18 April 2024

Things to do in Canberra this week (19 - 25 April)

| Claire Sams
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A man sitting in a field with a basket of produce

Jamie Durie will be on hand to talk about sustainability this Sunday. Photo: Suburban Land Agency.

Canberra in autumn is simply spectacular, so get out there and make the most of the incredible weather (you know, before it all turns to custard and hibernation begins).

What’s in store this week? Where to start? There’s a Harvest Festival at Bungendore, a chance to discover all things sustainable at Whitlam, a celebration of African culture and a whole lot more.

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Take a tour of the southeast food and drink producers in this three-day foodie festival. Image: Southern Harvest Association.

Bungendore Harvest Festival

When: 19 to 21 April, various times
Where: Locations in and around Bungendore
Cost: Cost depends on the event; visit the Southern Harvest Association for more information.

Have you wondered who grows or makes the food and drinks we consume? Bungendore Harvest Festival is coming back for another year to showcase producers from across Capital Country. The Bungendore Harvest Festival will launch with a dinner at Scrumpers Kitchen on Friday evening (19 April). It will include cooking demonstrations, farm tours, and a market day featuring a pavilion display from the Bungendore Show Society. Last year was a big one for Southern Harvest Association – they transitioned from a market to a community-owned co-operative, with the change inspiring the festival’s theme, ‘Co-operative Food’. Head along to learn about the region’s food systems – and, of course, eat and drink some delicious food!

Margaret Dimoff works across mediums, with her work available at her Deakin gallery. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Margaret Dimoff Art Gallery Art Sale

When: Until Friday 10 May, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Margaret Dimoff Art Gallery, 38 Grey Street, Deakin
Cost: Free entry.

Canberra artist Margaret Dimoff paints predominately abstract works using acrylic and oils on canvas or paper. If you want to add some new art to your home, the Margaret Dimoff Art Gallery has reached the end of its lease and is having a significant sale of its pieces. Some discounts on offer are a 30 per cent discount on canvas paintings and 40 per cent off framed paintings under glass, while clay sculptures and pots will have 40 per cent off.


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Head to Commonwealth Park for a day of African culture. Image: Africa Festival In The Park- Canberra/Facebook.

Africa Festival in the Park 2024

When: 20 April, 10 am to 8 pm
Where: Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Canberra
Cost: Free entry.

The beauty and diversity of African cultures will be on display as this festival returns to Canberra! The program includes live music, dance performances, drum circles, a range of food offerings and a chance to browse stallholders offering traditional clothing, handmade jewellery and other items. This family-friendly festival brings together traditional and contemporary elements of African culture for a festival where everyone can get involved.


Jamie Durie holding a plant

Check out all things sustainable in Whitlam – and meet a familiar face. Photo: Suburban Land Agency.

Sustainable House Day 2024

When: 21 April, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Suburban Land Agency’s Display Village, corner of Sculthorpe Avenue and Klaus Moje Street, Whitlam
Cost: Free entry, though registration via Eventbrite is essential.

The Suburban Land Agency’s (SLA) Whitlam Display Village will be the backdrop for a free community event as part of National Sustainable House Day. Jamie Durie, award-winning landscape architect and television presenter, will be a special guest. There will also be panel discussions, hands-on demonstrations, live music and fun kids’ activities. Above all, it will be a chance to learn more about how to live a more sustainable life.


Group of kids sitting in a circle while a Ginninderry Conservation Trust ranger sings them a song.

Who can say no to a combination of nature and music? Photo: Ginninderry Conservation Trust.

Music in the Bush

When: 23 April, 10 am to 11:30 pm
Where: The Link Community and Information Centre, 1 McClymont Way, Strathnairn
Cost: Tickets cost $10 and are available via Eventbrite.

Music in the Bush will allow Canberra kids to head outside for music, dance, and read a story about local plants and animals. The session is aimed at children aged three to seven; a parent or carer must also attend. Participants are asked to wear long trousers, enclosed shoes, a hat and sunscreen.


A 1579 map

Maps of the Americas and the Pacific took some interesting forms, such as this 1579 map by Abraham Ortelius. Photo: National Library of Australia.

Spanish mapping of empire with Dennis Reinhartz and Robert Clancy

When: 24 April, 6 pm to 7 pm
Where: National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra; or online via the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages
Cost: Free entry, though registration via StickyTickets is essential (tickets are not needed to stream the lecture).

American cartographic expert Emeritus Professor Dennis Reinhartz will discuss how world maps have changed – specifically, the colonial-era exploration of the Americas and the Pacific undertaken by the Spanish from the 15th to the 18th centuries. He will be joined by Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy, a map collector, curator and author. The public can attend in-person or live stream the discussion through the National Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Professor Reinhartz’s visit is supported by the State Library of NSW Foundation.

Still from Before Dawn showing a line of First World War soldiers

Watch and then hear from the director of Before Dawn, a movie inspired by the diaries of real-life Anzacs. Photo: still from Before Dawn (directed by Jordon Prince-Wright, 2024).

Before Dawn screening and Q&A session

When: 24 April, from 6 pm
Where: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Tickets cost between $17 and $20 and are available via the Archive’s website.

For some, war is a world away from our daily lives. In Before Dawn, Jim Collins (played by Levi Miller) must come to terms with the brutality of the First World War after leaving his family-run sheep station for the Western Front in France. The film is inspired by the diaries of Anzac soldiers and follows the Battle of the Hindenburg Line. Director Jordon Prince-Wright will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

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