16 February 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (17 - 23 February)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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National Multicultural Festival

The Multicultural Festival returns after a three-year hiatus this weekend. Photo: National Multicultural Festival, Facebook.

National Multicultural Festival

When: Friday 17 February to Sunday 19 February
Where: Canberra CBD (various locations)
Cost: Free

The 25th annual National Multicultural Festival is back in 2023 and everyone’s invited.

After two cancellations (in 2021 and 2022), the festival returns to showcase Canberra’s multicultural community.

The three-day event will feature its usual multicultural eats, have various stalls selling products from different community groups, live performances including dancers and singers and lots of fun activities for children and adults to enjoy.

For more information, visit Multicultural Festival.

Flaming Wreckage

Flaming Wreckage is set to perform at the festival. Photo: Canberra Metal Fest, Facebook.

Canberra Metal Fest

When: Friday, 17 February, Saturday, 18 February, from 5 pm
Where: The Basement, Belconnen
Cost: Tickets are $127.50 pp (two-day pass) and can be purchased here.

If you’re a metalhead who loves a music festival, this is the weekend you’ve been waiting for.

Taking place at the Basement across two days, you can enjoy music from some of the greatest stoner, metal, doom, and thrash bands Australia has to offer, including Abramelin, Arkanae, Carnal Viscera, Forakt, Goat Shaman, Lucifungus, Anoxia, Black Rheno, Burst, Outcest, Flaming wreckage, Gape, Gosika and more.

Multicultural Comedy Gala

The Multicultural Comedy Gala is on this Saturday at Canberra Theatre Centre. Image: Supplied.

Multicultural Comedy Gala

When: Saturday 18 February, at 8 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets are $59.90 and can be purchased here.

The Multicultural Comedy Gala is presented as part of the 2023 National Multicultural Festival.

This special show celebrates Australia’s rich cultural diversity with a world-class selection of the nation’s most acclaimed and celebrated comedians.

This star-studded line-up will poke fun at everything that makes us different but so much the same. Hosted by John Safran, the show will feature comedians from around the nation, including Steph Tisdell, Sami Shah, Tommy Dean, Khaled Khalafalla and He Huang.

mosaic rocks

Rock on! And mosaic your own rock this weekend. Photo: Eventbrite.

Mosaic a Rock for your Garden

When: Saturday 18 February, from 9:45 am to 4 pm
Where: Canberra 33 Prichard Circuit, Richardson
Cost: Tickets are $140 per person and can be booked here.

If you love being creative, a mosaic rock-making class in Richardson is taking place this weekend. Participants will get the opportunity to meet people, learn new skills, work with stained glass and embellishments and get creative with pre-primed bush rocks. The ticket cost will cover all materials, the use of tools, light refreshments, a set of reference notes and instructions.

Hippo Co.

Come and taste Hippo Co’s fine selection of whisky. Photo: Hippo Co. Facebook.

Whisky Tasting

When: Saturday 18 February, 6 to 7 pm, Thursday 23 February, 6 to 7 pm
Where: Hippo Co. Bar, 17 Garema Place, Canberra
Cost: Tickets are $70 and can be purchased here.

Is whisky your ideal choice of drink? If so, head to Hippo Co this Saturday or next Thursday and come and try a variety of Scotch, American, Irish and international whisky.

At their weekly whisky-tasting events, people will be taken through six whiskies from around the world while enjoying a cheese plate and chat with an in-house specialist who will discuss the flavour, history, production and tasting techniques of whisky.

Three Sixty Fashion Market

The Three Sixty Fashion Market takes place from 10 am this Sunday. Photo: Three Sixty Fashion Market, Facebook.

Three Sixty Fashion Market

When: Sunday 19 February, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Fitters Workshop, Kingston
Cost: Free entry.

The Three Sixty Fashion Market is a truly unique, niche Canberra-based market dedicated to sustainable fashion.

This recycled fashion market is for stylish and discerning shoppers who love genuine, quality vintage, retro and pre-loved fashion. You’ll discover a world of wonderful fashion–clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery and other accessories across all styles. Uncover top brands, designer labels and fabulous bargains.

Taking place this weekend, the Three Sixty Fashion Market is a great shopping day out.

Kae Tempest

Kae Tempest takes on Canberra Theatre this February. Image: Supplied.

Kae Tempest

When: Monday 20 February at 7 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $55 – 65.00 plus transaction fee. Get tickets here.

Kae Tempest is a writer and musician from Lewisham, South London. Their first two solo albums Everybody Down (2014) and Let Them Eat Chaos (2017), were nominated for the Mercury Prize. Their third, The Book of Traps and Lessons (2019), was shortlisted for an Ivor Novello, Best Album.

Alongside music, they have released several poetry collections, a Sunday Times-bestselling novel The Bricks That Built the Houses (2017) and the book-length essay On Connection (2020), and will be performing at Canberra Theatre this Monday.

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