10 August 2020

Nine things to do in Canberra this week (17 - 23 July)

| Sharon Kelley
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Flower arranging

Try your hand at flower arranging ‘freakebana’ style. Photo: Supplied.

There are creative events and plenty of music to listen to this week. Don’t forget to check the RISE Canberra website for the Where You Are Festival, a celebration of our culture and our city in the context of social distancing, which will be held through to 11 September.

Get your creative juices flowing with some ‘freakebana’ floral arranging, or learn how to take better photographs with your digital camera without using the ‘auto’ function. Live In Ya Lounge is returning this week with the Cherrypickers, Lying Cheating Bastards and Blank Stares, while Kambri at the ANU presents Music on the Screens featuring ANU student DJs, singer/songwriters and bands.

There’s a pop-up wine bar happening at Haig Park in Braddon. They will be serving wine, olives, cheese and mulled wine, so get out into the fresh air and enjoy the park with Pop Inn. The Small and Humble GOST Group exhibition will fascinate you, and Mov’in Cars Drive-in Cinema is extending their season for another week so grab your tickets and head to the movies with the whole family in your iso-bubble auto.

Celebrate Christmas in July with Contentious Character. They will be serving up a three-course meal with Christmas Carols and all the trimmings. And the good news: if you’re celebrating Christmas, it means the awfulness of 2020 must be almost over! Right?

All weekend

Jacqueline Lewis

Contemporary Australian art visits traditional China @ Humble House gallery. Photo: Jacqueline Lewis.

Small and Humble – GOST Group Exhibition

Where: Humble House Gallery – 93 Wollongong St, Fyshwick
When: Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

Small and Humble is an exhibition hosted by Humble House gallery (HHg) in collaboration with GOST bringing together contemporary art in a traditional Chinese setting.

Visit RISE Canberra for more details.

The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn wine bar will be at Haig Park all weekend. Photo: Supplied.

Pop Inn Wine Bar

Where: Haig Park
When: Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

The Pop Inn Wine Bar is back at Haig Park to make your weekend brighter.

Serving cheese boards, olives and your favourite wines, bring your picnic rug and join us for an afternoon of fun, weather permitting. Keep an eye on their social media for updates.

Head to the Questacon carpark to catch a movie with Mov'in Car

Head to the Questacon car park to catch a movie with Mov’in Car. Photo: Supplied.

Mov’in Car: Canberra Drive-in Cinema

Where: Questacon, Science Garden Parking
When: Every day, 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Cost: From $49.90

Mov’in Car is the drive-in cinema that landed in Canberra on 1 July and has now extended their season until 26 July.

Come watch fun movies in the comfort of your own car with pizzas, popcorn, wine, mulled wine and beers delivered to your car door! And if you don’t have a car – don’t worry, they’ve got you covered!

Visit RISE Canberra for more details and to book tickets.


Kambri at ANU presents Friday Funk Ft

Kambri at ANU presents Friday Funk Ft . Image: Supplied.

Kambri at ANU presents Music on the Screens | The Friday Funk ft Vessel Collective

Where: Facebook
When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: Free

Friday night just got even better thanks to Kambri at ANU. Streaming via Facebook from the Manning Clark Hall is Music on the Screens – a series of dance party sets featuring ANU student DJs, singer/songwriters and bands filmed on stage with decks, lighting and an audio-visual show to make it feel like you’re right there in the venue.

Leave the week that was behind with a two-hour set from Vessel Collective that will breeze through an eclectic array of genres featuring Shad, Destiny and Mim.

Live In Ya Lounge

The Cherrypickers, Lying Cheating Bastards + Blank Stares join you for Live In Ya Lounge this Friday 17th July. Photo: Live In Ya Lounge Facebook.

Live In Ya Lounge with The Cherrypickers, Lying Cheating Bastards + Blank Stares

Where: Online
When: 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: Free live streaming, donations welcome

Live In Ya Lounge is back! Join The CherryPickers, Lying Cheating Bastards, and Blank Stares for some feel-good grooves, well-known tunes, fun times, and maybe even a few fresh originals if you’re lucky.

To find out how you watch this from right where you are, visit RISE Canberra.


Christmas in July

Enjoy Christmas in July in the spectacular cellar at Contentious Character. Photo: Supplied.

Christmas in July with Contentious Character

Where: Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin
When: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Cost: $95 per person

Join Contentious Character as they celebrate Christmas in July! Singing carols and shaking their Santas all day long, they look forward to welcoming everyone for a three-course Christmas lunch or dinner, with a glass of warming mulled wine (white or red) or sparkling bubbly on arrival.

For more information and bookings, visit RISE Canberra.

Canberra Photography Group

Canberra Photography Group will be holding a ‘Beginners Guide to Photography’ workshop. Photo: Canberra Photography Group.

Canberra Photography Group Beginners Class

Where: O’Connor (the exact meeting point will be provided in the booking confirmation)
When: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $35 per person

Want to improve your photography? The Canberra Photography Group Beginners Class is a great place to start. This 3-hour session is a photo walk that will have you weaned off auto-mode, and transforming your everyday snaps into professional-looking shots. Maximum 6 people per class so bookings are essential.

You’ll need to bring your own digital camera that has a manual mode option, and plenty of batteries. You’ll also need your camera’s instruction manual if you have it, and two or more empty memory cards.


Freakebana with cowbell and coastal banksia. Photo: Supplied.

Freakebana: beautiful ugly – Floristry Workshop

Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway
When: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: $85 per person

Join Narelle from bravebotanics and look back on ikebana, move through surrealism and arrive with a screaming halt at freakebana.

Using sustainable floristry techniques and focusing on principles and elements of design, Narelle will take you through creating small flower designs.

To register your place or find out more information, visit RISE Canberra.


Local Business Network

BoardRoom with The Local Business Network Canberra. Image: Supplied.

BoardRoom with The Local Business Network Canberra

Where: Online
When: 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Cost: Free

Meet like-minded business owners and work together to create new ideas and solve the big issues in the BoardRoom ‘Mastermind Meeting’ presented by the Local Business Network Canberra.

To find out more information and register, visit the RISE Canberra website.

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