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What’s on in Canberra this weekend? Our Weekend Edit has you covered.

As our city springs back to life, there’s no shortage of great events around town.

In search of inspiration? Look no further—we’ve curated a selection of our favourite things to do.

Food & Wine

Creative Juices: Arts, Wine and Food Festival at Contentious Character

A new arts, wine and food festival, Creative Juices celebrates the human connection to the land through creativity and with delightful local food and wine.

Contentious Character has put together a juicy festival program, mixing up dance, drama and song with local food and wines and a creative line-up from our nation’s capital and region, featuring performances by Australian Dance Party, Somebody’s Aunt, Dianna Nixon, a kids workshop from Kulture Break, and a sparkling long table lunch with The Street Theatre Associate Artists. People joining in for Creative Juices over the long weekend can choose from events go on a Festival binge.

Happening 11-14 June at Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin.

See contentiouscharacter.com.au for more information.

The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn is at Bowen Park this weekend—pull up a table for two and enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie platter.

Popping up from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June.

Find out more at thepopinn.com.

Stage

Lakespeare: Songs & Sonnets Dinner Show

Pialligo Estate and Lakespeare & Co. are delighted to introduce Songs & Sonnets, a dinner and theatre event like no other in Canberra.

Just minutes away from the city’s centre, join in for a premium three-course meal featuring amazing local produce and immerse yourself in this intimate cabaret show featuring a grand piano.

If you have a special occasion to celebrate or are going COVID stir-crazy at home, treat yourself to a wonderful experience. Their cast of four Canberrans will delight you with a medley of songs, including those from musical theatre giant Stephen Sondheim and original compositions from the local musical composer, Jay Cameron, peppered with Sonnets from Shakespeare. Sit back and enjoy Canberra’s finest produce, wine and music.

Happening 10, 11, 18, 19 June at Pialligo Estate.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/songs-and-sonnets for more information.

Les Divas

From the producers of Prada’s Priscillas comes Les Divas: An all-male revue! Australia’s six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch plays the Goddess of Pop; Cher in her new show set on the Las Vegas Strip featuring an all star line-up of her most famous friends.

The ninety-minute all-male revue includes some of the world’s greatest divas including: Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Diana Ross & of course – Cher!

Relive their greatest hits including: If I Could Turn Back Time, Get The Party Started, Proud Mary, I Will Always Love You & I’m Coming Out. The show is headlined by Prada Clutch; one of Australia’s most in demand live-singing drag queens. Prada has headlined stage shows across Australia, playing both major cities and regional towns.

Happening Saturday 12 June from 8 pm at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/les-divas-male-revue for more information.

Milk By Dylan Van Den Berg

On the precipice of something life-changing, a young Palawa man plunges into an exploration of self and Country.

Carried with the winds of a metaphysical Flinders Island, the land of his mob and the place where it all happened, he is drawn back to the dawn of colonization. To a woman who bore the brunt of the oppressors’ violence and then forward to her granddaughter, who buried the truth as a means of survival. Stirring up stories together, with parts both achingly sad and unexpectedly funny, what unfolds reveals by slow degrees painful but important truths.

Canberra-based writer Dylan Van Den Berg, winner of the 2021 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting at the New South Wales Premiers Literary Awards, brings to the stage the uneasy personal process of reconciliation. To what extent can people align themselves with Indigenous legacies of resilience when they are also related to their oppressors? Does the passage of time undermine connection to Country?

Starring award-winning Mandandanjii and Darambal woman Roxanne McDonald [Parramatta Girls, Mabo] and Katie Beckett [Redfern Now, Sunshine Girl, Which Way Home] with Dylan Van Den Berg Milk is a story of longing, of connection and the ghosts of the past.

Happening 3-12 June at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City.

See thestreet.org.au/shows/milk-dylan-van-den-berg for more information.

Music

Live music Fridays at Blackbird

Every Friday night a different artist will play. Drop in for amazing cocktails in a great cosy and candlelit atmosphere, with some amazing talent on stage every Tuesday and Friday night.

Happening Friday evenings at Blackbird, 114 Alinga Street, Canberra City.

See blackbirdbar.com.au for more information.

Sport

Plus500 Brumbies v Highlanders

The New Zealanders are back! We’ve been waiting over a year for the challenge, and finally New Zealand’s best Super Rugby sides are back in the Capital to take on your Plus500 Brumbies!

Get your tickets now to see the Brumbies’ star-studded line up take on the best from across the ditch in this must-see clash at GIO stadium.

Happening Friday 11 June at GIO Stadium, Bruce.

See brumbies.rugby for more information.

Raiders v Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos had a poor 2020 and will be looking to improve their performances when they come up against the Raiders. Both sides will be striving to secure a crucial victory.

With a new coach at the helm in 2021, the Broncos will come to the ACT desperate to improve on their form in the 2020 season, while the Raiders will look to make it three wins at GIO Stadium against the Broncos in the past three years.

Happening Saturday 12 June at GIO Stadium.

See raiders.com.au/draw/nrl-premiership/2021/round-14-raiders-v-broncos for more information.

Exhibitions

CAMERON HAAS | A M P L I F Y

A M P L I F Y is an exhibition of recent work by Cameron Haas, whose outstanding talent as an abstract artist has now been recognised internationally.

Amplify is an extension of a more organic motif that he has been exploring for the last few exhibitions. This group of paintings extends the format to allow more opportunity for colour interactions within the composition. He achieves this by using mid-ground forms and colours that act as a type of ‘halo’ around the foreground formations, adding another level or amplification to the composition.

Amplify is on show until 20 June at The Nancy Sever Gallery.

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