Must-see entertainment in Canberra

  • Basement

    Canberra's longest-running live-music venue has been spruced up a little, but remains the city's same old darling of dirty rock. There are pool tables and…

  • Street Theatre

    Canberra's leading independent theatre stages interesting contemporary performances from new and established practitioners.

  • Palace Electric

    A luxe cinema in the Nishi Building that screens mainly art-house and independent films.

  • Gorman Arts Centre

    This sprawling arts centre – and its sister centre in Ainslie – plays host to a wide range of Canberra's cultural institutions, from galleries to theatre…

  • GIO Stadium Canberra

    The Canberra Raiders ( is the home-town rugby league side, and in season (from March to September) the team plays here regularly. Also…

  • Ainslie Arts Centre

    Twin venues, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres host interesting live music performances at night; by day they are home to exhibitions and workshops.

  • Canberra Theatre Centre

    Canberra's live theatre hub hosts all kinds of performances, from theatre to cabaret to comedy. Check online to see what's playing during your visit, or…

  • Dendy Canberra

    An independent and art-house cinema in the Canberra Centre. Tuesday is discount day (all tickets $13).

  • Capitol Cinemas

    Six-screen art-deco cinema screening mostly current blockbusters.