17 February 2022

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (18 February — 24 February)

| Ben Arnedo
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Kate Ceberano in concert at Tallagandra Hill Winery

Kate Ceberano in concert at Tallagandra Hill Winery – a rare intimate music experience. Photo: Supplied.

Summer may have been a little slow off the mark but it has certainly heated up and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. This week, you might like venturing to a winery for a show, or rediscovering your body’s abilities with Praksis.

For those who like to venture outside, there is no shortage of musical events and talks and, if you walk around the city at night you can feel the vibe returning.

It is still a challenging time for events, so you might still see the odd cancellation – check the official sources for the most up-to-date information – but summer is drawing to a close, so get out there.

All weekend

Lerida by the Lake – wine tasting & antipasto for two

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Lerida Estate
Cost: $64. Get your tickets here.

Enjoy an hour-long wine tasting with delicious antipasto and the finest views in town! While you graze on meats and cheeses, staff will guide you through five different wines. Afterwards, grab a seat at the wine bar and enjoy your favourite with a view of Lake Burley Griffin.

Belco Jazz Band performing

Free live music resumes at the Belconnen Markets. Photo: Buda Arnedo.

Weekend Music at the Belconnen Markets

When: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 February, from 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Belconnen Markets, 10 Lathlain Street, Belconnen
Cost: FREE. More information on their website.

Now that the market has returned after its big move, there’ll be weekend music to entertain the whole family. Take a moment to savour your coffee and listen to the catchy tunes performed by Lucky Jim on Saturday, and the fabulous gipsy jazz selection performed by Mathew Dennet and the Belco Jazz Band on Sunday.


Balter beers

Canberra Southern Cross Club, Jamison presents their Balter Beer Dinner on Friday 18 February at 6 pm. Photo: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Balter Beer Dinner

When: Friday 18 February, 6 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Jamison, corner of Catchpole & Bowman St, Macquarie
Cost: $80, tickets at Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Enjoy a five-course menu designed by the head chef, perfectly matched perfectly with five beers from Balter Brewery. Beer ambassador and certified Cicerone Nick Sargeant will host the event.


Summer Markets event poster

The CBR Woman presents Summer Markets on Saturday 19 February. Image: The CBR Woman.

Summer Markets by The CBR Woman

When: Saturday 19 February, 10:30 am to 2 pm
Where: The Fitters Workshop, Kingston
Cost: FREE.

It’s time to get behind Canberra women in business. Go along to The CBR Woman summer market, which brings together all your favourite local makers and creators in one place. Spend your Saturday supporting local and treating yourself (or someone else)!

The capital’s much loved open-air free Shakespeare season returns in 2022

The capital’s much-loved open-air free Shakespeare season returns in 2022.

Shakespeare by the Lakes IV: As You Like It – Patrick White Lawns

When: Saturday 19 February, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Patrick White Lawns, National Library
Cost: FREE. Get your tickets here.

Tony Knight directs this much-loved comedy about love overcoming adversity. It’s full of mistaken identities, wandering jesters and enchanted forests. With original music by Jay Cameron, this fine cast will transport you to the forest of Arden and lift your spirits. Don’t worry about your sour high school Shakespeare memories, this will be tons of fun with lots of local references.

Lakespeare is an independent theatre company on a mission to make theatrical culture accessible to Canberrans and beyond. Their summer season includes many free outdoor performances. Admission is free. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen.


Digital event: MusicACT Class: Putting Pen to Paper

When: Sunday 20 February, from 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Online. Zoom link here
Cost: FREE. Get your tickets here.

The songwriting process can be one of the most exciting and challenging parts of being a musician. We all have a song inside of us that needs to be heard, but sometimes it’s hard to get on paper. How do we make it happen?

In this instalment of MusicACT’s Digital Program, you’ll hear from renowned Australian artists Ali Barter and Nette France about writing, writer’s block, collaboration, and much more.

Kate Ceberano in concert at Tallagandra Hill Winery

Kate Ceberano in concert at Tallagandra Hill Winery – a rare intimate music experience. Photo: Supplied.

Kate Ceberano – Live at Tallagandra Hill

When: Sunday 20 February, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Tallagandra Hill Winery, Gundaroo
Cost: $101. Get your tickets here.

Kate Ceberano is a creative tour-de-force and the voice of a generation. Leading pop-funk band I’m Talking, Kate racked up five consecutive hit singles and a platinum debut album “Bear Witness”. With 13 Platinum records, eight Gold records, three ARIA awards, and seven nominations for Best Female Artist, Kate is Australian entertainment royalty.

Food will be available to purchase on the night, doors open at 4:30 pm.


Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry Night

When: Monday 21 February, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra City
Cost: FREE.

Mother Tongue’s first poetry night for 2022 will showcase some local multilingual poets sharing cultures and identities from around Australia and the world. It also celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) to raise awareness of language, cultural diversity and multilingualism.


Rupert Myer

Rupert Myer AO on how to exercise our cultural heritage with integrity and impact. Photo: Australia Council.

Keynote: Rupert Myer: Growing Australia’s Cultural Inheritance

When: Tuesday 22 February, from 6 pm to 7 pm
Where: National Museum of Australia
Cost: FREE. Get your tickets here.

Our culture is both ancient and modern. It is diverse, fearless, fresh, vital, witty and immersive. In large part, our success as a nation is based on our shared cultural heritage and its constant renewal.

Australians are more culturally engaged than Europeans. Why are arts and culture so significant to Australians? Businessman, philanthropist and respected arts leader Rupert Myer AO will explore these themes in a keynote address at the National Museum of Australia.

If you are unable to attend in person, this event will be live-streamed. Bookings are essential.



When: Every Wednesday, from 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Where: Glebe Park
Cost: FREE. Get your tickets here.

Get your body moving and your mind focused with free movement classes by Praksis Canberra. Explore creative ways to move and express yourself and prepare for the day ahead.

The classes are open to everyone and adjustments are made as needed, including for those with immobility, weakness, or low levels of fitness. They combine principles and exercises from many disciplines to enhance being in your body.

In a supportive environment, you will learn various exercises, be able to enjoy moving your body, and will feel energised and rejuvenated. Presented by City Renewal Authority.

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