Monday 31 May is Reconciliation Day 2021 and this year the theme for this important…
What’s on in Canberra this weekend? Our Weekend Edit has you covered.
In search of inspiration? Look no further—we’ve curated a selection of our favourite things to do.
NAIDOC WEEK 2021
NAIDOC Week at the National Film and Sound Archive
This NAIDOC week, the National Film and Sound Archive will be screening stories about and by inspiring artists including Mervyn Bishop, Australia’s first Aboriginal press photographer (and the subjects of NFSA’s latest exhibition) artist Tracey Moffatt and Yolngu man David Gulpilil.
Make sure to check out the NFSA website to learn more.
Friday 9 July | My Name is Gulpilil | 6 pm | $10-$12
Saturday 10 July | Another Country | 2 pm | $10-$12
Indigenous art exhibition
The first floor of the Hellenic Club in Woden will be hosting artwork from Indigenous artists including Anthony Best, Natash Best and Rayne Orion. The works from the exhibition will also be for sale!
Find out more at hellenic club.com.au.
Until Sunday 11 July | Hellenic Club of Canberra | Free
Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion
Celebrating the fusion of art and fashion Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion celebrates Indigenous art, history and culture through contemporary fashion and design.
Opening earlier this year, the exhibition features a selection of garments and textiles by First Nations designers and artists from around Australia, highlighting the strength and diversity of the rapidly expanding Indigenous fashion and textile industry.
Read more about Piinpi here.
Until 8 August | First Australians Focus Gallery, National Museum of Australia | Free
Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia
Presented in partnership with the South Australian Museum, Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia was recently introduced to the National Museum of Australia.
Featuring 20 key objects displayed in a stringybark forest setting, museum-goers are invited to discover the power of the didjeridu and its meanings with the Yolngu people, cultural custodians of the instrument.
Until 26 September| Free| National Museum of Australia
Know My Name (Part Two)
Acknowledging that only 33% of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection is by women artists, the National Gallery of Australia is continuing the Know My Name exhibition to recognise and highlight the work of women across diverse creative practices. Explore the exhibition and enjoy some artwork from First Nations women.
Until 26 January 2022 | National Gallery of Australia | Free
Food & Wine
The Pop Inn
The Pop Inn is at Bowen Park this weekend—pull up a table for two and enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie platter.
Popping up from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July.
Find out more at thepopinn.com.
The Canberra Region Truffle Festival
Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, a taste of mid-winter magic.
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.
Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles, before learning recipes and experiencing them first hand.
The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.
Happening until 29 August across various venues in the Canberra region.
See trufflefestival.com.au for more information.
Truffle-infused Winter Weekends at Mount Majura Cellar Door
Truffle season is upon us and Mount Majura are excited to include truffles at their cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.
Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining a deliciously rich and creamy brie with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.
Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 29 August 2021.
See mountmajura.com.au/truffle-infused-weekends-supporting-raw-potential-canberra for more information.
Stage + Screen
Carmen is the femme fatale you can’t forget. In Bizet’s famous opera, she sings her sensual Habanera and lures Don José into her world. He gives up everything to follow her. But Carmen’s wandering eye has already found a new lover: the dashing bullfighter Escamillo.
Don José’s jealousy is fierce. Escamillo’s passion is strong. In a gripping finale, Carmen must face her fate.
Experience the thrilling Spanish colour and rhythms of Bizet’s vibrant score with Opera Australia’s singers, live chamber orchestra and a children’s chorus drawn from the local community.
This new production includes gorgeous sets and vintage-inspired costumes. You can hear classics such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song just as Bizet meant them — loud, live and completely unamplified.
Happening 8-10 July at Canberra Theatre Centre.
See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/carmen for more information.
Live music Fridays at Blackbird
Every Friday night a different artist will play. Drop-in for amazing cocktails in a great cosy and candlelit atmosphere, with some amazing talent on stage every Tuesday and Friday night.
Happening Friday evenings at Blackbird, 114 Alinga Street, Canberra City.
See blackbirdbar.com.au for more information.
Sesame Street Circus Spectacular
The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!
With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.
This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.
In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.
Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.
Happening Friday 25 June – Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park
See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.
Kite Flying Festival
Canberra, your wait is over! Australia’s biggest kite flying festival, Festival of the Winds, is on again at The EPIC Center.
Coming to Canberra for the second year in a row, the festival is bigger and better with ample free parking, delicious food and entertainment.
Happening Sunday 11 July 2021.
See the Festival of the Winds Facebook page for more information.
Free school holiday fun at Marketplace Gungahlin
Not sure where to take the kids for School Holidays? Marketplace Gungahlin has wrapped up the ultimate FREE School Holidays Program for The Hub Members from 26 June–11 July!
Enjoy daily workshops, face painting and get glitz’d! All you have to do is job The Hub, Marketplace’s free membership.
Click here to join and access these great free school holiday activities!
DIY Herb Jars
Do you have a green thumb? Or want to help Mum, Dad and the family by growing your own herbs for your meals? Let’s get creative and decorate your very own DIY Herb Jars.
Take them home, give them some love and watch them grow!
Wednesday 7 July – Sunday 11 July | 11 am–1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-s-diy-herb-jars
Face Painting & Get Glit’zd
Marketplace also has Face Painting and the Getz Glitz station for you these School Holidays.
Let the kids transform into their favourite character and get their glitz on with our hair and face glitter station.
Be ready for the tiger that will be roaring at you or the glitzy Princess ready for her royal ball!
Saturday 10 July, Sunday 11 July | 2–5 pm | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-face-painting
Kidchella School Holiday Event
Canberra Outlet is bringing you Kidchella—the hottest children’s festival this Winter!
Join Canberra Outlet for festival fun these July school holidays, daily activities include making;
- Rainbow Wands
- Painting your own Cactus cookie
- Keychan tassels
- DIY Tote Bags and more…
There will also be a ball pit, photo booths including a Kombi and Cactus garden.
Fairy floss and sparkle stations will also be available on weekends.
Happening until Sunday 11 July daily from 11 am – 2 pm at Canberra Outlet in the atrium space between Caffe Cherry Beans and Supergrocer.
See canberraoutletcentre.com.au/news/kidchella-school-holiday-event for more information.
Three Sixty Fashion Market
The Three Sixty Fashion Market is a truly unique, niche, Canberra-based market dedicated to sustainable fashion.
This mostly recycled fashion market is perfect for stylish, discerning shoppers who love genuine, quality vintage, retro and pre-loved fashion that is far too good to chuck in a bin or send to landfill.
The Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to a circular economy and to providing fabulous shopping for those who value ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun.
You’re guaranteed to uncover some intriguing fashion and great buys. Great day for a get together with the gals or enjoy an outing with family and friends, so grab a coffee and explore!
The Three Sixty Market is held at the Fitters’ Workshop, a heritage-listed building and part of the Kingston Power House historic precinct.
Free parking and free entry. Held indoors so protected from the weather.
Happening Sunday 11 July at the Fitters Workshop, Kingston.
See canberramarkets.net.au/category/three-sixty-market for more information.
Celebrate the season
Lace up your skates. It’s the most winterful time of year!
Canberra’s most coveted winter attraction, Wintervention is back for 2021, turning Civic Square into an open-air ice-skating arena from Friday 25 June until Sunday 11 July for the school holiday period.
Take a moment to enjoy the true joys of winter and embrace the frost around entertainment, activities, food, and market stalls. The rink is open 10 am to 8 pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 am to 9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors are required to book in for their skate sessions.
The markets will run across two weekends (Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June and Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July). Stars on Ice will keep the crowds entertained with live performances on Fridays and over the weekend. Throughout the week skate sessions, music performances and hot drinks and food stalls are available.
Whether you’re a skater or a spectator, get down to Civic Square for the ultimate winter fun and capture the season in all its glory at this family-friendly event.
Happening 25 June–11 July at Civic Square, City.
See wintervention.com.au for more information.
Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence
Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.
Such was her standing, that when the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, it was Ruth Lane-Poole that they engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.
This exhibition brings together items never exhibited before outside the official residences, and which explore the inspirations for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.
Showing from 10 July until 23 October 2021.
See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/ruth-lane-poole-a-woman-of-influence for more information.
Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties
Unique and captivating photographs of the 1920s criminal underworld capture the zeitgeist of an era. These mugshots, known as ‘Specials’, are unexpectedly candid and intriguing portraits of suspects in custody, and they are unlike any elsewhere in the world.
Bosses, bruisers, plotters, drug pushers, addicts, sly-grog purveyors and petty crims are all captured by the camera as they stare down the lens into history. But more than simple mugshots, these portraits, and the stories of the sordid sorts they portray, also convey the rise and fall of trends such as the flapper and illustrate the post-war movement of people between Sydney and other cities such as New York and London.
The hit BBC series Peaky Blinders found inspiration in this unique photographic archive, as have artists, academics and designers such as Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld. What will you take from them?
A travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.
Showing until 24 October at the National Archives of Australia.
See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/underworld-mugshots-roaring-twenties for more information.