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What's on in Canberra

Plan your visit to the national capital to coincide with one of the many exciting events taking place around the city. From festivals to concerts, sporting matches, exhibitions, live performances, gala celebrations and more, Canberra’s events calendar is always jam-packed year round.

Australian Running Festival
Australian Running Festival

Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 April 2017

Long-distance runners from around Australia will converge on Canberra for a weekend of activity with whole family, at the iconic Australian Running Festival on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April 2017. Entrants can enjoy a full weekend of fitness and fun across five scenic courses that showcases the best of the nation’s capital. Register online at the Australian Running Festival.

The Play that Goes Wrong
The Play that Goes Wrong

Tuesday 25 – Sunday 30 April 2017

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong … does! Winner of Best New Comedy at London’s Olivier Awards last year, acclaimed with five star reviews and currently playing to packed houses in the West End, The Play That Goes Wrong is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter! Tickets online from the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!

Tuesday 21 November – Sunday 17 December 2017

Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s classic songs, over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. A celebration of love, laughter and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous night out for audiences of all ages. Tickets online from the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Ladies in Black
Ladies in Black

Monday 27 March – Sunday 2 April 2017

The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a novel by Madeline St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway. Sydney, 1959 – a city at the crossroads between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s. Tickets online from the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Velvet
Velvet

Wednesday 3 – Sunday 14 May 2017

Funky, fresh and fun, VELVET spins you to an intoxicating glitter ball world bursting with disco, cabaret, dance, glamour and circus, starring legendary diva Marcia Hines. Featuring an exhilarating disco soundtrack, it’s a party, it’s dangerous, it’s electrifying and it’s filled with surprises at every turn. Tickets online from the Canberra Theatre Centre.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

1 April – 18 June 2017

See forty-nine of the year’s best photographic portraits at the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. An annual prize open to both amateur and professional photographers, the NPPP celebrates contemporary photographic portraiture from across the country, with the winner awarded $25,000.

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons
Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons

Now showing

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons, on show at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD) at Old Parliament House, celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences
David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences

Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for virtual reality. After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology. This is a feast for the senses! Admission costs apply. Visit the website for session times and to book your ticket.

National Portrait Gallery School Holiday Programs
National Portrait Gallery School Holiday Programs

Monday 10 – Monday 24 April 2017

Art Cart 11am – 4pm Free activities inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s collection for families to enjoy together.

Portrait Play 11am – 12 noon, Monday – Friday during the school holidays. Explore portrait through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. For children aged 4 to 8. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Bookings essential, $7 per child.

Story Time 10:30am – 12 noon, Wednesday 12 April Listen to the story Mr Huff and create your own visual response. For all ages and abilities, all children must be accompanied. Bookings essential, $7 per child.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace
Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

9 December 2016 until 17 April 2017

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace brings a mesmerising period of French history to Australia. For the first time ever, more than 130 treasures from the Palace, conveying the power, passion and luxury of the period, will travel from France to their temporary home at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.  Book our Versailles: Treasures from the Palace accommodation package, including exhibition tickets.

Image: The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles © Jose Ignacio Soto / Shutterstock.com

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