17 November 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (18 - 24 November)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Canberra Brick Show. Photo: Canberra LEGO User Group (CLUG).

What have you got planned this weekend? There’s something for every crafty, artsy, music-loving, beer-sipping, sport-playing person.

Where will you go first?

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The Craft and Quilt Fair will run from Thursday 17 November to Saturday 19 November. Photo: Craft and Quilt Fair.

Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair

When: Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November, 10 am to 4: 30 pm
Where: Exhibition Park
How much: Tickets are from $8, and can be purchased here.

Come and immerse yourself in the world of arts and crafts with Canberra’s first Craft and Quilt Expo.

With more than 100 quilts displayed from all around Australia, there will be exhibits from the One Read Thread challenge, decorated masks, embroidered pet pawtraits and lucky door prizes. Exhibition attendees will also get the opportunity to vote in the ‘Viewers’ Choice’ for their favourite quilts in the special Recycled and Restyled category theme.

There will also be one-hour ‘Make and Take’ classes covering various crafts, including origami stars, patchwork brooches, Shibori indigo-dyed scarves and weaving on a loom. Jewellery-making, paper art and spoon-carving workshops will also be available.

To see the wide range of activities at the Expo, visit the Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair.


Canberra Cavalry v Auckland Tuatara on the 17, 18, 19 and 20 November 2022. Photo: SMPIMAGES.COM / ABL MEDIA.

Canberra Cavalry vs Auckland Tuatara

When: Friday 18 November, at 6:30 pm, Saturday 19 November, at 6 pm and Sunday 20 November, at 1 pm
Where: MIT Narrabundah Ballpark, Kyeema St, Narrabundah
How much: Tickets from $10, and can be purchased here.

Are you a fan of baseball? If so, head to the Narrabundah Ballpark to watch the capital’s own Canberra Cavalry go head-to-head against the Auckland Tuatara this Friday, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon.

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Are you a fan of a pint or two of beer? Come and explore a variety of different beers this Saturday at Commonwealth Place. Photo: BeerFest.

Canberra BeerFest 2022

When: Saturday 19 November, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Commonwealth Place, John Dunmore Lang Place, Parkes
How much: Tickets from $12.97, and can be purchased here.

The Canberra Beer Festival is coming to Commonwealth Place this Saturday for six hours of foodie fun. With more than 200 premium producers’ beers to sample, you’ll get to experience the latest in brewing trends, innovative creations, cocktail gastronomy, simple delights and old favourites.

Visitors and locals will get the opportunity to indulge in exclusive, small-batch brews, one-off collaborations, boutique distilleries, the finest wines, themed cocktails and much more.

This inclusive event will also feature plenty of entertainment, including live music from iconic and emerging live bands and DJs, Aria chart-topping DJ and producer Jolyon Petch, local and national comedians, roving performers, games, interactive fun, Beer Olympics and more.

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Experience the University of Canberra’s “Control”, “Alt” and “Design” pillars as part of the DESIGN Canberra Festival. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Control, Alt, Design – DESIGN Canberra

When: Friday 18 November, 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday 19 November, 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 20 November, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Canberra Centre, between David Jones and Muji – Level 1
How much: Free.

As part of the DESIGN Canberra Festival taking place this month, the University of Canberra has put together a special digital display, free for anyone to go and visit.

The display/exhibit – “Control”, “Alt” and “Design” showcases the digital production work of more than 30 student works within the Faculty of Arts and Design.

It shows what the students currently engage with and how digital tools enable their own creative expressions in a display of three triangular pillars consisting of screens with a looped reel of images, video and animations.

“‘Control’ deals with the way we can utilise digital tools to have a certain agency over them, to enact out the creative ambitions,” UC design lecturer and digital exhibit lead Sam Tomkins said.

“‘Alt’ for alternatives [explores] where we can use digital tools and digital workflows to enact and realise alternate perspectives over projects.

“The third aspect is ‘Design’ as a human service and design in a very real-world problem-solving sense. It’s really about how they can leverage digital tools to solve real-world problems.”

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Explore Gungahlin Homestead on Saturday 19 November. Photo: Dalice Trost.

Gungahlin Homestead Public Open Day

When: Saturday 19 November, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: 80 Bellenden Street, Gungahlin
How much: Free.

The Historic Gungahlin Homestead will open its doors for you to come and explore this wonderful piece of Canberra’s history.

The Homestead was built in two major stages – a rendered brick Georgian house built in 1862-65 by William Davis Jr and the grand sandstone Victorian addition of 1883 by Edward Crace.

Take in the serenity of the pines, elms and poplars in the surrounding grounds, and take a tour through the Homestead and coach house.

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One of many dioramas coming to the new Brick Show. Photo: Canberra LEGO User Group (CLUG).

Canberra Brick Show

When: Saturday, 19 November, from 9 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday, 20 November, from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road, Lyneham
How much: Tickets are $12 per adult (free for children under 3) and can be purchased here.

The ever-popular cross-generational toy turns 90 this year and Canberra isn’t letting the occasion go by without a celebration: 2022 marks the arrival of the inaugural Canberra Brick Show.

In 2020, Canberra hosted the Brick Expo at The Hellenic Club and Southern Cross Club in Woden, which drew crowds to see hundreds of static, moving and robotic LEGO creations and raised over half a million dollars for the Canberra Hospital Foundation. But this inexplicably wrapped up in April 2022.

The Canberra LEGO User Group (CLUG) has now lost no time filling the void with a new-format Brick Show this weekend. Come and see the latest collections on display at Thoroughbred Park.

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Hemp Health & Innovation Expo at EPIC on 19 and 20 November 2022. Photo: Hemp Health & Innovation.

Hemp Health and Innovation Expo

When: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell
How much: Tickets are from $16 and can be purchased here.

With over 50,000 attendees across the last five years, the Health Hemp and Innovation Expo (HHI) is the only event in Australia for anyone seeking information and greater awareness around the crucial benefits the hemp and cannabis plant has already unlocked and its sustainable solutions for the future.

Experiential and educational with interactive activities for all ages, alongside local and national exhibitors, the HHI Expo is Australia’s only opportunity to taste, touch, feel and experience it all in a safe, family-friendly environment.

The Tennis ACT Community Tennis Day is on this Sunday, 20 November. Image Tennis ACT.

Community Tennis Day

When: Sunday, 20 November, 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Tennis ACT, 1 Riggall Pl, Lyneham
How much: Free.

To get the tennis season started, a free community event will be the place to check out and experience what the Summer of Tennis has in store. It will also be the official launch of the P2 Advisory Canberra International 2023.

This event will be action-packed, with something for everyone. Kids will have fun in free Tennis Hot Shots classes by Tennis World Canberra, ball kid activities, roaming characters, face painting and glitter tattoos. Plenty of activities will also be available for adults to enjoy, including Cardio Tennis classes and Pop Tennis.

Off the court, there will be a range of food options available, tunes from a local DJ and a chance to grab a photo with the Australian Open trophies.

To make things more exciting, the first 200 kids aged 12 or under who enter the gates will receive a free tennis racquet!

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Llewellyn Series – Infinite Possibilities. Photo: Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

CSO: Infinite Possibilities

When: Wednesday 23 November and Thursday 24 November at 7:30 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Acton
How much: Tickets from $30, and can be purchased here.

This program opens with a new CSO commission by Leah Curtis, a Los Angeles-based composer with Canberra roots. Curtis is best known for her original film scores and soundtracks, collaborations she describes as” work of the head, the heart and the gut; work of instinct, of intellect and curiosity … to create a memorable emotional journey”.

Then, the CSO returns to the seemingly infinite imagination of Igor Stravinsky and Jean Sibelius.

Featuring the Canberra Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jessica Cottis, with special guest Markiyan Melnychenko (violin), you’ll regret missing these spectacular experiences.

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That was Friday. Image: Belco Arts.

That Was Friday

When: Wednesday 23 November, at 7 pm
Where: The Theatre, Belconnen Arts Centre
How much: Tickets from $40, and can be purchased here.

Who are you without your community?

We are shaped by the bonds we form with others: our blood family, our chosen family, and the communities in which we find ourselves. But what happens when those connections falter and the connecting threads become strained? Maybe it’s distance, maybe it’s time, maybe it’s some kind of upheaval.

That Was Friday is a new contemporary performance work about distance and connectedness, familiarity and strangeness.

Through dance and intimate storytelling, the diverse ensemble that’s both tender and ambitious shares moments of finding and losing connection.

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No, Beerfest is only $16 for children (‘cos booking fee), just for the priviledge of letting them watch you drink. Hey, thatt’s cheaper than a baby-sitter. For General Admission it’s $47 and $37 ‘cos it’s cheaper with friends. (Further side-lining of singles.) This sounds all-inclusive but I’m wearing my doubtful face.

Canberra Beerfest 2022 has ‘non-stop, free entertainment’. What do I get for my $13 entry fee? I might hope for some free tastings, right? Well, if they want my business, they can tempt me more transparently.

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