Weekend Edit: what's on in Canberra this weekend!

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Weekend Edit: What’s on in Canberra

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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 10 things you shouldn’t miss!




Join the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery for a PAWSome day! Draw to live music and paint your pet portraits with artist Darren McDonald. Enjoy a range of creative activities in the family space, pose in the outdoor photo booth and get treats from Paws for Art partners, Best Friends.

Paws for Art: A doggy day out! is being held in conjunction with The Popular Pet Show exhibition, on display at the National Portrait Gallery until March 2017.

Happening Saturday 21 January, 11am – 3pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.



The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on selected Fridays during January and February. There’s a variety of fascinating and free performances throughout the summer.

Creatures of the night
Alice Cottee performs swinging jazz with vintage glamour with her dapper band Dollface, accompanied by Miss Kitka’s models dressed as creatures we might bump into in the night.

Happening Friday 20 January, 5pm – 8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.



The Women’s March Canberra is a demonstration of love and power in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, which is rallying to demand respect and protection for women nationally and internationally.

In Canberra they are marching for HERS – Health, Economic security, Representation and Safety, and calling on our leaders and community to march with them. They will be celebrating the Canberra women who are already working for HERS and giving marchers an opportunity to learn what they can do for women’s rights at home.

There will be speakers before the march through Civic, and they’re expecting to finish by 12pm. Men, boys, and people of all genders are more than welcome.

Happening Saturday 21 January, 11am beginning in Garema Place, Civic.

See website for more information.


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There a few signs which signal summer is truly here – longer days, warmer weather and the return of Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas. The quintessential summer cinema returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

The event, which saw Australians consuming over 160,000 scoops of ice cream last year, will be open from Monday to Sunday throughout the season with a packed itinerary of quirky comedies, retro classics, award-winning features, new releases and cult classics.

This season’s line-up is a heavenly mix of action-packed blockbusters (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed), hilarious quirky comedies (Office Christmas Party, Why Him?), some cult classics (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mean Girls, Grease) and flicks for all the whole family (Sing, Trolls, Moana).

Happening between Thursday 12 January and Sunday 19 February, at Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017

See website for more information.


A plastic ocean

Bikram Yoga Kingston are excited to be hosting a special FREE screening of A PLASTIC OCEAN on January 21st. It is an award-winning film about the impact of plastic in oceans, on marine life and on humankind’s own health.

Today, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic pollution enter the oceans and over the last ten years humans have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century! Please share the news of this screening of A PLASTIC OCEAN and help to raise awareness for preserving our environment. Learn some practical tips on how to rethink plastic use.

Happening Saturday 21 January, 7pm – 9.15pm at Bikram Yoga Kingston, 2/27-29 Eyre St., Kingston.

Call 0418408266 for more information or see the Facebook event.

Peter Pan the Musical


Ickle Pickle Productions proudly presents Peter Pan the MusicalOriginally adapted from the British stage by Piers Chater-Robinson, and based on the wonderful J.M Barrie story, Peter Pan is suitable for all ages and is the perfect school holiday entertainment.

Following on from Ickle Pickle’s lavish production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in January 2016, Peter Pan features a cast of 35 performers, wonderful music and staging that will enthral the whole family!

Opening at 7pm tonight and running until Saturday 21 January at the Belconnen Theatre Swanson Ct., Belconnen.

See website for more information and bookings.

Arboretum After Hours

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Enjoy spectacular views, great live music and delicious food and drinks at the National Arboretum on Friday evenings from 6 to 20 January 2017.

Arboretum After Hours offers a northern deck that’s perfect for catching up with family and friends. Free music from 4.30pm to 6.30pm – this week it’s Kooky Fandango!

Find that special something at the Curatoreum Gift Store – open until 7pm. Village Centre and National Bonsai and Penjing Collection open until 7pm. Pod Playground and forests open until 8.30pm. Free guided Fire and Water walks.

For more information phone the National Arboretum or visit their website.

Versailles Treasures from the Palace


For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles


Image: ostani.com.au

Image: ostani.com.au

Watch the Australian Open matches live on Ostani’s two large screens ever yday throughout the tournament.

Happening Monday 16 to Sunday 29 January at Ostani Lounge and Bar, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit Barton.

See website for more information.


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This collection of paintings and prints by Canberra-based visual artist Rosy Wilson explores what makes iconic cities magnetic, from distinctive architectural landmarks to smaller moments.

The exhibition will open Friday 20 January at 6pm and runs until Sunday 22 January at Anvil Design Studio, a new gallery space at the Hamlet, Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

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