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Six things to do around Canberra this weekend (31 May–2 June)

Zoe Pleasants 31 May 2019

This Saturday, to celebrate Reconciliation Week, one of the dancers in the film Carriberrie will perform traditional dances on stage and teach the audience some move. Photo: NFSA.

For a weekend jammed between two long weekends, there is plenty to get excited about. This Saturday a couple of new experiences are coming to Canberra—an urban adventure challenge and a rubbish scavenge. The Canberra Hustle is an urban adventure race through the city where you solve clues and complete tasks, and the Canberra Lakeside Scavenge is an opportunity to pick up rubbish from in and around Lake Burley Griffin and be rewarded with tokens to spend at a second-hand goods pop-up shop. Both of these events are on Saturday morning. Reconciliation Week continues with traditional dancing at the National Film and Sound Archive Saturday afternoon and a great show at the Canberra Theatre starring Ursula Yovick and Elain Crombie Friday and Saturday. Enjoy some beautiful music on Friday night at Gorman House with the Luminescence Chamber Singers performing and on Sunday afternoon the Tuggeranong Arts Centre is having a mini-festival of classical music.

Barbara and the Camp Dogs

Where: Canberra Theatre
When: Friday 8 pm, Saturday 2 pm & 8 pm
Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a rock musical about love and home. Starring Ursula Yovick and Elain Crombie it tells the story of Barbara, a musician who is trying to make it in Sydney with her band the Camp Dogs. Sydney is a tough town for musicians and Barbara is feeling discontent. When Barbara’s mother falls ill, she hits the road with her cousin Rene to head back home. The show is part road story, part family drama, part political cry-from-the-heart about the importance of country. Barbara and the Camp Dogs was first performed at Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre in 2017 and is back two years later due to popular demand for a national tour. Both Ursula and Elain are currently starring in the movie Top End wedding. Tickets from $69 for adults, $59 for concession and $50 for under 27s, book here.

Read our exclusive interview with the performers here.

Friday

Tracks and Traces

Where: Gorman Arts Centre
When: 8–10 pm
Local group the Luminescence Chamber Singers will be performing a selection of old and new music for treble voices this Friday evening in the Gorman Hall at Gorman House. The program includes Brett Dean’s rarely performed work Tracks and Traces, as well as music by Venezuelan singer-songwriter Lasso and folk songs from Sweden, Finland and Bulgaria. Tickets are $40 + bf for adults, $30 + bf for concession and $10 + bf for kids under 12. Book here.

Saturday

Canberra Hustle—Urban Adventure Challenge

Where: Glebe Park
When: 8 am–3 pm
The Canberra Hustle is an urban adventure challenge run by Fully Rad Adventures, a company whose mission is to give you a whole new reason to get outside! The hustle is an adventure race in the city—part amazing race, part obstacle course, part huge party! Participants will pair up and embark on a scavenger hunt. Minds and bodies will be challenged as teams navigate their way through streets, waterways and bike paths, and even use some ‘top secret’ modes of transport while solving clues. The aim of the hustle is to make it to all the checkpoints and complete all the tasks in the least amount of time. Entry is $75 + bf for adults, $60 + bf for concession and $20 + bf for kids under 12. Book here.

Canberra Lakeside Scavenge

Where: Bowen Park
When: 9 am–1 pm
Seaside Scavenge is a not-for-profit organisation that puts a value on rubbish. It runs events to clean up local waterways, usually beaches, but this Saturday it is holding an event on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Head to Bowen Park where you will be given a bag and gloves and set to work picking up rubbish. Once you have enough, the rubbish will be sorted into recyclables and non-recyclables and recorded for a national database. And then, for every ten pieces of rubbish you have collected, you will be given a token to spend at the pop-up second-hand goods store! There will also be live music, information about other community organisations and plenty of good vibes.

Carriberrie—Meeting the Makers

Where: National Film and Sound Archive
When: 2–4 pm
The National Film and Sound Archive is currently screening the virtual reality film Carriberrie which is a 14-minute documentary that takes the viewer on a journey around the country to watch nine cultural groups performing traditional and contemporary dances. The film is narrated by actors David Gulpilil and Jack Charles. The film travels to Uluru, the island of Moa in the Torres Strait, and to the stage of the Sydney Opera House. This Saturday, to celebrate Reconciliation Week, one of the dancers in the film Delta Kay, an Arakwal Bumberin Bundjalung woman, and song-woman Belle will perform traditional dances on stage and teach the audience some moves. Tickets are $10, book here.

Sunday

Mini Festival of Classical Music

Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre
When: 3:30 pm
Spend a mellow Sunday afternoon at Tuggeranong Arts Centre sipping an aperitif, watching the sunset over Lake Tuggeranong and listening to beautiful music. The afternoon starts at 3:30 pm with some of Canberra’s finest up-and-coming musicians from the ANU School of Music who will perform on various combinations of harp, guitar, oboe, soprano, tuba and piano. Then at 5 pm, the New England Ensemble and guests will perform Saint Saen’s Carnival of the Animals, Debussy’s Petite Suite, Schubert’s Trout Quintet and other works. The special guests are Dorit Herskovits on contrabass, Edward Neeman on piano and Christopher Carroll narrating. Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for students, $15 for kids under 12 and a $100 for a family of 4. Book here.


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