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This Week In The Can: ANZAC Long Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team


Every Monday for nearly five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through!

That’s why we’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss! Also make sure to tune in to Mix 106.3 at 8:20am this Saturday morning to hear HerCanberra’s founder Amanda Whitley chatting with Cam about this weekend’s top picks on Cam’s Breakfast Show!


Visit the Australian War Memorial and attend the Dawn Service, National ANZAC Day Ceremony and Last Post Ceremony commemorating the 101st anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War.

Pre-Anzac Day Services at the Australian War Memorial

Anzac Day commemorations will begin at dusk on Saturday 23 April, when images of Australian servicemen and servicewomen, drawn from the Memorial’s rich photographic collection, are projected onto the Memorial building.

On Monday 25 April, at 4.30 am excerpts will be read from the letters and diaries of Australians who experienced war firsthand.

At 5.15 am all will be quiet before the Dawn Service commences in darkness at 5.30 am.

Dawn Service is from 5.30 am and the Anzac Day National Ceremony starts at 10.30am. Parking at the venue is extremely limited. ACTION Buses and the Australian War Memorial, will be providing free transport to and from the Dawn Service and National Ceremony. Pre-register your group and departure point to ensure your bus travel is secured. For information including departure locations, times and registration please visit the ACTION website or call the Customer Service Team on 13 17 10.

Happening at The Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

Anzac Day 2016 Last Post Ceremony

Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

The daily Last Post Ceremony will commence at 4.45 pm in the Commemorative Area. All members of the public are welcome to attend this special ceremony concluding the Memorial’s Anzac Day commemorations of the landings on Gallipoli.

It is anticipated that there will be a greater than normal number of people attending the Last Post Ceremony, therefore additional viewing screens will be placed outside the Memorial entrance for members of the public to safely view the proceedings. The ceremony will also be broadcast live via webcam on the Memorial’s website.

On Monday 25 April at 4.45pm at The Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. For more information visit:



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See the Aquis Brumbies v Crusaders at GIO Stadium. It’s an ANZAC clash on the eve of ANZAC Day 2016 for these Australian and New Zealand teams.

This is an especially family friendly afternoon game and will be the only game where patrons will be allowed on the field post match. In addition, The Brumbies will be supporting Legacy and the “children of Legacy” program – this will see 13 children (aged 13 – 19) from across Australia attend the game and line the players tunnel in their specially designed Anzac jerseys. Legacy will also be the beneficiary of the funds from the auction of this jersey and support the pre-match Anzac Day eve service.

Kicking off at 4.05pm on a Sunday, this game provides the perfect conditions for enjoying rugby. Get there early to soak up the pre-game ANZAC commemorations.

On Sunday 24 April at GIO Stadium Canberra, Battye Street, Bruce. Kick off is at 4.05pm. For tickets visit:

ANZAC Day concert at the National Carillon


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Bring a picnic to Aspen Island after the national ANZAC ceremony and enjoy a free concert of commemorative and popular music from both world wars, played by two of our most experienced carillonists: Astrid Bowler and Thomas Laue.

The National Carillon is a striking 50 metre tall architectural landmark. It is also an impressive musical instrument with 55 bronze bells, each weighing between seven kilograms and six tonnes. The Carillon was a gift of the British Government to the people of Australia in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Capital.

Happening at the National Carillon from 12.30 – 1.20 Monday 25 April. Parking available next to the footbridge or further around the lake, off Wendouree Drive, Kings Park, Parkes. 


Photo by Tao Jones

Photo by Tao Jones

Groovin the Moo, Australia’s one and only touring regional festival, is set to return to the University of Canberra Meadows. The festival has cemented itself over more than a decade as a crowd favourite, bringing patrons a diverse range of both national and international acts. This year’s festival looks set to impress again with performances from the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Danny Brown, Alison Wonderland and The Rubens.

As well as a full programme of music this year’s festival will also include live art with the Sister Cities Art Project and opportunities for budding producers, beat makers and photographers through Heaps Decent, Shoot the Moo and the Sister Cities Art project.

On this Sunday 24 April from 10.30am at The Meadows, University of Canberra, Kirinari Street, Bruce. Tickets are $110.80. For more information visit:



Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Charcuterie sliced meat
Duck liver parfait
Mini sandwiches
Olives and cheese

Mini tartlets
Crème brûlée
Chocolate tartlets

Available between 11:30am – 2:30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at


tharwa bush dance

Take the whole family along o the Tharwa Bush Dance for some old fashioned fun. The Bush Capital Band will be playing many lively tunes, with the caller guiding you through the steps.

BYO Drinks. Tea and Coffee provided. Please take a plate to share for supper.

All profits raised will go towards maintaining the Tharwa Hall.

Check it out on Friday 22 April from 7-11.30pm at Tharwa Hall, North Street, Tharwa Hall, Tharwa. Tickets start at $5. For more information visit



Most people believe that opera and rock music are at opposite ends of the music spectrum. The TEN Tenors are not ‘most people’.

The Power of TEN is a celebration of the exhilarating and unique sound for which The TEN Tenors are now world-renowned. In this spectacular new show, The TEN Tenors take on the most dynamic songs in the world, soaring through Rock and Pop anthems giving them their unmistakable tenorial treatment.  When you think that is all they have they will woo you with some of the most romantic love songs and Arias of all time.

This electrifying night of world-class entertainment truly shows that ‘the Vocal Wonder from Down Under’ can sing anything, with beloved classics by Puccini, Rossini and Verdi and artists as eclectic as Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Bruno Mars, Fun and the Everly Brothers. Lifelong fans will be especially thrilled to hear the sheer power of The TEN Tenors’ signature versions of classic hits. Be amazed by the almighty force of ten extraordinary voices, united by music, in an evening that will take your breath away. It’s time to experience The Power of TEN!

Tickets start at $85, On 22 April to 23 April at the Canberra Theatre Centre

Visit the website for more information



To mark Europe Day and the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Emeritus Professor Ian Donaldson, University of Melbourne, and Professor Ian Gadd, Bath Spa University, explore how the playright and poet became a global phenomenon.

On Saturday 23 April from 3-3pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. All tickets are $15 and included refreshments. For more information visit:



Children are invited to meet Captain Hook at the Canberra Outlet Centre from 18 – 22 April between 11am – 2pm and join him in creating pirate hats or fairy wings to take home to continue a pirate adventure. The fun will take place outside of Monkey Mania, while parents can enjoy a coffee from Caffe Cherry Beans right next door.

Cost: Free



toy and hobby fair

The Canberra Toy and Hobby Fair has an amazing amount of toys and hobby collectables for sale under one roof. The Fair returns for its 4th straight year with lots of local and interstate sellers. See special guest Brumbies captain Christian Lealiifano. There will be special trading card available on the day for purchase. Lots of lucky door prizes, plenty of free onsite parking, bus stop outside, and it’s a family friendly event.

Items for sale on the day include:

Die cast model cars and vehicles:

Match box, Hotwheels, Biante, classic Carlectables, Trax, Dinky, Ikon.

– Trading Cards:

Sports cards – basketball-NBA, baseball, football (AFL, NRL, NFL), soccer, cricket, factory sealed boxes, complete sets and single cards

Non sport cards – TV, movie, complete sets and inserts

– Wide-range of card supplies and accessories

– Pop culture:

action figures, bobble heads, figurines, apparel, posters, giftware, lots more


– Sports collectables

– Books, magazines, paper ephemera

– Model Railways

– Australiana

– Coca Cola

+ lots more

Check it out on Saturday 23 April from 9am-3pm at the University of Canberra High School Kaleen, 104 Baldwin Drive, Kaleen. Entry starts at $2. For more information visit:

Feature image by Martin Ollman


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