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Starstruck Summer Nights: Shall we dance?

Take a spin through Starstruck on a Hollywood-themed tour, and be inspired by all things Baz Luhrmann. There will be live ballroom dancing, a special performance, and a soundtrack to tempt you to move your feet. Kick back and enjoy the party as the National Portrait Gallery keeps its doors open until 8pm.

Held each Friday until 9 February at the National Portrait Gallery from 5pm to 8pm.

Arboretum After Hours

Enjoy delicious food, great music and some of the best views across Canberra. The Curatoreum gift shop, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and Pod Playground are open ‘til late. Free entry and parking!

Held Friday 19 January at the National Arboretum Canberra from 5pm to 9pm.

An evening with David Sedaris

Best-selling American author and humourist David Sedaris has announced a highly anticipated fourth sojourn to Australia following his previous sold out 2016 tour. Guaranteed to be bursting with his signature acerbic wit and razor-sharp social critiques, don’t miss your chance to spend an evening with one of the world’s pre-eminent humour writers.

Held Tuesday 23 January at the Canberra Theatre Centre from 7:30pm to 9pm.

Space descent VR with Tim Peake

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360-degree virtual reality technology. Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station. 

Held until 24 Dec 2018 at the National Museum of Australia from 9:30am to 5pm.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra. Join us on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Held Monday 11 January to Sunday 25 February at Patrick White Lawns.

Hyper Real

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century. 

Held daily until 18 February at the National Gallery of Australia.

 

Events to look forward to…

 

Australia Day in the Capital

 Sit back and relax as the perfect live soundtrack fills the air at Regatta Point.  Justice Crew will headline the Australia Day in the Capital concert with their legendary moves and epic beats. Crowd favourites Jess & Matt and popular locals Tuchasoul will also take to the stage, showcasing their stunning vocals and much loved lyrical style.

If a picnic setting is what you’re after, bring family and friends to Patrick White Lawns, where there will be plenty of entertainment for children on offer. Kids can challenge themselves with a game of cricket, get an adrenaline rush on a giant slide, live out fairy tales with face paint and bounce their way through Australia Day on jumping castles.

Indulge your inner foodie at our marketplace featuring local food trucks before an impressive pyrotechnic display lights up the night sky at 9pm. Marvel as this colourful show bursts to life. Bring a camera and capture the perfect shot of the fireworks reflecting off the lake.

Held Friday 26 January at Patrick White Lawns and Regatta Point from 4pm – 9pm. 

31 May 17
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30 Jan 18
A black and white photograph of Indigenous rights activist Ray Peckham standing at a podium

A Change Is Gonna Come

National Museum of Australia

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, this exhibition invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events...

11 Jan 18
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25 Feb 18
Canberra Openair Cinemas

American Express Openair Cinemas

Patrick White Lawns, Canberra

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra. Join us on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances...

23 Jan 18
David Sedaris

An Evening With David Sedaris

Canberra Theatre Centre

Best-selling American author and humourist David Sedaris has announced a highly anticipated fourth sojourn to Australia following his previous sold out 2016 tour. Having recently released his latest...

11 Jan 18
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2 Apr 18
Angelica Mesiti Nakh removed 2015 video Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Angelica Mesiti

National Gallery of Australia

One of Australia’s most significant moving image practitioners, Angelica Mesiti has long been fascinated by performance as a mode of storytelling. She explores the silent and the unspoken. Using...

5 Jan 18
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19 Jan 18
Families enjoying the view

Arboretum After Hours

National Arboretum Canberra

Enjoy delicious food, great music and some of the best views across Canberra. The Curatoreum gift shop, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and Pod Playground are open ‘til late. Free entry and...

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