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Experience the Haig Park Bubble

The City Renewal Authority’s (CRA) new inflatable, inhabitable pavilion has materialised in the middle of one of the city centre’s key green spaces, as part of the Haig Park Experiments.

Bubble has been designed by immersive art creators Goldberg Aberline Studios as a movable, multi-purpose art installation and events space for park users to gather and share in an exciting program of performances, workshops and activities.

CRA chief executive Malcolm Snow said Bubble was one of many events, installations and improvements being trialled in Haig Park as part of the Authority’s efforts to revitalise this key green space.

“Following on from the success of recent events such as Festival of the Forest, the monthly Paw Parties and painting with light workshops, it’s clear that the ability to hold different events and activities in Haig Park is important to the Canberra community,” Mr Snow said.

Haig Park Experiments infrastructure manager Richmond Henty praised the unique and immersive design of the Bubble and its striking appearance nestled amongst the trees.

Bubble is truly magical and will encourage attendees to see the park in a new light,” Mr Henty said.

The Bubble program will include local community activities as well as events programmed by Haig Park Experiments.

The diverse program includes events such as a film screening, poetry slam, school holiday activities, musical performances, bush tucker workshops and more.

Bubble events are being held on Fridays to Sundays until 7 December; HaigParkCBR.com.au

Windows to the World returns

The ACT Government is giving Canberrans the chance to see the world without taking a long-haul flight at the Windows to the World event this month.

The popular event is a rare opportunity to see behind the gates of the Canberra’s embassies and high commissions.

ACT Minister for Cultural Events, Gordon Ramsay, said the popular event provided an insight into world cultures and celebrated Canberra’s success as a multicultural city.

“I encourage Canberrans to see, taste and experience cultures from across the globe while enjoying the beautiful gardens and architecture that the embassies and high commissions have to offer,” the Minister said.

Joining the 42 diplomatic missions participating in the event are Australia’s own Government House and Australian Parliament House.

Highlights include Crazy Finnish Games, a Filipino barbecue cook up, traditional Timorese food sampling, the chance to sample 27 different styles of Saudi Arabian dates, trying your hand at lacrosse and hockey (Canada), and behind-the-scenes tours at Parliament House.

Windows to the World Expo, a taster event to be held at Floriade on Saturday 5 October, will feature 11 foreign missions, complementing Floriade’s World in Bloom theme.

Windows to the World will run 12-13 and 19-20 October at various foreign missions and Australian Government buildings across Canberra; windowstotheworld.com.au

Design in Canberra’s DNA

They’re right in the thick of preparations for their sixth year with more than 200 events, exhibitions, activations, tours and talks scheduled.

And despite the intense workload, DESIGN Canberra have just announced they’ve received record support from sponsors across industry, retail, education, hospitality, property and government.

CEO and Artistic Director of Craft ACT and DESIGN Canberra, Rachael Coghlan, said the festival has resonated with ever-increasing audiences near and far because design is in our city’s DNA.

“We are heartened to receive the generous support … We are in a strong position to secure the future of this authentic, innovative and experimental festival.”

Presenters of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT recently heard from the ACT Government that they would support the festival with $100,000 for an additional two years in 2020 and 2021.

The Civic Square focus of festival programs has also been made possible with support from the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program.

“We are heartened to receive the generous support of the ACT Government together with so many leading businesses across sectors,” said Ms Coghlan.

“We are in a strong position to secure the future of this authentic, innovative and experimental festival.”

First presented in 2014 (when it attracted 24,000 people), DESIGN Canberra has grown to embrace a regional and global focus; 112,844 people attended the festival in 2018, a 19% increase on 2017.

DESIGN Canberra will take place at venues throughout Canberra on 4-24 November; designcanberrafestival.com.au

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