Programs and events
These special programs and events were presented as part of the Travelling the Silk Road exhibition in Canberra:
Friends exhibition preview
Friday 30 March 6–8pm, Friends Lounge, National Museum
Enjoy an exclusive Friends preview of Travelling the Silk Road.
Cost: $10 Friends, $20 guests
Bookings essential on (02) 6208 5048 or email email@example.com
Teacher preview: Teaching the Silk Road
Tuesday 3 April, 4.30–6.30pm, Bunyip/Biami Room, National Museum
Join us to hear about the Travelling the Silk Road exhibition and learning approaches to teaching the Silk Road. Also find out about education programs on offer to support your students’ exploration of this exhibition.
RSVP essential by Monday 26 March.
Phone (02) 6208 5345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Music from the Silk Road concert
Sunday 13 May 2012, 7.30–9.30pm, The Hall, National Museum
Join Australian and international performers for a musical voyage from Europe to China along the Silk Road, as part of the Canberra International Music Festival. Feature artists include the Song Company, Wallfisch Band and Songul Karahasanoglu.
Tickets $65, concession $59
Bookings essential. Book online at Canberra Ticketing or by phone on (02) 6275 2700.
The Tulip: festival finale performance
Sunday 20 May 2012, 7.30–9.30pm, The Hall, National Museum
The finale to the 2012 Canberra International Music Festival, The Tulip will feature performances by the New Zealand String Quartet, Michael Askill and the DRUMatiX percussion group, as well as the only Australian performance by Turkish world music superstar Omar Faruk Tekbilek.
Costs apply. Bookings essential.
Book online at Canberra Ticketing or by phone on (02) 6275 2700.
Visit the Canberra International Music Festival website for more information.
Night market festival
Friday 15 June, 6.30–9.30pm, National Museum
Indulge in the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the Silk Road. Enjoy food and craft market stalls, artist demonstrations, music, dance and astronomy.
This free event includes entry to Travelling the Silk Road.
Travelling the Silk Road: public conversation
Friday 22 June, 12.15–1.30pm, Visions Theatre, National Museum
Join Ken Parry, ancient history scholar and Silk Road expert, in conversation with Joyce Morgan, co-author of Journeys on the Silk Road, as they discuss travelling the Silk Road from the time of Genghis Khan to today.
Bookings essential on (02) 6208 5021 or email email@example.com
NOTE: This event is now booked out.
Silk Road school holiday programs
Explore the sights, sounds and stories of the Silk Road in the programs listed below.
Silk Road festival
Sunday 15 April 2012, 10.30am – 2.30pm, National Museum
Take an imaginary journey from Asia to the Middle East as we celebrate the launch of our exhibition, Travelling the Silk Road. Enjoy demonstrations by artisans, cultural performances, exhibition tours and art and craft. Ideal for families with children aged 5 to 12.
Free (includes entry to Travelling the Silk Road exhibition).
Silk Road glass tile-making workshop
Daily 11–15 and 18–22 April
10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12 noon, 12.30pm and 1pm
Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
Inspired by the colours and patterns used by glass artisans of the Silk Road, create your own glass tile in this 20-minute workshop with the artists at the Canberra Glassworks.
Suitable for children 8 and over.
Price includes a free family ticket to the Travelling the Silk Road exhibition.
Call Canberra Glassworks on (02) 6260 7005.
Additional postage charges may apply.
Discovery space: Discovery Road
Weekdays 16–27 April, 10am – 1 pm, The Hall, National Museum. Free.
Embark on your own voyage of discovery, with activities inspired by the Museum's latest exhibition, Travelling the Silk Road. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.
Inspired by Travelling the Silk Road exhibition, journey through our 'Discovery Road' to make and trade your own silk inspired accessory, Turfan hat, collage camel and Arabic-style tile.
- Xi’an – City of Peace. Traders on the Silk Road loved the beautiful soft silk made from silk worms. Make and decorate your own Chinese silk inspired accessory.
- Turfan – Oasis in the Desert. What did the travellers of the Silk Road wear? Style your own Turfan-style hat.
- Samarakand – City of Merchants. Travellers used camels to carry their goods and chattels over the Silk Road, where paper was made and traded. Create your own paper collage camel.
- Baghdad – City of Scholars. Inspired by the stunning tiled and patterned mosques of the Middle East, design your own Arabic-style tile.
Paper-making workshop: journey journal
Tuesday 17 April and Thursday 26 April, 2.15–4.30pm, National Museum (BOOKED OUT)
Artist Nicolette Benjamin Black will show you how to use natural fibres to make the kind of paper traded along the Silk Road. Then create your own journal to take on your next journey. Workshops for children aged 8 to 14.
Cost: $20, $10 Friends
Meet at the Information Desk
Bookings and prepayment essential on (02) 6208 5021 or