19 November 2020

Eleven things to do in Canberra this week (19 - 25 November)

| Sharon Kelley
Citizen Kay

‘Funny Business’ the music video with Citizen Kay, directed by Nic Vevers will be shown as part of the Canberra Short Film Festival. Photo: Supplied.

Here’s our top picks for your week in Canberra, including part one of the Canberra Short Film Festival and She Leads in-Conversation with the Hon Dame Annette King. Listen to some great live music at the Artist’s Shed with Tennessine, and welcome back the Canberra Symphony Orchestra at Llewellyn Hall.

Have a great week Canberra!

All week

Absurd Person Singular

Canberra Repertory Theatre presents Absurd Person Singular. Image: Supplied.

Canberra Repertory Theatre’s Absurd Person Singular

When: Season opens 19 November 8:00 pm
Where: Canberra Repertory Theatre, Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton
Cost: Adults $45, Concession $38, Group (6+) $35, call the Box Office on 6257 1950 to get your tickets.

Join the Canberra Rep Theatre for a wild comedy of behind the scenes disasters at the Christmas Eve parties of truly awful people in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. Starring Arran McKenna, Amy Dunham, Cole Hilder, Steph Roberts, Chris Baldock, Tracy Noble and directed by Jarrad West.


HERE I AM: Art by Great Women is a major cultural arts festival at Kambri. Image: Supplied.

Here I Am: Art By Great Women – Exhibition Avenue

When: Friday 20 November 2020 to Sunday 28 February 2021
Where: Exhibition Avenue, Kambri at ANU
Cost: Free.

As part of the Here I Am: Art by Great Women festival, this outdoor public art exhibition along Exhibition Avenue – Kambri’s newest cultural space – features 24 contemporary women artists from across Australia working in multi-disciplinary practices including street art, fine art, photography, and illustration. Decals placed on the ground in front of each artwork allow viewers an insight into the artist’s motivation, intentions and inspiration.

DESIGN Canberra

HOME:MADE is a signature exhibition for DESIGN Canberra presented by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre. Photo: Supplied.


When: Until 29 November, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Where: Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 44 Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Free.

HOME:MADE features a curated selection of new furniture, homewares and jewellery by some of the most exciting early-career designers and makers from across Australia. HOME:MADE is a signature exhibition for DESIGN Canberra presented by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre.

Canberra Short Film Festival

A scene from the animated short film Getting Out of Line Online. Image: Supplied.

Canberra Short Film Festival Part One

When: Friday 20 November to Sunday 6 December
Where: Dendy Cinemas and Smith’s Alternative Bookstore
Cost: Check the box office to book your tickets.

This year marks the 25th birthday of the Canberra Short Film Festival (CSFF) and they are planning some very special events to celebrate this milestone. Join the CSFF for Part One of their 25th season to watch the spectacular entries that have come from around the world.


Changemaker Career Craft Hub

Head to the Changemaker Career and Craft Hub at Dickson and change the way you see your future. Image: Supplied.

Changemaker Career and Craft Hub

When: Friday 20 November and Saturday 28 November and Friday 4 December, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Dickson Village, near the Dickson library
Cost: Free, bookings essential for workshops, through TryBooking.

Have you ever wondered how you could change the world (or your little piece of it)? Visit Dickson Village during our pop-up morning workshops and talk with inspirational locals and career coaches. We’ll help you get inspired, curious and maybe a little bit motivated. Could your next move be starting a business, changing your job or a volunteer project? Relax and have fun in our Craft and Catch-up zone for kids and adults. Get crafting ‘for-a-purpose’ or grab a coffee from a local business.

Behind the Lines

Behind the Lines: The year in political cartoons. This year’s theme – 2020 A dog’s breakfast. Image: Supplied.

Behind The Lines: The year in political cartoons

When: Event launch Friday 20 November, 11:00 am
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Free, bookings essential.

On Friday, 20 November at 11:00 am, MoAD will launch the brand-new Behind the Lines: The year in political cartoons. With most of us still wondering ‘what the pup?’ just happened, the new exhibition will help us make sense of the dog’s breakfast that was 2020. The event includes the announcement of the Political Cartoonist of the Year and a Q&A with special guest Dr Karl Kruszelnicki who will give his take on the year that was.

The exhibition will be launched on Friday, 20 November, and be available for viewing until 30 November.


The Bindu Project

Interconnect by The Bindu Project is showing at Gorman Arts Centre as part of DESIGN Canberra. Photo: Ainslie Gorman and Arts Centres.

Interconnect by The Bindu Project

When: Saturday 21 November, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: F Block, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon
$25 – $30, tickets available online.

Interconnect is a sharing of movement and design exploring the connections between India and Canberra, moving from the 80,000 years of history of the land to the designs of Burley Griffin and the present COVID-19 restrictions upon and within the body. Join Liz Lea, Apsaras Arts Canberra, Vanaja Dasika, Ira Patkar, Debora di Centa and Rainbow for a delightful foray into classical Indian and contemporary dance viewed through the design of the body, place and space.



Canberra music is back at the Artists Shed. Photo: Supplied.

Chillin’ at the Artists Shed with Tennessine

When: Sunday, 22 November, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Artists Shed, 1-3/88 Wollongong St, Fyshwick
$20 per person, bookings essential.

Join Tennessine at the Artists Shed with pretty, trippy vocals and harmonies, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, banjo, violin and ebow. Canberra four-piece Tennessine channels the ethereal folk, roots, blues and dark country leanings of Mazzy Star, Neil Young and Lucinda Williams. Their beautiful, original songs deliver messages of love, loss and homage to Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Canberra Miniature Railway

Canberra Miniature Train rides are on again! Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Miniature Railway Open Day

When: Sunday 22 November, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston
Cost: $3 per ride, or $15 for an unlimited day pass.

Got a Thomas the Tank Engine fan? Bring them along to the Canberra Miniature Railway’s public running day!

They are offering rides on the Yerrabi Line to the top of the hill with their 5-inch gauge line taking you through the tunnel. Still only $3 a ride or try the best value (non-transferable) ticket at $15.00 for all-day unlimited trips. If you would like to book, email the Canberra Miniature Railway or call 1300 731 954. Free parking, canteen facilities and please wear enclosed footwear.


Annette King

Hon Dame Annette King. Photo: Supplied.

She Leads in-Conversation with the Hon Dame Annette King

When: Tuesday 24 November, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Kambri Cultural Centre at ANU
Cost: $40-$55, tickets available here.

Annette King’s She Leads In-Conversation will capture a candid conversation about what equal representation looks like, as well as her personal journey and the longevity and depth of leadership she has demonstrated throughout her career. She will discuss memorable moments that defined her leadership style, as well as moral issues that she struggled with during her leadership journey.


Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra Live at the Llewellyn Hall. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra: Live At Llewellyn

When: Wednesday 25 November and Thursday 26 November, 6:00 pm doors open, 6:30 pm start
Where: Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place, Canberra
Cost: Adult $83, Concession $73, Under 30s $30. Bookings essential, tickets available online.

Celebrate the Canberra Symphony Orchestra‘s return to Llewellyn Hall in a special program of works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and inaugural Australian Series Curator Matthew Hindson.
Featuring Julian Smiles on cello and incoming Principal Guest Conductor Simon Hewett, relax and enjoy the works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33, Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92.

Original Article published by Sharon Kelley on The RiotACT.

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