How to spend this weekend in Canberra

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How are you spending your weekend, Canberra?

No plans? Let’s change that. Here are five ideas for indoor and outdoor COVID-safe events, open days and exhibitions.

Try a free 30-minute taster dance and fitness classes at the Subsdance Open Day

Find your something at the Subsdance Open Day! The all-day event offers 30-minute taster sessions of the studio’s huge range of dance and fitness classes — from Zumba to Pilates and flexibility classes, Belly Fusion, Afro Beats, burlesque-based styles such as Feather Fans, Chair, and After Dark , as well as Reggaeton, Hip Hop and more. Partner dance even makes its Subsdance comeback with the sultry Bachata.

The event runs from 8 am to 5 pm this Saturday, 29 January at the Susbdance studio at 27-29 Eyre Street, Kingston (map). Book via MindBody to secure your spot.

Saturday 29 January from 8 am to 5 pm | 27-29 Eyre Street, Kingston | Book: Via MindBody to secure your spot

Have a smashing time at the Australian Open Summer of Tennis Party

The summer of tennis is here, and this is the perfect opportunity to check out the action of the Australian Open!

Taking place on 27–30 January at the Weston Creek Tennis Club, the Australian Open Summer of Tennis Party will feature a giant screen to catch all the action of the Australian Open, a bar with a range of cold beverages, food available to purchase, and a range of tennis activities for all ages and abilities including Open Court Sessions, ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, Cardio and much more!

27-30 January at the Weston Creek Tennis Club | Facebook for more information

Celebrate iconic moments in contemporary Australian film

Credit: Nicole Kidman © RGR Collection / Alamy Stock.

Kicking off tomorrow, Friday 21 January, Australians & Hollywood: A Tale of Craft, Talent and Ambition is a Canberra-exclusive exhibition celebrating iconic moments in contemporary Australian film.

This blockbuster exhibition by the NFSA features beloved cinema moments, rare behind-the-scenes footage and costumes and props from the NFSA collection on display for the first time. Discover the creativity and craft that goes into making a classic and get up close with personal treasures from Eric Bana, Paul Hogan, Baz Luhrmann and more.

Until 17 July | National Sound and Film Archive of Australia |

Live it up at Bangarang and Decadence and Debauchery

Jadiza. Credit: Etphemera.

28 – 30 January is a big weekend for artists working on adapting to a COVID-19 world!

On 28 January, Bangarang is running out of Flazéda Hub. This is a regular intimate variety show that runs on the last Friday of every month and features local artists raising money for different charities. This month they’re raising money to support Diversity ACT.

Then, on 29 January, Decadence and Debauchery is on at the Belconnen Arts Center! This acclaimed burlesque variety show has been selling out and touring across Australia for the last five years. This event is a bit different though — because this show also aligns with the first birthday of Flazéda Hub in Belconnen.

Not only will there be a decadent and debauchery line up of performances (with interstate celebrity guest MC, Valerie Hex), Auslan interpretation, and items for sale / auction, but this show will also be fundraising for the 2022 “Performance for Purpose” program of work running out of Flazéda, which sees artists get access to scholarship programs, mentorship programs, and other professional development and performance opportunities.

Thanks to the Australian Cultural Fund, Jazida Productions will also be launching their fundraising campaign, which provides tax deductible receipts for donations. By coming along to enjoy an incredible night of live performing arts, you are also supporting the sustainability of the artists for 2022.

Staying at home? Both Bangarang and Decadence and Debauchery are being professional live-streamed! Therefore, any audience members who want to support, but are nervous about coming into venues with current COVID case numbers, can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. This also means that local audiences can digitally enjoy the show as a viewing party alongside their interstate and international friends and family.

Buy tickets to Bangarang or the Drag Culture Dance Masterclass at: | Buy tickets to Decadence and Debauchery at:

Jeffrey Smart: A Tuscan Lunch

Celebrate the art of Jeffrey Smart with a Tuscan-style lunch in the National Gallery’s dining room overlooking the Sculpture Garden.

Inspired by the excellent Italian trattorias, Head Chef Samuel McCarthy’s menu showcases locally sourced fresh produce as he introduces his spin on the traditional Italian Primi, Secondi and Dolce courses. Guests will be invited to choose two courses: Primi and Secondi or Secondi and Dolce. Guests will be able to select their courses from the menu on the day.

One glass of white or red wine is included in the adult per person price, and one glass of juice or soft drink is included in the children per person price. A third course is not included in the per person ticket price but can be ordered on the day as additional.

A Tuscan Lunch ticket does not include the exhibition entry. If you wish to visit the exhibition, please purchase your exhibition ticket separately.

National Gallery of Australia | Until 6 March |

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