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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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14 THINGS NOT TO MISS

Australia Day 2018 at the National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia is the place to be on Australia Day 2018. Here’s what’s happening:

10 am – 1 pm Australia Day family festival

Celebrate with music, dance, family tours, craft and fun activities.

5 – 9 pm – Live music in the outdoor amphitheatre

Larger-than-life lawn games, Food and drinks, fantastic local bands

9.30 am – 4.30 pm Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut in this virtual reality mission.

Exhibitions open until 9 pm:

  • Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters
  • Midawarr | Harvest: The Art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley

LIVE MUSIC IN OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATRE

Join the NMA as the sun sets on Australia Day 2018 for live music and free larger-than-life lawn games at the National Museum of Australia.

Bring a picnic or grab a meal and settle in for the Australia Day fireworks display at 9 pm. Kick back and enjoy live local music with:

  • Betty Alto (pictured) for rock pop party sounds
  • Zackerbilks for sultry vocals, bold brass, wicked woodwinds and a rollicking rhythm section
  • The Crossbones for high-energy, good-time rockabilly tunes.

5–9 pm | www.nma.gov.au/australia-day

For details on all activities and parking at the National Museum on Australia Day – visit nma.gov.au/australia-day.

An evening with David Sedaris

Best-selling American author and humourist David Sedaris has announced a highly anticipated fourth sojourn to Australia following his previous sold out 2016 tour. There is only one show in Canberra and a rare opportunity to spend an evening with one of the world’s pre-eminent humour writers.

A regular contributor to The New Yorker, over the course of his career Sedaris has penned the critically acclaimed books Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays including NakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimWhen You Are Engulfed in Flames and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

Guaranteed to be bursting with his signature acerbic wit and razor-sharp social critiques, don’t miss your chance for a great entertainment!

Happening Tuesday 23 January from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

Book your tickets here.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

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

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

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

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

DON’T ‘DARLING’ ME, DARLING. STARSTRUCK SUMMER NIGHTS

Take a scandalous tour of Starstruck and get your markers ready for drag bingo with the fabulous Miss Ellaneous. Music from the Zackerbilks, including Jamal Salem on drums, Zach Raffan on trumpet, and Robbie Mann on Piano.

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on 12 and 19 January, and 2 and 9 February with a variety of free fascinating performances throughout the summer. Bar service and snacks are available. Exhibition ticket required for tour element only.

Happening 26 January from 5pm – 8pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Holiday Hoops Camp

Basketball ACT’s Holiday Hoops Camp is designed for children to make friends, learn new skills and most importantly – have fun! There will be skills, games, movies, Futsal and Reece might even dunk the ball!

The camp runs from Monday 22 – Tuesday 23 January from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, with drop off from 8:30 am and is open to children from ages 4 to 12.

The cost is $100 per child, with a second child for $90, a third child for $80 and subsequent children just $70.

Included with registration is:

  • a Holiday Hoops t-shirt
  • basketball
  • lunch on day 2 (provided by Cafe Bounce)
  • supervised trip to HOYTS Belconnen

For more information, visit Basketball ACT online or  feel free to contact Reece or Chloe on 6253 3066.

COLLECTABLE SUNDAYS AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Old Bus Depot Markets highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it here. On Collectable Sunday, they host 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 28 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

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

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, My Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

Open Air 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.

This week, MoAD invites you to enjoy Open Air PlayUP – a PlayUP experience in the fresh air and beautiful surrounds of the Senate Courtyard.

Happening Monday 22 January – Friday 26 January 2018 from 10 am – 5 pm.

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.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event 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 – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

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

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

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.

AUSTRALIA DAY LONG WEEKEND

Australia Day 2018 at the National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia is the place to be on Australia Day 2018. Here’s what’s happening:

10 am – 1 pm Australia Day family festival

Celebrate with music, dance, family tours, craft and fun activities.

5 – 9 pm – Live music in the outdoor amphitheatre

Larger-than-life lawn games, Food and drinks, fantastic local bands

9.30 am – 4.30 pm Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut in this virtual reality mission.

Exhibitions open until 9 pm:

  • Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters
  • Midawarr | Harvest: The Art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley

For details on all activities and parking at the National Museum on Australia Day – visit nma.gov.au/australia-day 

SONGLINES: TACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Take a journey across the Australian desert in this Aboriginal-led exhibition about the epic Seven Sisters Dreaming, Don’t miss out – this exhibition is a journey unlike no other. Only on show until 25 February 2018. Book your tickets online now: nma.gov.au/songlines.

Exhibition open 9 am until 9 PM on Australia Daywww.nma.gov.au/songlines

MIDAWARR | HARVEST: THE ART OF MULKUN WIRRPANDA AND JOHN WOLSELEY

Two artists with completely different approaches but one passion. An exhibition not to be missed.

Free entry, donations welcome

Exhibition open 9 am until 9 PM on Australia Daywww.nma.gov.au/midawarr

AUSTRALIA DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL

Celebrate with music, dance, craft and family fun inspired by our Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters and Midawarr | Harvest exhibitions.

Some activities may involve a small charge

10am–1pm | www.nma.gov.au/festival

LIVE MUSIC IN OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATRE

Join the NMA as the sun sets on Australia Day 2018 for live music and free larger-than-life lawn games at the National Museum of Australia.

Bring a picnic or grab a meal and settle in for the Australia Day fireworks display at 9 pm. Kick back and enjoy live local music with:

  • Betty Alto (pictured) for rock pop party sounds
  • Zackerbilks for sultry vocals, bold brass, wicked woodwinds and a rollicking rhythm section
  • The Crossbones for high-energy, good-time rockabilly tunes.

5–9 pm | www.nma.gov.au/australia-day

SPACE DESCENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut in this virtual reality mission.

Session times run between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm.

Advanced bookings essential.

Visit www.nma.gov.au/space for session times and costs.

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2018 EXHIBITION

See this new exhibition which pays tribute to the eight extraordinary finalists chosen for the Australian of the Year Awards 2017. The exhibition features personal objects of special significance chosen by the finalists.

On show in the Hall | nma.gov.au/aoty

For details on all activities and parking at the National Museum on Australia Day – visit nma.gov.au/australia-day

Australia Day in the Capital

Australia Day in the Capital will be happening at Regatta Point, with entertainment, activities, and plenty of food options. Justice Crew si the headliner for this year’s concert, with Jess & Matt and Tuchasoul supporting.

You can also head over the Patrick White Lawns for a picnic and family-friendly entertainment. There will be cricket, a giant slide, opportunities to live out fairy tales, face painting and of course a jumping castle, it will be impossible for the kids to get bored.

There will be local food trucks all day to make sure you’re enjoying delicious morsels too. Fireworks will be on at 9 pm to light up the sky and cap off your night.

Happening January 26 from 4 pm to 9 pm at Regatta Point, Parkes. Free event, more details can be found online.

Australia Day Picnic Lanyon Open House

For an alternative to hectic crowds, you can slow down and celebrate Australia Day at Lanyon Homestead with music and an open house.

Spend your Australia day in the beautiful gardens discovering some of Canberra’s rural history. BYO picnic rug and food or you can purchase lunch at the Barracks Espresso Bar and Eating House (bookings required). Musicians will be there to recreate music from Lanyon’s past from 12-2 pm.

Happening on 26 January from 10 am until 4 pm at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa. Free entry, more information can be found on website.

AusDay DogDay: Murrumbateman Winery

Celebrate Australia Day with two of our nations favourite things: wine and dogs. Murrumbateman Winery is putting on a child-friendly, dog-friendly, wine-friendly day for the whole family.

There will be wine, cheese, scones and refreshments for the humans among the family and doggie snacks for the canine family members. The local Murrumbateman cellar door regulars, dogs Mollie and Tannin were both adopted from the RSPCA and will be supporting the organisation from the sales of Mollie’s Block Fume Blanc, Tannin’s Wild Pinot Grrr-is and homemade dog biscuits.

Happening 26 January from 10 am until 5 pm at Murrumbateman Winery, Mcintosh Circuit, NSW. Free event, more information on their website.

Old Fashioned Twilight Picnic Fair Cooma Cottage

The Cooma Cottage is putting on an Australia Day Fair, a great way for families to spend their public holiday. Cooma Cottage was the home of Australian explorer Hamilton Hume, which was purchased in 1840 and is a slice of Australian History. There will be refreshments, heritage activities, old-fashioned kids games and Clydesdale horses. Bring your picnic blanket and food to make a day of it.

Happening January 26 from at Cooma Cottage, Yass Valley Way. Gold coin donation, more information can be found on website.

Australia Day in Yass Valley

As an alternative to spending the day in town, you can take a Drive to Yass to celebrate your Australia Day morning. The Rotary Club will be providing breakfast in the park and there will be all sorts of activities for the kids including a jumping castle, face painting and the playground. There will be Yass Valley Australia Day citizen awards to recognise community members.

Happening 26 January from 7 am until 10 am at Coronation Park, Yass. Free entry, more information can be found online. 

Blackout Party at La De Da

Looking for something fun to do in the evening of Australia Day? La De Da will be hosting their Blackout Party featuring Afrobeats vs Trap, the Sydney vs Canberra DJ off celebrating some local talent. The Dresscode is all black.

Happening 26 January from 9 pm until late at La De Da, Belconnen. See the Facebook event for more information.

Back to the 80s Band Australia Day Edition at Hellenic Club Woden

If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic this Australia Day you can head on over to Hellenic Club Woden to be time warped back to the 80s, with an Australiana theme. Think Dragon, Sunnyboys, INXS, Pseudo Echo, Goanna, Midnight Oil, Choirboys and many more.

Happening January 26 January from 9 pm at the Hellenic Club Woden. See the Facebook event for more information

Pool Party at The Duxton

The Duxton Pool Party is back in 2018. There will be pools set up on the Duxton’s rooftop terrace for the Hottest 100 Countdown. The event will give you the perfect way to stay cool by the pool whilst listening to the best songs of last year.

Complete with blow up pools, inflatable pool toys and (of course) bar access, what else do you need for the Countdown in the sun? Free entry, but it’s recommended to get there early so get yourself a good spot in a pool.

Happening January 27 from 12 pm to 7 pm at the Duxton, O’Conner. Free entry, must be over 18, see the Facebook event for more information.

Hottest 100 Celebration at Capital Brewing Co.

Capital Brewing Co. will be hosting an event to celebrate the Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown and to celebrate the GABS Hottest 100. The GABS Hottest 100 is the Great Australian Beer Spectacular craft beers countdown, where you can vote for your favourite craft beers from around the country.

To celebrate the two countdowns, Capital Brewing Co. will host a fun-filled day with activities including backyard cricket, cornhole vertical golf along with the countdown to keep you entertained. There will be misting machines, slushies and ice cold tinnies being sold outside to keep you cool all day.

Happening January 27 from 12 pm to 8 pm at Capital Brewing Co., Fyshwick. More information can be found on Facebook event.

Hottest 100 Party at King O’Malley’s

If you’re looking for somewhere to listen to the Hottest 100 in the city, Kingos will be playing the countdown in the afternoon, with a BBQ outside in the beer garden.

Happening January 27 from 3 pm at King O’Malley’s, Civic. More information can be found on Facebook event.

Hottest 100 Party at BentSpoke

BestSpoke will be playing the Triple J Hottest 100 all day long while celebrating the GABS Hottest 100 countdown of the best Australia craft beers. There will be good music, good beer and good times. BentSpoke will be offering sweep tickets for you to predict where in the poll they will come in – to enter be there by noon.

Happening January 27 from 12 pm at BentSpoke Brewing Co, Braddon. More information can be found on events website.

FOOD & DRINK

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

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

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

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

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

TIKI THURSDAYS

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

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

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

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

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

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

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

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

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

Garden Bar Happy Hour

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

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

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits

Friday Soirée at Buvette

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

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

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

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

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

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

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

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

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

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

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

TACO TUESDAY

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

BURGERS & BEERS

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

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

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

MUSIC & STAGE

 

An evening with David Sedaris

Best-selling American author and humourist David Sedaris has announced a highly anticipated fourth sojourn to Australia following his previous sold out 2016 tour. There is only one show in Canberra and a rare opportunity to spend an evening with one of the world’s pre-eminent humour writers.

A regular contributor to The New Yorker, over the course of his career Sedaris has penned the critically acclaimed books Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays including NakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimWhen You Are Engulfed in Flames and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

Guaranteed to be bursting with his signature acerbic wit and razor-sharp social critiques, don’t miss your chance for a great entertainment!

Happening Tuesday 23 January from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

Book your tickets here.

Sound of Straya

Sound of Straya event is a night of Australian music, that presents amateur singers from Canberra. Make your Australia Day very special this year by attending to a Filipino restaurant for enjoying a delicious food, one free drink and listening to your favourite Aussie music. Save the date for a celebration!

Cost: $10

Happening Friday 26 January at 7pm to 9pm at Delicase Filipino cuisine, O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls.

90 Musicians in one free concert 

Alert to all classical music lovers, Llewellyn Hall will host a collaboration of two outstanding wind ensembles with the USA’s St. Olaf Band taking the stage, supported by the Canberra Wind Symphony.

The performance will feature a diverse selection of mostly American compositions, with an emphasis on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, as well as music from John Williams and some classic pieces.

This special concert will be the Canberra Wind Symphony’s first performance at Llewellyn Hall, as well as their first with an international touring band.

Happening Friday 26 January from 2.30 pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU Campus.

The cost is free. Register here.

FLOURISH: THE ST OLAF BAND MEETS CANBERRA WIND SYMPHONY

This year, January 26th gains new meaning with the collaboration of two marvellous wind ensembles in Llewellyn Hall in a FREE concert co-ordinated through the US Embassy.

The 90+ piece St. Olaf Band is one of America’s pre-eminent wind ensembles and is conducting an Australian/NZ  tour this summer, collaborating with leading wind ensembles.

Conductor of the St. Olaf Band, Dr. Timothy Mahr, will present a widely varied program of primarily American music, with a focus on the centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the music of John Williams, and classic works from the wind band repertoire. Works featuring soloists and a good march or two will also be presented, along with Mahr’s own award-winning composition, The Soaring Hawk.

On 26 January at 2.30pm at Llewellyn Hall. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.canberrawindsymphony.com.au/tickets.

FILM

SCREENING OF BEAUTIFUL KATE + Q&A WITH RACHEL WARD

Don’t miss this powerful tale of buried family secrets, starring Ben Mendelsohn, Maeve Dermody and Rachel Griffiths.

Filmmaker Rachel Ward will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A after the screening.

On January 24 at 7pm at the National Film and Sound Archive

Entry starts at $8. Visit the website for more information: www.nfsa.gov.au/events/beautiful-kate.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

WE DON’T NEED A MAP

Australian director Warwick Thornton’s latest film Sweet Country is receiving rave reviews from critics and took home the prestigious Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Before you see the film for yourself, come to the NFSA’s Arc cinema and experience his compelling and relevant documentary ‘We Don’t Need a Map,’ in which Thornton questions the place of the Southern Cross in the Australian psyche.

The most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere, the Southern Cross has been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people, the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual.

The film’s producer Brendan Fletcher will introduce the screening on Sunday 28 January.

On 27 January – 3 February at the National Film and Sound Archive. Entry is $8. Check the website for session times: www.nfsa.gov.au/events/we-dont-need-map.

DON’T ‘DARLING’ ME, DARLING. STARSTRUCK SUMMER NIGHTS

Take a scandalous tour of Starstruck and get your markers ready for drag bingo with the fabulous Miss Ellaneous. Music from the Zackerbilks, including Jamal Salem on drums, Zach Raffan on trumpet, and Robbie Mann on Piano.

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on 12 and 19 January, and 2 and 9 February with a variety of free fascinating performances throughout the summer. Bar service and snacks are available. Exhibition ticket required for tour element only.

On 26 January from 5pm – 8pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

FESTIVALS

CANCON 

CanCon is the largest table top gaming convention in the Southern Hemisphere, covering board games, miniatures, role playing and card games. This year we’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of this amazing event which has seen enormous growth over the past 5 years.  If you’re interested in Board Games, or any other type of tabletop gaming then you don’t want to miss CanCon. There are heaps of things to do and see including: trade stands, tournaments, a very well stocked games library and more.
On 26 – 28 January at 8.30am – 12pm Friday and Saturday and 8.30am – 4pm Sunday at Exhibition Park, Flemington Road. Visit the website for more information: www.cgs.asn.au/Cancon/board-games-library.

MARKETS

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

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

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

Matched Speed Dating at White Rabbit

This matched speed dating night includes unlimited drinks, a round of tasty canapes and all your dates.

Throughout the event, you will be matched in real time to the most compatible guys or girls on a series of first 12-15 minute matched dates. Cityswoon.com drives the night on your smartphone. Each round, you will receive a photo of your next date straight to your smartphone. This format leads to a fun, friendly and sophisticated night, and the mobile platform means you can choose to sit and date wherever you want!

After the dating is done, it’s time for everyone in the room to chat over a drink.

Happening Wednesday 24 January from 7pm to 10pm in White Rabbit Cocktail Lounge 65 Northbourne Avenue

Cost: $95

Book your tickets here

Green Door

Green Door is nearly two hours’ event, while you’re sipping on a glass of wine, beer, or cocktail of your choice, our Paint It Up artist will guide you through painting this stunning painting.

At the end of the event, you will take home your own unique masterpiece – you will be amazed at what you can do! At Paint, it Up they believe that everyone has an artist within them waiting to be unleashed! You just need to love trying something new and start.

We use a variety of paints and provide everything you will need. You don’t have to bring anything – just show up with your friends or ready to make new friends and have fun! Events last approximately two hours, at the end of which you take home your own unique masterpiece.

Happening Monday 22 January from 6.30 pm to 8.30pm at The George Harcourt Inn 3 Gold Creek Road.

Cost: $76

Book your tickets here

Find more information on the website

Open Mike Moment

Open Mike is a business to business networking group that meets in the evening. This is an opportunity to meet others and build relationships – people buy from people they know and trust. It’s about business. It’s about relationships. It’s much more than a social chit-chat and they do not sell to each other. The idea is that someone in the room will promote your business to their friends and clients, so bring your business cards.

Cost: $10. Book your tickets here

Happening Wednesday 24 January between 5.30pm – 7pm at Tiffen & Co, 23 Jardine Street Kingston.

TEEN START-UP: PEOPLE POWER

What matters to your teen? The freedom to express themselves and wear whatever suits them? Or debates around rights and responsibilities; or whether your rules are fair and just? Debating these issues at home is a great starting point for exploring participatory democracy. At the Teen Start-Up: People Power innovation competition, we take this one step further and challenge our young students to imagine how they could make the world a better place by re-thinking how we practice democracy in Australia.

Teen Start-Up: People Power is a 3-day innovation competition for high school and College students (ages 11-18 years) run during the January school holidays. Over 3 days, students are taken through the innovation development process from idea to execution. Students can work in teams or individually to come up with an idea for a product or service that they believe provides a solution to a problem their generation will face in the future. The event concludes with the students pitching their concepts to a panel of judges.

Students will meet with local entrepreneurs and subject matter experts. They will also enjoy a facilitated learning program at the Museum of Australian Democracy to inspire their thinking.

On 22 January from 9am – 4pm at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. Entry is $198.00 per student, $176.00 per student for 2 or more children. Visit the website for more information.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

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

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

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

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT & RECREATION

Holiday Hoops Camp

Basketball ACT’s Holiday Hoops Camp is designed for children to make friends, learn new skills and most importantly – have fun! There will be skills, games, movies, Futsal and Reece might even dunk the ball!

The camp runs from Monday 22 – Tuesday 23 January from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, with drop off from 8:30 am and is open to children from ages 4 to 12.

The cost is $100 per child, with a second child for $90, a third child for $80 and subsequent children just $70.

Included with registration is:

  • a Holiday Hoops t-shirt
  • basketball
  • lunch on day 2 (provided by Cafe Bounce)
  • supervised trip to HOYTS Belconnen

For more information, visit Basketball ACT online or  feel free to contact Reece or Chloe on 6253 3066.

OUTDOORS

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

KIDS

Open Air 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.

This week, MoAD invites you to enjoy Open Air PlayUP – a PlayUP experience in the fresh air and beautiful surrounds of the Senate Courtyard.

Happening Monday 22 January – Friday 26 January 2018 from 10 am – 5 pm.

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.

Holiday Hoops Camp

Basketball ACT’s Holiday Hoops Camp is designed for children to make friends, learn new skills and most importantly – have fun! There will be skills, games, movies, Futsal and Reece might even dunk the ball!

The camp runs from Monday 22 – Tuesday 23 January from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, with drop off from 8:30 am and is open to children from ages 4 to 12.

The cost is $100 per child, with a second child for $90, a third child for $80 and subsequent children just $70.

Included with registration is:

  • a Holiday Hoops t-shirt
  • basketball
  • lunch on day 2 (provided by Cafe Bounce)
  • supervised trip to HOYTS Belconnen

For more information, visit Basketball ACT online or  feel free to contact Reece or Chloe on 6253 3066.

COLOUR

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

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

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

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

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

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

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

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

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

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

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

 

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

ACTEWAGL GREAT AUSSIE DAY BREAKFAST 

This Australia Day you’re invited to the 19th ActewAGL Great Aussie Day Breakfast, proudly supported by the ACT Government and Canberra Milk.

The event is a fun-filled morning for the whole family and includes:

  • Nick Jr’s Dora the Explorer Sing-Along Adventure show at 8:10am, 8:55am and 9:35am.
  • An Aussie barbecue of sizzling sausages supplied by ActewAGL.
  • Live entertainment on Stage 88 from 7:30am featuring the ‘Sing Australia’ choir at 7:30am
  • Jumping castles and face painting for the kids
  • All gold coin donations from the sausage sizzle will be donated to Men’s Link.

On 26 January from 7.30am – 10.00am at Commonwealth Park, near stage 88

Entry is via gold coin donation to support Menslink.

Visit the website for more information: www.actewagl.com.au/Community/Whats-on/Aussie-day-breakfast.aspx.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Seasons of Arboretum 

Seasons of Arboretum exhibition of original paintings conveys Valentyna Crane’s passion for the Arboretum’s vistas, skies and forests through the changing seasons.

Valentyna is an Australian artist, who re-discovered the techniques and knowledge she learned in a very different place, in the context of the nature, history and social fabric of Australia. In her own words, Valentyna had visited the Arboretum many times for drawing sessions.

In her own words, she fell in love with the magnificence of the landscape that inspired her to share her visions of this place. That’s how the project ‘Seasons of the Arboretum’ was born.

Every painting in the exhibition has its own story. Every time the artist was moved by the overwhelming moment of now and wanted to capture and share that experience with the audience.

All works are for sale.

Happening from 20 January to 18 February daily from 9am to 4pm in the Village Centre, free entry.

Visit the website for more information.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

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

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Dombrovskis: Journeys Into The Wild  

Presented by The National Library of Australia, this exhibition showcases 70 of the best wilderness photos by foremost wilderness photographer Peter Dombrovskis. His reflective and deeply personal images of the Tasmanian wilderness have had a lasting impact, inspiring Australians to look at their environment differently. Some of his photographs have been instrumental in the conservation of various Tasmanian land, including the prevention of damning of the Franklin River.

The carefully curated selection comes from the Library’s extensive collection of over 3,000 Dombrovskis transparencies, to create the most complete survey of his work to date.

On until 30 January 2018 at Exhibition Gallery, 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.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

‘New Documents’ by Bartolomeo Celestino

New Documents (all true things are equal)’ is an exhibition by Bartolomeo Celestino that presents formally and poetically charged sequences of abstract natural constructs as part of a larger meditative practice. The title takes its cues from the 1967 MoMA exhibition of relatively unknown photographers that had a lasting influence on modern photography. This abstract survey details the elusive relationships and primitive responses that we all have with discovery and the natural world.

On exhibition until Sunday 28 January at Nishi Gallery. Free entry.

Find more information at hotel-hotel.com.au/calendar/new-documents-by-bartolomeo-celestino.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

UNIQUE FINLAND-INSPIRED ART EXHIBITION AT THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND

As part of Finland’s centenary of independence celebration, the Embassy of Finland in Canberra welcomes everyone to view a unique art exhibition combining the artwork of three different artists inspired by Finnish nature, landscape and architecture. The exhibition can be viewed during the Embassy’s opening hours and is free of charge for everyone.

Päivi Arvonen is a Finnish photographer and journalist. The silence and beauty of the Finnish nature is especially close to her heart. Her photo exhibition “Soul of the Forest” highlights the beauty of untouched Finnish nature in North-Eastern Finland. Steve Salo is an Australian contemporary painter. His “Paintings from Finland” series of expressionist landscape paintings portrays the impact of the evocative Finnish landscape on human emotion. The artworks were created during an artist residency in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.

Showing until 31 January 2018 at the Embassy of Finland, Yarralumla. Free entry.

SILENT WITNESSES: AN EXHIBITION OF ARTWORKS BY MARTIN ROWNEY

This exhibition features sculptural pieces created with original fittings from one of the Australian National University’s most significant buildings. Early Bakelite switches and power points, Negretti & Zambra thermographs, pressure gauges, fans and bells were salvaged during the refurbishment of the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

Martin Rowney has repurposed these objects to reflect upon the dichotomy between the significant nature of the research undertaken at the John Curtin School, and the relatively ordinary nature of everyday objects that were silent witnesses to these important events.

Showing until 19 January 2018 at Australian Centre on China ANU, Acton. Free entry.

MIDAWARR | HARVEST: THE ART OF MULKUN WIRRPANDA AND JOHN WOLSELEY

Midawarr | Harvest, two artists, two completely different approaches, but one abiding passion – to depict the natural bounty to be found in northern Australia.

For almost a decade, renowned artists Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley have met at midawarr, the harvest season, to seek, eat and paint the edible plants of Yolŋu country in north-eastern Arnhem Land. Together they have created an unforgettable suite of works.

Showing until 18 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton. Free entry.

COLLEGE EXPRESS 9

Young artists in Years 11 & 12 from colleges in the north Canberra region explore the world around them through photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, textiles and new media in College Express 9. This will be the ninth annual College Express exhibition; Ray White Belconnen sponsors both the $1,000 Art Prize and the $500 People’s Choice Award.

Showing until 28 January 2018 at Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen. Free entry.

EIRENE MORT: A LIVELIHOOD

The story at the heart of this exhibition is that of Eirene Mort; a prolific artist, collaborator, teacher, writer, family historian and a ‘new woman’ pursuing a profession in the arts at the beginning of the 20th Century.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her life and work. View numerous artefacts from Mort’s art practice made possible thanks to a generous gift to Canberra Museum and Gallery from her heirs.

A self-described woman of independent means, Mort was an advocate and proponent of the use of Australian materials and motifs in decorative arts. Her translation of the English Arts and Crafts movement to an Australian context coincided with the creation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901 and helped define a burgeoning national identity.

Showing until 25 February 2018, from 12-5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City. Free entry.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

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

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

Check the website for more information.

TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

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

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

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

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

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

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

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

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

For more information visit the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

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

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

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

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

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

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

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily until 2 May 2018. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

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

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

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

For more information visit the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

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