Some upcoming events in our region
- Conflux Grimm Tales – Canberra’s annual speculative fiction convention. Friday 29 September to Monday 2 October, at the Hotel Vibe next to the Canberra Airport. Guests of honour – Ellen Datlow and Angela Slatter. Membership is $250 for the weekend ($200 concessional membership) or $70 for the day.
- Goulburn Steampunk Victoriana Fair – an annual retro-futuristic fair, essentially a mixture of a mini-convention and a fete. Saturday 14 October, at the Goulburn Historic Waterworks (a steam powered museum). Entry is $5, come as yourself or in costume.
Canberra’s pop culture convention, Gammacon, will be happening on August 5 and 6 at the AIS arena in Bruce.
The event is a bright, affordable two days of costumes, computer gaming, panels and events. This year’s guests include the hosts of ABC’s “Good Game Spawn Point”.
Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp is displaying his entire collection of Doctor Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.
The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Doctor Who related memorabilia.
Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Timothy’s collection ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.
At the Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2601. Open daily. Exhibition ends November 20
In case you’d missed the news, Conflux 11 , Canberra’s Annual Speculative Fiction convention is occurring on the October long weekend (2-5 October) at the Novotel Canberra in the City.
Details about the convention are available at their website.
Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society is holding a public observing night this Friday, 25 September, from 7pm.
“Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory, including Prof. Naomi McClure-Griffiths, and observations on several telescopes.” More details are available from the ANU website
This event is free and open to the public. Warm clothing is recommended.
To celebrate the 800th anniversay of the Magna Carta in 1215, a Medieval Fest is being held on Monday 8 June at Old Parliament House.
This free entry event includes – medieval combat demonstrations, ‘make your own Magna Carta’, live music and dance, kids medieval arts and crafts, juggling lessons, dress ups, tours and talks, and medieval foods. 10am to 3pm
PHENOMENON 2015—PHENO BY FIRELIGHT
A roleplaying games convention
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND, 5–8 JUNE 2015
DARAMALAN COLLEGE, DICKSON, CANBERRA ACT
Details at http://pheno.org.au/terms.html
May 4th is Star Wars Day.
One day of the year when everyone has the excuse to be as fannish about SF as we are all year.
TV station 7Mate is joining in with the Star Wars Day fun and is showing back to back ‘Star Wars Rebels’ episodes from 11am on the 4th.
Over the last 87 years a lot of things have happened in Old Parliament House. Now there is a Zine Lounge in the building.
Apparently a would be (fan) zine maker can let their “let your imagination run wild in this self-guided workshop, with all supplies and materials provided to make your own zine. A zine (pronounced ‘zeen’) is a handmade, self-published magazine, often photocopied in black and white, and with a limited print run. The range of subjects is as diverse as the people who make them. Zines can be about absolutely anything! Print is powerful.”
The Zine Lounge is open daily between 9am and 5pm at Old Parliament House, Barton. Website: moadoph.gov.au/visiting/zine-lounge
Conflux 10 will be held at Rydges Capital Hill on the October Long Weekend (Friday October 3 to Monday October 6).
The chair is Karen Herkes. Guests are Margo Lanagan and Alisa Krasnostein. T
his year’s theme is “Journeys of discovery and self-discovery”.
For details visit http://conflux.org.au/
The CSFS in not involved in Conflux.