What’s on and where for the holidays

The ‘CityNews’ holiday guide to happenings and attractions around Canberra as compiled by DANIELLE NOHRA


“SAY Oui” to a night of toots, hoots and kinky burlesque boots as “The Old Married Couple” present a cavalcade of guests performing acts such as burlesque and comedy at Smith’s Alternative on December 30.

FROM January 4-7, Summernats will be featuring events such as Australia’s top street machine judging competition, a burnout battle and concerts from artists such as Wolfmother and Thudamentals. At Exhibition Park in Canberra, 10 Flemington Road, Lyneham. Bookings to 6241 8111.

Helen Morse in “Picnic at Hanging Rock”.

THE National Film and Sound Archive will explore the magic of costumes from films such as the red satin gown worn by Nicole Kidman in “Moulin Rouge!” and Miranda’s white dress from “Picnic at Hanging Rock”, with a week-long line up of screenings, talks and special guests. At NFSA, McCoy Circuit, Acton, January 6-14. Bookings required.

ENJOY food, music and views of Canberra in “Arboretum After Hours”. Free entry and parking at Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, from 5pm-9pm, January 5-19.

THE Australian National Botanic Gardens is offering its guests the opportunity to sample native delights with its “Bush Tucker afterDARK Experience”. Learn about local indigenous foods during a bush-tucker demonstration from native foods cook Fred, from Fred’s Bush Tucker, then explore the gardens on a twilight ranger-led tour. At the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, until February 2. Tickets are $50.


THE NGA’s summer exhibition “Hyper Real” consists of 50 works in sculpture and video art by 32 artists, varying from the huge “Pregnant woman” by Ron Mueck to Patricia Piccinini’s fragile hybrid babies. National Gallery of Australia, to February 18. Bookings to premier.ticketek.com.au or 132849.

THE NPG’s big summer exhibition, “Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits”, is for people who love film and portraits, at the National Portrait Gallery until March 4. Bookings to portrait.gov.au


DISCOVER “Colour” as never before at Questacon. As part of the exhibition visitors can hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. 

A FREE “Hands-On History”, school-holiday activity run by the Australian War Memorial teaches children about what servicemen and servicewomen wear, eat and what jobs they do. It also offers a range of activities where children can try on uniforms, handle real objects, and discover incredible stories of Australians in wartime. Lower galleries, Treloar Crescent, Campbell, Monday to Thursday, January 8-25 and Saturdays, January 20 and 27.


SUPPORT Canberra’s local women’s basketball team in the WNBL, as the UC Capitals take on Perth Lynx at the National Convention Centre on December 29, from 7.30pm.

PART of the Australian Pro Tour, the East Canberra Challenger, will be held at the Canberra Tennis Centre in Lyneham. Players from the world’s top 100 will feature in the event, which runs January 6-13.

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