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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.

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

WHAT NOT TO MISS

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.

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.

FOOD + DRINK

Christmas in July Lunch or Dinner

We’ll be singing carols and shaking our Santas all day long!

Contentious Character is looking forward to welcoming everyone for a beautiful Christmas lunch or dinner perfect for the whole family, friends, and even pets, if you’re happy to sit on the deck.

There’ll be Bon Bons, live carol singers, and a glass of warming mulled wine (white or red) or sparkling red bubbly waiting for you, followed by a three-course Christmas feast with all the trimmings!

Saturday 18 July from 11 am– 8 pm at Contentious Character, 810 Norton Rd, Wamboin NSW.

See contentiouscharacter.com.au 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.

MUSIC

 Live in Ya Lounge – The Cherrypickers + Lying Cheating Bastards + Blank Stares

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗿𝘆𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀

As the name suggests, The CherryPickers play the best songs from way back when through to just now.

For the band it is much more than just playing these songs – there is a real investment of soul in the music that gives them that special Cherries flavour.

The soulful sultry voice of First Nations (Noongar/Yamatji) vocalist Monica Moore is a powerhouse of energy that injects a realness and enthusiasm into every song they perform. Mon was nominated for the 2019 Artist of the Year by ACT NAIDOC Committee and is currently writing songs for an upcoming studio album. She is backed by three of the best musos that have graced the Canberra music scene in the last 30 years – John Van Buuren (guitar), John Coates (bass) and Jon Jones (drums) provide the dynamic grooves throughout their eclectic repertoire.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀

The LCB’s more widely known as the “Lying Cheating Bastards” are 3 fabulous musicians that have spent their whole lives avoiding being found out. Found out that is for fraudulent behaviour as musicians.

They are Damian Spencer (Guitar & Vocals), John Van Buuren (Bass Guitar and Vocals) and Jonathan Jones (drums and cardboard boxes). Just a straight-up honest guitar-based trio who love playing music together.

𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀

Blank Stares is a five-piece covers band. The name may sound non-descript, but the music played by Blank Stares is undeniably rich and colourful. The set list covers a wide palette of musical genres; from contemporary rock and funk of the likes of The Black Keys, Pete Murray, Duffy, Adele and Martin Solveig; to Blues standards of Etta James and Bill Withers; to rock classics by Bowie, Queen, the Divinyls, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac and the Doobie Brothers. Even some 80’s classics by Jesus Jones, Martha and the Muffins and Melissa Etheridge make the cut. Blank Stares’ set list is guaranteed to appeal to a wide audience.

Happening Friday 17 July from 7.30-9.30 pm 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.

Live In Ya Lounge–CMAC: The Canberra Opry

Enjoy a live concert experience, from the comfort of your home. Join our live stream to enjoy this special event – CMAC: The Canberra Opry

Leanne Castley

Leanne Castley has over 20 years experience in the Music Industry.

Her debut album Perfect Day has seen great success, as has Leanne’s film clips and singles released off the album.

Although Leanne’s album has a country feel, she covers all genres of music, performing well known covers that all ages will know and love, in local shows, corporate functions and weddings.

Leanne will be bringing her music with her band made up of talented locals.

Sophie Rainbow

The girl who hopes her music will be as memorable as her last name, Sophie Rainbow is a spirited performer and storyteller hailing from the country’s capital, Canberra.

The 20 year old singer/songwriter has been a part of the music scene since debuting her talents in mid 2015, and has been growing in her abilities and following ever since. After graduating from the CMAA Senior Academy in 2016 as well as high school, Sophie set off to travel the world, which shifted her musical direction and worldly perspectives undoubtedly. Her nomadic spirit transforms into a blend of Americana and soul, telling stories of her adventures abroad and life on the road. Her honesty and sincerity captures audiences from all demographics, carrying a powerful message in her music to care for others and the world we live in.

Ash Greenwood

After spending the past several years focussed on session work, Ash Greenwood has decided that the time has come to step out on his own.

Previously playing guitar and doing backing vocals for the likes of Hayley Jensen, Amber Nichols and Lucy Sugarman, Ash has the ability to interpret songs and make them his own. Ash cites as his influences such country rock luminaries as Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young & Zac Brown.

Lorena Quinlivan

Lorena grew up as part of the singing Hodge Family. They won awards nationally and internationally for their rendition of Amazing Grace.

Lorena had put singing on hold for the last few years as she undertook a Law Degree and became an ACT Supreme Court Lawyer!

Music being her biggest passion, she is now back into music and is the female vocalist with a few bands who perform throughout the Riverina and Canberra. Lorena sings with her sister Barb as Sis-Stars, is lead singer for Canberra’s Soul Traders and a trio called QuinFlow.

Happening Saturday 18 July from 7.30-9.30 pm live online.

See liveinyalounge.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

STAGE + SCREEN

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

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.

TOURS, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS

THE AMAZING FACE – A 14-DAY DIVE INTO PORTRAITURE

The National Portrait Gallery has a free online class to learn the language of portraiture.

Every day, for 14 days, iconic portraits from the NPG Collection will be highlighted, and curatorial contexts and artistic insights shared along with other interactive elements.

At the end of the program, participants will be invited to use this knowledge to create their own portrait which they’re encouraged to share with their loved ones and online.

Showing until 31 August 2020 at portrait.gov.au/content/the-amazing-face

Live@theMuseum

Explore the National Museum of Australia’s stunning collection, exhibitions and building. Ask questions in this regular live broadcast on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

Join the NMA weekly as they explore Australian history in our galleries and offsite collections. Get up close, and go behind the scenes with some of our favourite objects and collections with our curators, conservators and guests. Join the discussion!

Happening every Thursday from 12.30 pm on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

See nma.gov.au/whats-on for more information.

How about a self-guided walking tour? Check out the National Capital Authority’s walking tours here: nca.gov.au/tours

FESTIVALS

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

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.

Free entry.

Happening 6 July–28 September via Instagram.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au 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.

KIDS

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.

ON AIR PLAYUP

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.

Canberra Centre’s magical Curious Carnival

This school holidays, Canberra Centre is launching a free online series for children aged 5-12, called The Curious Carnival. The online series can be accessed from home, on-the-go, or if you are lucky enough to be away—from the comfort of your holiday destination.

Children will be hypnotised by fantastical sights and sounds from the magical ‘Curious Crew.’ Each character will light up their screens with a variety of singing, dancing, and comedy acts, as well as some yoga, and mindfulness classes which will be hosted in a serene setting—perfect for reflection time at home, or, on-the-go.

Whether you are looking for a ‘hands-on’ activity such as learning how to make a lava lamp or drawing calligraphy, ideas to get the kids moving, or a relaxing video to ease the little ones into the land of nod—they’ve got you covered.

Happening until 17 July online.

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Articles/2020/07/Curious-Carnival for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

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

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.

NGALIM-NGALIMBOOROO NGAGENYBE

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.

Online Launch 8 pm Thursday 9 July at humblehouse.com.au/exhibitions

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.

THE GALLERY OF SMALL THINGS IS NOW OPEN

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.

A COMMON THREAD: FINAL WEEKEND

The multidisciplinary collaboration between artists McKay and Gold encompasses the expanding painting field, installation and sculpture.

The work in ‘A Common Thread’ is concerned with connection—connection to a material and in turn the way this connects us as humans. This exhibition seeks to explore how time and space inform the artist’s behaviour with material, and lament on the almost ritualistic process of repetitious acts during the creation process.

Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Showing until 27 June 2020 at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, City.

Find out more at craftact.org.au/blogs/future-exhibitions/a-common-thread

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.

ON AIR PLAYUP

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.

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