What’s new in Canberra in August 2021

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See all the highlights of what’s happening in Canberra in July and early August 2021, including live theater exhibits, music and more.

REMARK: Due to Covid restrictions, some events are canceled or postponed. Please check with the organizers or venue for the latest updates.


NFSA: The National Film and Sound Archives are hosting a series of events throughout August, with various film screenings including Dune on 35mm, Bad and more; nfsa.gov.au

RMC Brass: Carry out Contradictions, presenting their groups and ensembles in a varied program, August 4, 12:40 pm, Wesley Music Center, Forrest; trybooking.com/BSZBR

Wines of the Capital: Hosts a mixed media exhibition by artist Eleanor Cole titled The garden August 5 to September 5 at the Kyeema Gallery, Capital Wines, Hall; capitalwines.com.au

Beaver Galleries: Hosts ceramic exhibition by artist Ulrica Trulsson Close to the earth and another Graham Fransella exhibition at the Deakin Gallery, August 5-22; beavergalleries.com.au

A symphonic tribute to Metallica: Over two hours of Metallica classics performed by George Ellis’ 24-piece Symphony Orchestra at the Canberra Theater, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Stéphane Dupont: One of Australia’s most renowned photographers is about to present his new exhibition, Are We Dead Yet? at the aMBUSH gallery, ANU, from August 6 to September 5; embushgallery.com


READ MORE: Stephen Dupont captures the impacts of climate change in a new exhibition


Dirrum Festival: Two evenings of captivating local speakers and musicians, August 6-7 at the Morison Center, Radford College, Bruce; dirrumfestival.org/cbr21

Canberra Contemporary Art Space: The Parkes gallery hosts an exhibition Chronology by Alex Asch and Pat Hoffie curated by David Broker until September 28; ccas.com.au

Show jumping at the movies, directed by Jessica Gethin, August 7, 7:30 p.m. at Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Photo provided.

CSO at the Cinema: Let yourself be carried away by the magic of film music performed live on August 7 at 7:30 pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU; cso.org.au


READ MORE: Prepare your popcorn for show jumping at the cinema


Canberra Blues Society: Celebrate International Blues Music Day with 11 acts on two stages, a hot rod exhibition and markets at the Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah, August 7 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. humanitix.com

Canberra Potters: The Watson site welcomes On Fire 2021, a festival celebrating the ceramic community of Canberra, Saturday August 7 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. canberrapotters.com.au

Free workshop: Meet between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday August 7 at the Tuggeranong Arts Center to join artist Rebecca Mayo on the last day of her exhibition, Kiss the familiar.

Canberra LGBTIQ + Seniors Dance Club: A free monthly dance event for LGBTIQ + people over 55. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday August 8, Ainslie Main Hall, Ainslie Arts Center, Braddon; Humanitix.

Piinpi: An exhibition highlighting contemporary Australian Indigenous fashion and designs at the National Museum of Australia through August 8; nma.gov.au

Mark ‘Chopper’ Read: Aarwun Gallery, Gold Creek, is hosting an exhibition of paintings by the late gang killer-turned-author until August 8; aarwungallery.com

Beyond the visible – Hilma af Klint: A film screening presented by ANU Film Group, ANU School of Art & Design and the Swedish Embassy at Cultural Center Kambri, ANU August 9 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Eventbrite.

CO : The Australian Chamber Orchestra partners with Canberra director Jennifer Peedom to create River, Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Aug 10 8 p.m .; aco.com.au

Contrasts – Poetry, Drama and Reflection: Students of Elena Nikulina’s Piano Studio Wednesday August 11, 12:40 pm-1:20 pm, Wesley Music Center, Forrest; trybooking.com/BSZBV

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead: Hamlet as told from the perspective of two minor characters played by Canberra Rep at the Canberra REP Theater, Acton, August 12-28; canberrarep.org.au

Phoenix collective: The local string ensemble plays The priest, the intellect, the eccentric and the pirate at the Wesley Music Center, Forrest, August 14 at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. phoenixcollective.com.au

Karmic Soul Mini Psychic Fair: Psychics / readers, healers, large crystals, gift and jewelry stalls and more, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Antill Room, Ainslie Football and Social Club; free entry.

Photo access: The Dickson Gallery hosts three exhibitions, To divide, Don’t be fooled by the faces I wear and Exploded view, until August 14; photoaccess.org.au

Miniature art: Hold their annual exhibit at Ginninderry Link, Holt, until August 15th; click here for more.

ANCA: The Dickson Gallery welcomes a new exhibition Marital dispute by Keziah Craven through August 15; anca.net.au

Sesame Street Circus Show: Have extended their season at the Majura Park marquee until August 15; ticketmaster.com.au

Belco Arts: organizes a multitude of workshops led by local artists throughout the months of July and August; visit belcoarts.com.au for more.

Dispersed people: A screening of a film about the power of music which is a fundraiser for Operation Not Forgotten. August 18, 6 p.m. at the Kambri cinema, ANU; Eventbrite.

Charles Huang in concert: The pianist performs works by Bach, Haydn, Chopin and Debussy on August 18, 12:40 pm to 1:20 pm, Wesley Music Center, Forrest; trybooking.com/BSZBV

Fat: The Canberra Philharmonic Society performs the iconic musical at the Erindale Theater, Wanniassa, August 19 to September 4; philo.org.au

Side by side: A new performance by Australia’s leading performer of Japanese Taiko drums, Taikoz, at the Belconnen Arts Center, August 20-21; belcoarts.com.au

Graeme base: Venture into Elseworlds: Explore Graeme’s Base Universe! Take off at the Belconnen Arts Center, August 20-22; belcoarts.com.au

Canberra Glassware: Learn how to make marks and engrave by hand on the surface of the glass in this workshop for beginners, Drawn on glass, Saturday August 21; canberraglassworks.com

what's up in canberra august twenty minutes with the devil
Twenty Minutes with the Devil, with Canberra actor Jo Richards, at The Street, City West, August 21-29. Photo: Denholm Samaras.

Twenty minutes with the devil: A black comedy and thriller theatrical production at The Street, City West, August 21-29; thestreet.org.au

Canberra Sinfonia: Will present their first-ever concerto gala celebrating Canberra’s young soloists on Saturday August 21 at 3pm at Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest; canberrasinfonia.com

Bottomless brunch: Let go of your winter blues with a breakfast of mimosas, tea, coffee and juices at Pialligo Estate Glasshouse, August 22, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm; thepialligoestate.com.au

Squares 2021: Strathnairn Arts is presenting the 15th Public Choice Exhibition / Competition until August 22 in its Holt Gallery; strathnairn.com.au

Once: The hit Broadway musical arrives at the Canberra Theater Center for five shows, August 26-29; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Tales of war: A performance by the Phoenix Collective featuring guest artists Pip Thompson, Lucy Carrigy-Ryan and Liam Meany, August 27 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Wesley Music Center, Forrest; pcmusic.net

Sam Simmons: The actor plays Sam Simmons puts things on his knees to raise awareness for people who don’t have good knees Friday August 27 8 p.m. at the Playhouse, Civic; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Pregnancy, Babies and Children Fair: Find out everything you need to know from bump to birth and beyond, August 28-29 at EPIC; free, register via pbcexpo.com.au

Icarus, my son: The latest body of work by artist Dean Cross at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery through August 28; goulburnregionalartgallery.com.au

SEE-Changer Repair Café: Bring broken items and learn repair techniques on the last Sunday of each month, August 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Tuggeranong Community Center, Greenway.

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