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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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Saturday 17 April 2021 – Monday 17 April 2023

Spooky Men’s Chorale
Spooky Men’s Chorale
Spooky Men’s Chorale
Spooky Men’s Chorale

Late night love stories

Words of affirmation: Spooky Men’s Chorale

5:00pm, Fri 30 Apr

Spooky Men’s Chorale singing words of affirmation.

Bookings required
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim

Love dance

10:30am, Sun 2 May

Romance through dance! Ausdance ACT will be in the Gallery during Australian Dance Week to enhance your Australian Love Stories exhibition experience with pop-up performances that fill our spaces (and hearts) in surprising and delightful ways.

Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley

Huxleys: extreme and unapologetic

Friyay 14 May 2021 7:00 – 11:00pm AEST

Join the Huxleys in the Gallery for a night of splendour, surrealism, silliness and sparkle. Be dazzled by/lose your mind over their inflatable sculptures, vocals, moves and colourful costumes.

Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan

Late night love stories

Love LOLs: Chris Ryan

5:00pm, Fri 21 May

Join comedian Chris Ryan as she hosts a night of ‘speed dating’ with a twist!

Bookings required
Just Romeo and Juliet
Just Romeo and Juliet
Just Romeo and Juliet
Just Romeo and Juliet

Just Romeo and Juliet!

11:00am, Sat 22 May

Originally by William Shakespeare, messed around with by Andy Griffiths, adapted by Joanna Erskine.

Bookings required
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird

Afternoon poetry

1:00pm, Sun 23 May

Join Australian Poetry Slam Champion CJ Bowerbird and some of Canberra’s best spoken-word artists, Eleanor Malbon and Audrey McCormick for an afternoon of poetry, participation and love.

Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio

Harriet Schwarzrock’s studio

10:30am, Sat 5 Jun

Join us for a visit to the hot-glass studio of artist Harriet Schwarzrock in Queanbeyan, NSW.

Bookings required
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance

Dance performance

GOLD: outrageous dancing seniors!

2:00pm, Sat 19 Jun

Canberra’s company of dancing elders, GOLD, will wow you with routines old and new.

Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas

Late night love stories

Happily ever crafter: Kitiya Palaskas

5:00pm, Fri 25 Jun

Embrace your creativity and make a thing of joy for them with craft-based designer Kitiya Palaskas.

Bookings required
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder

I Progetti

A Dream of Spring

1:30pm, Sat 26 Jun

Get your druid on as the I Progetti Chamber Choir invites you to share in this programme of selected works celebrating the Winter Solstice.

WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Read Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Read Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Read Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Read Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine

Late night love stories

Weizen Ho

5:00pm, Fri 23 Jul

Performance artist Weizen Ho interprets the love language of physical touch.

Bookings required

More events

Tuesday 18 April 2023 – Thursday 17 April 2025

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency