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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

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.

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 from 7-28 August live online.

See cso.org.au for more information.

Canberra Women of Science and Art

Canberra Women of Science and Art – webinars, a competition, fun activities! Meet a diverse group of amazing Canberra women working in or inspired by science, tech, engineering, art and maths (STEAM).

These interesting people are anything but ‘boring scientists’ or ‘wacky artists’. We are encouraging Canberra families and young people to develop a creative interpretation responding to the stories you hear and the women who share them.

You can create anything—from art, stories/poems, videos, animations, to comedy and beyond!

No limits (you’ll just need to be able to send it or a photo/video of it electronically).

Happening until 23 August online.

See Facebook for more information.

FOOD + DRINK

 

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.

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.

MUSIC

Aya Yves. Credit: Jenny Wu.

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 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 from 7-28 August live online.

See cso.org.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.

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

Australian Dance Party. Credit: Lorna Sim.

Lake March

A spontaneous dance and music performance unfurling along the pathways of Canberra’s lakes. Eight dancers move continuously along the water’s edge to live musical accompaniment.

Happening Sunday 30 August 11.15-11.55 am at Lake Burley Griffin.

See risecanberra.com/whats-on/lake-march for more information.

That Poetry Thing: Saba Vasefi + Geoff Page Launch

Welcome to That Poetry Thing, your weekly fix of poetry and spoken word, coming to you every Monday night right where you are, via Zoom, and live from the stage at Smith’s Alternative in Civic.

Featuring the best of ACT and interstate poetry talent, plus a chance to perform your own poems on the open mic. On Monday 24 August we welcome acclaimed poet, film-maker, academic and journalist Saba Vasefi from Sydney via Iran, and Canberra’s own Geoff Page, as our featured poets.

Saba joins us via Zoom while Geoff will launch his new poetry collection Codicil live from the Smith’s stage. Saba will be ‘on the big screen’ at Smith’s, and Geoff will appear in person, for a select COVID-safe crowd of 20.

The rest of the audience can watch along on Zoom. Includes a shorter open mic section for both live attendees and Zoom attendees. 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Happening Monday 24 August from 6.30-8.30 live online.

See smithsalternative.com for more information.

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.

TOURS, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 by Peter Brew-Bevan Photographer, inkjet print on paper, 99.5 cm x 74.5 cm. Collection National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, © Peter Brew-Bevan.

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 Women of Science and Art

Canberra Women of Science and Art – webinars, a competition, fun activities! Meet a diverse group of amazing Canberra women working in or inspired by science, tech, engineering, art and maths (STEAM).

These interesting people are anything but ‘boring scientists’ or ‘wacky artists’. We are encouraging Canberra families and young people to develop a creative interpretation responding to the stories you hear and the women who share them.

You can create anything—from art, stories/poems, videos, animations, to comedy and beyond!

No limits (you’ll just need to be able to send it or a photo/video of it electronically).

Happening until 23 August online.

See Facebook for more information.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Some national institutions have 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.

20/20  20×20  2020

Watson’s Gallery of Small Things (GOST) holds one group show a year and showcases a visual arts sector. In 2017, it was Ceramics; in 2018, Printmedia (a joint show with Megalo Print Studio + Gallery) and in 2019, Painting (a curated show by Australian Painter Ruth Waller).

It’s fitting in 2020 to have a partnership with PhotoAccess to showcase emerging photography and photomedia artists.

20/20 20×20 2020 features artwork from Sinead Allison, Damien Laing, Yvette Pering, Emily Bull and more in the form of 20x20cm artworks.

Happening until Sunday 6 September 2020 at the Gallery of Small Things, 27 Wade Street, Watson.

See galleryofsmallthings.com/exhibition 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.

Water Walks: Celebrating Canberra’s Hidden Creeks

Capturing the works of the Water Walks participants, this physical and online PhotoAccess exhibition showcases participants’ experiences of some of Canberra’s hidden landscapes.

Happening from 29 August–7 September at Manuka Arts Centre.

Find In-person tickets here or view it online.

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.

Feature image: Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 by Peter Brew-Bevan Photographer, inkjet print on paper, 99.5 cm x 74.5 cm. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, © Peter Brew-Bevan. Image via Facebook.

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