Events Guide: 13 – 19 March

Welcome back!

I hope you checked out a couple of events from last week’s blog – I managed to get to the Noodle Markets and the gig at Phoenix. The Enlighten Noodle Markets satisfied in every way, with a fusion of colour, sounds and smells collectively making a buzzing atmosphere for the senses. The food was particularly impressive, with presentation being ever as important as taste. Although the gig at Phoenix was less predictable, it nonetheless did not fail to deliver a solid night: a candle-lit, intimate setting formed the perfect backdrop to the band’s indie punk rock sound.

Coming up this week: Art, Not Apart – the annual festival dedicated to dissolving boundaries and giving a voice to the lesser heard and lesser seen – are hosting exhibitions, performance art, installations, music stages and more. Most of the things to see in the festival are free and located close to Civic. The festival starts on 18 March at 1pm, and flows into the F-ck Art Let’s Party event that night at 10pm. Hosted by UniVibes and Escape Ferocity in a Fyshwick warehouse, the party will house 40+ artists until sunrise.

Image: Zeke’s Lunchbox

The AFL is back again this week, although this time it’s Women’s League! GWS will play the Western Bulldogs at Manuka Oval on 18 March. The Giants’ historic NAB AFL Women’s 2017 season is coming to a close and this one’s free entry, so I would definitely recommend going down there with some mates. It’s on from 7 – 10pm so if you have boundless energy you could run straight from there to the Art, Not Apart after-party!

Canberra Contemporary Art Space have Mark Booth’s Digital Disruption on display at their city gallery from 8 March – 8 April, which sounds like it could deserve a visit. Booth re-appropriates children’s toy guns using camouflage print and combat design to construct a subtly menacing experience which touches on themes of child desensitisation to violence.

An exciting one this week is the No Front Fences festival, ‘a fist-pumping, heart-trembling, 3-day musical jamboree, showcasing the beautiful people behind Canberra’s music and art community.’ Presented by Mulgara, from 17 – 19 March the festival will literally take place in people’s backyards (or farm house), as well as the Lobrow Gallery in Civic.

Throughout this week, from 11 – 19 March, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular will host their annual ballooning event which sees pilots fly their hot air balloons across the city from 6.15 – 7am each morning. This year, they will be showcasing some unique balloons from across the globe, and there will be a hot breakfast available for purchase. If you’re awake, try to catch a glimpse of the event one morning; balloons launch from the lawns of Old Parliament House, so head down to the lake for the best views!

Image: WeekendNotes

This last one is not till next Monday, but in the interest of securing tickets, I thought I’d drop a line or two about it now. A discussion about the changing strategic balance in the South China Sea will take place at 5.30pm on 20 March in Manning Clark House. Speaking will be David Rosenberg, a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College in Vermont. Specifically, the talk will discuss how political stability in the South China Sea might be affected by both the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the dispute between China and the Philippines, and the November 2016 election of the Trump administration in the United States.

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