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April Events 2021- Canberra & Surrounds

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Published March 29th 2021
Itís all happening this April; Events you donít want to miss
See what's on this April across the nation's capital with the list below of free & ticketed events.

Events will include festivals, markets, theatre, music, family-friendly, school holiday events, acts, shows, racing, fundraising, exhibitions, and more.

1. Taste of Ireland
When: Saturday, 3 April 2021: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra
Cost: Tickets range from $74.90-$109.90pp
Details: This spectacular cultural event will showcase The Irish Music & Dance Sensation' that will make you laugh, cry, and jig into the night with a show packed with all-new sets, costumes, tunes and effects, and more.
There will also be revamped classics like 'Danny Boy' and 'Tell Me Ma', an energetic blend of jaw-dropping acapella tap battles, world-class dancing, melodic folk music mash-ups, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Canberra Theatre Centre Facebook


2. Canberra & Region Heritage Festival
When: Tuesday, 6-26 April 2021
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: This festival will celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all heritage: Aboriginal, historical and nature, to Canberra and its surroundings. The program will feature 21 days of jam-packed events, including tours, demonstrations, activities, and more.

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3. School Holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport
When: Tuesday, 6-16 April 2021
Where: Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier St, Bruce
Cost: $70pp
Details: These school holidays, the Australian Institute of Sport will showcasing a wide range of programs suitable for primary school-aged children and will including exploring, activities, adventures, Swim Intensive, soccer, tennis, and AFL programs, and more.

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4. Australian Series: Sharing the Sky
When: Thursday, 8 April 2021: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Where: National Museum of Australia, Atrium, Lawson Circuit, Acton
Cost: Adults: $60pp, Concession: $55pp & Students under 30yrs: $30pp
Details: This concert will showcase Conductor Jessica Cottis, Soprano Deborah Cheetham AO, and CSO Chamber Players, who will present the first concert in the 2021 Australian Series with Brenda Gifford's Miriwa (Sky, a contemplation of the vast canopy spoken in the ancient beauty of Yuin language.

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Image Courtesy from Canberra Symphony Orchestra Facebook


5. Canberra Glassworks School Holiday Program
When: Thursday, 8-18 April 2021
Where: Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston
Cost: See website.
Details: This school holiday event will feature fun classes where the little ones unleash their imagination in glass. The program will include a range of workshops for various ages, including Make an Easter Platter, egg & chicken glass casting, Easter Tiles, and mosaic making.

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Image Courtesy from Canberra Glassworks Facebook


6. Cosi
When: Thursday, 8-24 April 2021
Where: Canberra REP Theatre, 3 Repertory Lane, Acton
Cost: Adults: $45pp, Concession: $38pp & Student: $20pp
Details: The play is a poignant Australian comedy. Set in a Melbourne mental hospital in 1971, the semiautobiographical Cosi is the sequel to Nowra's previous play, Summer of the Aliens.

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Image Courtesy from Canberra Repertory Society Facebook


7. Exhibition: Altering the Edges
When: Thursday, 8 April 2021-8 May 2021
Where: Manuka Arts Centre, PhotoAccess, 30 Manuka Circle, Griffith
Cost: Free
Details: In Altering the Edges, Ellen Dahl continues to probe the concept of the 'landscape' to find ways to articulate trepidations around the Anthropocene and the uncertainties of place and belonging.

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8. Exhibition: Building Blocks
When: Thursday, 8 April 2021-8 May 2021
Where: Manuka Arts Centre, PhotoAccess, 30 Manuka Circle, Griffith
Cost: Free
Details: This exhibition showcases emerging textile designer Sarah Annard. Her works feature linking photography, painting, and digital design to create patterns for interiors.

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9. Girls to Front presents Catherine Scott Movie Season Q A
When: Friday, 9 & 10 April 2021
Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Adults: $12pp & Concession: $10pp
Details: This screening event will showcase content (film, music, TV, and beyond) produced by Australian female creative talent. The series will focus on promoting diverse and under-represented cultures, ideas, and voices.

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Image Courtesy from NFSA - National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Facebook


10. Lachy Doley Group
When: Friday, 9 April 2021: 7:30pm-10:30pm
Where: Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah
Cost: Adults: $35pp & Concession: $30pp
Details: Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ and Whammy Clavinet, Lachy Doley is Australia's most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player in the world today. The concert will feature the power of Bass, Drums, and Doley firing on the Hammond and his vocals.

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Image Courtesy from Harmonie German Club Facebook


11. Stir-fried Science
When: Friday, 9 April 2021: 8pm-10pm
Where: Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra
Cost: $20pp
Details: Stir-fried Science will feature science-themed comic sketches, science standup, as well as working scientists presenting their latest research.

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12. Netier National Capital Rally
When: Saturday, 10-12 April 2021
Where: See website.
Cost: Free for spectators
Details: Attraction competitors from all around Australia, this Rally event will feature the Round 1 of the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australian Rally Championship. Spectators can witness the teams locally at the Service Park in Woden or head out to the Forest to catch all the action.
There will also be a dedicated Rally Village located in Kown Forest, which will feature entertainment, child-friendly activities, and food trucks.

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Image Courtesy from Netier National Capital Rally Facebook


13. Peter Combe Greatest Hits
When: Saturday, 10 April 2021: 2pm-4pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets from $35pp
Details: This event will showcase a musical tour down memory lane with Peter singing all his best-known songs. This child-friendly concert will feature a music extravaganza with Peter's Bellyflop in a Pizza Band, six young backing singers: the Fabulous Combettes, and video projections.
Songs will include 'Wash Your Face in Orange Juice', 'Toffee Apple', 'Newspaper Mama', 'Chopsticks', and many more.

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Image Courtesy from Canberra Theatre Centre Facebook


14. PhEnO ( Band)
When: Saturday, 10 April 2021: From 8pm
Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra
Cost: Adults: $32pp & Concession: $29pp
Details: This dynamic live show will include brand new music by Australian electric guitarist, vocalist and composer, Jess Green.

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Image Courtesy from The Street Theatre Facebook


15. Shimano MTB Grand Prix Race
When: Saturday, 10 April 2021
Where: Stromlo Forest Park, Dave McInnes Rd, Wright
Cost: Free for spectators.
Details: This racing event will showcase a racing circuit featuring the most popular trail sections and hidden gems that will make mountain biker's heart skip a beat! There will be four (GP4) or six (GP6) hours solo of relay pairs, as well as age-group and eBike categories.

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Image Courtesy from Rocky Trail Entertainment Facebook


16. The Canberra Times Marathon Festival
When: Sunday, 11 April 2021
Where: Parkes Place West, Parkes
Cost: Fundraising event
Details: This fun Marathon Festival will showcase 2km, 5.4km, 10km, 21.1km, 42.2km & 50k Ultra races. Join forces with friends, family, workmates, community and support each other as you take on The Canberra Times Marathon Festival as a team.

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17. School Holiday Zine Making Workshop
When: Monday, 12-16 April 2021: 10am-12pm
Where: Old Parliament House & Museum of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Free
Details: This school holiday workshop will be suited for children aged between 8-15yrs, and it will feature making Zines. Zines are small, handmade, self-published magazines that have been around since 1930. The little ones will unleash their creativity as they write, sketch, stick or staple together a fantastic little booklet about any topic that interests them. All materials will be supplied.

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Image Courtesy from Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Facebook


18. Jon Stevens- The Noiseworks & INXS Collection Tour
When: Thursday, 15 April 2021: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets range between $49-$65pp
Details: Jon will be back tributing the legendary bands that catapulted him into Aussie rock royalty. The show will include relentless hits, including "Take Me Back", "New Sensation", "Don't Change", "Hot Chilli Woman", "Never Tear Us Apart", " No Lies", and much more.

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Image Courtesy from Canberra Theatre Centre Facebook


19. One Man In His Time: John Bell & Shakespeare
When: Thursday, 15 April 2021: 7pm-8:15pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Adults Premium: $78.50pp, Adult A Reserve: $68.50pp & Adults B Reserve: $53.50pp
Details: Spend an evening with John Bell, a man who believed that Australians could see themselves reflected in Shakespeare's works and founded a company based on this belief.

This fascinating backstage pass to John Bell's life and his relationship with Shakespeare will feature a magical evening of performance and recollection.

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Image Courtesy from Bell Shakespeare Facebook


20. Australia in Colour Season 2 Q A
When: Friday, 16 April 2021: 6pm-8pm
Where: The National Film & Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Adults: $12pp & Concession: $10pp
Details: Adding colour brings Australia's filmed past to life through an episode from Australia's new second season in Colour, which covers sport and entertainment in the years following Federation.

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Image Courtesy from NFSA - National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Facebook


21. The Wiggles- We're All Fruit Salad Tour
When: Saturday, 17 April 2021: 10am-11am
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing
Details: This show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony singing and dancing with their Wiggly Friends: Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, and their newest Wiggly Friend, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn.

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Image Courtesy from Canberra Theatre Centre Facebook


22. Story of Film: The Odyssey
When: Saturday, 17 April 2021: 1pm & 2:30pm
Where: National Film & Sound of Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Free
Details: The Story of Film an Odyssey is a British documentary film series about cinema's history, presented in 15 x 1-hour chapters. Adapted from his book, Northern Irish critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins narrates with infectious passion selecting original film clips best seen on the big screen. Each month, one episode is screened from the series.

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Image Courtesy from NFSA - National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Facebook


23. Matt Keegan: Vienna Dreaming
When: Saturday, 17 April 2021: 8pm-9pm
Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra
Cost: Adults: $40pp, Concession: $37pp & Students: $25pp
Details: This concert will showcase leading saxophonist Matt Keegan who will delve into his family's history to create a new musical story against the old tale of migration and cultural fusion.

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Image Courtesy from The Street Theatre Facebook


24. Five Peaks Challenge
When: Sunday, 18 April 2021: 7:30am-4pm
Where: See website.
Cost: Fundraising event.
Details: Rotary's Five Peaks Challenge will allow you to savour up to 2,000m of varied on-road climbing. Conquer Canberra's Mount Stromlo, Red Hill, Mount Pleasant, Mount Ainslie, and Black Mountain with the bonus Dairy Farmers Hill.

There will be two stops with home baking (Rotary's legendary pink lamingtons), snacks on the peaks, BBQ at the finish with Canberra's Bent Spoke beers.

Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Rotary 5 Peaks Challenge Facebook


25. Harvest Day Out
When: Sunday, 18 April 2021
Where: Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa Drive, Canberra
Cost: Tickets between $7-$35pp
Details: Celebrate the delights of Lanyon Homestead's autumn harvest. There will be workshops, specialist talks, opportunities to wander through the prolific kitchen garden, Indigenous walks, and more. This event is part of Canberra's Heritage Festival.

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Image Courtesy from ACT Historic Places Facebook


26. Arc Out Loud: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: Friday, 23 April 2021
Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Adults: $12pp & Concession: $10pp
Details: This screening will showcase the ultimate cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This interactive screening will include a cheat sheet for newcomers featuring participation cues and some props, as well as prizes for Best Dressed.

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Image Courtesy from NFSA - National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Facebook


27. Season: ANZAC DAY 2021
When: Friday, 23 & 24 April 2021
Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Adults: $12pp & Concession: $10pp
Details: This immersive documentary and Oscar-winning classic will be screening this April. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance, commemorating those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from NFSA - National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Facebook


28. Jeff Lang: Some Memories Never Die
When: Saturday, 24 April 2021: 7:30pm-9:50pm
Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra
Cost: Adults: $39pp & Concession: $35pp
Details: Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling and influential music accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalogue of over 30 albums.

"Some Memories Never Die" is a memoir of three decades on the road; it contains memories of gigs and reflections. The event will showcase a combination of music with an 'in conversation' and Q&A session.

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Image Courtesy from The Street Theatre Facebook


29. Anzac Day
When: Sunday, 25 April 2021
Where: The Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell
Cost: Free
Details: This Anzac Day, come together in person and in spirit to commemorate and reflect upon the service and sacrifice made by Australians in all wars and on operations, and the legacy created by those who landed at Gallipoli and fought for our nation and our values, during the First World War.

There will also be a range of information and activities.

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30. Konstantin Shamray, ANAM Orchestra & Sophie Rowell
When: Thursday, 29 April 2021: 7pm-9pm
Where: The Australian National University, Llewellyn Hall,
William Herbert Place, Canberra
Cost: See website.
Details: ANAM's ensemble features incredible young string players directed by Sophie Rowell, one of Australia's most admired instrumentalists. They will be joined on stage by Adelaide's brilliant, Russian-trained Konstantin Shamray.

Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Musica Viva Australia Facebook


31. Canberra International Music Festival
When: Friday, 30 April 2021-9 May 2021
Where: See website.
Cost: Tickets range between $25-$80pp
Details: This Festival will showcase over ten spectacular autumn days of music from Vienna to Canberra, performed by an exceptional Australian artist cast.

Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Canberra International Music Festival Facebook
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