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This Week In The Can: (Long) Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team


Every Monday for nearly five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through!

That’s why we’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss! Also make sure to tune in to Mix 106.3 at 8:20am this Saturday morning to hear HerCanberra’s founder Amanda Whitley chatting with Cam about this weekend’s top picks!


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Join the celebration of traditional and contemporary folk life with this multifaceted festival which offers high-end entertainment with a program designed to inspire, enliven and entertain.

With over 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country in a program including music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone.

The National Folk Festival showcases top Australian acts alongside international headliners across 20 venues. Take advantage of food and beverage outlets, browse the festival market place and enjoy an exciting mix of entertainment.

It’s on all weekend until Monday 28 March. There are a variety of ticketing options including individual day tickets, night only tickets and all weekend ticket. For more information and ticketing options visit:


Enigma Chocolate will be selling their locally made chocolates and Easter eggs at the markets

Enigma Chocolate will be selling their locally made chocolates and Easter eggs at the markets

Take a break from your Easter treats and browse your way through the aisles of collectables and small antiques.

Why visit? Find antiques and collectables on an Easter hunt of a different kind – fossick through an eclectic mix of quirky and interesting treasures.

Stallholders and items you’ll find: Rummage through a stack of old suitcases, funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers and ceramic and glass flying ducks to decorate your home. Retro decorative art blends with antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces.

It’s on this Sunday 27 March from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Entry is FREE. For more information visit


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Join in for a day of fun family activities on Easter Sunday at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House! Hunt around the building for clues, crack the code and be rewarded with yummy chocolate Easter eggs! There’s fun and games in the courtyard from 9am – 2.30pm, tasty food options available early and the chance to win some awesome prizes.

The Gecko Gang will be hosting an array of fun kids’ activities including novelty races, face painting and tug-o-war. This event is fun for all ages and abilities. There will be lots of food options throughout the day, including a sausage sizzle from 9:30am, a coffee cart for warm drinks and both the Terrace Café and Hoi Polloi restaurant will be open.

Head down this Sunday 27 March from 9am-2.30pm at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. Entry is FREE. For more information visit


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A unique digital artwork – titled A Canberra Story – is on display this weekend at the Canberra Centre. 

The live artwork is the first of its kind to be showcased in the city and offers an interactive experience that takes users on a tactile and magical adventure set across famous Canberra landmarks.

The experience is brought to life through projectors, conductive ink, temperature, light and motion sensors, creating an engaging journey the whole family can enjoy.

The artwork is now available for use and can be found opposite the Apple store on Level 1, Canberra Centre.

Or visit for more information.



Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair! Spiders– a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.

Open every day from 9am to 5pm until 9 October at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see


french film festival

The 27th Alliance Française French Film Festival has returned to Palace Cinemas with an exceptional array of contemporary French cinema guaranteed to delight, stimulate and indulge.

Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, uniFrance Films and the gracious support of globally renowned Principal Sponsor, Peugeot, the festival will present a truly thrilling line-up of 48 titles featuring the best French and indeed, worldwide acting talents. Nine evocatively named sections will include highlights such as director Jacques Audiard’s 2015 Palme d’Or winning masterpiece Dheepan, as well as A Perfect Man, Love at First Child, Marguerite, Mon Roi, First Growth, La Belle Saison, Taj Mahal, Un Plus Une and Valley of Love. Five of France’s most popular television shows will also appear.

On now until Tuesday 29 March at Palace Electric Cinemas, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon. See the website for details of times, session and tickets



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Be a part of the action at GIO Stadium for a Canberra Raiders home match when Raiders v Titans. Expect fireworks as new recruit Aidan Sezer as he plays against his former team for the first time. The Titans have a lot to prove in 2016 and will be a formidable opposition for the Raiders.

Kick off at 5.30pm this Saturday 26 March at GIO Stadium Canberra, 21 Battye Street, Bruce. Tickets can be bough online at

Making of Midnight Oil Exhibition

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The Making of Midnight Oil is a free exhibition exploring the bands impact on Australia’s social and cultural history over their 40-year career. It showcases rare and iconic items like instruments, stage props and memorabilia and includes performances and workshops.

On from Friday 11 March – 14 May at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway. Entry is free, visit the website for more information


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The ACT Claycourt International tennis tournaments will be held from March 12 to 27, 2016. Two women’s ITF events will be held with a total of USD$50,000 in prizemoney on offer. Players from all over the world are expected to participate along with a number of Australian’s

On until 27 March at Canberra Tennis Centre, 3 Riggall Place, Lyneham. For more information visit:

FERAL: Rewilding Furniture

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This exhibition features new works constructed from found timber by Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen. Eriksmoen’s work utilises found pieces of discarded and broken wood, reconfiguring components into unlikely, mutilated forms reminiscent of tropical flora and fauna. The series represents the conceptual idea of waste, sustainability, resource use and the disposable consumer culture of today. Her works address the distorted perceptions around value of materials and labour and the gap between the living world and the built world. The structural mash-ups occupy and re-wild the modern interior, challenging Cartesian notions of order, utility and the planned universe. 

Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen is Head of Furniture at the Australian National University School of Art, having completed her M.F.A in Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design. She has also worked in several design and woodworking studios across the world, including California, Oregon, Colorado, North Carolina, Norway and Australia. 

The exhibition runs until Saturday 2 April at GAD – Gallery of Australian Design, 47 Jardine Street, Kingston. Gallery opening hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 11am – 2pm (closed Good Friday – Easter Monday). See the website for more information


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