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ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

Get ready to be entertained, excited and educated at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show! 

The award winning ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show features more than 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade displays and 1500 competitors. 

Stay for the day. Play under the night lights. Get in fast to buy your favourite show bags. There's something for all the family.

Held Friday 23 to Sunday 25 Feb at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Festival of the Face

To celebrate our 20th birthday we are throwing a party for the whole family! 
Join us for a day of free fun, celebration, art making, magic… and cake! 

Make your own party hat, help decorate the birthday cake, have your face painted or play a party game! There will also be a demonstration by master milliner Neil Grigg and artist Cherry Hood will take you through her painting techniques, plus heaps more!

You can even send us a special birthday message by creating a birthday card that will be included as part of the decorations on the day.

Held Sunday 25 Feb at the National Portrait Gallery from 11am to 3pm.

Little Explorers Day

Little Explorers Day will be a fun day for kids aged 0-6 years and their carers. Enjoy half price entry and discounted memberships, see a dinosaur puppet show, play with colours under a waterfall and try out our Science Time activities. Get up close with reptiles from the Canberra Reptile Zoo and check out the displays from community organisations with fabulous resources for young families. MiniQ, our gallery for 0-6 year olds, will be running timed sessions on the day – book in on arrival at the ticket desk.

Held Monday 26 Feb at Questacon from 9am to 1pm.

The Bald Archy Prize

Watson Arts Centre is delighted to once again present the Bald Archy Prize, that eccentric icon of the Australian art calendar. Created in 1994 as a spoof of another more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides a genuine opportunity for artists of all styles and standards to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature.

Known internationally as the only art competition in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, the satirical side of this event has its basis in the irreverent, larrikin Australian comic comment.

Held 8 Feb to 12 March at Watson Arts Centre 10am to 4pm.

Hearts and Minds

Including the first Australian exhibition of Penny Byrne’s Hurt Locker, from the Glasstress exhibition, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice Biennale 2015, and Harriet Schwarzrock’s innovative neon installation, between stillness and movement.

Held 25 Jan to 25 March at Canberra Glassworks from 10am to 4pm.


Events to look forward to…

Enlighten Festival

There's so much to EAT, SEE and EXPLORE at this year’s Enlighten Festival, proudly presented by Singapore Airlines.

Over 16 days the nation’s capital comes alive to celebrate the best events Canberra has to offer!

EAT to your heart’s content at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets and food & drink precinct.

SEE stunning architectural projections and installations, live music and performances, locally produced films, spectacular hot air balloons in flight and mesmerising fireworks.

EXPLORE the culture and creativity of our national attractions and vibrancy of our city’s two new arts and mind precincts, as they open their doors to host an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences.

Held 2 – 18 March in various locations across Canberra. 

28 Feb 18
3 Mar 18
A Play by Bryony Kimmings

A Pacifist’s Guide To The War On Cancer

Canberra Theatre Centre

Bryony Kimmings wants to talk about cancer but she's not getting very far. Instead, she keeps hearing about battles, survivors, fun runs and new leases of life. What's everyone so scared...

21 Feb 18
22 Feb 18
Interior of Llewellyn Hall

ActewAGL Llewellyn One

Lleyellyn Hall, ANU

The opening concert of the 2018 ActewAGL Llewellyn Series welcomes rising Australian guest conductor Dane Lam and presents a stimulating program of orchestral masterworks. Carl Vine’s terse and...

23 Feb 18
25 Feb 18
Harvest Hall

ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)

Get ready to be entertained, excited and educated at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show! The award winning ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show features more than 150 attractions, 5000 animals, 450 trade...

11 Jan 18
25 Feb 18
Canberra Openair Cinemas

American Express Openair Cinemas

Patrick White Lawns, Canberra

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra. Join us on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances...

11 Jan 18
2 Apr 18
Angelica Mesiti Nakh removed 2015 video Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Angelica Mesiti

National Gallery of Australia

One of Australia’s most significant moving image practitioners, Angelica Mesiti has long been fascinated by performance as a mode of storytelling. She explores the silent and the unspoken. Using...

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