The big week has arrived when Skywhale and Skywhale Papa will take to the skies over Canberra! There’s a mysterious adventure tour where the objective is to solve puzzles and be the first to throw ‘The Switch’, and a Drag Takeover at The Boardwalk. Meanwhile, RiotACT‘s very own Zoya Patel will discuss the representation of women in Australian literature at Kambri, and Bentspoke is running a pontoon bar on Queen Elizabeth Terrace!
Have a great week, Canberra!
When: Daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Old Parliament House, King George’s Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Free. Book your free pass at MOAD.
Take in the view of Mount Ainslie from the House of Representative’s verandah at Old Parliament House and learn more about the original design, filled with natural light, courtyards, covered walkways and verandahs. The verandah and its nearby corridor have recently been re-opened to the public, and currently host photographs of the building’s construction by William James Mildenhall, public servant and keen amateur photographer.
When: Friday to Sunday, 5 to 7 February, 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm (9:00 pm Sunday)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Terrace
Enjoy a BentSpoke Barley Griffin Pale Ale down by Lake Burley Griffin. Food, beverages, and good times guaranteed. This event will run on 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14 February!
When: Friday 5 February, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm (further dates on 6 Feb)
Where: The exact location will be revealed once you purchase and download the ticket pack
Cost: $40 per person.
Your mission starts at your rendezvous coordinates in Canberra where you’ve been asked to meet The Moderator.
You’ve been selected to help with a secret government-funded experiment in preparation for dark times ahead for the human race. When the chips are down, how do we behave? If we don’t have what we need to be comfortable, what happens to our morals? Do they go out the window in the name of self-interest or do we try to hang onto our perception of ourselves as “good” people?
Whatever it takes, you’ve got to find the Switch and throw it, before the 90 minutes is up!
When: Saturday 6 February, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Up-Opping Second Hand Clothing Shop, Ainslie Church of Christ
Dust off your instruments and come along for a jam with Jammalong! Playing bluegrass, old-timey, traditional country, folk music, country music, and other music that is easy to learn on the fly. Come with a song you know to share with others so we learn from each other. Bring a portable chair and your own food and drink and enjoy playing music with others.
When: Saturday 6 February, 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: The Boardwalk, 114 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Cost: $20 per person, tickets available online.
Proudly presented by Phish + Phreak Productions and The Boardwalk Bar and Nightclub, every Drag Takeover is bringing you a bevy of local queer talent with Phish + Phreak’s own artists and multiple stunning guest performers.
What tricks will our stunning kings, queens, and deities pull to celebrate? Well, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!
When: New date – Sunday 7 February, 5:30 am
Where: John Dunmore Lang Place, Parkes
Be the first to experience Patricia Piccinini’s new Skywhale family as Skywhale and Skywhalepapa, two monumental sculptures in the form of hot-air balloons, take to the Canberra skies.
Bring your picnic blanket and thermos to watch Skywhale fly for the first time alongside her new companion, Skywhalepapa.
A special live performance of We are the Skywhales by Jess Green with her band, and the Luminescence Children’s Choir will create an immersive sonic experience.
Note – this event was rescheduled from Saturday 6 February to Sunday 7 February.
When: Sunday 7 February, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Pickup is at 9:30 am from near BentSpoke Brewing Co in Braddon
Cost: $185 per person, bookings required.
Whether you’re a keen foodie, or you’re just looking for cool things to do in Canberra, this winery, chocolatier and distillery tour is going to be right up your street. Run by Dave’s Tours, there’s no better way to spend a few hours than sampling delicious artisan wines and sumptuous chocolates.
The tour will take you around three local wineries, a distillery and chocolatier on this small-group tour, and you’ll have the opportunity to sample the best flavours the Canberra Region has to offer.
When: Monday 8 February, 10:00 am kick-off at 10:30 am
Where: The Duxton, Sargood Street, O’Connor
That time of year has come around again, Super Bowl LV will be the 55th Super Bowl National Football League championship game. The greatest NFL playoff live and loud on the big screen at your favourite local, watch in as 2021’s league champion is decided.
When: Tuesday 9 February, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Canberra Environment Centre, Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton
Cost: $26.09, bookings essential through Eventbrite.
With our future looking dryer, hotter and with less predictable rainfall, how can you make sure that your garden continues to be a place of joy and a refuge for biodiversity?
The good news is that there is plenty you can do to safeguard your garden against future climate change and make sure that your gardening is helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
When: Thursday 11 February, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Kambri Cultural Centre, Building 153 University Avenue, Acton
Cost: Free, Registrations essential via Eventbrite.
Join Kambri for an insightful conversation with a panel of local award-winning literary luminaries, including The RiotACT‘s Zoya Patel, discussing how Australia’s changing face has influenced and is reflected in some of our great contemporary works. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore and discover books that need to be read!