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

As our city springs back to life, there’s no shortage of great events around town.

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

Reconciliation Day

Reconciliation Day

Reconciliation Day in Canberra will be held on Monday 31 May 2021 at the National Arboretum Canberra—a time for all Canberrans to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

From basket weaving and yarning circles to live entertainment and a free BBQ, there is a whole host of things to look forward to with a range of free and family-friendly activities on offer throughout the day.

Get involved from 10 am to 2 pm at the National Arboretum Canberra. Find out more at events.canberra.com.au.

Slide Night with Uncle Mervyn Bishop at the NFSA

As a young boy growing up in the western NSW town of Brewarrina, Mervyn Bishop began photographing family gatherings, friends and landscapes on his mum’s Kodak 620 camera.

He then began hosting the backyard slide nights for which he would become renowned, telling the stories of his most recent adventures behind the camera.

Join Uncle Mervyn as he re-creates his entertaining and fascinating slide shows as part of our National Reconciliation Week celebrations. The Mervyn Bishop exhibition will be open exclusively for ticket holders from 5 pm – 6.45 pm. Ticket price includes snacks on arrival from Ribanas Catering

Happening Friday 28 May from 7 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.

See nfsa.gov.au for more information.

Bush Tucker Walk at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Join Ngunnawal man Richie Allen and Wiradjuri woman Dhani Gilbert at Jerrabomberra Wetlands during Reconciliation week for a special walk.

Enjoy a taste of bush tucker straight from the fire and head out on a walk to learn about Indigenous connection to Country.

Happening Saturday 29 May at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

See jerrabomberrawetlands.org.au/whats-on for more information.

Reconciliation Week Tours at the National Portrait Gallery

Explore the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of works by and of First Nations peoples in a special Reconciliation Week walking tour?

Happening daily until 3 June at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/calendar/reconciliation-week-tours-2021 for more information.

Food & Wine

Taste Local Festival at Canberra Centre

The Taste Local festival is a month-long celebration of local producers and talents at Canberra Centre. Enjoy unique experiences of blending workshops, tasting adventures, masterclasses, live music and more.

Pop-Up bars

Every Friday evening throughout the month of May, enjoy a complimentary drink and nibbles in Canberra Centre’s cosy set-up before finishing your late-night shopping in the centre.

This evening from 5 pm to 8 pm, you can sip on a local wine or a freshly made cocktail and relax in their exclusive pop-up bar while enjoying live music from local artists.

Workshops

This weekend’s workshops will be a Mixology Cocktail Masterclass with Underground Spirits, a boutique distillery that make award-winning premium spirits that are anything but typical.

Attendees to this masterclass workshop will be able to embrace their inner alchemist and embark on a mixology masterclass with Underground Spirits’ Head Mixologist.

Learn some new cocktail creating skills and pick up expert tips to help you easily whip up some amazing new cocktails. Whilst learning some new mixology skills guests will enjoy some scrumptious treats provided by Bettys Burgers.

Happening Saturday 29 May from 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm and Sunday 30 May 1- 2 and 3-4 pm.

Ticket cost $20 per person.

Visit canberracentre.qicgre.com for more information.

The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn is at Bowen 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 29 and Sunday 30 May.

Find out more at thepopinn.com.

Whisky Wanderers

Think you know whisky? Think again as you learn, taste, judge and compare different techniques, styles, flavours and mixes guided by expert Phillip Jones as you embark upon whisky tales strange and true.

Complement your Whisky Wanderings with Pialligo Estate’s charcuterie boards, snacks and unlimited water in their custom-built tasting venue—Pialligo Fields.

Happening this Friday 28 May at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Bookings are essential. See thepialligoestate.com.au for more information.

Exhibitions

FIORI, NUDI E ACQUA

Internationally acclaimed fine art and fashion photographer, Canberra’s Lori Cicchini presents Fiori, Nudi e Acqua, a collection of works embellishing the beauty of florals, nudes and water.

Cicchini’s solo show is the largest body of work she has produced for one show. Her ethereal works, from nudes literally floating in water or nestled in nature to floral vanitas still lifes, celebrate the fleeting fragility of beauty. They reflect birth, death and rebirth, asher bodies shed their skin to metamorphosise like chrysalis.

Showing at Grainger Gallery until 6 June | graingergallery.com.au

CAMERON HAAS | A M P L I F Y

A M P L I F Y is an exhibition of recent work by Cameron Haas, whose outstanding talent as an abstract artist has now been recognised internationally.

Amplify is an extension of a more organic motif that he has been exploring for the last few exhibitions. This group of paintings extends the format to allow more opportunity for colour interactions within the composition. He achieves this by using mid-ground forms and colours that act as a type of ‘halo’ around the foreground formations, adding another level or amplification to the composition.

Amplify is on show until 20 June at The Nancy Sever Gallery.

Stage

Rope

A brilliantly tense play from the author of Gaslight, which was performed by REP in 2016. Believing themselves to be intellectually superior to their contemporaries, two flatmates murder their friend purely to see if they can get away with it. They then throw a cocktail party, serving food from the top of the trunk where they have hidden his body. Tension and suspicions increase as the evening wears on.

Showing 20 May – 5 June at Canberra REP Theatre. More information and tickets from canberrarep.org.au.

Music

Celebration! 10 years of Live at the Polo

Live at the Polo celebrates 10 years with a huge line-up of more than 15 acts across three stages!

Based at the Polish Club in Turner, catch some of Canberra’s best acts while celebrating the intangible good that live music brings to our cultural life.

Get set for Kilroy, Endrey, Kim Yang, Evan Buckley, Signs and Symbols, Bec Taylor and the Lyrebirds, Lucy Ridge and the Derby Widows, Nick Delatovic & The Empty Lake Singers, Rafe Morris, Magic Rob Universe, Slagatha Christie, Julia Johnson, Moondog, Betty Alto, Slow Dial and Chins.

Kicks off at 1.30 pm this Saturday, 29 May and runs until late at the Polish Club, Turner. Book your tickets at trybooking.com.

Party!

Vertikal Snow Dance Party

Welcome winter and kickstart the 2021 snow season with a Snow Dance Party at Vertikal Snow Sports this Saturday 29 May! With live music, competitions and on-ski demonstrations throughout the evening, this event promises to be a night to remember.

Dress to impress in your best retro snow gear for a chance to win some very epic prizes. Prizes include Thredbo Lift Passes, BentSpoke beer, 2117 snow gear, Straightline snow accessories and Wildbrumby schnapps. Entry includes pizza, and kids entry is free.

More information and tickets from vertikalsnowsports.com.

Markets

Love Local Markets

Get along to The Plot in Pialligo this Sunday 30 May for the Love Local Markets.

Spend the day perusing fresh food, drink and lifestyle stalls from various regional businesses while enjoying the relaxed vibe and knowing that every time you open your wallet, you’re supporting a family trade, local business owners and regional communities.

You’ll also have the chance to check out the Pialligo Market Grocer, the Farm Shop Café, as well as interior designer and homewares shops, Wren & Rabbit Interiors and Pink Flamingo Interiors, Bison & Crusoe & Co.

On from 9 am to 12 noon at 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo. Find out more at theplotatpialligo.com.au.

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