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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

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Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!


Women in Media Canberra: Breaking News and Glass Ceilings with Annabel Crabb

After a spectacular year bringing the talented women of Canberra’s media and communications industries together, we are getting in quick to nab you for what surely will turn out to be the best (and quite possible the earliest) Christmas party of the season.

Annabel Crabb, that comedic and culinary goddess will host our night of networking, good cheer and Christmas festivities.

She may also sign you a copy of her latest book. We will also hear from some of our mentors and mentees about the lessons they learnt in 2015.

Tuesday November 24 from 7:00 pm10:00 pm at the National Press Club of Australia. $70 per person. Click here to book tickets.

Canberra Celebrates: Christmas in the City

Australia’s biggest celebration of the festive season, Christmas in the City – Canberra Celebrates, is back!

From Friday 27 November to Thursday 31 December in the Canberra City centre, join us for a month of celebrations including night markets, family concerts, camels and furry and feathered friends, competitions, art and music, polar bar, Santa Claus and a whole lot of kids activities surrounded by fabulous shopping, restaurants and bars!

Last year Christmas in the City was host to the largest LED light image display on the planet. This year SIDS and Kids ACT will attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree.

Canberra celebrates Christmas with more lights and activities than ever before. Don’t miss this month-long festive extravaganza with something special for the young and young at heart.

Friday November 27 to Thursday 31 December in the Canberra City centre.

Canberra Opera – La Boheme

Passion, Lust, Jealousy. A painter, a musician, a philosopher and a poet – four poor friends living for their art. What more could a classic Italian opera need? A love that is so full it breaks apart and comes together again.

Nearly 120 years later and Puccini’s La Bohème continues to be one of the most popular and regularly performed operas. Join Rodolfo and Mimi, and Marcello and Musetta as they journey through the highs and lows of love.

27 November – 6 December Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. Friday – 7:30pm Sundays – 2pm. Click here for ticket details.

Bob Geldof at Business Chicks

Business Chicks have had hundreds of incredible people step onto their stage. But few leave an impression like Sir Bob Geldof. He will open your mind, lift you up and make you rethink your position in life. To be honest, you’ll leave feeling uncomfortable – but you know what they say about comfort zones …

Sir Bob is a masterful storyteller and provocative presenter and his message of personal responsibility will really push you. He is moody and mesmerising and much more than just a rock star: Bob has used his celebrity to stand for something and he continues to make it count.

As the brains behind initiatives such as Live Aid, Live 8 and Band Aid, Sir Bob has raised more than $500 million for on-the-ground relief work in Africa. Live 8 alone brought over $45 billion of aid and debt cancellation to Africa; he’s certainly made an impact. No stranger to controversy and the media spotlight, Sir Bob has overcome tragedy and heartbreak to become a global activist and voice for change.

It is no wonder that he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize seven times – more than any other living person. This is your opportunity to hear greatness. You need to be a part of it.

Friday 27 November, 6.45am-9am at QT Canberra. Tickets: $159 per person. Get your ticket at businesschicks.com.au

Canetsy celebrates Christmas and local creatives with the Etsy Made Local market

Canberra Etsy Team (Canetsy) is helping the people of Canberra conquer their Christmas shopping and connect with the makers and design behind the perfect gifts at the Etsy Made Local market, at the Quokka Pavilion, Exhibition Park on Saturday 28 November.

It’s part of a national one-day event that will see Australian cities from coast to coast celebrating the makers, designers and collectors that make up the creative community selling on Etsy.com, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, and encouraging people to look locally for this year’s Christmas gifting.

More than 50 local Etsy sellers will be selling at the Canetsy Etsy Made Local market, with products ranging from unique jewellery to home decor. The event will give the people of Canberra a chance to discover some of the best of the city’s creative community, allowing them to connect with and buy directly from local makers and designers.

As well as providing the perfect opportunity to find unique, affordable and meaningful gifts in the lead up to Christmas, the event will also include workshops, face painting, live music, food and drink vendors plus plenty of parking and an ATM on site.

Aimee Cowie, the market manager said Etsy Made Local is a great opportunity to meet local makers in the Canberra region and find handmade, unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list, plus a few treats for yourself!

The Canberra Etsy Team (Canetsy), is a team of Etsy shop holders who are located in the Canberra region. We promote Australian handmade or crafted quality produce from members of our team.

Saturday 28 November at Exhibition Park, Canberra from 8.30am-4pm. Free entry. To find out more about the Canetsy Etsy Made Local market, visit Etsy or visit the event’s website.

DESIGN Canberra 2015

DESIGN Canberra is an annual four-day festival of craft and design-inspired public events, exhibitions and forums held across Canberra. The challenge to locals and visitors alike is to change the way you think about Canberra and about the place of craft and design in everyday life.

See ACTivate, pop-up projects based in empty shop fronts across Canberra’s city centre. Visit Living Artists open studios, open to Canberra-region artists, designers and industry.

Take a CAPITAL of Culture tour directed by designers, architects, artists, historians, curators and other insiders and discover a new side to our designed city.

21-29 November at various venues and various locations across Canberra City. See the website for details.

Suffragette pre-screening UN Women Australia

Watch an advanced screening of the movie Suffragette.

All funds raised from the screening will contribute to UN Women projects in the Pacific that keep women and girls safe from violence, provide education and training to women and girls, combat illiteracy, ensure a fair go for all, offer decent jobs with opportunities to develop as small -business owners and entrepreneurs and promote women in leadership.

26 November at 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start at Palace Electric Cinema. All tickets $25. See website for more details.

Spiders at Questacon

Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair!

Spiders – a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Weave your way through the fascinating exhibits and interactive displays to discover how these web-weavers, hunters and burrowers outlived the dinosaurs to become one of the most successful creatures on earth.

Bravely step into the web of a net-casting spider to get your photo taken or peer into spider innards using 3D scanning technology—what do you see?

Challenge a peacock spider to a dance-off or, if you dare, ‘hold’ a virtual wolf spider in the palm of your hand!

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of spiders as you listen to Australian Scientists detailing their latest discoveries and learn how you can get closer to spiders in your own garden.

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.

Opens 24 November from 9 am – 5 pm every day at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see the website.

100 Days of Summer at Lucky’s

Lucky’s Speakeasy at QT Canberra is throwing a massive party, all through Summer!

There’ll be a Melbourne Cup gala, Halloween bash, Movember shindig, James Bond 007 NYE party and QT Backyard Australia Day BBQ, as well as weekly events, like Friday sessions, secret men’s business, Latino nights, summer night markets and a ping pong tournament. This summer at Lucky’s is going to be on like Donkey Kong.

As one of Canberra’s premiere watering holes, you’ll find an event to suit every taste at Lucky’s. For more information see their website.

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.


Ranger Guided Walks and Activities at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers an extensive program of guided walks and activities and special school holiday activities throughout the year. Don’t miss your chance to see Australian wildlife in this beautiful natural environment.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of Australian animals including kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles.

Walks and activities cater for a range of different age groups. Check their website for full details.

No charges apply for activities held at the Visitors Centre. Nominal entry fees apply for activities within the reserve.

From 2 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. Check their website for full details.

The Fit Muse – Social Running Club

Summer is just around the corner and our capital, little city has some amazing tracks for those of you who want to keep fit.

We meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of the bookshop for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again.

All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner. And afterwards stay for a Red Brick Espresso coffee or something from our fitness friendly weekend menu!

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE


Phillip Party at the Shops 

Phillip Business District invites you to discover more of what Phillip has to offer at a free party in the Colbee Court park.

Set times for Thursday:
10.30am – Bellchambers kids choir
11am-11.45am – music by Rafe Morris
11.50am – 12.20pm – music by Afi
12.30pm – Chief Minister address
12.45pm – Kokoloco brazilian dance performance
1pm – Margaret Hadfield speed painting
1pm-1.45 – Music by Charlie Seymour-Grant

Plus a BBQ lunch in the sun, art therapy, loads of stalls from Phillip businesses and FREE DOG WASH in store at Petstop!

Parties at the Shops is produced by Devil Moon and proudly supported by the Land Development Agency, ACT Government’s Event Fund, Bendigo Bank and Capital Metro.

Phillip Shops, Colbee Court Phillip. Thursday 26 November from 11-2pm. Fore more information see the website.

Red Cross ‘One Stop Volunteer Shop’

Have you been looking to volunteer with the Red Cross but never been able to find a way in? Are you an existing volunteer hoping to try something new? Or are you looking for something to make your everyday routine more exciting and rewarding?

Look no further, the Red Cross is holding a Volunteering Expo for young people to come and talk to staff and volunteers about the various volunteering opportunities offered by the Red Cross in Canberra.

It is an ALL IN ONE event, with representatives from the Breakfast Club, ANU UniClub, Emergency Services, Social Inclusion, Migrant Support Services, Youth Crew, Blood Services and Roadhouse.

Swing past after work, or before heading out to town for a drink, we’ve made volunteering in your local community QUICK and EASY. No hassle and no obligations, just some great banter, music, and all the information and people you need to talk to in one place.

Friday 27 November 5.30pm-7.30pm at The Roadhouse at The Griffin Centre, Civic. See website for more information.

Honkytonks Christmas Night Markets

Supporting local Canberra artists and artisans – this is the perfect opportunity to get all your loved ones something truely awesome for Christmas by shopping local. 

The Honkytonks Night Markets are there to provide a space for the local art, craft and vintage scene to sell their wares and get their products out there, into the community. Entry is free and you can visit the Facebook page for more information. On November 25 from 5pm at Honkytonks. 

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 the website 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 their website 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.


The Fit Muse – Social Running Club

Summer is just around the corner and our capital, little city has some amazing tracks for those of you who want to keep fit.

We meet every Saturday morning at 8:15am out the front of the bookshop for an 8:30am start. It’s an easy 5km run up through Telopea Park, along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin up to the NGA and back again.

All levels welcome and there are additional challenges for the more experienced runner. And afterwards stay for a Red Brick Espresso coffee or something from our fitness friendly weekend menu!

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am FREE


Canberra Wines New Release Tasting

2015 has been acknowledged as one of the Canberra District’s most exceptional vintages and the swag of medals and trophies won at recent shows confirms this. Now you have the opportunity to taste these wonderful wines as the Canberra District Wine Industry Association hosts a “New Releases” tasting evening.

21 of the Canberra District’s leading wineries will be showcasing their recent releases, including the outstanding 2015 white wines and beautiful award winning red wines from 2013 and 2014 which have also won high praise from wine judges and commentators.

Friday 27 November at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Tickets are $30 per person, click here to purchase.

Jazz & Shiraz in November at Lerida Estate

Visit Cafe Lerida on weekends during November to enjoy a glass of one of our Shiraz wines with your lunch. Taste Lerida wines at the Cellar Door for free with a great Shiraz promotion. Plus win a bottle of Trophy winning Shiraz Viognier each weekend.

Enjoy listening to entertaining jazz musicians such as Sally Greenaway, Mike Dooley and Rachel Thorne, David Green, Leisa Keen, Dirk Zeylmans and Lachlan Coventry. With good weather in spring, step outdoors for a game of Pétanque/Boules, or do the Lake George Range Walk.

1-29 November at Lerida Estate Winery, Federal Highway, Lake George.

Cellar Door Daily 10am – 5pm Cafe Lerida Weekends 10am – 5pm. See website for further details.

Old Parliament House – Friday Night Drinks

Spring is back, and so is Canberra’s favourite Friday night drinks at Old Parliament House.

Starting on October 30, unwind from the week and kick-start the weekend with your colleagues, friends or significant other in the historic courtyard of Old Parliament House. Enjoy live DJ, delicious snacks and chilled cocktails until March 2016.

Kick your weekend off in style for a drink in the historic courtyards of the House. Visit the website for more details.

King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.

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).


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.


Women in Property end of year Cocktail Party with Catherine McGregor
Catherine McGregor undertook gender transition in the midst of two male dominated environments – the Army and global cricket. Along the way she has had cause to reflect on the nature of being male and female in our society. She has wide experience in politics, the media and the ADF, and is currently the most senior transgendered military officer in the world.

Catherine McGregor entered the Royal Military College Duntroon on 14 January 1974. Over a career in the Australian Regular Army spanning 40 years, she held a wide variety of regimental and staff appointments. She deployed on operations on three occasions including as the Commanding Officer of the Australian Army Training Team in Timor Leste. She is a Tetum linguist. In 2008, she was a Visiting Fellow to The Leverhulme Changing Character of War Programme at All Souls Oxford University in 2008 and holds a Master of Arts in War Studies from UNSW.

She was awarded the Order of Australia on 26 January 2012 for her exceptional service to the  Australian Army. She served continuously as speechwriter to every Chief of

the Army since 2000. She has held various appointments in Strategic Policy Branch at Army Headquarters. She transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve in June of this year on promotion to Group Captain.

Catherine is a published author and has written on politics and cricket for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, The Age She is the Prime Minister’s delegate to the National Selection Panel for selection of The Prime Minister’s XI and is also the Head of Australian Services Women’s cricket. She is still active as a player and coach and will be part of the ABC Grandstand team for the forthcoming summer.

She was recently named as one of Australia’s 50 most powerful women by the Australian Women’s Weekly.

Wednesday 25 November from 5.30-7.30pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Members $90.00, non-members $120.00 Purchase tickets here.

Christmas Flower Workshop with Lady Larissa

Local floralista Lady Larissa will be holding a selection of small workshops before Christmas to help Canberrans create the most unique centrepieces and wreaths this holiday season.


Learn how to make your own bespoke Christmas wreath. Think branches, nuts, cinnamon, eucalyptus & pine. Walk away with your own rustic creation suitable for drying. This piece can be hung on the front door, or use as a table decoration.
Local Press juice or tea/coffee, cake, demonstration, all tools + materials.
$115 per person. Bookings essential
E: [email protected]
Tuesday 1 December 6.30pm – 8.30pm
At Local Press Cafe on the  Kingston Foreshore


Create your very own fresh floral table wreath using textured foliages, wild flowers and summer fruits.
This style will look as if it were plucked from The Secret Garden. A stand out circular piece, perfect for the home table or given as a gift to a loved one.
Demonstration, bubbles, nibbles, flowers, all tools + materials.
$135 per person. Bookings essential
E: [email protected] 
Monday 7 December from 6pm – 8.30pm
At Brow Lab, Eloura Street Braddon


Learn how to make your own fresh Christmas floral centrepiece. I will teach you how to capture the romantic English garden look. You will walk away with a bespoke table arrangement full of fresh flowers, wild foliages and fruit.
Local Press juice or tea/coffee, cake, demonstration, container, tools + materials.
$140 per person. Bookings essential
E: [email protected]
Wednesday 16 December from 6.30pm – 9pm
At Local Press Cafe on the Kingston Foreshore

19 Objects: New Ways to Value Talk

Objects. Why do we collect them, fetishise them and display them in our personal spaces? What can they tell us about our existence: our past, our future. How can they tell a story about who we are?

For this event Nectar Efkarpidis, Ken Neale and Don Cameron, the curators responsible for the precise vision of Hotel Hotel will take us on an archaeological dig of their personal archives – delving into their (sometimes unhealthy) obsessions for 19 objects. The conversation will provide a unique insight into the curatorial approaches of three very unconventional collectors and curators.

Wednesday 25 Novmber from 6-8pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Empowering The Female Voice

This workshop is open to women and girls with all levels of singing experience and encourages women to find their voice. They will create a joint composition to share at the end of the workshop. The workshop leaders are Yolgnu woman Gambirra Illume and Maria Mitar who are performers in the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra which is performing at The Q Theatre. Visit the website for more information. On November 28 from 9am – 12pm at Jerraboomberra Community Centre, The Parkway Jerrabomberra. 


The herb spiral is a vertical garden design that is perfect for the space poor and offers a wide array of benefits perfectly suited to the beginner gardener. Martyn Noakes, local farmer, will demonstrate the different building options available, suggest what to plant and how, as well outline the various materials needed. Visit the website for more information. On November 24 from 6pm-8pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Thought – Process by Tom Skeehan

A solo exhibition, as part of DESIGN Canberra, by Craft ACT Accredited Professional Member and industrial desinger Tom Skeehan.

The exhibition will launch Skeehan’s new furniture line and showcases his journey from sketch to polished product, incorporating production images, material samples and prototypes.

5 November – 12 December at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Level 1, 180 London Circuit. Times: Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 12.00pm – 4.00pm (Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays).

For more details check out the website.

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.


Canberra Opera – La Boheme

Passion, Lust, Jealousy. A painter, a musician, a philosopher and a poet – four poor friends living for their art. What more could a classic Italian opera need? A love that is so full it breaks apart and comes together again.

Nearly 120 years later and Puccini’s La Bohème continues to be one of the most popular and regularly performed operas. Join Rodolfo and Mimi, and Marcello and Musetta as they journey through the highs and lows of love.

27 November – 6 December Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. Friday – 7:30pm Sundays – 2pm. Click here for ticket details.

Hollywood Retro Film Festival

Margaret Pomeranz presents the Hollywood Retro Film Festival at Dendy Canberra!

See the greats of cinema history, from the 1930s through to 1960, digitally re-mastered and brought to the big screen. Twenty-two Hollywood classics, many of which have rarely made it to Australian cinema screens, are the centrepiece of the first inaugural festival. Dendy Canberra is delighted to bring you iconic movies including Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942),  It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and Singing in the Rain (1952), with a rollcall of actors including Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Veronica Lake and Marlon Brando. Tickets start at $15, visit the website for more information. On from November 26 to December 13 at Dendy Cinemas Canberra. 

Jacob Marely’s Christmas Carol

Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? The one man I knew who was worse than I was? Impossible?

So begins the real story behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – the story of Jacob Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge’s soul – and in the process, save his own.

One actor, 19 characters and a couple of suitcases full of who knows what; combine to take you through this darkly delicious and spirited Christmas fable.

This holiday season it’s finally time to hear the other side of that story…


27-29 November at The Street Theatre. Performance times: Friday and Saturday: 7:30-9pm; Sunday 4-5:30pm.

See website for ticket information.

The Public Theatre

Enjoy a showcase of theatre, cabaret, music, spoken word and film at The Public Theatre, a pop-up outdoor theatre space in Civic Square.

Presented by Aspen Island Theatre Company, an independent contemporary Australian theatre company based in Canberra, in partnership with Cox Architecture.

17-29 November at The Public Theatre, Civic Square, Canberra City. Click here for more details.

Culture Reels: The Five Obstructions

Culture Reels is a fortnightly series of arresting Australian and international documentaries on art and culture.

The final Culture Reels screening for 2015 is The Five Obstructions, by Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth.

Essentially a documentary, The Five Obstructions incorporates lengthy sections of experimental films produced by the filmmakers.

For the film, Lars von Trier tasks his friend and mentor, Jørgen Leth with recreating his favourite film, Leth’s The Perfect Human (1967) five times, each with a different “obstruction” which has been imposed by von Trier.

Wednesday 25 November at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. All tickets $5.

Performance: Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Marking the 60th anniversary of the opening of Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll scenes from the play performed by Jordan Best and Jim Admik, directed by Karen Vickery augment the display commemorating the defining Australian play.

Donations welcome.

Saturday 28 November from 1pm – 2pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Free entry.

The Chain Bridge

‘Almost failed’ academic Imre and his successful historian wife Sarah are preparing for the arrival of Imre’s mother Eva and her friends Katalin and Joszef, who are joining them for dinner.

When Imre receives news that he will not be allowed to return to the archives in Budapest, and thus may not be able to finish his history book about his mother’s 1940s childhood in Budapest, her survival of the 1944-45 German occupation and the destruction caused by the Hungarian fascists, the Arrow Cross, he and Sarah agree to renew their questioning of his mother and her two friends.

21-29 November at The Street Theatre. Saturdays: 7.30pm, Sunday: 6pm; Wednesday to Friday: 7.30pm. Box office opens 1.5 hours earlier. Click here to book tickets.

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema Kicks Off Summer in Canberra

One of Canberra’s most popular summer attractions, IMB Bank Sunset Cinema, is back for its fourth season at the beautiful Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Screening from Friday November 13 through to the December 19, 4 sessions per week, IMB Bank Sunset Cinema offers its guests an entertaining mix of blockbusters, dramas, thrillers and family films, as well as live music, beanbags, fantastic food from London Burgers, and a fully licensed bar.

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema is so much more than just a trip to the movies!

The 2015 program has something for everyone, with blockbuster films such as ‘The Martian’ and ‘Spectre’, themed sessions including ‘Girls Night Out’ Wednesdays, screening films such as Mistress America, Magic Mike XXL, Man Up and The Dressmaker, to ‘Family Friday’ screenings including Oddball and Hotel Transylvania 2

The opening night film on Friday 13th November is People, Places, Things starring Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords, with live music prior to the film presentation.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit the website for more information. On from Friday November 13 to Saturday November 19 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton. 

Brazilian Movie Cycle

The Embassy of Brazil are screening free Oscar-nominated Brazilian movies with English subtitles every Thursday in November.

19th Nov: “Wasteland”, by Vik Munis (2010, G)
Documentary – Best Documentary

26th Nov: “Rio”, by Carlos Saldanha (2011, G)
Animation – Best Song

Hosted by the Brazilian Embassy every Thursday in November: 6pm-7:45pm (5-26 November). See website for more details.


Amber Nichols with Haley Jensen

Amber Nichols recently lit up screens across the nation competing in the latest series of The Voice Australia. Her journey was an extraordinary one, participating in the show whilst pregnant with her daughter Olive, born just 7 days after the Finale.

Joining her is special guest and fellow singer songwriter Hayley Jensen who will be sharing never before heard songs from her up and coming album.

A truly special evening, up close and personal with two wondrous Canberra talents.

Saturday 28 November at The Abbey, Federation Square, O’Hanlon place, Nicholls. Doors open, bar opens 6.30pm. Dinner and entertainment 7.30pm.

Dinner and show packages available, or show only. See website for tickets are more information.

MIC Fest 2015

Eleven years in and the CIT’s annual MIC Fest shows no signs of slowing down. Held within The Music Industry Centre at CIT Woden, MIC Fest is an exciting and unique end of year showcase event. It gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their newly learnt skills through live music performances, live sound mixing, camera-work and filming and displaying original interactive audio-visual installations.

The event will be held at The Music Industry Centre and will feature a big range of music acts, including five bands and up and coming solo artists. Preparing to take to the stage as ensembles are: Hits and Fifths, J Block, The More So Jazz Ensemble, The Expandables and Orange Junk1e 39. Also braving it as soloists on the night are: Harrison Lambert, Brett Hiscocks, Caleb Armstrong, Benjamin Slabb, Maggie Jeffs, Johnny Moon and Pat Mackinney. Offering a huge range of genres, everybody is sure to enjoy the live performances on the night. The 2015 audio-visual art installations for the event will be highly immersive, with new pieces by The Absence of X, Team Consonant, Soundgasm and more.

Entry is free and more details can be found at the Facebook page. On November 26 from 7pm at CIT Woden Music Industry Centre.

Lime Cordiale Live

Catch Sydney’s Lime Cordiale as they storm through 2015 off the back of two emphatic single releases, travelling the country like virtual pied pipers, gathering a rabid legion of fans that have made them one of the biggest live acts you’ve never heard.

The release of their third EP ‘Road to Paradise’ and its lead single ‘Not That Easy’ is set to change all that as the band sheds its sonic apprenticeship and takes full ownership of the zeitgeist they have created.

Thursday 26 November at Transit Bar. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets: $15.30 – buy them here.

Basel Chamber Orchestra

The Basel Chamber Orchestra make their Australian debut in these special performances that form part of an exchange that sees the Australian Chamber Orchestra reciprocate with concerts in Switzerland in 2016.

Their programs sparkle with music by Holliger, Haydn, Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Bartók’s vibrant Divertimento, commissioned by impresario and founder of the Basler Kammerorchester, Paul Sacher.

Friday 27 November from 8pm at Llewellyn Hall, Childers Street, Acton.

Selby & Friends – Basically Beethoven ‘2’

Selby and Friends – Basically Beethoven ‘2’ features Dale Barltrop on violin, Timo-Veikko Valve on cello and Kathryn Selby on piano. Selby and Friends’ ninth season offers another extraordinary collaboration between Australian and international artists who come together to create memorable performances of beloved masterpieces, large and small.

Thriving in a festival-like atmosphere, Selby and Friends concerts create a strong and intimate connection with the audience. This allows the performers to share not only their brilliance and flair but also warmth, humour and personal musical experiences.

Monday 23 November from 7.30pm at the James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia. See website for more details.

“Wednesday Lunchtime Live” Concert

Tickets are $5 and available at the door, visit the website for more information.

On Wednesday November 18 from 12.40 to 1.20pm in the Wesley Music Centre’s, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT

Dark Disco

Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. We turn the lights off and the music up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching.

It’s a place to have fun, de-stress and totally be yourself! We try to play a little bit of everything, from old stuff to dance, pop, rock, hip hop, Triple J tunes to super cheesy Top 40.

It’s light enough so that you can see the silhouettes of people around you, but dark enough so that you can’t make out their awesome dance moves!

Dark Disco is $5 and held every Monday from 7 till 8pm (except public hols) on Level 2 of The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street Civic.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National 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.


Another Chance Op-Shop at Scullin huge renovation sale

HUGE RENOVATION SALE – Another Chance Op Shop will be holding a huge renovation sale with 50% off the ENTIRE STORE from Monday 7 – Friday 18 December.

We then close for major renovations – re-opening with a great new look Wednesday 27 January 2016.  Mark the dates on your calendar.  Like us on Facebook to find out more.

Another Chance Op-Shop, Cnr Ross Smith Cres and McIntosh Street, Scullin. Open 10am – 4:30pm weekdays and 10am – 1pm Saturday.

Canberra People’s Climate Change March and Festival

Are you ready to build the largest climate march the world has ever seen?

As world leaders gather for UN climate talks in Paris, People’s Climate Marches will take place in hundreds of major cities around the world.

Meet at Parliament to present a symbolic message and showcase the beauty in our diversity. There will be 6 themes to show that when it comes to climate change, from here on in, we’re all in.

We’ll then turn away and walk together to Reconciliation Place for a family friendly Community Festival, to celebrate how our communities are leading with action.

Entry is free, visit the website for more information. On November 29, 12 noon at Parliament House finishing at 1pm at Reconcilitation Place.

Hope Lives Here Gala

The ACT Relay For Life Volunteer Committee would like to invite you to the inaugural Hope Lives Here Gala Ball. Guests can look forward to a night full of fabulous live entertainment, silent auctions, raffles and lucky door prizes. Celebrating both of Canberra’s Relay For Life events along with raising much needed funds for those that have been affected by cancer. 

Visit the website for more information. Tickets start at $155 per person. On November 28 from 6.30pm at The National Gallery of Australia.

Make-A-Wish Canberra Trivia Night

Join the Canberra volunteer branch for a fun Trivia Night! There will be a live auction and a silent auction along with a raffle on the night.

Help them to raise funds to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Entry is $20 and more information can be found on the website. On November 27 from 6.30pm at the Belconnen Labor Club.

Support clinics in Myanmar

Canberra locals Jack Collins and Ella Hunt have been collaborating with Myanmar Entrepreneur, Doctor Htein Win to expand the donor base of charity clinics in Yangon, Myanmar.

Following the recent landmark democratic elections in Myanmar there is growing optimism for public services in the country including health care. Dr.Htein Win founded five free-of-charge charity clinics funded through donation revenue two years ago to realise his vision for more efficient health care. Since 2014, the clinics have treated over 10,000 patients and are significant sources for vaccinations, antenatal care and Diabetes care in parts of Yangon with deep underperformance in those health outcomes.

In 2014, with limited options for donations in the region, Dr.Htein reached out through his connections with Australian Universities. Dr.Htein eventually came into contact with then-business student Jack Collins and others who agreed to help design a donations system which would allow donors from Australia to transfer money to the charity. With the system up and running, Canberra locals Jack Collins and Ella Hunt are organising a live music event to fundraise for the charity. Popular local bands, Brother Be and Guyy and Fox will be playing, among others. The intention is to find broader sources of donations income and to set a precedent for a system for gathering donations from all over the world so the clinics can stay financially stable for the future.

Visit the Facebook page for more information. On November 26 at 7pm at the White Eagle Polish Club in Turner at 7pm. 


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.

Other exhibitions

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


Exhibition by Aboriginal artist Michael (Garmarroongoo) Huddleston

Arnhem Land myths and lore depicted in artworks created by Michael (Garmarroongoo) Huddleston will be exhibited at the Burrunju Art Gallery during November.

Michael has exhibited his works in Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as Galleries in NSW, QLD and the NT.

He is an Aboriginal man from the Ngandi language group in the Roper River Region of East Arnhem Land, currently living locally, and maintaining his connection to country through his art.

2-30 November Burrunju Art Gallery, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Canberra City, Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. Free entry.


Trees +, an exhibition and celebration of the tree at the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Featuring woodworkers Terry Martin and Zina Burloiu and visual artists Sue Cochrane and Malcolm Pettigrove.

“My love of trees has always influenced what I have made. Every time I cut a piece of wood, I think about the tree and that’s why I try to leave something of the tree in so many of my pieces.” – Terry Martin

31 October to 6 December at Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, 22 Malbon Street, Bungendore, 9am-5pm.

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.

Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum.

Stories at the heart of our history

This not-to-be-missed exhibition reveals the powerful stories of rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum’s unparalleled collection.

Encounters also features contemporary works produced by the Indigenous communities from which the British Museum’s objects were originally acquired.

Many of the objects from the British Museum have not been seen in Australia since they were first acquired during contact between early settlers and First Australians.

Entry is free. Timed tickets are available at the door but we recommend you book online. Encounters is on show from 27 November 2015 until 28 March 2016, only at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

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.

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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