17 July 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (14 - 20 July)

| Travis Radford
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Yuldea, Bangarra

Yuldea tells the story of the enduring Anangu people and the moment traditional life collided with industrial ambition. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

Canberra Theatre Centre will host Bangarra Dance Theatre’s new major work, Yuldea, which tells the story of the enduring Anangu people of the Great Victorian Desert.

Also this week, the Lifeline Bookfair returns, and it’s the last chance to check out Winter in the City and Canberra’s arts and innovation Uncharted Territory festival.

There’s also something for rum/pirate lovers, fans of ice hockey, dinosaur enthusiasts, teenagers with a passion for writing and much more…

Last chance

Dan Sanguineti.

Award-winning film producer and Academy of Interactive Entertainment trainer Dan Sanguineti reveals what makes A-list films tick. Photos: Mikey J. Watson, AIE Film School.

Uncharted Territory

When: Until Sunday 16 July, various times
Where: Australian National University, Kambri Cultural Centre, Tangney Road, Acton
Cost: Free; see full program and book here.

Canberra’s arts and innovation winter festival, Uncharted Territory, continues until Sunday with lots still to do. Attend a panel discussion on place design or climate change, watch a film about Bob Brown or an exciting new experimental work by Canberra Youth Theatre, learn about filmmaking (from industry experts) or cyber security, have a conversation with a robot and much more.

Winter in the City.

Winter in the City brings ice skating, dance parties, winter treats and lots more to Canberra this July. Photo: Winter in the City.

Winter in the City 2023

When: Until Sunday 16 July, various times
Where: Civic Square and Ainslie Place, 180 London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $17 to $49.99; book here.

Winter in the City promises to bring the City Centre to life with a full roster of winter-themed festivities (and real snow!). The ice-skating rink is back – bigger and better than ever – along with a dress-up night, children’s entertainment, a Jazida pop-up party and more. There will also be cosy fireside winter treats, not to mention an array of winter discounts from nearby businesses.

Friday to Sunday

Old books

Rare books going up for auction in the Lifeline Canberra Bookfair include The Handmaid’s Tale, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Photo: James Coleman.

Lifeline Canberra Southside Bookfair

When: Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, 7 Pitman Street, Greenway
Cost: Payment at entry via gold coin donation or tap-and-go.

Canberra’s largest gathering of book lovers – the Lifeline Canberra Bookfair – is back. Stock up your shelves with books and more goodies, including rare books and collectables, magazines and pamphlets, sheet music, maps and atlases, comics, records, CDs and DVDs, games and jigsaws and more, all while helping to keep Lifeline’s local mental health crisis support service running.



Classic American cars are coming to Canberra! Photo: ACCA.

USA Car Show: Christmas in July

When: Saturday, 15 July 2023 from 11 am
Where: Spanish Australian Club, 5 Narupai Place, Narrabundah
Cost: Free, no booking required.

Join the American Car Club of Australia and the American Muscle Car Club as they finish their journey down from Sydney at Canberra’s Spanish Australian Club. The showcase of classic American cars will be followed by a lunch served at the Spanish Australian Club, with classic Spanish and Australian offerings. The club’s aim is to raise funds and awareness for brain cancer research.

Pirate Palooza! - A Celebration of Rum.

Pirate/rum lovers assemble! The Old Canberra Inn has the event for you. Photo: The Old Canberra Inn.

Pirate Palooza! – A Celebration of Rum

When: Saturday 15 July, from noon
Where: The Old Canberra Inn, 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham
Cost: Free entry, phone 6134 6000 to book a table.

Celebrate International Rum Week with the Old Canberra Inn. The historic family-friendly pub will host an all-day pirate-themed party, complete with prizes for the best-dressed pirates, pirate-themed carnival games, a DJ and live music and of course, plenty of rum. Plus, between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm, Canberra Shanty Club will host a sea shanty sing-along for all abilities.

Ice hockey

Catch all the action this weekend as Caribou CBR Brave face Perth Thunder on Saturday. Photo: Scott Stevenson.

Caribou CBR Brave v Perth Thunder

When: Saturday 15 July, from 5 pm
Where: Phillip Ice Skating Centre, 1 Irving Street, Phillip
Cost: From $15, book here.

Caribou CBR Brave will hope to continue their winning streak after two convincing 8-3 and 8-1 victories against Adelaide Adrenaline last weekend. This Saturday, Caribou CBR Brave take on Perth Thunder for the 2023 Goodall Cup. Plus, the action is set to continue in the Brave Cave through to August, with two more games scheduled, both against the Central Coast Rhinos.



An award-winning Australian children’s author will be holding a workshop for teenagers. Photo: National Museum of Australia.

Share your Story: Teen workshops

When: Sunday 16 July, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton
Cost: $15 per child ($10 for members), adults free, book here.

Where do ideas come from? Teens aged between 12 and 17 with a passion for writing stories or illustrating characters are invited to explore the answer to this question in a writing workshop with award-winning Australian children’s author Coral Vass. Ms Vass will share her own experience and passion for storytelling and help teens uncover their own inspiration to create a unique story.

Sunday and Monday

Dash Rumble and Reece Inkpen

Dash Rumble and Reece Inkpen are working together on the pop-up fundraising event. Photo: Lucy Ridge.

Reece’s Pieces pop-up

When: Sunday 16 July, from 1 pm and Monday 17 July, from 6 pm
Where: Pilot Restaurant, 1 Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie
Cost: $140 per person, book here.

The Reece’s Pieces pop-up fundraiser will raise funds for charity Peace of Mind, which offers support to brain cancer patients and their families. Canberra-born chef Reece Inkpen, whose mum was diagnosed with a glioblastoma grade four brain cancer and received support from Peace of Mind, is behind the multi-course meal featuring Australian seafood, local meats and fresh produce.

Monday onwards

Cycad (Macrozamia sp.) cone.

Cycads produce large cones which open when ripe to show vibrant colours. Photo: Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Plants Through Time

When: Monday 17 to Sunday 23 July, 11 am to noon and 2 pm to 3 pm
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton
Cost: Free, no booking required for people or groups less than six.

The Australian National Botanic Gardens invites Canberrans to come and see examples of the earliest types of plants, which were around at the same time as the dinosaurs, such as the cycad cone (pictured). Plus, trace their development and see how much these plants changed by the time the megafauna arrived, all on free guided walks as part of MEGAfauna: a walk through time!

Thursday onwards


When: Thursday 20 July to Saturday 22 July, various times
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $89.90 to $109.90 plus transaction fee, book here.

Bangarra Dance Theatre presents a major new work, Yuldea. The performance tells the story of the enduring Anangu people and the moment traditional life collided with industrial ambition. First in 1917 when the two halves of the Transcontinental Railway met at the water soak on the edge of the Nullarbor and second when atomic testing forced the Anangu people to leave their homelands.

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