7 things to do in Canberra this weekend (08, 09 and 10 January 2016)

Ellen Harvey 14 January 2016

As Canberra transitions into 2016, this weekend is easing you back into the activities on offer. We’ve curated seven activities for a variety of ages to be enjoyed, but our top picks include: the film screening of Bill, which looks at what happened during Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years’ through a family friendly narrative; the Behind the Lines 2015 exhibition which displays some of Australia’s most controversial political cartoons; and, the Tom Roberts exhibition that continues across the summer.



Bill – film screening
Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton; When: Thurs-Sat: 12pm, 2:30pm & 7:30pm; Sun-Wed: 12pm & 2:30pm
Bill shows for an exclusive one-week season at the NFSA these school holidays. What really happened during Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years’? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream in this first feature film from the team behind the hit TV series Horrible Histories. Keep the kids distracted and laughing for 94 minutes. Tickets from $10.00.


Summernats 29
Exhibition Park in Canberra, 10 Flemington Rd, Mitchell; When: long hours (Fri 8.30am-midnight, Sat 8.30am-1am, Sun 8.30am-6pm)
The annual Street Machine Summernats Car Festival is Australia’s biggest horse power party where over 2000 elite street machines descend on Canberra. Coming from around the world, entrants display to a crowd of over 100,000 people. Summernats 29 delivers almost four days of high octane action including the City Cruise, the crowning of the Street Machine Summernats Grand Champion, Dyno Dynamic’s Horsepower Heroes, Federal Tyres Miss Summernats competition, and the world’s biggest burnout competition, the Liqui-Moly Burnout Masters.

School Holiday Activities @ NPG
: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes; When: daily, 11am-4pm.
Amusement Parlour has free activites for the whole family to enjoy that have been inspired by the Sideshow Alley exhibition. Portrait Play is for children aged 4 to 8 to explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Bookings are essential for Portrait Play.

Evensong performance
National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes; When: Sat/Sun 4pm.
Head along to the National Portrait Gallery and enjoy a free musical performance after you have perused their collections. Evensong is a musical performance by Clarion, a vocal ensemble, led by Tobias Cole.

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House; When: 9am-5pm daily.
Behind the Lines 2015 celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse. With a selection of 80 cartoons from 39 cartoonists, this year’s exhibition displays some of Australia’s most controversial cartoons that test the boundaries of free speech and the freedom of the press. Open until 25 November 2016.


Tom Roberts Exhibition
National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes; When: daily, 10am-5pm
Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it’s not to be missed. Tickets are essential.



Film time @ NPG
: Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes; When: 3pm-5pm
The kids will love this chance to get creative and escape the summer heat with a film screening and fun follow-up activities. For all ages and abilities, and everything’s provided. All children must be accompanied. This week’s film is Frankenweenie: an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story. Bookings are essential and tickets are $5.00.

Are you going to something that we haven’t mentioned? Make sure you let us know about it in the comments.

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