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20-something looking for ways to meet new people

By betto 19 April 2011 22

I’ve been in Canberra for a few months now and I feeling pretty socially frustrated.  I’ve lived in many other cities, but this has been the hardest place to meet people and make friends so far, I think because my work and study are rather solitary affairs.  I’m not exactly the sort of person that would go to a bar on my own or anything like that… especially from what I have seen of the bars in Civic so far? Hmm. Not my scene.

Anyway, I’m determined to fix this situation, so I wanted to ask RiotACTers if they could recommend any social groups or activities where I’m likely to meet other people in their mid/late20s or early 30s.  The catch is, unlike Canberra’s lycra lovers and guernsey gangs, I’m not really into sports.

However I like artsy stuff, like theatre and dance and performance and music and literature and photography, political stuff, cooking and volunteer work.  I’ve googled around, but it’s hard to tell from group sites whether you are going to end up at a retirement group activity club or something where you might actually meet people your own age.  So any tips would really be appreciated.


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dkNigs 7:44 pm 07 Sep 14

Lost and Found office launch, definitely something to check out if you’re artsy. There’s always heaps of little gallery openings going on around Canberra, usually with free drinks and friendly young artsy people. Can be a bit hard to find at first, but once you find them and chat to some people, very easy to keep the party rolling!

knoobs 10:28 am 20 Apr 11

betto said :

Thanks for all the tips so far RiotACTers…

I was also wondering, has anyone attended French classes at Alliance Francaise or elsewhere that they could recommend? What was the composition of the classes there like, age-wise? I could do with starting to learn a third language, but I want it to be fun and social… I have enough serious classes as it is.

I have some friends from uni (20-somethings) who are learning French at Alliance Francaise and they’ve really enjoyed it. They have said though that it’s mostly pensioners and retirees there.

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