28 January 2022

Nine things to do in Canberra this week (28 January – 3 February)

| Ben Arnedo
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Lunar New Year celebrations

Lunar New Year celebrations start this week. Photo: Supplied.

As the first month of 2022 comes to a close, the Canberra community gets ready for Lunar New Year.

This week, the city is going to be jam-packed with celebrations of the Water Tiger, from live music to cultural performances.

If that’s not for you, spend some “me-time” watching something by Abbas Kiarostami, learning nature weaving, or maybe trying Praksis in the park.

While the weather is warm and outdoor activities are the norm, be sure not to miss the wonderful Dickson celebrations or the live acoustic performances in City Walk.

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Lunchbox Acoustic in City Walk

When: Weekdays from 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: City walk
Cost: Free.

Lunchbox Acoustic is live music in the heart of the city to enjoy every weekday. It’s free and outdoors, what better thing to do on your lunch break? The week’s lineup includes: Monica Moore Trio, Johnny Huckle, Canberra Symphony Orchestra Ensemble, Lily Morris, Dollface and Sophie Maurice & Victor Rufus. More information is on the Facebook page.

Lunar New Year lion costume

One of many Lions to be seen in Lunar New Year Celebrations at Dickson. Photo: Gupi de Zavalia.

Lunar New Year in Dickson

When: Thursday 27 January to Saturday 12 February. For more information about the event and its programming, follow this link
Where: Woolley Street, Dickson
Cost: Free.

Come and enjoy live performances, martial arts demonstrations, delicious food, music and more as part of festivities to celebrate the Lunar New Year. There is a two-week program packed with activities to learn more about Asian culture and rediscover Dickson.

All weekend

Women’s Ashes – Cricket at Manuka Oval

When: Thursday 27 January to Sunday 30 January, from 10 am
Where: Manuka Oval, Canberra ACT
Cost: Adults from $20, Children from $5. Get your tickets here.

The series starts on 20 January in Adelaide, then moves to Canberra for a Test match and One Day International.

In contrast to men’s five-game Test series, the women’s series comprises one Test, three T20s, and three One-Day Internationals. The series will end with the two final one-day international matches in Melbourne.

Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami was described as having the highest level of artistry in cinema by Martin Scorsese. Photo: Supplied.

Season: The Films Of Abbas Kiarostami at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

When: Friday 28 January to Sunday 30 January
Where: Arc Cinema
Cost: $12 Adult/$10 Concession. Get your tickets online. See more information on NFSA’s website.

Abbas Kiarostami made more than 60 movies and shorts between 1970 and 2016. A complex thinker and innovator across four decades, he has been praised by audiences and critics alike, but perhaps most admired by filmmakers themselves. Kiarostami was attributed with the highest level of artistry in cinema by Martin Scorsese. Definitely worth a watch.


nature weaving workshop poster

Join Jemima Beaumont-Robberds for a Nature Weaving Workshop on Friday 28 January 2022 from 3 pm to 4 pm. Image: Communities@Work.

Weaving into the new year

When: 3 pm to 4 pm, Friday 28 January
Where: Meet at Tuggeranong Community Centre (Communities at Work Tuggeranong, 245 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway ACT)
Cost: $10 plus booking fee. Tickets available at Humanitix.

Join arts therapist Jemima Beaumont-Robberds for a fun and creative nature weaving workshop. Participants will gather materials from a nature park, and learn to create a piece of art symbolising what they would like to bring into the new year, as they connect with nature.


dog agility course at Haig Park

Bring your furry best friend to train on the dog agility course at Haig Park. Photo: Anna Mayberry.

PAWS Party at Haig Park

When: Saturday 29 January, from 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Haig Park
Cost: Free. For more information, follow the official event page.

At PAWS Party at Haig Park, it is all about getting people and their four-legged friends to spend time in the park together. Bring your dog, of course. If you don’t have a pet, a human friend will do. Supported by Northside Community Service.

cocktail class

Learn how to make the perfect cocktail at High Jinks. Photo: Supplied.

Interactive Cocktail Making Class at High Jinks

When: Multiple dates, starting on Saturday 29 January
Where: High Jinks Bar, Basement 2/15 Edinburgh Ave
Cost: $65. Get your tickets here.

Here’s your chance to get behind the bar and mix up your own drink. Discover how to make the perfect cocktail and impress your guests, and who knows, maybe even get a job in bartending in the near future.


Praksis workshop for Renew You event poster

RenewYou presents Praksis classes starting Wednesday 2 February. Image: City Renewal Authority.

RenewYou – Praksis at the park

When: Every week, starting on Wednesday 2 February
Where: Glebe Park
Cost: Free, but you need to register to get your tickets.

With Praksis, you can use principles, techniques, and exercises from many different disciplines to improve your body experience. You’ll learn new moves in a supportive environment, end class feeling great and energised for the day. No prior experience is needed as all levels are welcome. For more information, please go to the official RenewYou page.


Band Night: Signs & Symbols, DROVES (SYD), and Ava Martina at sideway

When: Thursday 3 February, 7 pm
Where: sideway, 21 East Row, Canberra
Cost: Free. More information on their official event page.

Canberra’s Signs & Symbols have been delivering aggressive and infectious alternative rock, while DROVES’ futuristic take on New Wave Punk has drawn comparisons to early New Order, The Eurythmics, and The Cure. AVA is a singer-songwriter from Sydney who lives in Canberra and combines the soul of blues and the heart of rock and roll.

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