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An exhibition celebrating female changemakers, a fashion, food and wine market, and plenty of opportunities to try truffles.

You know you’re in for a good time this weekend.

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Verity Lane Market’s Winter Solstice Festival and Truffle Week

I’m sorry, did you say art, truffles and some very strong drinks? Verity Lane Market’s Winter Solstice Festival  is here to light up the cold nights. In partnership with Centre for Projection Art, Verity Lane Market will be projecting a collection of four indoor and outdoor experiential artworks across the walls of the food hall.

Overlapping with the exhibition is Verity Lane’s renowned Truffle Week, running until 2 July. This year it will see vendors showcase a week of exclusive truffle-infused dishes across all four kitchens including potato, truffle, and prosciutto pizza from Pizza Artigiana, truffled spaghetti carbonara from Pasta Artigiana, shoyu truffle ramen from Ramen Daddy and so much more.

See you there?

Saturday 25 June to Saturday 2 July | 50 Northbourne Ave, Canberra |


A new exhibition at the Australian Museum of Democracy (MoAD) is celebrating the female torchbearers who have played a pivotal role in shaping Australian society, who rallied against limitations, forging new paths, and changing policy, laws, and opinions.

Changemakers will focus on 54 Australian women and shine a light on how the politicians, artists, activists, and sportswomen have shifted the national conversation and changed the future.

From Ash Barty and Chanel Contos to Rosie Batty, Barbara Cummings, and Louisa Lawsone,  Changemakers will give a voice to the women via a series of images, objects, and videos while leading visitors through themes of equality, financial independence, birth and care roles, the challenges of gender and race, and more.

 Showing now | 18 King George Terrace, Parkes |


Australasian Dance Collective brings you a showcase of contemporary dance at Canberra Theatre Centre across the evenings of 24 and 25 June.

With three performances each night from The Australasian Dance Collective, Alterum by Melanie Lane will be joined on-stage by Still Life by Brisbane-based choreographer and dance in the Collective, Jack Lister, and Cult, the ground-breaking work by London-based Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter.

Saturday 25 June | Canberra Theatre Centre |

Capital Film Festival

Settle in for some good old-fashioned movie magic at the Capital Film Festival as they welcome the very best in local and world cinema, including a mix of movie-length features, shorts and documentaries from festivals around the globe. Audiences will laugh, cry and marvel at the line-up secured this year. Tempted? You should be.

Until Sunday 26 June |  Dendy Cinemas Canberra |

The Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize

Head along to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia to view the 2022 Darling Portrait Prize and the National Photographic Portrait Prize. Your ticket gets you into both, so what are you waiting for?

Saturday 25 June –Sunday 9 October | National Portrait Gallery |

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Get in quick, it’s the final weeks of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition! From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits and you can view them right here in Canberra.

Until 17 July | National Portrait Gallery |

Truffle and Raclette Nights

Winter. A time of icy cold days, long dark nights… and molten, oozing cheese at Pialligo Estate as they throw open the doors and invite you into the warmth for truffle night.

Observe as half wheels of French raclette cheese are heated tableside in traditional raclette ovens until bubbling and golden, then showered with shaved black truffle and served with a selection of pickles, garden-fresh vegetables, their award-winning smokehouse charcuterie and crusty sourdough bread.

Feast on the finest fungi and Fromage with all the accoutrements, then head back out into the chill still basking in the heady embrace of this exceptional Alpine eating experience. Numbers are limited, so bookings are essential.

Saturday 25 June | 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo |

The Sound of Music

In a convent in 1930s Austria, free-spirited postulant Maria Rainer is found ill-suited to life as a nun, and is sent to serve as governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp, a widower and decorated Naval Officer.

Upon her arrival, Maria discovers the seven children living grim lives in a strict and regimented household, run by a father who has forgotten how to love. Soon, however, Maria’s zest for life, love and music infects not only the von Trapp children but Captain von Trapp himself.

Set against the historical backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power and ultimate occupation of Austria, The Sound Of Music is a time honoured story of love and patriotism, including such classic and well-loved songs as “My Favourite Things”, “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”, “Climb Every Mountain” and “So Long, Farewell”.

Friday 24 June – Sunday 4 July | The Q |

Connecting Stories: Generations

Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Shakespeare to Winehouse, you’re invited to feel, think and be engaged with the subjects in the exhibition as QL2 Dance (ACT), Australian Dance Party (ACT) and Catapult Choreographic Hub (NSW) collaborate to create a cross generational, cross regional dance performance.

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June | National Portrait Gallery |

Casual Relationships by Lucy Chetcuti

Exploring queer relationality in abstraction, this exhibition of recent collages and sculptures by Lucy Chetcuti have been produced through incidence and unplanned causality in which one mark influences the next mark. Lucy emphasises the material state of the works as fragile, precarious, and temporal by incorporating found and natural materials outside of their economic value. This free event is not to be missed.

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June | Strathnairn Arts |

Cahoots Lab 2022

A chance for alumni from You Are Here’s Cahoots residency program to share their work with Canberra’s creative community. With a bunch of experimental work on display, you can wander through an exhibition of new paintings, animations, poetry and short film in the Belco Arts gallery, join in engaging conversations, participate in a live script reading, delve into soundscapes, noise and music, or just come and hang out. Oh, and there will also be snacks!

Saturday 25 June | Belconnen Arts Centre |

Ainslie Salon Concert Series: Penelope Trappes

Explore the modern up and coming artist Penelope Trappes at the Ainslie Salon just making her debut at Dark Mofo 2022. After her vast experience is writing and recording in the UK, Penelope Trappes is ready to share her fresh and atmospheric sounds while supporting ALPHAMALE, an experimental solo viola projected by Canberra’s own Hannah de Feyter.

Saturday 25 June, 7 pm | 30 Elouera St, Braddon |

Twenty Minutes With The Devil: by Luis Gómez Romero & Desmond Manderson

Half an hour along with your worst fears and wildest dreams. What would you do? Exploring vital questions about law, politics, and justice in the modern world (as well as how decisions out of our control that seem to hold us all hostage) Twenty Minutes With The Devil is a play that can’t be missed.

Part thriller, part black comedy, it’s inspired by events leading to the capture of El Chapo, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, in 2016. But it transcends its original context. Will we see you there?

Saturday 25 June | The Street Theatre |

Boy & Bear at UC Refectory

Yes, you read that right. Australian ARIA chart-topping act and indie royalty Boy & Bear will be returning to Canberra, fresh off the back of their stunning new single ’State of Flight’. Celebrating their new music (as well as their double platinum back catalogue of sorely loved hits), this can’t be missed.

Saturday 25 June | UC Refectory | Tickets via Moshtix 

Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle

Sit and soak up the sounds of the Canberra Choral Society and the National Capital Orchestra. The annual collaboration with Rossini’s wonderfully passionate Petite Messe Solennelle, offers the repertoire, with a Canberra based cast, conducted by the very talented Louis Sharpe, with soloists Sarahlouise Owens, Sonia Anfiloff, Ryan O’Donnell, and Hayden Barrington.

Join the surrounding sounds of the soloists with the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone, generously accompanied by the Canberra Choral Society and the National Capital Orchestra at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University.

Saturday 25 June, 3:00 pm | Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University | Tickets here.

Canberra Fashion, Food and Wine Market 

Want to shop until you drop? Discover new and pre-loved fashion (including designer labels and a wide range of styles) at the Canberra Fashion, Food and Wine Market. With free entry and free parking, do you really need an excuse to peruse fashion, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories and beauty products?

Sunday 26 June | Fitters Workshop, Printers Way, Kingston|


Invocation is a showcase where nothing is off-limits. Combining ancient stories, sacred imagery, rhythmic dance, heavy guitar grooves, heartfelt lyrics and soaring harmonies into the drama of climate change. Its sorrow is reflected and magnified alongside this powerful celebration of movement, creativity and innovation. It’s one that you are going to want to add to the top of your June list.

Sunday 26 June | Belconnen Arts Centre |

Catherine Rogers: Evidence and the Visible

Curiosity, humour, erudition and strong aesthetic motivations: these are the things that make Catherine Rogers’s photographs so iconic. Beginning her photographic practice in the 1970s,  her copious yet relatively little-known body of work is surveyed at Drill Hall Gallery for the first time.

Until Sunday 14 August | Drill Hall Gallery |

The Modern Object: Tapio Wirkkala for Venini.

Explore 26 modernist, handcrafted pieces of glass objects from the works of Wirkkala. The range showcases the engraved pieces produced for Iittala in the 1950s, to the later incalmo and filigrana works undertaken by the master glassmakers at Venini in the 1960s and 1970s. Explore the divine and vibrant collection at exhibition.

Until Sunday 24 July |  1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick | @the_modern_object

Kate Nixon: On Reflection

Your rubbish bin won’t look the same after experiencing Kate Nixon’s latest installation in the Smokestack Gallery. This talented artist’s creativity is firing on every cylinder, working on multiple fields of experimentation at once. Fascinated by the physical experience and repetitive nature of mosaic and utilising the transformative properties of glass, mirror and light, Kates act of covering every visible surface of garbage bins with mirror mosaic challenges our preconceived notions of preciousness, domestic obligations and arts and crafts in the home. Experience it this weekend and give a moment of humble adoration for your household bin.

Until  Monday 15 August | Canberra Glassworks |

Annette Blair: Quietly Spoken

Exploring our perception and relationship with everyday objects and how they can hold memories and meaning beyond their function. Annette Blair’s new exhibition at the Canberra Glassworks tells a unique visual story. Working  with hot glass and enamels to recreate familiar everyday things (like hand tools, used spray cans, knitting needles and paintbrushes), her complex installations encourages us to look closely at each object amongst the mass and to think about the things we collect and keep and the stories they tell.

Until Sunday 14 August | Canberra Glassworks |

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