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Six things to do around Canberra this weekend (18-20 January)

Lachlan Roberts 17 January 2019

Star of the hit TV series Deadly 60, Steve Backshall is bringing his brand-new show to Canberra for the first time. Photo: Deadly 60.

From ballet and deadly animals to picnics and dirty dancing – this weekend is full of activities. Don’t miss out on any events with Region Media‘s list of six things to do around the nation’s capital this weekend.

All weekend

Storytime Ballet: Coppélia

Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
When: Friday and Saturday 11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm
A sparkling tale of magic and mischief, where all is not what it seems… Experience ballet’s most playful comedy live on stage in an interactive production of Coppélia. Join the young lovers Swanilda and Franz as they sneak into Dr Coppelius’ mysterious workshop and discover the secrets of his mechanical dolls. Running for under an hour and brimming with magic tricks, life-sized toys and enchanting costumes, this narrated version of Coppélia is perfect for the little ones.

Friday 

Photography after DARK

Where: Australian National Botanical Gardens
When: Friday, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Delve into the misty rainforest, explore the amazing diversity of plants and capture some of the creatures that call the gardens home at night. Join Irene Lorbergs from the Canberra School of Photography for an exclusive three-hour guided night photography workshop in the gardens. Learn how to ‘paint with light’ during sunset, dusk and the black of night. Suitable for intermediate to advanced photographers aged 15 years and over. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Dirty Dancing on the big screen 

Where: Limelight Cinemas Tuggeranong
When: Friday, 7 pm
Nobody puts Baby in a corner! If you are crazy for Swayze, don’t miss the classic 1987 dance flick Dirty Dancing which will be shown on the big screen, with singing and dancing highly encouraged throughout the duration of the film! Limelight Cinemas will have special pizza and alcohol deals on offer during the screening. Come have the time of your life! Tickets $15, book here.

Deadly 60 Down Under!

Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
When: Friday, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm
Star of the hit TV series Deadly 60, Steve Backshall is bringing his brand-new show Deadly down Under to Canberra for the first time during these summer school holidays. After multiple sell-out Australian tours and sold out shows from Broome to the Sydney Opera House, don’t miss Steve’s most exciting show ever – Deadly 60 Down Under, featuring some of Australia’s deadliest animals live on stage! Join Steve as he shares stories and videos from his Australian adventures, plus there will be loads of audience participation and lots of on-stage fun. Tickets $50-60, get them here.

Want to have a picnic with Osher? Photo: NGA.

Saturday 

Summer Lovin’ with Osher Günsberg

Where: National Gallery of Australia
When: Saturday, 6 pm – 9 pm
Join host Osher Günsberg for a summer party in the Gallery’s spectacular Australian Gardens. Enjoy a picnic for this enchanting garden party with friends, food, entertainment, and love advice from the country’s resident romance expert. Ticket prices include a picnic for one and entry to Love & Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased here.

Sunday

Tie Dye with Rainbowtopia

Where: Ginninderra Village Centre
When: Sunday, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Transform your plain whites into kaleidoscopes of colour at Rainbowtopia’s Tie-Dye stall at the Ginninderra Markets. Bring your goods – washed and damp – and get experimental with an array of colour combinations. Kids from $10 pc, adults from $15 pc.


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