Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week! HAVE AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE…
Things are changing rapidly in Canberra as we work together to keep our community safe.
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.
Let’s stay safe and sensible, Canberra, and we’ll get through this together.
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.
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.
Happening 12 September–11 October from 9.30 am–5.30 pm at various locations around Canberra.
See floriadeaustralia.com for more information.
Handmade Canberra’s Spring Virtual Market
Handmade Canberra’s Spring Virtual Market is the perfect chance to shop from home and have everything you need to refresh your wardrobe, decor, or pantry for the new season delivered to your door.
While Handmade’s physical markets are temporarily on hold, they’re holding regular online markets, making sure they can connect their valued handmade community with the best Australian makers.
Handmade can’t wait to bring some of the country’s best Australian, handmade products and produce to your doors once again, and they’re excited to see everyone come together to support small Aussie businesses.
Happening Saturday 26 September from 9 am-9 pm online at handmadecanberra.com.au.
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.
See Facebook 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.
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.
DESIGN Canberra photography competition (FINAL WEEK)
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.
Happening until 28 September via Instagram.
See designcanberrafestival.com.au for more information.
On Air Play UP
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.
On the last Friday of each month the National Capital Exhibition hosts a free program for preschoolers called ‘Little Griffins’.
It is focused on the design and building of Canberra, in a very gentle way, guiding participants to be like Walter and Marion Griffin, the designers of our capital. The program always includes building with DuploTM, songs and lots of fun.
Little Griffins available online during COVID-19.
Some national institutions have now reopened their physical exhibitions.
However, we encourage you to check opening times before visiting, including whether visitor numbers are limited.
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.
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.
Feature image: Erna Glassford, Floriade: Reimagined.