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Every Monday for more than eight 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—a curated selection of events we think you’ll love!


Kate Winslet as Myrtle ‘Tilly’ Dunnage. Image supplied.

From 1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra, the original costumes from the hit film The Dressmaker will be on display at the NFSA from 18 April 2019.

Audiences will be able to go ‘behind the seams’ of a diverse range of elegant vintage fashion worn by Hollywood stars and home-grown acting talents including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Rebecca Gibney and more.

The exhibition, designed by Marion Boyce, features a spectacular range of haute couture worn by the film’s stars.

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition celebrates the artistry of the film’s sumptuous designs, as well as the transformational power of fashion.

Showing until Sunday 18 August from 10 am – 4 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See for more information.


Don’t be late for a very important date!

Pialligo Estate has a wonderous Mad Hatter’s High Tea planned for you and you won’t want to miss a minute. Bring your friends with you down the rabbit hole on an adventure with Champagne and Chocolate!

Their utterly mad team will make you smile with their curiouser and curiouser array of sweets and treats.

You could have a table for two or ten! It’s time to visit Wonderland at Pialligo Estate.

Enjoy a glass of Champagne upon arrival, our Mad Hatter’s High Tea spread and of course a Tea or Coffee across two hours. More Champagne, wine, tea, coffee or other beverages can be purchased on the day

Happening Sunday 11 August at the Pialligo Estate Glasshouse, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See the website for bookings and more information.


Meet the characters of PJ Masks at Westfield Belconnen!

Catboy, Owlette and Gekko are heroes who swoop into action at night, solving mysteries that arise during the day and are on a mission to make things right for everyone in the world!

Visit Westfield’s superhero zone down on Level One for a personal Meet & Greet with PJ Masks, superhero activities at the craft station and free face painting!

Character appearance schedule: 11 AM – 11:30 AM, 12 PM – 12:30 PM, 1 PM – 1:30 PM.

Happening 10-11 August from 11 am – 2 pm at Level One, Centre Court, Westfield Belconnen.

See the website for more information.


In FILLING THE SPACE, the Quantum Leap Ensemble explores the dynamic relationship of body and architecture. It breaks open the frames and borders that guide our movement in and out of space/s and playfully manipulates our emotional relationship to them.

The theatre stage becomes a world of potential, of space-filling and emptying, of new cosmic dances.

Directed by Artistic Director Ruth Osborne and Acting Artistic Director Steve Gow the dancers have worked with celebrated choreographers and QL2 Alumni James Batchelor and Eliza Sanders and Artistic Director Ruth Osborne.

Happening 8-10 August at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See for more information.


In one of the most exciting musical collaborations of 2019, Australian soprano Nicole Car will partner with her husband, internationally acclaimed baritone Etienne Dupuis, and brilliant pianist Jayson Gillham in one magnificent recital.

Featuring romantic French and Spanish songs, as well as popular opera arias and duets, this is a chance to experience why Nicole is adored both here in Australia and across the globe.

This will be the Canberra debut for the award-winning singer who captivated audiences in Opera Australia’s 2018 production of La Traviata, and is now in demand at the world’s greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York) where she and her husband recently starred in Puccini’s La Bohème.

Happening Friday 9 August from 7.30 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See for tickets and more information.


Get your capes on for Superhero month this August!

Westfield Belconnen has a jam-packed schedule that really packs a punch so get the gang together and come and meet your favourite superheroes!

Plus, enjoy free craft activities, face painting and colouring in at that superhero craft zone.



Date: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Level 1, Centre Court



Each weekend throughout July and August, gather family and friends for an adventure at Kambri at ANU!

Featuring recent release and classic film screenings for the young and young at heart, plus short film screenings from Little Big Shots, pre-movie entertainment, storytelling at Harry Hartog, and dozens of eateries where you can redeem your included $10 food voucher*.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday during August at 11 am each day at KAMBRI, inside ANU Campus.

See Eventbrite for more information.


After 2017’s hugely successful Animals tour, which featured three entire albums, The Pink Floyd Experience returns to New Zealand and Australia in 2019 with an exciting new show.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s album The Wall, a selection of the band’s own favourites will complement a spectacular and fitting tribute to this Pink Floyd masterpiece.

With the expectation on the band and their technical crew to exceed 2017’s Animals show is high, many months have been spent on creative design and authentically replicating the music in meticulous detail.

Once again the Pink Floyd Experience are determined to deliver another world class performance creatively and imaginatively while staying 100% true to the essence and authenticity of Pink Floyd’s music.

23 years, and still going strong. They must be doing something right. Don’t miss out!

Happening Thursday 8 August from 8 – 11 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

See for more information.


The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the seventh year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2019 Festival to Canberra!

Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs!

So call your pals and grab your tickets to the funniest night of entertainment you will see all year – don’t miss out on a huge night of laughs!

Happening Saturday 10 August from 8 – 12 pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

See for more information.


Celebrate the NGA’s winter exhibition Monet: Impression Sunrise with an unforgettable high tea, and enjoy a selection of French-inspired, sweet and savoury delights.

$43 NGA Member, $48 Guest.

Happening daily at 11 am and 2 pm on Level One, National Gallery of Australia.

Bookings online at or


Featuring Claude Monet’s pioneering painting Impression, Soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise) 1872, from which Impressionism takes its name, this exclusive exhibition brings together works from the impressionist master and other significant artists to examine the founding of an art movement—a defining moment in art history.

Impression, Soleil levant, which rarely leaves the museum walls in Paris, has landed in a newly designed exhibition space at the NGA this winter, along with some forty impressionist and related paintings from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Tate, and Australian and New Zealand collections.

Alongside Monet’s masterpieces are key paintings by JMW Turner, whose early works inspired Monet, James McNeill Whistler, Alfred Sisley and Eugène Boudin, among others.

The works reveal the formative characteristics of Impressionism—depiction of light, purer colour and capturing the momentary view—by a new generation of artists who abandoned their studios for the world outside.

Monet: Impression Sunrise is an unmissable opportunity to see a masterful painting that became emblematic of a cultural movement and trace its influence on the course of art history.

Showing until 1 September 2019 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

See for more information.

Hockey ACT’s annual Chris MacKinnon weekend

The Chris MacKinnon Memorial Weekend was first introduced in 2013 after the passing of Chris MacKinnon who was a dedicated, well known and loved member of the hockey community.

This weekend (August 10-11) Hockey ACT is going pink to support and raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation (NBCF).

Since its inception the event has raised over $100,000, making Hockey ACT The largest community donator to the foundation. 100% of proceeds from the weekend go to the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The weekend has a range of activities for the whole family including:

The sports memorabilia auction will be held at Pick Up Stix at 7 pm on Saturday, August 10.

Up for grabs this year is:

  • A mounted and framed Australian Indoor Hockey playing singlet featuring the autographs of the eleven male and three female Canberrans, who have been selected for the Australian Senior Indoor Hockey teams.
  • 2019 Brumbies Jersey signed by the entire squad and coaching staff, presented with the appropriate authorization certificate (unframed).
  • Winx “Unrivalled” panoramic print framed and signed by trainer Chris Waller & jockey Hugh Bowman, presented with the appropriate authorization certificate.
  • A mounted and framed Hockeyroos playing singlet signed by Liane Tooth and Rechelle Hawkes- the only two women to have played hockey at four Olympic Games.

The Raffle

Tickets are 3 for $5. Prizes include:

  • 2019 Toronto Raptors supporter gear
  • Estee Lauder and Mac Cosmetics Beauty Hamper, valued at $400 RRP
  • $200 Podiatry Professionals voucher, kindly donated by Matt Hotchkis, Podiatry Professionals
  • $65 Truefitt and Hill Gift Voucher (five available) kindly donated by Norma Yap, Truefitt and Hill
  • Signed and framed 2016 Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs jersey, kindly donated by Jim Woods Australian Pest Bird Management
  • 4x VIP passes to the Canberra Chill vs Tassie Tigers Hockey One Game

Lolly Guessing Competition

Chris Mackinnon Memorial Games

Women’s Game: United vs Central, 3:30 pm, Carter Field

Men’s Game: United vs Central, 5:00 pm, Carter Field

Happening 10-11 August at the Lyneham Hockey Centre, 168 Mouat Street, Lyneham.


Supporting The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, the NFSA bring you classic films with fantastic costumes.

With the help of curatorial experts and guest designers, explore the transformative power of fashion.

Happening until Friday 16 August at the National Film Sound Archive.

See for more information. 


Truffle season is nearly upon us and Mt Majura are excited to include truffles at the cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.

Come in to the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining Flinders Estate triple cream brie a deliciously rich and creamy brie style cheese with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Every Saturday and Sunday from early June to late August.

Happening until 25 August from 10 am – 5 pm at Mount Majura Vineyard.

See for more information.


Party like it’s 1979 when Mi-Sex bring their mammoth live show and unique blend of rock meets new wave, meets punk meets disco, to the Royal Hotel for one night only – Saturday 10 August – with a very special guest. LIV LI (AKA Amber Nichols).

Celebrating 40 Years of Graffiti Crimes, Mi-Sex live will deliver all the hits from their award-winning debut LP – ‘Compu-pu-pu-pu-pu-pu-pu… Computer Games’, ‘But You Don’t Care’ and the title track, ‘Graffiti Crimes’ – in a 90-minute set brandishing their many hits from the era – ‘Space Race’, ‘People’ and ‘Blue Day’.

Amber Nichols started her career as the lead singer of ambient rock band, Angels Are Architects. A featured artist on MTV, AAA amassed an enormous following throughout Asia; their last ever headlining gig drawing 60,000 in Singapore alone. Yet Amber is now releasing music under her alter ego with a new project, LIV LI. An electro-pop fusion, LIV LI’s new single, ‘Bloom’, is out now.

Happening Saturday 10 August from 6:30 pm at the Royal Hotel Queanbeyan.

See OzTix for more information.

Sunrise Premium sessions

Enjoy an exclusive viewing of the National Gallery of Australia’s Monet: Impression Sunrise before the doors open to the general public with limited numbers of people.

Available every weekend from 9 am–10 am. You can also continue to enjoy the exhibition after 10 am through to 5 pm.

Happening until 1 September at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes.

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.

See canberratheatre for more information.


Serene, methodical and exceptionally Monster.

Presenting a new Sunday afternoon blend, Monster Kitchen and Bar is adding a little extra flavour to your signature lazy day with its very own High Tea…

Amidst the hand-crafted furniture, bespoke artwork, and ambient lighting you will find the familiar flavours you have come to appreciate from the team at Monster with a range of exclusive tea flavours by Tea Garden co, tea-inspired cocktails, Champagne all complemented by black and gold fixtures.

Tickets $70 to $120.

Happening every Sunday from 1 pm at Monster Kitchen, Ovolo Nishi.

See Facebook for more information.

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