17 July 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (7 - 13 July)

| Travis Radford
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The SoftBank Pepper robot is the most advanced Artificial Intelligence-driven retail robot in the world – and it will be at the Uncharted Territory festival this month! Photo: Adam Gill.

Where to start this week? How about Canberra’s arts and innovation winter festival, Uncharted Territory? Its 10-day celebration of creativity, experimentation and ground-breaking ideas kicks off and there’s a stack to get inspired by, or celebrate NAIDOC Week with the Australian Youth Orchestra’s performance of Ngapa William Cooper or several other NAIDOC Week-themed activities.

Plus, snow is falling in Civic with Winter in the City, and there’s a 20th-anniversary tour of The Waifs’ breakthrough album and more …

Friday and Saturday

Robyn Archer: An Australian Songbook

When: Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July, from 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $85 to $95 plus transaction fee; book here.

Icon and pioneer of the Australian stage Robyn Archer will be joined by George Butrumlis on piano accordion, Cameron Goodall on guitar and Enio Pozzebon on keyboards as they uncover the hidden gems of Australian music. From convict lament to First Nations songwriters, Robyn will spend the evening exploring and celebrating Australia’s many rhythms and voices.


sheep grazing among grape vines

Deirdre Macken will be signing copies of her new book, Growing grapes might be fun. Image: Supplied.

Meet the author – Deirdre Macken at Yazzbar

When: Saturday, 8 July, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Yazzbar, 81 Comur Street, Yass, NSW
Cost: Free; no booking required.

Hear from local author Deirdre Macken and grab a signed copy of her new book, Growing grapes might be fun, at the Yazzbar in Yass. The book tells the honest, funny story of a couple’s move to the country for a fresh start. Bursting with optimism and a can-do attitude, they’re on a steep learning curve as they establish a vineyard and learn how things are done in the country.

Dedicated to the Dedicated: Whitlam, the Arts and Democracy guided tours

When: Saturday, 8 July, from 11 am to 11:45 am
Where: National Archives of Australia, Kings Avenue, Parkes
Cost: Free; book here.

Take a free guided tour of The Whitlam Institute’s touring exhibition, showcasing the ‘Whitlams’ Folio’ at the National Archives until Sunday, 29 October. The Folio comprises artworks by John Olsen, Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees, John Coburn, Arthur Boyd and more, gifted to Margaret and Gough Whitlam in 1979 in recognition of their landmark support for the arts in Australia.

Saturday and Sunday

CBR Braves ice hockey player

Catch all the action this weekend as Caribou CBR Brave face Adelaide Adrenaline on 8 and 9 July. Photo: Scott Stevenson.

Caribou CBR Brave v Adelaide Adrenaline

When: Saturday 8 July from 5 pm and Sunday 9 July from 4:30 pm
Where: Phillip Ice Skating Centre, 1 Irving Street, Phillip
Cost: From $15; book here.

Caribou CBR Brave take on Adelaide Adrenaline this weekend for the 2023 Goodall Cup. The first game on Saturday will be a McDonald’s/Menslink game, the first in a four-game series for the Beyond Blue Cup, which comprises two home games and two away games in Adelaide. Plus, the action is set to continue in the Brave Cave through to August, with three more games scheduled.


image of two men and a woman with face paint

Ngapa William Cooper is inspired by the strength and compassion of Yorta Yorta activist Uncle William Cooper. Photo: Australian Youth Orchestra.

Australian Youth Orchestra – Ngapa William Cooper

When: Sunday 9 July, from 5 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra
Cost: $25 to $30; book here.

Join the Australian Youth Orchestra, led by composer and writer Nigel Westlake, as they perform three works using English and Yorta Yorta language, inspired by the strength and compassion of Yorta Yorta activist Uncle William Cooper. This will be followed by Beneath the Waves, the distillation of Westlake’s score for the 2022 motion picture Blueback based on Tim Winton’s 1997 novel.


The Waifs celebrate the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album, Up All Night. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

The Waifs Up All Night 20th Anniversary Tour with Special Guest Josh Pyke

When: Thursday 13 July, from 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $82.50 to $174.50 plus transaction fee; book here.

Australian folk heroes and independent trailblazers The Waifs are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album Up All Night. Joined on stage by special guest and friend Josh Pyke, the band will play the full album from beginning to end and then share other fan favourites. A merch stand will sell a limited edition, signed vinyl release of the album on the evening.

Thursday and Friday

Meet the Brass promotional poster

Canberrans aged two to nine are invited to ‘meet the brass’ this week. Image: Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Explore the Orchestra: Meet the Brass

When: Thursday 13 and Friday 14 July, sessions at 9:30 am and 11 am
Where: Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla (Thursday) and Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway (Friday)
Cost: $20; book here.

This family-friendly event is designed for Canberra’s youngest music lovers, aged two to nine (and their grown-ups). Different brass instruments used by the orchestra will be introduced through a relaxed, interactive performance experience featuring music and dance. Plus, 30 minutes before each of the four sessions, additional, free hands-on music and arts activities will be available.

All week long

ma, woman and child ice skating in the city

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

Winter in the City 2023

When: Friday 30 June to 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. The ice-skating rink is back – bigger and better than ever – along with disco and dress-up nights, 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.

Uncharted Territory.

Canberra’s arts and innovation winter festival makes its debut this July. Photo: Uncharted Territory.

Uncharted Territory

When: Friday 7 to Sunday 16 July, various times
Where: Australian National University, Kambri Cultural Centre, Tangney Road, Acton
Cost: Free; see full program and book here.

The inaugural Uncharted Territory festival brings together artists, entrepreneurs and researchers to share what is unique about Canberra and tell the story of our national and global contributions. Over 10 days, a mix of research, participatory workshops, exhibitions, performances and panels will be held in and around ANU’s Kambri precinct and various locations across the city.

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