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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.

DESIGN Canberra Festival

Curtis Glass Art open studio. Photo: 5 Foot Photography.

Design is in Canberra’s DNA.

Canberra is one of the few designed national capital cities in the world and the local Ngunnawal People’s culture of invention has been in motion for more than 75,000 years. Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, and contemporary and sustainable design developments today, are some of the many ways that Canberra has been—and will always be—a living design laboratory.

From 9-29 November, DESIGN Canberra will experiment with new ideas and expand the most successful programs into new directions in the 2020 festival. Over 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will once again transform the nation’s capital into a new platform for the best in design. The festival, now in its 7th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity for Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre — a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports local artists, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. The festival is delivered in collaboration with industry, associations and educational institutions committed to the design arts and creative industries in Canberra.

Happening until 29 November at various locations across Canberra

See designcanberrafestival.com.au for more information.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

Emily Kam Kngwarray (Anmatyerr people), Ntange Dreaming 1989, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 1989. © Emily Kam Kngwarray/Copyright Agency.

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.

Saturday Sessions at Midnight Bar

Join like-minded, design lovers for a weekly design unwind at Midnight Bar. Set in the highly accoladed Midnight precinct, designed by prominent Australian architects, Fender Katsalidis, Midnight Bar’s vibrant interior is complemented by a modern, alfresco outdoor setting.

Sniff, swirl and sip a selection of local and international wines, indulge in a curated cocktail or two or enjoy the refreshing effervescence of a locally brewed lager – all in celebration of design.

Happening Saturday 14, 21 and 28 November from 4 pm at Midnight Bar, 1 Elouera Street, Braddon.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au/event/saturday-sessions-at-midnight-bar-3 for more information.

Immersion: Cause and Effect

Experience the process of mindful menu design via a curated ‘cause and effect’ session, hosted by Executive Chef Andrew Morrow, Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection. An immersive experience designed to align food and wine in meaningful, harmonious ways.

Attendees will taste selected wines against individual ingredients ranging in flavour, texture, and acid profile, in search of a unique match.

The ‘cause and effect’ process will assist the Executive Chef with menu design and curation for future dinner events, hosted within the Midnight precinct. Post-immersion, enjoy scintillating discussion, drinks and canapés.

Cost: $80 pp

Happening Saturday 21 November from 2 pm – 4 pm at Midnight Bar, 1 Elouera Street, Braddon

See OpenTable for bookings.

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

Local Yoga. Credit: Ashley St George.

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 at Gorman Arts Centre, Batman Street, Braddon.

See localyogaproject.com for more information.

Dance Central’s 2020 Open House

Welcome to the Dance Central family—you’re already a part of it. Every level and every style of dance.

Join Dance Central online for their digital open house from Monday 9 November, with free online access and giveaways. Get to know Dance Central better and explore their studios from the comfort of your home!

Every year, Dance Central—Canberra’s premiere dance studio—loves to welcome students old and new to their studios to try classes, meet the team, and party as part of their annual Open Day.

This year, they’re offering the full DC experience all from the comfort of your own home.

Visit the website over two weeks starting Monday 9 November for an all-inclusive look at their Phillip studios, as well as getting to know who they are, what they do and how you can join them.

Dance Central’s Digital Open House will include competitions and freebies for you to get your hands on, so don’t miss out!

See Facebook for more information.


On-demand from Monday 9 November:

  • Interviews with Director Julie, Troupe Coordinator Bonnie and Crew Coordinator Ainsley.
  • Walkthrough of our state-of-the-art studios in Phillip that over 1000 students call home.
  • Peek into a few of our real classes, from junior to teen offerings.
  • Listen to parent and student testimonials.
  • Interactive dance competition.

Mov’In Car Drive In Cinema

Take part in an extraordinary movie night experience at Mov’In Car Drive In Cinema.

Mixing multi-award international movies with the latest blockbusters, the unmissable movies of the year, fantastic Disney classics, exciting Japanese animations, and horror movie nights.

The drive-in cinema is serving pizza, popcorn, and drinks which are delivered straight to your car.

Also serving “all you can eat pizza” every Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Happening until 21 December at the Questacon Carpark, Parkes.

See movincar.com.au for more information.


Santa Photography at Westfield Woden

After a year like no other, we could all use another reason to smile—and a photo with Santa is the perfect opportunity. While things will be a little different in Santa photography sessions this year, the Westfield Woden team will be working hard to make sure the moment is as magical as ever.

Bookings are essential, view the variety of photo packages available and book here now to secure a time that is convenient for you. Please note, there will be no walk-ins available.

There are also options for sensitive Santa photography and pet photography!

Bookings essential.

Happening from 7 November-24 December at Westfield Woden, Level 1, Near JB Hi-Fi.

See westfield.com.au/woden/event/3cy1W6IodRRQmWhhwFNv87/santa-photography for more information.

Sensitive Santa photography at Westfield Woden

Santa is setting aside some time to create a sensory-friendly environment, so that families can visit Westfield Woden’s Christmas wonderland and have their photo with Santa in a relaxed environment.

These calm and comfortable photography sessions are run before stores open, when the centre is quieter, to create a relaxed and sensory-friendly Santa experience. With a booked in time slot and no need to wait in a queue, families can take their time to enjoy their moment with Santa.

Bookings essential.

Happening 22 November, 29 November and 6 December from 7.30 am–9.30 am at Westfield Woden, Level 1, Near JB Hi-Fi.

See westfield.com.au/woden/sensitive-santa-photography for more information.

Pet photography: Santa photos with the whole family at Westfield Woden

Don’t miss out on the chance to get a Santa photo with the whole family—furry friends included!

After a year like no other, we could all use another reason to smile—and a photo with Santa and your furry family member is the perfect opportunity. While things will be a little different in our Santa pet photography sessions this year, our team will be working hard to make sure the moment is as magical as ever.

Bookings essential. Most pets welcome, including dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals. Call 02 6283 6000 for more information.

Happening 20 November, 27 November, 4 December and 11 December from 5.30–8.30 pm at Westfield Woden, Level 1, Near JB Hi-Fi.

See westfield.com.au/woden/pet-photography 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.

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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