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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, our comprehensive guide to everything happening around the city this week – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why each Friday we publish our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!




Simplify your skincare
routine for better skin with beauty therapist Amy Erbacher’s expert tips. During her beauty masterclass, she will share her advice for how to create your own bespoke skincare regimen. Amy will also be demonstrating an easy natural makeup look that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 11am-12pm at Canberra Centre. Tickets from Eventbrite.



Differences between us are often the most surprising points of connection.

A few years ago, Adriano Cortese was living above a shop on a street filled with bars, cafes and restaurants, in Melbourne. One night he decided he wanted to meet some new people so he walked onto the street and introduced himself to strangers walking past.

This was the beginning of a night filled with intense personal dialogue and shared intimacy. This work is based on this event and subsequent meetings with strangers.

Why is it sometimes easier to be honest with a total stranger than with someone we know?

Intimacy promises to give the audience a truly intimate experience through both the subject matter of the show and the intimate style of the presentation.

Happening from 23-27 August at various times at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City West.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre.


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With a mixture of free and ticketed events ideal for young and old, the Canberra Writers Festival is a must do when visiting Canberra this winter.

This three-day festival attracts book lovers, readers and writers from around the nation. Engage in an array of activities from panel and conversation sessions, workshops to lunches and intimate dining events.

The 2017 festival theme is Power, Passion, Politics, reflecting the city’s love affair with learning, knowledge and leadership. Hear about the great stories of our time, the history and current state of Australia’s democracy and the role of the media and free speech in our public dialogue.

Venues include the National Library of Australia, Old Parliament House, National Museum, The Portrait Gallery, National Press Club and Australian National University.

Check their website for full details.

Happening 25-27 August at various locations around Canberra.

See the website for more details and to book tickets.


Come along to the first Pop Up Markets in the open area of Red Hill Shops. They will be showcasing all that Canberra and the local region has to offer.

  • FREE COFFEE from the brand new coffee cart
  • Food and beverages stalls
  • Handmade goods
  • Thermomix demonstrations
  • Fun for all with our oversized wooden games
  • Live music
  • Red Hill Primary school Sausage sizzle and Lemonade stand
  • Cooking demonstrations

Happening Saturday 26 August from 12-3pm at the Red Hill Shops, Duyfken Close, Red Hill.

See the Facebook event for more information.


Fake News

The Internet and social media are saturated with inaccurate news, sensationalised stories, pristine paparazzi photos, instacelebs and high profile influencers. It is a hyper connected, seductive, media world we live in.

It’s not illegal to have an opinion or say things that are inaccurate. Propaganda and fake news have always existed but the Internet takes it to a whole new level. Is it all fake news or can we sift through it and find meaning?

Our digital savvy teen generation teach us how to screen shot and swipe left. But we need to teach them to become their own fact finders first. Let’s empower our youth to think creatively and critically about what they see, hear and read.

This free workshop is part of the Canberra Writers Festival. Helen Roe, writer and marketer, shares insights from her book GirlTribes, a teen girls guide to surviving and thriving in our media-marketing world.

You’ll learn strategies and tools to empower young girls to confidently navigate their always on digital lives and make smart, informed choices.

This workshop is for parents, carers, educators and teachers of tween and young teen girls. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the workshop.

Happening from 10am – 11am on Saturday 26 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra

Registration: bit.ly/2whvJES. Cost: FREE.


Head to the NFSA for a double feature of John Duigan’s personal and moving coming-of-age films. Screening to be introduced by cinematographer Geoff Burton, followed by a Q&A.

The Year My Voice Broke – Dir. John Duigan, PG, Australia, 1987, 103 mins.

Duigan’s film charmed audiences on its debut, making a star of lead Noah Taylor as Danny, a young man crushing on his childhood best friend Freya (Loene Carmen) and rallying against the isolation of rural New South Wales in the 1960s.The film also made a star of Ben Mendelsohn . Screening is introduced by cinematographer Geoff Burton followed by a Q&A.

Flirting – Dir. John Duigan, M, Australia, 1991, 100 mins. Screens at 8:00pm

Noah Taylor returns to his role as Danny Embling, now at boarding school and with a new focus for his teen passion, the Ugandan exchange student Thandiwe (Thandie Newton). A beautiful piece of nostalgic charm, Duigan’s second film in his planned (but unfulfilled) trilogy also features Naomi Watts and a young Nicole Kidman as head girl from the local girl’s school.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 5.30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Find more information and book tickets here.

FAMILY DAY at the National Museum 

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta

 Join the National Museum of Australia for fun activities and special kids book readings from guests including Tracey Spicer and Tony Wilson. Don’t miss the hilarious kids show Oliver Up a Tree by comedian Josh Earl and the screening and author’s talk of Looking for Alibrandi with Melina Marchetta.

Happening Sunday 27 August from 10.30am at the National Museum of Australia, Acton. 


Credit: Martin Ollman

Credit: Martin Ollman

Come to ANU Open Day on Saturday 26 August if you’re thinking about university study for yourself, or you’re a parent, family member or friend keen to support a loved one to choose the right degree and uni for them.ANU is Australia’s national university, so even if you’re just curious about what goes on here, then Open Day is for you too.

ANU is Australia’s national university, so even if you’re just curious about what goes on here, then Open Day is for you too.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 9am-4pm at the Australian National University.

Find more information here.



Image: KTB Photography

Image: KTB Photography

After recently competing in the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, burlesque icon, Alyssa Kitt is coming to Canberra to dance at a burlesque show and teach a workshop on 26 August.

At its core, burlesque is about the art of tease and that is exactly what people can look forward to who are looking for a fun and different way to spend a Saturday evening! This show will feature a cast of award-winning burlesque performers and will be followed by an after party. Joining Alyssa Kitt on the stage are local performers including Mandy Bandersnatch (winner of Kitten of the Year), Artemis Seven (winner of Burlesque Idol Canberra), Jazida (winner of Miss Burlesque ACT) and Tammy McNair (RAW Comedy State Finalist) as MC, along with other special guests.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 8pm at the Polish White Eagle Club, Turner. Tickets $18-28.

Find more information and book tickets here.

While Alyssa Kitt is in town, #JazidaProductions is facilitating workshop so she can share her skills within the Canberra community. Alyssa Kitt is running a 1.5 hour dance workshop titled “Big Bad Booty” on 26 August in the morning. Find more information about the workshop here.




Canberra Youth Orchestra’s third concert of their Llewellyn Hall Concert Series features CYO oboist Chayla Ueckert-Smith, alongside violinist, Shirahni Mudaliar.

Opening with Shostakovich’s action-packed Festive Overture, the Canberra Youth Orchestra will present a dynamic program including Hindemith’s dramatic Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber and culminating in Stravinsky’s exquisite Suite from Firebird, one of the most engaging pieces for orchestra and audiences alike.

Chayla Ueckert-Smith will be performing ‘Concerto for Oboe and Strings’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and Shirani Mudaliar will perform a movement from ‘Violin Concerto No.3′ by W. A. Mozart.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 7pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.


The inaugural Top Dog Film Festival presents a 2-hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people.

Gain an insight into the world of dog-powered sports, an appreciation for the first canine sent into space, explore the bond between owners and their senior dogs, reflect on the true meaning of unconditional love, take a 600km hike through the Utah Desert lasting a full dog year and meet a philosophical statesman as he reflects on his younger years.

This carefully curated program of 8 short canine-themed films comprises the most inspirational, heart warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent films makers around the globe.

Get your tickets to this special screening at the National Film and Sound Archive before they all sell out – you’d be barking mad to miss it!

Happening 25 August from 8.30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.


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Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, we highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it here.  On Collectable Sunday, we host a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing. If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs.

Happening Sunday 27 August from 10am-4pm at the Kingston Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest


Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45-minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening until 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5.30pm – 9.30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four-hour session.

Find more information on the website.

Melodrama in Meiji Japan

Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

Step into the tumultuous world of Meiji Japan (1868–1912), through a selection of stunning Japanese woodblock illustrations. Used to illustrate Japanese novels, these beautiful images, known as kuchi-e (literally, ‘mouth/opening picture’), accompany stories filled with drama, tragedy and intrigue, reflecting the uncertainty of the times.

Curated by Dr. Gary Hickey, the exhibition draws upon a substantial collection of kuchi-e amassed by University of NSW Emeritus Professor Richard Clough (1921-2014) and donated to the Library. This collection, along with other works acquired, forms one of the most significant collections of this genre in the world and the largest focused collection of Japanese art in Australia. The exhibition features over twenty artists and a range of subjects, illustrating a fascinating history of a genre profiled for the first time in a major exhibition.

Free entry.

Showing every day from 10am-5pm until 27 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information on the website.


Sunday Roast 3

Experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm. Find more information here.

Sunday Roast is just $45 for adults and $20 for children (2-12 years old) and includes a main featuring two roast varieties and dessert, live music and lawn games for the kids and young at heart.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here


Mount Majura Truffles

Indulge in a feast of the senses with The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region; the first and largest festival of its kind in Australia. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

Showing until Thursday 31 August 2017 across various Canberra Locations. For more information on opening hours and locations across Canberra visit the website.



Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Experience it each day from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

Still want more? Check out This Week in The Can for sooooo many things to do!


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