26 March 2021

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (26 March – 1 April)

| Sharon Kelley
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Characters from 'Vikings' TV show.

The Scandinavian Australian Club is hosting a Viking Dinner at Tallagandra Hill Winery on Saturday, 27 March. Photo: Supplied.

It’s a busy week ahead for things to do in Canberra.

The Aussie Peace Walk is on all weekend, Elements4Life is opening a new gym in Belconnen, and Hachiku is launching her album, I’ll Probably Be Asleep, at the Gorman Arts Centre.

There’s a pop-up shopping event happening at The Social Club to support women in business, and don’t miss the 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force flyover with more than 60 aircraft on Wednesday, 31 March.

Have a great week, Canberra!

All weekend

Rotary Aussie Peace Walk 2021 image.

Get ready to take a stroll in the Aussie Peace Walk 2021. Image: Supplied.

Aussie Peace Walk 2021

When: Friday, 26 March, to Sunday, 28 March.
Where: Around Lake Burley Griffin.
Cost: Ranges from free to $80 – find out more about entry fees here, and register at Aussie Peace Walk.

The Rotary Aussie Peace Walk is a new event built around a series of walks to take place in Canberra on the last weekend of March. The primary aim is “to create a fun and engaging festival with an international feel and a focus on peace and understanding”.

The Aussie Peace Walk is just as it sounds – it is not a race, it is a two-day challenge. Entrants can take part in the Saturday or Sunday events, but commemorative medals will only be awarded to people who complete one walk on each day.


Mi-Sex saluting onstage with crowd cheering behind them.

New Zealand new wave band Mi-Sex will be playing all their hits and more at Royal Queanbeyan Hotel on Friday, 26 March. Photo: Mi-Sex Facebook.

Mi Sex at the Royal Queanbeyan Hotel

When: Friday 26 March, 5:30 pm for a 6 pm start.
Where: Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, 85 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan.
Cost: General admission $40.80; with meal, $86.70. Bookings via OzTix.

In a set that will include all the hits from Mi-Sex’s debut LP, Graffiti Crimes, as well as albums Space Race (1980), Shanghaied! (1981) and Where Do They Go? (1983), Mi-Sex promises to consecrate the soundtrack of a generation with hits But You Don’t Care, Computer Games, People, Blue Day and Castaway’, alongside a few newbies.


Hachiku I’ll Probably Be Asleep album launch

When: Saturday, 27 March at 7 pm.
Where: Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon.
Cost: $11 concession, $16 general admission. Book through Humanitix.

Melbourne artist Hachiku has just released her debut album, I’ll Probably Be Asleep, on Milk! Records and is finally able to tour and celebrate its release. Sink into the dream pop sounds of Hachiku in an intimate session as she launches her album alongside Canberra locals Paint Store and Yasmine Hosseini at Gorman Arts Centre.

Banquet hall at Tallagandra Hill Winery.

The Scandinavian Australian Association presents a Viking Dinner at Tallagandra Hill Winery this Saturday. Photo: Supplied.

Viking dinner at Tallagandra Hill Winery

When: Saturday, 27 March, at 6 pm.
Where: Tallagandra Hill Winery, 1692 Murrumbateman Road, Gundaroo, NSW.
Cost: $70 per person (members), or $80 per person (non-members). To book, click here.

After a year of limited social opportunities, the Scandinavian Australian Association is thrilled to invite people to a Viking Dinner in the vast banquet hall at Tallagandra Hill Winery in Gundaroo, NSW. My Kitchen Rules winner from 2011, Bella Jakubiak, will create a delicious Viking-inspired dining experience.

Elements4Life studio.

Catch the grand opening of the Elements4Life studio in Belconnen on Saturday, 27 March. Photo: Supplied.

Grand opening of Elements4Life in Belconnen

When: Saturday, 27 March, 2021, from 6:30 am to 11 am.
Where: 2 Ibbott Lane, Belconnen.
Cost: Free – registrations essential at Elements4Life.

From successful beginnings in Harrison, Elements4Life has expanded its offering to Belconnen, and is inviting you to join the grand opening event with free training sessions from their brand new SmartStudio, showcasing its SmartTeam technology and giving you a taste of the Elements4Life experience.


Brass on the Grass

When: Sunday, 28 March, 2021, from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Where: Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall.
Cost: Free, but registrations are essential. Register at TryBooking.

Brass on the Grass is back for its 13th annual picnic concert on Sunday, 28 March, from 4 pm to 6 pm. The Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, in conjunction with Canberra Brass Incorporated, presents this free concert on the grounds of Hall Primary School. Spaces are limited so entry is through a pre-booked ticket only.

Aretha Brown at Invasion Day protest.

Aretha Brown says art and activism sit comfortably together. Photo: Supplied.

Art Activism by Great Women Conference

When: Sunday, 28 March, from 2 pm to 7 pm.
Where: Kambri at ANU.
Cost: Free for students; conference + networking, $50; conference only, $35; networking only, $15 – bookings essential at Eventbrite.

The Art Activism by Great Women Conference brings together prominent female artists from around Australia – Aretha Brown, Kaff-eine, Jane Gillings and Claire Martin – to discuss their art and activism, sharing powerful ideas, diverse perspectives and inspiring action.

The ticketed conference comprises individual artist talks and Q&A sessions, followed by a group panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Region Media‘s Genevieve Jacobs, an afternoon tea, and finishing with an hour-long networking and wine tasting – courtesy of Lerida Estate – at aMBUSH Gallery.

Pop Up Boutique by The CBR Woman

When: Sunday, 28 March, from 11 am to 2 pm.
Where: The Social Club, 48 Jardine Street, Kingston.
Cost: Free.

This market-style event will feature stalls from more than 20 local businesses, and is the perfect chance to treat yourself while feeling good about supporting local women in business.


Canberra Symphony Orchestra performing onstage.

Join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra live at Llewellyn Hall. Photo: Supplied.

The Seven Deadly Sins by Canberra Symphony Orchestra

When: Wednesday, 31 March, and Thursday, 1 April, at 7:30 pm.
Where: Llewellyn Hall ANU.
Cost: Under 30, $30; concession, $49-$89; adult, $59-$101 – book at Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

The centrepiece of the program is Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, a scathing commentary on the perils of capitalist ambitions. This fractured fairytale follows Anna, voiced by Artist in Focus Lorina Gore, as she traverses an imaginary parallel of the US to earn money for her greedy family.

Each time Anna’s alter ego tries to behave morally, she’s scolded for failing to commit one of the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth. Each has its own musical character. A skillful satirist, Weill borrows from popular and traditional music: the foxtrot, the church chorale, circus music, and even a barbershop quartet.

RAAF plane flying.

The RAAF flyover is always a hit with adults and kids. Photo: Supplied.

Centenary of the RAAF: Spectacular Centenary Flypast

When: Wednesday, 31 March, from 9:30 am to 12 pm.
Where: Lake Burley Griffin
Cost: Free

The Royal Australian Air Force will mark its 100th anniversary with a flypast over Canberra – a rare and exciting opportunity to see a wide range of current and historic military aircraft. More than 60 aircraft will fly in waves over Lake Burley Griffin from 9:30 am. This spectacular event will culminate with a full display by the Roulettes aerobatic team.

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