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25+ things to do this (short work week!) in Canberra

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There’s nothing quite like two short work weeks in a row – but that doesn’t mean we’re short on events too.

Here are our picks for what to fill your diary with this week.

Looking for even more to do in Canberra? Check out our What’s On section to find hundreds of events happening around town.

Special Events and Festivals

Living Egypt – Exploring contemporary expressions of culture, creativity and identity

The art, literature, music, and architecture of Ancient Egypt have fascinated people for years, so it’s no wonder the Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition at the National Museum is so popular. So you won’t want to miss this special talk. Inviting you to consider contemporary Egyptian cultural expressions (including art, film, feminism and more), you’ll explore how the creative practices and knowledge held by performers, artists, creatives, and scholars can shape and interact with modern society and identity. Featuring actress and visual artist Helana Sawires, women’s history researcher Dr Lucia Sorbera and artist Dr Raafat Ishak, you’ll need to book ahead for this one.

Thursday 4 April | National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton | Book here.

Gnocchi Night at 10 Yards

If you’ve ever wondered how chefs get their gnocchi so light and fluffy, this is the class for you. And after they’ve shown you how to make it, they’ll cook you a delicious dinner. All washed down with paired local wines and craft beers.

This is a hands-on cooking class, but also a social event. It is interactive, so you’ll have a chance to ask as many questions as you like and engage with other participants. All equipment will be provided – you just need to bring your fancy pants and your enthusiasm.

This workshop will be held on the Aranda Long Table with only a limited number of tickets available. There will be a minimum number of participants required for the workshop to proceed. Bookings essential.

4 pm Sunday 7 April | 68 Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda | Tickets via Eventbrite

Birdsnest Pop Up

Cooma-based women’s fashion retailer birdsnest is bringing a pop-up store to Canberra for three days only! Nesting at Sanctuary in Narrabundah, the birdsnest team will be set up for three days, with a curated selection of new season styles from their 10 in house labels. And while the pop up store will be opened to the public for walk-ins each day, birdsnest are also hosting a series of ticketed events, including two fashion shows, where the ‘wardrobe wingbirds’ will take you through their latest collection with styling tips and tricks along the way.

Ticket includes bubbles, nibbles, and plenty of shopping time!

Friday 5 April 9 am to 5 pm Saturday 6 April 9 am to 2 pm Sunday 7 April 9 am to 1 pm Monday 8 April 9 am to 2 pm | Sanctuary, 17 Brockman Street, Narrabundah | Book here.

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Queer Screen is bringing their 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival to Canberra! From Wednesday 3 until Saturday 6 April, The National Film and Sound Archive will be home to MGFF24 highlights, including the Audience Award winner for best narrative feature, ‘Femme’. Don’t miss other audience favourites Best of Gay Shorts, Best of Sapphic Shorts and Best of Trans and Gender Diverse!

Wednesday 3 until Saturday 6 April | National Film and Sound Archive of Australia,  McCoy Circuit, Acton | Book here.

National Folk Festival

The National Folk Festival is back with a bang with five days filed with folk culture. Bringing world-class performers, established and emerging artists and music lovers together to discover, share, experience and celebrate the exciting world of folk, it’s iconic for a reason. See you there?

Until Monday 1 April | Various locations | Book here.

Canberra Steam Train Rides

The Canberra Steam Train Rides are back for the Easter Long weekend! Experience the unique thrill of a heritage rail journey behind steam locomotive 5917 as you travel from Canberra to Bungendore and return. Choose from a private compartments for large groups or classic seating for four or two and enjoy views of the spectacular Molonglo Gorge,  and the rolling country scenery.

Until Monday 1 April | Canberra Railway Station, Kingston | Book here.

The Handmade Market

A change of season means it’s time to welcome back Canberra’s favourite award-winning indoor event. Back for autumn to showcase 260+ Australian designers and producers, at The Handmade Market you’ll discover some unique Australian-made items –from fashion to ceramics, handcrafted furniture, children’s items, original artworks, jewellery, and accessories along with an indoor gourmet food and wine pavilion! Entry to the market is free, however, they do have charity door greeters collecting donations if you wish to donate. All money collected goes to those in need in the ACT region.

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April | Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Budawang and Coorong Pavilions, Lyneham | More information here.

Discovering Ancient Egypt

Journey back in time to discover the wonders of ancient Egypt in this must-see exhibition featuring over 220 objects from the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden). You’ll learn all about the lifestyles of the ancient Egyptians, their religion and society, their creativity and their belief in an afterlife where they hoped to live for eternity.

Until September 2024 | 

Woden Seniors Big Book Fair

With over 25,000 books for sale there will be something for all book lovers at this highly anticipated annual Big Book Fair! In addition to books, you will find, jigsaws, DVDs, CDs, and board games. Entry is by gold coin donation.

Friday 5 until Sunday 7 April | Woden Seniors, 12 Corinna Street, Phillip | More information here.

Canberra Times Marathon Festival

The Canberra Times Marathon Festival is back! Register now in a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K or 2K kids run that all showcase the captivating beauty of Canberra’s lakeside and surroundings. Perfect for runners of all levels, all races start near the Old Parliament House and allow you to soak in the scenic views of Lake Burley Griffin and the Parliamentary Triangle.

Friday 5 until Sunday 7 April | John Dunmore Lang Place, John Dunmore Lang Place, Parkes | More information here.

Alice In Wonderland Market

Fall down the rabbit hole this April with a topsy turvey market! Follow the white rabbit to discover 28 stalls that feature bespoke and local crafters. Don’t be late for this very important date.

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April | Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place, Pearce | More information here.

Hartley Hall Markets

This fine family-friendly market is proudly organised and operated by Hartley Lifecare, and it promises to be a lovely day out. Explore over 200 stalls offering a variety of products including food, locally grown vegetables and fresh produce, baked goods, plants, furniture, clothing, pottery, children’s toys, arts and crafts, unique gifts and more and make the most of the live entertainment and children’s activities!

Sunday 7 April | Hall Showground, Hall Street, Hall | More information here.

Food and Wine

Wine, Paint & Pizza

This is a fusion of wine, paint and…well, pizza. You’ll spend an enjoyable evening with like minded people, a glass of wine and an artistic challenge. Still red and white will be provided (but you all also BYO) and nibbles available throughout and a pizza dinner provided. All you need to bring is an apron or smock.

Friday 5 April |

Stage and Screen

DARKFIELD: FLIGHT

Calling all thrill seekers, this one is for you. Sitting at the nexus of technology and theatre, FLIGHT takes you on a deeply hypnotic journey that challenges your sense of what is real, and what is imagined through two worlds, two realities and two outcomes to your journey. We won’t say anymore, you need to experience it for yourself…

Until Sunday 14 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

DARKFIELD: SÉANCE

Step inside, take a seat but don’t get comfortable. SÉANCE is an intense sonic performance that explores the psychology of a group of people who have been bombarded with suggestible material. In complete darkness, your senses become vulnerable to persuasion. You’ll need to proceed with an open mind…

Until Sunday 14 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

The Shoe-Horn Sonata by John Misto

Based on true events, the Shoe-Horn Sonata is a compelling revelation of the experiences of women imprisoned by the Japanese in WWII told through two who meet again fifty years later. First performed at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre in 1995 (and the winner of Australia Remembers National Play Competition in 1995 and the Play Award for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 1996), head to the

Wednesday 3 until Saturday 27 April | Mill Theatre at Dairy Road, 1 Dairy Road, Building 3.3, Fyshwick | Book here.

Potted Potter

Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, this brilliant comedy will make you roar with laughter. Back in Canberra for another magical run after playing all over the world, actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner take on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter into seventy hilarious minutes.

Thursday 4 until Sunday 7 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

Music

Seth Sentry – Waiter Minute Tour

Seth Sentry is taking the Waiter Minute EP on tour to Canberra! Playing alongside with trusty sidekick DJ Sizzle, get ready to party like it’s 2008!

Thursday 4 April | UC Hub, 1 Kirinari Street, Bruce | Book here.

Tenzin Choegyal In Concert: Heart Strings

Don’t miss the master of the lingbu (bamboo flute) and the dranyen (three-stringed lute) in Canberra! Known for his extraordinary vocal ability, his music connects and inspires through sound, song and imagination and has evolved through his journey from Tibet to India to Australia and around the world. His concert, Heart Strings, features original compositions inspired by Tibetan texts and poetry, traditional nomadic songs and playful folk tunes infused with the essence of Tibetan wisdom and with a sound as expansive as the Himalayas.

Friday 5 April | The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City | Book here.

A Kind Of Hush: The Magic Of Karen Carpenter

Featuring the classic hits ‘Close to You’ ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’ ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ and many more, join Katie Noonan, Melinda Schneider and Abby Dobson as they recreate the much loved, multi-award-winning music of Karen Carpenter.

Saturday 6 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

Sharon & Slava Grigoryan: Our Place

Slava Grigoryan is an acknowledged guitar master on the world stage. Sharon Grigoryan has forged a formidable career throughout Australia performing with all major symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, including her seven-year tenure with the Australian String Quartet. Basically, you don’t want to miss this. Especially because ‘Our Place’ was nominated for Best Classical Album at the 2020 ARIA Awards.

Saturday 6 April | The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra City | Book here.

Exhibitions

Place

In this playful exhibition, Alexander Thatcher pays homage to two things: his love for creating tiny ceramic architecture and his passion for clay.

It’s his hope that when you explore this exhibition of tiny buildings (or take one home), they ignite your imagination and fill your heart with wonder.

Showing 5 April – 19 May | The Nook, Belconnen Arts Centre | Find out more here.

All Sorts Collective – From The Outside To The Inside

Showing at the Strathnairn Arts Association, From The Outside To The Inside explore the relationship between public and private spaces through a series of works in acrylic, watercolour in and pastel.  Featuring contrasting views of outside lives to personal interiors exploring the quiet sanctity of a home, head along to see the works of Shakir Rayman, Stephanie Boyle, Louise Spencer, Katie Volter and Belinda Gill.

Until Sunday 21 April | Strathnairn Arts Association, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt | More information here.

Layered Land: Time, Fragility, Repair

This is a solo exhibition by Barbara Dawson. Creating a series of drawings and textiles that investigates the way a place is remembered, Barbara’s intention is not to represent the landscape, rather it is to capture and communicate her lived experience of being in it. Through combining and layering different procedures – reclaiming and repurposing materials, drawing, layering, dyeing, stitching – she is able to capture and communicate her relationship and concern for landscape. And remind us we are not separate from it but are inextricably part of it.

Until Sunday 14 April | M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith | More information here.

# by Guy Morgan

Guy Morgan’s debut solo exhibition, ‘#’ features Morgan’s ‘Evaporation’ series – a blending of oil and acrylic paintings with archival prints and his acclaimed ArtScreen 2023 project. Exploring the transient nature of creativity, the exhibition also features works from Morgan’s book, ‘The Empire Sells Out’, offering an alternative societal narrative.

Until Sunday 14 April | M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith | More information here.

HARD YAKKA

HARD YAKKA delves into the cultural significance of the flannel shirt, a beloved garment transcending social divides from artists to farmers and labourers. Created by UK Frederick, it delves into the intersection of art and labour, drawing on photographic practices, ceramics and pattern to investigate the sensory qualities of disembodied clothing and the memories they invoke.

Until Sunday 14 April | M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith | More information here.

Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence

This is the first major exhibition of the Sydney-born artist’s work in his home country. Featuring some of the most significant portraits in the artist’s career to date (from early major works such as his painting of HM Queen Mary of Denmark through to his most recent paintings), you’ll see some amazing works that have cemented Ralph Heimans as a internationally sought-after portraitist known for his meticulously realised paintings.

Until Monday 27 May |

Vincent Namatjira: Australia in Colour

This exhibition of acclaimed Western Aranda artist Vincent Namatjira, Vincent Namatjira: Australia in Colour, charts the artist’s career, revealing the power of his painting and the potency of his words. Showcasing Namatjira’s burgeoning artistic practice, this major exhibition brings together paintings, works on paper and moving image from public and private collections nationwide, the exhibition will also feature a selection of watercolours from the national collection by the artist’s great-grandfather and critically acclaimed Western Arranda artist, Albert Namatjira.

Until Sunday 21 July | National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes | More information here.

Sport

Techworkz Automotive Rally Of Canberra

This is a  premier motorsport event that attracts competitors from all around the country. Don’t miss the first round of the Bosch Motorsport Australia Rally Championship, and with the Service Park centrally located at EPIC spectators can witness the teams locally, or head out to the forest to catch all the action. Did we mention that spectating is free?

Friday 5 until Sunday 7 April | Various locations | More information here.

Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies v NSW Waratahs

Commencing with the ACT Brumbies Super Rugby Women’s team kicking off against Fijian Drua, this game at GIO will get hearts pumping. Looking to continue their winning streak against the Waratahs as the big city boys cross state lines into Brumby Territory, head along to cheer on the Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies in this home game!

Saturday 6 April | GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce | Book here.

Raiders v Eels

The Raiders are taking on the Parramatta Eels in their first Sunday night home game of the 2024 NRL season! Soak in the atmosphere of what’s sure to be an epic evening clash and take the whole family for an unforgettable evening.

Sunday 7 April | GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce | Book here.

Workshops, webinars and more

Pyramid Making at the NMA

On every Wednesday during the ACT school term from 10:30 am until 11 am, your little archaeologist can take place in an hands-on activity where they’ll explore and experiment with a range of materials and textures to shape their own sandy pyramids. Perfect for children aged two to six, it’s free with entry to the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre.

Wednesday 3 and 10 April | National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton | Book here.

Panel Discussion: A Women’s Place Is In The…Assembly!

Join the National Library for a panel discussion about women in ACT politics, where three trailblazers in Canberra politics will reflect on their experiences and the difference elected women make. Celebrating the fact that the ACT was the first jurisdiction to be headed by a woman (Rosemary Follett in 1989), it’s a great insight into local history.

Saturday 7 April | National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes | Book here.

Feature image: Handmade Market. Image supplied. 

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