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

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

Music, Stage + Screen

Credit: Lindi Heap.

CSO at the Cinema

Spend a Saturday night out with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, celebrating iconic works for the silver screen. Be swept up in the magic of film music, with selections from Psycho, Star Wars and more.

Don’t miss out—one night only at Llewellyn Hall.

Happening Saturday 7 August at the Australian National University.

See cso.org.au/event/cso-at-the-cinema for more information.

Stronger Than Fiction Presents: System K

Stronger Than Fiction presents the latest and greatest documentary features from around the world—moving stories, relevant topics, and cutting-edge cinematic craft.

System K showcases an astounding group of passionate street artists. Forget Banksy—the most provocative street art isn’t for sale at Christie’s or Sotheby’s. Check the streets of Kinshasa, DRC.

The political drive of the work is clear: DR Congo is one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, but a history of violent colonialism, civil war and political corruption has left many inhabitants of Kinshasa living in desperate poverty. Under a repressive dictatorship, artists risk their freedom each time they exhibit.

With few resources at their disposal, the artists transform broken waste materials culled from garbage bins and trash heaps to create monumental installations, or use their bodies in poetic, kinetic performance pieces. The resulting work is vibrant, raw, and vital; full of ironic humor and rage.

Scored by Kinshasa’s “sonic warriors” KOKOKO!, Renaud Barret’s immersive film echoes the chaotic energy of Kinshasa itself. System K is a whirlwind celebration of art as an act of resistance, art as a way to survive.

Happening Friday 6 August at Dendy Canberra.

See strongerdocs.com for more information.

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.

Aussie Indies: Unsound

This month for Aussie Indies, the NFSA is screening Unsound – an Australian feature directed by Ian Watson (Doctor Doctor, Janet King).

When gigging guitarist Noah (Reece Noi, Game of Thrones) quits the band of ‘90s pop icon Moniqua (Christine Anu), he returns to his mother (Paula Duncan) in Sydney.

Noah soon finds himself swept up in the life of Finn (Yiana Pandelis), a young, emerging trans man who is deaf and runs a community centre and nightclub in his local community with his father (Todd McKenney).

Don’t miss out!

Happening Friday 6 August at the National Film and Sound Archive.

See tickets.nfsa.gov.au/Events/UNSOUND for more information.

Food & Wine

Winter Wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets

Discover the magical winter wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.

On 8 August 2021, from 9 am to 2 pm, the Haig Park Village Markets will turn into a wonderland of wintery excitement! With twinkling lights, a mulled wine and hot cider garden, festive workshops, children’s roving entertainment, roasted chestnuts and the smell of spices in the air – an overall magical winter experience amongst the pines of Haig Park.

Liven up your frosty morning with an African Drumming and Dance experience or warm up in their festive mulled wine garden listening to the sounds of live musicians.

The winter-themed market stalls will delight your senses with delicious cuisines, tasty treats, fresh produce, artisan products, crafts, jewellery and more.

In collaboration with Elite Event Technology, Southern Generators and Electrical and Innovative Metalworx, come join them and enjoy the festive atmosphere!

Happening Sunday 8 August at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.

See haigparkvillagemarkets.com.au/winter-wonderland for more information.

Winter High Tea

Treat yourself and indulge in a delectable High Tea at Pialligo Estate. Sit back and take in the views from their Estate Glasshouse as you reconnect with friends and family.

There will be all sorts of treats from sweets and mini cakes, scones matched with Pialligo Regionals preserves, an assortment of sandwiches with Smokehouse meats, seasonal veggies and more. Enjoy sparkling wine or a seasonal cocktail on arrival and wash it all down with loose leaf tea and coffee.

Perfect for a celebration, date, family get-together, or merely a lovely way to spend a weekend in Canberra.

Happening Sunday 8 August at Pialligo Estate.

See thepialligoestate.com.au/winter-high-tea for more information.

The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn is at The Carillon (Saturday) and Bowen Park (Sunday) 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 across 7 and 8 August.

Find out more at thepopinn.com.

Capital Brewing Beer Dinner

A Bite to Eat is teaming up with Capital Brewing for two nights only. On 6 and 7 August from 6 pm there will be 5 beers matched with 4 courses for $90pp.

Call or email to book your seats, spaces are limited. 18+ only.

Happening 6 and 7 August at A Bite to Eat, Chifley Shops.

See abitetoeat.net.au for more information.

The Canberra Region Truffle Festival

Beat the Canberra chill and indulge in a feast for the senses at The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, a taste of mid-winter magic.

The festival celebrates the seasonality of this special ingredient and runs throughout the entire truffle season. So come along and choose from a range of events and experiences and satisfy your taste for life’s finer things.

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, before learning recipes and experiencing them first hand.

The Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Happening until 29 August across various venues in the Canberra region.

See trufflefestival.com.au for more information.

Truffle-infused Winter Weekends at Mount Majura Cellar Door

Truffle season is upon us and Mount Majura are excited to include truffles at their cellar door as part of the winter tasting experience.

Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining a deliciously rich and creamy brie with truffles from neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday until 29 August 2021.

See mountmajura.com.au/truffle-infused-weekends-supporting-raw-potential-canberra for more information.

Family

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, ready to wow Canberra audiences of all ages, has extended its season by two weeks and will now run through until 2 August!

With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Majura Park on 25 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

Happening until 15 August at Majura Park, Majura Park Shopping Centre (opposite Costco), Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park

See ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678. Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044.

Markets

Winter Wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets

Discover the magical winter wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.

On 8 August 2021, from 9 am to 2 pm, the Haig Park Village Markets will turn into a wonderland of wintery excitement! With twinkling lights, a mulled wine and hot cider garden, festive workshops, children’s roving entertainment, roasted chestnuts and the smell of spices in the air – an overall magical winter experience amongst the pines of Haig Park.

Liven up your frosty morning with an African Drumming and Dance experience or warm up in their festive mulled wine garden listening to the sounds of live musicians.

The winter-themed market stalls will delight your senses with delicious cuisines, tasty treats, fresh produce, artisan products, crafts, jewellery and more.

In collaboration with Elite Event Technology, Southern Generators and Electrical and Innovative Metalworx, come join them and enjoy the festive atmosphere!

Happening Sunday 8 August at the Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon.

See haigparkvillagemarkets.com.au/winter-wonderland for more information.

Fired Up 2021

Fired Up 2021 presents a showcase of ceramic art events, activities and visitor experiences during an evening hosted by Canberra Potters at Watson Arts Centre.

An evolution of their traditional Open Day this new event will engage audiences with a variety of demonstrations, hands-on experiences, and maker engagement opportunities.

Against a night sky visitors can witness the magical alchemy of a Raku firing, the opening of a pit kiln to reveal the treasures within, meet the makers and purchase original ceramic ware from our emerging makers market and studio artists.

There will be live music, fire twirlers and a range of food and beverage vendors.

Come and explore the wonders of the ceramic art form and connection through clay.

Happening Saturday 7 August at the Watson Arts Centre.

See canberrapotters.com.au for more information.

Haig Park Village Markets

The Haig Park Village Markets are about creating a vibrant farmers market filled with fresh, nutritious, quality produce and products at reasonable prices, with the added bonus of supporting and promoting our regional farmers and businesses.

Rosie and Alex are born and raised Canberrans who love all things markets. Their markets will be an evolving collaboration of many farmers, bakers, artisans and talented people, seeking to share their crafted specialties. They want to support local creative talent and nurture local businesses.

Working together with regional growers and local business they can create a lively and community-driven market that seeks to become a destination for locals and visitors alike.

Happening Sundays from 8 am at Haig Park, Braddon.

See Facebook for more information.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Sample the region’s freshest produce at the Capital region farmers market

The Market is a community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, the only rural Rotary Club in the ACT.

Find your way to the Market with our directions to EPIC. We have over 100 stallholders each week who bring their freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce to the Market.

Speak to a stallholder and ask them where their produce comes from—you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn and pick up cooking, storage and usage tips. Find your favourite stallholder in the directory.

Happening every Saturday from 7 am– 11.30 am at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

See capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au for more information.

For a Good Cause

Jeans for Genes Gala Evening

1 in 20 children worldwide is born with a birth defect or genetic disease. Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is finding cures for childhood genetic diseases, so every child has the opportunity for a healthy start to life.  With your help, they can make a difference in the fight against childhood diseases.

Jeans for Genes was established in 1994 by Children’s Medical Research Institute to fund revolutionary research that helps diagnose, understand, and find cures for conditions affecting kids, including genetic diseases, cancer, and epilepsy.

The goal in 2021, the 28th year of Jeans for Genes is to raise funds to create a new centre of collaboration, bringing world-leading research and hospitals together to help Australian kids suffering from genetic disease.

Happening Friday 6 August at 6.30 pm at the Hellenic Club Woden, Matilda Street, Woden.

See TryBooking for more information.

Exhibitions

Mullet Magic 2020 by Leith Alexander.

Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize

Audience favourite, the National Photographic Portrait Prize, is back bigger and for longer this year. Selected from a national field of entries, this iteration incorporates photographs from the maelstrom that was late 2019 and 2020.

Accordingly, they’ve called it Living Memory to acknowledge a time like no other. This exhibition always reflects the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Showing until 7 November at the National Portrait Gallery.

See portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/living-memory-2021 for more information.

Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence

Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.

Such was her standing, that when the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, it was Ruth Lane-Poole that they engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.

This exhibition brings together items never exhibited before outside the official residences, and which explore the inspirations for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.

Showing until 23 October 2021.

See cmag.com.au/exhibitions/ruth-lane-poole-a-woman-of-influence for more information.

Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

Unique and captivating photographs of the 1920s criminal underworld capture the zeitgeist of an era. These mugshots, known as ‘Specials’, are unexpectedly candid and intriguing portraits of suspects in custody, and they are unlike any elsewhere in the world.

Bosses, bruisers, plotters, drug pushers, addicts, sly-grog purveyors and petty crims are all captured by the camera as they stare down the lens into history. But more than simple mugshots, these portraits, and the stories of the sordid sorts they portray, also convey the rise and fall of trends such as the flapper and illustrate the post-war movement of people between Sydney and other cities such as New York and London.

The hit BBC series Peaky Blinders found inspiration in this unique photographic archive, as have artists, academics and designers such as Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld. What will you take from them?

A travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Showing until 24 October at the National Archives of Australia.

See naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/underworld-mugshots-roaring-twenties for more information.

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