This week’s guide features two unique markets, one for kids and the other for all those looking for great designs from local makers. There are a couple of activities that focus on people and storytelling. There is also great music to enjoy, from the romantic classics to folk and blues. Keep your eyes open for changes to availability as some events are limited and check official sources for the most up-to-date information. Other than that, what are you waiting for?
When: From 19 to 23 June, multiple times
Where: The Street Theatre
Cost: $37 – $45. Get your tickets here.
Part thriller, part black comedy, this play is inspired by events leading to the capture of El Chapo, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, in 2016. But Twenty Minutes With The Devil transcends its original context, opening instead onto a world that is everywhere and nowhere in an idiom at once strange and familiar. Directed by the head of The Street Theatre, it asks vital questions about law, politics and justice in the modern world.
When: Friday 17 June, from 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Highroad, Dickson
Cost: $28. Get your tickets here.
The Plunge is a popular event of true stories. Participants are required to share a story related to the theme ‘expectations’. Sign up and share your most embarrassing, humorous, sad or brave story. All stories must be true and from your own experiences. Notes are allowed, but no props, and you must keep it under six minutes. It’s at the lovely Highroad cafe in Dickson.
When: Friday 17 June, 7:30 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall
Cost: $25 – $70. Get your tickets here.
The Sydney Symphony is in town for one special night with a performance of music by the Great Romantics. The concert opens with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, following a journey from tyranny to kindness, including Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1, one of the most beautiful pieces of violin music. The evening culminates with a sense of patriotism and joy through Dvorák’s Symphony No 8. The orchestra will be conducted by Roger Benedict with solo violin by Andrew Haveron.
When: Friday 17 June from 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 18 June from 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 19 June from 9 am to 3 pm
Cost: $6-$12. Get your tickets here.
Discover sustainable and ethically sourced brands at this three-day market. Designers, artists, eco-conscious brands and talented creatives will gather their stalls in Canberra as part of a national tour. Experience exclusive brands, visit local favourites, or just relax in the wedding-inspired chill-out area. If you are planning a wedding or an event, check Boho Luxe Bride, which runs concurrently with the design market. Food and drinks are available at the venue.
Lakespeare Pen Portraits
When: Saturday 18 June, from 11 am to 12:15 pm
Where: National Portrait Gallery
Cost: $7.50 – $10. Get your tickets here.
Canberra’s premier literary theatre company, Lakespeare, takes audiences on a journey through the great works of poets, novelists, orators, and inspiring minds featured in Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London. Pen Portraits is a new performance by leading local actors at the National Portrait Gallery.
When: Saturday 18 June, 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Harmony room, The Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre
Cost: Free. More information here.
An event for Canberra’s culturally and linguistically diverse women where wonderful things can happen. The workshop is designed to provide social, professional and upskilling resources. It is an inclusive space delivered by SiTara’s Story in partnership with the Canberra Multicultural Women Forum.
When: Sunday 19 June, 3 pm
Where: Fitters Workshop, Kingston
Cost: Free. More information here.
The Kids Markets return to Canberra in June at the Fitters Workshop in Kingston. You will find stalls selling everything for the little ones, including quality new and gently used goods for every budget. Get your little one’s new favourite toy or find the perfect jacket combo for twins.
When: Sunday 19 June, 1 pm to 6 pm
Where: 23 Telopea Park
Cost: Free entry. More information here.
The Pop Inn by Wine Bar Co is an architecturally designed wine bar on wheels that enlivens locations around Canberra. It offers a range of wines, beers, and seasonal cocktails, charcuterie boards and other snacks, this time at Telopea Park.
When: Thursday 23 June, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: National Library of Australia
Cost: Free. Book now here.
The engine room of reporting has shrunk and a generation of journalists has witnessed seismic changes in the media industry. Matthew Ricketson, co-editor of Upheaval: Disrupted Lives in Journalism, will moderate a timely panel discussion. In this book, Ricketson and some of Australia’s most notable journalists share first-hand accounts of the current transitions underway and what this might mean for the nation.
When: Thursday 23 June, 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Magoo’s Cafe and Bar, 27 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore
Cost: Free entry.
Magoo’s Cafe and Bar will be hosting a PJ Party to raise money for Vinnies CEO Sleepout! With specials for those in PJs, you’ll have a great night out while raising money for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.