This Week In The Can: 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!

Canberra Celebrates: Christmas in the City

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Australia’s biggest celebration of the festive season, Christmas in the City – Canberra Celebrates, is back!

From Friday 27 November to Thursday 31 December in the Canberra City centre, join us for a month of celebrations including night markets, family concerts, camels and furry and feathered friends, competitions, art and music, polar bar, Santa Claus and a whole lot of kids activities surrounded by fabulous shopping, restaurants and bars!

Last year Christmas in the City was host to the largest LED light image display on the planet. This year SIDS and Kids ACT will attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree.

Canberra celebrates Christmas with more lights and activities than ever before. Don’t miss this month-long festive extravaganza with something special for the young and young at heart.

Friday November 27 to Thursday 31 December in the Canberra City centre. Click here for more details.

Exhibition by Aboriginal artist Michael (Garmarroongoo) Huddleston


Arnhem Land myths and lore depicted in artworks created by Michael (Garmarroongoo) Huddleston will be exhibited at the Burrunju Art Gallery during November.

Michael has exhibited his works in Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as Galleries in NSW, QLD and the NT.

He is an Aboriginal man from the Ngandi language group in the Roper River Region of East Arnhem Land, currently living locally, and maintaining his connection to country through his art.

2-30 November Burrunju Art Gallery, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Canberra City, Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. Free entry.

Hope Lives Here Gala


The ACT Relay For Life Volunteer Committee would like to invite you to the inaugural Hope Lives Here Gala Ball.

Guests can look forward to a night full of fabulous live entertainment, silent auctions, raffles and lucky door prizes. Celebrating both of Canberra’s Relay For Life events along with raising much needed funds for those that have been affected by cancer. 

Visit the website for more information. Tickets start at $155 per person. On Saturday November 28 from 6.30pm at The National Gallery of Australia.

Canberra Opera – La Boheme


Passion, Lust, Jealousy. A painter, a musician, a philosopher and a poet – four poor friends living for their art. What more could a classic Italian opera need? A love that is so full it breaks apart and comes together again.

Nearly 120 years later and Puccini’s La Bohème continues to be one of the most popular and regularly performed operas. Join Rodolfo and Mimi, and Marcello and Musetta as they journey through the highs and lows of love.

27 November – 6 December Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon. Friday – 7:30pm Sundays – 2pm. Click here for ticket details.

Amber Nichols with Haley Jensen

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Amber Nichols recently lit up screens across the nation competing in the latest series of The Voice Australia. Her journey was an extraordinary one, participating in the show whilst pregnant with her daughter Olive, born just 7 days after the Finale.

Joining her is special guest and fellow singer songwriter Hayley Jensen who will be sharing never before heard songs from her up and coming album.

A truly special evening, up close and personal with two wondrous Canberra talents.

Saturday 28 November at The Abbey, Federation Square, O’Hanlon place, Nicholls. Doors open, bar opens 6.30pm. Dinner and entertainment 7.30pm.

Dinner and show packages available, or show only. See website for tickets are more information.

Canetsy: Etsy Made Local market

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Manifest for Life will be selling chakra healing and balancing candles. Image courtesy of

Canberra Etsy Team (Canetsy) is helping the people of Canberra conquer their Christmas shopping and connect with the makers and design behind the perfect gifts at the Etsy Made Local market, at the Quokka Pavilion, Exhibition Park on Saturday 28 November.

It’s part of a national one-day event that will see Australian cities from coast to coast celebrating the makers, designers and collectors that make up the creative community selling on, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, and encouraging people to look locally for this year’s Christmas gifting.

More than 50 local Etsy sellers will be selling at the Canetsy Etsy Made Local market, with products ranging from unique jewellery to home decor. The event will give the people of Canberra a chance to discover some of the best of the city’s creative community, allowing them to connect with and buy directly from local makers and designers.

As well as providing the perfect opportunity to find unique, affordable and meaningful gifts in the lead up to Christmas, the event will also include workshops, face painting, live music, food and drink vendors plus plenty of parking and an ATM on site.

Aimee Cowie, the market manager said Etsy Made Local is a great opportunity to meet local makers in the Canberra region and find handmade, unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list, plus a few treats for yourself!

The Canberra Etsy Team (Canetsy), is a team of Etsy shop holders who are located in the Canberra region. We promote Australian handmade or crafted quality produce from members of our team.

Saturday 28 November at Exhibition Park, Canberra from 8.30am-4pm. Free entry. To find out more about the Canetsy Etsy Made Local market, visit Etsy or visit the event’s website.

Empowering The Female Voice

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This workshop is open to women and girls with all levels of singing experience and encourages women to find their voice. They will create a joint composition to share at the end of the workshop.

The workshop leaders are Yolgnu woman Gambirra Illume and Maria Mitar who are performers in the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra which is performing at The Q Theatre.

Visit the website for more information. On Saturday November 28 from 9am – 12pm at Jerraboomberra Community Centre, The Parkway Jerrabomberra. 

Hollywood Retro Film Festival

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Margaret Pomeranz presents the Hollywood Retro Film Festival at Dendy Canberra!

See the greats of cinema history, from the 1930s through to 1960, digitally re-mastered and brought to the big screen.

Twenty-two Hollywood classics, many of which have rarely made it to Australian cinema screens, are the centrepiece of the first inaugural festival.

Dendy Canberra is delighted to bring you iconic movies including Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942),  It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and Singing in the Rain (1952), with a rollcall of actors including Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Veronica Lake and Marlon Brando.

Tickets start at $15, visit the website for more information. On from November 26 to December 13 at Dendy Cinemas Canberra. 

Spiders at Questacon

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Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair!

Spiders – a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.

Weave your way through the fascinating exhibits and interactive displays to discover how these web-weavers, hunters and burrowers outlived the dinosaurs to become one of the most successful creatures on earth.

Bravely step into the web of a net-casting spider to get your photo taken or peer into spider innards using 3D scanning technology—what do you see?

Challenge a peacock spider to a dance-off or, if you dare, ‘hold’ a virtual wolf spider in the palm of your hand!

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of spiders as you listen to Australian Scientists detailing their latest discoveries and learn how you can get closer to spiders in your own garden.

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.

Opens 24 November from 9 am – 5 pm every day at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. For more information see the website.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll


Marking the 60th anniversary of the opening of Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll scenes from the play performed by Jordan Best and Jim Admik, directed by Karen Vickery augment the display commemorating the defining Australian play.

Donations welcome.

Saturday 28 November from 1pm – 2pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Free entry.


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