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Canberra is a city of creativity, innovation and the arts.
Canberra hosts some of the nation’s biggest festivals and blockbuster exhibitions. This is underpinned by a community of world class artists.
This is a place where big international exhibitions, shows and concerts sit comfortably beside local arts events. There’s always a cosy gig to attend. Or a book launch or photography exhibition or workshop. Canberra’s cafes, wine bars and bookstores are part of our network of creative spaces dotted all over the city. We love to participate in the arts as much as we love to spectate.
There’s an abundance of culture and artistic expression to explore all year through. Museums and galleries house collections of national and international significance. Enjoy the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. The Canberra Contemporary Arts Space is a centre for innovation in visual arts.
The Australian War Memorial houses significant art and historical exhibits from our military history.
Learn more about Ngunnawal country and the stories that shaped this region at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.
Local works are exhibited in our many smaller galleries and artistic spaces.
Visual and performance artists, writers, poets and musicians gather in creative hubs across the city. You’ll be thoroughly entertained, whatever your artistic preferences:
Our biggest events match our four distinct seasons.
All of this and much more is within easy reach when you live in Canberra.