W H AT ‘ S O N I N A U S TRALIA : J U N E – A U G U S T 2 0 1 2 A SELECTIVE ROUNDUP OF EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS – TAASA Review June 2012

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Compiled by Tina Burge ACT Travelling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World National Museum of Australia, Canberra 31 March ­ 29 July 2012 This exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History explores the concept of the Silk Road by focusing on four ancient cities along the routes’ paths: Xi’an, Turfan, Samarkand and Baghdad.

In recognition that the various Silk Roads also included sea routes, one of the exhibition highlights is a huge replica of the prow of a dhow – an Arabian sailing ship. On 15 June from 6.30 – 9.30pm there will be a Night Market Festival where visitors can sample the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the Silk Road with market stalls, artist demonstrations, and music and dance performances. There will be a conversation between Ken Parry, ancient history scholar and Joyce Morgan, co-author of Journeys on the Silk Road, about the Silk Road from the time of Genghis Khan to today, on 22 June at 12.15pm.

For bookings and more information about the exhibition go to www.nma.gov.au Dressed to Impress: Textiles carved in relief on the sculptures of East Java: 13th & 14th century The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Asian Textile Talk by Lesley Pullen 6 July at 12.45pm Lesley Pullen from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London will present an illustrated talk on the significance of the textiles carved in relief on East Javan sculptures from the 13th and 14th centuries...