This is a big week for live shows, dancing and theatre. The circus comes to town with cheer and laughter, and if clowns are not your thing, you can try your luck with the colourful Tudors from SIX or Luka Lesson’s rewriting of Greek classics. Two top music festivals of very different kinds are happening, and a commemorative program will be held on this anniversary of Gallipoli at the Australian War Memorial.
When: Tuesday 19 April to Saturday 23 April
Where: Lions Youth Haven, Kambah
Cost: Various prices. Get your tickets here.
The Canberra Circus Festival brings the best in Australian circus to the ACT for a jam-packed season of laughter, gasps and excitement. This all-ages, alcohol-free family event features full-length circus shows in the May Wirth Big Top, outdoor performances, street artists, roving performers, workshops, food, markets, unusual attractions, community stalls and more. Get tickets to an amazing show, or bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the market all day. The Canberra Circus celebrates the best that the circus has to offer: impressive, beautiful, messy, silly, serious, pensive and joyous, sometimes all at once.
When: Saturday 23 April to Friday 15 May
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: $70/$210. Get your tickets here.
The Tudor Queens turned Pop Princesses are ready to perform in Canberra after captivating over 70,000 people in the longest-running production in Sydney Opera House Studio history. The #SixtheMusical phenomenon has surpassed 450 million soundtrack streams and over 3 billion TikTok views.
When: Friday 22 April, 10:30 am
Where: Chifley Shops Playground
Cost: Free. Get your tickets here.
Join Australian Dance Party’s ‘Anti Disaster Platoon’ for a free school holiday dance and theatre performance. With the help of their mission recruits (kids/parents/carers), time travel to planet Plastika – formerly known as Earth– for a fun ride for four to 12-year-olds on the local playground equipment.
When: Friday 22 April from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall
Cost: $16/$25. Get your tickets here.
Celebrate leading Australian filmmaking women with this star-studded line-up of Australian filmmakers. AACTA award-nominated documentary When the Camera Stopped Rolling about proto-feminist filmmaker Lilias Fraser from the 1950s will serve as a starting point for a lively discussion about the realities and constraints faced by women in film in Australia, featuring director/writer Kim Farrant, producer Sue Maslin, Professor Lisa French, director/cinematographer Jane Castle and director/producer Pat Fiske.
When: Friday 22 April from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: National Capital Exhibition
Cost: $10. Get your tickets here.
Does your child love building cities? Book them in for a unique model-making workshop and they will craft little buildings, mini monuments and even tiny trees for their very own Itty Bitty City. They can make the iconic buildings of Canberra or dream up one of their own. Everything is possible in this great, low-cost school holiday activity. Perfect for ages 8-plus. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Saturday 23 April, 10 am to 8 pm
Where: Stage 88, Commonwealth Park
Cost: Free; registrations essential at Eventbrite.
The biggest African Festival in Canberra is Back in 2022! Come experience the taste of African Cultures in Canberra. A day of fashion, food, music, dance.
When: Sunday 24 April
Where: Exhibition Park In Canberra
Cost: General Admission $130. Get your tickets here.
Groovin The Moo isn’t just about the music – it’s about the journey and the destination. There’s a lot to discover on the way to your moo, and once you’re there, you can immerse yourself in what makes each event so unique, from country cottages to coffee to beer to cheesemakers. Plus, you can feel good about supporting the local community. Some of the artists on the bill include Alice ivy, Hilltop Hoods, Broods, Mashd n Kutcher, Snakehips and local legends Peking Duk.
When: Sunday 24 April, 4 pm
Where: Eastlake Gungahlin, 51 Hinder Street, Gungahlin
Cost: $20, kids under-12 free.
The Eastlake Group is proud to partner with Sing Australia to support the Gungahlin RSL Sub Branch’s Songs of the War Era.
All funds from the day will be donated to the Gungahlin RSL Sub Branch.
When: Monday 25 April; see the full program here
Where: Australian War Memorial
Anzac Day, 25 April, is a national day of remembrance. The Australian War Memorial will mark the 107th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings with a commemorative program.
From 4.30 am, representatives from the Australian Defence Force will read excerpts from letters and diaries of Australians who have experienced war first-hand.
The Dawn Service begins at 5:30 am and is followed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans Association Commemorative Ceremony. The Last Post Ceremony concludes at 4:45 pm.
When: Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 April
Where: The National Museum of Australia
Cost: $55 adult / $50 concession. Get your tickets here.
Experience the world premiere of Agapi & Other Kinds of Love by renowned Greek-Australian poet and rapper Luka Lesson. Accompanied by cinematic scores and hip-hop numbers composed by Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s James Humberstone, this soulful performance will ignite your heart. Agapi & Other Kinds of Love tells the story of Socrates and his mysterious lover, Diotima. Inspired by his heritage, Luka takes the audience on a journey from ancient to modern-day Athens and shows us how love prevails despite the trials and tribulations of the ages.
Established in 1994 by Pro Musica, The Canberra International Music Festival is a community organisation dedicated to the support of emerging musicians. Originally a chamber music festival, performances took place in homes and embassies before moving to larger concert halls as audiences grew. Its curatorial vision has distinguished its identity as coherent and intellectually stimulating.
Early career performers have the opportunity to collaborate with internationally renowned composers and audiences are given breathtaking musical experiences. Kicking off the festival are Daily Drill and Soundwalk.