1 February 2024

Things to do in Canberra this week (2 February - 8 February)

| Claire Sams
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Get your little explorers out of the house and into Questacon. Photo: Supplied.

There are plenty of arts events happening this coming week, covering plays and stage shows, art exhibitions and poetry, and it will be family-friendly fun at Questacon and Haig Park.

Let’s get started on our list!

Multiple days

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This play has an unfinished script – but don’t worry, it is on purpose. Photo: Lexi Sekuless Productions & Mill Theatre at Dairy Road/Facebook.

BLANK by Nassim Soleimanpour

When: 3 February to 24 February (specific dates), 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Mill Theatre at Dairy Road, Building 3.3/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick
Cost: Tickets cost between $40 and $45 (plus booking fee) and are available via Humanitix.

Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s latest play has missing pieces – blank spots where those in attendance must finish writing the script. While some parts of the script remain the same for each performance, the audience can step in and shape the direction of the story. BLANK does not have an intermission and is appropriate for audiences aged 12 and older.

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Youth is no barrier to age in these sessions aimed at those six and younger! Photo: Questacon/Facebook.

Questacon Little Explorers’ Days

When: 7 February to 9 February, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Tickets to the Little Explorers’ Days are free; entry to Questacon costs between free entry and $73.40 (depending on age and number of tickets purchased together) and can be purchased online.

Questacon is filled to the brim with science experiments and activities for the young and old – but the Little Explorers’ Days are aimed at those aged six and below. Across three days, youngsters (and the adults that bring them) can get involved in story times, busking sessions, dress-ups and more.


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In this exhibition hosted by Ginninderry, water will come to life. Image: Cristy Froehlich Photography.

Water exhibition opening

When: 3 February, 12 pm to 2:30 pm (exhibition opening)
Where: The Link, 1 McClymont Way, Strathnairn
Cost: Free entry.

A photography exhibition brings water in front of the camera in a whole new way. The public will be able to check out Water at its official opening on Saturday when Cristy Froehlich will be on hand for a chat about her work. The exhibition runs until 3 March.

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Words and storytelling from Afghans combine with a fundraising effort for two families. Photo: Smith’s Alternative/Facebook.

Stories from Afghanistan: Hardship and Hope

When: 3 February, 3 pm to 5 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)
Where: Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic
Cost: Tickets cost $20 and are available via the venue’s website.

Afghan resilience and culture will be at the centre of this fundraiser at Smith’s Alternative on Saturday afternoon. The program includes poetry from Hangama Obaidullah, music from Massoud Taghimolagh, a Naqqali performance by Parastoo Seif, alongside stories explaining what life in Afghanistan is like. Tickets cost $20, and additional donations are welcome. Money raised will be used to support two families who recently had their refugee applications refused.

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Any birthday needs a party and Haig Park’s is no exception. Photo: City Renewal Canberra/Facebook.

Haig Park Turns 101: Let’s Party

When: 3 February, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Haig Park, Braddon (access from Northbourne Avenue via Masson Street and Girrahween Street)
Cost: Free entry.

It began with 7000 trees planted as a shelter belt to protect the then-new city of Canberra. Today, 101 years later, Haig Park has grown into one of the city’s best-known (and best-loved) green spaces – and it is time for a birthday celebration. This party will include music and dance performances, a market, a chance to dig through suitcases of pre-loved goods, as well as the launch of a new seating area.

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Barbecues are a part of an Australian summer – and this is a festival dedicated to them! Photo: Alpha Fresh.

Alpha’s Driveway Cookout

When: 3 Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Alpha Fresh, 16-18 Raws Crescent, Hume
Cost: Free entry.

All the hard work will be done for you as Alpha Fresh fires up the barbie in their first cookout! Smoke Masters BBQ and Smoked & Co will be on hand, ready to cook up a range of barbecued treats, demonstrations and a sausage sizzle. There will also be crepes, seafood and fruit plates, as well as beer and gin tastings. All that food and drink will fuel live music and entertainment, a jumping castle and face painting for the kids and market stalls. Attendees are asked to park along Raws Crescent.


seated members of Canberra Men's Choir

The choir has put the call out for anyone interested in learning more about what they do to come along. Photo: The Canberra Men’s Choir.

Canberra Men’s Choir open night

When: 5 February, 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah
Cost: Free entry.

The call sheet has gone out, and Canberra Men’s Choir wants you to think about getting involved. The non-audition choir has members in their 20s and up into their 80s and regularly performs at community events from a range of genres, including opera, jazz and pop music, predominantly in four-part harmonies.


Still from The Assassin showing a woman standing outside

The Assassin with Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015. Photo: Supplied.

The Assassin screening

What: The Assassin screening
When: 7 February, 6 pm
Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (Arc Cinema)
Cost: Adult $16, Concession $12 Get tickets here.

This gripping martial arts epic portrays a young woman trained as an assassin and assigned a near-impossible task. Set in Tang dynasty China, The Assassin follows Nie Yinniang’s journey, from a childhood spent honing her skills under watchful eye to a fateful collision of love and duty.

This film is part of the Lunar New Year series at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with this curated selection of films featuring Mandarin language.


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If you didn’t get to see The Jersey Guys during their sold-out tour in 2023, this is your chance! Photo: Supplied.

The Jersey Guys

When: 8 February, from 6 pm (optional dinner service) or 8 pm (the show itself)
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip
Cost: Tickets cost between $52.80 and $98.65 (plus booking fee) and are available via Ticketek.

The Jersey Guys are a tribute to the popular jukebox musical Jersey Boys and the biggest hits of The Four Seasons. Their 90-minute show is heading back on the road after a sold-out tour in 2023. For those looking to make a night of it, there is also a dinner option where showgoers can enjoy a two-course meal.

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