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In Canberra, we’re still working together to keep our community safe. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do.

From live music and theatre streamed direct to your living room to in-person exhibitions and festivals, here’s what’s happening this weekend in Canberra.

While restrictions are lifting, we strongly encourage you to keep physical distance between each other when you leave the house and be mindful of the current restrictions.

STAY UP TO DATE

Restrictions may have eased, but your responsibility hasn’t.

Find the most recent information regarding COVID restrictions in the ACT here: covid19.act.gov.au/updates

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Young Floriade fan enjoys floral displays during Floriade 2019. Credit: Rachel Tagg.

Floriade: Reimagined

During Floriade’s 33-year history the festival has transformed into Australia’s biggest celebration of spring with approximately half a million guests annually. 2020’s festival not only marks flowers blooming to life after their winter hibernation but also celebrates the community spirit and resilience that Canberrans have displayed during recent challenging times.

In 2020, Floriade has been reimagined with the annual spring celebration moving from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park to bloom across Canberra. One million bulbs and annuals will create a tulip trail through the ACT’s suburbs and city. With floral plantings by the Floriade horticulture team and over 90 Canberra community groups, this year’s festival allows the community to connect safely while public health restrictions are in place.

Floriade: Reimagined offers all the Floriade activities you know and love with a mix of virtual and in-person experiences. From 12 September to 11 October 2020, enjoy Floriade Life featuring workshops, talks, and fitness classes to help keep your gardens green and minds inspired. Stock up on Australian designed products, gardening delights and spring-inspired eats at the virtual marketplace that showcases all your favourite Floriade traders and foodies.

Young Floriade fans can learn about sustainability and the environment, search for gnomes hidden throughout Canberra and uncover new worlds with Floriade Sprouts.

Free

Happening 12 September–11 October from 9.30 am–5.30 pm at various locations around Canberra.

See floriadeaustralia.com for more information.

That’s What She Said

Comedy is back at Canberra Theatre Centre! Join us for a showcase of Canberra’s funniest comedians for one night only!

From the fierce to the deadpan, the high-energy to the laconic, we’ve got you covered.

2019 Sydney Comedy Festival Best Newcomer Chris Ryan, 2020 RAW Comedy competition finalist Sue Stanic, two-time Moosehead grant recipient Tanya Losanno, comedian, MC and disability activist Laura Campbell and Frankie McNair, creator of sell-out Canberra Comedy Festival show Frantasia join forces to form a powerhouse all-female line-up for Canberra Theatre Centre’s first comedy show since reopening.

Don’t miss these comedy queens as they emerge from iso more funny than ever!

Happening Friday 11 September from 7–8.15 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/thats-what-she-said for more information.

Australian Love Stories: an amorous online adventure

Australian Love Stories is an interactive storybook of Australian devotion, family ties, close friendships, passion and lust, not your usual online exhibition experience, these fascinating portraits and stories become a choose-your-own adventure, where you can navigate your way through the portraits and engage with the stories behind them.

At the end you will be given your own ‘love profile’, based on how and where your love interests lead you.

Featuring famous figures from the NPG collection, Australian Love Stories explores universal themes encompassed by ‘love’ and offers an exhaustive feast of love tales, from drama, lust, devotion, seduction and scandal.

This intriguing, moving, sometimes hilarious love journey is available for you to play online ahead of a major new physical exhibition scheduled for March 2021. Proudly presented by National Portrait Gallery

Happening until 31 October online, thanks to the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/lovestories to get started.

Rockspeare Richard III: Replay!

Lakespeare & Co, in collaboration with Event Audio Visual Services (EAVS) Pty Ltd and presented by the Where You Are Festival with the support of the ACT Government, are replaying their unique 90-minute version of William Shakespeare’s Richard III to streamed audiences for one night only!

The replay will feature an introduction to the performance with a Lakespeare host, interviews during the brief intermission and a Q&A with the cast after the show.

Rockspeare Richard III is a tight 90-minute version of William Shakespeare’s Richard III to live and streamed audiences around Canberra from the Live In Ya Lounge studio at EPIC. With a cast of experienced and skilled Shakespearean actors, this electric and rhythmic version of Richard III incorporates an original music score and is bound to delight audience members of all ages.

After the 30-year-long Wars of the Roses, rival Houses York and Lancaster seem to be at peace. However factional players are never at peace and the King’s youngest brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester, covets the throne. Rockspeare brings the power-hungry worlds of history, politics and fame together in a universe where factious rivalry is the currency of the day.

Rockspeare is directed by Lexi Sekuless, original compositions by Jay Cameron, costume design by Fiona Victoria Hopkins and choreography by Tim Sekuless and Annette Sharpe.

Parents are advised to make their own decisions about the appropriate viewing age. The history plays involve depictions of wars and murder.

Happening Tuesday 8 September from 7.30–9.30 pm live online.

See rockspearereplay.eventbrite.com.au for more information.

L’entreprise du Risque

The world is a very risky place.

Every day, we risk heartbreak, loss and disappointment. With shifting climates, shaky economics and disease, these risks have become more amplified and complex. As Belco Arts opens a new multipurpose theatre, we are diving headfirst into the business of risk.

Belconnen Arts Centre bringing aerial expert Bernard Bru, renowned costume designer Olga Dumova, and world-class circus performers Adam Read and Jake Silvestro together with emerging artists from Canberra’s own Warehouse Circus to create original works that explore risk, danger and fragility.

An eclectic mix of acrobatics, clowning and unexpected surprises, L’enterprise du Risqué explores dangerous themes in a thrilling experience that places the audience (safely) in a world where performers push the boundaries.

Experience the inaugural performance in the brand new Belco Arts Theatre, and a circus extravaganza like no other—we dare you.

Happening 9–11 September at Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au/risque for more information.

Where You Are Festival

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, the way we interact and the way we as a community enjoy all the amazing events, activities and attractions Canberra has to offer.

The Where You Are Festival delivers exciting and vibrant cultural experiences from our local creators, event organisers and artists. Seek out new opportunities to connect, explore and discover, both online and offline events in Canberra.

See the full program here: risecanberra.com/where-you-are-festival

Happening until 11 September 2020 online and across various venues in Canberra.

See risecanberra.com/where-you-are-festival for more information.

STAGE + SCREEN

That’s What She Said

Comedy is back at Canberra Theatre Centre! Join us for a showcase of Canberra’s funniest comedians for one night only!

From the fierce to the deadpan, the high-energy to the laconic, we’ve got you covered.

2019 Sydney Comedy Festival Best Newcomer Chris Ryan, 2020 RAW Comedy competition finalist Sue Stanic, two-time Moosehead grant recipient Tanya Losanno, comedian, MC and disability activist Laura Campbell and Frankie McNair, creator of sell-out Canberra Comedy Festival show Frantasia join forces to form a powerhouse all-female line-up for Canberra Theatre Centre’s first comedy show since reopening.

Don’t miss these comedy queens as they emerge from iso more funny than ever!

Happening Friday 11 September from 7–8.15 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/thats-what-she-said for more information.

Rockspeare Richard III: Replay!

Lakespeare & Co, in collaboration with Event Audio Visual Services (EAVS) Pty Ltd and presented by the Where You Are Festival with the support of the ACT Government, are replaying their unique 90-minute version of William Shakespeare’s Richard III to streamed audiences for one night only!

The replay will feature an introduction to the performance with a Lakespeare host, interviews during the brief intermission and a Q&A with the cast after the show.

Rockspeare Richard III is a tight 90-minute version of William Shakespeare’s Richard III to live and streamed audiences around Canberra from the Live In Ya Lounge studio at EPIC. With a cast of experienced and skilled Shakespearean actors, this electric and rhythmic version of Richard III incorporates an original music score and is bound to delight audience members of all ages.

After the 30-year-long Wars of the Roses, rival Houses York and Lancaster seem to be at peace. However factional players are never at peace and the King’s youngest brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester, covets the throne. Rockspeare brings the power-hungry worlds of history, politics and fame together in a universe where factious rivalry is the currency of the day.

Rockspeare is directed by Lexi Sekuless, original compositions by Jay Cameron, costume design by Fiona Victoria Hopkins and choreography by Tim Sekuless and Annette Sharpe.

Parents are advised to make their own decisions about the appropriate viewing age. The history plays involve depictions of wars and murder.

Happening Tuesday 8 September from 7.30–9.30 pm live online.

See rockspearereplay.eventbrite.com.au for more information.

L’entreprise du Risque

The world is a very risky place.

Every day, we risk heartbreak, loss and disappointment. With shifting climates, shaky economics and disease, these risks have become more amplified and complex. As Belco Arts opens a new multipurpose theatre, we are diving headfirst into the business of risk.

Belconnen Arts Centre bringing aerial expert Bernard Bru, renowned costume designer Olga Dumova, and world-class circus performers Adam Read and Jake Silvestro together with emerging artists from Canberra’s own Warehouse Circus to create original works that explore risk, danger and fragility.

An eclectic mix of acrobatics, clowning and unexpected surprises, L’enterprise du Risqué explores dangerous themes in a thrilling experience that places the audience (safely) in a world where performers push the boundaries.

Experience the inaugural performance in the brand new Belco Arts Theatre, and a circus extravaganza like no other—we dare you.

Happening 9–11 September at Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au/risque for more information.

TOURS, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 by Peter Brew-Bevan Photographer, inkjet print on paper, 99.5 cm x 74.5 cm. Collection National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, © Peter Brew-Bevan.

Australian Love Stories: an amorous online adventure

Australian Love Stories is an interactive storybook of Australian devotion, family ties, close friendships, passion and lust, not your usual online exhibition experience, these fascinating portraits and stories become a choose-your-own adventure, where you can navigate your way through the portraits and engage with the stories behind them.

At the end you will be given your own ‘love profile’, based on how and where your love interests lead you.

Featuring famous figures from the NPG collection, Australian Love Stories explores universal themes encompassed by ‘love’ and offers an exhaustive feast of love tales, from drama, lust, devotion, seduction and scandal.

This intriguing, moving, sometimes hilarious love journey is available for you to play online ahead of a major new physical exhibition scheduled for March 2021. Proudly presented by National Portrait Gallery

Happening until 31 October online, thanks to the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/lovestories to get started.

Live@theMuseum

Explore the National Museum of Australia’s stunning collection, exhibitions and building. Ask questions in this regular live broadcast on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

Join the NMA weekly as they explore Australian history in our galleries and offsite collections. Get up close, and go behind the scenes with some of our favourite objects and collections with our curators, conservators and guests. Join the discussion!

Happening every Thursday from 12.30 pm on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

See nma.gov.au/whats-on for more information.

How about a self-guided walking tour? Check out the National Capital Authority’s walking tours here: nca.gov.au/tours

FESTIVALS

DESIGN Canberra photography competition

DESIGN Canberra festival 2020 has kicked off its annual photography competition.

Inspired by our main COVID-era activity of spending time at home, the competition is looking for entries that respond to the theme of ‘This Is Suburbia‘.

Kicking off on 6 July, the competition will run until 28 September ahead of DESIGN Canberra festival 2020, which will take place from 9-29 November across Canberra.

The competition will speak to a broader theme of Canberra’s suburban identity, which will be present in much of the festival’s 2020 program.

The six winners will take away cash prizes of $100 each, while the top 100 photos will be displayed at a special exhibition during the festival. There are also open and student categories in the competition.

How to enter

Entries are to be submitted via Instagram, between 29 June and 28 September. For entries to be considered, participants will need to follow and tag @designcanberrafestival and hashtag their photographs with #designcanberra #dcphotocomp2020 and #student if you are a college or high school student.

Entry to the competition is free and submissions close 28 September 2020. The winners will be announced on social media and on the DESIGN Canberra website in November 2020.

Read the full terms and conditions and selection criteria on the DESIGN Canberra website.

Free entry.

Happening until 28 September via Instagram.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au for more information.

Where You Are Festival

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, the way we interact and the way we as a community enjoy all the amazing events, activities and attractions Canberra has to offer.

The Where You Are Festival delivers exciting and vibrant cultural experiences from our local creators, event organisers and artists. Seek out new opportunities to connect, explore and discover, both online and offline events in Canberra.

See the full program here: risecanberra.com/where-you-are-festival

Happening until 11 September 2020 online and across various venues in Canberra.

See risecanberra.com/where-you-are-festival for more information.

KIDS

LITTLE GRIFFINS

Little Griffins is back online! For the month of June we are looking at (talking and singing about) Canberra’s iconic bridges over Lake Burley Griffin.

Join us for some fun craft activities, Duplo and songs! We’ll include instruction sheets and words to the songs so families can join in from home.

Happening online via youtube.com.

ON AIR PLAYUP

On Air PlayUP is MoAD’s newest online offering, inspired by the onsite exhibition PlayUP.

During the On Air PlayUP livestream, facilitators will take you step by step through a fun craft activity with a different theme each week inspired by the United Nations’ International Days and Weeks.

Catch it live on MoAD’s Facebook and Instagram accounts every Wednesday at 10.30 am or watch it on-demand at moadoph.gov.au/families.

EXHIBITIONS

Many galleries and national institutions have reopened their physical exhibitions.

However, we encourage you to check opening times before visiting, including whether visitor numbers are limited.

Photography: 5 Foot Photography.

The F!NK alternative jug project

The FINK Collaborative Jug Project pays homage to the late Robert Foster, designer and founder of FINK & Co, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2016 and is deeply missed. FINK has a long history of collaborating, mentoring and supporting fellow artists, designers and craftspeople.

Fifteen creatives were chosen for this project, all of whom have had a direct connection to Robert and/or FINK over the 27 years of the company’s history. The designers have been tasked with responding to this iconic Australian design object in the manner of their own choosing, informed by their personal practice.

Each designer was provided with two blank FINK jugs with which to begin. The first set of jugs were sold by online auction to raise funds for charity. A second set of the finished bespoke artworks created for this collaboration will be on display for a Craft ACT exhibition.

Showing until 17 October at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, City.

See craftact.org.au/pages/exhibitions for more information.

Exhibition: Pub Rock

Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes.

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

Get in amongst the staged portraits, publicity shots and grungy energy of live performance as pioneering acts like The Easybeats, Little Pattie and Johnny O’Keefe share the stage with global players and local favourites. The line-up includes AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, INXS, Nick Cave, The Bee Gees, Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Yothu Yindi, Marcia Hines and many more.

This vibrant (sometimes sweaty) exhibition of homegrown rock ‘n’ roll, punk and pop features works from the NPG collection alongside images by leading Australian music photographers.

Showing until 14 February 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/pub-rock-2020 for more information.

XU ZHEN® ETERNITY VS EVOLUTION: FINAL WEEKS

XU ZHEN® is one of China’s most significant artists and activists. His recent work centres on sculptural installations, video and performances that challenge cultural assumptions, question social taboos and comment on the idea of art as a commodity.

This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Australia.

Showing until 13 September at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

First Response

Documenting Canberra’s response to COVID-19 FIRST RESPONSE is a series of four new works from artists Martin Ollman, Marissa McDowell, Anna Georgia, and Shannon Hanrahan commissioned to document Canberra’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The works highlight Canberra’s unique role as the national centre of this crisis, as well as showing the profound and personal effects the pandemic is having on individuals and communities in the ACT.

Showing until 19 September at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

See tuggeranongarts.com/events/first-response for more information.

Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World

For over 200 years, painters, printmakers and photographers have been in a creative conversation with the built environment. Reflecting progress, social ideas, understanding of the world and how we have changed over time, the exhibition Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World shows how, through images, these artists have documented, interpreted, and celebrated a variety of buildings from the Opera House and Flinders Street Station to the inner city terrace and the humble bush cottage.

Sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, these buildings are the backdrops to life. They reflect a sense of identity, hopes and dreams, rendered in bricks and mortar.

Drawing exclusively from the collections of the National Library, the exhibition features photographs, prints, drawings and paintings by Augustus Earle, Conrad Martens, S T Gill, Eugene von Guérard, Lionel Lindsay, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Mark Strizic, David Moore, Max Dupain, Jeff Carter, Ruth Maddison, Wolfgang Sievers and John Gollings.

Free entry.

Showing until 31 January 2021 at the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

See nla.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-dreams-picturing-our-built-world for more information.

Australian Love Stories: an amorous online adventure

Australian Love Stories is an interactive storybook of Australian devotion, family ties, close friendships, passion and lust, not your usual online exhibition experience, these fascinating portraits and stories become a choose-your-own adventure, where you can navigate your way through the portraits and engage with the stories behind them.

At the end you will be given your own ‘love profile’, based on how and where your love interests lead you.

Featuring famous figures from the NPG collection, Australian Love Stories explores universal themes encompassed by ‘love’ and offers an exhaustive feast of love tales, from drama, lust, devotion, seduction and scandal.

This intriguing, moving, sometimes hilarious love journey is available for you to play online ahead of a major new physical exhibition scheduled for March 2021. Proudly presented by National Portrait Gallery

Happening until 31 October online, thanks to the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/lovestories to get started.

ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF COOK AND THE FIRST AUSTRALIANS

This stunning exhibition takes you on a journey, travelling onboard the ship with Captain James Cook and for the first time hearing the stories from those on the shore.

In looking at our past, we have the chance to join together and imagine a shared future. Explore our new exhibition online or onsite and trace the Endeavour voyage.

Tickets are timed to assist in physical distancing.

Showing until 11 October 2020 at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au/exhibitions/endeavour-voyage for more information.

NGALIM-NGALIMBOOROO NGAGENYBE

In Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe (From my women), Shirley Purdie pays homage to the women in her family, representing herself through collective knowledge, culture and values.

Acquired by the Portrait Gallery in September 2019, this non-representational self-portrait is informed by Aboriginal ways of seeing and understanding the world.

Each panel contains a story, producing a portrait that is a complex kaleidoscope of personal history, identity and connection to country.

Showing until 1 November 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

Find out more at portrait.gov.au.

ENDEAVOUR VOYAGE: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF COOK AND THE FIRST AUSTRALIANS

This stunning exhibition takes you on a journey, travelling onboard the ship with Captain James Cook and for the first time hearing the stories from those on the shore.

In looking at our past, we have the chance to join together and imagine a shared future. Explore our new exhibition online or onsite and trace the Endeavour voyage.

Tickets are timed to assist in physical distancing.

Showing until 11 October 2020 at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au/exhibitions/endeavour-voyage for more information.

ON AIR PLAYUP

On Air PlayUP is MoAD’s newest online offering, inspired by the onsite exhibition PlayUP.

During the On Air PlayUP livestream, facilitators will take you step by step through a fun craft activity with a different theme each week inspired by the United Nations’ International Days and Weeks.

Catch it live on MoAD’s Facebook and Instagram accounts every Wednesday at 10.30 am or watch it on-demand at moadoph.gov.au/families.

Feature image: VisitCanberra

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