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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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During these first weeks of Spring, Canberra is coming alive with an exciting range of things to do and see including a talk by one of Australia’s foremost female writers, a beauty workshop with the former Beauty Editor of Vogue Australia, a film screening to raise funds for cutting edge breast cancer research, the chance to fall in love with Greek cinema and a swag of markets, theatre productions, music and exhibitions for every taste. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!


Beauty Workshop with Sigourney Cantelo

Sigourney Cantelo launched her website Beauticate last year after a long career as a beauty and lifestyle director for various glossy magazines, including Vogue Australia. Beauticate is all about empowering women and teaching them a thing or two about being their most beautiful self.

Join Sigourney as she presents the latest beauty trends from the international runways; she also teams up with Benefit Cosmetics to show you how to contour like a pro during live demonstrations.

Tickets include a complimentary $50 Canberra Centre Gift Card and a style bag to take home.

Bookings essential, visit Customer Service on Level 1 or visit the website for more information.

Saturday October 17 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm at the Canberra Centre. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

Jane Caro at Bookplate

Jane Caro has been described as ‘a woman who has seen it all, and isn’t afraid to talk about it’. Join Jane as she reveals the delicate balancing act performed by women juggling career and family, and introduces her memoir, Plain-speaking Jane.

Breakfast includes a selection of mini pancakes, seasonal fruit, assorted muffins, and tea and coffee, with your choice of eggs Benedict or Florentine.

Friday 23 October, 7.30 am at Bookplate (National Library of Australia). Tickets are $50 (includes book and breakfast) or $25 (breakfast only).

Book here or 02 6262 1271 (Mon–Fri, 9 am–12 pm).

Movie night fundraiser at Palace Electric for Breast Cancer Research 

In March 2015, HerCanberra featured Dr Sudha Rao as one of our 15 Women to Watch in 2015 for her ground-breaking research into preventing breast cancer recurrence and tackling ovarian cancer.

Dr Rao says, “There is currently no therapy to fight recurrent, metastatic breast cancer, which is the major source of death in women with breast cancer. Furthermore, current first-line treatments have extensive side-effects. We are determined to fix that.”

Her team focuses on cancer stem cells. These cells are resilient to current cancer treatments. Even after successful chemotherapy, cancer stem cells remain dormant and can lead to cancer re-occurrence. These secondary cancers are often in other parts of the body and can be more aggressive.

You can help support this incredibly important, ground-breaking work by attending a movie fundraising night at Palace Electric Cinemas on Wednesday 14 October from 6 pm – 9 pm. Enjoy a movie (Decoding Annie Parker), pre-session drinks, nibbles and a choc top as well hear directly from Dr Rao about her research. A raffle with great prizes will also be held on the night.

Palace Electric Cinemas, Wednesday 14 October, 6 – 9 pm, $60 per person. Buy tickets here.

Canberra Latin Dance Festival

The Canberra Latin Dance Festival is two days and three nights of back to back first class workshops, amazing performances and parties. All held under the one roof at the Australian National University (ANU) Sports and Recreational Centre, there will be two party rooms, so you can dance all night long.

The festival will be held over the weekend commencing Friday, 16 October to Sunday, 18 October.

With some of the best international and Australian artists to perform and teach workshops, these amazing dancers will not only inspire you with their breathtaking performances, but share their wealth of knowledge.

For tickets or more information, click here: http://www.canberralatindancefestival.com.au

Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Canberra Theatre Centre

Dark acts result in darker consequences. And there is little that’s darker and more complicated than the act of revenge.

Anguish, passion and desperation collide in this tragic telling of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark who is tormented by the impossibility of his dilemma, and who remains one of theatre’s most fascinating characters.

Damien Ryan, returning to Bell Shakespeare following the critically acclaimed Henry V in 2014, will deliver a new production of Hamlet, infused with the passion, contemplation and emotion that Shakespeare’s compelling poetry cries out for.

From 13 October 2015 to 24 October. Tuesdays to Sundays. Check website for details.

Dead Men’s Wars 

Canberra Youth Theatre (Australia) in collaboration with Long Cloud Theatre (New Zealand) boldly challenge the gender iniquities surrounding the ANZAC legend inDead Men’s Wars, an original theatre performance at the Street Theatre from Wednesday 14 October to Saturday 17 October.

Witty and provocative, Dead Men’s Wars is a fresh perspective on the ANZAC tradition that follows one young woman who dares to speak out and question a nation founding myth that “leaves out half the nation.”

Twisting between reality and the abstract, Dead Men’s Wars casts new light on the traditional concepts of nationhood, mateship and the masculine nature of war. Performed by an international cast of young actors from New Zealand and Australia,Dead Men’s Wars investigates the women of the ANZAC myth and suggests that sometimes “the story spoken the loudest isn’t the only one there is.”

To explore the evolving relationship between these two ANZAC nations, Dead Men’s Wars debuts in Canberra before traveling to Wellington for a second season at BATS Theatre running from Wednesday 21 October to the Saturday 24 October.

Dead Men’s Wars is truly an international collaboration with a creative team and cast drawn from across Australia and New Zealand. Playwright Ralph McCubbin (NZ) and Director Brett Adam (NZ) developed the play through a series of workshops with young actors from Canberra and Wellington. For playwright Ralph McCubbin, this unique development process created the play’s contemporary perspective, one that attempts to redefine the relevance of the ANZAC sprit into the next century:

The Street Theatre, from October 14 @ 12:30 pmOctober 16 @ 2:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults. See website for more information. 

The 2015 Greek Film Festival

Presented by Molonglo Group, Hotel Hotel and Hellenic Club of Canberra, the festival will be held at Palace Electric in the NewActon precinct.

It will be a weekend filled with Greek food and wine, live music and compelling cinema. The Canberra leg of the film festival will feature a curated list of five screenings as well as accompanying events. Screenings will also be preceded by complimentary Greek mezé and wine at the Palace Electric Prosecco Bar.

The Program:Fri 16 October, 6.00pm: Screening of Alex and Eve preceded by the Festival Launch in the Nishi Grand Stair featuring appearances by actors

Tony Nikolapoulos and Zoe Carides, a Greek feast by Monster Kitchen and Bar, and live music. Sat 17 Oct, 6.30pm: Screening of Tetarti 04:45 (Wednesday 04:45).

Sat 17 October, 9.00pm: Screening of Norviyia (Norway).
Sun 18 October, 3.40pm: Screening of Ohthes (Riverbanks) followed by a panel discussion on the current refugee crisis in Europe. Sun 18 Oct, 5.30pm: Screening of the classic film Zorba the Greek.

Tickets and packages are available at greekfilmfestival.com.au.

Fashion and Fantasy: 21st century fashion dolls

The exhibition Fashion and Fantasy: 21st century fashion dolls has on display over 500 dolls dressed in historical fashion, ethnic clothing and couture, including costumes from film and television series.

See the private collection of Julie Manley, who started collecting fashion dolls in 2000, repaints and customises all her dolls in some way. Many of the outfits have been designed and made by the collector. On display until 22 November at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Play Up

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.


Australian National Botanic Gardens 45th Anniversary Celebrations

Community Day | Sun 18 Oct | 10 am – 3 pm.

Reflections Photography Exhibition | throughout October Enjoy the outdoor photographic displays of our Gardens history, or share yours in the online Instagram exhibition.

Horticulture Café Chats | Thur 8, 15 & 22 Oct | 10 am Photography Events with Australia’s leading nature photographer Steve Parish: Leisurely Walk & Talk | Thur 22 Oct | 9.30 am – 11.30 am Evening Presentation | Thur 22 Oct | 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm.

Weekend Photography Workshop | Sat 24 & Sun 25 Oct Cost applies & bookings essential for all events.

National Botanic Gardens, Acton. See the website for more details.


Kaleen Parties at the Shops

A day of family fun including a live Science show by Dr Graham and live music by Ben Drysdale. Write letters to Santa, play giant Jenga, and hug famous local resident Forrest Gump the Llapaca!

You can sample a range of tasty treats at a food fair presented by Supabarn, and the Kaleen retailers will be on hand to serve delicious coffee, cakes and lunch all day long.

Parties at the Shops is produced by Devil Moon and proudly supported by the Land Development Agency, Events ACT, Bendigo Bank and Capital Metro

17 October 2015, Saturday 2 May, 10am – 2pm at the Kaleen Shops. See the website for more details.

Old Bus Depot Market

Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee. Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Visit obdm.com.au for more information.

Southside Farmers Markets

The Southside Farmers Market is a village market that provides all the fresh food that you need for your weekly shop.  The market has a great range of fresh, seasonal produce from around 60 stallholders each week – including fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, honey, bread, gourmet treats and much more.

Amongst the wide range of food available, you will find vegetables from Cowra, free range eggs from Tharwa, organic meat from Bombala, organic salad greens from near Hall, vegetables from Marulan, fresh mushrooms and seafood from the south coast, award winning olive oil from near Hall, vegetables from Thirlmere, citrus from Leeton, apples from Batlow Gunning and Pialligo, local breads, cooking sauces and condiments made in Canberra, and award winning organic and fair trade coffees roasted here in Canberra.  If you have a sweet tooth try some freshly baked, tarts, macarons or cakes. There is a wide range of certified organic and biodynamic produce available.

After your shopping relax over a cappuccino or a hot chocolate made with real Belgian chocolate, with a crepe, waffle, sausage sandwich or gozleme in the courtyard.

Open every Sunday morning from 8am until 11:30am at CIT Southside Campus, corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip. Visit www.canberrafarmersmarkets.com.au/southside-farmers-market for more information.


Eat Local Fridays is a brand new farmers’ market to hit Canberra. Held every Friday, buy chemical and GMO-free produce directly from the grower and makers. Special guest Costa Georgiadis, will be there to kick things off. Visit www.eatlocalmovement.org for more information. On from 2.30pm – 7pm each Friday at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

Westside Markets

Whether it’s food, fashion, second-hand or handmade, Canberrans love a good market. The newest addition to the market scene are the Westside Acton Markets which have seen Westside Acton Park transformed into an eclectic outdoor market every Sunday. Each week a mix of handmade, vintage and designer stalls will set up alongside live entertainment and permanent food vendors in the lakeside precinct. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Westside Acton Park, Barrine Drive.

Capital Region Farmers Market

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

Oh Happy Day VIP Gala Dinner

Oh Happy Day is the coming together of event planners, wedding specialists, caterers, florists, fashionistas and all things ‘party’. Hosted in one of Canberra’s most pristine venues, the award-winning National Portrait Gallery, the event will showcase everything you need to plan the perfect celebration.

This beautiful new event has been dreamed up by the seasoned event experts from the award winning Handmade Canberra and Hustle&Scout and promises to be a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in planning a stylish, sophisticated and on-trend gathering, from the ideal wedding or civil union, to styled birthday parties, baby showers and family reunions.

Oh Happy Day is an event open to everyone, and is a big supporter of the LGBT community. We believe everyone should have equal opportunities to style, curate, celebrate and officiate any important milestone.

The long table VIP Gala Dinner event presented by HerCanberra from 6-10pm will be a fun and inspiring evening that will leave guests with all the tools they need to create their dream celebration.

Guests to the Gala Dinner will enjoy complimentary drinks all night, a long table multi-course menu and a spectacular dessert buffet presented by the Trippas White Group. The event will be hosted by our very stylish MC, Mr Shannon Brown, and guests will enjoy live music from local musicians such as DJ Ashley Feraude as well as a fashion show with HAUS Models showcasing contemporary bridal and party wear.

Saturday October 24 from 6pm-10pm at the National Portrait Gallery.

Tickets to this amazing VIP experience are $80pp and are limited. Buy yours online here.


High Tea at Old Parliament House Café

Enjoy a delicious floral themed High Tea in the iconic Old Parliament House Café, available every single day during spring. Bookings essential via the website.

The licensed Terrace Café has refreshing beverages, snacks, delicious coffee and light meals on offer, and is the best place to relax after an exciting day at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Watch out for the newly refurbished Courtyard Brasserie opening late September 2015, and the return of Friday Night Drinks late October 2015.

From 1 September 2015 to 30 November 2015, Open daily 9am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day).

TSG Blending Day

It’s your turn to play winemaker for the day! Learn the art of blending with Mount Majura Vineyard’s (MMV) winemaker Frank van de Loo as he takes you through the components of their multi award winning TSG (Tempranillo, Shiraz, Graciano).

The event will begin with a tasting of the current 2014 vintage of TSG followed by each component from barrel of the as yet unblended 2015 vintage. Then its over to you to make your own TSG blend. Each blend will then be judged by the MMV panel.

Saturday: 17 October, 11am-1pm at Mount Majura Vineyard. See website for more information.


Canberra Roller Derby League 2015 Home Season

Haven’t seen any roller derby this year?  Better hurry!  The last game before Canberra Roller Derby League’s grand final is on 17 October!

Those salty sirens of the track, the Red Bellied Black Hearts will take on the belles of the brawl, the Black ’n’ Blue Belles.

The Black Hearts have been a dominant force on the track this season, taking no prisoners in their drive to this year’s grand final.  The Belles have worked hard in a season of re-building after major roster changes and are hungry for the win.

The Black Hearts will not let anything stand in their way of an unbeaten run to the finals – but the Belles have nothing to lose.  This will be a titanic ‘all or nothing’ game for both teams.  Don’t miss the action!

Get along for your last chance to see flat track action before the massive grand final double header on 14 November!

Saturday 17 October at Southern Cross Stadium. Doors open 5 pm, game starts at 6 pm. Tickets: Adults $12.00, Children 5-15 $7.50, Under-5s free. Purchase here.

Get Quiet, Live Loud

A free outdoor group yoga and meditation class called Get Quiet, Live Loud is being held at Glebe Park. 60 minutes of gentle yoga practice followed by 30 mins of guided meditation. 

The event is hosted by lululemon athletica and they’ll be providing tasty refreshments for everyone after class! Event page link is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/460788597442689/.  On Wednesday October 14 at 6.30pm in Glebe Park. 

Prime Minister’s XI vs New Zealand

Come and enjoy Canberra’s blockbuster summer sporting event as the Prime Ministers XI take on World Cup grand finalists New Zealand in a one day match under lights at the spiritual home of cricket Manuka Oval.

If you haven’t experienced the thrill of a day/night cricket match at Manuka Oval, then the Prime Ministers XI match is the perfect opportunity to experience something new.

See some of the world’s leading cricketers including New Zealand’s master blaster Brendon McCullum and fast bowler Trent Boult.

Gather your family and friends, get your tickets and enjoy a Friday night at the cricket.

Friday 23 October at 2.20pm. Tickets via Ticketek.

Socceroos vs Kyrgyzstan

The Socceroos are coming to Canberra as they take on Kyrgyzstan in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at GIO Stadium.
See local boy Tom Rogic along with captain Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo and Mat Leckie and Socceroos legend Tim Cahill in action.

A great night out with the family or your mates.

Tickets are expected to sell fast, get in quick! Now on sale through Ticketek.

12 November 2015. Thursday: 8pm. Gates open 6.30pm


2015 Murrumbateman Field Days

Experience a slice of country at the 2015 Murrumbateman Field Days.

From horse displays and the latest in farm machinery to a petting zoo and rides for the children- there’ll be a little bit of something for everyone. Over the two days there’ll be over 400 exhibitors and more than 20,000 visitors!

Save money by buying tickets on the Field Days’ website and don’t face those long lines on the day.

From 17 October 2015 to 18 October 2015, Saturday: 8am-5pm, Sunday: 8am-4pm.

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa offers art and craft activities once a month, especially for preschool-aged children and their grandparents.

Bookings essential, through the Eventbrite website, by email or phone.

Museum Friends is the membership program of the National Museum of Australia. The Museum Friends endeavour to provide unique events, engaging programs and increased benefits for their members.

2 September, 7 October and 4 November: 10am at the National Museum of Australia. See website for more details.

Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick

The National Capital Exhibition presents Little Griffins @ Brick by Brick; an exciting programme for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Little Griffins includes songs, activities and lots of Duplo™ construction fun as a gentle introduction to the wonders of the National Capital.

Held from 10am to 11am the last Friday of each month at National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Canberra.

Play Up

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.

National Dinosaur Museum Weekend Tours

The National Dinosaur Museum holds tours every weekend. Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time. Take your camera, your friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages. Tours are free with admission. Tours are 30-minutes and run every weekend at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm until 27 December.

Family Space

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy this school holidays in the Portrait Gallery Adventure Family Space. Explore the lives of Australia’s greatest adventurers through interactive art carts, dioramas and dress ups. Make your own portrait that expresses your spirit of adventure using fun art materials and the photo booth. All materials provided and free for all to enjoy! From 11am to 4pm daily.

Leap into your local library

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to 2 years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories. Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

Friday 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 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit the website for more information.


Portrait Encounter: Untitled #21/09

Meet for conversation and sharing of ideas around Untitled #21/09 (after Ricci 1700; featuring Matthew Mitcham) by Ross Watson. Facilitated by National Portrait Gallery staff, Portrait Encounter is designed to create in depth discussion around artists, subjects, technique and biography.

Bookings are essential. Tickets are $5 per person.

National Portrait Gallery, Thursday 15 October 1pm-2pm. Bookings are essential and can be made via the website.

Federalism and Australia’s National Health and Health Insurance System

Despite the recent rhetoric about transferring responsibilities back to the States and ensuring each jurisdiction has sovereignty in its own sphere of responsibilities including to raise the revenues needed to meet its spending commitments, reform of the Australian Federation will hopefully take a more pragmatic form, building on the growing demand for national policies – and growing range of international requirements – to guide public services, improving the way in which shared responsibilities are managed, while allowing service delivery to respond to local and regional needs and preferences. Such a pragmatic approach requires a degree of bipartisanship and political leadership at both Commonwealth and State levels; it also entails engaging with the Australian public, promoting steady reform in the national interest and avoiding short-term or ideologically-driven political fixes.

Professor Andrew Podger AO is an Hon. Professor of Public Policy at ANU. He has been at the University since 2005 and has published articles on social policy and public management and coordinated workshops of academic experts and practitioners on issues of contemporary relevance to government.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in pure mathematics from Sydney University; is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australia New Zealand School of Government. Professor Podger was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2004 “For service to the community in the development and implementation of public policy relating to health and aged care.”

Academic, media, business, professional, political, community leaders, Association members and guests are invited to participate in this ecological expose that has the potential to impact on each and every one of us – now and into the future.

University House, 6-7.30pm, Monday 12 October. Light refreshments served after the talk.

Oaktree National Speaking Tour

NGO is dedicated to fuelling a movement to end poverty. Oaktree is Australia’s largest youth-run organisation with over 150,000 members. This year, they are running a national speaking tour with distinguished guests sharing their ideas on prominent issues climate change and environmental strategies. The National Speaking Tour is a series of forums looking at the urgent need to support the people whose livelihoods are most at risk because of climate change. Bringing together activists from the Asia-Pacific to share their stories of how climate change is impacting their communities. There will be panels and presentations from leading change-makers, heads of NGOs, and expert academics. There will also be opportunities to take actions to support people in climate-affected communities. Tickets: $15 for students and $20 for adults. On October 14 from 6pm – 8pm at Coombs Theatre, College of Asia and the Pacific. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1615711115344950/

Geoscience Australia Building Tours

Geoscience Australia is celebrating Earth Science Week by offering four very special tours of its building and collections between Monday 12 and Thursday 15 October.

Laboratories, Mineral Collections, Earthquake Alert Centre … choose from a range of opions.

Numbers are strictly limited, with bookings essential via Eventbrite.

12-15 October. Geoscience Australia foyer open weekdays 9am-5pm. Check the eventbrite link for tour times.

afterDARK Lantern Tours

afterDARK Lantern Tours are a wonderful way to spend a spring evening in the nation’s capital. Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with your own ranger guide.

First Saturday in October and November. Bookings are essential. Not suitable for children under five years.From 3 October 2015 to 7 November. Sat 3 Oct : 6.30pm & Sat 7 Nov: 7.30pm

Women in War museum theatre performances

Be part of the spring school holiday programs at the Australian War Memorial with Women In War. See actor Leith Arundel in two moving performances, Last letters and Radio silence, relating the experiences of women during wartime. Other programs include story time, hands-on history activities, drop in craft sessions and gallery talks. Please visit the Australian War Memorial events calendar on their website for exact dates and times.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

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

21st Annual Lions Oratory Competition
 Support your College representative as they compete in the 2015 Lions Oratory Competition. Have your say on who should win the $400 People’s Choice Award and be in the running for a Lucky Door Prize on the night.

Each speaker has just eight minutes to convince the judges that they deserve to win the ANU Lions Oratory Trophy and prizes totalling more than $4,000 in cash.

Refreshments will be served after the event. Seating is limited. Please try and arrive before 6pm. Wednesday 14 October, 6pm at Australian Centre for China and the World.

ANU/The Canberra Times meet the author event with David Hill

Australia and the British monarchy have always made for an odd couple: the young, rebellious, egalitarian nation wed to the ancient symbol of power and social inequality. In Australia and the British Monarchy David Hill explores the rise and fall and rise in the relationship between the Australian nation and the British monarchy since 1788. Hill probes issues such as the Australian government’s role in the abdication of Edward VIII and Prince Charles’s attempts to become Australia’s Governor-General

Queen Victoria’s death induced a wave of mourning in Australia, although she had no interest in the country at all. The young Queen Elizabeth, the first monarch to visit Australia, aroused nationwide excitement in her Royal tour of 1954, but was the massive interest in the 1988 visit of Prince Charles and Diana – now also given to Prince William and Kate – an indication of celebrity culture rather than a support of the monarchy itself?

Hill ponders when Australia will again have a republic referendum, although most commentators feel this will certainly not happen while Queen Elizabeth, the longest serving British monarch, remains on the throne.

During his remarkable career, David Hill has been chairman, then managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; chairman of the Australian Football Association; chief executive and director of the NSW State Rail Authority; a fellow of the Sydney University Senate; and chairman of CREATE (an organisation representing Australian children in institutional care).

Wednesday 14 October 7pm at the Manning Clark Centre. Register for tickets here.

Books will be on sale thanks to the University Co-Op bookshop. Signings will be happen from 6.45pm and after the talk.


Carl Barron

Carl Barron returns to Canberra with a brand new show after making over 300,000 Australians laugh on his last tour and taking a year off to star in his first feature film!

Don’t miss Australia’s most popular comedian and the opportunity to see one of our country’s great comedic minds at work as he presents an evening of stand up with a bit of guitar.

Be there for a night where Carl blends structure with chance, or as he likes to call it – drinking with a fork.

Transaction fees apply. See website for more details.

From 13 October 2015 to 27 October. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 8pm. Sunday 25 October: 8pm.

Iranian Film Festival

Contemporary Iran boasts some of the world’s most exhilarating national cinema. Iranian Film Festival Australia is the only nationwide Australian festival dedicated to Iranian cinema, forging cultural understanding between Iran and Australia.

Check their website for program details. From 17 October 2015 to 18 October, Saturday and Sunday: various times at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Dead Men’s Wars

Canberra Youth Theatre (Australia) in collaboration with Long Cloud Theatre (New Zealand) boldly challenge the gender iniquities surrounding the ANZAC legend in ‘Dead Men’s Wars’, an original theatre performance at the Street Theatre. 

Witty and provocative, Dead Men’s Wars is a fresh perspective on the ANZAC tradition that follows one young woman who dares to speak out and question a nation founding myth that “leaves out half the nation.” An international cast of young actors from Canberra and Wellington, investigates the women of the ANZAC legend and suggests that sometimes “the story spoken the loudest isn’t the only one there is.Tickets/entry: Standard: $35.00, Concession: $22.00, Schools $18.00. Visit the website for more informationEvent URL: http://www.cytc.net/productions/391-october15. On October 15 to 17 at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra.

Japanese Film Festival 

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) has announced its 2015 program for the Canberra leg of the national Festival, opening October 14 at Capitol Cinemas Manuka, and bringing the finest of Japanese culture to the silver screens of Australia.

Carefully curated by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the Festival’s Canberra program will feature an eclectic line up of 10 Australian premieres of the very best in the latest Japanese films.

Tickets/entry: Full $18.50 / Concession $15.50

Full program and tickets are available now via www.japanesefilmfestival.net or Capitol Cinemas Manuka box office.

Come and Sing Messiah Presented by the Canberra Choral Society

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus is one of the most infectious pieces of music ever written. So uplifting that it drew a King to his feet – and generations of audiences have followed. That tradition is part of the fun of a Messiah performance, but there’s something even better. Being on the stage and singing! That’s why the Canberra Choral Society is once again inviting Canberrans to join their popular ‘Come and Sing Messiah’ program.

Applications close 12 October. Come and Sing Messiah Presented by the Canberra Choral Society. Rehearsals start 2 November | Performance 12 December Applications: www.canberrachoralsociety.org

Cult Classics return to Dendy

Dendy Canberra’s Cult Classics will return for another season, showcasing some of the best films from the last several decades. The program opens with the first instalment of the magnificent adventure Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) on every Monday with an incredible line-up for the winter season that will feature some of the best films of all time including the highest grossing film of 2003, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Fight Club (1999).

The August program includes The Exorcist (1973), Wayne’s World (1992), Willow (1998), 54 The Director’s Cut (1998) and Tropic Thunder (2008). The season will conclude with the best known ‘midnight movie’ The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on Monday 21 September with fans and guests encourage to attend in their best Rocky Horror attire. The Cult Classics screen every Monday with a session at 10am and 6.30pm. Members pay just $10 and non-members $12. Tickets are now on sale and bookings are highly recommended.


Evensong: A musical performance by Clarion

Visit the National Portrait Gallery and enjoy a free half hour weekend musical performance after you have perused the collection. Evensong is a musical performance by Clarion, a vocal ensemble, led by Tobias Cole.

Donations welcome. Spring weekend performances: 17 October, 18 October, 7 November, 8 November.

At the National Portrait Gallery from 17 October 2015 to 8 November. 3rd weekend in October, 1st weekend in November: 4pm – 4.30pm

Luminous Melancholy

Visit the National Portrait Gallery to see poet Subhash Jarieth and cellist David Pereira respond to the portraits of Deb Mailman by Evert Ploeg and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu by Guy Maestri in Luminous Melancholy.

Donations welcome.

Saturday 17 October, 2pm – 2.30pm at the National Portrait Gallery.

Boney M

With multiple sell-out shows and rave reviews from their last outing, Euro Pop superstars Boney M (featuring Maizie Williams) are back performing all of their greatest hits.

Their amazing run of chart-topping singles and relentless touring schedule established Boney M as a genuine pop super group in the 70s and 80s. Their high energy, sing along shows feature outrageous costumes and a wicked live disco-funk backing band, for an out of this world experience.

Sunday, 18 October at 7:30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Check out the website for more details.

From Bach to Debussy: A Piano Recital by Jonathan Lee

The Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Live series is delighted to present the outstanding young Wesley Scholar Jonathan Lee in a varied program of piano works by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Mendelssohn and Schubert. Visit the website for more information www.wesleycanberra.org.au/music. Entry is $5 or donation. No bookings required, tickets at the door. On Wednesday October 14 from 12.40 – 1.20pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. 

‘Sufi Music Ensemble & Whirling Dervishes’

This year is Turkish Year in Australia. Commemorating Gallipoli and Anzac Centenary, the Turksih Embassy is presents ‘Sufi Music Ensemble & Whirling Dervishes’ will being performed at ANU Llwelyn Hall. Tickets are free but online bookings are essential! No tickets at the door: https://www.facebook.com/events/1486931728269840/ . On October 14 at 7pm, Llewellyn Hall, 100 William Herbert Place The Australian National University ACTON 

Dawn Disco

Dawn Disco is set to be an energetic morning dance experience for people who want to start their day with positivity and fun times! Dawn Disco will be held on the first Friday of every month at O’Donnell Youth Centre, Braddon.

It’s a morning dance party featuring upbeat songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today! Entry is $5 on the door (kids free) and there is heaps of FREE parking at the venue. This event is all-ages and is drug and alcohol free. Wear comfy clothes that can get sweaty! Don’t forget your water bottle!

Find out more at www.ravecbr.com or follow the fun on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Rave-CBR.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in theNational Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm until 24 December at the National Film and Sound Archive.

No Lights, No Lycra

There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself. NLNL is on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm at St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door.

Live Local Music

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


Step Up For Down Syndrome 

Down Syndrome Australia is the national voice for people with Down syndrome and their families.

Down Syndrome Australia is an initiative of the eight state and territory associations that provide support, information and resources to people with Down syndrome and their families across the country. The associations have come together to represent and progress the needs, interests and aspirations of people with Down syndrome and those that support them.

Step UP! for Down syndrome is a huge national celebration. This community event brings people with Down syndrome and their families and friends together during Down Syndrome Awareness Week in October. Participate to raise money for your local association.

Sunday October 18 10am-1.30pm, Rond Terrance, Parkes Way. There will be lots of fun family activities, a sausage sizzle and lots more after the walk! See their website for more details.

Opportunity to Do: Charity Garage Sale 

Canberra’s biggest and best garage sale is on again! Browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices.  Plenty of items, including kids clothes, adult clothing from, books, DVDs, CDs, kitchenware, toys, bric-a-brac and much, much more.  All proceeds go towards funding projects that promote sustainability and self-reliance in poor communities. On Saturday 17 October, 5 O’Grady Place, Wanniassa. 

Casting for Recovery – ACT launch event

Casting for Recovery seeks to enhance the quality of life of women recovering from breast cancer through the sport of fly fishing within a supportive environment at week-end retreats. Casting for Recovery is a new initiative for the ACT organised by the ACT Fly Fishers Inc. R.S.V.P to [email protected] or telephone 0490 256 505

The ACT Minister for Health, Simon Corbell, will launch Casting for Recovery on October 19 from 4.30pm at Cafe EQ Lounge, 70 Kent Street, Deakin.

Retro Invasion

This event is an all ages, family friendly event to raise money for the Brain Foundation. Canberra’s favourite retro band Back to the Eighties will be playing music to get people dancing, and DJs will be playing retro songs from the 60s to 90s – including requested songs from the audience on the night! 

Tickets are $15 for adults or $25 for families and can be purchased here: http://ri2015.eventbrite.com.au. On Friday October 30 at 7pm  at the RUC, 54 McCaughey St, Turner.

RSPCA Next Top Pet

YES, this competition is as cute as it seems; and YES, you can get involved! (Even if you own a pet as cuddly as a reptile!)

In its second season, this competition is based off the TV show ‘Next Top Model’ with three categories, ‘Top Dog’, ‘Top Cat’ and ‘Top Small Animal’ Last year three winners were crowned. Andy, a Maltese mixed breed won ‘Top Dog’ while Pudding, a black domestic shorthair cat won ‘Top Cat’ and Peanut the guinea pig took out ‘Top Small Animal’.

If your pet is a cute as you think, why not see if they’ve got what it takes? All funds go to supporting the wonderful work of the RSPCA ACT.

To register your pet visit the RSPCA Next Top Pet website. Fundraising closes 13 October 2015 at midnight.

Bras & Boxers

In September, Oncology Massage Training and The Cancer Support Group will be bringing art to all the fun places! With live music, auctions, raffles and prizes PLUS the 2016 calendar launch, the event will be fundraising for cancer support services in Canberra and the supporting region. Designers and local celebrities will be designing bras and boxers for auction and to illustrate a 2016 calendar. Winning designs will win cash prizes.

Dress: Cocktail. Tickets:$100 per head and available on through the Hellenic Club or phone (02) 6281 0899

If you have a creative streak and want to showcase your skills, visit Bras and Boxers for more information.


Cloth and Clay

Cloth and Claya pop-up shop showcasing hand-printed household textiles and wheel thrown ceramic tableware, by mother/daughter duo Lauraine and Jemima Parker.

If you’re a lover of beautiful things for the home and the hand-made is your thing, then you can’t miss Cloth and Clay, a pop-up shop featuring locally handmade textiles and ceramics showing from 21 October to 1 November at The Hamlet. This pop-up shop will showcase bespoke homewares – hand-printed household textiles and wheel thrown ceramic tableware. Visit the website for more information www.jemimaparker.com. The launch night  is being held on Wednesday 21 October 6pm – 8pm. The pop up shop runs from Wednesday October 21 to Sunday November 1 at pod, Shop 5, The Hamlet, 16 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Table Tools: Alison Jackson

Local award winning silversmith Alison Jackson presents a new collection of functional tableware vessels and cutlery pieces informed by research and prototype experimentation fusing traditional silver smithing handcraft techniques with contemporary industrial processes.

10 September to 24 October. Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre. Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 5pm, Saturday: noon – 4pm. Free entry.

Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1970–2012

This unique and must-see travelling exhibition showcasing the work of 42 of the country’s most influential, contemporary jewellery designers, promises to ‘inspire, intrigue and inform’. Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1970–2012 is your last chance to see this exhibition–Canberra is the ‘last stop’ before the jewellery returns to its permanent home in the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). The exhibition has already been seen by thousands in five states, and now here for Canberrans and visitors alike, at Craft ACT: Canberra Craft and Design Centre.

The work, curated by the NGA, is beautifully displayed in six specially designed cases and features jewellery by four Canberra-based designers. Pieces include brooches, arm bands, lockets, rings, bangles, and pendants created out of a wide range of materials such as gold, sterling silver, copper, coral, aluminium and polypropylene. The collection is on now at Craft ACT as part of its outreach program (free to the public). On now until 24 October, Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday, 12pm to 4pm.

Gorgeous Mortar

Canberra’s newest pop-up, a community arts hub, is opening this week in Braddon. Housed in the old Cornucopia Bakery space on Mort Street, Gorgeous Mortar seeks to create a vibrant local arts space which engages with the community via a diverse range of stimulating events and offerings. The introduction of Gorgeous Mortar will see an expansion of events and utilisation of the space. A simple, funky cafe and bar is to be installed, which will showcase live music, art exhibits & installations. A special curated week-long event, the FortyMorty Project, will celebrate the original building and its inhabitants.

Karina Bontes, Zoe Anderson and Dai Cameron, the collaborators working on the project, see it as a chance to celebrate the changing face of Braddon, a location bursting with expression, fun and urban vibes. Visit the website for more information gorgeousmortar.com.au. Opens Friday 11 September, 40 Mort Street, Braddon. 

Reality in Flames: Curator-led tours

Join an Australian War Memorial curator for a tour of Reality in Flames and look at how Australian artists responded to the upheaval and anxiety of the period to create powerful imagery which explored all aspects of life during the Second World War.

Special Exhibitions Gallery, free event.

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

Kaninjaku explores the history of the Canning Stock Route. Stories of contact, conflict and survival are featured in a striking new exhibition, Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route. Showing at the National Museum of Australia until 12 August 2016.


In Bespoke: Design for the people, six Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response.

Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Norforce: Tony Albert

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

Other exhibitions

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


A recent residency in Thailand and invitation to exhibit overseas have been the impetus for new works by award winning Canberra artist and printmaker, Jo Hollier.

 “Any travel or ‘transfer’ to a different location is an opportunity to live and observe a different world for a time. It awakens and opens us to new culture, food, people etc.” Jo Hollier presents works on paper which reflect new worlds of colours, textures, plants and sights.

Entry is free, visit the website for more information http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/exhibitions/transfer.html. On from September 25 until October 18 at Belconnen Arts Centre,118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

The Distant Warriors

The Distant Warriors: Ka Maumahara (We Will Remember) Let Us Not Be Forgotten is a special ANZAC Centenary exhibition inspired by the stories of Indigenous Australian and Maori soldiers who fought in the First World War.  The exhibition, only at the Canberra Glassworks, honours our fallen and our survivors. From 9 September 2015 to 19 November 2015
10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Sunday at the Canberra Glassworks. Entry is by gold coin donation.

INK REMIX: Contemporary Art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong is curated by Dr Sophie McIntyre and highlights new and innovative aspects of contemporary ink art. Most artists in the exhibition have trained in Chinese calligraphy and ink painting but reinvent or subvert the tradition in works that explore links between personal, regional and global experience. On now until 18 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City.

X-rated: the sex industry in the ACT

Since the 1980s Canberra has been synonymous with sex in the minds of many Australians. Twenty years have passed since it became legal to sell X-rated videos in the Australian Capital Territory. The adult industry has gone through periods of growth, boom and, many would argue, bust. This exhibition explores the evolution of Canberra’s sex industry over the past 50 years. The public is warned that some material displayed in this exhibition may cause offence. Persons under 18 years of age may not enter this exhibition. On until 20 September at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Australia in the Great War

Australia in the Great War is the Australian War Memorial’s new exhibition in the First World War Galleries. Discover one of the world’s great collections of material related to the First World War. The First World War Galleries integrate a wide variety of items from this collection, including dioramas, art works; uniforms; medals; technology such as artillery and firearms; photographs; film; and letters and diaries.  The Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine and the war at sea. On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

William Edwin Pidgeon (1909–1981), war correspondent and artist

William Edwin Pidgeon was a painter, cartoonist, illustrator, and newspaper critic. This exhibition presents a selection of the over 400 works by William Pidgeon held in the Australian War Memorial’s Art collection. The works relate to Pidgeon’s Second World War experiences in Darwin, New Guinea, Borneo and Morotai between 1943 to 1945. On display in the Second World War Galleries until 7 March 2016 at the Australian War Memorial.

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, The Home Front looks at life back at home and the pride, sorrow, passion, wonder and joy experienced by those far from the battlefields. Through 23 personal stories, this exhibition explores Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions. See the effects of war on those at home. Rediscover Prime Minister Billy Hughes’s determination to impose conscription on a divided nation, Basil Watson’s thrilling and ultimately tragic aerobatic displays in his homemade biplane, May Gibbs’s quaint postcards that carried messages of joy to soldiers and more. On display at the National Museum of Australia until 1 January 2017.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan, reflecting both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs.

Showing at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something.

Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

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

Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

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

Magna Carta – an Australian story

This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. Over its long history it has been reinterpreted as an icon of justice and liberty. In this exhibition, created with the assistance of the British Library, explore the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.


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