25 February 2021

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (26 February - 4 March)

| Sharon Kelley
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Enlighten Festival at Parliament House

See our national institutions illuminated as part of the Enlighten Festival. Photo: Supplied.

The Enlighten Festival kicks off this week, so head out to one of our National Institutions to see the Illuminations! TEDxCanberra is holding a community forum on memories, and don’t miss the launch of Zoo Bar’s Mile High Club with special guests, Sneaky Sound System!

Have a great week, Canberra!

All week

Enlighten Festival

When: Friday 26 February to Monday 8 March, various times
Where: Stage 88, Canberra Glassworks, Parliamentary Triangle, Australian National Botanic Gardens
Cost: Various, visit the Enlighten Events page for details.

The Enlighten Festival has returned for 2021 from 26 February to 14 March, so don’t miss the Enlighten Illuminations from 26 February to 8 March.

Alongside these colourful activations, Canberra is hosting a range of events to celebrate the festival. This week, take the kids to the Mint to see Enlighten Titan the robot, and stop by one of Canberra’s many restaurants for a late-night treat, such as decadent dark chocolate cheesecake from Magoo’s Cafe and Bar at Kingston Foreshore. You can also head to Capital Hill to hear about Indigenous experiences of Parliament House.

Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell: Worlds Of Colour opens at the National Gallery of Australia. Photo: Supplied.

Joan Mitchell: Worlds Of Colour

When: Daily, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: National Gallery of Australia, Parkes
Cost: Free, timed ticketing essential from the NGA website.

The National Gallery of Australia presents Joan Mitchell: Worlds of colour – the first major exhibition on the international artist ever to be held in Australia. Joan Mitchell: Worlds of colour reveals the influence of the landscape on painter and printmaker Joan Mitchell and explores the final stage of her career.

Woden drains

Woden Drains, Yarralumla Creek Stormwater Drain, Legal Site 4. Photo: Thomas Edmondson, 2021.

Stories for the Woden Graffiti Project

When: Daily until Sunday 28 February, anytime
Where: Online
Cost: Free, head to the Woden Graffiti Project to contribute.

Do you have stories about writing graffiti in Woden? At the Woden drains, the Woden squash courts, other legal or illegal sites? Do you have photos of graffiti in the area from the 80s/90s/00s or later? If so, Tuggeranong Arts Centre would love to hear from you. You can submit anonymously, but if you would be happy for their project team to contact you to learn more about your story, please include your name and contact details. Head to the Woden Graffiti page on the Tuggeranong Arts Centre website for more information. Submissions close 28 February.

Jack, John and Kempsey – Exhibition

When: Daily, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Cost: Free.

Painted between 1958 and 2020 and showcasing work from the artist’s private collection and the collections of family, friends, and local collectors – Jack, John, and Kempsey is a curated exhibition of paintings by 92-year-old Jack Featherstone. Featherstone is a Braidwood-based self-taught artist. Included in Jack, John and Kempsey are paintings from his David Series.

All weekend

Mile High Club

Head to the Mile High Club launch party with Sneaky Sound System. Image: Supplied.

Mile High Club Launch Party with Sneaky Sound System

When: Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February, 10:00 pm to 4:00 am
Where: Zoo Bar Mile High Club, Level 4, 17 London Cct, Canberra
Cost: $64.39 – $74.94, limited tickets available via Eventbrite.

Celebrating their 2nd Anniversary and the launch of their new Mile High Club, Zoo Bar welcomes special guests Sneaky Sound System, performing this Friday and Saturday night.

Sneaky Sound System, one of Australia’s most popular electropop music groups, will perform at the launch of Zoo Bar’s Mile High Club. Having played live shows, club gigs, and festivals around the world, the group is known for its energetic, sing-a-long vibes.

Hockey ACT’s ‘Come and Try’ Weekend

When: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Saturday at the National Hockey Centre, Lyneham, Sunday at Tuggeranong Hockey Park, Greenway
Cost: Free.

Hockey ACT is hosting its annual ‘Come and Try’ weekend. Grab your friends, siblings, wives, husbands and the next-door neighbour to come and give it a crack. This session is all about trying out hockey for any newcomers, returning hockey players, and any past players who want to get back into it.

TEDxCanberra Conversations: Our Memories

When: Saturday 27 February 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Room 2.02, Marie Reay Teaching Centre, Kambri at ANU Precinct, 155 University Ave, Canberra
Cost: Free, register for your place at Humanitix.

Why are negative memories easier to remember than happier ones?

TEDxCanberra Conversations are free, monthly community networking events where you’re invited to join fellow Canberrans for a conversation about big ideas. Each event features a selected TED Talk, a presentation by a special guest and time for questions and open conversation. This month, the theme is ‘our memories’.


Memory Walk

Join the Canberra Memory Walk & Jog to raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Memory Walk and Jog

When: Sunday 28 February, 7:00 am
Where: Barrine Drive, Lake Burley Griffin
Cost: Adults $39, Seniors and children $29, kids under 5 free. Tickets online.

Memory Walk & Jog is excited to return to the nation’s capital on Sunday, 28 February where we’ll be walking, jogging and running the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin for people living with dementia. Whether you’re an exercise enthusiast or a couch connoisseur, there’s a distance for you! Walk, run or jog the 2 km, 5 km or 10 km courses. You can register as an individual or a group.


Comedy Club

Comedy comes back to the Civic Pub on 3 March. Image: Supplied.

Comedy Club at the Civic Pub

When: Wednesday 3 March, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Where: The Civic Pub, 8 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Cost: $20 general admission, tickets available via TryBooking.

After a 12-month hiatus due to COVID-19, the Comedy Club is back at the Civic Pub with a fresh format, including two sessions at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Featuring Chris Ryan, Hamish Hudson, Anthony Tomic, Chelsea Heaney and MC Laura Campbell.


The ACT Porcelain Artists Association

The ACT Porcelain Artists Association presents an exhibition of native flora and fauna on ceramics and porcelain. Image: Supplied.

A Brush With Porcelain Exhibition

When: Daily from Thursday 4 March, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens, Visitor Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Canberra
Cost: Free.

Come and see the beauty and diversity of Australian native flora and fauna portrayed on porcelain/ceramics from the ACT Porcelain Artists Association. The artists apply their skills and artistry to achieve realistic, stylised, or abstract portrayals using modern and traditional techniques. There will be live demonstrations in the gallery, with artists skillfully painting intricate details onto porcelain.

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