Design, art and festivals throughout November

Design, art and festivals throughout November

Published 30 October 2019
marilou chagnaud graphic in civic square, aerial image
Artist: Marilou Chagnaud. Photographer: 5foot photography

Across the month of November, a variety of festivals, design events and outdoor activities will be held throughout Civic and Braddon, made possible via our City Grants program.

From 4 – 24 November, the DESIGN Canberra Festival is back with over 150 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes. Through the City Grants program’s support, the festival footprint has been able to expand its offerings in Civic.

This year, Civic Square will be transformed to become a dedicated hub for talks, entertainment, parties, performances, art, workshops and wellness activities. The program includes keynote talks, panel discussions, designer presentations, tours, films, music, pop-up bars, product launches and a wellness program that involves yoga, meditation, social running and cycling groups. A highlight is the Visible City speaker series, which will explore how Canberra’s contemporary urban renewal efforts make visible our city’s distinctive design identity, inclusive processes, and the hope and dreams of our community. All DESIGN Canberra events can be found on the website.

Continuing the theme of design, the Canberra Institute of Technology will present the Orange Wolves – art and design event, extending the opportunity to engage in all things creative in Glebe Park from 26 – 28 November 2019. Six retired Action buses will be transformed into small cinemas, music venues, fashion parades, maker spaces, and installation spaces to visit across the weekend.

If an active adventure sounds more up your alley, the Canberra City Hustle-Urban Treasure Hunt is on Saturday 9 November from 8am – 3pm. In a similar style to the TV show ‘Amazing Race’, participants will explore on-foot answering questions, solving puzzles and completing challenges, all with the aim of being the team with the most points at the finish line. Book your tickets here to take part.

Other outdoor events include the SpringOUT Big Community Picnic on Saturday 24 November from 11am – 5pm and the CBRtalks community listening project. The listening project is an innovative mobile conversation space, designed to engage Canberrans in the city and actively listen to the diverse stories which make up the community. As CBRtalks listen to these stories, they will be capturing the faces of Canberra and using polaroid snaps to create an interactive art installation in the mobile conversation space. It all launches on 3 November in City Walk.