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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!


Image: Martin Ollman

Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2018 National Multicultural Festival. Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival. There will be live music, dancing, performance art, overwhelming food stalls, street parties and more local, national and international artists!

Legendary pop star Leo Sayer headlines the festival on opening night, supported by sensational indigenous rapper Baker Boy and local The Voice finalist Lucy Sugerman. The festival also welcomes Georgia soul man Michael Zaib, Chase the Sun, Wiradjuri Echoes, The Two Amigos, Satvik “Renagzy” Sharma and many more.

The 2018 Festival is not to be missed with guest chef Poh demonstrating her culinary skills in two sessions on Saturday 17 February and signing copies of her latest book.

Happening Friday 16 February from 4pm, and Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 February from 10am at Garema Place, Canberra City. Free entry.

See the website for more information.


Calling all music lovers: head to Pialligo Estate for Cellar Door Sessions with a picnic blanket or take a seat on their luscious lawn and settle in for an intimate afternoon with artists Liam Wright and Tessa Devine. Wine, beer and nibbles are available all afternoon.

Young and upcoming musician Liam Wright is a folk and roots artist from the nation’s capital. His voice has a relaxed and soothing tone that partners well with his acoustic guitar, and the lyrics used in his songs often tell detailed stories that create a strong setting for the listener’s imagination.

Tessa will take you on a journey looping her unique percussive guitar style and vocal harmonies. Mixing indie folk pop with surfy tribal roots and a quirky personality, you have her unique performance. Her current EP ‘Wild’ is available on iTunes & Spotify.

Happening Sunday 18 February from 2.30pm at The Glasshouse Lawns, Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Tickets cost $15pp.

See the Facebook event for further information. 


Australian Dance Party. Credit: Lorna Sims

Australian Dance Party returns to the National Portrait Gallery to present a new short work in response to Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

In a flash captures the glamour, adventure, iconography and nostalgia of life on the screen. Accompanying the dance is live photography and image manipulation exposing the ebb and flow between fiction and reality, role and actor, raw and manipulated.

Dance Artists: Adam Deusien, Alana Stenning, Alison Plevey, Gabriela Green and Leeke Griffin.
Live photography: Lorna Sim
Live Graphics: Anna Trundle

Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and supported by QL2 Dance.

Happening 18 February at 11 am and 2 pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Printmaking workshop

Join an experienced printmaker from Megalo Studio and Gallery for a linocut workshop, inspired by the works of artists Mulku Wirrpanda and John Wolseley on show in the National Museum of Australia’s Midawarr | Harvest exhibition.

Students will use drawings and sketches to translate an image to the lino block. They will explore various cutting methods and have the chance to use the Megalo portable press.

Ages 9 to 12, children aged 9 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $60 child, $50 Mkids and children on Friends full membership. Join Friends.

Bookings essential via Eventbrite (fees apply).

Happening Saturday 18 February from 10 am – 1 pm in the Main Hall of the National Museum of Australia, Acton. 


Want to celebrate Chinese New Year? Join Natural Nine for a five-course banquet to mark the new lunar year.

Indulge in salt and pepper oysters, xo Moreton Bay bug glass noodles, steamed whole snapper and more, all with matching Contentious Character wines for $89pp.

The Banquet is available from 12 – 18 February for lunch 12pm-2:30pm and dinner 5:30pm-10pm.

See the menu here.

Bookings essential. 18 + venue.

Happening 12 – 18 February 2018 with lunch from 12pm – 2:30pm and dinner 5:30pm – 10pm



Call 0455 333 119 to book a table.


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.


The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.


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.


Credit: The Dressmaker – Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King.

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 until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the 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.


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.


This monthly event,  held on the third Sunday of every month, showcases fresh-thinking Australian designers, makers, and artists. See dynamic groups of creatives featuring their awesome designs in jewelry, fashion, accessories, homewares, and artwork. Designer Sunday will feature many of our stallholders who previously attended Bling on Sundays, but we’ll also have several new, innovative designers joining in.

Happening Sunday 18 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.


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 10 am – 5 pm 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

Feature image: Lorna Sims


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