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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.

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Until 25 February 2018

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters and take a journey into the heart of Australia. Intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre hub where artists create works you can take home. Don’t miss out — this exhibition is a journey like no other. On show now at the National Museum of Australia. Book your tickets online. Costs apply.

Image: montage photograph by Sarah Kenderdine, Peter Morse and Paul Bourke. Seven Sisters rock art with permission of Walinynga (Cave Hill) custodians.

Cartier: The exhibition
Cartier: The exhibition

30 March 2018 – 22 July 2018

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia.  This exhibition, to be hosted by the National Gallery of Australia, showcases more than 300 spectacular items, with loans from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection itself.

Image: Crocodile necklace 1975, gold, 1023 brilliant cut fancy intense yellow diamonds, two navette shaped emerald cabochons, 1060 emeralds, 2 ruby cabochons. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Collection Cartier, © Cartier.

David Hockney: prints
David Hockney: prints

Opens 10 November 2017

David Hockney has been an important figure on the international art scene for half a century. This upcoming exhibition will explore the broader history of his printmaking practice through key works from our extensive collection, one of the largest in the world. On show at the National Gallery of Australia.

Image: David Hockney, Afternoon swimming 1980, planographic colour lithograph, National Gallery of Australia, purchased 1980 © David Hockney.

Angelica Mesiti
Angelica Mesiti

9 September 2017 – March 2018

Angelica Mesiti explores the silent and the unspoken. Using performance languages she responds to the particularities of specific environments and communities through the medium of video. On show at the National Gallery of Australia.

Image: Angelica Mesiti, Nakh removed 2015, single-channel HD video: 9:00 minutes, colour, silent. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

Arthur Streeton: The Art of War
Arthur Streeton: The Art of War

15 December 2017 – 29 April 2018

Bringing together key works from collections around Australia and overseas, an important survey exhibition of Arthur Streeton’s war art will open at the NGA in December. Streeton’s contribution to the Australian war effort was significant.

Image: Arthur STREETON, Mont St Quentin 1918, painting in watercolour and wash over underdrawing in black pencil. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2016/

Hyper Real
Hyper Real

20 October 2017 until 18 February 2018

See astonishing lifelike sculptures and cutting-edge digital art at Canberra’s summer blockbuster Hyper Real. Exclusive to the NGA in Canberra, this exhibition is not to be missed. Open daily, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, closed Christmas Day.  Book our Hyper Real accommodation package, including exhibition tickets.

Image: AES+F Inverso mundus 2015, HD video installation © AES+F | ARS New York. Courtesy the artists, MAMM, Anna Schwarz Gallery and Triumph Gallery.

Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits
Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits

Friday 1 September – Sunday 26 November 2017

The National Portrait Gallery presents 28 fascinating portraits by accomplished Sydney artist Nicholas Harding. The exhibition, featuring works from private collections as well as the Portrait Gallery’s own collection, presents Harding’s textured paintings alongside some of his lesser-known drawings. Free entry.

Image: Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving) 2011 by Nicholas Harding. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2012

Eat Canberra Food Tours
Eat Canberra Food Tours
Make your trip to Canberra even better by joining an Eat Canberra Food Tour. You will restaurant hop your way around 6-7 different venues over 4+ hours, discovering some of Canberra’s best food and drink spots and hidden gems, while exploring the streets of Canberra by foot. Private tours can be organised for groups of more than 6 people. With more than 13,500 followers on social media, Eat Canberra is Canberra’s walking, talking food guide!
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.

Starstruck: Australian movie portraits
Starstruck: Australian movie portraits

10 November 2017 – 4 March 2018

A collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound ArchiveStarstruck explores the striking portraiture from 100 years of Australian movies. Drawn predominantly from the NFSA’s collection, the show will feature imagery of beloved Australian films, as well as highlighting the early years of our film industry.

Image: Shirley Ann Richards, Lloyd Hughes and Elaine Hamill,  Lovers and Luggers, 1937, Courtesy Cinesound Movietone Productions, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

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