5 January 2024

Things to do in Canberra this week (5 January - 11 January)

| Claire Sams
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A baseball player standing on the field by himself

Take me out to the ballgame, and get behind the Canberra Cavalry! Photo: Canberra Cavalry.

This is the time of year we prepare to return to work, but there are still opportunities to keep the holiday fun going.

The Australians & Hollywood and Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibitions are in full swing and iconic stories we all know and love have been adapted into two new productions coming to Canberra – Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. In keeping with the storytelling, this coming week will also see the dark side of Australian cinema showcased at the National Film and Sound Archive and the first of two author talks by Ing Ledlie.

The coming week will also see a strong showing of sport! The Workday Canberra International will continue with big names and emerging tennis stars battling it out, while both the Canberra Cavalry and the UC Capitals will fight for victory in their upcoming home games.

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Australians and Hollywood exhibition at the National Film and Sound Archive

There are just days left to see some Hollywood glitz and glamour in this exhibition. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Australians & Hollywood exhibition

When: until 28 January 2024, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Exhibition Gallery, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Tickets cost from free to $46 and are available via the website.

Australians & Hollywood celebrates iconic moments in contemporary Australian film and the hard work of the people who brought them to the screen. They have footage, costumes and props from ELVIS, Moulin Rouge!, The Sapphires, The Power of the Dog, Mad Max: Fury Road and more.

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This pectoral ornament is one of 220 items on display at the National Museum. Photo: Supplied.

Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition

When: until 8 September
Where: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra
Cost: Tickets cost from $12.50 to $62.50 and are available via the National Museum website.

The history and culture of Ancient Egypt take centre stage at the National Museum after a tour across Asia and other Australian capital cities. The 220 objects on display are all drawn from the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities. Some of the artefacts include 10 painted coffins, sculptures, Book of the Dead scrolls, a mummification hook, an ancient board game and five mummified bodies. Attendees will also be able to take part in interactive activities.

A tennis player in the middle of a serve

David Goffin and Sara Errani are among the big names who entered this tennis competition, alongside emerging players. Photo: Tennis ACT.

Workday Canberra International 2024

When: until 6 January, various times
Where: Canberra Tennis Centre, 1 Riggall Place, Lyneham
Cost: Tickets vary in price and are available via Eventbrite.

The Workday Canberra International has returned for another year. While the 130 players from more than 40 countries are competing for $470,000 in prize money and ATP and WTA rankings, there’s plenty for spectators to enjoy on and off the court, including food and beverage attractions.

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It doesn’t get much darker than Snowtown. Image: Supplied.

Nefarious Australia

When: 5 January to 31 January, various times
Where: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Tickets for the specific films vary in price and are available via the Archive’s website.

While some of us like to sit down to watch a comedy or a musical film, others have darker tastes. In January, the National Film and Sound Archive will host a series of thrillers and dramas, including Rover, Judy & Punch, Romper Stomper and the chilling Snowtown.

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This interactive production puts a twist on the story of Cinderella. Photo: The Australian Ballet.

Storytime Ballet: Cinderella

When: 11 January to 14 February (Canberra dates), starting at 11 am or 2 pm
Where: The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets cost between $42 and $63 (plus transaction fee) and are available via the Theatre Centre’s website.

The story of Cinderella is one we all grew up with – it is the tale of a young girl, made into a servant by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters until she meets her Fairy Godmother. Transformed into a princess, she meets (and falls in love with) a beautiful prince. Former artistic director David McAllister has choreographed the production for The Australian Ballet, which is aimed at children aged three years and older.

baseball batter on one knee

The Canberra Cavalry will go head-to-head against the Brisbane Bandits on their home turf. Photo: Canberra Cavalry

Canberra Cavalry v Brisbane Bandits

When: 11 January to 14 January
Where: Narrabundah Ballpark, Kyeema Street, Narrabundah
Cost: Tickets cost between $10 and $80 (depending on seating) and are available via the Canberra Cavalry’s website.

The Canberra Cavalry will defend their home ground from the Brisbane Bandits in Round Nine of the Australian Baseball League. And if sitting in the stands and cheering on your local team sounds appealing, know this is their last home game for this season!

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Children’s author Ing Ledlie is coming to Canberra’s libraries for two author talks this summer. Photo: Libraries ACT/Facebook.

Ing Ledlie Author Talks

When: 11 January and 19 January, 10:15 am to 11:15 am (both days)
Where: Dickson Library, Dickson Shops, off Antill Street (11 January); or Gungahlin Library, corner of Hibberson Street and Gozzard Street, Gungahlin (19 January)
Cost: Free entry, although attendees must register for either the Dickson event or the Gungahlin event through Libraries ACT’s website.

With her son, Ing Ledlie has written and published nearly 10 children’s books on the happiness and the pains of growing up – covering everything from school to the Tooth Fairy. Now, she’s stopping by two Canberra library branches to discuss her work.


UC Capitals 2023/24 season poster

The UC Capitals are looking to start 2024 on the right foot with a win against the second-placed Perth Lynx. Image: UC Capitals.

UC Capitals v Perth Lynx

When: 11 January, from 7 pm
Where: National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra
Cost: Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased via the UC Capitals’ website.

It is Round 11 of the Women’s National Basketball League this week, and there is no rest for the UC Capitals squad. The team will take on the Perth Lynx at the National Convention Centre.


Alice in Wonderland

Follow the White Rabbit into a Canberra theatre to watch this production of this beloved children’s story. Image: Supplied.

Alice in Wonderland

When: 8 January, shows from 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets cost between $39.90 and $64.90 (plus transaction fee) and are available via the Theatre Centre’s website.

When Alice finds her way into Wonderland, she encounters a world of fantastical people and animals – and the story is coming to Canberra. The familiar characters of the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts, alongside costumes and puppetry, will be on hand to bring Lewis Carroll’s story to life.

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greensareliars1:18 pm 05 Jan 24

How about the National Indoor Hockey Championships on at National Hockey Centre, 196 Mouat Street, Lyneham, until Jan 25

Not one mention of the biggest event in Canberra this week – Summernats 36!!

Oops…how did they forget that one?

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