Enlighten is Canberra’s little Autumn festival that grew. A good idea that has now after six years become a wonderful collection of “Culture and Creativity” set to illuminate, engage and entertain us all over two weekends in March.
The 2016 program was launched by Chief Minister Andrew Barr at Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia as an alternative venue to the NGA Contemporary down by the lake because of rain and we waited a while for him to arrive. He was delayed announcing the first stage of the much anticipated light rail to Canberra Metro Group and he was in a positive mood.
We in the meantime lunched on some fine fare and admired the ‘Kardashian’ sized booty of the two Zebras. Not real ones, Zebras nor their booty, but much more fun than anything out of Africa, who will be back to prance and preen in the Parliamentary Triangle on 4 & 5 March. We had time to peruse the program and wonder how the dickens you could fit in all the things you’d want to see.
The Night Noodle Markets will be back, better and ready for the onslaught that caught this event by surprise last year. You can gaze at the architectural projections on six of the buildings and Amanda Parer’s seven metre high bunnies happily ensconced in a new patch in the triangle. There’s experiences, food, late night openings, exhibitions and Lamposts that need a bit of lovin’, illuminated jellyfish and a dark disco where you can dance in the dark. And more. Enlighten is where you can eat, see, play and explore in the nocturnal playground with loads of potential that just needed to be imagined,the realisation is going to be so much fun. More information at enlightencanberra