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This Week in The Can

HerCanberra Team

It’s almost time for the Easter Bunny to arrive but there’s so much to do before he arrives this Sunday! Get folked at the National Folk Festival at EPIC this Easter long weekend, indulge the kiddies in some Easter Fun at Old Parliament House on Sunday – and find more ways to celebrate Easter here!

There always plenty do for foodies, market dwellers, sports fans and even art lovers too including a meander through the numerous, inspirational exhibitions taking place at the National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of Australia…

Here’s what’s happening This Week in The Can!


Sibelius Llewellyn Series/01

The CSO’s extraordinary Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Nicholas Milton, directs Sibelius, Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s season opener at Llewellyn Hall. The evening opens with the mesmerising wizardry of Schubert: his spectacular overture to The Magic Harp is one of the most bewitching overtures of the orchestral repertoire. To perform Dvorak’s immortal Cello Concerto, the CSO is joined by sensational young New Zealand cellist, Edward King, fresh from his riveting performances at the Australian Cello Awards. This enchanting evening concludes with the uplifting Fifth Symphony by Sibelius—in celebration of the Finnish composer’s anniversary year. This concert will be a musical celebration you must not miss. Tickets from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra website. On Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 April at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.

National Folk Festival

Canberra’s great Easter tradition – the National Folk Festival – brings musicians and their fans together for four days of festivities. Join a cultural celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, poetry and storytelling on multiple stages at the one venue. There’s a KidzFest, street and circus acts, master classes and a plenty of food stalls to keep you occupied from morning to late. Tickets available online through the National Folk Festival. On Thursday 2 April until Monday 6 April at Exhibition Park, Canberra.

Easter afterDARK Scavenger Hunt

Gather your family, bring a torch, follow the clues and discover the fascinating plant, insect and animal life in the Australian National Botanic Gardens at night. With Easter treasures and treats to be found along the way, be the first to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and take home the coveted  ‘super-sleuth’ prize. Finish your evening with supper and toasting marshmallows over the open-air fire. Children $25, adults $30. Phone (02) 6250 9588. On Friday 3 April at 7pm.

Easter Fun at Old Parliament House

Grab the kids and head along to the Great Easter Egg Trail for some Easter fun at Old Parliament House this Easter Sunday. Four exciting Easter egg trails will take you on a journey around Old Parliament House. Find the clues, collect the tokens and be rewarded at the end with yummy chocolate. On from 9am to 12pm Sunday 5 April.

Let Me Be Myself: The Story of Anne Frank

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


Backyard Produce Dinner

Your gateway to the vast array of stunning produce grown right on their doorstep, A.Baker present their intimate series of Backyard Produce Dinners to take the best fruit, vegetables and herbs that you’ve grown in your backyard and put it into their kitchen for the chefs to prepare once a month. Simple book at a table, bring in a bunch, box or bag of your best produce two to three days before the event and they’ll prepare a great dinner! The next dinner will be held Wednesday 1 April at A.Baker in the NewActon Pavilion. Limited seating so bookings are essential online or by phoning (02) 6287 6150. Tickets are $60 food and $35 for matched wines.

Launch of Young Henry’s Noble Cut Gin

How does an award-winning Newtown craft brewery boost its already stratospheric hipster cred? By launching a craft gin, of course. Not satisfied with producing a range of craft brews renowned for their subtle English style hops and malt, the Young Henry’s Brewery is taking things up a notch with the release of their Noble Cut Gin. The gin is a uniquely Australian take on the traditional London Dry style. Distilled with classic spices like juniper, orange peel, coriander and liquorice root, Young Henry’s have added a signature twist by throwing in locally-sourced enigma hops. The result is a smooth gin that calls to mind croquet lawns and summer steins in equal measure. As this city’s favourite English pub, the Durham Castle Arms, Green Square, Kingston, is the natural place for Canberrans to try their first sip of Young Henry’s Noble Cut Gin. This gin is sure to be talked about as for years to come for both its smoothness and uniqueness.  Giveaways will be available on the evening.  Don’t miss the chance to tell them you were there at the first pour. From 5pm on Thursday 2 April, the gin will be flowing along with the award-winning Young Henry’s Real Ale and other outstanding styles from the Sydney brewery.


Tid by Torchlight

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

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


Portobello Road at Old Bus Depot Markets

This Easter Sunday, forget hunting for chocolate eggs at home and head to the Old Bus Depot Markets to hunt for small antiques and collectables at the special theme day, Portobello Road, on Easter Sunday, 5 April. Canberra’s national award winning indoor Sunday market focuses on the talent and creativity of regional arts and craftspeople. Discover 200 stalls within a fabulous old industrial building offering unique handcrafted items, gourmet take home food, regional wines, and freshly ground coffee. Visitors can browse all kinds of items including funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers, retro decorative art, antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are easy to access, have ample free parking and a wide range of food stalls to enjoy a multicultural meal, a coffee or a quick bite to eat – while watching talented musicians and taking in the hustle and bustle of the markets. On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands—the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

Gorman House Markets

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


Play Up

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.

Leap into your local library

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to 2 years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories. Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.


The Chocolate Promise with Josephine Moon

‘There is almost nothing that cannot be improved by chocolate.’ Sweeten the start of your day with best-selling novelist, Josephine Moon, as she shares her new novel The Chocolate Promise over breakfast at Bookplate. Josephine likes to write stories around food (‘foodie fiction’) and thinks of her books as nourishment for the soul. And if she’d known she could claim a high tea as a legitimate research tax deduction, she would have written about food much sooner. Sometimes she prepares great, organic superpower foods and other times she eats toast. Tickets available through the National Library of Australia with prices starting from $20. On Tuesday 31 March from 7.30am to 8.30am at Bookplate Restaurant, National Library of Australia.

HEAD Space

Headspace Canberra holds free monthly public information sessions on a mental health and well-being topic. They are targeted to parents and carers of young people but open to any member of the public. This month will feature young people and a parent talking about their personal experience; and a professional in the field talking about seeking help. The audience will have opportunity to ask questions of the panel. On Tuesday 31 March from 5.30pm to 7pm at 170 Haydon Drive, Bruce. Visit headspace.org.au for more information.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

Public Speaking with ‘The’ Toastmasters

What you say is important – whether your audience is your family and friends, work colleagues, your boss or the general public – and with THE Toastmasters you could learn to express yourself better and in doing so improve your self confidence and leadership skills. THE Toastmasters can help you improve your ability to speak in front of groups both small and large, by learning from the experienced members of our fun and social group. Becoming a member costs under $100 per year, meaning we provide an inexpensive but positive and effective development program which people enjoy. ‘THE’ club in particular has some of the best and most positive Toastmaster speakers in all of Canberra. Time commitments start from two hours per month (meeting only), while those with strong personal development goals will be much more engaged and will benefit more.  Attending as a guest is free, hence we offer a money back guarantee that if your come along and give it a try, you won’t be sorry. See more details at our website. OnThursday 2 April from 3pm at 13 Moore Street, Canberra. Visit the.toastmastersclub.org for more information.


Free Outdoor Community Fitness Session 

Join in a free outdoor community fitness session with local health and fitness trainer Lee Campbell and editor of HerCanberra and Zumba instructor Amanda Whitley. Lee and Amanda will take you through the types of exercises you can do at Deakin’s outdoor fitness station which is one of the many outdoor fitness facilities available across the ACT. Throughout the 50 minute fitness session you will get a whole body workout all while enjoying the great outdoors. Come along with your runners on, a water bottle and the enthusiasm to give it a go. On Wednesday 1 April from 1pm to 1.50pm at Denison Street, Deakin.

Brumbies v Cheetahs

See the Brumbies take on the Cheetahs at GIO Stadium Canberra. With the Brumbies on their home ground, you know they’ll be out for a win. Get along and cheer on your favourite team. Widely regarded as the world’s toughest provincial rugby tournament, the Super Rugby competition pitches the best players from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa together with five teams from each conference fighting for the win. On Saturday 4 April from 7.40pm at GIO Stadium. Tickets are half price and available through Ticketek.


360 Allstars

360 ALLSTARS is a phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation.  Boasting a stellar cast, including world champion athletes, world class dancers and world renowned musicians, the production connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical urban circus! A performance like no other, 360 ALLSTARS reinvents the traditional circus by presenting contemporary performance styles instead of conventional circus art forms.  Replace acrobats with break dancers, substitute a basketball freestyler in place of a juggler, swap the unicyclist for a BMX flatlander, exchange the hoop act for a Roue Cyr artist, and you get an exhilarating circus performance like nothing you have seen before!  With live music from award-winning master musicians and ‘ringmasters’ Gene Peterson and Sam Perry, 360 ALLSTARS is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding. Tickets start from $30 via www.theq.net.au. On Tuesday 31 March until Thursday 2 April at The Queanbeyan Theatre.


Wednesday Lunchtime Live: The moment I saw him…

The vibrant mezzo-soprano Veronica Thwaites- Brown and exciting young pianist Aaron Chew will take you on an emotional journey through the works of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, and songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein in the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Live Series from 12.40pm to 1.20pm. This is a concert you do not want to miss. On Wednesday 1 April in the Wesley Music Centre, Forrest. Entry is $5 minimum with tickets available at the door.

No Lights, No Lycra

No Lights, No Lycra makes a return for 2015. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.

Bec and Sam will be taking over as the (North) Canberra ambassadors for 2015. NLNL will take place on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm, and in a new location. Head to St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door. For more information visit the new NLNL Facebook page. On every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

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

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

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

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The Phoenix, Transit Bar, The Front, The Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.


The Carved Line

Response to life’s experiences and the beauty of nature have provided inspiration for the imagery in Christine Upton’s artwork and her path as an artist has allowed her the opportunity to ‘play’ when creating her two and three dimensional pieces. On until 12 April in the gallery of Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen.

Seeking Humanity

Seeking Humanity presents portraits and stories of Australia’s asylum seekers and refugees. The exhibition is not about politics, but puts a human face to those who have fled situations of great danger in their home country in search of safety and freedom in Australia. On until 12 April in the foyer of Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen.


For the artist, Robyn Campbell, this exhibition is a step back into a world of making. It is a collection of work which emerged from a desire to use 2014 as a year to create and play with a new medium. The work shows Robyn’s central interest in form and relationships between forms. Her years spent working in glass saw the evolution of pieces with a pared down, organic, tactile and sensual essence, these qualities continue in this current body of work in clay. On until 12 April in the Arts Lounge at Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen. 

Art in the Gardens with Friends Exhibition

On display at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery, the Art in the Gardens with Friends exhibition features botanical paintings and drawings dedicated to Australian native plants. Curated by the Friends Botanical Art Group, the exhibition brings together both amateur and expert artists who seek to portray plants found in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, some of which can be difficult for artists to find elsewhere. Most artworks featured in the exhibition are for sale. Exhibition opens 9.30am to 4.30pm until 19 April at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery.


As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, 6 Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response. Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.

James Turrell: A Retrospective

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

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future

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

Other exhibitions

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


The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Open until 24 December 2015. Visit their website for more information.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

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

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something. Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Enterprising Australians

An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 30 June 2016 at The Ian Potter Technology Learning Centre.

Keepsakes: Australians and The Great War

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

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

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

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

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

Menzies: By John Howard

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


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