fun and positive engagement. So if you, like the Three Sixty Fashion Market team, love style and sustainability save the date and be there on this weekend. On Sunday 15 February from 10am to 3pm.

Lifeline EPIC Bookfair

Lose yourself in the hundreds of thousands of books and more at the Lifeline EPIC Bookfair. Held over three huge days with a full range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare and collectables, children books, textbooks, comics, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and more, there’s something for everyone. Head out to EPIC on Friday 13 February from 9am to 6pm, check out Family Day on Saturday 14 February from 9am to 5pm with fun activities for the kids and special appearance by Prime Possum at 10am; or potter about on Sunday 15 February from 10am to 4pm. You can find the Bookfair in the Bundawang Building at EPIC. Entry is a gold coin donation with all proceeds going to Lifeline Canberra’s 13 11 14 telephone crisis support.

Canberra Community Twilight Markets

Why not take your Valentine to the Twilight markets for something different or treat the family to an evening out? There’s beautiful fresh flower arrangements by Rockabilly Floral Lane, live music from The Cheeky Violets and Queen B and The Archers. Shop with local talented businesses for produce, gifts, scents, clothing, art and collectables. Bring a picnic rug and enjoy a devonshire tea by Sweet Chari-Tea or sausage sizzle by Canberra Roller Derby League. Proceeds go to Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital (PatCH) and The Cancer Council. Free parking, donation at the door for The Cancer Council. On Saturday 14 February from 3pm to 8pm at 255 Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Gold Creek Markets

Gold Creek Markets run on the third Sunday of each month at Ginniderra Village in O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls. With over 30 great stallholders, there’s something for everyone. On Sunday 15 February from 10am to 3pm.

O2D Charity Garage Sale

o2d Charity Garage Sales are held every four weeks. Busy unpacking donations, there are plenty of new items to browse through this month including lots of winter coats, hats and flanelette pjs. Plus most fiction and non-fiction books are now just $1. Come along and grab a bargain with many items near new or in excellent condition. All proceeds used to fund projects that support children in poor communities. On Saturday 14 February from 7am to 1pm at 5 O’Grady Place, Wanniassa. Visit the o2d website for for more information.

Marymead Monster Garage Sale

Marymead will be holding a Monster Garage Sale on Saturday 14 February from 9am to 1pm at 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah. There’ll be plants, books, toys, bric-a-brac, clothes, sausage sizzle and more! For more information visit the Marymead website.

Harvest Swap

During spring and summer the Belconnen Swap Meet is running on the second Saturday of the month. The swap meet is at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets on Lathlain Street and is a free event. Just bring some fruit, vegetables or herbs to share and swap it for what someone else has brought. It’s that simple. On Saturday 14 February from 10am to 12.30pm. For more information visit 100 Kilos.

Old Bus Depot Markets

The Old Bus Depot Markets are back into the swing of things for 2015 and is something of a Sunday tradition in Canberra. Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who make their way to Canberra’s famous Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston every Sunday. Find your favourite stallholder and visit the Markets this Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Find out more at the Old Bus Depot Markets website.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands – the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

Gorman House Markets

For a quarter of a century, the Gorman House Markets have been Canberra’s much loved meeting place providing opportunities for the community and visitors alike to express themselves creatively, trade and shop in a vibrant environment, access to an audience, engage in the arts and be a part of living heritage. Experience them from 10am to 4pm every Saturday at Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.


James Aspey

James Aspey spent 2014 traveling around Australia while maintaining a vow of silence, to raise awareness about animals and to promote peace over violence. He was diagnosed with Leaukemia as a 17yo and is presently in remission. His trip included cycling from Darwin to Sydney. He was a regular Sydney guy who loved surfing and hanging out with his mates. A series of events led him to questioning and exploring a life filled with meaning and purpose. He was interviewed on Sunrise a week after finishing his trip. James will appear in Canberra for one night only and you are invited to hear his inspiring story. As an expression of goodwill, the event is a gold coin donation. Food and drink will be available at minimal charge. For more information about this event, call 0422 151 862 or visit Eventbrite. You can hear James’ inspiring story from 7pm to 9pm on Friday 13 February at Majura Hall, Rosevear Place, Dickson.

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

A tea cosy exhibition would not be complete without Loani Prior tea cosies and this exhibition stars 20 exuberant cosies with marvellously quirky names such as Sleeveless in Seattle and All form and No Function. To coincide with the Portraits of a Tea Cosy exhibition, Craft ACT is proud to partner with the ANU to offer knitting enthusiasts a special one off opportunity to learn from the Queen of Teacosies, Loani Prior in a two-day workshop on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Places are limited. For more information and to book visit Craft ACT The exhibition will open Thursday 12 February and run until Saturday 28 March.


The First World War produced some of the most striking and memorable images in Australian history. Sourced entirely from the National Library’s collection, Keepsakes: Australians and the Great War includes Norman Lindsay’s original artwork for his most famous propaganda posters, Stan Cross’ cartoons of wartime Australia, and works by other important artists of the period, including Will Dyson, Frank Hurley, David Low and Ruby Lind.

Dr Guy Hansen, Director, Exhibitions, explores the imagery of the Great War on display in Keepsakes. Discover how these images are now part of our collective memory of the First World War. On Thursday 12 February at 12.30pm in the Ferguson Room at the National Library. Bookings are free but essential online or phone (02) 6262 1271.

Public Speaking for Women workshop

Canberra psychotherapists, Jessica Rose and Marg Cranney are supporting local women to speak up. Their Public Speaking for Women course, conducted on Tuesday nights and one Saturday in February, creates a supportive environment in which women can learn to manage anxiety and deal with self-doubt, prepare presentations that captivate audiences, constructively assess their own presentations, effectively use their voices and develop their own presentation styles. For 20 years Canberra women have been inspired by this course identifying positive experiences and outcomes in feedback to the facilitators. The next workshop will take place on Tuesday 10 February from 7pm to 10pm at 27 Scottsdale Street, Lyons. Future workshop dates include Saturday 21 (10am-4pm) and Tuesday 24 February (7pm-10pm) and Tuesday 3 March (7pm-10pm). For bookings visit their website or phone Jessica on (02) 6281 1769 or Marg on (02) 6288 0754.

ANU Meet the Author with David Day

Paul Keating was one of the most significant political figures of the late twentieth century, firstly as Treasurer for eight years and then Prime Minister for five years. Although he has spent all of his adult life in the public eye, Keating has eschewed the idea of publishing his memoirs and has discouraged biographers from writing about his life.

Undaunted, best-selling biographer David Day has taken on the task of giving Keating the biography that he deserves. Based on extensive research in libraries and archives, interviews with Keating’s former colleagues and associates, and walking the tracks of Keating’s life, Day has painted the first complete portrait of Paul Keating, covering both the public and private man. Books will be available for sale and signings will take place after the event at the Co-op stand. On Thursday 12 February from 6pm to 7pm in the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU. Bookings are free but essential via Eventbrite.

Joe Abercrombie Book Launch: Half the World

Join the team at Harry Hartog Booksellers in Westfield Woden next Monday 16 February from 6.30pm for an evening with bestselling British author Joe Abercrombie, to celebrate the release of his Half the World. Free entry and refreshments provided. Joe’s books will be available for purchase on the night, including his beloved First Law saga. Bookings essential on (02) 6232 5832 or email [email protected].

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Free screening)

Join the ANU Film Group with the opening screen of the Film Group in 2015 as they say goodbye to Middle Earth with the latest and last instalment of The Hobbit. This is a free screening open to everyone. So head over to Coombs Theatre on Fellows Road in Acton and enjoy a movie on them. Membership is open to everyone with a program including over 80 films between February and July, all in a full cinema set up. The film will commence at 7.30pm on Monday 9 February and conclude around 10pm. For more information visit the ANU Film Group website.

Shen Yun

An extraordinary journey inspired by 5,000 years of divine culture, Shen Yun is unique, inspirational and absolutely beautiful. Heavenly realms and timeless legends spring to life through classical Chinese dance. Dazzling costumes, thunderous battle drums and powerful flips fill the stage with colour and energy. Exquisite melodies and animated backdrops uplift your spirit and transport you to another world. Experience the wonder of authentic Chinese culture. Experience Shen Yun. Tickets available for Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 16 February for two days only. Visit Canberra Theatre Centre for pricing and session times.


Immerse yourself in Metasystems—a world premiere performance by award-winning choreographer James Batchelor and collaborators. Presented as part of the Canberra Museum and Gallery PULSE public exhibition program and the Canberra Multicultural Fringe, Metasystems is an intriguing hybrid performance incorporating contemporary dance and visual arts. Through the documentation and translation of the processes taking place at the construction site, Metasystems is an observation of the rapidly evolving landscape we inhabit. Four performers move 320 cement besser blocks creating a world that is simultaneously being constructed and deconstructed. Opening 7pm Thursday 12 February in the Courtyard Studion at Canberra Theatre Centre. Shows also available at 7pm Friday 13, 2pm and 7pm Saturday 14, and 6pm Sunday 15 February. Tickets are $15 and $20, and available through Canberra Theatre Centre.

POST PHASE: The Summit Is Blue

POST PHASE:The Summit Is Blue as a contemporary dance performance that is part of the Multicultural Festival, running from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 February. This will be Canberra-raised performer, Chloe Chignell, first time presenting her work in the nation’s capital since leaving to study at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2011. Opening Thursday 12 February at 8.30pm in the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre. All performances will be at 8.30pm from 12 to 15 February. Tickets available through Canberra Theatre Centre.


Saturday Sound Garden

Honkytonks is bringing back live music every Saturday afternoon throughout summer and this Saturday 14 February is no different. It may be Valentine’s Day, but there’s no reason not to be vibing out with live bands, sangria, tacos and all round good times. What’s more it’s the Multicultural Festival!

No Lights, No Lycra

No Lights, No Lycra makes a return for 2015. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.

Bec and Sam will be taking over as the (North) Canberra ambassadors for 2015. NLNL will move to Wednesday nights starting Wednesday 4 February with dancing from 7.30pm to 9pm, and in a new location. Head to St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door. For more information visit the new NLNL Facebook page. On Wednesday 4 February from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Returning this Friday from 5pm, join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge.

Phoenix Players presents High Fidelity

Phoenix Players presents High Fidelity – a rock musical about hating your job, falling in love, and your all-time Top Five! Based on the novel by Nick Hornby and the Touchstone Pictures Film. Matinee and evening shows at the ANU Arts Centre from until 21 February. Tickets start at $25 from www.phoenixplayers.com.au.

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

30+ Dance Event will be hosting weekly Dance Parties every Saturday night at The RUC where you will be provided with an entralling and relaxed atmosphere to meet new people at your own leisure. A fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere to dance, meet new or other likeminded persons, romance, flirt or socialise and make friends. These are popular weekly Saturday night evens and the ideal night out for fun-loving socialable 30+s with pulsating music from the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s plus much more. Visit 30 Plus Dance Event for details. On Saturday 7 February from 7.30pm onwards at The RUC, Turner.

Smith’s Alternative Live Gigs

For more information about Smith’s Alternative Live gigs and to purchase tickets please visit their website.

Sunday afternoon music

Soak up the last of the weekend and enjoy the summer sun while chilling on the water at the Museum Bar Steamy Sundays – every Sunday during Summer from 2pm.

Sit back and enjoy food and drinks by Broadbean Catering with $5 ciders, $10 classic pimms cocktails and antipasti/cheese and homemade dip share plates.

Live DJ acts are on hand to provide some much needed chilled-out tunes.

And, yes, kids are welcome! Let the young ones run around on the grassy hills while you sit back and enjoy a cocktail with friends.

Make your summer weekends last longer with Sunday afternoon jazz in the House of Representatives courtyard. Running until Sunday 22 February, share a platter and Sangria with friends from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. For more information visit the MOADOPH website.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The PhoenixTransit BarThe FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.


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. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – 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. At the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.

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 2 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.

Brick by Brick Installation

Budding designers can create their own capital using Lego and Duplo blocks at the National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point. Brick By Brick: Build Your Own Capital allows visitors to create a new National Capital or replicate iconic buildings in Canberra, designed for people of all ages and abilities. Construction sheets are available for visitors to copy the design of some the national institutions and buildings. Open Australia Day. For details on Brick By Brick session times, visit the National Capital Authority website.

Plus the National Capital Authority’s free preschooler program, Little Griffins also returns this Friday, perfect for the littlies to enjoy at the National Capital Exhibition. From 10am to 11am, your little one(s) can enjoy songs, activities and lots of Duplo construction fun as a gentle introduction to the wonders of the nation’s capital.


Learn to play Roller Derby (Men, Women and Mixed)

If you want to play roller derby or become a referee or official, now’s your chance. The Varsity Derby League (VDL) is gender-inclusive with a men’s, women’s and co-ed non-gendered teams. You don’t need to know how to skate or how to play roller derby, you’ll learn everything you need to know. You do need to be over 18 years. Head to an information session to find out more and meet the trainers and skaters. Some equipment will be available for new skaters to borrow however you must bring your own mouthguard. The basic gear you will need included: quad roller skates, knee/elbow pads, wrist guards and helmet (rounded derby/skate helmet). The next info session is on Tuesday 10 February from 7pm at Adrenalin Boardstore, 5 Leeton Street in Fyshwick. There will be three free trial sessions where you can try skating with the VDL following the information session.


Imaginarium: Curated by Amanda Stuart

The exhibition will delve into the realm of imaginary creatures and/or forms that speak to interpretations of “hybrids”: imaginary creatures, creations, or objects that are fanciful, intriguing, even confronting, invite interpretation, and explore the cross–fertilisation of ideas, places and imagery. Imaginarium will examine the political, spiritual, technological, biological, ecological and cultural, and showcases the work of 20 local and national artists working in a range of mediums. On now until Sunday 15 February at Belconnen Arts Centre.


As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, 6 Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response. Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Following sell-out shows in Los Angeles and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, comes the National Gallery of Australia’s 2014 summer blockbuster James Turrell: A Retrospective. Never before seen in Australia and showing only in Canberra, James Turrell is considered one of the greatest artists of our time. The National Gallery of Australia’s retrospective combines works from LACMA’s tour with spectacular new, site-specific installations. The exhibition is open until Monday 8 June, 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia. Ensure to check the exhibitions time changes over Christmas (closed Christmas Day). Tickets are available to purchase through Ticketek but bookings are also essential as only 15 people are allowed through in any one session.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier

Explore Parisian life through the work of three nineteenth century French masters in the new exhibition Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier at the National Gallery of Australia. Featuring over 150 prints, posters, drawings and monotypes from the national collection Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier examines the major contribution to French art made by Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808-1879), Edgar Degas (1834-1917) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). Open until 15 March 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia.

In the Flesh

In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary art that confronts the concept of humanness and the experiences of consciousness and emotion. Featuring 10 Australian artists including Jan Nelson, Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Michel Peck, the exhibition explores themes of nurture, vulnerability, self-possession, isolation, acceptance and intimacy. The exhibition is open until 9 March 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of artworks created by Warlpiri people in the 1950s. Glimpsed through the eyes of the collector as well as more recent Warlpiri interpretations, Warlpiri Drawings explores how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change, to picture life in the present and look hopefully towards the future. The exhibition is open until 31 May 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.

Other exhibitions

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.


Portraits of a Tea Cosy

A tea cosy exhibition would not be complete without Loani Prior tea cosies and this exhibition stars 20 exuberant cosies with marvellously quirky names such as Sleeveless in Seattle and All form and No FunctionPortraits of a Tea Cosy has been developed into a travelling exhibition through collaboration with the artists and Warwick Art Gallery with assistance from Museum and Gallery Services of Queensland. The exhibition will open Thursday 12 February by Mark Viner, Head of Sturt at 6pm in Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Gallery and will run until Saturday 28 March. Craft ACT is proud to partner with the ANU to offer knitting enthusiasts a special one off opportunity to learn from the Queen of Teacosies, Loani Prior in a two-day workshop on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Places are limited. For more information and to book visit Craft ACT.

New Exhibitions at M16 Artspace

M16 will open three new exhibitions centred around contemporary Australian art at 6pm Thursday 12 February. Contemporary Australia are three exhibitions that explore different aspects of contemporary Australian art: Contemporary Visions of Aboriginal Art: Warlpiri Artists from the remote communities of Yuenduma and Lajamanu, Northern Territory (curated by Catherine Jackman), The Other Side: Her Riot and Alchemists’ Paradise: Tommy Balogh. The exhibition runs until Sunday 1 March. The exhibition can be explored from 12pm to 5pm Wednesday through Sundays at M16 Artspace, Kingston.

Arthur Boyd: Portrait of Friendship

Manning Clark House Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Arthur Boyd, from the period of his long friendship with historian Manning Clark. These intimate works, figurative and set against the Australian bush, include two portraits of Manning Clark as well as a series of artistic nudes. This unique exhibition takes place in the original home of Manning and Dymphna Clark– the lounge room where Arthur and Manning discussed art, culture and other issues of the day over a pot of tea. Most of these works are on loan from the Bundanon Trust collection. Entry is by donation. Opening at 4pm, Sunday February 15th at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest ACT. The exhibition will run until March 15th. Opening hours are Thursday to Sunday, 11am until 3pm.

Fresh from the Hague

The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, has produced another Type and Media graduating show and as part of the National Tour, AGDA has brought it to Canberra.  Eight posters, representing the work of some of the best emerging type artists in the world from the graduating class of 2014 will be on display as well as the 2013 exhibition of 12 posters.

First run in 2002, The Royal Academy’s Type and Media program attracts design students from all over the world. It’s a one-year intensive course where students collaborate and delve more deeply into type design for not only print, but also film, television, video and interactive media. The Brisbane typeface produced by Troy Leinster, who is one of only four Australians to ever complete the course, is one of the highlights of the 2013 exhibition, which toured The Hague, The Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Brisbane; Moscow, Russia; and Sofia Bulgaria. On now until Wednesday 18 February from 10am to 4pm at the Gallery of Australian Design, Kingston. For more information visit the AGDA website.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Open until 24 December, 2015. Visit their website for more information.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities. 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. Open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something. Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Enterprising Australians

An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 25 June 2015 at Questacon.

World of Cricket from the Bradman Museum at Canberra Museum and Gallery

The unmistakable sound of leather on willow will echo through Canberra this summer when the city plays host to some of the world’s leading cricket nations as they compete for the prestigious – ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Featuring rare and captivating material from the Bradman Museum, as well as contemporary equipment from those teams that will compete at Manuka Oval in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the exhibition will bridge the historical gap between Bradman and the contemporary game, and shed a light on Canberra’s own cricketing heritage. Open until Sunday 15 March 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Rick Amor 21 Portraits

Rick Amor 21 Portraits brings together paintings, prints and drawings spanning Rick Amor’s thirty year career, confirming his status as one of Australia’s great portrait artists. A regular exhibitor and finalist in the Archibald prize, Amor’s works are held in all major public collections in Australia. In 2008, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne held a survey show of Rick Amor’s paintings and drawings. Rick Amor (b. 1948) has been a quiet presence in the Australian art scene for three decades. 21 Portraits evokes Amor’s broader practice: his professional commissions, his artistic circle in Melbourne, his periods abroad, his stern self-analysis and his brooding visions of the natural and built environment. The exhibition includes portraits of artists, poets, writers as well as four self portraits, reflecting Amor’s broad interest in culture, politics and the written word. Rick Amor 21 Portraits, draws portraits from both private collections and the Portrait Gallery’s own collection. Open until 1 March 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Keepsakes: Australians and The Great War

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the National Library of Australia invites you to explore their fascinating collection of wartime albums, medals, letters and diaries in Keepsakes. Keepsakes tells the story of The Great War as experienced by Australian servicemen and women, key political leaders, civilians, artists and families on the homefront. Discover how very personal stories become our nation’s collective memory. Open until Sunday 31 May, 2015.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August, 2015.

PULSE: Reflections on the body

PULSE: Reflections on the body incorporates the work of 25 contemporary Australian artists. As medical science increasingly employs prosthetics, the distinctions between the natural and the fabricated body is blurring more and more in today’s world. Through exhibition, a performance program and a series of floor-talks and public conversations, the project is curated by Mark Bayly, CMAG’s Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Collections. Open until 22 February 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story

Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story reflects on the powerful bonds and enduring relationships between people and horses to trace how together they have helped build the Australian nation. This exhibition features some 500 historical artefacts, including icons of the nation’s thoroughbred racing history, horse-drawn vehicles, riding equipment and trophies telling the stories of some of Australia’s leading international equestrians. Film, sound and sculptural elements bring the majesty and character of the horse into the space, with specially produced digital features exploring Australian breeds and the nation’s pony club stories. Open now until 9 March 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.


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