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In Canberra, we’re still working together to keep our community safe. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do.

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

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Floriade: Reimagined

During Floriade’s 33-year history the festival has transformed into Australia’s biggest celebration of spring with approximately half a million guests annually. 2020’s festival not only marks flowers blooming to life after their winter hibernation but also celebrates the community spirit and resilience that Canberrans have displayed during recent challenging times.

In 2020, Floriade has been reimagined with the annual spring celebration moving from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park to bloom across Canberra. One million bulbs and annuals will create a tulip trail through the ACT’s suburbs and city. With floral plantings by the Floriade horticulture team and over 90 Canberra community groups, this year’s festival allows the community to connect safely while public health restrictions are in place.

Floriade: Reimagined offers all the Floriade activities you know and love with a mix of virtual and in-person experiences. From 12 September to 11 October 2020, enjoy Floriade Life featuring workshops, talks, and fitness classes to help keep your gardens green and minds inspired. Stock up on Australian designed products, gardening delights and spring-inspired eats at the virtual marketplace that showcases all your favourite Floriade traders and foodies.

Young Floriade fans can learn about sustainability and the environment, search for gnomes hidden throughout Canberra and uncover new worlds with Floriade Sprouts.

Free

Happening 12 September–11 October from 9.30 am–5.30 pm at various locations around Canberra.

See floriadeaustralia.com for more information.

Lunchbox Acoustic

Introducing the City Renewal Authority’s new Lunchbox Acoustic program of​ live performances in the city centre!

The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12 pm – 1.30 pm) in Civic and Braddon from September until Christmas.

These live performances will bring life to the heart of the city and encourage people to spend time in our city centre’s outdoor public spaces.

The Lunchbox Acoustic program is a diverse mix of performances by entertainers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, female and non-binary performers, singers and musicians and theatre, poetry and dance artists.

Happening Monday–Fridays until 13 November from 12–1.30 pm in Garema Place.

See Facebook for more information.

Spring Garage & Plant Sale

Come along to Marymead’s Spring Garage and Plant Sale. We will be selling plants, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes, homewares, handbags, jewellery and accessories and much more.

You’re not going to want to miss this! All funds raised will go towards supporting Marymead. Marymead has COVIDSafe protocols in place.

Happening Saturday 19 September from 9 am–1 pm at 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah.

See marymead.org.au/events/garage-and-plant-sale-1 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.

FOOD & DRINK

Up in Smoke – Celebrate Negroni week with Ovolo Hotels

At Ovolo, it is believed the trinity of Campari, gin, and vermouth is best celebrated smoky. From Monday 14 September until Sunday 20 September, worlds and cultures will collide in celebration of Negroni Week as Ovolo Hotels goes ‘Up in Smoke’.

Let your tastebuds satiate your wanderlust wishes with the global flavours of Ovolo’s unique restaurants ‘Up in Smoke’ Negroni menu: How does the “Smoked Umeshu” Negroni sound? Mesquite smoked blend of yuzu infused gin, Choya Kokuto umeshu, Campari, Candied yuzu!

If you’re pining for a drink but longing to stay at home, then you’re in luck, with Negroni’s available for takeaway.

In Australia, $1 from every ‘Up in Smoke’ Negroni purchased to be donated to Negroni Week’s charity partner, Help Out Hospo, drink in support of the Australian hospitality industry and workers in need. Bars and bartenders have been affected particularly hard this year, and after years of helping others, now they are the ones that need support.

Happening until 20 September at Ovolo Nishi, Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

See ovolohotels.com/ovolo/offers/negroni-week-with-ovolo-hotels for more information.

STAGE + SCREEN

Cahoots artist Brett Hoppenbrouwer.

Curses to Newton with Brett Hoppenbrouwer

Brett wants to be a scientist but quickly learns that can be a tricky thing to be, especially for clown with no money!

Join Brett as they stumble their way through seeking funding, rediscovering science that they probably should have learned in primary school, and an existential crisis.

Throughout this experimental circus and physical theatre show, audiences will be taken on a journey through Sir Isaac Newton’s discoveries, and others, as Brett tries unsuccessfully to discover new science.

Along the way there will be juggling, clowning, acrobatics, and lots of fun!

Happening Saturdays until 27 September from 11.30 am–12.30 pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway.

See youareherecanberra.com.au/events/cahoots-lab-2020 for more information.

Patch work with Deb Cleland

Patch work’ is a new, participatory installation and performance work by Deb Cleland, currently being developed in You Are Here’s Cahoots program.

‘Patch work’ explores the group labour and agency of repair and rehabilitation. Deb invites one participant at a time to join her in collectively creating a ‘Patch work’ to cover a portable aerial rig—with the rig forming a loom and basal structure.

Like the epicormic growth of the eucalyptus not killed by Australia’s black summer fires, patches will sprout out from this structure, as a recognition both of harm and damage, but also new possibilities and ongoing life.

Happening Saturdays until 27 September with multiple sessions from 11.30 am–3.30 pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway.

See youareherecanberra.com.au/events/patchwork for more information.

Approximate with Emma Hartley

There is no one way to play this game. There is no one way in which we experience sexual violence.

Approximate is the first iteration of a new work in development by Emma Hartley, a writer working in the interactive fiction form for the first time.

Thematically, this work burrows into the ambiguities and silences of sexual violence narratives. The game navigates through the complexities of identity, the slipperiness of memory, and social taboos.

Do you trust it enough to enter?

Content warming: sexual violence

Happening Saturdays until 27 September with multiple sessions at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway.

See youareherecanberra.com.au/events/approximate-3 for more information.

MUSIC

Lunchbox Acoustic

Introducing the City Renewal Authority’s new Lunchbox Acoustic program of​ live performances in the city centre!

The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12 pm – 1.30 pm) in Civic and Braddon from September until Christmas.

These live performances will bring life to the heart of the city and encourage people to spend time in our city centre’s outdoor public spaces.

The Lunchbox Acoustic program is a diverse mix of performances by entertainers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, female and non-binary performers, singers and musicians and theatre, poetry and dance artists.

Happening Monday–Fridays until 13 November from 12–1.30 pm in Garema Place.

See Facebook 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 Friday 18 September from 6.45–7.45 pm live online.

See cso.org.au/australian-miniseries for more information.

TOURS, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS

RenewYou: Zumba with Kokoloco

Get a spring in your step this spring with ZUMBA classes in Canberra city!

ReNewYou is kick-starting in September with Zumba classes with Kokoloko. These classes will be high energy, fun, suitable for all ages and levels and FREE for everyone in the community to enjoy!

Why not celebrate the new spring, being able to be outside moving while we can, and get fit and healthy at the same time?!

If you’ve always wanted to try something new, love Zumba or just love music and dance, then this is for you! Everyone is welcome and we hope to see lots of smiling faces there!

ReNewYou is a trial program of free, weekly healthy activity classes to encourage people to get out and enjoy their city centre by the City Renewal Authority. There are lots of great public spaces in our city for people to spend time in and the ReNewYou program gives people an extra incentive to get out, be healthy and socialise. As well as helping make our community healthier, the program also adds to the activity and rejuvenation of the city centre.

Free

Happening every Tuesday at 12 pm until 29 September across a variety of dates in Garema Place.

See Eventbrite for more information.

Festival of Creativity 2020: The Art of Looking

What is artistic literacy? How can it help you be more creative in work and in life? We’ll explore how understanding the language and processes of art can help you to create exciting new possibilities in your work, from crafting compelling communications to pitching innovative projects

FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY 2020: Creative Disruption Explore how creativity can disrupt the status quo, break down old habits, and reimagine what’s possible.

Four virtual sessions across four weeks, hosted by a group of creative thinkers from the Festival of Creativity Collaborative who will share their experiences in how you can harness the power of creativity to disrupt the status quo.

The Festival of Creativity is a collaboration between the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Canberra Innovation Network, University of Canberra and PWC to explore the social, economic and cultural benefits of creative practice.

Happening Thursday 17 September from 2.30-4 pm at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre.

See cbrin.com.au/FoC2020 for more information.

Spring Garage & Plant Sale

Come along to Marymead’s Spring Garage and Plant Sale. We will be selling plants, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes, homewares, handbags, jewellery and accessories and much more.

You’re not going to want to miss this! All funds raised will go towards supporting Marymead. Marymead has COVIDSafe protocols in place.

Happening Saturday 19 September from 9 am–1 pm at 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah.

See marymead.org.au/events/garage-and-plant-sale-1 for more information.

Solastalgia Poetry Workshop

Reading and writing poetry can help us make sense of very big things, and very small ones.

Join Melinda Smith for a poetry workshop with a twist, in which we will look closely at the lakeside spaces around the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, and use what we find to write poems on the theme of solastalgia or the loss of environment.

Suitable for beginners and those interested in poetry & writing, ages 16+.

Happening Saturday 19 September from 1.30–4 pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway.

See tuggeranongarts.com/events/solastalgia-poetry 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.

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

OUTDOORS

RenewYou: Zumba with Kokoloco

Get a spring in your step this spring with ZUMBA classes in Canberra city!

ReNewYou is kick-starting in September with Zumba classes with Kokoloko. These classes will be high energy, fun, suitable for all ages and levels and FREE for everyone in the community to enjoy!

Why not celebrate the new spring, being able to be outside moving while we can, and get fit and healthy at the same time?!

If you’ve always wanted to try something new, love Zumba or just love music and dance, then this is for you! Everyone is welcome and we hope to see lots of smiling faces there!

ReNewYou is a trial program of free, weekly healthy activity classes to encourage people to get out and enjoy their city centre by the City Renewal Authority. There are lots of great public spaces in our city for people to spend time in and the ReNewYou program gives people an extra incentive to get out, be healthy and socialise. As well as helping make our community healthier, the program also adds to the activity and rejuvenation of the city centre.

Free

Happening every Tuesday at 12 pm until 29 September across a variety of dates in Garema Place.

See Eventbrite for more information.

Floriade: Reimagined

During Floriade’s 33-year history the festival has transformed into Australia’s biggest celebration of spring with approximately half a million guests annually. 2020’s festival not only marks flowers blooming to life after their winter hibernation but also celebrates the community spirit and resilience that Canberrans have displayed during recent challenging times.

In 2020, Floriade has been reimagined with the annual spring celebration moving from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park to bloom across Canberra. One million bulbs and annuals will create a tulip trail through the ACT’s suburbs and city. With floral plantings by the Floriade horticulture team and over 90 Canberra community groups, this year’s festival allows the community to connect safely while public health restrictions are in place.

Floriade: Reimagined offers all the Floriade activities you know and love with a mix of virtual and in-person experiences. From 12 September to 11 October 2020, enjoy Floriade Life featuring workshops, talks, and fitness classes to help keep your gardens green and minds inspired. Stock up on Australian designed products, gardening delights and spring-inspired eats at the virtual marketplace that showcases all your favourite Floriade traders and foodies.

Young Floriade fans can learn about sustainability and the environment, search for gnomes hidden throughout Canberra and uncover new worlds with Floriade Sprouts.

Free

Happening 12 September–11 October from 9.30 am–5.30 pm at various locations around Canberra.

See floriadeaustralia.com for more information.

FESTIVALS

Young Floriade fan enjoys floral displays during Floriade 2019. Credit: Rachel Tagg.

Floriade: Reimagined

During Floriade’s 33-year history the festival has transformed into Australia’s biggest celebration of spring with approximately half a million guests annually. 2020’s festival not only marks flowers blooming to life after their winter hibernation but also celebrates the community spirit and resilience that Canberrans have displayed during recent challenging times.

In 2020, Floriade has been reimagined with the annual spring celebration moving from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park to bloom across Canberra. One million bulbs and annuals will create a tulip trail through the ACT’s suburbs and city. With floral plantings by the Floriade horticulture team and over 90 Canberra community groups, this year’s festival allows the community to connect safely while public health restrictions are in place.

Floriade: Reimagined offers all the Floriade activities you know and love with a mix of virtual and in-person experiences. From 12 September to 11 October 2020, enjoy Floriade Life featuring workshops, talks, and fitness classes to help keep your gardens green and minds inspired. Stock up on Australian designed products, gardening delights and spring-inspired eats at the virtual marketplace that showcases all your favourite Floriade traders and foodies.

Young Floriade fans can learn about sustainability and the environment, search for gnomes hidden throughout Canberra and uncover new worlds with Floriade Sprouts.

Free

Happening 12 September–11 October from 9.30 am–5.30 pm at various locations around Canberra.

See floriadeaustralia.com 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.

Free entry.

Happening until 28 September via Instagram.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au 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.

EXHIBITIONS

Many galleries and national institutions have reopened their physical exhibitions.

However, we encourage you to check opening times before visiting, including whether visitor numbers are limited.

Photography: 5 Foot Photography.

The F!NK alternative jug project

The FINK Collaborative Jug Project pays homage to the late Robert Foster, designer and founder of FINK & Co, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2016 and is deeply missed. FINK has a long history of collaborating, mentoring and supporting fellow artists, designers and craftspeople.

Fifteen creatives were chosen for this project, all of whom have had a direct connection to Robert and/or FINK over the 27 years of the company’s history. The designers have been tasked with responding to this iconic Australian design object in the manner of their own choosing, informed by their personal practice.

Each designer was provided with two blank FINK jugs with which to begin. The first set of jugs were sold by online auction to raise funds for charity. A second set of the finished bespoke artworks created for this collaboration will be on display for a Craft ACT exhibition.

Showing until 17 October at Craft ACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building, City.

See craftact.org.au/pages/exhibitions for more information.

Exhibition: Pub Rock

Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes.

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

Get in amongst the staged portraits, publicity shots and grungy energy of live performance as pioneering acts like The Easybeats, Little Pattie and Johnny O’Keefe share the stage with global players and local favourites. The line-up includes AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, INXS, Nick Cave, The Bee Gees, Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Yothu Yindi, Marcia Hines and many more.

This vibrant (sometimes sweaty) exhibition of homegrown rock ‘n’ roll, punk and pop features works from the NPG collection alongside images by leading Australian music photographers.

Showing until 14 February 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/pub-rock-2020 for more information.

First Response

Documenting Canberra’s response to COVID-19 FIRST RESPONSE is a series of four new works from artists Martin Ollman, Marissa McDowell, Anna Georgia, and Shannon Hanrahan commissioned to document Canberra’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The works highlight Canberra’s unique role as the national centre of this crisis, as well as showing the profound and personal effects the pandemic is having on individuals and communities in the ACT.

Showing until 19 September at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

See tuggeranongarts.com/events/first-response for more information.

Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World

For over 200 years, painters, printmakers and photographers have been in a creative conversation with the built environment. Reflecting progress, social ideas, understanding of the world and how we have changed over time, the exhibition Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World shows how, through images, these artists have documented, interpreted, and celebrated a variety of buildings from the Opera House and Flinders Street Station to the inner city terrace and the humble bush cottage.

Sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, these buildings are the backdrops to life. They reflect a sense of identity, hopes and dreams, rendered in bricks and mortar.

Drawing exclusively from the collections of the National Library, the exhibition features photographs, prints, drawings and paintings by Augustus Earle, Conrad Martens, S T Gill, Eugene von Guérard, Lionel Lindsay, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Mark Strizic, David Moore, Max Dupain, Jeff Carter, Ruth Maddison, Wolfgang Sievers and John Gollings.

Free entry.

Showing until 31 January 2021 at the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

See nla.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-dreams-picturing-our-built-world 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.

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.

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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