• 2 – 18 March 2018

    Enlighten 2018

    Get ready to stay up late as the eighth annual Enlighten festival illuminates the capital, transforming our city into a nocturnal playground of curious, quirky, jaw dropping acts, exclusive experiences, and stunning architectural projections. Enlighten 2018 is presented by Singapore Airlines.

    2017 highlights
  • Enlighten returns in 2018

    and we've got some surprises up our sleeve

    We're not quite ready to let you in on our surprises but rest assured, Enlighten 2018 is going to be fabulous

    Illuminating the capital


Canberra, where national attractions and hidden gems deliver an array of unexpected delights.

As the first leaves begin to fall, Canberra comes alive with blockbuster exhibitions, delicious food and wine events and fantastic festivals.

Plan your trip

Spectacular architectural projections, international installations, live entertainment and food galore will see Enlighten transform Canberra into a nocturnal playground.

Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle and Enlighten satellite venues (Canberra Glassworks, National Zoo and Aquarium and the Australian National Botanic Gardens) will be transformed into vibrant arts precincts, showcasing Australian premiere performances, amusing roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances - all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia's most iconic locations.

This year, site specific designs will be projected across six iconic buildings:

Australian Parliament House

Old Parliament House

National Library of Australia


National Portrait Gallery

National Gallery of Australia

Projections from 8pm till 10pm Sunday to Thursday; and till midnight Friday and Saturday. ActewAGL is proud to be the energy partner of Enlighten.
ActewAGL are working to strengthen the future of Enlighten, to deliver this event using more renewable energy sources.

As the lights go on across the Parliamentary Triangle visitors can tuck into delicious dishes.