In case you hadn’t heard, the FIFA world cup kicks off this Friday with Australia’s first game, against France, scheduled for 8 pm Saturday. If you feel like congregating with other Socceroo fans, there will be many places around town to catch the game, including at the Alliance Francais in Turner which is hosting a special event to mark the occasion. As well as soccer, glass seems to be a feature of this weekend. The Canberra Glassworks is holding its annual winter fair this Saturday evening and the National Library is hosting a conversation with an art historian about its stunning stain-glass windows on Sunday afternoon.
The Beginning of Nature
Where: The Canberra Theatre
When: 7:30 pm
The South Australian contemporary dance company, Australian Dance Theatre is performing its work, The Beginning of Nature at the Canberra Theatre this Friday night. Created by Artistic Director Garry Stewart, this work combines live music and dancing to explore the rhythms in nature and the forces that nature exerts over humans. Composer Brendan Woithe’s original score brings together a string quartet, electronic music and two vocalists, and features a libretto sung in the Kaurna language, the first language of the Adelaide Plains, the home of Australian Dance Theatre. Tickets from $49 for an adult, $39 for concession and $30 for under 27s, book here.
A Pooch Affair
Where: Exhibition Park
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Spend quality time with your favourite dog this Saturday at A Pooch Affair. There will be a Doggie Mall featuring all the latest trends in dog gear, stage shows including largest and smallest dog competitions, a dog fashion parade—the theme is denim and diamonds—and even a doggie beer skolling competition! The popular High Tea with dogs is back, or get your dog together with its compatriots in a breed-specific play session. There will be obstacle and agility courses, informative presentations, a pet photo booth, and a doggie diner. Check out the full program here.
Where: Canberra Glassworks
When: 4 – 10 pm
Eat, drink and warm your cockles over molten glass this Saturday—the Glassworks is celebrating winter. Watch demonstrations of glassblowing, flameworking and fusing from the Hotshop Moshpit and see the unveiling of neon installation—Electric Bell Jar—made by Winter Glass artist-in-residence, Emma-Kate Hart. Purchase limited edition 2018 Winter Glass Aurora shot glasses and schooners (empty or with a drink included) and pendant lights, all made in-house by local glass artists, and crafted glass jewellery and homewares. Create glass beads in a Woodfired Bead Furnace or a glass tile. Between 4 – 8 pm there will be activities for the kids including a Design Competition, ActewAGL’s Activity Tent, Celestrial Stories in the Fitters Workshop with Swedish artist Peter Nilsson, and opportunities for them to blow molten glass, and make an emoji glass tile or a piece of art with pre-cut pieces of glass. Then between 8–10 pm there will be an adults program where the glass art gets more risque! Check the full program of events here and book tickets to make a tile or visit the Hotshot Moshpit here. Mr Papa, Fricken Fried Chicken, Le Petit Breton and The Italian Traveller will be onsite selling food, the Canberra Distillery, Bentspoke Beer and Summerhill Road wines will be selling drinks, DJ TEO-D will be providing the tunes, and in keeping with the northern lights theme, the Glassworks will be lit up in purple and green.
First Seen: Sherpas by Tom Davis
Where: The Street Theatre
When: 5 pm
The Street Theatre’s First Seen productions offer Canberra audiences the opportunity to see how a play develops from script to the stage. After the performance of a fledgeling play, the audience is given the opportunity to discuss what they have seen with the playwright, director, dramaturg and actors. This Saturday, local playwright Tom Davis is providing the first glimpse of his latest play, Sherpas. The play is a political satire which follows the story of Georgia, an Australian senior Foreign Affairs official who is on a path to find herself while drinking, falling in and out of love, having a breakdown, singing 99 Luftballoons and trying to destroy the foundations of the global economic order at the G20 summit in Hamburg. Tickets are $15, book here.
Australia vs France at Alliance Francaise
Where: Alliance Francaise
When: From 2:30 pm, the game starts at 8 pm
Watch Australia’s first World Cup game on the big screen at the Alliance Francaise. Celebrations start at 2:30 pm with pétanque, baby foot (foosball) and foot juggle tournaments, and a BBQ, crepes and drinks will keep you nourished throughout the night.
Comets in Canberra—Leonard French’s Universe in Glass
Where: National Library of Australia
When: 2 – 3 pm
Join Library Treasures Curator, Nat Williams in conversation with art historian, Alison French to learn about Leonard French’s iconic stain-glass windows at the Library. Tickets are $20 and include refreshments, book here.