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Read on for all the events happening around Canberra. Maybe we’ll see you there?
The first charm bracelets were worn by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Hittites and began appearing from 600 – 400 BC.  KIN Gallery’s latest exhibition, ‘Charmed I’m Sure’ celebrates this magical and ancient art.
Opening to the public from 18 – 20 November, ‘Charmed I’m Sure’ beautifully muddies the line between art and jewellery—one hanging charm at a time. Artists from all over Australia have handcrafted up to five pieces each for this exhibition, all delicately forged (and even laser welded at times) to create dreamy one-of-a-kind pieces. Be sure to choose your favourite.
Friday 18 until Sunday 20 November | KIN Gallery, Lonsdale Street, Braddon | kin.gallery
Grainger Gallery hosts “Femmes Fatales on the Frontier”. These six female artists are dangerous women who, through their femmes fatales, invite you to a quirky and irreverent exhibition on the power of feminine beauty as viewed through the female gaze.
Vanessa Stockard takes us on a deep dive down a hallucinatory rabbit hole of Alice and her friends, the Infanta, Ophelia and Jane Morris, while Gria Shead’s Kate Kelly rides into town with an arsenal of cigar box femmes. Penelope Boyd’s Victorian gothic girls invite closer investigation as they hide their crimes and misdemeanours. Ella Kilgour’s ladies are odes to Gainsborough and Poussin with a contemporary twist – all neon-powder-puff, Autie pouf and Snapchat Catface, they stare back across centuries of history into hypermodern times.
Hilary Herrmann’s haloed heroines float through the skies like mystical saints, referencing ancient iconography and pointing to the order of the universe. Monika Scarrabelotti’s sensuous bronzes traverse the voyeuristic, engaging the viewer in an intimate response. All in all, these six artists invite you to gaze into the realm of the Magical Real in the Neon-Classical Age!
Opening 6pm Thursday 17 November until Sunday 4 December | Grainger Gallery, Dairy Road, Fyshwick | graingergallery.com.au
Consider yourself a LEGO Masters super fan? It’s time to channel your inner Hamish Blake and head along to a brick-tastic large-scale LEGO event coming to Canberra.
That’s right—from jaw-dropping creations to breathtaking creativity, Canberra is hosting its very own brick show on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November. Featuring the brick-building talent of over a hundred local and interstate creators (who have created mind-blowing LEGO displays for all ages), it’s the perfect chance to nerd out over the magic of LEGO.
Saturday 19 November, 9 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday 20 November, 10 am – 4:30 pm | Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Rd, Lyneham | canberra.brickshow.au
Have you ever dreamed of escaping to France—the perfume of croissants tantalising your nose, a glass of bubbles in hand as you browse through market stands with the notes of some French jazz drifting on the air?
The good news is there’s no need to book a flight to realise your French dream, all this and more is coming right here to Canberra on Saturday 19 November. French food and French themed activites? To that, we say ‘oui, oui!’
Saturday 19 November, 10 am – 4 pm | Alliance Francaise de Canberra, 66 McCaughey St, Turner | afcanberra.com.au
Known for their slick aesthetic and camp sensibility, YUMMY  is a multi-award-winning cabaret company that incorporates drag, dance, circus, and burlesque. Fall in love and howl with laughter with this legendary feature-length production—you won’t regret it.
Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November | Zoo Bar, 17 London Circuit, Canberra City | Tickets here.
Hello seasonal fun! Head along to the Hall Village Christmas Fair to explore 100 vendors, food vans, pizza oven, sausage sizzle, live music, entertainment and more. There will also be Hall Collectors Classic Cars on display, ACT Companion Dog Club doggy dance and agility dog teams, circus performer, face painting, strolling carollers and of course a visit from Santa!
Saturday 19 November | Hall Showground and Oval, Hall | facebook.com/hallvillagechristmasfair
For the first time in three seasons, Thunder will be back in action at Manuka Oval. With heaps of family-friendly entertainment on offer, this is the perfect event to bring the whole family along.
Tuesday 15 November | Manuka Oval, Manuka Circle, Griffith | sydneythunder.com.au
Calling all craft lovers—the Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair is back! Immerse yourself into the world of arts and craft by attending and experiencing the incredible quilt and craft display. With more than one hundred quilts on displayed, exhibits from the One Read Thread challenge, decorated masks, embroidered pet pawtraits and lucky door prizes, there’s plenty to see and do.
Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 November, 10 am – 4:30 pm | Exhibition Park, Corner of Flemington Rd and Northbourne Ave, Mitchell | craftfair.com.au
Australia’s hottest seven-piece disco and dance band are making their way to the National Arboretum Canberra! Disco Revolution is bursting with high energy and performing legendary 70’s and 80’s disco anthems and dance tracks that will have you on the dance floor all night long.
From ABBA, Tina Turner, Donna Summer to The Village People and artists in between, DISCO REVOLUTION delivers a dynamic performance like no other. A true party band that relives the disco era, complete with dazzling costumes, will transport you back in time to the era when disco changed a generation.
Saturday 19 November | National Arboretum Canberra | stickytickets.com.au 
Throughout the month, over 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios, and open homes will be showcased as part of DESIGN Canberra, transforming the nation’s capital. The festival, now in its 8th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free. Check out the DESIGN Canberra website to see what’s on around the capital.
Until  Sunday 20 November | Various locations | designcanberrafestival.com
Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s festival of pre-loved stuff, dedicated to helping you extend the life of your stuff and find the ultimate pre-loved gem. This year you can sell, shop and learn on the Garage Sale Trail with the Trail Tutorial series of online workshops hosted by Aussie icons Barry du Bois, Annabel Crabb and Craig Reucassel as well as two big weekends of garage sales happening across Canberra.
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November | Various locations | garagesaletrail.com.au
The Stromlo Running Festival is back! Choose from 10 kilometres, 30 kilometres, and a 50 kilometres ultra-marathon and get ready to run. It’s the perfect opportunity for runners of all abilities to ‘get off the road’ and challenge themselves on wide open trails that take in sweeping views of Canberra, Black Mountain Tower, the National Arboretum, and the Brindabella ranges.
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November | Stromlo Forest Park, Opperman Avenue, Wright | stromlo.com.au
Returning after a couple of years away the South side will be transformed this month. Whether it is markets, music, sport, art, dance, the environment or just the community coming together that you are into, SouthFest in the Suburbs has something for you! With over 50 activities spread out over three weeks find the perfect way to celebrate your home.
Until Sunday 20 November | Various locations | tuggcc.com
It’s Fun Run with Wine…we’re not even kidding! Head to Lake George Winery this Saturday 19 November and run, walk or skip in and around the vines and then…sip!
There’s a little bit of exercise before you cross the finish line and head to the now famous ‘Wine Waddle’ and the tasting stations or don’t do any exercise at all and just opt for the ‘Wine Waddle’ only!
There’ll be entertainment, great food, fine wines, and good times in vines!
Saturday 19 November |  Lake George Winery | centauroutdoorevents.com.au
In partnership with Capital Brewing, this symposium will explore issues of sustainability, post-pandemic hospitality and our social relationship with food. Speakers include Fiona Buining (Ainslie Urban Farm), Dash Rumble (Pilot), Max Walker (Paranormal Wines), Dr Bethaney Turner (University of Canberra) Caitlin Baker (Venus Vinifera), Andrew Duong (Miss Van’s), Nagesh Seethiah (Manzé), Michael Brewer (Goterra) and Dan Watters (Capital Brewing).
In the evening, Louis Couttoupes (Onzieme) will cook a one-night-only ‘circular dining’ menu in the Capital Brewing beer garden. There are limited places available and bookings are essential, so get in quick!
Monday 14 November, 4 pm – 7:30 pm | Capital Brewing Co, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick | Tickets here
Witches and wizards of Canberra, behold! Get ready to unleash your inner magical being as you brew potions, cast spells, and drink more mead than you can shake a wand at—at this pop-up bar, you’ll concoct devilish brews for good (or evil), all under the watchful eye of their wise potions master.
Thursday 17 November until Tuesday 31 January 2023 | Zoo Bar, London Circuit, Canberra City | Tickets here.
No plans on a Friday night? Head along to the Pop Inn Bar during the DESIGN Canberra Festival to enjoy the art installations, listen to live music by jazz trio Good Gosh, shop beautiful products from local designers; and participate in family drop-in craft activities and have a drink.
Until Friday 18 November | Civic Square, 180 London Cct | designcanberrafestival.com.au
Love beer? Featuring over 300 unique and limited edition beers, ciders, seltzers, wine, cocktails, local street eats and masterclasses plus a massive line up of live music you can’t miss the Canberra Beerfest. Centrally located (next to Questacon), with a perfectly picturesque waterfront setting, it’s the perfect chance to sample the latest in brewing trends, innovative creations, cocktail gastronomy, and simple delights and old faithful favourites.
Saturday 19 November, 12 pm – 6 pm | John Dunmore Lang Place, Parkes | canberra.beerfestivals.com.au
British comedy Trashfuture podcast hosts are sayi G’day to Australia, bringing their show to Canberra for the first time ever. Talking politics, technology and the future, the Trash lads and lass are on the case down under.
Tuesday 15 November, 7:30 pm | The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra City |Tickets here.
Considered by critics as one of the most revered storytellers on the live music scene, Colin Hay is set to grace Australia in November with a highly anticipated solo jaunt (the first solo tour Down Under in years) to promote his new album.
Described by American Songwriter as “an album for the ages”, Hay’s latest body of work, Now And The Evermore, has been praised by reviewers for embodying all the elements of good storytelling and artistry.
Wednesday 16 November | The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatre.com.au
The National Film and Sound Archive is having a very special screening Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS—and it’s the perfect opportunity to visit their newly refreshed Australians and Hollywood exhibition to see costumes and props from the movie itself.
Before the screening, the audience will also be treated to a performance by rock’n’roll singer Jerikye Williams, who cites Elvis Presley as a key influence. See you there?
Friday 18 November | National Film and Sound Archive of AustraliaMcCoy Circuit, Acton | nfsa.gov.au
This is some quite sophisticated nonsense. Based on the novel by Jane Austen, Kate Hamill’s Sense and Sensibility, this playful new adaptation follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood shortly after their father’s sudden death. Head along to experience a story that stands the test of time…and the perfect springtime rom-com.
Friday 18 November until Saturday 3 December | Canberra REP Theatre (formerly Theatre 3), 3 Repertory Lane, Acton | Tickets here.
Sionnach Rua’s Great Irish Song Book is an authentic music and story catalogue from Irish born and raised frontman, Gallie.  Interwoven with rich stories from Gallie’s Irish upbringing, with tales of Irish tra-ditions and histories, audiences will be transported back to a lively session in a celebration of Celtic music with songs ranging from Planxty to Van Morrison to the Dubliners.  This stage show will make you feel like you are visiting a lively “session” in an Irish bar without having to travel to Dingle.
Friday 18 November | The Street Theatre, Canberra | sionnachrua.com.au
See young imaginations at their best when The Age of the Pinedemic – the Musical debuts at Tuggeranong Arts Centre. From secret deals and power battles to eternal life and pineapples! What could possibly go wrong in a new society made up of children and born out of a secret deal made with an online troll? The whacky characters and zany storyline, completely conceived by children, illustrate originality and fresh theatre at its best.
Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November | Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Tuggeranong | tuggeranongarts.com.au
MAKS Ballet Studios loves to wrap up the year with something from the realms of fantasy! Featuring professionally choreographed routines from our talented faculty and guest artists, stunning costumes and hosted in Canberra’s most prestigious theatre, Canberra Theatre Centre, you will be transported to a world of wonder asking “How Long is Forever?” before being amazed by the vibrancy of our second Act “Showcase”.
Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November | The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatre.com.au
Let the screenings begin. From Friday 4 November through until Sunday 20 November, head along to the Canberra Short Film Festival to enjoy 18 screening sessions showcasing a wealth of talent in a range of films, animations and music videos, all touching on topics like  gender politics and sexuality, masculinity and mental health and First Nations’ stories. 
Until Sunday 20 November | Dendy Cinemas, City | cffs.com.au
Some of the greatest British films are coming to your screens this October at the Cunard British Film Festival hosted by Palace Cinema! It will feature big names such as Stephen Frears, Sally Hawkins, Colin Farrell and Bill Nighy, and will include the highly anticipated premier of Mrs. Harris goes to Paris! Some other movies that will be showing include numerous James Bond films, Emily, the story of Emily Brontë, The Lost King and so much more.
Until Wednesday 16 November | Palace Electric Cinemas | britishfilmfestival.com.au
Enjoy a bite of culture at the 26th Japanese Film Festival (JFF) in Australia – the largest celebration of Japanese film in the country, bringing new and old films to local audiences. There’s bound to be something to suit everyone’s tastes in this year’s line-up!
Until Sunday 20 November | Palace Electric, Acton | japanesefilmfestival.com.au
Love classic music? The Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Concert series is delighted to present a second recital for this year by pianist Mark Jurkiewicz, whose previous Wesley recitals have been received with acclaim. In this recital, Mark will explore works from the German proto-Romantic movement: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “(The Tempest”), Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Variations sérieuses’, Op. 54, and Chopin’s Étude Op. 25, No. 12 in C minor.
Wednesday 16 November. 12:40 pm – 1:20 pm | Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest | Tickets here
Exploring  music as medicine, this program of beautiful and therapeutic baroque music has composers including Bach, Albinoni, Zelenka, Marais and Charpentier. Musica laetitiae comes, medicina dolorum [Music is a companion to joy and a medicine for pains] is a recurring motif during the Baroque period, the inspiration for this concert of baroque music.
Friday 18 November, 7:30 pm | Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue | Tickets here.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—and Kinkora Gallery has a special exhibition to help you celebrate. Paying tribute to the magic of Christmas, local artists Emily Birks, Julie Bradley, Fiona Boxall, Liz Faul, Fenja T. Ringl and Joan McKay are each showcasing a small number of their artworks in the private gallery.
Entry is free but bookings are essential.
Saturday 12 November until Saturday 10 December | 5 Stornaway Road Queanbeyan | Tickets here.
Captured in the Summer of 1985, Picture Yourself by local artist Gerry Orkin comprises a series of gentle, quirky, honest and straightforward depictions of a community not yet obsessed with self-image making, privacy and image ownership.
Thursday 17 November until Saturday 17 December | PhotoAccess, Manuka Arts Centre, 30 Manuka Circle, Griffith | photoaccess.org.au
The work in Woodlands, Forests, Life spans around a decade. From an early age, Canberra artist David Wong has loved nature and explored the bushland areas close to his home in Canberra. This exhibition investigates the many facets of eucalypt ecosystems within local nature reserves – their diversity and uniqueness; their conservation; and the people working to understand, restore and protect them. Woodlands, Forests, Life is also part of a broader 2022 Eucalypt Australia Dahl Fellowship project.
Thursday 17 November until Saturday 17 December | PhotoAccess, Manuka Arts Centre, 30 Manuka Circle, Griffith | photoaccess.org.au
Showcasing some of the best work created by the Canberra Potters over the last 12 months, head along to Canberra’s major ceramic show of the year. Expect an inexhaustible breadth of ceramic arts, showcasing innumerable combinations of making, decorating and firing techniques to create works that are unique in form, texture and colour.
Until Sunday 4 December | 1 Aspinall St, Watson | canberrapotters.com.au
Tuggeranong Arts Centre is swooning, shimmering, and sparkling its way to the end of 2022 with the Spring exhibitions, Swoon! We are Dizzy with JOY!, by Hands On Studio and All That Glitters by local artists Helen Braund, Tiffany Cole, Romany Fairall, Michele Grimston and Emma Rani Hodges.
Until Saturday 17 December | Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Tuggeranong | tuggeranongartscentre.com
Featuring 125 images from the last 50 years, all uniquely captured by celebrated documentary photographers, Viewfinder is an exhibition that provides a fascinating glimpse into the changing face of Australia.
Walk through the exhibition and you’ll see the faces and stories of migrants, shearers, dancers, miners, gardeners, surfers, and bronzed bodies at the beach—but it also reveals how much photography has evolved over the years, from black and white captures to the vibrant high-definition images of today.
This is a reflective exhibition that can be enjoyed by all ages. Read more here.
National Library of Australia | Until Sunday 30 April 2023 | nla.gov.au
In this exhibition, influential Australian Chinese artist Lindy Lee explores identity, history, spirituality and our relationship to the cosmos. She creates meditative works using light, shadow and scale across many artforms. Moon in a Dew Drop takes an in-depth look at four decades of extraordinary practice.
Until Thursday 3 December | Canberra Museum & Gallery, London Circuit | cmag.com.au
We’re all obsessed with the F!nk jug (hello Christmas present inspo), but did you know that there’s a Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize celebrating outstanding work in the field of contemporary metalworking?
Recognising the exceptional skill and innovative design of both established and emerging designers and craftspeople, head along to see the work of 10 finalists and see the winners of the three awards: an established artist, an emerging artist, and an acquisition prize.
Until Saturday 10 December | Craft ACT, Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit | designcanberrafestival.com.au
There’s no denying that Canberra has some iconic architecture—and this exhibition at Craft ACT is the ultimate celebration of design in the 70s. Capturing the best of Canberra’s design and architecture from the decade, the exhibition has over 90 photographs from professional and amateur photographers—perfect for spending an afternoon immersing yourself in architecture and art.
Until Saturday 10 December | Craft ACT, Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit | designcanberrafestival.com.au
Angelica Mesiti explores the notion of how communities are formed through shared movement and communication. A mix of dance, music, verbal, and non-verbal musical forms, Mesiti shows the different ancestries that make up modern Australia while investigating the nature of connection
Until Sunday 29 January 2023 | The National Gallery | nga.gov.au
An artist with an international reputation in the fields of contemporary jewellery and studio glass, this 25-year survey of the Tilden’s work reveals her remarkable and critically acclaimed practice.
This major survey exhibition includes both historical and contemporary works looking at the key themes of mechanical movement, and industrial and architectural uses of glass as well as a series of photographic portraits of collectors wearing their Tilden jewellery or ‘bringing out their Blanche.’
Until Sunday 12 February 2023 | Canberra Museum & Gallery, London Circuit | designcanberrafestival.com.au
Born in Canberra, Tom Moore is one of Australia’s leading glass artists and over the course of his career has carved out a singular voice in Australian glass art making. Expect to see  ybrid creatures of part animal, vegetable, mineral and personal such as ‘plantbirds’ and ‘photofishcars’ that critique the current human condition and the impact humans have wrought on our environment.
Until Sunday 12 February 2023 | Canberra Museum & Gallery, London Circuit | cmag.com.au
It’s the final event of the year—and after months of listening to passionate change-makers who do incredible things on the local stage, there’s one female innovator left you still need to meet at the Canberra Innovation Network.
And as the CBRIN Chair, founder of her own consulting business GiG Enterprises (and the holder of an impressive resume that includes previous senior executive roles with IBM and Microsoft), you can see why Hala Batainah is a standout among the business community in Canberra. On Tuesday 15 November, Hala will sit down with the Canberra Innovation Network’s CEO, Petr Adamek, to discuss her experiences as a woman in technology, business, and innovation.
Tuesday 15 November, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm | 5/1 Moore St, Canberra City |  cbrin.com.au
Talking all things thrillers and what it’s like to be book lovers on Instagram, to celebrate the release of How to Destroy your Husband join author Jess Kitching and bookstagrammer Lauren Baker for the ultimate get-together.
Saturday 19 November, 4:30 pm – 6 pm | Pulp Bookcafe, 6/18 O’Hanlon Place, Federation Square, Nicholls | Tickets here.
Are you expecting? Have you considered a doula? The Canberra Doulas are holding monthly information sessions for all those expecting to find out more about what a doula is and all that they can offer during pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Learn how a doula can support you in preparation for your birth and how they can also assist you once you bring your baby home.
Saturday 19 November, 10 am – 12 pm | Tulips Café, Piallago | Facebook.com
This half-day program of talks, workshops and films will explore Canberra’s history of medium density housing experimentation, what it means to live thoughtfully within the landscape, and the nuanced relationship between our physical and emotional experience of home. Speakers include Louise Wright (Baracco + Wright, Melbourne), Anthony Clarke (BLOXAS, Melbourne), Martin Miles (Canberra House, Wybalena Grove resident) and David Hobbes (architect, Urambi Village resident). The symposium will conclude with a special screening of Bêka & Lemoine’s feature-length documentary The Infinite Happiness (2015).
Sunday 20 November, 11 am – 3:30 pm | 1 Dairy Road, Tenancy 5b, Building 2, Fyshwick | Tickets here.
A hands-on introduction to the landscape at Dairy Road and the regenerative approach led by site gardeners Slow Growing Trees. The small group sessions will include a guided tour of the LESS garden and a workshop on native planting and soil rejuvenation. Bookings are required.
Sunday 20 November, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm | 1 Dairy Road, LESS garden (near Capital Brewing), Fyshwick | Tickets here.
If you’re a mum who misses training or struggles to find time to look after yourself, you are not alone. And you don’t have to do this alone.  Restore pelvic floor function, re-establish core connection, increase mobility, build strength and explore more free movements through games and other exercises with this six week course. Otherwise, pop into the ongoing Monday classes!
Until Wednesday 7 December | Praksis, Campbell | praksis.com
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