4 April 2024

Things to do in Canberra this week (29 March - 4 April)

| Claire Sams
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The 2024 National Folk Festival is back – and you’re invited. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Easter means a long weekend and the Folkie! From the return of the Folkie to Harry Potter-themed trivia, and a discussion of contemporary Egyptian culture and much more, there is plenty to enjoy and also expand your mind!

Multiple days

Black Cypress band

The National Folk Festival is set to bring folk music back to the heart of Canberra once again. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

National Folk Festival

When: 28 March to 1 April
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell
Cost: Tickets start at $14.50 (children under five have free entry) and are available via the Festival’s website.

The Folkie’s been around forever, so you know the deal! In 2024, the Folkie is set to bring Australian and international artists behind a range of installations, activities, activations and performances to a crowd expected to hit 40,000 people. Activities have also been organised for young kids, meaning attendees of all ages can get in on the folk fun!


SÉANCE and FLIGHT will be hosted at the Canberra Theatre Centre from 28 March to 14 April. Image: DARKFIELD.


When: 28 March to 14 April
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets cost $27 (plus transaction fee) and are available via the Theatre Centre’s website.

The creative team behind DARKFIELD are premiering two shows in Canberra – SÉANCE and FLIGHT. Each show explores how humans can be influenced by suggestible material – grab a ticket but keep an open mind. SÉANCE and FLIGHT are suitable for those aged 15 and older but not for those who are pregnant or suffering from back or heart conditions. FLIGHT features a short burst of flashing lights.

Potted Potter

This Harry Potter parody has played to sold-out audiences all over the world – and this is your chance to see it in Canberra! Image: Potted Potter.

Potted Potter

When: 4 April to 7 April, shows at various times
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets cost between $69.95 and $89.95 (plus transaction fee) and are available via the Theatre Centre’s website.

Potted Potter has found some Floo Powder, and now it’s coming to Australia for its fifth national tour. Created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, this show condenses all seven books into a 70-minute show (all without the use of Time Turner). In a new version for Australian muggles, the show even includes a real-life game of Quidditch! This show is suitable for children aged six and up (and adults, too).


Animated still from Hercules showing a man pointing at a woman who is wringing water out of her hair

An egg hunt will follow a showing of the family-favourite Hercules (1997, directed by John Musker and Ron Clements). Image: Screenshot.

Hercules screening and Easter egg hunt

When: 31 March, from 1:45 pm
Where: Courtyard and Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Tickets cost between $10 and $12 and are available via the Film and Sound Archive’s website.

We’ve grown up with Disney’s animated version of the Ancient Greek myth, but here is a chance for younger audiences to see it on a bigger screen! The cast includes Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, James Woods and Susan Egan. For those with a sweet tooth, a pre-screening chocolate egg hunt for children will take place in the NFSA Courtyard, starting at 1:45 pm. All children will also receive a complimentary activity sheet to identify the Easter eggs (hidden surprises) within the film.


Two choirs will take the stage and perform a range of pieces. Photo: Wesley Music Centre/Facebook.

Young Voices of Melbourne and Woden Valley Youth Choir performance

When: 2 April, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Where: Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest
Cost: Tickets cost between $15 and $30 (with a $75 ticket for families) and are available via Trybooking.

Who said you need to travel for a good gig? The Young Voices of Melbourne and the Woden Valley Youth Choir will join forces for an unforgettable concert presented in collaboration with the Wesley Music Foundation.


Can you tell your Time Turner from your Portkey? Can you name the three Deathly Hallows? Just checking. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Harry Potter Quiz-itch Trivia Night

When: 4 April, from 7:30 pm
Where: The Durham Castle Arms Pub, Kingston Shops, 52 Jardine Street, Kingston
Cost: Tickets cost $10 and are available via the pub’s website.

Think you know your Hippogriff from your Sorting Hat? Get some mates together and put your knowledge to the test in this annual Harry Potter-themed trivia competition. Pull on your favourite Harry Potter costume to go in the running for the best-dressed award.

Abstract artwork by Raafat Ishak

This panel discussion will explore how Egyptian art and culture have changed over the years to its contemporary form. Image: Sutton Gallery.

Living Egypt: Exploring contemporary expressions of culture, creativity and identity

When: 4 April, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cresent, Acton
Cost: Tickets cost between $10 and $15 and are available via Eventbrite.

This discussion will bring you into the heart of contemporary Egyptian culture across art, film, feminism and other fields. Actress and visual artist Helana Sawires, women’s history researcher Dr Lucia Sorbera and artist Dr Raafat Ishak will discuss how creative works can shape or otherwise influence modern societies. This Living Egypt discussion is the second in a series inspired by the National Museum’s Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition, which is open until September 2024.

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