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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.


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.

Worldwide Wizards’ Quiz

Harry Potter is turning 40 on 31 July and Quizzic Alley is celebrating with a free and fun online quiz.

Think you know your Harry Potter? Prove it!

Quizzic Alley is apparating straight to your home from 6 pm via Facebook Live with two quizzes—one for 1st years and a later one from 7:30 pm for wiser witches and wizards.

Happening Friday 31 July from 6.30–8.30 pm live online.

See quizzicalley.com.au for more information.

Live in Ya Lounge: East Row Rabble + Formally Known As

Enjoy a live concert experience, from the comfort of your home. Join the live stream to enjoy a night with East Row Rabble + Formally Known As.

East Row Rabble 

East Row Rabble delivers a slick mix of funk, reggae, blues and soul with upbeat party horn lines that will get your booty shakin’ and your feet shuffling. Addressing a mixture of world issues and daily curiosities, front man Ben Drysdale’s songs explore the many, varied, and often conflicting elements of any situation with honesty, hope, and a little cheekiness.

A party band that was made for the festival scene, the Rabble made waves at the National Folk Festival, St Albans Festival, and Kangaroo Valley Festival in 2019. The Rabble kicked off 2020 rocking the stage at BeerFest Canberra supporting Art vs Science, and supported Melbourne Ska Orchestra at UC Hub before COVID-19 saw their next 6 months of gigs cancelled. The band is itching to play again and can’t wait to hit the Live in Ya Lounge stage!

Formally Known As 

Formally Known As comprise of 5 ‘experienced campaigners’, who have come together, for a ‘one off gig’. Each have played in various lineups together over the years and we thought it would be great fun, to pull out some past tunes and give them an airing.

Happening Friday 31 July from 7.30 am–9.30 pm live online.

See Facebook for more information.

2020 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Discover a thrilling selection of contemporary French cinema (like How To Be A Good Wife, pictured above) during the re-launched Alliance Francaise French Film Festival!

Canberra’s biggest film festival will screen at Palace Cinemas until 4 August, with uplifting romances such as The Bare Necessity, or moving dramas like The Extraordinary.

There is something for every taste. So savour the flavour of France right here in Canberra this July!

Happening until 4 August at Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton.

See affrenchfilmfestival.org/canberra for more information.

Where You Are Festival

Much loved Lakespeare & Co will live stream their wild new production Rockspeare Richard III as part of the Where You Are Festival. Photo: Lexi Sekuless.

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.

Contentious Character Truffle Gala Dinner

Expect all things truffled with a few surprises thrown in, on Contentious Character’s favourite night of the year! Enjoy drinks and canapés on arrival and special tasting tour, then sit down to 3 courses with paired wines.

Our Truffle partner Wayne will be there to talk us through this season’s ups and downs, and everything you ever wanted to know about this highly sought after, fascinating subterranean fungus.

Arrival drinks and canapés, special tasting, and 3-course dinner with paired wines.

Tickets limited, all-inclusive $150pp. Dietaries to be emailed to bookings@contentiouscharacter.com.au

Happening Saturday 1 August from 6.30 pm–10 pm at Contentious Character Winery.

See exploretock.com 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.

Introductory wine appreciation class

Come along for two hours of fine wine, good food and conversation!

A Pique Nique class is a fuss-free introduction to wine and the Canberra wine region.

You’ll discover the essential elements of wine, how wine is made, food and wine pairing – and you get to do all this by tasting through a hand-picked selection of quality Canberra wines.

Happening Saturday 1 August from 1–3 pm at The Canberra Wine House, 2 Badham Street, Dickson.

See piqueniquewine.com 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

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

Chris Endrey. Credit: Martin Ollman.

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.

Live In Ya Lounge: The SunBears + Leisa Keen & Molten Groove

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀

The SunBears are soo excited to be throwing down their high energy, original blues pop and rock sounds to a live audience again. Move the couch outta the way and get ready to move to their infectious, foot stomping vibes!

𝗟𝗲𝗶𝘀𝗮 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗻 & 𝗠𝗼𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝗼𝘃𝗲

Leisa Keen is one of Canberra’s busiest and most popular jazz, pop and musical theatre singers and piano players. Together with 6 of the best musicians in Canberra (and indeed Australia) Leisa forms “Molten Groove”, playing a combination of catchy, well- known jazz tunes as well as soul/pop tunes with their own “jazz treatment”.

Leisa’s powerhouse vocals are complemented by a punchy 3 piece horn section and grooving bass, guitar and drums – all set to have you swinging and dancing “Live In Ya Lounge”.

Happening Saturday 1 August from 7.30 pm–9 pm live online.

See Facebook for more information.

DESIGN Canberra photography competition

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

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.

Free entry.

Happening 6 July–28 September via Instagram.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au for more information.


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.

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.

installation view featuring European Thousand-Armed Classical Sculpture 2014 (ed. 2/3).


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.


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.


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.


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.

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