• Culture and Creativity

    Enlighten 2015

    Enlighten will breathe light, colour and movement into Canberra after dark.

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    Canberra’s celebration of culture and creativity offers something for everyone.

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    There’s plenty to see and do throughout our national capital during Enlighten.

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Latest News – 01 March

Enlighten Weather Update - 5:30pm

For Enlighten tonight, please dress for a mild evening.

Canberra Forecast

Voala Station [Spain]

Voala Station [Spain]

Voala Station follows the journey of four businessmen swept into a world of magic and dizzying heights, after missing the last late-night train.

Voyage [UK]

Voyage [UK]

As the sun sets on Lake Burley Griffin, 300 illuminated paper boats transform into an incandescent fleet.

Polyphonic Electronic

Polyphonic Electronic

This illuminated installation is a collaboration between visual artist David Kenworthy and Oliver Laing.

Trade Winds

Trade Winds

This evocative performance installation sees a set of performers literally dance on water as they are illuminated by exquisite animated projections.

Alpine

Alpine

Alpine are six friends from Melbourne who make bold, twinkling, sophisticated pop music. Traversing diverse themes, ideas and sounds.

Katie Noonan

Katie Noonan

Watch the sun slip away and the stars come out with angel-voiced songstress Katie Noonan. Kicking off the night is Uncle Jed.

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1965

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1965

Dress in your retro best and dance to the British Invasion beats of Melbourne’s celebrated 60s band The Substitutes, as we groove back to 1965.

Crystal Barreca

Crystal Barreca

This five-piece band organically blends acoustic instruments with a modern-world twist that promises to ignite your soul.

Luminous Botanicus

Luminous Botanicus

A rare opportunity to wander through the Gardens at night experiencing lantern lit pathways and thematic garden lighting.

Lights! Canberra! Action!

Lights! Canberra! Action!

Sit back and enjoy the results of this fun festival that gives budding filmmakers the chance to write, shoot, edit and produce a short film.

Through the Flames

Through the Flames

An outdoor performance paying homage to the ritualistic element of fire, celebrating light in its most simple and enchanting form.

Luminosity

Luminosity

Inspired by artists who work with light as their medium, visitors of all ages can contribute to a large collaborative installation.

The Great Kaleidoscope Cubby

The Great Kaleidoscope Cubby

Make your mark on the Greatest Cubby Ever Built in the heart of Old Parliament House. Collaborate in colour!

Swamp Juice

Swamp Juice

Welcome to a swamp like no other! Using shadow puppets made from bits of rubbish, Jeff Achtem of Bunk Puppets creates a gurgling adventure about life in a swamp.

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

As the sun goes down, enjoy the sounds of wild Africa in a unique and immersive experience only metres away from the Zoo’s lions – the “Kings” of the Jungle.

The Sharks

The Sharks

This wry and witty performance sees three sharks swim, dive and parade their way through public places.

Enlighten Night Noodle Markets

10 nights from February 27 to March 8.

Enlighten is excited to welcome the Night Noodle Markets to Canberra as part of the 2015 event!

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Nicole Warren

Nicole Warren

Creative producer

"Enlighten 2015 celebrates the International Year of Light with immersive experiences, stunning visuals, award-winning performances and spectacular Australian premieres."

Martin Ollman

Martin Ollman

Photographer

"Enlighten brings light, color, people and movement to Canberra like no other event - it's always a challenge to shoot and constantly evolving."