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Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than seven years, we’ve published This Week in The Can, our comprehensive guide to everything happening around the city this week – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through!

That’s why each Friday we publish our Weekend Edit…Here are the things you shouldn’t miss!


MAKE 2019 YOUR YEAR! Join DC Fit to sample some of their Dance and Studio Fitness Classes!

All classes are free 30-minute taste testers. On offer will be offering Bounce (trampoline), Barre Body, Heels, Limbering, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance.


9.30am – 10.00am: Barre Body | Bounce | Heels | Limbering

10.00am – 10.15am: Break with Refreshments supplied by DC

10.15am – 10.45am: Barre Body | Bounce | Hip Hop Dance | Contemporary Dance

10.45am – 11.15am: Refreshments and mingling

All fitness classes are mild to moderate intensity and are for 18yrs plus. All dance classes are catered to beginners.

We will also be offering some small gifts on the day and special rates to those who decide to sign up to a 1 month or 3-month membership!


Register via our website. Please note to secure your spot in a class you must register via Mind Body phone app or via our DC Fit page. Places are limited so we urge you to get in quick!


DC Fit fitness classes offer a unique selection of training styles that focus on toning, cardio, strength and form. All classes incorporate music specific to the workout and focus on the development of adult fitness across all ages and abilities.

Our classes are gender neutral.

Priorities yourself this year with some fun ways of staying active and feeling good!

Happening Saturday 2 February.

Find out more at


Courtesy of the National Museum of Australia. National Museum of Australia.
© Trustees of the British Museum

Stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost 3000 years after their foundation.

Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire.

Explore how the empire was won and held, witness the grandeur of Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Happening until 3 February from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information.


This January the Playhouse stage will be reimagined into a flat floor club, complete with two bars and this “wickedly mischievous” (The Times) festival sensation.

Join Miss Behave and her sidekick Tiffany for The Miss Behave Gameshow, a night of satirically subversive fun and games that has turned even the most conservative audiences into unruly hoardes.

“Her Gameshow formula is a simple one… Miss Behave divides the audience into two teams for a series of games. Many of these challenges are based around phones and some come with prizes.” From londonist’s review of the sell-out London run.

Happening from 29 January to 2 February at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

See the website for more information.


Spend an evening celebrating World Wetlands Day at Jerrabomberra Wetlands and Canberra City Farm!

Eat delicious local foods, join a tour, bring the kids for a range of family activities, get your face painted, enjoy a Capital Brewing beer while watching the birdlife.

Sink your teeth into wood-fired pizza, buy local artwork, listen to music and more.

Happening Saturday 2 February from 4-8 pm at 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See the Facebook page or website for more information. 


As the National Museum of Australia (NMA) celebrates the final days of Rome: City and Empire, join them for an outdoor screening of the epic film Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe.

Pack a picnic and a rug and watch Maximus in action from the beautiful shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Snacks and drinks are available for purchase or bring your own.

Cost: Free

Happening Friday 1 February from 5 pm (film starts at 6 pm) at the Outdoor Amphitheatre, National Museum of Australia

See the website for more information.

The Antarctica Experience: A Virtual Reality Adventure

Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before

Travel to Antarctica using the latest 360-degree virtual reality technology and follow in the footsteps of the scientists researching this mysterious continent.

Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit; cruise through icy waters to meet a penguin colony; visit Davis Station and learn about daily life in these harsh conditions; and marvel at the spectacular Southern Lights.

An immersive theatre experience only at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

Happening until 26 June 2019 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

For tickets and session times visit

Love and Desire Pre-Raphaelite Masterpiece from the Tate

Love and Desire NGA John Everett Millais Ophelia 1851-2 oil paint on canvas Tate collection presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894 © Tate.

Discover a stunning world of Love & Desire as the Tate’s pre-Raphaelite masterpieces come to Australia for this Summer’s most romantic exhibition.

Fall in love with John Everett Millais’ Ophelia and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott, as the Tate’s most visited works of art leave the gallery together for the first time.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering in paintings inspired by the great love stories of history and literature.

Happening until 28 April 2019 at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 10 am.

For more information visit National Gallery of Australia.

Get Curiouser and Curiouser at Behind the Lines 2018

Venture down the rabbit-hole for Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons 2018, with this year’s theme Curiouser and Curiouser inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Kids of all ages can visit the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland at MoAD for dress ups, games and adventures.

Step through the Looking Glass and dress up as the colourful and curious characters of Wonderland including Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat or the Mad Hatter.

There is also a wall of crazy mirrors that will stretch or shrink you and games with a special Wonderland twist that will delight the whole family.

Older kids can go on a cartooning trail through the exhibition, following clues and learning about the art of political cartooning.

While the children are entertained in Wonderland, parents can grin, smirk and grimace at the cartoons that explore the unexpected twists and turns of politics in 2018.

For more information visit


This is the 34th Festival of Australian Country Music which feature well known Australian entertainers.

Happening Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 February at Bungendore Showgrounds.

See the website for more information.


This is the perfect event for people who want to detox from the silly season, meet new people and learn how to create delicious zero proof cocktails!

For $70 you’ll be treated to an intimate evening including:

A hands-on zero proof cocktail workshop with Christina, our CEO and Head of Product Development.
Labelling your own bottle of “Light Me Up” to take home with you (valued at $30)
A copy of our Crafty Cocktails eBook so you can create zero proof drinks using everyday ingredients (valued at $10)
Zero Proof Cocktails on tap and nibbles
-Tips and tricks to help you cut down on the booze for FebFast (or just to help you drink more mindfully)

Happening Friday 1 February at 3 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

See the website for more information.

DressUP: Change the World

Discover the incredible journeys of some of the world’s most inspiring people, taking the time to walk in their shoes in DressUP: Change the World.

Connect with the lives of historical and contemporary figures, including Frida Kahlo, Adam Goodes, Beyoncé, and many others, by dressing up in their most iconic outfits.

Immerse yourself in their stories of triumph as they go from ordinary people to visionary leaders who have made a difference in the world. Listen to their stories and learn about the challenges they overcame to leave their mark.

Visitors can also tell their own story in our new Zine Lounge. Whether you prefer writing or sketching, the Zine Lounge lets you carve out a space for your voice to be heard.

This engaging exhibition space provides a bold and quirky environment that will inspire young people and asks them “How will you change the world?”

Happening until 31 December 2019 at the Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.


Lightbulb Improv is Canberra’s premiere improvised comedy troupe, performing monthly since 2016. Join them at Smiths Alternative as they craft comedy moments in an unscripted, lively and daring manner. The Lightbulb Players are tellers of stories , singers of songs and reflectors of humour in the everyday. Their moto? To create fearless theatre that frees the mind, delights the intellect, and distils the meaning of life. They also love to make you laugh!

Happening 7.30pm-9pm on Saturday 1 February at Smiths Alternative, Alinga Street, Civic.

See the website for information.


Why did it take so long for women to get elected? And once they were there, what was their experience within the parliament?

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first women elected to Australian Federal Parliament, Breaking Through exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy explores the journeys of 11 trailblazers who were the first to hold particular parliamentary positions.

These are stories of resilience, perseverance and ground-breaking achievements.

From 1943 when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were the first women elected to parliament through to today where woman have held the highest positions in all areas of parliament, including Prime Minister.

Breaking Through exhibition, recognises the significant contribution these women made in Australia’s democracy. Look back on their lives, uncover their motivations and what they view as their greatest achievements.

Told through never before seen portraits, each a unique representation by a young artist, and powerful stories of change-makers breaking through, this exhibition will inspire visitors to think about the role of women in parliament, what it took to get there and whether we’ve come far enough.

Showing until 28 August 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.


Award-winning rapper, poet and author Omar Musa is back home with his enthralling new show Since Ali Died.

Musa uses his lifelong hero Muhammad Ali as he travels through slam poetry and song about growing up as a Muslim boy in Queanbeyan, suburban violence and loss of cultural identity. With painstaking attention to detail, Musa’s influence on modern poetry is not to be missed from 30 January to 2 February.

Tickets and information can be found here.

Happening 30 January to 2 February from 8 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

See the website for more information.


Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

With content drawn from around the world, visitors will be enthralled by maps, manuscripts, rare books, large oil paintings, delicate watercolours by voyage artists, medallions, cartoons and poetry.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Democracy. Are you in?

Your voice, your hands and even your feet have the power to be heard. Our freedoms and our way of life have been built on the foundation of democracy. This living system is sustained through the participation of each and all of us. Democracy is sustained by you. Australian democracy is a work in progress. Curiously, at a time of stability and unparalleled economic growth, confidence in our political and social institutions is at its lowest point in decades. But giving up on them is not the answer. Our democracy needs us. Are you in?

Open daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Find out more at


In this encouraging and uplifting workshop, Petrea King outlines the exciting developments in understanding how trauma impacts the brain and body and the evidence-based therapies and practices that heal both the brain and nervous system.

Regardless of whether post-trauma stress symptoms were stimulated by one or many exposures to stress, the effects can be profound for the person experiencing them. Developing post-trauma stress symptoms has nothing to do with strength of character, courage, training or experience. It is an injury to the brain and nervous system of a person’s body and has nothing to do with personality or character.

You’ll leave this day:

  • Equipped with knowledge and practical strategies to calm your brain and nervous system
  • Knowing how to respond rather than react to triggering people and situations
  • Understanding the keys to peace and resilience
  • Motivated to move forward in your life and feeling equipped to do so.

Happening Saturday 2 February from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at Mantra on Northbourne, 84 Northbourne Ave, Canberra.

See the website for more information.


Heath Ledger. Credit: Karin Catt.

Audiences around the world know and love Heath Ledger as a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and created iconic roles. Now they have a chance to discover Heath’s creative process and deep passion for the film industry and the visual arts, in a unique exhibition curated in collaboration with his family.

Explore a selection of film costumes and props, Heath’s own character research journals, celebrity portraits and acting awards and more. A Life in Pictures offers a rare insight into the man behind the camera.

A program of special screenings and talks will complement the exhibition

Happening until 10 Feb 2019, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton.

See the website for more information.


An immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks.

Feel the excitement and wonder of Banks and his team of botanists, scientists, and illustrators as they documented Australia’s unique botanical and animal species, astonishing eighteenth-century Europe.

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm until 10 February 2019 at the National Library of Australia.

See the website for more information.


MathsAlive!, the one-of-a-kind interactive maths and science exhibit, that has drawn record-breaking crowds in five countries around the world is coming to Canberra in December!

Experience how maths plays a role in our everyday lives through sports, nature, robotics, design, dancing, movie-making and more. Ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, design your own 3-D animation or capture your image in a 360 freeze-motion video. 

MathsAlive!, a Raytheon Company initiative consists of dozens of immersive interactive exhibits and is suitable for years 3 – 10.

Happening until 17 March 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm daily (closed 25 December) at East Space, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Commonwealth Place, Parkes.

More information on the website.


After an exciting transformation, the imaginative family space in the Museum of Australian Democracy has all-new hands-on activities to educate, excite and challenge young minds.

This creative exhibition space celebrates the role of children in our community and provides a welcoming environment for families to engage in the rights and responsibilities of children through imagination, discovery, role-play and fun.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, Parkes. Entry costs vary.

Visit the website for more details.


Enjoy a summer high tea surrounded by the beautiful historic Old Parliament House. Tour through the fragrant rose gardens before dining on a range of sweet and savoury delicacies. Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout summer.

Pre-booking is essential. Check out the website to see the menu.

Held until 24 February from 12 pm- 4 pm at Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

Contact 02 6277 5239 for bookings and information.


Learn to simply and effectively change unwanted habits and stress.

You will be able to confidently and competently look at areas in life where you are wanting to create change, and be able to do so easily and quickly.

The subconscious mind is the storehouse for beliefs and perceptions. It’s the “autopilot” mind operating 24/7. It drives the car when we are consciously thinking of other things. It takes care of body operating systems like breathing. Most programs stored at subconscious originate from first 7 years of life…and can do with a bit of updating.

Ever feel like you aren’t reaching the potential of your conscious wisdom?

That, although you have a good idea of what you want and where you want to be heading, that you just can’t seem to make it happen?

The subconscious mind is responsible for 95% of consciousness! If old beliefs are running contra to conscious wisdom, the operating speed of the subconscious mind can be heading in opposing directions.

Lining up subconscious to conscious wisdom means the operating speed of subconscious is supportive rather than limiting.

This three-day workshop teaches you a simple and easy skillset to update the Beliefs that may be limiting you in any area of life: relationships, career, health, spirituality, self-esteem, prosperity etc.

Simple, powerful, verifiable.

Rosi has been instructing this workshop for three years and loves sharing it every time! The feedback from participants is wonderful, and Rosi considers it a joy and privilege to share in the excitement and growth that unfolds and continues. Following the workshop you will be able to facilitate the simple processes with yourself and others.

Investment is 975.00 (Buddy price of 875.00 each if two or more register)

Happening 2 – 4 February or 22 – 24 June 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm each day at Vitality Health Centre, Scollay Street, Greenway.

See the website for registrations or contact: Rosi Pletzer on 0422084009 or at 

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