January 30, 2018
It may be the eighth year of Enlighten, but there’s no sign that the festival intends on slowing down. Proudly presented by Singapore Airlines, visitors to Enlighten Festival will get to experience the Illuminations (2-11 March) they know and love but with a bigger, better and brighter program across 16 nights in March (2-18 March).
Here’s what you need to know about Enlighten 2018.
Along with being treated to the Enlighten Illuminations projecting onto some of the capitals most loved and iconic buildings – including Australian Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and Questacon – visitors will be spoiled with roving entertainers, art installations, live music and enchanting performances.Check out the program here
The capital’s major attractions are waiting to be explored as they open their doors to host an array of exclusive after-dark ticketed events. Learn the science of tequila at Questacon, indulge in dinner under the stars at the National Arboretum and dine in style at Australian Parliament House and much more. (P.S. Tickets go on sale Thursday 1st February – get in quick!)
Foodies will love the sizzling, bustling Enlighten Night Noodle Markets on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, and the food and drink precinct featuring local street food and family activities. From pho to waffles and everything in between, entice your appetite and tempt your tastebuds as you make your way around the festival.Get a taste for the Enlighten 20187 food options here
Experience the illuminations beyond the Parliamentary Triangle as Enlighten Festival expands into new precincts. The ANU campus will come to life for five thrilling nights with vibrant projections, fire-side chats and a special Saturday night market. Explore all the city has to offer after nightfall – under a sea of fairy lights you’ll find hidden gems in the city’s nooks and crannies. Keep your eye out for interactive installations, workshops and other unexpected surprises.
In addition to the Illuminations and exploring the new Enlighten precincts, the festival has been extended to include some of Canberra’s most popular autumn events - the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park, Lights! Canberra! Action!, Canberra Day and Hit 104.7 Skyfire. There’s something for everyone during the new Enlighten Festival.