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Photo: Five Foot Photography
Photo: Five Foot Photography
Past event

Third Place: DESIGN Canberra closing party

Come together, reflect on the ideas and inspiration of the 2020 DESIGN Canberra festival and have a well-deserved good time at the Third Place closing party.

Support wellbeing and creativity, local and community… and celebrate the annual design auction of experimental, small scale or one-off pieces from Australian designers. After a tough 2020, it’s time to care.

DESIGN Canberra will transform the CCAS gallery into our own Third Place. A place between home and work, Third Places are where we exchange ideas, have a good time, and build relationships, based on sociologist Ray Oldenburg’s work. After spending much of the year trying to stay apart from other people and smoke, hail and fires, it feels wonderful that we can now be together again in line with social distancing.

The closing party will feature a lighting installation, live music, wholefood supper boxes, custom tonics and more, set among the signature festival exhibitions on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

This will be a small, but beautiful, covid-safe event.


Each ticket to the closing party gives you a beautiful experience to support wellbeing and creativity. You’ll also receive a nourishing supper box and either a cocktail, tonic or cold-pressed juice on arrival. Plus you’ll go in the draw to win a lucky door prize of an iconic F!NK jug and more.

Supper boxes by Two Before Ten

Nourishing supper boxes have been created by our friends at Two Before Ten. Each supper box will include fresh produce harvested from their Urban Farm, an acre of land at the Aranda shops:

  • Urban Farm gluten free seed crackers
  • Urban Farms flat bread
  • an assortment of Urban Farm chutneys, chilli jam, pickled veg
  • a selection of meat and cheese (vegetarian options available)
  • any fresh tomatoes or fruits available from the garden
  • bread from Sonoma.

Two Before Ten are in business to build communities.  Their approach is sustainable, in the broadest possible definition of that word.  It’s not just about saving the planet; it’s about caring for people. At the Aranda Shops, Two Before Ten revitalised their now bustling site with support from the community and the gifting and re-use of materials from everywhere imaginable. With an acre of land in the heart of Canberra, their Aranda Urban Farm supports the Two Before Ten cafes by growing fresh, sustainable produce throughout the year. From mixed lettuce, to cherry trees and sweet corn crops, the farm helps reduce the cafes’ packaging and food miles as well as turning the compostable green-waste from the cafes back into productive fruit and veg in a sustainable circular system. Two Before Ten has expanded to the Canberra City, Canberra Airport and Brindabella Park.

Signature cocktails, custom tonics and cold-pressed juice

The Pop Inn are cherished long-term DESIGN Canberra supporters. Kimberley and the team will serve the 2020 DESIGN Canberra signature cocktail, custom tonics, and cold-pressed juice to guests on arrival.

Sweet Suburbia (2020 DESIGN Canberra signature cocktail)

  • 30ml Lake George Winery Rosé Gin
  • 15 ml Elderflower Syrup
  • 100 ml Prosecco
  • Garnish with fresh raspberry

The 2020 DESIGN Canberra signature festival cocktail is ‘Sweet Suburbia’, an elegant combination of local Lake George Winery rosé gin with elderflower, sparkling Prosecco and a dash of lime juice. This is an elegant evolution of some classic cocktails but refreshes the concept through bright bursts of strawberry with the verve and energy of a spritzy Prosecco.

The Pop Inn will also operate their award-winning bar throughout the evening, selling craft beers from Capital Brewing, award winning local wines from Lake George Winery and more.