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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.

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

Woroni – 70 Years of Outrage and Activism [FINAL WEEKEND]

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.

See ambushgallery.com/events/woroni-70-years-of-outrage-and-activism for more information.

The Dragons Abreast Come and Try dragon boating day

The Dragons Abreast Come and Try dragon boating day is being held on Saturday 31 October 2020 from 9 am to approximately 11 am.

Come and Try is held at Lotus Bay, off Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla, beside the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club. Find the COVID-safety guidelines on the website.

Come and Try events are free of charge.

Happening Saturday 11 May from 9 am – 11 am at Lotus Bay, off Alexandrina Drive, beside the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club, Yarralumla.

See dragonsabreast.com.au for more information.

Halloween Screening Season: Experience the Horror

This Halloween, the NFSA will screen iconic films that changed the way we experience horror.

They include a film that literally changed the way audiences could experience movies in cinemas, one that taught a generation the meaning of ‘meta’, and a unique theatrical experience that you can only have in a silent, dark room filled with strangers…


Psycho – 30 October, 10:30am (matinee)
Psycho – 30 October, 6:00pm
Scream – 31 October, 6:00pm
A Quiet Place – 31 October, 8:15pm

Happening 30-31 October at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Hooked on Classics

The best-selling classical music release of all time, Hooked on Classics returns in a live concert setting!

George Ellis will conduct a 28 piece Symphony Orchestra, bringing this unique symphonic sound to Australian audiences with one breath-taking performance at the Canberra Theatre.

Hooked on Classics made classical music accessible to music lovers around the world. Creating the perfect blend of symphonic classical masterpieces, played over a continuous beat. The concept added a new dimension to the work, re-energizing the Classical Classics – Mozart to Bach, Vivaldi to Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky to Strauss.

Re-experience the joy of all your Hooked On Classics favourites brought to life in an expansive and magical performance.

Happening Saturday 31 October from 7.30-9.50 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/hooked-on-classics for more information.

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 2021 at The Museum of Australian Democracy

See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/dressup-change-the-world for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 [FINAL WEEKEND]

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.

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

7-Days to Manifesting Masterclass Virtual Event, hosted by Mind High Club

Special guest, Australian TV presenter and certified Health Coach, Liv Phyland.

Cassie & Christie are the creators of the 21-Day Manifesting Challenge and co-founders of Mind High Club, a personal growth platform connecting people with transformation coaches and wellbeing experts.

Mind High Club helps its community achieve optimum health, personal growth and happiness—a holistic approach catering to mind, body and soul, promoting the power of manifestation.

They’re here to share with you the process they have put into practice and found to be truly effective with a 7-phase process which has worked amazingly well for them and others!

For those who have goals and desires, but haven’t yet found the right process to manifest them. Those seeking guidance and clarity on what to manifest and how to uplevel in all areas of your life.

Those with big goals and want to know the exact steps to take to help you reach them. Those who are manifesting junkie and are curious about adding more tools to your toolkit.

Those clear on your goals and desires, but haven’t yet found the right process to bring them into fruition.

Cost: Free

Happening Sunday 1 November at 7 pm online.

See Eventbrite for more information.

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe [FINAL WEEKEND]

© 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.

Find out more at portrait.gov.au.

Feature image: Lazy Su. Credit: Ashley St George.

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