12 May 2022

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (13 - 19 May)

| Ben Arnedo
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Celeste Barber

Celeste Barber is coming out of her cage, and she’s doing just Fine, Thanks. Photo: Supplied.

This week is jam-packed with events of all sorts, from a spooky and funky roller derby to Celeste Barber in full flight.

Enjoy a night out with your friends to watch the Eurovision Song Contest, join Renew You’s free Latin dance lessons at Garema Place or draw while a quirky duo sings some funny songs at the Portrait Gallery.

The most challenging part will be choosing one event over the other or trying to make it to all of them.

Disco poster

CRDL is hosting a spooky roller disco to raise money for the team attending The Great Southern Slam in Adelaide. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Roller Derby League Roller Disco

When: Friday 13 May, 6:30 pm
Where: Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning
Cost: $12. Get your tickets here.

Grab your skates, leg warmers and best Halloween costume, the Canberra Roller Derby League is hosting a spooky roller disco to raise money for a team attending the Great Southern Slam in Adelaide. Great Southern Slam is the biggest roller derby tournament in the Southern Hemisphere. Funds raised from this event will contribute to the team’s travel expenses. If you enjoy skating and love spooky costumes, you can help them reach their goal.

Wool Expo

Meet and speak with wool producers, craftspeople and artists at the Canberra Wool Expo on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May. Photo: Old Bus Depot Markets.

Canberra Wool Expo 2022

When: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave Kingston
Cost: Free entry. Find out more at Old Bus Depot Markets.

Head to the Old Bus Depot Markets this weekend to meet and speak with wool producers, craftspeople and artists. With demonstrations of hand-spinning, weaving and shearing, there’s plenty for all to enjoy.

Wedding expo

Find your dream team, see gorgeous displays, plus get advice. Photo: Supplied.

Your Local Wedding Guide Canberra Expo

When: Sunday 15 May, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: EPIC Budawang
Cost: Free. Get your tickets here.

It doesn’t matter which style of wedding you want – country, beach, city, large or small – this event has it all from reception venues, to beauty, dresses, flowers, and photographers. On display will be various niche industries to give you insight into how to accentuate your wedding style with unique details. Visit as many exhibitors as possible to find what you are looking for and to learn more about what you can do to make your day even more special.

Celeste Barber – Fine, Thanks. LIVE TOUR

When: Sunday 15 May, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall
Cost: $125. Get your tickets here.

Australia’s Queen of Comedy is bored of being stuck at home, and you best believe she’s ready to hit the road again. Fine, Thanks explores and exploits everything from celebrity sex toys to why hot girls can’t dance and details the giddy euphoria and brutal devastation of being invited to Coachella — the same year it was cancelled.


MissM is a singer-songwriter whose magical music has had her dubbed a Mujician.

MissM Live

When: Sunday 15 May, 4 pm
Where: Queenies at Kingston
Cost: Free. More information about the event here.

MissM is a multi-genre singer/songwriter with a passion for music that knows no bounds. Smooth tone and percussive lyrics with a mixture of soul, folk, and jazz that take you on a journey, leave you thinking, and make you feel understood.

Eurovision logo

Will Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra make it to Turin? Is the second time the charm for Italy’s Mahmood? Photo: NFSA.

Eurovision Song Contest 2022

When: Sunday 15 May, 7 pm
Where: National Film and Sound Archive
Cost: $25. Get your tickets here.

Get your team together for a night of fun and games as the NFSA celebrates the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The show will be streamed live in Arc and you’re invited to sing along to this year’s ballads and bangers. It’s your chance to cheer on Australia’s Sheldon Riley, performing an original song ‘Not the Same’. It will feature a special Eurovision bingo game and award prizes for the best team outfit, so come support your favourite nation! Tickets include a glass of bubbles upon arrival.

two people facing grassland with their hands raised

Draw while listening to the Cashews, loved for their quirky acoustic songs full of humour. Photo: Supplied.

Drawn In: The Cashews

When: Sunday 15 May, 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: National Portrait Gallery
Cost: Free. Limited capacity.

Draw along with Canberra duo, the Cashews. Known for their quirky acoustic songs full of humour, sensitivity, and interconnectedness, the Cashews are sure to entertain. Be on the lookout for homages to local landmarks, such as the Tuggeranong Parkway and the safety lights on Mount Majura. As you create your own visual composition, let colour be your instrument and line your melody.

People dancing

Learn to dance while exercising and having fun. Sounds too good to be true. Photo: Supplied.

Renew You: Zumba In Garema Place

When: Tuesday 17 May, 12 pm to 1 pm
Where: Garema Place
Cost: Free. Get your tickets here.

Latin rhythms combine with cardiovascular exercise to create an exciting and fun Zumba class with high energy levels. Featuring Latin dance and music, Zumba fitness combines Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Samba, Flamenco and more to create your perfect workout! It’s a really fun class that burns fat, tones and sculpts your body as well as teaches you how to dance! Zumba is an entry-level class that is suitable for both beginners and experienced dancers.

Llewellyn Series – Miracles in the Age of Reason. Photo: Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Llewellyn Series – Miracles in the Age of Reason. Photo: Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

CSO: Miracles in the Age of Reason

When: Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May, 7:30 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music.
Cost: $30 – $101, available via the CSO website.

The second concert as part of Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Llewellyn Series is Miracles in the Age of Reason, conducted by Benjamin Bayl with special guest Emma Sholl (flute).

Kunimasa Utagawa

Kunimasa Utagawa, 1902, Nihonbare Ro-ryo no yikidoke. Image: National Library of Australia.

2022 National Library of Australia Fellowship Presentation: From Paris to Dalian

When: Thursday 19 May, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: Theatre, National Library of Australia and livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page.
Cost: Free, bookings essential. No bookings required to watch the livestream.

Join the National Library of Australia for a presentation from 2022 National Library of Australia Fellow Dr Ryan Johnson.

Dr Ryan Johnson considers how the entanglement of Russian and French culture appeared in 20th century Japanese literature. Rarely understanding ‘French’ and ‘Russian’ in the same sense, Japanese writers constructed competing analogies for how Japanese literature related to the other two. This talk offers another way of thinking about reception and influence both in modern Japanese literature and world literature.

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