Top seven things to do in Canberra this weekend (15-17 April)

Ellen Harvey 13 July 2016 2

This weekend be transported back to a time before technology: join the Jane Austen Festival at Albert Hall and indulge yourself in everything Regency, attend a guided workshop in the (nearly lost) art of letter writing, or purchase a few retro-inspired homewares from the Old Bus Depot Markets.


Jane Austen Festival
: Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla; When: from 8am
Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Regency – including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. Since its inception in 2008 this little festival has blossomed into one of the most delightful weekend anyone could experience each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia.



Marco Polo Jr Versus The Red Dragon
: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circut, Acton; When: from 6.30pm; Tickets: $10/$8
Meet the marvellous Cam Ford, a great animator as well as a great storyteller. Cam was one of the sequence directors on Marco Polo Jr versus the Red Dragon. Amongst many other stellar tales, Cam will transport you back to swinging London and his time working on psychedelic wonder The Yellow Submarine in a similarly psychedelic animation studio in 1960s Soho.The discussion will be followed by a screening of Marco Polo Jr versus the Red Dragon. See other screenings of Marco Polo Jr versus the Red Dragon in Arc Cinema 18-22 April.



Letter Translations: A guided workshop in the (nearly) lost art of correspondence
Where: Gorman Arts Centre, 30 Batman Street, Braddon; When: 10am, 11am; Tickets: $10.00
Join the writers at Ms Constance Spry’s Letter Writing Service as they navigate you through the limitless creative expression that is letter writing. This hour-long introduction course goes through the basics of letter forms and the usage of fabulous terms from a not so distant past. Everybody leaves with a letter of their own creation, sprinkled with a bit of Ms Spry magic.

PULL A PRINT at the National Arboretum
: National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Canberra; When: from 10am
The National Arboretum and Megalo Print Studio + Gallery have teamed up to offer a Bonsai inspired screen printing workshop this Saturday! This is a free drop-in activity suitable for all ages, with all materials and instruction provided by Megalo. Curious to see more? Over the past year 5 Bonsai artists and 5 emerging printmakers have been working together at the Megalo Print Studio + Gallery to create work for an exhibition BONSAI PRINT now showing at Megalo until 30 April 2016.

Heritage Festival Event: Discovery / Recovery
Where: Canberra Museum & Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra; When: every half-hour from 12.30pm; Tickets: Free, but registration required.
The University of Canberra (UC), in collaboration with Canberra Museum and Gallery, and the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) is celebrating the 2016 ACT Heritage Festival with an afternoon of practical conservation tips and tricks, led by local Canberra conservation experts. So bring your favourite portable objects and heirlooms to CMAG and get some expert advice from UC and AICCM conservators.

: National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes; When: 11am, 1pm; Tickets: $5.00
Have you ever seen a puppet create an artwork? In PuppetOOdle, see renowned puppeteer Marianne Mettes operate a cast of quirky puppets who create art with you. A family show filled with fun and silly puppetry sketches – celebrating the art of puppetry that connects us with kids’ ABC TV shows of the 1960s and 1970s. Marianne’s puppets will also invite family members to create take-home masterpieces.


Old Bus Depot Markets: Retro Depot
Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston; When: from 10am
Retro Depot is a celebration of all things retro cool. Browse their fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories; all things that are designed to push your ‘groove button’.

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2 Responses to Top seven things to do in Canberra this weekend (15-17 April)
Cummerbund Cummerbund 7:54 pm 21 Apr 16

Why not try ANZAC Day at one of the smaller commemorations? Yass, Bungendore and Queanbeyan are less overwhelming {and more accessible} than the main event at the War Memorial.

Rollersk8r Rollersk8r 9:41 am 15 Apr 16

Raiders and Giants both playing this Sunday afternoon!

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