3 December 2020

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (4 - 10 December)

| Sharon Kelley
The Sunset Cinema

The Sunset Cinema is returning to the Australian National Botanic Gardens on 10 December. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra is in for a big weekend, with TEDxCanberra presenting a fascinating talk on Sunday, the Trading Card Fair and the BooSTers Show’n’Shine car show. The Sunset Cinema returns to the Australian National Botanic Gardens Eucalypt Lawn, and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre presents The Corin Dam Residency Exhibition.

Have a great week Canberra!

All weekend

Corin Dam Residency exhibition

The Corin Dam Residency exhibition will feature the work of two artists. Image: Supplied.

Double Vision: The Corin Dam residency

When: 30 November to 18 December, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed St N, Greenway
Cost: Free.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre presents Double Vision: Corin Dam Residency – the creative outcome of the 2019 Craft ACT Spring Residency, from 30 November to 18 December. In the exhibition, recipients Annika Romeyn and Elizabeth Paterson offer two very different approaches to the Namadgi Landscape.

The life and times of Australia’s first Prime Minister: a retrospective

When: Friday 27 November to Sunday 14 February 2021, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Parliament House, Canberra
Cost: Free, bookings essential. Tickets available online.

Australia’s first Prime Minister had an enormous impact on shaping modern Australia. Now, a century after his death, a new exhibition at the Australian Parliament House celebrates the life and work of Sir Edmund ‘Toby’ Barton.


Tennis in Braddon

Try out tennis at the Open Court Sessions in Braddon. Photo: Tennis ACT.

Open Court Sessions – Braddon

When: Friday 11 December, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Braddon Tennis Club, 13 Elder St, Braddon
Cost: $5 per person tickets available online.

Braddon Tennis Club is hosting an Open Court Session this Friday. Enjoy trying out fun new tennis activities. There will also be cool refreshing drinks from Capital Brewing Co, mouthwatering eats from Tikka Food Stand, and sweet tunes from a local DJ.


Canberra Trading Card Fair

Don’t miss the Canberra Trading Card Fair! Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Trading Card Fair

When: Saturday 5 December, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Duntroon Scouts Hall, 28 Blamey Pl, Campbell
Cost: $2 entry for adults, children under 12 free.

From NBA to Pokémon, AFL to Yu-Gi-Oh, this is an unmissable community event for all trading card enthusiasts! Browse stalls, swap stories with fellow collectors, bring along your collection to showcase, and maybe win a lucky door prize.

LEGO dinosaur

Build your own LEGO dinosaur and more at the National Dinosaur Museum. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Young Engineers Workshop at the National Dinosaur Museum

When: Saturday 5 December, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Where: The National Dinosaur Museum, 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls
Cost: $33 per child, bookings through Trybooking.

Kids will have the opportunity to enjoy two of their favourite things together, dinosaurs and LEGO. The event consists of a one-hour hands-on Young Engineers Workshop to build a LEGO Dinosaur and a half-hour exclusive private guided tour of the museum focusing on science explorations of the pre-historic era.


TEDxCanberra 2020

Who owns outer space, and can you 3D print a home? Image: Supplied.

TEDxCanberra 2020: Imagine

When: Sunday 6 December, 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: ANU Kambri Precinct, 153 Tangney Road, Acton
Cost: $35.38 – $64.39, tickets available here.

TEDxCanberra’s re-imagined and COVIDsafe flagship event will bring you a Sunday afternoon jam-packed with engaging talks, breathtaking performances, stunning short films and discovery sessions that will help you see yourself – and the world – differently. Join them as they takeover ANU’s Kambri precinct for a TEDxCanberra event like no other.

Hayley Jensen

One of Australia’s favourite singer-songwriters, Hayley Jensen will be at the Royal Hotel in Queanbeyan. Image: Supplied.

Hayley Jensen at the Royal Hotel, Queanbeyan

When: Sunday 6 December, 6:00 pm
Where: Royal Hotel, Queanbeyan
Cost: $79.60 pp, dinner included, tickets available through OzTix.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Hayley Jensen is hitting the road for a stripped-back tour to celebrate the release of her brand new single Fireworks.

The Australian Idol finalist and The Voice alumna was described as “the whole package” by coach Kylie Minogue, with her voice labelled “flawless” and “fantabulous!” by Will.I.Am. Hayley has since performed on stages across the globe – from Canada, the US, to UK, Europe and the Middle East.

BooSTers All Car Show’n’Shine

When: Sunday 6 December, gates open 9:00 am, show closes 2:00 pm
Where: Canberra Greyhound Club, 235 Narrabundah Ln, Symonston
Cost: $15 per car entered, $5 for spectators – pre-registration only, book online.

BooSTeRS is encouraging spectators, clubs, crews and groups for all makes and models to come along, show off their club, sell some merchandise, recruit and generally talk cars with other enthusiasts. Still with a Show’n’Shine feel, the show will have some trophies and prizes for the ‘best’ in categories at the show.


Finding Vivian Maher

Finding Vivian Maher documents the discovery of her work. Image: Supplied.

Kambri Film Screening: Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

When: Thursday 10 December, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Kambri Cinema at ANU
Cost: Free, registrations essential. Register here.

Vivian Maier was a French-American woman who worked most of her life as a nanny. Her previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers, and this film documents how Maloof discovered her work and, after her death, uncovered her life through interviews with people who knew her.

The Sunset Cinema returns

The Sunset Cinema returns to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Photo: Supplied.

Sunset Cinema on the Eucalypt lawn

When: From 10 December to 9 January, gates open at 6:30 pm
Where: The Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton
Cost: Adults $20, Concession $17, Children $14. Bookings essential, tickets available online.

The brilliant Sunset Cinema is returning to the Eucalypt Lawn at the Australian National Botanic Gardens on 10 December, screening old favourites and new releases, with eats and drinks in a great family environment. Enjoy an evening on the lawn with snacks including freshly popped popcorn, chocolates and lollies, or dinner under the stars from the onsite food truck, where you can order through the QR code and receive a text when your meal is ready.

Original Article published by Sharon Kelley on The RiotACT.

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