What’s on around Canberra in June 2024 | Canberra Daily

What’s on around Canberra in June 2024 | Canberra Daily
What’s on around Canberra in June 2024 | Canberra Daily

The cold has arrived, and in June, we welcome winter to Canberra.

You could stay cuddled up at home or you can attend any of these toasty events.

Endangered: A sculptural exhibition by artist David Smith showcasing endangered species. Rusten House Art Centre, 1-22 June; Rusten House – Queanbeyan-Palerang (nsw.gov.au)

The Last Daughter: A powerful and inspiring documentary about Brenda Matthews’ journey to reconcile the two sides of her family. National Film and Sound Archive, Saturday 1 June 1pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

National Wine Experience: Over 900 wines to sample at this 3-hour long wine show, tickets are $120 per person. EPIC, 1 June 1:30pm; exhibitionparkincanberra.com.au   

Toomelah: Troubled 10-year-old Daniel comes face-to-face with adult realities in this feature from award-winning director Ivan Sen, set in the remote community of Toomelah. National Film and Sound Archive, 1 June 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Tales From the Other Side: Hoping for a pilot audience to test a new show on, storyteller and comedian, Sarah Stewart offers this pay what you feel show. The Q- Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 1 June 7:30pm; theq.net.au

The Eagles Story: A show all about the popular American rock band The Eagles. Filled with music, it’s a celebration of the lives and careers of the band members. The Q- Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 1 June 8pm; theq.net.au

ANCA Gallery: Artists Sally Clarke and Brenda Factor present Surface Tension an exploration of connecting ideas and collecting from nature. ANCA Dickson, until 2 June; anca.net.au

Drawn In: Attendees are invited to sketch whilst listening to the live sounds of David Yardley. National Portrait Gallery, Sunday 2 June 1pm; portrait.gov.au

The Big Steal: This classic Aussie comedy highlights the risks of doing anything for love, followed by Q&A with director Nadia Tass. National Film and Sound Archive, 2 June 1pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Wil vs Queensland: A screening of the feature documentary for National Reconciliation week. National Portrait Gallery, 2 June 2:30pm; portrait.gov.au

Spill the Tea: This exhibition is a celebration of the creative talents and voices of LGBTIQA+ artists with disability. Belconnen Community Centre, 4-13 June; meridianact.org.au

The Craft of Crime: Two Australian crime writers, Sulari Gentill and Chris Hammer, in conversation with crime fiction reviewer Anna Steele. Tickets start from $15 for members and $20 for non-members. National Library of Australia, Wednesday 5 June; nla.gov.au

Chappie: A free screening of Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi action drama, followed by a panel discussion about artificial intelligence. National Film and Sound Archive, 5 June 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

A woman embarks on a journey down the Highway of Lost Hearts at The Q- Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre on 6-7 June. Photo: Phil Blatch

Highway of Lost Hearts: After a woman wakes to find her heart missing, she embarks on a heart-seeking journey to fill the empty space in her chest, accompanied only by her dog and campervan. The Q- Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 6-7 June; theq.net.au  

The Paperboy: Details and desires prove equally dangerous when two journalists seek to uncover the truth behind a murder conviction. National Film and Sound Archive, Thursday 6 June 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Rent: In the streets of New York City’s East Village, a group of friends must tackle their love lives and careers amidst the lingering effects of the AIDS epidemic. Canberra Theatre Centre, 7-15 June; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: One of Shakespeare’s most widely performed comedies; drama, intrigue, and young love encapsulate Athens. Canberra Theatre Centre, 7-15 June; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Almost Famous: An aspiring music journalist gets a taste of what it’s like to be cool. Stick around for a post-screening karaoke session on the cinema stage. National Film and Sound Archive, 7 June 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Ben Lee with Special Guests: On the verge of a new album, join Ben Lee and his comedic music stylings for an entertaining night. The Street Theatre, 7 June 8pm; thestreet.org.au

Tuggeranong Arts Centre: Showcases three exhibitions: Sitting Standing Turning by Robbie Karmel; Abode; and I Know My Age and I Act Like It by Louis Grant. Until 8 June; tuggeranongarts.com

Royal Canberra Poultry Show: Absolutely everything poultry related; chickens, roosters, eggs, and auctions. EPIC, 8-9 June; exhibitionparkincanberra.com.au

Geek Markets Canberra: All things Geeky and nerdy at this free pop culture event, if you like Comic Books, Cosplay, Trading Cards, and Action Figures this is the event for you. EPIC, Saturday 8 June; exhibitionparkincanberra.com.au

Zoolander: In this Ben Stiller noughties satire, Derek Zoolander proves there’s more to male modelling than meets the eye. National Film and Sound Archive, 8 June 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Bec Taylor & The Lyrebirds: Launching their new album, enjoy the music stylings of this five-piece Alt-Folk-Pop band. The Street Theatre, Sunday 9 June; thestreet.org.au

Focus: Australian Government Photographers: Undertake a journey spanning six decades of Australian life with works from some of the government photographers working between 1939 and 1996. National Archives of Australia, until 10 June; naa.gov.au

The Exquisite Hour: AJ America and Roland Peelman AM performing songs and piano works by Frank Nuyts, Lili Boulanger, Maurice Ravel, and Francis Poulenc. Wesley Music Centre, Wednesday 12 June; wesleymusiccanberra.org

Australian queer history collides with Shakespearean storytelling in The Will To Be at The Q- Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre on 13-14 June. Photo: Sare Clarke Photography.

The Will To Be: In this award-winning solo show by Mark Salvestro Australia’s queer history meets Shakespeare. The Q- Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 13-14 June; theq.net.au

Grief in World War II expressed in art and fashion: Dr Tets Kimura presents and lectures his research into how grief was experienced during the Aisa-Pacific War in Australia and Japan. National Library of Australia, Thursday 13 June; nla.gov.au

Scrapper: An inventive 12-year-old convinces everyone that she is living with her non-existent uncle, until her estranged father arrives. National Film and Sound Archive, 13 June 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Raiders vs Cowboys: The Canberra Raiders take on the Queensland Cowboys on home soil. GIO Stadium, Friday 14 June 6pm; raiders.com.au

Pizza & Pyjama Screening:  Enjoy Casper, a movie about a therapist and his daughter meeting a friendly ghost when they move into a haunted mansion, includes pizza on arrival. National Film and Sound Archive, 14 June 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Australian Chamber Orchestra: World-renowned cellist and master storyteller Nicolas Altstaedt makes his ACO debut in Altstaedt Plays Haydn & Tchaikovsky. Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 14 June 8pm; aco.com.au

George Orwell’s Elephant & Other Essays; Subhash Jaireth tells the story of his interesting and unique life, filled with travel and historical intrigue. The Street Theatre, 14 June; thestreet.org.au

Saltburn and The Shining: A double feature full of bloody horrors, tortured siblings, and labyrinthine twists. National Film and Sound Archive, Saturday 15 June 5pm/8pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Book club: The first rule of fight club is you don’t talk about fight club, except in discussion with Andrew Hutchinson and Kaya Wilson. National Film and Sound Archive, Sunday 16 June 1pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Dirty Three: Returning after 12 years, the musical, storytelling trio of Warren Ellis, Mick Turner, and Jim White perform their tunes on a local stage. Canberra Theatre Centre, Tuesday 18 June; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Music at Midday: Performance by The Royal Military College Band. Canberra Theatre Centre, 18 June; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

A Streetcar Named Desire: This prominent play by Tennessee Williams is being performed at ACT Hub, 19-29 June; A Streetcar Named Desire – ACT Hub

Ensemble Offspring: An Australian music ensemble made up of Claire Edwardes, Lamorna Nightingale, Jason Noble, Véronique Serret, Blair Harris, and Benjamin Kopp perform at The Street Theatre, Wednesday 19 June; thestreet.org.au

American Idiot: A dark, foggy, energetic, rock opera fuelled by Green Day lyrics. The Q- Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 20-29 June; theq.net.au

BIRRARANGGA Film Festival: An outstanding selection of global Indigenous films exploring strength, resilience, and the environment. National Film and Sound Archive, 20-23 June; nfsa.gov.au/events

Crime and Punishment: Dostoyevsky’s famous work adapted by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus into a captivating performance. The Street Theatre, 21 June – 7 July; thestreet.org.au

Momenta: The Sydney Dance Company perform Momenta, a spectacle of human movement Choreographed by Rafael Bonachela. Canberra Theatre Centre, 21-22 June; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

An Evening with Vika and Linda: Hit duo Vika and Linda perform classical vocals accompanied by a grand piano. Canberra Theatre Centre, Friday 21 June; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Winter Tales presents Dr Liz Allen: From accommodating to accommodated: how can Australia best support people from disadvantage backgrounds. National Library of Australia, Sunday 23 June; nla.gov.au

Tina the Ultimate Tribute to the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Do you miss Tina Turner? This energetic stage production features Tina hits from all decades. Canberra Theatre Centre, Tuesday 25 June; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

The Trust Fall: A deep dive into the WikiLeaks story and broader questions of press freedom and public interest. Followed by a panel conversation with members of the Bring Julian Assange Home Parliamentary Group: Josh Wilson MP, Bridget Archer MP and Andrew Wilkie MP. National Film and Sound Archive, 25 June 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

James and the Giant Peach: A theatrical adaptation of the beloved children’s book by author Roald Dahl, join James on his giant adventure. Canberra Theatre Centre, 26-29 June; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition: Celebrate the opening of Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition. National Archives of Australia, Wednesday 26 June; naa.gov.au

Mozart in Winter: Soprano Madeline Anderson and pianist Hilda Visser-Scott perform a program dedicated to Mozart. Wesley Music Centre, 26 June; wesleymusiccanberra.org

Network: A blistering satire of media sensationalism and what we will trade for success. National Film and Sound Archive, Thursday 27 June 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Grand Kyiv Ballet: Forest Song and Don Quixote: The Grand Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine perform a double bill filled with both romance and comedy. Canberra Theatre Centre, 28-30 June; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Monster Fest Weekender: The slasher edition of this horror film festival is screening at Dendy Cinemas Canberra, 28-30 June; canberra.dendy.com.au

Natural Born Killers: A bold look at a country seduced by fame, obsessed by crime and consumed by the media. Includes an introduction and live performance by Venus Mantrap. National Film and Sound Archive, Friday 28 June 8pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Places and Spaces: A group exhibition in which artists explore the places and spaces around them through installation, sculpture, painting and augmented reality. CCAS Lakeside, until 29 June; ccas.com.au

Tanya Myshkin: The local artist showcases solo works of figurative engravings and intaglio prints in Wood Engravings and Dry points. Megalo Print Studio, until 29 June; megalo.org

Gauguin’s World: Tōna Iho, Tōna Ao: Experience the enduring art of the French Post-Impressionist Paul Gaugin through some his most recognised works. National Gallery of Australia, 29 June – 7 October; nga.gov.au

The Handmade Market: Crafty Australian designers and producers make up over 260 stalls where you can get everything from artworks, ceramics, and jewellery to children’s clothes, toys, and furniture. EPIC, 29-30 June; exhibitionparkincanberra.com.au

Canberra Vintage Computer Exhibition: The opportunity for the public to get up close and interact with a great display of vintage technology including games, music programs and much more. Radford College, Saturday 29 June 10am-3pm.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2024: Come ready to laugh at Australia’s largest comedy festival. Canberra Theatre Centre, 29 June; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Nightcrawler: How far will a desperate grifter go to capture the most graphic, sensational images? National Film and Sound Archive, 29 June 6pm; nfsa.gov.au/events

Newsfront: $8 Collection, the newsreel camera operators of the 1940s & ‘50s who documented a changing Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, Sunday 30 June 1pm; nfsa.gov.au/events


Tree Songs: Exhibition of intricately carved and painted woodblocks by artist Julian Laffan. Beaver Galleries, 23 May – 8 June; Beaver Galleries | Beaver Galleries

Into the Land: Exhibition of transparent glass forms by artist Nicole Ayliffe. Beaver Galleries, 23 May – 8 June; Beaver Galleries | Beaver Galleries

Craft + Design Canberra: Showcases three exhibitions – The Edge Between by Sue Peachey, Light Ripples by Hannah Gason and Sequence of Variables by Estelle Briedis. Craft + Design Canberra, Canberra City, until 6 July; craftanddesigncanberra.org

Belconnen Arts Centre: Presents five exhibitions- Almost Always by Isobel Rayson & Nick Stranks, Light and Substance by Robyn Campbell & Kirstin Guenther, Gold to Blue by Sarah Earle, YazElations: Upcycling Industrial Waste by Yasmin Idriss and Awaken by Elizabeth Ficken. Until 7 July; belcoarts.com.au

Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour: The first survey exhibition of the Western Aranda artist, showcasing paintings, works on paper and moving images from worldwide collections. National Gallery of Australia, until 21 July; nga.gov.au

Robert Fielding: Nyaru: Contemporary artist Robert Fielding showcases strong cultural roots and views of community life and global concerns. Canberra Glassworks, until 21 July; Canberra Glassworks – Exhibitions

Djaadjawan (Sand): An exhibition of paintings by Walbanja-Yuin artist Natalie Bateman. COX Gallery in Kingston, 21 May- 26 July; coxarchitecture.com.au

Jordan Wolfson: Body Sculpture: A commissioned piece that evokes emotional and physical responses from the viewer through the movements of an animatronic sculpture, contains mature themes. National Gallery of Australia, until 28 July; nga.gov.au

Sisters Interwoven: Works by Megan Daley and Rechelle Turner showcasing self-expression and enabling their exploration of culture and connection to Country. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 14 June – 10 August; Exhibitions – Tuggeranong Arts Centre

All Guns Blazing: Jamie-Lee Trindall explores a personal story that is a voyage of discovery, where generations of brave trailblazers have carved winding paths through the outback country. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 14 June – 10 August; Exhibitions – Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Breaking Ground: Responding to significant Tuggeranong Valley sites, Heidi Smith and Michelle England have created experimental artworks highlighting changes to urban and natural spaces. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 14 June – 10 August; Exhibitions – Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Change: Stories from your pocket: The Royal Australian Mint curates an exhibition exploring the stories our coins tell about our history. Canberra Museum and Gallery, until 31 August; cmag.com.au

Discovering Ancient Egypt: On loan from the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities is a deep dive into the culture of the ancient society with more than 220 objects, spanning more than 3,000 years. National Museum of Australia, until 8 September; nma.gov.au

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024: The 12 finalists for the Little Darlings competition that saw students from kindergarten to year 12 respond to the theme My Story through different mediums. National Portrait Gallery, until 15 September; portrait.gov.au

Napier Waller Art Prize 2024: Featuring 17 highly commended entries by Australian Defence Force veterans, this powerful exhibition is open to the public at Australian Parliament House until 13 October. The public can vote in the People’s Choice Award via the online exhibition, featuring the works of 29 finalists, at awm.gov.au until 13 October. More info: awm.gov.au/napier-waller-art-prize-hub

Materiality…but not as we know it:  Ten artists and designers with Canberra connections explore the ideas around truth to materials and functionality and design. Canberra Museum and Gallery, until 20 October; cmag.com.au

MoAD: Home to a host of exhibitions, such as Behind the Lines 2023, Blueprint and Statement: Jack Green’s Paintings at Old Parliament House, free entry; bookings encouraged.

Canberra/Kamberri, Place & People: Discover the story of Canberra as the place where nationhood found a home – the people, places and history that make up this city and region. Canberra Museum and Gallery, ongoing; cmag.com.au


Capital Region Farmers Market: Fresh seasonal produce and gourmet goods at EPIC, Saturdays 7-11.30am; capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au

Kippax Marketplace: Indoor market at Kippax Uniting Church Community Centre on the 3rd Saturday of the month 8am-12pm; free entry.

The Little Burley Market: Bringing gourmet food and artisan handicrafts lakeside each week. Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes, Saturday 9am-1.30pm; thelittleburleymarket.com.au

Trash and Treasure: Hunt for second-hand goods, fresh produce and homewares every Sunday at the Jamison Centre, 7am-12.30pm; trashandtreasuremarketjamison.com.au

Bric-a-Brac Rummage: Hunt for second-hand treasure in front of South.Point, Tuggeranong, Sundays 9am-3pm.

Community Market: Monthly market at Calwell shopping centre on the 3rd Saturday of the month 9am-3pm and Queanbeyan Park on the 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm.

Old Bus Depot Markets: The much-loved markets continue at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston, Sundays 9.30am-2.30pm; obdm.com.au

Smith’s Alternative: Irish Jam each Friday from 4pm; Comedy Open Mic, first Sunday of the month 7pm; smithsalternative.com

Lunchulele: Every Monday 12.30-1.30pm, ukulele players perform at Smith’s Alternative; smithsalternative.com

Sing Australia: Weekly sessions at: Belconnen, Thursday 9.30am; Duntroon, Monday 7.30pm; Greenway, Monday 1pm. Costs apply; singaustralia.com.au

Behind-the-Scenes History Tour: Go behind the scenes of Canberra’s oldest public building and see its evolution. Canberra Glassworks, Kingston, every Wednesday and Friday 10.30am-2pm; canberraglassworks.com

Mt Ainslie Music Club: The community ensemble meets for improvisation every first Thursday of the month 8-10pm, Ainslie Arts Centre; ainslieandgorman.com.au

Night Markets: The community-run event runs every Friday 4-8pm at Anketell Street, Tuggeranong.

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