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Upcoming events

Here are a few things happening around town that we thought you and your family might be interested in. Enjoy!

  • In Conversation: Capital Ideas - Australia's budget woes

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    27 Jun 2017

    This Capital Ideas event will explore the causes of repeated budget projection errors. It will describe how these are affecting policy choices. It will ask whether anything fundamental has changed that might require a rethink of how budgets are prepared. And it will explore the institutional barriers to better outcomes, and the opportunities for reform.

    Katharine Murphy, political editor at the Guardian and 15-year veteran of the Canberra press gallery, will discuss the issues with John Daley, CEO of the Grattan Institute, presenting new research from Grattan Institute’s work on budget policy.


    Katharine Murphy won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism in 2008, while in 2012 she was a Walkley award finalist in the best digital journalism category.

    John Daley is one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers, with 25 years experience in the public, private and university sectors. He has worked for ANZ and McKinsey in a career that also includes expertise in law, finance, education, and workers compensation.

    In association with the Grattan Institute

  • Life & Death: Dorothy English Paty

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    28 Jun 2017

    Treasures Curator Nat Williams sheds light on the brief life of Dorothy English Paty. Creating two exceptional sketchbooks filled with watercolours of plants, Dorothy’s work is now held in the Library’s Rex Nan Kivell collection.

    The Treasures Curator is supported by Catalyst-Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

    A Treasures Gallery Access Program, supported by National Library Patrons.

  • Bach to the Bush - Canberra

    22 National Circuit, Forrest

    30 Jun 2017

    Bach to the Bush is an ongoing concert series by New South Wales cellist Anthony Albrecht. In this two-hour concert selections from J.S. Bach's stunning suites for solo cello are interspersed with other short early works for the instrument and discussion of the historical and cultural context of this timeless music.

    An outstanding young musician of international renown, Anthony is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School's prestigious Historical Performance program which he attended on full scholarship.

    Albrecht is currently based in London as a Guildhall School of Music and Drama Research Scholar. Anthony returns to Australia regularly for performances with Pinchgut Opera and the Australian Haydn Ensemble. He has recorded for ABC Classics and VIA Records (New York City).

    "Fluent and virtuosic..." The Sydney Morning Herald, 2016

    Tickets are available at the door, or book ahead online.

  • Essential Kurosawa: Selected by David Stratton

    McCoy Circuit, Acton

    14-30 Jun 2017

    The Essential Kurosawa retrospective consists of seven of the finest films made by one of cinema’s great directors, Akira Kurosawa. A master of action, Kurosawa was influenced by directors like John Ford and in turn influenced a younger generation of filmmakers, like George Lucas and Martin Scorsese.

    Australian film critic icon David Stratton will join you for the closing night screening of Rashomon 4K on Friday 30 June.

    Presented in association with The Japan Foundation, Sydney Film Festival and ACMI.

  • Frank Stella The Kenneth Tyler Collection

    Parkes Place East, Parkes

    19 Nov 2016 - 30 Jun 2017

    Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking.

    Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year.

    Frank Stella The Kenneth Tyler Collection showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

  • Hurly Burley Winter Fair 2017

    Hobart Place, Australian Capital Territory

    30 Jun 2017

    Brave the winter weather and join in when Canberra's city west comes alive for the Hurly Burley Winter Fair 2017. This fantastic evening of entertainment offers live music, market stalls, delicious food, warmth and more!

    Enjoy delicious locally made food to warm the belly. Hear live entertainment in a festive environment at Hobart Place, which will be transformed into a magical family friendly winter fair with fairy lights and sculptures through the trees.

    There will be all sorts of creative goodies to purchase at the market stalls along with fire pits marshmallow roasting – so rug up warm and head down for what’s shaping up to be a great evening of entertainment.

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    Civic Squre, London Circuit, Canberra City

    28 Jun - 1 Jul 2017

    Cyrano de Bergerac is the play that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. An original and finely crafted romantic comedy; this is the tale of the beautiful Roxanne and the man who would love her, but for his outrageous nose.

    This production captures the cockiness, volubility and wit of the swash-buckling Cyrano, as with aching heart and self-loathing he woos the feisty and lovely Roxanne on behalf of his shy and funny friend. The audience is swept up in the romance and the tragedy of this masterful production.

    Winner of Sydney Theatre Critic Awards including Best Independent Production, Best Director and Best Actor, this new adaptation of the French masterpiece, Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, was written and directed by Damien Ryan.

  • Intimate Mozart

    William Herbert Place, Building 100, Australian Capital Territory

    1 Jul 2017

    Intimate Mozart brings together Richard Tognetti; Director and Violin, Kristian Bezuidenhout on Piano and the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO).

    Born in South Africa, raised in Australia, educated in the United States and now a resident of the United Kingdom, pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of the world’s leading performers of Mozart. Since 2009, he has been recording the complete keyboard music of Mozart. As a performer, Mozart’s own performances as a pianist stunned Viennese concertgoers and paved the way for the likes of Beethoven and the Romantics to follow.

    Alongside Richard Tognetti and an intimate ACO ensemble, Kristian takes on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.13. Mozart himself wrote that this concerto could be “performed with full orchestra … or merely a quattro”, which is how it will be presented here.

    Schumann’s String Quartet and Piano Quintet, both written in 1842 (his year of chamber music and not long after he married his beloved Clara), complete the program. Fresh, buoyant and inventive, these two magnificent works have been called “the most perfect of all the products of his genius.

    SCHUMANN String Quartet No.3 in A major
    MOZART Piano Concerto No.13 in C major
    SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E-flat major

  • Raiders v Cowboys

    Battye Street, Bruce

    1 Jul 2017

    Make your way to Canberra to see Raiders v Cowboys. Since their premiership breakthrough in 2015, the North Queensland Cowboys have been one of the benchmark teams in the NRL. With a plethora of representative players in their side, this rugby league game against the Raiders is shaping up as one of the biggest of the year.

    Tickets for Round 17 of the Telstra Premiership available from Ticketek February 16.

  • The 39 Steps

    3 Repertory Lane, Australian Capital Territory

    15 Jun - 1 Jul 2017

    Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy - The 39 Steps. The show hurtles a notorious fugitive and a spellbound blonde, from a London music hall north by northwest to Scotland’s most remote highlands.
    Will they save Britain from a den of devious spies?

  • The Forage

    21 National Circuit, Barton

    1 Jul 2017

    The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by our local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. Our mission is to give our local businesses an opportunity to get creative and showcase and feed our community in a festival style environment. Bringing everyone together in one location, gives our Canberra community an opportunity to sample what is happening in our foodie city.

  • Superhero Masterclass at MoAD

    18 King George Terrace, Parkes

    3-7 Jul 2017

    Do you enjoy wearing capes? Are you good at helping people? Discover your inner superhero in our hands-on workshop. Design and make your own superhero costumes out of recycled materials, then you will be ready to save the world!

    Once you have discovered your super powers, try them out with our Superhero museum trail!

    The Superhero Masterclass suitable for children 5 years and over with an accompanying adult. Bookings essential.

  • Emerging Contemporaries

    180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Australian Capital Territory

    26 May - 8 Jul 2017

    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.

  • NEXT

    180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, Australian Capital Territory

    26 May - 8 Jul 2017

    NEXT is a solo exhibition by South Australian designer and maker, Christian Hall. The exhibition will be a collection of furniture and objects that explore “ the viewpoint” as a focus for design. Audiences will experience time and movement from the visual impact of shifting patterns and geometry generated by the moving around the pieces. NEXT questions traditional distinctions between functional and decorative, literal and ambiguous and between pure and applied art.

  • Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory

    Forest Drive, National Arboretum Canberra, Canberra City

    2 Apr - 9 Jul 2017

    Book now to enjoy a special Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant and magnificent views over Canberra.

    Located in the Village Centre at the National Arboretum Canberra, The Conservatory Restaurant offers visitors the opportunity to dine on food-less-travelled, with sweeping views of the nation's capital.

    The tasty delights served for tea showcase the best produce the region has to offer, prepared with care using Ginger's paddock-to-plate philosophy.

    Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant, hosted by Ginger Catering; a wonderful way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

    Call or email now to make your reservation.