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Truffles, nude charity swims and endless exhibitions: 15+ things to do this week

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This week, indulge your senses with a decadent black winter truffle tasting or plunge into the Lifeline Nude Charity Run.

There’s bound to be one, (or 15), things for you to enjoy.

Looking for even more to do in Canberra? Check out our new What’s On section to find hundreds of events happening around town.

Lifeline Nude Charity Run

Why not dip your toes and plunge into the Lifeline Nude Charity Run? Although winter may be a deterrence, the swim has raised more than $100,000 for charity in its short history. Focusing on washing away the negativity with a fresh start, and creating a sense of renewal for the upcoming solar year, where better than Lake Burley Griffin, on the shortest day of the year?

Tuesday 21 June |  Yarralumla Beach, Corner Alexandrina Dr and Hopetoun Circuit, Yarralumla |


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.

Opening on Tuesday 21 June, 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.

Tuesday 21 June | 18 King George Terrace, Parkes |

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?

25 Jun – 9 Oct | National Portrait Gallery |

The Truffle Festival

Enrich your senses with the Truffle Festival this winter, opening your mind to the world of the winter solstice! Presented by Doma Hotels, The Truffle Festival is ready to ignite your passion for the fungi. With tastings, markets, growing workshops, cooking classes, and—best of all—a multi-course truffle dinner celebrating local food and wine, you’re sure to love them just as much as the fury friends that discover them.

Friday 1 July |  Hotel Realm, Canberra |

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 |

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 |

Djäkamirr: Caretaker of Pregnancy and Birth

Following two women—Lawurrpa and Sarah—across a unique journey of tradition and ancestral wisdom, Djäkamirr depicts Yolngu women, who have been birthing on country for 60, 000 years.  Building connection between mothers, babies, communities, land, language, and culture, the documentary showcases the binding of Western and Djäkamirr (Yolngu midwives). The film focuses the beautiful message of what can be achieved when Australians work together, with respect, ensuring culture and care are upheld.

Wednesday 22 June, 6 pm | Palace Electric Cinema | Tickets available here

Tunes from Faraway

With the exotic and whimsical sweet sounds of the organ and piano, Linus Lee will perform his works inspired by the light classical sounds of Luigini’s Ballet Egyptien, Ketelbey’s in a Persian Market, Capricho Español by Granados, and more. The lunch time performance is sure to liven your day, with the sounds that surround the world, harmonising and creating unison of ambiance.

Wednesday 22 June 12:40 pm – 1:20 pm | Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest |

People and Place: The Black Mountain Oral History Project

Enrich your green thumb and knowledge of one of Canberra’s most popular sites. Re-planting a wealth of knowledge, Dr Mary Hutchison, an oral historian, is preparing an oral history of Black Mountain, highlighting some of the significant people who were involved in the Mountains conservation. She will also speak about the future opportunities to preserve and promote Black Mountain Nature Reserve.

Wednesday 22 June | Theatrette, Australian National Botanic Gardens |

NRL Ampol Women’s State of Origin

Love footy? Be there to witness the best of the best from NSW and QLD going head-to-head in a match promising to deliver exhilarating and unbeatable Origin footy. It’s anyone’s game this year.

Friday 24 June | GIO Stadium | Tickets here

Catherine Rogers: Evidence and The Visible

Catherine Rogers’s photography depicts the markings of diverse techniques, pioneered with curiosity and humour. Viewers are invited to enter her game, assessing, and answering questions relating to the photograph’s methods of deception and mannerisms, in which the viewer would deem real or fake? Much of her photography relates to landscapes, horizons between sea and sky and the majestic colours that intertwine her photography skills. Provoking a head tilt and wonder, is all a part of the fun, with the physical terrain captured, and thought provoking ponders to the landscapes that surround us.

Friday 24 June until Sunday 14 August | Kingsley Street, Acton |

Live Baby Live: The INXS Tribute Show

Live from the Village Centre, the National Arboretum Canberra presents Live Baby Live: The INXS Tribute Show. With an emphasis on duplicating the vibe and mojo that captivated and defined a generation, be prepared for an experience that will remind you of everything you felt when INXS conquered the musical world.

Friday 24 June | Village Centre, National Arboretum Canberra |


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.

Friday 24 – Saturday 25 June | Canberra Theatre Centre |

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 |

My Style My Way Autumn/Winter Stylist Workshop at Canberra Centre

Join Brooke Boney, Lee Carseldine and Brooke Jowett, to discover your own style with My Style My Way! Hosted by local stylist Emma Peadon, this fashion workshop will highlight the personalities of some fashion trend setters for seasonal wear. This workshop will ensure a fun, informative and tasty time, with finger food and cocktails provided by L’Americano restaurant.

Saturday 25 June, 12:00 pm -1:30 pm | Level 1, Canberra Centre | Tickets here

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 |

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 |

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.

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.

Friday 24 June – Sunday 24 July |  1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick | @the_modern_object


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 |

Feature image: Lean Timms.

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