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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.

Help keep Canberra safe and strong by checking in with Check In CBR, physically distancing, practising good hand and respiratory hygiene, staying home if unwell and getting tested if you have symptoms.

All Access Weekend at Canberra Centre

Autumn Winter 2021 is here and what better way to embrace the new season than a weekend of offers, prizes, live music, giveaways, style workshops and more? Experience all this from 9–11 April only at Canberra Centre.

Canberra Centre is welcoming back their Sip & Style workshops with Stylist Emma Peadon taking you through the latest seasonal trends, styles, textures, and colours suited to all body shapes and sizes and most importantly where to find those must-have Autumn/Winter pieces!

While learning the ins and outs of this season’s fashion trends, you’ll be sipping away on a decadent cocktail put together by Master Mixologist, The Martini Whisperer! He will bring new and delicious cocktails inspired by the Autumn Winter season that you can make in your very own home.

The spaces are highly limited so don’t forget to visit Canberra Centre’s website to purchase your tickets! All proceeds raised from ticketing prices will be donated directly to Sleep Bus—a mobile bus that provides a safe, temporary overnight accommodation service for the most vulnerable.

Tickets are $20 via Eventbrite and attendees will receive a $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card, nibbles and a gift bag each!

And the fun doesn’t stop there! For that weekend only, grab our unique offers flyer at the customer service desk and discover how you can win a $1,000 Canberra Centre Gift Card.

After your shopping spree, don’t forget to take a break at the pop-up bar located near Seed to rehydrate and replenish. Visit the pop-up bar to find out how you can win a $500 Gift Card by participating in Canberra Centre’s Instagram competition.

Happening 9-11 April at Canberra Centre

See canberracentre.qicgre.com/Articles/2021/04/All%20Access%20Weekend for more information.

Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all heritage: Aboriginal, historic and natural, to Canberra and its surrounds. In 2021 the program will run for 21 days and what an eclectic assortment it is!

Get access to places not normally open to the public. Join tour groups with engaging and knowledgeable guides and uncover something you never knew in your neighbourhood. Watch a rare skill being demonstrated or hop on your bike at the Heritage Polaris is a race against time to visit as many historical sites as possible.

This year’s theme is Reimagine, which has been further reimagined after last year’s festival was cancelled. With mainly smaller events on offer a Covid-safe experience is a reality as we monitor and respond to changing restrictions.

Discover our mid-century architecture, our engineering heritage, or join Ngunnawal custodians as they connect us to Country. Running over the glorious autumn school holidays there are plenty of activities for the whole family.

Happening 6-26 April at various venues across Canberra.

See environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-festival for more information.


Flickerfest 2021 International Short Film Festival Tour Screening

Celebrating its 30th year in 2021 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised short film festival, ensuring that we continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s record 2,700 entries!

Flickerfest, Australia’s largest Short Film Festival, is excited to be returning with its National Tour to the Palace Electric Cinema in Canberra showcasing the Best of Australian Shorts programme.

The programme presents a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films hand-picked from the festival’s globally respected competitions giving local Canberra audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today.

Highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts include the fabulous Roborovski, which won the Yoram Gross Award For Best Australian Animation at Flickerfest 2021 by actors Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Dev Patel who step behind the camera to direct this animated short about an adorable miniature hamster seeking revenge, penned by Oscar-nominated writer John Collee (Happy Feet) screening alongside incredible shorts from Canberra born and raised filmmakers including An Athlete Wrestling A Python, where life imitates art, from Stephanie Jane Day and the award-winning Idol from Alex Wu, exploring the inner workings of the idol entertainment industry in China.

Canberra residents films include Lillian Paterson’s modern and moving Call History; from director Benjamin Balte comes the cute, clever slapstick comedy Saving Daylight; the beautifully poignant Sunburn exploring the nature of friendship from Jaslyn Mairs and Johnny Milners’s haunting Pyrocene a response to the catastrophic Australian bushfires.

Shot around Canberra and utilising lots of Canberra crew comes the super fun and timely The End The Beginning, awarded Best Original Music score at Flickerfest 2021

Meet the filmmakers before the screening and enjoy a Gage Roads beer, Rosnay organic wine or PS organic juice and popcorn on arrival.

Tickets are $25 ($22 concession) and include a drink and snack on arrival.

Happening Friday 16 April from 7 pm at Palace Electric Cinema, Philip Lim Street, NewActon.

See flickerfest.com.au/tour/canberra for tickets and 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.

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.

You’re Safe ‘Til 2024

From the creators of ‘Kill Climate Deniers’ comes ‘You’re Safe Til 2024’ a six-year project about planetary transformation.

Playwright David Finnigan and musician Reuben Ingall are creating six new shows, one each year, from 2019 to 2024. Each show looks at a different aspect of the massive changes taking place on our planet.

The second show in the series, Deep History looks at seven key turning points in the history of humanity—from the Toba Super volcano eruption during the last ice age, which nearly drove humanity extinct, the death of the last Neanderthal, all the way to the first nuclear tests in the 1940s.

That deep time story is placed against the story of an Australian family during the 2020 summer bushfires. 75,000 years of human history is placed against 75 hours of escalating danger over new year’s eve on the south coast of New South Wales.

How has our history led us to this moment of crisis? And where do we go from here?

Happening 8-10 April at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/youre-safe-til-2024 for tickets and more information.

Pheno (+ Band)

Jess Green (Pheno) with the skywhales.

Fresh from the triumphant success of releasing and performing “We are the Skywhales” with Patricia Piccinini, at the launch of “Skywhalepapa”. Pheno and her band bring you a dynamic live show, including brand new music.

Pheno is Australian electric guitarist, vocalist and composer Jess Green. She has opened for US Indie Icon Joan as Policewoman and Canadian superstars The New Pornographers, as well as Australian acts such as Odette and Moaning Lisa.

In her freelance life, Jess has performed and recorded for theatre, dance and television, Recent highlights include; performing at the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, performing at the 2019 Australian Women In Music Awards, and composer in residence at the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival. In 2020 she was featured on the soundtrack for the Maton guitars exhibition at the Sydney Powerhouse.

Happening Saturday 10 April from 8 pm at The Street Theatre.

See thestreet.org.au/shows/pheno-band for more information.

National Opera’s La Clemenza di Tito

… Power, Love, Guilt, Forgiveness – a classic struggle for a throne…

From the depths of the international COVID-19 pandemic emerges Australia’s most exciting new platform for showcasing artistic talent: National Opera.

With the goal to promote and employ homegrown singers and creatives, National Opera will kick off its 2021 season with an evocative and tastefully relevant production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.

A performance steeped in drama, passion, guilt and forgiveness, this poignant masterpiece is not one to be missed.

Spearheading this professional and distinctive opera company is renowned international opera-singer Peter Coleman-Wright AO.

Balanced by Peter’s plethora of knowledge and understanding of the musical world, National Opera is focusing on promoting the magic of opera to a wide demographic – all from Australia’s capital, Canberra.

La Clemenza di Tito’s world comes to life at the world-class venue Llewellyn Hall, at the ANU School of Music. These sensational performances begin on the 10th of April, with an outstanding cast of Bradley Daley, Catherine Carby, Helena Dix, Eleanor Greenwood, Mikayla Tate and Andrew Collis.

Joining the Company will be the Canberra Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dane Lam.

Happening 10, 13 and 15 April at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Acton.

See nationalopera.org.au/tito 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

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.

Make Your Own at Canberra Glassworks

Create your own artwork with one-on-one guidance from a highly skilled Teaching Artist at the Canberra Glassworks.

Make your own paperweight, bird, tumbler or vase in a short one-on-one session from 20 to 40 minutes long.

Saturday or Sunday sessions available at Canberra Glassworks. Book online at canberraglassworks.com/create/myo

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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