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Get Enlightened: your ‘to do’ list

HerCanberra Team

It’s our favourite festival of the year. Yes, Enlighten is finally here!

Enlighten is a dazzling combination of light, performance and amazing food. Here are 12 things that you absolutely shouldn’t miss!

Architectural Projections

Stunning architectural projections will transform the Parliamentary Triangle for nine nights, with The Electric Canvas and selected artists presenting designs across six iconic buildings: Australian Parliament House, Old Parliament House, National Library of Australia, Questacon, National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery of Australia.

8pm till late Friday 4 to Sunday 13 March | Parliamentary Triangle | Free |

Night Noodle Markets

As the lights go on across the Parliamentary Triangle, visitors will tuck into fun, authentic Asian eats, from dumplings to dosa, Pad Thai to gyoza. Bars and music add to the market atmosphere of the Night Noodle Markets.

5pm till late Friday 4 to Sunday 13 March | Reconciliation Place | Free entry |

The Gantry Bike

The Gantry Bike is a modern interpretation of the travelling circuses and sideshows of the late 1800s, which rolled into towns across America to inspire, awe and entertain.

7pm, 8pm and 9pm, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March |Parliamentary Triangle | Free |


It’s sunset on the roof of Parliament House. Get the hottest ticket in town and be one of 200 lucky people, enjoying snacks, drinks and music with the best view in Canberra.

6pm Saturday 5 March | Australian Parliament House | Tickets $55 from Ticketek

Circles of Light

Searchlights stretch up into the night sky creating a cathedral of light. This interactive sculpture can be manipulated from within and admired from afar.

8pm Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March, and Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March | Australian Parliament House | Free |


Through music, text, song, movement, surrounded by the Zoo’s sights, sounds and smells, Wild Voices Music Theatre will playfully explore and reveal Shakespeare’s natural world to the backdrop of the National Zoo & Aquarium.

5:30pm and 7pm, Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March | National Zoo & Aquarium | Adult $35, Concession $30, Child $25 from Ticketek |


Join Tim the Yowie Man under a cloak of darkness, explore the historic National Archives building. Join Tim the Yowie Man touring and uncovering the building’s secrets and collection treasures.

9:30pm Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March, and Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March | National Archives of Australia | Adult $20, Concession/Child $18 from


Illuminated dancers and musicians move, play and react like falling leaves and echo the sounds of autumn. Interact with these illuminated human sculptures and watch them respond.

Throughout the evenings of Friday 4 and 11 March | Australian Parliament House Forecourt | Free |


Some very large inflatable white rabbits, illuminated in stark white light, have been invading festivals around the world courtesy of artist Amanda Parer. The bunnies of Intrude stand tall yet relaxed at 7m high and appear to be quite at home in their new patch. Presented by Canberra Centre.

From 6pm on 4, 5, 11 and 12 March | Parliamentary Triangle | Free |


Giant illuminated jellyfish transport you to the deep blue and the life aquatic. As they glide through space, these creatures of luminous beauty change colour.

Throughout the evenings of Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March | Parliamentary Triangle | Free |

Out Of The Cabinet

Satirists Shortis and Simpson revisit the early 1990s through music. A time when Hawke was in government and hypercolour was in fashion!

6:30pm and 8:30pm, Saturday 5 and 12 March | National Archives of Australia | Tickets $15 from

Hannah Gadsby – Dogmatic

A storyteller par excellence with a joke rate most dads at a family BBQ would envy.

7:30pm, Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March | Questacon, Japan Theatre | Tickets $30 from Ticketek (recommended for ages 16+) |

the essentials

What: Enlighten
When: Friday 4 to Saturday 12 March
Where: Parliamentary Triangle


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