A Sunday session, architectural tours and interior design advice: seven things not to miss during the final week of the DESIGN Canberra Festival

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It’s a huge month of events and even though the DESIGN Canberra festival is starting to wind down, there’s still plenty to do.

This week, learn how to turn your home into a refuge, head for a Sunday session and help your little ones weave their very own bush animal. Read on for seven things you can’t miss and thank us later.

Transform your home with interior designer Vanessa Hawes

Do you want to transform your house into your ideal haven of peace? So you might need it. Interior designer Vanessa Hawes will share design ideas on how you can turn your home into versatile spaces perfect for our (very) busy lives.

Answering all questions, it’s the perfect opportunity to get some expert advice (and enjoy some light refreshments).

Saturday November 19 | Designcraft Furniture, Cnr Monaro Hwy &, Sheppard St, Hume | Tickets here

Mount Majura Country Tour with Tyronne Bell

Join Tyronne Bell, guide and local traditional guardian of Ngunnawal, to explore the beautiful natural landscape of Mount Majura.

Throughout the tour, Tyronne will interpret the landscape, pointing out the natural resources of the area and how the indigenous peoples have expertly used them, as well as artifacts, bush foods and a scar tree, discussing their traditional uses and cultural significance.

Saturday November 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Mount Majura, Hackett Gate & Mackenzie Street – Parking Lot, MacKenzie Street, Hackett | Tickets here.

Sunday Sessions: The Jetty + Live Music

Live music, art installations and a cold drink at the BentSpoke Beer Garden – name a better way to end the DESIGN Canberra Festival and spend a Sunday afternoon?

Bring The Jetty to life (under a large weatherproof marquee), enjoy wine and cocktail bars, the Jetty Café, the Fricken Chicken food truck and a pop-up from local retailers Arch + Ode. There will also be numerous art installations and exhibitions in the contemporary art space.

Sunday, November 20, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. | The Pier, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes | designcanberrafestival.com.au

Contemporary Architecture Tour: Crace Eclectic House by Megaflora

Situated on a steep block in one of Canberra’s new green suburbs, nothing about the walls of this house is ‘ordinary’ or out of the box.

Take this tour to join Daniel Fitzpatrick of Megaflora Project to explore how this house became a blend of art deco and mid-century design, making it one of Canberra’s extraordinary homes.

Sunday 20 November, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Crace, ACT | Tickets here.

Creative Kids: Bush Animal Weaving with Culture on The Move Artist Ronnie Jordan

Allowing children aged three and up to connect with the cultural traditions of the world’s oldest living culture, this workshop is a fun and hands-on experience.

Taught by Ronnie Jordan, a Kalkadoon Pitta Pitta woman, children will create their own woven bush animal while learning about native culture.

Friday November 18. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, City | Tickets here.

Open Studios: Julie Ryder Design and Print Studio, Kiran Designs, Sharon Peoples, etc.

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift (or shopping for yourself)? This week, 11 creatives and designers are opening their workshops to the public.

Step inside to chat with the designers and get your hands on contemporary handmade ceramics, furniture, textiles, glass and more, brought directly by the artist. Think stunning sewing and embroidery from Sharon Peoples, wearable art from Kiran Designs and hand-printed textiles from Julie Ryder Design and Print Studio.

Saturday November 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Various places available here | designcanberrafestival.com.au

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Rozella J. Cook