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The weather is getting hotter and the calendar is getting busier. This week we have a talk from one of Australia’s foremost female writers, the world’s most loved ballet performed by the Russian Imperial Ballet Company, a ballet inspired barre class to raise money for breast cancer research, an events festival to inspire the most brilliant wedding, birthday or party, an over 18s science night and a swag of markets, theatre productions, music and exhibitions for every taste. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!


Plié for Pink at Xtend Barre

Xtend Barre Australia is teaming up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help raise funds for research to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Join the Xtend barre team for a 75 minute class with proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation wearing your favourite pink workout gear! Minimum donation of $35 – limited edition pink Xtend barre grip socks and tanks available for purchase on the day.

Saturday October 24 at 10am at Xtend Barre studios, first floor of 35-37 London Circuit, Civic. Book your place here.

Imperial Russian Ballet Company: Swan Lake

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia with Swan Lake…the most loved classical ballet of them all.

This masterpiece ballet is presented in three acts and follows the original storyline. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.

Swan Lake crosses the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal.

At Canberra Theatre Centre from October 21-22. Tickets from Canberra Ticketing: Adults: $97.90, Children: $77.90, Concessions: $87.90.

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).

Oh Happy Day 

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.

1-5pm, 24 October , National Portrait Gallery. Free entry.

SciNight: The Future is Now

Questacon’s adults-only ‘The Future is Now’ SciNight is coming!

Celebrate the past, present, and future; will there be hoverboards, flying cars, and self-lacing shoes? Only time will tell. Get down to the totally awesome tunes of the 80s (and today) and get hands-on with over 200 interactive exhibits – all without kids!

Mega Bites Café and Bar will be open until late.

Please note: this is an 18+ event.

23 October at Questacon from 6-10pm. Tickets are $10 at the door

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.

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.

Cash 60

60 years after the release of Johnny Cash’s first single, award-winning singer Daniel Thompson and Australian guitar master Stuie French are back with Johnny Cash The Concert. Cash 60 keeps the spirit of the Man in Black alive with their authentic tribute to Johnny Cash and his music.

Backed as always by their engine room, The Tennessee Studs, Cash 60 promises to be their best show yet.

The Street Theatre, 23 October at 8pm. Tickets $65, available here.

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.


Spring Mt. Stromlo Observatory Site Tour

Take a walking tour of the Mount Stromlo Observatory and learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites. Mount Stromlo Observatory has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and, prior to the 2003 firestorm, had grown from a small outpost of pioneering astronomers to one of the great observatories of the world.

Its history includes designing optical munitions during the Second World War, weathering two devastating bushfires and earning one Nobel Prize. Come along and learn about the history, the science and the future of Mount Stromlo Observatory.

Saturday 24 October, 10-11.30am.

Bookings essential via the website.

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.


Tempting Fete – Lyneham Primary School

Description: Lyneham Primary School is holding their Tempting Fete.
Jumping castles, plants, food, guess the balloons in the mini, kids ‘side show alley’, craft, cakes, science shows, face painting, competitions (including Lyneham Idol), ice-creams, music, white elephant stall, books clothes, best decorated bike comp, loads of prizes and lots of fun.

Saturday 24 October from 10am onwards at Lyneham Primary School. Free entry.

Canberra Nara Candle Festival

Lennox Gardens shimmers to life under the light of 2,000 candles as Japanese and Australian cultures unite at the annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival.

Enjoy an evening of free entertainment, delicious Japanese food and cultural activities in celebration of Canberra’s sister city relationship with Nara in Japan.

The event features stunning lighting throughout the park. Activities such as ikebana and drumming workshops, calligraphy, origami, lantern making, kite flying, martial arts and sumo wrestling demonstrations will keep the whole family entertained.

Saturday 24 October 4.30-9.30pm, Lennox Gardens, Canberra Nara Park. Free entry.

ACT Rural Fire Service (RFS) Open Day

You’re invited to the ACT RFS 2015 Open Day! There’s free community activities and valuable information about how you can prepare to reduce your risk this bushfire season.

Watch the brigades battle it out – there’ll be lots of water, fire trucks and live fire. Kids’ free activities include photos in the fire truck, face painting, a petting zoo, reptile display and the flame game.

Free parking on site all day.

Sunday 25 October,  10am – 3pm at the Emergency Service Complex, David Warren Road (off Monaro Highway), Hume. Free entry.

Bonner Parties at the Shops

The Parties at the Shops crew bring their good vibes to Bonner as the local shop keepers and residents put on an afternoon to celebrate one of Canberra’s newest suburbs.

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

Thursday 22 October, 3pm-6pm at the Bonner Shops, Mabo Boulevard, Bonner.

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 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 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 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).


JitterBlast Fitness by Jumptown

JitterBlast is an intense total-body dance fitness workout that mixes kicking, plyometric movement, and core building exercises – which shape muscle and improve balance, flexibility, and daily energy levels.

The program utilizes interval-style training designed for burning calories and cardiovascular health. JitterBlast uses high-energy moves from Swing dances like Lindy Hop and Charleston, and vintage Jazz, with some classic Hollywood Film dance moves thrown in. Learning how to dance to high-energy swing music, making an intense workout more of a dance party than a chore.

Without knowing it, you will be a learning a foundation of technique in swing and jazz dance that will inspire even professionally trained dancers. No partner or experience necessary, just come along and join in the fun!

Saturday 24 October at 9:30am, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon. $15 per person. Click here for more information.

Making Canberra Happy 
Making Canberra Happy is an evidence-based program that draws on the science of happiness and delivers 6 weeks of practical mindfulness, playfulness and happiness activities.
Making Canberra Happy runs for 6 weeks, beginning on Monday 19 October. The program is delivered through a mix of online content (also delivered to your inbox 3 times per week) and face to face workshops.

Each week includes:

  • an introduction to the week’s theme including an overview of the science
  • some activities to do at home – these are the practical component and are the part that will make a big difference to how you feel
  • a guided meditation recording so you can switch off your body’s stress response and switch in to relaxation mode
  • links to additional articles, books, podcasts and videos – think of it as a collated library of resources if you’d like to delve a little deeper

Each week, we’ll focus one or two different themes. Some of themes we cover are:

  • self compassion and self-care
  • mindfulness
  • the natural environment and physical activity
  • social connections
  • gratitude & optimism
  • using your strengths and values
  • playfulness and the state of flow

All materials are yours to keep so you can work through again at your own pace.

Exclusive HerCanberra reader prices: $295 for Making Canberra Happy, or $420 for Making Canberra Happy with unlimited yoga. For more information please see the website.


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

Swing Dance Classes by Jumptown

Description: Jumptown Swing has been running swing dance classes in Canberra for over twelve years.  Our experienced and passionate teaching team love what they do and will have you up and dancing in no time, or reaching new heights if you are already doing swing.

Swing dancing is a great way to keep fit, socialise or get ready for a wedding. We have beginner classes on the North and South side of Canberra.  You can join in the fun, and meet new people while learning Lindy Hop, the original partner dance from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Classes run three nights a week, with regular social dancing events for you to enjoy too!

No registration or partner necessary, just come along. Monday classes are in Griffith, and Tuesday and Wednesday classes are held in Turner. Cost $15 or you can buy a six week pass for $75. Check out our website for more information.

Sunday 26 October at 6.30pm. Griffith Neighbourhood Hall, Stuart Street Griffith. Tickets $15 per person. Click here for more information.


Canberra Glassworks Kids’ Glass Design Competition 2015

Join us for the launch of the the Canberra Glassworks Kids’ Glass Design Competition 2015, during ACT Children’s Week.

To celebrate the historic Kingston Power House’s 100th birthday year in 2015, the Canberra Glassworks is asking kids to design a glass work inspired by this iconic Canberra building.

Shortlisted winners in each age category will be invited to work with a professional artist in a special workshop session during DESIGN Canberra to further develop their designs.

Launch Date: Saturday 24 October
Time: 10am
RSVP: Please to [email protected] or phone 6260 7005.  Morning tea will be provided.

While at the launch book into one of our Make Your Own Tile sessions, where you will have the opportunity to make your own masterpiece inspired by the historic Kingston Power House. Each session will go for 20 minutes and cost $30.

To book please phone 6260 7005, or email [email protected].

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.



Learn the fundamentals of organic animal husbandry, with a particular focus on humane handling and animal welfare. Many of us keep chickens and other poultry while not quite understanding their welfare and nutrition needs.

This talk focuses on how to care for, feed and manage poultry (ducks, chickens, turkeys and geese), and other livestock, so that they provide you and your family with delicious meat and eggs, while being healthy and happy along the way.

Monday 27 October, 6-8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton. Click here for more information.

One Day DSLR Photography Course

See Canberra through the lens with National Photo Training College. Enjoy an outdoor experience learning how to use your camera and taking photos while you’re in the nation’s capital. Choose from beginner or advanced classes for the relevant tuition.

Small classes with a professional photographer ensure plenty of personal attention to advance your knowledge. Handout notes provided.

DSLR1 a beginner class where you’ll enjoy Old Parliament House and nearby grounds. Its simple and fun!

DSLR2 Twilight is ideal for people wanting to shoot travel,landscapes and long exposure near Lake Burley Griffin on manual exposure.

Over 15s welcome. Group discounts available. DSLR 1: Friday 10am – 4pm or Saturday or Sunday: 9.15am -3.30pm. DSLR2: Saturday 2.30pm – 6.30pm

23 October – 8 November. Meet at Pork Barrel Cafe, 11 King George Terrace, Parkes. Tickets available here.

I Love Photography Workshop

I Love Photography Workshop is a weekend digital photography course designed to teach everyday people how to get the most out of their digital photography and DSLR Cameras. It’s a jam-packed weekend of photography, picturesque Canberra locations and great food. A truly enjoyable and educational experience!

One day option available if that’s all the time you have, or feel that you already understand the theory/technical stuff and only wish to participate in the practical hands on sessions.

Places are limited, multiple booking discount available. Book now.
Check their website for full information.

10am-5pm, 24-25 October at Griffith Hall.


Are you stressed and overwhelmed ? Are you going through the motions but not really living? Are you struggling under the weight of an issue?

The program AWAKE is a practical solution for the management and prevention of Stress , Addiction and Destructive Behaviours. I was heavily addicted to gambling for over 12 years and after trying other help and failing I was on the verge of suicide I gave it one last try and this system AWAKE helped me to recover my life fully, I have been thriving for the last 4 years. Our mission at

The HOPE project Now is to help others in pain. Please join me and bring along anyone in your life who is struggling or wants to have the skills to avoid the struggle completely. This process works for any addictions and destructive behaviours and depression. This IS the blueprint to freedom.

ASK YOURSELF – What will it cost me if i dont stay AWAKE and in control of my life?

Provided – Full Day Workshop, Resource, Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea

Saturday 24 October, Rydges Hotel Forrest, 9am-4pm. Early bird tickets available for $100, then $120.

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.

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.


Pirates of Penzance

This turbo-charged revision of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta is suffused with pop-rock elements, comic timing and top-notch singing performed by Canberra Philo. As funny and as entertaining today as it was when it first opened in 1879, Pirates of Penzance spins a farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often absurd dictates of honor and duty.

From 22 October 2015 to 7 November at 8 pm (Saturday Matinees at 2 pm) at Erindale Theatre. Tickets available here.

United Nations on Screen

United Nations on Screen. 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the NFSA looks at milestone UN events with a curated program of film sourced from the United Nations Audiovisual Archive. Plus The Interpreter, the first feature to be filmed within Neimeyer and Le Corbusier’s UN Headquarters building in New York.

This program will be introduced by Christopher Woodthorpe of the United Nations Information Centre.

– The Interpreter (2010, M)
– A program of short films produced by the United Nations film unit

Tickets: Adult: $10.00 – Book online.

Friday 23 October, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia from 6-10pm.

Canned Heat

Woodstock veterans Canned Heat return to Australia to celebrate their 50th anniversary. With 32 studio albums, 10 live albums and multiple collaborations with some of the biggest names in classic rock, Canned Heat are sure to thrill with their smooth blues and boogie rock sound.

A one-of-a-kind band, Canned Heat rose to fame thanks to their deep understanding and love for the blues. Their music is as vibrant, energetic and tight as ever – evidently the result of the kind of hard work and dedication required to perform successfully for 50 years.

Monday 26 October at Canberra Theatre Centre, show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are $68.50 per person and are available here.

Celebrate Papua New Guinea’s 40 years of independence

The National Film and Sound Archive is celebrating Papua New Guinea’s 40 years of independence with a series of significant documentaries and panel discussions.

PNG on Screen:
A series of significant documentaries from Australian filmmakers working in Papua New Guinea communities to capture their traditional way of life and evolution to a young nation in the modern world.

PNG in Discussion:
Explore PNG from administration to independence through discussion, research and rare film.

PNG from the Film Australia Collection:
The Australian Government film unit documented and also trained its cameras and our protectorate and neighbour New Guinea.

From 1 September 2015 to 30 October at the National Film and Sound Archive. Check their website for details.

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.

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.


Back To The Future 2015 with Flux Capacitor

Flux Capacitor present a ‘Back To The Future’ inspired night of live 80s music, movies, games and prizes at The Basement, Belconnen.

To celebrate the arrival of Doc, Marty and Jennifer to 2015 grab your best 80s or Back To The Future outfit and join us as we celebrate 30 years since Back to the Future and all things 80s. This is truly a once in a lifetime event so be sure to get your tickets soon!

Saturday 24 October at 8pm at The Basement, 2 Cohen Street Belconnen. Tickets are $12.50 per person, available here.


Canberra Youth Orchestra will present their next Concert – Idyll in Llewellyn Hall, SoM on Friday 23rd October, 2015 at 7.30pm.

Newly-appointed conductor **Leonard Weiss will lead CYO as they perform:
Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture
Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Weber: Bassoon Concerto in F major **see below**
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3, Op.56 

Don’t miss this! Get your tickets now! Available via their website.

**Soloist Matthew Ventura was one of CYO Concerto Competition winners in 2014.  He is also Principal Flautist of CYO, and is performing Weber Bassoon Concerto.

**Leonard Weiss has just been announced as a Finalists for 2016 ACT Young Australian of the Year

ANU School of Music on Friday 23rd October, 2015 at 7.30pm. 

National Capital Orchestra Concert: “Musical Tales”

The concert by “Canberra’s Other Symphony Orchestra” will feature “Romantic” works from the late nineteenth century by Rachmaninoff, Grieg and Dvorak.

At that time “romantic” had yet to obtain its current emphasis on interpersonal relationships! Instead, one of Romanticism’s key ideas and most enduring legacies was the assertion of nationalism. The movement focussed on development of national languages, folklore, and the importance of local customs and traditions.

Rachmaninoff’s “Prince Rostislav” revives an old legend from the Ukraine about the tragic demise of a warrior Prince;  Grieg’s “Per Gynt”is the dramatic incidental music to Ibsen’s verse drama based on figures from Norwegian legend; and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” combines folk music influences from his Czech homeland, the songs of former American slaves and the music of native Americans.

The concert will also include a “fanfare” by Riedl, a Court Trumpeter.  This music has been preserved since 1680 because nuns. found the manuscript pinned to their Salzburg Convent door.

25 October at 3pm at Albert Hall. Tickets via the website.  Adult $30 Concession $25 Child/Student $15

Byrne and Kelly

What began as Celtic Thunder’s Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly performing a series of shows together called ‘Acoustic By Candlelight’ a few years ago has turned into what is now known as Byrne and Kelly.

Driven by strong vocal harmonies, the duo combines genres like traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh, folk sound. Through classic Irish storytelling, Byrne and Kelly sing songs of both the past and the future and bring to life the pride, struggles and hope of the Irish culture.

8pm, Saturday 24 October, The Street Theatre. Tickets here.

Salut! Baroque October Concert: Louis’ Legacy

Salut! Baroque’s October concert focuses on music written during Louis’ 72 year reign. The King exercised control through an elaborate code of etiquette and an extensive bureaucracy. He also had a genuine love of the arts, particularly music and dance. Gambling, espionage and romance were counterbalanced by attendance at Mass where music was performed in contravention of the Catholic protocol.

Salut! Baroque has delighted audiences for 20 years, presenting the best of baroque with Australia’s finest baroque musicians in a chamber orchestra of up to twelve members.

Tickets available at the door. Adult: $40.00, Children under 15 years free, Concession: $35.00.

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 or follow the fun on Facebook at

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.


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: On Friday October 30 at 7pm at the RUC, 54 McCaughey St, Turner.


Michael Buzacott Sculpture

This exhibition displays sculptures made over the last 40 years by Sydney artist Michael Buzacott (b. 1950). He is an inventive, idiosyncratic artist working in the Cubist tradition. This is the first time his work has been surveyed in depth.

The formal language of lines and planes, superseding the language of volume and mass, substituting for the bump and hollow of traditional sculpture – this was the fabulous legacy of cubism to twentieth-century sculptors.

Michael Buzacott continues to work in this tradition, and his work has kept the language of cubism exceptionally fresh and vital.

12-5pm, 30 Sep – 1 November, Drill Hall Gallery at the ANU.

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 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 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 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.

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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