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SPIRITED AUSTRALIA DAY
Puppetoodle founder Marianne Mettes and her brother Johnathan, with characters Baz'n'Snags, will introduce a new equine character, Banjo.
Horses will rule at museum
Inspired by the Spirited: Australia's
Horse Story exhibition, The National
Museum of Australia is hosting the
Spirited Australia Day festival on
The free event will be jam-packed
with live entertainment and activities
to celebrate horsemanship and how it
Visitors can check out whip
cracking, boot-scooting, equestrian
vaulting demonstrations or take
advantage of free exhibition entry all
There will be a stellar line-up of
performers including X-Factor star
Caitlyn Shadbolt, renowned country
singer Warren H Williams,
Baz'n'Snags puppets and Queen
Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys.
Canberra-based puppeteer and
founder of Puppetoodle Marianne
Mettes said being commissioned by
the museum to adapt her web series
Baz'n'Snags for the celebration and
create a brand new character, Banjo
the wild brumby, was great fun.
"It's going to be Banjo's debut," she
said. "There is a lot of slapstick and
humour which so far has put all the test
audiences in stitches.''
The Dickson resident hand crafts
each of her puppets and has trained in
the United States and Europe.
While Baz, Snags and Banjo were
"classic Muppet-style puppets", she
said a recent trip to train with Phillip
Huber, known for breath-taking
puppetry in Being John Malkovich,
sparked a new love for marionettes.
"If I was going to marionettes I
wanted to learn from the best and he
is," she said. "I was scared of the art-
form because there are so many
strings, but he made it all seem so easy
and it's become one of my favourite
The talented 29-year-old will be
joined by her brother Jonathan at the
festival to perform a story of mateship
peppered with familiar Australian wit.
Mettes said the debut show would
be set to a Beverly Hillbilly style
soundtrack which was created and
mixed especially for the initial web
Baz'n'Snags performances will
occur in the Main Hall when the
festival begins, at 10am and at 3pm for
a special encore show as the day wraps
up.Refreshments from Broadbean
Catering at the Museum Cafe will be
on sale throughout the day.
ACTION bus route 934 will operate
on a standard Sunday timetable on the
day with additional free charter
services also in operation direct to the
museum from city bus station platform
10, every 30 minutes from 9am.
1 Check out Giggle & Hoot
this weekend at the
Canberra Theatre Centre. Hot
on the heels of Charlie and
Lola visiting the ACT, the
preschool program will come
to life in a 50-minute
spectacular. Jimmy Giggle and
the owls will be joined on
stage by everyone's favourite
twins, the Bananas in
Pyjamas. B1 and B2, now in
their 22nd year, continue to
be loved by children and
parents globally. Tickets from
$39.90 to $64.90 plus booking
2 Celebrate Australia Day
by taking in a dazzling
fireworks display on the
shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
The skies will be filled with a
vibrant showcase set to an all-
Aussie soundtrack from 9pm.
Pack a picnic and get in early
to secure a spot at one of the
many great vantage points
including Regatta Point, the
lawns of the National Library
or Rond Terrace.
3 Cut some daring dance
moves and shake out your
stress on Saturday night at
Turner RUC. The venue is
hosting a weekly 30-plus
dance event from 7.30pm.
The night for over 30s will be
jam-packed with tunes and is
a perfect night out for
couples and singles. Tickets
4 The National Library of
Australia's newly launched
pop-up children's space
WordPlay is a great hands-on
treat for families. It includes
wall-to-wall activities inspired
by the love of language from
poetry games, letter blocks,
learning apps and more.
Open weekdays from 10am to
4pm until Friday, January 30.
5 Canberra's acoustic rock
trio Second Son will play at
Smiths Alternative on Friday
from 8pm. Head along to
check out some of the band's
Canberra created dark
melodic tracks live. Doors
open at 7.30pm. Tickets $5.
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