1 park, 2 buildings, 3 screens and multiple interactive jellyfish


Released 28/02/2019

The increasingly popular Enlighten Festival will have a presence in Civic for a second year with a film festival in Haig Park, the illumination of the Sydney and Melbourne buildings and the return of Jellyfish Bloom to the Canberra Centre.

The City Renewal Authority is putting on a fringe film festival from 1-3 March with Haig Park hosting three screenings simultaneously each night, plus a central food-and-wine hub.

Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the Haig Park Pickture Festival would have three screens, each showing a different film, with headphones required to listen to audio for two of the three films.

“Haig Park is an underused resource for Canberrans and we want to see people out in the park, enjoying themselves and making the most of this great natural space in the heart of the city,” Mr Snow said.

“This is a great opportunity to see some classic cult films, in a unique urban-forest setting, with an innovative set-up that allows people to choose which film they want to watch.

“With three films screening simultaneously each night there should be something for everyone to enjoy, so get a group together, bring your headphones and head out to Haig Park.”

The film options on opening night are Edward Scissorhands (headphones required), Desperately Seeking Susan (headphones required) and The Lost Boys. Headphones will need to have an auxiliary plug to work (as Bluetooth is not available).

The authority will also be illuminating the Northbourne Avenue facades of the Sydney and Melbourne buildings from 1-11 March.  The landmark buildings will feature projections by local artist Hannah Quinlivan, whose work also features on the new light rail stops.

“People who visit Civic should get a feel for anything major that is happening in the city,” Mr Snow said.

“Enlighten is a very popular and important festival for Canberra and our city centre should be connected to, and reflect the buzz around, these events.

“Illuminating the Sydney and Melbourne buildings also helps us shine a light on two landmark buildings.”

The Canberra Centre will also be bringing back the popular Jellyfish Bloom installation, with giant interactive jellyfish being installed within the centre, on Bunda Street and as part of the main Enlighten event in the Parliamentary Zone.

For tickets to the Haig Park Pickture Festival visit www.pickture.com.au

For more information on the Enlighten Festival in the city centre visit cityrenewalCBR.com.au

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