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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.

CBR Gals Network Connect Up Gala

The idea of uniting Canberrans in this time of crisis inspired the CBR Gals Network team to create The Connect-Up Gala, which will take place at Barton’s Hotel Realm on Saturday 25 July.

Billed as the “first black-tie event of 2020”, the Connect-Up Gala’s purpose is threefold—to inspire, empower and connect Canberrans through a unique event structure that flips the ‘same-old’ conference model on its head.

The Gala will start with canapés and wine from sponsors Contentious Character before guests move into the Hotel Realm ballroom for a sit-down dinner.

To create an instant community, guests will be given a form to fill out pre-Gala that will then be used to match them with a table of likeminded individuals with similar professional and personal interests.

While guests eat, the two panels will take place, hosting some of Canberra’s brightest minds.

The first panel, Upskilling and Rebranding in the face of Adversity will feature a panel of inspirational people who have successfully pivoted mid-career or adapted to sudden change including SBS political producer Jamie Travers, former Member of the House of Representatives Gai Brodtmann, Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Daryl Karp, and Olympian and current COO of Proximity, Zoe Lynam.

The second panel, Snapping Forward and Building Back Better will be moderated by journalist Virginia Haussegger along with Forbes 30 under 30’s Ashleigh Streeter-Jones, CEO of YWCA Canberra Frances Crimmins, Ben Alexander, former Brumbies player and owner of The Dock, and Kemiso Matlho, equity advocate and Student Associate at Mill House Ventures.

Cost: $180, including canapes, drinks package, dinner, entertainment, panels, activities, keynote speakers, locally-sourced giveaways and freebies

Happening Saturday 25 July from 4-9 pm at Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Tickets + more information: cbrgals.com/product/connect-up-gala

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.

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.

Baby et Lulu live + digital album trois preview

The Street is shaking off its lockdown lows, Saturday 25 July, in a night of French song, très witty banter, magnifique music and sheer joie de vivre.

In a first, The Street partners with Canberra’s award-winning television production agency Screencraft going hybrid with faux-French sensations Baby et Lulu in a live and live-streamed show with Australian, ARIA-nominated Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge (FourPlay).

For those in Canberra, there are 50 tickets for the first 50 people who wish to attend the show in person and, for everyone else, you can watch at home.

Happening Saturday 25 July from 8-9.15 pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Acton, or watch online.

See thestreet.org.au/shows/baby-et-lulu-album-preview for more information.

Live In Ya Lounge: Danny Pratt + Spinning Plates

Enjoy a live concert experience, from the comfort of your home. Join the live stream to enjoy a night with Danny Pratt + Spinning Plates.

Spinning Plates 

Bringing with them a unique and dynamic sound, the band has produced a high-energy setlist of original songs – pairing dramatic piano with stirring guitars and hard-hitting drums. Spinning Plates create a big sound for a small collective, pushing the limits as to what a trio can do.

Recently, Spinning Plates have been creating music that reflects how they are currently feeling, and in mid-May the band released their debut single: Peace of Mind.

Danny Pratt 

‘But then we’re all the universe as a person for a while’.

That’s something I think about a lot, it’s written on the ceiling in my room. I’m interested in the co-mingling of the human and cosmic experience. We’re relating to the human experience because that’s what is right in front of us.

It’s our physical context of the cosmos, yet we are still next to, albeit very far away from all the other happenings across the universe.

My set considers life from this perspective, the intersection of the infinite and the here and now (us), across an arc of heavy grooves, interwoven songs and performance poetry.

Happening Friday 24 July from 7.30 pm–9.30 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

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: Black Cypress + The Faumuis

Enjoy a live concert experience, from the comfort of your home. Join our live stream to enjoy a night with Cypress + The Faumuis

Black Cypress 

Borne of dark and chimeric folk blues, Black Cypress pay a melodic homage to the savage and beautiful. Inspired by remote wilderness areas, this three-piece band mesh dynamic acoustic blues, with instinctive vocal harmonies and incisive violin reveries. Black Cypress challenge us with bootlegged and bowlegged folk tales of the struggle to satisfy a twisted and unapologetic longing for wildness and love.

The Faumuis 

Kashia, Salale & Koebi Faumui are a vocal group who’ve been singing & performing together for almost ten years. Predominantly raised & influenced by gospel & acapella music from a young age, the siblings developed their vocal ability to sing & harmonize through regular singing sessions around the guitar as toddlers.

In that time they’ve recorded 10 original & 5 cover albums & have travelled through Asia, Europe and the US sharing their music. On the night they’ll be performing originals chronicling their experiences and perspectives around social issues, mental health, love, relationships and family.

Happening Saturday 25 July from 7.30 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 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 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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