From a European multicultural festival and striking theater to wine masterclasses and a High Tea fundraiser for a good cause, this is how you spend this weekend in Canberra!
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European multicultural festival
Welcome to this first edition of the European Multicultural Festival!
On Sunday, May 22, the Australian Croatian Club, the Alliance Française de Canberra and the White Eagle Polish Club will come together for the first time to celebrate European cultures in Turner!
Enjoy a selection of stalls selling traditional food, products and activities from all over Europe… all in one place! A day full of fun activities – traditional Croatian dance, recitals for children, French music – will be organized in Turner from 11am to 3pm.
Sunday 22 May from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Alliance Francaise de Canberra, 66-68 McCaughey Street, Turner | afcanberra.com.au/culture-events/upcoming-events/european-multicultural-festival
Taste local workshops with a controversial character winery
Discover local produce and enjoy unique experiences with tasting adventures and masterclasses at Canberra Center’s Taste Local Festival – a month-long celebration of local producers and talents.
Do you think you know wine? On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, Contentious Character Winery will put your knowledge to the test with a blind tasting, done in the Contentious Character way.
Join them for an hour of sipping cool-climate wines, learning about varietals and regions, and exchanging tasting notes and thoughts. Choose the red, the white, or why not both? Please note that this workshop is ideal for couples as you will be seated at tables of two.
Reserve your spot for one of three 60-minute workshops available on weekends:
- 2 p.m. Saturday 21 May
- 12 noon Sunday 22 May
- 2 p.m. Sunday 22 May
May 21-22 | Canberra Centre, located within the doors of City Walk | Tickets are $20pp | See Eventbrite for tickets and more information
Flynn’s Walk at Lake Burley Griffin
Flynn’s Walk was created in Melbourne in 2018 to honor the loss of Dr. Flynn Hargreaves and to raise awareness of the devastating suicide and burnout rate in veterinary practice.
According to research by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), veterinarians have a disproportionately high suicide rate: They are four times more likely than the general population to commit suicide and two times more likely than other health professionals.
Gather this Saturday from 9:30am for free coffee, tea and hot chocolate, walk at 10:30am for a 3 mile loop around Lake Burley Griffin, at your own pace, then return to the start for a free sausage.
Sunday 22 May 22 from 10 am | Commonwealth Place, Queen Elizabeth Terrace | flynnswalk.com.au
Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature, retold in a faithful yet fiercely original new stage adaptation – featuring original music, written by multiple ARIA Award winner Sarah McLeod – from the nationally renowned shake & stir theater co.
After a childhood in which she suffered at the hands of her cruel aunt, Jane finds work in Thornfield Hall – the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester. As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets within the walls of Thornfield begin to unravel, forcing Jane on a heartbreaking journey to truth and freedom.
May 17–21 | Canberra Theater Center | canberratheatrecentr.com.au
Share the DigniTea High Tea fundraiser
What are you doing next Sunday? Does a glass of champagne, a high tea and a room full of magnanimous women sound good? Then read on.
Share the Dignity’s annual DigniTea high tea event returns to Canberra to raise awareness and much-needed funds for those living in menstrual poverty in Australia.
The event, hosted by our own Associate Editor Emma Macdonald, marks a welcome return to the DigniTea fundraiser, after COVID-19 brought the 2020 and 2021 events to a halt. The Canberra High Tea is one of 10 DigniTea events being held across Australia in May to celebrate and recognize World Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May).
Hostess Emma Macdonald is joined by an inspiring panel of passionate Share the Dignity supporters, including 2021’s ACT Young Australian of the year Tara McClelland, EveryMan’s Papunya Connors and Melanie Greenhalgh.
Sunday 22 May from 12.30 – 15.30 | The Novotel, Northbourne Avenue, Civic | sharethedignity.org.au/dignitea
Australian Cocktail Month
Australian Cocktail Month is back in May 2022 with discounts on delicious cocktails in six Canberra bars – supporting bars, bartenders and spirits makers.
Your Australian Cocktail Month ticket is valid for the duration of May, giving you access to a special menu of cocktails created exclusively for the month. So grab your ticket, gather your friends, support the bar industry and discover what your city has to offer at the following participating bars in May: Bar Rochford, High Jinks, Miss Van’s, Molly, Volstead Repeal and Zaab
Like cocktails? Do you like good times? Australian Cocktail Month is for you.
Until May 30 | Various locations | australiancocktailmonth.com.au
Under the Bonnet: An Unscripted Comedy About Manners
It is a widely accepted truth that a Canberran who has a busy life needs a laugh. Under the Bonnet delivers an ironic comedy set in the world as Jane Austen knew it.
Discover a new Austen classic full of Regency-era social mores, elegance and humor brought to you by the merry players of Lightbulb. Go wild with this unscripted comedy full of twists and turns created spontaneously at dinner parties, balls and picnics.
Of the artists who released “Shakespeare: Off the Cuff”, Lightbulb is diving into a new genre for their unscripted magic. Known for their unique taste of warm, funny and surprising moments, this comedy group creates stories on the spot and builds characters with depth and humor. They have performed at comedy festivals across Australia and internationally, eager to bring the thrill of comedy to their audiences on the spot.
May 19–21 | The Playhouse, Canberra Theater Center | canberratheatrecentr.com.au
Roger Beale AO: The Magic of Light, a solo exhibition
Captivated by the way light, especially warm oblique light, brings flowers, landscapes and people to life, Beale’s solo exhibition of more than sixty works features large-scale oil paintings of flowers between powerful and nostalgic landscapes, portrait sketches and detailed pen and ink drawings.
Topics include the famous Luxembourg Gardens in spring, café portraits of the characters of the 6th arrondissement in the heart of the Left Bank of Paris (Rive Gauche), through dizzying vineyards in Piedmont to moody memories of Sicily. And of course enjoy glorious flowers from our spring and summer.
Online catalog available through the website.
See you Sunday 29 May | Humble House Gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick | humblehouse.com.au
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (last weekend!)
Yass, that’s right, the drag queens of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, took their magic bus all the way to The Q. Gather your fellow queens for a magical show of love, friendship, dazzling costumes and lots of laughter.
Until May 22 | The Q, Queanbeyan Center for the Performing Arts | theq.net.au
Poetry not a luxury
Does the sound of inclusive, non-competitive, feminist, queer, left-wing open mic poetry appeal to you? Got some revolutionary content up your sleeve that you want to scream out from the highest hills? Well, my little budding poet, poetry not a luxury sounds like the event for you.
Sunday, May 22 – registration from 7 p.m., event starts at 7:30 p.m. | Gang Gang Cafe, Downer | facebook.com
Three tall women
ACT Hub’s 2022 season has got off to a great start with rehearsals in full swing for Edward Albee’s most autobiographical play, also the debut of one of Canberra’s newest theater companies, Chaika Theatre.
Three Tall Women is the story of a refined, flawed and complex woman who looks back unsentimentally on her extraordinary life. A portrait of Albee’s tempestuous relationship with his adoptive mother, the role is played at various stages in her life by three of Canberra’s most celebrated actresses – Natasha Vickery, Lainie Hart and Karen Vickery.
Astonishingly funny and touchingly vulnerable, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama has been described as a ‘beaded dagger of a play’.
Until May 21 | ACT Hub, Causeway Hall, Spinifex Street, Kingston | acthub.com.au
The world of musicals
The World of Musicals once again graces Canberra’s stage, with some of the biggest hits and ballads from musicals we all know and love. Music theater fans, this one is for you!
May 22 | Canberra Theater Center | canberratheatrecentr.com.au