4 July 2020

Eleven things to do in Canberra this week (3 July to 10 July)

| Sharon Kelley
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Lucy Sugerman

Lucy Sugerman joins Sophie Edwards for Live in Ya Lounge this Friday 3 July. Photo: Region Media.

It’s a great week for music, with live streams coming in from all over Canberra. From the Tuggeranong Arts Centre Live and Little concert series to Live in Ya Lounge via Rise Canberra’s event calendar – there’s something to suit everyone.

If dance is more your thing, you can book in with the International Dance Studio which is running beginner dance classes in ballroom and Latin dance. If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids, the Canberra Railway Museum is re-opening on Sunday.

NAIDOC Week activities are restricted this year because of COVID-19, but the community sector is holding an online event hosted by ABC Canberra’s Dan Bourchier.

Bleachers are opening up for their Tuesday Night Trivia, so head down for some burgers and beers as you compete with others to win the trivia crown. The launch of the Canberra Writer’s Festival is shaping up to be a cracker, with Christopher Pyne and Annabel Crabb in a tell-all conversation about what goes on in the corridors of power.

Gardeners will love the workshop with Benjamin Taylor from Good Ground Horticulture on creating a garden to suit Canberra’s climate, a difficult task for even the greenest of thumbs.

Join the National Museum of Australia as they begin streaming online, or link into Annabelle MacFarlane’s talk on her Journey into Technical Art which promises to be a fascinating look into the online games industry.

All weekend

Live in Ya Lounge

Live in Ya Lounge presents Citizen Kay and Kirklandd. Photo: Live in Ya Lounge Facebook.

Live in Ya Lounge

Where: Online
When: Friday, 3 July and Saturday, 4 July, 7:30 pm
Cost: Free live streaming, donations welcome

Enjoy a live concert experience from the comfort of your home as Rise Canberra’s Live in Ya Lounge continues this week with The Voice finalist Lucy Sugerman and Sophie Edwards starring on Friday night.

On Saturday night Canberra favourites Citizen Kay and Kirklandd will bring their own mix of styles learned during lockdown to Live in Ya Lounge. They will be making this show one to remember, so clear your loungeroom floor in advance.

For more information visit RISE Canberra.


Leisa Keen Trio will be playing at Tuggeranong Arts Centre's new 'Live & Little' concert series on the 3rd July.

Leisa Keen Trio will be playing at Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s new ‘Live & Little’ concert series on 3 July. Photo: Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

The Leisa Keen Trio plays Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Little & Live Concert Series

Where: The Hunting Lodge, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway
When: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $15 per person

Join the Leisa Keen Trio for the first event in Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s new ‘Live and Little’ intimate concert series from Rise Canberra. The Leisa Keen Trio plays a smooth blend of well-known jazz tunes, and pop tunes with their own jazz treatment.

For more information, visit RISE Canberra.


Canberra Railway Museum is having an open day.

Canberra Railway Museum is having an open day. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Railway Museum Open Day

Where: 2 Geijera Place, Kingston
When: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: Adults $6.00, concession/child $4.00, family ticket $16.00

Canberra Railway Museum will re-open to the public from Sunday with displays of historic steam locomotives, carriages and rail memorabilia. It is the home of the 140-year-old steam locomotive 1210 which brought the first train into Canberra in 1914.

The Museum provides a rail heritage experience for the people of Canberra, the broader Capital Region and visitors to Canberra. The museum staff maintain and restore a fleet of former NSW rollingstock, many with direct links to the local area and some over 100 years old.


Coral Carter

Coral Carter is the featured reader on That Poetry Zoom on Monday, July 6. Photo: Supplied.

That Poetry Zoom: Coral Carter

Where: Online
When: 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start
Cost: Free

Join That Poetry Zoom from Rise Canberra as they welcome WA poet and publisher Coral Carter as their featured reader for the night. There will also be an extended open mic opportunity, with 3-minutes per poet. Sign-up will be via the Zoom chat on the night.

Check RISE Canberra for event and registration details.


Naidoc Week 2020

ACT Community Sector has created an online event for Naidoc Week this year. Photo: Supplied.

ACT Community Sector NAIDOC Week Event

Where: Online – via Facebook, YouTube
When: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

While the official NAIDOC Week celebrations have been deferred, the community is still coming together and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture during NAIDOC Week via a digital event.

Join them as they celebrate NAIDOC week with a Q&A facilitated by Dan Bourchier from ABC Canberra. Hear from panellists Matilda House, Billy Tompkins, Nevada Brown, Julie Tongs, Fiona Peterson and TJ Oberleuter. There will also be special performances from Larry Brandy, Johnny Huckle and Greg Joseph.

Create a garden for the Canberra climate

Create a garden for the Canberra climate – a workshop by the Canberra Environment Centre. Photo: Canberra Environment Centre.

Create a Garden for the Canberra Climate

Where: Canberra Environment Centre, Corner of Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula
When: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cost: $15 + Booking fee

Are you making the most of your garden in Canberra’s unique climate? Not sure what to do during the frosty cold winters and hot dry summers? Join the Canberra Environment Centre as they explore gardening with Benjamin Taylor from Good Ground Horticulture.

This workshop will give you an overview of good garden care in Canberra. Ben will cover soils, watering, and planting as well as discussing how Canberra’s current and future climate will impact your garden.

For more information, visit RISE Canberra.

Christopher Pyne

Join Christopher Pyne in conversation with Annabel Crabb for the launch of Canberra Writers Festival. Photo: Matt Loxton Photography.

Wine with Pyne – Launch of Canberra Writers Festival 2020

Where: Live at the Museum of Australian Democracy Members’ Dining Room and streamed online
When: Tuesday 7 July, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

To launch the Canberra Writer’s Festival, Christopher Pyne will spill the beans with Annabel Crabb and unload his unique insights into federal politics. Have a mixer with ‘The Fixer’ and hear the Canberra stories from Christopher Pyne, because the ones he doesn’t know aren’t worth telling.

Dance like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers after this set of four beginners classes.

Dance like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers after this set of four beginners classes. Photo: Supplied.

Starter Adult Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes

Where: The International Dance Studio, 40 Gillies Street, Curtin
When: 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm
Cost: $100
Registrations: Bookings essential, through the website.

Cure your two left feet and join the International Dance Studio and learn some easy ballroom and Latin dance steps. Classes start on 7 July and run every Tuesday for the month of July.

Designed for people brand new to dancing, this class will teach you to dance with ease. You’ll love learning in this fun studio with real qualified professionals. Plus, you’ll meet new friends and have fun while exercising. Pre-registration is a must, and you need to sign up and pay for all four classes.

Good food, great beer and company, Bleachers Trivia Night is on again.

Good food, great beer and company, Bleachers Trivia Night is on again. Photo: Supplied.

Tuesday Night Trivia at Bleachers Sports Bar

Where: Bleachers Sports Bar, 33 Northbourne Ave, Civic
When: Registration at 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start
Cost: Free entry
Registrations: Register your team on the night, book your table here

With a brand new day, brand new hosts and a brand new lucky dip jackpot prize pool, Tuesday nights are Trivia Nights at Bleachers. Hosted by 99Trivia, with games and spot prizes the quiz is both sports and general knowledge. Current capacity restrictions mean you have awesome odds to take out the top spot. Booking a table is recommended but walk-ins are also welcome.


Annabelle MacFarlane

My Journey into Technical Art with Annabelle MacFarlane. Image: Supplied.

My Journey into Technical Art with Annabelle MacFarlane

Where: Online
When: 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Cost: Free

Join AIE alumna Annabelle MacFarlane as she talks about her journey as a Technical Artist in the games industry as part of an online series hosted by the Academy of Interactive Entertainment featuring experts in games from all over the world.

For more information and to register visit RISE Canberra.

National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia is live streaming the museum for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Photo: Jack Mohr.


Where: Online
When: 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Cost: Free

The National Museum of Australia is exploring Australian history in their galleries and offsite collections, while live streaming to you at home. Join them for a discussion about Australian history as they take a look at some fascinating objects from their collection.

To find out more information, visit RISE Canberra.

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