23 April 2021

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (23 - 29 April)

| Lottie Twyford
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Melinda Schneider: A Farewell To Doris

Melinda Schneider: A Farewell To Doris is showing at Canberra Theatre Centre on Friday 23 April. Photo: Supplied.

As we head into the Anzac Day long weekend, it looks set to be a sunny one with plenty to keep everybody busy.

Canberra Theatre has a busy week ahead with performances from Melinda Schneider and comedian Daniel Sloss.

On Saturday, there is plenty of fun to be had for the whole family at the Dickson BikeFEST – including a pedal-powered documentary screening.

For Anzac Day, alongside commemorations, the Stronger than Fiction Documentary Festival is kicking off with a showing of the acclaimed film The Mole Agent, and Canberra Strings will deliver a special performance in Braidwood.

Later in the week, Siren Bar & Restaurant will host a Brand & Sons Wine Dinner, and Belco Arts presents The Point, a new full-length dance work.

Have a great week, Canberra!


Melinda Schneider: A Farewell To Doris

When: Friday 23 April, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: $69.90 – $120 + BF, available online.

After multiple re-shuffles, Canberra is set to welcome Australian singer Melinda Schneider. She pays tribute to her childhood idol in A Farewell To Doris, performing all of Doris Day’s timeless hits, including Que Sera, Sera and Sentimental Journey, backed by the wonderful Young At Heart Orchestra.

It’s to be a nostalgic concert celebration of a remarkable life.

Tickets available online.


Dickson BikeFest

The Dickson BikeFEST will kick off at 3:00 pm. Image: City Renewal Authority.

Dickson BikeFEST

When: Saturday 24 April, 3:00 pm onwards
Where: Dickson Library
Cost: Free; register for the documentary screening online.

You are invited to the Dickson BikeFEST – a free, all-ages bike party!

Activities include a Show ‘n’ Shine – bring your pimped out ride to be eligible to win great prizes from Tune Bikeworks, trail building information, a kids’ balance bike race, e-bikes for test-driving and a pedal-powered screening of the documentary Motherload.
Later on, there will be bike-powered live music from Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows and a dance party on the Communifi Sound System Bike.
More information can be found on their Facebook page.
Family at BarkFest

Carly Harding with her children Nicholas and Tiffany, and her 7-year-old Shih Tzu x Maltese, Winston. Photo: Supplied.

BarkFest 2.0

When: Saturday 24 April, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Where: QT Canberra
Cost: Varies, tickets available online.

The Social Dog Company has teamed up with QT Canberra again to present Barkfest, a uniquely fun fundraising dog day that will get tails wagging.

Barkfest invites dogs and guests to sit, stay and play while enjoying the finest food and beverages alongside entertainment and four-legged activities.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be split into two sessions, the first from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and the second from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in QT Canberra’s back car park and deck area. Registration is essential.


Are you a budding textile artist? Photo: Carol Cooke.

ACT Textile Arts Society Market Stall

When: Saturday 24 April, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Arts Society, 6 Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free.

Saturday is the day to come and buy some beautiful artisan textile works. The creative community has been working hard to make unique, beautiful and affordable items for sale. ACT Textile Arts Society (ACTTAA) is a community of craft artists who make items with wool, fabric and paper. This Saturday, they are selling newly made items such as decorated tea towels, knitted garments, IPAD covers, pincushions, handmade cards, 3D printed jewellery and games.

All will be displayed in the gardens of the gallery.

There will also be a plant sale.


The Mole Agent film still

The Mole Agent will be the first film screened at this year’s Stranger than Fiction Documentary Festival. Photo: Stronger than Fiction.

Stronger than Fiction Documentary Film Series 2021: The Mole Agent

When: Sunday 25 April, 2:00 pm
Where: Dendy Cinemas Canberra
Cost: $13.50 – $20, tickets available here.

Stronger than Fiction, Canberra’s very own documentary film festival is back for 2021, but in a totally new format.

The first film screened will be the Oscar-nominated The Mole Agent, a story of a geriatric gumshoe who is hired by a private detective agency with a mission to infiltrate a nursing home.

Screenings will then take place once a month over the course of the year.

Canberra Strings

Canberra Strings will be performing Schubert’s String Quartet no. 14, Death and the Maiden. Photo: Canberra Strings.

Canberra Strings: Schubert’s Death and the Maiden

When: Sunday 25 April, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: St Andrew’s Anglican Church, 47 Elrington St, Braidwood
Cost: $20 – $25, available here.

Canberra Strings will be presenting their second pop-up concert performing two Schubert string quartets on Anzac Day at St Andrews Anglican Church in Braidwood.

Performed on the day will be Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No.14, the elegiac Death and the Maiden.

Why not make a day of it in Braidwood, with the Anzac Day march and service followed by lunch and a concert?

All tickets must be pre-booked and paid for online.

Mini train

Canberra Miniature Railway will be having an open day this Sunday. Photo: Canberra Miniature Railway.

Canberra Miniature Railway Open Days

When: Sunday 25 April, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston
Cost: $10 per person (children aged 3 and under free) for unlimited rides.

Got a Thomas the Tank Engine fan?

Bring them along to the Canberra Miniature Railway’s public running days!

They are offering rides on the Yerrabi Line to the top of the hill with their 5-inch gauge line taking you through the tunnel. There will also be an animated light show for all to enjoy.

Free parking, canteen facilities available.


Daniel Sloss

Daniel Sloss is coming to Canberra Theatre Centre on Tuesday 27 April. Photo: Visit Canberra.

Daniel Sloss

When: Tuesday 27 April, 7:15 pm to 8:20 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: $49.90 + BF, available online.

International superstar Daniel Sloss returns to Australia with a brand new show. 2019 was a huge year for Daniel with a world tour that spanned 40 countries and culminated in the release of his latest critically acclaimed comedy special on HBO across Canada and the United States.

He is one of the hottest touring comedians in the world, so don’t miss your chance to see him live when he comes to Australia for a strictly limited run of shows.


Wine dinner at Siren

A wine dinner at Siren Bar & Restaurant is an occasion not to miss. Image: Siren Bar.

Brand & Sons Wine Dinner at Siren Bar & Restaurant

When: Thursday 29 April, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Siren Bar & Restaurant
Cost: $112.96, tickets available here.

If you’re a red drinker, then this wine dinner is for you.

Sam Brand from leading South Australian winery Jim Brand & Sons will be showcasing some of their best wines matched with some wonderful food by one of Canberra’s leading chefs, Darren Perryman, at Siren Bar & Restaurant.

Tickets are limited and this three-course dinner is expected to sell out quickly.

They can be purchased here.

A dancer with light around him

The Point is on its way to Belconnen Arts Centre. Photo: Liz Lea Dance Company.

The Point

When: Thursday 29 April to Saturday 1 May, 7:30 pm (and 2:00 pm on 1 May)
Where: Belco Arts, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Cost: $35 concession, $45 adults, tickets available online.

Liz Lea Dance Company and Belco Arts present The Point, a new full-length dance work created and performed by a multi-national company of dancers from across Australia and India exploring and celebrating the interconnections in design, movement and music.

Taking inspiration from the designs of Walter and Marion Griffin and the notion of ‘Bindu’ – the point of creation in Hindu mythology – The Point explores connections between place and people through the prism of light.

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