This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

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Enlighten Festival 2018

Illuminating Canberra for its eighth year, Enlighten Festival proudly presented by Singapore Airlines, is transforming Canberra into a hive of activity with an extended program of free and ticketed events and activities plus two new and exciting events precincts – Canberra city and the Australian National University (ANU).

Over 16 days in March, visitors to the Enlighten festival will see stunning large-scale architectural projections and installations transform some of the capital’s most loved and iconic buildings including Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon, as the Parliamentary Triangle becomes a vibrant canvas showcasing Australian talent buzzing arts precinct with roving entertainers, art installations, live music and enchanting performances.

The ANU campus will come to life over five thrilling nights with vibrant projections, fire-side chats and a special Saturday night market; and you can explore all the city has to offer after nightfall. See the fairy lights, and find hidden gems in the city’s nooks and crannies. Keep your eye out for interactive installations, workshops and other unexpected surprises.

Eat at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets and food and drink precinct featuring local street food. Enjoy Canberra’s best autumn events including the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park, Lights! Canberra! Action! Canberra Day and Skyfire. And explore the culture and creativity of Canberra’s national attractions, and the vibrancy of the city’s art and mind precincts as they open their doors to host an array of exclusive after-dark events and surprising experiences. Canberra! Action! Canberra Day and Hit 104.7 Skyfire.

Happening 2 -18 March with the Enlighten the Illuminations (Projections) 2-11 March within the Parliamentary Triangle, as well as two new precincts this year – the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra City.

Find more information: enlightencanberra.com.

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018

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

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

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

Happening 1-28 March at Palace Electric, NewActon.

See the full program at affrenchfilmfestival.org.

Fish Tales at Pialligo Estate

Come and see, smell, touch and taste the finest Seafood in Australia.

Talk to the catchers and growers about how they catch or produce such amazing seafood, try their catch and enjoy a few tasty beverages. Fish Tales will be a combination of market stalls, masterclasses, tastings and other attractions.

Happening Sunday 4 March from 2-5 pm in the Pialligo Estate Glasshouse, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Tickets are $30pp and include a glass of bubbles on arrival, tastings, masterclasses, access to meet with the finest seafood producers in Australia.

Purchase your tickets via Eventbrite.

 

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.

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2018

On Wednesday 28 February, thousands of Canberrans are expected to walk in Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation and registration.

Kicking off from Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin at 6:45 am for a 7 am sharp start, they’re calling all Canberrans to lace up their walking shoes, bring their friends, colleagues, family members and pets and walk for a great cause.

Come early to receive a free t-shirt, hat and gift bag (first in, first served) and finish the morning off with a free BBQ breakfast thanks to Lions Club Canberra Belconnen.

In the lead up to the walk, they’re encouraging everyone to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donation Register, and discuss their choice with loved ones.

If you haven’t registered for the walk, there’s still time, just head to www.giftoflife.asn.au – it’s free!

Happening Wednesday 28 February from 6:45 am for a 7 am sharp start at Regatta Point.

See the website for more information.

FARM GATE MARKETS

It’s Market Day!

Head to the main paddock at Pialligo Estate for a Sunday full of market stalls and activities that will be sure to delight both adults and children alike!

With a range of local stallholders showcasing gourmet food, wine and spirits, and live music throughout the day there will be something for everyone.

Stallholders include: Pialligo Estate (Wine, Food, Hampers), Stockman Sticks Beef Jerky, Three Mills Bakery, Tea Garden, Le Petit Breton, Sandro (Gelato), The Pop Inn, Nellie’s Cafe & Bar, Kurbside Kitchen (Spiral Spuds), La Empanada, Cracking Corn, Cannoli Brothers, and Majura Valley Honey.

Happening Sunday 4 March from 10am–4pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Free entry.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

A PACIFIST’S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER

Bryony Kimmings wants to talk about cancer but she’s not getting very far. Instead, she keeps hearing about battles, survivors, fun runs and new leases of life. What’s everyone so scared of?

Kimmings’ latest highly acclaimed collaboration with Complicité will blow everything the movies have taught you about cancer out of the water. This funny and moving show will look behind the poster campaigns and pink ribbons at the reality of cancer: newfound friendships, pain and death, mundane treatment cycles, hairlessness and scars… with songs.

Expect big anthems, shiny costumes, blood, tears and real cancer patients in this rip-roaring, heartbreaking celebration of ordinary life and death. This is unexpected and confronting theatre – it scratches at the battle metaphors that surround cancer to reveal what really lies beneath.

Happening Thursday 1–Friday 2 March from 8pm–10pm & Saturday 3 March from 2pm and 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets from $69pp.

See the website for more details.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits – LAST WEEK!

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.

All About Women Satellite 2018

Canberra Theatre Centre in association with Sydney Opera House presents All About Women Satellite. Hosted by Virginia Haussegger with Special Guest Jane Caro and others.

You don’t need to be at the Sydney Opera House on 4 March to experience the main stage action of All About Women. Canberra Theatre Centre is excited to be streaming live two of the headline sessions direct from the Sydney Opera House, coupled with a LIVE panel.

The All About Women Satellite Program invites you to reflect on the past and imagine the future of feminism.

All tickets $15*, book online.
*a $4.95 transaction fee also applies.

DISNEY CLASSICS FILM FESTIVAL

The Disney Classics Festival is coming to the big screen and will feature Disney favourites such as 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King.

All tickets are just $8 each so it’s the perfect day to take a walk down a cartoonish memory lane!

101 Dalmatians – 24 & 25 February

Bambi – 3 & 4 March

Dumbo – 10, 11 & 12 March

The Lion King – 17 & 18 March

Happening Saturday 24 February – Sunday 18 March 2018 from 10.30am daily at Capitol Cinemas, 6 Franklin Street, Manuka. Tickets $8pp (booking fees apply)

See the Facebook event for more details.

Proximity Corporate & Community Triathlon

The Proximity Corporate and Community Triathlon Festival offers a distance for everyone. This event is ideal for those who have not attempted a triathlon before, or anyone who is looking to achieve a personal goal along with those who enjoy triathlon in a fun, social environment. Get your friends, family or colleagues together for a fun filled morning.

Participate as a team, or race solo, past some of Canberra’s iconic national attractions. With achievable distances in a fun supportive atmosphere, it’s the perfect opportunity to get active. There’s even a free un-timed kids run.

Proximity Community: 200m Swim / 10km Cycle / 2.5km Run
Sprint: 750m Swim / 20km Cycle / 5km Run
Standard: 1.5km Swim / 40km Cycle / 10km Run
DRYathlon: 1km Run / 10km Cycle / 2.5km Run
MINIMAN 7-9yrs: 50m Swim / 2.5km Cycle / 500m Run
MINIMAN 10-11yrs: 150m Swim / 5km Cycle / 1km Run
Categories: Teams: Male, Female, Mixed
Individual: 12-13, 14-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Check the website for full details.

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Happening Saturday 3 March from 6.30 am – 12.30 pm at Rond Terrace.

See the website for more information.

CANBERRA BIG BAND COLLECTIVE: ‘SUMMER SUNSET’

Summer Sunset, will be the first *Big Band concert put on by the newly formed Canberra Big Band Collective (CBBC) for 2018. Summer Sunset will be held on Saturday 3 March and will feature three Canberra Big Bands: Blamey Street, In Full Swing and Spectrum.

 

In 2018, the CBBC will be putting on an ambitious four big band concerts spread throughout the year.

“In 2018 the Canberra Big Band Collective has decided to organise four concerts and has expanded the collective from four to six local Canberra big bands,” Leisa Keen, Musical Director of Blamey Street Big Band, said.

The CBBC now includes the following Big Bands: Blamey Street, In Full Swing, Spectrum, ConneXion, Twilight and TraXion.

Canberra has a thriving Big Band scene with nearly 10 community big bands and many more in the school system and universities. Canberra Big Band Collective aspires to bring these bands together from time to time to work and play together.

 

Music will include everything from Basie to Bublé and beyond. The event is also being strongly supported by Canberra’s thriving swing dancing community.

“If you love the sound of a Big Band or Jazz Orchestra either to listen or dance to, then we would love to have the communities ongoing support for Canberra Big Band Collective events.”

*A Big Band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz or jazz-influenced popular music and which was popular during the Swing Era from the mid-1930s until the late 1940s. A big band typically consists of approximately 20 musicians and contains vocalists, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section – Wikipedia.

‘Summer Sunset’ will be on Saturday 3 March and run from 6 pm – 9 pm (doors open 5.30pm) at the John Lingard Hall Canberra Grammar (junior boys) School. Each of the three bands will perform a full set of Big Band music. Food (BBQ and snacks) and drinks (soft drink and beer and wine) be also be available for purchase on the evening.

Tickets: Pre-booked – Adults $25. Concession $17. Child under 13 $10. Family $60 includes 2 adults and up to 3 children. Book online at TryBooking. At the door sales- Adults $30. Concession $20. Child under 13 $10.

PlayUP

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

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

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

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

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

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

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.

FOOD & DRINK

Enlighten Night Noodle Markets

Enlighten Night Noodle Markets returns once again to Reconciliation Place, Canberra from March 2 – 11,  2018.

To make things quick and easy, the markets are cash-free so guests can spend less time queuing and more time enjoying the night. So don’t forget your cards!

Check out the menu here – find out who’s doing anything from gluten-free delights, to vegan treats to life-changing desserts!

WIN: We want to see your favourite foodie moments from this year’s Enlighten Night Noodle Markets. Make sure you select ‘Interested’ in our Facebook Event Page where we’ll announce this year’s competition details soon.

Happening 2-11 March at Reconcilliation Place, Parkes.

FREE ENTRY | KID FRIENDLY | CASHLESS | DOGS WELCOME

  • Monday – Wednesday 5pm – 9pm
  • Thursday 5pm – 10pm
  • Friday 5pm – 12am
  • Saturday 4pm – 12am
  • Sunday 4pm – 9pm

Fish Tales at Pialligo Estate

Come and see, smell, touch and taste the finest Seafood in Australia.

Talk to the catchers and growers about how they catch or produce such amazing seafood, try their catch and enjoy a few tasty beverages. Fish Tales will be a combination of market stalls, masterclasses, tastings and other attractions.

Happening Sunday 4 March from 2-5 pm in the Pialligo Estate Glasshouse, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Tickets are $30pp and include a glass of bubbles on arrival, tastings, masterclasses, access to meet with the finest seafood producers in Australia.

Purchase your tickets via Eventbrite.

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

A PACIFIST’S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER 

Bryony Kimmings wants to talk about cancer but she’s not getting very far. Instead, she keeps hearing about battles, survivors, fun runs and new leases of life. What’s everyone so scared of?

Kimmings’ latest highly acclaimed collaboration with Complicité will blow everything the movies have taught you about cancer out of the water. This funny and moving show will look behind the poster campaigns and pink ribbons at the reality of cancer: newfound friendships, pain and death, mundane treatment cycles, hairlessness and scars… with songs.

Expect big anthems, shiny costumes, blood, tears and real cancer patients in this rip-roaring, heartbreaking celebration of ordinary life and death. This is unexpected and confronting theatre – it scratches at the battle metaphors that surround cancer to reveal what really lies beneath.

Happening Thursday 1–Friday 2 March from 8pm–10pm & Saturday 3 March from 2pm and 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets from $69pp.

See the website for more details.

CHAMBER PHILHARMONIA COLOGNE PERFORMS VIVALDI, BACH AND PAGANINI

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany’s finest ensembles, Chamber Philharmonia Cologne Germany performing Vivaldi, Bach and Paganini in St. Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra.

The program ranges from Antonio Vivaldi and his tremendously famous “Four Seasons” to J.S. Bach, Peter Tchaikovsky and Niccolo Paganini. Book via Ticketmaster or phone 136 100.

Happening Tuesday 27 February 8pm–10pm at St. Christopher’s Cathedral, 55 Franklin Street, Forrest. Tickets cost between $30–$40pp.

See the website for more inforation.

THE WEIGHT OF LIGHT

A world premiere featuring outstanding baritone Michael Lampard and popular pianist Alan Hicks in a suspenseful production where song cycle meets theatre and absolution is sought by all.

Having completed his latest tour of Afghanistan, an Australian soldier is on leave and taking the opportunity to return to his family’s farm in regional New South Wales – he is looking forward to resting. However, as he makes his way home he is confronted by news that is both life-affirming and devastating, which pushes him to reveal a dark secret that clings like a ghost. Ultimately he must question everything he knows.

Acclaimed writer Nigel Featherstone and composer James Humberstone have collaborated to produce this gritty, song-filled chronicle giving voice to the personal impact of modern warfare and the costs that are borne by families. The Weight of Light is an intimate portrayal of man and soldier that pulls the audience into the cracks of human relationships and masculine identity.

Produced by The Goulburn Regional Conservatorium in partnership with The Street Theatre.

Happening Saturday 3 March from 7.30pm & Sunday 4 March from 4pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City. Tickets from $25–$39pp.

See the website for more information.

VERUCA SALT & THE LEMONHEADS

With a knack for combining euphoria and melancholy, beloved US alt-rockers The Lemonheads and Veruca Salt are teaming up for the only double-header in the list of sideshows planned during their 2018 A Day On The Green appearances. Canberra audiences will have the opportunity to see both bands live at the Canberra Theatre in February!

Veruca Salt

Named for the mischievous and spoiled brat in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Veruca Salt emerged onto the alt-rock scene in early nineties Chicago. The four-piece signed to Geffen Records (home of Nirvana) and played on bills alongside the likes of Hole, Weezer, Dinosaur Jr and PJ Harvey. Their signature hits Volcano Girls and Seether are anthemic 90s fare and helped to propel them into their places as one of the most loved rock acts of the 90s.

The Lemonheads

Having shifted millions of records and landed in the soundtracks of countless lives, The Lemonheads have been revered since their popularity reached mainstream, crazy, Hollywood fever-pitch in the early 90’s. Always a band of volatile line-ups, the constant shifting of membership has never prevented the act from consistently releasing challenging, genre-bending alt rock records.

Happening Wednesday 28 February from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets cost $75pp.

See the website for more information.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT: TREASURES OF A NATION

The prestigious Chinese Orchestra of China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater will make their New Zealand and Australian tour for the unique concert Treasures of a Nation to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2018.

Treasures of a Nation promises to be truly a transcendent experience that merges traditional Chinese style with contemporary music. The concert will take you on a fascinating musical journey, exploring the treasures of a nation and immersing yourself in the rich culture.

The renowned national-level Chinese Orchestra of China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater, the first professional Chinese traditional orchestra established in 1951, has created a large number of popular opera and dance dramas. The Orchestra has a unique artistic style and has fostered a large number of performers with high artistic attainments. The Orchestra has accumulated many transitional and popular instrumental music works and its members have taken part in national and international instrumental music competitions and won many prizes.

Happening Saturday 3 March from 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, The Australian National University, Canberra City. Tickets cost between $49–$89pp.

See the website for more information.

MUSIC BY THE RIVER FEATURING THE CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) proudly presented by ICON water returns for Music by the River. Bring a picnic or experience local gourmet street food, whilst listening to musical brilliance.

There is something truly magical about live music by the water’s edge. Whether it’s the fresh open air, the still water of the river, or the ebb and flow of a musician’s melodies, they always find themselves enchanted by the sights and sounds.

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra are thrilled to be playing a collection featuring the popular works of Mozart, Handel, Brahms, and many more. These timeless pieces are a celebration of the much-loved Queanbeyan River.

Happening Saturday 3 March from 6pm–8pm at Queen Elizabeth II Park, 55 Collett Street, Queanbeyan, NSW. Free entry with limited reserve seating available.

See the website for more information.

CANBERRA OPERA LOVE AND LOSS 

Canberra Opera will delight audiences with a series of arias, duets and trios drawing on themes of love and loss across the operatic repertoire. Featuring pieces from Puccini’s La Boheme, Suor Angelica and Madame Butterfly as well as chorus pieces including Humming Chorus and Va Pensiero. In this special concert at the High Court of Australia audiences will be introduced to the newly formed Canberra Opera Chorus.

Canberra Opera is unique in providing opportunities for existing and emerging opera singers who wish to pursue a career in opera with the training and performance experience necessary for further professional engagement. Members are offered the opportunity to learn an operatic role, perform as soloists, participate in an opera chorus and learn about all aspects of live theatre. Canberra Opera aims to bring opera to a wider audience by providing the Canberra region with high quality, entertaining and affordable opera productions.

Happening Sunday 4 March from 1.30pm at High Court of Australia, 40 Parkes Place East, Parkes. Free entry but admission strictly by registration only.

See the website for more details.

LANO & WOODLEY 

Lano & Woodley said goodbye in 2006, and now a dozen years later they are storming their way back onto the stage with a brand new show, FLY.

Lano (Colin Lane) & Woodley (Frank Woodley) came together in 1986 as two parts of a three hander called The Found Objects. When three became two in 1994, they became Lano & Woodley for a show at Melbourne’s tiny Carlton Courthouse. That show went on to win the prestigious Perrier Award for best comedy in Edinburgh, making Lano & Woodley only the second Australian artists to take out the award. They returned home to full houses and a TV show co-produced with the ABC and BBC. Then in 2006, more than 150,000 people came to the Good Bye tour to say farewell.

Now they are back, with a brand spanking new show, bringing Col’s dream to life, an epic show, a tribute to the pioneers of flight, The Wright Brothers. No more mucking around, Colin and Frank have grown up and now it is time to make theatre! Although there is no reason whatsoever to think this will go as planned.

Happening Friday 2 March from 7.30pm & Saturday 3–Sunday 4 March from 5pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City. Tickets cost $40–$59.90pp.

See the website for information.

FILM

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018

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

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

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

Happening 1-28 March at Palace Electric, NewActon.

See the full program at affrenchfilmfestival.org.

PURPLE RAIN SCREENINGS AT DENDY CINEMAS

Dendy is set to host a retro screening of the iconic Prince film Purple Rain. Cinema-goers can attend a session of the film including a special purple rain cocktail on arrival.

A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid’s spotlight — and his girl.

Don’t miss a chance to party like its 1999! 

Happening Monday 26 February 6.30pm–10pm at Dendy Cinemas, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra City. $15 for Club Dendy members or $18 for non-members.

Check the website for more details.

OPENING NIGHT: AF FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – “C’EST LA VIE!”

Enjoy a drink on arrival and join a cantankerous French caterer, as he tries, against all odds, to create a fairy tale wedding reception in this enchanting comedy.

Reception begins at 6.30pm with the screening at 7.15pm, followed by an after party with live music. Film is shown in French with English subtitles.

Happening Thursday 1 March from 6.30pm–10pm at Palace Electric Cinemas, Nishi, 2 Phillip Law Street, Acton. Tickets cost $55pp (includes reception before and after screening).

Check out the website for more information.

OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR

Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

This carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival Australia is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Happening Friday 2–Saturday 3 March from 7pm–10pm at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Tickets from $24.50-$32.86pp.

See the website for more information.

DISNEY CLASSICS FILM FESTIVAL 

The Disney Classics Festival is coming to the big screen and will feature Disney favourites such as 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King.

All tickets are just $8 each so it’s the perfect day to take a walk down a cartoonish memory lane!

101 Dalmatians – 24 & 25 February

Bambi – 3 & 4 March

Dumbo – 10, 11 & 12 March

The Lion King – 17 & 18 March

Happening Saturday 24 February – Sunday 18 March 2018 from 10.30am daily at Capitol Cinemas, 6 Franklin Street, Manuka. Tickets $8pp (booking fees apply).

See the Facebook event for more details.

FESTIVALS

Image: VisitCanberra.com.au

CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 

In Chinese culture the Lantern Festival is held 2 weeks after Chinese New Year and marks the formal end of that celebration. This year the ACT Branch of the Australia China Friendship Society will hold the Lantern Festival at the Beijing Garden (part of Lennox Gardens.

The main activity will be the Lantern Parade along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Bring your own lantern (there is judging of the best hand-made lantern), or buy one at the Festival. There will also be performances of folk dancing, Lion Dance, and martial arts.

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening by the Lake. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. In case of rain the Festival will move to Lancaster Hall, 20–22 National Circuit, Forrest.

Happening Saturday 3 March from 6pm–8.15pm at Beijing Garden, Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. Free entry.

Check out the website for more details.

HOLI MELA/COLOUR FOOD AND FUN FIESTA IN CANBERRA

People from Nepalese and North Indian Cultural background celebrate a festival called Holi – the Festival of Colours, one of the biggest events for colour, music, food and drink in Canberra. Proceeds from this event will go towards funding earthquake reconstruction project in Nepal.

Happening Saturday 3 March from 11am–6pm at Thoroughbred Park, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham. Free entry.

See the Facebook event for more information.

QUEANBEYAN MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

The Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival returns for another year, even more vibrant and culturally packed!

This year there will be 23 spectacular performances, including high-energy Botswana dancers, traditional Maori show, the very energetic Macedonian Dance Troupe, the colour and movement of FINACT Indian Dance Group, stunning Belly Dancers and much, much more.

This year’s event and partnership between Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and the Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre celebrated the 10th Anniversary of this Culturally Diverse event, as well as the being awarded the Community Event of the Year at the Australia Day Ceremony.

Happening Sunday 4 March from 10am–4pm at Queanbeyan Park, Lowe Street, Queanbeyan, NSW. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

ENLIGHTEN FESTIVAL

The national capital’s Parliamentary Triangle will be transformed into a vibrant arts precinct with free entertainment such as talented street artists and international musical acts – all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.

See Canberra in a different light during autumn when many of the city’s national attractions open their doors after-hours to host an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences.
Enlighten Festival is proudly presented by Singapore Airlines. 

Happening Friday 2–Sunday 11 March 2018 at various locations around Canberra City.

See the website for more information.

MASQUERADE PARTY WITH A TWIST

For a celebration of all things beautiful with a touch of the strange, join Enlighten’s premier Masquerade Party on the exclusive Members and Guests Terrace of Parliament House. Enjoy a roaming food service showcasing regional produce, and a selection of Canberra’s best wines. Channel your ‘inner Bond’ at the Martini Bar and be entertained by cool and seductive rhythms.

As the party winds down, head to the forecourt and see the festival’s themes come to life in captivating projections inspired by the Parliament House Art Collection.

This is a super rare opportunity to kick back and sip a Dirty Martini in an exclusive space rarely accessible to the public. Pull out the finery and put a mask on for an evening of beautiful and unusual surprises. Over 18s only.

Happening Friday 2 March from 6.30pm–10.30pm at Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. Tickets cost $113.25 (include food and drink).

See the website for more information.

LATE NIGHT OPENING 

As part of the Enlighten festival, visit the National Portrait Gallery after dark and see the stars of Australian history and culture sparkle in their frames.

Happening Saturday 3–Saturday 10 March from 6pm–10pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more details.

FAMILY SIXTIES FEST AT THE LIBRARY

Over two fabulous Friday nights at Enlighten, bring the family and get a groove on at the National Library with a far-out 60s-themed kids disco, as well as art and craft activities, set against the backdrop of stunning architectural projections.

The Library building will be open, so don’t forget to step inside for snacks, drinks and free tours of 1968: Changing Times.

Happening Friday 2 and Friday 9 March from 6.30pm–9.30pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Free entry.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

KILLER GROOVES AT THE LIBRARY

Over two fun-filled weekends the Library will explode in a far-out festival of sound and colour for Enlighten 2018!

Swing by the National Library for an outta-sight party on the podium set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections, with original live music by fantastic local bands! The Library building will be open, so don’t forget to step inside for snacks, drinks and free tours of 1968: Changing Times.

Saturday 3 March:
7.30pm Tessa Devine
8.30pm Massive Sherlock
9.30pm Brass Knuckle Brass Band

Saturday 10 March:
7.30pm Jack Biilmann
8.30pm Moaning Lisa
9.30pm East Row Rabble

Happening Saturday 3 March & Saturday 10 March from 7.30pm–10.30pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

ILLUMINATIONS – LIGHTING UP THE CAPITAL 

See the Parliamentary Triangle come to life after dark. Witness thought provoking and moving large-scale projections on Australian Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon.

Over 10 nights, Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle and satellite venues will be transformed into vibrant arts precincts, showcasing Australian talent, amazing roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances – all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.

Happening Friday 2–Sunday 11 March at various venues within the Parliamentary Triangle. Open Sunday–Thursday from 8pm–11pm & Friday–Saturday 8pm–12am.

Check out the website for more information.

NEON CIRCUS 

As the light goes down, the NGA lights up.

Enter the NGA’s Neon Circus for two nights of nocturnal activity. Explore a magical world with neon circus performers and giant projections of beautiful artworks. Play in a colourful Javanese inspired wonderland. Join a parade of strange creatures around a mysterious sculpture, and dance the night away with dance addicts and dance tragics.

Enter an Animal Kingdom of creativity, make your own headdress inspired by local fauna and join a strange parade circling a mysterious sculpture. Then venture inside and explore NGA Play: indieguerillas.

Create your own digital avatar, shadow puppets and leave your work as part of the display in the YEAH GALLERY. Once it gets dark, step into NGA’s Gandel Hall for No Lights No Lycra Canberra (NLNL), a global dance craze celebrating the idea that everyone can dance. And don’t forget the spectacular images – from masked lovers to giant crocodiles, taken from the NGA’s extraordinary collection and projected onto the building’s iconic facade.

Happening Friday 2 March from 6pm–10pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes. Book a free ticket.

See the Facebook event for more information.

TWILIGHT ON THE SAVANNAH

Every year during Canberra’s Enlighten festival, the zoo is open after hours for an exclusive event: “Twilight on the Savannah“.

The recently opened area of the National Zoo & Aquarium includes a beautiful new central viewing park with lush lawns and a waterfall, making it the perfect venue to relax and unwind.
Music really does soothe the savage beast and this year’s event features the classical string quartet, Mainly Mozart, performing melodies from Strauss to Gershwin, Vivaldi to well-known movie & musical tunes.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a glass of wine on the lawns or in one of the covered Cabanas and delight in the wonderful ambience created in the Zoo as the day comes to an end. The Café will also be open for light refreshments as well. Perfectly timed so you can head off afterwards and see the Enlighten projections in the city.

Happening Saturday 3 March & Saturday 10 March from 5.30pm at the National Zoo & Aquarium Canberra, 999 Lady Denham Drive, Yarralumla.

Tickets cost $21.50 for kids, $31.70 concession, $36.80 adult, $26.60 adult member, $11.30 child member, or $93.85 family (2 adults & 2 children).

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

MARKETS

FARM GATE MARKETS

It’s Market Day!

Head to the main paddock at Pialligo Estate for a Sunday full of market stalls and activities that will be sure to delight both adults and children alike!

With a range of local stallholders showcasing gourmet food, wine and spirits, and live music throughout the day there will be something for everyone.

Stallholders include: Pialligo Estate (Wine, Food, Hampers), Stockman Sticks Beef Jerky, Three Mills Bakery, Tea Garden, Le Petit Breton, Sandro (Gelato), The Pop Inn, Nellie’s Cafe & Bar, Kurbside Kitchen (Spiral Spuds), La Empanada, Cracking Corn, Cannoli Brothers, and Majura Valley Honey.

Happening Sunday 4 March from 10am–4pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Free entry.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

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

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

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

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

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

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

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

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

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

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

GOVERNMENT HOUSE OPEN DAY

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove will host the 2018 Government House Open Day on Saturday 3 March.

This will be a pleasant opportunity to tour the historic residence and have a picnic on the lawn. Limited food and beverages will be available for purchase from vendors on the day.

There will be limited public parking along Dunrossil Drive and parking attendants to assist. Disabled parking will be available at the main gates. To access this, please drive to the end of Dunrossil Drive and follow the directions of the parking attendants. Please note, visitors will need to submit to a bag search at the gate and sharp implements will not be permitted on site.

For those unable to make 3 March, a second Open Day is scheduled for 6 October.

Happening Saturday 3 March from 11am–2pm at Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla. Free entry.

See the Facebook event for more details.

THE SEEKERS IN CONVERSATION

The Seekers topped charts all over the world in the 60s with hits such as ‘Georgy Girl’ and ‘I’ll Never Find Another you’. Athol Guy and Keith Potger reminisce about their rollercoaster ride of success and the emotional farewell concert in 1968.

Happening Thursday 1 March from 6pm–8pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Entry $20pp (includes refreshments).

See the website for more details.

UNCOMFORMITY – MEET THE GEOLOGIST TOUR

Take a fascinating journey through the ages with renowned geologist Wolf Mayer. Explore the wide variety of stone used in the architecture of Parliament House, and finish with a visit to our unexpected treasure – the unconformity – a rare rock formation, where two rock masses, ten million years apart in age, meet.

As this two-hour walking tour will go behind the scenes at Parliament House, please wear comfortable shoes.

Happening Saturday 3–Sunday 4 March from 3pm–5pm at Parliament house, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill. Tickets cost $52.05 for children/concession and $62.25 for adults.

See the website for more details.

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

Proximity Corporate & Community Triathlon

The Proximity Corporate and Community Triathlon Festival offers a distance for everyone. This event is ideal for those who have not attempted a triathlon before, or anyone who is looking to achieve a personal goal along with those who enjoy triathlon in a fun, social environment. Get your friends, family or colleagues together for a fun filled morning. Participate as a team, or race solo, past some of Canberra’s iconic national attractions. With achievable distances in a fun supportive atmosphere, it’s the perfect opportunity to get active. There’s even a free un-timed kids run.

Proximity Community: 200m Swim / 10km Cycle / 2.5km Run
Sprint: 750m Swim / 20km Cycle / 5km Run
Standard: 1.5km Swim / 40km Cycle / 10km Run
DRYathlon: 1km Run / 10km Cycle / 2.5km Run
MINIMAN 7-9yrs: 50m Swim / 2.5km Cycle / 500m Run
MINIMAN 10-11yrs: 150m Swim / 5km Cycle / 1km Run
Categories: Teams: Male, Female, Mixed
Individual: 12-13, 14-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Check the website for full details.

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Happening Saturday 3 March from 6.30 am – 12.30 pm at Rond Terrace.

See the website for more information.

BRACE 53

BRACE Mixed Martial Arts hits Canberra with an explosive night of action. Three championship titles will be on the line including the highly anticipated first title defence of BRACE Bantamweight Champion Rhiannon Thompson hailing from Tasmania taking on the undefeated challenger in Canberra’s very own Caitlin McEwen.

The card will also feature former BRACE Lightweight Champion Abel Brites taking on rising Canberra star Paul “The Brawler” Franchi.

Whether sitting cage side with VIP catered dining, cage side seating or in the grandstands, this will be an exciting night of entertainment. This is an all ages event.

Happening Saturday 3 March from 7pm at AIS Area, Leverrier Street, Bruce. Tickets cost between $60–$80pp.

See the website for more information.

ICON WATER PRESENTS – A DAY AT THE LAKE 

A Day At The Lake’, presented by Icon Water, is going to be so much fun! The perfect opportunity for Canberrans to learn about the little things we can all do to stay safe while we’re recreating in and around the water.

Live music, BBQ, jumping castles, aquatic activities, prizes and returning for a second year, The Royal Life Saving ACT DUCK DERBY. Grab swimmers, towels and all the family for a fun filled day at the Lake.

Happening Sunday 4 March from 10am–2pm at Black Mountain Peninsula, Lake Burley Griffin, Acton. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

OUTDOORS

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2018

On Wednesday 28 February, thousands of Canberrans are expected to walk in Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation and registration.

Kicking off from Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin at 6:45 am for a 7 am sharp start, they’re calling all Canberrans to lace up their walking shoes, bring their friends, colleagues, family members and pets and walk for a great cause.

Come early to receive a free t-shirt, hat and gift bag (first in, first served) and finish the morning off with a free BBQ breakfast thanks to Lions Club Canberra Belconnen.

In the lead up to the walk, they’re encouraging everyone to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donation Register, and discuss their choice with loved ones.

If you haven’t registered for the walk, there’s still time, just head to www.giftoflife.asn.au – it’s free!

Happening Wednesday 28 February from 6:45 am for a 7 am sharp start at Regatta Point.

See the website for more information.

KIDS 

THE JELLY FISH BLOOM

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

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

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

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

Happening from Thursday March 1–Sunday 1 April at Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra City.

See the Facebook event for more information.

LITTLE EXPLORERS DAY

Little Explorers Day will be a fun day for kids aged 0-6 years and their carers. Enjoy half price entry and discounted memberships, see a dinosaur puppet show, play with colours under a waterfall and try out our Science Time activities. Get up close with reptiles from the Canberra Reptile Zoo and check out the displays from community organisations with fabulous resources for young families. MiniQ, our gallery for 0-6 year olds, will be running timed sessions on the day – book in on arrival at the ticket desk.

Happening Monday 26 February from 9am–1pm at Questacon The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Cost is $11.50 for adults, $8.50 for kids and $35 for families. Children under four free.

See the website for more information.

PlayUP

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

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

5-12.

Bookings are essential. Register here.

COLOUR

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

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

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

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

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

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

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

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

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

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

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

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

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

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2018

On Wednesday 28 February, thousands of Canberrans are expected to walk in Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation and registration.

Kicking off from Regatta Point, next to Lake Burley Griffin at 6:45 am for a 7 am sharp start, they’re calling all Canberrans to lace up their walking shoes, bring their friends, colleagues, family members and pets and walk for a great cause.

Come early to receive a free t-shirt, hat and gift bag (first in, first served) and finish the morning off with a free BBQ breakfast thanks to Lions Club Canberra Belconnen.

In the lead up to the walk, they’re encouraging everyone to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donation Register, and discuss their choice with loved ones.

If you haven’t registered for the walk, there’s still time, just head to www.giftoflife.asn.au – it’s free!

Happening Wednesday 28 February from 6:45 am for a 7 am sharp start at Regatta Point.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Enlighten Festival 2018

Illuminating Canberra for its eighth year, Enlighten Festival proudly presented by Singapore Airlines, is transforming Canberra into a hive of activity with an extended program of free and ticketed events and activities plus two new and exciting events precincts – Canberra city and the Australian National University (ANU).

Over 16 days in March, visitors to the Enlighten festival will see stunning large-scale architectural projections and installations transform some of the capital’s most loved and iconic buildings including Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon, as the Parliamentary Triangle becomes a vibrant canvas showcasing Australian talent buzzing arts precinct with roving entertainers, art installations, live music and enchanting performances.

The ANU campus will come to life over five thrilling nights with vibrant projections, fire-side chats and a special Saturday night market; and you can explore all the city has to offer after nightfall. See the fairy lights, and find hidden gems in the city’s nooks and crannies. Keep your eye out for interactive installations, workshops and other unexpected surprises.

Eat at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets and food and drink precinct featuring local street food. Enjoy Canberra’s best autumn events including the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park, Lights! Canberra! Action! Canberra Day and Skyfire. And explore the culture and creativity of Canberra’s national attractions, and the vibrancy of the city’s art and mind precincts as they open their doors to host an array of exclusive after-dark events and surprising experiences. Canberra! Action! Canberra Day and Hit 104.7 Skyfire.

Happening 2 -18 March with the Enlighten the Illuminations (Projections) 2-11 March within the Parliamentary Triangle, as well as two new precincts this year – the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra City.

Find more information: enlightencanberra.com.

JUXTAPOSITIONS

A collaborative exhibition showcasing the art work of Nancy Tingey inspired by the poetry of her friend of 40 years, Jane Liddell-King.

During her residency at Strathnairn, which will run until early April, Jane will conduct workshops and read her poetry at various venues, including Poetry at The House on 14 March, the Council of Christians and Jews on 13 March, Smiths Alternative on 12 March, and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) on 9 March. Other venues are awaiting confirmation. Over the weekend of 10-11 March Jane will run workshops in the Village Hall, Strathnairn, to which artists of various disciplines, including performance artists, dancers, musicians and writers are invited to attend.

Showing until Sunday 11 March at Strathnairn Galleries. Open Thursday to Sunday 10 – 4 pm. Strathnairn Homestead Cafe is open Thursday to Sunday 10 – 3 pm.

Visit the website for more information: www.strathnairn.com.au

INCOMMENSURABLE PHOTOMEDIA IN THE ERA OF GLOBALISATION & JACQUELINE BRADLEY: FIGURE IN THE LANDSCAPE

Curated by Terence Maloon, the works in this exhibition by Nick Danziger, Merilyn Fairskye, Ciara O’Brien, David Stephenson, Martin Walch, Anne Zahalka set up conflicting perspectives that highlight some of the more troubling aspects of our globalised age.

Jacqueline Bradley’s works combine found materials – rocks, fencing wire, and dirt – with intimate bodily objects – combs, thimbles and scarves – in playful, delicately poised combinations. Sharing the gallery with Sidney Nolan’s Riverbend, these small sculptures reflect the artist’s interaction with the landscape and articulate some of the complexities encountered when negotiating our presence in the Australian environment.

An exhibition of Jacqueline Bradley exhibits nationally and internationally and is a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Sculpture Workshop at the ANU School of Art and Design.

Showing until Sunday 8 April (Wednesdays to Sundays) from 10am–5pm at ANU Drill Gallery, Building 29, Kingsley Street, Acton. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS EXHIBITION OPENING NIGHT

In the lead up to Easter, come and see artistic reflections on Jesus’ death and resurrection in the Stations of the Cross exhibition.

The Stations of the Cross goes back to a 13th century discipline initiated by St Francis. The pattern offers a number of stopping places to reflect on Jesus’ journey. The pattern helps reflect on the mortality of life to live an intentional life.

This exhibition is not so much about illustrating the journey but engaging with emotions and issues raised by Jesus’ journey. Discover how 16 Australian and international artists provide fresh ways of viewing old questions. Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA will officially open the exhibition.

Happening Friday 2 March from 6pm–9pm at the Chapel at Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Cnr Kings Avenue and Blackall Street, Barton. Free entry.

See the website for more details.

Hearts and Minds

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

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

Free entry.

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

DRAWINGS BY JOHN FORRESTER CLACK

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

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

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

Check out the website for further information.

IN TRANSIT UNFRAMED OPEN EXHIBITION

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

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

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

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

ART DECO

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, see the website.

Deeds Not Words: The Bessie Rischbieth Collection

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

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

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

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

Free entry.

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

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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