Canberra to come alive after dark

From February 28 the nation’s capital will breathe with more than just dead air from politicians when the Enlighten 2014 brings Canberra to life.

Ethereal light projections will be thrown onto some of Canberra’s most iconic buildings including Old Parliament House and the National Library as part of the visually-arresting Electric Canvas series.

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

But it’s just not exteriors that will be transformed, as doors are opened after hours for nightly access to exhibitions and buildings normally seen during the day including the halls of power at Parliament House itself and the courtyard of the High Court will be set aflame into a Fire Garden that many a failed legal attempt would see as fitting.

Now in its fourth year, Enlighten will be a mix of free and ticketed activities including musical performances from Charles Bradley and Mental As Anything.

Events ACT General Manager Neale Guthrie said Enlighten gave tourists the chance to see the capital as they may have never seen it before.

“Canberra has a lot to offer in regards to food, wine, art, culture, and of course, our superb natural surroundings and Enlighten provides the perfect opportunity to discover these hidden gems,” Mr Guthrie said.

Other Enlighten events include the National Film and Sound Archive’s Priscilla Party, a performance by Paul McDermott at the Royal Australian Mint, the National Portrait Gallery’s Elvis at 21 Karaoke Party, Barry Morgan’s World of Organs at Questacon and after-dark access to the blockbuster exhibition Gold and the Incas at the National Gallery of Australia.


Indigenous musician Troy Brady will perform Songs of the Railways at the National Archives of Australia, the National Library of Australia will help you relax with The Castaway Lounge and you will be transported to another continent with Out of Africa at the National Zoo and Aquarium.

For full program details and to buy tickets to Enlighten 2014, visit

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