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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!



“Bovell’s hypnotic, poetic use of language… (is) piercingly beautiful” Arts Hub

The Price family appears to be living the Australian dream – a loving household, a quarter acre block where time is measured by the seasonal changes in working class patriarch Bob’s beloved roses. The four kids have grown up and spread their wings, with only the youngest, Rosie, still at home. As the seasons turn, their story becomes darker and more difficult. But with complexity comes richness, resolution and meaning.

Epic in scope while deeply human in focus, Things I Know To Be True tugs at your heart while asking big questions about what keeps us going.

A newly commissioned play from one of our greatest contemporary playwrights, Andrew Bovell, (The Secret River and Lantana) is cause enough for celebration – but add to that an international collaboration with the extraordinary Frantic Assembly, (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) a brilliant cast including stage icon Paul Blackwell, the outstanding Nathan O’Keefe (Betrayal, The Importance of Being Earnest) and introducing rising star Tilda Cobham-Hervey, and you have the ingredients of something special.

Happening from Wednesday 8 June until Friday 10 June at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Purchase tickets and find more information here:


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Canberra’s own Martini Whisperer, Phillip A. Jones, will be hosting Canberra’s first ever World Gin Day degustation dinner on Saturday 11 June at Pialligo Estate.

Be part of this global celebration of the spirit of the times – Gin!

Pialligo Estate’s culinary team have partnered with Phillip to present a special menu with bespoke cocktails that showcase some of Australia’s award winning craft gins. Phillip will also share his expert insights on their production and the passionate distillers who make them possible. For those who prefer, there will be wine options for each course too.

You’ll experience a Martini on arrival, learn how to make the perfect one yourself, and have the opportunity to sample a range of craft gins from around Australia. They suggest you plan ahead and take advantage of the special Uber code and travel responsibly. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. Click here to view the full menu.

Happening on Saturday 11 June from 6pm until 11pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. For more information head to or purchase tickets through Eventbrite


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From one of Australia’s most magnetic live acts – Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen – comes a compelling new show telling a forgotten story.

“After the Flood” was inspired by a residency in the Snowy Mountains  exploring the dark and troubled stories of the many migrants who came to the Snowies to work on the Snowy Hydro Scheme in the 60s. The men often saw no light for days but were very popular with the local ladies because they dressed sharp and danced well, and at one time the small rural town of Cooma had more nightclubs than anywhere else in Australia apart from Kings Cross.

Touting consistent rave reviews, sell out shows, a die hard international and national fanbase and multiple awards including the Green Room award and Time Out London critics choice, there is nothing quite like them in the world.From bittersweet dark lullabies to alt-country twang and Pogues like swagger, this new show has it all and is set against the backdrop of a vintage 60s era nightclub with the audience key players too.

It’s all pure seduction, and just when their music touches the shadows, it then journeys to the quixotic and phantasmagorical, surprising you into peels of laughter. If Mikelangelo and the Gentleman show up in your town, all anybody will say is, make sure you get a seat.

After the Flood’s album launch will take place from 8pm on Friday 10 June at the White Eagle Polish Club in O’Connor.

Book your ticket HERE, or see Mikelangelo’s website for more details:



The National Library of Australia are raising funds to preserve and digitise women’s suffrage material. Find out why at this exclusive viewing of early 20th-century women’s suffrage material from their collection.

Dr Anne Summers AO and Dr Béatrice Bijon will provide an introductory lecture.

Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States. She is author of eight books, including the classic Damned Whores and God’s Police, first published in 1975. A new edition was published on International Women’s Day 2016.

Dr Béatrice Bijon is an Adjunct Fellow with the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. Her edited publications include In-Between Two Worlds: Narratives by Female Explorers and Travellers 1850–1945 and The Production of Strangeness in Postcolonial Literatures. She was a Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia in 2011. A publication resulting from the fellowship, a documentary history of British and American women’s suffrage campaigns, will appear in France later in 2016.

This event will be followed by a free screening of the 2015 film Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep.

Happening on Friday 10 June from 5pm at the National Library of Australia. Tickets are $30 and bookings are recommended.

Purchase tickets here:



In Sweden, June’s Midsommar (Midsummer) celebrations are one of the biggest parties of the year, so IKEA are not letting the cold Canberra days stop them from kicking their heels up.

This Queen’s birthday long weekend they’re celebrating Midsommar with festivities the whole family will enjoy. With hot one-day deals and offers on a range of products across the store, they’re bringing the Swedish Midsommar to Canberra with a weekend of fun for everyone.

What’s on in-store: a range of free workshops, children’s activities and giveaways to keep the kids entertained, cooking demonstrations and food tastings, exclusive offers across the weekend and your chance to win a room makeover (to the value of $2500), plus a consultation with one of their Interior Designers*.  *T&C’s available in-store.

From Saturday 11 to Monday 13 June at IKEA Canberra.  Visit for the full program.



Designer Suzan Dlouhy makes new clothes from old clothes. Bring along your old denim to this workshop led by Suzan and make a new Japanese boro style utility apron to take home. Tick.

There will be three sessions throughout the day and bookings are essential. Read about Susan’s clothing line and the ethics of recycled clothing here.

For tickets and more information see the website:

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Shop Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof. Find that unique gift from the region.

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 and find something unique, well priced and meet the maker.

Happening across Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 June from 10am until 4pm each day.

Find out what’s new for June at the Handmade Market here: ATMs on site. Indoor venue includes a gourmet food hall.



THERE’S A HIPPOPOTAMUS ON OUR ROOF EATING CAKE! is a new musical adventure based on the phenomenally successful children’s classic, “There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake”, written by Australian children’s author Hazel Edwards and illustrated by Deborah Niland.

HIPPO is the imaginary friend of GIRL, a young child. GIRL believes that HIPPO lives on the roof and can seemingly do anything he wants, when he wants, how he wants, particularly the things that GIRL is unable or not allowed to do.

Through HIPPO, GIRL is able to allay her fears and gain confidence in her early childhood years. Joyful and brimming with childhood wonder, THERE’S A HIPPOPOTAMUS ON OUR ROOF EATING CAKE! A BIG NEW Musical! will make you laugh and maybe even make you cry, but most of all, it is guaranteed to lift your spirits in a BIG way!

Through storytelling, music, song, dance and imagery, this classic tale about one of the largest and most famous imaginary friends ever will burst onto the stage in its world premiere Australian tour. Brought to you by the producer of Stripey – The Emu Chick! Wombat Stew, Possum Magic, and My Grandma lived in Gouligulch.

Read HerCanberra’s interview with author Hazel Edwards here.

Happening at Canberra Theatre Centre on Saturday 11 June at 10am. Purchase tickets and find more information here:



The holy month of Ramadan is a very special time of the year for Muslims. In Canberra more than 8,000 Muslims observe the fast. Breaking fast (called Iftar) occurs at a designated time around sunset on each day of this month.

The Ramadan Breaking Fast in the city event idea came out of the 2014 One Canberra Symposium and it is a recommendation that was put forward by the One Canberra Reference Group to the Minister of Multicultural Affairs Yvette Berry in August 2015.

The 2016 event will be held on Saturday 11 June from 4.30pm at Civic Square. It is a multi -way partnership between Canberra CBD Limited, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Canberra Islamic Centre, and various community organisations along with their foreign missions based in Canberra.

The 2016 event is the first time such an event has been held in Canberra and it is anticipated that there will be up to 22 different nationalities represented. There will be 10 different food stalls. Given the nature of the occasion, it will be a free event open to the public, however in order to plan and cater for it the organising committee has agreed to cap the event to 2,000 people.

This will be managed by issuing a voucher through participating community organisations. The voucher will enable patrons to initially the Iftar plate of food with which to break fast and the main course that will be available following the prayers. There will seating arrangements as well as a designated area for people who wish to perform the prayers shortly after the breaking of the fast.

The event will be delivered by Canberra CBD Limited’s Events and from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Both will facilitate the event by organising the stalls, stages, closing the roads in the city, security, waste management, first aid, ambulances, SES, sound and lighting, sponsors, entertainers and coordinating all community showcases, among other things.

Happening Saturday 11 June from 4.30pm in Civic Square.



The Truffle Festival- Canberra Region is the ultimate foodie festival. Each year from June to August individual events are held across the region highlighting the rare Black Winter Truffle. Participating venues offer a range opportunities to taste and experience the magic of these highly prized gems.

Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration or pop along to a farmers market.

Visit the website for more information.

Happening Wednesday 1 June – Wednesday 31 June in the Canberra Region. For more information visit


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