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Gather your mates and stock up on the glitter—Art, Not Apart is on this weekend. 

Art, Not Apart, Canberra’s quirkiest, coolest one-day arts festival is happening this Saturday 16 March from 1-7 pm. And with more than 70 performances, installations and exhibitions to experience across six hours (plus an after-party!), you’d be forgiven for being a little overwhelmed with choice.

To make it easier for you to plan your time (and navigate the festival’s sprawling campus), we’ve collated a handy guide, depending on what you’re into. You can find the full program here.


If this is your first question upon entering any event, you’re in luck. There’s a whole lot of choice at Art, Not Apart.

Head to the Food Village next to the Shine Dome (AKA the Martian embassy) to stack your plate with MOMOs Taste of Tibet, Hector Asado, Tikka Stand, The Lazy Grazer, Little Wu Jianbing, and Origin Bake. The Food Village will also be the location of the festival bar, run by the ever-stylish Bar Rochford.

There’s no need to browse on an empty stomach either, with food vendors ready to trade from noon, meaning you can get fuelled up before the festival officially begins at 1 pm.

Want more? If you make your way across NewActon and find yourself hungry again, Morning Glory and Bicicletta will be serving up special takeaway menus that you can enjoy in the sunny courtyard, or you can also grab a bite all day at Močan and Green Grout, Parlour, Monster or Capital Bar and Grill at QT.


Love art but love it even more when you can look at it every day, in your home? Art, Not Apart’s iconic Suitcase Rummage will return this Saturday—with a twist.

In NewActon’s western courtyard (between Morning Glory and the Nishi building) there will be art for sale, while handmade arts and crafts will be available for purchase in Kendall Lane. Looking for pre-loved clothing, shoes, jewellery, accessories and bric-a-bric? Head to the Grass Spine between Edinburgh Avenue and Kendall Lane.

If you’re looking for something even more serious, check out our visual art exhibitions below.

Find more information here.


Canberra’s own Blue Gum Community School will be putting on workshops for kids of all ages, including an introduction to weaving (where you’ll add to a collective tapestry!) and kite making (yes, you get to fly them afterwards).

During the Art Not Apart Festival. Credit: Alex Moffatt

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There will be three major art exhibitions to visit during Art, Not Apart, across three locations.

Image: Martin Ollman

In the sunny Nishi Gallery, see Soul and Mortar, step on board the ANCA Art Bus on Kendall Lane and visit G09 Apartment on Kendall Lane to see Façade. Whilst Soul and Mortar will run until 6 April, the festival is the only chance to experience the other two.


I don’t know about you, but I go to Art, Not Apart expecting (and hoping) to have my boundaries and perceptions expanded.

Festival visitors won’t have to look far to find things that inspire, educate and delight, but if you’re after the weird and the wonderful that Art, Not Apart does so well, make sure you get yourself a ticket to their Sound & Fury After Party.

Happening from 7 pm ‘til late in QT Canberra’s Pool Room, this performance art party is the place to be after dark, and always sells out—run, don’t walk to get your tickets.


A board game that is! Want to take a break from the hustle and bustle? Head to the Shine Dome to try your hand at 40 Days Under The Sun, (bookings essential) a climate change survival board game, or get your feet moving at Bears and Mercury, a life-sized board game.


With not one, not two, but four dedicated music performance areas across the festival, music lovers are sure to find something their ears will enjoy (not to mention all the roving performers who will spontaneously appear!).

The Courtyard Stage, Soul Defender Stage (did we mention the Soul Defender is a 14 tonne pink military truck?) and Mosaic Room will all host live music throughout the afternoon and evening.

Art, Not Apart’s Soul Defender. Credit: Martin Ollman.

However, if you’re after something really unique, head to the Ian Wark Theatre in the Shine Dome for the only paid performance at the festival – Canberra Opera’s hilarious, politically-themed adaptation of Mozart’s The Impressario. There will be two shows at 1.30 pm and 2.45 pm and tickets are just $10 (book online). The perfect performance for lovers of hilarious political commentary.

Canberra Opera’s Impressario

In the same theatre, there will also be two performances by percussionists from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra who will play a 35-minute program of “hypnotic, evocative, arresting, contemporary classical 20th century music” titled Soul and Marimba at 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm.

the essentials

What: Art, Not Apart 2019
When: Saturday 16 March from 1 – 7 pm
Where: Various locations across NewActon. Click here for more information.
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Feature image: Martin Ollman

HerCanberra is a proud sponsor of Art, Not Apart 2019.

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