Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Grandparents Playgroup at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

As a mum of two young preschool kids, I completely appreciate the number of playgroups and activities in Canberra for this age group. It is heartening to see the number of grandparents that also attend these children's' groups and activities. It is also encouraging to see playgroups set up specifically for grandparents. Grandparents' groups are fantastic as they also offer a way for mature carers to socialise whilst spending time with their little ones, especially if they are retired and would like to make new social connections. Read more...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thursday Talks at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

The natural world is a fascinating area that is very easy to talk about from a variety of perspectives. This is why the Thursday Talks run by the Friends of the Gardens at lunchtime have become so popular. The talks are open to everyone and are aimed at a well-informed general audience. Read more...

Monday, August 29, 2016

Exhibitions at Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre

Beautiful gardens AND art - what more could you want?
The Visitors Centre at the Australian National Botanic Gardens is a beautiful space for taking in an art exhibition. The centre regularly features exhibitions in fine art, photography, craft, sculpture and other creative areas. There are new exhibitions every month that focus on a variety of themes such as environment, science, history, and culture. Read more...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Wattle Walks at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

Wattle you think of the Botanic Gardens Wattle Walk?
It's impossible not to notice the profusion of yellow lining many of Canberra's roads, and popping out of suburban reserves and parkland at the moment. For most of the year, you'd be pressed to spot unassuming Acacia (Wattle) trees and bushes, but when August/September rolls around…WOW! Read more...

Friday Storytime for Preschoolers at Australian National Botanic Gardens

Children's stories at Canberra's stunning Botanic Gardens
Children love stories at the best of times, but stories told against the stunning native bush backdrop of the Australian National Botanic Gardens become even more magical. Read more...

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Canberra Writers' Festival 2016

A treat for lovers of literature
Calling all aspiring authors, reading enthusiasts and those who just want to enjoy some intelligent conversation. The Canberra Writers Festival is back for another year with a stellar line-up of events such as conversations and author talks, book launches, workshops and other special events. Most events – even the free ones – require booking due to limited space. Check out the program for the weekend below and book in your favourite events to avoid disappointment: Read more...
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Shine 20th Anniversary Screening & Special Events

Three unique events to celebrate Shine's 20th anniversary
The 90s was the decade for iconic Aussie films, such as Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and of course, Shine. Now all of these films are commemorating their 20th anniversaries, Canberra's National Film and Sound Archive has been instrumental making sure they're celebrated accordingly. Read more...
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Snugglepot & Cuddlepie at the Canberra Theatre

May Gibbs' classic characters take to the stage
Having grown up with author and illustrator May Gibb's Snugglepot & Cuddlepie stories, I was very excited to discover this stage adaptation created for a new generation of children. The Canberra Theatre will host two performances of the show at 11am or 2pm on Saturday 20 AugustRead more...

Monday, August 8, 2016

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) Canberra

For the last 30 years, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) has been collecting, preserving and sharing Australia's audio-visual heritage. Read more...

Iconic Australian movie, Picnic at Hanging Rock is turning 40!

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Vinyl Lounge Listening Party at the National Film and Sound Archive

The best way to spend Friday afternoon
I often wonder if vinyl records will still be around when my grandchildren (or even children) are old enough to understand different music formats. Read more...
The Vinyl Lounge listening party - the first Friday of every month at the National Film and Sound Archive