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Five things to do around Canberra this Easter long weekend

By Zoe Pleasants 29 March 2018 0
Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts wears Cartier Magicien Collection necklace and earrings, Cartier Royal Collection ring and Panthère de Cartier clutch bag with Preen dress and Aquazzura shoes. Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images.

If you’re not going away for Easter but need a holiday, maybe pitch a tent in your backyard and head to National Folk Festival where the program of events will feed your soul, or head to Tidbinbilla this Sunday for its Open Day. If your soul prefers glamour and opulence then head to the National Gallery of Australia for the opening weekend of its new Cartier exhibition instead, and get up close and personal with Kate Middleton’s tiara. On Easter Sunday the Museum of Australian Democracy is running its Easter Egg Trail again, and the Sydney Theatre Company is bringing its original play, the romcom Black is the New White, to the Canberra Theatre this weekend.

All weekend

National Folk Festival

Where: Exhibition Park
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday
The National Folk Festival is setting up camp again at Exhibition Park for five days over Easter. With over 750 events, the Festival’s program is dense and diverse and is designed to inspire, enliven and entertain you. There will be plenty of music, especially of the acoustic, bluegrass, roots, blues, Celtic, country, world and gypsy varieties; dance workshops and classes; events celebrating the culture of First Peoples; quirky performance art; a Kids Festival where you can learn, create and play; and mind, body and spirit events such as yoga classes, inspiring talks and community singing sessions. Check out the full program here and ticket options here which include season passes and single day tickets.

Cartier: The Exhibition

Where: National Gallery of Australia
When: 30 March – 22 July
The National Gallery of Australia’s Cartier exhibition opens this weekend and comprises over 300 items—necklaces, brooches, tiaras, watches, earrings, and ornaments, as well as rare archival drawings, photographs and ephemera. The exhibition includes the Queen’s “Halo” tiara, worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day; Daisy Fellowes’ Tutti-Frutti Hindu necklace; Barbara Hutton’s imperial jadeite necklace; Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch; Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48-carat diamond engagement ring; and Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace which was a gift from her third husband Mike Todd and conveniently doubles as a tiara. There will also be portraits, historic photographs, film, advertising material, jewellery-making tools and equipment to provide insight into the history of Cartier. Naomi Watts has already seen the exhibition, now it is your chance. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for concession and children under 16 are free. Premium tickets are $55 and provide access to the exhibition with a limited number of people between 9–10 am on the weekends. Season tickets are $81 for adults and $75 for concession and will allow you to see the exhibition as many times as you like. Book here.

Saturday

Black is the New White

Where: Canberra Theatre
When: 2 & 8 pm
The Sydney Theatre Company is bringing its play Black is the New White to Canberra this weekend. Written by Nakkiah Lah in the tradition of Guess who’s coming to dinner, this play tells the story of Indigenous lawyer Charlotte Gibson bringing her fiancé, Francis Smith home for Christmas to meet the family. But not only is Francis not what Charlotte’s parents’ were hoping for—he’s a white unemployed experimental composer—he also turns up with his conservative parents whom it turns out, Charlotte’s parents already know. Charlotte’s father and Francis’s father are longstanding political rivals. Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries resolved. Tickets from $55 for an adult, $45 for concession and $35 for under 27’s, book here.

Sunday

The Great Easter Egg Trail

Where: Old Parliament House
When: 8 am – 1:30 pm
The Museum of Australian Democracy is running its Easter Egg Trail again this year: follow the trail, look for clues and crack the code to find the chocolate. An intellectual easter egg hunt. The Rotary Club will be on hand to support your efforts, cooking a BBQ and the Terrace Cafe will be open serving coffee and sweet treats (in case you didn’t find any chocolate!). Free entry, book here.

Tidbinbilla Open Day

Where: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
When: 10 am – 3 pm
Tidbinbilla is hosting an Open Day this Sunday with the theme Celebrating Diversity. Experience Tidbinbilla’s diverse people, habitats and heritage. The day will include rangers feeding koalas and potoroos, a mud kitchen and cubby town for the kids to play in, face painting, a nature scavenger hunt, live shows from Questacon, and Aboriginal cultural activities put on by the Murumbung Rangers. Pack a picnic or purchase food from food vans onsite, Guyy & the Fox will be providing the tunes.

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