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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! 


We know, as well as anyone does, that trying a new activity can be a challenge.

That’s why we created ACTIVE Week: a chance for you to turn up and try a new activity or class for free. There’s no cost – and there’s no pressure because you’ll be in the company of other HerCanberra readers who are also trying something new!

It’s a chance to sweat, to laugh, to connect with yourself and with other women, all for free.

Here’s what’s on offer during ACTIVE Week – if you see something you like, be sure to click the link to find out all the available times and details:

Happening 30 April – 6 May at various locations across Canberra.

See the editorial for more information.



Handmade Market – Mother’s Day. Canberra’s award-winning Handmade Market is on five times a year but this market will be all about Mum. Find gifts from talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and producers from all over Australia.

Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 260 Australian designer/producers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed.

Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker. You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food and wine hall.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Happening Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May from 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra – EPIC, Corner Flemington Rd and canberra Ave, Mitchell.

See the website for more information.


Discover new and pre-loved fashion at the 5 May Canberra Fashion Market, including designer labels and a wide range of styles.

Fashion, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories and beauty products are on hand. Marketgoers have uncovered major national and international labels like Dior, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Guess, Decjuba, Kookai and Country Road.

This market supports a sustainable lifestyle, helping reduce waste by recycling quality, stylish fashion. Also uncover interesting books, vinyl records and collectables. It’s a fun, relaxed market and a great day out for friends and family.

Happening 5 May, 10 am to 3 pm at the Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC).

Plenty of free parking. Disabled parking available.

$3 entry fee (kids under 12 free).


Mary Finsterer By William Hall.

Ten days of expertly curated music performed by internationally celebrated artists, with thought-provoking conversations and culinary surprises on the side – that’s the Canberra International Music Festival.

From Beowulf to Bach and Bernstein, the 2018 Festival unfurls a broad canvas around Canberra this Autumn: 23 ticketed concerts, site specific events, musical walks and free sessions confirm Canberra’s renown as a top destination.

See the city in all its seasonal beauty and experience masterpieces on period instruments, delve into the great epics of the past and discover the music of our time in new ways.

Happening 27 April – 6 May at various locations across Canberra.

Find more information via the website.


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.


Join international opera star Teddy Tahu Rhodes for an exceptional evening of entertainment and fine dining at the National Museum in Canberra.

Be enchanted by one of opera’s most captivating performers as he shares stories from his remarkable life and performs a selection of acclaimed arias, accompanied by a 13-piece orchestra.

This event is being hosted by actor, writer and satirist Jonathan Biggins.

Limited tickets. Bookings essential (fees apply).

Happening Saturday 5 May 6:30 pm-11:30 pm at the National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula.

See the website for more information.


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.


Motherless Daughters Australia is organising Canberra’s very first Motherless Daughters High Tea. It is hoped that the High Tea can assist in developing supportive networks and friendships and make a difference to other women who have lost their mums prematurely. If this sounds like you please consider attending this special and uplifting event at the National Portrait Gallery. Tickets to be purchased by 29th April.

Happening Sunday 6 May from 2:30pm-5pm at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

See the website for more information.


Meg is Tune Town’s best music performer, but she’s having trouble rehearsing. So much trouble, in fact, that the notes have run right off the sheet! Can Meg find the notes in time for her big concert?

Join author and playwright Maura Pierlot for a musical afternoon of reading and craft activities.

The event will include a special performance by Music for Canberra’s Peg Mantle Strings, conducted by Tim Wickham.

Suitable for ages 4–8 years.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

In association with Music for Canberra

Happening Sunday 6 May from 2pm in the
foyer of the National Library of Australia. Cost: Free.

Book signing to follow (The Trouble in Tune Town written by Maura Pierlot, illustrated by Sophie Norsa).

Bookings essential
on 02 6262 1424.


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.


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 casinocanberra.com.au.


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