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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! If you’re looking for even more things to do this Father’s Day, read our list here.

Canberra Centre EDEN – Fitspo Masterclass with Libby Babet and the BUF Girls

Canberra Centre’s Eden experience is here to reconnect your mind and body through self-love, mindfulness and self-empowerment.

Focusing on health and wellness, Canberra will welcome leading experts and influencers including Libby Babet, Jacqui Fink and Scott Gooding to name a few.

Kicking off Saturday 1 September, Libby Babet – new trainer for Channel Ten’s The Biggest Loser – and the BUF Girls will host a health and fitness talk followed by a workout session (don’t forget your activewear). Guests will also receive a copy of Libby Babet’s book – Totally BUF.

Two sessions are available, from 10:30am–12:00pm and 1:00pm–2:30pm, held at Canberra Centre’s new Eden installation, level 1, near Country Road.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Explore the depth of human impulse with the world premiere of award-winning choreographer Rafael Bonachela’s ab [intra], meaning ‘from within’ in Latin.

Sydney Dance Company will present an electrifying journey into the extremes of human nature. Discover what drives our relationships and ignites our ambitions in this visceral new piece showcasing Australia’s best contemporary dancers. ab [intra] is Bonachela’s latest collaboration with composer Nick Wales and his first full-length work since the epic masterpieces 2 One Another and the critically acclaimed Project Rameau with ACO in 2012.

A dynamic work of exquisite athleticism, ab [intra] exposes the shared instincts that drive us apart and bring us back together.

August 30 to September 1 at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets and more information here.

Canberra Kids Market

Discover new, handmade and pre-loved clothes, toys, books, games, accessories, furniture, prams, strollers, equipment for babies, toddlers and young ones at the Canberra Kids Market.

There are plenty of stalls to explore and great bargains too. You’ll find quality treasures for boys and girls, including designer labels and big-brand names. Food and coffee available. It’s a fun, relaxed market and a great day out. Free parking. Only 8 minutes to the city. New stallholders welcome. It’s quick and easy to apply online.

Entry fee: $3 (kids under 12 free).

Happening Saturday 1 August from 9 am to 12 pm at the Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See the website for more information.

Flying High in the Googong Sky

Give Dad a taste of the high life. Googong’s own kite festival is back!

Because this year’s Flying High lands right on Father’s Day, it’s the perfect opportunity for a great family day out with Dad – you can even treat him to lunch from Boss Burger and a beer. Or you can BYO picnic or enjoy our sausage sizzle while a DJ provides the in-flight entertainment.
So bring a kite – and bring the old man – to Rockley Oval in Googong for a Father’s Day that will send your spirits soaring!

Flying High in the Googong Sky happening September 2 11 am to 2 pm. Visit 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

Venus in Fur

Director Thomas Novachek has adapted the scandalous 19th-century tale Venus in Furs for the stage. An erotic masterpiece, it charts an obsessive relationship between a man and the mistress to whom he becomes enslaved. Thomas is finding it hard to cast his leading lady. Enter Vanda Jordan unannounced to audition, an enigmatic actress desperate to impress. As Thomas reluctantly agrees to audition her, desire twists and turns on itself, blurring the lines between play-acting and reality.

Happening from August 22 to September 2 at The Street Theatre.


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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.


Credit: Martin Ollman

Indulge in a feast of the senses and join in the fun as The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening Friday 1 June–Friday 31 August at various locations around Canberra.

Check out 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 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.


From Saturday 18 August to Sunday 2 September, the producers of the Canberra region will hold a series of food and wine events to tempt you out of hibernation— Fireside Festival 2018.

There are a bunch of events and special deals happening throughout the festival, so check out the website for the full program.


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