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Weekend Edit: What’s on in Canberra
Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!
Every Monday for more than 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 six things you shouldn’t miss!
SIX THINGS NOT TO MISS
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Christmas In The City – Canberra Celebrates
Enjoy a series of food, drink, music, handcrafted and arts markets and entertainment at Christmas in the City – Canberra Celebrates. Don’t miss this month-long festive extravaganza with something special for the young and young-at-heart.
See the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most number of lights on an artificial Christmas tree. See Shannon Noll headline the Christmas In The City Concert on Friday 16 December with Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, the Brindabella Chorus and Santa!
The Christmas Food Markets will be a foodies’ dream, featuring a number of delicious culinary themed nights such as Burgers, Sweet Treats, Street Food and Cocktails & Canapes. Next door you’ll find the Christmas Handcrafted Gifts and Arts Markets under a canopy of fairy lights.
Entry is by donation to Red Nose.
Happening until Saturday 24 December on City Walk. Find more information here.
CHRISTMAS EVE AT HIGHBALL
Photo: Ashley St George.
Highball have made a list, and checked it twice – they honestly don’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice!
Join them on Christmas Eve for a cocktail or two before the ‘big man’ makes an appearance. They’ll be opening the doors up from 4pm, so get your friends together, book a book and celebrate Christmas the Cuban way: with a bowl of punch and a Santa-sack full of laughs.
Happening 24 December from 4pm at Highball Express, Odgers Lane. Entry is free.
The NGA has worked with the French Government and the Palace of Versailles to deliver a major exhibition opening this Friday.
More than 7 million people make the journey to the Palace of Versailles every year to experience a phenomenon central to French history – Louis XIV’s architectural masterpiece, the centre of his court of absolute rule and the embodiment of luxury. The luxurious interiors and gardens were often the backdrop to enchanting and extravagant celebrations including masked balls, theatre, opera, concerts, sumptuous feasts and fireworks.
With the support of the French Government, the NGA’s partnership with Versailles has brought this experience to Australia, which has never before been seen outside France.
“We are very excited to be working with Versailles to bring exclusively to Canberra a truly astonishing exhibition and look forward to sharing more details in coming months,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director.
Open until Monday 17 April, 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. See website for more information: nga.gov.au/Versailles
ATHOL SHMITH FASHION PHOTOGRAPHS
Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.
Happening until Sunday 16 July 2017, 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.