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By Amanda Whitley — April 16, 2012

The kids can get creative at the National Sound and Sound Archive's School Holiday Program!

It’s school holidays across Canberra and the ACT, and that means the usual mad rush to find things to keep the kids occupied and avoid the dreaded cries of “I’m boorrrreed!”

Luckily, there’s a ridiculously long list of things to do around town over the next week…there’s certain to be something for even the most hard-to-impress kid!

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

In the build up to Canberra’s centenary, familiarise yourself with what makes Canberra and region unique. With over 120 events the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival is back and bigger than ever.

From the ingenuity of Aboriginal Australians and their deep knowledge of the land; to examples of resourceful ‘make do’ in hard times; to the creative use of heritage places in the 21st century – the 2012 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival celebrates innovation through our heritage past, present and future.

Celebrate the importance of our heritage as we approach Canberra’s 100th birthday in 2013. You can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more.

The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve our natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage.

Running until Sunday 29 April. All the details on the website.


First Seen: From A Black Sky

From A Black Sky is a through-composed new opera work articulating the very real and devastating effect of the 2003 Canberra bushfires on people within the Canberra community.

The music is influenced by composer Sandy France’s love of other musical styles such as Contemporary/Progressive Art-Jazz and the driving primitivism of Rock and Traditional Folk Music.

Performing at The Street at 3pm this Sunday 22 April. More information and tickets here.

I Wish I’d Said That

Join veteran Aussie actor Henri Szeps for the hilarious and touching one man show I Wish I’d Said that.

Witness the touching story of failed actor Joe Bleakly performing for his inmates in a retirement village come to life through Szeps performance. Witness full excerpts, anecdotes, jokes, songs and observations about life, family and getting older.

Performing at The Street until 21 April 2012.

Titanic: The Musical

Titanic is based on the true story of the great ship’s maiden voyage from departure in Southampton, England to the sinking in the Atlantic by an iceberg.

The show touches on issues such as class, immigration and mankind’s vulnerability in the face of nature. The story follows passengers and crew members who actually existed and were aboard the Titanic back in 1912.

Performing until Saturday 5 May at the ANU Arts Centre. More information and tickets here. You can read Heather Wallace’s review here.

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries features big musical numbers including the evergreen Scooby-Doo theme song, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? alongside fun new songs including We’re Mystery Inc., Round Every Corner and A Musical Mystery.

In this brand new live musical production, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery.

Performing at the Canberra Theatre this Saturday, 21 April. More information and tickets here.

Shen Yun

Experience the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. Shen Yun Performing Arts returns from New York with an all new program for 2012.

See dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns. Thunderous drums shake the stage, while spectacular backdrops take you to another world. Shen Yun Performing Arts presents the true culture of China’s five-thousand-year-old civilization with original performances that not only entertain, but more deeply educate, enrich, and inspire

Performing at the Canberra Theatre this Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 April. More information and tickets here.


Glass Threads with Brigid Thomas

Glass Threads is a three-hour workshop ideal for children aged eight to 100.

Participants will look at the Glassworks‘ exhibition, Open Work, showing the work of artists who both use fabric and textiles as their inspiration. The focus will be on pattern, texture and colour as participants create their own textile inspired glass panel to hang on the wall.

From Wednesday 18 to Friday 27 April.

School Holidays at the National Film and Sounds Archive

This Easter and April Holidays it’s totally cool at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Bring the kids down for some crafty fun based on the national audiovisual collection. Take A Penguin Egg Trail, free, 6-29 April.

On Creation Station craft mornings: build noisemakers to creative sound effects for 100 year old Antarctic film footage, 16-20 April, $5 per child (suitable 5 years up).

Take an Action Station Freeze Frame photography workshop: two day workshop 16 April -17 April, $45 per child (suitable years 10-13).

On offer until Sunday 29 April. Find out more here.

Silk Road Tile School Holiday Program

Do this workshop at the Canberra Glassworks and receive a family pass to the current exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, Travelling the Silk Road.

Inspired by the colours, patterns and glass artisans of the Silk Road, this is a fun learning experience for anyone over the age of 8 years. An experience the whole family can enjoy!

Until 22 April. Find out more here.


Witness Q Lab at Questacon-The National Science and Technology Centre.

Q Lab is a dynamic and experimental environment that allows you to ask questions and find your own answers. See live scientific demonstrations performed by Questacon science communicators and visiting scientists.

Look at the world up close with microscopes and high-speed slow-motion footage. The Q Lab experience will be constantly evolving to keep up-to-date with the scientific world.

While you’re at Questcon, catch their newest exhibit, ExciteQ!

Open daily from 9am to 5pm.

The Art of Play

The Art of Play celebrates artists who look at the world with a smile. An exhibition for the young and the young-at-heart, come discover a fantastical fountain and a gleeful tower of toys; a wrapped enigma and an invisible bird.

See the world afresh, with works by artists including John Baldessari, Mike Brown, Richard Tipping, Robert Rooney, Peter Tully and Louise Weaver.

Play embraces painting, photography, prints and sculpture from across the National Gallery of Australia’s remarkable collection. This exhibition reminds us of the importance of play in an artist’s practice, and in our lives.

At the National Gallery of Australia until 24 June 2012.


The Beards

Formed as a joke to play a single show in Adelaide, The Beards, an entirely beard-based band, have gone on to become underground legends of the Australian music scene. Their message is simple; no beard, no good.

The Beards have spread their bearded message throughout Australia with constant touring and countless performances all over the country. Now The Beards are in Canberra with their much-anticipated third album, Having a Beard is the New Not Having a Beard. See it to believe it!

Playing ANU Bar this Thursday 19 April. Tickets and more information here.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Experience the lyrical beauty and sublime artistry of one of the world’s great and beloved voices, as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performs operatic favourites by Mozart, Handel, Strauss, Puccini and more, accompanied by renowned New Zealand pianist Terence Dennis.

Performing at  Llewellyn Hall at 7:30pm this Saturday, 21 April. More information and tickets here.

ABC Classic FM presents Sunday Live – Alice Giles

Harpist Alice Giles is giving a solo recital on three different instruments in this free Sunday Live concert. Her 18th century reproduction is perfect for CPE Bach and Dussek. Then she plays Salzedo and Dvorak on the Concert Grand Harp and, finally, she’ll whisk you into 20th century Australia with Nigel Westlake and Larry Sitsky performed on an electro-acoustic harp.

Sunday Live will be broadcast live from Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University School of Music on ABC Classic FM Radio this Sunday 22 April. Please make sure you are seated in the theatre by 2.50pm for a prompt 3pm start.

Find out more here.


The Government-Small Business Exchange

Schmooze is partnering with to bring together several government agencies and programs that support small business in the Government-Small Business Exchange.

The ACCC, AusIndustry, the ATO, Fair Work Ombudsman,, Capital Region BEC and Canberra Business Point will presenting information on the services, funding and advice they provide and there’ll be a mini-expo to meet representatives and ask questions and gain lots of information.

The event is free to attend, just register with your name and organisation via

From 5:30pm this Thursday 18 April at The Realm, National Circuit, Barton.


ANU Film Group

The ANU Film Group has been operating in Canberra for over 45 years and is one of Canberra’s worst kept movie secrets as, over the years, so many people have either been members, or have come along as guests to enjoy a movie or two.

The theatre is at the corner of Fellows and Garran Roads at the ANU, but everyone is welcome to come along…it’s a fun, community way to see movies on the big screen. And a big screen it is! The theatre is set up with an 8.5m wide screen, Dolby Surround Sound and screens movies from actual film.

There are a range of films on the programme to suit everyone – whether you have a crush on Twlight’s Jacob or Edward, love a feel good chick flick like New Years Eve or something a little more serious like Martha Marcy May Marlene or The Iron Lady. The Group works on a membership basis. Everyone is welcome to join and once you pay your membership fee there are no additional costs. It’s just $60 for the year, $35 for a half year or $15 or a week.

For more info and the full programme (you can join up when you get there) go to


On the evening of April 14, 1912 a number of first-class passengers aboard The Titanic revelled in a privately hosted feast in the firstclass a’ la carte restaurant. Passengers, some of whom had paid the equivalent of $124,000 in today’s dollars for the ocean voyage – settled in for a sumptuous, if over-filling, ten course extravaganza.

Indulge in 10 courses of a’la carte dining and commemorate the 100 year Anniversary of the Titanic at Sweet Copper. A truly unique dining experience!

Take you spare stomach along this Saturday, 21 April.


Stitches in the Night

Turkish born Perth artist Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is inspired by Australian Sustainable, Organic Agriculture and has dedicated her artistic practice to reflecting her thoughts about the environment and conservation.

These Certified Organic fibre textiles powerfully invite discussion around human rights issues and, in particular violence against women. Her rugs and quilts evoke domestic spaces and act as a canvas to women’s everyday lives under violence.

Included in Stitches in the Night is Kuvan-Mills’ artwork Maze, an installation of Certified Organic rugs, which recreates for the viewer the trapped feeling of many female victims who suffer in silence.

Opening 6pm 19 April and showing until 6 May at M16 Artspace in Griffith.

Art in the Garden with Friends

The Art in the Gardens with Friends exhibition features 67 botanical paintings and drawings dedicated to Australian bush tucker and other native plants.

Curated by the Friends Botanical Art Group, the exhibition brings together both amateur and practicing artists who have a special interest in Australian native plants. The artists seek to portray plants found in the Australian National Botanic Gardens living collection, some of which can be difficult for artists to find elsewhere.

On display at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery until 13 May.

Mothers Day Art Exhibition

Catch the work of four local Canberran Artists exhibiting their work for three days only to provide affordable beautiful artwares for gorgeous Mother’s Day presents.

Carole Osmotherly – Silk Artist, Judy Witherdin – Glass Artist, Sarah Welsford – Painter and Kylie Fogarty – Visual Artist will show their works from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 APril at 19 Cloncurry Street in Kaleen.

Email or phone Kylie on 0430 320 75 for more information.

Look! The Art of Australian Picture Books Today

Explore the diversity of picture books being created by Australian illustrators over the past decade with Look!

See original artwork, sketches and drawings by more than 40 Australian illustrators, including Bob Graham, Jeannie Baker, Ann James, Shaun Tan, Graeme Base, Leigh Hobbs and Terry Denton.

Celebrating the National Year of Reading, 2012, this exhibition encourages and promotes visual literacy amongst young children through engagement and participation.

Showing until 10 June at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Karl Wiebke

For Melbourne artist Karl Wiebke, the process of painting is very much the subject of his art.

This survey exhibition focuses on Wiebke’s painting, presenting series of works in which the artist has set up different processes to explore the nature of painting itself, teasing out the properties and possibilities of the medium.

Showing at Drill Hall Gallery until 13 May 2012.

Open Work

Open Work features the prodigious talent of two of Australia’s most awarded artists, Giles Bettison and Jenni Kemarre Martiniello.

Both artists are inspired and influenced by traditional textiles practices and forms. Giles Bettison references the lace making traditions of Venice and Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, the indigenous Australian traditional forms of the fish and eel traps.

Showing at the Canberra Glassworks until 3 May.

Russell Drysdale at War

The Australian War Memorial is paying tribute to one of Australia’s leading modernist painters, Sir Russell Drysdale, in a small exhibition, Russell Drysdale at War.

Drysdale is best known for his original interpretations of Australia’s outback landscape and its people of the late twentieth century, a period of great social change. During the Second World War he also produced a significant collection of works exploring the effects of war and the loneliness and displacement felt by many Australians based in rural communities.

At the AWM until 1 December 2012.

National Photographic Portrait Prize

See the best photographic portraits by the best. The annual National Photographic Portrait Prize intends to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

With the generous support of Visa, the National Portrait Gallery offers a prize of $25,000 for the most outstanding photographic portrait.

At the National Portrait Gallery until 20 May 2012.


Nurses: From Zululand to Afghanistan

Discover the story of nursing in overseas conflicts at the Australian War Memorial. This important aspect of Australia’s wartime experience is often neglected. Many women served in dangerous conditions. Like other Australian service personnel, many paid the ultimate price.

The display draws on the Memorial’s rich collection of photographs, private records and personal objects to trace the involvement of nurses from the first known Australian contribution in the Zulu War of 1879 to operations in Afghanistan today.

On display until 1 September.

The Life of Patrick White

Celebrating the centenary of Patrick White’s birth, this exhibition showcases the Nobel Laureate’s achievements and his forceful presence in Australia’s cultural life.

Explore items from White’s personal collection, including letters, notebooks, paintings, photographs and unpublished manuscripts.

At the National Library of Australia from this Friday 13 April.

Travelling the Silk Road

Step 1000 years back in time to experience the sights, sounds and stories of the greatest trading route in history in this new exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Prepare to embark on a thrilling journey along the greatest trading route in history – the legendary Silk Road. Explore the ancient cities of Asia and the Middle East over six centuries, where spectacular sights, exquisite silks and rousing stories await.

Remarkable dioramas, fascinating interactives and impressive artefacts will amaze children and adults alike on this adventure along the Silk Road, the world’s oldest international highway.

At the National Museum of Australia.

Traversing Antarctica: the Australian Experience

Imagine life in a land of ice and blizzards. What motivates people to venture to a place of such extremes as Antarctica? One word: discovery. Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience reveals how Australia’s connection with the frozen continent has developed over 100 years since the 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson.

A wealth of documentary material from the National Archives unveils this fascinating history.

A rare collection of original equipment and diaries from early expeditions is displayed together for the first time as well as inspiring interactive displays and imagery.

At the National Archives of Australia until 9 September.

Treasures Gallery

Discover new treasures as the National Library of Australia reveals more of its 10 million item-strong collection in the Treasures Gallery.

See manuscripts from authors and poets such as Christina Stead and Mem Fox; works from the Ducie collection of First Fleet art; and Norman Lindsay’s 1918 Fall-in recruitment poster for the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Visitors will notice other changes, including pages turned on items such as the Draft Constitution, Keith Murdoch’s Gallipoli Letter, and new notes passed between Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm in the flight cockpit.

Skater: Portraits by Nikki Toole

See inside the world of skateboarders with Skater: Portraits by Nikki Toole at the National Portrait Gallery.

Nikki Toole has travelled the world to photograph skateboarders. The portraits evoke the solitary mental space experienced while skating.

Nineteen portraits will be on show, the first time images from the skater project have been exhibited as a group.

On show now until 29 April 2012.


Autumn Craft Workshops

Take time out, withdraw from the bustle of everyday life to relax, take refreshments, learn new skills, retrieve your creativity and socialise with like-minded people.

Queanbeyan’s Benedict House will be abuzz with energy and creative pursuits in all the rooms with their Autumn Workshops.

On Wednesday evenings there will be will be creative pursuits in all the rooms including Paper Craft, Creating with Crochet, Designing and Making Jewellery.

$110 for 4 week course or $35 per class – Every Wednesday evening 6.00pm – 8.00pm until 15 May.

Find out the details here!

About Author

Amanda Whitley is the editor of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she works as a PR consultant, instructs zumba, and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women.

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