Canberra celebrates Star Wars with bells on

May the 4th (be with you) is Star Wars day and one of Canberra’s institutions is celebrating loudly.

At 12.30pm on May the 4th, the National Carillion is hosting a Star Wars concert – with arrangements of new and original Star Wars themes composed by John Williams ringing out across Lake Burley Griffin until 1.30pm.

This is a free event and a rare chance for Star Wars fans to hear the themes played on the Carillion’s 55 bronze bells.

The full program is:

  • Main Theme (played by Peter Bray and Harrison Whalan, arranged by T Laue, P Bray and K Mahajan)
  • Imperial March (played by Lyn Fuller, arranged by A Bowler)
  • Princess Leia’s Theme (played by Lyn Fuller, arranged by A Bowler)
  • Cantina Theme (arranged & played by Julie Wright & Peter Bray)
  • Yoda’s theme (arranged & played by Anna Wong)
  • Throne Room (arranged & played by Leonard Weiss)
  • Finn’s Confession (arranged & played by Leonard Weiss)
  • Jedi Steps (arranged & played by Leonard Weiss)
  • Luke and Leia (arranged & played by Harrison Whalan)
  • Across the Stars (arranged & played by Peter Bray)
  • Rey’s Theme (arranged & played by Peter Bray)
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Euroscience

For anyone interested in science…

Over six days this week, Questacon is hostingEuroscience which is a programme of activities telling the story of the past, present and future of European science and technology.

The presentations at Questacon cover the CERN Large Hadron Collider, Marie Curie, the future of energy technology, European astronomy, European dinosaurs and guest scientists in the Qlab.

Pheno gaming convention

The annual Phenomenon gaming convention is fast approaching.

Phenomenon 2017: Storm is a roleplaying convention with some tabletop games included among the freeform, triptych and diptych gaming. The weekend includes a costume contest, a banquet and a Friday-night writing panel.

Pheno is happening over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, 09-12 June, 2017 at the Daramalan College, Dickson, ACT.

Online registration is now open. The convention organisers strongly recommended anyone does not to leave it until the Friday night to register. “Some games fill up well before the convention starts and while every effort is made to accommodate your preferences the GMs need to sleep some time”.

For details see http://pheno.org.au/

(The CSFS is not associated with this event).

Goulburn Comics Event

On Saturday 18 March Goulburn is holding their own version of a Comic Con event.
The event will include “cosplay competitions, over 20 pop culture market stalls, a live Quidditch match, superhero rock and roll wrestling, comic art workshops, pop art makeup demonstrations, a mobile gaming theatre, a Star Wars vs Star Trek debate and more, plus special guests Thor of Oz and Rae Johnston”.
Pre-registration is available for cosplay entrants and workshop participants.
For more information, contact Goulburn Mulwaree Library (02) 4823 4435 or check the Goulburn Comic Con page.
Venue: Veolia Arena, 47 Braidwood Road, Goulburn
Time: 11am – 5pm, 18 March
Admission: free
(The CSFS has no association to this event.)

Canberra fan’s collection on exhibition

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

See the stars a little closer

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.

Medieval Fest at Old Parliament House

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

Warp Drives and Bending Time

The science and science fiction of faster than light travel is the topic at the Shine Dome on Tuesday 5 May.

Professor Tamara Davis will be presenting “Warp Drives and Bending Time” as a part of the Shine Dome’s ‘Science Fiction becomes Science Fact’ public speaker series.

The event starts at 5.30pm, tickets are $6 and bookings can be made at https://www.science.org.au.events/warp-drives-and-bending-time