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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!




Floriade 2016: Life in Bloom is finally here! There’s a lot on for the first week of Floriade, with quirky roving performers to entertain and delight, Matilda’s Farmyard animals in Kids’ Corner, cooking and floral inspired workshops.

Stage 88 will also come to life as local school bands take over between Monday and  Friday providing a backdrop of jazz, classical and popular music, followed by performances from a selection of local and regional community groups and performers on Saturday and Sunday. See the program details below to find out what’s on in week one of Floriade.

Floriade will be happening at Commonwealth Park from the opening weekend beginning on Saturday 17 September 2016. Find the entire opening weekend program here.

For information on the location, events, and ticketing, visit the Floriade website here: www.floriadeaustralia.com or read our 11 things not to miss here.


Cerebral Palsy Alliance invites you to this special screening of Bridget Jones Baby. Your $49.50 ticket includes a glass of bubbles, choc top or popcorn plus a soft drink. By purchasing a ticket you will help support the early intervention of cerebral palsy for newly diagnosed families living in Canberra and the surrounding region.

Thursday 15 September at 6pm @ Hoyts, Westfield Woden. For Tickets visit Eventbrite. For more information contact: [email protected] or call on 6199 0699.


Nothing eases anxiety quite like distraction…and when that distraction results in beautiful paper sculptures to take home and keep, then who could possibly refuse?

Join uber talented paper engineer, artist and educator Benja Harney of Paperform in his interactive workshopSit back and soak in Benja’s wealth of knowledge and skills over the course of the 90 minute workshop as he shares the secret to creating gorgeous paper blooms. No prior paper skills are necessary. Welcome to the ultimate stress buster!

Happening at 11am and 2pm on Sunday 18 September at Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre. Secure your place at these masterclasses at moshtix.com.au

To discover Eden for yourself, stop by Level 1 near Country Road and explore our new wellbeing destination.


Participate in Canberra’s interactive market which brings together products and community groups focused on domestic green sustainable living.

Discover the latest in green technology for the home environment, buy specialist green/sustainable products, and speak to a variety of government agencies and companies about what programs, assistance and products they provide to the community and householders. You’ll discover products made using low energy, organic techniques or recycled materials, delicious organic food to enjoy, information on relevant initiatives.

Happening at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston on Sunday 18 September. Free entry. See website for more information: obdm.com.au/obdm_event


“A fabulous night of nonsense and brilliance” Stagenoise

The Wharf Revue’s irresistible blend of vitriol and vaudeville returns. Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott turn their delightfully poisonous gaze on the antics of our indignitaries, past and present – but mostly present. Phillip Scott’s virtuosity on piano contributes to the feeling that this is “like Gilbert and Sullivan on speed.” (Stagenoise)

If there’s one thing that a federal election year brings, it’s a smorgasbord of satirical goodies. There’ll be minor party pies, red meat, blue cheese and don’t forget your greens. More than enough food for thought.

The Wharf Revue has become a Canberra institution. Its superbly delivered political satire gives the audience a chance to let off steam. We’ve all had a year of closely observing the truth that is stranger than fiction in Parliament House. Now, our not so revered leaders are centre stage: dancing, singing, wearing crazy wigs and misbehaving in a humourous tour de force. Don’t miss it – we all need a good laugh.

Happening from 13-24 September at Canberra Theatre Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au.


Discover 2 million years of human history in the one room with A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum. This major international exhibition from the British Museum explores the history of humanity – how we have shaped the world, and how the world has shaped us.

It provides an exceptional opportunity to witness compelling human stories expressed through a unique and beautiful collection of artefacts drawn from across the globe.

Each object featured in the exhibition marks a point on the journey through history, from two million years ago until the present.

Happening at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, for more information on tickets and opening hours click here: www.nma.gov.au


Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s annual Spring Fashion Show. Deviating from your typical runway show with the latest Spring/Summer fashions from Momento Dezigns and styled by Sarah Kelly in ways that challenge convention. Your $89 ticket includes bubbles on arrival, high tea and an afternoon of exciting entertainment.

Saturday 17 September at 2pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden. For Tickets visit Ticketebo. For more information contact [email protected] or call on 6199 0699.


The Ainslie Traders are coming together as a collective to host a free public event in the park behind Ainslie shops. Live.Love.Ainslie will host a variety of giveaways, promotions, entertainment and most importantly, quality food and wine in the true nature of the Ainslie Traders business.

With promotional bags, various stalls, a petting zoo and an appearance by Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Live.Love.Ainslie is an event not to be missed!

Happening Saturday 17 September from 10am at the park behind Ainslie Shops.


Now in its 21st year, the Canberra Short Film Festival has earned a reputation for quality and respectability and is recognised as one of Australia’s oldest and best film competitions. It attracts an audience from all over Australia and is known for selling out every session. The CSFF represents the boundless talent of Australia’s film industry as well as exposing our patrons to the best of short cinema from all over the world.

The 2016 CSFF will run over five nights from September 14-18, at the following locations:

Happening from 14-18 September across a variety of locations. See here for more details.


See a different side of ‘the people’s house’ during Parliament House’s Spring Program including Meet the Gardner Tours, Spring Teas, Landscape Walks and more.

Find out the full program of events here.

Happening at Parliament House from 10 September until 13 November 2016.



The Australian Cool Climate Wine Show is a national wine show dedicated to benchmarking the unique wine styles produced from cool climate wine regions. An increasing number of winemakers are submitting entries to the wine show and more and more visitors are coming along to the public events. While the actual show judging week is not open to the public, there are masterclasses and public tasting events planned for you to try and where you can learn about cool climate wines. Bookings are essential. Check their website for full details.

Happening 19 – 24 September at the Murrembateman Recreation Grounds. More information here: ACC Wine Show


Shake off your winter blues with a hearty dose of springtime celebration in Yass Valley. The coming months are the best time to enjoy a large range of high quality events packed with real country charm. In fact, ‘tis the season for enjoying the best things in life – regional food and wine, colourful characters, the arts, live music and cultural pursuits that the Yass Valley is renowned for. “Whether it’s a feast for your eyes, ears or taste buds, Yass Valley is bringing colour and excitement to the region throughout spring”, said Economic Development and Tourism Manager for Yass Valley Council, Sean Haylan.
Events include:

Sculpture in the Paddock 16th September – 9th October

Turning Wave Festival 16th – 18th September

Murrumbateman Moving Feast 1st October

Gundaroo Music Festival 8th October

Festival of Flavours 29th and 30th October

More information, accomodation and bookings at Yass Valley or 1300 886 014.


If you like your rum, then this is the masterclass for you! Take a trip through the Caribbean and join us for a fabulous evening of rum appreciation. Whether you’re a novice looking to learn more or the ultimate rum aficionado, sit back and relax as our host talks through the intricacies of agricole and molasses rums. Taste your way through a series of rums from La Mauny and El Dorado estates, and finish the night with premium tasting of El Dorado 12yr and 15yr old. Bookings are essential. $30 per passenger, or free for members of Highball and Molly.

Thursday 15 September at 6pm at The Highball Express. Tickets from Eventbrite. More information at Highball Express


If sipping on $10 cocktails after work suits you, it’s time to mix it up at The Loft. We’re serving up Vanilla Espresso Martinis, Coconut Mango Martinis, Fireball Sours and more tantalising creations every Thursday night from 5pm. Feeling peckish? Select one of their $20 tasting boards and settle in for the evening.

Happening every Thursday from 5pm at The Loft at Duxton, Macpherson St, O’Connor ACT. For bookings and more information visit the website.


Join us for our new Let’s Do Dinner set menu special. Venture upstairs to enjoy a Chef’s selection entree tasting plate, followed by your choice of main and dessert for only $49pp. For a special touch speak to our staff about a perfectly matched glass of wine to enjoy with your meal.

Happening Monday – Friday from 5pm at The Loft at Duxton, Macpherson St, O’Connor ACT. For bookings and more information visit the website.


Starting in July. Enjoy three individual glasses from some of the top single malt whiskeys. Accompanied by tasting notes.

Happening every Tuesday – Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar at 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For bookings and more information visit the website.


Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander.

Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For more information visit the website.


A selection of Burgers and tap beer.

Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For more information visit the website.


Two-course chef’s menu, Chocolate Assiette to share and a bottle of house white, red, or sparkling. Tables of 2 only $75pp.

Happening every Wednesday from 6pm-10pm at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For more information visit the website.


A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer.

Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For more information visit the website.


Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11:30am – 2:30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.


Enjoy an all you can eat Seafood Buffet at The Courtyard. Takes place the last Friday of every month and includes a glass of wine on arrival – all for just $65.00

Happening until Friday 30 December at Courtyard Restaurant, Mercure Canberra, Corner of Ainslie and Limestone Avenues, Braddon. For bookings and more information visit ResDiary.



BnC Theatre presents Pirates. The sea is becalmed. The crew of the Pirate Ship ‘Neptune’s Revenge’ are on edge. The musician strums to lift morale. Slowly, stories start to roll off the crew’s tongues like the waves they yearn. Love lost, lust, loot, laughter and sea lore are laid bare. Come aboard the ‘Neptune’s Revenge’ for unique pirate tales aplenty or we’ll be forced to maroon ya. Argh! Come along and dress up for ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’ – 19th of September. One Act – 50 minute duration. SUPPORT ACT – Much Ado About Ben. As a curtain raiser to Pirates, Ben Crowley will debut his first ever solo show ‘Much Ado About Ben’. A one man variety show of sketch comedy, bad poetry and other marvellous musings from a Canberran with over two decades of experience in scripted and unscripted theatre. Created/Performed by Ben Crowley. One Act – 40 minute duration. This show contains some mature language and themes, and may not be suitable for children under 15 years old.

16 – 19 September at 7.30 at C Block Gorman Arts Centre. Tickets are $17 – $22 at EventBrite.


“Ingenious, magical, a truly beautiful piece of interactive theatre” Theatre Review, New Zealand

Carnival of the Animals whisks you away on a thrilling circus escapade inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ delightful salute to feathers, fur and fins.

Following wildly successful tours of Sydney and Melbourne, Montreal and New York the Circa Carnival comes to town. With whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea, these clowning acrobats tumble, fly, leap and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom.

Our zebras juggle and flip…
Our kangaroos skip and somersault…
Our elephants have street-cred and rhythm…
And even our dinosaur bones shake,
clatter and roll to the music.

Find your inner creature as this gorgeous music comes alive for a whole new generation of circus, music and animal lovers. Circa offers a marvellous and unforgettable experience for children as an early taste of theatre and will be loved by the whole family.

Happening from 15-17 September at Canberra Theatre Centre. For tickets and more information visit www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au.


Join Luminescence Chamber Singers on a journey into the depths of musical madness. Conducted by acclaimed composer Gordon Hamilton, this dramatic concert features the world premiere of a new work by Alice Chance, as well as music by Gesualdo, Elliot Gyger, Katy Abbott and Rob Davidson. Descent into Madness juxtaposes chaos and clarity, the scary and the silly. The opening night concert in Canberra will also feature the newly established Luminescence Children’s Choir. Tickets for $30 adults/$20 concession/$10 child.

Tuesday 20th September at 7.30pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre. Tickets at Eventbrite


Sharpen your swords and get ready to cast a spell, GAMMA.CON is back, Canberra gets its own piece of pop culture action with GAMMA.CON. For the first time GAMMA.CON will be run over two full days, both Saturday and Sunday!

This year here will be amazing guests on hand to run events and mingle with local fans, ABC’s Good Game TV Show Bajo and Hex. There will be a huge range of events on offer over the weekend, featuring a focus on locally created content. This includes stage events, screenings, panels, workshops, artists alley, Exhibitor hall, the Indie Games Show and both video and table-top gaming, including demonstrations, free play and tournaments.

Saturday and Sunday 17th – 18th September at the Australian Institute of Sport Arena, Bruce. Tickets from Gammacon

 THE RUBIK’S CUBE BALLWant to get dressed up, do a bit of dancing and have some fun with new and old friends all whilst raising funds for a great cause? Now in its 2nd year The Rubik’s Cube Ball promises to keep all the great things from last year, live music from the Spectrum Big Band so you can show your moves on the dance floor, passionate guest speakers, returning MC Alex Sloan and lots of fantastic auction and raffle prizes.

Included is a pre-dinner entertainment from Drumassualt, a bit of Bollywood with Bollywood Dimensions Studio to entertain you during dinner and electronic silent auctions throughout the evening plus a few surprises! Your ticket includes entertainment, canapés, a three course meal and drinks (beer, wine and soft drink), so great value! With the Rubik’s Cube colours as the dress code for the night.

Happening Friday 16 September at Hotel Realm, Burbury Close, Barton. Tickets at Project Independence.


Take an afterDARK Spring Scavenger Hunt on selected Saturday nights and see what you can find in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Gather your family for a night­time botanical scavenger hunt with fascinating discoveries and places to be explored.

Bring your torch, follow the clues and obtain the most points to take home the coveted ‘super­sleuth’ prize.

afterDARK Scavenger Hunts are not suitable for children under five years due to timing and length of tours.

Online bookings essential.
Happening 5 November at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. For more information visit www.anbg.gov.au/gardenshttp://www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/


Polarity interrogates how we weather life’s disasters ­ asking what we do when the scaffold of what makes us whole, gets ripped out from under our feet.

Combining contemporary circus, physical theatre and powerful raw acrobatics, Canberra’s own Warehouse Circus will balance the lightness of flying through the air against the heaviness of needing to find ground in this exquisite new circus work.
A freak flood rips through an Australian town – a village in tatters ­ a community in ruin. Amid the aftermath, an unlikely phoenix must unshackle a difficult past in order to grasp any chance of survival.

Happening­ 8 October from 7pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. For more information visit www.thestreet.org.au/shows/polarity


Your Tuesday night at Highball just got hotter! Hosted by amazing people from Salsabor, you can learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free latin dancing taster class every Tuesday from 6.30pm. Add a few $10 mojitos and you’ve got yourself a Tuesday night that’s hard to beat.

Be transported to Cuba and enjoy a night of Latin dancing you’ll want to keep coming back for.

Happening Every Tuesday from 6:30pm at Highball Express, Level 1, 82 Alinga St, Canberra City. To make a booking visit the website.


Dark Disco is a casual weekly dance event held in a dimly lit room. The lights are off and the music is up for one hour so that you can dance like nobody’s watching to everything from old stuff to dance, pop, rock, hip hop, Triple J tunes to super cheesy Top 40.

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

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



The Raiders and Panthers will meet on Saturday night at GIO Stadium in Canberra to end week two of the finals. The Raiders will be looking to avenge their week one loss, against a Panthers team who have come in on a high from their week one victory. Who will continue their run towards the NRL Telstra Premiership, and whose season will come to an end? Where will you be when history happens?

Saturday 17 September at 5.35pm at GIO stadium, Bruce. Tickets from Ticketek


Gather your fellow glory-hunters and get ready to go head-to-head in the ultimate anti-gravity dodgeball league at Skyzone Westfield Belconnen.

The winning team will head to Sydney for the grand final and battle it out for the ultimate prize….a FREE trip to Las Vegas to represent Australia in the 2017 Ultimate Dodgeball Challenge.


  • A team of five players
  • An awesome team name
  • A big ol’ hunk of enthusiasm and good sportsmanship


  • $1000 cash prize
  • A private party to celebrate the team victory (valued at $500)
  • Sky Zone vouchers (valued at $500)
  • Dodgeball Winner’s Trophy & Tees for you to flaunt in the next season
  • Next season entry cost covered (valued at $750)
  • Spot in the 2017 semifinals for UDC. Semifinal winners head to Sydney for the grand final and battle it out for the ultimate prize… a FREE trip to LAS VEGAS to represent Australia in the 2017 Ultimate Dodgeball Championship!

Happening from 31 August – 2 November at SkyZone Westfield Belconnen, Lathlain Street, Belconnen. Sign up and find more information here: skyzone.com.au/dodgeball


Your Tuesday night at Highball just got hotter!

Hosted by amazing people from Salsabor, you can learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free latin dancing taster class every Tuesday from 6.30pm! If you need a little Cuban courage before getting out on the dance floor, we’ll be serving up delicious $10 raspberry mojitos from 4pm.

Be transported to Cuba and enjoy a night of latin dancing you’ll want to keep coming back for.

Happening: Every Tuesday from 4pm at the Highball Express.

Free entry. For more information call 0405474367 or visit the website www.highballexpress.com.au



After an eight-week election campaign, the Coalition Government has held onto power by one seat, while minor parties now hold five seats in the House of Representatives and 20 seats in the Senate. So what does this mean for organisations working to make change happen across a range of public policy areas? This Forum will explore the outcome of the election and what it means for political advocacy and engagement.

Speakers at the Forum include:

  • John Falzon, CEO, St Vincent Paul Society National Council of Australia
  • Ara Cresswell, CEO, Carers Australia
  • Dr Jill Sheppard, Lecturer and Researcher, Australian National University
  • Ruth Webber,  CEO, Down Syndrome Australia
  • David Crosbie, CEO, Community Council of Australia
  • Michael Moore, CEO, Public Health Association of Australia and President, World Federation of Public Health Associations
  • Luke Toy, General Manager Advocacy, Kidney Health Australia

After the Forum join CBR Innovation Network for lunch to network with other people from the sector to share ideas and maybe even strategise.

This forum is for people working in the not-for-profit sector, particularly people working in policy, advocacy, government relations and communications. It is an opportunity to hear about the current political environment from experts and leaders in the sector and to come together to network with colleagues from across the sector.

Happening Friday 16 September from 9am – 1pm at the CBR Innovation Network, Level 5, 1 Moore Street Canberra. Cost: $69

Purchase tickets: Register to secure your place. Program: Download the program


Synergy Self Defence and Fitness will be holding four Eyes Wide Open sessions across two days with 50% of the proceeds going to the Tara Costigan Foundation.

Self-defence is something Synergy are passionate about, and during these sessions you will learn valuable skills and gain important knowledge crucial to keeping yourself safe, delivered with the right amount of humour, knowledge and passion, you will walk away feeling empowered. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by booking into an amazing life changing seminar and raise money for a fantastic worthy cause!

Happening 17-18 September at Synergy Self-Defence and Fitness, Unit 4, 76 Shepparton Street, Hume. Find out more and purchase tickets here: www.facebook.com


Informal conversation groups in German, Spanish, French and Danish suitable for intermediate to advanced or native speaker. (Small annual fee)
Mondays (not public holidays) at 5.30 at the Cellar Bar, University House, ANU.

For more information contact: Dr Peter Gibson:  [email protected] or  0408 231 153 or via the website: Polygot Club.


Hear from Chet Van Duzer as he reveals secrets uncovered by multispectral imaging of the Henricus Martellus World Map, thought to be one of the most important of the fifteenth century. Dr Martin Woods, Curator of Maps at the National Library and Denyl Cloughley, Manager of Preservation Services, lift the veil on the history and ongoing challenges of preserving the Blaeu wall map of New Holland.

Happening on Monday 12 September from 5.30pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes Entry is free. Find more information here: www.nla.gov.au/event/the-secrets-of-early-maps


Take an afterDARK Spring Scavenger Hunt on selected Saturday nights and see what you can find in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Gather your family for a night­time botanical scavenger hunt with fascinating discoveries and places to be explored.

Bring your torch, follow the clues and obtain the most points to take home the coveted ‘super­sleuth’ prize.

afterDARK Scavenger Hunts are not suitable for children under five years due to timing and length of tours.

Online bookings essential.

Happening 3 September ­- 5 November at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. For more information visit www.anbg.gov.au/gardens


The Canberra Environment Centre will be running the following workshops in September as part of the SustainAbility Workshops series:

Introduction to Natural Dyeing

Tuesday 20 September 6-­8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, $20

Back by popular demand, this is a unique opportunity to learn the art of plant dyeing from one of Australia’s celebrated textiles artists. Sally Blake is a Canberra based textiles artist who recently completed her PhD in textiles at the ANU. Her practice includes woven techniques, stitching, plant dyeing and paper work. Along with appearing in exhibitions around Australia, Sally has been recognised in France, Britain, Japan and New Zealand.

Sally will give a general introduction to plant dyeing and the different techniques available, as well as a short history of the practice. This will be followed by a demonstration on how to make and apply plant based dyes.

Cultivating Healthy Soil

Tuesday 27 September 6­8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, $20

Often overlooked and sometimes forgotten, healthy soils are the key to growing successful, nutrient dense fruit and veggies. This workshop is about growing the best fruit and veggies you can without using pesticides or chemical fertilisers.

Starting with the basics of soil microbiology and an overview of why nutrient density is important, gardening enthusiast Gurkan Yeniceri will cover different methods of measuring soil quality and nutrient density in the backyard and a variety of techniques for improving soil quality. Learn about microbial innoculents for compost, weed fertilisers and compost tea, worm farms, mulching and mineral supplements. We’ll also talk about different minerals and their benefits to human health.

Limited places are available and bookings are essential, please visit www.ecoaction.com.au or phone 6248 0885 to book.


Have you always wanted to enter the world of a coin designer? Visit the Mint now to see a pop-up display showing what a typical coin design studio looks like on the inside. Whether sketching in pencil, sculpting and carving in plaster or modelling using 3D software, the age-old skills and craft of creating miniature works of art are alive and well at the Royal Australian Mint.

Entry is free. On now at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin.Visit the website for more information www.ramint.gov.au.


Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.



Come roll with us at ROLLER FETE! So much to see and do – fun for the whole family! The kids can Roller Disco (skate hire available) or jump on the jumping castle while you browse the amazing array of stalls. From Tombola to Toys, Food to Fashion, Plants to Plonk and of course an amazing MONSTER WHITE ELEPHANT stall. Everyone welcome!

Sunday 18th September at 11am at St Vincent’s Primary School, Bindel Street, Aranda. See the website for more details: St Vincent’s Fete


Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who head to Canberra’s award winning Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday. In a fabulous old industrial building you’ll experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”.

Not your average market, each week you’ll find over 200 stalls of exceptional quality, featuring items all hand-crafted by local and regional creatives. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets building on Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.


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.


Farmers and Foodies will feature thirty stalls selling anything from tea to dog treats to organic vegetables and wood-fire sour dough all the way from Adaminaby. There will also be live music and a small bar.

For those who struggle to make it to the Farmers Markets on Saturday or Sunday, come out for some music, food and seasonal shopping at Farmers and Foodies Market!

Happening every Friday evening from 3-7pm at the Kingston Foreshore, within the Old Bus Depot Markets. See the Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com


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.

Open every Sunday morning from 8am until 11:30am at CIT Southside Campus, corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, Phillip. Visit the website for more information.



Cerebral Palsy Alliance invites you to this special screening of Bridget Jones Baby. Your $49.50 ticket includes a glass of bubbles, choc top or popcorn plus a soft drink. By purchasing a ticket you will help support the early intervention of cerebral palsy for newly diagnosed families living in Canberra and the surrounding region.

Thursday 15 September at 6pm @ Hoyts, Westfield Woden. For Tickets visit Eventbrite. For more information contact: [email protected] or call on 6199 0699


Join us at the opening night of Bridget Jones’s Baby. Your $35 ticket includes the movie, a glass of sparkling wine, canapés and the latest news from The Orangutan Project . All money raised from the evening goes to support The Orangutan Project’s efforts to save the orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra from extinction. There will be lucky door prizes, raffles and the opportunity to buy orangutan merchandise or to adopt an orphan orangutan.

Thursday 15  September at 6pm at Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton. More information at Orangutan.org



A free program for toddlers and pre-schoolers. At 10am on the last Friday of each month come along for an hour of constructive fun at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive Commonwealth Park (just off Commonwealth Avenue).

Prams welcome and bookings aren’t necessary. 2016 dates for LITTLE GRIFFINS:  30 September, 28 October, 25 November. Click here for more details: www.natcap.gov.au


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.

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.

Open from 9am to 5pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.


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 two 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.


Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair! Spiders – a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

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

Open every day from 9am to 5pm until 9 October at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see www.questacon.edu.au.


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 www.anbg.gov.au for more information



‘Our Land is Girt’: Starring the amazing vinyl record collection of David Kilby and some celluloid gems from the archive, we are taking a look at some of the quirky sights and sounds of our country. There are some nostalgic, beautiful and hilarious moments on film – the St Kilda Esplanade in 1912, 1957 Surfers Paradise, Beatlemania, Surfies and Rockers, a Queensland rodeo from 1934 – all accompanied by some rare musical gems! Free to Friends members, or paper note donation.

Friday 16th September at 5.30 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.  More information at: Archieve Friends or  Ph. NFSA 6248 2222


In 1981, Sonia Borg and Hyllus Maris wrote a series of television movies telling the story of Australia’s colonisation through the eyes of four Aboriginal women. The groundbreaking series included performances from the likes of Bob Maza and Essie Coffey, and went on to win the United Nations Media Peace Prize and the Banff Grand Prix in 1983.

We present a special season screening all four films. See the website for more details: www.nfsa.gov.au

Happening 3pm daily at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Free entry. Tickets can be accessed via www.trybooking.com


You know all the words… so why not join in with Quote-A-Long Movies At Dendy Canberra?

During Dendy’s season of quote-along films, there’s no shushing allowed! Join cult classics including Anchorman and Wayne’s World, and show off your encyclopaedic knowledge of their legendary dialogue. These are interactive sessions of some of the greatest films of all time every Monday!

  • September 12, 2016 – Step Brothers
  • September 19, 2016 – Mean Girls
  • September 26, 2016 – Princess Bride

Happening Mondays from 6.30pm at Dendy Cinemas Canberra, Bunda Street, Level 2 Canberra Centre.

Entry prices: $12 for adults, $10 for members; $8.50 for students.


As the cold air approaches, settle in for a wintery season of cinematic delights. Every Sunday at 2pm enjoy rare, cult, classic, experimental and surprising treasures from the National Film and Sound Archive’s 16mm and 35mm collections.

Happening at the National Film and Sound Archive on Sundays. See the full program on the website: www.nfsa.gov.au



What would happen if a scientist, an artist, and a shirt got together? Well, Shirty Science is here to find out…

On Sunday the 18 September, Shirty Science, will be giving you the opportunity to create your own science-inspired artwork. The workshop will begin with a selection of Shirty Science scientists explaining their research and work. You will then break up into smaller groups for a more in-depth discussion with a scientist of your choosing. With this knowledge, you will then go and create your own artwork!

Shirty Science artists and scientists will be around to help and offer advice on the creation. At the end of the workshop, we will all vote on the artwork that best sparks conversation about the research and this design will be printed on its very own Shirty Science shirt! Paper, pens, and markers will be supplied, but if you prefer to work in a different medium, please feel free to bring your own supplies along.

Happening Saturday 18 September from 2pm at the Anvil Design Studio, The Hamlet, 11 Lonsdale Street, Braddon. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: www.eventbrite.com.au


See the unique embroidery crafted by skilled members of the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT. Marvel at these inspiring creations with their intricate detail influenced by Australian lifestyle, landscape, flora and fauna. This event also features both vintage and heritage embroidery.

Don’t miss the Saturday 2pm presentation by Victoria Pearce detailing how you can keep your treasures safe from damage, moths, light fading and how to frame, display and store your embroideries and textiles. Children and adults will enjoy the hands-on demonstration fun area. There are raffles and prizes plus a café and gift shop. Groups $8 per person (includes morning/afternoon tea), Adult $10, Concession $8, Children under 12 free

16 – 18 September at 10am Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla. Phone 6262 8035 for more information.


Four teachers, four artists, four people. Four Stories is an exhibition celebrating the artists’ creative energy as they work in four diverse media areas and styles in ceramics, textile design and photography. The support given to one another as colleagues has inspired these artists to create this dynamic, bold and exciting collection. It is these positive experiences that have driven their inspiration, motivation and passion to share their work with you.

Craig Edwards (Principal at Dickson College) creates wood-fired ceramic works that incorporate local materials in the clay and glaze. He is a full-time educator and part-time potter/ceramic artist who loves the expressive qualities of clay and glaze. His work investigates the human connection to place and is inspired by, and primarily uses, materials found on location at his family farm near Tullamore, NSW. His work attempts to capture the changing cycles of life, the sky and the red earth.

Shannon Kowalick (Photography/Media teacher at Gungahlin College) works in the field of Photography and Media. Through her photographic practice she likes to explore angular vantage points to create interesting compositions and uses post-production processes to manipulate and enhance her photographs. Whilst travelling through Europe, she was inspired by the bold and dynamic shapes, textures and form of architecture and landscape. Her collection highlights these elements through the use of strong contrast and monochromatic digital processing.

Kate Leedham (Visual Art/Ceramics teacher at Gungahlin College) is primarily a ceramicist who works in earthenware clay, either wheel throw/hand built or a mix of making techniques that includes mixed media. The surfaces of Kate’s works are often highly decorative and a strong use of colour is evident. In this exhibition the focus is on form, the relationship between form, function and the surface.

With a background in both Graphic and Textile Design, Keturah Manning (Graphic Design and Textiles teacher at Gungahlin College) is passionate about exploring the relationship between the two disciplines. Her work features bold graphic patterns and vibrant colour digitally printed onto fabric. ‘From little seeds’ explores the importance of each element and each process that contributes to the beauty of the final artwork.

Happening 8 – 18 September from 10am – 4pm

For more information about this event, call (02) 62411670 or visit www.canberrapotters.com.au.


Explore two million years of human history through treasured objets from the British Museum’s collection. Discover how people have shaped the world and, in turn, have been shaped by it.

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum will invite visitors to span the globe, to wonder at the remarkable achievements of people as they faced changing climates, new lands and shifting political arenas. It is an astonishing testament to human ingenuity and craftsmanship.

This is a story told exclusively through the things people have made: objects of all kinds that have been admired and preserved, or used, broken and discarded. From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the objects range in size from tall Assyrian reliefs to a small, but exquisite, gold llama from Peru.

For more information, please check the website: nma.gov.au/exhibitions


A young man whose soft features betrayed the intensity of his own self-image, Arthur Boyd portrayed others with equally concentrated emotion. In this focus exhibition, Boyd’s self-portrait at age twenty-five is joined by his portraits of those around him. Through his eyes they are a reflection of the artist’s own state of mind.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.


Popular family exhibition space Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Curated for, with and by children, this fabulous space allows children to stand up, dress up, make up, think up and step up.

The new exhibition ‘The Right to Shelter’ sets the theme until August 2016. With new hands-on activities like the life size cubby, doll houses, videos, books, touch screens and more, children are invited to think about their own rights and those of others around the world, all while having fun!

Showing daily 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Entry costs: $2 for adults, $1 for children and concession, $5 for family


Photographs by Warwick Baker, Larry Clark, Rozalind Drummond, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Collier Schorr reflect the formative identity of young adulthood and complexities of masculinity and gender, composed with sensitivity and candour in Tough and Tender. In ground-breaking performance art documented on video, Chris Burden’s physical trials strip back his own persona and the mythic ethos of manhood.

Specific works have been selected from broader oeuvres to create an atmosphere of revelation of subtle emotion and bodily sensation in portrait-related work.

Happening 15 Jul – 16 Oct at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT. Entry is free, for more information visit www.portrait.gov.au


Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp displays his entire collection of Dr Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.

The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Dr Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Explore this cultural phenomenon through a collection that ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

Happening 16 Jul – 20 Nov at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit http://www.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/bigger-on-the-inside-collecting-dr-who


Michael Taylor is one of Australia’s best expressionist painters and one of our most significant contemporary artists, with a practice spanning 60 years. This exhibition is the first major survey of Taylor’s practice and includes paintings and drawings from six decades, sourced from major public and private collections in Australia.

He has lived in the Canberra region since 1971 – in Canberra, Bredbo, Michelago and Cooma. The landscape of the region has been a leitmotif in his ebullient, sensuous paintings, which oscillate between abstraction and representation. In Taylor’s painting every mark is electric with energy.

Showing until 2 October at Canberra Museum and Gallery,
176 London Circuit,
Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit www.cmag.com.au


In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He embodied not only the hopes of his long-suffering people, but also the spirit of thousands of anti-apartheid supporters around the world who had worked tirelessly to rid the country of its racist laws.

Among these supporters were many Australians. From as early as 1950, trade unions, the government, sportsmen and women, musicians and many individuals took part in the fight for justice in South Africa. The anti-apartheid movement was diverse and complex, and made up of many different groups and voices.

While Old Parliament House functioned as the federal parliament, important discussions were held and decisions were made there on Australia’s response to the South African government’s discriminatory policy of apartheid. Three prime ministers—Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke—made key decisions that put pressure on the South African government to abolish apartheid.

This exhibition features the voices and memories of some of the Australians and South African expatriates who worked hard over decades to bring about the end of apartheid. They often faced bitter opposition, and some were jailed for their actions. Memories of the Struggle pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.

The Museum of Australia Democracy is pleased to be a contributing partner to this important exhibition.

On exhibition now at the Museum of Australian Democracy, inside Old Parliament House, Parkes.


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.

On display now until 1 January 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.


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 now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.


This exhibition celebrates 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. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

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


Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp displays his entire collection of Dr Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.

The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Dr Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Explore this cultural phenomenon through a collection that ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

Happening Saturday 16 July – Sunday 20 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra. Entry is free, for more information visit the website.


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


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