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YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON IN CANBERRA THIS WEEKEND!

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!

DESIGN CANBERRA: THE POP INN SESSIONS

Credit: 5foot Photography.

But first, wine… All over the world, few things bring people together like good wine, good food and good company. That’s what The Pop Inn believes.

The Pop Inn wants to share with you their favourite wines—specially sourced and selected to give you an exciting and unique wine experience. Their food, like their wine, represents a passion to bring you inspired plates made for sharing (or not!).

Across the duration of DESIGN Canberra festival, The Pop Inn will be—well, popping up—at a variety of locations across Canberra.

Click here for dates, times and locations!

The Pop Inn locations make use of the under-utilised gems and hidden secrets of Canberra – a true pop-up where you can enjoy wine in unexpected parts of the city.

Bring your friends or make some new ones at The Pop Inn.

Happening 7–24 November at various locations across Canberra.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au/highlight/pop-inn-wine-bar for more information.

YES! FEST

Credit: Jane Duong via facebook.com/springoutcbr.

Celebrate LGBTIQ+ love and equality at Canberra’s annual equality street party!

YES! FEST will be taking over Lonsdale Street, Braddon and they can’t wait to see you dancing to their incredible line-up of performers.

Cost: Free

Happening Saturday 16 November from 3 pm – 3 am at Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

SUMMER PUNCH PARTY FOR PANDA

Do you like Summer? And punch?! Then come along to the Summer Punch Party which brings together these favourites for a really great cause–PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (sorry, not the fluffy animal, but they’re pretty great too).

For 35 years PANDA has provided invaluable support to parents and families impacted by anxiety and depression.

Their 24-hr national helpline, counselling services and outreach support have supported new parents and families through one of the most amazing, challenging and truly life-changing experiences – parenthood!

So if you’d like a fun time out with your friends, while supporting an incredible organisation, put on your best summer frock/shirt, grab some canapes and raise a glass of punch for PANDA at the Highball Express on 16 November.

A raffle will be held for extra merriment with great prizes from Moët, Love-to-Dream and T2 to name a few!

Happening Saturday 16 November 2019 at The Highball Express, Odgers Lane, City.

See Eventbrite for more information.

DESIGN CANBERRA FESTIVAL 2019

A DESIGN Canberra Open Studio from 2018.

Design is in Canberra’s DNA and the annual DESIGN Canberra Festival is a celebration of all things design.

From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has been—and will always be—a living design laboratory.

From 4-24 November, DESIGN Canberra will experiment with new ideas and expand the most successful programs into new directions in the 2019 festival.

Over 150 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes will once again transform the nation’s capital into a new platform for the best in design.

The festival, now in its 6th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free.

Last year, the festival attracted a record 112,844 people.

Happening 4-24 November across various locations.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au for more information.

SouthFest

This Saturday 16 November, from 10am-3pm, SouthFest will again bring life to the streets, laneways and lake foreshore of the Tuggeranong Town Centre.

What’s on? Local handmade and other products at SouthFest Marketplace, food vendors for every taste on Eat Street; workshops, demonstrations, and come and try activities; community art; sport and health hub; sustainability hub and fun park with free activities for all.

More information at southfest.com.au.

Santa arrives at Canberra Centre

The season of festivities has officially begun! Celebrate with the arrival of Santa at Canberra Centre.

Head to the Centre for gingerbread decorating and giveaways from the National Museum of Australia’s Dreamworks Exhibition, plus you can take home an unforgettable photograph with Santa when you visit his Enchanted Garden outside R.M. Williams on the Ground Level.

Happening Saturday 16 of November from 9 am at Canberra Centre on the ground level outside R.M. Williams.

For details and Santa’s full timetable see canberracentre.com.au/play/events/magical-santa-moments

WATERCOLOUR WINE AND MAGIC

Find your creative soul at Pialligo Estate’s arty escape—Watercolour wine and magic —set in the fabulous Garden Pavilions.

Sip on fabulous wine complemented with tasty charcuterie platters whilst enjoying a guided workshop lead by Canberra’s own Watercolour Artist, Caroline Deeble.

Caroline’s creative journey was encouraged by her father (Cinematographer, Writer, Film Producer) from a young age and can only be described as remarkable. Her work is exhibited annually in Italy alongside renowned watercolour artists  from across the globe. She was the feature artist in the international film documentary Colour in Your Life.

With skill and passion, Caroline will lead you through a series of techniques, styles, strokes and colour palettes to create your own still-life masterpiece to take home.

A great afternoon out with friends for just $119.

Cost: $119

Happening Saturday 16 November from 2 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/whats-on/watercolour-magic-and-wine for more information.

BIG SPRING PICNIC IN HAIG PARK

Credit: Martin Ollman.

Enjoy a beautiful day outdoors as Haig Park comes to life with four distinct areas to experience.

Proudly presented by City Renewal Canberra, this is a celebration of the best that Spring has to offer in Canberra—a gorgeous setting, good friends and great times.

  • Stock up at the picnic markets with wine, beer, baked goods, cheese, meats and more, or…
  • BYO barbecue or picnic to share a meal with new and old friends, then…
  • Check out all the fun, active and arts-based kids activities,
  • Enjoy the great entertainment on show including roving performers, and
  • Dance and groove along to all the local, live music, and
  • Take your furry friends through the popular dog agility equipment and so much more to be announced!

Happening Sunday 17 November from 12-5 pm in Haig Park.

See Facebook for more information.

THE WHARF REVUE 2019

The all-singing, all-dancing, side-splittingly funny solution to all the world’s problems returns for another year of satirical genius.

The West is crumbling, democracy is besieged and the world is run by morons with funny hair. You have to laugh. And that’s exactly what The Wharf Revue delivers. The indefatigable team is back once more to dig through the year’s political dirt and unearth comedy gold.

From the movers to the shakers, from the winners to the losers, the stage will be filled with uncanny impressions of the year’s most memorable characters and the moments they’d prefer to forget.

Stalwart performer Drew Forsythe returns with special triple-threat guests including the hilarious Simon Burke. The choreography is tight, the wigs are loose, the punchlines are loaded. Everything is ready for a big night of laughter and mayhem.

Happening 12-23 November at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/the-wharf-revue-2019 for tickets and more information.

A Day in the Parc

Morris Property Group invite you to be their guest at A Day in the Parc. Experience a community like no other, visit parc apartments & villas on Saturday the 16th of November for a day full of fun activities. There will be live music, coffee, BBQ and drinks, a jumping castle, face painting and more. Plenty of prizes to be won, including all day slide passes to Big Splash.

Cost: Free

Happening Saturday 16 November from 11 am–2 pm at Parc Apartments & Villas, 4 Henshall Way Macquarie.

See Eventbrite for more information.

DESIGN Canberra 2019: Open Studios

Credit: 5foot Photography.

Step inside the studios of Canberra’s best designers and makers to purchase contemporary handmade ceramics, furniture, textiles, glass and more, directly from the artists as part of DESIGN Canberra’s 2019 festival program.

See the full program here.

VIEW WEEK TWO’S STUDIOS BELOW:

Week Two | 16 November 2019

Happening at various locations across Canberra on 9 and 16 November.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au/highlight/open-studios for more information.

DESIGN Canberra: The Pop Inn sessions

Credit: 5foot Photography.

But first, wine… All over the world, few things bring people together like good wine, good food and good company. That’s what The Pop Inn believes.

The Pop Inn wants to share with you their favourite wines—specially sourced and selected to give you an exciting and unique wine experience. Their food, like their wine, represents a passion to bring you inspired plates made for sharing (or not!).

Across the duration of DESIGN Canberra festival, The Pop Inn will be—well, popping up—at a variety of locations across Canberra.

Click here for dates, times and locations!

The Pop Inn locations make use of the under-utilised gems and hidden secrets of Canberra – a true pop-up where you can enjoy wine in unexpected parts of the city.

Bring your friends or make some new ones at The Pop Inn.

Happening 7–24 November at various locations across Canberra.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au/highlight/pop-inn-wine-bar for more information.

TYRRELL’S WINE DINNER AT BUVETTE

On Thursday 14 November Buvette Bistro will be hosting a 4-course dinner and wine master class with Tyrrell’s Wines.

Hosted by Mr. Bruce Tyrrell himself.

Bruce will showcase Tyrrell’s famed winemakers’ selection, wines which will include the highly acclaimed Vat 1 Semillon, Vat 47 Chardonnay, Vat 9 Shiraz.

Enjoy an intimate evening, while tasting decadent wines that are accompanied by an exquisite menu curated by Doma Hotels Executive chef, Fabien Wagnon.

Cost: $110 pp**

Happening Thursday 14 November from 6.30 pm for a 7 pm sit down at Buvette, inside Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton.

See Eventbrite for more information.

Bookings are essential.

A STARRY NIGHT: CHARITY BALL FOR MARLEIGH FISHER

Marleigh Jessica Fisher has always been the twinkling little star of her family. She is doted on by her big brothers, but behind all the smiles and laughter is a brave little three-year-old.

Marleigh is fighting two chronic health conditions, rare MODY diabetes (Mature Onset Diabetes of the Young) and Epilepsy. It means Marleigh needs 24-hour supervision and care, can’t attend childcare with her friends, gets very tired and takes a lot of medications.

A Starry Night Charity Ball is raising funds for Marleigh and her family to adopt a specially trained seizure dog which can sense when an attack is imminent and alert her family.

Tickets are $140 per person and include:

  • Three Course Menu
  • Four Hour Beverage Package
  • Live Entertainment; Dark Horse Band

Happening Friday 15 November from 6.30 pm at the Woden Southern Cross Club.

See cscc.com.com/events for more information and to book tickets.

DESIGN CANBERRA’S LIVING ROOMS

Architecture + design + craft = an open home with a difference.

Explore the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses thanks to DESIGN Canberra and discover Everyday Beautiful with works on sale by local artists, makers and craft practitioners.

Enjoy a progressive exhibition as you take in the beauty of design in our own backyard and a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore some of Canberra’s finest houses

Happening 10-24 November at various locations and times across Canberra.

See the website for more information.

No bookings required.

HerCanberra is a proud media partner of DESIGN Canberra 2019.

DOCUMENTARY: I AM NO BIRD

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

—Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

I Am No Bird is an Australian documentary directed by Em Baker which will show at Dendy Canberra for a limited run.

What do weddings mean to modern women? Four very different women from Australia, India, Mexico and Turkey prepare for their weddings, each one with different significance.

To Benay, in Turkey, it means a new beginning and a new family. To Anna, in Australia, it means being made one with her partner and her god. To Luthanlu, in India, it’s preserving her culture; and for Dalia, in Mexico, it means her Catholic family’s acceptance of her sexuality.

SHOWTIMES 

  • Thursday 14 November 14 at 4:45 pm,
  • Friday 15 November 15 at 4:45 pm and 6:30 pm,
  • Saturday 16 November 16 at 4:45 pm and 6:30 pm
  • Sunday 17 November 17 at 3 pm and 4:45 pm

Happening 14–17 November at Dendy Canberra Centre.

See dendy.com.au/events/i-am-no-bird for bookings and more information.

DESIGNER OP SHOP EMPORIUM XMAS MARKET DAY 

DOSE is excited to be spending another Christmas at Lyell St Fyshwick, so to celebrate they are hosting an Xmas Market Day filled with exciting stalls and exclusive giveaways.

There will be a Christmas gift-wrapping station, 15% off storewide and DOS Emporium vendors will be joined by local small business selling fresh produce, gift ideas, fresh flowers and much more.

There will even be six giveaway throughout the day—$100 gift voucher for one lucky shopper every hour!

Happening Sunday 17 November from 10 am – 4 pm at Designer Op Shop Emporium (DOSE), 1 Lyell Street, Fyshwick.

See Facebook for more information.

SPRINGOUT PRIDE FESTIVAL 2019

Credit: Jane Duong via facebook.com/springoutcbr.

SpringOUT is Canberra’s only pride festival. Held in November each year, it is a month-long pride festival that celebrates Australia’s most LGBTIQ-friendly city and its LGBTIQ community in all its fabulous diversity.

From masquerade balls to trivia nights, a rainbow pet parade, community picnic and more, you can find a full list of events here.

Read more about SpringOUT 2019 here.

Happening 2­–24 November across various locations.

See springout.com.au/festival for more information.

DESIGN Canberra: Architecture Bus Tours

Credit: 5foot

All architecture and design enthusiasts are invited to join DESIGN Canberra’s unique architecture tours!

There are a variety of tours on offer, including:

Happening 9, 16 and 23 November at various times and locations.

See the website for more information or click the tours above for more details.

WOMEN IN VOGUE: CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN AUSTRALIA

Vogue Cover Image April 2018 Fernanda Ly, Akiima Ajak, Charlee Fraser ,Andreja Pelic photographed by Patrick Demarchelier Courtesy VOGUE Australia and Patrick Demarchelier.

WOMEN IN VOGUE: Celebrating 60 years in Australia showcases 60 years of the Vogue Australia archive together with a special tribute to some remarkable Australian women who have featured in the pages of Vogue, and includes iconic portraits of Kylie Minogue and Elle Macpherson, among others.

Rare examples of archived magazines will be on show, from the early decades of publication through to bold photographs of women of the 21st century.

Cost: Tickets are now on sale ($12 adults, $10 concession, under 18 years free). Her Canberra readers receive a special discounted price $10

Showing until 24 November at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See portrait.gov.au for more information.

DESIGN Canberra’s Living Rooms

Architecture + design + craft = an open home with a difference.

Explore the living rooms of acclaimed Canberra houses thanks to DESIGN Canberra and discover Everyday Beautiful with works on sale by local artists, makers and craft practitioners.

Enjoy a progressive exhibition as you take in the beauty of design in our own backyard and a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore some of Canberra’s finest houses.

Happening 10-24 November at various locations and times across Canberra.

See the website for more information.

No bookings required.

HerCanberra is a proud media partner of DESIGN Canberra 2019.

GAME MASTERS: THE EXHIBITION

Installation imagery of Game Masters at ACMI. Courtesy and copyright ACMI. Photographer Mark Ashkanasy.

With the opening of Game Masters: The Exhibition, the NFSA turns into Australia’s biggest video game arcade with the world’s greatest designers, characters and 80 playable games.

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises and a chance to play them.

Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave!

Created and curated by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Game Masters first opened in Melbourne in 2012. It has since toured to nine museums worldwide including venues in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. Much loved by audiences around the globe, the exhibition has been updated to include the latest gaming blockbusters as well as Australian creations.

Game Masters is divided into three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers and Indies. It features unique experiences such as a spectacular multiplayer dance stage for Dance Central 3(2012), hands-on experiential music booths and a selection of original classic arcade machines from the 1970s and ‘80s acquired especially for the exhibition, all playable in their original form. See the full list of 80 playable games and their Australian classifications.

Sign up to join the Game Masters club and receive the latest news from the NFSA plus updates about special gaming events and guests, and exclusive offers and discounts.

Open daily 10 am–4 pm until Monday 9 March 2020 at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the nfsa.gov.au for tickets and more information.

DESIGN CANBERRA: PLASTIQUE FANTASTIQUE MEDUSA

During DESIGN Canberra, Plastique Fantastique will be presenting for the first time in Australia its acclaimed installation, MEDUSA.

In Commonwealth Place, MEDUSA will revitalise the waterfront inviting the citizens into the creative process with programs organised by DESIGN Canberra Festival.

MEDUSA is 250 cubic meter space deflating to a 50kg package. Installation and de-installation are rapid and require minimal labour. The structure is packed in a box for shipping to other locations to be re-installed. Anchoring is only by sandbags; sand is later donated to schools. The site is returned to its original condition and the installation continues its cycle.

Architecture, once static and rooted to a place is now a travelling laboratory that can test its effectiveness almost anywhere. With new locations come new interfaces with the environmental, social and even political contexts. MEDUSA is an incubator for gatherings, events, actions and anything else the local community brings to the installation.

MEDUSA embodies the notion of appropriate and respectful use of material. A re-usable and ultimately recyclable structure, Medusa is made of transparent TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane). TPU can be recycled.

MEDUSA is travelling from London, Valencia, Berlin and now to Canberra. Her compact shipping profile means minimal transportation emissions. She will continue the journey and at a certain point in her life, she will be upcycled to become reusable rain jackets, revitalising her memories from different cities in the world.

DESIGN Canberra will be presenting two installations by Plastique Fantastique: Twin Minigagarin and MEDUSA. For more information about Plastique Fantastic follow the link.

MEDUSA related events are weather-dependent. Cancellations will be posted on the website and Facebook. Bookings are required to participate in the event from within MEDUSA (limited capacity) however you will be able to enjoy all events from outside the installation.

Happening 15-17 November (during selected events) at Commonwealth Place, Parkes.

See designcanberrafestival.com.au/highlight/plastique-fantastique-medusa for more information.

Boozy BOB ROSS Painting Party at POP Canberra

Making more mistakes than happy little accidents? Bob’s back baby and he’s ready to beat the devil out of your Christmas stress this season at POP Canberra!

Get groovy and embrace your inner Bob Ross with a Bob Ross painting party. This funky fun will have you painting like you never dreamed you could.

Co.laboratory will provide all the materials you need and Bob Ross will guide you to discover your inner prodigy. Led by a pink curly-haired Canberra artist; we guarantee you’ll have a fun-filled time and take home your very own canvas masterpiece.

Kick-off the fun with Tea Garden-based cocktails upon arrival to loosen up that creative energy you never realised you had. And as Bob always says, ‘everyone needs a friend’ So bring a pal or make some here and join in for a casual paint and drink.

Cost: $79, includes all painting materials, an apron, cocktails, artist fees, photography throughout the evening and a pat on the back for a well-done painting!

P.s. bring your $$$ this class is hosted inside POP Canberra—one of Canberra’s best gift shops!

Happening Friday 15 November from 6.30 pm–8.30 pm at POP Canberra, Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

See colaboratorycbr.com for more information.

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION: THE EXHIBITION – JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SCREEN

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World™ © 2019. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

From the makers of ShrekMadagascar, Kung Fu PandaHow to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes and extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – Journey from Sketch to Screen brings together rare concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.

Take a thrilling journey, from original sketches of grumpy ogres and friendly dragons, to amazing stories and fantasy worlds brought to you by DreamWorks’ award-winning artists.

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Happening until 2 February 2020 at National Museum of Australia.

See nma.gov.au or more information.

Old Graham: Collecting in the bush

After buying and restoring ‘Old Graham’ House at Hovells Creek, John and Liz Baker began to collect all sorts of colonial and Australiana items to fill it.

From lost buttons and farm machinery to pokerwork and oil lamps, they found that collecting crept up on them.

Showing until 30 November at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

 

Pialligo Fields

It’s time to truly unwind and be blown away by the breathtaking views over the fields, watching the sun go down with a drink in hand.

Pialligo Estate is bringing Canberra a new style of fun–with next-level drinks by our funky bar crew, Canberra’s first Gintonica bar experience and the finest craft beers, you’ll taste your way to a new happy place.

Think great beats, highest-quality share platters, space for the kids to run around, and fun you won’t be expecting; Pialligo Fields is the place to bring your family and friends for some fresh air in style.

Whether you have an event that needs some personality, or you just want to find some weekend balance with the family and friends, Fields is a multi-purpose space that will deliver experiences you talk about.

Happening Friday from 3 pm and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/pialligo-fields for more information.

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a Shepparton Art Museum curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria.

It presents the work of 17 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materials and techniques with political intent. The artists in this exhibition subvert and extend craft forms as vehicles of activism and social change, exploring the ideas and issues of our time.

Some works encourage social connection and participation in collective processes, others respond to artistic or political movements and yet others reveal that the personal remains political.

Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms challenges us to see craft in a new light, inviting us to reflect on social participation and political change.

Don’t miss this provocative exhibition, visiting Canberra for the only time.

Happening until 2 February at the Museum of Australia Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes. 

See moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/craftivism for more information.

CELLAR DOOR

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.

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