Six things to do around Canberra this weekend (5–7 May)

Zoe Pleasants 12 February 2018 2

It is the Canberra leg of the Groovin the Moo Festival this weekend. It has a great line-up with Amy Shark, Tash Sultana, The Wombats, L-Fresh the Lion, Thundermentals and Montaigne in town, and local girls Coda Conduct headlining one of the stages. Enjoy if you have a ticket — it’s sold-out. But don’t despair, there is plenty else going on. It is the final weekend of the Canberra International Music Festival which features a concert on Saturday inspired by old-school video games. The Noted Writers Festival is on, and celebrate autumn trees with Canberra Tree Week. The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival and Spanish Film Festival are both into their final weekends, and the Kangaroos are playing New Zealand in the ANZAC Test on Friday night at the GIO Stadium.

All weekend

Canberra Tree Week
Where: Various venues
When: 1–7 May
What better way to celebrate Canberra’s beautiful autumn trees than with a week of tree-related activities? Canberra Tree Week is in its fourth year, and this year it includes guided walks, The Tree Project photographic exhibition at the National Arboretum, the Australian Capital Tree Community (ACTC) Tree Climbing Championships in Telopea park on Saturday and Sunday, and a number of tree-related activities at the Canberra Glass Works. Check out the full list of events here.

Noted Writers Festival
Where: Various venues
When: 3–7 May
The Noted Writers Festival is on this weekend. Into its third year, Noted puts a particular focus on emerging and experimental writers. The festival will feature authors, poets, journalists, publishers, editors, dancers, zinemakers and multidisciplinary artists. There will be free panels, workshops, lectures, readings, literary bar crawls, events for kids and teenagers, and an independent publishing fair, 10am–3pm on Sunday at Gorman Arts Centre.

Where: Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre
When: Saturday 7pm & Sunday 5pm
As part of Australian Dance Week, Liz Lea and Alison Plevey are staging a series of contemporary dance works inspired by science. The program will feature a number of solo works developed and performed by both Lea and Plevey, and a work called, Hellish Thing choreographed by Jack Ziesing. Hellish Thing is an excerpt of a longer work that Ziesing is developing for Canberra’s QL2 Dance company to be performed as part of QL2’s Playhouse season in July.

Canberra International Music Festival
Where: Various venues
When: 27 April – 7 May
It is the final weekend of the Canberra International Music Festival and there are some special events on. Game On! is a performance by the Canberra Youth Orchestra at Llewellyn Hall on Saturday inspired by old-school video games such as Tetris, SuperMario 64 and Call of Duty. Doors open at 11am for pre-concert gaming and concert starts at 1pm. Russian Roots and Rags, at the Fitters Workshop in Kingston, also on Saturday, will feature the works of Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, as performed by Kats-Chernin and her long-time collaborator Tamara-Anna Cislowska. And on Sunday the Festival’s Finale Concert is on at the Fitters Workshop, 6:30–8:30pm. Check out the program here.


The Vinyl Lounge
Where: National Film and Sound Archive
When: 5:30–7:30pm
As it is the first Friday of the month, the National Film and Sound Archive’s sound curators are hosting a listening party. Ease into your weekend listening to vinyl—either BYO or chose from the selection provided—and share why you love the song. Discover songs you’ve never heard before, or re-discover and an old favourite.


Gang Gang Twang: mini ukulele festival
Where: Ainslie Arts Centre
When: 1–7pm
The Ukulele Republic of Canberra is holding a mini ukulele festival this Saturday. The festival will include performances, workshops, spaces to mingle with like-minded uke players and a bar open from around 3pm. For more details and full program here.

Caption’s: Top, image credit: Steven Godbee. Noted Festival, image credit: Dream Pieces. In-Sync, image credit: Lorna Sim.

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2 Responses to Six things to do around Canberra this weekend (5–7 May)
Zoe Pleasants Zoe Pleasants 8:23 pm 06 May 17

Bentspoke’s Barley Griffin is my new favourite beer, but hey I would be very happy to be further brainwashed about Canberra beer Elias!

Elias Hallaj (aka CBRFoodie) Elias Hallaj (aka CBRFoodie) 7:32 am 06 May 17

And of course there is the International Home Brew Day event at The Bentspoke Cannery in Mitchell! I need to brainwash you more about Canberra beer Zoe!

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