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Every Monday for nearly five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through!

That’s why we’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!

Australian of the Year Awards and Concert


Ok, so it’s not technically ‘on’ the weekend – the concert is the evening of Monday 25 January – however with a Tuesday public holiday we expect many people will be treating Australia Day Eve like the weekend or taking the day off anyway!

Combined on one large stage in front of Parliament House, the Australian of the Year Awards and Concert will kick off at 5pm on January 25. Headlining the evening is Jimmy Barnes, who says he is looking forward to returning to Canberra for the landmark event. While Jimmy will bring his quintessentially Aussie sound to the evening, Samantha Jade will bring her irresistible pop sound, including her latest hit ‘Always’ from the new album ‘Nine’.  

Topping off the list of performers is hot new favourite Cyrus Villanueva, fresh from the seventh season of The X Factor, who will perform his single ‘Stone’. Cyrus’ soulful sound won the young singer/songwriter a legion of fans during The X Factor and he has recently recorded his debut album. 

The Australian of the Year Awards and Concert is a free, family friendly event which is open to the public on the lawns in front Parliament House on 25 January 2016. 

Gates will open at 5pm so get in early to grab a spot on the lawns and enjoy the evening’s program: 

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Live music performances, 

7:00pm – 7:30pm: Roulettes display overhead, 

7:30pm – 9:00pm: Australian of the Year Awards – including special recognition of the 2015, Australians of the Year and announcement of the 2016 Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero, 

9:00pm – 10:30pm: Live music performances. The easiest way to get to and from the event is via public transport. Action Buses will run special services for the event on 25 January.

Monday 25 January, from 5pm on the lawns in front Parliament House. Free entry. For more information on Australia Day visit and for more details on the Australian of the Year Awards visit To plan your trip by bus, please check details at

Growing up Chinese in Australia


Join brother and sister duo Benjamin and Michelle Law as they divulge real-life experiences and expectations of growing up Chinese in Australia.

Part of the Library’s Experience China: The Chinese in Australia weekend. Explore the Chinese experience of Australia. From historical perspectives to contemporary cultural commentary, this weekend offers some fascinating insights.

Saturday 23 January from 2-3pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes. More information here.

The Last Temptation: The art of Ken + Julia Yonetani

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Chandeliers made from uranium glass representing nuclear-powered nations and a nine-metre banquet table made entirely of salt feature in the first large survey show of internationally acclaimed Japanese and Australian artist collaborators Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary.

Ken + Julia Yonetani’s NGA installation is a provocative response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. In an installation of chandeliers reconfigured to emanate UV light, and decorated with specially sourced Uranium glass, each chandelier represents a country that operates nuclear power stations. It is work that is aesthetically astounding, accessible and engaging. Uranium glass poses no health risks.

Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm from Saturday 12 Dec 2015 – 27 Mar 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia Contemporary, Parkes.

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas

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Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema’s Sundae Sessions are on once again with a comedy for the whole family!

Gates open at 5pm with music by Rach Armstrong and DJ Felixx. The main feature ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ (rated PG) starts at 8.30pm.

On Sunday January 24 at Patrick White Lawns, by the National Library. Find out more and buy tickets now via the website



CANCON is Australia’s largest dedicated tabletop gaming convention, showcasing a range of games from miniatures, card games and modern boardgames for all ages. 

The boardgames library within CANCON has a range of games which you can borrow to play in the library and volunteers to assist you.  Cost is $10 per day (children under 12 free must be accompanied by an adult) or $25 for all three days.  A family ticket (2 adults 2 children) is $30 per day or $75 for all three days.

Visit the website for more details. On from January 23-25 at EPIC, Flemington Road Mitchell.

Summer Fun at NIDA

Adults-acting NIDA

Create your own story this summer with the National Institute of Dramatic Art at their fun and inspiring performing arts classes. NIDA Open will be holding a variety of short courses and workshops at Canberra’s Street Theatre, giving people of all ages the chance to explore their creative side.

Acting Boot Camp

Date: 2324 January

Time: 10am–5pm

Age Group: Grades 3–6, 7–10 and 11 and 12

Price: $320 inc GST

Where: The Street Theatre, Canberra


What: Fast-paced and fun, this course focuses on building skills in essential acting techniques including improvisation, character development and scene work. Participants also have the opportunity to put their skills to the test and perform scenes for family and friends at the end of the two days.

 Acting Essentials

 Date: 2324 January

Time: 10am–5pm

Age Group: 18 years +

Price: $320 inc GST

Where: The Street Theatre, Canberra


What: This comprehensive two-day course will help you develop core acting skills including improvisation, voice and movement and gain confidence through expert feedback from NIDA’s experienced tutors, while rehearsing and performing short scenes.

Find out more via their website.

Sex, murder and mayhem tours: Late night openings at the Portrait Gallery

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Sex, murder and mayhem tour

6.30 – 7.00pm, friday 15 January, Exhibition ticket required

Art, sound and the human body combine in a site-specific collaborative artwork conceived by Canberra artist Hannah Quinlivan; it includes a performance inspired by the ‘metabolic’ relationship between the human condition and global ecologies.
6.00pm and 7.00pm

Friday 15 January from 6pm-late at the National Portrait Gallery. Free entry but exhibition ticket required for the tour. Click here for more information.

Summer Sounds 2016 


As the sun goes down at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, enjoy live music, great food and drink, socialising and dancing on the Eucalypt Lawn.

Enjoy the onsite catering of wood fired pizzas, pulled pork burritos, cold car, gelato ice cream and barista coffee.

Live musics acts include Amber Nicholls, Lulu Swing, Big Boss Groove, Justine Clarke, Annie & The Armadillos and Young Monks.

Summer Sounds runs Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5.30pm – 7.30pm each weekend from January 16 through to Sunday February 7.  General entry is $5, concession $2, child 12 yrs and under, free. Visit the website for more information.

Snakes Alive!

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Be charmed by live displays of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and more at the Australian National Botanic Garden’s Snakes Alive! Conserving, Breeding and Keeping Native Reptiles and Fishes ExhibitionSnakes Alive! is one of the most diverse displays of reptiles in Australia. Get up close and see over 20 different species of reptiles

Enjoy seeing and touching live reptiles and amphibians. Learn about rare and threatened species and the thrill of morning and afternoon feeding times. With gifts and souvenirs available for sale this is a full educational experience.

Weekdays from 10am – 4pm; Weekends: 10am – 6pm from 18-24 January at the Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Click here for more information.

Chinese-Australian Communities in the Qing Era

qing era national library

From the gold rush decades of the 1860s and 1870s, small numbers of Chinese women started arriving in Australia. Kate Bagnall shares stories of some of the women who left China for Australia in the late Qing dynasty, as well as the families and communities they formed here.

Sunday 24 January from 2pm-3pm at the National Library of Australia. Buy tickets and find more information here.

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