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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’re introducing our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!

Floriade Nightfest


As the sun goes down over Commonwealth Park, Floriade’s night-time festival Nightfest invites you to come on a twilight journey of discovery. Amongst a sea of captivating lights and roving entertainment, visitors can tickle their tastebuds at an array of food and wine workshops and pop-up stalls, enjoy some entertainment at the Comedy Cave with Aussie singers Hannah Gadsbey and Joel Creasey, learn about our city’s national attractions at the Inspiration Hub, or boogie at the silent disco and UV dance party.

But for those who want to enjoy Nightfest in style, visitors can treat themselves to the first ever VIP experience. The package begins with a twilight ferry ride across Lake Burley Griffin, followed by canapés and drinks in the VIP marquee and an exclusive set from Hannah Gadsbey. VIP ticketholders are also given guaranteed parking at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Yacht Club in Yarralumla and a special gift bag upon leaving.

If last year’s Nightfest is anything to go by, this year is set to be a sell out.

Nightfest runs from 6.30pm until lights go off at 10.30pm from Wednesday September 23 until Sunday September 27 at Commonwealth Park, Canberra. For tickets, visit:

Circus Oz: But Wait…There’s More


This is an exuberant live circus performance bursting with energy—a crazy mix of acrobatics, juggling, trapeze work, unicycle and hula showstoppers, and wonderful live and original music. Circus Oz has been delighting audiences for close to 40 years. It has performed in 27 countries, across five continents to more than three million people and represented Australia at scores of international festivals.

Performed within a spectacular large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters, uses circus to satirise the rising tide of information, consumerism and visual pollution that form today’s manic-paced lifestyles. You’ll see an astonishing mix of stunt jumping acrobatics, cutting-edge juggling and much more.

All of this is entwined within original music performed by Circus Oz’s live and physically acrobatic band. This selection of breathtaking stunts, irreverent humour and cracking live music is a stunning show for the whole family from one of Australia’s most successful touring troupes.

Thursday 23 to 26 September at Canberra Theatre Centre. Buy tickets here.

Fashion Workshop hosted by They All Hate Us


Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson fell in love with fashion at a young age. Their passion turned into careers within the fashion industry, before they joined forces to start their internationally famed blog, They All Hate Us, a go-to for stylish quotes, must-have items and aspirations for the fashion-forward.

In this special event at the Canberra Centre, the girls share their top tips for a stylish season ahead, including their need-to-know advice on how to accessorise your summer style both off- and on-duty. Tickets include a complimentary $50 Canberra Centre Gift Card and a style bag to take home.

Bookings essential, visit Customer Service on Level 1 or visit the website for more information.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival


Palace Cinemas’ biggest cultural film Festival returns for its 16th season this September with some of the most exciting and beautiful cinema from Italy. Whether it’s Audrey Hepburn tightening her grip on Gregory Peck’s waist as they zoom around on a Vespa in Roman Holiday, Daniel Craig’s James Bond recuperating next to Lake Como in Casino Royale, the iconic image of Anita Ekberg bathing in the Trevi Fountain in La Dolce Vita or Lizzie Maguire’s adventures in Rome with an Italian pop star in her eponymous film, Italy never fails to disappoint on camera.

Presented by Palace, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival will open with box-office hit GOD WILLING (SE DIO VUOLE). Director Edoardo Falcone’s laugh out loud comedy starring Alessandro Gassman addresses the vast and varied interaction of atheists and believers with fresh, modern eyes, and celebrates open-mindedness and the courage it takes to change for the better.

Other festival highlights include Venice multi award winning THE DINNER (I NOSTRI RAGAZZI), which shows an intense moral struggle facing two wealthy brothers and their wives in this gripping adaptation on the Dutch best-seller by Herman Koch.

Check our HerCanberra’s top three film recommendations here. 

September 22 @ 6:00 pm – October 11 @ 10:00 pm at Palace Electric Cinemas. See the website for ticket details. 

Thai Food and Cultural Festival

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The Royal Thai Embassy is pleased to invite you to the Embassy for the Thai Food & Cultural Festival 2015 this Sunday 27th September from 10.30am-5pm. There will be Thai food stalls from local restaurants, Thai products and handicrafts, cultural performances, Muay Thai, tourism showcase, a wishing pond as well as fun and games. The festival also includes stalls to raise awareness and funds for charities.

This year’s Festival aims to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the 4 main regions of Thailand through decorations, cultural performances, folk music and activities. The event is also a part of the unique and popular Windows to the World programme in Canberra. A free shuttle bus will be provided by Windows to the World from Civic and Floriade to the Embassy. On Sunday September 27 from 10.30am – 5pm at the Royal Thai Embassy, 111 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla.



Salotto, in Kingston, opened on Wednesday and we were first in line to check it out! Salotto’s atmosphere strikes a charming balance between modern and cosy, edgy and rustic. The décor is eclectic on purpose, bringing together the best of Italian comfort and urban Australian energy. The outside tables and lounges are perfect for relaxing and people-watching, capturing the spirit of a lazy weekend in Roma. 

Inside the bar, Salotto is spacious and warm. Complete with a red and yellow photo-collage wall and earthy coffee tables, it has a decidedly modern feel. There’s an amazing bar, complete with subtle lights and filled with every drink from A-Z. The tables are arranged in a way that you can be with a group of people just as easily as you can whisk yourself away to an intimate table for two in the corner.

The staff and service alone are worth the trip. A special mention goes out to the manager, Kamal, who was so friendly and attentive. He always checked up on myself and everybody else to ensure that food and drinks were flowin’ throughout the night.

If you like to be on the cutting edge of Canberra nightlife and dining, we suggest a trip to Salotto this weekend.

Canberra Weekly Matinee Magic: In The Mood


Enjoy the immortal music of Glenn Miller, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington in lush symphonic arrangements, as performed by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, albeit with the biggest saxophone section you’ve ever seen on stage at Llewellyn Hall with the orchestra. Selections include favourites such as Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, On the Sunny Side of the Street, In the Mood, and more.

This will be a performance that evokes the simple pleasures of another era and one that will have you humming irresistible tunes all the way home. The perfect concert for someone seeing the CSO for the first time! Saturday 26 September, Llewellyn Hall at 2pm. 

Handmade Market
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The award winning Handmade Market assembles a stellar group of talented artists, designers, stylists and craftspeople for only one weekend in Canberra. All products on sale are made and designed by Australian artists, of which 200 of them will be at the markets for you to meet. You’ll be sure to find something unique in one of the two pavilions filled with masterpieces before taking some time out to relax at the gourmet food hall located next door.

Entry is free and free undercover parking is available. Open 10am until 4pm this Saturday and Sunday at Exhibition Park in Canberra, corner Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Meet the Gardener Tour
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The Parliament House Landscape Services gardeners will lead this very special in-depth tour through the gardens and hidden courtyards of Parliament House. They will show you how they manage the intricate systems and plantings that keep the gardens always looking their best. Here is an opportunity to ask all of those gardening questions and get a few tips from the best. You will finish the tour with tea in the Queen’s Terrace cafe.

Dates: Sunday 27 September and Sunday 4 October. Times: 10.30 am and 1.30pm. Duration: 2 hours. Cost: Adult $80, Concession/Child $70. Bookings essential: or ph 02 6275 2700. A fee of $3.30 applies to each transaction.

ASOC Spring Exhibition

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See what Canberra’s most talented artists have to offer at the annual Artists Society of Canberra’s Spring Art Competition and Exhibition this weekend. Don’t forget to bring the kids on Sunday to let them create hands-on art and enter the kids’ artwork competition.

The exhibition is on this Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm at Albert Hall on Commonwealth Avenue. Entry is free with a gold coin donation for a souvenir catalogue.



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