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What’s on in Canberra this weekend? Our Weekend Edit has you covered.

As we enter a COVID-normal era, we’re fortunate to enjoy most of the things that make our life in Canberra so wonderful.

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Four Winds Festival 2021

Credit: Robert Tacheci.

Culture buffs, are you missing festivals? We have the perfect COVID-safe option.

Picture an amphitheatre of green—an open-air concert venue sculpted from nature herself, surrounded by spotted gums and the pristine beauty of the South Coast. Before you, some of Australia’s most revered musicians take to the stage as you relax with a local gin in hand.

No, this isn’t a fever dream stemming from lack of exposure to live music—this is what you can expect at Bermagui’s Four Winds Festival this Easter.

Taking place across three days from 2-4 April, Four Winds Festival offers a coastal escape like no other, with live music, dance and theatre performances in Four Winds’ unique ‘Sound Shell’ natural amphitheatre with local food and wine in an inclusive family-friendly atmosphere.

Now in its 21st year, Four Winds Festival has something for everyone. Read more here.

Happening 2-4 April (Easter Weekend) at Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay (near Bermagui), NSW (a 3.5-hour drive from Canberra).

See fourwinds.com.au for tickets and more information.

Good Folk – A Folk Experience in Queanbeyan

Infectious riffs and soulful stories will fill the venues of Queanbeyan this Easter weekend as the National Folk Festival presents Good Folk – A Folk Experience in Queanbeyan.

This is a vibrant two-day concert series presented throughout historic Queanbeyan venues. A dedicated session venue will be located on the shady lawns of the Campbell and George—for those who play and those who enjoy folk music to come together once again.

The impressive and diverse list of local and national artists includes 2021 Golden Guitar Awards “Female Artist of the Year” Fanny Lumsden, Central Coast trio Little Quirks, one of Australia’s most enduring musical ensembles, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, and Queanbeyan’s very own esteemed author, poet, and rapper, Omar Musa.

The list of wonderful performers goes on, with The Voice finalists Timothy James Bowen and Lucy Sugerman, the powerful female trio, The New Graces, Canberra local Kim Yang, blue-grass and roots rockers, 19-Twenty, the stunning four pieces string quartet, FourPlay String Quartet and more.

Get ready for 22 concerts over two jam-packed days in classic Queanbeyan venues including The Q, a newly upgraded Bicentennial Hall, the historic Royal Hotel and the exciting new session venue at Campbell & George.

To find out more or to buy your ticket, visit: folkfestival.org.au/good-folk

Happening Saturday 3 April from 10.30 am – 10.45 pm and Sunday 4 April, 11 am – 10.45 pm at Queanbeyan The Royal Hotel, The Q Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall and Campbell and George.

See folkfestival.org.au/good-folk for more information.

Easter School Holidays at Marketplace Gungahlin

Don’t miss Marketplace Gungahlin’s exciting program of free school holiday activities this Easter!

With FREE activities happening nearly every day outside Big W and a super cool Trolls Craft Workshop and character meet and greet featuring fan favourite Poppy, the little ones are going to LOVE spending time at Marketplace.

Easter Bunny (with lots of yummy chocolates)

Our roving Easter bunny will be spreading lots of chocolate joy over the Easter weekend, make sure you grab your slice of the chocolate action!

Saturday 3 April – Sunday 4 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily | Hopping around the Centre | More info here

Trolls World Tour Workshop 

Craft workshop build your own Trolls toy!

Plus meet Poppy the Troll for a one-on-one meet and greet. Queen Poppy – is relentlessly upbeat, Poppy wields her positivity like a superpower!

The heroic leader of the Trolls, Poppy always encourages her friends to believe that, with a song in heart, you can do anything. Because when it comes to life, why say it when you can sing it?

Tuesday 6 April – Saturday 10 April | 10 am – 2 pm daily | Outside BIG W | More info here

Face Painting

Let your kiddies imaginations run wild and allow your face painters to turn their faces into anything they choose! It’ll be sure to keep them busy, just be ready for that scary lion growling at you!

Tuesday 13 April – Thursday 15 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily | Outside BIG W | Find out more here.

Dinosaur Fossils – Craft workshops

What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? Step back in time and let the kids uncover their very own dinosaur fossils. Learn about prehistoric creatures and find out how you can make the next big discovery.

Friday 16 April – Saturday 17 April | 10 am – 1 pm daily outside BIG W | Find out more here

Happening 3-17 April from 10 am–1 pm at Marketplace Gungahlin, outside Big W.

See marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/easter-school-holiday-activity for more information.

Australian Love Stories

Wesley Enoch and David McAllister, 2020 by Peter Brew-Bevan.

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!).

Reconnect and reflect with a new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) and explore love, affection and connection in all its guises. From the enduring to the forbidden, romantic to platonic, the unrequited, obsessive, scandalous or creative. Swoon over more than 200 artworks from across photography, painting, works on paper, small sculpture and an immersive glass installation.

Showing from 20 March–1 August 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/australian-love-stories-2020 for more information.

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery


Jacopo Tintoretto. The Origin of the Milky Way. c. 1575. © The National Gallery, London.

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London draws exclusively from one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world.

This unprecedented exhibition includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192-year history.

Botticelli to Van Gogh features 55 of the world’s most famous and admired artists from the fifteenth to the turn of the twentieth century, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia—only in Canberra

Showing until 14 June at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au/masterpieces for more information.

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

Seedpods dress, 2019, Grace Rosendale, silk organza, elastic and sequinned fabric, Hopevale Arts and Cultural Centre and Queensland University of Technology. Model: Magnolia Maymuru. Photo: Bronwyn Kidd.

This stunning exhibition shines a light on Australia’s leading First Nations creatives and a design movement that is fast becoming a national fashion phenomenon.

Featuring the work of Indigenous artists and designers from the inner city to remote desert art centres, Piinpi highlights the strength and diversity of the rapidly epanding Indigenous fashion and textile industry.

Exhibition organised by Bendigo Art Gallery.

Showing until 8 August 2021 at the National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au/exhibitions/piinpi-contemporary-indigenous-fashion for more information.

Magic of Marion: 150 Years of Marion Mahony Griffin

Credit: National Capital Authority.

Happy Birthday Marion Mahony Griffin! Join the National Capital Authority and other National Cultural Partners as they celebrate a year of Marion Mahony Griffin in the national capital.

This year marks Marion’s 150th Birthday, a woman that played such in integral part in architectural designs across two continents.

Marion is known to have produced some of the finest architectural drawings in Australia and America but was also instrumental in the award-winning design plans with her husband Walter for the design of Australia’s Capital, Canberra.

From walks to lectures, launches to talks, see the full program at nca.gov.au/marion.

Various events happening until 10 August.

See nca.gov.au/marion for more information.

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

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