8 October 2020

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (9 - 15 October)

| Sharon Kelley
Contour 556

With Contour 556 returning on Friday, we look back at their previous installations. Who remembers this sculpture from 2018? Photo: Supplied.

We’re turning the spotlight on social issues this week, with the launch of ACT Mental Health Month on Saturday, and on Wednesday, our very own Group Editor Genevieve Jacobs will facilitate a panel on homelessness and poverty to mark Anti-Poverty Week 2020.

Landcare for the Future is discussing environmental values at Farrer Ridge, and ACT Historic Places is holding a Kids at Historic Places botanical drawing class at Lanyon Homestead on Sunday for Floriade Reimagined.

Our friends at Bayldon Ag are hosting their first Field Day at the Queanbeyan showground with all the fun of the fair for the kids at Bell’s Amusements sideshow, and all the equipment you could ever need in the garden or on the farm on show.

If your kids love to dance, Kulture Break is holding free trial classes all week so they can try break dancing, ballet, contemporary and hip hop dance.

The Canberra Theatre Centre has tickets available for the second show of The Gig Economy on Saturday night, featuring all of Canberra’s funniest people in the one spot.

InnovationACT is holding a pitch night competition online on Tuesday night with $50,000 at stake for entrepreneurs, and trivia is returning to Walt & Burley at the Kingston Foreshore on Monday nights.

Canberra’s public art biennial – contour 556 – begins this week, so keep your eye on their events page for some wonderful performances and art exhibitions.

Have a great week, Canberra!

Friday and Saturday

Bayldon Ag

The team at Bayldon Ag is excited for their first-ever Field Day. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Bayldon Ag Field Day

Where: Queanbeyan Showgrounds
When: Friday 9 October & Saturday 10 October, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
: Free.

Bayldon Ag is hosting their first ever Field Day at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds.

The event will showcase their complete range of Toro, Polaris, Bushranger, Silvan, Rapid Spray, Kioti and Duetz-Fahr. There will be some fantastic deals available across the whole range, as well as Bell’s Amusements providing rides and food.

All week

Sculpture on Lake Burley Griffin

contour 556 sculpture installations around Lake Burley Griffin Canberra. Photo: Mariana Del Castillo – A Rare Occurrence (2018).

contour 556 – Canberra’s Public Art Biennial

Where: Lake Burley Griffin
When: From 9 to 31 October 2020, 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Cost: Free.

For three weeks in October, Canberra’s free public art biennial contour 556 returns to Lake Burley Griffin, featuring national and international artists whose sculptures, performance, sound and digital projections have been selected in response to Australia’s political, cultural and physical history. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to engage in the puzzling and delightful art in the public space.


Mental Health Awareness Month

October is Mental Health Awareness Month. Image: Supplied.

Mental Health Month Launch Event

Where: Facebook Live Stream
When: 10:00 am
: Free.

Mental Health Month ACT will be launched virtually in 2020 to support the mental well-being of the Canberra community and the impacts the events of this year have had on us all (in a COVID-safe way, of course).

The Mental Health Month Launch event is a live stream video series that explores a diverse selection of community mental health services available in the ACT through conversations on personal experiences and reflections. Check out the other events happening during Mental Health Month.

Gig Economy

The 9:30 pm show of the Gig Economy tickets are on sale now. Image: Supplied.

The Gig Economy

Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, The Link Bar
When: 9:30 pm
Cost: Table of four people $100.

Get in for a red-hot line up of some of Canberra’s funniest people all in one gig. Hosted by Chris Ryan, the night features Deadly Funny runner-up Benny Eggmolesse, Anthony Tomic, Roland Bull, Polly Hemming and Joey Richards.

For patrons’ safety, attendees will be required to provide their names and phone numbers for contact tracing, and the venue capacity will be strictly limited in line with current health restrictions. Tickets will be sold in sets of four, with each group seated at their own table.


Child drawing

Children will take a tour around the gardens to look at and sketch the wonderful trees and plants. Photo: Supplied.

Kids at ACT Historic Places

Where: Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa Dr, Tharwa
When: 10:30 am
: Tickets via Eventbrite $20/$15 (members) and adults accompanying children free of charge, all materials included.

Botanical drawing or ‘Flower painting’ was a popular genteel pastime for people in the Victorian-era. Children will take a tour around the gardens to look at and sketch the wonderful trees and plants they see on watercolour paper and then add colour to their drawings using watercolour pencils.


A Landcare event for young people aged 18 to 35. Image: Supplied.

Landcare for our Future

Where: Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve, meeting at the Athllon Drive entrance at the ACT Parks and Conservation Depot
When: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: Free, registrations through Eventbrite.

Join like-minded young people at Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve to learn about the area, the environmental values and how to manage some of the worst weeds in a special part of Canberra. We’ll be weeding, learning from each other and from the local volunteers at Farrer Ridge Parkcare Group.

Bring sun protection and a water bottle, wear sturdy shoes, long pants and long sleeves (old clothes) as we will be working around some thorny weeds.


Kulture Break

Kulture Break is running free trials from 12 to 17 October. Image: Supplied.

Kulture Break free trial dance classes

Where: Tuggeranong at Grattan Court, Wanniassa; Gungahlin at Gold Creek Senior School 140 Kelleway Ave, Nicholls
When: Monday, 12 October to Saturday, 17 October
Cost: Free, tickets available through Eventbrite.

Kulture Break is a well-being and inclusion facility that focuses on more than just dance and music. They’re hosting a whole week of free trial classes for the Make Your Move dance program held in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong. There are classes available for all skill levels and ages, catering to anyone from the age of three all the way to adults.

The styles of dance you can try out include hip hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary and break dance.

Walt and Burley's Trivia Night

Walt and Burley’s Trivia Night is back! Image: Supplied.

Trivia Night at Walt & Burley

Where: Walt & Burley, 17-21 Eastlake Parade, Kingston
When: 7:30 pm
: Free.

Get your thinking caps on because trivia night is coming back to Walt & Burley. Join them for a great selection of general knowledge questions, fun and prizes to be won!

Please note: This will be completely contactless, so all participants require a digital device with internet to play. Bookings are essential. Call 6239 6648 to make your booking now.


Innovation ACT pitch night

Innovation ACT is holding a pitch night for entrepreneurs. Image: Supplied.

InnovationACT 2020: Pitch Night

Where: Online
When: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cost: Free.

Hear from Canberra’s brightest young entrepreneurs as they pitch their innovative business ideas for a share of $50,000.

Over the past two months, teams of up-and-coming entrepreneurs from the Australian National University and the broader Canberra region have been working hard, developing innovative business ideas through this year’s virtual InnovationACT cohort.

See how far these teams have come and join us in supporting them. The top 10 teams each deliver a five-minute pitch in front of the judging panel for a chance to take home a share of the $50,000 grant pool and other startup support.

Winners will be announced at InnovationACT 2020: Awards Night showcase on 17 October.


Anti-Poverty Week

A Live Panel Event will be held for Anti-Poverty Week. Image: Supplied.

Live Panel on Poverty and Homelessness

Where: Online
When: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Cost: Free.

This Anti-Poverty Week, join some of Canberra’s leading voices as they discuss achievable measures to reducing poverty and homelessness. Per Capita Senior Fellow, Inequality and Social Justice Dr John Falzon, Felicity Reynolds, and Katrina Fanning join facilitator Genevieve Jacobs of Region Media to discuss poverty and inequality in Canberra.

Original Article published by Sharon Kelley on The RiotACT.

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