28 September 2023

Things to do in Canberra this week (29 September - 5 October)

| Travis Radford
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Brick Burger brings together the world of LEGO and gourmet burgers in a limited-time-only pop-up experience in Braddon. Photo: Brick Burger.

Watch your step these school holidays! Braddon’s Beef & Barley is being transformed into a LEGO-themed burger pop-up restaurant for a limited time.

There’s also lots more family fun at a new Canberra Youth Theatre commission, the National Arboretum’s Kite Fest and a visual and performing arts program for kids.

Plus the greatest divas of all time and their biggest hits will be honoured in an all-male revue, celebrate Chopin and Japanese film, and much more.


Les Divas: An All-Male Revue image

From the producers of Prada Clutch’s: All-Drag Revue comes Les Divas: An All-Male Revue. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.

Les Divas: An All-Male Revue

When: Friday 29 September, from 8 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $69; book tickets on the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

Witness the greatest divas being impersonated like never before in this all-male revue. Set on the Las Vegas Strip, this new show is headlined by Prada Clutch, one of Australia’s most in-demand live-singing drag queens. Relive the greatest hits of Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Cher.

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The Friends of Chopin Australia presents the first annual Australian Chopin Festival. Photo: Friends of Chopin Australia.

Australian Chopin Festival 2023

When: Thursday 28 September to Monday 2 October, various times
Where: Canberra, various locations
Cost: $10 to $250; book tickets on the Friends of Chopin Australia website.

Australia’s involvement with Chopin’s music began as early as 1843, and he has been one of our favourite composers ever since. Join Friends of Chopin Australia as they add to this rich history with a program of events, including concerts, masterclasses and an interactive live-stream tour of the Chopin Museum in Warsaw, finishing with a recital of Chopin’s music direct from the Museum.

Tubular Bells For Two

When: Friday 29 to Saturday 30 September, from 8 pm
Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra
Cost: $45 to $49; book tickets on The Street Theatre website.

Tubular Bells for Two is an intricately choreographed piece of tightrope theatre. Two blokes juggle over 20 instruments live on stage as they are literally rushed off their feet in a spellbinding performance. A multi-award-winning hit at festivals around the world, the show returns to the stage for one final tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mike Oldfield’s seminal work.

Rosieville poster

Don’t miss the world premiere of this Canberra Youth Theatre Commission. Photo: Canberra Theatre Centre.


When: Friday 29 September to Sunday 8 October, various times
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: $35; book tickets on the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

A homing pigeon with no sense of direction becomes the unlikely saviour of a young girl up against her first encounter with heartbreak. The Shane & Cathryn Brennan Prize for Playwriting Theatre for Young Audiences runner-up tells a universal story about backing yourself when faced with heartbreak and pays homage to the pigeons who always somehow manage to find their way home.


Flower vase

Spring is here! Celebrate with flowers and wine. Photo: Midnight Hotel.

Braddon Flowers x Midnight Bar Flower Workshop

When: Saturday 30 September, 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Midnight Bar, 1 Elouera Street, Canberra
Cost: $150; book tickets on the Midnight Hotel website.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a flower workshop run by local florist Braddon Flowers at Midnight Hotel’s Midnight Bar. Event-goers will have the opportunity to create their very own vase arrangement, guided by the florists at Braddon Flowers and curated with their unique style in mind. Sip on bottomless sparkling wine, spritzes and mimosas, and nibble on canapés.

Yellow, Red and Green burgers

The burgers are as colourful as the building blocks. Photo: Brick Burger.

Brick Burger

When: Saturday 30 September to Sunday 29 October, various times
Where: Beef & Barley, 3/21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Cost: $47 per person; book tickets on the event page.

Brick Burger brings together the world of LEGO and gourmet burgers in this limited-time-only pop-up experience. Diners can choose from a LEGO brick-shaped burger with a beef patty, chicken fillet or a veggie option to enjoy in the brick-themed restaurant. Think colourful brick walls, LEGO-themed furniture, a brick-building station and even weekly brick-building competitions.

two male and one female Japanese actors

Experience the rich tapestry of Japanese storytelling at the 27th Japanese Film Festival in Australia, the premier destination for fans of Japanese cinema. Photo: Japanese Film Festival.

Japanese Film Festival

When: Saturday 30 September to Sunday 15 October, various times
Where: Palace Electric Cinemas, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra
Cost: $16 to $20; book tickets on the Japanese Film Festival website.

The 27th Japanese Film Festival in Australia kicks off in Canberra this week. From gripping historical dramas to innovative modern tales, this year’s festival theme revolves around the enduring link between the past and the present. Plus, delve deeper at selected screenings with post-screening talks by academics and special performances to immerse audiences in the Japanese art form.


Men playing Kabbadi, a sport similar to wrestling

Kabaddi, a sport similar to wrestling, will be one of the many attractions at this year’s Khed Mela. Photo: Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association (CPSCA).

Canberra Khed Mela (Sports Festival) 2023

When: Sunday 1 October, 9 am to 6 pm
Where: Taylor 1 Sportsground, Trevor Gibson Way, Taylor
Cost: Free; no booking required.

The Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association is organising a one-day Khed Mela (Sports Festival). Sports activities will include kabaddi, cricket, soccer, volleyball, athletics and tug of war. Guests can also expect a free concert by Punjabi singers, free activities including a jumping castle, and market stalls selling food, traditional clothing, footwear and jewellery.

Arboretum Kite Fest.

Enjoy a selection of pop-up food options, Kite Making Workshops, kite demonstrations in the amphitheatre, live entertainment and much more. Photo: Arboretum.

Arboretum Kite Fest

When: Sunday 1 October, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley
Cost: Free to $15; book kite-making workshop tickets on the National Arboretum’s website.

The Arboretum skies will fill with colour and movement this school holidays at the Kite Fest. Bring your own kite or create and decorate a new one at one of the kite-making workshops. After flying their kite, children can take their creations home with them. There will also be live entertainment featuring BoomBox2U and a selection of delicious pop-up food options, including a barbecue.


woman painting a face on canvas

Art and Action is an action-packed visual and performing arts activity at Tuggeranong Arts Centre in the September school holidays. Photo: Supplied.

Art and Action School Holiday Program

When: Wednesday 4 October, from 9:30 am to 3 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway
Cost: $80 per child; book tickets on Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s website.

This action-packed day of visual and performing arts activities will be guided by professional artists, musicians, dancers and actors. Everyone will start the day playing theatre sports and other drama games before breaking into smaller classes based on age. These classes will introduce young ones to fun art materials, street-funk dance and high-energy music sessions.

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