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Five family activities to enjoy at Enlighten

Jessica Schumann

In less than a week, Enlighten will be upon us, illuminating the city and six of its treasured buildings with vibrant colour, movement and an ever-changing canvas of eye-catching images. With a program jam-packed with fun and colourful family-friendly attractions including roving performers, interactive light installations and exclusive after dark fun, it’s event not to miss and one that needs a little planning. To ensure you take in all this festival has to offer and to help you along your way, we’ve added a few more to our list of 11 and thrown in another giveaway too!

Swamp Juice

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Welcome to a swamp like no other! An eye-popping and imaginative shadow puppet show capturing the magical transformation of household objects into captivating cartoon puppets. Using shadow puppets made from bits of rubbish, Jeff Achtem of Bunk Puppets creates a gurgling adventure about life in a swamp. In each scene, the audience witnesses the magical transformation from household objects into captivating shadow cartoons. With an eye-popping 3D shadow puppet finale, Swamp Juice is an imaginative puppet adventure best for families, adults and children 7 years and up. Watch out for the jellyfish!

The essentials
When: 6.30pm-7.25pm Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February
Where: Japan Theatre, Questacon
How much: Adult $36, Concession $31, Child $21
Tickets: Suitable for children aged 7 years and older, purchase your tickets online.

The Sharks

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An exploration of Australia’s contemporary beach culture sees three sharks arrive on the scene sporting blue gill-fitted wet suits, bathing caps and shark fins growing from their heads. This wry and witty performance investigates Australia’s obsession with the sun, surf and sand environment. The sharks swim, dive and parade through public places with their synchronised and syncopated dance movements and harmonies.

The essentials
When: Between 6.30pm and 10.30pm, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February
Where: Roving in and around the Enlighten venues
How much: Free

Polyphonic Electronic

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An immersive and playful installation of brightly-coloured childhood objects, paired with an evocative sound-scape. This illuminated installation is a collaboration between visual artist David Kenworthy and DJ Oliver Laing, transforming simple and unassuming plastic commodities into radiant artworks.

The essentials
When: 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February; Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March
Where: The High Court of Australia
How much: Free

Through the Flames

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An outdoor performance paying homage to the ritualistic element of fire, celebrating light in its most simple and enchanting form. Internationally award-winning duo Dream State Circus joins forces with some of Canberra’s most talented fire entertainers in a collaboration not to be missed.

The essentials
When: 9pm Friday 6 March
Where: John Dunmore Lang Place
How much: Free

Glacius

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This delightful trio of musical sirens – armed with a piano accordion, ukulele, double bass and super sweet vocals – will bring joy throughout the Parliamentary Triangle during Enlighten. Don’t miss these gorgeous ladies as they enchant and delight audiences wherever they go.

The essentials
When: Between 6.30pm and 10.30pm Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March
Where: Roving in and around the Enlighten venues
How much: Free

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Jessica Schumann

A 'rambling ranga' at heart, Jessica Schumann is a bubbly, creative social thinker who thrives on words, social media and an innate knack for sharing stories. When she finds the time to write, Jessica seeks out the beauty in change and the essence of human condition. Varied and diverse in nature, her writing delves into the enviable world of people, travel, food and culture. When you can't find her in a nook writing, just follow your nose and you’ll soon find Jessica indulging in her other passion – cooking – or curled up on the couch with a good book in hand. You can find her over at ramblingranga.com.au. More about the Author

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