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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, 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… Here are 13 things you shouldn’t miss!



Credit: Sally Blake

Credit: Sally Blake

Making can be a vehicle for mediation and self-connection. Artist Sally Blake will guide this meditative workshop where you will learn how to make repetitive patterns using pressed plant matter collected from around Canberra. To further shift our consciousness, artist Dylan Martorell has created an original sound work using sound recordings from the Australian Botanical Gardens specially for this workshop. This ambient soundtrack will be played as we make.

New digital technologies and the networked 24/7 globalised labour market has increased productivity and have liberated us from office gulags, but these innovations also have side effects. How do we wind down? How do we switch off? If we are working more and sleeping less, how can we find down time to clear out our brains and create new synaptic connections? The ‘Making as Mediation’ Fix and Make series explores making a real deal form of meditation designed to increase creativity and well-being.

Hotel Hotel’s ‘Making Do’ Fix and Make series looks at alternative ways of making and repairing objects and is designed to encourage us to consider the objects that already surround us in new ways.

Happening Saturday 17 June from 10-11.30am at Hotel Hotel, Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon.

Tickets are available for $45 from Eventbrite 


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The Winter Glass Market is a free full day celebration of glass and glass-making, revealing the power of glass and light.

At the market you will have the opportunity to shop from the Winter Glass Market stalls, watch demonstrations in glassblowing and flameworking, bid on glass art and memorabilia in a silent auction, create glass beads, view exhibitions, buy your own limited edition handblown beer stein and so much more.

Happening Saturday 17 June from 12pm-8pm at the Canberra Glassworks, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.


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Tim Robards first stepped into the spotlight when he took on the role of Australia’s first ever The Bachelor. But before and after The Bachelor, Tim’s career as a chiropractor and personal trainer combined with his passion for fitness and wellbeing led him to found The Robards Method – an innovative philosophy that focuses on simplifying our approach to health and fitness, and a mentoring program that helps others discover all round better health and thriving in their environment!

Hosting an exclusive wellbeing masterclass in-centre, Tim will be sharing his philosophy, expertise and top tips for mastering the basics of exercise, nutrition and diet. You’ll walk away with a greater understanding, knowledge and inspiration to help you achieve your wellbeing goals.

Happening Saturday 17 June from 11am-12.30pm at Canberra Centre. Tickets are $24.50 can be purchased online from Eventbrite.


In 1881, the men and women of Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve had a simple and revolutionary goal: to continue the brilliant experiment in self-determination they had pioneered on the scrap of country left to them. But the law said they needed permission. They went head-to-head with the Aboriginal Protection Board at a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry to be allowed to continue.

Corranderrk recreates compelling history on stage. It revives the voices of all those, black and white, who fought for a better pact between the country’s oldest and newest inhabitants. This special production pays tribute to the resilience and adaptability of a people who rose to the challenge despite the odds.

Coranderrk is a collaboration between leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, researchers, education experts and community members. The production aims to encourage a shared understanding of the past between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Performing at Canberra Theatre Centre Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 June. Tickets are available online from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.



In a career spanning twenty- five years and at least as many recordings, Alone In Bad Company is Jeff Lang’s momentous new album which presents the most organic union of Lang’s talents and influences yet. Released through ABC Music on February 24th this year Alone In Bad Company is filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies demonstrating that, Lang is nothing if not a lover of song.

Acoustic fingerpicking, slide guitar, electric lead, banjos, mandolins and blue-eyed soul singing drop into place like puzzle pieces in a portrait conceived and executed almost entirely by the artist. Steadfast cohorts Danny McKenna and Allison Ferrier deliver on cue and master writer Don Walker shares his peerless wit on two songs, including the pointedly titled ‘With You I Can Throw Away The Pills’, a bitter-sweet finale.

In the end, Alone In Bad Company presents one of our most inspired musicians – and songwriters – at the peak of his exceptional powers.

Happening Friday 16 June from 8pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic

Purchase tickets and find more information here.


beauty bar

Think of your shopping spree as a marathon, not a sprint. A well-earned break mid-session will help recharge the batteries and reignite your inspiration for uncovering a new season wardrobe or that missing piece from your style set.

For a select few Sunday nights over the coming months, Canberra Centre’s pop-up Beauty Bar is the pamper hangout you need. Come along to learn the latest beauty techniques and trends over a complimentary glass of bubbles and stay as long as your weary feet need.

Happening Sunday 18 June, 11am – 4pm at Level 1, Canberra Centre – near the Customer Service Desk. More information at canberracentre.com.au.


The Necks

The Street is delighted to welcome back one of Australia’s great cult bands: The Necks.

The hard earned, almost telepathic rapport that Chris Abrahams (Piano) Lloyd Swanton (Bass) and Tony Buck (Drums) have developed over the past 30 years is truly one of the most compelling in live music.
Fresh from supporting Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds on their 2017 Summer tour, this concert will feature mesmerising pieces that slowly unravel and create instant deep grooves, the deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing.

Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor Jazz the music of The Necks is unique in the world today.
The Necks are, simply, at the top of their game. To see them live is quite special indeed.

Happening Sunday 18 June from 6pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic. Purchase tickets here.



Fancy a glass of bubbles (or two), delish canapés, music and surprise entertainment amongst some of Canberra’s most interesting women? Join Dance Central for a Saturday of High Tea DC style! Featuring guest speakers Helen Roe & Angie Ford.

Helen Roe is a Marketer, Business Coach & Youth Advocate for Teen Girls and Author of GirlTribes. Angie Ford is a mindset coach, and preferred sparring partner of world-class athletes, business leaders and creative arts performers.

This High Tea event has been created to help kids street dance crew DKC fund their trip to Arizona USA to compete in Hip Hop International, August 2017.

Tickets can be purchased via Sticky Tickets.

Melodrama in Meiji Japan

Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

Step into the tumultuous world of Meiji Japan (1868–1912), through a selection of stunning Japanese woodblock illustrations. Used to illustrate Japanese novels, these beautiful images, known as kuchi-e (literally, ‘mouth/opening picture’), accompany stories filled with drama, tragedy and intrigue, reflecting the uncertainty of the times.

Curated by Dr. Gary Hickey, the exhibition draws upon a substantial collection of kuchi-e amassed by University of NSW Emeritus Professor Richard Clough (1921-2014) and donated to the Library. This collection, along with other works acquired, forms one of the most significant collections of this genre in the world and the largest focused collection of Japanese art in Australia. The exhibition features over twenty artists and a range of subjects, illustrating a fascinating history of a genre profiled for the first time in a major exhibition.

Free entry.

Showing every day from 10am-5pm until 27 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information on the website.


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Come and experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm. Find more information here.

Sunday Roast is just $45 for adults and $20 for children (2-12 years old) and includes a main featuring two roast varieties and dessert, live music and lawn games for the kids and young at heart.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here


Photo by Martin Ollman

Photo by Martin Ollman

Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; The Truffle Farm. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. These exceptionally talented dogs roam amongst the farm’s 2,500 trees to find a piece of ‘black magic’.

Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy.

Choose from Truffle Hunts, Breakfast Hunts with three indulgent truffle courses and sparkling wine or Lunch Hunts featuring a world class, six-course truffle degustation with matching local wines. Truffle creations come courtesy of award winning Michelin Star Chef Damian Brabender.

Tours available Fridays to Sundays early June to August. They sell out fast so make a date with your favourite people and book now to avoid disappointment.

Showing from Friday 2 June – Sunday 27 August 2017, every Friday to Sunday at The Truffle Farm, Mount Majura Road, Canberra. Find information on the website.



Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.


Mount Majura Truffles

Indulge in a feast of the senses with The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region; the first and largest festival of its kind in Australia. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Showing until Thursday 31 August 2017 across various Canberra Locations. For more information on opening hours and locations across Canberra visit the website.


Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast is back for 2017!

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email buvette@domahotels.com.au. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

See website for more information.



Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 23 July from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

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