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What's happening around Canbera this Easter long weekend.


The Croods (PG): Cave-dwellers are forced to leave their home after an earthquake in this animated feature. Watch the trailer.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (M): The Joes face danger from within as well as battling their enemies. Watch the trailer.

The Host (M): An unseen enemy takes over people’s bodies and erases their memories. 

Hyde Park on Hudson (M): The king and queen of England visit US president Franklin Roosevelt on the eve of World War II. Watch the trailer.

Rust and Bone (MA): A bouncer and a killer whale trainer develop an unusual relationship. French with English subtitles.  Watch the trailer.

Silence in the House of God: Mea Maxima Culpa (M): Documentary about a priest who abused deaf schoolchildren. Watch the trailer.




Join in the non-stop entertainment at the 47th National Folk Festival until Sunday at Exhibition Park. Take part in a cultural celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, poetry and storytelling with nearly 200 different acts across multiple venues, as well as workshops, market stalls and a children’s program. 

Friday to Sunday, 8.30am-2am. Tickets $75-$315. See: folkfestival.asn.au.


Hop along to the Easter Eggstravaganza at the CSIRO Discovery Centre, North-Science Road, Acton, for an egg-citing line-up of activities for the whole family. There’s plenty to amuse the kids, including face-painting, roving circus performances, craft activities, an Easter egg hunt, egg-and-spoon race,  ice-cream treats, competitions, prizes and a special guest appearance from the Easter bunny. It’s on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. 


In the Easter Steam Spectacular, heritage railway carriages hauled by steam locomotives will take passengers on steam trips from Canberra to Queanbeyan return, departing at 9.15am, 10.15am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Tickets: adults $20 and child/concession $15. Bookings: (02) 6239 6768. There’s a free photographic display depicting Canberra’s railway history. Refreshments are available all day in the Victorian carriages or at the barbecue. It’s at Burke Crescent, Griffith.  


The Searchers (1956, G) was one of many films in which John Ford directed John Wayne, and it’s one of the best. Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a man back from fighting in the US Civil War, whose niece (Natalie Wood) is kidnapped by Indians. Accompanied by her adopted brother Martin (Jeffrey Hunter), Ethan goes after her but his reasons for doing so are complicated. It’s beautifully filmed in colour and has one of the most memorable final scenes in a movie. Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, 4.30pm. 



A free concert of songs from the Great American Songbook is being performed in the foyer of the High Court of Australia by As Famous as the Moon at 2.30pm. The trio – Dirk Zeylmans, Graham Monger and Lachlan Conventry – has been part of the development of jazz in Canberra over the past 10 years. There will be melodies by songwriters such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers. 


Artist Kim Nelson will feature an open-studio style exhibition and sale of work at the historic 1880s Oddfellows Hall in the heart of Yass. The artist encourages art lovers to come and haggle in the true spirit of the open-studio tradition. Nelson, whose work covers a diverse range of styles, was recently selected as a finalist in the Glover Prize for landscape. It’s on from 10am to 5pm at  The Oddfellows’ Hall, 67 Comur Street, Yass. Phone: (02) 6226 1796.


The Trash ’n’ Treasure Market will be open as usual from 6am to 1pm at the Jamison Centre, Macquarie, with fresh fruit and vegetables, arts and crafts, plants, clothing, toys and household items. Cost is $20 a site occupied by stallholders, or entry by donation. See: belconnenrotary.org.au.  


Swap the chocolate egg hunt for a hunt for original antiques, jewellery and collectables at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Canberra. Easter Portobello Road will see more than 30 stallholders at the markets, offering everything from colourful vases and cut lace tablecloths, to oil lamps, antique cufflinks, jewellery, linens, restored furniture and more. The Old Bus Depot Markets, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, will be open from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free. See: obdm.com.au


The annual national gathering of Alfa Romeo vehicles, will be held in Canberra in 2013, to coincide with the Canberra Centenary celebration. There will be several activities over the Easter period, for registered participants. The highlight will be a ‘‘Show and Shine’’ at Rond Terrace on Sunday, March 31, from 10am to 1pm. While participants need to be registered with Alfesta, there is no charge for the public to view the display. See: alfesta.org.au.