Monday, March 6, 2017

Day 2699 - Enlighten Canberra

Enlighten 2017, 3-12 March 

March is a great time to visit Canberra.  It's festival time with Canberra's birthday bringing a host of wondrous things including the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Skyfire and Enlighten.

What is Enlighten? 

It's a festival of light where some of Canberra's most iconic buildings are lit up with architectural projections creating amazing canvasses.

Over ten nights Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle is transformed into a vibrant art precinct with live entertainment, food, roving artists, live bands and bars.

Start your night off in the daylight with something to eat, something to drink and a spot of entertainment.


Plenty of space to eat

Big crowds of people

Roving entertainment

Walking art

Then once the sun disappears, take a wander around the area to view the amazing projections at Questacon, the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia and Old Parliament House.  You'll find a bunch of other little gems along the way.


Along the walkways

The National Library of Australia

Coloured lights everywhere

A photo booth at the Portrait Gallery gets you in the picture

The Art Gallery becomes the canvas

Different artwork projected onto the walls

Showing art from the ages

Once you're done wandering, take a seat in front of the main stage and take in the entertainment.

Enlighten is free and runs from 3-12 March 2017.  It is open daily from 5.00pm until 9.00pm Sunday-Thursday, and from 5.00pm until midnight Friday and Saturday.

Parking can be found in the many car parks around the Parliamentary Triangle as well as parking on the streets.

Enlighten also has satellite venues including the Canberra Glassworks, National Zoo and Aquarium and the Australian Botanic Gardens.

For more information about Enlighten, click here.


  1. Looks amazing and to think I could have been in Canberra this week with hubby. Thankfully though, given how much we both have on his business trip was postponed. He is off to Darwin on Tuesday. Hopefully the cyclone will be long gone before then.

  2. Oh that looks so pretty! I love festivals like this.


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