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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!

  • 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.

  • Naidoc week event: Our languages matter

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    4 Jul 2017

    Our manuscripts collection holds some of the earliest records of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander languages, written in the post-European contact period. Shannon Sutton provides a fragmentary glimpse of the diverse range of the hundreds of languages spoken in Australia before European contact.

  • Clare Bowen

    Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City

    5 Jul 2017

    Australian-born, US-based singer-songwriter-actress, Clare Bowen, returns to Oz to play with special guest Timothy James Bowen.

    Perhaps best known for her leading role as Scarlett O’Connor on the US prime-time TV series Nashville, Clare Bowen is a ferocious and gifted performer, enthralling in the live arena.

    “The most magical thing about Clare is how she becomes the music – her body vibrates, she becomes swallowed up by the sound and the emotion—and it was transfixing to watch. After hearing her, you remember what it means to be alive.” – Scenestr

    Just last year, Clare embarked on her debut Australian tour and completely sold out seven East Coast dates almost instantaneously. Don't miss out this time - book your tickets now.

  • Mabo: Life of an Island Man

    McCoy Circuit, Acton

    5 Jul 2017

    Born on Murray Island in the Torres Strait, Eddie Koiki Mabo and his fellow islanders changed the Australian political and legal landscape when the High Court granted them ‘native title’ to three islands in the Strait, six months after Mabo’s death in 1992. Trevor Graham’s camera had already followed Mabo in his 1989 documentary Land Bilong Islanders, but he was moved to tell more of Eddie’s story following his death. With Film Australia, Graham produced the feature documentary Mabo- Life of an Island Man. Director Trevor Graham and special guest Gail Mabo will be in attendance for a special Q&A session.

  • Naidoc collection talk: Our voice

    Parkes Place West, Parkes

    6 Jul 2017

    The National Library has been collecting oral histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure their life stories, and personal insights are recorded for future generations. Join Ryan Stoker as he highlights a variety of interviews, social histories and folklore recordings.

  • School Holiday Activities at the National Museum of Australia

    Lawson Crescent, Australian Capital Territory

    3-7 Jul 2017

    Take the kids along to School Holiday Activities at the National Museum of Australia.

    Discovery Space: Wheelie fun

    Ride a bike to the Museum these school holidays and join artist Hanna Hoyne to design a bike friendly city. Take a tour of the Freewheeling exhibition then make some bike accessories to take home.
    Two facilitated sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am–1pm
    Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    Bookings essential, limited numbers.


    Afternoon play space
    Play, read or relax in our Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the self-guided activities connected to Freewheeling.
    Daily: 2–3.30 pm, FREE
    All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • 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.