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Six things to do around Canberra this weekend (11-13 January)

Lachlan Roberts 10 January 2019

Enjoy a day of tennis this Friday at the Twilight tennis at the East Hotel Canberra Challenger. Photo: Tennis ACT.

From films showcasing the lives of cats and dogs to chucking on activewear and heading down to the Canberra Tennis Centre for some twilight fun, this weekend is full of activities for the whole family. Don’t miss out on any events with Region Media‘s list of six things to do around the nation’s capital on the second weekend of the new year.

All weekend

Cool Cat Matinees vs Dog Day Afternoons

Where: National Film and Sound Archive
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am & 2 pm
The age-old debate – cats vs dogs. There are cat people and there are dog people and then there are people who love both. This weekend, pick a side as the National Film and Sound Archive shows the on-screen lives of cats and canines, kitties and pups. This school holiday series will give you a chance to kick back and watch films about classy cats in Aristocats,  the story of hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats who roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely in the documentary Kedi, or the story of a white, fluffy cloud Maremma sheepdog in the family classic Oddball. Movies showing every day this weekend at 10 am and 2 pm. Tickets $10, get them here.

Friday 

Twilight tennis at the East Hotel Canberra Challenger 

Where: Canberra Tennis Centre
When: Friday, 4-9 pm
Put on your activewear and enjoy a casual night of professional tennis, after work drinks, food and fun activity in Lyneham. On the eve of the East Hotel Canberra Challenger finals, the popular Twilight Session returns to the Canberra Tennis Centre where tennis lovers can catch all the action of the men’s doubles semifinals on centre court while experiencing local food trucks and beverages from Canberra and the surrounding region. There will be a chill-out zone where you can sit back and enjoy live entertainment, or grab a racquet and have a hit with mates on court. Held this Friday from 4 pm-9 pm.

Binge screening of season one of Secret City

Where: Australian Parliament House
When: Friday, 10 am – 5 pm
Are you eagerly awaiting the second season of the political thriller Secret City? Why not watch the first season over again in a full-day binge session of every episode of season one at the Parliament House Theatre? Secret City is a “must for all political tragics”, telling the story of senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley who uncovers a secret city of interlocked conspiracies beneath the placid facade of Canberra. Do not miss the opportunity to hear from special guest, award-winning producer Stephen Corvini, who will share information about the upcoming second series of Secret City! Free entry, but please book by emailing visitorservices@aph.gov.au or calling 6277 5399.

Saturday 

Viva il mandolino! Fame Festival Canberra 2019

Where: Albert Hall
When: Saturday, 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Led by virtuoso Italian mandolinist Carlo Aonzo, the orchestra of FAME (Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles) from all over Australia and from New Zealand will be presenting a repertoire with a theme based on the idea of the mandolin’s travel from Italy to Australia. Over 50 players of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars and basses will present the world premiere performance of a major work commissioned by well known Melbourne composer, guitarist and teacher Michelle Nelson. Featuring a 13-minute piece, “Viaggio del Mandolino”, in three movements including a prelude showcasing a stunning solo from Carlo Aonzo, the fabulous FAME Festival Finale concert should not be missed. General admission tickets $30, concession $25, and under 16 $13, buy them here.

Sunday 

Canberra United vs Adelaide United 

Where: McKellar Park
When: Sunday, 4 pm – 7 pm
Come along to see Canberra United take on Adelaide United in a matchup which historically favours the team in green. Across ten seasons of the W-League, Canberra has had seven wins and just one loss to Adelaide at McKellar Park and they’ll be hoping to continue the trend this season. The clash will have some added spice with former Canberra legend Michelle Heyman making her first return to McKellar Park since she made the move to the City of Churches. Kickoff at 4 pm.

Portobello Road

Where: Old Bus Depot Markets
When: Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Welcome the New Year with one of Canberra’s favourite shopping events, Portobello Road this Sunday, where you can browse through a wide variety of high-quality antiques and collectables. Enjoy scouring the many aisles throughout the day to see what you will find. From items such as decorative art and fine silver to restored furniture and eye-catching jewellery, the possibilities are endless!


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