A room full of bubbles is far from your average night at the theatre. And…
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.
Live in Ya Local presented by Hands Like Houses and Live in Ya Lounge
Hands Like Houses are planning their biggest production to date, which can be enjoyed on-site or by live stream.
They will be supported by local artists Sputnik Sweetheart and Aya Yves.
Happening Saturday 29 August 8 pm – 10.30 pm at Old Canberra Inn
See TryBooking for more information.
Australian Love Stories: an amorous online adventure
Australian Love Stories is an interactive storybook of Australian devotion, family ties, close friendships, passion and lust, not your usual online exhibition experience, these fascinating portraits and stories become a choose-your-own adventure, where you can navigate your way through the portraits and engage with the stories behind them.
At the end you will be given your own ‘love profile’, based on how and where your love interests lead you.
Featuring famous figures from the NPG collection, Australian Love Stories explores universal themes encompassed by ‘love’ and offers an exhaustive feast of love tales, from drama, lust, devotion, seduction and scandal.
This intriguing, moving, sometimes hilarious love journey is available for you to play online ahead of a major new physical exhibition scheduled for March 2021. Proudly presented by National Portrait Gallery
Happening until 31 October online, thanks to the National Portrait Gallery.
See portrait.gov.au/lovestories to get started.
Canberra Fair – Keep Strutting
This RISE Canberra event invites you to join Canberra Fair: Keep Strutting for an innovative and vibrant food and fashion experience.
First up, all are welcome to attend a free outdoor Foodie Fair in the Canberra College car park, co-hosted with Experience Eats, from 5 pm – 8 pm, featuring local food trucks, live band, big white jumping castle, giant lawn game, glitter bar and entertainment.
Then, tune in at home for a free Fashion Runway streamed live online from 6-7 pm, featuring wedding, event, travel and lifestyle attire, Insta-styled props, performers, special guest interviews and more.
Happening Saturday 29 August from 5 pm onwards at Canberra College and live online.
See Facebook 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.
Bush Play Connections
A two hour bush play session, families will enjoy loosely facilitated bush play that includes bushcraft creation, bush walks, nature exploration and respectful foraging.
Brother Daniel will join each session, sharing his local knowledge and deepening our connection to the beautiful Ngunnawal country on which we live.
Happening Saturday 29 August 9.45 am – 12 pm at Cotter Bend.
See risecanberra.com/whats-on/bush-play-connections-awakening-educations-cotter-bend 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.
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 until 28 August live online.
See cso.org.au 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 until 28 September via Instagram.
See designcanberrafestival.com.au for more information.
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.
On the last Friday of each month the National Capital Exhibition hosts a free program for preschoolers called ‘Little Griffins’.
It is focused on the design and building of Canberra, in a very gentle way, guiding participants to be like Walter and Marion Griffin, the designers of our capital. The program always includes building with DuploTM, songs and lots of fun.
Little Griffins available online during COVID-19.
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.