13 May 2021

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (14 - 20 May)

| Lottie Twyford
The Impulse of Hysteria

The Impulse of Hysteria is showing at Belco Arts Centre from 14 May to 27 June 2021. Artwork: Clementine by Ashley Cullen.

Canberra’s really pulling out all the stops to keep us occupied through these shorter autumn days.

Are you keen to check out all of the new exhibitions coming to Belco Arts, including Ashley Cullen’s ‘The Impulse of Hysteria’, or learn more about sustainable food with the second instalment of Food in the Capital?

If not, there’s the critically acclaimed A German Life, starring Robyn Nevin in the performance of a lifetime and The Huneez performing Live @ The Polo.

Consider yourself a bit of a geek? If so, the Geek Markets will be right up your alley.

Or, if you want to get out of town, Yass is holding Community Markets.

Join Canberra’s Muslim community as they celebrate Eid al-Fatr on Sunday or learn more about Aboriginal culture with a workshop presented by Aaron Chatfield on Thursday.

There’ll also be a fashion parade at Trove Canberra and The Army in Concert.

Have a great week, Canberra!

All week

The Impulse of Hysteria

When: Friday 14 May to 27 June 2021, opens 6:00 pm
Where: Belco Arts, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Costs: Free.

Sometimes vulnerable and often intimate, The Impulse of Hysteria confronts the messy aspects of being human on blunt and uneasy terms. In a collection of 30 paintings, Ashley Cullen’s first solo exhibition imagines a visceral world of faces and bodies.

Several other exhibitions are also opening on Friday at Belco Arts; see the full program at their website.

Food in the Capital

When: Tuesday 18 May and Wednesday 19 May
Where: Online and Kambri Centre ANU, Acton
Cost: Tickets start from $214.50; see Food in The Capital for more information.

This is the second event in the Food in the Capital series.

Held over two days, Day 1 will be the Conference component at the Hotel Realm Canberra – an exciting exploration of urban and regional farming, logistics and social enterprises. Day 2 is your opportunity to see food in action, with your choice of either a rural or peri-urban tour showcasing local producers in the Canberra region.

Robyn Nevin

Robyn Nevin plays the role of Brunhilde Pomsel in A German Life. Photo: Hugh Stewart.

A German Life at Canberra Theatre

When: Tuesday 11 May to Sunday 16 May, various times
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: Prices start at $69, book online.

Australian theatre royalty Robyn Nevin gives the performance of her career in the critically acclaimed play by Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton, A German Life. Directed by stage luminary Neil Armfield and the hit of the 2021 Adelaide Festival, A German Life is a theatrical tour-de-force about one ordinary woman’s extraordinary experiences during the Second World War.

READ MORE A German Life asks uncomfortable questions about responding to evil

All weekend

Daniel Rathbone

Director of the Canberra Geek Markets and avid collector Daniel Rathbone. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

Geek Markets Canberra

When: Saturday 15 May to Sunday 16 May, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra
Cost: Free; see Facebook for more information.

The Geek Markets will be held in Canberra on Saturday 15 May and Sunday 16 May at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

You can take part in activities inspired by TV and film, meet popular actors, cartoonists and digital creators.

This is an event by geeks for geeks, so get your geek on and celebrate your interests with others just as passionate as you!


Chins, The Huneez and Flowermarket live at The Polo

Live @ The Polo // Chins // The Huneez // Flowermarket. Image: Milestone Entertainment.

The Huneez Live @ The Polo

When: Saturday 15 May, 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Where: The Polo, 38 David St, Turner
Cost: $15, book online now.

Wollongong Indie trio The Huneez combine soulful melodies, funky rhythms and some pleasantly piquant grooves to create a delightfully unique sound.

Supporting The Huneez in their whirlwind tour are local acts Flowermarket and Chins.

Check out their music now on Spotify and YouTube to get you in the groove before the show.

Yass Community Markets

There’s always plenty to see and do in Yass. Photo: Visit Yass Valley.

Yass Community Markets

When: Saturday 15 May, 10:00 am
Where: 62 Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry. For more information, visit the Yass Valley event page.

Yass Community Market is held on the first and third Saturday of the month at the Yass Memorial Hall. Stalls include a variety of local produce, including jams, sauces, oils, and baked items, along with arts and crafts, to name a few.

Come and have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambience, and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.


Trove Canberra

Trove Canberra will host a Slow Fashion Parade this weekend. Photo: Trove.

Trove Canberra Slow Fashion Parade

When: Sunday 16 May, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Trove Canberra, Dickson Chambers
Cost: Free, register online.

Get ready for an afternoon of fun, fashion, food and music!

Featuring local designers and makers, the Trove Slow Fashion Parade will take over Trove Canberra’s corner of Dickson.

On show are pieces from Trove’s designers, Dissonance, Upstyled Threads and Wombat and Poss, as well as fabulous jewellery designers. Karan, from Karan’s Kloset, will also be showing some of her spectacular fashion.

The afternoon will be educating the community about sustainability, making conscious fashion choices and giving people ideas and inspiration about how to make more sustainable choices in their wardrobe.

2021 Canberra Eid al-Fitr

When: Sunday 16 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Canberra Islamic Centre, Monash
Cost: Free, register online.

Join Canberra’s Muslim community to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

All are welcome!

There will be amusement and pony rides, an animal farm, live entertainment and performances, multicultural food, face painting, clothing, books, henna hand painting, books, crafts and more!


RMC Band perform Army in Concert

RMC Band performs Army in Concert. Photo: RMC.

Army in Concert

When: Thursday 20 May, 7:00 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall, Canberra School of Music ANU, Acton
Cost: Gold coin donation, proceeds to Legacy, bookings essential online.

The band of the Royal Military College will perform ‘Army in Concert’, Masterworks for Winds at the Canberra School of Music, ANU.

Audiences will be treated to a performance showcasing some of the world’s finest wind band repertoire.

Aaron Chatfield

Aaron Chatfield runs the ‘connect 2 culture’ workshops. Photo: Dreamtime Connections.

Presentation: Dreamtime Connections

When: Thursday 20 May, 7:30 pm
Where: Uniting Church Hall, 56 Scrivener Street, O’Connor
Cost: Free; see Facebook for more information.

Aaron Chatfield is a Ngunnawal, Kamilaroi man who owns and operates Dreamtime Connections which runs “connect 2 culture” workshops.

Participants gain an understanding of Aboriginal culture through presentations of local native bush foods, medicines, tools and artefacts.

All are welcome to join!

Original Article published by Lottie Twyford on The RiotACT.

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