Enlighten Festival

3 - 19 MARCH 2023

Thank you CBR!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Enlighten Festival and for celebrating the amazing culture and creativity of our city.

You turned up when the lights turned on and you explored all that our city has to offer. Across 48 individual events and offerings, you experienced illuminations, installations, music, films, awe inspiring art, entertainment, delicious food and magnificent balloons @Enlighten Festival.

Whether it was late nights or early mornings, thank you for turning out in your thousands to experience the best Canberra has to offer, and make the Enlighten Festival 2022 a great success.

We would also like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, partners, volunteers, performers, artists, vendors and suppliers who worked with Events ACT to make this festival come to life. We couldn’t have done it without all of your support.

Enlighten will return next year from 3-19 March 2023, we look forward to seeing you then!

2023 Event Dates

Enlighten Illuminations 3 – 13 March 2023

Lights! Canberra! Action! 10 March 2023

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 11-19 March 2023

Symphony in the Park 12 March 2023

Canberra Day 13 March 2023

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2022 @Enlighten Festival

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 12-20 March

Marvel at hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular@ Enlighten Festival. Held over nine days, the Canberra skyline turns into a sea of colour and movement.

For those who have braved the dawn start there’s a hot breakfast to enjoy as the balloons lift off and drift across the dawn sky. Patrick White Lawns. No tickets required.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government.

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Symphony in the Park 13 March

One of Enlighten’s most popular events! The Canberra Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage to perform with this year’s special guest, multi award ARIA winning singer songwriter Lior at Symphony in the Park @Enlighten Festival.  Sit back, relax and prepare for a night of great tunes and delicious eats. Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. No tickets required.

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Enlighten Illuminations 4-14 March

Illuminations @Enlighten Festival will light up some of the capital’s most loved and iconic buildings in a stunning display of light, sound and movement. Don’t miss the amazing installations as you explore the Festival site.

Feast on tasty treats from local food and beverage vendors and enjoy live music. National Triangle. No tickets required.

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Lights! Canberra! Action! 11 March

Enlighten Festival shines a spotlight on Canberra’s talented film-makers as competition sparks creativity at Lights! Canberra! Action! @Enlighten Festival. Come and watch the finalist’s films at an outdoor movie screening at the Senate Rose Gardens. No tickets required.

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Canberra Day 14 March

Canberra Day @Enlighten Festival brings Commonwealth Park to life with a showcase of local multicultural community activities with fabulous food, beverages and performers from around the globe.  No tickets required.

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Canberra After Dark

Major attractions and businesses throughout Canberra will open their doors to host an array of after-dark and Enlighten-themed free and ticketed events during Canberra After Dark @Enlighten Festival.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government.

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We are thrilled to announce that Enlighten Festival has won the 2021 People’s Choice Award for Favourite Event and Attraction at the Canberra Region Tourism Awards!

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people, and their continuing connection to land and community. We pay our respects to them, and to Elders both past and present.