Our pick of what to do in Canberra this long weekend.
1. One composition to rule them all
It inspired one of the most epic trilogies to grace the big screen, but what about the music it also inspired? The Canberra Wind Symphony will bring JRR Tolkien's epic fantasy series to life through a composition by Dutch composer Johan de Meij. The music piece joins a program filled with works by some of the finest composers of the past four decades. Friday, 8pm. The Q. Tickets $10 - $50 from theq.net.au.
2. I'm with her
The National Gallery of Australia is celebrating female creatives. The Know My Name launch is a 24-hour event where the gallery will raise a glass to the women who have helped shape Australian culture. The event will include a pop-up bar until 2am, music from DJ Mia Sorlie as well as the sharing of stories about Australia's female artists. Australians are also encouraged to join in the conversation by using the hashtag #KnowMyName on social media. Friday, 10pm. Free event.
3. What is the Canoe Tree?
Join Ngunawal custodian Wally Bell and ACT Historic Places at Lanyon Homestead to learn about the Aboriginal connection with the area. Hear stories about Indigenous cultural practice and the significance of the Canoe Tree to the Ngunawal people. Saturday, 10.30am. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for ACT Historic Places members from eventbrite.com.au.
4. Reconciliation Day eve
Some strong voices from the music industry come together this weekend to honour the anniversary of the 1967 referendum. Headliners and Australian icons Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Projects will be joined on the Canberra Theatre stage by powerhouse rapper Briggs, Alice Skye and Emily Wurramara for a night of music. Sunday, 6.30pm. Tickets are $49.90 from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
5. Reconciliation Day
A line-up of local talent will join Melbourne duo the Merindas at the second annual Reconciliation in the Park event. Also appearing on the day will be Indigenous children's entertainer Johnny Huckle, Kulture Break, Wiradjuri Echoes, The Chesterfield Band, Grace Obst and Jye Hopkins and the Woden Valley Youth Choir, who will be on stage singing in local Indigenous language. Glebe Park. Monday 10.30am - 2.30pm. Free event.