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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, our comprehensive guide to everything happening around the city this week – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why each Friday we publish our Weekend Edit… Here are 12 things you shouldn’t miss!

13 THINGS NOT TO MISS

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT TREAT FOR MUM THIS MOTHER’S DAY 14 MAY? CLICK HERE.

CHAMPAGNE AND SHOP AT WESTFIELD WODEN

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Visit fashion illustrator Aaron Favaloro at Westfield Woden’s Champagne Lounge in Centre Court between 4pm and 8pm to receive your custom illustration!

Relax and enjoy sweet treats provided by The Sugar Deli while sipping on a glass of Champagne Duperrey as you wait.

Happening Friday 12 May from 4pm – 8pm at Westfield Woden, Centre Court (Level 1). Find more information here.

MOTHER’S DAY AT PIALLIGO ESTATE

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Guarantee yourself ‘favourite child status’ and book into Pialligo Estate’s Mother’s Day Long Lunch for the occasion!

Designed to spoil all mums, their three-course lunch includes beautiful appetisers, a divine sharing main course and desserts elegantly prepared served with an array of delightful drinks from their bartenders.

For a change why not take it a little further than chocolates and flowers…

Happening Sunday 14 May from 12 pm for 12.30 pm start. Includes a three-course lunch, glass of sparkling on arrival and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages*

$80 for adults and $50 for children. Visit the website or call 6247 6060 for bookings.

VELVET

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Velvet is a party with an exhilarating disco soundtrack that never lets up. Funky, fresh, fun and sexy, each performance invites the audience into an intoxicating glitterball world of sensory overload.

Director Craig Ilott has created a hedonistic world, pitting dazzling acrobatics against disco divas as this sexy, spectacular, sparkling and slightly sadomasochistic show channels the original Studio 54 nightclub.

Bursting with disco, cabaret, dance, glamour and circus, and featuring an exhilarating disco soundtrack, it’s a party, it’s dangerous, it’s electrifying. Simply put, it’s a fantastic night out.

Velvet makes its Canberra debut following a sell-out success over the past two years at the 2015 and 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Edinburgh Fringe, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Opera House and Coopers Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne.

Happening from Tuesday 3 May to Sunday 14 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

For more information and details on opening hours visit the website.

POP UP CHAMPAGNE BAR AT CANBERRA CENTRE

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Champagne is often associated with celebrations, but it also makes a fine match for an evening of good company, a great cocktail dress and a serene setting.

For the month of May, the Canberra Centre’s pop-up champagne bar will be your mini retreat – and all the excuse you need – to get out and cheers over a glass of bubbles.

Glasses of Chandon champagne will be on offer, plus high tea treats to complement.

The Champagne Bar opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout May on the Ground Level near the City Walk entrance. Find more information via the website.

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT WRAPPING STATION

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Relax in Westfield Woden’s Mother’s Day lounge while their friendly staff wrap your mother’s day gift in custom Aaron Favaloro wrapping paper.

Happening Saturday 13 May from 10am – 4pm at Westfield Woden, Centre Court (Level 1). Find more information here

FRIDAY SOIRÉE AT BUVETTE

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Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

MOTHERS DAY AT HISTORIC ALBERT HALL

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Celebrate more than 100 years of Mothers Day with an elegant High Tea at Historic Albert Hall. 

Indulge in a selection of hot and cold and sweet and savoury delights that will be sure to tempt the taste buds, with sparkling wine, coffee, tea and cold beverages. Enjoy the tunes from the grand piano and be mesmerised by the ballroom dancers, before taking to the floor yourself.

The little ones can enjoy the craft corner and face painting, while you take in some great performances from some fantastic young local talent.  A great outing that all the family can enjoy, where everyone has a chance to indulge, sit back and relax, especially mum!

Happening Sunday 14 May from 10am-4.30pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Reservations: Call 62551215 or 0413319999 or email [email protected]

Ski & Snowboard Sale & Expo

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Grab a bargain at the SnowSports ACT Ski & Snowboard Sale & ExpoOn sale will be ski and snowboard equipment for the whole family, including new and second-hand skis, snowboards, ski boots, snowboard boots, jackets, pants, gloves, helmets, goggles and clothing at bargain prices. 

Friendly advice will be available to help you make your purchases. Representatives will be there from Thredbo and Perisher, as well as other exhibitors.

SnowSports ACT takes a commission on all sale items and the profits go towards scholarships for emerging local athletes, development initiatives and programs offered by SnowSports ACT. 

Happening Saturday 13 May 2017 from 8.30am – 1.30pm at Old Bus Depot, Wentworth Ave, Kingston. 

For more information visit snowsportsact.com.au or contact Wendy Olsen, Executive Officer, SnowSports ACT on email [email protected] or mobile 0422 240 483.

CUSTOM FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS AT WESTFIELD BELCONNEN

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Visit Westfield Belconnen’sMother’s Day Lounge on Level 1 Centre Court to receive your custom illustration by fashion illustrator Aaron Favaloro. Enjoy a tea and take home your own sheet of gift wrapping paper, designed by Aaron*.

Happening at Westfield Belconnen, Centre Court on Saturday 13 May from 11am-3pm. Find more information here

*Terms and conditions apply. A limited number of sheets available, while stocks last.

ANH DO: THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE

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Comedian Anh Do brings his best-selling memoir, The Happiest Refugee, to life in this ground-breaking stand-up show. This moving and inspirational theatre experience combines humour, real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell Do’s amazing story.

Anh Do travelled to Australia in 1980 on an eight-metre fishing boat with 47 other Vietnamese refugees. Sick with dehydration and one person already dead, the journey was the first of many struggles for a young Do, who overcame all manner of difficulties throughout his life to become a lawyer and, in 2008, Australia’s Comedian of the Year.

Today he is one of Australia’s most sought after stand-ups, as well as a talented writer, actor, producer and Star of the ABC1 TV’s ‘Anh’s Brush With Fame”.

The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir, charts his journey from starving refugee to one of Australia’s best-loved entertainers, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years,”. It has been awarded Book of the Year with sales in excess of 400,000.

Happening on Saturday 13 May at 7.30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast is back for 2017!

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

See website for more information.

TELSTRA TOWER IS TURNING 37

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Image: Martin Ollman

Join the celebration at Telstra Tower. There will be face painting, glitter tattoos, fairly floss, popcorn and much more.

Free entry from 10am-12pm, $3 entry from 12pm onwards.

Happening on Sunday 14 May from 10am-2pm at 100 Black Mountain Drive. Find more information on 6248 8846.

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR – CANBERRA

The world’s most prestigious mountain film festival is coming back. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases over 2.5 hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll.

The tour is hot on the heels of the largest – and one of the most prestigious – mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada.

This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. Sure to enthral, it showcases a selection of films packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenalin-inducing action sequences.

Audiences will experience incredible highs and agonising lows through the lenses of some of the most accomplished climbers, paddlers, skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, mountain bikers, explorers and adventure filmmakers alive today.

Presented by World Expeditions, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be screening for a limited time only.

Happening from Saturday 13 May at various times, at the National Film and Sound Archives, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

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