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Enlighten festival 2024 will light up Canberra with art, music, and family fun

  • Canberra Enlighten Festival

Canberra’s Enlighten Festival returns with vibrant installations, live performances, and interactive activities, celebrating local culture and community.

The Enlighten Festival is back from 01st to 11th March lighting up Canberra nights once again this year. The program is jam-packed with illuminations, interactive activities, music, film, and family fun.

There are several Illuminated installations around the festival precinct in the National Triangle each showcasing its own unique story and inviting visitors to stop, reflect and interact. As we’ve come to expect our iconic national institutions will be lit up with colorful and creative imagery.

In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Parliament House, its facade will transform into an animated creation inspired by the popular LEGO® brick model of Parliament House designed by LEGO Certified Professional Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught. Visitors can also join arts educator Naomi Zouwer on the forecourt of Parliament House at a creative hands-on print-making workshop inspired by LEGO® bricks and the iconic architecture.

The National Portrait Gallery will feature Yuwi, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander and legally blind artist Dylan Mooney. The display will see Mooney transform the façade of the National Portrait Gallery building into a giant digital canvas via a live-streamed drawing performance. Against an animated backdrop, Mooney will undertake a nightly portrait drawing session which will dynamically appear in real-time on the building. With no two nights the same, this commission encourages audiences to return during the festival.

Questacon’s 2024 Enlighten Festival projections will highlight the connection between storytelling, curiosity, and the science that surrounds us, including Senior Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Violet‘s heartfelt acknowledgment of First Nations people as the original scientists, emphasizing the importance of sharing knowledge between generations.

The main stage will be located at the center of the Enlighten Festival Hub and will feature live music entertainment from local and interstate acts. Roving performers will also provide entertainment for visitors.

The Enlighten Festival Hub will celebrate some of the best the region has to offer with a range of food and drinks from the BentSpoke Beer Garden and new wine and spirits bar Bar Berra. Enlighten Food Park, a playground for foodies, will feature a lineup of food trucks and innovative restaurateurs from across the East Coast of Australia as well as local favorites.

The short film festival Lights! Canberra! Action! on 08th March, will showcase the talented local filmmakers’ interpretation of this year’s theme ‘A Sense of Purpose’.

On 10th March, Symphony in the Park will see Australian rock legends the Hoodoo Gurus take centre stage with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere of their greatest hits reimagined by Alex Turley.

As the Festival wraps up Monday, 11th March, the community is invited to celebrate Canberra Day with the Canberra Day Appeal Fun Run, followed by a day of entertainment in Commonwealth Park from 10am to 5pm. Profits from the event will support local charities through Hands Across Canberra.

From Enlighten’s last weekend on 09th March through to the 17th, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular will feature around 40 hot air balloons launching at dawn each day and hot breakfast and coffee available from the food trucks and coffee carts.

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