23 June 2022

Things to do in Canberra (24 - 30 June)

| Ben Arnedo
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Poachers Pantry Truffle Dinners

Enjoy a five-course truffle-themed dinner at Poachers Pantry this Winter. Photo: Poachers Pantry.

The cold weather in the Capital is finally bringing some benefits. Black Winter Truffles are almost here and any indoor activity that promotes a cosy atmosphere, such as a movie or cooking class, is a hot ticket.

Over 120 movies are being screened throughout June in the heart of the city. As if that weren’t enough, the NSFA is hosting its own trivia night with a Hollywood focus and food included. This week you can listen to timeless classical music, make your own tofu, learn about the future of politics, or meet a special someone in speed dating. Just make sure you book your activities in advance and visit the official sites for any potential changes to the schedule.

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The Capital Film Festival will feature films and events that will engage audiences of all ages. Image: Supplied.

Capital Film Festival

When: 15 to 26 June, multiple times
Where: Dendy Cinemas
Cost: from $17. Book your tickets here.

Hosted by Dendy Cinemas and with a mix of feature-length, short movies and documentaries from all over the world, the Capital Film Festival celebrates its first year with a curated line-up that will excite all of your senses.

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Harriet Sharp and Georgia Keogh show off sausage rolls and croissants with a truffle twist. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

The Canberra Truffle Festival

When: Mid-June to mid-August
Where: Multiple venues. See the full program here.

With much anticipation, as Winter darkens, the Canberra Region buzzes with events and experiences to celebrate the black winter truffle. The activities are diverse and cater to every taste. Find out more about the flavours and the different ways truffles can enhance any culinary experience.

READ ALSO Winter Truffle Dinners at Poachers Pantry

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THREE is on at Canberra Theatre Centre on Friday, 24 June and Saturday, 25 June. Photo: David Kelly.


When: Friday 24 June and Saturday 25 June
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit
Cost: $79 plus transaction fee. Concession, groups and under 30s pricing available. Tickets at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Three works. Three choreographers. Three spellbinding stories. THREE is a mesmerising and ambitious triple bill featuring Hofesh Shechter, Jack Lister and Canberra’s own Melanie Lane.

READ ALSO THREE brings cutting-edge contemporary dance to the fore

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Enjoy some wine while you learn to make tofu. Image: Supplied.

Tofu Workshop

When: Saturday 25 June, 1 pm to 4 pm
Where: Two Before Ten, 68 Bandjalong Cres, Aranda
Cost: $120. Book here.

Making your own tofu is better than buying it in a packet, and soybeans grown in Australia will impart a unique sweet and nutty flavour to your product. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while learning these new skills, along with some tofu snacks. The Aranda Urban Farm will host this workshop for a small group.

Party with your film-nerd friends on the big screen, play games and win prizes. Photo: Supplied.

NSFA Trivia Night!

When: Saturday 25 June, 6:30 pm
Where: National Sound and Film Archive
Cost: $19 – $24. Get your tickets here.

Trivia nights are starting at the National Film and Sound Archive. The first event will focus on Australians in Hollywood – the Australians who’ve made it big in LA. This includes Australia’s biggest stars, most high-profile directors, as well as behind-the-scenes talent. If you need to prepare, tickets include access to the Australians & Hollywood exhibition from 5 pm. Register by booking your team’s tickets and you will be seated together. Food will be provided on this first night (it’s included in the ticket price). The bar will be open all night long.

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Kulture Break celebrates 20 years with its Mid-Year Expo, Rewind. Image: Kulture Break.

Mid-Year Expo – Rewind

When: Sunday 26 June, 12 noon to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm
Where: Kambri, University Avenue
Cost: $37. Get your tickets here.

Established in 2002, Kulture Break has consistently empowered young people and their communities in Canberra. ‘REWIND’ celebrates the organisation’s 20th anniversary, and they deserve the celebration. This event is a chance for students to showcase their love of dance and their hard work this year. By attending the event, you will be helping to fund future Kulture Break programs and will be amazed by the rich culture the organisation fosters, including through some searing dance moves.

READ ALSO Identity through movement: Kulture Break founder says ‘come as you are’

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Old Bus Depot Markets hosts Collectable Sunday every fourth Sunday of each month. Photo: Old Bus Depot Markets.

Collectables Sunday

When: Sunday 26 June, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston
Cost: Free entry. For more information, visit Old Bus Depot Markets.

Do you love collecting? Old Bus Depot Markets is the place for you this Sunday! They will be highlighting collectables in a special themed Sunday with everything from records to furniture and antiques.

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Bach’s Double Violin Concerto is on at Llewellyn Hall on Monday, 27 June. Photo: Supplied.


When: Monday 27 June, 8 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall
Cost: from $25. Get your tickets here.

Bach’s Double Violin Concerto is among his best-loved compositions. There’s a Largo where two soloists weave vigorously around each other. To hear Richard Tognetti and Principal Violin Helena Rathbone perform this enduring composition is an exceptional experience. Bach’s beautiful arias to intricate orchestral works illustrate why many consider him the most enduring and influential composer of all time.

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Allied Women in Policy welcomes special guests to discuss diversity and inclusion in the 2022 policy landscape. Image: Supplied.

Rules Of Engagement: How Diversity And Inclusion Will Shape Policy In 2022

When: Wednesday 29 June, 6:30 pm
Where: CPA Australia, 10 Rudd Street
Cost: Free.

With the new and diverse parliament, Australia has new chances for economic and social policy change. Learn what you can do to influence the direction of the country, as well as some of the implications and opportunities that lie ahead. Panellists include Elizabeth Lee (Leader of the Canberra Liberal Party and the Member for Kurrajong in the ACT Legislative Assembly) and Jack Waterford (former editor-in-chief of The Canberra Times).

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Speed dating for ages 40-55 is on at Walt & Burley on Thursday, 30 June. Image: Supplied.

Speed Dating Canberra | In-person | CitySwoon | Ages 40-55

When: Thursday 30 June, 7 pm
Where: Walt & Burley
Cost: $64. Get your tickets here.

Hosted by a friendly and professional team, in-person matched speed dating returns to Walt & Burley. Fill out a profile in under five minutes and get paired with six to eight compatible singles in quick succession. This event includes two drinks – one on arrival and one at the end of the session. There are no match cards, drink tokens, or paper or pens needed for checking in – just bring your (charged) phone and a great attitude! Get out there, why not!?

PAWS Party

When: Saturday, 25 June, 12 pm
Where: Haig Park
Cost: Free. More information here.

A less obvious way to meet people is the nice little PAWS Party in Haig Park. It is designed for people of all ages to meet others via their pooches. It is supported by the City Renewal Authority and PAWS (Pet Assistance and Wellbeing Service) at Northside Community Service. Tails will be wagging, zoomies will be happening and live music will be playing. You can expect good coffee, free treats for your four-legged friend, and perhaps a new two-legged friend as well.

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