The ShowRoom, Urzila Carlson and Reconciliation Day Eve 2022: 30+ things to do this week in Canberra

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From the ultimate home improvement exhibition to a very special Reconciliation Eve concert, here’s what not to miss this week in Canberra.

12+ things not to miss

The Canberra Showroom

ACT’s largest design, build, garden and lifestyle show. The two-day event brings together Canberra’s most creative, innovative and informative industry professionals under one roof in the Budawang Pavilion, Canberra Exhibition Centre.

Whether you are looking to design your home, build your home, redo your home, decorate, furnish, cool or heat, buy, sell, enjoy or discover exciting new ideas for your home and garden, you will find all the inspiration you have need here for a weekend only!

May 28–29 | Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Center in Canberra, Mitchell |

Sample local workshops with Underground Spirits Canberra

Discover local produce and enjoy unique experiences of taste adventures and masterclasses at Canberra Centre’s Taste Local Festival – a month-long celebration of local producers and talent.

Underground Spirits is a boutique distillery that makes premium spirits that are anything but typical. When it comes to tasting, think of the unexpected.

On Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29, Underground Spirit’s head mixologist will guide you in making two cocktails that are sure to impress your next guests. You will have the opportunity to learn and create while enjoying fresh delights from Betty’s Burgers!

Book your place in one of the four 60-minute workshops available on weekends:

  • 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28
  • 3 p.m. Saturday May 28
  • 1 p.m. Sunday, May 29
  • 3 p.m. Sunday May 29

Attention: This workshop is ideal for pairs because you will be seated at tables of two.

May 28–29 | Located inside the gates of City Walk, Canberra Center | Tickets are $20 per person via Eventbrite

Reconciliation Vigil 2022

The Australian Capital Territory observes Reconciliation Day, a public holiday marking the start of National Reconciliation Week. And on the eve of Reconciliation Day, the Canberra Theater Center is where some of the country’s loudest voices unite.

Featuring the extraordinary talent of mighty rapper Briggs, soulful electronic music duo Electric Fields and award-winning singer Christine Anu, this is a must-attend event for those who love Australian music and believe in its power to change the country for the better. .

May 29 | Canberra Theater Center |


Three works, three perspectives – QL2 Dance explores the diverse ways in which we perceive our changing world.

Melanie Lane explores the relationship between body, objects and our built environment. In a world in which we navigate excesses, constructions and algorithms, his work Metal Park contemplates how we have become part of the material world in which we live and questions our desire for material necessity. Traversing a choreography of meditation, resistance and collision, Metal Park unveils the ways in which we both exploit and negotiate our constructed habitat.

In Tides of Time, Steve & Lilah Gow (Synergy Styles) investigate our relationship with time in a time of constant change; how we project into the future or live in the past, exploring ways to stay in the present, on solid ground, to fulfill our lives.

Cadi McCarthy’s Shifting Ground explores the physicality of solid ground versus shifting ground as concepts, embodying the strength and connection that holds us together in our world during these uncertain times.

May 26–28 | Canberra Theater Center |

In conversation: Aminata Conteh-Biger

After his release, UNHCR acknowledged that his captors still posed a serious threat to his safety. So, still a teenager, she was put on a plane and sent to Australia to start over as a refugee in a country she knew nothing about.

This is where she proudly built her life, never letting her trauma define her. Yet it was a near-death experience she suffered during the birth of her child that drew her attention to women in Sierra Leone – where they are 200 times more likely to die having a baby than in Australia.

So she created the Aminata Maternal Foundation, then returned to her native land to help. It’s his story. Join Aminata Conteh-Biger in conversation with HerCanberra Deputy Editor Emma Macdonald at Muse on Wednesday, May 25.

Wednesday, May 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Muse Bookstore, 69 Canberra Avenue |

Plan ahead:

reconciliation day

The theme for this year’s Reconciliation Week is, Be Courageous. Make the change. This is a time for all Canberrans to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to reconciliation in Australia. Create meaningful discussions to build better relationships within the Canberra community.

Monday, May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Canberra National Arboretum |

whether live

Celebrate the final chapter of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll story of all time. ARC – Antipodean Rock Collective – is made up of Kram, Darren Middleton, Mark Wilson and Davey Lane, and they are Beatles tragedians themselves.

As they did with Abbey Road Live, the band will once again walk a tightrope to faithfully and lovingly bring another brilliant Beatles creation to life on stage – Let It Be from start to finish – followed by a second set playing a selection of favorites spanning the breadth of the Beatles catalogue.

May 24 | Canberra Theater Center |

Meg Mac on your mental visit

With her soulful tunes and beaming voice, Meg Mac is back in Canberra to showcase her new single and more of her signature sound.

May 23 | Canberra Theater Center |

Urzila Carlson: It’s personal

Welcome to the days when you mind your own business and don’t comment on other people’s business. Not their gender, sexuality, body, hair, education or career. Also, welcome to the age of total sharing on social media, but AGAIN, mind your own business. We want to talk about stuff and want everyone to know IT’S PERSONAL!

This is a show about keeping your cards close to your chest but walking around naked, from one of the biggest names in comedy in Australia and New Zealand. Can we have it all? Yes, but also damn no but also it’s none of your business because IT’S PERSONAL.

May 26–28 | Canberra Theater Center |

Brumbies vs. Blues

The NRL Premier’s Twelfth Round will be used to celebrate Indigenous culture in the game, along with the annual NRL Indigenous Round. The Raiders take on the stylish Parramatta Eels, who again look like the team to beat in 2022.

May 29 | GIO Stadium |

From Berlin to New York – Folk songs from the early 20th century

On Wednesday, May 25 from 12:40 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., the Wesley Music Center Lunchtime Concert series is pleased to present Madeline Anderson (soprano), Maike Brill (alto) and Hilda Visser-Scott (piano) in a delightful concert of popular songs from the early 20th century, including works by George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Norbert Schultze, Ralph Siegel, Frederic Wheatherly, Errol Garner and Richard Rogers.

Wednesday May 25 from 12:40 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. | Wesley Music Center, National Circuit 20, Forrest | Cost: $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations are welcome |

Poetry, not luxury

The powerful feminist poet Audre Lorde said: “Poetry is not a luxury”. Poetry is for everyone. Poetry, not Luxury is an open-mic event of inclusive, non-competitive, feminist, queer and leftist poetry where everyone is invited to share original works.

The basic rules guiding the event are as follows:

1. Everyone is welcome and the space is safe. Bigotry, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism and classism are not tolerated.
2. The MC will call for registrations 30 minutes before the start of the event and will be open for the duration of the event.
3. Each poet will have a maximum of 3 minutes to read the original work only.
4. Percussion, music, experimental styles and overtly political content are encouraged.
5. Poets are encouraged to let their pieces speak for themselves, keeping explanatory commentary to a minimum and preferably none at all. However, trigger warnings are encouraged.

Poetry Not Luxury will be held at the Gang Gang cafe in Downer every two months on the last Thursday of each month.

Each event will have a general theme for the poets to work on, but strict adherence to the theme is not necessary and will not be enforced.

Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m. | Gang Gang Cafe, Downer Shops | Free | Facebook

Feature image: Illustration of the Reconciliatio Day Eve concert. Credit: Philly (@braincloud_), a proud Wiradjuri, Wangaaypuwan, Arrernte and Yawuru artist.

Bonny J. Streater