Connect and Participate Expo

What is the Connect and Participate (CAP) Expo?
Testimonials (Inaugural Expo-2014)Where and when is it going to be held?
Why do we need a CAP Expo?
Why would I go to the CAP Expo?
What are the benefits for your group in having a stall at the Expo?
How does our group apply to participate at the Expo and showcase the benefits of membership?
Who came to the Expo in 2015?
Who will be at the Expo in 2016?
What performances are on four stages?
Who are the event organisers?
Who are the event sponsors?
How can I get to the Expo?

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What is the Connect and Participate (CAP) Expo?

The CAP Expo is a community event that showcases the range of opportunities available for Canberrans of all abilities and ages to join groups and build social connections around common interests.

A huge range of possibilities for connection and participation in the community will be at one location on one day; from sport and recreation groups, to art, craft, music, leisure, cultural, performing arts, hobby, social and ‘special interest’groups.

The Expo will open doors to new opportunities for all.

People attending can participate in ‘Come and Try’ activities or simply talk with people from a wide variety of groups to find out what they might be interested in.

Groups represented at the Expo will have a valuable platform to promote themselves and show what they can offer to new members.

The first Expo was held in 2014 and created to provide people with an easy way to discover new ways to participate in their community. Being engaged in the community and connecting with others is important for health and wellbeing; in contrast, social isolation can be linked to health risks.

This Expo ‘does the work’for people who would like to know more, and get started on a plan to participate and connect with others for enjoyment (with the added bonus of improving their health and wellbeing).


Where and when is it going to be held?

When: Saturday 25 March 2017, 11am-4pm..

Where: Old Bus Depot Building, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.


How much does it cost for entry to the event?

The event is FREE


How do I get to the CAP Expo?

Transport Canberra will operate a free bus service from the City Interchange to the Old Bus Depot Building departing from Platform 10 between 11am and 2pm.


Who will be at the 2017 CAP Expo?

Over 100 stallholders will display their wares in addition to food outlets and four stages of entertainment.


2017 Performance Schedule

Music Stage

11:00 - 11:15 Welcome & Welcome to Country
11:20 - 11:40 Young Music Society Concert Band
11:50 - 12:10 Canberra College of Piping & Drumming
12:20 - 12:40 Tuggeranong Valley Band
12:50 - 13:10 Canberra City Band
13:20- 13.40  Sing Australia
13:50 - 14:10 Canberra Youth Brass Band
14:20 - 14:40 Victoria Street Brass
14:50 - 15:10 The Creek Band
15:20 - 15:40 Canberra Blues Society
15:50 - 16:10 Canberra Opera

Dance Stage

11:25 - 11:45 Subsdance Dance Studio & Entertainment
11:50- 12:10 Monaro Folk Society
12:15 - 12:35 Tango Social Club of Canberra
12:40 - 13:00 BellyUp Bellydance
13:05 - 13:25 Silver Soles Cloggers Inc
13:30 - 13:50 Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
13:55 - 14:15 Folk Dance Canberra
14:20 - 14:40 Canberra Dance Theatre
14:45 - 15:05 ACT Square Dance Society
15:10 - 15:30 Earthly Delights Historic Dance
15:35 - 16:00 JumpTown Swing

Outdoor Stage

11:30 - 11:55 Canberra Harmony Chorus
12:00 - 12:25 The Sisters & Brothers Community Choir
12:30 - 12:55 Canberra Choral Society
13:00 - 13:25 Andante Andante Choir
13:30 - 13:55 Dogs Obedience & Dogs Dancing
14:00 - 14:25 Ukulele Republic of Canberra
14:30 - 14:55 No performance scheduled
15:00 - 15:25 Community Services #1 Choir
15:30 - 16:00 Ecopella

Demonstration Stage

11:30 - 11:50 Martial Movement
12:00 - 12:20 ACT Fencing Association
12:30 - 12:50 COZMO Inc (Capital of Australia Mandolinata )
13:00 - 13:20 Taoist Tai Chi Society
13:30 - 13:50 Kung Fu Wushu ACT
14:00 - 14:20 ACT Storytellers Guild
14:30 - 14:50 ACT Fencing Association


Why would I go to the CAP Expo?

The Expo will provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to connect with social, recreational, cultural, artistic, and sporting groups. ‘Special interest’ groups that are often unknown to the community will also be represented at the Expo. Come along with an open mind and who knows what you might discover! There will be something for everyone!

The event will include demonstrations and ‘come and try’ opportunities. You can have direct conversations with key people from interest groups and organisations. They will provide much needed information so you can plan to meet with the group soon, or follow up afterwards.


How does our group apply to participate at the next Expo?

Applications closed on 31st January 2017. For further information email or call 6207 9959.


Who was at the Expo in 2016?

View who came to the Expo in 2016.


Who are the event organisers?

The project is a partnership between government and non-government organisations. For more information, please contact Phone: 02 62079959