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From live music and theatre to exhibitions and festivals, here’s what’s happening this week in Canberra.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Shakespeare: Off the Ruff

You’ve never seen The Bard like this! Based on a single suggestion from the audience, the Lightbulb Improv company creates two fully improvised Shakespearean masterpieces right before your eyes.

Nothing has been planned or written in advance for the comedy and drama about to unfold.

Each performance is a completely new work, inspired by Shakespearean words, intrigues and themes. All dialogue is devised on the spot, all characters created as you watch. All the stage is a world not yet explored!

Experience two plays every night, and witness a new tragedy and comedy performed back-to-back by Canberra’s premier improvised theatre company.

Coming from their last sold-out season of “The Door”, the Lightbulb players will embrace the laughs, love and tragedy found in the Shakespearean world.

As an antidote to our often predictable and routine lives, Lightbulb creates spontaneous entertainment to bring you the unexpected.

Lightbulb is known for delighting audiences with their unique flavour of warm, funny and surprising unscripted theatre.

Since 2016, Lightbulb has performed in comedy festivals and international festivals and love bringing their improvised magic to Canberra.

Lightbulb creates shows with a strong sense of play and honesty that keeps audiences coming back. Learn more at lightbulbimprov.com.

How much: $25 concession; $35 general admission plus booking fee

Happening Thursday 1 July, Friday 2 July, Saturday 3 July from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Courtyard studio.

See canberraticketing.com.au for more information.

Wintervention

Lace up your skates. It’s the most winterful time of year!

Canberra’s most coveted winter attraction, Wintervention is back for 2021, turning Civic Square into an open-air ice-skating arena from Friday 25 June until Sunday 11 July for the school holiday period.

Take a moment to enjoy the true joys of winter and embrace the frost around entertainment, activities, food, and market stalls. The rink is open 10 am to 8 pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 am to 9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors are required to book in for their skate sessions.

The markets will run across two weekends (Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June and Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July). Stars on Ice will keep the crowds entertained with live performances on Fridays and over the weekend. Throughout the week skate sessions, music performances and hot drinks and food stalls are available.

Whether you’re a skater or a spectator, get down to Civic Square for the ultimate winter fun and capture the season in all its glory at this family-friendly event.

Happening until 11 July at Civic Square, City.

See wintervention.com.au for more information.

Free school holiday fun at Marketplace Gungahlin

Not sure where to take the kids for School Holidays? Marketplace Gungahlin has wrapped up the ultimate FREE School Holidays Program for The Hub Members from 26 June–11 July!

Enjoy daily workshops, face painting and get glitz’d! All you have to do is job The Hub, Marketplace’s free membership.

Click here to join and access these great free school holiday activities!

Shake it Up!

Chocolate, vanilla, salted caramel or strawberry with all the extras?! Join Marketplace for a fun-filled workshop that will get your tastebuds tingling!

Let their team help you make the most unique and crazy shakes! They’re sure you will be wanting to take home these and make them at home too.

Until Thursday 1 July | 11 am-1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W |marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-shake-it-up

Donut Decorating

Get excited—we promise they will look as good as they taste too! Let the Marketplace team take you on an adventure as we create a yummy, fun and extravagant donut.

From sprinkles to marshmallows the only question is: how many toppings are too much?

Friday 2 July – Tuesday 6 July | 11 am-1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-sdonut-decorating

DIY Herb Jars

Do you have a green thumb? Or want to help Mum, Dad and the family by growing your own herbs for your meals? Let’s get creative and decorate your very own DIY Herb Jars.

Take them home, give them some love and watch them grow!

Wednesday 7 July – Sunday 11 July | 11 am–1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-s-diy-herb-jars

Face Painting & Get Glit’zd

Marketplace also has Face Painting and the Getz Glitz station for you these School Holidays.

Let the kids transform into their favourite character and get their glitz on with our hair and face glitter station.

Be ready for the tiger that will be roaring at you or the glitzy Princess ready for her royal ball!

Saturday 10 July, Sunday 11 July | 2–5 pm | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-face-painting

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

Dance Central’s Winter Holiday Program

If you’re left scrambling for last-minute local holiday plans for your kids, Dance Central has got you covered.

Their five-day Winter Holiday Program starts this upcoming Monday 28 June and is open to kids aged six to twelve years old. They’ll get them off your hands and keep them active and engaged from 9 am to 5 pm every day.

Their inviting Phillip studios are the perfect welcoming and high energy environment for your child to make new friends and build confidence.

Each day, from morning to early afternoon, Dance Central’s highly trained teachers will take the kids through five dance classes: Limbering, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Commercial Jazz and Hip Hop.

After all that dancing, the day isn’t over—they’ve jam-packed the afternoon schedule with fun and creative activities. First up, a fashion workshop where kids can let out their inner fashionista and bedazzle a special item of clothing they bring along.

Think; denim jeans, jackets, shorts, bags, or hats. There’ll also be a Nailed It! cake and food decorating challenge, and a trip to Hoyts Cinema Woden to watch the latest Disney hit, Cruella.

At the end of the week, they’ll show off all their new skills and fashion creations in an afternoon showcase for parents.

Bookings are $450, and everything is included except for a packed lunch and your child’s favourite clothing or accessory item they want to decorate.

Head over to the Dance Central website to book in now.

Two groups: 6-8 years and 9-12 years

Cost per child: $450

Happening Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July from 9 am to 5 pm at Dance Central, 13-15 Altree Court, Phillip.

See dance-central.com.au/workshops-and-events/winter-school-hols-program-2021 for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

Mount Majura Vineyard. Credit: Stuart Miller

Truffle-infused Winter Weekends at Mount Majura Cellar Door

Truffle season is upon us and Mount Majura are excited to include truffles at their cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.

Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining a deliciously rich and creamy brie with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 29 August 2021.

See mountmajura.com.au/truffle-infused-weekends-supporting-raw-potential-canberra for more information.

The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn is at Queen Elizabeth Terrace this weekend—pull up a table for two and enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie platter.

Popping up from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July.

Find out more at thepopinn.com.

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

Wintervention

Lace-up your skates. It’s the most winterful time of year!

Canberra’s most coveted winter attraction, Wintervention is back for 2021, turning Civic Square into an open-air ice-skating arena from Friday 25 June until Sunday 11 July for the school holiday period.

Take a moment to enjoy the true joys of winter and embrace the frost around entertainment, activities, food, and market stalls. The rink is open 10 am to 8 pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 am to 9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors are required to book in for their skate sessions.

The markets will run across two weekends (Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June and Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July). Stars on Ice will keep the crowds entertained with live performances on Fridays and over the weekend. Throughout the week skate sessions, music performances and hot drinks and food stalls are available.

Whether you’re a skater or a spectator, get down to Civic Square for the ultimate winter fun and capture the season in all its glory at this family-friendly event.

Happening until 11 July at Civic Square, City.

See wintervention.com.au for more information.

The Canberra Region Truffle Festival

Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, a taste of mid-winter magic.

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.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles, before learning recipes and experiencing them first hand.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening until 29 August across various venues in the Canberra region.

See trufflefestival.com.au for more information.

STAGE AND SCREEN

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening Friday 25 June – Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

Shakespeare: Off the Ruff

You’ve never seen The Bard like this! Based on a single suggestion from the audience, the Lightbulb Improv company creates two fully improvised Shakespearean masterpieces right before your eyes.

Nothing has been planned or written in advance for the comedy and drama about to unfold.

Each performance is a completely new work, inspired by Shakespearean words, intrigues and themes. All dialogue is devised on the spot, all characters created as you watch. All the stage is a world not yet explored!

Experience two plays every night, and witness a new tragedy and comedy performed back-to-back by Canberra’s premier improvised theatre company.

Coming from their last sold-out season of “The Door”, the Lightbulb players will embrace the laughs, love and tragedy found in the Shakespearean world.

As an antidote to our often predictable and routine lives, Lightbulb creates spontaneous entertainment to bring you the unexpected.

Lightbulb is known for delighting audiences with their unique flavour of warm, funny and surprising unscripted theatre.

Since 2016, Lightbulb has performed in comedy festivals and international festivals and love bringing their improvised magic to Canberra.

Lightbulb creates shows with a strong sense of play and honesty that keeps audiences coming back. Learn more at lightbulbimprov.com.

How much: $25 concession; $35 general admission plus booking fee

Happening Thursday 1 July, Friday 2 July, Saturday 3 July from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Courtyard studio.

See canberraticketing.com.au for more information.

The Governor’s Family

Join with the REP Company as they take you to Government House in Sydney 1897.

The newly appointed Governor Mountgarrett is coming to grips with representing Her Majesty Queen Victoria. His family can barely leave the sanctuary of the House. Will the public become aware of their secrets and dysfunction?

Beatrix Christian’s remarkable play explores what might have been not that long ago. No other Australian play has dealt with such a time and place. The ghosts of our colonial past cannot be forgotten. Vice-Regal secrets warrant attention at any time, even fictional ones.

Happening 1-17 July at Canberra REP Theatre.

See canberrarep.org.au/content/governors-family-0 for more information.

Drag Takeover at Boardwalk Bar

Every Drag Takeover is bringing you a bevy of local Canberran Drag Queens, Drag Kings and queer talent with and multiple stunning performers appearing at every show.

What sickening tricks will the stunning kings, queens, and deities pull to celebrate? Well, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!

Happening Friday 2 July at Boardwalk Bar and Nightclub, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See phishandphreak.com for more information.

MUSIC

Nicholas Fleury, Emily Sun and Amir Farid

In a matter of weeks in 1865 Johannes Brahms composed a horn trio in memory of his mother, bringing together a combination of instruments that seemed to occupy a new, magical land.

No doubt inspired by its poised beauty, in 1910 the composer Ernst Naumann made an imaginative arrangement of Mozart’s Horn Quintet for this same line-up.

Matching such beautiful playing is the welcome responsibility of Amir Farid and Emily Sun, two radiant musicians whose commitment to contemporary music is here expressed in the premiere of a Sonata by Gordon Kerry, generously commissioned by Julian Burnside in celebration of Gordon’s improbable 60th birthday.

Happening Wednesday 30 June at Llewellyn Hall.

See musicaviva.com.au/fleury-sun-farid for more information.

Soul Movers

This brand-new addition to The Harmonie Club musical menu is bound to have you Wiggling in your seat! Fronted by charismatic frontwoman Lizzie Mack and her brother in Soul, guitarist (and ex-Red Wiggle) Murray Cook.

The Soul Movers include legendary bass player Tony Mitchell (Sherbet), Marko Simec on keys (Waiting For Guinness) plus the magical Matt Crawford on second guitar and bass with drummer to the stars, Luke Herbert.

Murray Cook’s Soul Movers musical recipe combines 1960s-style funky soul with a sprinkling of pop all laid down with a classic rhythm and blues feel.

Their latest album, “Evolution” was recorded at Rancom St Studios with producer Garth Porter (Sherbet) at the helm.

The first set of the night features 2019’s “Bona Fide” and was recorded across eight legendary American Studios including Sun and Royal Studios!

The Soul Movers shows are all about creating an unforgettable, soul-moving evening that stays with audiences long after the last encore.

Don’t miss this dynamic 80-minute show (format: two sets of 40 minutes and a short intermission) it will surely be a night to enjoy and remember, forever!

Happening Friday 2 July at the Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

See Eventbrite for more information.

Paradiso Reggae Night

You may not be able to venture overseas at the moment but you can still get your weekly fix of culture and that holiday feels at their new Paradiso Reggae night.

Featuring a regular rotating line-up of the local Reggae, Roots, and Tropical sounds – we’ll take you on a trip to a tropical paradise with LIVE music. Doors open 4 pm with live music starting at 8 pm.

Chill vibes and great beats with cozy Caribbean style. With each band bringing their unique flavour each week, expect a funky mix of tropical Ska, Dub, Reggae, Roots and Latin sounds.

Happening Wednesdays at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, City.

See Facebook for more information.

Dickson Sounds in the Village

Dickson is coming alive with the sound of music! Sounds in the Village is back for 2021.

Enjoy free performances from local musicians and performers every Thursday and Saturday from 11 am-1 pm.

You can find the performances in the Dickson Library courtyard. Watch their Facebook page each week for information on upcoming performances.

Happening Thursday and Sunday at Dickson Square, Dickson.

See Facebook for more information.

Live music Fridays at Blackbird

Every Friday night a different artist will play. Drop in for amazing cocktails in a great cosy and candlelit atmosphere, with some amazing talent on stage every Tuesday and Friday night.

Happening Friday evenings at Blackbird, 114 Alinga Street, Canberra City.

See blackbirdbar.com.au for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TALKS + TOURS

Free school holiday fun at Marketplace Gungahlin

Not sure where to take the kids for School Holidays? Marketplace Gungahlin has wrapped up the ultimate FREE School Holidays Program for The Hub Members from 26 June–11 July!

Enjoy daily workshops, face painting and get glitz’d! All you have to do is job The Hub, Marketplace’s free membership.

Click here to join and access these great free school holiday activities!

Shake it Up!

Chocolate, vanilla, salted caramel or strawberry with all the extras?! Join Marketplace for a fun-filled workshop that will get your tastebuds tingling!

Let their team help you make the most unique and crazy shakes! They’re sure you will be wanting to take home these and make them at home too.

Until Thursday 1 July | 11 am-1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W |marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-shake-it-up

Donut Decorating

Get excited—we promise they will look as good as they taste too! Let the Marketplace team take you on an adventure as we create a yummy, fun and extravagant donut.

From sprinkles to marshmallows the only question is: how many toppings are too much?

Friday 2 July – Tuesday 6 July | 11 am-1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-sdonut-decorating

DIY Herb Jars

Do you have a green thumb? Or want to help Mum, Dad and the family by growing your own herbs for your meals? Let’s get creative and decorate your very own DIY Herb Jars.

Take them home, give them some love and watch them grow!

Wednesday 7 July – Sunday 11 July | 11 am–1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-s-diy-herb-jars

Face Painting & Get Glit’zd

Marketplace also has Face Painting and the Getz Glitz station for you these School Holidays.

Let the kids transform into their favourite character and get their glitz on with our hair and face glitter station.

Be ready for the tiger that will be roaring at you or the glitzy Princess ready for her royal ball!

Saturday 10 July, Sunday 11 July | 2–5 pm | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-face-painting

Milky Way Photography Workshop with Ari Rex

Take your night sky photography to the next level.

Learn how to capture stunning Milky Way nightscapes.

Expert instruction is given by award-winning photographer Ari Rex. Enjoy fabulous fun, amazing stars, new adventures and great company. If you’re passionate about astrophotography, this workshop is for you!

Happening across various Saturdays until 6 November 2021.

See arirex.com.au/amwphwc for more information.

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening Friday 25 June – Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

Make Your Own at Canberra Glassworks

Create your own artwork with one-on-one guidance from a highly skilled Teaching Artist at the Canberra Glassworks.

Make your own paperweight, bird, tumbler or vase in a short one-on-one session from 20 to 40 minutes long.

Saturday or Sunday sessions available at Canberra Glassworks. Book online at canberraglassworks.com/create/myo

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin

Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.  This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August 2021.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

The 5.30 Club Canberra

Inspired by The 5:30 am Club in Sydney, Emily Davidson has started her own for us here in Canberra.

Join her for your Power Hour on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 am-7 am at Eighty/Twenty Food in Braddon Canberra

Everyone is welcome and there is no cost involved. If you want to start your morning off on the right foot, come and join The 5.30 am Club Canberra! Bring along a book, your laptop or pen and paper—anything to work on for your Power Hour!

What could you do with an hour to yourself in your day? Start writing a book, smash your email inbox, journal, brainstorm ideas for your next project or plan your day…the sky is the limit!

All while soaking up the sunrise over a morning brew, and all before peak hour!

The Club’s motto is ‘Win the morning, win the day!’ Emily says her day is better when it starts with The 5:30 am Club. “After we meet in the morning I’m on a high—feeling fresh, inspired and ready to start the day!”

Join The 5.30 am Club! Look for the blonde-haired girl with the llama on her table.

See sites.google.com/view/the530club for more information.

MARKETS

National Endangered Skills and Trades Show

Horologists, saddlers, stonemasons, weavers, taxidermists, sewing machine repairers, and many more. These professionals are not anachronisms but the thriving business’s using heritage skills in the digital world. Traders will be demonstrating their work and some will be selling their wares.

Many are coming to the event as they are looking for new apprentices, meet them in person and talk about their careers.

Happening 3-4 July at The Fitters Workshop, Kingston.

See endangeredheritage.com for more information.

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital region farmers market

The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

Find your way to the Market with our directions to EPIC. We have over 100 stallholders each week who bring their freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce to the Market.

Speak to a stallholder and ask them where their produce comes from—you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn and pick up cooking, storage and usage tips. Find your favourite stallholder in the directory.

Happening every Saturday from 7 am– 11.30 am at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au for more information.

SPORTS

Image via visitcanberra.com.au

Raiders V Titans

Secure your seat to Saturday Evening Football as the Canberra Raiders clash with the Gold Coast Titans.Both sides are stacked with talent and will be ready for an intense battle.

This match will celebrate NAIDOC Week, with the Raiders having plenty of activities to celebrate Indigenous culture throughout the day.

Happening Saturday 3 July at GIO Stadium, Bruce.

See raiders.com.au/draw/nrl-premiership/2021/round-16-raiders-v-titans for more information.

FAMILY

Dance Central’s Winter Holiday Program

If you’re left scrambling for last-minute local holiday plans for your kids, Dance Central has got you covered.

Their five-day Winter Holiday Program starts this upcoming Monday 28 June and is open to kids aged six to twelve years old. They’ll get them off your hands and keep them active and engaged from 9 am to 5 pm every day.

Their inviting Phillip studios are the perfect welcoming and high energy environment for your child to make new friends and build confidence.

Each day, from morning to early afternoon, Dance Central’s highly trained teachers will take the kids through five dance classes: Limbering, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Commercial Jazz and Hip Hop.

After all that dancing, the day isn’t over—they’ve jam-packed the afternoon schedule with fun and creative activities. First up, a fashion workshop where kids can let out their inner fashionista and bedazzle a special item of clothing they bring along.

Think; denim jeans, jackets, shorts, bags, or hats. There’ll also be a Nailed It! cake and food decorating challenge, and a trip to Hoyts Cinema Woden to watch the latest Disney hit, Cruella.

At the end of the week, they’ll show off all their new skills and fashion creations in an afternoon showcase for parents.

Bookings are $450, and everything is included except for a packed lunch and your child’s favourite clothing or accessory item they want to decorate.

Head over to the Dance Central website to book in now.

Two groups: 6-8 years and 9-12 years

Cost per child: $450

Happening Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July from 9 am to 5 pm at Dance Central, 13-15 Altree Court, Phillip.

See dance-central.com.au/workshops-and-events/winter-school-hols-program-2021 for more information.

Free school holiday fun at Marketplace Gungahlin

Not sure where to take the kids for School Holidays? Marketplace Gungahlin has wrapped up the ultimate FREE School Holidays Program for The Hub Members from 26 June–11 July!

Enjoy daily workshops, face painting and get glitz’d! All you have to do is job The Hub, Marketplace’s free membership.

Click here to join and access these great free school holiday activities!

Shake it Up!

Chocolate, vanilla, salted caramel or strawberry with all the extras?! Join Marketplace for a fun-filled workshop that will get your tastebuds tingling!

Let their team help you make the most unique and crazy shakes! They’re sure you will be wanting to take home these and make them at home too.

Until Thursday 1 July | 11 am-1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W |marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-shake-it-up

Donut Decorating

Get excited—we promise they will look as good as they taste too! Let the Marketplace team take you on an adventure as we create a yummy, fun and extravagant donut.

From sprinkles to marshmallows the only question is: how many toppings are too much?

Friday 2 July – Tuesday 6 July | 11 am-1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-sdonut-decorating

DIY Herb Jars

Do you have a green thumb? Or want to help Mum, Dad and the family by growing your own herbs for your meals? Let’s get creative and decorate your very own DIY Herb Jars.

Take them home, give them some love and watch them grow!

Wednesday 7 July – Sunday 11 July | 11 am–1 pm | Centre Court, Outside Big W | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-s-diy-herb-jars

Face Painting & Get Glit’zd

Marketplace also has Face Painting and the Getz Glitz station for you these School Holidays.

Let the kids transform into their favourite character and get their glitz on with our hair and face glitter station.

Be ready for the tiger that will be roaring at you or the glitzy Princess ready for her royal ball!

Saturday 10 July, Sunday 11 July | 2–5 pm | marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-face-painting

Wintervention

Lace up your skates. It’s the most winterful time of year!

Canberra’s most coveted winter attraction, Wintervention is back for 2021, turning Civic Square into an open-air ice-skating arena from Friday 25 June until Sunday 11 July for the school holiday period.

Take a moment to enjoy the true joys of winter and embrace the frost around entertainment, activities, food, and market stalls. The rink is open 10 am to 8 pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 am to 9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors are required to book in for their skate sessions.

The markets will run across two weekends (Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June and Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July). Stars on Ice will keep the crowds entertained with live performances on Fridays and over the weekend. Throughout the week skate sessions, music performances and hot drinks and food stalls are available.

Whether you’re a skater or a spectator, get down to Civic Square for the ultimate winter fun and capture the season in all its glory at this family-friendly event.

Happening until 11 July at Civic Square, City.

See wintervention.com.au for more information.

OUTDOORS

Wintervention

Lace up your skates. It’s the most winterful time of year!

Canberra’s most coveted winter attraction, Wintervention is back for 2021, turning Civic Square into an open-air ice-skating arena from Friday 25 June until Sunday 11 July for the school holiday period.

Take a moment to enjoy the true joys of winter and embrace the frost around entertainment, activities, food, and market stalls. The rink is open 10 am to 8 pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and 10 am to 9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors are required to book in for their skate sessions.

The markets will run across two weekends (Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June and Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July). Stars on Ice will keep the crowds entertained with live performances on Fridays and over the weekend. Throughout the week skate sessions, music performances and hot drinks and food stalls are available.

Whether you’re a skater or a spectator, get down to Civic Square for the ultimate winter fun and capture the season in all its glory at this family-friendly event.

Happening until 11 July at Civic Square, City.

See wintervention.com.au for more information.

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin

Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.  This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August 2021.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Suspected of blackmail, Special Photograph number 1884, NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Sydney Living Museums.

Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

Unique and captivating photographs of the 1920s criminal underworld capture the zeitgeist of an era. These mugshots, known as ‘Specials’, are unexpectedly candid and intriguing portraits of suspects in custody, and they are unlike any elsewhere in the world.

Bosses, bruisers, plotters, drug pushers, addicts, sly-grog purveyors and petty crims are all captured by the camera as they stare down the lens into history. But more than simple mugshots, these portraits, and the stories of the sordid sorts they portray, also convey the rise and fall of trends such as the flapper and illustrate the post-war movement of people between Sydney and other cities such as New York and London.

The hit BBC series Peaky Blinders found inspiration in this unique photographic archive, as have artists, academics and designers such as Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld. What will you take from them?

A travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Showing until 24 October at the National Archives of Australia.

See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/underworld-mugshots-roaring-twenties for more information.

Australian Megafauna Exhibition

An exhibition featuring original large scale paintings of Australia’s megafauna by Australian wildlife artist, author and paleontological illustrator Peter Schouten AM.

Peter Schouten has an international reputation for his specialised area as a Paleontological Reconstructionist, rebuilding a fossil species. David Attenborough termed his skills as “rare and precious” and among the world’s best. Peter has published some of Australia’s most outstanding wildlife publications.

His work features in books such as Gliding Mammals of the World, Prehistoric Animals of Australia, A Gap in Nature, Astonishing Animals, Possums of the World, Tree Kangaroos A Curious Natural History, Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds and strangely enough, the Encyclopaedia of Asian Food. He has co-authored books with Dr Tim Flannery and Stephen Jackson as well as producing the book Megafauna which was a collaboration with Dr Ross MacPhee.

Peter’s works are featured in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Natural History Museum in New York, the Naturalis Museum in Holland and in David Attenborough’s private collection.

Happening until 25 July at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

See parksaustralia.gov.au/botanic-gardens/do/whats-on/exhibitions for more information.

Yurwang Bullarn—Strong Women’s Group

Yurwang Bullarn Strong Women’s Group is for women who are parents, carers, aunties and grandmas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Strong Women’s Group focuses on community connectedness and providing local women with an opportunity to socialise regularly and engage in activities addressing art, culture, self-care, health and wellbeing.

Yurwang Bullarn Strong Women’s Group includes Natasha Best (Wakamin), Leah Brideson (Kamilaroi), Megan Daley (Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri), Kayannie Denigan (Luritja), Krystal Hurst (Worimi) and Kristie Peters (Wiradjuri).

The pieces of art were done by the women at home during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown, with most sessions conducted on digital platforms. The women also met for a couple of sessions face-to-face towards the end of 2020, held at Belconnen Arts Centre.

Showing 29 June–15 August at Belco Arts, Emu Bank, Belconnen.

See belcoarts.com.au/strong-women for more information.

The Trevor Kennedy Collection: Highlights

Discover objects of rare beauty and items of curiosity and wonder in this exhibition.

Drawn from the rich and diverse Trevor Kennedy Collection, this selection of stunning artworks, ceramics, furniture and jewellery highlights Australia’s history, culture and identity.

On show until 10 October. Free entry.

I Weave What I Have Seen: War Rugs of Afghanistan

I weave what I have seen is a testimony to the creativity and resilience of a people who have faced the devastating effects of war and conflict.

The rug-makers of Afghanistan developed a complex imagery of war planes, helicopters, machine guns, maps and slogans during three war-torn decades, between the late 1970s and 2010.

Afghan rugs and carpets were traditionally made by semi-nomadic peoples recognised for their distinctive designs, their rich palette and superior craftsmanship. Significant changes to the rug designs began to appear soon after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

The persistence of war and conflict in the region and the exodus of nearly four million people into Iran and Pakistan has instigated this new genre of war art.

I weave what I have seen consists of 40 rugs of different shapes and sizes sourced from Australian private collections. The exhibition investigates the history, iconography, production and distribution of these “war carpets” in Afghanistan itself, and among the far-flung Afghani diaspora.

I weave what I have seen developed out of a research project undertaken by Nigel Lendon (Honorary Fellow, School of Art and Design) and Tim Bonyhady (Faculty of Law) at the Australian National University.

The exhibition and its national tour are organised by the ANU Drill Hall Gallery in conjunction with Tim Bonyhady.

Showing until 15 August at Drill Hall Gallery, ANU.

See dhg.anu.edu.au for more information.

While We’re Still Here

From 3 June, aMBUSH Gallery Kambri will launch their latest exhibition While We’re Still Here which explores the enduring charm and legacy of the still-life genre.

Co-curated by aMBUSH Gallery and Scott Owen, the exhibition name references the tradition of still life and the concept of ‘memento mori’ (Latin for ‘remember you must die’) which is often used by the Stoic philosophers.

Works from 20 Australian artists are showcased – including oil paintings, collage, photography and digital collage – with roots in the artistic traditions of still life but anchored in the present day either through their subject matter or their medium.

The exhibition will then run daily from Friday 4 June to Sunday 11 July from 10 am-6 pm weekdays and 12 pm-5 pm on weekends, free of charge to the public.

Showing until 11 July at aMBUSH Gallery, Kambri ANU.

See ambushgallery.com for more information.

Australien

Living in Australia as a child of parents who were born overseas can often be a delicate balance. Different lunches packed for school, different languages at home, different religions, different clothes, different skin.

Featuring first- and second-generation Australian artists— Lara Chamas, Mariana del Castillo, Caroline Garcia, Shivanjani Lal, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Andy Mullens and Elefteria Vlavianos— Australien investigates the complexities of balancing the cultures of their heritage with the culture they live in today.

Showing at Canberra Contemporary Art Space until 11 July | ccas.com.au

Sammy Hawker Solo Exhibition

Sammy Hawker is an ACT-based visual artist. Her practice examines the methods and protocols of human and more-than-human collaboration when producing works that investigate sites of the Anthropocene.

She is interested in de-centring her position as the artist and breaking open the permanency of the photograph by inviting agents of the site to co-create the work. Through facilitating interaction with more-than-human entities this practice aims to draw attention to and make visible the hidden temporal realities & cross-species entanglements of the site.

Sammy’s practise is grounded in collaborative engagement. When investigating a site she will work closely with Traditional Custodians, scientists, ecologists and regenerative agriculturalists. These engagements assist her in interpreting quantitative and qualitative data as well as developing ecological literacy and a cultural understanding of the site. Cross-disciplinary partnerships illustrate a responsible way of moving forward in an age of environmental crisis.

Showing until 2 July at Mixing Room Gallery, 10 Mildura Street, Griffith.

See thors.com.au/exhibitions/sammy-hawker for more information.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now showcases art made by women. It brings together more than 300 works, drawn from the Gallery’s collection and other collections from across Australia.

This exhibition is part of a series of ongoing initiative by the National Gallery to increase the representation of artists who identify as women in its artistic program, featuring lesser-known and leading artists such as Margaret Preston, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Destiny Deacon and Julie Rrap, this exhibition tells a new story of Australian art.

Highlights include a floor-to-ceiling presentation of artists’ portraits in a variety of mediums, the work of pioneering performance artists Bonita Ely and Jill Orr and a complete edition of Tracey Moffatt’s first major series of photographs, Something more 1989. Gemma Smith has been commissioned to paint the walls of the galleries.

By bringing together artists from different times, places and cultures, this exhibition proposes another history, upending the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.

Showing until 4 July 2021 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

Harriet Schwarzrock: Spaces between movement and stillness

‘The heart is often regarded as our emotional centre. Working with this form allows me to contemplate many aspects of being.’

Luminous alone, the myriad tones and permutations of spaces between movement and stillness also echo the boundless forms of love in the autumn-winter exhibition, Australian Love Stories, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations. ‘From the subtle yet essential electricity within our bodies, I am fascinated by this interplay between the invisible and the visible, between our extraordinary similarities and differences.’

In spaces between movement and stillness, the artist has embraced science and experimentation to create visual wonders: glass, inert gases, and electricity combine into an array of organic forms, producing a captivating field of colour and movement. ‘Sometimes they have a warm glow, much like an aurora contained in a bottle; in others there are lightning-like lines meandering around the form. Although the gases are invisible, when excited by electricity they reveal subtle effects and differences.’

The creation draws reflections on the role of the human heart as our central, exquisitely responsive ‘engine’. When we’re relaxed, the heart beats at a slow and steady rhythm; when excitement takes hold – for example, in the first throes of true love – the cadence might crank with the beat of a wilful, wild machine.

Showing until 1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/harriet-schwarzrock-2021 for more information.

Seeing Canberra

As a city initiated as an imagined capital for the new Australian nation, Canberra has been a place that quickly invited visual representation.

As it developed, artists have seen Canberra through different lenses, and these have shaped the way they understood and interpreted the evolving landscape.

In this exhibition, drawn primarily from CMAG’s collection, visitors will journey through four key periods of the city’s development and for each, will encounter an object that represents a prism to understand a way of seeing at that time.

Showing until 17 July 2021 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

See origin.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/seeing-canberra for more information.

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