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Silk Road family festival

Travelling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World

Silk Road family festival

Sunday 15 April 2012, 10.30am to 2.30pm. Free.

A great day of festivities officially opened the Travelling the Silk Road exhibition on 15 April 2012. Visitors enjoyed an exciting day of cultural performances, belly dancing workshops, camel rides, pattern printmaking activities, puppet shows, sand animation and much more.

Some highlights of the day

Thumbnail sized images of people at a festival.

See some images on Flickr that captured the day


Watch the video of the Fables from the Silk Road puppet show by PuppetOOdle


Festival program

Hall performances

10.30–11am Fables from the Silk Road puppet show by PuppetOOdle
11.10–11.40am Sand Art Animation by Pooja Harischandra
11.50am – 12.20pm The Story of the Prince and Princess Wedding in Dabke dance by The Cedars of Lebanon Folkloric Group
12.30–1.15pm Bellydancing performance by TABLA bellydance and Ghawazee Moon Bellydance students
1.30–1.50pm Sand Art Animation by Pooja Harischandra
2.00–2.30pm Musicians playing traditional Arabic instruments, the oud, kanun and tabla

Craft activities Bay Window

A World of Pattern Possibilities – Arabic pattern print making with artists Fatima Killeen and Megalo printer John Hart.


10.30am and 1pm Travelling the Silk Road exhibition highlights tour by Museum host Sameh Abu-Sulieman


1.30–2.30pm Bellydancing workshop in the Garden of Australian Dreams, facilitated by Samina Amar of Ghawazee Moon Bellydance. Suitable for all ages.

Demonstrations and displays

Located in the Hall from 10.30am to 2.30pm

  • Chinese tea ceremony and tasting by Mr Hou Leong
  • Silk spinning by the Canberra Spinners and Weavers
  • Arabic calligraphy demonstrations by Colonel Ahmed Al Marri

Outside activities

10.30am – 2.30pm Camel rides (near Loop)
10.30am – 2.30pm Camel caravan chalk art mural
10.30am – 2.30pm Glass bead making demonstrations by Carole Griffiths

* note: times and activities may vary.

A colour photo on a white background. The photo portrays a group of bellydancers with a bearded man seated to the right of the centre.
Photo: TABLA bellydance.