30 June 2022

Things to do in Canberra (17 - 23 June)

| Ben Arnedo
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The Street Theatre’s Twenty Minutes with the Devil. Photo: Creswick Collective.

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?

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Half an hour alone with your worst fears and wildest dreams. No help, no witnesses and not a minute to lose. When the crisis comes – what would you do? Photo: Supplied.

Twenty Minutes With The Devil: By Luis Gómez Romero & Desmond Manderson

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.

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Storytelling in the bush capital, where you are welcome to spin a six-minute yarn. Image: Supplied.

The Plunge: Expectations

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.

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Llewellyn Hall presents the Masters of Romance, performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Supplied.

The Masters Of Romance

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.


Boho Luxe Market showcases an array of local talent in design and crafts. Photo: Supplied.

Boho Luxe Market & Boho Bride

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
Where: EPIC
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.

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Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart. Photo: Supplied.

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.

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Women Talk shop is an event with exciting networking opportunities. Illustration: supplied.

Women Talk Shop

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.

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Find the perfect gifts at the Canberra Kids Market. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Kids Market

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.

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While away the afternoon with wine, food and friends at Telopea Park. Photo: Supplied.

The Pop Inn @ Telopea Park

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.

Typewriter and a laptop

Journalists make a living out of telling other people’s stories. Rarely are we shown a glimpse of their doubts and vulnerabilities. It’s time we hear this side of the story. Photo: File.

Panel Discussion: Upheaval – Disrupted Lives In Journalism

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.

Magoo's Cafe & Bar

Head to Magoo’s Cafe & Bar on 23 June for a PJ Party. Photo: Michelle Taylor.

PJ Party @ Magoo’s

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.

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