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By Amanda Whitley — April 23, 2012

Another public holiday this week, and this time it’s all about paying tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives in armed service.

Canberra’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service is one of the nation’s most moving ceremonies. Gather with thousands of Australians in the pre-dawn light to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Experience the emotion of the lone bugler playing the Last Post. Pay your respects to those who gave their lives in the service of their country. Leave a poppy on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier.

After the ceremony, gain a true understanding our ANZAC’s experiences and explore the galleries at the Australian War Memorial.

Dawn Service starts at 5.30am. Get there early for a good place; National Ceremony and RSL veterans march 10.15am.

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.


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.

Cinderella Goes Bollywood

This theatrical dance spectacular, Cinderella Goes Bollywood, rejuvenates the classic and most spectacular story of the century with a Bollywood twist.

Featuring a cast of over 60 performers, this turbo-charged, joyfully uplifting show is a riot of swirling colours, high-energy music and sensational dance scenes choreographed by Canberra’s top Bollywood choreographers, Krisha Jilson and Nishi Dulare.

This will be truly be an extraordinary evening of music and dance. Performing this Saturday 28 April at Canberra Theatre. More information and tickets here.

Ross Noble Nonsensory Overload

Ross Noble brings a brand new tour, Nonsensory Overload to Australia, following the success of last year’s UK 160 date THINGS tour.…

Nonsensory Overload is Noble back fresh from his travels, not to mention his own TV show, doing what he does best; spinning forth hilarious nonsense for your amusement. Now is your chance to see one of the best live comics working internationally today.

Performing at Canberra Theatre from this Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 April. More information and tickets here.

Doubt: A Parable

“Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty”

Doubt is a spellbinding and expertly written play from John Patrick Stanley. The play premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in November 2004 and instantly became the most celebrated play of the season, taking the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama and best new play awards from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, among others.

Performing at Canberra Theatre until Sunday 29 April – more information and tickets here.

Theatresports™ – North vs South

Theatresports™ – North vs South returns to the Street Theatre to decide which side of the lake will have the bragging rights for the next 12 months. Will the Northside defend their title or will the South finally rise up?

At the family-friendly time of 7:30pm, Canberrans will be able to revel in a night of entertainment fit for the Colosseum as teams of Theatrical Gladiators from each side of the lake compete with the same vigour as a State of Origin clash. Teams of improvisers will compete in a series of challenges resulting in comedy, theatre and music created at will to the roar of the crowd.

Theatresports™ is a fast and fun-filled theatre ride which combines wit, comedy, drama and fearless public performance. Given that Canberra houses some of the country’s quickest thinkers who are capable of providing extremely creative answers to the curliest of queries it is appropriate that Theatresports™ is used to settle Canberra’s most important question – ‘Which side of the lake is best?’

Get along to The Street this Saturday 28 April and cheer your side of the lake!

Let The Sunshine

‘The Q’ – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre

Award winning Australian playwright David Williamson’s play has been described as part Romeo and Juliet, part Meet the Parents. His ability to sketch vivid caricatures from life shouldn’t be underestimated. This satirical comedy sees Toby flee Sydney and travelling north to Noosa with his wife Ros, a haven fondly remembered from visits in his youth. Ros meets an old school friend, Natasha, who is married to Ron, a hugely wealthy property developer. Emma, the daughter of Natasha and Rick, son of Ros, happen to meet. And then, in typical Williamson fashion, it’s on for young and old.

Performing from this Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 April at The Q in Queanbeyan. More information and tickets here.


Canberra Love Vintage Show and Sale

Australia’s premier vintage event, Love Vintage, is set to bring a touch of old Hollywood glamour to Canberra’s EPIC from 5:30pm this Friday 27 to 4pm Sunday 29 April.

Whether your fashion obsession is fabulous 1920s beaded dresses (think Underbelly Razor and The Great Gatsby), glamorous couture gowns from the 50s, or seriously groovy 70s suits, boots, belts and buckles, you’ll find stylish, funky, quirky and glamorous gear for guys and girls at Love Vintage.

Discover designer fashion brought in from New York, London and Paris – you might just find a vintage treasure from Mary Quant, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Versace or Prada.

Find out more here.

Mathilda’s Market

Mathilda’s Market is home to the most gorgeous baby and kids goods. They carefully handpick their stall holders to bring you divine and original clothing, accessories, homewares and toys for the little ones. Their exquisite wares are lovingly designed by some of Australia’s most talented crafters and designers, many of them parents themselves.

At Mathilda’s Market you’ll see the most gorgeous of outfits for the kids, chic bedroom decorations and furnishings, bright and brilliant toys, must-have accessories, pretty and practical bags and shoes, dreamy vintage-inspired creations, musical instruments and jewellery, fabulous dress-up costumes, striking linen and so much more!

At Albert Hall from 9am to 1pm this Sunday 29 April.


James and the Giant Peach

The Street presents James and the Giant Peach, a Playing with Snails Production adapted by David Wood. Enjoy a musical adaptation of the beloved children’s classic, Roald Dahl’ s James and The Giant Peach.

Re- ignite your child hood imagination with this truly amazing adventure about escaping from the misery of life from the horrible Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker and into the Giant Peach with companions Old Green Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, Miss Spider and Earthworm.

Hi-5 Holiday

Everyone loves a holiday and so will you. It’s a Hi-5 Holiday! Join the Hi-5 gang as they go on their special holiday with loads of singing, dancing and excitement.

It’s a brand new show. Hi-5 Holiday features all your favourite songs plus some new ones.

Performing two shows tomorrow, Tuesday 24 April at the Canberra Theatre. 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.


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.


ABC Classic FM presents Sunday Live – Calvin Bowman

In this free Sunday Live concert, Calvin Bowman gives a solo harpsichord recital, with compositions by Byrd, Couperin and Froberger. Then he is joined by soprano Rachel Thoms and mezzo-soprano Christina Wilson in a selection of songs, including Calvin’s settings of poems by Michael Leunig.

Sunday Live will be broadcast live from Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University School of Music on ABC Classic FM Radio this Sunday 29 April. Please make sure you are seated in the theatre by 2.50pm for a prompt 3pm start.

Find out more here.

Alex Hallahan & The Woodland Hunters Human Veins Tour

Mixing music genres and the human condition into an intoxicating soundtrack of life, Melbourne singer-songwriter Alex Hallahan ‘triumphs on a record filled with soul’ (Rhythms) on his latest offering Human Veins – the follow up to his much lauded 2008 debut release The Turning Wheel.

Backed by his band The Woodland Hunters, who brilliantly create a textured landscape alongside Alex’s songwriting prowess, together they ignite in restless roots fuelled by folk, country, soul and blues. Capturing the attention of both critics and audience alike with this new album, they play The Front at 7pm tonight, Monday 23 April.

Lunchtime concert at Wesley

Hear Jessica Westcott (soprano), James Moorhouse (clarinet) and James Huntingford (piano) in a programme that includes Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet, 4 Fauré pieces to texts by Paul Verlaine and music for piano.

Jessica Westcott is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance) / Bachelor of Arts (French and German) at the ANU School of Music in Canberra. Jessica studies under Louise Page and was a Wesley Scholar for two years – 2010-2011. James Moorhouse began his musical career studying piano and took up the clarinet at the age of thirteen. James received the Canberra Symphony Award for Outstanding Services to Music and is currently completing his honors degree in performance.

At Wesley Music Centre at 12:40pm this Friday 27 April.


Beer and Food Matching

The Durham Castle Arms is hosting a Beer and Food Matching Lunch from 1pm this Saturday 28 April. For $59 per head you can enjoy six beers and a six course meal, using the three C’s of compliment, contrast and cleanse.

You can read a review of what to expect at Canberra blog, In The Taratory.

To book for the event, you can either pop into The Durham, ring us on 6295 1769 or email [email protected]. Bookings are essential and a pre-purchase of your seat is required.

A Titanic Meal

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.


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


Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed

Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed features over 150 works, including many of von Guérard’s beloved iconic landscapes, several beautifully illustrated sketch books, and some never-before-seen paintings. Explore the magnificent Australian, New Zealand and European landscapes he captured through his detailed brushstrokes and breathtaking compositions.

Eugene von Guérard (1811-1901) is arguably Australia’s, and certainly Victoria’s, most important colonial landscape painter. Born in Vienna and trained as a painter in the European art centres of Rome, Naples and Düsseldorf; von Guérard migrated to Australia in 1852.

At the National Gallery of Australia until 15 July 2012.

External – Internal

In the latest exhibition by ANCA studio artist Carmel McCrow, she explores Wassily Kandinsky’s notion that “every phenomenon can be experienced in two ways. These two ways are not random, but bound up with the phenomenon – they are derived from the nature of the phenomena, from two characteristics of the same, external and internal”

Showing at the ANCA Gallery in Dickson from Wednesday 25 April to Sunday 6 May 2012

Official opening and drinks with the artist from 3-5pm Saturday 28 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.

Also at M16 is Remains of Fire – an exhibition of paintings and photography that explore the emotional experience and impact of fire; and Element or Process - a collection of small oil paintings on canvas which explore possibilities, ideas and inspiration drawn from the environment. Fire, earth, water and air experienced in extremes or times of change lead two mature artists, Ian Robertson and Marje Seymour, to express ideas in harmonious but different ways.

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.

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!


Canberra Raiders vs Sharks

If you live around Bruce, you may be able to hear my sister and her kids screaming in support of their beloved Sharkies this Sunday, 29 April. It takes a rabid fan to attempt a seven hour round day trip with three little Sharks in tow…

Be at Canberra Stadium from 2pm to see the Green Machine take on the Cronulla Sharks on their homeground.

More info and tickets here.

Giants vs Western Bulldogs

Watch the Greater Western Sydney Giants play the Western Bulldogs at Manuka Oval this Saturday afternoon as part of the AFL Premiership Season.

2012 will see the Greater Western Sydney Giants play 11 home games in their inaugural season. In a first for AFL, Giants fans will have the chance to see their club in action at four different venues across Sydney and Canberra.

The Giants will bring three big matches to Manuka Oval, with the Western Bulldogs, Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Football club all coming to town.

More information and tickets here.

Capital Punishment MTB Enduro

Try a point to point 100km or 50km mountain bike event linking Canberra’s best single track areas including Kowen Forest, Majura Pines and Stromlo Forest Park.

Capital Punishment is the mountain bike enduro that takes in Canberra’s best single track. It includes a 50km and 100km options.

It is not too hilly and if it is dry it is fast and fun! There is the festival at the finish which is 2012 will include jumping castles and a kids race. And to top it all off there is the After Party and Presentations at the Crowne Plaza.

From 7am to 6pm this Saturday 28 April. Find out more here.

About Author

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), 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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