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This Week in The Can

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During these first weeks of Spring, Canberra is coming alive with an exciting range of things to do and see including a retro market, an Irish dancing bonanza, a lantern vigil to raise awareness for blood cancer, the chance to fall in love with Italian cinema, a huge array of activities for the school holidays and a swag of markets, theatre productions, music and exhibitions for every taste. Here’s what’s happening this week in The Can!


Retro Depot at Old Bus Depot Markets

Canberra’s Old Bus Depot Markets show how everything old is new again, well back in fashion at the very least, at their popular Retro Depot in October event on Sunday 11 October.

 “If you love the bright colours of the 60s and 70s, mid-century furniture, funky retro clothing, and macramé, this is the markets day for you,” said Diane Hinds, Director of the Old Bus Depot Markets.

“Retro Depot in October is our last retro event for 2015, and market-goers can expect a celebration of all things retro cool. Find your groove browsing fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories that evoke a sense of times gone by, and see just how great these things look in today’s world,” Diane continued.

Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Saturday October 11 10am-4pm. See website for more information.

Canberra Light the Night

You can help bring a little light to the lives of those with blood cancer by walking with a lantern at Light the Night.

Gather friends and family at Kingston Foreshore to shine a beautiful lantern; yellow to remember a love one, white for your own journey and blue to show you care. A short walk will follow to reflect the community united in hope for a brighter future.

Please see the website for details on how your can be a part of Light the Night.

Friday 9 October 5:30pm – 8pm at the Kingston Foreshore.

Dead Men’s Wars 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lavazza Italian Film Festival 

Palace Cinemas’ biggest cultural film Festival returns for its 16th season this September with some of the most exciting and beautiful cinema from Italy. Whether it’s Audrey Hepburn tightening her grip on Gregory Peck’s waist as they zoom around on a Vespa in Roman Holiday, Daniel Craig’s James Bond recuperating next to Lake Como in Casino Royale, the iconic image of Anita Ekberg bathing in the Trevi Fountain in La Dolce Vita or (my personal favourite) Lizzie Maguire’s adventures in Rome with an Italian pop star in the eponymous film, Italy never fails to disappoint on camera.

Presented by Palace, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival will open with box-office hit GOD WILLING (SE DIO VUOLE). Director Edoardo Falcone’s laugh out loud comedy starring Alessandro Gassman addresses the vast and varied interaction of atheists and believers with fresh, modern eyes, and celebrates open-mindedness and the courage it takes to change for the better.

Other festival highlights include Venice multi award winning THE DINNER (I NOSTRI RAGAZZI), which shows an intense moral struggle facing two wealthy brothers and their wives in this gripping adaptation on the Dutch best-seller by Herman Koch.

Until Sunday 11 October at Palace Cinemas. See the website for ticket details. 

Lord of the Dance

The world’s most successful dance show storms into Canberra in October with a spectacular new staging of Michael Flatley’s masterpiece – Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games.

Dangerous Games includes ground-breaking technology,holographs, dancing robots, world champion acrobats and 34 of the world’s greatest Irish Dancers. New choreography, new costumes and special effect lighting add a breath-taking new dimension.

Flatley brought Irish Dance into the global spotlight over 21 years ago, going on to create Lord of the Dance in 1996. His spectacular artistry and grand scale productions have mesmerized more than 60 million people in 68 countries around the world.

Canberra Theatre Centre, 6-11 October. Please check website for times.

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.

Windows to the World

Tour the world, without the long haul flight! Windows to the World opens the gates to reveal the beautiful landscapes, superb architecture and diverse cultures of Canberra’s embassies and high commissions until 11 October.

Take a stroll through Yarralumla, Deakin, Forrest and O’Malley to sample some of the flora, flavours, customs, sounds and culture of Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa with a range of open days, tours, performances, exhibits and displays.

Some bookings are required. Numbers are strictly limited at some of the participating missions. Full details on


Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection. Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat. Until 11 October in Commonwealth Park. Free Entry.

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.


Tidbinbilla Extravaganza

Tidbinbilla Extravaganza is a great day in the beautiful setting of Sheedys Picnic area with fun for the whole family. Talk to Tidbinbilla staff about the Endangered Species Breeding Program, participate in Indigenous activities, enjoy live entertainment, ride on a horse-drawn carriage, or talk to Pioneers.

Pack a picnic, have a barbeque or purchase food from stalls.

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.

Sunday 11 October from 10am-4pm at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Book your favourite people in now for a fun day out. For more information see the website.

Tuliptop Gardens Festival

Drive into Spring at the Tuliptop Gardens Festival. Their 10 acre garden of tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse. Classical music wafts through the air in the hidden valley. Walk past the rosemary field to the 70 metre high viewing platform for the perfect photo. Enjoy a picnic and bottle of wine in the grounds.

On until 11 October at The Tuliptop Gardens, Federal Highway, Sutton.


Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection. Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat. On until 11 October in Commonwealth Park, Canberra. Free Entry.

Festival Indonesia 2015

Festival Indonesia 2015 is presented at the Indonesian Embassy. Suitable for all ages, there are Indonesian food and craft stalls, music, dance, cultural exhibition and games for kids. Feel free to picnic at the Embassy’s beautiful lawn while enjoying the festival. Many raffles; win a trip to Bali.

Free charter bus provided by Windows to the World from 9.30am to 4.15pm, departs every half hour from City Bus Station Platform 10 stopping at Floriade, Empire Cct, Perth Ave. 200m walk from Perth Ave stop to the Embassy.

Saturday 10 October 11am-4pm at the Indonesian Embassy as part of the Windows to the World program.

Breakfast with the Birds

Breakfast with the Birds is ideal for bird lovers! Embark on an early morning tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and set off on a guided bird watching expedition. Be guided through the many different landscapes of the Gardens and see some of the beautiful birdlife that call the Gardens home.

At the Australian National Botanic Gardens,Clunies Ross Street, Acton until 11 October. Bookings from

Sculpture garden talks at the War Memorial

Join Education staff from the Australian War Memorial as they share stories about some of the outdoor memorials and works of art in the Memorial’s Sculpture Gardens during the Floriade festival period. In the event of inclement weather talks will be conducted in the galleries. War Memorial of Australia, Campbell. Happening Tuesday 6 October. Free entry.


Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair 2015

Does the skirl of the bagpipes stir your Scottish blood and set your feet tapping? Anyone with a love of all things Scottish will be rallying to the sound of the pipes and drums at the Canberra Highland Gathering and Scottish Fair.

Come and join a day of traditional Scottish events and activities including pipe band competitions, massed bands displays, highland dancing competition, Scottish food and market stalls, Scottish heavy athletics events (eg caber tossing), Clan displays, performances by Scottish Country Dance groups and much more family entertainment.

Saturday 10 October, 10am to 5pm at Kambah Oval. For more information see the website.

Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

The Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show will feature beautiful bonsai by CBS members, including some by local artists currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection at the National Arboretum, Canberra. See both traditional exotic plant species and Australian species.

In addition to the display, demonstration sessions and popular Bonsai Basics sessions will be presented daily, covering aspects of designing and maintaining bonsai including fundamental bonsai techniques such as wiring, repotting and root pruning, styling and bonsai maintenance.

Saturday and Sunday 10-11 October from 10am-5pm. At Canberra Grammar School, Red Hill. Admission costs: Adult: $5.00, Concession: $3.00 – Children 0-12 Free.

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.


Discovery of Korea 2015: K-Food : Hansik Festival

Visit and explore variety of authentic Hansik – Korean cuisine from food and beverage stalls on sale. Taste the unique flavours of Korean food including Kimchi, Bulgoggi, and Japchae. There will be also stalls of other Korean food items, and food ingredients and many more.

Walk around and enjoy K-pop and Korean traditional dance and music performances on the garden stage. Join in and experience the Korean folk games and other activities.

Saturday 10 October, 10am-4pm at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Yarralumla. See website for more details.


Botanica showcases Bisonhome’s recent ceramic and glass designs amongst a continuously evolving display of flowers and scents. Hear from the local design community each Saturday. Brian Tunks, creative director of bisonhome and former ancient historian, discusses classical pottery methods, his collection’s evolution and some home styling and design tips.

Gus Armstrong, coveted hat winner in the 2016 Sydney Good Food Awards (eightysix), shares some recipes. Celebrated Floralista, Lou Moxom (Moxom and Whitney), creates simple yet elegant arrangements and discuss the rules of proportion.Leading ACT Mixologist Russell Pearson creates a bison cocktail and perfects the ideal entertaining tipple.

Spring Tea

Celebrate spring in one of the stunning hidden Parliament House courtyards. Enjoy a delightful high tea of mouth-watering delicacies with a glass of something sparkling to celebrate Floriade on Saturday 3 October or Saturday 10 October (2pm to 4pm).

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased from or by calling 6275 2700.


SCOTT Australian 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships

Head to Stromlo Forest Park to see adrenaline pumping at the SCOTT Australian 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships.

Watch teams battling it out against the terrain, the clock and each other with the aim of completing the most laps.

The world’s largest 24 hour mountain bike race gives riders of all skill levels the chance to participate in a competitive and fun environment.

From 10 October 2015 to 11 October 2015, Racing takes place over Saturday and Sunday. Mt. Stromlo. See website for more details.

Free early morning exercise walks at Floriade

Local Heart Foundation walk organisers and CANwalk members will lead walkers through the gardens before the gates open to the general public. Experience the beauty and serenity of the gardens without the crowds!

Held 8am—9am daily during Floriade. Meet at Commonwealth Avenue Pedestrian crossing.

For more information contact Diane on 6269 2655 or [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.


Imaginarium Family Day

Imagine the possibilities of libraries through stories, games and play. Explore 3D printing, 3D pens and fantastic Makey Makey interactive demonstrations. Watch as vocabulary skills are put to the test in the grand final of the ACT Scrabble competition. Plunge into the realm of riddles with David Astle, or sketch portraits using your own device. Meet children’s authors Pauline Deeves, Stephanie Owen Reeder and Tania McCartney. Release the perfect paper plane with the Paper Pilots, and plenty more.

In association with Libraries ACT and Scrabble ACT.

Sunday 11 October 1pm – 4pm at the National Library of Australia. Free entry. See website for more details.

Free Flower Pot Painting

Children are invited to celebrate spring these school holidays by painting a flower pot to take home. Each child will receive their own garden pack which includes either basil, chives and coriander or a selection of mixed Californian Poppies and Livingstone Daisies. This activity is free and bookings are not required. On Saturday October 10 from 11am – 1pm at The Canberra Centre, Food Court near City Walk. 

Adults/Kids Fitness Sessions at Floriade with Lee Campbell

FREE fitness sessions are being offered at Floriade this weekend as part of the ACT Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative to help promote active living and a healthy community. Former Celebrity Overhaul trainer and founder of B.Firm Personal Training, Lee Campbell, will be running the sessions at the festival on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October.

The fitness sessions are open to all, with adult fitness classes and an exciting obstacle course for the kids giving parents the opportunity to participate while kids have something fun to do as well. Lee will be offering a range of aerobics and weight resistance training as well as some advice and coaching on getting fit, healthy and meeting your ideal fitness goals.

Visit the Floriade website for more information On Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11 at 10am – 1pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Floriade. 

School holiday events at CMAG and Mugga-Mugga

Mugga-Mugga School Holiday Program: Rosemary for remembrance

Wednesday 7 and repeated Thursday 8 October: 10am–2pm (5 to 12 years)

Rosemary – delicious in cooking, supposed to improve memory and a fragrant symbol of remembrance. Pop along to Mugga-Mugga to commemorate the hundredth anniversary year of ANZAC. Take a cutting from the Curley family rosemary bush to pot up and take home; then test yourself with some fun memory games. Cost is $20 (ACT M&G members and eligible concession card holders $15) – book online by Wednesday 30 September at

CMAG School Holiday Workshop: Ink Lab

Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October: 9–11am and 2–4pm (6 to 12 years)

Inspired by the exhibition INK REMIX, experiment with ink and uncover its many mysterious properties. Take home a folio that documents your inky discoveries. Cost is $15 per child (ACT M&G Members and eligible concession card holders $10); book online by Wednesday 30 September at Eventbrite: 9 – 11am sessions at and 2 – 4pm sessions at

Drop-in craft at the Australian War Memorial

Looking for something to keep the kids busy these school holidays? Take them along to Friday drop-in craft sessions at the Australian War Memorial where they can make a paper slouch hat, bookmark, or poppy to take home.

Activities run Fridays until 9 October: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 2.30 – 3.30pm at the Australian National War Memorial. Free entry.

Discovery Space: Native or Feral

Learn about native and introduced species in Australia and how they have affected the environment. Now extinct, thylacines, or Tasmanian tigers, were once thought of as vermin. Can you imagine what they were like? Were they ferocious or gentle, crazy or calm?

Create your own thylacine mask and see through its eyes as you walk through the Old New Land gallery to find one. On the way, make an introduced species and add to the National Museum of Australia’s Fenced Ferals installation along the Circa corridor with artist Amanda Stuart.

Buy session tickets on the day at the Information Desk. 29 September until 9 October at the National Museum of Australia. Tuesday to Friday: 10-11am, 11am-12 noon, 12 noon-1pm. Child: 3.00 – Adults free (children on Friends Full Membership free).

School Holiday Activities at the National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Play: Props and Poses

Explore props and poses in portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. For children from 4 to 8 share with family and friends. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Daily: 11am to 12pm. $5 per child, bookings essential via phone or email.

Art Cart

Free activities for families to enjoy together. Daily from 11am to 4pm until 11 October.

National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

School holidays at the AIS

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? With a focus on participation and having a good time, these holiday programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer and Tennis Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program. All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Full day or weekly programs available. Child: 60.00 – This is the daily rate. Some discount may apply for weekly bookings. Click here for more information. From 29 September to 9 October.

Animal Crackers

The National Film and Sound Archive celebrates Australian films starring your most beloved animals these school holidays, from Skippy to Red Dog. All sessions at 10am each day with one exception. See here for the full list of films showing. From 28 September to 9 October at the National Film and Sound Archive.

School Holidays at the Memorial: Hands on History

Try Hands on History at the Australian War Memorial these school holidays. What do servicemen and servicewomen wear? What do they eat? What jobs do they do? This exciting hands-on history programs answer these questions and many more. Try on uniforms, handle real items, and hear incredible stories of Australians in wartime. At the lower galleries, free event.

September 29 and 30 then October 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 all at 11am at the Australian National War Memorial.


Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza, Floriade, returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection.

Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat.

12 September- 11 October, Commonwealth Park, Canberra. Free Entry.

BFirm Battle Games – Holiday Sessions 

Celebrity Trainer Lee Campbell’s BFirm Battle Games are unique school holiday experiences for any kids aged between 8 – 14, where the primary aims are adventure, inclusiveness and fun. The sessions can stand alone or kids can participate in all of the available “missions”.

In teams, kids will compete in a variety of challenges which focus on every form of development from their creativeness, teamwork/leadership, fitness and strength – Battle Games is for everyone and they spend a whole day outside without being plugged in!

Sessions will be held on 29 and 30 September and 6 and 7 October. Bookings can be made at

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.


Geoscience Australia Building Tours

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

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

Numbers are strictly limited, with bookings essential via Eventbrite.

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


The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds monthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind. This months talk: Are Nanoparticles alive? Dr Amanda Barnard will take you through the latest advances in nanotechnology and answer the fantastic question: Are nanoparticles alive?

Come experience the heritage-listed Canberra Icon, the Shine Dome and listen to some of Australia’s leading scientific minds.In 2015 the series looks at Science Fiction to Science Fact and the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

Tuesday October 6. Refreshments from 5:30pm. Lecture and live streaming 6pm – 7pm.

Check their website for full details.

The Distant Warriors School Holiday Workshop

Be inspired by our current ANZAC Centenary exhibition The Distant Warriors: Ka Maumahara (we will remember) Let us not be forgotten and create your own artwork to honour our fallen and our survivors. Under the guidance of professional artists, learn how to create a kiln-formed artwork – you could make a poppy, a medal or a cross in glass. Cost is $120. Visit the website for more information On Wednesday October 7, 9.30am – 12.30pm at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. 

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.



A new site-specific theatre work, Atrophy, is premiering in an abandoned geology laboratory on ANU campus as part of ACT Mental Health Week.

Audience members will be guided through six unique spaces telling six different stories of classic Greek and Roman tragic characters through theatre, dance and film.

Atrophy is devised and directed by two ANU students, Gowrie Varma and Ellie Greenwood who were inspired to reinvent these stories to give new insight into the way we view the mind, and how we respond to displays of grief, rage and seeming insanity ‘Youth mental health has been branded as a modern problem, and comes with a lot of stigma about being abnormal,’ said Varma.


Atrophy is being performed on the 8-11th October, with four showings each night.

Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults. More information can be found at

Lawrence Mooney

Lawrence Mooney is best known as the host of his own hilarious show, Dirty Laundry Live, on ABC TV. This edgy, irreverent, comedy panel show is in its third series and fast becoming a cult favourite.

Lawrence is of course, first and foremost one of this country’s most celebrated Stand Up comedians – nominated for The Barry Award at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 and winner of Best Show at The Sydney Comedy Festival 2015.

Canberra Theatre Centre, Saturday 10 October from 8-10pm. Tickets available here.

Comedy Club @ The Civic Pub 

Chris Ryan is quirky, neurotic and riddled with self-doubt – making her one of life’s battlers and one of the funniest comedians to hit the scene in the last few years. Her self-deprecation and wry humour has seen her become an instant hit with comedy crowds, winning her the Raw Comedy ACT crown with her first performance. Tickets are available at at $15 in advance or $18 at the door.  Doors open at 7:30pm local supports. On October 7  at the Civic Pub,Whiskey Room, 8 Lonsdale St, Braddon. 

Come and Sing Messiah Presented by the Canberra Choral Society

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

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


Are you looking to boost your drama skills with a fun short course this spring? Then look no further than NIDA. From 5 to 11 October, NIDA Open will be holding a variety of performing arts classes for people of all ages at Darmalan College in Canberra. Head of NIDA Open, Caroline Spence says these courses offer unique experiences for participants of all skill levels.

NIDA Open has been educating and training Australians in theatre, TV and film for over 20 years. Based on NIDA’s world-renowned training techniques, our courses are led by experienced tutors and deliver an enriching experience for everyone.

For more information on NIDA Open’s national spring program, please visit or for more information about 2016 higher education courses and how to apply, please visit

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.


En Plein Air

Nestled in the heart of Canberra’s central musical institution, En Plein Air is a celebration of art and the outdoors set to a soundtrack of our most talented young performers. For one night, the School of Music courtyard will be transformed into a hive of entertainment with live projections, food vendors and wall-to-wall live music.

Soak up the good vibes then party on into the night at the official afterparty at Parlour, a five minute walk away.


October 9, 4pm – 11pm / ANU School of Music / All Ages

En Plein Air is presented by the ANU Music Students Association. Founded in 2014, the MSA gives a voice to music students and seeks to bring together emerging School of Music talent with the wider Canberra community.

Tickets now on sale! $10 Students / $15 Adult

Friday 9 October, 4pm-11pm, ANU School of Music

Mozart’s Last Symphonies

The Australian Chamber Orchestra celebrates Richard Tognetti’s 25th year leading the Orchestra by revisiting his landmark program when he performed Mozart’s last three symphonies under the visionary baton of early music legend Frans Brüggen.

Mozart composed these symphonies in a surge of inspiration between June and August 1788. He wasn’t to know they would be his last. But from the sunny lyricism of the 39th, to the tragic cast of the 40th, to the inspired invention of the 41st, they form a mighty epitaph to the work of a musical genius.

Saturday 10 October at 8pm. Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music. Tickets available here.

Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers

Relive the magic and classic hits of Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers. Internationally renowned artists Dean Bourne and The Robertson Brothers will take you on a magical celebration of the iconic hits of superstars Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers as they perform hit after massive hit.

Friday 9 October 8pm at Canberra Theatre . Tickets $69.90 for adults. See website for full details.

Duo Caliente in Concert

Duo Caliente are a vibrant flute and guitar duo which specialises in energetic and passionate Latin and Spanish music. Featuring the fiery talents of Rebecca Guy and Duncan Gardiner. Duo Caliente live up to their name, promising the hottest favourites from tango maestro, Astor Piazzolla, to the most achingly beautiful Spanish impressions of Ravel.

From fringe festivals to concert halls, jazz clubs or arts spaces, Duo Caliente have been delighting audiences with their appealing blend of Latin and Spanish music.

Duo Caliente was formed with the intention of being an elite chamber ensemble. While both Duncan and Rebecca have exciting and diverse careers as soloists and recording artists they are excited to showcase their talents in the form of an exclusive chamber ensemble. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here On October 10 at 5pm, Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest.

The Vinyl Lounge

Bring your vinyl and play a track of your choice on our pure analogue sound system. Discover music you’ve never heard before, and revisit your old favourites! The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of the month. The Bench Room cafe is open from 5.00 pm for drinks and snacks, with the Vinyl Lounge grooving from 5.30–6.30 pm. The perfect way to end the day and the week. Entry is free. On Friday October 2 from 5.30pm – 6.30pm at NFSA Theatrette, Canberra, ACT

Wednesday Lunchtime Live                                   

Larry Sitsky has had an illustrious career as pianist and composer in Australia and internationally.

Born in Tianjin, China, he came to Australia in 1951 and settled in Sydney. He was granted a scholarship to the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, where he studied piano and composition, graduating in 1955. After post-graduate studies in Australia and overseas, he joined the staff of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

In 1966, he was appointed Head of Keyboard Studies at the School of Music in Canberra (now part of the Australian National University), where he was later Head of Musicology, Head of Composition Studies, Head of Academic Studies and is now Distinguished Visiting Fellow, as well as Emeritus Professor.

He was awarded the University’s first Doctorate in Fine Arts in 1997. In 1998 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Humanities of Australia and in 2000 he became a member of the Order of Australia. Visit the website for more information Watch Larry perform Debussy, Paderewski and Beethoven/Sitsky on Wednesday October 7 from from 12.40pm to 1.20pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. 

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.


RSPCA Next Top Pet

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

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

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

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

National Garage Sale Trail: Canberra

Come along to the sports themed garage sale at Civic Square and support the Australian wide Garage Sale Trail initiative to reduce waste going to landfill. There will be sporting equipment, memorabilia and other quirky items for sale with funds raised going to the Bettong Bungalow program at the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary. Dazzle your taste buds with a sausage sizzle, hosted by Men’s Shed who are selling sausages for a gold coin donation.

When: Thursday 8 October 2015

Where: Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra

Time: 12 noon to 2 pm

To register your sale or volunteer on the day contact [email protected] or phone 6205 9822 by Tuesday 6 October 2015. More information is available at

Canberra Cares

Celebrate Carers Week 2015 with this community festival! Live music (including Amber Nichols from The Voice), local entertainers, great food, jumping castle, face painting, wellbeing space, hand massages, Prime Possum, Victor the Viking, Constable Kenny, handmade markets, art gallery and much more!

Free entry! Everyone welcome!

Saturday 10 October, 10am – 3pm at Carers ACT, Holt.

Canberra Light the Night

You can help bring a little light to the lives of those with blood cancer by walking with a lantern at Light the Night.

Gather friends and family at Kingston Foreshore to shine a beautiful lantern; yellow to remember a love one, white for your own journey and blue to show you care. A short walk will follow to reflect the community united in hope for a brighter future.

Please see the website for details on how your can be a part of Light the Night.

Friday 9 October 5:30pm – 8pm at the Kingston Foreshore.

RIDBC Canberra Luncheon

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children is opening up a centre in Canberra. RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, invites you to join him for special lunch event in support of local children and adults with vision or hearing loss.

Guest Speaker Dr Tim Makeham is an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist who will speak about the support he provides to children and adults with hearing loss, through his work with RIDBC. Please join us to hear more. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased here On Wednesday October 7 at 12pm, Hellenic Club, 13 Moore St, Canberra City. 

Spring High Tea

Help raise awareness of and funds for research into ovarian cancer by enjoying a decedent high tea while wearing your favourite flowered frock!

The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) has made huge advances in the search for an early detection test for ovarian cancer. Each year their research is supported by Frocktober – a month long fundraiser where the focus is on frocks and fun. This year, the Spring High Tea provides the perfect excuse to wear your favourite flowered frock while enjoying a delicious afternoon tea.

Tickets are just $65 and include high tea, glass of champagne or a mocktail on arrival and tea and coffee throughout the afternoon. Dress code is a touch of spring and while frocks are encouraged they are not mandatory (yes, the gents can breath a sigh of relief).

Most importantly we will be raising funds for the OCRF and their important work seeking an early detection test for ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) was established in May 2000 to foster research into ovarian cancer – a disease which claims the life of one Australian woman every 10 hours and often remains undetected until in its advanced stages.

Book your ticket here On October 10 from 2pm at CIT Function Centre, Level 1  K Block, Constitution Avenue, Reid. 

Light the Night

Help families affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders by joining the inspiring Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night walk. Gather with family and friends to light a special lantern: GOLD to remember a loved one, WHITE for your own blood cancer journey, BLUE to show you care

The money raised will help thousands of Australians through research and personalised support. Your presence will help lift the hearts of our nation as we walk as one in hope for a future free of blood cancer. Visit the website for more information On Friday October 9 from 5.30pm – 8.00pm at Kingston Foreshore.

Bras & Boxers

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

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

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


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.


Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

It’s spring and, once again, it’s time for the Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show, being held this year at Canberra Grammar School, Red Hill.

The display will feature beautiful bonsai from the collections of CBS members, including some created by local artists currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum, Canberra. The display will include both traditional exotic plant species and Australian species. In addition to the display, demonstration sessions will be held at 11am and 2pm daily, covering aspects of designing and maintaining bonsai.

The very popular ‘Bonsai Basics’ sessions will be held at 10am and 1pm daily.  These sessions are designed for novice bonsai enthusiasts or those thinking of taking up the art and provide an introduction to fundamental bonsai techniques such as wiring, repotting and root pruning, styling and bonsai maintenance. Plant sales this year will include starter plants, advanced stock trees and styled bonsai.  This is a great opportunity to buy trees of a quality which are not available often in Canberra. 

Tickets are adults $5.00, concessions $3.00 and children under 12 are free. Visit the website for more information The display is on Saturday 10 October and Sunday 11 October from 9:00 am – 5:00pm at Canberra Grammar School, 40 Monaro Cres, Red Hill.


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.

Ink RemixThe Mandala Project

Darryl’s Den is a local non-profit Canberra disability studio. The Darryl’s Den Mandala project is a positive art project, giving people with a range of disabilities the opportunity to create beautiful original art work in a collaborative group environment. Mandalas have been used for thousands of years by many different cultures for healing, renewal, expression, discovery, meditation, reflection, creativity, wellbeing and connecting.

Entry is free. For more information visit Opens on Friday 4 September at 5.30pm, at the Belconnen Art Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

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

X-rated: the sex industry in the ACT

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

Australia in the Great War

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

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

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

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

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

Art is a Weapon

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

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

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

Behind the Lines 2014

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

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

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

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

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

Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

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

Magna Carta – an Australian story

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

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


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