29 July 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (29 July - 4 August)

| John Coleman
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Behind the Lines exhibition: recap an often forgettable year through the eyes of the nation’s sharpest cartoonists. Image: Behind the Lines.

Behind the Lines: 2021 in political cartoons

When: until Friday 16 September, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House
How much: Free entry, but museum pass booking encouraged.

Floods, COVID, a history-making federal election – it’s all immortalised in this year’s exhibition of over 100 political cartoons at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Handmade Markets

Discover your new favourite lavender and myrrh soap at winter’s Handmade Market. Photo: Supplied.

Handmade Markets: Australian-made gifts, fashion, accessories and food

When: Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 July, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: EPIC
How much: Free.

It’s the quarterly Canberra market that keeps getting bigger – having outgrown the Yarralumla Woolshed and Albert Hall and now boasting over 200 stalls. It’s on again this weekend, with Australian handmade wares, fashion, accessories and a gourmet food hall.

Paws Party

Having a ruff winter? Raise the woof with your best mate in Haig Park. (It’s the leash you can do.) Photo: Buda.

PAWS Party in Haig Park

When: Saturday 30 July, 12 pm to 2 pm
Where: Haig Park, Braddon
How much: Free.

The party for Canberra’s dogs is back on in Braddon’s Haig Park, with play equipment for the pooches and coffee, pastries and live music for their humans. It’ll be pawsome (please fur-give the puns).

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If it wasn’t in your classical music playlist before the evening, it will be. Photo: Supplied.

East meets West: classical music from the East and the West

When: Saturday 30 July, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall, Acton
How much: $49.05-$114.05. Tickets from Ticketek.

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra will be playing a mix of Eastern and Western classical music for Canberrans, including two beautiful Chinese pieces, Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Yellow River Piano Concerto. Conductor Guy Noble writes, “all the music in some ways is about love, but we see it from different cultural angles. They are quite different but they share many things in common”.

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Roasting chestnuts over an open fire and more at the last Winter Wonderland for this year. Image: Haig Park Village Markets.

Winter Wonderland at Haig Park Village Markets

When: Sunday 31 July, 8:30 am to 2 pm
Where: Haig Park
How much: Free.

It’s the last Sunday of Haig Park Village Market’s Christmas in July for the season, with mulled wine and cider garden, face-painting, fire pits and a whole lot more festive activities. Check out the other regular Sunday markets in Canberra, including Old Bus Depot Markets, Trash and Treasure Market, and Tuggeranong Bric’a’Brac and Rummage.

Man in a flannie

Grab bao and ramen and sit back to Health Franklin at Verity Lane this Wednesday. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Comedy Club: Heath Franklin (aka ‘Chopper’) at Verity Lane Market

When: Wednesday 3 August, 7:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: Verity Lane Market, Sydney Building, Civic
How much: $22 pre-order, $25 at the door.

Comedian Heath Franklin gained Aussie icon status from his performances as “Chopper”, with two ARIA nominations and a Logie nomination. The man behind the moustache will be in Canberra and performing as himself at the Verity Lane Market in the Sydney Building.

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