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Canberra Sparkles This Autumn With Diamonds and Pearls

April 5, 2018 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

A crisp morning isn’t the only thing set to sparkle in Canberra this autumn. As Canberra welcomes its adornment of brilliant hues of autumn leaves, the nation’s capital prepares to showcase its sparkly self with one dazzling events and exhibition calendar, including Cartier: The Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia and Lustre: Pearling & Australia at the National Museum of Australia.

Cartier: The Exhibition, the National Gallery of Australia (30 March – 22 July 2018)

For the first time in history, more than 300 masterpieces by Cartier, charting the prestigious Paris jewellery house throughout 20th Century history, are now on display at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

On 28 March 2018, Academy-Award nominated Australian actress, Naomi Watts, was a special guest in Canberra, celebrating the launch of Cartier: The Exhibition. “It’s fantastic to be in Canberra to see this gorgeous exhibition,” said Ms Watts. “It’s a beautiful show full of history and style that all Australians must see.”  

“This exhibition is the most outstanding collection of important jewels Australia has ever seen, and is ever likely to see again,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director. “This is an unmissable opportunity to see masterpieces of this craftsmanship and quality up close.”

The exhibition provides a window into the intimate world of Cartier’s famous clients, including royalty, aristocrats and global socialites, and movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor who’s platinum, gold and Burmese ruby necklace (1951) is synonymous with the iconic jeweller.

The exclusive exhibition features pieces from turn-of-the-century opera star Dame Nellie Melba – Australia’s first global superstar – who was a major client of the Maison Cartier, which supplied other incredibly intricate ‘garland-style’ jewellery popular with European aristocracy.

Central to the NGA’s Cartier exhibition is a group of beautiful items from the Royal collection, including a selection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s personal favourites. Even the Queen’s Halo Tiara which she leant to Kate Middleton for her wedding to HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will be on display in Canberra.

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Cartier: The Exhibition will be on display at the NGA from Friday 30 March to 22 July 2018.

Lustre: Pearling & Australia, the National Museum of Australia (23 February – 22 July 2018)

A rare 2000-year-old pearl, an historic hard-hat diving helmet and examples of luminous carved pearlshell are among the objects that tell the story of the nation’s pearling industry in Lustre: Pearling & Australia, showing at the National Museum of Australia (NMA).

The result of a special partnership between the Western Australian Museum and Broome’s Yawuru Aboriginal Corporation, Nyamba Buru Yawuru, Lustre showcases the beauty, significance and intrigue of pearls and pearlshell across time and cultures.

National Museum of Australia Director Dr Mathew Trinca said he is delighted to bring this important traveling exhibition to Canberra.

Lustre is both beautiful and historically important, exploring how Aboriginal people have valued and collected pearlshell for at least 20,000 years, and examining the modern industry which has developed around this highly prized resource,” said Dr Trinca.

The exhibition features beautiful examples of pearls and pearl jewellery; carved pearlshells and pearlshell cutlery; as well as diving equipment.

The exhibition includes vibrant audiovisual material, and visitors can access personal stories on an audio tour through their own smart device.

Lustre: Pearling & Australia will be on display at the NMA until 22 July 2018.

Other events this autumn in Canberra

Canberra District Wine Week (7 – 15 April 2018)

It’s harvest time! Tie in your visit to Canberra with the Canberra District Wine Week 2018. The Canberra District Wine Region is set to celebrate its 2018 vintage with a program of exciting dinners, tastings and themed events in the city and around the surrounding wine regions including Canberra, Murrumbateman, Yass, Hall, Bungendore and Gundaroo.

Canberra International Music Festival (27 April – 6 May 2018)

A vibrant fusion of expertly curated music, performances both daring and intimate, exceptional music mixed with culinary surprises – that’s the Canberra International Music Festival! The 2018 Canberra International Music Festival celebrates the notion of RETURN with events, concerts and forums with 23 ticketed concerts spanning across 10 incredible days. From Beouwulf to Bach and Bernstein, the 2018 Festival unfurls a broad canvas of musical sounds and tastes.

Anzac Day Commemoration at the Australian War Memorial (25 April)

The spirit of the Anzac, with its qualities of mateship and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. The Dawn Service, National Anzac Day ceremony and Last Post Ceremony will commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War.

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival (14 – 29 April 2018)

Celebrate Aboriginal, European and natural heritage in and around our nation’s capital with the 2018 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival: My Culture, My Story. Devoting 16 days to the celebration of Aboriginal, European and natural heritage in and around our nation’s capital, this year’s Festival will focus on what makes a place special, encouraging us all to embrace the future by sharing the strength of our cultural identities.

To discover what you can and can’t do in Canberra this autumn, play our Canberra or Can’tberra online quiz and enter the chance to win a $3000 weekend visit to Canberra. Or download the VisitCanberra app to plan your perfect trip to Canberra.

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