24 May 2024

Things to do in Canberra this week (24 - 30 May)

| Claire Sams
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Two men standing in the water with water in the the air

Indigenous Round comes to GIO Stadium. Photo: Canberra Raiders.

We’re not going to whinge about the cold this week – we’re Canberrans! We accept it! We embrace it! And it won’t stop us from getting out and about … so brace yourselves and get planning! There are exhibitions to attend, performances to inspire, LEGO to build and teams to cheer. Brrrr …

Multiple days

Artwork by Tanya Myshkin

Queanbeyan artist Tanya Myshkin’s latest exhibition has opened in Kingston. Image: Watching over solitude by Tanya Myshkin (2021).

Wood engravings and etchings

When: until 29 June, 9:30 am to 5 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
Where: Megalo Print Studio, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
Cost: Free entry.

Queanbeyan-based printmaker Tanya Myshkin has brought some of her artwork across the border into the ACT for a solo exhibition. Wood engravings and etchings brings together various elements of her creative practice, including her large figurative wood engravings and intaglio prints.


The beloved story is coming to Canberra, where it will be brought alive by dancers from the Victorian State Ballet. Photo: Supplied.

The Beauty and the Beast

When: 24 May to 25 May, performances at various times
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Civic
Cost: Tickets cost $109 (plus transaction fee) and are available via the Theatre Centre’s website.

Following nationwide sell-out seasons, Beauty and the Beast returns to the stage in 2024. This production from the Victorian State Ballet features a top cast of leading classical ballet artists from across Australia and abroad, ready to bring the fairytale to life in the heart of Canberra. This performance contains strobe lighting and haze effects.

Have you ever tried building something like this with LEGO? Photo: Bricks at The Woden School/Facebook.

Bricks @ Woden School 2024

When: 25 May, 9 am to 4 pm (general entry) and 4 pm to 5 pm (sensory session); 26 May, 9 am to 2 pm
Where: The Woden School, Denison Street, Deakin
Cost: Tickets cost between $5 and $20 and are available via TryBooking.

For the young and young-at-heart, there will surely be a LEGO display to catch your eye – after all, there are over 100. Adding to the fun will be a sausage sizzle, face painting, a Devonshire tea, a plant stall and other fun activities. The money raised will go to a good cause – The Woden School, which offers specialised education to children with intellectual disabilities. Entry is allowed at any time during the hour window on your ticket, and attendees can stay as long as they like.

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After devastating floods, Canberra are invited to raise money for those affected. Photo: Supplied.

Brazilian Floods Fundraiser in Canberra

When: 26 May, 7 am to 2 pm
Where: Jamison Trash and Treasure Markets, Jamison Centre, Macquarie
Cost: Free entry, though there is an optional gold coin donation at entry.

In late April and into May, flooding from rainfall and overflowing rivers in southern Brazil killed more than one hundred, displaced thousands and hundreds more are missing. As part of the relief efforts, people can browse stalls offering clothes, accessories, Brazilian food and much more at the Jamison Trash and Treasure Markets. The funds will be donated to those affected.

Two people standing in front of a drawing

This production takes the audience into activist theatre. Photo: Rebus Theatre.

The Art of Disruption

When: 30 May to 1 June, performances at various times
Where: ACT Hub, 14 Spinifex Street, Kingston
Cost: Tickets cost between $10 and $50 and are available via ACT Hub’s website.

When you’re trying to put on a play, there can be challenges. The Art of Disruption pulls the curtain open on the world of activist theatre in a play where the actors have to fight challenges beyond their rehearsal rooms. This production is the third play in Rebus Theatre’s Flair program, where the cast is selected from Rebus’s community theatre programs and networks to work on a professional show. The Art of Disruption is co-directed by Sammy Moynihan and Melissa Gryglewski.


two glasses of tequila cocktails

Keen on tequila shots? This masterclass will teach you other ways the spirit can be used. Photo: Midnight Bar.

Tequila Masterclass

When: 25 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Midnight Bar, 1 Elouera Street, Braddon
Cost: Tickets cost $140.56 per person and are available via Eventbrite.

Whether you want to find some uses for your tequila (other than shots) or learn some cocktail recipes for your next party, this is the class for you. Attendees will be taken through a tequila tasting and eat some Mexican-inspired bites – and also take home a complimentary bottle of tequila. The fun will start with a margarita on arrival, so grab some mates and head to Braddon.

Three men standing in the river with water in the the air

Xavier Savage, Hohepa Puru and Sebastian Kris in their Indigenous Round jerseys. Photo: Canberra Raiders.

Canberra Raiders v Sydney Roosters

When: 25 May, kick-off at 3 pm (with gates open from 10:45 am)
Where: GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce
Cost: General admission tickets cost $35 and are available via Ticketek.

Get to GIO Stadium to catch the Raiders take on the Roosters for Indigenous Round. The Raiders are going for three in a row after close wins over the Sea Eagles and the Bulldogs, while the Chooks are smarting after their loss to the ladder-leading Sharks. Being Indigenous Round, The Milk will also be wearing a jersey specially commissioned for this occasion, created by Birpai/Warrimay(Worimi)/South Sea Islander woman Kulka Fahey. It will be an occasion to remember being Reconciliation Day weekend, and with any luck, the Green Machine will roast some chickens.


Make friends with many paw-some canines this Sunday at the Million Paws Walk. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

RSPCA ACT Million Paws Walk

When: 26 May; registrations open at 9 am and the walk commences at 11 am
Where: Patrick White Lawns, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Tickets range between $15 to $60, available at Million Paws Walk

The RSPCA ACT Million Paws Walk is back again! Animal lovers and their four-legged friends can come together for this paw-some experience this Sunday at the Patrick White Lawns.

The event raises vital funds for the RSPCA, which helps them care for animals as they find their furever homes, and in the fight against animal cruelty.

ice hockey players in a rink

Canberra Brave are fresh off a 4-1 win against the Adelaide Adrenaline on 19 May. Photo: David Tate.

Canberra Brave v Sydney Ice Dogs

When: 26 May, from 4:45 pm
Where: Phillip Ice Skating Centre, 1 Irving Street, Phillip
Cost: Tickets start at $15 and are available via the Canberra Brave’s website.

The Caribou Canberra Brave take on the Ice Dogs this Sunday. Haven’t been to the Brave Cave? Don’t know anything about ice hockey? Seriously, it doesn’t matter. Once you’re there, it won’t take long to figure out why there’s so much excitement and passion for this fast-moving game. It is a truly unforgettable experience.

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