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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!


John William Waterhouse The Lady of Shalott 1888 oil on canvas Tate © Tate

A curated night of feasting like the gods under a February moon including live performance, music, poetry and romance.

Internationally acclaimed singer and host, Mikelangelo will be joined by Anushka. Local sound artist Happy Axe will create sonic dreamscapes and Santa Fe based singer/songwriters Wendy Rule, will be joined by her band to showcase their Persephone songbook.

Happening Friday 15 February at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes from 6pm.

For more information or to make a booking, visit

Summer High Tea at Pialligo Estate

Showcasing a range of sweet and savoury treats by Pialligo Estate, alongside an impeccable range of teas by Canberra based Tea Garden Co.

High Tea at Pialligo Estate is as refined as its setting. Tuck into delicate pastries and cakes, classic finger sandwiches, scones with Estate jam plus a glass of bubbles for extra indulgence.

This High Tea is perfect for celebrations, birthdays, hen parties, dates, family get-togethers and friends wanting something different!

$60 per person and includes a Glass of Bubbles, Selection of Tea Garden Co. Teas, Selection of sweet and savoury items.

For group bookings of above eight guests please contact Pialligo Estate on 02 6247 6060

Happening Sunday February 17, February 24, March 10, March 17 and March 24 from 11 am to 1 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Glasshouse, Pialligo Estate.

Please note, Pialligo Estate can only cater for Gluten-free dietary requests. Please let us know how many GF guests will be attending in the notes section of your booking.

See the website for more information and bookings.


Credit: Esh Photography.

ACT Historic Places presents – Lakespeare at Lanyon – Twelfth Night.

Step into the story with an intimate preview of the 2019 Shakespeare by the Lakes II season.

Enjoy sunset over the Brindabellas with an exclusive ticketed performance of Lakespeare’s Twelfth Night set in the stunning gardens of Lanyon Homestead. Tickets are limited to 150 guests who will receive individual seating and enjoy a special Q&A with visiting director Christopher Stollery and Laura Tchilinguirian.

Presented by ACT Historic Places, the Lakespeare company have adapted Twelfth Night especially for this heritage venue. Audiences will enjoy the show in a more intimate, and Lanyon-specific setting.

Homestead opens and food/drink available: 5:30 pm. Performance from 6:30 pm.

Happening Friday 15 February at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa from 6:30 pm.

For more information and book a ticket, visit


Image: Martin Ollman

Canberra’s city centre will once again transform into a celebration of cultural diversity at the 2019 National Multicultural Festival.

With over 300 stalls featuring food and drinks from every corner of the world and live music and dancing on six stages across the Festival footprint, there’s fun for every member of the family.

Headline act and iconic Indigenous entertainer Christine Anu will perform at the opening concert on Friday night at 7:30 pm. Celebrity chef Mark Olive will entertain crowds with his lively cooking demonstrations on Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm.

On Saturday night, headline act and X-Factor star Isaiah Firebrace will perform two shows at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.

There will be hundreds of fabulous food stalls serving up the most delicious food from across the globe – everything from curry and Koori bush tucker to French crepes and Dutch pancakes.

There will be so much to see and do over the weekend with regular annual highlights to look out for including: Bollywood dancing as part of the India in the City Showcase; cool melodic songs of island nations during the Pacific Islands United Showcase; soul and R&B music at the USA Showcase; feathers, sequins and music in the Latin Quarters; rhythmic drumming and singing through the African Village; and lion dancers to welcome the Chinese New Year.

This year the Festival is proud to raise awareness of Canberra as a multilingual city with the Languages Showcase on Stage 2 at 2 pm on Saturday.

The Australian National University National Multicultural Festival Parade is always a highlight and will start at 4 pm on Saturday on the corner of Bunda and Akuna Street near Glebe Park.

Visit the Children’s Sanctuary at Civic Library (Saturday) and Canberra Museum and Art Gallery (CMAG) (Saturday and Sunday) for child-friendly family fun and enjoy a range of cultural activities for little ones.

Happening Friday 15 February – Midday to midnight, Saturday 16 February – 10 am to midnight and Sunday 17 February – 10 am to 5 pm at City Walk, Canberra City.

For more information visit, including list of stallholders and entertainment program visit the website.


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The Canberra fitness scene is set to get a shake up with the opening of KX Pilates, an award-winning, Australian boutique fitness chain, favoured by well known-identities including Natalie Bassingthwaite, Carrie Bickmore and Samantha Harris.

The studio, which will officially open Saturday 16 February, is the first KX Pilates studio to open in Canberra and is located at Level 1, 4 Lonsdale Street, Braddon. It is the 55th location for the international Pilates franchise.

KX Pilates offers a fast paced, high intensity, body-toning workout in just 50 minutes, fusing elements of traditional reformer Pilates with cardio and endurance workout. KX Pilates was launched in 2010 and will celebrate its 55th studio with the opening of the Braddon location.

he official opening day for the studio is Saturday 16th February 2019 where Aaron Smith, Founder of KX Pilates, will be leading select classes on the day.

Happening Saturday 16 February from 10 am at KX Pilates  Level 1, 4 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

See the website for more information.


Cellar Door is a wine market for Canberra’s wonderful wine scene happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm. 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.

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

Happening every Saturday from 3-6 pm on the Nishi Grand Stair, inside the Nishi Building, Philip Law Street, NewActon.

See the website for more details.


Eddie Izzard, one of the World’s most respected comedians, has performed sell-out shows across the world from Shanghai to Mumbai including nights at Madison Square Garden, The Hollywood Bowl and the Sydney Opera House Forecourt. Now he comes to Canberra on his Wunderbar World tour.

Five years after his last comedy tour Force Majeure made comedy history as the most extensive comedy show ever, Eddie is back to his roots with an all-new rather personal show which expands on his own, totally surreal view of life, love, history and his ‘theory of the universe’.

Wunderbar began life at La Nouvelle Seine, a floating theatre in Paris on the Seine where Eddie began to improvise his new show in French. He then flipped countries and continued developing the show, improvising in Berlin in German. Now after more development in English, Eddie is ready to share Wunderbar with the world… But will make sure the language fits the country!

Happening Saturday 16 February at The Canberra Theatre, London Circuit from 8 pm.

For more information and tickets, visit The Canberra Theatre website.


Presenting this modern English translation by Simon Stephens of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama – A Doll’s House. directed by the highly regarded and greatly experienced Aarne Neeme AM.

Ibsen’s 1879 play shocked its first audiences with its radical insights into the social roles of husband and wife. His portrayal of his flawed heroine, Nora, remains one of the most striking dramatic depictions of late-nineteenth century woman.

Happening from Thursday 14 February at Theatre 3, Acton from 8 pm.

For more information and to make a booking, visit

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


This week, as always, you rocked! Work, kids, family, responsibilities…you handled it all like a queen. What about you treat yourself now? How about you take some time for you to learn a new language while sipping good wine and meeting new friends?

The Alliance Française of Canberra presents you its French Afterwork! Come learn French in a relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of wine or a beer. Open to all levels

Happening every Friday for five weeks from 8 February – 8 March at The Alliance Française of Canberra from 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

See the website for more information.

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.


First born in a Bohemian warehouse in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Launched in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and now we are packing our bags and flying north to host a Jungle Party plant sale in Canberra.

*** Please note this event will be ticketed. Tickets are free and will be released on Monday 11th February at 12noon via this Event wall. This is to help us manage your experience and the flow on the day. ***

Timeslots include:

Saturday and Sunday

8-10am- VIP Early Birds

10-12noon- Morning Birds

12-2pm- Lunchtime shoppers

2-4pm- Afternoon chillers

Wear a Jungle inspired print to receive $5 off your purchase!

On the Day:

– Enjoy hundreds of Indoor plants to choose from, including a rare plants corner.

– Receive style inspiration on how to incorporate your plants into your home.

– Chat to our on-site horticulturists who will be available to answer your questions.

– Enjoy the Jungle tunes and vibes.

– EFTPOS available on the day.

– Tips and advice on display about how to care for each plant when you take them home.

Please note we will have a limited number of boxes and you may want to bring your own to be on the safe side.

Happening 16-17 February from 8 am – 4 pm at The Fitters Workshop, Wentworth Ave, Canberra.

See the website for more information.

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

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.


Each Sunday throughout Summer, the winery will be bringing a different musician or band to play away the Summer afternoons. Attendees can watch the sun set while sipping on a Happy Hour Wine of the Day. Bring the kids to play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or watch the kangaroos.

Happening every Sunday until to 24 March at 810 Norton Road, Wamboin.

See the website for more 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.


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



Image via VisitCanberra

Delve into the misty rainforest, explore the amazing diversity of plants and capture some of the creatures that call the gardens home at night with Photography Afterdark.

Join Irene Lorbergs from the Canberra School of Photography for an exclusive three-hour guided night photography workshop in the gardens. Learn how to ‘paint with light’ during sunset, dusk and the black of night.

Happening Friday 15 February at National Botanic Gardens, Acton from 7:30pm. Bookings are essential, costs $120.

For more information and to make a booking visit


Enjoy a big beautiful breath in and imagine you are nestled amongst cushions and blankets with the sun setting in the distance.

As we close our eyes, we welcome soft live music lulling us into a joyful relaxation.

Guided meditation weaves in and out through the music encouraging connection and cleansing and letting go. As we open our eyes, we welcome the sublime sight of millions of sparkly stars above us.

Come for the good vibes and rejuvenation of body and mind and walk away with a natural happy buzz

Open to all meditation levels, beginners to advanced.

What to bring:

  • Yoga mat (they have some mats you can borrow)
  • Cushions or pillows (they have some bolsters you can borrow)
  • Warm clothes, just in case

Tickets are $30 per person.

Happening Friday 15 February from 7.30 pm at MMM Wellness, O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls.

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.

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