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Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians

Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians

Thursday, 4th June 2020 - Monday, 26th April 2021
This stunning exhibition takes you on a journey, travelling on board the ship with Cook and for the first time hearing the stories from those on the shore. In looking at our past, we have the chance to join together and imagine a shared future. Explore our new exhibition online or onsite and trace the Endeavour voyage with us. Tickets are timed to assist in physical distancing.
Belonging: Stories of Australian Art

Belonging: Stories of Australian Art

Friday, 3rd July 2020 - Wednesday, 30th June 2021
This major collection presentation recasts the story of nineteenth-century Australian art. Informed by the many voices of Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures and communities, the display reconsiders Australia’s history of colonisation. It draws together historical and contemporary work created by more than 170 artists from across Australia. Belonging: Stories of Australian Art reveals different stories and connections between art, people and Country in its presentation of visual art and culture in Australia before 1900. The display highlights the endurance and resilience of Indigenous cultures and custodianship, as well as the impact and ongoing effects of colonisation. By highlighting how contemporary artists…
Truth, Power and a Free Press

Truth, Power and a Free Press

Thursday, 2nd July 2020 - Friday, 31st December 2021
Rapidly changing technology creating a 24-hour news cycle, the rise of citizen journalists and a constant battle for truth. Media can shine a light into places where truth is hidden. It exposes information and holds power to account, but it is as a source of trusted information that is most critical to the health of our democracy. Truth, Power and a Free Press begins a conversation about media and the issues affecting our democracy. Hear extraordinary stories from those on the front line for the battle for truth. For the first time ever, in partnership with SBS, we bring together…
Happy and Glorious

Happy and Glorious

Monday, 20th July 2020 - Sunday, 20th June 2021
The Queen’s Visit in 1954. The phrase conjures up memories of a young Queen in summer dresses and ball gowns, crowds of Australians excitedly waving flags and charming tableaus spelling out heartfelt messages. Old Parliament House was central to the royal tour while the Queen was in Canberra. The Queen alighted from the Daimler and walked up the front steps in her coronation gown to rousing cheers. She was escorted through King’s Hall by a very proud Prime Minister Menzies to attend the State Banquet. In her most formal duty, the Queen opened the 20th Parliament in the Senate Chamber.…
onetoeight: Australia’s first prime ministers

onetoeight: Australia’s first prime ministers

Monday, 20th July 2020 - Sunday, 20th June 2021
Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in onetoeight, a contemporary art exhibition. Developed from Alder’s fellowship with the Australian Prime Ministers Centre and motivated by the early period of our nation’s democracy, onetoeight brings these important historical figures a little bit closer to us. Inspired by a picture of Stanley Bruce’s cabinet where they were all wearing a lapel badge, Alder presents each prime minister wearing at least one badge to reference a key aspect of their time in office. Neither explicitly positive or negative, we are…
Democracy. Are You In?

Democracy. Are You In?

Monday, 20th July 2020 - Sunday, 20th June 2021
Democracy is a living system and it work best when there is a healthy balance between trust and distrust - but that balance is tipping. Distrust is on the rise, and confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. Told through powerful stories of democracy in action, this exhibition will provoke thought and motivate visitors to recognise the power of their voice. This contemporary exhibition uses a range of photographs, objects and audio visual elements in unique and engaging ways and aims to both empower and inspire visitors to recognise that our freedoms and…
Three Sixty Fashion Market

Three Sixty Fashion Market

Sunday, 19th July 2020 - Sunday, 21st February 2021
The Three Sixty Fashion Market is a truly unique, niche Canberra-based market dedicated to sustainable fashion. This mostly recycled fashion market is perfect for stylish, discerning shoppers who love genuine, quality vintage, retro and pre-loved fashion that is far too good to chuck in a bin or send to landfill. The Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to a circular economy and to providing fabulous shopping for those who value ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun. You're guaranteed to uncover some intriguing fashion and great buys. This is a super shopping day out.…
Maker meetup

Maker meetup

Tuesday, 8th October 2019 - Wednesday, 29th September 2021
Meet interesting people in Canberra’s Maker community and see the cool stuff people are working on. The projects range from a laser-cut trebuchet, 3D printed game pieces, autonomous robot cars, making an e-bike, restoring old computers and CNC tools to software. If you have been working on something that you’d like to share, you’ll find plenty of people keen to hear about your progress and the challenges you’ve faced. You can bounce ideas around, compare notes or draw on collective experience and knowledge to help progress through tricky parts of your projects.
Pi Jam - Maker meetup

Pi Jam - Maker meetup

Saturday, 19th October 2019 - Saturday, 1st May 2021
Meet interesting people in Canberra’s Maker community and see the cool stuff people are working on. Pi Jam is focused on Raspberry Pi (single-board computers developed to promote teaching of basic computer science), but anyone is free to work on their own project. The projects range from a laser-cut trebuchet, 3D printed game pieces, autonomous robot cars, making an e-bike, restoring old computers and CNC tools to software. If you have been working on something that you’d like to share, you’ll find plenty of people keen to hear about your progress and the challenges you’ve faced. You can bounce ideas…
National Dinosaur Museum Public Tours

National Dinosaur Museum Public Tours

Saturday, 19th November 2016 - Sunday, 14th May 2023
The National Dinosaur Museum offers free public tours (with the general admission entry price) every weekend and school holiday period (NSW/ACT). Join one of their expert staff to experience a journey through time. Take your camera, your friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages. Public tours occur during weekends at 11, 12, 2 and 3pm. During school holidays they occur at 11, 2 and 3pm with an activity at 12. Tours are free with general admission tickets to the museum.
Thank God It's Friday Dinner - Vine and Dine

Thank God It's Friday Dinner - Vine and Dine

Friday, 21st February 2020 - Friday, 18th December 2020
The Contentious four's Thank God It's Friday nights are where you can meet the locals in their natural habitat, enjoying the local farm to plate philosophy, where even the wines you drink are all grown and made on the property. The weekend specials start too on Friday nights! Some Fridays are themed. Email or just book a table online.
Founders Museum Wine and Feed Me Series

Founders Museum Wine and Feed Me Series

Thursday, 2nd July 2020 - Sunday, 20th December 2020
A way to celebrate the easing of restrictions! All you can eat and drink, with a pre-paid table for up to two hours, for two-ten people. A Contentious Character informally hosts every table, with a selection of their finest museum wines being served continuously, while you graze and share plates of the day. There are significant discounts if you are a member of their Locals or Wine Club. They will tailor the experience to your table's wine and food preferences. Just email or call them after booking and discuss your wishes.
Monthly Karaoke

Monthly Karaoke

Friday, 7th June 2019 - Friday, 5th November 2021
Come and join them for the longest running Karaoke night in the area with their monthly Karaoke in the George back bar on the first Friday of each month.
Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore

Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore

Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Saturday, 19th December 2020
The Southern Harvest Farmers Market : Selling sustainable, authentic, regional food: grown and made by the Community, for the Community. From fresh meat and vegetables through to honey, eggs and more... every week in Bungendore
Milky Way Photography Workshop with Ari Rex

Milky Way Photography Workshop with Ari Rex

Saturday, 23rd May 2020 - Monday, 25th October 2021
Take your night sky photography to the next level. Learn how to capture stunning Milky Way nightscapes. Expert instruction is given by award-winning photographer Ari Rex. Enjoy fabulous fun, amazing stars, new adventures and great company. If you’re passionate about astrophotography, this workshop is for you!
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