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Things are changing in Canberra as we work together to keep our community safe.

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.

Let’s stay safe and sensible, Canberra, and we’ll get through this together.


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

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Pork Knuckle Brass Band Oktoberfest Extravaganza 2020: There’s Some Hose in this House

Damen und Herren! It’s time once more to experience the blasting Bavarian braggadocio of the Pork Knuckle Brass Band in their THIRD ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST EXTRAVAGANZA!

Pork Knuckle Brass Band is the once-yearly polka-flavoured edition of Brass Knuckle Brass Band.

Led by the amazing Bec Taylor (Fun Machine, Hashemoto, general Canberra fame) on squeezebox and voicebox, They belt out German-language faves, pop classics, and every song you want to sing along to when you’re several steins deep. They’ve done this several times before, but this year they’re classing up the outfit at the fancy schmancy Canberra Theatre.

They’re also bringing along Joel Barcham, a Canberra-based writer/performer/emcee/doodler/clown/mall Santa/pretend scientist/and Oktoberfest host. He isn’t a big fan of German beer but does like German mustard.

We’ve also heard a rumour that this year will feature TWO (2) (zwei) clarinets. How are you gonna turn that down?

Happening Saturday 17 October from 8 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

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Statement Jewelry Workshop

POP Canberra maker Leah Bartsch of Dressed for Sunday will be at the creative helm guiding you to create fun, funky jewellery in this 2.5hr workshop.

You’ll have the opportunity to create three bespoke pieces of jewellery either necklaces or earrings. Using pre-cut acrylic and timber designs, you’ll have the perfect accessories for the silly season.

The course will bring together a community of creatives of a cup of tea and a few laughs.

Leah will help you learn the skills to continue creating when you get home and additional supplies and tools will be available for you to purchase after the course.

Happening Sunday 17 October from 10 am –12:30 pm at P OP Canberra, Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

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Woroni – 70 Years of Outrage and Activism

The well-loved ANU student press Woroni turns 70, and to celebrate current Woroni staff and aMBUSH is helping you to take a walk down memory lane in their newest exhibition: Woroni – 70 Years of Outrage and Activism.

The past 70 years has seen the paper revolutionise into a print magazine, website, radio station and TV programme but it has consistently helped to mobilize students and bring power to vulnerable voices.

The exhibition shares a humorous retrospective on topics including activism (feminism, Indigenous rights, LGBTIQ+ issues, politics, free speech) and Outrage (sex, drugs, nudity, profanity).

Showing until 1 November, aMBUSH Gallery ANU.

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Dressup Change the World

The Museum of Australian Democracy is helping to keep the kids entertained this weekend with their newest interactive exhibition DressUp: Change the Word.

Connect with the lives of historical and contemporary figures, including Frida Kahlo, Adam Goodes, Beyoncé, and many others, by dressing up in their most iconic outfits whilst learning about their triumphs and challenges towards becoming visionary leaders.

This engaging exhibition space provides a bold and quirky environment that will inspire young people to try to change the world for themselves.

Showing until 30 April at The Museum of Australian Democracy

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Exhibition: Pub Rock

Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews. Gift of John McLean 2008.

Pub Rock is 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 12 February 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Ink in the Lines

Behind every tattoo is a story of remembrance, mateship, identity and healing.

The Australian War Memorials current exhibition Ink in the Lines showcases the symbolic and personal significance of tattoos for members and veterans of the Australian Defence Forces.

The exhibition explores the varied reasons for tattoos, including a sense of belonging, self-expression and honouring those who have been lost.

An emotion, yet incredibly intriguing exhibition that explores alternative art forms and acknowledges the personal commitment of our special forces.

Due to the need to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), visitors need to book free, timed tickets to view our galleries and special exhibitions. A free Galleries and Commemorative Area ticket includes access to our special exhibitions.

Showing until 27 January 2021 at The Australian War Memorial.

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Lunchbox Acoustic

Introducing the City Renewal Authority’s new Lunchbox Acoustic program of​ live performances in the city centre!

The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12 pm – 1.30 pm) in Civic and Braddon from September until Christmas.

These live performances will bring life to the heart of the city and encourage people to spend time in our city centre’s outdoor public spaces.

The Lunchbox Acoustic program is a diverse mix of performances by entertainers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, female and non-binary performers, singers and musicians and theatre, poetry and dance artists.

Happening Monday–Fridays until 23 December from 12–1.30 pm in Garema Place, City Walk and Braddon.

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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.

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Australian Love Stories: an amorous online adventure

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 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.

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Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020.

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.

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