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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

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11 THINGS NOT TO MISS

SARAH BLASKO

Sarah Blasko writes songs that strike with rare immediacy, clarity and purpose. Melodies beguilingly simple, lyrics honest and direct. Music steeped in atmosphere and mood.

Her latest offering, Depth of Field (due February 23), represents another extraordinary chapter in the career of an artist whose six-album run of genre defining art-pop is unparalleled. The album is the follow-up to Blasko’s ARIA Award winning, AMP shortlisted Eternal Return.

To celebrate the release of Depth of Field, Blasko has also announced a run of headline shows, leading her miraculous band (Donny Benet, Laurence Pike and Dave Hunt) on an extensive national tour.

Happening Wednesday 23 May from 8 pm – 10.30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET PRESENTS THE MERRY WIDOW

Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce.

The tiny principality of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. Only when they meet does he realise that she’s his childhood sweetheart – and that she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.

Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers.

Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve.

Happening Friday 25 May to Wednesday 30 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

See the website for more information. 

Natural Nine X Johnnie Walker Whisky Degustation

The NATURAL NINE X JOHNNIE WALKER whisky degustation, featuring the expertise of whisky ambassador Simon McGoram, is coming May 23 from 7 pm. Limited spots available, $135pp.

Visit the website for more information.

Happening Wednesday 23 May from 7 pm at Natural Nine, inside Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City. See the menu here.

Spiegelau Beer Glass Tasting

Join King O’Malley’s for a Spiegelau Beer Glass Tasting on Wednesday 23rd of May.

For just $49 per person you’ll be treated to a tasting board of different beers served in the high-quality crystal Spiegelau glassware… which you will get to KEEP! The inclusions on the night are valued at $100 ($60 of that is the RRP of the glass itself).

It’s a night not to be missed! Book your ticket here.

Fame: The Musical

Based on the beloved TV show and motion picture FAME – The Musical tells the story of the High School of Performing Arts in New York where students go to learn the craft of acting, music and dance.

The forefather of shows such as High School Musical, Glee and the upcoming Rise, FAME has proven that it’s characters and songs really will ‘live forever’.

Featuring a mix of Canberra’s up and coming and best-loved performers, with a finale that will blow your mind, FAME is a must-see musical of 2018.

Happening from 11-26 May at The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

AUDIENCE ADVICE: suitable for 16+ years – references to sex and drugs.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is back in full swing for their winter series. This will be the place to be every Friday for fabulous food, fun, music and drinks.

Throughout the month of May, there will be winter inspired drinks including bourbon and whiskey. Not a bourbon and whiskey fan? Not to worry, there will be plenty of other drinks to choose from. Additionally, there will be more themes throughout the course of the year.

This will be an indoor event located in the Hoi Polloi Restaurant.

Happening every Friday until 25 May from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

For further information contact [email protected], call 6261 7200 or visit the website.

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: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

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.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Showing until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN DINNER

On Thursday, Canberra Institute of Technology Event Management students presents Fight Like a Woman. Canberra stalls with products, advice, networking, canapes, 2-course lunch, speakers, raffle, silent auction and live entertainment – all in the name of Pink Ribbon.

Visit stalls which include products, services or advice from women that own or operate a business in Canberra. Listen to live singers, help us raise $2, 000.00 for Pink Ribbon, buy tickets to attend, join in the raffle, bid in the silent auction or donate. Let’s help women find the strength to go on day to day and to help their future become a reality.

Your involvement would help highlight how important this cause is for the future of woman in Canberra and how important it is to FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN.

As readers of HerCanberra we offer you $10.00 off VIP Tickets ($75.00 + booking fees) which include 2 canapés, 2 course dinner (main and dessert) and a gift bag (cards/pamphlets from stalls, pink ribbon, pink ribbon pen, pink nail polish, VIP seating and 1 drink voucher), offer code HERCANBERRA2018.

Happening Thursday 24 May from 6 – 9 om pm at Canberra Institute of Technology, K Block, Level 2, 37 Constitution Ave, Reid ACT 2612

Dress: Smart Casual.

Book via Eventbrite. Find more information here.

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: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

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

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is back in full swing for their winter series. This will be the place to be every Friday for fabulous food, fun, music and drinks.

Throughout the month of May, there will be winter inspired drinks including bourbon and whiskey. Not a bourbon and whiskey fan? Not to worry, there will be plenty of other drinks to choose from. Additionally, there will be more themes throughout the course of the year.

This will be an indoor event located in the Hoi Polloi Restaurant.

Happening every Friday until 25 May from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

For further information contact [email protected], call 6261 7200 or visit the website.

Natural Nine X Johnnie Walker Whisky Degustation

The NATURAL NINE X JOHNNIE WALKER whisky degustation, featuring the expertise of whisky ambassador Simon McGoram, is coming May 23 from 7 pm. Limited spots available, $135pp.

Visit the website for more information.

Happening Wednesday 23 May from 7 pm at Natural Nine, inside Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra City. See the menu here.

Free Burritos at Zambreros

Burrito fans, rejoice! To celebrate Zambrero’s new and improved beef offering; Barbacoa Beef; Australia’s most-loved healthy Mexican restaurant chain is treating the masses to free burritos nationwide on Wednesday 23 May.

In Zambrero’s biggest giveaway to date, nine cities across the nation will be provided with free wrapped pockets of deliciousness.

Pick up a smokin’ new Barbacoa burrito in Canberra’s CBD either in the morning from 11.30 am or in the afternoon from 3:30 pm. Burrito enthusiasts can jump onto Zambrero’s Facebook page or website for their closest location with Zambrero keeping the exact addresses under wraps until the day before as the tasty treats are expected to fly out the door like hotcakes!

More info here.

Spiegelau Beer Glass Tasting

Join King O’Malley’s for a Spiegelau Beer Glass Tasting on Wednesday 23rd of May.

For just $49 per person you’ll be treated to a tasting board of different beers served in the high-quality crystal Spiegelau glassware… which you will get to KEEP! The inclusions on the night are valued at $100 ($60 of that is the RRP of the glass itself).

It’s a night not to be missed! Book your ticket here.

FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN DINNER

Canberra Institute of Technology Event Management students presents Fight Like a Woman Dinner. Canberra stalls with products, advice, networking, canapes, 2-course lunch, speakers, raffle, silent auction and live entertainment – all in the name of Pink Ribbon.

Visit stalls which include products, services or advice from women that own or operate a business in Canberra. Listen to one of their own live singers, help them raise $2, 000.00 for Pink Ribbon, buy tickets to attend, join in the raffle, bid in the silent auction or donate. Let’s help women find the strength to go on day to day and to help their future become a reality.

Your involvement would help highlight how important this cause is for the future of woman in Canberra and how important it is to FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN.

As readers of HerCanberra we offer you $10.00 off VIP Tickets ($75.00 + booking fees) which include 2 canapés, 2 course dinner (main and dessert) and a gift bag (cards/pamphlets from stalls, pink ribbon, pink ribbon pen, pink nail polish, VIP seating and 1 drink voucher), offer code HERCANBERRA2018.

Happening Thursday 24 May from 6 – 9 pm at Canberra Institute of Technology, K Block, Level 2, 37 Constitution Ave, Reid ACT 2612

Dress: Smart Casual.

Book via Eventbrite. Find more information here. 

TIPSY TEA AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM

It’s always time for tea at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, Tipsy Tea that is! Kicking off from two every Saturday and Sunday, Tipsy Tea is perfect for those seeking a little adventure.

Tipsy Tea (65 pp), in true White Rabbit style combines classic high tea flare with signature concoctions encouraging the curious to explore their senses. To eat, you are greeted by a 3- tier platter with an array of flavoursome bites including; spiced pork sausage rolls, smoked salmon and cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches and semi-dried tomato and caramelised onion tarts. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try the sour rhubarb and marshmallow tarts or the delightful dark chocolate and peanut brownies topped with caramel icing.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, 65 Northbourne Avenue, City.

Book your table via [email protected] or on (02) 6257 7779.

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 4 pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the websitefor 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: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

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 AND THEATRE

THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET PRESENTS THE MERRY WIDOW 

Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce.

The tiny principality of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. Only when they meet does he realise that she’s his childhood sweetheart – and that she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.

Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers.

Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve.

Happening Friday 25 May to Wednesday 30 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

See the website for more information.

SARAH BLASKO

Sarah Blasko writes songs that strike with rare immediacy, clarity and purpose. Melodies beguilingly simple, lyrics honest and direct. Music steeped in atmosphere and mood.

Her latest offering, Depth of Field (due February 23), represents another extraordinary chapter in the career of an artist whose six-album run of genre defining art-pop is unparalleled. The album is the follow-up to Blasko’s ARIA Award winning, AMP shortlisted Eternal Return.

To celebrate the release of Depth of Field, Blasko has also announced a run of headline shows, leading her miraculous band (Donny Benet, Laurence Pike and Dave Hunt) on an extensive national tour.

Happening Wednesday 23 May from 8 pm – 10.30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

NANCYE HAYES AND TODD MCKENNEY IN BOSOM BUDDIES

Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney in Bosom Buddies; the music, the stories and the laughs that stopped the show.

She is Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre. He is Australia’s favourite song and dance man. Together on stage, these two stars are shining brightly.

Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney are pals, chums, bosom buddies. In this new show, they reflect on their stage careers and their life in showbiz. They sing, they dance, they reminisce − about the lows as well as the highs. They tell back stage stories never before told and they show video footage never before seen. This true story is, in turns, moving, poignant and hilarious. As part of each performance the audience is invited to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask. Answers guaranteed! 

Happening Monday 21 May from 7 pm and Tuesday 22 May from 1 pm at the Canberra Theatre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

HANDWORK: SONYA LIFSCHITZ & LISA MOORE

Virtuosi maverick Australian-Ukrainian-American pianists, Sonya Lifschitz and Lisa Moore, join forces to present Handwork – a powerhouse journey on two grand pianos with masterwork music by J.S. Bach, Martin Bresnick and John Adams.

Hear the infamous Bach Goldberg Variations afresh, with it’s intricate ingenuity in luminous clarity as this duo team builds a kaleidoscopic tapestry of color, rhythm and touch. Paired with bold, new American music – the Canberra premieres of Martin Bresnick’s mysteriously evocative Handwork and John Adams’ jazz-infused, rollicking Hallelujah Junction – Sonya and Lisa portray an electrifying and generous musical dialogue with explosive, sonic resonance.

Happening Wednesday 23 May from 7pm – 9 pm at Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music, William Herbert Place.

See the website for more information.

MUSICA VIVA PRESENTS BACH AND HIS WORLD

Step back into the age of Johann Sebastian Bach and experience this music as it was created. Performed on period instruments, this latest show by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra utilises 21st-century technology and expert research to create an enthralling blend of sight and sounds. With a dazzling mix of spoken word, stunning projected video and detailed images coming to bring an extra layer of meaning to this great music.

Happening Thursday 24 May from 7 pm – 9 pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, William Herbert Place.

See the website for more information.

YO DIDDLE DIDDLE

 The hilarious rhyme and rhythm of Tony Wilson’s The Cow Tripped Over The Moon is transformed into a hip hop infused adventure story of one cow and her desire to jump the moon.

Cat tells us the story of Cow, her dream to jump the moon and the night the famous nursery rhyme was created. Cow tries and tries again, encouraged by the wise and resourceful Cat, and musical and inventive dog, Houston. Her friends band together to help Cow to keep trying while Cow discovers what it takes to achieve your dreams.

Happening Thursday 24 May from 6 pm – 7 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

ANU CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS HAYDN’S THE SEASONS

As Autumn begins in inexorable turn into Winter, join the ANU Choral Society as they celebrate the four Seasons of the year through the music of renowned composer Joseph Haydn. Come listen and be moved by the rejuvenating Spring, feel the warmth of Summer, celebrate the Autumn harvests and gather in to stave off the chill of Winter’s grasp.

Conducted by Canberra’s own Leonard Weiss, supported by an orchestra of talented local musicians and featuring world class solists David Greco, Rachel Duncan and Charles Hudson, come and join the ANU Choral Society for a concert not to be missed! 

Happening Saturday 26 May from 7 pm – 10 pm at the Presbyterian Church of St Andrew, 1 State Circle.

See the website for more information.

AVISON’S ESSAY

Charles Avison never strayed far from his home town of Newcastle but he was familiar with the music of many European composers. As a composer, organist, teacher, concert manager and champion of the music of Domenico Scarlatti, Avison composed a very fine set of concerti grossi based on Scarlatti’s keyboard works. However, he is perhaps best remembered for his controversial Essay on Musical Expression, the first music criticism published in English.

Salut! presents a concert of baroque music with works by Avison, Vivaldi, Handel, Caldara, Hasse, Popora, Tessarini and Pergolesi. 

Happening Friday 25 May from 7.30 pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue.

See the website for more information.

I PROGETTI CHAMBER CHOIR: VIA HIBERNIS

I Progetti Chamber Choir presents “Via Hibernis“, a Winter Journey. Similar to, and yet quite unlike Franz Schubert’s great song cycle “Winterreise”, the programmatic theme represents an allegorical descent into Winter, characterised by increasing darkness of spirit as the long slanting shadows gradually steal light and warmth from the world. Yet, a distant glimmer of Spring lights the snow-bound path, leading the wanderer safely to the rebirth of life and hope.

I Progetti was recently formed by founder and Artistic Director Charis Messalina de Valence as a small chamber choir dedicated to fine singing and the exploration of new, unfamiliar, and infrequently performed choral repertoire, presenting concerts developed thematically or by period, composer, or genre.

Happening Sunday 27 May from 1.30 pm at the High Court of Australia, 40 Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Live Concert

On Wednesday 23 May 2018 from 12.40 to 1.20 pm, the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Live series is delighted to present a concert featuring talented students from the ANU Open School of Music in a varied program of solo repertoire and chamber music.

Happening at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest.

Tickets at the door, $10 (includes program and refreshments) or donation. More information here.

Diana Anaid: The Better Girl Tour @ Smiths Alternative

Alternative singer/songwriter and 90’s favourite Diana Anaid returns with the quirky and upbeat My Queen, and Better Girl tour of the East Coast. A rebellious firecracker, Diana pushes boundaries lyrically and emotionally; calling her albums a “tool-kit for survival”. An uncompromising artist, with jagged-edged alt pop and emotional relevance, she’s an inspiration and a dynamic powerhouse performer- a totally passionate one-off. Catch her in her first ACT show since 2010 for an intimate and unforgettable night. With very special supports Ben Camden and Kristy Coote. 

Happening Friday May 25 at 10 pm at Smiths Alternative. More information here

RECONCILIATION DAY EVE: BRIGGS & BAD APPLES MUSIC HOUSE PARTY

From 2018 the ACT will observe a public holiday honouring the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. In this first year, Archie Roach & Tiddas and Briggs & the Bad Apples Crew will descend on the capital for a celebration of Black Excellence on Reconciliation Day Eve.

Bad Apples Music, Australia’s most prolific Indigenous record label, is hosting an unmissable house party in Canberra this National Reconciliation Week. Headlined by Briggs, featuring performances from Birdz, Omar Musa, Nooky, Alice Skye, Tasman Keith, Kobie Dee and hosted by Hau – the Bad Apples House Party will blow the roof off the Canberra Theatre Centre. Briggs established the label to genuinely nurture and support Black Excellence, this will be your chance to celebrate Black Excellence with the label’s roster and friends.

Happening Sunday 27 May from 10 pm – 12 am at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information. 

RECONCILIATION DAY: ARCHIE ROACH & TIDDAS

From 2018 the ACT will observe a public holiday honouring the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. In this first year, Archie Roach & Tiddas and Briggs & the Bad Apples Crew will descend on the capital for a celebration of Black Excellence on Reconciliation Day Eve.

Iconic Australian singer-songwriter, Archie Roach will take the Playhouse stage from 8pm, with favourites Tiddas bringing their sublime and bold vocal harmonies to the mix.

Audiences will be treated to favourites, including A Child Was Born Here, Dancing Shoes and Dancing With My Spirit, capturing Archie’s voice at its best and affirming the contention that he is one of the best 30 voices in the world.

Happening Sunday 27 May from 8 pm – 9.30 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

Fame: The Musical

Based on the beloved TV show and motion picture FAME – The Musical tells the story of the High School of Performing Arts in New York where students go to learn the craft of acting, music and dance.

The forefather of shows such as High School Musical, Glee and the upcoming Rise, FAME has proven that it’s characters and songs really will ‘live forever’.

Featuring a mix of Canberra’s up and coming and best-loved performers, with a finale that will blow your mind, FAME is a must-see musical of 2018.

Happening from 11-26 May at The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

AUDIENCE ADVICE: suitable for 16+ years – references to sex and drugs.

FILM

Credit: tuggeranongarts.com

RECONCILIATION WEEK SCREENING: ZACH’S CEREMONY

Growing up isn’t easy, especially for Zach who is rapidly making the transition from boyhood to manhood, in both the modern world and his ancient culture. Pressures from his loving, but staunch father, the temptations of city life and the ever present spectre of racism all take their toll. Ultimately Zach must embrace the traditions and knowledge of his ancestors and awaken the warrior within.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre is hosting a special Reconciliation Week screening of Zach’s Ceremony – the uplifting and moving coming-of-age feature documentary debut from director Aaron Peterson, which follows the complex journey of Zach Doomadgee from boyhood to manhood. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Zach Doomadgee and his father, creator and producer Alec Doomadgee. A reception will follow with entertainment and refreshments. Entry is free, but please register to guarantee a seat.

Happening Sunday 27 May from 3 pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway.

See the website for more information.

MARKETS

FROCK UP CANBERRA AUTUMN EVENT 

The Autumn Vintage fashion event from Frock Up Australia is back at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre.

The venue will be full with antique, retro designer and vintage clothing – real vintage. Everything from ridiculously small Victorian waisted dresses to minis from the Swinging Sixties. Add to this fashion accessories ranging from costume jewellery to lace.

You never know what you will find when we ‘Frock Up’ at Griffith. 

Happening Friday 25 May from 6 pm – 9 pm and Saturday 26 May from 10 am – 5 pm at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith.

See the website for more information

COLLECTABLE SUNDAY AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Fancy yourself as a collector? On Collectable Sunday, the Old Bus Depot Markets hosts a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing. If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs. 

Happening Sunday 27 May from 10 am – 4 pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston.

See the website for more information

Hartley Hall Markets

You’ll have so much to choose from such as; unique gifts, artwork, home baked goods, dog/cat beds and treats, plants, jewellery, fresh produce, woodwork, crafts and much more – over 200 stalls!

Enjoy the lovely rustic atmosphere where you will find live music, great food and plenty of entertainment for the children to enjoy such as a petting zoo, pony rides, jumping castle, face painting and a giant slide.

Entry is by gold coin donation or our new Tap and Go donation devise and all of the proceeds from the Hartley Hall Markets are contributed to Hartley Lifecare which provides accommodation, respite, community services and assisted technology to people with physical and complex disabilities living in the ACT and surrounding regions.

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

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer 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 4 pm to 8 pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS 

RECONCILIATION DAY IN THE PARK

Be part of history at our first Reconciliation Day. Join the celebrations to mark the ACT’s historic first Reconciliation Day public holiday at the Reconciliation in the Park event in Glebe Park on Monday 28 May.

Acknowledging the Indigenous custodians of the Canberra region and their contribution to the capital, it’s an opportunity to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

A great day out for the family, enjoy live music from Busby Marou and Lucy Sugarman along with an array of local Indigenous performers and cultural activities including bush tucker talks, storytelling, art workshops as well as kids amusements, petting zoo and community BBQ. 

Happening Monday 28 May from 10 am – 2 pm at Glebe Park, Civic.

See the website for more information. 

THE MERRY WIDOW MCALLISTER IN CONVERSATION

Join the Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister as he chats with their key artists and creatives. 

Happening Saturday 26 May from 5 pm – 5.45 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit.

See the website for more information.

RECONCILIATION DAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

Join us for Reconciliation Day – Canberra’s newest public holiday! The ACT Torres Strait Islander Corporation and Kara Buai Torres Strait Islander Corporation are celebrating Reconciliation Day with a public event featuring traditional dance, talks and hands-on activities representing the vibrant: artistic, spiritual and cultural traditions of the Torres Strait.

The National Museum is delighted to partner with the ACT Torres Strait Islander Corporation and Kara Buai Torres Strait Islander Corporation to present this event.

Happening Monday 28 May from 10 am – 12 pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.

RECONCILIATION DAY CELEBRATION AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA

This year the ACT is the first state or territory to recognise Reconciliation Day with a public holiday. Celebrate at the NGA with cultural performances, conversations and workshops for the whole family to enjoy.

The program includes a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony and performances by the Reconciliation Choir and Ngambri Dancers. There will also be a range of free Indigenous Cultural Experiences including Sit down ‘Yarn Up’ with Elders, Local Bush food and medicine, Local History Workshop, History, Language & Culture Workshop, Drop in Adornment Jewellery or Art classes.

There will also be tours of The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania’s Black War and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries throughout the day. A special Create Space: Land and sky program for kids and families will be presented in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries. The NGA will also present Conciliation: The National and Local Picture, an in-conversation event based on the 2018 theme ‘Don’t keep History a Mystery’.

Happening Monday 28 May from 9.30 am – 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME 

Join Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, as we read this year’s book Hickory Dickory Dash, written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood. Now in its 18th successful year, this colourful, vibrant and fun event promotes the value of reading and literacy. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Happening Wednesday 23 May from 11 am – 12 pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information. 

NATIONAL SORRY DAY

Join the commemorative events that acknowledge and honour the Stolen Generations on National Sorry Day.

Happening Saturday 26 May from 10 am – 11 am at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

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

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running).

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

For security purposes, all participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation to join any behind the scenes tours or events. If you do not have these, you will be unable to participate.

Participants on a paid tour can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop on the day of the tour.

Happening until March 2019 at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill.

See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience.

Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

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

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

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm
Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

Tours running until Thursday 31 May at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more detailed information visit the website.

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 until November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

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

Image via visitcanberra.com.au

RAIDERS V MANLY SEA EAGLES

 The Raiders will be looking for revenge after the Sea Eagles were victorious against the Raiders in golden point twice last year. Expect a big atmosphere again on Friday night at GIO Stadium.

Happening Friday 25 May from 6 pm at the GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

OUTDOORS

Image via alpacamagic.com.au

LLAMAS IN THE MIST

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

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

Happening until Monday 18 June at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW.

See the website for more information.

KIDS  

Green pool with diving board and shadow 1978
hand-coloured and pressed coloured paper pulp
Purchased 1979
© David Hockney. Courtesy of the NGA.

TALES FOR THE VERY YOUNG IN DAVID HOCKNEY: PRINTS

Join Margie Kevin, NGA educator, for an interactive story-based experience around the David Hockney prints. Ages 3+, to be accompanied.

Happening Tuesday 22 May from 10.30 am – 11.30 am at the National Gallery, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information. 

CREATE SPACE: LAND AND SKY

Drop-in for creative activities responding to works of art in the Indigenous galleries in celebration of Reconciliation Day.

Happening Monday 28 May from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm at the National Gallery, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE 

Australia’s hit rating kids’ show, Peppa Pig, returns to the stage featuring life-size puppets in a brand new production!

Currently one of the most popular TV shows for pre-schoolers around the world, the new stage show production features Peppa, George, and their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises and will mark the eighth consecutive year of Peppa Pig live theatre tours in Australia (first tour in 2009).

It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. In Peppa Pig’s Surprise audiences will enjoy interactive fun, games and, of course, surprises. This charming, colourful new show features new songs and new life-size puppets. Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers.  

Happening Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May at the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

See the website for more information. 

RECONCILIATION WEEK – SELFHOOD 

Join Wiradjuri-Scottish Artist April Phillips for a creative workshop. Explore ideas around identity and version of self through experimentation with materials and art processes, including drawing, stamping and collage. Suitable for children aged 6 – 12 years.

Happening Saturday 26 May to Monday 28 May at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website 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.

Ages 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.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

EXHIBITIONS

Cartier London. Necklace, 1932, special order, platinum, diamonds, emerald 8.8 cm (height at centre). Collection Cartier © Cartier Photo Vincent Wulveryck.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Showing until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

INDIGENOUS CONNECTIONS AND COLLECTIONS TOUR

Take our Indigenous Connections and Collections tour to learn more about the connections between Australian Parliament House and the first peoples of Australia. See inspiring works of art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Parliament House Art Collection and discover their unique stories. 

Happening Sunday 27 May to Sunday 15 July 2018 at the Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill

See the website for more information.

Clay Stories: A Sabbia Gallery and Remote Communities Ceramic Network Touring Exhibition

The exhibition Clay Stories is to be held until Sunday 1 July, 2018 in the Strathnairn Woolshed Gallery. The official opening will take place at 2pm on Saturday 12 May. Clay Stories is a significant survey exhibition of contemporary artworks in ceramics that have been created by both highly established and emerging Indigenous artists in remote parts of regional Australia. The exhibition presents pieces that are both sculptural and vessel-based, with each body of work representative of the artist’s connection to Country and as a strong medium for storytelling.

Find out more here.

Spectrum Exhibition

From 30 April 2018 to 22 May 2018 at ANU Pop Up Gallery, Spectrum showcases the work of ANU School of Art and Design alumni exploring saturation, hue and the intricacies of colour within their art practice, and how such dynamic use of the spectrum can create atmospheric feeling within vibrational visual arenas.

Through investigation into the ways colour is expressed within a variety of mediums, we can consider the symbolic narrative the spectrum plays in our 21st century lives, and meditate upon its impact within our psyche.

Entry is free. More information here.

Still Light Exhibition

Sydney artist Jane Gerrish will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore on 12 May, 2018.

In the exhibition, entitled ‘Still Light’, Gerrish draws on her passion for research to take viewers on a journey through time. Her curiosity is infectious as a narrative rich in history and intrigue unfolds over four series’ of drawings.

Inspired by an exhibition of masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Orchard Street, New York, Gerrish follows the tradition of 17th century master studies. Paying homage to a selection of Dutch & German artists she demonstrates her own phenomenal skill with her chosen mediums of charcoal, graphite and coloured pencil.

‘Studying these artworks and interpreting the different textures of the painted compositions in charcoal proved a new artistic challenge, and a wonderful way to learn more about the genre’ – Jane Gerrish (referring to her ‘Sumptuous Series’ of still life drawings).

The exhibition will run until 24 June 2018. An opening reception will be held from 3 – 5pm on Saturday 12 May. All welcome, more information here.

EXHIBITION ‘IN THESE HANDS: MARA NYANGANGKA’

An exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts.

The fruits of a collaboration that took place 46 years ago are the subject of a very special exhibition about Australia’s two oldest centres for craft and design – Sturt Gallery & Studios (1941) and Ernabella Arts (1948).

Forty-six years ago, five young artists from Ernabella went to Sturt as part of a residency to learn new weaving techniques. To celebrate Ernabella’s 70th birthday, In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka tells the story of that residency, its impact on subsequent generations and offers a showcase of the contemporary work in painting, ceramics and tjanpi (native grass) weaving and punu (timber) work.

In These Hands will not only tell the historical story of the link between these two famous centres, it will celebrate the long tradition of craft and design in Australia while at the same time being testament to the positive collaboration and understanding between an Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural institution sharing that same passion for ‘making’.

Happening until Saturday 30 June from 10 am – 5 pm at the Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITION ‘RETRACE: SABINE PAGAN’

Retrace, is a solo exhibition by contemporary jewellery designer Sabine Pagan. The exhibition will feature rings, photographs and video extending Pagan’s ongoing investigation into themes of architectural environments, place, materiality and memories.

Sabine Pagan is a Swiss‐born Australian jewellery practitioner with a career spanning over 20 years. She has worked in both Switzerland and Australia as a practicing artist and academic, completing a practice‐based PhD in 2016. In 2017, she resumed her career as a full‐time artist, dividing her time between commissions and exhibitions.

Happening until Saturday 30 June from 10 am – 5 pm at the Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

Vibrancy; A celebration of works by the late Val Fitzpatrick

On 28 November 2017 one of Strathnairn Arts long standing and dedicated members, Val Fitzpatrick passed away. Val had applied for an exhibition at Strathnairn Arts in 2018 and her proposal had been accepted. Described as an expressionist painter her love of texture fuelled by an intense interest in ancient history and mythology has resulted in a unique mixed media style use of fabric fibre applied hand coloured paper and sculptured relief is often featured throughout her work.

Happening until 27 May, 2018. Official Opening Saturday 5 May at 2 pm at Strathnairn Arts– Gallery 1 & 2, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION

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

Happening from Saturday 21 April.

See the website for more information at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall.

‘The Inner Apartment’ exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art

The Inner Apartment’ – an exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art curated by Nur Shkembi will show at the Nishi Gallery.

‘The Inner Apartment’ is an exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art curated by Nur Shkembi that explores the fractured beauty of the sacred and the mundane. Featuring work by Shireen Taweel, Hoda Afshar and Leila El Rayes, ‘The Inner Apartment’ explores the ways in which ordinarily private, spiritual and deeply personal matters of the heart and mind have been turned inside-out and compelled into the public domain.

‘The Inner Apartment’ – showing at Nishi Gallery – is presented in association with the National Museum (NMA) of Australia’s exhibition ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’, and small selection of works will be on display in the NMA foyer.

Showing until Sunday 22 July. Gallery is open from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesday to Sunday at  Nishi Gallery.

Find more information via the website.

NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2018

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Showing until Sunday 17 June at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory,

See the website for more information, including tickets.

DAVID HOCKNEY: PRINTS

This not-to-be-missed exhibition draws from the National Gallery of Australia’s extensive collection of David Hockney’s works on paper, one of the largest in the world, highlighting the depth and scope of the artist’s printmaking output from 1961 to now.

Inspired by sources ranging from Pablo Picasso to Pop Art, Walt Whitman to the Brothers Grimm, and the exhilarating experience of living and working in Los Angeles for much of his career, Hockney’s prints range from using lithography and etching, photocopiers and fax machines, and – most recently — iPhones and iPads.

David Hockney: Prints is a thrilling insight into the mind of an iconic artist still searching for new ways of seeing and depiction.

On show until 27 May at the National Gallery of Australia, Orde Poynton Gallery, Level 2, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

Entry is free but see the website for more information.

AVENUES OF HONOUR

For the past nine years, Sarah Wood has been proactively raising the awareness of Australia’s unique and historic Avenues of Honour throughout Australia through photographic documentation and gallery exhibitions.

The ‘Avenues of Honour’ photographic exhibition is a national project to preserve and promote Australia’s Avenue of Honours as we commemorate the centenary of ANZAC, the Gallipoli landings and World War I.

On display in the Village Centre daily.

Happening until Sunday 27 May at National Arboretum, Forest Drive. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

‘SO YOU MIGHT KNOW EACH OTHER’: FAITH AND CULTURE IN ISLAM

View intriguing objects — from clothing and ceremonial hangings to musical instruments, armour, precious manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery — that celebrate the achievements of Muslim people across the world, their daily lives, traditions and spirituality.

Featuring collections from the Vatican Anima Mundi Museum, the Sharjah Museums Authority and the National Museum of Australia.

Happening until Sunday 22 July from 9am–5pm at National Museum of Australia, 1 Lawson Crescent, Acton. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

FREE EXHIBITIONS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parliament House we are running a jam-packed program of events, including two free exhibitions.

Exhibition: Design in a decade – The Design in a Decade – The 1980s

Step back in time with the Parliament House Art Collection as we revisit the 1980’s. Bold colours and geometric shapes abound in celebration of a rich decade in Australian art, craft and design.

Location: Exhibition area, level 1.

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.

The national referendum on 27 May 1967 was a historic one. An overwhelming majority of Australians – over 90 per cent – voted ‘Yes’ to allowing the federal government to make laws in relation to Aboriginal people and to allowing Aboriginal people to be included in the census.

In Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum, discover the historic events and strong relationships involved in making the referendum happen and explore the significance of the referendum today.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Happening until Friday 25 May at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, 18, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

THE ART OF SCIENCE: BAUDIN’S VOYAGERS 1800-1804

See exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science.

Happening until Sunday 24 June at National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

This collection exhibition draws attention to portraits of Australians whose unique life experiences symbolise social and cultural themes. The portraits attest to the facility of photographic portraiture to convey compelling psychological depth.

Happening until Friday 7 September 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

1968: CHANGING TIMES

Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll…and a missing prime minister.

1968 was momentous. A time of tumultuous world events, including the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

At home in Australia, we struggled with the fallout from the December 1967 disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt and growing unrest about conscription for overseas military service.

From Hendrix’s blistering solos and far-out fashions to a swinging counter-culture, there was a strong sense that the world was rapidly changing. Where were we headed?

The opening of the National Library’s lakeside building in Canberra in August 1968 was a moment of national pride and achievement in the midst of this turbulent time.

Revisit the 1960s as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening, and reflect on what was happening in the world, in Australia and in Canberra at the time.

Showing until Sunday 12 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

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, Parkes.

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 until Friday 25 May 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.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

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