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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.

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

FOOD + DRINK

Handmade Winter Virtual Market

This Saturday 11 July, instead of crowds of gleeful shoppers sipping mulled wine as they browse handmade clothing, artwork, jewellery and homewares at Exhibition Park, Handmade’s Winter Market will be held virtually.

But that doesn’t mean your experience will change—in fact, I’m sure many shoppers will appreciate the chance to finally wear trackpants and ugg boots to Handmade. Heck, you can even supply your own mulled wine!

From 9 am–9 pm, shoppers can browse wares from 300+ makers from across Australia from the comfort of their home, in what is easily the cosiest way to shop Australian-made.

It’s also an amazing way to support small businesses and makers for whom opportunity to sell face to face all but disappeared during COVID.

Stallholders will be offering special deals and discounts that will only be available between 9 am and 9 pm on the 11th—and will only appear once the market is set live.

The legendary food and drink section of the market will be online too, with a focus on winter goodies like chai and hot chocolate from Chai Addict and Canberra’s own Hansel & Gretel respectively, and bar cart essentials like gin, vodka and schnapps from Bathurst Grange Distillery, Natural Distilling Co and Underground Spirits.

You can shop on any digital device, but a hot tip is to shop on your tablet or computer for the best user experience.

Happening Saturday 11 July from 9 am–9 pm online at handmadecanberra.com.au

Bastille Day Dinner

Come celebrate France’s national day and the reopening of the Alliance Francaise building!

Savour a three courses meal with a glass of wine included. The bar will be open for more delicious French wines. Live entertainment plus the unveiling of a big surprise…

Be the first back in the building to greet friends—at a distance—and speak French in person with our native speaker staff.

Social distancing and hygiene measures will be strictly followed. Limited places available.

Happening Saturday 11 July from 6.30-10.30 pm at the Alliance Française de Canberra at 66, McCaughey Street, Turner.

See afcanberra.com.au

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.

STAGE + SCREEN

Park-In Pictures

Park-In Pictureslocated 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.

MUSIC

Jack Biilmann. Image supplied.

Jack Biilmann and Sara Flint: Live In Ya Lounge

With the saltwater of the Far South Coast of NSW and the crystal clear water of the Snowy Mountains running through his veins, Jack Biilmann has been surrounded by inspiration his whole life. The adopted Canberra local has notched up five years of national and international touring, six single releases, thousands of Spotify plays, two albums and guitar endorsements with the world famous Gibson & Maton guitars. Biilmann has paved a reputation as one of Australia’s most talented and loved singer/songwriter/guitarists.

After the severe disappointment of Covid-19’s impact on a new rock project release, Jack Biilmann gritted his teeth and locked himself away to write his 3rd solo album within 4 weeks. The album is currently taking shape behind the closed studio doors and the Live In Ya Lounge stage is getting the first live sample of what’s to come. Tune in for a set of high energy, raw and infectious blues/roots and you’ll quickly see what all the hype is about.

Sara Flint from Apricot Ink will be showcasing her solo works as an emotive singer-songwriter. Writing about all things including, love, heartbreak, and the life of a young adult. She tends to pull at just the right heartstrings whilst singing and playing her guitar.

Recently focusing her energy on “Apricot Ink” Sara will be adding a touch of new content into her set whilst also including her solo music. Get ready to sink into the warm vocals of Sara Flint.

Happening Saturday 11 July from 7.30-8.30 pm live online.

See Facebook for more information.

Brewn, Filthy Darlings, Guitar Case Troubadours: Live In Ya Lounge

The Filthy Darlings are not known for getting the spelling of their own name correct or confusing the reader within the first 2 lines of their promotional bio, but they will honour their hosts for the evening Live in Ya Lounge with an all-out Kumbaya style sing along.

The Filthy Darlings are coming to your home on the 10th of July in a digital formation playing live 6 songs that if you’re not happy with, you can contact the songwriter directly and request an immediate refund on your time spent watching these middle-aged adoration addicts.

GCT – Guitar Case Troubadours will use their time during their day release to perform a selection of their original music spanning outlaw country, blues, folk and country in the styles of their heroes.

Details about Brewn to be shared soon!

Happening Friday 10 July from 7.30-8.30 pm live online.

See Facebook 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

TOURS, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS

Creating a Garden for the Canberra Climate

This workshop will give you an overview of good garden care in Canberra. Are you making the most of your garden in Canberra’s unique climate? Are you flummoxed by your plants having to cope with frosty cold winters as well as hot dry summers?

In this online workshop you will learn how to set up your garden so that it thrives year-round. Benjamin Taylor from Good Ground Horticulture will take you through a simple process that will enable good gardening in Canberra’s sometimes harsh climate.

This workshop will give you an overview of good garden care in Canberra. Ben will cover soils, watering and planting as well as discussing how Canberra’s current and future climate will impact your garden.

Proudly presented by Canberra Environment Centre

Happening Tuesday 7 July from 5.30-7.30 pm live online.

See Eventbrite for more information.

Wine with Pyne – Launch of Canberra Writers Festival 2020

Since its inception in 2016, the Canberra Writers Festival has been bringing together the best Australian and international writers, thinkers and social and political commentators.

The festival is now part of the Canberra community’s cultural fabric—a world-class literary event, feeding our inherent love of words, ideas and debate and showcasing our city.

Under the theme Power Politics Passion the festival aims to scrutinise today’s issues, reflect on the past, contemplate the future and challenge our understanding of all. The line-up for the 5th annual Canberra Writers Festival includes 18 live and streamed and 10 streamed-only events.

Have a mixer with “The Fixer”! The Canberra stories Christopher Pyne doesn’t know aren’t worth telling.

Exclusive to CWF, former minister and raconteur, Christopher Pyne will be in conversation with Annabel Crabb to launch his new book The Insider: The scoops, the scandals and the serious business within the Canberra bubble.

This event is streamed only and bookings essential.

Happening Tuesday 7 July from 6-7 pm live online.

See canberrawritersfestival.com.au for more information.

THE AMAZING FACE – A 14-DAY DIVE INTO PORTRAITURE

The National Portrait Gallery has a free online class to learn the language of portraiture.

Every day, for 14 days, iconic portraits from the NPG Collection will be highlighted, and curatorial contexts and artistic insights shared along with other interactive elements.

At the end of the program, participants will be invited to use this knowledge to create their own portrait which they’re encouraged to share with their loved ones and online.

Showing until 31 August 2020 at portrait.gov.au/content/the-amazing-face

Live@theMuseum

Explore the National Museum of Australia’s stunning collection, exhibitions and building. Ask questions in this regular live broadcast on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

Join the NMA weekly as they explore Australian history in our galleries and offsite collections. Get up close, and go behind the scenes with some of our favourite objects and collections with our curators, conservators and guests. Join the discussion!

Happening every Thursday from 12.30 pm on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

See nma.gov.au/whats-on for more information.

How about a self-guided walking tour? Check out the National Capital Authority’s walking tours here: nca.gov.au/tours

MARKETS

Handmade Winter Virtual Market

This Saturday 11 July, instead of crowds of gleeful shoppers sipping mulled wine as they browse handmade clothing, artwork, jewellery and homewares at Exhibition Park, Handmade’s Winter Market will be held virtually.

But that doesn’t mean your experience will change—in fact, I’m sure many shoppers will appreciate the chance to finally wear trackpants and ugg boots to Handmade. Heck, you can even supply your own mulled wine!

From 9 am–9 pm, shoppers can browse wares from 300+ makers from across Australia from the comfort of their home, in what is easily the cosiest way to shop Australian-made.

It’s also an amazing way to support small businesses and makers for whom opportunity to sell face to face all but disappeared during COVID.

Stallholders will be offering special deals and discounts that will only be available between 9 am and 9 pm on the 11th—and will only appear once the market is set live.

The legendary food and drink section of the market will be online too, with a focus on winter goodies like chai and hot chocolate from Chai Addict and Canberra’s own Hansel & Gretel respectively, and bar cart essentials like gin, vodka and schnapps from Bathurst Grange Distillery, Natural Distilling Co and Underground Spirits.

You can shop on any digital device, but a hot tip is to shop on your tablet or computer for the best user experience.

Happening Saturday 11 July from 9 am–9 pm online at handmadecanberra.com.au

FESTIVALS

This Is Suburbia. Image: DESIGN Canberra. Image supplied.

On Monday 6 July, DESIGN Canberra festival 2020 will kick 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.

Free entry.

Happening 6 July–28 September via Instagram.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au for more information.

KIDS

LITTLE GRIFFINS

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.

ON AIR PLAYUP

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.

Canberra Centre’s magical Curious Carnival

This school holidays, Canberra Centre is launching a free online series for children aged 5-12, called The Curious Carnival. The online series can be accessed from home, on-the-go, or if you are lucky enough to be away—from the comfort of your holiday destination.

Children will be hypnotised by fantastical sights and sounds from the magical ‘Curious Crew.’ Each character will light up their screens with a variety of singing, dancing, and comedy acts, as well as some yoga, and mindfulness classes which will be hosted in a serene setting—perfect for reflection time at home, or, on-the-go.

Whether you are looking for a ‘hands-on’ activity such as learning how to make a lava lamp or drawing calligraphy, ideas to get the kids moving, or a relaxing video to ease the little ones into the land of nod—they’ve got you covered.

Happening until 17 July online.

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Articles/2020/07/Curious-Carnival for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

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.

Nathaniel Dance’s renowned 1773 portrait of Cook portrait, on loan from the Maritime Museum in the United Kingdom, was commissioned by Joseph Banks and hung over the fireplace in his study for many years. It is arguably the most defining image of Cook and this is the first time is has been displayed in Australia.

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.

NGALIM-NGALIMBOOROO NGAGENYBE

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.

Online Launch 8 pm Thursday 9 July at humblehouse.com.au/exhibitions

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.

A COMMON THREAD: FINAL WEEKEND

The multidisciplinary collaboration between artists McKay and Gold encompasses the expanding painting field, installation and sculpture.

The work in ‘A Common Thread’ is concerned with connection—connection to a material and in turn the way this connects us as humans. This exhibition seeks to explore how time and space inform the artist’s behaviour with material, and lament on the almost ritualistic process of repetitious acts during the creation process.

Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Showing until 27 June 2020 at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, City.

Find out more at craftact.org.au/blogs/future-exhibitions/a-common-thread

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.

ON AIR PLAYUP

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.

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