• 4 – 12 March 2016

    Enlighten 2016

    As the sun goes down Enlighten will come alive! 6pm until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and until 10pm every other night.

    Find out what's on this year!
  • See whats on the menu

    Night Noodle Markets

    A celebration of fantastic food and produce from around the region.

    Open 5pm till late!
  • Over nine illuminated nights

    Architectural Projections

    Stunning architectural projections will transform the Parliamentary Triangle

    Illuminating the capital

Experience

Intrude

Intrude

Some very large inflatable white rabbits, illuminated in stark white light, have been invading festivals around the world.

Gantry Bike

Gantry Bike

The Gantry Bike is a modern interpretation of the travelling circuses and sideshows of the late 1800s.

Back In Black

Back In Black

Back in Black mixes spectacular circus skills with rocking beats, physical comedy and amazing apparatus to astound and delight.

Unuscornu

Unuscornu

An awe-inspiring sculpture and a secret cubby. Unuscornu will make you believe in a magical place where supernatural creatures can exist and anything is possible.

Music

Augie March

Augie March

Regularly touted as one of Australia’s ‘greatest’ or ‘finest’ bands, their music is impossible to categorise, at times traditional and then wildly avant garde at others.

Calexico

Calexico

The unmistakable and most excellent Tex-Mex, alt-folk rock, Americana band Calexico from Tucson Arizona.

Mansionair

Mansionair

Since dropping debut single ‘Hold Me Down’ at the front-end of 2014, the steady rise of Sydney three-piece Mansionair has been one of intrigue.

Slow Turismo

Slow Turismo

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

See

Zebras

Zebras

High fashion with a beastly twist. Where the African savannah collides with Coco Chanel.

Lights! Canberra! Action!

Lights! Canberra! Action!

This year’s top twelve films are on the theme of ‘Chance’. A great, fun, free event. Entertainment from 7pm, films from 8pm.

Gastropodia

Gastropodia

From a realm far away, comes a giant hairy snail and its impish rider; curious mythical creatures, their kind unseen before.

Solar Bugs

Solar Bugs

Eco friendly, this dazzling stilt act has solar panel embedded costumes soaking up the sun by day and glowing at night.

Play

Luminous Botanicus II: Night Moods

Luminous Botanicus II: Night Moods

A moving experience of live music and sound scaping overlayed by dramatic garden lighting.

Secrets, Spooks and Spies

Secrets, Spooks and Spies

Under cloak of darkness, explore the historic National Archives building.

Twilight Safari

Twilight Safari

Get your pulse racing with an exclusive early evening Animal Tour at the National Zoo & Aquarium. Discover some of the world’s most amazing animals as you explore the Zoo after hours with a private guide.

Dark Disco

Dark Disco

Dark Disco is a dance event held in the darkness. We turn the lights off and the music up so that you can dance freely.

VISIT CANBERRA THIS MARCH

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

Andrew Barr

Andrew Barr

Chief Minister

"As Enlighten once again illuminates our nation’s capital, I invite you to eat, see, play, explore and be entertained as the Parliamentary Triangle transforms into a nocturnal playground of architectural projections and enchanting live entertainment."

Nicole Warren

Nicole Warren

Creative Producer

"Enlighten 2016 celebrates 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."