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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!


A Canberra must-do during spring and summer, Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is happening again for summer 2018/19!

With seating across Old Parliament House’s gorgeous Senate Courtyard and its adjoining restaurant Hoi Polloi, Friday Night Drinks is an all-weather event, and the expansive venue means that large groups are welcomed, no matter the size. With its Parliamentary Triangle location, lots of parking and regular public transport access it’s also a perfect meeting place.

Happening every Friday from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

See the website for more information.


Credit: Chelsea Lemon. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

The Void: Reimagining Enrico Taglietti reflects on and celebrates architect Enrico Taglietti’s lasting and important contribution to Canberra’s built environment.

Fifteen outstanding craft practitioners and contemporary designers have been invited to respond to, or reimagine, Enrico Taglietti’s work to celebrate his legacy and contribute a new perspective to his aesthetics. Participating artists have been selected for their outstanding practice, association with Dr Taglietti, and alignment of design values.

Elliot Bastianon | Andres Caycedo | Sarit Cohen | Thor Diesendorf | Judi Elliott | Dianne Firth | Megan Hinton | Karen Lee | Chelsea Lemon | Rene Linssen | Sabine Pagan | Elizabeth Paterson | Tanja Taglietti | Richard Whiteley

Happening Thursday 25 October from 6 pm at Craft ACT, Level 1 North Building, 180 London Cct, Canberra City. Everyone is welcome.

See the website for more information.


Makeup artist Nicole Thompson (Pinky) will host a Beauty Masterclass at Canberra Centre on Saturday 27 October.

Pinky knows all the latest techniques and trends and is a pro at creating any look imaginable – from the subtle ‘no makeup’ makeup trend to bold and colourful looks inspired by those seen first-hand by Nicole backstage at international fashion week shows.

She’ll be sharing all her expert tips and during a live demonstration, she’ll show you exactly how to create a morning meeting look, a daytime look, and something fitting for a night out.

Happening Saturday 27 October from 12 – 1 pm in the Beauty Precinct, Monaro Mall, Canberra Centre.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


The Grilled and Chilled festival is a celebration of independent craft beer, independent live music, and barbequed delicacies from around the world.

Four of Sydney’s most awarded and most exciting independent craft breweries were hand-picked by Capital’s Head Brewer Wade Hurley. Wayward Brewing Co, Batch Brewing Co, The Grifter Brewing Co, and Modus Operandi will all bring specialty brews for the festival along with award-winning brews from their core range.

Citizen Kay headlines the impressive music line-up. Joining him is a stellar line-up including Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Jedbrii, Kirklandd, The Postmasters, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, Amends, Neko Pink, Genie, and Rachel Maria Cox.

Gourmet barbequed delicacies from all corners of the globe round out the line-up. Low and slow American BBQ specialists Regulators BBQ will smoke up a storm all night before the event to craft their signature ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Mr Papa will bring their traditional full-flavoured Peruvian street food. Mahcan Berra will serve up their mouth-watering Sri Lankan BBQ with knife-wielding flare. And it wouldn’t be a Capital event without the perpetual Tap Room favourite Brodburger slinging the best burgers in the country.

Happening Saturday 27 October at Capital Brewing, Fyshwick from 11:30am – 11pm. Free entry.

For more information, head over the The Grilled and Chilled Facebook page.


Those indefatigable kings of comedy, sorcerers of satire and masters of mockery, Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe are back in the saddle and gearing up for another glorious year of political satire – the stage will be bigger and so will the laughs. We like to think of it as continuity with change.

So, politicians take cover and pundits stand back, because there will be songs, there will be dance, and there will be some very funny impressions.

Join us as we sort the wets from the dries, the leaks from the fakes, and the factions from the fictions in this bigger, better and wharfier Revue than Canberra could ever handle.

Happening 23 October – 3 November at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Tickets and more information here.

Red Hill’s Friday Foodies Showcase

Head to Red Hill SupaExpress this Friday for their first Friday Foodie Showcase! There’ll be lots and food and drinks to sample and buy whilst they officially welcome you back to Red Hill SupaExpress.

Canberra Twilight Cinema will also be joining the fun with an awesome outdoor movie set up. So bring a rug, relax and enjoy some treats. Perfect for the all family and a great event to catch up with friends.

Happening Friday 26 October from 4-7 pm at the Red Hill Supa Express, Red Hill Shops.

See Facebook for more information.


In conjunction with Strathnairn Arts Open Day, SPRINGFEST will be held at The Link in Ginninderry on 28 October, from 10am-4pm.

It includes earth-friendly markets, hosting local makers who use sustainable materials and methods, as well as pre-loved treasures, plus a whole day of entertainment from local musicians, poets, dancers, and a puppet show like no other. There will also be Strathnairn exhibitions, open studios, bronze pour, kid art space. See for more information on the exhibitions.

Happening Sunday 28 October from 10 am – 4 pm at The Link at Ginninderry, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt.

Keep up to date on Facebook or the website for news, schedules, and stallholder lists.


Burgmann Anglican School presents a showcase of the School’s performance program as part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations!

Join the Burgmann community in a night filled with much-loved classics, a little bit of swing, a touch of soul and plenty of heart.

Bringing together our exceptional students, and staff, the Gala will feature choirs and ensembles fromBurgmann Anglican School 20th Anniversary Gala Concert across the school and with guest alumni performers, this is an evening not to be missed.

Be the first to hear a new work by international composer, Ken Lampl, and performed by our talented Burgmann students on this special night.

Happening Saturday, 27 October from 6:45 pm, for 7 pm start at Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Tickets are $10 + booking fee and can be booked via the website. 

Please note, tickets include light refreshments prior to the performance program which will take place from 5.30pm.


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.


Boogong is turning up the heat on Halloween this year with a spectacular creepy cabaret featuring a high flying aerial deva and suave knife-juggling unicyclist.

The stage is set for the annual spookfest which is heading to Googong’s Rockley Oval bringing with it an extra touch of gruesome class in the form of an all-singing, all-dancing stage show.

Let your little monsters off the chain for a fabulous night of mischief and mayhem in the junior disco while you kick back and enjoy a warm glass of hemlock.

If life’s a cabaret, this is where it all comes to a sticky end so and head to Googong, just outside Canberra, for one of the biggest Halloween street parties in Australia.

Boogong is a spook-a-licious Halloween treat for the whole family. And best of all, it’s free, thanks to Googong developers Peet and Mirvac.

Bring your demon darlings and try the kissing booth or dress up in your frightful best and strut your fiendish stuff on the catwalk for the chance to win a great prize.

There will be more than 20 gourmet food vendors to feed the hungry hordes and the show ends with a bang when the fireworks go up at 9 pm.

Happening Saturday 27 October 2018 from 5 pm-9 pm at Rockley Oval, Googong. Cost: Free.

See the website for more information.


Fun for the whole family is on offer at the French-Australian Preschool Fête. Held between 10 am – 2 pm there will be international food, sausage sizzle, cakes, crêpes, jumping castle, face painting, plants, handmade good, pre-loved books, toys and children’s clothes.

If you love a community market, you will be amazed at the variety of cakes and baked good in particular, as well as their popular Le Potager – garden stall – perfect for Spring time planting.

Spend the day with this international community and walk away with some bargains and a full tummy.

Happening Saturday 27 October from 10 am to 2 pm at the French Australian Preschool 31 Astrolabe Street Red Hill.


This annual event is held at Sylvia Curley’s family home, Mugga-Mugga. She was one of three pioneering daughters who grew up on a farm on the Limestone Plains and carved out a career while Canberra began its journey to becoming today’s vibrant Capital.

In 2014, at age 24, Hannah Wandel founded Country to Canberra, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at raising the profile of young rural women to assist them to reach their leadership potential and influence public life.

This year, Hannah and her team have delivered their Project Empower workshops to 80 schools across regional and remote Australia. Join us to hear what the successes and challenges for Country to Canberra have been during this time of hashtag activism, as communities strive for gender equality, and the implications for young women in our rural communities.

Happening Sunday 28 October from 1.30-3.30 pm. $5 entry, concession discounts apply includes afternoon tea

Bookings essential by Thursday 25 October via Eventbrite.


Lady Larissa. Credit: Victor Tawagi.

The Beautique is excited to host the lovely Lady Larissa in their space for a very special spring workshop.

Be guided by Larissa who will teach you how to design and build your very own Everlasting Botanical Wreath. Larissa will share her story, tips and tricks from market to home, flower care, foraging, what’s in season, what botanicals you will be working with, and sustainable floristry practices.

A Madame Dry Lavender or Rose Water beverage will be gifted on arrival, and you will be able to enjoy a delicious savoury and sweet grazing spread while you create your masterpiece.

All floral materials and tools will also be provided.

Happening Sunday 28 October from 2 – 4.30 pm at The Beautique, 96/235 Flemington Road, Franklin.

Cost: $155 per person. Secure your place here.


Lanterne Rooms if offering a fantastic ‘After Work | Wine & Dine’ special this Spring. With the choice of four small plates and one large plate to share for just $50 per person, this grazing style dinner is the perfect opportunity to come out of hibernation and have those long overdue catch ups!

Get your first glass of house wine for just $5, and any additional glasses of house wine after that for just $10. Eat at your leisure and affordably order more if you feel like it, by adding any additional small plate for $6pp extra or any large plate for $9pp extra.

Available from Tuesday to Friday only (until 7 15PM on Fridays).
Minimum of 2 persons, maximum of six.
Conditions apply and seating is limited, so be sure to book.

Happening until 31 October Lanterne Rooms, Shop 3, Blamey Place, Campbell

See website for more information


The Canberra Wine House are proud to be supporting this year’s ACTEWAGL Canberra and Region Wine Show and now you can try some of the incredible wines for yourself at their exclusive public tasting event.

Specially selected winemakers from the Canberra and Region Wine Show will be showcasing a variety of their award-winning wines exclusively at The Canberra Wine House on Saturday 27 October. The afternoon will be filled with some of the best Canberra region cool-climate wines, grazing platters stacked with mouth-watering local produce, and the opportunity to meet the makers behind the wines.

Happening Saturday 27 October at The Canberra Wine House, Dickson from 4pm – 6pm. Tickets $55.

For more information and to book head to The Canberra Wine House. 


Credit: Captured Moments.

Heathers is the super charged, laugh-out-loud, rock musical about the students of Westerberg High, as they navigate raging hormones, bullying from jocks, scorn from the popular girls, all the while just trying to stay alive!

Veronica Sawyer, a brainy and repressed misfit, is dying to get in with the popular girls, but when she finally gets her chance, her new boyfriend, the mysterious new kid in school, J.D. has other plans.

Based on the greatest teen comedy of all time, this heart felt and homicidal teen musical pulls no punches, as it explores the highs, lows and traps of being a teenager in High School.

Happening until 27 October at Gungahlin Theatre, 23 Gozzard Street, Gungahlin.

See website for more information.


Party at The Hackett Shops is presented by the Hackett Community Association. Be entertained by local musos, school bands, John Agnew Big Band and dancing demonstrations; great food and information stalls. Jumping Castle and face painting for the kids.

Happening Saturday 27 October at the Hackett Shops from 11am – 4pm.

For more information head to Hackett Community.

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


Medallion of Constantine the Great minted in Thessalonica, Greece, 335 CE gold © Trustees of the British Museum Media credit line © Trustees of the British Museum, 2018. All rights reserved. Image supplied.

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.


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

See the website for more information.


Projections along the foreshore as part of Localjinni’s Lakeside Stories – Twilight Video Walks.

Do you want to hear stories about Lake Burley Griffin only the locals know?

A new art tourism initiative titled Localjinnni, led by Fiona Hooton and Catrina Vignando, is making that possible. Their first participatory – place-making experience, Lakeside Stories brings visual artists, filmmakers, writers, oral historians and animators together to tell hidden stories of place.

Held around Lake Burley Griffin’s northern foreshore their Lakeside stories –twilight video walks, take storytelling to the streets. Transforming footpaths and walls into screens using video, sound and light projections.

Included in Lakeside Stories – twilight video walks are works by: Caren Florance (text artist), Melinda Smith (poet), Megan Watson (filmmaker), Matchbox Pictures (film and TV production), Ros Lemoh (visual artist), Dr Kirsty Guster (Acton Walkways place-maker), Roslyn Russell (historian), ANU’s School of Art animation students as well as collection content from the National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive.

Localjinni has a cultural and environmental mission – to make our public spaces more fun, more functional, more of the time. Take a cultural dip into Lake Burley Griffin’s many fluid identities through film, animation, poetry, visual art and oral history. Join us on an illuminating walk as we screen stories onto footpaths and walls around the Lake’s foreshore.

Discover why Canberra begins and ends at the Lake through an immersive experience, shared ideas and social yarning. Designed for artful, urban adventurers.

Held in association with Contour 556 / Canberra’s Public Art Biennial. (Supported by YWCA creativity grant)

7.45pm Saturday and Sundays until 27 October

7.45pm Wednesday 17 October, Lake Burley Griffin’s B’day

Meet Henry Roland Park, Acton. Free – numbers limited

Eventbrite bookings essential.

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