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

In search of inspiration? Look no further—we’ve curated a selection of our favourite things to do.

Stage + Screen

Bangarra’s SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

Between the 1920s and 1960s, Aboriginal people were removed off their Country and onto pastoral stations where they were forced into hard labour, usually for no wages and only minimal rations.

Despite this displacement and cultural disruption, the Traditional People of the Western Desert have maintained unbroken connection to Land and Country—keeping songs, stories and kinship strong.

The Lawford family has long generational ties to the Kimberley and are current owners of the pastoral lease for Bohemia Downs cattle station, allowing them the stability to continue to care for their Land, Culture and Community.

Wangkatjungka woman Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf (1967 – 2019) is a close cultural collaborator of Bangarra whose spirit, stories and artistic contributions have inspired a number of the company’s works and enriched the broader arts landscape.

SandSong is a journey into ancient story systems framed against the backdrop of ever-changing government policy and of the survival of people determined to hold strong to their Culture.

SandSong is created by Bangarra Dance Theatre in consultation with Wangkatjungka/Walmajarri Elders from the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions, drawing on the stories, knowledge and memories of the past to create a new narrative for our Indigenous futures.

This work honours the legacy of Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf and her family – past, present and future.

Happening from 15-17 July at Canberra Theatre Centre.

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This ghost-filled contemporary dance work tells the tragic, romantic story of a beautiful young peasant girl named Giselle who falls for—and is ultimately betrayed by—a dastardly deceitful nobleman by the name of Albrecht.

As Giselle grapples with her heartbreak, she reflects on the events and relationships in her life that have shaped her. Can she come back from the brink of destruction or will she drown in a sea of revenge?

A deconstructed modern interpretation of the classic ballet piece Giselle, Unveiled is a collaboration between professional choreographers and dance educators Suzy Piani and Bonnie Neate, and features pre-professional advanced dancers in Canberra.

Performing 7 pm on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 at Erindale Theatre. Tickets from

Potted Potter

The international smash hit Harry Potter parody returns for a second season due to popular demand.

Olivier Award nominee and Best Of Las Vegas Award winner Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes.

Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, this brilliant comedy will make you roar with laughter.

This show is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).

Happening 13–18 July at Canberra Theatre Centre.

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Food & Wine

Hartley Lifecare’s High Tea and fashion parade

Hartley Lifecare (Hartley) is hosting its annual High Tea and fashion parade at Albert Hall from 2-5 pm on Sunday 18 July.

Enjoy an afternoon of high tea in a leisurely fashion while dressed in this year’s Posh Op Shop theme supported by major sponsor The Green Shed. Family, friends, and colleagues are all invited to come along and show their support.

After a one-year break due to COVID-19 and a critical missed fundraising opportunity for the organisation, this year’s donations will go towards the One Million Harts Campaign.

Hartley will be catering for the event with a delicious assortment of sweet and savoury finger food, and a complimentary drink on arrival.

Be sure to be in your best ‘Posh Op Shop’ finds. A beautiful headpiece designed and made by Canberra’s own Christine Waring is up for grabs for ‘best dressed’ and additional prizes awarded for the ‘Best Dressed Table.’

Raffle tickets will also be on sale with the winner walking away with four tickets to the Quodos Bank Arena Corporate Suite for the Bat Out of Hell Musical Tour in Sydney.

Tickets for the Hartley High Tea are $100pp and $800 for a table of eight with tickets on sale, available to purchase online at–high-tea/homePrice: $100 pp. Dress: Posh Op Shop.

Happening Sunday 18 July from 2-5 pm at the Royal Albert Hall 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla.

See–high-tea/home for more information.

The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn is at Telopea Park this weekend—pull up a table for two and enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie platter.

Popping up from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.

Find out more at

The Canberra Region Truffle Festival

Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, a taste of mid-winter magic.

The festival celebrates the seasonality of this special ingredient and runs throughout the entire truffle season. So come along and choose from a range of events and experiences and satisfy your taste for life’s finer things.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles, before learning recipes and experiencing them first hand.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening until 29 August across various venues in the Canberra region.

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Truffle-infused Winter Weekends at Mount Majura Cellar Door

Truffle season is upon us and Mount Majura are excited to include truffles at their cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.

Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining a deliciously rich and creamy brie with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 29 August 2021.

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Bastille Day

Vive la Révolution!

Rebel against the chilly Canberra winter and discover the highlights of French Culture. From gooey Raclette cheese, to delectable Beef Bourguignon and finishing with a cracking crème brulee these timeless French dishes will have you smiling all the way to your new beret.

With three classic French dishes to savor, along with paired wines from the Savoie region, you’ll be taken to France at a time where getting there is that little bit harder.

Bonne fête de la Bastille!

Happening Saturday 17 July at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

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Super Rats: Winter Revels

A midwinter’s evening with timeless eastern European melodies that your ears can snuggle into like a well-worn cosy jumper, a plate of hearty stew and a nip of the good stuff!

Super Rats and Gang Gang Cafe present ‘Winter Revels’ dinner and concert. Grab a table at Downer’s cosiest venue and enjoy some nourishing winter fare and the delightfully strange-yet-familiar music of Super Rats, Canberra’s Romanian folk band. Featuring the antique goodness of the 145-stringed cimbalom, plaintive violin, exotic accordion, and sturdy double bass.

There will be a vegetarian and meat option for the meal. Please select preference when purchasing the ticket.

If you have dietary requirements or for whatever reason would not like to have a meal, please send an email.

Happening Saturday 17 July at Gang Gang Café, Downer Shops.

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Live music Fridays at Blackbird

Every Friday night a different artist will play. Drop-in for amazing cocktails in a great cosy and candlelit atmosphere, with some amazing talent on stage every Tuesday and Friday night.

Happening Friday evenings at Blackbird, 114 Alinga Street, Canberra City.

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Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening Friday 25 June – Monday 2 August Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.



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.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital region farmers market

The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

Find your way to the Market with our directions to EPIC. We have over 100 stallholders each week who bring their freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce to the Market.

Speak to a stallholder and ask them where their produce comes from—you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn and pick up cooking, storage and usage tips. Find your favourite stallholder in the directory.

Happening every Saturday from 7 am– 11.30 am at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

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Ruth and Charles outside St Columba’s College Chapel on their wedding day, 1911. From the estates of Ruth Lane-Poole’s daughters, Charlotte Ruth Burston and Phyllis Gainsborough Hamilton, by descent to their families.

Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence

Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.

Such was her standing, that when the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, it was Ruth Lane-Poole that they engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.

This exhibition brings together items never exhibited before outside the official residences, and which explore the inspirations for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.

Showing from 10 July until 23 October 2021.

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Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

Unique and captivating photographs of the 1920s criminal underworld capture the zeitgeist of an era. These mugshots, known as ‘Specials’, are unexpectedly candid and intriguing portraits of suspects in custody, and they are unlike any elsewhere in the world.

Bosses, bruisers, plotters, drug pushers, addicts, sly-grog purveyors and petty crims are all captured by the camera as they stare down the lens into history. But more than simple mugshots, these portraits, and the stories of the sordid sorts they portray, also convey the rise and fall of trends such as the flapper and illustrate the post-war movement of people between Sydney and other cities such as New York and London.

The hit BBC series Peaky Blinders found inspiration in this unique photographic archive, as have artists, academics and designers such as Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld. What will you take from them?

A travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Showing until 24 October at the National Archives of Australia.

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