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Weekend Edit: what’s on in Canberra

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than 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!

10 THINGS NOT TO MISS

FLORIADE 2016: OPENING WEEKEND 

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Floriade 2016: Life in Bloom is finally here! There’s a lot on for the first week of Floriade, with quirky roving performers to entertain and delight, Matilda’s Farmyard animals in Kids’ Corner, cooking and floral inspired workshops.

Stage 88 will also come to life as local school bands take over between Monday and  Friday providing a backdrop of jazz, classical and popular music, followed by performances from a selection of local and regional community groups and performers on Saturday and Sunday. See the program details below to find out what’s on in week one of Floriade.

Floriade will be happening at Commonwealth Park from the opening weekend beginning on Saturday 17 September 2016. Find the entire opening weekend program here.

For information on the location, events, and ticketing, visit the Floriade website here: www.floriadeaustralia.com or read our 11 things not to miss here.

FLORAL PAPER ART MASTERCLASS AT EDEN

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Nothing eases anxiety quite like distraction…and when that distraction results in beautiful paper sculptures to take home and keep, then who could possibly refuse?

Join uber talented paper engineer, artist and educator Benja Harney of Paperform in his interactive workshopSit back and soak in Benja’s wealth of knowledge and skills over the course of the 90 minute workshop as he shares the secret to creating gorgeous paper blooms. No prior paper skills are necessary. Welcome to the ultimate stress buster!

Happening at 11am and 2pm on Sunday 18 September at Eden, Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre. Secure your place at these masterclasses at moshtix.com.au

To discover Eden for yourself, stop by Level 1 near Country Road and explore our new wellbeing destination.

GREEN SAVVY SUNDAY AT OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

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Participate in Canberra’s interactive market which brings together products and community groups focused on domestic green sustainable living.

Discover the latest in green technology for the home environment, buy specialist green/sustainable products, and speak to a variety of government agencies and companies about what programs, assistance and products they provide to the community and householders. You’ll discover products made using low energy, organic techniques or recycled materials, delicious organic food to enjoy, information on relevant initiatives.

Happening at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston on Sunday 18 September. Free entry. See website for more information: obdm.com.au/obdm_event

AUSTRALIAN COOL CLIMATE WINE SHOW

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The Australian Cool Climate Wine Show is a national wine show dedicated to benchmarking the unique wine styles produced from cool climate wine regions. An increasing number of winemakers are submitting entries to the wine show and more and more visitors are coming along to the public events. While the actual show judging week is not open to the public, there are masterclasses and public tasting events planned for you to try and where you can learn about cool climate wines. Bookings are essential. Check their website for full details.

Happening 19 – 24 September at the Murrembateman Recreation Grounds. More information here: ACC Wine Show

THE WHARF REVUE

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“A fabulous night of nonsense and brilliance” Stagenoise

The Wharf Revue’s irresistible blend of vitriol and vaudeville returns. Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott turn their delightfully poisonous gaze on the antics of our indignitaries, past and present – but mostly present. Phillip Scott’s virtuosity on piano contributes to the feeling that this is “like Gilbert and Sullivan on speed.” (Stagenoise)

If there’s one thing that a federal election year brings, it’s a smorgasbord of satirical goodies. There’ll be minor party pies, red meat, blue cheese and don’t forget your greens. More than enough food for thought.

The Wharf Revue has become a Canberra institution. Its superbly delivered political satire gives the audience a chance to let off steam. We’ve all had a year of closely observing the truth that is stranger than fiction in Parliament House. Now, our not so revered leaders are centre stage: dancing, singing, wearing crazy wigs and misbehaving in a humourous tour de force. Don’t miss it – we all need a good laugh.

Happening from 13-24 September at Canberra Theatre Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

SPRING FASHION SHOW – BREAKING THE MOULD

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Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s annual Spring Fashion Show. Deviating from your typical runway show with the latest Spring/Summer fashions from Momento Dezigns and styled by Sarah Kelly in ways that challenge convention. Your $89 ticket includes bubbles on arrival, high tea and an afternoon of exciting entertainment.

Saturday 17 September at 2pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden. For Tickets visit Ticketebo. For more [email protected] or call on 6199 0699.

LIVE.LOVE.AINSLIE

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The Ainslie Traders are coming together as a collective to host a free public event in the park behind Ainslie shops. Live.Love.Ainslie will host a variety of giveaways, promotions, entertainment and most importantly, quality food and wine in the true nature of the Ainslie Traders business.

With promotional bags, various stalls, a petting zoo and an appearance by Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Live.Love.Ainslie is an event not to be missed!

Happening Saturday 17 September from 10am at the park behind Ainslie Shops.

THE CANBERRA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

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Now in its 21st year, the Canberra Short Film Festival has earned a reputation for quality and respectability and is recognised as one of Australia’s oldest and best film competitions. It attracts an audience from all over Australia and is known for selling out every session. The CSFF represents the boundless talent of Australia’s film industry as well as exposing our patrons to the best of short cinema from all over the world.

The 2016 CSFF will run over five nights from September 14-18, at the following locations:

Happening from 14-18 September across a variety of locations. See here for more details.

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM

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Discover 2 million years of human history in the one room with A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum. This major international exhibition from the British Museum explores the history of humanity – how we have shaped the world, and how the world has shaped us.

It provides an exceptional opportunity to witness compelling human stories expressed through a unique and beautiful collection of artefacts drawn from across the globe.

Each object featured in the exhibition marks a point on the journey through history, from two million years ago until the present.

Happening at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, for more information on tickets and opening hours click here: www.nma.gov.au

PARLIAMENT HOUSE SPRING PROGRAM 2016

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See a different side of ‘the people’s house’ during Parliament House’s Spring Program including Meet the Gardner Tours, Spring Teas, Landscape Walks and more.

Find out the full program of events here.

Happening at Parliament House until 13 November 2016.

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Lifeline Spring Bookfair

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Attention bookworms: the Lifeline Spring Bookfair is back again – this time at Thoroughbred Park.

Get along for books, magazines, games, jigsaws, comics, maps, records, CDs, DVDs and more!

It’s all happening from 9am to 6pm Friday 16 September, 9am to 5om Sunday 17 September and 10am to 4pm on Sunday 18 September.

FASHION WEEKEND AT WESTFIELD BELCONNEN

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Fashion Weekend is coming to Westfield Belconnen on 17 and 18 September! Shoppers can take advantage of a wide range of sales, discounts and offers from stores signposted with premium flags.

Shoppers can also enjoy:
•       Style Tours: 1.5 hour group style inspiration sessions with Westfield centre stylist Janette Lenk, showcasing 2016 trends! Bookings essential via the concierge.
•       Gift with Purchase: Spend $150 or more at selected specialty fashion and beauty retailers to receive a pair of Peter Lang Swarovski crystal stud earrings valued at $39.95

Happening Saturday and Sunday 17 and 18 September from 9am-5pm on Saturday and on Sunday from 10am-4pm at Westfield Belconnen. 

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