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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 to exhibitions and festivals, here’s what’s happening this week 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

Get loud as Eastlake Tennis Club Present Open Court Sessions

At 90 minutes long, embrace fresh and fun new tennis activities this Friday 15 January. Enjoy drinks from Capital Brewing Co, food from local food trucks, and tunes from a local DJ.

No tennis experience is needed, simply turn up and get ready to have a great time! All equipment is supplied.

Happening Friday 15 January from 5.30-8.30 pm at Eastlake Tennis Club, 47 Flinders Way, Griffith.

Cost: $5 per person

See play.tennis.com.au/opencourtsessions for more information.

Warehouse Circus free outdoor shows

Have you ever wanted to bring out your inner clown or acrobat? The City Renewal Authority is partnering with Warehouse Circus who will be encouraging kids to live their circus dreams, teaching juggling, trick sticks, poi and hoops skills all under the shade of the beautiful trees in Haig Park, Braddon.

Warehouse Circus will be set up near the Lonsdale Street entrance to Haig Park, and the event is suitable for all ages.

Together you will be able to play and learn as family or with friends, and then, of course, head to the fantastic cafes in Braddon for an icy cold drink or gelato afterwards!

Dates and Times:

Thursday 14 January 1 pm-3 pm

Thursday 21 January 1 pm-3 pm

COVID-19 Update Requirements:

Participant and community safety are the first thing in mind with this event. A number of steps are being taken to ensure everyone’s health and safety:

  • All participants will be asked to sign in via the Checkin CBR App.
  • There will be ample hand sanitising stations and use is required before ‘playing’ can begin.
  • All play items will be regularly cleaned and sanitised.
  • Visit the ACT COVID-19 website for all the latest health advice.

Happening 14 and 21 January from 1–3 pm in Haig Park, Braddon.

See Eventbrite for your free ticket and more information.

Canberra Aqua Park

That’s right, Canberra Aqua Park will return for another summer of blow-up obstacle fun in the heart of Canberra on Saturday 28 November.

The 1,600 square metre inflatable obstacle course is located at the Tarcoola Reach swimming area (park at Black Mountain Peninsula).

Canberra Aqua Park will run through the warmer months and we bet it will be a popular spot for getting the kids out of the house over the school holidays, with 50-minute sessions starting from just $20 per person.

But don’t fret—those of you that are young at heart are most definitely welcome to partake in all the fun too as there is no age limit—although there is a minimum age of five.

Happening until March 2021 at the Tarcoola Reach swimming area adjacent to Black Mountain Peninsula.

See canberraaquapark.com/tickets for more information.

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times is an exhibition of Canberra signs representing a history of life in the capital, from the early 1900s to the present day.

See signs and hear stories from some of our most recognisable and fondly remembered establishments and places including the Brickworks, Electric Shadows, the Cotter, Impact Records and many more.

Showing until 20 February 2021 at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Civic Square, City.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/sign-of-the-times 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.

Underground Spirits’ Urban Distillery Experience at Regatta Point

Canberra’s own Underground Spirits is now offering Canberra’s first ever lakeside gin experience this summer.

Underground Spirits is offering two unique Urban Distillery Experiences at Regatta Point’s Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.

The Spirit of Canberra – Underground Experience is an immersive experience sharing Underground Spirits’ history, the history of gin, production processes and botanicals, plus an exploration of the G&T and how to perfect it.

Underground Spirits Mixed Up! Tasting & Cocktail Masterclass is a longer session whereby guests join a mixologist for a cocktail making demo and tasting. Both experiences include sample tastings and drinks.

Underground Spirits’ Urban Distillery Experiences operate at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre at Regatta Point, Thursday – Sunday each week, with various session times available.

Pre-booking is essential. Check session times and dates for availability. These are small group experiences, places are limited.

Happening until 31 January across various dates.

See undergroundspirits.com.au for more information and to book.

Sunset Cinema Canberra

Canberra’s favourite outdoor cinema is back! From the lush surrounds of the Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sun going down and the stars coming out as Sunset cinema brings you the ultimate Australian summer experience.

Sunset Cinema is perfect for getting back outdoors and in this time of social distancing the event is tailored for your safety, whilst maintaining the signature Sunset vibe you know and love.

Along with government approval, Sunset Cinema brings their knowledge and experience to create a fun and COVID safe event for Canberrans. Whether you’re treating the kids, catching up with girls or taking someone on a date to remember, there’s something to delight everyone this season.

This summer will be a real showstopper with fresh new releases The Prom, Trolls World Tour and The Witches. There is also a feast of festive movies, watch timeless classics Love Actually and Home Alone to get your Christmas spirit jingling.

Your welcome to pack a picnic hamper or satisfy your taste buds at the yummy food trucks.

Enjoy the warm evening air with a refreshing drink from the licensed bar and stock up on all your essential movie snacks like fresh, hot popcorn.

Happening until 14 February at The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

See sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra for more information.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now showcases art made by women. It brings together more than 300 works, drawn from the Gallery’s collection and other collections from across Australia.

This exhibition is part of a series of ongoing initiative by the National Gallery to increase the representation of artists who identify as women in its artistic program, featuring lesser-known and leading artists such as Margaret Preston, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Destiny Deacon and Julie Rrap, this exhibition tells a new story of Australian art.

Highlights include a floor-to-ceiling presentation of artists’ portraits in a variety of mediums, the work of pioneering performance artists Bonita Ely and Jill Orr and a complete edition of Tracey Moffatt’s first major series of photographs, Something more 1989. Gemma Smith has been commissioned to paint the walls of the galleries.

By bringing together artists from different times, places and cultures, this exhibition proposes another history, upending the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.

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

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Local Yoga’s free fundraising yoga classes at Gorman Arts Centre

Local Yoga and Gorman Arts Centre are offering free fundraising yoga classes all through the upcoming summer months.

Classes will be held in the tranquil courtyard gardens of Gorman Arts Centre every Sunday morning at 9 am until March 2021. Classes are provided free of charge to encourage awareness and donations towards Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

If ever there was a year for Canberrans to embrace the physical and mental benefits of modern yoga, it’s been the rollercoaster ride of 2020.

Local Yoga is a brand new Canberra-based initiative committed to socially conscious yoga—not only making yoga more accessible for all Canberrans, but also raising support and awareness for Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

Happening Sundays from 9 am until 28 March 2021 at Gorman Arts Centre, Batman Street, Braddon.

See localyogaproject.com for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

Underground Spirits’ Urban Distillery Experience at Regatta Point

Canberra’s own Underground Spirits is now offering Canberra’s first ever lakeside gin experience this summer.

Underground Spirits is offering two unique Urban Distillery Experiences at Regatta Point’s Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.

The Spirit of Canberra – Underground Experience is an immersive experience sharing Underground Spirits’ history, the history of gin, production processes and botanicals, plus an exploration of the G&T and how to perfect it.

Underground Spirits Mixed Up! Tasting & Cocktail Masterclass is a longer session whereby guests join a mixologist for a cocktail making demo and tasting. Both experiences include sample tastings and drinks.

Underground Spirits’ Urban Distillery Experiences operate at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre at Regatta Point, Thursday – Sunday each week, with various session times available.

Pre-booking is essential. Check session times and dates for availability. These are small group experiences, places are limited.

Happening until 31 January across various dates.

See undergroundspirits.com.au for more information and to book.

STAGE AND SCREEN

Sunset Cinema Canberra

Canberra’s favourite outdoor cinema is back! From the lush surrounds of the Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sun going down and the stars coming out as Sunset cinema brings you the ultimate Australian summer experience.

Sunset Cinema is perfect for getting back outdoors and in this time of social distancing the event is tailored for your safety, whilst maintaining the signature Sunset vibe you know and love.

Along with government approval, Sunset Cinema brings their knowledge and experience to create a fun and COVID safe event for Canberrans. Whether you’re treating the kids, catching up with girls or taking someone on a date to remember, there’s something to delight everyone this season.

This summer will be a real showstopper with fresh new releases The Prom, Trolls World Tour and The Witches. There is also a feast of festive movies, watch timeless classics Love Actually and Home Alone to get your Christmas spirit jingling.

Your welcome to pack a picnic hamper or satisfy your taste buds at the yummy food trucks.

Enjoy the warm evening air with a refreshing drink from the licensed bar and stock up on all your essential movie snacks like fresh, hot popcorn.

Happening 10 December – 14 February at The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

See sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra for more information.

SPORT + ACTIVE

Get loud as Eastlake Tennis Club Present Open Court Sessions

At 90 minutes long, embrace fresh and fun new tennis activities this Friday 15 January. Enjoy drinks from Capital Brewing Co, food from local food trucks, and tunes from a local DJ.

No tennis experience is needed, simply turn up and get ready to have a great time! All equipment is supplied.

Happening Friday 15 January from 5.30-8.30 pm at Eastlake Tennis Club, 47 Flinders Way, Griffith.

Cost: $5 per person

See play.tennis.com.au/opencourtsessions for more information.

Local Yoga’s free fundraising yoga classes at Gorman Arts Centre

Local Yoga and Gorman Arts Centre are offering free fundraising yoga classes all through the upcoming summer months.

Classes will be held in the tranquil courtyard gardens of Gorman Arts Centre every Sunday morning at 9 am until March 2021. Classes are provided free of charge to encourage awareness and donations towards Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

If ever there was a year for Canberrans to embrace the physical and mental benefits of modern yoga, it’s been the rollercoaster ride of 2020.

Local Yoga is a brand new Canberra-based initiative committed to socially conscious yoga—not only making yoga more accessible for all Canberrans, but also raising support and awareness for Canberra’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

Happening Sundays from 9 am until 28 March 2021 at Gorman Arts Centre, Batman Street, Braddon.

See localyogaproject.com for more information.

OUTDOORS

Canberra Aqua Park

That’s right, Canberra Aqua Park will return for another summer of blow-up obstacle fun in the heart of Canberra on Saturday 28 November.

The 1,600 square metre inflatable obstacle course is located at the Tarcoola Reach swimming area (park at Black Mountain Peninsula).

Canberra Aqua Park will run through the warmer months and we bet it will be a popular spot for getting the kids out of the house over the school holidays, with 50-minute sessions starting from just $20 per person.

But don’t fret—those of you that are young at heart are most definitely welcome to partake in all the fun too as there is no age limit—although there is a minimum age of five.

Happening  Saturday 28 November 2020 – March 2021 at the Tarcoola Reach swimming area adjacent to Black Mountain Peninsula.

See canberraaquapark.com/tickets for more information.

Warehouse Circus free outdoor shows

Have you ever wanted to bring out your inner clown or acrobat? The City Renewal Authority is partnering with Warehouse Circus who will be encouraging kids to live their circus dreams, teaching juggling, trick sticks, poi and hoops skills all under the shade of the beautiful trees in Haig Park, Braddon.

Warehouse Circus will be set up near the Lonsdale Street entrance to Haig Park, and the event is suitable for all ages.

Together you will be able to play and learn as family or with friends, and then, of course, head to the fantastic cafes in Braddon for an icy cold drink or gelato afterwards!

Dates and Times:

Thursday 14 January 1 pm-3 pm

Thursday 21 January 1 pm-3 pm

COVID-19 Update Requirements:

Participant and community safety are the first thing in mind with this event. A number of steps are being taken to ensure everyone’s health and safety:

  • All participants will be asked to sign in via the Checkin CBR App.
  • There will be ample hand sanitising stations and use is required before ‘playing’ can begin.
  • All play items will be regularly cleaned and sanitised.
  • Visit the ACT COVID-19 website for all the latest health advice.

Happening 14 and 21 January from 1–3 pm in Haig Park, Braddon.

See Eventbrite for your free ticket and more information.

Sunset Cinema Canberra

Canberra’s favourite outdoor cinema is back! From the lush surrounds of the Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sun going down and the stars coming out as Sunset cinema brings you the ultimate Australian summer experience.

Sunset Cinema is perfect for getting back outdoors and in this time of social distancing the event is tailored for your safety, whilst maintaining the signature Sunset vibe you know and love.

Along with government approval, Sunset Cinema brings their knowledge and experience to create a fun and COVID safe event for Canberrans. Whether you’re treating the kids, catching up with girls or taking someone on a date to remember, there’s something to delight everyone this season.

This summer will be a real showstopper with fresh new releases The Prom, Trolls World Tour and The Witches. There is also a feast of festive movies, watch timeless classics Love Actually and Home Alone to get your Christmas spirit jingling.

Your welcome to pack a picnic hamper or satisfy your taste buds at the yummy food trucks.

Enjoy the warm evening air with a refreshing drink from the licensed bar and stock up on all your essential movie snacks like fresh, hot popcorn.

Happening until 14 February at The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

See sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra for more information.

KIDS

Sunset Cinema Canberra

Canberra’s favourite outdoor cinema is back! From the lush surrounds of the Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sun going down and the stars coming out as Sunset cinema brings you the ultimate Australian summer experience.

Sunset Cinema is perfect for getting back outdoors and in this time of social distancing the event is tailored for your safety, whilst maintaining the signature Sunset vibe you know and love.

Along with government approval, Sunset Cinema brings their knowledge and experience to create a fun and COVID safe event for Canberrans. Whether you’re treating the kids, catching up with girls or taking someone on a date to remember, there’s something to delight everyone this season.

This summer will be a real showstopper with fresh new releases The Prom, Trolls World Tour and The Witches. There is also a feast of festive movies, watch timeless classics Love Actually and Home Alone to get your Christmas spirit jingling.

Your welcome to pack a picnic hamper or satisfy your taste buds at the yummy food trucks.

Enjoy the warm evening air with a refreshing drink from the licensed bar and stock up on all your essential movie snacks like fresh, hot popcorn.

Happening until 14 February at The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

See sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

PLEASE NOTE: During the holiday period, many galleries will have changed their opening hours.

We encourage you to check opening times before you visit. 

Tracey Moffat. Something more #1 1989, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1989. Courtesy of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now showcases art made by women. It brings together more than 300 works, drawn from the Gallery’s collection and other collections from across Australia.

This exhibition is part of a series of ongoing initiative by the National Gallery to increase the representation of artists who identify as women in its artistic program, featuring lesser-known and leading artists such as Margaret Preston, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Destiny Deacon and Julie Rrap, this exhibition tells a new story of Australian art.

Highlights include a floor-to-ceiling presentation of artists’ portraits in a variety of mediums, the work of pioneering performance artists Bonita Ely and Jill Orr and a complete edition of Tracey Moffatt’s first major series of photographs, Something more 1989. Gemma Smith has been commissioned to paint the walls of the galleries.

By bringing together artists from different times, places and cultures, this exhibition proposes another history, upending the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.

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

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times is an exhibition of Canberra signs representing a history of life in the capital, from the early 1900s to the present day.

See signs and hear stories from some of our most recognisable and fondly remembered establishments and places including the Brickworks, Electric Shadows, the Cotter, Impact Records and many more.

Showing until 20 February 2021 at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Civic Square, City.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/sign-of-the-times for more information.

Exhibition: Pub Rock

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.

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

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.

See awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/ink-in-the-lines for more information.

Seeing Canberra

As a city initiated as an imagined capital for the new Australian nation, Canberra has been a place that quickly invited visual representation.

As it developed, artists have seen Canberra through different lenses, and these have shaped the way they understood and interpreted the evolving landscape.

In this exhibition, drawn primarily from CMAG’s collection, visitors will journey through four key periods of the city’s development and for each, will encounter an object that represents a prism to understand a way of seeing at that time.

Showing until 17 July 2021 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See origin.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/seeing-canberra 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.

This is My Place

There is one thing that most people have in common after the year that has been: spending a lot of time at home. As a bit of an antidote to the current times, the National Portrait Gallery have unveiled their newest collection This is My Place.

Expanding across three galleries, the collection is made up of over 100 works that cultivate the narrative of the places that define who we are – our spiritual homes, habitats and workspaces. Spanning the continent via the rivers, streets, mountains, studios and sportsgrounds the exhibition highlights space and its relevance to portraiture.

The collection encompasses pieces that date back 250 years including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.

Showing until 22 February 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

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.

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.

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