12 February 2018

Eight things to do around Canberra this weekend (8–10 September)

| Zoe Pleasants
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Image credit: Martin Ollman

This weekend sees the Reclink Cup, a community footy game started in Melbourne over 20 years ago, come to Canberra. While the centrepiece of this event is a footy game, it is more of a celebration of local musicians. An amazing line-up of local bands will perform at the game, the Jumper Presentation Night at the Polish Club on Friday, and the After Party at Lobrow Gallery and Bar after the game. For a homegrown celebration of local artists, check out the Ralph Indie season at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. It returns for its second year consists of three works that will be performed over the next three months. The first work is Fuse, a collaboration between dance artist Jack Riley and sound artist Alexander Hunter. Also, note that it is your last chance to see the Defying Empire exhibition at the National Gallery and Lifeline’s Spring Bookfair is on all weekend at Exhibition Park. On Sunday, see Lamborghinis, Maseratis, MGs, muscle cars, old cars & more at the Camp Quality Classic Car Cruise.

All weekend

Circa’s Landscape with Monsters

Where: Canberra Theatre
When: Friday 8 pm, Saturday 2 pm & 8 pm
Circa’s latest show, Landscape with Monsters, comes to Canberra this weekend. Inspired by post-industrial cities in decay, it is described as an intensely physical show where fast paced acrobats launch themselves off objects made from metal and wood. A co-production with the Merrigong Theatre Company and directed by Circa’s Artist Director, Yaron Lifschitz, the show will be bursting with the acrobatic thrills synonymous with Cira’s performances. Tickets from $45 for adults, $40 for concessions and $35 for under 27’s. Book here.

Defying Empire: National Indigenous Art Triennial

Where: National Gallery of Australia
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
It is the final weekend of the Defying Empire exhibition at the National Gallery, and it is well worth checking out if you haven’t already. It features works by 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, that explore the ongoing resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since the arrival of the First Fleet. The works consider issues of identity, racism, displacement, country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the stolen generations. And while you’re at the Gallery check out an exhibition of five recent works by Angelica Mesiti, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artist. One of the works in the exhibition, The calling (2013–14), has recently been acquired by the Gallery.

Lifeline Bookfair

Where: Exhibition Park
When: Friday 9am–6pm, Saturday 9 am – 5 pm & Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
It is Lifeline’s Spring Bookfair this weekend and it will have a huge range of books, movies, music CDs, games and comics for you to peruse and buy. Entry is by gold coin donation and all proceeds go directly to support Canberra’s crisis support and suicide prevention phone service. Saturday is Family Day with fun activities for the kids including face painting, balloon modelling and badge making. Also, bring an item of non-perishable food to donate to the Communities@Work’s food drive.


Where: Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
When: Friday 11 am & 7 pm, Saturday 3 pm & 7 pm
The Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ Ralph Indie program is back for its second year. Through this program, the A&G Arts Centres support artists to develop and present new performance works by providing time, space and funds. The resulting works are performed in the Ralph Wilson Theatre at Gorman House. This year’s program comprises of:

The first work, Fuse is a collaboration between dance artist Jack Riley and sound artist Alexander Hunter. It explores the boundaries between movement and sound. One moves the other responds, both shift and accommodate each other; together they fuse. Tickets are $30+bf for adults and $25+bf for concession. Book here.


Weave, hustle, halt

Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: 12 pm & 1 pm
In response to the exhibition Dempsey’s People: British Street Portraits which is currently on at the National Portrait Gallery, Australian Dance Party has developed the work Weave, hustle, halt. The work is performed by nine dancers and considers the activities, characters, and rhythms of a modern streetscape; how people dash, dawdle move and intersect on a street in our fast paced world. It will be performed outside the Gallery along the paved corridor leading to King Edward Terrace. And hang around afterwards because between 2 – 3 pm, as part of its Month of Saturdays series of talks, the Gallery is presenting Karen Middleton, chief political correspondent of The Saturday Paper in conversation with Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute and Professor of Marine Science at The University of Queensland discussing Climate Change and the Reef. Both events are free.


Where: Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave
When: 2:30 pm
The Canberra Choral Society and Canberra City Band are joining forces to present a concert in the style of the Last Night of the Proms. The concert will feature soloist, soprano Livia Brash and an eclectic and entertaining program, including much-loved party pieces. Afternoon tea will be served after the concert. Tickets are $40 for adults, $30 for concession, $15 for kids. Book here.


Camp Quality Classic Cruise

Where: Mawson Playing Fields through to the Treasury carpark
When: From 9 am
Fans of cars of all kinds are coming together to support a great cause. The second Camp Quality Classic Cruise is open to cars 20 years or older, exotic cars, company-branded cars and members of car clubs. There will also be Lamborghinis, Maseratis, MGs, American Muscle cars, home-grown Toranas and more, so come on down and support Camp Quality.

The day will begin at 9 am with all entered vehicles mustering at Mawson Playing Fields. At 10 am entrants start their engines for the cruise through Canberra on a designated route before finishing at the Treasury carpark where the general public will get the chance to view classic and beautiful cars, see and hear a Torana drag car, enjoy a bite to eat, and get involved with children’s activities.

Reclink Community Cup

Where: Jamison Oval
When: Gates open 11 am
The Reclink Community Cup is coming to Canberra! Originally started in Melbourne over 20 years ago, this event pits local musicians against members of the local media in a game of Aussie Rules footy. Canberra’s muso team, The Limes Stones, will take on the media team, The Noise. As well as the footy game, local bands Waterford, Oranges, The Kingstons and Mixtape Chorus will be performing, there will be activities for the kids and, of course, food and beverages to purchase. Tickets available at the gate. And to help you make a weekend of it, there is a Jumper Presentation Night at the Polish Club on Friday from 7 pm featuring The Wumpaz, Endrey, H. and Betty Alto, and an After Party at Lowbrow Gallery and Bar from 5pm, featuring Sally Chicane, Rumblr and Bleach It Clean. All money raised from these events goes to Reclink Australia which provides sporting and art opportunities for disadvantaged Australians.

Live Music around Canberra

If you’re looking for live music around Canberra check out The RiotACT Gig Guide (6-11 Sep).

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