Below are some events to experience at home or in Canberra this August and September.
Live and streamed performances
Need a Shakespeare fix? Rockspeare: Richard III (7 and 8 August) is a 90-minute version of William Shakespeare’s Richard III play with limited live seats but also streamed to audiences via the Live in Ya Lounge studio at Exhibition Park in Mitchell. It features a cast of experienced and skilled Shakespeare actors and an original music score.
For something a little different, head to The Abbey Function Centre on 22 August to watch Decadence and Debauchery, a long running Canberra variety show that puts alternate arts like burlesque, circus, comedy, bellydance and drag in the spotlight. With a 350-person capacity, you’ll need to grab a ticket quick to secure your spot.
Canberra band Hands Like Houses will perform for a viewing party with the assistance of the talented Live in Ya Lounge team at the Old Canberra Inn on 29 August. A screen and sound system will be set up in the Inn’s Schumack Room, with local artists Sputnik Sweethart and Aya Yves playing support sets. The dinner and show also features interactive giveways courtesy of Capital Brewing, Mallaluka Wines, Grease Monkey and more! Both live and streamed.
Family time outdoors
Incredible nature spaces abound in the capital. Bush Play Connections gets you out and about exploring different locations across the region (29 August and 1, 3 and 5 September). During the two-hour sessions you will walk, explore, forage and explore bush craft creation stations as well as learn about local Indigenous stories with Brother Daniel.
During the middle weekends in August you may notice a spontaneous dance and music performance around Lake Burley Griffin. Lake March (15, 16, 22, and 23 August) will unfold along the paths of Lakes Burley Griffin, Ginninderra and Tuggeranong. Lake March links to world famous director Pina Bausch’s Nelken Line currently being performed by citizens across the globe, uniting communities amidst the covid-19 pandemic. Join in the Nelken Line on Sunday 16 August on Lake Burley Griffin at 12:30pm.