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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!

  • Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    22 Aug 2017

    Celebrate the closing of the Melodrama in Meiji Japan exhibition with an elegant and traditional ceremonial tea demonstration, which will include the preparation and presentation of Macha, a powdered green tea.

    Free entry but bookings are essential. Reserve your place now.

  • Water Pushes Sand

    30 Elouera Street, Braddon

    23 Aug 2017

    In Water Pushes Sand, composer Erik Griswold, the Australian Art Orchestra, and all-star performers from China’s Sichuan Province fuse Sichuan melodies and rhythms with modern jazz improvisation, and video projections that evoke the vibrant landscape of the provincial captital, Chengdu.

    The Australian Art Orchestra is a portable orchestra for the new millennium. They imagine new musical forms that reflect the energy and diversity of contemporary Australia. Led by artistic director Peter Knight, the AAO is renowned for creating work that merges musical styles and cultures in a thrilling way.

    Australian Art Orchestra Associates Erik Griswold and Vanessa Tomlinson have been travelling to Sichuan for 15 years and their collaborations with musicians from Sichuan have produced three large-scale shows. Chengdu Streetsongs, Sichuan Fantasy, and The Wide Alley have toured in China, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

  • Boy & The World - Latin American Film Festival

    Mills Road, Leonard Huxley Building #56, Acton

    24 Aug 2017

    The Embassy of Brazil in Canberra presents a free screening of Boy & The World at the 13th Latin American Film Festival.

    Boy & The World was directed by Alê Abreu and was nominated at the 88th Academy Awards for Best Animated Film. Do not miss the chance to watch this masterpiece; Brazil's selection for the 2017 Latin American Film Festival.

    Cuca's cosy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The movie unfolds like a tapestry, taking on greater complexity as Cuca's small world expands. Industrial landscapes are inhabited by animal-machines, with decoupage streets and shop windows, and flashing neon advertisements that illuminate the night.

    The story depicts a clash between village and city, handcrafted and mechanized, rich and poor - and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song.

    The film's music is on equal footing with the stunning visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival colors.

  • Musica Viva presents The Takács Quartet

    ANU School of Music, Australian Capital Territory

    24 Aug 2017

    Musica Viva presents The Takács Quartet. The secret behind the love affair between this renowned ensemble and its Australian public is both the simplest and hardest thing about chamber music: the interplay between different creative personalities.

    Hear the Takács Quartet meld their sound into amazing unity in classics by Haydn, Dvořák, and a world premiere by Carl Vine.

  • The Crying Years: Australia's Great War by Peter Stanley

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    24 Aug 2017

    The World War of 1914-1918 affected all Australians and decisively changed the new nation. They were 'The crying years' according to writer Zora Cross, whose brother was killed in 1917. Peter Stanley's latest book evokes the tragedy, sacrifice and pain of Australia's Great War through photographs, posters, cartoons, documents and artefacts.

    Join Professor Stanley, UNSW Canberra, and military historian Dr Michael McKernan as they take an in-depth look at the book's stories and images of war, from both the battlefields and the home front.

    Free admission. Bookings essential.

  • 45th Anniversary of Neil Diamond's Hot August Night

    92 Corinna Street, Phillip

    25 Aug 2017

    Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Neil Diamond's Hot August Night. Be there when the Canberra Symphony Orchestra recreate one of the greatest live albums of the 70's .

    A 30 piece symphony will take you back to the Greek Theatre in LA and this epic album.

  • Nicola Dickson - Voyagers’ Tales: Labillardière

    81 Denison Street, Deakin

    10-25 Aug 2017

    In Voyagers’ Tales: Labillardière, Nicola Dickson explores the rich history of Australian flora and fauna through exquisitely detailed paintings. During a residency in Tasmania, Nicola re-traced the steps of French biologist Jacques Labillardière. These new works take inspiration from his documentation creating delicate imagery of the landscape and the creatures within it.

    Nicola graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Art at the Australian National University in 2003 before undertaking a PhD which she completed in 2010. Her work is represented in the collections of the Canberra Museum and Gallery and Parliament House.

  • Raiders v Knights

    Battye Street, Bruce

    25 Aug 2017

    The Knights have given the Raiders plenty headaches of late and the Green Machine will be looking for a strong showing against the NRL’s cellar dwellers as they go head to head at GIO Stadium on Friday night.

    With plenty of player movement between the two clubs over the past few seasons this will be a clash not to be missed.

    Wrap up warm for a true winter experience at GIO Stadium and experience your league action in person.

    Tickets on sale from Ticketek. Transaction fees from $4.95 per transaction apply.

  • Top Dog Film Festival - Canberra

    McCoy Circuit, Acton

    25 Aug 2017

    The inaugural Top Dog Film Festival presents a 2 hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people.

    Gain an insight into the world of dog-powered sports, an appreciation for the first canine sent into space, explore the bond between owners and their senior dogs, reflect on the true meaning of unconditional love, take a 600km hike through the Utah Desert lasting a full dog year and meet a philosophical statesman as he reflects on his younger years.

    This carefully curated program of 8 short canine-themed films comprises the most inspirational, heart warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent films makers around the globe.

    Get your tickets to this special screening at the National Film and Sound Archive before they all sell out – you’d be barking mad to miss it!

  • Canberra Youth Orchestra

    Building 100, William Herbert Place, Australian Capital Territory

    26 Aug 2017

    Canberra Youth Orchestra’s third concert of their Llewellyn Hall Concert Series features CYO oboist Chayla Ueckert-Smith, alongside violinist, Shirahni Mudaliar.

    Opening with Shostakovich’s action-packed Festive Overture, the Canberra Youth Orchestra will present a dynamic program including Hindemith’s dramatic Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber and culminating in Stravinsky’s exquisite Suite from Firebird, one of the most engaging pieces for orchestra and audiences alike.

    Chayla Ueckert-Smith will be performing ‘Concerto for Oboe and Strings’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and Shirani Mudaliar will perform a movement from ‘Violin Concerto No.3′ by W. A. Mozart.

  • Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix Round 5

    Dave McInnes Road, Australian Capital Territory

    26 Aug 2017

    The Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix Round 5 takes you to Stromlo Forest Park, the heart of Canberra's cycling world.

    See or join Australia's best mountain bike endurance racers competing for their choice of four or seven hours on the 10 -12 kilometre circuit. Options to race solo or in teams are offered. Explore some of the best mountain bike trails in Australia yourself!

    Bring your family - there will be free kids' races and plenty of activities! Free spectator entry.

    What better place to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Canberra than on your bike at Stromlo Forest Park?

  • The Year My Voice Broke + Flirting

    McCoy Circuit, Acton

    26 Aug 2017

    Double feature of John Duigan’s personal and moving coming-of-age films.

    Screening to be introduced by cinematographer Geoff Burton, followed by a Q&A.

    The Year My Voice Broke - Dir. John Duigan, PG, Australia, 1987, 103 mins.

    Duigan's film charmed audiences on its debut, making a star of lead Noah Taylor as Danny, a young man crushing on his childhood best friend Freya (Loene Carmen) and rallying against the isolation of rural New South Wales in the 1960s.The film also made a star of Ben Mendelsohn . Screening is introduced by cinematographer Geoff Burton followed by a Q&A.

    Flirting - Dir. John Duigan, M, Australia, 1991, 100 mins. Screens at 8:00pm

    Noah Taylor returns to his role as Danny Embling, now at boarding school and with a new focus for his teen passion, the Ugandan exchange student Thandiwe (Thandie Newton). A beautiful piece of nostalgic charm, Duigan’s second film in his planned (but unfulfilled) trilogy also features Naomi Watts and a young Nicole Kidman as head girl from the local girl’s school.

  • Women’s Defining Moments in Australian History

    Lawson Crescent, Acton

    26 Aug 2017

    Join host Paul Barclay, presenter of ABC RN’s Big Ideas, and guests Nikki Gemmell, Shireen Morris, Michelle Arrow and Jane Caro as they discuss Women’s Defining Moments in Australian History

    How has the past has influenced the present in the battle for gender equality? Generations of women have fought for change. From the suffragettes agitating for the vote, to the social change of the ’60s with the introduction of ‘the Pill’.

    Ticket price includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

    Presented as part of the Canberra Writers Festival (CWF), this panel is followed by the CWF All Stars, the Festival’s keynote event.

  • A Walk in the Park 2017: Parkinson's ACT

    Parkes Way, Parkes

    27 Aug 2017

    Take a Walk in the Park, starting at Rond Terrace on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin and proceeding through beautiful Commonwealth Park.

    Every dollar raised will go to help people living with Parkinson’s, such as funding support groups, dance groups, a Painting with Parkinson's group, monthly bulletin and contributions to research.

    In addition, this year Parkinson's ACT are looking at providing more community support to people living with Parkinson’s and their families in our region. Funds raised in the Walk will help us make this a reality.

    To register and for more information about the event, please visit the events webpage .

    This event will proceed rain or shine!

  • Avital Sheffer - Wanderlust

    81 Denison Street, Deakin

    10-27 Aug 2017

    Language, art, history and spirituality emerge within the contemporary ceramic forms of Avital Sheffer in Wanderlust. The objects are artefacts of her complex cultural heritage, with designs on the surface of her vessels coming from a library of ancient Semitic, Arabic and Hellenic texts and imagery.

    Avital grew up in Israel and after migrating to Australia in 1990, she completed a diploma in ceramics in 2003. Her work has been widely collected and is represented in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, Ateliers d’Art de France, Manly Art Gallery and Museum and regional galleries across Australia.