Don’s Calendar

We think this might be the best “what’s on in Canberra” guide available: Don Dwyer’s monthly Calendar for the capital and beyond.

Don hands them out at the monthly Vintage Reds meeting, but if you missed getting a copy, here is what’s in store (as of 15 June):

Calendar of Events

June 2015

Tuesday 2nd June to Sunday 28 June
Colin Thiele Festival.
Civic Library
The Colin Thiele Festival is timed to coincide with the production of Storm Boy at the Canberra Theatre, which ran from 3 – 6 June.
For further details on the festival:

Thursday 18 June, 6 pm
NBN in Canberra – Jason Clare and Gai Brodtmann
Tuggeranong Arts Centre, RSVP 6293 1344

Friday, 19 June, 12.15 pm
Magna Carta – Menna Rawlings, British High Commissioner, Main Committee Room, Parliament House.
June 15 represents the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede. In her lecture, the newly appointed British High Commissioner, Mrs Menna Rawlings CMG, will explore why a bargain struck between a hated king and his rebellious barons eight centuries ago has resonated throughout history and become a byword for the rule of law.
(Australian Senate – Occasional lecture series); Admission free – bookings not required
Enquiries: Senate Procedure Office, telephone 02 6277 3072 or email

Sunday, 21 June, 2 pm
Concert for Peace – Quakers’ Centre, Condamine Centre, corner of Condamine and Bent Streets Turner

Tuesday 23 June, 10.30 am
CPSU Rally, Convention Centre

Wednesday, 24 June to Saturday 27June
Canberra Theatre

Thursday, 25 June 6 pm
Forever young: Australian novel set in 1977 by Steven Carroll (Author talk)
Cost: $10. Refreshments and book signing.
6262 1271

Saturday, 27 June, 12 noon to 5 pm
Mid-winter market, Belconnen Arts Centre

Sunday 28 June, 2 pm
Edelweiss and Bluebells Concert – Canberra Austrian Choir
Fundraiser for Arthritis ACT at the Albert Hall.
$25/20 – under 18 free.

Tuesday 30 June, 2 pm
Australia’s energy system and its relation to climate change – Dr Hugh Sattler
COTA/U3A Lunchtime Forum. Cost $2


July 2015

Friday 3 July, 9am – 5 pm.
War Pictures: Australians at the Cinema 1914 – 1918 – National Film and Sound Archive
Step back in time and experience cinema as it was during the First World War with a free, 60-minute program of Australian shorts, newsreels and extracts from feature films. Program repeated hourly.

Tuesday, 7 July 12.30 pm
Overcoming the shallow gene pool in Australian politics:
John Colvin, 2008-2014 Chief Executive Director, Australian Institute of Company Directors;
Professor John Uhr, Inaugural Director, Centre for the Study of Australian Politics, ANU.
Hughes Community Centre. $2
For further Information contact Rosemary Ganly on or 6251 7972

Wednesday 8 July, 6.30 pm
Film of debate between William Buckley and Gore Vidal in 1968.
National Gallery. Cost: $16

Friday 10 July, 5 pm
Free drinks, nibbles and French music in anticipation of Bastille Day, 14 July.
National Film and Sound Archive

Tuesday, 14- Sunday 26 July
Scandinavian Film Festival – Palace Cinema

Saturday, 18 July, 8 pm
The parting glass: an Irish journey – songs from Ireland, by Damien Leith
Street Theatre.

Friday 24-Sunday 26 July
47th ALP National Conference, Melbourne.
Melbourne Convention Centre, Victoria

Sunday 26 July, 1 pm
John OlsenMy salute to the five bells
National Library, RSVP 6262 1271. Cost: $20


August 2015

Sunday 2 August, 2pm
W.B Yeats poetry and song – Embassy of Ireland and Friends of Ireland
National Library of Australia
RSVP: 6262 1271

Saturday 8 August
Grimethorpe Colliery Band, as seen in the film “Brassed Off”. 1997

Monday 10 August, 6 pm
New Asia now – Griffith Review. National Library, RSVP 6262 1271

Saturday 22 August, 2pm
ACT ALP Conference

Thursday 27 August, 6 pm
Professor Mick Dodson delivers Kenneth Myer Memorial Lecture
National Library of Australia. RSVP 62621271

Friday 28 Sunday 30 August
Arab Film Festival – National Film and Sound Archive

September 2015

Saturday 5 September
Possible date for federal election.

Wednesday 2 September, 12 for 12.30
Boko Haram Verities / Caroline Ifeka
Molony Room, ANU Emeritus Faculty, Balmain Cres. (opposite University House, next door to the Early Childhood Centre)
Enquiries: Adrian Gibbs,
Tel: 02 6281 6971

Wednesday 16 September, 4 pm
Telling the Secrets; writing the history of ASIO / David Horner
Molony Room, Emeritus Faculty, Balmain Cres. (opposite University House, next door to the Early Childhood Centre)
Enquiries: Adrian Gibbs:
Tel: 02 6281 6971

Thursday 17 September, 8 pm
Joan Baez performs An Evening with Joan Baez at the Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre, Civic.
Tickets $89-$150. See

November 2015

Wednesday 4 to Wednesday 11 November
Russian Film Festival
Capitol Theatre, Manuka

For more events, check out websites of all theatres, cinemas, Australian National University, University of Canberra, Senate Lecture series, National Library of Australia, Palace Theatre National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, High Court of Australia, National Archives, Australian War Memorial, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Film and Sound Archives, U3A, Manning Clark House, Emeritus Faculty, ANU, etc.