Kambri’s Culture Comes to the Fore

Discover life beyond study with a year-round calendar of cultural events at Kambri.

Art and culture have long enhanced the intellectual atmosphere of ANU for students, staff and the wider community alike, and with the opening of Kambri came plenty of opportunities to enjoy the arts without stepping off campus.

The design of a range of event spaces – both large and small – was a central focus in the planning of the precinct. From the intimate Drama Theatre to the purpose-built 305-seat cinema to the magnificent 1000 concert capacity Manning Clark Hall or the wide-open spaces of University Avenue, the outdoor amphitheatre, or the lush lawns, there’s a place that’s perfect for every type of event.

Providing a diverse range of activities and programs – literally something for everyone – has also cemented Kambri as a cultural attraction in its own right; a place that is both welcoming and accessible to the general public.

Many activities on offer are free, including:

  • Meet The Author talks with ANU, The Canberra times and Harry Hartog Booksellers (past guests include Shaun Micallef, Andrew Leigh, Tony Jones, Karen Viggers, Jane Caro and Dr. Karl)
  • Music On The Greens
  • Fitness on the Greens
  • Saturday DJ sessions
  • Kambri Film Fest
  • Classics at Kambri car show

There is also a wide variety of ticketed events including world-class live music acts (Kurt Vile, The Tea Party, The Chats and Birds of Tokyo to name a few), a Family Film Fest, Shakespeare by the Lake, TEDx Talks, plus recent release movies shown in the cinema by the ANU Film Group.

aMBUSH Gallery houses a regularly rotating calendar of free art exhibitions, plus artist talks (past guests include Reg Mombassa and David and Noni Cragg), a weekly Art Bar, DJ workshops and meetups for the Queer Society.

There’s also plenty of rich Indigenous history to be found on campus as well as public art to be discovered, all accessible via the ANU Walk app.

At various times of the year ANU students also have exhibition opportunities to showcase their art projects and studio work.

Kambri has opened up the university to many different groups and people, with arts and culture that provides a unifying force and makes life at ANU even more lively and enjoyable.

There’s always something inspiring happening, so stay tuned to social media to see what’s coming next to Kambri!