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Top seven things to do in Canberra this weekend (15-17 April)


This weekend be transported back to a time before technology: join the Jane Austen Festival at Albert Hall and indulge yourself in everything Regency, attend a guided workshop in the (nearly lost) art of letter writing, or purchase a few retro-inspired homewares from the Old Bus Depot Markets.
Jane Austen Festival
Where: Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth [...]

You Are Here: arriving this week


[ 13 April 2016 to 17 April 2016. ] An inner suburban house transforms into a theatre hotspot. An old night club becomes a hub for political debate. Mysteries linger in the Civic Interchange. Where are you?

Playful, irreverent and lo-fi, You Are Here is a curated festival which showcases the best of Canberra’s diverse independent and experimental arts and culture.

From April 13-17, [...]

Bunker Comedy returns for 2016 with Sydney double-header

By 7 April 2016

[ 14 May 2016; ] Righto folks, Bunker Comedy 2016 is back on May 14 with a double header featuring David Smeidt and special guest MC Sean Woodland. Smiedt has been delighting audiences around the country and overseas with his brand of warm inclusive comedy for over six years and is now one of Australia’s finest comedian MCs and corporate performers. [...]

ACT Broomball – Winter Competition Commences

By 7 April 2016

[ 10 April 2016 at 7:30 am; ] ACT Broomball Association is proud to announce the Winter 2016 Competition…

Broomball you say? Broomball is a sport played on ice, where you wear special shoes… no, the one you’re thinking of is curling. It’s not curling. Think of it as “Ice hockey meets field hockey – but more fun”.

The sport has been played in the [...]

King Parrot Live on Thursday 21 April from 8.00PM @ The Basement

By 7 April 2016

[ 21 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] If you are interested in seeing a more adventurous act outside of the usual fare, strap yourself in for a thrash/grind/metal gig that sets the bench for pure fun and mayhem.

King Parrot live has to be one of the most fun gigs you can attend, and the lads are coming back to Canberra to bring [...]

DisHonour Rollers vs Vice City Betamax – Saturday 9 April

By 7 April 2016

[ 9 April 2016; ]
Photo by David Mackie/Soul Hunter Photography

Canberra is chilling down but the roller derby action is only getting hotter: Varsity Derby League’s DisHonour Rollers are heading for a fierce match against Canberra Roller Derby League’s Vice City Betamax on Saturday 9 April at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium.

Get yourself trackside for this game and enjoy some awesome [...]

Top six things to do in Canberra this weekend (8-10 April)


It’s a mixed bag this weekend: join other runners from the Capital region in the 2016 Australian Running Festival; brush up on your Shakespeare at Canberra Theatre Centre with Bell Shakespeare’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet; and, eat some amazing local street style food at The Forage.

2016 Australian Running Festival
Where: Event Village is at [...]

Whisky Straits hosts April Blues Jam

Whisky Straits

[ 17 April 2016 at 2:00 pm; 17 April 2016 at 2:00 pm; ]

Whisky Straits is yet another band which grew out of the Canberra Blues Society.

Back when the monthly jam sessions were held at the Statesman Hotel in Curtin, Owen Cooper (bass, trombone & vocals) & Jake Cussens (guitar, harmonica & vocals), visiting CBS for the first time, were directed by someone to ask Ken Nosworthy to [...]

Friday Night Live – Phil Emmanuel

Phil Emmanuel

[ 22 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; 22 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]

Phil Emmanuel is known as Australia’s Greatest Electric Guitar Player and has a resume of amazing performances with musical legends from Jazz – James Morrison, Don Burrows to big-band – Ed Wilson, the Royal Military College Band, to Country – Slim Dusty, Lee Kernaghan, Dolly Parton, to rock and blues – Jimmy Barnes, Roy Buchanan, Don [...]

Australia VS Canada at the AIS

By 1 April 2016

[ 16 April 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Australia’s Theo Christakos (4-1) is up against formidable opponent when he faces former Canadian Wrestling Champion Kevin “The Mongoose” Manderson as the Main event at BRACE 39.

The Canadian Manderson, a 35 fight veteran will be looking to showcase all his skills and silence the local crowed when he faces Christakos at the AIS Saturday 16th [...]

Photography: Wei Leng Tay—The Other Shore


[ 31 March 2016 to 15 July 2016. ]

An exhibition now at the ANU’s China In The World gallery.

Using the words from the pamphlet – the exhibition is about young Mainland Chinese who are moving to Hong Kong from all over China, leaving their homes because of family interests or in search of better education and career prospects. Such migrants fi­nd themselves in majority [...]

Canberra Roller Derby League – Season 2016!

By 31 March 2016

[ 2 April 2016 at 6:00 pm; ] The low rumble of wheels on wood…The silence broken by a shrill whistle…

Canberra Roller Derby League — Canberra’s premier roller derby league — is back for  2016!

This Saturday 2 April CRDL storms back to the track at the Southern Cross Basketball Stadium for the first game of the 2016 season.

In a rematch of the 2015 [...]

Looking for a new sport? Try dragon boating!

By 31 March 2016

[ 1 April 2016 to 3 April 2016. ] Females from teenagers to over forties are invited to join Diamond Phoenix for a fun paddle on Lake Burley Griffin. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried a water sport before, we’ll help you get started.

Dragon boat racing is among the fastest growing of team water sports, with thousands of participants in over 60 countries. It’s [...]

Top five things to do in Canberra this weekend (1-3 April)


Get out into the fresh air this weekend: take the Canberra Walking Festival challenge running on both Saturday and Sunday, join ‘Catherine Fysh’ as she takes you through her experiences in 1947 Canberra with a guided walk at the National Museum of Australia, or head to Canberra Airport to explore aircraft as part of their [...]

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 [...]

Top five things to do in Canberra this Easter weekend (25-28 March)


With the cool change in weather, we recommend long cosy lunches with friends and family. However, Canberra doesn’t disappoint if getting out and about is your thing. We’ve selected the top five things to do in the capital this weekend.

National Folk Festival
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell; When: 24-28 March
Join the celebration [...]

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 [...]

A true artist, Candy Royalle will perform at the 50th National Folk Festival

Candy Royalle - photo credit Nicola Bailey - for web - 47


Raging with humanity, Candy Royalle will perform at the 50th National Folk Festival this week with her band the Freed Radicals. Accompanied by bass, keys, drums, trumpet, and ‘feminist terrorist’ Betty Grumble, Royalle entwines words and loops sound through funk, hip hop, rock, and fusion.
There is no point in categorising Royalle. She performs with such [...]

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 [...]

Enlighten artists unpaid but ‘ecstatic’ about mentorship opportunity

Mark Kelly at Enlighten. Photo: Emma Kelly

The ACT Government has defended a program under which some of the artists involved in the creation of architectural projections in this year’s Enlighten program received mentoring and had their costs covered but were not paid for their artworks.
Four of the artists, Mark Kelly, Melinda Heal, Riley Post and Tianli Zu, were mentored by staff [...]

Exploring Canberra’s natural history

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Canberra has a breathtaking beauty and diverse natural environment. You can see it from the top of Mt Ainslie, amongst the tracks winding Black Mountain and along the shores of Casuarina Sands or further afield in Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
The Bush Capital exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery celebrates exactly this [...]

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 [...]

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