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The Weekend Edit
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!
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BY THE WATER CONCERT WITH DAMI IM
Experience Eurovision royalty with an unmissable performance by The X Factor winner, Dami Im, at By The Water.
Chill out to the relaxed country strains of ARIA chart-topper, Caitlyn Shadbolt, as the sun sets over the city. When the stars come out, be swept away as singer-songwriter Dami Im brings her unique contemporary style to the stage at the National Museum of Australia.
With fabulous local food vans offering great dining options and a cash bar available for your convenience, By The Water is a great way to spend a summer evening in the capital.
It’s cricket season! Big Bash has kicked off and this means beers and chilling out while you watch the action on a big screen to help make the summer feel longer.
In January, Pialligo Estate is setting up the screens in Pialligo Fields for burgers and BentSpoke beers, that will give you the best of both worlds – getting out with your mates to watch the game, and beers on tap + great food.
What else do you need to know?
— First beer is free! But, you need to prebook to get it! So book here, it’s easy
— Your ticket is $25, which includes a burger with chips and your first beer.
—- BentSpoke craft beers are available on tap all night to purchase.
The games start at different times, so grab your mates and come down to Fields after work from 3 pm to kick start your weekend early!
You’ll be able to order some great bar food to wash down the beers, and with the bar right next to you and all the cool kid gins and wines on offer too, it’s a guaranteed night of fun with friends.
Happening Friday 31 January from 7.10 pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.
Starting in a small 100 seat bar, The Empire Strips Back has gone on to become one of the biggest burlesque events in the world.
After a sold-out, critically acclaimed North American tour, which saw the show play everywhere from LA to Broadway, The Empire Strips Back team returns home to Australia for their annual national tour before heading back overseas.
For those that missed out on previous tours, be prepared for some seriously sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Booba Fett, some tantalising Twi’leks, a delightfully luke-warm Taun Taun, a lady-like Skywalker, the Droids you are looking for and much, much more!
Happening Friday 31 January from 8 – 10.15 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.
Mookie Tuggeranong Grand Opening + Bushfire Relief Fundraiser
Mookie Tuggeranong will be hosting a Grand Opening Party this Saturday 1 February from 11 am at 13 Anketell Street, Greenway.
Not only will you be first in the door for Mookie’s first southern restaurant, but 50% of all purchases on the day will go towards bushfire relief in the community and surrounds in partnership with The G-Spot, along with 100% of all cash donations made in store on the day.
Additionally, every paying customer on the day will go in the running to win a $500 Mookie Voucher! What’s not to love!
Happening Saturday 1 February from 11am at Mookie Tuggeranong, 13 Anketell Street, Tuggeranong.
The nurturing MMM Wellness studio is nestled in the beautiful Gold Creek.
During the Wellness Weekend Open Days, you can choose from classes in Dance, Core Yoga, Tai Chi, ZenKids and Chair Yoga.
Dance: easy simple dance moves and no hard choreography. You can move in a way that’s perfect for your body, fitness level and mobility. Perfect if you want to just have fun and move your body!
Core Yoga: moving meditation of breath, awareness, core strengthening and stretching that aims to improve strength and mobility, focus the mind, and develop healthy posture habits.
Tai Chi: a gentle relaxing form of exercise that is simple, easy to follow and graceful.
Each class is low impact and puts minimal stress on joints. These movements bring mindfulness and healthy breathing and promotes flexibility and strong muscles and is safe for all ages and fitness levels.
ZenKids: in a nurturing and fun environment your children can become more mellow, grounded and connected. These mindfulness classes can boost self-control, attention and focus. During classes we may do tai chi, yoga, artwork, dancing, playing musical instruments and more.
Chair Yoga: perfect for those who don’t want to roll around on the floor as yoga postures are modified to use a chair It provides you with a low-impact way to increase strength, flexibility and balance, while teaching you how to relax.
Even when smoke blankets our beautiful home, we are not helpless. At Fire Fight Exhibition, experience work from 30 Canberra artists coming together to raise funds for WIRES, a group of people coming together to lessen the pain and damage to Australia wildlife during this ecological disaster.
A silent auction will be run from Opening Night on 30 January to 29 February, with proceeds going directly to WIRES.
This event follows on from Fire Fight – NSW RFS Fundraiser [SOLD OUT], the first in this series of events designed by Canberra’s creatives to bring us together as a community and remember our collective strength.
// FEATURING //
Sasha Beattie | Tom Buckland | Tom Campbell | Samantha Corbett | Luke Chiswell | Ashley Cullen | Sophie Dumaresq | Mimi Fairall | Romany Fairall | Jake Fiene | Isaac Gibson | Rory Gillen | Luke Hadland | Clare Jackson | Skye Jamieson | Isaac Kairouz | Claire Warren | Alex Lundy | Jacquie Meng | Musonga Mbogo | Sarah Murray | Eve Murray-Fairhall | Nathan Nhan | Eleanor Neumann | Brennan O’Brien | Dan Power | Emma Rani Hodges | Lani Shea-an | Shanti Shea-an | Georgia Whigham | Eloise White |
+ DJs | Drinks | Silent Auction
Happening 30 January – 29 February at Nishi Gallery, NewActon with a launch event on Thursday 30 January from 6-9 pm
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 Pialligo Estate’s 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 Fridays from 3 pm and Sundays from 12 pm until late at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.
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.
Explore the relationship between two of the world’s greatest artists and rivals—from Picasso’s untameable approach to Matisse’s seductive irresistibility—responding to each other’s work throughout their careers.
Curated by the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition includes major works sourced from public and private collections around the world.
Happening 13 December–13 April 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.
Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. For the first time at the National Archives, Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.
See genuine spy equipment, surveillance images and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Play the part of a secret agent in the interactive family trail. Test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.
Developed in partnership with ASIO, Spy brings the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.
Showing until 27 April 2020 open every day from 9 am–5 pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday) at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.
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.
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.
Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze. The progression of visages is designed to prompt the senses, tapping into the endless subjectivity of being human.
Where one viewer sees a subject’s distant stare as baleful, another perceives a fatalistic cheer; here’s a face in three quarter profile pondering past triumphs, or perhaps you sense a layer of barely-there regret? Does the full stare with smouldering countenance shock or seduce, or is it a bit of both?
Whether sparking familiarity, empathy, diffidence or reverence, our summer collection show invites you to slow down – to see eye to eye with another life and imagine that lived experience. Eye to Eye features portraits of Natalie Imbruglia, Kev Carmody, Miranda Otto, David Williamson, a marble bust of Peter Garrett and many more, including several works new to the collection.
Happening until 16 February 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery.
Each Sunday throughout Summer, Contentious Character will bring you a different musician or band to play away the summer afternoons while you watch the sunset sipping on one of their summer-friendly wines, all grown and made on the estate by the Contentious four.
Bring the kids and they can play games on the lawn, play with the dogs or ogle the kangaroos.
Happening until 15 March at Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin, NSW.