2 June 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (3 - 9 June)

| Ben Arnedo
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David Winmill at Farrah's with dark beers

Embrace the dark side this Saturday at Farrah’s Liquor Collective with their Dark and Delicious Beer Tasting. Photo: Zach Griffith.

Winter is here – on the calendar and the mercury. Outdoor events are dwindling, but there are still a lot of activities on offer. The talented artists behind ‘She’s on the Bill” are raising money to help the flood-affected residents of the Northern Rivers with some cracking music.

On the topic of support, the National Gallery of Australia is promoting the visibility of women with a mass edit-a-thon of Wikipedia entries. It’s a win-win: learn a new skill and promote local talent. So whether it is a beautiful kids show, craft markets or an interactive installation, there is something great for everyone this week.

Women doing crafts

CraftAlive Canberra proudly will be presenting the Canberra Quilters Inc Annual Members Exhibition. Photo: craftalive.

Craftalive Canberra

When: From Tuesday 1 to Saturday 4 June, from 9:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Former Transport Depot, Kingston Arts Precinct
Cost: $14 / $25. Buy tickets here.

On CraftAlive, you can find both local and leading craft experts under one roof. There will be a great deal of craft supplies, kits, and equipment available at the show. Unlike many other conventions, CraftAlive is designed to be interactive. You will be able to participate in interactive sessions with world-class specialists. Booking of classes can be done at the event, but spots are limited.

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All profits from the Friday, 3 June, concert are going to The Flood Relief Fund. Image: shesonthebill.

She’s On The Bill: Northern Rivers Flood Relief Concert

When: Friday 3 June, 7 pm
Where: Transit Bar
Cost: $29 / $39. Get your tickets here.

Great music for a good cause: an evening of live music in Canberra’s newest – and possibly best – venue. AYA YVES, Hope Wilkins, Lucy Sugerman, Groovy Daughter, Sam Sly & Fin Geach will be playing live to raise money for the Northern Rivers Flood Relief Fund. This fund was established by NRCF and Byron Community Centre following the March 2022 floods to support not-for-profit community groups working on flood recovery across the Northern Rivers region.

Jo Lloyd, Archive the archive, 2020. Photo: Peter Rosetzky.

Jo Lloyd’s Archive the archive at the Know My Name Artist Party

When: Friday 3 June, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: National Gallery of Australia
Cost: Free. Get your tickets here.

This is a rare dance performance for the more artsy Canberrans. Philippa Cullen was a pioneering performance artist who used the movement of the body to generate sound, notably with a theremin, a musical instrument controlled without physical contact. Despite the originality of her art, Cullen is now little known, having died prematurely at the age of 25. For Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now, contemporary dancer Jo Lloyd has conceived Archive the archive, a new performance commission that revisits and extends Cullen’s pioneering practice. It’s happening at the free artist party of this momentous exhibition, so get in quick.

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“Guess how much I love you” is a play by Richard Tulloch Adapted from the books by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram. Image: Supplied.

Guess How Much I Love You

When: Saturday 4 June, shows at 10 am, 12 pm and 3 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: $28 / $36. Get your tickets here.

In this stage adaptation of Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You books, Little and Big Nutbrown Hare discover the magic and colour of the seasons. This warming story of love and nature is fun for the whole family, with beautiful puppetry, music and laughter for ages three and up. This family favourite is brought to life by CDP Kids, the folks behind The Gruffalo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, and Spot.

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575 associated with Nicholas Hilliard. National Portrait Gallery, London. Purchased 1865. Image: Portrait Gallery, London.

Wear, Repair, Repurpose

When: Saturday 4 June, from 11 am to 1 pm
Where: National Portrait Gallery
Cost: $75 / $65. Get tickets here.

Kelli Donovan studied at the CIT Fashion Technology School and worked in the fashion industry in Melbourne. She is the founder of ethical fashion label, Pure Pod. Join Kelli to repurpose your own pair of jeans and give them a new life. Get inspired by textiles across the ages in the gallery’s current exhibit, Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London. Bring some jeans to cut up!

Dark beers

Taste a range of dark beers at Farrah’s Liquor Collective on Saturday from 10 am. Photo: Zach Griffith.

Dark and Delicious Beer Tasting

When: Saturday 4 June, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Farrah’s Liquor Collective, 8 Townsville Street, Fyshwick
Cost: Free entry.

The team at Farrah’s Liquor Collective know dark beers are perfect for winter – and they’re making it easier for you to choose your favourite with a tasting event this weekend. Explore 15 different dark beers and meet some of the producers who made them.

Know My Name: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

When: Saturday 4 June, 1 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: National Gallery of Australia
Cost: Free. Book now.

Become an expert in creating and editing Wikipedia entries to help the National Gallery build information about Australian women artists on the world’s largest research database. Only around 19 per cent of the biographies on Wikipedia are of women – it’s time to change that! Join Caddie Brain from Wikimedia Australia and NGA’s Research Library staff for an interactive workshop where you can contribute to Wikipedia entries about artists featured in Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now.

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Join the Old Bus Depot Markets for Multicultural Sunday this weekend. Photo: Old Bus Depot Markets.

Multicultural Sundays

When: Sunday 5 June, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston
Cost: Free entry. Find more information at Old Bus Depot Markets.

Love experiencing different cultures? Tour the world without leaving Canberra this weekend at the Old Bus Depot Markets. There’ll be a variety of stallholders offering handcrafted items from around the world and plenty of tasty international cuisine in our food hall.

Dairy Road Market is hosted on the first Sunday of every month and features local produce, handmade objects, second-hand clothing and live music. Photo: Gupi de Zavalia

Dairy Road Market – Winter Edition With Mulled Wine, Hot Chocolate and Warm Vintage Clothes

When: Sunday 5 June, from 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Dairy Road Precinct
Cost: Entry is free or $12 with wine tastings. Get your tickets here.

This month at Dairy Road, Cellar Door offers wine tastings including a special mulled wine by Quarry Hill. Local makers will feature a beautiful array of arts and crafts, some from CraftACT and some from the adjacent Granger Gallery. At the market, you will also find artisanal food, second-hand clothing, a soul vinyl DJ, and local produce at the neighbouring cafe. Meet the makers and purchase pieces that aren’t for sale elsewhere. This month’s market is a little smaller than usual because it’s all inside. You’ll need to nip across the lane to the Jasper + Myrtle chocolate factory for heart-warming hot chocolate.

Art installation

Connection from Grande Experiences: Songlines from Australia’s First Peoples in a spectacular immersive experience. Photo: Supplied.


When: From Wednesday 8 June to Sunday 9 October
Where: National Museum of Australia
Cost: $28 / $35. Get your tickets here.

Presented by Grande Experiences, creators and producers of the world’s most visited exhibition, Van Gogh Alive, comes a new artwork celebrating Indigenous Australian culture. Experience visual storytelling like never before with 360-degree, large-scale projections and cutting-edge light and sound technology. Combining works from over 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists into one powerful and rich story, Connection is a unique, spectacular experience you can’t miss.

READ ALSO Breathtaking performance art transmits true Indigenous storytelling

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Lano & Woodley are back with a whale of a show. Image: Supplied.

Lano & Woodley – Moby Dick

When: Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June, 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: $64.90 / $74.90. Get your tickets here.

Lano and Woodley are behind some of Australia’s most beloved comedy shows and this one’s sure to blow you away. One of the greatest stories ever told, Moby Dick is filled with adventure, revenge, madness, religion, and the fury and over-whale-ming majesty of nature. Once again, Frank and Colin have bitten off more than they can chew and released their most ambitious show to date. As a result of their love-hate relationship, they have won countless awards and earned devoted followers around the country. You really orca see it.

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