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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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17 THINGS NOT TO MISS

HERCANBERRA ACTIVE DAY

HerCanberra’s ACTIVE Day is back—presented by the First Ever BMW X2—and to say that we’re excited is a slight massive understatement.

Once again, we’ve joined with some of Canberra’s best studios, instructors and experts to bring you a day bursting with all things health, fitness, and wellness.

Last year we held our inaugural event at The Social Club, and had so many ladies (and men) join us that we were practically spilling down the tiled steps into Green Square! This time around we’ve moved to the ANU Pop-Up Village—which means more space for you, more healthy food options, and some special new additions.

THIS SUNDAY, HEAD ALONG FOR: 

  • 10.15 – 11 am: Kitten Yoga presented by Flossie’s Kitten Rescue and SOULution Yoga. Click here for tickets.
  • 11.15 am – 12 pm: Hip Hop New 2 Dance with Dance Central. Click here for tickets.
  • 12 – 1 pm: Cooking demonstration at Coffee Lab. Click here for tickets.
  • 1 – 1.45 pm: Project Strength and Conditioning with Project Fitness. Click here for tickets.
  • 2 – 2.45 pm: CODE PEACH with Nicole Leadbeatter. Click here for tickets.
  • 3 – 3.45 pm: Mindful Relax – Meditation Class with Deanne Brennan. Click here for tickets.

FUEL UP 

Get ready to fuel your day with Pop Up vendors like Brodburger, Tikka Stand, What the Pho, MOLO Live, Zambreros and more! Read the full list here.

TREAT YO’ SELF 

We know that health is about more than just fitness—which is why we’ve got a whole bunch of offerings to get you feeling good from the inside out. With such a huge line-up of classes to get you sweating, your muscles will no doubt cry for some TLC. Soothe them with Evolve Yoga’s free massage tasters, or stop in at Myogen for a free massage or Normatec recovery session.

If it’s retail therapy you’re after, you can shop for activewear from Canberra labels including Fuerza Apparel and Girls Sweat Too. If you’ve been dying to check out the gorgeous new Beautique by Jessica Peris but haven’t made it out yet, you can get the glitter treatment on site.

Happening Sunday 29 April from 10 am – 4 pm at the ANU Pop U, ANU Campus, Acton.

Tickets and more information via Eventbrite.

ANZAC DAY AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Visit the Australian War Memorial and attend the Dawn Service, National ANZAC Day Ceremony and Last Post Ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War.

Happening Wednesday 25 April, all day at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

Details of official commemorative events can be viewed on the Australian War Memorial website.

CANBERRA AND REGION HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The 2018 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival will be 16 days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage.

The theme for 2018 is ‘My Culture, My Story’. Go and explore, celebrate, share and preserve your cultural heritage. The festival will be focusing on what makes a place special by sharing the strength of cultural identities. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more.

Hear the stories and celebrate intangible cultural expression of dance, costume, music, poetry, storytelling, traditional games and handicrafts.

The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage.

Happening until Sunday 29 April at various venues.

Visit the website for more information. 

Blanc de Blanc

From the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour Blanc de Blanc is the sell-out sensation, delighting audiences from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End. Now it’s Canberra’s turn for a seductive, immersive and naughty night out inside the Fortuna Spiegeltent.

Blanc de Blanc serves a blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Bringing the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world into a wild, shimmering night – anticipate big moves, great tunes, lots of skin, and more than a few surprises.

Blanc de Blanc is the headline show of Spiegeltent Canberra presented by Strut & Fret in association with Canberra Theatre Centre. The full Spiegeltent Canberra program, featuring some of the best nationally and internationally touring cabaret, comedy, can be found here.

Happening from 26 April – 20 May at the Fortuna Spiegletent , Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find more information here.

THE CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Ten days of expertly curated music performed by internationally celebrated artists, with thought-provoking conversations and culinary surprises on the side – that’s the Canberra International Music Festival.

From Beowulf to Bach and Bernstein, the 2018 Festival unfurls a broad canvas around Canberra this Autumn: 23 ticketed concerts, site specific events, musical walks and free sessions confirm Canberra’s renown as a top destination.

See the city in all its seasonal beauty and experience masterpieces on period instruments, delve into the great epics of the past and discover the music of our time in new ways.

Happening 27 April – 6 May at various locations across Canberra.

Find more information via the website.

ANZAC Day at Casino Canberra

Head on down to Casino Canberra for ANZAC Day! There will be Two – Up from 12 pm – 9 pm with no commission. Visit the website for all the details.

There will also be an ANZAC BBQ with $2.50 sausage sandwiches, $5 giant ANZAC bickies, $5 Lamingtons and Two-Up, all at Casino Canberra, the place to PLAY.

Happening Wednesday 25 April from 12 – 9 pm at Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, City.

All proceeds go to Legacy. Visit the website for more information. 

SHORT+SWEET THEATRE CANBERRA 

Short+Sweet is a 10-minute play festival. Thirty 10 minute plays, more than half written by people from the ACT and Capital Region, are produced and performed by local performing artists over a two week run at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Come along to see Canberra’s creatives at their best. Professional writers, directors and actors take their place alongside our enthusiastic and talented amateurs to impress the judges and their mums.

And the best thing is, if you don’t like what you’re seeing you never have to wait more than 10 minutes for the next play to start!
Top 20 Week 2: 24-27 April, 7:30pm
Gala Final: 28 April, 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Happening until Saturday 28 April at Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, 188 London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets between $25.00–$30.00.

Check out the website for more information.

CLARE BOWDITCH

Returning to the stage in Canberra for the first time since 2012, one of Australia’s most accoladed singer-songwriters, Clare Bowditch, performs in The Playhouse for one night only this April.

ARIA Award winning Bowditch has long been one of the country’s most prominent, loved and respected names in any of the fields the multifaceted creative, professional and modern day troubadour has blazed a trail in. Musician, actor, radio presenter and tour-mate of none of than Leonard Cohen; Bowditch has led an incredible and illustrious career.

Come Saturday 28th of April, Bowditch will have one goal in mind – to steal the hearts of her Canberra audience once more.

Presented by Canberra Theatre Centre as a standalone evening in one of Australia’s most beautifully intimate rooms, this is a concert not to be missed.

Tickets start at $49 (+ booking fee)

Happening Saturday 28 April at 8pm at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

See the website for tickets and more information.

MS Walk + Fun Run 2018

This year the MS Walk + Fun Run is a festival of ‘Health and Wellbeing,’ celebrating people living well with multiple sclerosis, and supporters who live and adopt healthy habits for the cause.

The carefully curated day out is not just a fun run, but a day abuzz with community spirit, love and support that guarantees wonderful memories to look back on. Almost 12,000 people take part across Australia every year, raising millions of dollars. 

Registration for the Canberra 2018 MS Walk + Fun Run is open online now.

Entry fees are $60 for adults and $40 for children. People living with MS receive free entry.

Happening Sunday 29 April from 9 am for runners and 10.30 am for walkers at Rond Terrance, Parkes.

For more information visit www.mswalk.org.au.

Canberra International Music Festival: Pied Piper

Looking for something to do on ANZAC Day? Bring the kids for a musical walk across the hills of the Arboretum with Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows.

With no big people allowed, you can go and get a coffee while the kids are occupied for an hour. Recommended for children aged 6-14. Walk takes approx 75min.

Happening Wednesday 25 April at 1.30 pm and 3 pm at the National Arboretum. $20 per child. Book tickets here.

Dutch Food and Culture Festival

Enjoy food, drink and performances at the Dutch Food and Culture Festival in the Albert Hall on the last Sunday of April 2018.

An amazing and free event on Sunday 29 April 2018 for all of Canberra alike, not just the Dutchies!

Enjoy Dutch food, drinks, culture, games, music & fun from the Netherlands. You don’t have to be Dutch to wear orange!

Happening Sunday 29 April from 9.30 am – 4 pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla.

Find more information on the website: www.oranjefeestcanberra.org. 

Meeting Mozart

Your kids will laugh with delight as they join pianist Simon Tedeschi, Michelle Doake (as Mrs Mozart) and a string quintet in exploring and learning about classical instruments through popular Mozart pieces. From variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star through to his great orchestral pieces including Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Turkish March (Rondo alla Turca) and music from The Magic Flute, your kids will have so much fun with Mozart’s masterpieces, they won’t even realise they are learning!

The show is followed by an informal and relaxed meet and greet in the foyer where your kids can get up-close with the string instruments. More information and tickets available here.

Happening Saturday 28 April from 10 – 11 am at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find more information via the website.

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.

Happening Friday 30 March until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

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.

Style and Beauty with Jesinta Franklin

This Saturday Jesinta Franklin will feature in a special Canberra Centre Q&A event to discuss all things fashion and beauty this upcoming season.

Not only will you enjoy advice from Australian fashion icon—Jesinta—you’ll be treated to cocktails and canapes on arrival, one on one style advice from Canberra Centre’s in-house stylist Fiona Keary, a complimentary pamper session at the beauty bar and a gift bag.

Happening Saturday 28 April from 11.30 am – 1 pm at Canberra Centre.

For more information and to secure a ticket for a perfect weekend treat, visit www.canberracentre.com.au.

Showtime Saturdays presents Hot Vegas at Casino Canberra

Get your glam on, Showtime Saturdays are back!

Showtime Saturdays presents Hot Vegas at Casino Canberra. Experience three shows a night with a range of vocalists, dancers, and specialty duos.

Happening Saturday 28 April at Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, City. Catch the performances at 9 pm, 10 pm and 11 pm.

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.

The dangers of third, fourth and fifth hand cigarette smoke (and the perils of researching smoking) by Professor Simone Dennis

What is the future for smokers and those who interact with them? Will US policy influence Australia’s outlook on third, fourth and fifth-hand smoke? And are the latter two properties backed by scientific evidence?

This talk will focus on demystifying the concepts of third, fourth and fifth-hand smoke, the perceived dangers they pose to the public, and the effects of these perceived risks on public spaces.

The Pop-Up Village is open for dinner before and after the event. Grab a bite and a drink and feel free to enjoy in the Club prior to the talk. Doors will open 30 minutes prior, so drop in early and grab a good seat!

Simone’s research interests coalesce around phenomenologically informed anthropological theories of embodiment, the sense, and power. These interests are presently explored in ethnographic work on Christmas Island, which is framed by the politics of nationhood in contemporary Australia and the ways in which they have played out for Christmas Island’s multi-ethnic population; in work among Persian women migrants, who have fled Iran in the past two decades; in research conducted in the technoscientific spaces of major Australian research laboratories in which mice and rats feature as animal models for human disease research; and in her fourth monograph, which looks at smoking practice in Australian urban spaces to look closely at the ways in which smoking entails and occasions social and corporeal relationships with others under increasingly legislated conditions governing space and behaviour and comportment within it.

Happening Monday 30 April from 6.30 – 7 pm at ANU Pop-Up Club,The Australian National University, University Avenue, Acton.

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

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 4pm 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.

OXFAM CANBERRA TRIVIA NIGHT

On Tuesday 24 April at 6pm, Oxfam Canberra will host a night of pub trivia to stand in solidarity with the women who make our clothes. On the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, the Oxfam Canberra Community Group are raising funds for Oxfam’s Bangladesh Refugee appeal. The event will be an opportunity to learn more about Oxfam’s What She Makes campaign, which looks at the rights of the women who make our clothes in Bangladesh. It will also be an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, and hear from some fantastic Oxfam speakers.

For more information check out the Facebook event.

MUSIC, STAGE AND THEATRE

 

CLARE BOWDITCH

Returning to the stage in Canberra for the first time since 2012, one of Australia’s most accoladed singer-songwriters, Clare Bowditch, performs in The Playhouse for one night only this April.

ARIA Award winning Bowditch has long been one of the country’s most prominent, loved and respected names in any of the fields the multifaceted creative, professional and modern day troubadour has blazed a trail in. Musician, actor, radio presenter and tour-mate of none of than Leonard Cohen; Bowditch has led an incredible and illustrious career.

Come Saturday 28th of April, Bowditch will have one goal in mind – to steal the hearts of her Canberra audience once more.

Presented by Canberra Theatre Centre as a standalone evening in one of Australia’s most beautifully intimate rooms, this is a concert not to be missed.

Tickets start at $49 (+ booking fee)

Happening Saturday 28 April at 8pm at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

See the website for tickets and more information.

THE CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Ten days of expertly curated music performed by internationally celebrated artists, with thought-provoking conversations and culinary surprises on the side – that’s the Canberra International Music Festival.

From Beowulf to Bach and Bernstein, the 2018 Festival unfurls a broad canvas around Canberra this Autumn: 23 ticketed concerts, site specific events, musical walks and free sessions confirm Canberra’s renown as a top destination.

See the city in all its seasonal beauty and experience masterpieces on period instruments, delve into the great epics of the past and discover the music of our time in new ways.

Happening 27 April – 6 May at various locations across Canberra.

Find more information via the website.

Meeting Mozart

Your kids will laugh with delight as they join pianist Simon Tedeschi, Michelle Doake (as Mrs Mozart) and a string quintet in exploring and learning about classical instruments through popular Mozart pieces. From variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star through to his great orchestral pieces including Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Turkish March (Rondo alla Turca) and music from The Magic Flute, your kids will have so much fun with Mozart’s masterpieces, they won’t even realise they are learning!

The show is followed by an informal and relaxed meet and greet in the foyer where your kids can get up-close with the string instruments. More information and tickets available here.

Happening Saturday 28 April from 10 – 11 am at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find more information via the website.

Showtime Saturdays presents Hot Vegas at Casino Canberra

Get your glam on, Showtime Saturdays are back!

Showtime Saturdays presents Hot Vegas at Casino Canberra. Experience three shows a night with a range of vocalists, dancers, and specialty duos.

Happening Saturday 28 April at Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, City. Catch the performances at 9 pm, 10 pm and 11 pm.

CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Ten days of expertly curated music performed by internationally celebrated artists, with thought-provoking conversations and culinary surprises on the side – that’s the Canberra International Music Festival.

From Beowulf to Bach and Bernstein, the 2018 Festival unfurls a broad canvas around Canberra this Autumn: 23 ticketed concerts, site specific events, musical walks and free sessions confirm Canberra’s renown as a top destination. See the city in all its seasonal beauty and experience masterpieces on period instruments, delve into the great epics of the past and discover the music of our time in new ways.

Choose your own musical adventure with a multitude of ticketing options. The Festival Pass offers the best discount per-concert whilst a special Choose Your Own Adventure Pass will give you the flexibility to individualize your Festival experience and save 10% across five different concerts. Individual tickets are also available.

The Canberra International Music Festival is happening from Friday 27 April- Sunday 6 May at various locations.

For more information on the festival, and to browse all of the events and performances on offer, visit the website.

SPIEGELTENT

Starting this month, Spiegeltent Canberra will be set up in Civic Square, featuring some of the best nationally and internationally touring cabaret, comedy, music and dance shows around.

The highlight performance of the program comes from the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour. BLANC de BLANC is a sell-out sensation, delighting audiences from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End. Now it’s Canberra’s turn for a seductive, immersive and naughty night out inside the Fortuna Spiegeltent.

BLANC de BLANC is happening on select dates from Thursday 26 April- Sunday 20 May. See the website for ticketing and more information on this stand out show.

The Spiegeltent will also be hosting a whole array of other outstanding performances that are not to be missed! The full program can be viewed on Spiegeltent’s website.

Spiegeltent is happening from Thursday 26 April- Sunday 20 May at Civic Square, London Circuit.

SHORT+SWEET THEATRE CANBERRA 2018-04-12

Short+Sweet is a 10-minute play festival. Thirty 10 minute plays, more than half written by people from the ACT and Capital Region, are produced and performed by local performing artists over a two week run at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Come along to see Canberra’s creatives at their best. Professional writers, directors and actors take their place alongside our enthusiastic and talented amateurs to impress the judges and their mums.

And the best thing is, if you don’t like what you’re seeing you never have to wait more than 10 minutes for the next play to start!

Top 20 Week 2: 24-27 April, 7:30pm
Gala Final: 28 April, 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Happening until Saturday 28 April at Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, 188 London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets between $25.00–$30.00.

Check out the website for more information.

ARTHUR STREETON: THE ART OF WAR POETRY READING

A recital of Australian poetry and illuminating letters written by Arthur Streeton during his time as an official war artist in May 1918 by the ANU Theatre Society.

Entry is free but bookings are essential.

Happening Wednesday 25 April from 11am-12pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes.

More information via the NGA website.

AUSTRALIAN PIANO DUO: IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE PLAY ON

The Australian Piano Duo, Dr. Vicky Yang and Maggie Chen, invite you to take a poetic journey of fairy tales and love.

Enjoy the acoustically superb High Court of Australia’s Great Hall and experience interludes from Romeo and Juliet, oriental folk fairy tales and more, transcending into a symphonic Odyssey before the duo take this program on tour.

Hailed as dazzlingly breathtaking and flamboyantly electrified, this dynamic team has been performing globally in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA and Austria. See the duo’s website for more of their personal bios.

Admission to the performance is free, but registration is a must.

Happening on Sunday 29 April at 1:30pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes.

For more information on the concert, visit the High Court’s website. 

SUNSET SESSIONS AT THE LAKES

The perfect Sunday session…

Head to The Lakes every Sunday in the outdoor courtyard, for your chance to see some of Canberra’s best local musicians!

Happening every Sunday until Sunday 29 April from 4pm-7pm at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, 110 Gundaroo Drive, Nicholls

See the website for performer schedules.

NGA PLAY: INDIEGUERILLAS

Join duo Indieguerillas on a cultural journey through the stories of their Indonesian home. Ride the bike to create sound and movement. Create your own digital avatar and shadow puppets and display your work in the YEAH GALLERY.

Happening until Sunday 13 May 2018 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

SWAMP FAT JANGLES AND THE BURLEY GRIFFIN

Watery electric guitar and bowed banjo, dynamic drums, articulate bass and the three-part harmonies of whisky drinking ladies. Swamp Fat Jangles is coming to Canberra for the first time to celebrate the release of their murder ballad, Spaghetti Renaissance. Haunting folk harmonies set against a Tarantino-esque backdrop, it’s the first song from the band’s forthcoming EP, recorded in December with super producer Sarah Belkner. They’ll be joined by local favourite The Burley Griffin, who’ll share post-religious folk hymns born of an isolated childhood and refined on hitchhiking adventures and nationwide tours of the USA.

Happening Saturday 28 May 2018 from 9pm at Smith’s Alternative.

See the website for tickets.

FILM

THE BREAKFAST CLUB AT DENDY

Get ready for an 80’s throwback, as Dendy is set to host a screening of the iconic coming-of-age comedy The Breakfast Club, starring Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson.

Dendy Cinema-goers can attend a 6:30pm session with complimentary beverage on arrival and packet of crisps. You’re all in Dendy detention!

Booking online has never been easier, as Dendy has said goodbye to booking fees. Book online to secure your seats!

Happening Monday 30 April at 6:30pm, at Dendy Cinema, Canberra Centre.

See the Dendy website for more information.

IN THE NAME OF PEACE: JOHN HUME IN AMERICA

In the name of peace: John Hume in America is a compelling feature documentary,

narrated by Liam Neeson, with dramatic footage from the conflict in Northern Ireland and stirring accounts by Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as US Congressmen and Senators.

This film shows how one man with courage and charisma, inspired by Martin Luther King, mobilized Irish Americans and America to bring an end to years of bloody violence in his

homeland. With musical score by Bill Whelan (Riverdance), this beautiful film reminds us of the redemptive powers of politics to overcome hatred and division. At a time of great world instability, this is a timely film highlighting creative leadership and the need for steady international co-operation.

Entry is free but bookings are essential.

Happening on Tuesday 24 April, 7pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.

See the website for more information.

FESTIVALS 

Dutch Food and Culture Festival

Enjoy food, drink and performances at the Dutch Food and Culture Festival in the Albert Hall on the last Sunday of April 2018.

An amazing and free event on Sunday 29 April 2018 for all of Canberra alike, not just the Dutchies!

Enjoy Dutch food, drinks, culture, games, music & fun from the Netherlands. You don’t have to be Dutch to wear orange!

Happening Sunday 29 April from 9.30 am – 4 pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla.

Find more information on the website: www.oranjefeestcanberra.org. 

CANBERRA AND REGION HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The 2018 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival will be 16 days of celebration for the region’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage.

The theme for 2018 is ‘My Culture, My Story’. Go and explore, celebrate, share and preserve your cultural heritage. The festival will be focusing on what makes a place special by sharing the strength of cultural identities. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more.

Hear the stories and celebrate intangible cultural expression of dance, costume, music, poetry, storytelling, traditional games and handicrafts.

The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage.

Happening until Sunday 29 April at various venues.

Visit the website for more information. 

AUSDANCE ACT PRESENTS ‘DANCE WEEK’

Ausdance ACT are celebrating Australian Dance Week with a host of celebrations, classes and events. Dance week is held from Sunday 29 April to Sunday 6 May.

The highlight of the week falls on International Dance Day with Big Dance. Big Dance commissions acclaimed choreographers to create a work that can be performed by anyone in the world, through online tutorials and community workshops. Big Dance engages thousands of people with one unifying choreographic piece, performed across local regional and metropolitan communities. The 2018 Big Dance routine includes versions to suit a variety of capabilities and circumstances, including standing, seated and suggestions on adapting the choreography for different abilities.

Big Dance is happening on Sunday 29 April from 2:30-3pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for bookings and more information.

For more information on all the events on offer for Dance Week (29 April- 6 May), visit Ausdance ACT’s facebook.

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 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

The dangers of third, fourth and fifth hand cigarette smoke (and the perils of researching smoking) by Professor Simone Dennis

What is the future for smokers and those who interact with them? Will US policy influence Australia’s outlook on third, fourth and fifth-hand smoke? And are the latter two properties backed by scientific evidence?

This talk will focus on demystifying the concepts of third, fourth and fifth-hand smoke, the perceived dangers they pose to the public, and the effects of these perceived risks on public spaces.

The Pop-Up Village is open for dinner before and after the event. Grab a bite and a drink and feel free to enjoy in the Club prior to the talk. Doors will open 30 minutes prior, so drop in early and grab a good seat!

Simone’s research interests coalesce around phenomenologically informed anthropological theories of embodiment, the sense, and power. These interests are presently explored in ethnographic work on Christmas Island, which is framed by the politics of nationhood in contemporary Australia and the ways in which they have played out for Christmas Island’s multi-ethnic population; in work among Persian women migrants, who have fled Iran in the past two decades; in research conducted in the technoscientific spaces of major Australian research laboratories in which mice and rats feature as animal models for human disease research; and in her fourth monograph, which looks at smoking practice in Australian urban spaces to look closely at the ways in which smoking entails and occasions social and corporeal relationships with others under increasingly legislated conditions governing space and behaviour and comportment within it.

Happening Monday 30 April from 6.30 – 7 pm at ANU Pop-Up Club,The Australian National University, University Avenue, Acton.

Style and Beauty with Jesinta Franklin

This Saturday Jesinta Franklin will feature in a special Canberra Centre Q&A event to discuss all things fashion and beauty this upcoming season.

Not only will you enjoy advice from Australian fashion icon—Jesinta—you’ll be treated to cocktails and canapes on arrival, one on one style advice from Canberra Centre’s in-house stylist Fiona Keary, a complimentary pamper session at the beauty bar and a gift bag.

Happening Saturday 28 April from 11.30 am – 1 pm at Canberra Centre.

For more information and to secure a ticket for a perfect weekend treat, visit www.canberracentre.com.au.

AUTUMN COLOURS IN THE COURTYARDS

Enjoy this rare opportunity to see the Parliament House private courtyards in spectacular autumn colours. A friendly guide will lead you through a delightful tour of these picturesque gardens, featuring spectacular outdoor art sculptures. These tours are only available for two weeks.

For security purposes, participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation, in the event a patron does not have these, they will be unable to participate. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before a tour for screening and check-in. Alternatives plans are in place for wet weather. Please wear comfortable shoes for tours.

As Parliament House is a working building, filming and photography in the private areas is subject to approval and may not be permitted. Your guide will inform you of restrictions at the beginning of each tour.

Happening until Sunday 6 May from 11.30am–12.30pm & 2pm–3pm at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. Tickets between $20.00–$50.00. Booking fees apply.

Visit the website for more information.

GET YOUR SHII TOGETHER SUNDAYS- THE RELATIONSHIPS EDITION

If you want to learn how to develop and maintain rocking relationships in all areas of your life, go along to Get Your Shii Together Sundays – The Relationships Edition. Deepen, evolve and transform all relationships in your life. Relationships come in many forms – love, friendship, family, employment and social.

This event is open to BOTH males and females, and is hosted by GG Creative, Clare Sheehan and Shii Mii Alaina Brown.

At the event you will specifically: Learn about the 5 love languages including your own, partake in a group hypnosis on acceptance of self and others, learn about the importance of connection, and learn how to not only give love but receive love.

Tickets are $79.96 and include light refreshments, course workbook and exclusive event offers.

Happening Sunday 29 April from 10am-1:30pm at Insync Wellness Studio, Griffith.

For tickets and more information visit shiimii.com.

MUSIC AND MEMORY: ANDREW FORD LECTURE

In this lecture, award-winning composer Andrew Ford will share insights into the creative process of composing, exploring the relationship between music and memory, reflecting on the role that music plays in our lives.

Andrew Ford is a composer, writer and broadcaster who has won awards in each of those capacities, including the 2004 Paul Lowin Prize for his song cycle Learning to Howl, a 2010 Green Room Award for his opera Rembrandt’s Wife and the 2012 Albert H Maggs Prize for his large ensemble piece, Rauha . A former academic, Ford has written widely on all manner of music and published nine books, most recently The Memory of Music (Black Inc., 2017). He has written, presented and co-produced five radio series and, since 1995, presented The Music Show each weekend on ABC Radio National. Andrew is an ANU Coombs Creative Arts Fellow in 2018, and this lecture is one event in a program of featuring Andrew’s writing and music, proudly presented by the ANU School of Music.

Light refreshments and a book signing will take place in the Foyer following the lecture.

Entry is free but registration is essential.

Happening on Monday 23 April from 6-7pm at the National Library of Australia (Theatre, Lower Ground 1) Parkes Place, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

FRANCO’S WHITE RIBBON FUNDRAISING DAY

Hairdressers are often first to be told about matters of domestic violence from their clients. This White Ribbon Fundraising Day at Franco of Canberra will raise awareness of domestic violence and provide hairdressers with knowledge of where they can go for assistance or where they can point their clients to for help.

The event has been designed for everyone, and customers are invited to pay what they want for the service. Kindly staff will donate their time for free, and all products will be provided by L’Oreal free of charge. The day will also provide an opportunity for survivors to get their hair done for free.

Bookings are essential.

Happening Sunday 29 April from 10 am- 5 pm at Franco of Canberra, 15 E Row, Canberra

For more information, visit the White Ribbon website.

GARDEN TOURS AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE

Conducted in association with Southern Cross Cruises, visitors arrive by ferry to enjoy a one hour walking tour of the historic gardens of Government House led by members of The Australiana Fund in support of The Fund’s historic collection of significant Australian artworks, on loan for display in the official residences of the Governor-General and Prime Minister.  It should be noted the walk involves some steps and is continuous. Good mobility and sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

On most Thursday mornings during Feb to April and Sept to Nov. – times and days may be subject to change. Tickets are $28 adults $25 concession $15 children. The ferry departs at 9am from the Yacht Club Jetty, Lotus Bay, Yarralumla. Visit 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

PLUS 500 BRUMBIES V CRUSADERS

The defending Super Rugby Champions, and eight times title holders, Crusaders provide the opposition at GIO Stadium for what is sure to be one of the highlights of the Super Rugby calendar.

The New Zealanders, replete with a stack of All Blacks talent, are sure to provide entertaining opposition with the Brumbies often enjoying exceptional battles against their trans-Tasman foes. The Military Round weekend kicks-off with a curtain-raiser between ADFA and RMC.

Happening Saturday 28 April with Kickoff at 7:45pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce

Visit Ticketek to secure your tickets.

MS Walk + Fun Run 2018

This year the MS Walk + Fun Run is a festival of ‘Health and Wellbeing,’ celebrating people living well with multiple sclerosis, and supporters who live and adopt healthy habits for the cause.

The carefully curated day out is not just a fun run, but a day abuzz with community spirit, love and support that guarantees wonderful memories to look back on. Almost 12,000 people take part across Australia every year, raising millions of dollars. 

Registration for the Canberra 2018 MS Walk + Fun Run is open online now.

Entry fees are $60 for adults and $40 for children. People living with MS receive free entry.

Happening Sunday 29 April from 9 am for runners and 10.30 am for walkers at Rond Terrance, Parkes.

For more information visit www.mswalk.org.au.

OUTDOORS

MS Walk + Fun Run 2018

This year the MS Walk + Fun Run is a festival of ‘Health and Wellbeing,’ celebrating people living well with multiple sclerosis, and supporters who live and adopt healthy habits for the cause.

The carefully curated day out is not just a fun run, but a day abuzz with community spirit, love and support that guarantees wonderful memories to look back on. Almost 12,000 people take part across Australia every year, raising millions of dollars. 

Registration for the Canberra 2018 MS Walk + Fun Run is open online now.

Entry fees are $60 for adults and $40 for children. People living with MS receive free entry.

Happening Sunday 29 April from 9 am for runners and 10.30 am for walkers at Rond Terrance, Parkes.

For more information visit www.mswalk.org.au.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL – TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE AND NAMADGI NATIONAL PARK

From April to May Namadgi & Tidbinbilla celebrate history and heritage with immersive and interpretive activities stepping you back in time to experience the lives of those who lived, thrived and explored here. Check out the Explore Program on the Tidbinbilla website for festival activities at both sites.

Happening until Sunday 20 May at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

See the website for further details.

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  

VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY: ADVENTURES AT SEA

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join the National Museum these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by their exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers. Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on a giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential.

Happening weekdays until Friday 27 April (excluding Anzac Day), from 10- 11.30am and 11.30am- 1pm at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula.

Visit the website for more information

AFTERNOON PLAY SPACE

Play, read or relax in the National Museum’s Bay Window play space or try one of the self-guided activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $2 child
Bookings not required, places limited.

Happening from Monday 23- Friday 27 April (excludes Anzac Day) from 2-3:30pm at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula.

Visit the website for more information.

NFSA KIDS

The National Film and Sound Archive have family fun covered with their Kids Program this school holidays. Become a member of their two-week program and take your pick from a selection of fun films and fascinating live shows. From modern blockbusters like ‘Frozen’ and ‘The Lego Movie’ to classic films like ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Mary Poppins’, there’s plenty to enjoy for both the young and the young at heart.

Enjoy a fortnight of films and live shows as a family (2 adults, 2 children) for just $75, or buy an individual membership for just $25.

Session times on website.

Happening until Friday 27 April, Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.

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.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FREE FILM SCREENING

As well as the opening of Parliament House, the 1980s brought us many great moments in film. This autumn school holidays see two Australian classics on the big screen in Parliament House, courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

Playing Beatie Bow (PG, 1986)
Tues 24 April, 10.00am

The Man From Snowy River (PG, 1982)
Tues 24 April, 2.00pm

During your stay at Parliament House pop into the Queen’s Terrace Café, a family friendly café that offers exceptional coffee, scrumptious meals and delectable sweets, with striking views to the War Memorial. Visit the Queen’s Terrace Café during autumn and receive a “Trio of Treats” and a hot beverage for just $7.50. The trio features raspberry choux, lemon white chocolate truffle (cn, gf) and Tim Tams (gf).

It is recommended visitors arrive at least 20 minutes before an event for screening and check-in.

Happening Tuesday 24 April from 10am & 2pm at Theatre Level 1, Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Canberra. Free entry.

For further details, visit the website.

PORTRAIT PLAY: SHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLE

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. For children ages four to eight to share with family and friends. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Happening until Friday 27 April from 11am–12pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Bookings essential. Children’s tickets $7.00.

See the website for more information.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer, AFL and a general Sports Vacation Program. Full day or weekly programs available.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Happening until Friday 27 April from 8am–5.30pm at Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce. Daily fee of $64.00. Weekly and fortnightly fees available.

See the website for further details.

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.

PORTRAIT PLAY: SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLE

The National Portrait Gallery invites children to explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. For children aged 4 to 8 to share with family and friends.

Tickets are $7 per child and all children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Happening until Friday 27 April from 11am-12pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more information.

ART CART

Free activities inspired by the National Portrait Gallery Collection for families to enjoy together.

Various activities happening until Sunday 29 April from 11:00am-4:00pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer, AFL and a general Sports Vacation Program.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Happening until Friday 27 April at Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce. Full day or weekly programs available.

For more detailed information on these programs, visit www.experienceais.com

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.

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

See the website for more information.

‘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.

ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE

Tuggeranong Arts Centre presents Another Day in Paradise, a major exhibition by artist Myuran Sukumaran.

The exhibtion will be accompanied by a series of artworks by leading Australian artists, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Khaled Sabsabi, and Matthew Sleeth, whose works respond to the death penalty and profile human rights.

Curated by Ben Quilty and Michael Dagostino, Another Day in Paradise was developed by Campbelltown Arts Centre and first presented as part of Sydney Festival. This exhibition presents a vast and sobering series of powerful portraits by Sukumaran, painted during his incarceration at Bali’s Kerobokan jail and from his final incarceration on Nusa Kambangan Island.

Another Day in Paradise highlights the importance of forgiveness and compassion for humanity, while proving the profound power of art to change lives.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre CEO Rauny Worm emphasises, ‘the Centre is very much aware of the sensitivities of this exhibition and the ethical and moral complexity surrounding Sukumaran’s story.’ For this reason, TAC will present these works along with ‘The Human Condition,’ a suite of public programs that invite the community to explore the many difficult themes and questions emerging from the works and the associated story.

Happening until Sunday 29 April at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway.

See the website for more information.

ARTHUR STREETON THE ART OF WAR

Bringing together key works from collections around Australia and overseas, an important survey exhibition of Arthur Streeton’s war art. Streeton’s contribution to the Australian war effort was significant.

This survey of Arthur Streeton’s war art brings together key works from public and private collections around Australia and overseas.

Streeton made significant contributions to the Australian war effort, serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps at the Third London General Hospital in Wandsworth from 1915 to 1917 before leaving for the Western Front as an official war artist in May 1918. Arthur Streeton: The Art of War explores Streeton’s experience of the hard realities of warfare through paintings and sketches representing battlefield imagery, ranging from stranded war machinery and operations headquarters to dressing stations and field hospitals.This exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue by Curator Anne Gray, available online or in the NGA Shop.

On show until 29 April 2018 at the National Gallery of Australia, Project Gallery Level 2, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

Entry is free but see the event website for more information.

‘CAUSEWAY’ BY JUDITH WHITE

Judith White’s luminous and richly textured abstract paintings reflect the interplay between form and space in the urban environment.

Her recent paintings are based upon the central theme of water in ancient European cities and towns; “These areas of water, though part of the natural world, ‘reflect’, or are affected by human history and it is this connection that is the impetus of this new work.”

Judith trained at the National Art School in Sydney and has been exhibiting for more than thirty years. She has been awarded many prizes during her career and her work is represented in collections throughout Australia, Japan, Holland, Israel, Indonesia and New Zealand.

Happening until Sunday 29 April from 10am–5pm (Tuesday–Friday) and 9am–5pm (Saturday & Sunday) at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

‘CONTOUR’ STUDIO GLASS BY JEREMY LEPISTO 

Canberra glass artist Jeremy Lepisto explores everyday landscapes and the condition of spaces that we all share. In this exhibition, Jeremy has created two series of work in which he explores the term contour, generally used to describe the shape of a form.

Jeremy aims to extend this, also referencing “the timelines and situations that are affected, activated, supported or that support the initial form’s function and future.”

He is currently undertaking his PhD in sculpture at the Australian National University and his work is represented in collections including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, GlasmuseetEbeltoft (Denmark) and the Museum of Glass (Tacoma, USA).

Happening until Sunday 29 April from 10am–5pm (Tuesday–Friday) and 9am–5pm (Saturday & Sunday) at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin. Free entry.

See the website for further details.

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.

‘TRANSITIONS’

Artists: Helen Bodycomb, Pamela Irving, Rachel Bremner, Caitlin Hughes, Kate Butler

Featuring work by five leading mosaic artists, Transitions will explore the mosaic as a vehicle for complex artistic expression and conceptual investigation using traditional methods and experimental techniques.

In the last two decades there has been a resurgence of the ancient craft of mosaics both internationally and in Australia, with numerous Australian practitioners gaining international recognition. Despite the current surge in contemporary mosaics in Australia it is a little known phenomena. The exhibition seeks to address this imbalance.

Happening until Saturday 5 May at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, City.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITION ‘FUNCTIONAL SHADOWS: MARILOU CHAGNAUD’

2017 Artist-in-Residence Marilou Chagnaud will present a new body of work for her solo exhibition Functional Shadows.

Functional Shadows narrates a journey between two places, a research period at the Australian War Memorial followed by a residence at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in the Namadgi National Park. During two weeks, I explored the AWM collection of objects, studying materials, collecting shapes and stories. My research led me to pay attention to the history of camouflage in Australia during World War II, specifically the use of shadows to create visual confusion. The exhibition will present a body of works questioning our reading of forms and objects as well as
pushing the lines between function and abstraction.

Marilou Chagnaud is a French artist and designer established in Canberra. Approaching paper with an eye to its sculptural possibilities, she explores the deployment of printed patterns into spatial installations, objects and sculptures, investigating the path from two to three-dimensional space as well as the notions of repetition and perception.

Presented in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation Service and the Australian War Memorial.

Happening until Saturday 5 May at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, City.

See 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.

Exhibition: From Competition to Completion: Building Australian Parliament House.

The construction of a permanent Parliament House within a 10 year period remains an architectural feat unrivalled in Australia. Come and see the unique objects, images and artworks that document the building of an icon.

Location: Exhibition area, level 1.

Happening until Sunday 3 May at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

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 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.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

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

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

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

This exhibition is presented alongside Another Day in Paradise.

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

See the website for more information.

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.

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 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

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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