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48 hours: What's on in Canberra this weekend


Go see BLAK by the Bangarra Dance Theatre, which portrays the challenges and rewards for Aboriginal young people making transitions to adulthood. The soundscape of award-winning composer David Page will be fused with the electronic sounds of Paul Mac. 7.30pm. For bookings, phone  6275 2700, or email  ctc.reception@act.gov.au or see canberratheatrecentre.com.au.

Centenary of Floral Art

In wake of Canberra’s centenary, the Floral Art Guild of the ACT Inc. will create arrangements representing significant personal milestones such as marriage in historical and contemporary styles. Exhibition ends July 17. Free. The Canberra Centre, Bunda Street. For further information phone 6276 4237 or email  marketing@canberracentre.com.au.

Library detective

The National Library offers kids a chance to become detectives, following a trail through the library to artworks and the reading rooms. An exhibition trail is also available. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the event. Starts 9am. Free. For all ages. National Library of Australia, Parkes Place. For further information call 6262 1111 or see  nla.gov.au.

Rock stories

If you love expressing yourself and telling stories then Warakurna exhibition is an ideal. It features stories of everyday events in the lives of the artists, as revealed through the symbols in their artworks. By using chalk pens, draw symbols on a series of rocks and arrange them together to tell your story. Mix them up and make up another story. Then take them home in a little woven basket. Free. Starts 10am. National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula. For further information phone 6208 5000 or email  information@nma.gov.au or see  nma.gov.au.



Art lovers have a chance to see an artistic display of paintings (oil and acrylic), drawings and prints – and photographs by local artists. The work celebrates 100 years of Canberra and the natural environment. Many of the artists have begun their artistic journey through the art classes held every Friday morning at the Woden Southern Cross Club. Starts noon. Free event. Southern Cross Club – Woden, Corinna Street, Phillip. For further information, phone 6161 6364 or email chacton@gmail.com.


Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the Street Theatre presents Room On The Broom. A witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. 3pm, tickets from $20. The Street Theatre Canberra, Childers Street. For bookings phone 6247 1223 or see thestreet.org.au.


Watch science films every Saturday about Australia and its place in the universe – from a historical look at the nation’s agricultural past to its place in the race for space. Movies to be shown include Who Killed Dr Bogle & Mrs Chandler? and Wonders of the Solar System. Free. 1pm, CSIRO Discovery Centre, North Science Road, Acton. For bookings see csiro.au/discovery. For further information phone 6246 4646 or email info.discovery@csiro.au.



Create your own piece of art at Canberra Glassworks. Create a glass tile using inspirations such as fireplaces, scarves and sweaters. A glass artist will guide you through the process and in just 20 minutes your piece of art will be ready for the kiln. Cost $40 plus postage. There is an admission fee for the event. 10.30am. Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. For bookings phone 6260 7005. See  canberraglassworks.com


Mezzo soprano Maartje Sevenster joins the Limestone Consort to present Nisi Dominus;   Vivaldi’s setting in nine movements of psalm 127. This piece features seven-stringed Viola d’amore, played by Ross Mitchell (member of the Elysium Ensemble). Third year classical voice student and member of Gondwana Chorale, Veronica Milroy, will sing Vivaldi’s motet Nulla In Mundo Pax Sincera, which was made famous in the movie Shine (1996). Starts 3pm. All Saints’ Anglican Church, Ainslie, corner of Cowper and Bonney streets, Ainslie. Tickets: adult $15, concession $10, and under 16 free. Available at the door or online:  trybooking.com/DBDJ. For further information phone 0468 815 839, or email  clara.teniswood@gmail.com.