The Night Noodle Markets and Enlighten continue, but it’s the kick off of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular that has us excited for this long weekend.
Canberra’s skies will be filled with dozens of floating hot air balloons each morning between Saturday 7 March and Sunday 15 March. Balloons inflate on the lawns of Old Parliament House [...]
[ 18 April 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
It’s the year that Star Wars returns to the silver screen, and to celebrate, The Empire Strips Back is returning for a very limited run of shows – the only Australian performances before the show heads overseas to America and Europe for an indefinite period.
Be prepared for some seriously sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Boba [...]
It’s the best time of year again when the evenings are warm – but not stifling, with a cool – but not cold breeze; allowing everyone to come out after dark to explore Enlighten.
For those who don’t know or those new to Canberra, Enlighten is an annual event similar to the popular Vivid event in [...]
[ 27 February 2015 to 8 March 2015. ]
Earlier this year it was announced that Canberra was going to be introduced to the Noodle Markets made famous by Melbourne and Sydney, and it has been the talk of the town ever since.
When I lived in Sydney, the Noodle Markets were another one of those events that I already have marked out in my [...]
Local game developer Whale Hammer Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its turn-based tactics role-playing game (RPG), Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire.
Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire is an episodic, turn-based tactics RPG set in a world that has fallen into a medieval dark age after the collapse of space faring civilisation.
Once, it [...]
Long-time Canberra theatre teacher Peter Wilkins is running a series of acting courses throughout 2015.
Acting for the Fun of it courses
Acting for the Fun of it
Sunday February 15 – Sunday March 29
A course for beginners. Build confidence. Learn a variety of performance skills. Meet friends.
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Sunday May 10 – Sunday June 10
Practical performance [...]
[ 13 March 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
Multi-instrumentalist Gwyn Ashton is an eclectic live performer blending roots, blues, alternative and ethnic music, fusing them together with alternate-tuned electro-acoustic instruments such as Weissenborn lap slide, National resonators, 12-string and electric guitars with a kick drum, blues harp along with loopers and fuzz boxes to complete his sonic palette.
He is a master of the [...]
[ 2 March 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
“Water plunges 40 metres off the cliff top with so much gusto that the morning sun rising upstream creates a rainbow through the water spray. It reaches from one side of the falls to the other. Overhead, a lone wedge-tailed eagle, flirting on the updrafts, is dwarfed by the gaping gorge that opens up like [...]
Aspiring Canberra model Chloe Granger will travel to the Gold Coast at the end of next month to represent New South Wales at the national Miss Teen Galaxy Australia finals. The 18-year-old has her sights set on winning the pageant and competing in the Miss Teen Galaxy international finals to be held in the United [...]
[ 27 February 2015 to 1 March 2015. ]
Canberrans really are spoiled for choice this weekend, with The Canberra Show, Enlighten and the Night Noodle Markets all opening today.
Enlighten / Night Noodle Markets
Culture and creativity illuminate the capital during Enlighten as the Parliamentary Triangle is transformed into a vibrant hub of activity featuring free entertainment including street artists and musical performances. The festival [...]
After finishing college, most Canberra kids face the challenging decision to either head to university or start an entry-level position in the local career factory that is the public service.
For Alex Moffat, neither of these options seemed appealing. So, after enjoying a gap year in 2014, he set himself on a path to creative fulfilment [...]
[ 27 February 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
Pretty frocks and pinstriped suits will fill the RUC Turner Bowling Club this Friday night for the third Old Timey Music Revue.
The night will open with Dr Leo Joseph, Canberra’s finest exponent of N’awlins piano classics.
Next up will be local dixie-punk-jazz outfit Moochers Inc. Fresh from performing at Queensland’s Woodford Folk Festival, Moochers Inc has established a reputation as one [...]
Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today announced over $80,000 in funding for two arts and culture projects as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.
From the media release:
The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing [...]
[ 21 March 2015 at 7:00 pm; 22 March 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]
Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival Australia showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.
This carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who [...]
We’re in for a warm and sunny weekend, with temperatures expected to reach 29 degrees on Saturday and 31 on Sunday. Perfect weather for a swim down at Manuka pool, I reckon.
Don’t forget that you can also send us your suggestions for RiotACT’s weekend guide and calendar by creating an account and submitting a post.
Here’s what’s [...]
FASHFEST has announced that this year they will put forward not one, but two Faces of FASHFEST. In contrast to previous years, the organisers have chosen two young and relatively inexperienced models, 17-year-old Dickson College student Hannah Clare McKenzie and 21-year-old University of Canberra Student Ken Scruton.
The first Face of FASHFEST, Anneliese Seubert, was 39 [...]
[ 20 February 2015 6:00 pm to 22 February 2015 6:00 pm. ]
Late notice I know but here is a reminder that Opera by Candlelight is on again this weekend (20, 21, 22 February) at Albert Hall.
Saturday night is sold out but there are still tickets available for Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd Feb.
When: Performances on Friday 20 February and Sunday 22 February
Where: Albert Hall
For more information [...]
[ 1 March 2015; ] The Canberra chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism invites Canberrans to pick up a sword and fight like a knight as they learn the arts of medieval warfare in this full speed, full contact pursuit over an 8 week “Foundations of Combat” course commencing on 1 March.
Enter into contests of skill at arms with [...]
Local filmmakers Ché Baker (pictured right) and Dallas Bland (pictured left) believe that Canberra has the potential to become one of Australia’s most sought-after filming destinations.
The pair are currently filming their debut full-length feature film, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick titled Blue World Order, on location in Canberra. They hope to use the film to help [...]
[ 27 February 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
Red hot blues & soul from one of Australia’s most respected guitar troubadours, Melbourne blues/roots artist Geoff Achison.
Geoff released his first solo album Big Machine in 1994. In 1995 Geoff represented the MBAS in Memphis, USA winning the Albert King Award and scoring an endorsement deal with Gibson Guitars and has since toured the US, [...]
Every year I mark the National Multicultural Festival in my calendar, making sure I make no other social plans. Canberra’s Multicultural Festival sees most of the Canberra City streets blocked off and lined with stall after stall of food, drinks and information of every nationality you can think of; from Poland to Italy, Macedonia and [...]
[ 7 April 2015 to 18 April 2015. ]
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?
As You Like It is an adventure of the heart, a journey through a forest of poetry (and lions), and a tale of a love so grand all the rules are broken to win the heart of a boy. Passionate and disarming, As You Like It – one of Shakespeare’s [...]
If you have paraskevidekatriaphobia, you’re probably looking forward to the weekend more than the rest of us (it’s a long-winded term that describes an irrational fear of Friday the 13th). Today is the first of three Black Fridays we’ll see this year – the second is in March and the third in November.
But on to the weekend. Between [...]
[ 27 February 2015 to 4 March 2015. ]
Culture and creativity will once again illuminate our capital during Enlighten between 27 February and 7 March.
Questacon will offer a range of fun-filled events for all ages, luminous landscapes and free entertainment that are sure to excite and intrigue the mind!
The whole family will enjoy Swamp Juice; a unique and entertaining adventure about life in [...]
[ 13 February 2015 to 15 February 2015. ]
Whether you’re interested in gorging your way across the world’s myriad of cuisines, embracing your heritage or learning more about the precious diverse cultures of other communities, this weekend’s 2015 National Multicultural Festival has something for people of all ages, tastes and interests.
The FREE three-day festival, which kicks off tomorrow afternoon (Friday 13 February), is [...]
[ 14 February 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]
This Valentine’s Day thousands of Canberrans will take their picnic baskets and their loved ones to the lawns of Government House as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra invokes the intoxicating music of the British Isles in the 33rd Shell Prom Concert.
Held in conjunction with the National Multicultural Festival, the concert program, themed A Touch of Tartan, [...]
[ 14 February 2015; ]
Whether you’re coupled up or flying solo, there’s plenty to do in Canberra this Valentine’s Day. Why not try one of the following, or let us know what you’re planning to do in the comments!
Lifeline Book Fair
9am – 5pm Sat 14 February
Budawang Building, Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell
For all the book lovers out there, check [...]
[ 16 February 2015 at 6:30 pm; ] Join Harry Hartog Booksellers (Westfield Woden) for an evening with acclaimed author JOE ABERCROMBIE, who will be joining us at 6.30pm on Monday 16 February to celebrate the release of Half the World, second in the Shattered Sea series.To meet this incredible wordsmith, known for his fantasy masterpiece The First Law series, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, (02) [...]
Hey there, Friday. Good to see you. We’re in for a warm and sunny weekend in Canberra, with temperatures in the low thirties predicted for both Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s what the RiotACT team is up to this weekend…
Emily Morris is off to the Grease Sing-a-long at the Openair Cinema tonight.
Lisa Martin is heading to the first [...]
[ 12 February 2015 at 7:00 pm; ] Canberra Harmony, Canberra’s newest women’s barbershop choir, will be running a four-week taster course on Thursdays 7-9:00pm starting Thursday 12th February at the Belconnen Raiders Club.
Come and learning some fun songs in four-part harmony then perform them with us for your family and friends. Cost: $35.
Email email@example.com for more information and to book a place.
[ 5 February 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Canberra residents will light candles in solidarity with at least 64 people who are on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling offences on Thursday night (5 February).
“Amnesty International is a worldwide movement that opposes the death penalty in any circumstance, for any person,” ACT community organiser Bede Carmody said.
“We invite Canberra residents to the [...]