21 June 2018

Eight things to do around Canberra this weekend (22–24 June)

| Zoe Pleasants
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Night of Secrets at the National Museum. Photo: File

Night of Secrets at the National Museum. Photo: File

As winter really starts to bite this week it is time to head indoors and soak up some history and culture. There is a musical on at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre created by a bunch of clever kids, the War Memorial is opening a new virtual reality exhibition about the Battle of Hamel, the National Museum is hosting another of its Night at the Museum events, it is World Music Day on Saturday and International Day of Yoga on Sunday.

All weekend

Just Like Clockwork: A musical

Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre
When: Friday 6:30 pm & Saturday 3 pm
Just Like Clockwork is a unique musical created by kids aged 7–14 in collaboration with Tim and Nathalie Bevitt. It is about an inventor, Alberta Clausius Thompson Morowitz and her snow leopard friend, Morbid Redfrost who, along with a motley crew of Questers, are tricked into passing through a clock-faced portal into a decaying theme park. The creative team has developed this musical over a six month period during a series of weekend and school holiday workshops and they are now ready to share it with an audience. Tickets are $12, book here.

Battle of Hamel Virtual Reality Experience

Where: Australian War Memorial
When: 22 June – 22 July
In time for the July school holidays and to commemorate 100 years since the pivotal First World War battle, the Battle of Hamel, the Australian War Memorial is opening a virtual reality exhibition of this battle. This is an exciting first for the War Memorial. The Battle of Hamel took place on 4 July 1918 in Northern France and was a successful attack by the Australian and American Armies commanded by Lieutenant General John Monash. In this exhibition, you will be immersed in the countryside of Le Hamel and you will see the battlefield complete with tanks, aircraft and battle scenes. You can choose to view the exhibition from the perspective of an airman, infantry or tank crewman. Admission is free and there are several sessions a day, book here.


Night at the Museum: Secrets

Where: National Museum of Australia
When: 6 – 9:30 pm
The Museum is opening its doors after hours this Friday and encouraging you to reveal your secret self. There will be music, talks, art, food and drinks. Enjoy fan dancers, psychic tarot readings, Bollywood dancing, a karaoke lounge or a tour by crypto naturalist Tim the Yowie Man. Learn about the Petrov Affair with Campbell Rhodes from the Museum of Australian Democracy, the first Mardis Gras march in 1978 with Lily Withycombe, Museum curator and asexuality with a panel of experts who will answer your questions. Make art with NatureArt Lab, explore the Museum’s galleries or enjoy one of the many performances. Check out the full program here. Tickets are $15 online or $18 on the door, book here. Note this is an over 18 event.


Cartier for Lunch

Where: Marble and Grain
When: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Join coordinating exhibition curator for the Cartier exhibition, Simeran Maxel for a three-course lunch at Marble and Grain this Saturday. The menu includes seared scallops matched with a Devils Lair Chardonnay, lamb matched with a Clonakilla Shiraz and an apple tart matched with a Vasse Felix Semillon. The lunch is $120 and includes a ticket to the Cartier exhibition, book here.

Cartier and the art of the Tiara

Where: James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia
When: 2 – 3 pm
Listen to art historian, Michael Carr talk about the many tiaras in the Cartier exhibition. Free to attend, register here. Book tickets to the Cartier exhibition here.

Fete de la Musique

Where: Alliance Francaise
When: 6 pm – late
In collaboration with Clandestino Events, the Alliance Francaise is celebrating World Music Day this Saturday with a free live music event featuring:

  • Agency Dub Collective;
  • Super Rats;
  • DJ Dede Da Cruz;
  • Jorge Bontes;
  • The BRB;
  • Telopea Park School Big Band; and
  • The Canberra Men’s Choir

The night will be hosted by MC Franck Madrid, there will be food and drinks and a happy hour between 8:30 – 9:30 pm.


International Day of Yoga

Where: Albert Hall, Yarralumla
When: 10 – 11:30 am
To mark the fourth International Day of Yoga, the Indian High Commission in collaboration with Yoga Mandir in Braddon is putting on a free yoga class this Sunday in the Albert Hall, led by Alan Goode, Director of Yoga Mandir. This class will be followed by a guided Pranayama and meditation session led by Shikha Sachar.

Block Sounds & Walking the Dog: Echoes in the Ether

Where: High Court of Australia
When: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Block Sounds is a recorder ensemble, comprising Olivia Gossip, sisters Elana and Shae Leske and Robyn Mellor, and Walking the Dog is a recorder quintet. Together these two groups will perform a program of music including works by Giovanni Gabrielli and Arvo Part. This is a free concert, register here.

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