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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 10 things you shouldn’t miss!




Tastes of Two Regions at the stunning Pialligo Estate offers Canberrans an exciting opportunity to uncover the delights of North East Victoria where you can taste, sample, and enjoy award­winning wines and produce.

Pialligo Estate provides a beautiful backdrop for a day of gourmet food, incredible wine, a range of informative masterclasses and a fun day out with friends! Toast the last weekend of winter at this spectacular venue and indulge in some gourmet goodies.

Read more here.

Happening Sunday 28 August, from 10am ­ 4pm at Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. For more information on tickets click here



Don’t miss the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival this Winter. The festival brings together the national capital’s literary, academic, business and political communities and celebrates national and international authors across both fiction and non­fiction genres.

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

Check their website for full details. Various venues, Various locations, Canberra
Happening 26 ­ 28 August, Friday and Saturday 11am ­ 10pm and Sunday 11am ­ 5pm. For more information on tickets


Cream festival

Cream Festival is all about the smoothest, freshest & tastiest musical talent that Canberra has to offer; a local for local project.

We will see the Cream Festival take over Westside Acton Park for a full day of music, from midday. With a line up of locals that have made it on the international scene and those that aren’t quite there yet, Cream is set to be an annual event, designed and delivered by locals to showcase the best of our locals.

2016 Line up includes; The Aston Shuffle (DJ set) Citizen Kay
Coda Conduct
Genesis Owusu
Orlando Wolf
Slow Turismo
Brother Be
The Gypsy Scholars Amastro
Genie Stuart (Univibes DJ) Room

Happening Saturday 27 August from 12pm ­ 11pm at Westside Acton Park, 3 Barrine Drive, Acton. For more information on tickets click here:


The 2015 Brainstorm for a Cure: Party for HOPE

The 2015 Brainstorm for a Cure: Party for HOPE

This fundraising gala is the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s third ‘Party for Hope’ in the Canberra community.

Eight hundred people are invited to attend the fundraising gala featuring a three-course sit-down dinner with wines generously supplied by Lambert Wines and entertainment. This year, the event will feature Ryan and Tanya from hit104.7 as MCs, and special guest speaker Joe Roff – former Wallaby and ACT Brumbies player.

The event will also feature performances by Australian Rock legends Hoodoo Gurus and local bands Kaleid and Tuchasoul.

Tickets are sold out however any organisations wanting to help with corporate sponsorship should contact and


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The Downton Abbey of opera but heaps more fun!

Mozart’s brilliant opera The Marriage of Figaro follows the adventures of a household over one crazy day. Masters are lusting after their servants, servants are outwitting their masters – it’s the opera with everything: lovers and liaisons, disguises and desires, tricks and laughter.

Award-winning creative duo Michael Gow and Robert Kemp have created a brand new production, featuring stunning period costumes and a clever set. A talented chamber orchestra and chorus of local children will accompany some of Opera Australia’s finest singers performing Mozart’s beautiful music.

In a wealthy household in Seville, Figaro is marrying Susanna, but the Count wants to seduce her first. Marcellina wants Figaro and the Countess just wants her husband back. But Susanna is smarter than all of them. After a crazy day of disguise and duplicity, will she get her happily ever after?

It’s a delightful night out, suitable for the whole family.

Happening August 25-27 at the Canberra Theatre Centre. See the Canberra Theatre Centre website for more details:



August! Legally, the final month of winter. And with the unfreezing of poets comes a desire for brutal competition. This will be the SECOND heat for the ACT Poetry Championship, and we will be sending three poets to the final on September 9 at the Ainslie and Gorman House Arts Centre.

So bring your best poem and get ready to THROW DOWN!
We also bring this month WARM DEATH, who is described thusly:

“Do you like Xiu Xiu? But you’re sick of all the ‘songs’ and ‘lyrics’? Well do I have the musical project for you.”

Warm Death is Canberra’s #1 conceptual concept solo project concerned almost exclusively with death, so join us won’t you.

Happening Friday 26 August from 7.30pm at the Front Gallery and Cafe. For more information on tickets click here


Australian Dance Party

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Canberra’s newest contemporary dance and performance company, Australian Dance Party, launches its debut season from 25-27 August. Strings Attached investigates the intimate and ancient connection between dance and music. Artists from Canberra Symphony Orchestra together with the Australian Dance Party’s contemporary dancers collaborate to present the complex and important marriage of these artistic forms.

What are the physiological, neurological, ritual, social and theatrical connections of movement and sound?

The performances will be creatively staged in a pop-up theatre in NewActon. Nishi Playhouse will be dressed up with vintage furniture, soft furnishings, a wine bar presented by Monster Kitchen & Bar, and a stunning art installation by artist Victoria Lees. This will be the first of many innovative site-specific dance works exploring important cultural and socio-political themes. Don’t miss out on this captivating debut performance.

Happening  from 25-27 August at 8pm at Nishi Playhouse, 2 Philip Law Street, New Acton. Presented by Australian Dance Party and Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Find more information and book tickets here:


Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age is a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid­fire thumbs and a six­second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award­winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Following the Screenagers movie, an Orana Steiner School teacher will talk about the movie from a Steiner perspective. The movie runs for 1 hour.

Happening Saturday 27 August from 7pm at the Overture Hall, Orana Steiner School, Unwin Street, Weston. Tickets $10.50, available here:



Continuing a 20­year love affair with Australia, piano­pop misfit Ben  Folds returns to Canberra with New York’s critically acclaimed yMusic, performing interpretations of solo hits, Ben Folds Five favourites, and his new collaboration album, So There.

NPR heralded So There as “the most lovable piece of music I’ve ever heard from Ben Folds” while The Guardian wrote “for the new tracks with yMusic, the textures of the ensemble instruments – string trio, flute, clarinet, trumpet – are not ornamentally grafted on the music: they are the music.”

Bringing his lyrical wit, hooks and harmony to a new suite of “chamber rock” songs, the 49­year­old draws upon yMusic’s singular makeup; an ambitious sextet who have performed with the likes of Beck, Jose Gonzalez and Dirty Projectors. Imbuing lead single ‘Phone in a Pool’ with drunken strings that skew its AM radio heart, Folds has met his musical match with sweeping results.

Returning to the country that has championed him since the beginning, Ben Folds will guide audiences through a career­spanning set featuring new songs, re­arranged classics, and perhaps a little profanity and crowd participation.

Happening Sunday 28 August from 7:30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. For ticket information click here­folds­with­ymusic



Having just moved to Los Angeles with husband Jacques Demy, director Agnès Varda spent much of 1968 travelling to Oakland, filming Black Panther meetings and demonstrations with a borrowed 16mm camera.

Black Panthers (1968) covers a rally to free Panthers leader Huey P Newton, accused of killing a police officer.

In Rachel Perkins’ documentary, Black Panther Woman (2014), Marlene Cummins breaks a 40­year silence to talk about her abuse in the Australian Black protest movement.
The film culminates in her emotional journey to an international Black Panther gathering in New York.

Happening Sunday 28 August, 5:30pm ­ 7:30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton. For more ticket information click here


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