Get excited! The Canberra Balloon Spectacular (and 45+ other things) is happening this week

Get excited! The Canberra Balloon Spectacular (and 45+ different issues) is going on this week

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The Canberra Balloon Spectacular, the Alliance Francaise French Movie Competition, Enlighten illuminations, Delight Weekend, Worldwide Ladies’s Day…Phew. There’s quite a bit to slot in this week.

Right here’s your curated information to life in Canberra—you may thank us later.

In search of much more to do in Canberra? Take a look at our What’s On part to search out a whole bunch of occasions taking place round city.

Particular Occasions and Festivals

It’s Not Rocket Science

To infinity and past! Get alongside to Canberra Centre for a galaxy-first, space-themed activation known as ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’ that can see 11 big inflatable characters throughout the centre.

From 10 – 19 March, guests and their youngsters can enter a House Station pop-up between 11 am and a couple of pm every day. House employees will probably be available to help of their exploration of the interactive pods, house go well with dress-ups and photograph moments in entrance of interstellar backdrops.

Little explorers are certain to have a blast at thrilling workshops the place they will make the whole lot from jet packs to alien headbands and alien slime. The workshops will probably be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (10 – 12 March & 17 – 19 March). Bookings are important and will be made at

Friday 10 till Sunday 19 | Canberra Centre, Bunda Avenue, Canberra Metropolis | Guide right here.


On this beautiful triple-bill modern efficiency, the Sydney Dance Firm takes us on an uplifting climb by means of modern dance.

Coming to life by the hands of the Inventive Director Rafael Bonachela, famend worldwide choreographer Marina Mascarell, and Antony Hamilton in his critically acclaimed Perpetually & Ever, this stunning transferring portrait is a love notice to the ability of transferring ahead. 

Thursday 9 March till 11 March | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra Metropolis | Guide right here.

Alliance Francaise French Movie Competition

The Alliance Francaise French Movie Competition is again! Rejoice the start of the Competition with the Opening Night time Gala on Thursday 9 March (together with some French cheese, wine and champagne, and an after-party à la francaise with a DJ and canapés) or select from 39 distinctive French movies (or do each)!

Thursday 9 March till Wednesday 5 April | Palace Electrical Cinema, 2 Phillip Regulation Avenue, Canberra Metropolis | Guide right here.

Sydney Hotshots stay at On line casino Canberra

Love Magic Mike? You’ll want to see this. A brand-new Sydney Hotshots present is locked, loaded and guarantees to convey high-powered dance routines, spectacular lighting, and fabulous costumes to On line casino Canberra. Discuss in regards to the final night time out…

Saturday 11 March | On line casino Canberra, 21 Binara Avenue, Canberra Metropolis | Guide right here.

Illuminations @Enlighten Competition

A few of Canberra’s most cherished and iconic buildings is lighting up as soon as once more for the Enlighten Competition. From Australian Parliament Home; the Nationwide Library of Australia; the Nationwide Gallery of Australia; Questacon; the Nationwide Portrait Gallery; and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Previous Parliament Home, count on a surprising show of sunshine, sound and motion!

Till Monday 13 March | Varied places |

Enlighten Illuminations at Parliament Home

As day turns to nighttime, watch Parliament Home mild up with vibrant animated scenes designed by Eggpicnic. Showcasing the birds, bugs and gum timber discovered within the surrounding native gardens of Capital Hill, it will likely be accompanied by an immersive soundscape which brings the native panorama to life.

Till Monday 13 March | Australian Parliament Home Forecourt, 1 Parliament Drive |

Earlier than Us: Night time Stroll By means of Time

This March, in Civic Sq. the T-Rex and mates reign supreme! As a part of Metropolis Illuminations @Enlighten, you’ll uncover and observe 18 illuminated finely crafted creatures after darkish by means of Metropolis Stroll and Civic Sq.. This out of doors and free, family-friendly exhibition path will probably be open every day (and also you’ll have the possibility to come across life-size puppets roving town every night time from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm).

Till Monday 13 March | Civic Sq., Canberra Metropolis |

Parliament Home degustation dinner

For one night time solely, Parliament Home’s Govt Chef, David Learmonth, will probably be making a six-course celebration of Australian grasp producers, that includes professional cheesemakers and Australia’s most interesting sustainable produce with the choice of paired wines.

The night will begin on the Members and Company Eating Room Terrace the place visitors can take within the colors of Enlighten and sweeping views of Canberra whereas they get pleasure from a pre-dinner glass of glowing wine earlier than ending with the signature dessert that has adopted Learmonth all through his profession, the proper dish to finish summer time.

Friday 10 March | Australian Parliament Home, 1 Parliament Drive | Guide right here.

Enlighten on the Nationwide Library

Head to the Nationwide Library to get pleasure from prolonged opening hours because the garden is reworked right into a play space full with big garden video games, hula hoops, face portray or watch a skipping rope demonstrations from Jazzy Jumpers. For those who’re searching for meals to go alongside wit your enjoyable, seize a chunk to eat from one of many meals stalls or head to Bookplate Café to strive a particular Enlighten competition menu!

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 March | Nationwide Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes |

Delight Weekend

Honouring WorldPride in Sydney (the primary time the worldwide occasion has been staged in Australia and the primary time within the southern hemisphere), Delight Weekend @ Enlighten will see a program bursting with occasions, all celebrating LGTBIQA+ satisfaction and Canberra’s inclusive group—together with the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Illuminations @ Enlighten Competition, Lights! Canberra! Motion! and extra.

Going down from Friday 10 till Sunday 12 March (the second weekend of Enlighten), the very best half is it’s all free to attend.

Friday 10 till Sunday 12 March | Varied places |

Lights! Canberra! Acton!

Head alongside to the Senate Rose Gardens to observe the works of Canberra’s gifted film-makers throughout a particular out of doors film screening.

Friday 10 March | Senate Rose Backyard, Parliament Sq., Parkes |

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

It’s time to courageous the daybreak—Canberra skyline will probably be turning right into a sea of color and motion. Take pleasure in a scorching breakfast to get pleasure from because the balloons raise off and drift throughout the daybreak sky (climate allowing).

Saturday 11 till Sunday 19 March | Patrick White Lawns, Patrick White Lawns, Parkes |

Symphony within the Park

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage to carry out with particular visitor, award-winning pop, soul and electronica band, Electrical Fields. Sit again, loosen up and put together for an evening of nice tunes and scrumptious eats. No tickets are required!

Sunday 12 March | Commonwealth Park, Commonwealth Avenue, Parkes |

A.C.T Seasonal Vintage and Collectable Truthful

Like to treasure hunt? Indulge your self whereas trying to find treasures and one-of-a-kinds at this yr’s Autumn Antiques and Collectable Truthful. Browse  by means of the wares of 30 native and interstate sellers to find a mix of antiques, old-world nostalgia, books, jewelry, on a regular basis older gadgets and collectables.

And the very best half is the proceeds will go in the direction of beneficiary charities supported by the Rotary Membership of Murrumbidgee Canberra.

Friday 10 till Sunday 12 March | A.C.T Seasonal Vintage and Collectable Truthful, Albert Corridor, Yarralumla |

Retro Depot on the Bus Depot Markets

Head again in time on the Retro Depot to browse trend, jewelry, equipment, mid-century furnishings, and macramé from the 60s and 70s. It’s certain to be fashionably nostalgic.

Sunday 12 March | The Previous Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston |

Autumn German Markets

Love German meals? Head alongside to the German Markets to eat your means by means of a wide range of stalls providing do-it-yourself muffins, deli items and groceries, in addition to wine, beer and schnapps, and even recent German sausages. There may even be group stallholders (together with some new stalls), handmade crafts and different specialties. And to make it even higher, there may even be a free leaping fortress for the children!

Sunday 12 March | Harmonie German Membership, 49 Jerrabomberra Hill Street, Jerrabomberra |

Meals and wine

Worldwide Ladies’s Day 2023 at Poachers Pantry

In honour of this yr’s theme, the Poachers Pantry will unite and empower girls in regional NSW,  highlighting how politics and group can higher help girls dwelling within the land. Panel discussions function extraordinary girls from the southern inland area, corresponding to Sam Longmore, farmer and proprietor of OhBullDust and Slalom Water Skier. Anna Wyllie, Director of Regional Improvement in Southeast, Regional NSW. Allison Harker, GAICD, Chair Non-Govt Director of LLS State Board and Rhonda Daly, Managing Director and Co-founder of YLAD Residing Soils.

A glass of bubbly, lunch and dessert will probably be on provide as a result of you may push equality ahead on an empty abdomen.

Wednesday 8 March | 431 Nanima Street, Springrange | Guide right here.

Sturdy Feminine Lead – Worldwide Ladies’s Day Screening at Dendy

In recognition of the sound of sexism in Australian politics, Dendy Cinema is screening, ‘Sturdy Feminine Lead.’ A profoundly transferring account of the struggles confronted by girls in energy, their discrimination and blatant harassment. Utilizing archival footage, we see the assaults that characterised Gillard’s time in workplace and the way she bravely fought them to encourage girls throughout the globe. The movie additionally explores the media and public response to our first and solely feminine prime minister, shining the highlight on each the quick and long-term results this had on Australian society.

Wednesday 8 March | Bunda St, Canberra  | Guide right here.

IWD  Worldwide Ladies’s Day Braidwood Luncheon

Make your approach to Braidwood this Worldwide Ladies’s Day for a free (sure, that’s proper), luncheon on the Braidwood Nationwide Theatre. The IWD Luncheon will function discussions by inspiring artists Alison Alder, whose exhibition ‘There are battles but to win: Feminist Posters 1979 is at present showcased on the Rusten Home arts centre Braidwood.

Wednesday 8 March | Braidwood Nationwide Theatre, 100 Wallace Avenue, Braidwood | Guide right here.

Tradition Cruise boat and strolling excursions

Hop aboard the Tradition Cruise for the last word multi-sensory journey.

Discover the Nationwide Museum of Australia and the Nationwide Portrait Gallery from the water and achieve a unique perspective in witnessing native, nationwide, and worldwide artists amidst the pure and constructed great thing about the atmosphere (Psst! You’ll be wined and dined as effectively).

Saturday 11 March | Varied places | Guide right here.

Agostini’s at Lark Hill Vineyard

Did somebody say one among Canberra’s most beloved Italian kitchens, at a vineyard? Delizioso. Serving Italian classics like calamari fritti, proscuitto e rucola pizza (and sure, tiramisu), Agostini’s at Lark Hill Vineyard is now open for lunch bookings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Providing beautiful views throughout the Bungendore valley in addition to scrumptious meals, your weekend catch up simply went as much as an entire different stage.

Open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays | Lark Hill Vineyard, cnr Joe Rocks and Bungendore Street, NSW (half-hour from Canberra) | Bookings: or by calling 02 6178 0038

Sunday suckling pig and paella feasts

The custom of consuming a Sunday roast for lunch simply acquired upgraded—to a leafy al fresco courtyard setting with a giant hit of Mediterranean flavour. Head alongside to Saint Malo for its new Sunday Periods within the Backyard, that includes a buffet with star sights together with monumental pans of paella,  an entire suckling pig, Spanish-inspired small bites, marinated olives, grilled greens, and extra.

Each Sunday between 11 am – 3 pm | $85 (not together with alcohol which is desk service or will be bought from the Gin Cart) | Bookings are important right here.

The Dancing Queen Eating Expertise

Ever been raging with jealousy while watching Donna and the gang sing and dance on beautiful Greek islands? Effectively, rage no extra. Seize your dancing queens,  as a result of a Mamma Mia-inspired Restaurant is touchdown in Canberra in January.

Till 31 March | Saint Malo, 19 London Circuit, Canberra Metropolis | Guide right here.

Stage and Display

Prompt Comedy

Be a part of Lightbulb for an evening of comedy mayhem that can by no means be repeated and that you simply’ll always remember! Delight within the quick-wit and creativity of improvised comedy masterminds. Combining the wit of stand-up and the intimacy of stay theatre, Lightbulb creates memorable tales, vibrant characters, enchanting songs and loads of laughs.

Thursday 9 March | Smiths Different, 76 Alinga Avenue, Canberra Metropolis | Guide right here.

I Have No Enemies

An unique post-dramatic play about surveillance, knowledge assortment, and the way we make sense of our place within the digital world. This cyberpunk detective story will take you right into a confronting, enlightening and absurdly entertaining world that can go away you questioning ‘Who’re you trusting together with your knowledge? And who’s behind the screens?’

Till Saturday 11 March | Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, Batman Avenue, Braddon | Guide right here.

Jimmy Carr – Terribly Humorous

You would possibly know (and love) him from Netflix, however now Jimmy Carr is on his approach to Canberra and he guarantees loads of laughs.  However only a warning:  Jimmy’s present incorporates jokes about every kind of horrible issues. Horrible issues that may have affected you or folks you understand and love. However we promise they’re simply jokes.

Monday 6 till Tuesday 7 March | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra Metropolis | Guide tickets


Heaven and Earth—solo exhibition by Marilyn Hutchinson

Heaven and Earth is an exhibition of pictures and delicate pastels exploring the interconnections between sky, land and water. However for Marilyn (Marilyn is a longtime artist with an intensive document of exhibitions together with a medal for pictures within the 2015 Florence Biennale) the actual exhibition is the connections that the viewer takes away emotionally and psychologically.

Saturday 11 March till Sunday 9 April | Humble Home Gallery, 93 Wollongong Avenue, Fyshwick |

Jonathan Jones: untitled (walam-wunga.galang)

Created by famend Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist, Jonathan Jones it is a collaborative venture with Uncle Stan Grant Senior and Beatrice Murray that  emphasises the sophistication of Aboriginal agricultural financial system, which was erased by colonial narratives of First Nation’s folks as hunters-gatherers.

Till Sunday 23 July | Nationwide Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes |

Ground Discuss with Ali Aedy

Be a part of M16 Artspace for a flooring discuss with Ali Aedy, discussing her exhibition Bind—an examination of the complexities in relationships between the self and others. Reflecting on the shared human experiences of trauma and loss it explores a dichotomy of supplies that bind and join.

Friday 10 March | M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith | Guide right here.

Portrait23: Identification

That is portraiture, however not as you understand it. Portrait23: Identification is a significant exhibition on the Nationwide Portrait Gallery, showcasing new work from multi-award-winning modern Australian artists and collectives working throughout each state and territory.

Twenty-three artists and collectives current dramatic, bold and thrilling work about who they’re and what it means to symbolize themselves, their communities, histories and modern society. Count on road artwork, textiles, efficiency, pictures, ceramics, portray, drawing, delicate sculpture and extra.

Friday 10 March till Sunday 18 June | Nationwide Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes |

Amelia Mollett: Shorelines

Transfixed by daylight reflecting off the lake at Pryor’s arboretum, this exhibition sees the work of  Amelia Mollett use collage and blended media to discover the best way to symbolize this multi layered pure world in a means that mirrors how she feels, utilizing the varieties and hues that conjures up her.

Till Sunday 12 March | 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt |

This group exhibition see’s JamFactory’ showcase, speed up and develop the abilities of rising artists and designers. The main target of Daisy Chain is to utilise the JamFactory’s atmosphere for collaborative studying and mutual alternate of methods and concepts throughout disciplines.

Till Saturday 18 March | Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, 180 London Circuit, Canberra Metropolis |

Rising Contemporaries

Enjoying a pivotal function in supporting and transitioning artists into skilled observe, Rising Contemporaries s the Craft ACT Nationwide Award Exhibition for early profession artists. That includes the works of  Dianne Bourke, Gabriela Renee, Nathan Nhan, Sabina Moore and extra, it’s free to attend.

Till Saturday 18 March | Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, 180 London Circuit, Canberra Metropolis |

Kate Baker—Past the Materials: On the intersection of glass and the digital picture

This exhibition options work by modern, Australian artist whose observe merges photograph, print and transferring picture applied sciences with studio glass.

Friday 10 March till Thursday 23 March | ANU Faculty of Artwork & Design Gallery, Ellery Crescent, Constructing 105, Acton |

Mycelium Sky

That is an exploration of fantastical interconnected worlds, botanical biomes and surreal dreamscapes. Head alongside to benefit from the work of Paul Summerfield, a digital artist, who blends conventional portray and drawing methods with digital mediums as he takes viewers on journeys into vivid worlds.

Till Sunday 26 March | Belco Arts, 118 Emu Financial institution, Belconnen |

Wrack and Salvage

Scary questions within the face of the local weather disaster—What can we worth? What can we stand to lose? What’s going to we see destroyed? What are we keen to sacrifice? What are we ready to save lots of?—this sculptural set up resembles the flying types of flood particles.  A mirrored image on how we’ve responded to local weather change, artist Jacqui Malins explores themes of loss, hope and resoultion.

Till Sunday 26 March | Belco Arts, 118 Emu Financial institution, Belconnen |

earth unframed

This open exhibition makes use of the work of a number of artists to discover the idea of ‘earth’; our house, the atmosphere, soil, land, fragility, energy or function.  The result’s a mixture of drawing, portray, printmaking, pictures, and blended media that makes use of creativeness with a way of play, political activism, boldness, experimentation, thoughtfulness, or contemplation.

Till Sunday 26 March | Belco Arts, 118 Emu Financial institution, Belconnen |

floor whisper softly

A celebrative dance of the abundance discovered on the bottom, within the backyard, alongside the water, on the rocky outcrop within the pocket of remnant bush, Belco Arts describes these works by rising artist Valerie Schönjahn as meditative in course of. Intrigued? See you there.

Till Sunday 26 March | Belco Arts, 118 Emu Financial institution, Belconnen |

Discovered Metaphors: Sophia Childs on the COX Gallery

Now displaying on the COX Gallery, Sophia’s work are multilayered, textured, and non-compositional. And though she doesn’t paint identifiable topics, the colors and textures are drawn from every day life. Head alongside to get pleasure from her work as she brings your consideration to the messy, information-soaked actuality of navigating life.

Till Friday 31 March | 1/19 Eastlake Pde, Kingston |


Music for Piano and Winds—Mozart and Beethoven

In search of one thing to do at lunchtime? Gina Pontoni (oboe), Jordan London (bassoon), Michael Jackson (French horn), Peter Scott (clarinet) & Hilda Visser-Scott (piano) will probably be performing Beethoven’s Piano and Wind Quintet Op. 16 and Mozart’s Piano and Wind Quintet Ok.452.

Wednesday 8 March | Wesley Music Centre, 20 Nationwide Circuit, Forrest | Guide right here.

Eugene Hideaway Bridges on the Zeppelin Room

Born into a well known musical household in New Orleans, Eugene whips up a storm along with his distinctive southern sound. Headlining at main festivals within the USA, throughout Europe, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia (and receiving three Grammy Music Award nominations), if you happen to like your blues music laced with soul, funk, gospel and rock and delivered with buckets of sophistication and heat, then Eugene shouldn’t be missed.

Friday 10 March | The Zeppelin Room, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah | Guide right here.

Australian Chamber Orchestra: The 4 Seasons

Take a surprising journey by means of Venice and the Mediterranean as Joseph Tawadros joins Richard Tognetti and the ACO to recreate Vivaldi’s masterpiece.

Saturday 11 March | Llewellyn Corridor, William Herbert Place, Canberra Metropolis | Guide right here.

Rob Brydon – A Night time Of Songs & Laughter

Award-winning comic Rob Brydon and his eight-piece band is heading to the Canberra Theatre Centre for the last word present of  songs and music alongside his acclaimed wit and comedy. Count on songs from Tom Waits to Tom Jones, and Guys and Dolls to Elvis (and virtually the whole lot in between).

Saturday 11 March | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra Metropolis | Guide right here.

Workshops, Webinars and Extra

Eggpicnic Artist Discuss

Birdlife, bugs and timber are taking up Parliament Home due to Eggpicnic—and on this particular occasion designers Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso will probably be joined by professional ecologist Dr Michael Mulvaney to tallk in regards to the course of of showing the fantastic thing about the ecosystem at Parliament Home.

Wednesday 8 March | Australian Parliament Home Forecourt, 1 Parliament Drive | Guide right here.

Eggpicnic Artwork Workshop

Be a part of Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso of Eggpicnic in a nightfall artwork workshop on the Parliament Home forecourt the place they’ll be guiding you on the best way to create your personal art work impressed by native birds, bugs and timber.

Friday 10 March | Australian Parliament Home Forecourt, 1 Parliament Drive | Guide right here.

Delight Week on the Tipsy Sketching Membership

Set in one among Canberra’s favorite neighbourhood bars, be part of The Tipsy Sketching Membership for a night of sipping, snacking and sketching with some enjoyable and fabulousness thrown into the combo. Strive your hand at life drawing and prepare for a superb time.

Tuesday 7 March | Juliet @ Verity Lane Market, 50 Northbourne Avenue | tipsysketching.membership/occasions

Lethal Dialogues: Photographers in Dialog

Be a part of First Nations photographers with Uncle Mervyn Bishop, Prof. Wayne Quilliam, Aunty Barbara McGrady, Tiffany Garvie, Michael Jalaru Torres, and Tamati Smith as they rejoice First Nations photographers, artists and creatives.

This occasion is free to attend, however bookings are important.

Thursday 9 March | Nationwide Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes | Guide right here.

Localjinni Delight Stroll

Be a part of Localjinni for a stroll by means of the night time, the place they are going to be internet hosting and screening works by a few of CBR’s main lights, by means of a cell movie and sound present. With LGBTIQA+ secure guides it can highlight Canberra’s underground artwork and activism by means of site-responsive tales, in celebration of Worldwide Ladies’s Day and World Delight.

Saturday 11 March | Barrine Drive, Acton (the stroll will begin and end on the barbeques in Henry Roland Park) |

Canberra Day Oration 2023: Dr Ken Heffernan

Head alongside to the Canberra Day Oration to listen to Dr Ken Heffernan ship the 2023 deal with, ‘Canberra’s heritage in transition: A spot for engagement and thought’.  Born, raised and schooled in Canberra, Dr Heffernan has served on the inaugural ACT Heritage Council as a member and later Deputy Chair.

Sunday 12 March | Nationwide Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes |

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