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Welcome to the essential guide to your weekend, Canberra. Thanks to Zango, Canberra’s locally owned listing site, we’re bringing you weekend plans—and Canberra’s hottest Open Homes.

WEEKENDS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19…

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 weekhowever, things are very different for Canberra at the moment.

Events have been cancelled, social-distancing is encouraged and much of the city is in self-isolation. So we’re going to do things a bit differently.

Each Friday we’ll be rounding up a selection of socially-distancing friendly activities for your weekend. Let’s stay safe and sensible, Canberra, and we’ll get through this together.

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BRUNCH, DONE DIFFERENTLY

Manolo’s in Phillip. Credit: Tim Bean Photography.

Who doesn’t love a cheeky brunch, lunch or coffee out on the weekend?

In the age of COVID-19, restaurants and cafes are bearing the brunt of new social isolation recommendations, but you don’t have to abandon all home of a killer latte or romantic dinner for two.

Instead, check out our list of restaurants, bars and cafes who are implementing social-distancing protocols, contactless takeaway or new delivery services in order to stay in business.

Let’s get behind them and support our beloved hospitality industry, Canberra.

TAKE A (SOCIALLY-DISTANCED) STROLL

Credit: Martin Ollman

The current health guidelines encourage people to still keep up their outdoor exercise routines, even just a walk to take in some fresh air. Just make sure you stay 1.5 metres from each other.

Check out some of our favourite places to walk in autumn here.

TAKE IN AN EXHIBITION

Eileen Kramer by Hugh Stewart.

With Canberra’s national institutions stepping up their hygiene protocols and plenty of space for social-distancing, there are still plenty of exhibitions to be seen—many of them free.

THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZES – ONE TICKET, TWO EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITIONS

Experience the very best of Australian portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn.

The National Portrait Prizes – comprising the lustre of the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, along with topical audience favourite the National Photographic Portrait Prize – will see vibrant, concurrent exhibitions in the mediums of painting and photography.

The Darling Portrait Prize is a new annual painting prize, honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery.

Featuring a $75,000 winner’s prize, the Darling Portrait Prize will become one of the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country. The winner of the Darling Portrait Prize 2020 will be announced on Thursday 5 March 2020.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP)remains one of the highlights of the Australian arts calendar.

Now in its thirteenth year, it offers audiences an insight into the practice of some of Australia’s best professional and amateur portrait photographers, as well as providing an intriguing, reflective national ‘snapshot’. The NPPP offers the following four prizes: Winner; Highly Commended; the Art Handlers’ Award; and the People’s Choice Award, with all winners announced on Friday 13 March 2020.

Price: $15 for Adults; $12 for concession and $10 for members (one ticket, two exhibitions)

Showing until 10 May at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

See portrait.gov.au for tickets and more information

MATISSE & PICASSO

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.

Showing until 13 April 2020 at the National Gallery of Australia.

See nga.gov.au for more information.

TODAY I, TOMORROW YOU

Today I, Tomorrow You is a group exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Art, Not Apart with new works from nine artists.

Each artist has responded to the festival provocation with distinct ideas and unique mediums but are united by a preoccupation with our environment and the contemporary and future impact of climate change. Curated by Art, Not Apart visual art curator Chloe Mandryk.

Showing until 4 April at the Nishi Gallery, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

See Facebook for more information.

SPY: ESPIONAGE IN 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 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See naa.gov.au for more information.

OTHER EVENTS

MARCH MADNESS AT FARRAH’S LIQUOR COLLECTIVE

FREE DELIVERY

That’s right— to help those self-isolating or social-distancing, you can now get free delivery across Canberra!

It’s March Madness at Farrah’s Liquor Collective!

TASTE THE STORE and go in to the draw to win a case of wine valued at $150 each weekend in March.

Since opening the doors last year, Farrah’s Liquor Collective’s mission has been to bring a whole new range of wines, beers and spirits to the Canberra market—direct from the producer to you.

It has been a huge success and FLC customers have been delighted with the quality and prices of product on offer.

Matt and his team know it is important to know all there is about the products but there is nothing better than to try for yourselves and March is your chance to do just that.

Each weekend in March, FLC is hosting a massive tasting (80 plus products each Saturday and Sunday) so by the end of the month, you will have TASTED THE STORE.

Cost: Free

WINES:

  • LITTLE BLACK STONE
  • PAULMARRA
  • TOMICH
  • VALDOBBIADENE PROSECCO

BEER

  • WILSON DRAUGHT
  • BILLSON
  • TUMUT BREWERY

SPIRITS

  • AILSA BAY WHISKY
  • CODY ROAD BOURBON
  • CASTELGLEN LIQUORS
  • CELLO LEMONCELLO, PASSIONCELLO, ORANGECELLO AND LIMECELLO

Every case sold on the weekend goes into the draw to wine a case of wine valued at $150

Happening every Saturday and Sunday of March (21-22 and 28-29 March) from 10 am–5 pm at Farrah’s Liquor Collective, Townsville Street, Fyshwick (the old Good Guys site).

See farrahsliquorcollective.com for more information.

Illuminated Mini Beasts at Canberra Centre

Credit: Ashley St George/ Pew Pew.

Be immersed and inspired by a collection of Australian insects as Canberra Centre debuts the ‘Mini Beasts’ – three giant interactive sculptures for Enlighten Canberra 2020.

These innovative handmade art installations utilise thousands of pixel mapped LED lights, and produce high quality sound based on your input. The Mini Beasts include a gesture-controlled humming Neon Cuckoo Bee, an enormous proximity-activated Swallowtail Butterfly, and a touch sensor triggered singing Cicada.

Despite their name, there is nothing ‘mini’ about the sculptures, with each standing up to four metres high. Built using state of the art technologies, combined with traditional handmade steel techniques, Mini Beasts were inspired by the truly spectacular nature of these tiny real-world creatures.

Happening 28 February–25 March at Canberra Centre.

See canberracentre.com.au for more information.

THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOMES

If you’re hunting for your dream home, weekends are the perfect time to browse.

We’ve rounded up six of this week’s hottest Open Homes from across Canberra, thanks to Zango, Canberra’s locally owned listing site.

12 Macandie Street, Casey

Modern townhouse in a boutique complex

Situated in the popular suburb of Casey, this two-storey townhouse is nestled in a boutique complex along a quiet street and has been perfectly designed for modern family living.

OPEN HOME: Saturday 21 March | 11.30-12 pm | 12 Macandie Street, Casey

See it here.

15/13-15 Sturt Avenue, Griffith

Fantastic opportunity

OPEN HOME: Saturday 21 March | 10.45-11.15 am | 15/13-15 Sturt Avenue, Griffith

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an Inner South lifestyle in this quality two-bedroom apartment in the highly sought-after federation-style Staffordshire Terrace Apartments, an exceptionally well-maintained complex, with swimming pool.

See it here.

15/77 Northbourne Avenue, Turner

2-Storey Apartment in the Heart of the City

Offering all the pleasures of inner-city living, the property also comprises 2 levels of living space, a private courtyard, street access, and use of the complex’s 2 swimming pools and communal BBQ area.

OPEN HOME: Saturday 21 March | 11-11.30 am | 15/77 Northbourne Avenue, Turner

See it here.

8/95 Weddin Circuit, Palmerston

Vacant, updated two storey residence backing parkland

The simplicity and easy care nature of this property is evident throughout with lovely established gardens, large entertaining deck and the spacious courtyard offering you an outdoor oasis to enjoy all year round.

OPEN HOME: Saturday 21 March | 9.45-10.45 am | 8/95 Weddin Circuit, Palmerston

See it here.

Feature image: Ashley St George/ Pew Pew.

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