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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

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

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16 THINGS NOT TO MISS

THE ULTIMATE BEAUTY WEEKEND AT CANBERRA CENTRE

From Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July, Canberra Centre will celebrate their Beauty Precinct’s 1st birthday. The celebrations will take place within the Beauty Precinct Monaro Mall, Ground Level, entry next to Mecca Maxima.

The Celebrate Beauty weekend will not only give you the chance to trial new makeup products and limited edition cocktails, it will also feature expert talks and skills-building workshops to inspire your beauty journey over the months ahead.

That means there will be drop-in makeover sessions as well as ticketed masterclasses, beauty giveaways and plenty of engaging conversation about the hottest topics in Australian beauty.

Happening 13 – 15 July at Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra City.

Find more information here.

Mid-Winter Nights at Questacon

Experience Questacon like never before with our after-hours winter spectacular. Be amazed by a science show, lose yourself stargazing, get creative with our winter crafts and fill up on tasty food!

Our eight action-packed galleries will also be open – so immerse yourself in the ultimate family friendly winter activity these July school holidays with Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon!

Book tickets via the Questacon website to avoid missing out.

Happening from Wednesday 11 July to Saturday 14 July at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

EPIC DAY OUT

EPIC Day Out is back on the 14 – 15 July from 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Bring the family: the kids can play in the Nerf Arena, and with the Reptile Farm, the magician, bubble artist, the mirror maze and more …. there’s a lot to do! Meanwhile graze the Indulge Coffee and Chocolate booths, enjoy the live music and the Demonstration Stage. Feeling decadent? Book a spot in the High Coffee Lounge (numbers are limited).

Still not enough? Try the Rustic Room – wine and beer samples, dried meats, olives and oils, hobbies and crafts, even a caricaturist.

Happening Saturday 14 July from 10am at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell.

See the website for more information.

RBG – Preview Screening

This week, Dendy Cinema Canberra will be hosting a preview screening of the film RBG.

At the age of 85, U.S Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has built an impressive legal legacy as a pioneer in gender equality. RBG explore the inspiring and unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the USA’s highest court – and her impact along the way – changing the rules, shaping the laws and becoming an unexpected pop-culture icon. Directed by Betsy West and Julie CohenRBG features plenty of footage of Ginsburg from throughout her career, as well as interviews with Ginsburg’s family, friends and colleagues, and appearances from Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg, among others.

Happening Wednesday 11 July from 6.30pm at Dendy Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Civic.

Find tickets and more information here.

Makeup masterclass with Chantelle Baker

As part of Canberra Centre’s Celebrate Beauty weekend, celebrity make-up artist Chantelle Baker, will share her guide to better brush skills and celebrity-level make-up looks.

As one of Australia’s most in-demand artists, you’ll have the chance to ask any burning questions about your own beauty routine and walk away with a collection of some of the best new beauty releases.

Happening Saturday 14 July from 12 pm in the Monaro Mall (next to Mecca Maxima). You’ll also get to enjoy cocktails and sweet treats on arrival.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit canberracentre.com.au

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening Friday 1 June–Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.

Switzerland

Patricia Highsmith, the famous, and eccentric, author of The Talented Mr Ripley, and Carol is living in seclusion in Switzerland with just her books and antique guns for company. When she is visited by an eager and naive editor from her publishing house, who has been tasked with convincing her to write one last Ripley, a thrilling game begins.

But who is the hunter, and who is the prey?

From the company that brought you the critically acclaimed Playhouse Creatures, comes this brilliant production of Joanna Murray Smith’s taut psychological thriller. Starring Canberra’s own Karen Vickery (Winner Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 2014 Canberra Area Theatre Awards) and Lachlan Ruffy (Channel 9’s Quartermaine) it’s a rollercoaster ride that will take you right to the edge…

Happening 3-14 July at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

More information and tickets here.

LITTLE BEAUTY

Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, Little Beauty is a playful, vivid theatrical journey depicting the desire to capture beauty and immortalise it in portraiture. Created by Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image, a multi-award-winning company making productions for children and families.

Happening from Tuesday 3 July to Sunday 22 July from 11:30am-12:30pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Sound and Fury: Cold Winter. Hot Party.

Sound and Fury flaunts and fuses the exceptional skills of performance artists in an exciting party format. Expect punchy music, theatre, dance, spoken word and live art. This is a late-night, live art party at its best.

After an acclaimed season at NZ Fringe and a sell-out show at Art, Not Apart 2018, Sound and Fury returns to NewActon in the beautiful Makeshift space to warm the winter blues with a knock-out party. Space is seriously limited – don’t miss out.

Happening Saturday 14 July from 8 pm-late at Makeshift, NewActon. $25 early bird, $35 general. Purchase them via Eventbrite.

SKATING AT CANBERRA

The Skating At Festival will be returning to Canberra these winter school holidays offering a unique winter wonderland ice skating experience.

Now in its second year, Canberra’s Skating At pop-up ice-skating rink will be located in the city centre at Garema Place.

This affordable family-friendly event is ideal for people of all ages and skill levels as Skating At will offer something for everyone. The open-air ice rink offers a world-class family friendly entertainment precinct with magical lighting, music, fantastic rides including ice slides, jumping castles and delicious food and drink options.

Happening Friday 29 June – Sunday 22 July at Garema Place, Canberra City. Tickets cost between $10–$26pp.

See the website for times and further information.

LIFELINE CANBERRA BOOKFAIR

Lose yourself at Canberra’s biggest Bookfair! Join Lifeline Canberra and check out the huge range of books, movies, music, games, comics and more, at the usual low prices.

Entry is by gold coin donation. Visit their website for more information.

Bookfairs raise a major portion of the funding needed to keep the local 13 11 14 crisis support service available to the community.

Happening Friday 13 July to Sunday 15 July from 9am-4pm at Canberra Southern Cross Stadium, 7 Pitman Street, Greenway.

See the website for more information.

CHRISTINE ANU: IN CONVERSATION AND SONG

Christine Anu will perform a selection of songs from her acclaimed career, and share personal anecdotes on life, her advocacy work for diversity and inclusion, and the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Australian culture.

Happening Thursday 12 July from 6:30pm-7:40pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION (FINAL MONTH)

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Showing until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history

As conceptually thrilling as it is aesthetically rich, So Fine features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history.

Forming part of the Portrait Gallery’s twentieth birthday celebrations, the exhibition enriches the contemporary narrative around Australia’s history and biography, reflecting the tradition of storytelling in our country.

So Fine’s contributing artists – of various ages and backgrounds, and hailing from different parts of Australia – have all created new works for the exhibition. Aside from gender, their common attributes are a meticulous approach to creation, driven by considered, nuanced thinking. Their works are intricate, refined and affecting objects that reconceive events, people and places from Australia’s past.

The artists involved are Shirley PurdieLinde IvimeyBern EmmerichsLeah King-SmithNusra Latif QureshiNicola DicksonPamela See (Xue Mei-Ling)Fiona McMonagleValerie Kirk and Carol McGregor. Charged with these makers’ passionate, intensely individual takes, and incorporating themes from pre-history to the present, So Fine challenges and delights, as well as interrogating the boundaries of contemporary portraiture.

Showing until Monday 1 October at the National Portrait Gallery. See the website for more information.

CHINESE HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE, CASINO CANBERRA

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

FOOD & DRINK

EPIC DAY OUT

EPIC Day Out is back on the 14 – 15 July from 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Bring the family: the kids can play in the Nerf Arena, and with the Reptile Farm, the magician, bubble artist, the mirror maze and more …. there’s a lot to do! Meanwhile graze the Indulge Coffee and Chocolate booths, enjoy the live music and the Demonstration Stage. Feeling decadent? Book a spot in the High Coffee Lounge (numbers are limited).

Still not enough? Try the Rustic Room – wine and beer samples, dried meats, olives and oils, hobbies and crafts, even a caricaturist.

Happening Saturday 14 July from 10am at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell.

See the website for more information.

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

 Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening until Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.

FRESH SCIENCE ACT

Drinks, food, fireworks and science. Come and watch as fresh, young scientists present their work at a pub event with a difference.

The ten young scientists will describe their scientific discoveries in the time it takes a party sparkler to burn out.

Over one hundred early-career scientists around Australia nominated for Fresh Science 2018. You’ll be meeting the ten selected for Fresh Science ACT. They’ll tell us about their discoveries and you’ll have the chance to ask them more.

Join us as the ACT’s freshest young scientists strut their stuff in King O’Malley’s. Tickets are free but bookings are essential. Meals and drinks available at pub prices.

Fresh Science is a national competition that helps early-career researchers share their stories of discovery and gain national media coverage for their work.

Happening Wednesday 11 July at King O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 131 City Walk.

See the website for more information.

TOM’S HOLY TRINITY OF TRUFFLE WORSHIP – COOK, PAIR AND PRESERVE

Tom’s Holy Trinity of Truffle Worship – Cook, Pair and Preserve your way through a two course lunch with wines, out on their sunny deck, led by Tom the Chef. Children can dine on the normal children’s menu.

Contentious Collectors Club Members claim your discount by logging in to purchase.

Happening Saturday 14 July at Contentious Character Vineyard, Winery, Cellar door and Kitchen, 810 Norton Road, NSW.

See the website for more information.

TRUFFLES, WINE & JAZZ

Get among the hunt this Truffle Festival Season. Mercure Canberra invites you to Truffles in July.

This free event encourages you to enjoy the evening with the truffle treats, wine tastings and free entertainment.

Wine Tasting from local wineries in the Canberra Region and Food Stalls with Macenmist Truffles Inspired Dishes from and bop the night away with Tilt Trio Jazz Band.

Happening Saturday 14 July from 4:30pm-7pm at Mercure Canberra, 39 Limestone Avenue, Braddon.

See the website for more information.

NAIDOC WEEK INDIGENOUS CULTURAL TOUR: BUSH TUCKER FORAGE

Explore the picturesque gardens of the National Gallery of Australia with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through bush tucker foraging. Then discover the designs, patterns and stories of Indigenous Australians in a tour of the most comprehensive collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in the world.

Happening Tuesday 10 July from 10am-12pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

TIPSY TEA AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM

It’s always time for tea at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, Tipsy Tea that is! Kicking off from two every Saturday and Sunday, Tipsy Tea is perfect for those seeking a little adventure.

Tipsy Tea (65 pp), in true White Rabbit style combines classic high tea flare with signature concoctions encouraging the curious to explore their senses. To eat, you are greeted by a 3- tier platter with an array of flavoursome bites including; spiced pork sausage rolls, smoked salmon and cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches and semi-dried tomato and caramelised onion tarts. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try the sour rhubarb and marshmallow tarts or the delightful dark chocolate and peanut brownies topped with caramel icing.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm at White Rabbit Cocktail Room, 65 Northbourne Avenue, City.

Book your table via [email protected] or on (02) 6257 7779.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

CHINESE HIGH TEA AT NATURAL NINE, CASINO CANBERRA

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

GARDEN BAR HAPPY HOUR

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

FRIDAY SOIRÉE AT BUVETTE

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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.

TACO TUESDAY

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. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

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. For more information visit the website.

MUSIC, STAGE AND THEATRE 

Credit: Karen Watson Photography.

CHRISTINE ANU: IN CONVERSATION AND SONG

Christine Anu will perform a selection of songs from her acclaimed career, and share personal anecdotes on life, her advocacy work for diversity and inclusion, and the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Australian culture.

Happening Thursday 12 July from 6:30pm-7:40pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

SOUND AND FURY: COLD WINTER. HOT SUMMER.

Sound and Fury flaunts and fuses the exceptional skills of performance artists in an exciting party format. Expect punchy music, theatre, dance, spoken word and live art. This is a late-night, live art party at its best.

After an acclaimed season at NZ Fringe and a sell-out show at Art, Not Apart 2018, Sound and Fury returns to NewActon in the beautiful Makeshift space to warm the winter blues with a knock-out party. Space is seriously limited – don’t miss out.

Happening Sunday 14 July from 8pm-11pm at Makeshift, 2 Phillip Law Street, Nishi, Acton.

See the website for more information.

IAN MOSS – NATIONAL THEATRE TOUR

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. While primarily recognised as an axeman of tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.

Fate intervened when he answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia and that made such an undeniable impact that they are now etched in the Australian music psyche forever. That band was Cold Chisel.

2018 will bring a new chapter in Ian’s career as he releases the new self-titled studio album, his sixth, and heads to the road for what will be his biggest national tour in decades. In 2007 he told the Sydney Morning Herald, “I haven’t made my definitive album yet.”

Ten years later with his the self-titled Ian Moss, he might have just done that.

Happening Friday 13 July from 8pm-10pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

LIGHTBULB IMPROV: AFTER DARK

Join the Lightbulb players as they use comedy to explore all that lies between twilight and dawn. Lightbulb Improv is Canberra’s freshest comedy ensemble, performing at Smiths Alternative every month.

All based on audience suggestion, watch the Lightbulb players create an unscripted comedy variety show. In a lively and daring journey, the players craft stories, games, songs and fearless theatre that frees the mind, delights the intellect and basically distills the meaning of life!

Cast includes: Amy Crawford, Angela Ford, Byron Fay, David Woodgate, Helen Way, Jeremy Strasser, Laura Griffin, Lou Maconachie, Luke Atchison, Michael Carter and Rosie Stevens.

Happening Friday 13 July from 7:30pm-9pm at Smiths Alternative, Melbourne Building, 59-81 London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.

ZOMBIE SHEEP OF MURRUMBIDGEE

Daniel Kelly will be playing through the songs from his ‘Zombie Sheep of the Murrumbidgee’ album at the Liberty Theatre.

The album is a collection of folk ballads written about the Yass Valley going back to the 1830’s. There will be two shows/performances. One in the afternoon at 2pm and one in the evening at 6:30 pm. Another local singer, Jess Keating, will open the evening concert.

Doors open at 1:30pm/6pm, tickets are available at the door.

Happening Saturday 14 July at Liberty Theatre, 165 Comur Street, NSW.

See the website for more information.

Dr Hubble’s Bubble Show

See some really big and amazing bubbles in Dr Hubble’s Bubble Show on the 11 and 12 July at Le Petit Grand Theatre. Gone are the days of simple bubble blowing with this unique show you will be able to see bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles and even the new amazing explode-a-bubble altogether. There is interactive fun to be had with the Human Bubble, where one lucky child will actually get to be inside a bubble!

Tickets $22 for adults, $16.50 for children. More information via the website.

Papillon Unplugged

A spectacular and debaucherous buffet of circus, cabaret and comedy, will turn typical circus on it’s head at Le Petit Grand Grande Theatre from 12 to 14 July and 19 to 21 July. In 2016 Papillon took Canberra by storm, and now they are back, more intimate, up close and personal, and ‘unplugged’. Expect spectacular acrobatics, cheeky cabaret and risqué circus, but in a La petite tent theatre where you can see… everything.

Please note the Papillon Unplugged show is geared towards adults. Rated M 15+. Recommended under 18 accompanied by an adult. Tickets $38.50, find more information here.

James and the Giant Peach

Award-winning theatre company Child Players ACT are proud to present Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach these July school holidays.

This incredible show is suitable for preschoolers and above (be aware show is 2 hours long) and is really special because it is performed BY kids FOR kids.

James and James and the Giant Peach is the story of a young boy who lives with his dreadful aunts until, one day, something magical happens.A giant peach grows in the aunts’ garden and James escapes in the peach with his new friends, including a giant grasshopper and centipede. James and his friends experience many adventures as they travel across the world in their giant peach. Along the way James discovers the joys of freedom, fun and friendship.

The show runs from the 12-21 July and tickets are $18. Find more information via the website.

ANDREW BLANCH: FROM LATIN AMERICA AND BEYOND

Rising star guitarist and ex-Canberran Andrew Blanch performs works from Latin America and beyond, having just recently returned from Spain where he was an invited artist at the Festival Guitarra Maestro Joaquin Rodrigo, held in Quartell, Spain.

Andrew’s program will include music from Venezuela, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico and Paraguay alongside classical compositions by J.S. Bach, Manuel de Falla and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Andrew is recognised as one of Australia’s leading young classical guitarists. He made his solo recital debut at the Sydney Opera House in 2017 to critical acclaim and to date his career has taken him around the world. His debut CD Spanish Guitar Music “secured this young musician’s place amongst a glittering Australian classical guitar constellation” (Limelight Magazine).

In addition to his solo activities, Andrew is involved in numerous collaborations including: The José Carbó Trio, his guitar duo with Ariel Nurhadi, chamber string quartets and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Nigel Westlake himself.

Andrew has won ten major competition prizes including First Place in both the Melbourne International Guitar Competition and the Whitworth- Roach Classical Music Competition.

Admission to this concert is by registration only, from 15 June 2018.

Happening at Sunday 15 July from 1:30pm-2:30 pm at High Court of Australia, 40 Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

PORTRAIT PLAY: BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN!

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries, inspired by NAIDOC week.

For children aged 4 to 8 to share with family and friends. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Happening Monday 9 July to Friday 20 July from 10:15am-11:15am at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

HANDEL IN THE THEATRE

Tobias Cole and the dramatic ensemble of Handel’s opera Susanna in open rehearsal, giving Canberra music-lovers the chance to observe the rehearsal process and get to know the music.

Happening Sunday 15 July to Sunday 19 August from 10:30am-12pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Switzerland

Patricia Highsmith, the famous, and eccentric, author of The Talented Mr Ripley, and Carol is living in seclusion in Switzerland with just her books and antique guns for company. When she is visited by an eager and naive editor from her publishing house, who has been tasked with convincing her to write one last Ripley, a thrilling game begins.

But who is the hunter, and who is the prey?

From the company that brought you the critically acclaimed Playhouse Creatures, comes this brilliant production of Joanna Murray Smith’s taut psychological thriller. Starring Canberra’s own Karen Vickery (Winner Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 2014 Canberra Area Theatre Awards) and Lachlan Ruffy (Channel 9’s Quartermaine) it’s a rollercoaster ride that will take you right to the edge…

Happening 3-14 July at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic.

More information and tickets here.

Circus Winter Wonderland

Circus Winter Wonderland is a family circus extravaganza taking over Le Petit Grand Theatre from July 7 to 22!

A 45-minute show packed with amazing acrobatics, stacks of silliness, perfect for children aged 3+ and the young at heart. This high energy circus show has been performed to massive crowds all over the country, a fun show packed with circus stunts and laughs for kids and adults alike.

Happening until 22 July in Garema Place, Canberra City.

Find more information via the website.

FILM 

RBG – Preview Screening

This week, Dendy Cinema Canberra will be hosting a preview screening of the film RBG.

At the age of 85, U.S Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has built an impressive legal legacy as a pioneer in gender equality. RBG explore the inspiring and unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the USA’s highest court – and her impact along the way – changing the rules, shaping the laws and becoming an unexpected pop-culture icon. Directed by Betsy West and Julie CohenRBG features plenty of footage of Ginsburg from throughout her career, as well as interviews with Ginsburg’s family, friends and colleagues, and appearances from Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg, among others.

Happening Wednesday 11 July from 6.30pm at Dendy Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Civic.

Find tickets and more information here.

School Holidays Screenings at the NFSA

These school holidays, the NFSA offers movies for a wide range of tastes and ages. The theme of the first week is Animal Kingdom. Marsupials, equines, reptiles and other critters with one thing in common: they all became movie stars! In week two, Kids save the day. Because kids love action and scares too – a selection of family-friendly films by Ozploitation master Brian Trenchard-Smith.

Happening across the school holidays from 9-20 July. Tickets $5, find the full program here.

WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY FREE FILM SCREENING

See two classic Australian films for free this school holidays at Parliament House courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

Storm Boy (PG)
Tues 10 July, 10.00am
Tues 17 July, 2.00pm

Bran Nue Dae (PG)
Tues 10 July, 2.00pm
Tues 17 July, 10.00am

Location: Theatre, level 1

During your stay at Parliament House pop into the Queen’s Terrace Café–it is a family friendly café that offers exceptional coffee, scrumptious meals and delectable sweets, with striking views to the War Memorial. Visit the Queen’s Terrace Café during winter and receive a “Trio of Treats” and a hot beverage for just $7.50.

Please note we recommend visitors arrive at least 20 minutes before an event for screening and check-in.

Public parking is available in the underground carpark at the front of Parliament House. Parking is free on weekends, public holidays and for the first two hours on weekdays.

Happening Tuesday 10 July to Tuesday 17 July at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, City.

See the website for more information

ESSENTIAL KARUISMAKIL SELECTED BY DAVID STRATTON

The NFSA, Sydney Film Festival, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) present a program of 10 essential films directed by the great Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, curated by David Stratton.

Aki Kaurismäki is a master of the deadpan. Finland’s most celebrated filmmaker was born in the small town of Orimattila, north-east of Helsinki, in 1957 and as a young man discovered the films of Bresson, Ozu and Melville. He formed a production company, Villealfa (after Godard’s Alphaville) with his older brother, Miki, and directed his first film, Crime and Punishment, in 1983. He is the complete auteur, producing, directing, scripting and usually editing his films.

Happening until Wednesday 11 July at Arc Cinema, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Tickets cost $15pp.

Visit the website for more details.

FESTIVALS

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION 

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening Friday 1 June–Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.

Lyneham Commons 3rd Birthday Party

The Lyneham Commons are hosting a free community event to celebrate the 3rd birthday of the Food Forest. This is an event not to be missed with live music, food stalls selling hot food, coffee and cakes, children’s activities and a range of other stalls celebrating nature and community in Canberra.

Warm up with our outdoor heating or hot coffee and enjoy a winter day out in one of Canberra’s most unusual public spaces. Come and enjoy the atmosphere, meet your neighbours, and see what your community has to offer! Food and drinks for sale, but feel free to bring a picnic to share if you prefer or forage in the forest. For updates check out our Facebook event. Happening Sunday 15 July from 11am to 3pm at Lyneham Commons, off Hall St in Lyneham.

MARKETS

LIFELINE CANBERRA BOOKFAIR

Lose yourself at Canberra’s biggest Bookfair! Join Lifeline Canberra and check out the huge range of books, movies, music, games, comics and more, at the usual low prices.

Entry is by gold coin donation. Visit their website for more information.

Bookfairs raise a major portion of the funding needed to keep the local 13 11 14 crisis support service available to the community.

Happening Friday 13 July to Sunday 15 July from 9am-4pm at Canberra Southern Cross Stadium, 7 Pitman Street, Greenway.

See the website for more information.

Hartley Hall Markets

You’ll have so much to choose from such as; unique gifts, artwork, home baked goods, dog/cat beds and treats, plants, jewellery, fresh produce, woodwork, crafts and much more – over 200 stalls!

Enjoy the lovely rustic atmosphere where you will find live music, great food and plenty of entertainment for the children to enjoy such as a petting zoo, pony rides, jumping castle, face painting and a giant slide.

Entry is by gold coin donation or our new Tap and Go donation devise and all of the proceeds from the Hartley Hall Markets are contributed to Hartley Lifecare which provides accommodation, respite, community services and assisted technology to people with physical and complex disabilities living in the ACT and surrounding regions.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical-free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro-farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12 pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS 

Mid-Winter Nights at Questacon

Experience Questacon like never before with our after-hours winter spectacular. Be amazed by a science show, lose yourself stargazing, get creative with our winter crafts and fill up on tasty food!

Our eight action-packed galleries will also be open – so immerse yourself in the ultimate family friendly winter activity these July school holidays with Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon!

Book tickets via the Questacon website to avoid missing out.

Happening from Wednesday 11 July to Saturday 14 July at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

CONSTITUTION DAY SPEAKERS’ FORUM: PARLIAMENT AND CITIZENSHIP

Why have so many parliamentarians recently fallen foul of section 44 (1) of the Constitution?

Hear what the experts have to say on the ‘citizenship fiasco’. The panel will discuss the legislative powers of parliament and whether the views on dual citizenship within section 44 (1) of the Constitution are reflective of contemporary, multicultural Australia.

Moderated by Paul Barclay from ABC RN’s Big Ideas.

Refreshments included.

Free, bookings essential.

Live stream and join the conversation: on facebook.com/naagovau.

Happening Monday 9 July from 5pm-8pm at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Members Dining Rooms 2 and 3, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

ON WAR: AN EPIC: THE CAPTURE OF CHIPILLY SPUR, 9 AUGUST 1918

Dr Lucas Jordan reveals the story of the six Australian souvenir hunters who crossed the Somme River and captured Chipilly Spur during what was arguably the most decisive battle of the war.

Happening Monday 9 July from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

1968: THEN AND NOW

The generation that made 1968 sought to change the world and to change themselves, shaped by three political conflicts—the Second World War, the Cold War and the Third World revolution—and by the youth cultural revolution of the 1960s. Paris is generally seen to be the epicentre of protest in 1968, but it was a global revolt that stretched from Mexico to Prague and from Belfast to Cape Town.

Professor of Modern History Robert Gildea (University of Oxford) examines the May 1968 protests in France and the impact that continues to be felt 50 years on.

Happening Tuesday 10 July from 6pm-7pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

NAIDOC WEEK: INDIGENOUS CULTURE TOUR: BUSH TUCKER FORAGE

Explore the picturesque gardens of the National Gallery of Australia with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through bush tucker foraging. Then discover the designs, patterns and stories of Indigenous Australians in a tour of the most comprehensive collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in the world.

Happening Tuesday 10 July from 10am-12pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Discover the stories behind the building on a special tour of Parliament House. Learn how the building’s impressive architecture is symbolic of our national identity and gain a rare view into private areas.

These tours run only on non-sitting days (except Christmas Day and when seasonal tours are running).

We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your tour or event for screening and check-in as places are limited to 10 participants. tours operate for 55 mins.

For security purposes, all participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation to join any behind the scenes tours or events. If you do not have these, you will be unable to participate.

Participants on a paid tour can take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchase from The Parliament Shop on the day of the tour.

Happening until March 2019 at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill.

See the website for more information.

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience.

Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30am
Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories.

Behind The Scenes – Thursdays at 2 pm
Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2 pm
Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

Tours running until Thursday 31 May at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more detailed information visit the website.

ART FOR LUNCH

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection. Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening every Thursday until November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

STEPPING FORWARD: COMBINING SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH LIGHT EXERCISE

This free group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence.

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend.

Complete the online contact form to register.

SPORT

RAIDERS V NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

The Cowboys prevailed against the Raiders at GIO Stadium in 2017 and the visitors will be back with inspirational duo Jonathan Thurston and Matt Scott this time round. The green machine will need a big turnout to get them over the line this time round.

Happening Saturday 13 July at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

ICW INSANEASYLUM 18

ICW returns to the Tuggeranong Community Centre to present: The 18 Annuual, Insaneasylum (The biggest aussie wrestling event of the year)

Featuring: ICW Champion Nick Maltino, Chris Shadows, Mike Kelly, Nyx Jade, Rex, Wrath, Dr. Archer, John Raymond, High Octane, STA & Many More.

All Ages Welcome – Fun for the Whole Family.

Happening Saturday 14 July from 5:30pm at the Tuggeranong Community Centre, Cowlishaw Street, Greenway.

See the website for more information.

SKATING AT CANBERRA

The Skating At Festival will be returning to Canberra these winter school holidays offering a unique winter wonderland ice skating experience.

Now in its second year, Canberra’s Skating At pop-up ice-skating rink will be located in the city centre at Garema Place.

This affordable family-friendly event is ideal for people of all ages and skill levels as Skating At will offer something for everyone. The open-air ice rink offers a world-class family-friendly entertainment precinct with magical lighting, music, fantastic rides including ice slides, jumping castles and delicious food and drink options.

Happening until Sunday 22 July at Garema Place, Canberra City. Tickets cost between $10–$26pp.

See the website for times and further information.

Telstra Play Smart™ School Holiday Sport Clinic featuring Canberra Raiders Captain Jarrod Croker

Join Jarrod Croker this school holidays at Play Smart™!

Designed to inspire confidence, resilience and teamwork, Telstra Play Smart™ is a free, fun and interactive program for 12-16-year-olds taking place on July 9 from 4 pm. Practice rugby league skills with the NRL Canberra Raiders Captain Jarrod Croker & learn how to tackle bullying head on – with cyber safety experts PROJECT ROCKIT.

Happening Monday 9 July from 4 pm at Raiders Belconnen, Harwick Crescent, Holt.

Get your cleats on and register because places will fill fast!

Find more information here.

OUTDOORS

Credit: Martin Ollman

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening until Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out the website for more information.

STORIES IN THE FOREST

Join us on a story quest through our hundred-year-old Cork oak forest. As we walk through the forest, help discover what has happened to winter (Hint: Winter has been stolen) and find out why our forest needs winter to thrive.

Rug up warm and wear sturdy, closed shoes. The program will still run in light rain.

Suitable for children aged 4 years – 8 years. Suitable for sturdy strollers. Parents are welcome to attend free of charge.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Happening Wednesday 11 July to Friday 13 July from 10:30am-12pm at the National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive.

See the website for more information.

ENDANGERED TREES WALK

Join an experienced guide to walk through many of the Arboretum’s forests of endangered species, learning why they are classified as endangered and how the Arboretum is working to conserve the species.

Walk will last about two hours and participants will require a moderate level of fitness. Please wear sturdy covered footwear and dress for the weather conditions.

Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre

Bookings essential as places are limited.

Happening Sunday 15 July from 9:30am-11:30am at the National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Village Centre.

See the website for more information

STROMLO PUBLIC ASTRONOMY NIGHT

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite the Canberra community to attend our public observing nights of 2018. Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon, and beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes.

Professor Trevor Ireland is located in the Research School of Earth Sciences at the ANU. He is Group Leader for Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry which sees him looking at the preservation of interstellar stardust in meteorites. Professor Ireland is currently involved in two missions to return samples from meteorites: Hayabusa 2 will arrive at the asteroid Ryugu in June and Osiris-REx will arrive at the asteroid Bennu in August.

Bookings are essential and entry is by gold coin donation. Warm clothing is recommended. The café will also be open to serve food and drink.

In the event of cloudy/bad weather, stargazing will be cancelled (the talks will occur regardless of the weather). We will post updates on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MtStromlo/.

Happening Friday 13 July at Mount Stromlo Observatory Visitor Centre, Cotter Road, Weston Creek.

See the website for more information.

SKATING AT CANBERRA 

The Skating At Festival will be returning to Canberra these winter school holidays offering a unique winter wonderland ice skating experience.

Now in its second year, Canberra’s Skating At pop-up ice-skating rink will be located in the city centre at Garema Place.

This affordable family-friendly event is ideal for people of all ages and skill levels as Skating At will offer something for everyone. The open-air ice rink offers a world-class family friendly entertainment precinct with magical lighting, music, fantastic rides including ice slides, jumping castles and delicious food and drink options.

Happening until Sunday 22 July at Garema Place, Canberra City. Tickets cost between $10–$26pp.

See the website for times and further information.

KIDS 

Telstra Play Smart™ School Holiday Sport Clinic featuring Canberra Raiders Captain Jarrod Croker

Join Jarrod Croker this school holidays at Play Smart™!

Designed to inspire confidence, resilience and teamwork, Telstra Play Smart™ is a free, fun and interactive program for 12-16-year-olds taking place on July 9 from 4 pm. Practice rugby league skills with the NRL Canberra Raiders Captain Jarrod Croker & learn how to tackle bullying head on – with cyber safety experts PROJECT ROCKIT.

Happening Monday 9 July from 4 pm at Raiders Belconnen, Harwick Crescent, Holt.

Get your cleats on and register because places will fill fast!

Find more information here.

Mid-Winter Nights at Questacon

Experience Questacon like never before with our after-hours winter spectacular. Be amazed by a science show, lose yourself stargazing, get creative with our winter crafts and fill up on tasty food!

Our eight action-packed galleries will also be open – so immerse yourself in the ultimate family friendly winter activity these July school holidays with Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon!

Book tickets via the Questacon website to avoid missing out.

Happening from Wednesday 11 July to Saturday 14 July at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

LITTLE BEAUTY

Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, Little Beauty is a playful, vivid theatrical journey depicting the desire to capture beauty and immortalise it in portraiture. Created by Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image, a multi-award-winning company making productions for children and families.

Happening from Tuesday 3 July to Sunday 22 July from 11:30am-12:30pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

PLAYUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

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

Ages 5-12.

Bookings are essential. Register here.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

2018 KANGA CUP

The Kanga Cup is the largest International Youth Football Tournament in the Southern Hemisphere. Held annually each July in Canberra, the week-long event proudly champions the mission of Uniting the Youth of the World through Football.

The Kanga Cup is an unrivalled week of football and fun with a busy days of football partnered by a great social program including a massive Opening Ceremony, and a variety of optional events for teams to participate in throughout the week!

We are pleased to invite your team to take part in the 2018 Kanga Cup in Canberra, Australia.

Test yourself against teams from around Australia or overseas at the largest International Football Tournament in the Southern Hemisphere – The Kanga Cup!

Happening from Sunday 8 July to Friday 13 July on fields all over Canberra.

See the website for more information.

WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY FREE FILM SCREENING

See two classic Australian films for free this school holidays at Parliament House courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

Storm Boy (PG)
Tues 10 July, 10.00am
Tues 17 July, 2.00pm

Bran Nue Dae (PG)
Tues 10 July, 2.00pm
Tues 17 July, 10.00am

Location: Theatre, level 1

During your stay at Parliament House pop into the Queen’s Terrace Café–it is a family friendly café that offers exceptional coffee, scrumptious meals and delectable sweets, with striking views to the War Memorial. Visit the Queen’s Terrace Café during winter and receive a “Trio of Treats” and a hot beverage for just $7.50.

Please note we recommend visitors arrive at least 20 minutes before an event for screening and check-in.

Public parking is available in the underground carpark at the front of Parliament House. Parking is free on weekends, public holidays and for the first two hours on weekdays.

Happening Tuesday 10 July to Tuesday 17 July at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, City.

See the website for more information

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT

Want to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays in a safe environment? School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Swim Intensive, Soccer, AFL and a general Sports Vacation Program.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Full day or weekly programs available.

Happening from Monday 9 July to Friday 20 July from 8am-5:30pm at the Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce.

See the website for more information.

TEEN START-UP: PRESENTATION SKILLS

Having to speak in front of an audience can be stressful for adults let alone children. However, public speaking is an increasingly important skill both at school and in the workplace.

The Teen Start-Up: Presentation Skills workshop helps students to learn these skills at an early age through game-based activities; discussion and role play.

The program is suitable for students aged 11-16 years.
– Content (choosing your topic, organising your talk, telling your story, openings, transitions and closes)
– Delivery (emotion, language, humour, verbal and non-verbal delivery)
– Design (slides, video, presence and props)
– Context (putting it all into practice)

Happening Tuesday 10 July 2018 from 9am-4pm at the Fairbairn Function Centre, 49 Laverton Avenue, Fairbairn.

See the website for more information.

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 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.

EXHIBITIONS

Cartier Paris. Crocodile necklace 1975 special order, gold, yellow diamonds, emeralds, rubies 30 and 27.3 cm (length each) Collection Cartier © Cartier Photo Nils Herrmann Made as a special order for María Félix.

CARTIER: THE EXHIBITION (FINAL MONTH)

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Showing until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

Mid-Winter Nights at Questacon

Experience Questacon like never before with our after-hours winter spectacular. Be amazed by a science show, lose yourself stargazing, get creative with our winter crafts and fill up on tasty food!

Our eight action-packed galleries will also be open – so immerse yourself in the ultimate family friendly winter activity these July school holidays with Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon!

Book tickets via the Questacon website to avoid missing out.

Happening from Wednesday 11 July to Saturday 14 July at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

BRIAN TRENCHARD-SMITH: OZPLOITATION KING

The NFSA presents a retrospective of the work of Ozploitation king, Brian Trenchard-Smith. Director of BMX Bandits and The Man From Hong Kong, Trenchard-Smith has also made many tele-movies, TV episodes and over 100 trailers for Hammer horror films and Australian films in the 1970s and 80s. This season, selected by our Film and TV curators in consultation with Trenchard-Smith, is drawn almost entirely from the NFSA collection.

Happening Friday 13 July to Thursday 26 July at Arc cinema, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITION ‘MACROCOSMIA: ELIZABETH KELLY’

Leading glass artist Elizabeth Kelly will present a new body of work developed over the course of a decade; the result of extensive research into organic structures of viruses, cellular life forms, marine invertebrates and pollen grains.

Macrocosmia features a series of large‐scale, free‐standing sculptural works realised through a process of cross‐disciplinary collaboration between the artist, a theoretical astrophysicist and an engineer.

Elizabeth Kelly commenced her career in glass with a two‐year full time factory traineeship in glass blowing in 1985 at the JamFactory in Adelaide. Post training, she undertook studies at the Adelaide Centre for the ARTS, transferring to the Australian National University School of Art to complete a degree in Visual Art. In 1997 Kelly commenced a three‐year contract as Head of Glass Workshop at the JamFactory. In 2003 she established Studio Tangerine in Canberra, a purpose built self‐funded glass design and sculpture studio where she continues to work.

Happening Thursday 12 July to Saturday 25 August from 10am-5pm at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building.

See the website for more information.

EXHIBITION MARK MAKING

Mark making will present new work from Australian contemporary jewellery studio, Bench.

Established in 2012, Bench is a collective workspace home to emerging and early career contemporary jewellers Nellie Peoples, Clare Poppi, Andy Lowrie and Katie Stormonth, who together explore and manipulate the crossover between visual art, craft, fashion and design.

Mark making will reflect on the act of leaving or making a mark. From a consumer point of view, jewellery may be collected or gifted to mark a significant moment in time, but from a maker’s point of view, a mark on or represented by a piece of jewellery can be a nuanced consideration. The exhibition will present works that consider different and unique ways that four Bench members interpret the act of mark making.

Happening Thursday 12 July to Saturday 25 August from 10am-5pm at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building.

See the website for more information.

HEADHUNT!

Explore, connect, create. A new interactive Gallery experience for visitors aged 7 to 15 (and their adults!) The experience encourages kids to take the lead and explore the Gallery, look closely at the portraits that intrigue them, and delve into artistic elements as well as the stories of the people depicted. Weekends and school holidays.

Happening Monday 9 July to Sunday 26 August from 10am-4pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

CRAFTING THE HOUSE IN THE HILL: ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN IN THE BUILDING OF AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT HOUSE

During the 30th anniversary year of Australian Parliament House, this exhibition reveals the stories behind some of the building’s major art and design commissions and explores how these works connect Australia’s most intriguing public building with its first people, landscape, creative spirit and the principles of democracy.

In their winning design scheme for Australian Parliament House, Mitchell / Giurgola & Thorp Architects envisaged a structure of national significance that was sensitively located within a regional landscape. The guiding design themes of land, place and identity are carefully mapped into the building’s architecture, surrounding landscaping and works of art commissioned from some of Australia’s finest practitioners in ceramics, glass, painting, sculpture, textiles and wood.

In partnership with Australian Parliament House and the National Archives of Australia.

Happening Saturday 7 July to Sunday 4 November at the Canberra Museum and Gallery,
Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square, City.

See the website for more information.

NGA PLAY: KELLIE O’DEMPSEY: THE NEVER-ENDING LINE

Kellie O’Dempsey invites you into her living sketchbook, an immersive space of moving marks and dancing lines. Digital projections collide with traditional drawing in a series of dynamic and colourful experiences and creative opportunities.

Contribute to the unique drawing journey as you follow the never ending line to shadow puppets, 3D drawing constructions and live animation before getting into the drawing rink for an immersive drawing experience. The never-ending line investigates drawing as a way of collaboration and transformation and features sound elements composed by Michael Dick.

Showing until Sunday 28 October from 10 am – 5 pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

 ‘SANCTUARY: A YEAR AT MULLIGANS FLAT’ EXHIBITION 

Sanctuary’ is an exhibition of paintings of the unique and vulnerable creatures who call Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary home, by emerging Canberran artist Emily Birks.

Emily uses ink or oil pastel to express the colour, pattern, and texture of fur and feathers while focusing on the animal itself. Her close connection to native wildlife through animal rescue and encounters as a wildlife carer have given her a desire to share with the viewer how lucky we are to live in Australia with these remarkable creatures.

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is a nature reserve in the north of Canberra that is restoring wildlife long-ago made extinct from the area by predators and land-clearing. A year-long artists residency allowed Emily create a series of paintings focussing on the particularly vulnerable animals that find sanctuary at Mulligans Flat.

This exhibition is for everyone who loves living in the ‘Bush Capital’. It is for those who love animals, art and science and have an interest in the nationally-important conservation work being done in our own ‘backyard’.

Happening until 22 July from 10am–4pm Thursdays to Sundays at Strathnairn Arts Gallery, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt. Free entry.

Visit the website for further details.

STUDIES WITH LIGHT: WORKS IN GLASS BY KIRSTIE REA AND LUCY PALMER

Canberra based artists Kirstie Rea and Lucy Palmer use glass for its transparency, fragility and optics, each exploring the concepts of seeing light and capturing a fleeting moment. In their upcoming exhibition the artists showcase their exceptional skill in their medium while further investigating their shared fascination with light.

Rea creates sculptural and photographic works that bring together her extensive technical glass making skills. The interplay of photographic imagery and layers of textured glass creates a feeling of gentle movement, capturing a moment in time, acting as a reminder of the motion of the body as it passes through the landscape, breathing in the surroundings.

Palmer creates small sculptural, coloured lens-like works which capture the light and quite literally change before your eyes as you move around. The interaction of glass and light compels the viewer to see the physical object and the refracted light that is created. These interactions are playful, mesmerising or delicate depending on the time of day or type of light.

Happening until Sunday 12 August at Suki and Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, NSW.

Check out the website for more details.

THE BARUNGA STATEMENT EXHIBITION 

In 1988, Aboriginal leaders Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM and Wenten Rubuntja AO presented the then Prime Minister, the Honourable Bob Hawke AC, with a painted petition, the Barunga Statement. The Statement is a historic declaration of self-determination and the celebration of Aboriginal culture, which continues to be of relevance today.

Parking is available most days in the Forecourt Basement car park and is free on weekends, public holidays and for the first two hours on weekdays. Paid parking machines are prominently located at the end of the carpark closest to the main entrance.

Showing until Sunday 29 July from 9am–5pm at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive. Entry is free.

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PICASSO THE VOLLARD SUITE

Pablo Picasso’s Vollard Suite is regarded as one of the greatest print suites ever made, and perhaps the most enigmatic and famous of the twentieth century. The National Gallery of Australia is one of the few cultural institutions in the world to hold the complete set of 100 engraved prints.

Pablo Picasso’s trip to the great cultural and artistic centres of Rome, Naples and Florence had a profound effect on the course of his work during the 1920s and 1930s, a period that saw him embrace classical and mythological themes and imagery, culminating in the one hundred etchings in the Vollard suite 1930–37.

Picasso aligned his creativity and sexuality with the mythical figure of the Minotaur, memorialising his connection to ‘the untameable beast’ in The Vollard Suite. This collection provides intimate insight into the mind of the 20th century’s most celebrated and influential modern artist, capturing his reflections on ambition, immortality, fallibility, vitality, and obsession.

Showing until Monday 24 September at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information. 

BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN

This display highlights some of the stunning works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women artists held in the Parliament House Art Collection.

Additional information: Parking is available most days in the Forecourt Basement car park—parking is free on weekends, public holidays and for the first two hours on weekdays. Paid parking machines are prominently located at the end of the carpark closest to the main entrance.

Showing until Sunday 29 July from 9am–5pm at Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive. Entry is free.

See the website for more details.

INDIGENOUS CONNECTIONS AND COLLECTIONS TOUR

Take our Indigenous Connections and Collections tour to learn more about the connections between Australian Parliament House and the first peoples of Australia. See inspiring works of art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Parliament House Art Collection and discover their unique stories. 

Happening until Sunday 15 July 2018 at the Australian Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill

See the website for more information.

A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES – AN EXHIBITION

A Tale of Two Villages tells the story of the Hall-Ginninderra district from Aboriginal times, through the early pioneer farming settlement at Palmerville and then Ginninderra, to the establishment of the village of Hall from 1881.

Happening from Saturday 21 April.

See the website for more information at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, Victoria Street, Hall.

‘The Inner Apartment’ exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art

The Inner Apartment’ – an exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art curated by Nur Shkembi will show at the Nishi Gallery.

‘The Inner Apartment’ is an exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art curated by Nur Shkembi that explores the fractured beauty of the sacred and the mundane. Featuring work by Shireen Taweel, Hoda Afshar and Leila El Rayes, ‘The Inner Apartment’ explores the ways in which ordinarily private, spiritual and deeply personal matters of the heart and mind have been turned inside-out and compelled into the public domain.

‘The Inner Apartment’ – showing at Nishi Gallery – is presented in association with the National Museum (NMA) of Australia’s exhibition ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’, and small selection of works will be on display in the NMA foyer.

Showing until Sunday 22 July. Gallery is open from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesday to Sunday at  Nishi Gallery.

Find more information via the website.

 ‘SO YOU MIGHT KNOW EACH OTHER’: FAITH AND CULTURE IN ISLAM

View intriguing objects — from clothing and ceremonial hangings to musical instruments, armour, precious manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery — that celebrate the achievements of Muslim people across the world, their daily lives, traditions and spirituality.

Featuring collections from the Vatican Anima Mundi Museum, the Sharjah Museums Authority and the National Museum of Australia.

Happening until Sunday 22 July from 9am–5pm at National Museum of Australia, 1 Lawson Crescent, Acton. Free entry.

Check out the website for more information.

FREE EXHIBITIONS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Parliament House we are running a jam-packed program of events, including two free exhibitions.

Exhibition: Design in a decade – The Design in a Decade – The 1980s

Step back in time with the Parliament House Art Collection as we revisit the 1980’s. Bold colours and geometric shapes abound in celebration of a rich decade in Australian art, craft and design.

Location: Exhibition area, level 1.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

This collection exhibition draws attention to portraits of Australians whose unique life experiences symbolise social and cultural themes. The portraits attest to the facility of photographic portraiture to convey compelling psychological depth.

Happening until Friday 7 September 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

1968: CHANGING TIMES

Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll…and a missing prime minister.

1968 was momentous. A time of tumultuous world events, including the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

At home in Australia, we struggled with the fallout from the December 1967 disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt and growing unrest about conscription for overseas military service.

From Hendrix’s blistering solos and far-out fashions to a swinging counter-culture, there was a strong sense that the world was rapidly changing. Where were we headed?

The opening of the National Library’s lakeside building in Canberra in August 1968 was a moment of national pride and achievement in the midst of this turbulent time.

Revisit the 1960s as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening, and reflect on what was happening in the world, in Australia and in Canberra at the time.

Showing until Sunday 12 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

ART DECO

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian vitalism, capturing Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture, and technology.

In the 1920s, Australian artists rebelled against the austerity of World War I to create images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian Vitalism, including Rayner Hoff’s architectural frieze Deluge – stampede of the lower gods 1927, Jean Broome-Norton’s Abundance 1934 and Napier Waller’s painting, I’ll put a girdle round about the earth 1933, which captures Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture and technology. 

Showing until Monday 31 December 2018, 7 days from 10am-5pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information, see the website.

DEEDS NOT WORDS: THE BESSIE RISCHBIETH COLLECTION

National Library of Australia is proudly representing the opportunity to see the collection of Bessie Rischbieth, a prominent figure in Australian and international feminism.

During her stay in England in 1913, Bessie Rischbieth witnessed the whirlwind of the suffragettes’ struggle for the right to vote, which was then at its height.

Fascinated by the charisma of the suffragettes and their militant actions, she gathered memorabilia of the movement, building a collection of photographs, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, suffrage periodicals, postcards and correspondence. She continued to grow the collection for the remainder of her life.

Rischbieth bequeathed this ‘living memorial’ to the National Library of Australia.

Free entry.

Showing until 19 August daily from 10 am to 5 pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus.

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

EMERGING CONTEMPORARIES

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

On display at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building.

Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

A Lifetime of Drawing Exhibition Opening

On Thursday 14 June at 6.00pm FORM Studio and Gallery warmly invites you to the opening reception A Lifetime Of Drawing by Sue Taylor. Entry is free.

Showing until 4 July, open Tuesday – Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm. More information on the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

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

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