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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 16 things you shouldn’t miss!

16 THINGS NOT TO MISS

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 

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After dark is different … join in!

Night at the Museum is all about engaging with the Museum, not just watching. The Museum galleries are open, the music is pumping, robots are roaming (yes, robots), games are being played, art is being created, and the food and drinks are flowing.

What makes us human? Join the National Museum for fun after dark as we explore two million years of human history, inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Tickets at the door: $18, on sale from 6.15pm. This event is for 18 and over. On Friday 11 November 2016, 6–9.30pm

Pre-sale tickets: $15 on the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply). Friends full members free.

GOODWIN OPEN FAIR DAY

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From active independent living and wellness classes, to care options if your needs change, it’s all here at the open day.

Bring the family along, tour the village, test the food, and see what a modern “nursing home” can really be like.

Choices aren’t always easy, so they’ve also put together a panel of experts to tackle the issues over wine and canapes at 2pm.

There’ll be tours, advice, free morning tea and entertainment, free wellness classes, a chance to try resident meals and talk to residents, and fun for the kids.

RSVP to Annette on 6175 5100. Happening 10am-3pm, Saturday 12 November at Goodwin, 35 Bonney St, Ainslie.

THE JEWEL OF CANBERRA

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Why visit? To browse the many jewellery stalls and find a unique handcrafted piece of jewellery to make you stand out from the crowd. You’ll find a large range of jewellery styles, price points and individual pieces because the stallholders are all independent designers and craftspeople who work within a small business environment.

Stallholders and items you’ll find: Jewellery made from silver, recycled metal art, pearls, precious and semi precious stones, resin, glass, ceramics and much more.

Happening 10am-4pm, Sunday 13 November, at 21 Wentworth Ave Kingston. Find out more at obdm.com.au.

GOULBURN READER WRITER FESTIVAL

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Goulburn Mulwaree Library is excited to present the Goulburn Reader Writer Festival.  The magical festival is full of exciting author talks, workshops, craft activities, live performances, market stalls, and much more.

The 2 day festival will include lots of fun for families with a magic show, circus arts workshop, children’s authors and illustrators, and fun craft activities. Adults can listen to author talks and panel discussions, join workshops, learn the art of bookbinding, meet local authors, and much more. The festival continues on Saturday night with a thrilling and magical acrobatic fire show performed by Goulburn’s Lieder Theatre Company.

Join us on Sunday for our special literary lunch with Tim Fischer, Warren Brown, Costa Georgiadis, and several more authors. Enjoy a 3 course meal and local wines while watching performances and readings from local poets and actors.

The library has a fantastic line up of authors including Tim Fischer, Costa Georgiadis, Jeff Apter, Hugh Mackay, George Ivanoff, Warren Brown, Karen Viggers, Rachel Spratt and Danielle McDonald just to name a few.

The event is something very new and exciting for Goulburn. Whether you’re an aspiring author, prolific reader, craft lover, or you’re just beginning your literary journey, Goulburn’s Reader Writer Festival is definitely the place to be. What better way to celebrate our common love of reading, writing and storytelling by bringing together authors, writers, illustrators, bloggers, and readers from all over the region and beyond to share their thoughts and meet other like-minded literature lovers.

On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November. Entry to most sessions is free; however bookings are essential. For details see the event program, contact the Library, or visit the festival Facebook page.

SUNSET CINEMA

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Watch the stars under the stars with Sunset Cinema.

Round up the crew and book yourself a spot at Sunset Cinema! Sit back, relax and enjoy the Canberra twilight with friends & family this November. Oh, and throw in some good food, great film (AND a bean bag) for good measure!

This year the program is brimming with new releases, thrillers, adventure, family flicks… And the list goes on!

Happening on Friday 11 November and Saturday 12 November at the National Botanical Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. To find out about screenings, special offers and tickets join their free movie club via their website.

THE COUNTRY FAIR

The prize, 2016 by Graeme Drendel. Collection of the artist, Melbourne.

The prize, 2016 by Graeme Drendel. Collection of the artist, Melbourne.

Inspired by the summer exhibition, the Popular Pet Show, the National Portrait Gallery are hosting The Country Fair! Enjoy a day out – there will be farm animals to pat, fairy floss to eat, live music and creative activities.

Why not get your face painted and test your skills with some games?

Happening Sunday 13 November from 10am until 4pm at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find more information here.

DESIGN CANBERRA 

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Design Canberra is an annual festival celebrating and promoting Canberra as a global city of design.

Canberra is Australia’s cool little capital. Design Canberra, now in its third year, showcases design excellence across all disciplines—the best the ACT has to offer. From 27 October to 25 November, Design Canberra will present over 100 exhibitions, events, activations and workshops, covering landscape design, architecture, industrial design, technology, fashion, jewellery and more. This year features a tribute to internationally renowned designer, Robert Foster, a youth workshop with Francis Sollano, a ‘trashion’ and installations artist from the Philippines, tours of the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses, and open artist studios.

Design Canberra is for all interests and ages. Most events are free to the public. More than 26,000 visitors flock to the festival, including from interstate.

Presented by Craft ACT: Canberra Craft and Design Centre. Explore the full program on their website.

Happening 27 October – 25 November 2016 at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Level 1, 180 London Circuit, Canberra. Contact event organisers for details via [email protected] or 02 6262 9333.

NEXIA FUR BALL: COUGH IT UP FOR THE RSPCA

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Duesburys Nexia are coughing it up for the RSPCA and would love you to join them in raising awareness for the care and support of animals in need.

All proceeds will be donated to the RSPCA ACT, Australia’s pre-eminent animal welfare organisation providing a strong voice for all animals who experience cruelty and neglect. Your ticket to the Fur Ball includes chef’s selection canapes on arrival, main, interactive dessert and a four-hour drinks package.

Presented by guest MC Erin Molan, the evening will include a live and silent auction as well as live entertainment.

Happening Saturday 12 November, from 6.30pm for 7pm start, until 12am at QT Hotel, 1 London Circuit, NewActon Find more information and purchase tickets here: www.nexiafurball.com

SUNDAZE AT THE MUSEUM BAR – STEPTONES AND KOSTA ELLIS

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Head to the National Museum of Australia for Sundaze with quality DJs, live acts and great food and drinks this spring. It’s also a chance to check out A History of the World in 100 Objects, with extended Sunday opening hours.

The Steptones are Patrick, Tim, Schwenke and Saxy Baxter, or Jono. They met in Canberra two years ago and have spent as much time as possible getting inspired and trying to be a real band ever since. With any luck they’ll be on the road again soon doing what they enjoy most, ruining nice clothes and playing to tipsy people.

Food and drink available for purchase. Free entry at the Lakeside Deck. Exhibition entry ticketed.

Happening 3pm-7pm, Sunday 13 November at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent. Find more information here: www.nma.gov.au

FESTA ITALIANA

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Get a taste of Italy at Festa Italiana this Sunday 13 November!

Enjoy Italian food and drinks, including degustation plates, pizza, pasta, polenta, sausages, pastries, biscotti, gelato, coffee and wine.

There will be musical performances from the Dante Musica Viva Italian choir, the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra, Joe Sorrentino and the Majazzter Duo from Sydney.

Italian luxury cars, Vespa scooters and vintage Ducati bikes will also be on display.

From 11am to 3pm this Sunday 13 November at the Italian Embassy, 78 National Circuit, Deakin. 

CANBERRA BEER WEEK

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Canberra Beer Week is a full on 10 days of beer-related activities, running until Sunday 13 November. Whether you’re interested in the intricacies of brewing, or just like blowing the froth off a coldie, this week (and three days) has you covered.

This year will be the fourth for Canberra Beer Week, which sees the festival expand from seven to 10 days. With close to 40 events across 21 venues, the expansion is easily justified. Brewers will be traveling both nationally and internationally for the event, giving Canberra’s beer enthusiasts an opportunity to explore beers of the world without leaving the comfort of our own backyard – as if you needed an excuse to explore new beers.

Get our pick of events here.

DESIGN CANBERRA

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Design Canberra is an annual festival celebrating and promoting Canberra as a global city of design.

Canberra is Australia’s cool little capital. Design Canberra, now in its third year, showcases design excellence across all disciplines—the best the ACT has to offer. From 27 October to 25 November, Design Canberra will present over 100 exhibitions, events, activations and workshops, covering landscape design, architecture, industrial design, technology, fashion, jewellery and more. This year features a tribute to internationally renowned designer, Robert Foster, a youth workshop with Francis Sollano, a ‘trashion’ and installations artist from the Philippines, tours of the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses, and open artist studios.

Design Canberra is for all interests and ages. Most events are free to the public. More than 26,000 visitors flock to the festival, including from interstate.

Presented by Craft ACT: Canberra Craft and Design Centre. Explore the full program on their website.

Happening 27 October – 25 November 2016 at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Level 1, 180 London Circuit, Canberra. Contact event organisers for details via [email protected] or 02 6262 9333.

Contour 556

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50 local, national and international artists present public works that respond to the layers of Canberra’s history in Contour 556. Experience this outdoor event, where artists respond through performance, walking, dance, soundscape, projection, song, poetry, textiles, wallpaper, text, light as well as ‘traditional’ sculpture, represented by works in steel, stone, glass, timber, and found materials. The artworks occupy land and water.

The project seeks to interrogate the relationships between artworks and space; between artists and the public; and the ways in which art or performance can influence how the public perceive space.

The event presents a series of ‘landscape activations’, both ephemeral, through a walk or performance, and static, through a placed object. Viewers are invited to respond with their perceptions and comments through a digital survey available through accessing QR codes around the event.
Artists and performers are responding to any and all of the human interventions to the Canberra’s landscape over the past 50,000 years.

Happening across a variety of locations across the Canberra foreshore from Saturday 22 October – 13 November. Click here for more details: hercanberra.com.au/cpcity/what-is-contour-556

PIALLIGO ESTATE’S  SUMMER SESSIONS

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Looking for somewhere new to go for Friday drinks? Luckily, Pialligo Estate’spicturesque Garden Pavilions are opening from 5-7 pm for happy hour drinks every Friday until Christmas! Unwind with a glass of wine and our renowned charcuterie or something else delicious from our bar menu.

Enjoy drinks from $6, live music and a breathtaking view.

No prior booking necessary. For further information please contact (02) 6247 6060.

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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