20 May 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (20-26 May)

| Ben Arnedo
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The Polish White Eagle Club’s Wielkopolska Dance Group. Photo: Andrew Bajowski.

One thing most of this week’s activities have in common is the opportunity to learn something new.

World Bee Day brings together beekeepers and experts for a morning celebrating the important role bees play in our lives. Switch the bees for cows and learn how to make cheese (while eating cheese!) or you can visit Dickson and finally learn how to use that milk to make art on a cup. And if art is really your thing, you might want to sign up for King O’Malley’s Paint Along.

There are still plenty of options for those who simply want to relax and enjoy a good show as well. If you plan on going, make sure you book in advance.

Belco Arts Presents: Rebel – POSTPONED

When: Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May, 8 pm
Where: The Theatre, Belconnen Arts Centre
Cost: $45/$55. Get your tickets here.

Headlined by the multi-award-winning Stewart Reeve, Rebel is a live circus rock tribute to the original rebel, David Bowie. A night of live music, glittering glam rock, phenomenal acrobatics, breathtaking aerials and a spectacular heart-stopping sideshow. Live music, combined with circus and comedy, brings David Bowie’s incredible 50-year body of work to life.

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Here’s the buzz … there’s no better place to bee this World Bee Day than the Farmers’ Markets at EPIC. Image: CRFM.

World Bee Day at Capital Region Farmers Market

When: Saturday 21 May, 7 am to 11:30 am
Where: Capital Region Farmers Market at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)
Cost: For more information, visit Capital Region Farmers Market.

Celebrate World Bee Day at Capital Region Farmers Market on Saturday. We all need to contribute to the survival of our glorious bees and the critical role they play in our food supply.

Most stallholders at the Markets depend on bees and other pollinating insects to survive, so let’s recognise the importance of World Bee Day to raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping to the world.

READ MORE Capital Region Farmers Market is the place to bee this election day

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The Cheese Making Workshop will be held at the Aranda Urban Farm. Image: Supplied.

Cheese Making Workshop

When: Saturday 21 May, from 1 pm to 4 pm
Where: 68 Bandjalong Cres, Aranda
Cost: $120. Register here.

Learn how to make homemade yoghurt, silky smooth ricotta and mozzarella. Enjoy a glass of local wine or beer, homemade cheeses, pickles and cheese while learning new skills.

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Don’t miss your chance to see the award-winning star of TV: Jimeoin. Photo: Supplied.

Jimeoin: Turn It Up!

When: Saturday 21 May, 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre
Cost: $55/$60. Get your tickets here.

Jimeoin is an acclaimed, hugely loved and much-respected comedian, with a wide appeal and a cheeky, no-gimmicks and superbly observed sense of humour that has his audiences in stitches across the UK, Europe, US and Australia for more than 30 years. A brilliant evening of world-class comedy from the Irishman internationally celebrated as one of live stand-up’s true masters.

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Support Ukraine while learning about different European dishes and dances. Photo: Supplied.

European Multicultural Festival

When: Sunday 22 May, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: 66-68 McCaughey Street, Turner
Cost: Free entry, donations for Ukraine appreciated. More information here.

Presented by the Polish White Eagle Club, Australian Croatian Club and Alliance Française de Canberra, wander through various stalls of traditional food and drinks and enjoy dance and music performances from across Europe.

READ ALSO An authentic taste of Europe in Canberra

Imagine 75 minutes of dance power embracing Whitney, Cyndi, Tina and Madonna. Photo: Supplied.

Brunchercize Ladies Of The 80s

When: Sunday 22 May, 10 am to 11:15 am
Where: Canberra Dance Theatre
Cost: $20 / $35. Get your tickets here.

Brunchercize is a fun-filled dance party once a month. You go on a dance journey every class, discovering a distinct dance theme, genre, or style. There is a warm-up and cool down. Throughout, you’ll see some of the signature moves of the genre. Just go nuts and have fun!

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Meg returns to the stage for the first time in two years. Photo: Supplied.

Meg Mac On Your Mind Tour

When: Monday 23 May, 7:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre
Cost: $60. Get your tickets here.

Meg Mac’s music is full of soul. Her songs are marked by an astounding force of character, imposing an almost direct communication between listener and artist. In ‘On Your Mind’, a down-tempo and down-beat song, Meg Mac asserts her style. With a rave review from Rolling Stone, it was labelled “one of the most powerful and arresting performances of her career to date”, and Women In Pop stated, “her upcoming music in 2022 is destined to be her best yet”.


Everyone has an artist within them waiting to be discovered. Photo: Supplied.

Paint Along In Canberra – Secret Garden

When: Monday 23 May, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: King O’Malley’s
Cost: $65. Get your tickets here.

A relaxed atmosphere awaits you at Paint Along, where you can eat, drink, and socialise while your inner creativity is unleashed. Never painted before? Not a problem. Work alongside professional artists step-by-step. The only requirement is that you love trying new things. You do not need to bring anything – just show up with your friends and get ready to make some new ones!

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During the Latte Art Competition, you will get access to an exclusive event-only release of Malaysian Liberica. Image: Supplied

Ona Coffee Latte Art Canberra

When: Wednesday 25 May, 6 pm
Where: Highroad, Dickson
Cost: $15/$30. Get your tickets here.

Join this event and get access to an exclusive coffee drop and a cocktail! Baristas will be challenged to show off their most creative patterns for a chance to take home prizes and ultimate bragging rights in the Latte Art Competition.

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Family Tree by Josh Pyke will be read as part of National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday, 25 May. Image: Ronojoy Ghosh.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2022

When: Wednesday 25 May, 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Where: The National Library of Australia and live-streamed on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Cost: Free. Bookings essential. No bookings are required to watch the online stream.

Join special guests Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh at the National Library of Australia for a reading of Family Tree for National Simultaneous Storytime 2022! For those unable to make it to Canberra for the talk, it will be live-streamed online via the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. No bookings are required to watch the online stream.

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