15 September 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (16 - 22 September)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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The Barber Of Seville at The Canberra Theatre Centre. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

The Barber Of Seville

When: Thursday 15 September to Saturday 17 September, 1 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square London Circuit, Canberra
How much: $129.00 plus transaction fee; tickets at Canberra Theatre Centre.

The Barber of Seville hits the Canberra Theatre Stage from Thursday to Saturday this week. Rossini’s most famous ‘opera buffa’ is a musical masterpiece with a storyline that would be equally at home in a Hollywood rom-com. Opera Australia’s finest voices and a live orchestra will deliver a score that is instantly familiar from renditions in movies, cartoons and commercials. The frothy humour is intoxicating here, and the chorus revels in every uproarious escapade.

Irish and Celtic Music Festival

Come and enjoy some traditional Irish and Celtic music this weekend in Yass. Photo: Yass Valley Council.

Irish & Celtic Music Festival

When: Friday 16 September to Sunday 18 September, from 5 pm
Where: Yass
How much: From $25 to $95; children under 12 are free with a paying adult. More info here.

Join the Craic in Yass at the Irish and Celtic Music Festival for a weekend of traditional Irish and Celtic music, plus Australian folk, master classes and Junior Fleadh, sessions galore and Blackboard venues, Celtic markets, Poets Soiree and breakfasts, Ceilis and special workshops. So much entertainment for all of the family to enjoy at various venues within Yass.


Dave Tacon, Australian Renton Millar, world champion professional skateboarder, performs a method air above a half pipe ramp before a crowd of young onlookers at Prahran, Victoria, in 2009. Photo: Dave Tacon.

Viewfinder: Photography from the 1970s to Now

When: Friday 16 September, to Monday 13 March 2023
Where: Exhibition Gallery, National Library of Australia
How much: Free entry, no booking required. More info on the website.

Viewfinder: Photography from the 1970s to Now at the National Library takes a unique look at the journey of Australian documentary photography over the last five decades, from black and white images to the vibrant high-definition images of today.

Drawing exclusively from the vast photography collection at the National Library of Australia, the 125 images in this exhibition reveal a changing Australia.

Images showcase everything from shearers, dancers, diggers and knitters to sporting heroes, bronzed bodies on the beach, winged angels at Mardi Gras and more.

the dock

Come down to The Dock on Friday to support the Raiders. Photo: Facebook.

Raiders Semi-Final Watch Party at The Dock

When: Friday 16 September, 7 pm
Where: The Dock, Kingston Foreshore
How much: Free entry.

Calling all Raiders fans! If you can’t make it to Sydney to watch the Raiders v Eels this Friday, don’t worry, we have the next best thing. Come down to The Dock Semi-final Watch Party in Kingston this Friday to cheer on the Mighty Green Machine!

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Tom Fell and Rachael Thoms head up the Fringe of Squaredom band. Photo: Supplied.

Jazz Down Under by The Fringe of Squaredom

When: Sunday 18 September, 4 pm to 6 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre – 137 Reed St N, Greenway
How much: $35. More info and tickets at Humantix.

Following their sell-out performances in 2021, The Fringe of Squaredom is back to present a concert of exclusively Australian jazz this Sunday in Tuggeranong. Playing original compositions and a selection of favourites from the Australian Jazz Real Book, this is a unique opportunity to go Down Under and dig into the Aussie sound!

Old train

It’s not just a train trip, it’s a journey back in time. Photo: Rail Motor Society Paterson.

Heritage Train shuttle from Canberra to Bungendore and return

When: Saturday 17 September, Sunday 18 September, 10: 30 am to 3 pm
Where: Canberra Railway Station
How much: Tickets from $60, book here.

All aboard the Heritage Train this weekend as it takes off for a trip to Bungendore. Departing from the Canberra Railway Station in the morning, passengers will get to enjoy beautiful, scenic country views, followed by a two-course lunch at The Carrington Inn.


Floriade will take over Commonwealth Park from Saturday. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Floriade 2022

When: Saturday 17 September to Sunday 16 October, 9 am to 5: 30 pm
Where: Commonwealth Park
How much: Free entry.

In bloomin’ good news, Floriade is making a colourful return to Commonwealth Park this weekend to celebrate its 35th year! Not only will it be a boost of colour not seen in the past two years, but it’s also expected to boost the Territory’s economy, with thousands of interstate visitors expected to attend. Its theme this year will be Sounds of Spring.

Running until mid-October, this year will feature new exhibits, a gnome experience, Canberra-themed Nutella jars and Gardening Australia’s own Costa Georgiadis will be making a special appearance.

Swan Lake - Royal Czech Ballet

Swan Lake – Royal Czech Ballet from 18 to 20 September at Canberra Theatre Centre. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

Swan Lake – Royal Czech Ballet

When: Sunday 18 to Tuesday 20 September
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra
How much: $115.00 plus transaction fee. Get tickets here.

From this Sunday at The Canberra Theatre, The Royal Czech Ballet will visit Australia for the first time with Swan Lake – the most loved classical ballet of them all.

Swan Lake is the love story of Prince Siegfried, who falls in love with Odette. Odette is under a spell so she’s a swan by day and a woman at night. The spell can only be broken by a man who will pledge his love forever. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness ultimately conquer evil and betrayal. The Royal Czech Ballet features elite dancers from all over Europe – this is an unmissable and unforgettable event.

Mannequin wearing a purple top

Designer Sundays is on every third Sunday at Old Bus Depot Markets. Photo: Old Bus Depot Markets.

Themed Sundays: Designer Sunday

When: Sunday 18 September, 9: 30 am to 2: 30 pm
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston
How much: Free entry.

Held on the third Sunday of every month at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Designer Sunday showcases fresh-thinking Australian designers, makers and artists. You’ll find plenty of creative and crafty stallholders selling their handmade and vintage jewellery, fashion, accessories, homewares, and artwork.

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