Monday, August 4, 2014

Winter Festival at the National Portrait Gallery

Sunday marked the inaugural (I think) winter festival at the excellently appointed National Portrait Gallery.

The day promised a day’s worth of entertainment all of it free. I often think how lucky we are in Canberra that there is a constant stream of free entertainment, from Floriade to the balloon festival and many many things in between and most of it only requiring a short car or bike ride to access it.

Audrey, Eli and I went along with our friend Rob and his two children, arriving just in time to see the fabulous fire twirling outside of the gallery. The guy was excellent and the kids were enthralled.
Having seen similar performances as buskers or at other festivals you tend to get complacent about the skills something like that takes but it sometimes pays to look at things through the eyes of a child. The chap was fantastic and probably deserved more than the polite applause he received. Audrey and Eli loved it and talked about it for the rest of the day.

There was also a great “yarn bombing” exhibition in the Gordon Darling Hall and an ice sculptor had made a fabulous statue of Douglas Mawson. Apparently it is the same image which appears on the $100 note, but as I can’t remember ever having seen a note of that size(!) I didn’t recognise it.

Afterwards there was a comedy performance by the Etcetera Duo followed up with a fashion show (in winter, fire theme) which led us around the galleries. We then did some snowflake craft with the kids and wrapped up a fun afternoon with a beer and banana bread on the terrace.

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