Lunchbox Acoustic

Lunchbox Acoustic

Published 02 September 2020

Lunchbox Acoustic

Introducing the City Renewal Authority’s new Lunchbox Acoustic program of​ live performances in the city centre!

The program features talented, local artists performing weekdays at lunchtime (12pm - 1:30pm) in Civic and Braddon from September until Christmas.

These live performances will bring life to the heart of the city and encourage people to spend time in our city centre's outdoor public spaces.

The Lunchbox Acoustic program is a diverse mix of performances by entertainers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, female and non-binary performers, singers and musicians and theatre, poetry and dance artists.

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Who is playing this week?

Thursday, 24th September

Roving through Braddon

alister price

Alister Price

Alister Price is an accordionist and composer who is captivated by the exotic rhythms and melodies of the Balkans. He is a member of the Canberra-based Romanian folk ensemble Super rats, who were awarded the 2019 Critic's Circle Award, and performs nationally with the ARIA-nominated band Xenos. Alister has extensive performance experience with Greek, Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Roma, and Turkish bands in Melbourne and Canberra. He studied accordion in Bulgaria, and has a Bachelor of Music (Honours), majoring in composition.

Friday, 25th September (Postponed due to weather conditions)

Garema Place


The Smorgasbroads
The Smorgasbroads are a multi-instrumentalist vocal trio made up of Samantha Sly, Jess High and Tristan Davies. With rich vocal harmonies, unplugged instrumentation and unique song arrangements, the Smorgasbroads cover an array of genres including Pop, RnB and Soul. So come and enjoy a music filled platter from the Smorgasbroads.

Monday, 28th September

Garema Place

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Project Beats



Chip, the Director of Project Beats, will DJ and provide the vibes while the students of Project Beats freestyle to the music.

Tuesday, 29th September

Latin American Plaza

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Wicked Strings


Canberra violinist Tim Wickham has over thirty years of musical performance and ensemble experience to share. He is a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and a familiar musician amongst the Canberra music scene. For the Lunchbox Series, Tim looks forward to presenting a unique mix of acoustic and electric violin sounds amongst the fresh Canberra spring air!

Wednesday, 30th September

Garema Place

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CJ Shaw


CJ Shaw is the perfect accompaniment for a sundrenched lunch time. His ageless, folksy tunes appeal to all lunch box fillers, from vegemite sandwiches to the hot vegan Raman noodles.

Thursday, 1st October

Roving through Braddon

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Nick Combe

Nick studied jazz performance and composition at ANU, graduating in 2008. Since then he has managed, produced, composed and performed in 3 bands of his own, as well as working as a session musician, touring Australia and working as a disability support worker. He moved to Melbourne in 2015 to pursue music, realised that it was not really my thing so he moved to Yogyakarta in Central Java instead to study traditional Javanese music, as well as immerse himself in the experimental music and art scene. After 3 years of playing, recording, drinking lots of tea and getting married, he moved to Argentina to teach English and then back to Canberra. He is currently studying a masters of education and spends his free time making tempeh, reading and gardening when he’s not practicing one of his saxophones, or trying to make gamelan hip hop beats.

Friday, 2nd October

Garema Place


Multicultural Youth Hub, Street University Canberra & Belconnen Youth Centre

Multicultural Youth Hub, Street University Canberra & Belconnen Youth Centre present a diverse mix of youth performances these school holidays. Featuring solo sets by Beau Sykes and Lawson Durbidge, vocal acts by Damon Blank and a blend of freestyle hip-hop vibes from rapper MN Cappo, as well as flamenco and rock by First Class band and more!