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Enlighten Illuminations and late night treats come to the city centre

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Enlighten Festival is almost upon us—and once again the city will come alive with light and colour.

This year, two Canberra artists have been chosen to have their designs beamed onto the city’s iconic Sydney and Melbourne buildings from Friday 26 February until 8 March as part of the City Illuminations—Mikaela Stafford and Bohie Palacek.

Bohie’s illumination—Dandelion—draws on the bright flower’s ability to heal, its strong roots and its floating seeds to relay a message of care and consideration. A meditation on Canberra’s last 12 months.

Meanwhile, Mikaela’s work—PROXIMITY—will highlight the pillars of the Sydney and Melbourne buildings, using them as a living canvas to draw parallels between our natural and built environments.

Bohie’s Palacek’s Dandelion.

Bringing further life to these spaces, a variety of activations and performances will take place around the buildings, with a free Enlighten shuttle bus ready to ferry visitors between the city and the Parliamentary Triangle’s Illuminations.

The precinct’s restaurants and bars will also be in on the fun with ‘Late Night Treats’ happening across a variety of venues from Friday 26 February to Saturday 6 March, including specials, live music and performances.

Mikaela Stafford’s PROXIMITY.

“Building on the success of previous years, we’re excited to bring Enlighten back into Civic with the illumination of the landmark Sydney and Melbourne buildings,” says City Renewal Authority Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Snow.

“This year, we asked artists to reflect on the theme of inclusiveness, thankfulness, care, and hope to magnify all that is good about our city, its people and places. Mikaela and Bohie have responded with bold, colourful designs that have enlivened our inner-city spaces and demonstrate the healing powers of art, community and nature.”

Malcolm says the illuminations will be a welcome splash of colour after a difficult year for the city centre.

“This past year has been a challenging one for city businesses. Art is a uniting force, and these events can help us showcase and support not only our local creatives but also our business community and the many great people who are part of it.”

Naturally, COVID-safety is front of mind for organisers and while registrations are not required to view the city illuminations, physical distancing is encouraged, as is use of the CBR Check-in app.

Find out more at cityrenewalcbr.com.au

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