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The Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team


Every Monday for nearly seven years, we’ve published This Week in The Canour 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 the things you shouldn’t miss!


The New York smash hit production of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice in Wonderland comes to life on stage in the most hilarious-filled madcap fun at the Canberra Theatre this January! Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her adventures through Wonderland in this dazzling, internationally acclaimed production.

A star-studded cast of talented actors and puppeteers use their ingenious stagecraft and limitless possibilities of imagination to bring this beloved story to life. Featuring masterful sets, lavish costumes and enchanting puppetry. Don’t miss your chance to tumble with the Tweedle twins, chase the White Rabbit, boo the boisterous Queen of Hearts, and have tea with the Hatter at the Maddest Tea Party of all!

Happening Sunday 14 January at Canberra Theatre Centre. Find tickets and more information here.


Image: Martin Ollman

For three Friday evenings in January, the National Arboretum will stay open after hours. Enjoy share platters, drinks and live music to accompany the spectacular views from the Village Centre. On Friday 5 January, listen to Cicilia and Jorge play upbeat Latin music. On Friday 12 January, hear Leisa Keen Trio play well known jazz and pop hits and on Friday 19 January, enjoy listening to Mitch Campas play contemporary Top 40, rock, retro and dance music.

The Curatoreum Shop, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and Pod Playground will be open ’til 9pm. Free guided forest walks leave at 6pm and 6.30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Arboretum after hours. Free entry and parking. No bookings required. See you there!

For information, call 02 6207 8484.

Happening Fridays during summer from 5-9 pm until 19 January at the National Arboretum, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway.


The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) will explore the magic of costumes on film with a week-long line up of screenings, talks and special guests in January.

Costume Week is part of a season of events curated to complement Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, the exhibition presented in partnership by the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Portrait Gallery (10 November – 4 March 2018). The program has been designed to celebrate the fashion featured in the exhibition – several iconic costumes are on display in Starstruck, including the red satin gown worn by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! and Miranda’s white dress from Picnic at Hanging Rock.

The Costume Week program includes sessions with special guests including film director Richard Lowenstein and Oscar-nominated costume designer Anna Senior. It also features screenings of beloved Australian films known for their eye-catching costuming, including Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Dressmaker, Moulin Rouge! and The Sapphires.

Happening until 14 January at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the website for more information.


Welcome the New Year with one of Canberra’s favourite shopping events, Portobello Road!

Each Portobello Road event is different and the treasures you find will vary every time. Enjoy scouring the many aisles throughout the day to see what you will find! From items such as decorative art and fine silver to restored furniture and eye catching jewellery, the possibilities are endless!

Happening Sunday 14 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.


Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in this awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Session times run between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Book your session online now:


Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.


Montage photographs by Sarah Kenderdine, Peter Morse and Paul Bourke. Seven Sisters rock art with permission of Walinynga (Cave Hill) custodians. Image supplied.

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land.

See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.


This is her story. She – they – went to war. The lives of over thirty Women of Empire. Australians and New Zealanders, brought to life in original clothing of the First World War era. What she wore to save lives in the mud of France, to drive an ambulance under fire, to dig for victory in England’s green and pleasant land, to organize fundraisers or pack comforts, to entertain the troops in the music halls of London or on a stage of bull-beef tins in France, to campaign for peace on the streets of Melbourne, to receive a medal at Buckingham Palace, to open the door to one, two, three, four of those dreaded pink telegrams.

Seen by over half-a-million people in Australia and overseas Women of Empire is the only touring WWI exhibition telling the stories of the women whose lives (and fashions) were transformed by their experiences of this cataclysmic event.

They showed their mettle – at home and abroad – and pushed the boundaries of women’s place in the world. Truly inspiring, truly moving, truly captivating.

Showing from 6-14 January at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

See the website for more information.


The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing from 10 November – 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.


The East Hotel Canberra Challenger is a $75,000 professional tennis tournament, featuring as part of the Australian Pro Tour.

Placed the week before the Australian Open 2018, the tournament provides some of the world’s top players with perfect preparation opportunities going into the first Grand Slam of the year.

A quality international field was attracted to Canberra in 2017, including 52 players from 17 countries. Eight top 100 male players featured at the tournament. Israel’s Dudi Sela claimed his 21st challenger title when he defeated top seed Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 3-6 6-4 6-3 in the final.

More information about the Australian Pro Tour see their website.


See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.


To celebrate their tenth anniversary, Canberra Glassworks will showcase site-specific works by our studio artists.

Curator Jane Cush has invited artists who have taught, hired, worked in residence or from a studio at Canberra Glassworks to respond to the unique architecture and design features of the historic Kingston Power House.

The whole of Canberra Glassworks will be activated, including niches rarely seen by the public, throughout the building.

Showing until 14 January at the Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.


Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open Air PlayUP

MoAD invites you to enjoy Open Air PlayUP – a PlayUP experience in the fresh air and beautiful surrounds of the Senate Courtyard.

Happening Monday 22 January – Friday 26 January 2018 from 10 am – 5 pm.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.


Sam Jinks , Woman and child 2010 (detail)
silicone, pigment, resin, silk, human hair. Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the NGA.

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.


Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at



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