4 June 2021

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (4 - 10 June)

| Lottie Twyford
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Milk by Dylan Van Den Berg

The Street Presents Milk by Dylan Van Den Berg. Thursday 3 June (Preview) to Saturday 12 June. Photo: The Street Theatre.

Despite the cold, the capital is pulling out all of the stops to keep you entertained.

Luckily for your toes, most of these events are indoors. If not, a thick pair of socks may be in order.

Music lovers might be keen to catch the Djinama Yilaga Yuin Choir and Candelo musicians and artists in two special concerts, or see the Vietnam Requiem and memorial concert. A special collaboration between some Aussie artists, ‘Mess Esque’ will also be on show.

The World of Musicals will add a bit of flair to your Monday evening.

Theatre buffs can embark on an exploration of self and Country in Milk by Dylan Van Den Berg.

It’s also time to bid adieu to the Southern Cross Yacht Club marquee, enjoy an Aussie BBQ, welcome the New Zealanders back to Canberra for a Super Rugby clash and thank a first responder.

Have a great week, Canberra!

All week

Milk by Dylan Van Den Berg

When: Thursday 3 June to Saturday 12 June, various times
Where: Street Theatre
Cost: $35 to $42, book online.

Milk by Dylan Van Den Berg is a powerful story of longing, of connection and the ghosts of the past starring Katie Beckett, Roxanne McDonald and Dylan Van Den Berg in the world premiere season.

On the precipice of something life-changing, a young Palawa man plunges into an exploration of self and Country.

All weekend

Djinama Yilaga Choir

Djinama Yilaga Choir performing at Four Winds Festival 2021. Photo: David Rogers.

Sharing Stories And Songs From Yuin Country

When: Friday 4 June, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday 5 June, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: National Museum of Australia
Cost: Friday – $17.50 to $25, Saturday – free. Tickets from the National Museum of Australia.

The Djinama Yilaga Yuin Choir and Candelo musicians and artists will be helping celebrate Reconciliation Week with two special events at the National Museum of Australia.

The Yuwinj-Dhari Bulwal: Yuin Country Explored documentary responds to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s journey along the east coast of Australia from a First Nations perspective.

On Saturday, a free concert will celebrate Reconciliation Week.

Vietnam requiem

Diggers Requiem Orchestra and Choir will perform at Flowers of War. Photo: Australian War Memorial.

Vietnam Requiem

When: Saturday 5 June to Sunday 6 June, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall – ANU School of Music, 100 William Herbert Place
Cost: Tickets are $25 for full-time students; $70 for veterans and concession card holders; $85 for adults. Tickets from Ticketek.

The ‘Vietnam Requiem’ will enhance understanding of all those touched by the Vietnam War, some 50 years after our nation’s withdrawal.

This concert will take audiences on a musical journey with popular songs from the era and orchestral movements that will respond to stories or events that shaped our perceptions or experiences.


Mess Esque

Mess Esque (Mick Turner and McKisko) Dream #12 Live is on Friday 4 June from 7:00 pm. Photo: Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres.

Mess Esque (Mick Turner + McKisko) Dream #12 Live

When: Friday 4 June, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon
Cost: $27.50 to $38.50 plus booking fee, tickets from Humanitix.

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres is super excited to present Mess Esque – a collaboration between Helen Franzmann (McKisko) and Mick Turner (Dirty Three).

These recordings began remotely during lockdown in 2020 between Turner in Melbourne and Franzmann in Brisbane and resulted in two albums set to be released this year.


Farewell the Marquee - One Final Adieu

Southern Cross Yacht Club presents Farewell the Marquee – One Final Adieu on Saturday. Photo: Canberra Southern Cross Club.

One Final Adieu – Farewell the Marquee Dinner

When: Saturday 5 June, 6:30 pm
Where: Southern Cross Yacht Club, Lakeside Marquee, Mariner Place, Yarralumla
Cost: $95 per person for a three-course dinner with matched wines and canapes. Book online now.

Join the Southern Cross Club as they bid farewell to the Marquee at the Yacht Club, with a night of delicious food and fond memories.

Canberra Southern Cross Club Executive Chefs Anil Kapoor and Jojy Vattoly have created a three-course menu of their favourite dishes to enjoy with matched wines and canapés. Hear from them as they share their stories of the events held in this space as we reminisce on the marquee over the last 20 years!

Have you held an unforgettable event in the marquee?

Event logo

The Aussie BBQ Festival is set to cook up a storm. Photo: Aussie BBQ Festival.

Aussie BBQ Festival – Queanbeyan

When: Saturday 5 June, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showgrounds
Cost: $5. Enter the cooking competition online.

The Aussie BBQ Festival is a BBQ festival designed for all levels of BBQs.

Come along and show off your skills, whether you have just bought a BBQ at Bunnings or have been cooking for years.

Everyone is welcome to attend, fun for all the family, with rides, live entertainment and a bar to keep the parents happy.

Supporters and fans

Back the Brumbies as they take on the Kiwis this week. Photo: Brumbies Rugby.

Brumbies v Hurricanes

When: Saturday 5 June, 7:45 pm
Where: GIO Stadium
Cost: $12 to $35. Tickets at Ticketek.

The New Zealanders are back! We’ve been waiting over a year for the challenge, and finally New Zealand’s best Super Rugby sides are back in the Capital to take on your Plus500 Brumbies!


Smith’s Comedy Open Mic Night

When: Sunday 6 June, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street Civic
Cost: $5. Tickets from Smith’s Alternative.

Join Smith’s Alternative for a night of laughs at their Comedy Open Mic Night. Everyone is welcome to drink a coffee and laugh at your friends.

Rules: Five minute sets. No jokes that demean people on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality. Keep each other safe and if you need an escort to your car please ask an organiser or staff member.


Singers on stage

The World of Musicals is coming to Canberra Theatre on Monday, 7 June. Photo: Supplied.

World of Musicals

Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
When: Monday 7 June, at 7:30 pm
Cost: $49.90 to $99.90 + booking fee. Tickets from the Canberra Theatre Centre.

This incredible production will return to Australia in 2021 with a brand new production and the wonderful revue of all your favourite musical theatre hits which include colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics, all performed by an international, star-studded cast, presenting the audience with nightly entertainment at the highest level.


Thank a First Responder Day

Thank A First Responder Day is on Wednesday 9 June. Image: Fortem Australia.

Thank a First Responder Day

When: Wednesday 9 June
Where: Australia-wide
Cost: Free.

Aussie paramedics, firefighters, police, search and rescue teams and more have gone above and beyond the call of duty in recent months, battling bushfires, floods and a pandemic in addition to their usual workload. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

Wednesday 9 June is Thank a First Responder Day. Show your support for our first responders by posting your message or video of thanks on your social media channels with the hashtags #ThankAFirstResponder and #PowerOfThanks.

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