28 November 2020

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (27 November - 3 December)

| Sharon Kelley
Zambezi Sounds

Hear Zambezi Sounds from 6:30 pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre on Saturday. Photo: Supplied.

Here’s our top 10 picks for your week, including plenty of music on Friday and Saturday, and a fascinating talk from Sir Peter Cosgrove on Monday. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some of the Canberra Short Film Festival over the weekend, and get fearless with TEDxCanberra Women on Sunday.

Have a great week Canberra!

All weekend

Know My Name

The National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition ‘Know My Name’ showcases art made by women. Photo: Supplied.

Know My Name Exhibition

When: Daily
Where: National Gallery of Australia, Parkes
Cost: Free, timed entry tickets essential.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now showcases art made by women. Drawn from the National Gallery’s collection and loans from across Australia, it is the most comprehensive presentation of art by women assembled in this country to date.

Told in two parts, this exhibition tells a new story of Australian art. Looking at moments in which women created new forms of art and cultural commentary such as feminism, Know My Name highlights creative and intellectual relationships between artists across time.

Citizen Kay

‘Funny Business’ the music video with Citizen Kay, directed by Nic Vevers. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Short Film Festival – Part One

When: Friday 27th November to Sunday 29th November, various times
Where: Dendy Cinemas and Smith’s Alternative
Cost: $15 – $20 tickets, get your tickets here.

The second week of the Canberra Short Film Festival Part One gets underway this weekend. It will showcase a range of short films with a diverse set of themes – from horror to politics and even music videos. This will be followed by Part Two in March 2021, and it’s an event you do not want to miss.



NeillyRich will be launching their new album at Magoo’s Cafe and Bar. Photo: Supplied.

NeillyRich Love Bender Album Launch at Magoo’s Cafe and Bar

When: Friday 27 November, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Magoo’s Cafe and Bar, Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore
Cost: Free, registrations via Eventbrite.

Australian country duo NeillyRich are launching their debut album, Love Bender, at Magoo’s in Kingston. Love Bender is the debut full-length record for the duo. It’s a culmination of years of work, writing, driving, performing, and travelling, ending in a Nashville recording studio under the wing of renowned producer Jamie Tate.

In conversation with Laura Tingle

When: Friday 27 November, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Kambri Cultural Centre at ANU
Cost: Free, get your tickets here.

Australia and New Zealand are often considered close cousins. But why, despite being so close, do we know so little about each other? In this wise and illuminating essay, Laura Tingle looks at leadership, economics, history and more.

Laura Tingle is chief political correspondent for ABC-TV’s 7.30. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011. She is the author of Chasing the Future: Recession, Recovery and the New Politics in Australia and three acclaimed Quarterly Essays, Great Expectations, Political Amnesia and Follow the Leader.


Johnny Reynolds Band

Strut, Skank and Boogie with the Johnny Reynolds Band at Tuggeranong Arts Centre this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

Strut, Skank and Boogie

When: Saturday 28 November 2020, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed St N, Greenway
$10 per person, get tickets through Trybooking.

Strut, Skank and Boogie is Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s “almost” End-of-the-Year Party! Grab your tickets now and join them as they wiggle away 2020 with an evening of live music on the Arts Centre lawns by Lake Tuggeranong.

Kicking-off at 5:00 pm is the funky, rockin’ blues music by the Johnny Reynolds Band. Continuing the evening of live music is Zambezi Sounds with their irresistible rhythms and vibrant mix of African and Reggae music, from 6.30 pm.



Join TEDxCanberraWomen 2020 as they go Fearless. Image: Supplied.

TEDxCanberraWomen 2020: Fearless

When: Sunday 29 November, 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: ANU Kambri Precinct
Cost: $35.38 – $64.39, tickets available here.

It’s time to come back together in-person. TEDxCanberra will take over ANU’s Kambri precinct on 29 November for TEDxCanberraWomen 2020: Fearless. Their COVIDsafe event will present to you an afternoon of live talks and performances by female change-makers, trail-blazers and big thinkers from Canberra out to change the world, one idea worth spreading at a time.

Tuggeranong Repair Cafe

When: Sunday 29 November 2020, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Community Centre, 245 Cowlishaw St, Greenway
Cost: Free.

A new Repair Cafe is opening on Sunday, 29 November. If you haven’t already heard of them, repair cafes are free meeting places, with one big focus – repairing things.

The event is being run by Tuggeranong SEE-Change, a grassroots sustainability organisation based in Canberra. They are encouraging everyone to look in their cupboards, drawers and shed to find anything that is broken or in need of repair, and bring it along. Volunteer fixers will be available for bicycles, clothing, textiles/material furnishings, soft plush toys, handbags and backpacks, broken electrical items, Christmas lights, garden solar lights, and knife/garden tool sharpening (max 2 knives).


Sir Peter Cosgrove

Join Sir Peter Cosgrove online as he talks about his memoir, You Shouldn’t Have Joined … Photo: Supplied.

Virtual author talk, Sir Peter Cosgrove

When: Monday 30 November, 7:00 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free, bookings through Eventbrite.

General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC is one of Australia’s most significant public figures. As a soldier, he saw action in Vietnam, winning the Military Cross, and rose to the very top of his profession, becoming Chief of the Defence Force. In 2014, Sir Peter became Australia’s Governor-General.

You Shouldn’t Have Joined… is the memoir of Cosgrove’s extraordinarily full and eventful life, covering some of his military life, while also allowing us an incredible insight into the role and world of Australia’s Governor-General. Every step of his journey has been accompanied by his wife Lynne who is very much part of his story.


Canberra Innovation Showcase 2020

When: Wednesday 2 December 2020, 3:00 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free, tickets through Eventbrite.

You are invited to celebrate the Innovation Showcase 2020! The Innovation Showcase is a way to celebrate the hardworking innovation and startup community in Canberra, highlighting their achievements and progress.

Canberra Startups will go head-to-head in a live shark-tank style pitching competition judged by some of Canberra’s highest-profile influencers:

  • Nobel Prize-winning Professor Brian Schmidt (Australian National University)
  • Journalist and Broadcaster, Genevieve Jacobs (Region Media)
  • Founding father of Australia’s video games industry, John De Margheriti (Academy of Interactive Entertainment)
  • 2020 ACT Woman of the Year, Cindy Mitchell (The Mill House Ventures)
  • Hosted by Cam Sullings, Mix106.3.



Watch the screening of Her Sound, Her Story at Kambri on Thursday 3 December. Photo: Supplied.

Her Sound, Her Story (2018) film screening

When: Thursday 3 December, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Kambri Cultural Centre at ANU
Cost: Free, bookings via Eventbrite.

Her Sound, Her Story is screening at Kambri as part of HERE I AM. The film is an intimate conversation unveiling the personal experiences, histories and significant social impacts of women in the Australian music industry.

Featuring more than 45 artists spanning six decades, its unique narrative brims with rage, strength, beauty and triumph: a moving and powerful dialogue that extends beyond the music industry to ask, “Where do we want women’s voices to sit in the world today?”.

Original Article published by Sharon Kelley on The RiotACT.

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