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This Week In The Can: 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!



A piece of Hollywood returns with the 13th year of Lights! Canberra! Action! filmmaking festival. Filmmakers are given a list of ten items to include in their movie, with only ten days to shoot, edit and produce a seven minute film themed Chance.

The screening of the top twelve finalists will again take place outdoors in the Senate Rose Gardens at the Museum of Australian Democracy, with the awards winners announced immediately after the screening.

Bring your chair or bean bag, blanket and movie snacks, and settle in for a great night of film viewing.

From 7pm for an 8pm start on Friday 11 March at the Senate Gardens, Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, Parkes. Entry is free. Click here for more information:


handmade canberra

Shop for unique gifts from the region when Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof.

The Handmade Market will showcase over 220 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale at the Handmade Market are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers, find something unique and well priced and meet the maker.

Indoor venue includes a gourmet food hall.

It’s all on this weekend, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March from 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Corner Northbourne Ave and Flemington Road. For more information visit



Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the magical film Babe was released?

To mark this anniversary, ActewAGL, Events ACT and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) have a very special event planned for Canberra Day – Symphony in the Park: Babe Live in Concert!

The ‘Babe’ movie soundtrack composer, Nigel Westlake himself, will conduct the CSO in a performance of the ‘Babe’ music, whilst the iconic Australian movie is played on the pig-screen.

Starts at 7.30pm on Sunday 13 March at Stage 88, Commonwealth Avenue, Parkes. For more information visit:



Throughout March, Arc cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will be screening the exclusive Canberra season of Stephen Page’s debut feature Spear,including a one night only Q&A with Page.

A unique cinematic experience told through movement and dance with little dialogue, Speardraws on Page’s formidable 25 years spent as Artistic Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, where he has been interpreting the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for global stages. Also a talented filmmaker, Page made his short film debut to critical acclaim in 2012 directing Sand, a chapter of the Australian feature film The Turning.

On from 10 – 23 March at Arc cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, Acton. Special Q&A with Stephen Page on Saturday 12 March at 8pm.  

Tickets start at $14, book online


wuthering heights

Don’t miss this bold adaptation of Wuthering Heights. When Heathcliff, a mysterious boy is rescued from the street and brought to Wuthering Heights, he develops a passionate bond with Cathy Earnshaw and a repulsive distrust of her brother Hindley.

As time passes, Heathcliff and Cathy’s relationship deepens to the point of dangerous obsession, until one day, Cathy marries another man. Overcome with jealousy, Heathcliff flees the Heights only to return, years later, ready to exact revenge on those he believed ruined his one chance at happiness.

Starts at 8pm from 9-12 March, showing at The Playhouse London Circuit, Canberra. For more information visit:



Join the Canberra Glassworks for a curated exhibition of some of Canberra’s best Neon. . 

Two amazing neon artists Richard Wheater (UK) and Brendan Van Hek (NSW) will do a demonstration and a talk, plus there’ll be demonstrations in the hot shop.

On Friday 11 March from 6pm – 8pm at the Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston

Visit the event page for more information:


Bao Stop's Peking Duck fries

Bao Stop’s Peking Duck fries

After a highly successful 2015, it’s time to hone your chopstick skills once again in preparation for the 2016 Enlighten Night Noodle Markets. With all the colour, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival, the Night Noodle Markets in association with Enlighten is set to take Canberra by storm.

Expect to see local Asian eateries such as Kusina, Thirst Wine Bar and Soi Noodle Bar along with popular stalls Hoy Pinoy, Let’s Do Yum Cha and Spanthai. Black Star Pastry/ N2 Extreme Gelato will also pop up creating crazy and delicious collaborations. So it’s not all noodles.

Kicks off on Friday 4 March and continues until Sunday 13 March at Reconciliation Place, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

For more information visit


canberra day

Canberra Day returns to Commonwealth Park this year with an exciting, Canberra-centric, program of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Local bands and big name acts will take centre stage at this year’s celebrations, to entertain, delight and provide a soundtrack to your Canberra Day. The event will kick off at 2.00pm with family-friendly entertainment including a live stage show, amusement park rides and festival style activities. An array of local traders will cater the event.

It all happens from 2-7pm on Monday 14 March at Stage 88 Commonwealth Park, Canberra City. Entry is free. For more information visit:



The Canberra Balloon Spectacular returns this autumn, filling Canberra’s skies with a stunning array of giant hot air balloons.

Each morning from 6am pilots begin inflating balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House against the distinctive backdrop of Canberra’s landmark buildings and attractions.

Early risers can enjoy delicious hot breakfasts served by the Belconnen Lions Club, with all proceeds going back to the Canberra community.

Ensure you’re up early. The action’s on the ground and in the air. Free for spectators. For balloon flight bookings call Balloon Aloft 02 6285 1540 or Dawn Drifters 02 6285 4450.

From 12-20 March, balloons inflate from 6am with the majority of balloons in the air by 7.30am. Check it out on the Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes Entertainment and breakfast until 10am. For more information visit:


Enlighten's Architectural Projections, produced by The Electric Canvas. Photography: Martin Ollman.

Enlighten’s Architectural Projections, produced by The Electric Canvas. Photography: Martin Ollman.

The national capital’s Parliamentary Triangle will be transformed into a vibrant arts precinct with free entertainment such as talented street artists and international musical acts – all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.

This year’s event also sees the return of the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, creating a bustling atmosphere in the heart of the event with an array of authentic Asian eats, themed bars and live music.

It all kicks off on Friday 4 March and continues until Saturday 12 March. The full program is available on the Enlighten website.  Happening across various venues and locations in Canberra. For more information on the event visit:

For ticketing visit:


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