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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

As summer departs, the cools of autumn and the changing colours of the leaves start to arrive as Canberra prepares for the prettiest season of the year. With March also comes an array of festivals and celebrations including a whole weekend of Canberra Day celebrations – don’t miss Lights! Canberra! Action! and Canberra Tribute, as well as the revamped birthday celebrations!

There’s also the continuation of Enlighten as it illuminates our national institutions, International Women’s Day and the fight for gender equality, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular rising at the end of this week, and of course the Seppelt Black Opal Stakes as we wind down and into a long weekend!

If you’ve not yet made your way to the National Museum of Australia to discover your horse story then this week is your last chance as the Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story comes to a close Monday week. Take a few hours to explore the In the Flesh exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery too because it’s open for just one more week.

There always plenty do for theatre-goers, art lovers, market dwellers and even sports fans too! Here’s what’s happening This Week in The Can!


Canberra Day

This year Canberra Day will feature a new look, a new location and an exciting Canberra-centric program headlined by Australian electronic act SAFIA on Monday 9 March.

The event will kick off at 2.00pm with family-friendly entertainment including Captain Barnacle and his team of Octonauts. Children will also have the opportunity to meet local sporting heroes.

Canberra band SAFIA is the star attraction, but local house music producer DJ Magnifik featuring Chanel Cole, Kayo Marbilus and Cris Clucas will also appear on the bill alongside fellow Canberra stars Slow Turismo, and street artists Houl and Goodie.

Canberra arts festival You Are Here will also get involved by hosting a number of activities while No Lights No Lycra Southside will stage RAVE CBR at a secret location to be revealed on the morning of the event.

The Forage food market will cater for the event featuring an array of local traders.

From 2pm to 7pm on Monday 9 March at the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia.

Lights! Canberra! Action!

Sit back and enjoy the results of this fun festival that gives budding filmmakers the chance to write, shoot, edit and produce a seven-minute short film around a theme and 10 specific items.

Lights! Canberra! Action! is happening at 7pm this Friday 6 March in the Senate Rose Gardens, Old Parliament House. Entry is free.

Canberra Tribute

The ACT Government in collaboration with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) presents a tribute concert to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary—100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War.

The ADF will carry out the Ceremony of Beating the Retreat, a magnificent pageant of military music, precision drill and colour followed by a tribute performance by the CSO.

The concert will conclude with a joint presentation of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture by the CSO and Massed Bands of the ADF, including cannons from the Federation Guard.

This is a special Canberra Day Symphony in the Park event and will be held from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on Sunday 8 March at the Patrick White Lawns.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is listed as one of the top four hot air ballooning events in the world. Join in the 29th year celebrations when it kicks off this Saturday 7 March. Held over nine days, pilots will begin laying out and inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before they ascend into the sky to create an exhilarating back drop to our national attractions.

The 2015 Canberra Balloon Spectacular will also include some special shape balloons from across the globe who will add a sense of novelty to the stunning setting each day. Patrons will be treated to an experience of the senses with a flurry of colour, sound and movement. The atmosphere of the balloons is complemented by delicious hot breakfast available for purchase provided by the Belconnen Lions Club.

On Saturday 7 until Sunday 15 March from the Lawns of Old Parliament House. For more information and hot air balloon rides visit the Canberra Balloon Spectacular website.

Canberra International Women’s Day Luncheon

International Women’s Day is one of the UN Women’s biggest campaigns of the year, and provides a platform to transform the lives of women and girls in our region, for the better. This year’s theme is “Let’s not wait another 20 years to achieve gender equality”. To celebrate International Women’s Day join ABC TV News Presenter (Canberra) Virginia Haussegger and a panel of distinguished guests to lead the discussion on how we can contribute to the fight to end poverty for women and children in 2015. This year’s theme is to commemorate 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action, the most comprehensive roadmap toward achieving gender equality. In the 20 years since, we have made some progress, but we’ve about a long way to go. On Thursday 5 March from 11.30am to 2pm at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. For tickets and pricing visit the UN Women website.

SI Canberra International Women’s Day Breakfast

Join Soroptimist International Canberra Inc. to celebrate International Womens’ Day and for $20 you can contribute to women’s rights internationally, hear Susie Beaver from Beaver Gallery speak, have a delicious continental breakfast and, if you’d like, have a tour of Beaver Gallery after the breakfast. Tickets are selling fast so it’s best to email [email protected] to book a table or a seat! Soroptimists International Canberra Inc. is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-religious voluntary organisation committed to improving the rights of women and girls internationally, through advocacy, volunteering and fundraising. On Friday 6 March from 7.15am to 9am at St James’ Uniting Church Canberra, Gillies Street, Curtin.

In the Flesh

In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary art that confronts the concept of humanness and the experiences of consciousness and emotion. Featuring 10 Australian artists including Jan Nelson, Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Michel Peck, the exhibition explores themes of nurture, vulnerability, self-possession, isolation, acceptance and intimacy. The exhibition is open until 9 March 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story

Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story reflects on the powerful bonds and enduring relationships between people and horses to trace how together they have helped build the Australian nation. This exhibition features some 500 historical artefacts, including icons of the nation’s thoroughbred racing history, horse-drawn vehicles, riding equipment and trophies telling the stories of some of Australia’s leading international equestrians. Film, sound and sculptural elements bring the majesty and character of the horse into the space, with specially produced digital features exploring Australian breeds and the nation’s pony club stories. Open now until 9 March 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.


Backyard Produce Dinner

Your gateway to the vast array of stunning produce grown right on their doorstep, A.Baker present their intimate series of Backyard Produce Dinners to take the best fruit, vegetables and herbs that you’ve grown in your backyard and put it into their kitchen for the chefs to prepare once a month. Simple book at a table, bring in a bunch, box or bag of your best produce two to three days before the event and they’ll prepare a great dinner! At A.Baker in the NewActon Pavilion. Limited seating so bookings are essential online or by phoning (02) 6287 6150. Tickets are $60 food and $35 for matched wines.



It’s Canberra’s time to shine with the Enlighten Festival. Institutions in and around Canberra City will light up in a beautiful luminescent display of colour and vibrancy. An event that needs a little planning to ensure you don’t miss anything across this 10-day festival, why not check out our 11 things not to miss and our five family friendly activities at this year’s Enlighten Festival.  On until Sunday 8 March. Activities and events range in price. For more information visit the Enlighten website.

Seppelt Black Opal Stakes/Canberra Cup

The action takes place both on and off the track at Thoroughbred Park on Seppelt Black Opal Stakes day. Enter the Myer Fashions on the Field competition for the best prizes in the region. Please note that the Myer Fashions on the Field competition has strict guidelines for each category entry. Categories are Classic Ladies Racewear, Classic Mens Racewear and the Millinery Award. There will also be a number of additional attractions this year including the Seppelt Marquee – the ultimate in luxury, this new marquee will impress as you enjoy canapes and cocktails on the deck overlooking the mounting yard. For the children there is face painting and a jumping castle. There’ll also be live music, Myer Fashions on the Field and Food Alley with a range of delicious food to tantalise the tastebuds. On Sunday 8 March from 11.30am to 7pm at Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road, Lyneham.

Patches Queanbeyan Charity Rodeo

An action-packed evening of family fun, the Queanbeyan Charity Rodeo raises money for various local charities. There are entries from Australia’s top cowboys and cowgirls. Local (Yass) stock contractor, George Hempenstall, will be bringing his awesome bucking bulls and both JP “Happy” Gill and Rick Wilson will be bringing the very best of their bucking horses. The sensational bullfighters, Rodney Ray Mansell and Lance Bonham, will be on hand to protect the cowboys and the hilarious Al Wilson will be entertaining the crowd from within the arena.  All the action can be seen live and also on the ‘big screen’ above the chutes. Great food and bar facilities and lots of carnival entertainment for the kids will make Patches Queanbeyan Charity Rodeo 2015 a great night out! Tickets start from $10 for children and $20 for adults with Family passes $50 (2 adults, 2 children). On Saturday 7 March from 2pm to 10pm at Glebe Avenue, Queanbeyan.

Delicious afterDARK: Rainforest to Red Centre (adults-only)

Experience the contrasts of the cool rainforest and the arid Red Centre at night—right in the heart of Canberra. Start your evening with an aperitif on arrival, then embark on a night-time guided journey through the diverse habitats of the Gardens. Finish your evening with a gourmet bush food supper and wine tasting in the Red Centre Garden. An ‘adults only’ evening combining the best of the Gardens’ afterDARK tour experiences with gourmet food and wine. On Friday 13 and 20 March. $75 per person. See the National Botanical Gardens website for details on how to book.

Courtyard Cinema at A. Baker

Courtyard Cinema brings you a summer of new and classic movies in the intimate setting of NewActon’s courtyard every Tuesday evening until the end of March. Styled for the summer holiday season, screenings commence at sunset. The monthly Raw Stories strand selects premier or barely seen new documentary films, true stories with a bite to them. Blink and You’ll Miss Them picks up on a few feature films that either slipped Canberra by, or were gone before you knew that they’ve been here. Cult Cuts carves off a tasty slice of our favourite cult movies, whilst Classy Coms is a tasteful sideboard of some of the most streamlined screwball rom coms from the deluxe 1930s.

Screenings commence at sunset. Deckchair admission is free on the purchase of an A. Baker glass of wine or bottle of beer. Bookings essential, as seats are very limited. Patrons should note ratings for all films; those under 15 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian to films marked MA15+ or E. In the event of wet weather, the screening will be cancelled. Cancellations will be announced on the A. Baker Facebook page three hours prior to the screening.

Tid by Torchlight

Summer might be over but Canberrans and visitors can still enjoy the unique opportunity to explore Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during the evening to watch native animals emerge from their hiding places for nightfall. The Tid by Torchlight program, which is organised by Conservation Volunteers Australia, run every Friday and Saturday night until 30 April, and subject to minimum booking numbers. The program is an opportunity to see and learn about our local, native flora and fauna in the stunning reserve with an expert guide. Each tour runs for five hours and begins with a dusk wildlife walk and gourmet bush BBQ before venturing into the forest at night, to discover animals you wouldn’t normally find.

Your guide will walk you through the reserve sanctuary and a spotlight tour of the forest, while teaching you about Australia’s native wildlife. Tickets are $80 for an adult and $65 for children. For visitors, the ticket price also covers the cost of transportation to and from Canberra hotels. Your ticket sale will support wildlife conservation at Tidbinbilla; a portion of the cost is donated directly back to Tidbinbilla’s endangered species breeding programs. For more information visit their website.


Jugiong Writers Festival

Over the course of three days the first annual Jugiong Writers Festival offers incredible writing opportunities to all budding authors and reading enthusiasts alike. Catering to all writing experience levels, a wide range of activities will be on offer over the weekend including the Small Schools’ Day on Friday 6 March, and Kids Zone activities for children and students under the age of 14, author talks and book signings for reading buffs, and writing workshops and manuscript assessments for those with ideas or pieces already underway on Saturday 7 March. With a great range of authors discussing their writing experiences and styles, workshops run for all ages by successful authors and publishers, and a full day festival on Sunday 8 March with poetry readings and poetry competition on the day, artisan stalls, music, and much more, there is ample opportunity to develop anyone’s passion for writing and reading. The Hon. Tim Fischer AC will be officially opening the festival on Saturday at 11am and will be taking part in an author talk about The Mechanics of Writing a Publishable Book with bestselling author of Anzac Girls Peter Rees. On Friday 7 until Sunday 9 March from 9am to 5pm in Jugiong, NSW. For more information visit the Jugiong Writers Festival website.

Australian Romance Readers Convention

ARRC2015 will bring together romance readers, authors and publishers and provide an opportunity to talk about all things related to romance fiction. The convention is an international event and will feature award-winning authors Sylvia Day, Victoria Dahl, Kelley Armstrong and Helene Young as keynote speakers. Panel members will include numerous bestselling Australian romance authors. In all there will be more than 90 romance authors attending the event. The convention will open with welcome drinks on Friday evening 6 March, followed by two days of convention sessions. There will be an awards dinner on Saturday 7 March. The Convention runs Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 March from 9am to 5pm at QT Hotel, Canberra. For more information about this event, visit the Australian Romance Readers website.

Made with Love — Muddle Puddle Market

Made with Love – Muddle Puddle Market brings together exquisite and unique goods for babies and children from local makers. You will find gorgeous handmade toys, mini terraniums, beloved books, picturesque clothes and so much more. On Saturday 7 March from 9am to 1pm, Weston Creek. Visit Muddle Puddle Market for more information.

Queanbeyan Baby and Kids Market & Expo

The Queanbeyan Baby and Kids Market and Expo is a great day out for the whole family. Come along and enjoy the markets and community information stalls, including information about local services for pregnant women, families with newborns, and families with young children. There will be free entertainment for the kids including a jumping castle, face painting, glitter tattoos, and a show. There will be a free goody bag to the first 300 families on entry and free raffles drawn throughout the day with prizes including a baby basket, a mum’s pamper basket, gift vouchers, tickets to the Brumbies, and more. A BBQ and coffee will be available. Make a day of it! On Saturday 7 March fro 10am to 2pm at Queanbeyan Public School, Isabella Street, Queanbeyan.

Old Bus Depot Markets

The Old Bus Depot Markets are back into the swing of things for 2015 and is something of a Sunday tradition in Canberra. Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who make their way to Canberra’s famous Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston every Sunday. Find your favourite stallholder and visit the Markets this Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Find out more at the Old Bus Depot Markets website.

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.

Gorman House Markets

For a quarter of a century, the Gorman House Markets have been Canberra’s much loved meeting place providing opportunities for the community and visitors alike to express themselves creatively, trade and shop in a vibrant environment, access to an audience, engage in the arts and be a part of living heritage. Experience them from 10am to 4pm every Saturday at Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.


Females on Form

Come and celebrate the female form in style with dinner and a show! Featuring performances by Sarina del Fuego, Chrissie Shaw, Peppa Mint, Deb Delicious, Quake Belly Dance Troupe, Liz Lea, Rainbow, Rachael Hilton, Sugar Star, Rachael Reid, Victoria Kitanov and more! Tickets available through Eventbrite starting from $30. On Sunday 8 March from 7pm to 9.30pm at Pavilion on Northbourne Hotel, Northbourne Avenue, Dickson.


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 the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.

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.


Marymead Charity Race Day

Come along to the Canberra Outlet Centre proudly supporting Marymead Charity Race Day at Thoroughbred Park in the Silks Room on Saturday 21 March. It will be a fabulous day with Tim Gavel as MC. The room will be abuzz with Punters Club, Private TAB facilities, the best seat in the house overlooking the track, prizes, auctions, giveaways, glam bar, goodie bags and much much more! Corporate tables together with individual tables are currently available but are selling fast. Ticket prices include a fabulous three course meal including five hour beverage package. For more information regarding the Canberra Outlet Centre Charity Race Day, contact Joanne Dean-Ritchie on 6107 3036 or email [email protected]


Book Launch: Tough…Tough Times…Tough Decisions by Rita Merienne

Moving your loved one into Aged Care is never going to be easy. There are so many emotions to deal with – there is a lot of advice on where to go and how to pay for it – but there is nothing about dealing with your emotions. We are here to ease your way and help you through this difficult time. In the last couple of years things have changed. Rita Merienne and her sisters have become their father’s care givers; their roles have been reversed. How do they handle it? How does he handle it? Join Rita Merienne at Paperchain Bookstore where the Hon. Gai Brodtmann will launch Rita’s book Tough…Tough Times…Tough Decisions on Thursday 5 March from 5.45pm. Phone (02) 6295 6723 to RSVP.

Raising Money Masterclass

The Raising Money Masterclass is a valuable, one-day conference organised by Capital Angels, Canberra’s angel investors network, for all businesses seeking to raise capital; whether you are a start-up business or enterprise in the growth phase. If you are a current or potential investor, you too will be provided with valuable information and network opportunities. During the morning session, you will hear from a number of experienced business leaders presenting case studies on a range of topics relevant to start-ups and businesses in the growth phase. Topics discussed include Growth Phase (early stage advice, co-working, accelerators, angel investment, research to investment); common issues and concerns, business valuation; and grants and other support (R&D incentives, debt financing and niche players, grant funding, essentials to investment). Following the afternoon session, there will be a Capital Angels Pitch with two pre-selected companies given the opportunity to pitch to investors. Tickets start from $35 for Concessions (Start-Ups) via Eventbrite. On Wednesday 4 March from 8.30am to 7pm at Canberra Innovation Network, Level 5, 1 Moore Street, Acton.

Property Council of Australia Leadership Breakfast

Over the last few years, there has been increasing focus on women’s representation as an issue of national significance. A recent report by EY showed that there are diverse perspectives on how the property sector can most effectively increase the representation of women in leadership and in the sector. Come and hear from senior leaders (Juliet Andrews, EY Director of People and Organisation, Jo Metcalfe, Operating Centre Manager GHD, Ken Morrison, Chief Executive of Property Council of Australia, and Todd Wills, Canberra Managing Partner of EY).  about work underway and how any leaders—male or female—can be part of ensuring the property sector captures the benefits of diversity.

On hand will be a member of the newly formed Property Male Champions of Change–CEOs who have committed to a listening, learning and leading journey and to step up beside women to lead the charge. The objective for the event is gender balance. Show your support by bringing with you a member of the opposite gender. On Thursday 5 March from 7.15am to 9am at EY, Level 11 – 121 Marcus Clarke Street. Free entry but RSVP essential through the Property Council website.

Sustainability Series: Organic Garden Pest Control

Keith Colls is an experienced gardener, a founding member of Canberra City Farm and a long standing member of the Canberra Organic Growers Society. He will be demonstrating ways to ward off garden pests. Find out how to maximise your plants’ natural ability to resist pests and diseases, and learn how to deal with garden pests and diseases without using industrially produced pesticides. Some of his tips are amazingly simple, including spraying your kale with a hard jet of water to eliminate bugs’ eggs. On Tuesday 3 March from 6pm to 8pm at Canberra Environment Centre, Acton. For more information visit the Canberra Environment Centre.

Canberra (Ainslie) Toastmasters

Canberra (Ainslie) Toastmasters is conducting a public speaking and presentation skills workshop on aspects of effective communications at Ainslie Football Club, Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie from 5.30pm to 7pm Tuesday 3 March. Contact Russell on 0415 261 310 for more information. Free for visitors. Visit their website for more information.

Public Speaking with ‘The’ Toastmasters

What you say is important – whether your audience is your family and friends, work colleagues, your boss or the general public – and with THE Toastmasters you could learn to express yourself better and in doing so improve your self confidence and leadership skills. THE Toastmasters can help you improve your ability to speak in front of groups both small and large, by learning from the experienced members of our fun and social group. Becoming a member costs less than $100 per year — an inexpensive but positive and effective development program which people enjoy. ‘THE’ club in particular has some of the best and most positive Toastmaster speakers in all of Canberra. Time commitments start from two hours per month (meeting only), while those with strong personal development goals will be much more engaged and will benefit more.Attending as a guest is free, hence we offer a money back guarantee that if your come along and give it a try, you won’t be sorry. On Thursday 5 March from 6.45pm to 8.30pm at 13 Moore Street, Canberra. For more information visit the Toastmasters website.

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

A tea cosy exhibition would not be complete without Loani Prior tea cosies and this exhibition stars 20 exuberant cosies with marvellously quirky names such as Sleeveless in Seattle and All form and No Function. To coincide with the Portraits of a Tea Cosy exhibition, Craft ACT is proud to partner with the ANU to offer knitting enthusiasts a special one off opportunity to learn from the Queen of Teacosies, Loani Prior in a two-day workshop on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Places are limited. For more information and to book visit Craft ACT On until Saturday 28 March.

Public Speaking for Women workshop

Canberra psychotherapists, Jessica Rose and Marg Cranney are supporting local women to speak up. Their Public Speaking for Women course, conducted on Tuesday nights and one Saturday in February, creates a supportive environment in which women can learn to manage anxiety and deal with self-doubt, prepare presentations that captivate audiences, constructively assess their own presentations, effectively use their voices and develop their own presentation styles. For 20 years Canberra women have been inspired by this course identifying positive experiences and outcomes in feedback to the facilitators. The next workshop on Tuesday 3 March (7pm-10pm). For bookings visit their website or phone Jessica on (02) 6281 1769 or Marg on (02) 6288 0754.

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.


EVITA — The Musical

The iconic musical EVITA returns to the stage in Canberra for the first time in 25 years, and tells the true story of Evita Peron and stars some of Canberra’s finest theatre performers. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical returns to Canberra for the first time in 25 years in this stunning new Canberra Philharmonic production. With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, EVITA has become iconic. It features some of the most memorable and best loved songs in musical theatre, including ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’, ‘You Must Love Me’, and ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’. A talented local cast features Kelly Roberts in the title role, with Grant Pegg as the everyman Che, and Tony Falla playing Argentine President Juan Perón. Opening Thursday 5 March from 8pm to 10.30pm and running until Saturday 21 March at Erindale Theatre, McBryde Crescent, Wanniassa. For tickets and information visit


Sharon Shannon

Sharon has recorded and toured with a who’s who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan – a list that is testament to Sharon’s versatility as well as talent. A prolific composer, Sharon continues to defy genres and has recently released an album of original music recorded with the RTE Concert Orchestra called Flying Circus. On Wednesday 4 March from 6.30pm to 11pm at The Abbey Function Centre, O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls. For more information and tickets visit The Abbey.

No Lights, No Lycra

No Lights, No Lycra makes a return for 2015. 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.

Bec and Sam will be taking over as the (North) Canberra ambassadors for 2015. NLNL will take place on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm, and in a new location. Head to 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. For more information visit the new NLNL Facebook page. On every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge. On every Friday from 5pm.

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

30+ Dance Event will be hosting weekly Dance Parties every Saturday night at The RUC where you will be provided with an entralling and relaxed atmosphere to meet new people at your own leisure. A fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere to dance, meet new or other likeminded persons, romance, flirt or socialise and make friends. These are popular weekly Saturday night evens and the ideal night out for fun-loving socialable 30+s with pulsating music from the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s plus much more. Visit 30 Plus Dance Event for details. On every Saturday from 8pm onwards at The RUC, Turner and $20 per head.

Smith’s Alternative Live Gigs

For more information about Smith’s Alternative Live gigs and to purchase tickets please visit their website.

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.


ICC Cricket World Cup: South Africa v Ireland

Manuka Oval will play host to three fixtures of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with the South Africa taking on Ireland this Tuesday in the nation’s capital. Enjoy the atmosphere, the sunshine, the lights, the crowd and the banter; all the things that make cricket culture so great. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is contested by the 10 Full Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), together with four Associate and Affiliate Members that qualify through the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifying programme. On Tuesday 3 March from 2.30pm at Manuka Oval. For tickets and more information visit the ICC website.

AFL Canberra Expo

A free event for all club volunteers or persons interested in volunteering at a local AFL club. Experienced AFL staff will be delivering educational workshops aimed at improving club administration. The expo will run over two nights and will allow clubs to book in for one on one sessions with AFL Canberra staff to answer all questions relating to footy. There will also be a fire sale including footballs, talent jumpers and various football gear. On Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 March from 6.15pm to 8pm at The Woden Tradies, Launceston Street, Phillip. Admission is free but registration is essential via Eventbrite.

South Tuggeranong Knights Registration Day

Does your child want to play  want to play rugby league in 2015? Why not come along and sign up to play footy with the South Tuggeranong Knights? A small family friendly orientated club with Gordon Playing Fields as the home ground and Conder Ovals for training, the South Tuggeranong Knights are looking for players for their Under 6s through to Under 16s teams. They also run a Junior Jousters program for Pre-schoolers where they are introduced to the basics of footy (ball handing skills, tackle bags etc). For registration fees visit the South Tuggeranong Knights website. On Tuesday 3 March from 6pm to 7pm at Banks Oval, Betty Malone Crescent, Banks.



As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, 6 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. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Following sell-out shows in Los Angeles and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, comes the National Gallery of Australia’s 2014 summer blockbuster James Turrell: A Retrospective. Never before seen in Australia and showing only in Canberra, James Turrell is considered one of the greatest artists of our time. The National Gallery of Australia’s retrospective combines works from LACMA’s tour with spectacular new, site-specific installations. The exhibition is open until Monday 8 June, 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia. Ensure to check the exhibitions time changes over Christmas (closed Christmas Day). Tickets are available to purchase through Ticketek but bookings are also essential as only 15 people are allowed through in any one session.

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.

Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier

Explore Parisian life through the work of three nineteenth century French masters in the new exhibition Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier at the National Gallery of Australia. Featuring over 150 prints, posters, drawings and monotypes from the national collection Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier examines the major contribution to French art made by Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808-1879), Edgar Degas (1834-1917) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). Open until 15 March 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia.

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of artworks created by Warlpiri people in the 1950s. Glimpsed through the eyes of the collector as well as more recent Warlpiri interpretations, Warlpiri Drawings explores how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change, to picture life in the present and look hopefully towards the future. The exhibition is open until 31 May 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.

Other exhibitions

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


Guilty Pleasures

A solo exhibition by Canberra-based emerging artist Shaun Hayes, exploring contemporary ideas and processes in the context of traditional ceramics. Opening launch will take place 6pm this Wednesday 25 February at the ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson. The exhibition will run until Sunday 15 March.

Let Me Be Myself: The Story of Anne Frank

A message to the young people of today, the travelling Anne Frank exhibition, Anne Frank, Let Me Be Myself, features quotations from Anne Frank’s diary and photos of her family that form a thread throughout the exhibition. To emphasise the chronological order of events, almost every panel contains a timeline. Below the timeline is the personal story of Anne Frank and above the timeline the visitor is confronted with the ‘big historical events’ of that time. The exhibition developed by the world-famous Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is travelling around major cities and regional towns throughout Australia. Guides will be available to assist visitors to understand the story of Anne Frank and its context. On now until 31 March from 10am to 5pm at the Australian Jewish Centre. Entry is $5 per person. For more information visit their website.

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

A tea cosy exhibition would not be complete without Loani Prior tea cosies and this exhibition stars 20 exuberant cosies with marvellously quirky names such as Sleeveless in Seattle and All form and No FunctionPortraits of a Tea Cosy has been developed into a travelling exhibition through collaboration with the artists and Warwick Art Gallery with assistance from Museum and Gallery Services of Queensland. The exhibition will open Thursday 12 February by Mark Viner, Head of Sturt at 6pm in Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Gallery and will run until Saturday 28 March. Craft ACT is proud to partner with the ANU to offer knitting enthusiasts a special one off opportunity to learn from the Queen of Teacosies, Loani Prior in a two-day workshop on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Places are limited. For more information and to book visit Craft ACT.

Arthur Boyd: Portrait of Friendship

Manning Clark House Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Arthur Boyd, from the period of his long friendship with historian Manning Clark. These intimate works, figurative and set against the Australian bush, include two portraits of Manning Clark as well as a series of artistic nudes. This unique exhibition takes place in the original home of Manning and Dymphna Clark– the lounge room where Arthur and Manning discussed art, culture and other issues of the day over a pot of tea. Most of these works are on loan from the Bundanon Trust collection. Entry is by donation. The exhibition will run until 15 March at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest. Opening hours are 11am to 3pm, Thursday to Sunday.

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. Open until 24 December, 2015. Visit their website for more information.

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. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect 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. Open now 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.

Enterprising Australians

An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 25 June 2015 at Questacon.

World of Cricket from the Bradman Museum at Canberra Museum and Gallery

The unmistakable sound of leather on willow will echo through Canberra this summer when the city plays host to some of the world’s leading cricket nations as they compete for the prestigious – ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Featuring rare and captivating material from the Bradman Museum, as well as contemporary equipment from those teams that will compete at Manuka Oval in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the exhibition will bridge the historical gap between Bradman and the contemporary game, and shed a light on Canberra’s own cricketing heritage. Open until Sunday 15 March 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Keepsakes: Australians and The Great War

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the National Library of Australia invites you to explore their fascinating collection of wartime albums, medals, letters and diaries in Keepsakes. Keepsakes tells the story of The Great War as experienced by Australian servicemen and women, key political leaders, civilians, artists and families on the homefront. Discover how very personal stories become our nation’s collective memory. Open until Sunday 31 May, 2015.

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.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August 2015.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Photo: Canberra Balloon Festival by Nicole Walker, Queanbeyan NSW


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