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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!

  • ActewAGL Llewellyn One

    William Herbert Place, Building 100, Australian Capital Territory

    21-22 Feb 2018

    The opening concert of the 2018 ActewAGL Llewellyn Series welcomes rising Australian guest conductor Dane Lam and presents a stimulating program of orchestral masterworks. Carl Vine’s terse and dynamic Microsymphony provides a vibrant reflection on transformation. The sensational Piano Concerto No. 2 by Prokofiev is a hair-raising, adrenalin-fueled work, which acclaimed soloist Tamara-Anna Cislowska will conquer with mastery. Commissioned by the Soviet state to commemorate victory over Germany, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 is the antithesis of the anticipated majestic ode to military triumph—it expresses sardonic humour and irony rather than heroism. This perfect classical symphony is a playful and lively work loved by musicians and audiences alike.

  • Fake or Fortune

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    22 Feb 2018

    Treasures Curator Nat Williams explores the infamous life of George Barrington, celebrity pickpocket, convict and chief of police.

    A Treasures Gallery Access Program, supported by National Library Patrons

  • Improv Mixer: tales from a speakeasy

    8 Franklin Street, Manuka

    22 Feb 2018

    It’s February 1925 at the Polit Speakeasy in Chicago where Big Donnie and his crew have the city in a stranglehold with control over all liquor distribution. In the midst of a crimewave that shocked the nation, who is the new face on the scene about to rattle Donnie’s cage?

    Join the Lightbulb Players and become part of this story in their new interactive show ‘Improv Mixer’. You can watch unscripted scenes and songs unfold throughout the venue or join in the performance if your character desires. Each Lightbulb Player will be in character and costume of the era ready to perhaps fall in love, start a feud or play the fool with you.

    How do you get involved? Start building your character now. Are you a passionate ‘dry’ who supports prohibition? Are you a hopeless ‘wet’ who’s a slave to the bottle? Or are you a bootlegger looking to ship your moonshine and line your pockets? Give your character a name and a costume and come play with Lightbulb!

  • King of the Battlefield: Artillery and the First World War

    Treloar Crescent, Campbell

    22 Feb 2018

    Join Research Centre staff and learn about artillery, the most important weapon in the First World War, using the vast array of source material in the Research Centre.

  • Sunnyboys

    London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory

    22 Feb 2018

    Remarkable to believe that the 2017 edition of Sunnyboys (featuring all original members) have existed longer than the bright-eyed young men who burned so brightly back in the eighties but also burned-out so fast. This time around without the pressure of scheduling and the demand for chart hits and with a mutual love and respect for the music they made, Sunnyboys can just do what they do best, play live.

    And play live they will! This summer Sunnyboys will be performing a series of headline shows across venues big and small, regional and urban and all of them expected to sell out. The band will be performing material from across their entire catalogue including their three albums for Mushroom, the infamous debut ep on the Phantom label and even the odd b-side or rarity. For the Sunnyboys, every show is a celebration.

    “There’s an uplift that occurs when the band is firing on all eight, and the crowd feels it and gives it right back to you. We experienced that back in the eighties, and we’re experiencing it now. There’s nothing like it.” Richard Burgman

  • QT Sunset Sessions

    1 London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory

    26 Jan - 23 Feb 2018

    With the summer heat in the air, we thought it was about time that we bring something a little fun to your Friday. We'll be hosting the coolest party in town with the QT x Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions.

    We'll have local DJ on hand with a stack of chilled seasonal beats and range of tasty treats from the Capitol Kitchen.

    So join us on the deck of Capitol Bar and Grill for a celebration of summer with Aperol Spritz from $15.

  • Strings at Sunset. The Lanyon Trio at Lanyon Homestead

    Tharwa Drive, Tharwa

    23 Feb 2018

    A unique event combining fine music, glorious heritage architecture and stunning gardens. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join some of Australia’s leading chamber musicians in the unique ambience of Lanyon Homestead.

    Hailed nationally and internationally as among Australia’s leading chamber musicians, the members of the Lanyon Trio - Andrew Lorenz - violin, Robert Harris - viola and Wendy Lorenz - piano join colleague and celebrated cellist Janis Laurs (former cellist in the Australian String Quartet and Principal Cellist of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) to present a concert of delightful duos, trios and quartets.

    Ticket price includes concert, twilight champagne/beverage on arrival and exclusive access to the Lanyon Homestead grounds. Gourmet picnic suppers available for pre-purchase. Beverages will be available for purchase at the event.

  • Dancing Deities

    Parkes Place East, Parkes

    23-24 Feb 2018

    Padma Menon performs a mixture of Indian and contemporary western dance to connect with archetypes or deities found in the NGA's Asian art collection. Presented in partnership with Moving Archetypes.

  • Film Screening: Tell Them We Are Rising

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    24 Feb 2018

    Through the African-American lens, this film tells the story of Black colleges and universities in the U.S. that for 150 years have served as a haven for civil rights activists, Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and a path of promise toward the American dream.

  • Frock Up Pop Up Canberra

    55 Stuart Street, Griffith

    23-24 Feb 2018

    Its time for vintage in Canberra again at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre with over 150 years of clothing and fashion accessories for sale. From those ridiculously waisted Victorian era gowns to austere 1940's numbers. As well as costume there is fashion art, textiles, lace, linen, kimonos and much, much more for the Canberra 'fashionista'.

    A small event to start the year off with bargains galore from Seams Old from Victoria as they continue to downsize their major collection of period costumes. It's like a visit to a museum......

    Anyone interested in fashion should save the date now!

  • Masterclass

    London Circuit, Australian Capital Territory

    22-24 Feb 2018

    The astonishing Amanda Muggleton IS the original diva. She creates fireworks on stage as the greatest dramatic soprano of her time – Maria Callas.

    After a sensational career that saw her become the undisputed star of the world’s best Opera Houses, Maria Callas conducts a series of master classes to a select group of young vocal students at the Juilliard School in New York.
    In Terrence McNally's extraordinary theatrical tribute, Callas takes centre-stage one more time, as she passes on to her students, and to us, the experiences and lessons of a lifetime.

    We witness her passion and commitment and realise the uniqueness of her great talent as she cajoles and lectures her students, delivering wisdom and insults in true diva style.

    Amanda Muggleton is one of Australia’s greatest and most loved actresses. In a career that spans over 4 decades, Amanda has more than 50 theatre, film and television credits to her name.

  • onetoeight: Australia's First Prime Ministers

    18 King George Terrace, Parkes

    28 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2018

    Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in onetoeight: Australia's First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

    See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia's history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

  • Summerfest

    90 Stockdill Drive, The Link, Holt

    24 Feb 2018

    After the roaring success of Winterfest and Springfest, Ginninderry continues its tradition of seasonal celebrations with Summerfest!

    Summerfest is Ginninderry’s family-friendly celebration of summer with live music, dance and theatre performances from local artists including:

    Simone Penkethman – Soloist
    Ben Drysdale Band
    Fan Dancers
    Play The Dance Agency
    Collective Theatre
    With One Voice Ginninderry Choir
    Twice the Spice — Harmony Duo

    All proceeds go to cancer patient support in the ACT.

  • ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

    Flemington Road, Mitchell

    23-25 Feb 2018

    Get ready to be entertained, excited and educated at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show!

    The award winning ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show features more than 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors.

    Stay for the day. Play under the night lights. Get in fast to buy your favourite show bags. There's something for all the family.

    Check their website for full details.

  • American Express Openair Cinemas

    , Russell

    11 Jan - 25 Feb 2018

    The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

    Join us on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

    Please see website for session times.