12 January 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (13 - 19 January)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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SLAM! is returning to Canberra with a brand new fight night show. Photo: SLAM Pro Wrestling League.

There’s something for everyone in Canberra this week, starting with Lunar New Year celebrations in Dickson, baseball games in Narrabundah, a new exhibition at Canberra Glassworks, a circus-themed theatrical show at Canberra Theatre, a fight night in Ainslie, the return of the Bus Depot Markets and a photo print workshop at the National Library of Australia.

What will you choose to do?

Lunar New Year celebrations

There will be plenty of entertainment at the Lunar New Year Festival in Dickson. Photo: ACT Government.

Dickson Lunar New Year Celebration

When: Friday, 13 January, from 3:30 pm to 8 pm; Saturday 14 January, from 11 am to 3 pm; and Saturday, 21 January, from 1 pm to 11 pm
Where: Woolley Street, Dickson
Cost: Free.

As 2023 has kicked off, the countdown to the Lunar New Year festivities is on.

Dickson will host lion dance performers, roving artists, food stalls, decorations and performances by various local community groups. There will also be an unveiling of a Zodiac Rabbit sculpture.

The main event takes place on 21 January, but there are plenty of fun and free activities and things to see with the whole family before and after.

Canberra Cavalry

Canberra Cavalry v Perth Heat on 12, 13, 14 and 15 January 2023. Photo: Peter Norton. SMPIMAGES.COM / ABL MEDIA.

Canberra Cavalry v Perth Heat

When: Friday 13, Saturday 14, Sunday 15 January
Where: MIT Narrabundah Ballpark, Kyeema St, Narrabundah
Cost: Tickets from $10 and can be purchased here.

If you love baseball, then we’ve got a match you won’t want to miss.

Come and see the Canberra Cavalry go head to head against Perth Heat for their first game of the year. There will also be food and drink available to purchase at the ballpark while you’re watching the game too.

artist in a studio

Local artist Louis Grant in the studio. Photo: Pew Pew Studio.

Net Worth exhibition

When: Saturday 14 January, 4 pm
Where: Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston
Cost: Free entry.

The home of glass art in Canberra is welcoming the opening of its first exhibition of 2023 – Net Worth.

The Canberra Glassworks’ new exhibit brings together works from upcoming artists, including Louis Grant, Jessica Murtagh, Shirley Jianzhen Wu and Madisyn Zabel as they explore concepts of identity, societal stereotypes and technology.

Each artist provides a unique commentary on today’s expectations of self-worth, perceived worth and financial worth and how evolving values may guide our future.

Net Worth celebrates the next generation of artists who continue the peer-to-peer cycle of learning and making. Each of the artists acknowledges glassmaking traditions and processes while also exploring issues within contemporary culture and how they are valued within our culture today.

The exhibition runs until 26 February.

circus ringmaster

Circus of Illusion is on 14 to 15 January at Canberra Theatre Centre. Image: Supplied.

Circus of Illusion

When: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Cct
Cost: Tickets from $59 and can be purchased here.

Escape into a world where sawdust and sequins join cutting-edge illusions and spectacular magic to create Circus of Illusion, playing two shows only.

The ringmaster will take you on a journey where he blends world-class circus artists with spellbinding magic that will leave you mesmerised by a show of mystery and mayhem.

There will also be amazing showgirls levitating, disappearing and flying high in the air as the talented troupe of performers from across the globe treat your senses to a show of pure spectacle.

Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, the incredible Sascha Williams, will astound with his high-risk rola-bola act that has taken him all over the world.


Wrestling at Ainslie Football Club: as real as it gets! Photo: SLAM Pro Wrestling League.

SLAM! Pro Wrestling League 6 – Live pro wrestling

When: Saturday 14 January, from 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Ainslie Football & Social Club, 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie
Cost: Tickets from $24.62 and can be purchased here.

SLAM! Rumble showcases 20 professional wrestling battling it out for the belt. Competitors include Mikey Broderick, Luke Watts, Dan Archer, The Super Bison, Vinnie Bronson, Crofty and many more. With ring-side seats already sold out, book your tickets now, so you don’t miss out.

Old Bus Depot Markets

The first market of 2023 is finally here! Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Summertime Market at the Old Bus Depot Markets

When: Sunday 15 January, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston
Cost: Free.

You’re invited to the first markets of 2023 at the Old Bus Depot.

This Sunday from 9:30 am, you can join local stall holders as they showcase and sell their handmade products and items to the Canberra community, taste a variety of fresh and authentic multicultural foods, try some freshly baked treats, summer fruits and listen to some live performances from locals. What’s not to love?

Photo print

Have you ever done photo printing? The National Library is holding a special event for kids these school holidays. Photo: Supplied.

Photoprint Workshop at the National Library

When: Thursday 19 January, from 10 am to 12 pm
Where: The National Library of Australia
Cost: Tickets are $5 per person, book here.

To coincide with the Viewfinder: Photography from the 1970s to Now exhibition, the National Library has partnered with PhotoAccess ACT for a special school holiday workshop.

In this two-hour workshop, participants will have an opportunity to have a guided tour of the Viewfinder exhibition and experience producing a cyanotype print. Cyanotyping is a very early photo-imaging process developed in the 1840s using the sun, and (harmless) chemical reaction patterns and shapes can be captured.

This workshop is suitable for children aged eight to 15 and their families (or younger with parental supervision).

Bookings are essential for this workshop. The cyanotype printing portion of this activity will take place outside on the Podium, so please bring appropriate sun protection.

This event is presented by PhotoAccess ACT and the National Library of Australia.

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