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Sunday 28 November 2021 – Tuesday 28 November 2023

7 smiling, dark haired young women standing in front of a black background. They are wearing small cream and gold head dresses and pale gold sequinned dresses which sparkle in the light.
7 smiling, dark haired young women standing in front of a black background. They are wearing small cream and gold head dresses and pale gold sequinned dresses which sparkle in the light.
7 smiling, dark haired young women standing in front of a black background. They are wearing small cream and gold head dresses and pale gold sequinned dresses which sparkle in the light.
7 smiling, dark haired young women standing in front of a black background. They are wearing small cream and gold head dresses and pale gold sequinned dresses which sparkle in the light.

I-Day on display

A local global performance

3:30pm, Fri 3 Dec

Join us in the Gallery to celebrate International Day of People with Disability, with an afternoon of dance and music performed by people of all abilities!

ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra

ACT Youth Orchestra

An evening of fairy tales

7:00pm, Wed 8 Dec

A beautiful beginning to launch the ACT Youth Orchestra and their exciting collaboration with Dance Development Centre Canberra.

Bookings required
The Bold Festival
The Bold Festival
The Bold Festival
The Bold Festival

The Bold Festival

Goddess

3:00pm, Fri 4 Mar
Onsite and live online

Stretch up and join us in the Gallery for a series of short performances by some of Australia's leading performing artists.

Bookings required
Catapult Dance and Canberra’s Australian Dance Party
Catapult Dance and Canberra’s Australian Dance Party
Catapult Dance and Canberra’s Australian Dance Party
Catapult Dance and Canberra’s Australian Dance Party

Dance performance

Connecting Stories: Innovations

11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, Sat 9 Apr until Sun 10 Apr

We’re thrilled to host Newcastle’s Catapult Dance and Canberra’s Australian Dance Party as they explore innovation and self-portraiture through dance.

William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Lakespeare Performance

His Picture and His Book: Shakespeare and Portraiture

11:00am, Sat 23 Apr

Created and delivered by the team behind the popular ‘Shakespeare by the Lakes’ festival, Lakespeare and Co.’s specially commissioned performance blends a discussion of Shakespeare and portraiture with performed excerpts from his plays and sonnets.

Bookings required
Rhythm Syndicate
Rhythm Syndicate
Rhythm Syndicate
Rhythm Syndicate

Rhythm Syndicate

1:30pm, Sun 8 May

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Rhythm Syndicate’s musical offering of high energy jazz classics.

A Royal Hoopla
A Royal Hoopla
A Royal Hoopla
A Royal Hoopla

A Royal Hoopla

You’re invited to an outrageous party!

7:30pm, Fri 10 Jun

Calling all glam-punks, royal-rebels and glitzy-queens!

Bookings required
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra

ACT Youth Orchestra

Best of British – from Walton to Winehouse, Finzi to Fab Four

6:00pm, Tue 21 Jun

Paying homage to musicians adorning our walls, the ACT Youth Orchestra will delight us with orchestral arrangements of Rehab by Amy Winehouse, Space Oddity by David Bowie, and some classics from the Beatles.

Bookings required
YGen to IGen Across Borders
YGen to IGen Across Borders
YGen to IGen Across Borders
YGen to IGen Across Borders

Dance performance

Connecting Stories: Generations

11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, Sat 25 Jun until Sun 26 Jun

A YGen to IGen Across Borders project by Newcastle’s Catapult Choreographic Hub, Canberra’s Australian Dance Party and QL2 Dance.

The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever

Outdoor Performance

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

10:30am, Sat 2 Jul

Calling on Canberra Cathies! Help celebrate Canberra’s sixth The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever and our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse, featuring a beautiful portrait of the Brontë sisters.

I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder

I Progetti Chamber Choir

Via Hibernis II – A Winter Journey: Part II

1:30pm, Sat 3 Sep

I Progetti Chamber Choir, directed by Charis Messalina de Valence, invites you to share in this musical offering as they explore new, unfamiliar and infrequently-performed choral music.

Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto

Come alive 22

Fri 28, Sat 29 Oct, Wed 2, Thu 3, Sat 5 Nov 2:00–3:30pm AEST

Young people explore the stories in our cultural institutions as part of the COME ALIVE Festival of Museum Theatre.

Bookings required

More events

Wednesday 29 November 2023 – Friday 28 November 2025
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