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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.
Jo Orton’s What the Butler Saw
Join with the REP Company as they present this outrageous farce. Orton’s masterpiece of farce is set in a psychiatrist’s office, in which sanity is hard to come by.
The play takes the conventions of the genre and blows them up. Orton’s take on farce is subversive—not merely fast-paced, but anarchic.
Happening until 15 August at Canberra REP Theatre, 3 Repertory Lane, City.
See canberrarep.org.au/content/what-butler-saw for tickets and more information.
Rockspeare Richard III
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: 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 and be understood by audience members of all ages.
For those live streaming at home, the show will provide a complete experience of a virtual concert, using full production multi-camera live streaming, delivering the next best thing to attending in person.
A live audience will also be able to experience each show first hand, in a COVID-19 restrictions compliant, safe and socially-distant environment.
Each evening 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.
As part of the WYA Festival, the cast will stream two events ahead of the full performances: a Live-streamed Reading of the play by the cast; and a Character Deep Dive by Lakespeare Creative Co-director and cast member, Dr Duncan Driver.
Rockspeare is directed by Lexi Sekuless, original compositions by Jay Cameron and costume design by Fiona Victoria Hopkins. Tickets for the online live-stream are available now from the Lakespeare & Co website.
Parents are advised to make their own decisions about the appropriate viewing age. The history plays involve depictions of wars and murder.
Happening 7-8 August live online.
See lakespeare.com/events for more information.
Australian Miniseries – Presented by Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Co-curated by Professor Matthew Hindson AM and incoming Artistic Advisor Jessica Cottis, the Australian Miniseries sees 15 established and emerging Australian composers produce short works for solo instrument, for online premiere by CSO musicians.
Happening Fridays across August from 7-28 August live online.
See cso.org.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.
The secrets of Anti-Matter
The Big Bang should have created equal amounts of matter and antimatter. So why is there far more matter than antimatter in the universe?
We all know about regular matter, that is what we see, touch, smell every day. What is antimatter? Do the laws of gravity work the same way for antimatter? If regular matter falls down under gravity, then does antimatter fall up?
Join ANU nuclear physicist Tim Hume to find out. Proudly presented by The Young Stars Program
Happening Saturday 8 August from 1–2 pm live online.
See Facebook for more information.
The Truffle Festival 2020
Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival—a taste of mid-winter magic.
Savour the flavours and aromas of heavenly truffle creations at local restaurants, cafes, bars and wineries. Enjoy the thrill of a truffle hunt and be amazed at the talented truffle dogs as they hunt for these highly prized gems at nearby truffle farms. Learn from accomplished chefs at a cooking class or demonstration, then pop along to a market and buy some black truffle for yourself.
The festival celebrates the seasonality of this special ingredient and runs throughout the entire truffle season. So come along and choose from a range of events and experiences and satisfy your taste for life’s finer things.
Happening until 31 August at various venues across Canberra.
See trufflefestival.com.au for more information.
Outside The Cube with DJ RAWSØN
Looking to keep the party going? Well, every Fri-yay Cube Nightclub comes alive (stream) thanks to DJ RAWSØN and BoomBox2U.
Listen and dance to all your fav Cube Anthems, Requests, Top 40 Bangers, Old School and More. Let’s Party!
Happening Fridays from 9 pm–midnight live online.
Listen here: streamlabs.com/outsidethecube/tip
Park-In Pictures—located in Majura Park shopping centre’s expansive parking lot—is a classic drive-in experience and fun for the whole family.
Park-In Pictures will boast the full drive-in experience, with food and drink available to purchase and audio via the car radio.
Open on Friday and Saturday evenings, each night will feature two films—an early family-friendly offering, and then later showing for adults, with screenings scheduled for at least six weeks.
Happening Friday and Saturday evenings at Park-In Pictures Canberra at Majura Park Shopping Centre.
See majuraparkshopping.com.au for more information.
The World From Here with Chris Endrey–Part of CTC@HOME
The World From Here is a new weekly variety show hosted by Chris Endrey. Playful, insightful and always curious, this show is a stimulating exploration of the world through interviews, music and play.
With a new theme each week and guests ranging from intellectuals and elite athletes to your cheeky elderly neighbours, our playful mission is to learn and share from all of our lives, with heart.
Happening Fridays at 8 pm live online.
See Facebook for more information.
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.
Happening 6 July–28 September via Instagram.
See designcanberrafestival.com.au for more information.
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.
Art For Aged Care
Join Fiona from Art For Aged Care and create exciting artworks and pretend play structures using common household recyclable materials!
Art For Aged Care is a Community Art Initiative that sends children’s art to Aged Care Residents across Australia.
This event is run by its creator, Fiona Harris. Fiona is an award-winning Early Childhood Educator in Canberra as well as an Intergenerational Learning Facilitator at an Aged Care Facility in her community.
Re-discover the joy of creativity and imaginative play with us in a fun, safe and inclusive community atmosphere!
Inspire children and young people and their families/carers in Canberra, meet Fiona in The Terrace Room at The National Arboretum in Canberra for a creative morning of boundless imagination and creativity!
Please bring your own box of recyclable materials to be used on the day. Additional paint, textas, sticky tape glue etc. will be provided by us at the event.
Your artworks and imaginative play structures will be photographed and filmed throughout the event and these images will be shared with Aged Care Residents in Canberra and Australia.
Happening Saturday 1 August from 10 am–12 pm at the National Arboretum Canberra.
Spaces limited so Register now
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.
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.
XU ZHEN® ETERNITY VS EVOLUTION
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.
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.
Small and Humble
Contemporary Australian art visits traditional China @ Humble House gallery.
GOST goes to Humble House gallery (HHg) for a special collaboration bringing together contemporary art in a traditional Chinese setting.
Exhibiting artists: Ellen Rosalie Gunner, Amy Hick, Pia Larsen, Jacqueline Lewis, Nic Mason, Phil Page, Isobel Rayson, David Suckling, Amanda Westley.
Showing from 10 July–2 August 2020 at Humble House Gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick.
Gallery hours are 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Free entry. Free parking. Wheelchair Access Available
See humblehouse.com.au/exhibitions for more information.
THE GALLERY OF SMALL THINGS IS NOW OPEN
Watson’s Gallery of Small Things (GOST) is happy to announce that they’ve reopened for visitors as of 4 June.
As the gallery is less than six metres square in total, there’s no need to measure—you can have the gallery all to yourself!
Currently, GOST is showcasing their exhibition Little Studies by tapestry artist Lee Leibrandt.
If you’re bringing a friend or partner, they can check out the ceramics workspace next door while you browse Canberra’s smallest gallery, then the two of you can swap!
Gallery of Small Things is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm or by private appointment from Monday to Wednesday at 27 Wade Street, Watson.
See galleryofsmallthings.com for more information.