Many of Australia’s most interesting stories are told at national attractions across Canberra. Find some…
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
The Pop Inn
The Pop Inn is at The Carillon 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 5 and Sunday 6 June.
Find out more at thepopinn.com.
Stories from Yuin Country – Film and Screening Performance
The documentary Yuwinj Dhari Bulwal: Yuin Country Explored responds to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s journey along the east coast of Australia from a First Nations perspective.
This unique film event includes a Q and A with members of the project and a performance by the Four Winds Djinama Yilaga Choir.
Please note, bookings are essential.
Happening Friday 4 June at the National Museum of Australia.
See nma.gov.au/whats-on/stories-from-yuin-country for more information.
Get ready for a crafting weekend at Marketplace Gungahlin
Join Marketplace Gungahlin’s free Kids Club to access these exclusive craft activities across 5 and 6 June!
Kids Club Exclusive: Flowerpot Decorating. Seedling Planting & Face Painting
Flowerpot decorating means a child’s very own customisable pot, colour it however they would like to create a little masterpiece. Then plant your very own seedling in the pot and watch it grow, grow, grow at home!
Plus, we’ve also got face painting! Let your kiddies’ imaginations run wild and watch as they transform into their favourite characters.
Cost: Free however walk-ins on the day are limited, book to secure your spot at marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/kids-club-exclusive-flowerpot-decorating
Happening Saturday 5 June from 11 am – 2 pm, Centre Court, BIG W.
See marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/kids-club-exclusive-flowerpot-decorating for more information.
Kids Club Exclusive: Sand Art Workshop & Get Glitz’d
Sand art is a fun activity that is a spin on a classic colouring in! Paper is peeled away to reveal a sticky surface that the sand sticks to. As each piece is peeled away you will get closer to revealing a design that is absolutely ‘sandtastic’!
When thinking of Get Glitz’d, think glam, think glitter and think fabulous. This workshop will allow children to have a glitter design applied to their face or body or even a fun festival hair look! Get Glitz’d is perfect for anyone wanting that extra special sparkly.
Cost: Free however walk-ins on the day are limited, book to secure your spot at marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/kids-club-exclusive-sand-art
Happening Sunday 6 June from 11 am – 2 pm at Centre Court, BIG W
See marketplacegungahlin.com.au/whats-on/kids-club-exclusive-sand-art for more information.
FIORI, NUDI E ACQUA
Internationally acclaimed fine art and fashion photographer, Canberra’s Lori Cicchini presents Fiori, Nudi e Acqua, a collection of works embellishing the beauty of florals, nudes and water.
Cicchini’s solo show is the largest body of work she has produced for one show. Her ethereal works, from nudes literally floating in water or nestled in nature to floral vanitas still lifes, celebrate the fleeting fragility of beauty. They reflect birth, death and rebirth, asher bodies shed their skin to metamorphosise like chrysalis.
Showing at Grainger Gallery until 6 June | graingergallery.com.au
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.
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.
A brilliantly tense play from the author of Gaslight, which was performed by REP in 2016. Believing themselves to be intellectually superior to their contemporaries, two flatmates murder their friend purely to see if they can get away with it.
They then throw a cocktail party, serving food from the top of the trunk where they have hidden his body. Tension and suspicions increase as the evening wears on.
Showing 20 May – 5 June at Canberra REP Theatre. More information and tickets from canberrarep.org.au.
The Australian World Orchestra Live in Concert
The Australian World Orchestra’s highly anticipated return to Australian stages is the classical music event of the year.
The AWO invite you to join them in celebrating their first 10 years of bringing together Australia’s finest musicians from home and abroad and attracting the world’s leading conductors for performances in Australia and overseas.
In this exciting 10th birthday program, Australia’s own Alexander Briger returns to conduct Beethoven’s dramatic and sensitive Coriolan Overture and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 which is one of the most expressive, deeply emotional, and exciting works of the Romantic era.
The program also features the premiere of Australian composer Paul Dean’s major new work Symphony commissioned by the AWO for their 10th birthday.
Symphony captures the beauty of Australia’s fauna and fauna, and the power and the fragility of our landscape and seasons.
“Having sat in that beast of an orchestra I’ve got a sense of what power can come out of it. That was a great inspiration”– Composer Paul Dean
An all-star orchestra, the AWO in concert is an experience unlike other any other live ensemble. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the magic. Book Now!
Happening Wednesday 2 June from 7.30 pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.
Cost: From $86.35
See Ticketek for tickets and more information.
Plus500 Brumbies vs Hurricanes
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 Saturday 5 June at GIO Stadium, Bruce.
See brumbies.rugby for more information.