Today I launched Enlighten 2013, which will showcase Canberra's cultural heart through exclusive events and surprising experiences at local attractions and throughout the Parliamentary Triangle.
Now in its third year, Enlighten captures the cultural and innovative essence of our city with free and ticketed events from 1 to 9 March. During Canberra's centenary year the event promises to be more exciting than ever, with the final weekend of Enlighten leading into Canberra's 100th birthday celebrations on 11 March.
This year the ACT Government has partnered with 15 cultural institutions who will open their doors after-hours to host events and experiences. There will also be stunning architectural projections on our iconic attractions, created by The Electric Canvas in conjunction with local artists, which have become a highlight of Canberra's entertainment calendar.
There will also be unique experiences such as live performances by the Mirramu Dance Company and performers from the Yirrkala community in Arnhem Land at the National Gallery of Australia; a guided stroll through the magically lit Rainforest Gully at the Australian National Botanic Gardens; an inspirational talk by London bombings survivor Gill Hicks at Parliament House; and Diner en Blanc – a picnic-chic pop up dinner party at a secret location; among many others.
Among the 52 events are some Australian firsts, including Sienta la Cabeza, a whacky hairdressing show direct from Barcelona; jazz in the high-security basement of the Royal Australian Mint; and high-tech street performance Phosphori. The National Gallery of Australia will also open after-hours so visitors can see the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition.
In the outdoor Enlighten Entertainment Hub within the Parliamentary Triangle, free entertainment will create a festival atmosphere with everything from a spectacular balloon glow and visually stunning roving performers to elaborate cabaret in The Famous Spiegel Garden and a rock-reggae concert by one of Australia's finest indigenous musicians Bart Willoughby.
Canberra is open till late during Enlighten 2013, and I encourage locals to experience this exciting event, and to invite interstate friends and family to come and enjoy what we have to offer.
Tickets to all events are now on sale through Ticketek: www.ticketek.com or
13 28 49. For more information and images go to www.enlightencanberra.com.au
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Section: Andrew Barr, MLA | Media Releases