Events (3403 Stories)

Secrets, stories, spaces: Behind The Scenes tour of the National Archives


[ 4 April 2016 4:30 pm to 13 April 2016 5:30 pm. ] Take a peek at the secret spaces of the historical East Block building that now houses the National Archives. Home to many government departments throughout its 82-year history, including the Postmaster General and ASIO. Hear stories of haunted rooms, missing mail bags, pneumatic tubes to Parliament House and the ASIO ‘green door’. Suitable for families

April [...]

Canberra Brickworks Precinct – Important Community Update

By 24 March 2016

[ 31 March 2016 at 7:00 pm; ] Thursday March 31, 7:00pm at Yarralumla Primary School Hall Loftus Street Yarralumla

The ACT government will shortly invite developers to submit proposals to develop the Canberra Brickworks Precinct.

The Canberra Brickworks Precinct Community Panel has been meeting since November 2015 to formulate a set of objectives, parameters and perspectives that will shape the future development.

The forum will [...]

Free screening of ‘Forgotten Plague’, film on chronic fatigue syndrome

By 24 March 2016

[ 1 April 2016 at 6:00 pm; 4 April 2016 at 1:00 pm; ] See Forgotten Plague in Canberra on Friday 1 April at 6pm and on Monday 4 April at 1pm.
Ryan Prior’s life imploded on October 22, 2006 when he was struck down by a disease that dozens of doctors were powerless to diagnose, let alone treat. Against great odds, he becomes a reporter and ventures to tell the story [...]

Connect and Participate (CAP) Expo at the Old Bus Depot Markets

By 17 March 2016

[ 19 March 2016 at 11:00 am; ] Looking to broaden your interests? Then get along to the Connect and Participate (CAP) Expo at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston, this Saturday to sample the offerings from more than 160 groups and clubs from across Canberra.

The event is free and there’s something for all ages and abilities to get involved with – from choirs, [...]

Visualising modern Australia – Presentation

By 17 March 2016

[ 13 May 2016 at 5:30 pm; ] What can the audio-visual materials of the National Archives of Australia tell us about social and political change in modern Australia? Frank Bongiorno, author of The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (2012) and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015), will talk about how major changes public and private life during the 1960s and 1970s can be [...]

The Dismissal: fresh documents and revelations

By 17 March 2016

[ 7 May 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Speakers Corner

Join authors Troy Bramston and Paul Kelly in conversation about one of the most dramatic moments in our political history – the Dismissal. Fresh documents, revelations and new interviews will change your understanding of this event.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace

Saturday 7 May, 2pm

Free, bookings essential:

Artist Nikki Main’s inspirations

By 17 March 2016
NM portrait

[ 19 March 2016 at 11:00 am; ] Artist Floor Talk
Join glass artist Nikki Main in discussion about her inspirations and how they shape her unique work. View her Waterhouse Prize winning entry Flood Stones.
Saturday 19 March: 11am and 2pm
Free, bookings essential:


By 17 March 2016

[ 13 April 2016 at 11:00 am; 13 April 2016 at 1:00 pm; 16 April 2016 at 11:00 am; 16 April 2016 at 1:00 pm; ] Have you ever seen a puppet create an artwork? Renowned puppeteer Marianne Mettes will be operating a cast of quirky puppets who create art with you!

A family show filled with fun and silly puppetry sketches – celebrating the art of puppetry that connects us with kids’ ABC TV shows of the 1960s and 1970s. Marianne’s [...]

Memorable characters from Canberra’s past – Speakers corner

By 17 March 2016

[ 10 April 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Join local author Jenny Horsfield in discussion about some of the remarkable and dedicated men and women who helped build Canberra in the early years. These pioneers feature in her new publication Building a City: CS Daley and the story of Canberra.
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Sunday 10 April, 2pm
Free, bookings essential:

Connect with your nature – art display

By 17 March 2016
Jodie Hatcher

[ 8 April 2016 to 14 May 2016. ] View works produced by artists Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher during the Archives’Connect with your nature artist-in-residence program. A National Archives, Craft ACT and ACT Parks and Conservation Service project.
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Friday 8 April – Saturday 14 May 9am-5pm

Writing Masterclass – Beyond 1915 remembrance

By 17 March 2016

[ 2 April 2016 at 9:00 am; ] Peace Works, a community writing project, is calling for contributions to a publication about the battlefront and homefront during World War I. This master class will assist you to prepare submissions for the November deadline. Funded by an Anzac Centenary Local Grant.
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Saturday 2 April, 9am–1pm
Free, bookings essential: 1915-remembrance-tickets-22671723736

Tuning In: ABC TV 1964-76

By 17 March 2016
Tuning In-coming soon

[ 8 April 2016 to 15 May 2016. ] Gather round the telly and bask in the glow of vintage ABC. From Play School to raunchy romps, Australian life reflected on screen

From the National Archives of Australia audiovisual collection.

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Friday Night Live – Ali Penney & The Moneymakers

By 17 March 2016
Ali Penney

[ 15 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]

With Ali Penney (keys, vocals), Dave Blanken (guitar), George Rigatos (guitar), Mike Rix (bass), Rosscoe Clarke (drums), it’s a dream team of musos that makes for an evening of sweet, but saucy sounds, informed by Penney’s husky vocal warmth and swag of sassy songs. They groove, grind and swing, with a bit of blues, a spattering of funk [...]

Friday Night Live – Just Us

By 17 March 2016
Just Us1

[ 8 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]

Winning an inner west Battle of The Bands competition, Just Us soon lit up the stage with a sensational performance at The Basement Blues Society – where it has now performed twice – supporting the Australian Blues legend Ray Beadle. At a recent performance at the Sydney Blues and Roots festival Just Us was described [...]

Narrabundah Festival 2016 – Sat 19 March

By 17 March 2016

[ 19 March 2016; ] Narrabundah Festival 2016 Sat 19 March at the Narrabundah Shops, Iluka St, Narrabundah 10 am to 2pm
Old Narrabundah Community Council (ONCC Inc) invites you to attend our festival. This popular event will be the seventh one we have organised at the shops. Video from Serge of 2015 is here.
Live Music & Dancing
Cassidy’s Ceili – 1000am [...]

Pubs and Publishing (Noted Writers’ Festival)

Lit Hop Fresh Start

[ 19 March 2016; ]

Ever been on a pub crawl? A bar hop? An inn skip? A nightspot … stagger? Whatever your answer, it’s irrelevant, because Noted Writers’ Festival is running a ‘Lit Hop’ on Saturday 19 March, and no matter where you fall on pubs, bars or literature, you’re going to love it.

You’ll start the night at King [...]

Dancing in the Street (Noted Writers’ Festival)


[ 16 March 2016 to 20 March 2016. ]

Ever looked at a book and thought, ‘You’re not living up to your potential. Lying around all day, taking up space. Go outside. Be an active member of society’?

We have. And what’s more, we’ve taken action.

We, by the way, are Noted Writers’ Festival. We’re taking place 16–20 March 2016, all our events are free, and [...]

Friday Night Live – Weeping Willows

By 13 March 2016
Weeping Willows

[ 1 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]

Melbourne duo Andy Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates are a couple of old souls, steeped in bluegrass tradition and draped in gothic Americana imagery.  They are part of a long music tradition – the old songs they sing are plucked from the canon, the new ones they write are simply added to the book. Each track is [...]


By 11 March 2016

[ 13 March 2016 at 1:00 pm; ] A call to arms! The Canberra chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism is inviting Canberrans to pick up a sword, fight like a knight and learn the arts of medieval warfare over an 9 week “Foundations of Armoured Combat” course commencing on 13th of March.

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organisation [...]

Capital Carnage vs Victorian Vanguard, Sat 12 March

By 10 March 2016

[ 12 March 2016 at 6:30 pm; ]

Get ready for smashing speed when Varsity Derby League’s Capital Carnage take on Victorian Vanguard on Saturday 12 March at Southern Cross Stadium. With Vanguard ranked #1 and Carnage #4 after the 2015 Men’s National Roller Derby Championships, and both teams with skaters on the Australian squad, you’ll be guaranteed a super fast, hard-hitting action packed [...]

Friday Night Live – Queen B & The Archers

By 10 March 2016
Queen B Archers

[ 11 March 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] Canberra based vocalist Bridget Croft and New Zealand punk/metal guitarist Phil Gemmell, with Bill Bostle on bass and Mark Woods on drums, have been honing their shared passion for strong blues and rockabilly riffs, powerful lyrics and quirky musical style.

With influences such as Florence Welch, Blondie and Bobbie Gentry, this is not your average blues [...]

BarCamp Canberra returns for its 8th year

By 4 March 2016

[ 9 April 2016 at 9:00 am; ] BarCamp Canberra is a free annual event that brings together hundreds of Canberrans for a day of ad-hoc presentations and workshops on topics from technology and government to education and art.

Returning to Canberra for the eighth time in nine years, the event will be held this year between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 9 April at [...]

Friday Night Live – Gwyn Ashton

By 3 March 2016
Gwyn Ashton1

[ 18 March 2016 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 Escalators – CD Launch at Smith’s on March 11

By 3 March 2016

[ 11 March 2016 at 7:00 pm; ] With more grooves than a record store, The Escalators tip their fedoras to the sophistication of Swing, the funk of New Orleans, & the rhythmic pulse of Jamaica.

The South Coast collective are celebrating their sophomore release “From The Hip” and bring their show to Smith’s Alternative on Friday, March 11.

Venue: Smith’s Alternative
Date: Friday March 11.
Time: Doors [...]

Comedy Club at the Civic Pub – 2 February

By 3 March 2016

[ 2 March 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]

Comedy Club at the Civic Pub featuring Andrew Barnett
Since bursting onto the Sydney Comedy scene in 2010, Andrew Barnett has established himself as a crowd favourite in Comedy rooms throughout Sydney and across the country. He has supported some of the finest international and local acts including Dom Irrera (USA), Ian Bagg (Can) and Akmal [...]

Groovin The Moo 2016

By 3 March 2016

[ 24 April 2016; ] Groovin the Moo, Australia’s one and only touring regional festival, is set to return to the University of Canberra in 2016 as part of its six date national tour.

The festival has cemented itself for over more than a decade as a crowd favourite, bringing patrons a diverse range of both national and international acts.

This year’s [...]

Barbara Hanrahan: Words + Art | Exhibition Opening

By 25 February 2016

[ 10 March 2016 at 5:30 pm; ] Join UNSW Canberra for the opening of an exhibition bringing together the prints and prose of Australian artist and novelist Barbara Hanrahan. Assembling pieces held by UNSW and local private collectors, this exhibition presents Barbara Hanrahan’s prints alongside her unique imaginative fiction, displaying the fertile relationship between her visual and textual languages.

Register here!!



By 25 February 2016

[ 28 February 2016; ] Thousands of people are in for a shimmery surprise when the Happiest 5k on the Planet, The Color Run brings its unforgettable colour drenched fun to Canberra on Sunday, 28 February on the last stop of its Shine World Tour.

With a festival atmosphere like no other, The Color Run is now the biggest running series [...]

Hat Fitz & Cara presented by Canberra Blues Society & Lone Wolf Promotions

By 24 February 2016
Hat Fitz  Cara 2

[ 17 March 2016 at 7:30 pm; ]

Stripped down to just voices, guitar and vintage drums, Hat Fitz & Cara embellish impeccable rootsy originals with powerful and soulful vocals reminiscent of a time once forgotten. They have been referred to as festival favourites globally, as they share a personal invitation into the parody of their lives on the road together that often [...]

Schools Chess Challenge Westfield Woden 2016

By 24 February 2016

[ 13 March 2016; ] The Schools Chess Challenge at Westfield Woden is coming up on Sunday 13th March, 2016 and will attract a great number of chess players. The tournament last year brought in 15 secondary players and 55 primary players, with Canberra Grammar School claiming the title for both divisions.
The individual Swiss tournament comprises of 7-rounds, with a time [...]

Canberra Kuchipudi workshop series

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 6 March 2016; ] If you are interested in taking up Kuchipudi (South Indian dance) classes in Canberra, please come along to Sadhanalaya School of Arts interactive workshop and information session on 6 March!
No prior experience required!
Cost: $15
For further information:

Dancing Goddesses Dinner & Dance Spectacular

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 27 February 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] Dancing Goddesses is pleased to invite you to our Bellydancing and Dinner Extravaganza at Harem Restaurant Kingston on 27 February 2016.

When: Saturday, 27 February 2016 at 6.30pm

Where: Harem Restaurant, 48 Jardine Street, Kingston ACT 2604

Tickets include a Turkish banquet, tea and coffee plus an exclusive bellydance show.

Cost: Tickets are $55 per person (plus a booking fee) [...]

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