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Weekend Edit: What’s on in Canberra

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than 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 16 things you shouldn’t miss!




The Color Run, now the biggest running series in the world, is a 5k un-timed fun run, where thousands of participants are doused head to toe with coloured powder.

Experience an all-new Tropicolor Zone™ on course, where runners will be bathed in a tropical array of colours and delicious island scents as they pass through the shade of palm trees, arches, and island-style music.

At the Finish Festival, Color Runners will enjoy even more fun at Rainbow Beach, an interactive island featuring music, dancing, unique photo opportunities, and massive color throws.

Each Color Runner will also receive a limited-edition Tropicolor race shirt, finisher’s medal on a floral-printed ribbon, embroidered headband, and fun temporary tattoos. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first experience with The Color Run or you’ve been joining in for years, the Tropicolor World Tour will be the most memorable 5k of your life.

Happening Sunday 12 February from 8am-11.30am at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

Crème Valaze at the National PORTRAIT GALLERY

Helena Rubinstein by Graham Sutherland

Helena Rubinstein by Graham Sutherland

On Sunday 12 February from 2pm, join Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble as he reveals how one Polish-Yiddish-Melbourne woman, the extraordinary Helena Rubinstein, conquered the world.

Helena Rubinstein is regarded as the first self-made millionairess of modern times. She had a genius for business and created the first publicly-listed global cosmetics corporation. She grasped from the outset that her products needed to be expensive; that working women thirsted for luxury, and would pay for it. Her products also needed to be seen as “scientifically formulated in the laboratory,” and obviously they needed to work.

Within fifteen years she created an unprecedented mass market; she built and supervised factories, and tightly controlled every aspect of her brand.

When at the age of 85, at the height of her power and wealth, Helena Rubinstein sat in Paris for this fine, larger than life-sized portrait by Graham Sutherland, he persuaded her to wear a red brocade gown designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Although by her own account, even in high heels, Helena Rubinstein stood at not quite four foot ten, Sutherland thought she looked like an empress. In a way he was quite right.

This is a free event with no bookings required. Find out more on the NPG website.

Happening at the National Portrait Gallery in Parkes on Sunday 12 February from 2pm – 3pm.


Image: VisitCanberra.com.au

Image: VisitCanberra.com.au

Bring your own picnic and enjoy the colour and spectacle of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival. Bring your own lantern or buy one there. Prizes for the best hand-made lanterns.

In the event of rain the festival will move to Lancaster Hall, 20-22 National Circuit, Forrest.

Happening Saturday 11 February from 6.15pm-8.45pm at Beijing Garden, Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla. Find more information on the website.


The Rosenburg House

The Rosenburg House

Take a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Supported by exhibition partner Architecture Foundation Australia, principal partner Stormtech, and sponsors the NSW Architecture Registration Board and University of Newcastle. Assisted by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia.

Open 9am–5 pm daily and special late night openings every Tuesday until 7pm. Café open 9am–4pm

Showing until Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.

See website for more information.


Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

Coincidences’is an exploration of the work of John Wardle Architects (JWA) carried out by a series of prominent architectural photographers and one artist. This exhibition interrogates the boundaries between public and private spaces. Can a foyer have the intimacy of a living room? How might a house have the civic atmosphere of a university hall?

Contributing photographers includes Sharyn Cairns, Erieta Attali, Sam Noonan, Kristoffer Paulsen, Brett Boardman, Earl Carter, Peter Hyatt, Dianna Snape, Peter Bennetts, John Gollings, Shannon McGrath, Trevor Mein, and Max Creasy.

Each photographer visited two JWA buildings and took a single image of each site, documenting their own interpretation of detail aspects of built forms. The images are presented as a pair; thus drawing out points of commonality, ‘coincidences’, across seemingly unconnected architectural contexts.

This exhibition extends from the recently published monograph ‘This Building Likes Me’ (Thames and Hudson, 2016). The book assembles thirty-six JWA projects as pairs, documented through photographs, drawings and models. The relationships between these pairs are sometimes obvious and sometimes obscure. Short critical essays and reflections on contemporary architectural processes, preoccupations and projects are also scattered throughout the book.

Showing until Friday 17 February 2017 from 11am-3pm at Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane. Find more information on the website.



The Canberra Baby & Kids Market provides excellent quality pre-loved items by great brands at bargain prices. From prams to cots, toys to books and clothes to shoes – this market has it all. You will find great brands in the best pre-loved condition, such as Country Road, Jack & Milly, Esprit, Fred Bare, Peg Perego, Mini Haha, Seed – just to name a few!

The Baby & Kids Markets always attract a great crowd of parents and expecting parents. There is s a huge selection of large items (prams, cots, highchairs, etc), and an incredible number of clothes, toys, books, shoes and other items are looking for a new home too. Browse through a range of new items for sale and services such as kids entertainment businesses and photographers.

Held indoors, the market has a cafe for snacks and coffee. Free parking.

Happening Saturday 11 February from 9am-12pm at Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park In Canberra, 5 Flemington Road, Lyneham. Find more information on the website.

Budawang & Coorong Pavilions, Exhibition Park in Canberra, Corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell. Find more information on the website.

Alesa Lajana brings Frontier Lullabies to Canberra


On Saturday 11 March, The Street Theatre in Canberra will host an album launch concert for Alesa Lajana, an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and banjoist. For the last eight years, she has travelled the dusty highways of Australia, collecting stories from post-European contact history, and setting them to music.

Her new album Frontier Lullaby is the collection of songs and stories from this wild and epic adventure, leading listeners on a heartfelt journey through shadowy chapters of Australian history.

The album features collaborations with multi-Grammy award winner Bela Fleck, Australian songwriting icons Shane Howard, Amy Saunders and Julian Curwin, as well as renown session players Kirk Lorange and Luke Moller.

Alesa will be joined by special guests Cielle Montgomery and James Church. Hailing from Cooma NSW, Montgomery and Church are a folk/Americana inspired duo fast becoming known for their captivating stage presence, beautiful harmonies, skillful acoustic instrumentation on dobro/guitar, and heartfelt original songs.

Happening Saturday 11 March from 8pm. Book you tickets here.



The AIS in Canberra will come alive with hundreds of Weet-Bix Kids!

The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a non-competitive event. It is a community engagement program that assists kids to develop self esteem. Australia’s largest Kids TRYathlon series aims to encourage kids to get fit & active while having fun with their friends.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is for kids aged 7 – 15 years of age.

TRYathletes will swim, ride and run using very same facilities where many great Australian sporting careers have begun. It doesn’t matter if you have participated in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Series before or not.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is all about TRY-ing your best and having a go!

Happening Sunday 12 February from 7am-12pm at Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce. Find more information on the website.


Charmian Gradwell and Grazia, 2015 by Nicholas Harding. Collection of Nicholas Harding and Lynne Watkins. Image via portrait.gov.au

Charmian Gradwell and Grazia, 2015 by Nicholas Harding. Collection of Nicholas Harding and Lynne Watkins. Image via portrait.gov.au

The National Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8pm on selected Fridays during January and February. There’s a variety of fascinating and free performances throughout the summer

February 10: Country affair

Get your feet tapping and fingers clicking along to lively, fun gypsy-swing-style tunes provided by local band Doctor Stovepipe.

Remember to catch the Popular Pet Show highlights tour at 7.00pm (exhibition ticket required).

Happening Friday 10 February from 5pm-8pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.


Image: VisitCanberra

Image: VisitCanberra

Join Lifeline Canberra at Exhibition Park for the biggest bookfair Canberra has ever seen!

For the first time ever, they’ll be taking over both the Budawang and Coorong Pavilions to bring you more books, movies, music, games, puzzles and more than ever before!

They have a huge range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare and collectibles, as well as games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, records, comics and much more.

Held over three huge days, with fun activities for Saturday’s Family Day, this event is a must-attend.

Happening Friday 10 February from 9am-6pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Find more information on the website.


Image: nfsa.gov.au/events/mahana

Image: nfsa.gov.au/events/mahana


Nostalgia, romance, and national dreaming are the stuff of Frank Capra’s rich and dreamy palette. Check out a delicious selection of groundbreaking contemporary cinema driven by new understandings of these ‘Capraesque’ themes to complement the National Film and Sound Archive’s Capra retrospective.

The New Romantics Film Festival screens films every Friday night in February and includes new work from acclaimed directors Peter Greenaway, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lee Tamahori and Aleksey German Jr.

Films screening:

Cemetery of Splendour – 3 February

Eisenstein in Guanajuato – 10 February

Under Electric Clouds – 17 February

Mahana – 24 February


Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

Enjoy spectacular views, great live music and delicious food and drinks at the National Arboretum on the first two Friday evenings in February 2017.

Arboretum After Hours offers a northern deck that’s perfect for catching up with family and friends. Free music from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Find that special something at the Curatoreum Gift Store – open until 7pm. Village Centre and National Bonsai and Penjing Collection open until 7pm. Pod Playground and forests open until 8:30pm.

Free guided Fire and Water walks.

Happening Friday 10 February from 4.30pm– 7pm at National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek. Find more information on the website.


Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast is back for 2017!

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.

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 hotelrealm.com.au.


ben and jerry feature

There a few signs which signal summer is truly here – longer days, warmer weather and the return of Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas. The quintessential summer cinema returns to the picturesque Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017.

If you’re looking for a romantic, sunset filled evening for date night, drama and laughs for a girl’s night out or some family fun, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is a must-do to add to your list this summer.

The event, which saw Australians consuming over 160,000 scoops of ice cream last year, will be open from Monday to Sunday throughout the season with a packed itinerary of quirky comedies, retro classics, award-winning features, new releases and cult classics.

This season’s line-up is a heavenly mix of action-packed blockbusters (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed), hilarious quirky comedies (Office Christmas Party, Why Him?), some cult classics (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mean Girls, Grease) and flicks for all the whole family (Sing, Trolls, Moana).

Happening between Thursday 12 January and Sunday 19 February, at Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from 12 January to 19 February 2017

See website for more information.



Image: VisitCanberra.com.au

The Royal Australian Mint is a unique attraction as the only producer of Australia’s circulating coins. But be sure to check out Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch, an exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO with unparalleled pieces and behind-the-scenes rarities.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of Australia’s decimal coins. The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

Take a 30-minute tour of the exhibition with a guide who holds specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work and explore his illustrious career in further depth. $10 per person. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

While you are visiting, view the factories where Australia’s circulating coins are made and discover that special coin, gift or souvenir at the Mint Coin Shop.

Showing until 30 April 2017 from 8.30am-5pm at Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information on the website.

Versailles Treasures from the Palace


For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles


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