New cultural and events precinct opens in Canberra

A new cultural and events precinct has opened in the heart of the Australian National University’s campus.

Kambri’s versatile spaces include a large multipurpose space with 500 retractable seats, a smaller multipurpose space with 220 retractable seats, a 300pax cinema, drama theatre with 150 seats, lobby bar and aMBUSH Gallery’s newest exhibition space, complete with a large outdoor balcony.

The buildings also contain kitchen facilities, with Kambri’s catering overseen by Sammy and Bella, sisters who first rose to fame as the winners of ‘My Kitchen Rules’ in 2011.

“It’s an incredible honour to be working with one of Canberra’s best state-of-the-art venues, and we look forward to sharing our menu that incorporates handmade, sustainable Australian native produce with delicious flavours,” they said.

Another company whose services will be available for hire is Black and White Waiters.

“At Black and White Waiters, we focus on providing memorable experiences for all our guests; going above and beyond what they expect with friendly, professional and seamless service that perfectly represents our clients, is responsive to their needs and ultimately helps them put on a flawless event,” said Black and White Waiters director Alejandro Jara.

In addition to the Culture and Events buildings, the six-floor Marie Raey Teaching Centre building offers a multitude of rooms and cutting-edge technology for programming opportunities outside of University teaching hours.

This includes the top level ‘Superfloor’ with high ceilings, uninterrupted views across Canberra, an outdoor balcony, and a flexible collaborative environment holding up to 300 people.

For those wanting a dynamic non-traditional space, there is an Amphitheatre with tiered seating adjacent to Sullivans Creek, as well as a range of other hireable outdoor options including University Avenue, The Lane, and The Lawn that can be utilised.