10 September 2020

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (11 - 17 September)

| Sharon Kelley
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Molonglo Valley Summer Safety Session 2020

Join Woden Community Services as they host a Summer Safety Session for Molonglo Valley residents this Sunday 13 September. Photo: Woden Community Services.

There’s plenty to do this week in Canberra as Floriade Reimagined opens and the Belco Arts Centre creates a new circus experience presented as a part of the RISE Canberra‘s #WhereYouAreFestival.

You won’t want to miss the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of Australian pub rock photography or the Great Australian Craft Show with their range of crafty online events.

Saturday brings the Wall-to-Wall Ride for Remembrance, which takes place to honour the memory of fallen police officers and this Sunday Molonglo Valley residents are invited to take part in the family-friendly Summer Safety Session, hosted by Woden Community Service.

If you’re into theatre, the Green Oak Theatre is debuting their first performance of The Thornwaite Inheritance: The Musical at Erindale Theatre. Or if music is more your scene, our local musicians will finally be able to play live with the Lunchbox Acoustic series in the city.

If you’re caring for a loved one and would like to take in some peace and quiet, check out the National Gallery of Australia’s Art for Carers session on Tuesday, and if you need a laugh check out the comedy on offer at FUNdamentals at Smith’s Alternative next Thursday night.

Make sure to keep an eye on RISE Canberra for more things to do. Have a great week, Canberra!

All week

The National Portrait Gallery's Pub Rock exhibition.

The National Portrait Gallery’s Pub Rock exhibition. Photo: Supplied.

Pub Rock photography exhibition

Where: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
When: Daily, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: Free.

Celebrate the people, places, and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity. Get in amongst the staged portraits, publicity shots and grungy energy of live performance as pioneering acts like The Easybeats, Little Pattie, and Johnny O’Keefe share the stage with global players and local favourites.

This vibrant (sometimes sweaty) exhibition of homegrown rock ‘n’ roll, punk and pop features work from the Portrait Gallery collection alongside images by leading Australian music photographers.

Timed ticketing is available but bookings are essential. For further information, visit the RISE Canberra website.

The Great Australian Craft Show

The Great Australian Craft Show is on from 10-13 September. Photo: File.

Great Australian Craft Show

Where: Online
When: Thursday, 10 September to Sunday, 13 September, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: Free.

The Great Australian Craft Show is like a CraftAlive but online. There will be a range of crafty events and exhibits over the course of the whole show, for you to visit and learn about all things craft.

Find out about each event, exhibition and how to get involved here.

Floriade Reimagined

Floriade Reimagined is chance to spring across Canberra. Photo: Glynis Quinlan.

Floriade Reimagined

Where: Various locations across Canberra
When: Daily from Saturday, 12 September
Cost: Free.

Join Floriade Reimagined as they offer all the Floriade activities you know and love with a mix of virtual and in-person experiences. Enjoy workshops, talks, and fitness classes to help keep your gardens green and minds inspired. Stock up on Australian designed products, gardening delights, and spring-inspired eats at the virtual marketplace that showcases all your favourite Floriade traders and foodies.

Thornthwaite Inheritance

The debut original production from Green Oak Theatre, performing 13 to 18 September at Erindale Theatre. Image: Supplied.

The Thornthwaite Inheritance: The Musical

Where: Erindale Theatre, McBryde Cres, Wanniassa
: Sunday, 13 September, 2:00 pm; Monday, 14 September to Friday, 18 September, 7:00 pm
Cost: Tickets $25 (programs $5), bookings essential.

Welcome to the debut original production from Green Oak Theatre, performing 13 to 18 September at Erindale Theatre.

Lorelli and Ovid Thornthwaite have been trying to kill each other for so long that neither can remember who struck first. Haunted by the tragic death of their parents, they have been raised by their servants in the isolation and sobriety of their family manor. On their sixteenth birthday, the twins agree to a truce. The arrival of the family lawyer and his son, however, turns the manor upside down.

What is the police inspector up to? Does the lawyer have another agenda? And who, in the end, will be the one to walk away with the Thornthwaite Inheritance?


L'Enterpise du Risque

L’Enterpise du Risque will open the new Belconnen Arts Centre Theatre. Image: Supplied.

L’entreprise du Risque

Where: Belco Arts Theatre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
When: Sessions between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm
Cost: $25 – 35 per person.

Belco Arts Centre is bringing together aerial expert Bernard Bru, renowned costume designer Olga Dumova and world-class circus performer Jake Silvestro to create a new circus experience presented as a part of the #WhereYouAreFestival.

L’entreprise du Risque is an eclectic mix of acrobatics, clowning and unexpected surprises with dangerous themes in a thrilling experience.

For more information, visit the RISE Canberra website.


The wall to wall ride for remembrance.

The Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance. Photo: Supplied.

The Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance

Where: Various locations
When: 9:30 am
Cost: $75.00 per registered rider or pillion passenger. Post-event evening function cost is $25.00.

Open to serving and retired members (sworn and unsworn) and all other friends, family, and proud supporters of policing, the ride is not only a wonderful commemoration of service and sacrifice, but also a fantastic social event for enthusiastic motorcyclists across Australia in celebration of the police family.

Make this the year that you get the bike out from the back of the garage and join us on a special ride in support of all that is good within the motorcycling community and policing across Australia. All registration fees will be donated to the Police Legacy in the State/Territory you nominate when you register.


Summer Safety Session.

Molonglo Valley residents are invited to the Summer Safety Session. Photo: Supplied.

Molonglo Valley Summer Safety Session

Where: Stromlo Cottage, Noffs Crescent, Coombs
When: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Cost: Free.

Woden Community Service, in collaboration with ACT Rural Fire Service, ACT State Emergency Service and Mingle invite residents of Molonglo to a fun, family-friendly event to learn about bushfire safety, storm preparedness and a number of other interactive safety topics.

In addition to Interactive Summer Safety workshops and displays, the event has fun interactive games, BBQ, music, and interactive and educational workshops by ACT Snake Removals who will bring along non-venomous pythons and lizards. Registrations are essential for organisers to track numbers. Get your ticket here.


Body Electric

Installation view of Body Electric, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Photo: Supplied.

Art For Carers

Where: National Gallery Australia, Main Entrance
When: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Cost: Free, bookings essential.

Join with carers from across the region to spend a social hour engaging with art through tours and art-making activities. Stay behind after the tour to share a coffee in the Gallery’s café. This week’s event will be held at the Body Electric exhibition. Bookings are essential, book here.


Lunchbox Acoustic

Canberra musicians and the City Renewal Authority present Lunchbox Acoustic in Garema Place. Image: Supplied.

Lunchbox Acoustic presents Cathy Diver

Where: Garema Place
When: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Cost: Free.

Introducing the City Renewal Authority’s new Lunchbox Acoustic program of live performances in the city centre! The program features talented, local artists and is bringing life to the heart of the city, encouraging people to spend time in our city’s outdoor spaces.

Wednesday’s performance will be at Garema Place with the incredibly talented Cathy Diver playing country music.


FUNdamentals at Smith's Alternative

Come for a laugh to FUNdamentals at Smith’s Alternative on Thursday night. Image: Supplied.

FUNdamentals comedy

When: 6:30 pm
Where: Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic
Cost: $20 per person, strictly limited to 20 people per show, bookings essential.

FUNdamentals is back at Smith’s Alternative, and is bringing you the hilarious comedians Chris Ryan, Jeffrey Charles, Laura Campbell and Felix McCarthy.

Chris Ryan is a 46-year-old former journalist, mother of two teenagers and one of the most exciting new voices on the Australian comedy scene, winning Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival in 2019.

Laura Campbell is a young Canberra based stand up comedian, MC, and disability activist. Her comedy is an energetic, fearless, and at times downright sexy perspective into the adventures of a disabled woman living in a non-disabled world.

Felix McCarthy is a 26-year-old local Canberra comedian and freckleface. His grain-fed humour is nutritionally proven to make anyone laugh at his whacky observations.

Jeffrey Charles is a 35-year-old Canberra comic, parent, journeyman teacher, and raconteur, who is a veteran of the Sydney comedy scene. Jeff has sold out shows in the Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival with his hilariously absurd stories of a bourgeois teacher trying to bumble through each day.

If you’re looking for more events around Canberra, check out the RISE Canberra website.

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