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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’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!


Katie Noonan

It’s not just the way it sounds. It’s the way it feels.  Being up close. Seeing the precise movements; sensing the connection between performers. Following the journey of a piece of music from start to finish. That’s the Canberra International Music Festival. Intimate performances, exceptional musicianship, in some of the capital’s most iconic settings.

It’s classical music, and more. The program includes early music, contemporary music, world music and occasionally a hint of jazz. Venues are chosen for their stunning acoustic qualities or because they put the music in a new light.  You’ll experience performances that are challenging and uplifting, at times thought- provoking. Always moving, and always of the highest quality.

It could change the way you think about live music.

Happening across a variety of Canberra locations from Thursday 28 April until Sunday 8 May. Read our ‘must see’ round up here: Book tickets to sessions here:



Artist Dylan Martorell will teach children how to make an instrument. But, not just any instrument – a conductive percussion instrument made from household waste that is connected to a computer robotics system. Hello. This workshop redefines what we can do with our own rubbish with a bit (okay a lot) of imagination. Children will assemble their own instruments, install an immersive sound environment and then play music together as a robotic orchestra. Our friends at Canberra’s Blue Gum Community School will be on hand to help students realise the incredible.

Happening this Saturday 30 April at Hotel Hotel. There are two sessions, one for kids 6-11 and a free-form session with kiddies 3 – 5 years old at 9am and 2pm respectively.

All children must be supervised by an adult. Places are limited to just 20 spots. For more information see the website:


international dance day

Come celebrate International Dance Day in the NewActon Precinct with two captivating performances – Sprout and Ocean Island…Mine!.

Sprout – a site specific, dance, installation and interactive performance work performed by Alison Plevey, Olivia Fyfe and Debora Di Centa that comments on the modern day pattern or convention to construct nature.

Ocean Island…Mine! – a woman, a 500kg block of ice, a shovel, and the steady walk from point A to point B. Back and forth, she works the open-cut mines of the past into the future of climate change; excavating the solid white rock into invisibility.

Happening this Friday 29 April. Times are: Sprout, 5.30pm at Phillip Law Street carpark and Ocean Island … Mine! 5.30pm at Kendall Lane.


fashionation wool cooma

The Community Chest in Cooma are a community organisation that raises money within their community and gives back to people in need in the Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River Shire community.

Fashionation is their next major fundraising event. The Cooma region is known for its Merino wool and Fashionation 2016 will showcase Australian Merino Wool and is proudly supported by Gordon and Kate Litchfield. With 10 local designers participating in 3 different categories: Wool collection, Open Collection and Australian Wool Challenge, guests will have the opportunity to be inspired by fresh and innovative ranges.

The challenge items will be auctioned at the event. Australian Wool Innovation have kindly donated flights & accommodation for two people to attend the International Woolmark Prize Final ­ an annual international award celebrating emerging design showcasing new and captivating interpretations of Merino wool ­ in Paris in late February 2017.

The Community Chest Inc. intend to raffle or auction the trip to this prestigious event in Paris to raise funds to be used in the local community.Ticket price includes a welcome drink, canapes, entry to the Fashionation show and the challenge item auction, access to designer ‘pop up’ shops and post­show bar until midnight.On 30 April at 6pm at Gordon Litchfield Wool Store 1­7 Polo Flat Road, Cooma.For more information visit The Cooma Community Chest Facebook page



Learn traditional weaving techniques from artists from the Torres Strait. Facilitated by Lynnette Griffiths, the Artistic Director of Erub Arts, in conjunction with Melanie Katsalidis from Pieces of Eight. Together you will make a large-scale woven artwork from ghost net – harmful fishing nets that have been left in the ocean by fishermen.

Happening this Sunday 1 May at Hotel Hotel from 10am-4.30pm. For more information see the website:



Join in a fun filled day at the 2nd Oranjefeest Canberra! Oranjefeest is a celebration of all things orange based on the traditional King of the Netherlands’ birthday celebration.

An occasion for everyone – Dutch or not – to enjoy a celebration in typical Dutch spirit with delicious Dutch food, music, and some of Holland’s greatest games!  You don’t have to be Dutch to wear Orange!

FREE entry to the festivities.  King’s Dinner: 6.30-11pm (ticketed event).  Dirk Hartog Explorer’s Walk & Ride: 10-11am.

On Saturday 30 April from 11am-4pm for the festivities at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla.

Visit the website for more information


shakespeare sonnets

A rare opportunity to enjoy a complete reading of every one of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Are you a diehard Sonnet 18 or Sonnet 130 populist, or do you prefer the “procreation” sonnets, perhaps the “avoidance” sonnets, the dark lady sequence, or the ‘Will’ poems?

Shakespeare took the sonnet and transformed it into a fluent and flexible form that could turn itself to any subject. The Sonnets have invited imitation, homage, critique, parody and pastiche over the last four hundred years and continue to be infinitely quotable popping up everywhere – in film, song, stories, and life!

Enjoy these famous works and words read by renowned Shakespearean actor William Zappa and outstanding vocalist actor Tobias Cole, with live accompaniment, in an absorbing evening directed by Dianna Nixon.

Happening Saturday 30 April at 7pm at The Street Theatre. More information at


pumpkin festival feature

The Collector Village Pumpkin Festival is an annual event held on the first Sunday in May each year.

First held in the autumn of 2003, it has grown to be one of the largest community events in the region. It is a colourful festival that celebrates rural life and the harvest season using a unique pumpkin theme.

Community based, ran by volunteers with profits returned to local community. Features over 120 stall holders and many activities with the flavour of a traditional country fair full of simple fun, lots of colour and imagination. Showcases local produce and the arts/craft community.

Adult entry is $10, seniors $5, children 15 years and under are free. Entry fee covers access to most activities and attractions.

Happening this Sunday 1 May from 10am-4pm at Collector Village, about a 20 minute drive from North Canberra. Click here for more details:


greta bradman

Hear Australian soprano Greta Bradman – recently named Limelight magazine’s Artist of the Year, live in Canberra.

On the back of her 2015 award-winning, chart-topping debut Decca album My Hero, Bradman says I’m so excited to be performing these concerts around Australia which celebrate some truly beautiful songs and arias and which pay tribute to some of my musical heroes.

Happening Friday 29 April from 7pm at All Saints Anglican Church, 9-15 Cowper Street. Purchase tickets and find more information at


siw sanda roo

Beautiful Sri Lankan dances performed by Bhagya School of Dance (BSD) in ‘Siw Sanda Roo 2016’. The blend of dance, music, art and drama will take you on a journey to unveil the Sri Lankan culture, in their most breathtaking forms.

Erindale Theatre is sure to come alive with shimmering colors and captivating performances to popular music and rhythmic drums. The show is enriched with traditional and classical performances featuring Bharata Natyam and Ballet performances, more upcoming and modern dances and catchy Bollywood moves and grooves. All performances represent that DANCE is a movement in many forms transporting culture beyond borders.

Tickets/entry: Single $30, Child $20 (under 12yrs) & Family $85 (2 adults + 2 children). On Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May at the Erindale Theatre, McBryde Cres, Wanniassa.

Visit the Facebook page for more information


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