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The Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than 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!


Fiona Keary. Image: Martin Ollman.

On Sunday 20 May join Canberra Centre as it hosts local stylist and creator of Style Liberation ­– Fiona Keary – for her Five-Step Style Transformation Workshop.

Sit back and relax in style with champagne and canapes and hear Fiona’s top tips and tricks for mastering the latest autumn-winter style trends.

Kicking off from 11 am at the City Walk Entrance (next to David Jones), you can enjoy a fine display of Canberra Centre’s most fashionable labels and walk away with the best style advice for this season.

Happening Sunday 20 May from 11 am at Canberra Centre on Level One in the Monaro Mall, next to Top 3 by Design.

To purchase your ticket, visit


Image credit: Heidrun Lohr

Contemporary Christianity is far more complex than Fred Nile and Tony Abbott would like us to think. The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism and intolerance. In a gentle exploration of faith, the words of everyday Christians are woven into this verbatim theatre work, their views taken from hours of interviews.

Quiet Faith asks the audience to listen, to occasionally sing and pray. Above all it asks them to look at the face of Christianity today, and to wonder why new faith-based social movements such as Love Makes A Way, who actively campaign against government policies, go unreported.

From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams (Smurf in Wanderland, Grace Under Pressure, The Table of Knowledge), comes a surprising journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful.
Quiet Faith offers a beautiful, immersive and heartfelt portrait of the different ways that faith can underpin civic life.

Happening Tuesday 15 May to Friday 18 May at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.


From 16 to 20 May, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres announce the Canberra season of Never Trust a Creative City, an Australian theatre work created and performed by Emma McManus and Maria White. Never Trust a Creative City premiered at Melbourne’s Festival of Live Art in March.

A little bit TED talk, a little bit buddy comedy and a little bit dystopian science fiction, Never Trust a Creative City untangles the complex relationship between artists and gentrification. Laugh, rail and weep with McManus and White as they embark on a comedic journey through rising rents, social dislocation, arts-led urban renewal, pop-up galleries and really dumb things on the internet.

Disillusioned with the state of arts funding, the dismantling of public services and art history’s problematic narratives, McManus and White inject a healthy dose of feminist chutzpah and attempt to unravel the terrible formula: art + city = gentrification. Inviting audiences into both circular reasoning and ethical quandaries, Never Trust a Creative City steps beyond the creative precinct to expose the gentrification of our minds, bodies and behaviours.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website.


Revel in art, dance, performance, music, local food, design and … AUTUMN!

AUTUMN REVEL is Canberra’s free family fantastic festival on 19 May featuring live bands & DJs, public art, performance, artists open studios, kids dance classes, food stalls, makers market, art exhibitions, scavenger hunt, instrument making and zine workshops all nourished from 11am to 4pm by local food, wine and beer. AUTUMN REVEL is an Ainslie+Gorman and Founders Lane Partnership Event. More info via the website.


Based on the beloved TV show and motion picture FAME – The Musical tells the story of the High School of Performing Arts in New York where students go to learn the craft of acting, music and dance.

The forefather of shows such as High School Musical, Glee and the upcoming Rise, FAME has proven that it’s characters and songs really will ‘live forever’.

Featuring a mix of Canberra’s up and coming and best-loved performers, with a finale that will blow your mind, FAME is a must-see musical of 2018.

Happening from 11-26 May at The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

Purchase tickets and find more information here.

AUDIENCE ADVICE: suitable for 16+ years – references to sex and drugs.


From the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour Blanc de Blanc is the sell-out sensation, delighting audiences from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End. Now it’s Canberra’s turn for a seductive, immersive and naughty night out inside the Fortuna Spiegeltent.

Blanc de Blanc serves a blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Bringing the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world into a wild, shimmering night – anticipate big moves, great tunes, lots of skin, and more than a few surprises.

Blanc de Blanc is the headline show of Spiegeltent Canberra presented by Strut & Fret in association with Canberra Theatre Centre. The full Spiegeltent Canberra program, featuring some of the best nationally and internationally touring cabaret, comedy, can be found here.

Happening until 20 May at the Fortuna Spiegletent, Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find more information here.


Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House is back in full swing for their winter series. This will be the place to be every Friday for fabulous food, fun, music and drinks.

Throughout the month of May, there will be winter inspired drinks including bourbon and whiskey. Not a bourbon and whiskey fan? Not to worry, there will be plenty of other drinks to choose from. Additionally, there will be more themes throughout the course of the year.

This will be an indoor event located in the Hoi Polloi Restaurant.

Happening every Friday until 25 May from 4 pm until late at Hoi Polloi, inside Old Parliament House.

For further information contact [email protected], call 6261 7200 or visit the website.


Cartier Paris. Crocodile necklace 1975 special order, gold, yellow diamonds, emeralds, rubies 30 and 27.3 cm (length each) Collection Cartier © Cartier Photo Nils Herrmann Made as a special order for María Félix.

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

Showing until Sunday 22 July at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


Clear your palate, because 20 of Australia’s best names in wine including Gwyneth Olsen, Nick Badrice and Stefano de Pieri are coming to Canberra in May to serve up a wide range of award-winning wines.

The annual Cellarmasters’ Canberra Meet the Makers wine tasting event is where wine lovers can sample up to 60 prized wines and meet their makers.

“This is a great opportunity to meet the winemakers behind your favourite wines, and a unique chance to taste wines you might never have tried otherwise. Who knows, you might even find a couple of new favourites,” said Christine Rickets, Cellar Director at Cellarmasters.

Happening Friday 18 May from 6pm-8:30pm at QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, City.

See the website for more information.


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: $35pp. One stand including Sparkling to begin and tea selection for two: $45pp.

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


Photography: Jacinta Oaten

Starting this month, Spiegeltent Canberra will be set up in Civic Square, featuring some of the best nationally and internationally touring cabaret, comedy, music and dance shows around.

The highlight performance of the program comes from the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour. BLANC de BLANC is a sell-out sensation, delighting audiences from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End. Now it’s Canberra’s turn for a seductive, immersive and naughty night out inside the Fortuna Spiegeltent.

BLANC de BLANC is happening on select dates from Thursday 26 April- Sunday 20 May. See the website for ticketing and more information on this stand out show.

The Spiegeltent will also be hosting a whole array of other outstanding performances that are not to be missed! The full program can be viewed on Spiegeltent’s website.

Spiegeltent is happening until Sunday 20 May at Civic Square, London Circuit.


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.

Then, on Monday…

Live in Conversation with Lisa Messenger

Lisa grew up as a country girl in Coolah in central west NSW on a 4,500-acre property riding horses and motorbikes. Her roots are definitely in the country and it’s what’s kept her grounded.

In 2013 she launched Collective Hub with no background in media, no money and a team of 3 all under the age of 25. Within 18 months the print mag was in 37 countries and the rest is rapidly becoming history. Her story is one of “anything’s possible”.

Throughout the past five years, Lisa’s journey became so big and she’s become a highly sought-after speaker all over the globe speaking alongside people like Sir Richard Branson.

But having recently done a big pivot and being courageous enough to break a few things for a while – Lisa sat back and thought – what’s REALLY important to me. The biggest calling was to get back to her country roots and spend time. Share stories and support the extraordinary entrepreneurs and startups in regional communities.

So get ready – this is going to be one high energy, heart on her sleeve, sharing warts and all – everything – to support you to live your best life.

Everyone who purchases a ticket to this event will receive a 50% discount off any of Lisa’s Masterclasses (valid for 12 months). You will be sent the unique code once your ticket has been purchased.

6pm Monday 21 May at QT Canberra. Tickets from Eventbrite.


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