8 February 2024

Things to do in Canberra this week (9 - 15 February)

| Claire Sams
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Carrie, Lifeline CEO and Janice, Lifeline volunteer smiling at the camera.

Volunteers like Janice (right), with Lifeline CEO Carrie-Ann Leeson, have been hard at work sorting through the donations for Lifeline’s upcoming Bookfair at EPIC. Photo: Supplied.

The holidays are well and truly behind us now but there’s still a lot to look forward to in the capital … so let’s get to it!

Multiple days

Lifeline volunteer at the Lifeline book fair

Lifeline’s Bookfairs give us a chance to dig through the stacks and pack our bookshelves until they’re overflowing – and it’s all in the name of helping others. Photo: Supplied.

Lifeline Canberra February Bookfair

When: 9 February, 9 am to 6 pm; 10 February, 9 am to 5 pm; 11 February, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell
Cost: Entry is through a gold coin donation (tap-and-go available).

People have donated the books, Lifeline volunteers have sorted through them – now, it is our chance to shop them. Across the three days, the offerings include a vast range of books (of course), comics, magazines, vinyl, sheet music and CDs. Saturday (10 February) will also have face painting and other family-friendly activities. The Bookfair raises money for Lifeline Canberra’s over-the-phone crisis support service – and with each $26 raised, Lifeline can take another call and keep helping Canberrans in need.

READ MORE Thousands of books make the journey to Lifeline’s first book fair of 2024

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Queanbeyan Players will take to the stage in a production of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning musical. Photo: Queanbeyan Players Inc./Facebook.

Next to Normal production

When: 15 February to 24 February, various times
Where: Belconnen Community Theatre, Belconnen Community Centre, 23 Swanson Circuit, Belconnen
Cost: Tickets cost between $44 and $49; available from the Queanbeyan Players.

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, tells how a suburban family deals with mental health challenges. The Queanbeyan Players, a theatre group from NSW, are coming to Belconnen for their latest show, which covers young love, grief, family – and the importance of trying again.

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Liz Jakimow’s exhibition brings together photography and poetry. Photo: Liz Jakimow.

A Journey through Grief exhibition

When: 15 February to 18 February and 22 February to 25 February, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton
Cost: Free entry.

When Liz Jakimow’s partner died suddenly last year, she turned to creative pursuits to make sense of her emotions. She started to take a photograph every day and turned to poetry when her emotions came to the forefront. Now, the work from the Braidwood photographer and writer has been compiled into an exhibition in Canberra.


Gelli Printing art class at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Jo Hollier, Untitled. Learn the art of gelli plate painting. Image: Jo Hollier.

One Day Intensive: Gelli Printing

When: 10 February, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway
Cost: Tickets cost $150 and are available from the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

This beginner-friendly workshop will see participants learn the basis of gelli plate printing, all under the watchful eye of printmaker and mixed media artist Jo Hollier.


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This presentation takes attendees into the advances of Australian scientists over the decades. Photo: Australian Academy of Science/Facebook.

The Journey of Australian Science – Burnet and Immunology

When: 13 February, 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: The Shine Dome Canberra, address; online live-stream
Cost: Tickets for in-person attendance cost $17 and are available online, while online attendance is free.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all aware of virology and immunology – but our modern understanding draws from decades of work by Australian and international scientists, such as Nobel Laureate and Academy Founding Fellow Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet. Coinciding with the academy’s 70th-anniversary celebrations, Professor Sharon Lewin and Associate Professor Misty Jenkins will discuss how the field of immunology has progressed since Sir Frank’s discoveries.


Still of a small personal radio

This symposium celebrates 100 years of commercial radio in Australia in partnership with the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University. Photo: National Film and Sound Archive.

Radio 100 Symposium

When: 14 February, 10 am to 2:40 pm
Where: Theatrette, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Free entry, though bookings are essential.

Australia’s first officially licensed radio broadcast hit the airwaves in November 1923 – and it’s been with us ever since. The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has partnered with the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University to present three fascinating presentations on Australian commercial radio.


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Head to the pub for some trivia to support women and girls in the Canberra region. Photo: Fearless Women/Facebook.

Fearless Trivia Night

When: 15 February, 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: King O’Malley’s Pub, 131 City Walk, Canberra
Cost: Tickets cost $50 per person (plus booking fee) through Humanitix.

Keen to test your knowledge (and maybe even walk away with bragging rights as victor)? Fearless Women is a not-for-profit organisation supporting girls and young women aged between 10 and 25 in the Canberra region – and they’ve organised a fundraiser to raise money for their programs.

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Lakespeare’s 2024 season show is Henry V – and ‘We few, we happy few’ can watch a preview. Photo: Lakespeare/Facebook.

Shakespeare Down the Pub Preview: Henry V

When: 15 February, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Louie Louie, Verity Lane Market, 50 Northbourne Avenue
Cost: Tickets cost $15 and are available via Eventbrite, and will also be available for $20 at the door (if not sold out beforehand).

Henry V is one of the most famous medieval English kings – but what did Shakespeare think of him? Gather on Thursday for Lakespeare’s production of Henry V, a play that follows the king through the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. This showing is a preview of Lakespeare’s 2024 summer season of Shakespeare by the Lakes, a series of free Shakespeare performances in Canberra’s open spaces.

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