25 February 2016

Top six things to do in Canberra this weekend (18-20 February)

| Ellen Harvey
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This weekend, you’ll find something to suit everyone in the family. Start by finding your zen with the Health Harmony Soul Festival, which runs all weekend; on Saturday, head to Phillip Ice Skating Centre to try your hand at ice hockey (sorry boys, girls only!), or get to know your favourite Star Wars characters in a whole new light this Saturday evening with The Empire Strips Back showing at Canberra Theatre Centre.



Health Harmony Soul Festival
Where: National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City; When: from 10am each day; Tickets: $12.00 for a day pass
The Health Harmony Soul Festival offers three sensational days of health, wellbeing and spirituality. Get guidance from keynote speakers and a specialised selection of health and wellbeing exhibitors showcasing their products and services. Find your pathway to inner peace, health and happiness. Find some gifts, book a massage, psychic reading or simply browse the aisles to chat to our professional like-minded exhibitors. Tickets online or at the door.

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema Canberra
Where: Patrick White Lawns, Parkes Place West (in front of the National Library of Australia), Parkes; When: various dates, from 5:30pm; Tickets: From $19 online and $24 at the gate ($15/$20 concessions)
This is the last weekend you’ll be able to catch the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema. With music by day and movies by night, you won’t want to miss it. Music is performed by local emerging artists and bands, while the blockbusters of 2015 light up the screen from dusk. Best of all, every Sunday is the Sundae Session where everyone scores a free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Catch The Big Short on Friday, The Revenant on Saturday or Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s latest comedy Sisters on Sunday is sold out.


Come & Try Ice Hockey for Women and Girls
Where: Phillip Ice Skating Centre, 1 Irving Street, Phillip; When: 11.00am-1.30pm; Tickets: free, but registrations are requested.
Ever wondered what it’s like to play one of the coolest games on earth, but not sure how to get involved? Ice Hockey ACT (IHACT) has it’s own non-contact women’s league for girls and women aged 14yrs+. Head to Phillip Ice Skating Centre on Saturday to try it for yourself. Current IHACT Dragons players will be on hand to help with gear, skating, shooting and are happy to answer any questions you might have about the upcoming season.

The Empire Strips Back
Where:Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City; When: from 8pm; Tickets: from $65.00
If you are a lover of Star Wars or good entertainment, then this show is for you. It’s not a trap! Expect some seriously sexy stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Boba Fett, tantalising Twi’leks, a Darth with a different kind of dark side, a delightfully luke-warm Taun Taun, a lady-like Skywalker, the Droids you are looking for and much more.


Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Shell Prom Picnic Concert
Where: Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla; When: 5pm-7pm (gates open at 3.45pm); Tickets: family $65.00, adult $30.00, concession $20.00
The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands presents the 2016 Shell Picnic Concert – a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog’s landing on Australian soil. Enjoy a highly entertaining program of music, including Australian favourites Westlake, Edwards and Hindson; and intriguing Dutch composers- Diepenbrock, van Anrooy and Wagenaar. This is a family-friendly event where you can kick off your shoes, and enjoy a home-made picnic supper while the CSO plays.



Old Bus Depot Markets – International Day
Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston; When: 10am-4pm
Did you miss the Multicultural festival last weekend? Never fear, the markets are here! Explore the many cultures that call our city home, while sampling an array of delicious foods, and being entertained with local ethnic music. At the markets, you’ll find: African handcrafted statues, silk handbags from Thailand, Russian baboushka art, hand painted ceramic plates from Italy, French provincial tablecloths, Nepalese woollen hats, Indian block print textiles, Vietnamese lanterns and tasty dishes from Spain, Laos, Ethiopia, France and Mexico.

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