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From burlesque to a summer of tennis: what to do this week in Canberra

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With less rain and more sunshine forecast for this week, here’s what you can look forward to checking out around town.

From burlesque to social cricket, which events are on your list?

Australian Open Summer of Tennis Party

The summer of tennis is here, and this is the perfect opportunity to check out the action of the Australian Open!

Taking place on 27–30 January at the Weston Creek Tennis Club, the Australian Open Summer of Tennis Party will feature a giant screen to catch all the action of the Australian Open, a bar with a range of cold beverages, food available to purchase, and a range of tennis activities for all ages and abilities including Open Court Sessions, ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, Cardio and much more!

27-30 January at the Weston Creek Tennis Club | Facebook for more information

Bangarang + Decadence and Debauchery

Jadiza. Credit: Etphemera.

28 – 30 January is a big weekend for artists working at adapting to a COVID-19 world!

On 28 January, Bangarang is running out of Flazéda Hub. This is a regular intimate variety show that runs on the last Friday of every month and features local artists raising money for different charities. This month they’re raising money to support Diversity ACT.

Then, on 29 January, Decadence and Debauchery is on at the Belconnen Arts Centre! This acclaimed burlesque variety show has been selling out and touring across Australia for the last five years. This event is a bit different though—because this show also aligns with the first birthday of Flazéda Hub in Belconnen.

Not only will there be a decadent and debauchery line up of performances (with interstate celebrity guest MC, Valerie Hex), Auslan interpretation, and items for sale/auction, but this show will also be fundraising for the 2022 “Performance for Purpose” program of work running out of Flazéda, which sees artists get access to scholarship programs, mentorship programs, and other professional development and performance opportunities.

Thanks to the Australian Cultural Fund, Jazida Productions will also be launching their fundraising campaign, which provides tax deductible receipts for donations. By coming along to enjoy an incredible night of live performing arts, you are also supporting the sustainability of the artists for 2022.

Staying at home? Both Bangarang and Decadence and Debauchery are being professional live-streamed! Therefore, any audience members who want to support, but are nervous about coming into venues with current COVID case numbers, can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. This also means that local audiences can digitally enjoy the show as viewing party alongside their interstate and international friends and family.

Buy tickets to Bangarang or the Drag Culture Dance Masterclass at: | Buy tickets to Decadence and Debauchery at:

Susbdance Open Day

Find your something at the Subsdance Open Day! The all-day event offers 30-minute taster sessions of the studio’s huge range of dance and fitness classes—from Zumba to Pilates and flexibility classes, Belly Fusion, Afro Beats, burlesque-based styles such as Feather Fans, Chair, and After Dark, as well as Reggaeton, Hip Hop and more. Partner dance even makes its Subsdance comeback with the sultry Bachata.

The event runs from 8 am to 5 pm this Saturday, 29 January at the Susbdance studio at 27-29 Eyre Street, Kingston (map). Book via MindBody to secure your spot.

Open-air fun at The Jetty

The Jetty. Image via Facebook.

Kingston’s The Dock team has taken over the East Kiosk on Lake Burley Griffin, serving up food and drink, picnic hampers, and lawn games for hire.

The East Jetty space features the BentSpoke Beer Garden with Mr Papa’s Peruvian Street Food truck, and live music on offer Thursday to Sundays for the entire summer.

The West Jetty has an all-local wine offering, with Tallagandra Hill Winery and other Canberra District wineries, as well as pop-up food & drink carts.

Commonwealth Place |

Canberra’s Megarun

This free community running group meets every Sunday morning at Kingston’s Bean and Table at 7:30am, heading out for a run or walk, followed by a coffee after.

Designed for all fitness levels, the idea is to get people up in the mornings, move their body and meet new people while having fun.

You can run 1km, 2km or up to 10km—they just want to see you give it ago and push your own limits.

 3/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston |

Jeffrey Smart: A Tuscan Lunch

Celebrate the art of Jeffrey Smart with a Tuscan-style lunch in the National Gallery’s dining room overlooking the Sculpture Garden.

Inspired by the excellent Italian trattorias, Head Chef Samuel McCarthy’s menu showcases locally sourced fresh produce as he introduces his spin on the traditional Italian Primi, Secondi and Dolce courses. Guests will be invited to choose two courses: Primi and Secondi or Secondi and Dolce. Guests will be able to select their courses from the menu on the day.

One glass of white or red wine is included in the adult per person price, and one glass of juice or soft drink is included in the children per person price. A third course is not included in the per person ticket price but can be ordered on the day as additional.

A Tuscan Lunch ticket does not include the exhibition entry. If you wish to visit the exhibition, please purchase your exhibition ticket separately.

National Gallery of Australia | Until 6 March |

Celebrate iconic moments in contemporary Australian film 

Credit: Nicole Kidman © RGR Collection/Alamy Stock.

Kicking off on Friday 21 January, Australians & Hollywood: A Tale of Craft, Talent and Ambition is a Canberra-exclusive exhibition celebrating iconic moments in contemporary Australian film.

This blockbuster exhibition by the NFSA features beloved cinema moments, rare behind-the-scenes footage and costumes and props from the NFSA collection on display for the first time. Discover the creativity and craft that goes into making a classic and get up close with personal treasures from Eric Bana, Paul Hogan, Baz Luhrmann and more.

Until 17 July | National Sound and Film Archive of Australia |

Sunset Cinemas

Image via Facebook

Gather your friends and family, sit back, relax and watch the stars at your new summer local! Open multiple nights each week from November through to February at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classics—perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

Until 26 February | Australian National Botanic Gardens |

Immerse yourself in history with Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition can’t be missed. Showcasing the competitive spirit of the Ancient Greek world through sports, politics, drama, music, and warfare, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes is illuminated by more than 170 objects from the British Museum.

From large marble statues of athletes and gods to richly illustrated pottery and bronze weapons, the exhibition reveals a vibrant and innovative society that endures in its art, culture, and legends.

Until 1 May | National Museum of Australia |  

Lerida By The Lake

Join Lerida Estate at the Canberra Visitors Centre at Regatta Point for a one-hour personal wine tasting for two people with delicious antipasto and the best views in town—the only way to spend summer, in our opinion.

One of the team will guide you through five different wines whilst you graze on meats and cheeses. When your wine tasting session concludes, grab a seat in the wine bar and relax with award-winning wine and views over Lake Burley Griffin.

Various times and dates | Canberra Visitors Centre, Regatta Point | Tickets via

Get cultured at Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart, Corrugated Gioconda, 1976, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1976, © The Estate of Jeffrey Smart, courtesy of Philip Bacon Galleries.

The year 2021 marks one hundred years since the birth of acclaimed Australian artist Jeffrey Smart. The National Gallery of Australia’s major exhibition celebrates and commemorates this significant centenary.

One of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Smart sought inspiration from the world around him – looking to the environment of urban and industrial modernity – which he transformed through his imaginative sense of theatre and intimate understanding of geometry and composition. These potent and intriguing images have become emblematic of 20th and 21st-century urban experience.

Showing until 15 May 2022 | National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes

Feature image: Zelda Green Photography

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