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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 Canour 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!


Get ready for a weekend of indulgence, tiny cakes and glamour! So much more than just a fancy tea party, The High Tea Party at The Hyatt Canberra is a way for women to let someone else worry about everything for once, treat themselves to some cakes, and be pampered.

There’s so much to do beyond just the cakes and tea:

  • Spend some time watching the gorgeous fashion show sponsored by Birdsnest
  • Pick up some beauty tips advice from our endless beauty stalls
  • Visit the many unique retailers from fashion to jewellery and more
  • Special gift bag to take home with you
  • Limitless champagne and rosé

The event takes place at the Hyatt Canberra in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2018. Available sittings are available at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm daily.

It gets better—HerCanberra has received a special code to give you a $75 discount on you and your friend’s High Tea Party packages—just use the code word: HERCANBERRA to claim the savings at the checkout on The High Tea Party’s ticketing page.



Returning to Canberra for its 23rd year, the Canberra Short Film Festival is back to showcase short films across nine different categories. Showing films from Canberra locals, as well and both national and international artists, CSSF is not one to be missed.  

Screenings will be held at Dendy Cinema, Belconnen Arts Centre, Tuggeranong Arts Centre and Smith’s Alternative from 9 September – 16 September. Join the Canberra Short Film Festival in supporting the talent that makes up the Australia’s film industry.  

Happening until 16 September over multiple locations. 

Tickets from $15. Bookings are essential. See website for more information.


Meet the Duncans, a mob as funny as they are unforgettable. Back home on Tassie’s Dog Island for birding season, and the threat of snakes and Pop’s explosive temper, the family reunites with a country and culture still very much alive. 

But their long memories and smart-arse streak mean it’s not just the birds sticking their beaks where they’re not welcome. Old secrets are dug from their burrows and fledgling rivalries begin to take flight – it might all fall apart if it wasn’t for the fierce love that holds this bunch together.  

Nathan Maynard has crafted a deadly funny portrait of a singular corner of our world. 

Directed by Isaac Drandic and featuring a stellar cast including Tammy Anderson, Trevor Jamieson and Luke Carroll, this national tour of the original acclaimed production is a raucous and rowdy celebration of tradition and the bonds that unite us. 

Happening 13 – 15 September at the Canberra Theatre, London Circuit, City  

See website for more information.

Extreme Knitting with Jacqui Fink

Mix up your meditation routine with extreme knitting!

The phenomenon is coming to Canberra Centre for its EDEN experience this Saturday 15 September from 10:30am–12:30pm.

Hosted by fibre artist Jacqui Fink whose extreme scale merino wool installations have been seen across the world, the workshop will give you the chance to make your own!

Taking place in Canberra Centre’s new EDEN installation, get creative and purchase your tickets through – all tickets include materials and a goody bag.

Tickets are $40 from Eventbrite.


The Link—located in Ginninderry’s first suburb Strathnairn—will be holding tours, talks and demonstrations for the public on Sustainable House Day—Sunday, 16  September.

This award-winning building showcases Ginninderry’s commitment to sustainability and includes a large solar cell on the roof generating the building’s power. The structure has a high recycled content with many items being 100 per cent reclaimed or recycled. Large water tanks also collect rainwater from the roof for our toilets and to help irrigate the drought-tolerant gardens.

Find out more at


Developed in 1988 as a grand, one off floral tribute to mark Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary, Floriade has become Canberra’s most iconic annual tourism event and Australia’s premier spring festival. 

The floral display of more than a million bulbs and annuals planted across 8,000 square meters of inner city parkland is more than just a flower show. Floriade is a diverse, ever expanding program of music, cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, market traders, artistic displays, entertainment and recreational activities. 

Happening 15 September – 16 October at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes 

See website for more information 

American Masters

Blue Poles

Jackson Pollock. Blue poles 1952. Oil, enamel, aluminium paint, glass on canvas. National Gallery of Australia. © Pollock-Krasner Foundation/ARS/Copyright Agency.

Drawn exclusively from the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) outstanding collection of American art, American Masters celebrates that nation’s artists from the 1940s to the 1980s. When the NGA acquired Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles in 1973, at the time the most expensive American painting ever sold, our emerging collection hit the global headlines. This exhibition tells the story of the formation of our incredible American collection and includes many major works not seen together for a long time.

From Abstract Expressionism, Colour Field, Pop, Neo-Dada and Photo-Realism, to Conceptual, Land and Performance Art, American Masters examines how a generation of young Americans, inspired by European émigrés, challenged local traditions and reinvented modern art. The sensational international impact of the era’s major artists is captured in masterpieces by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois.

Highlights include paintings and works on paper by the New York School; Sol LeWitt’s huge Wall drawing No. 380 a-d 1982, specially re-made for this exhibition; and a selection of spectacular light works by Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Keith Sonnier and James Turrell.

Showing daily until 11 November at the National Gallery of Australia.

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


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Cellar Door is a new wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene. Buy wines from local makers every Saturday afternoon in the iconic Nishi Grand Stair, NewActon Precinct.

Grab a souvenir glass, taste the latest drops, and buy at cellar door prices.

Wine stalls rotate each week with complementing stalls like flowers, cheese, chocolate and books. Capital City Soul Club are the resident DJs.

Make a day of it with a film at Palace Electric Cinema and NewActon’s leading food and drink destinations.

Happening Saturday 31 August from 2-5 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See Facebook for more details.


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 10 August 2018 – 10 Feb 2019, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton.

See the website for more information.

So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history

Credit: The Girls, Zoe Davis and Linde Ivimey, 2018 by Linde Ivimey. Steel armatures, acrylic resin, cast and natural human, sheep turkey, fox, chicken and snake bones, earth, paper, natural fibre, dyed cotton, dyed and sewn viscera. Courtesy of Linde Ivimey.

As conceptually thrilling as it is aesthetically rich, So Fine features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history.

Forming part of the Portrait Gallery’s twentieth birthday celebrations, the exhibition enriches the contemporary narrative around Australia’s history and biography, reflecting the tradition of storytelling in our country.

So Fine’s contributing artists – of various ages and backgrounds, and hailing from different parts of Australia – have all created new works for the exhibition. Aside from gender, their common attributes are a meticulous approach to creation, driven by considered, nuanced thinking. Their works are intricate, refined and affecting objects that reconceive events, people and places from Australia’s past.

The artists involved are Shirley PurdieLinde IvimeyBern EmmerichsLeah King-SmithNusra Latif QureshiNicola DicksonPamela See (Xue Mei-Ling)Fiona McMonagleValerie Kirk and Carol McGregor. Charged with these makers’ passionate, intensely individual takes, and incorporating themes from pre-history to the present, So Fine challenges and delights, as well as interrogating the boundaries of contemporary portraiture.

Showing until Monday 1 October at the National Portrait Gallery. See the website for more information.


Credit: Abigail Varney.

Named after the grey, green and cream opal found in the South Australian mining town of Coober Pedy, Greybilly brings together work by Abigail Varney (Melbourne) and Nina Baker (Sydney).

Photographs by Varney present a vivid perspective on depleting resources in Coober Pedy. Conceptual jewellery by Baker sees the transformation of disposable plastic containers into objects of beauty. Curated by Yasmin Masri, Greybilly explores the search for, and creation of, what’s precious; and the reality of finite resources.

Cost: Free

Happening 3 August – 29 September at the Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon.

See the website for more information.

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