Encasement

Stunning in the day, magic at night. Local artist S.A. Adair’s new work Encasement can be viewed 24-hours-a-day in Canberra Museum and Gallery’s outside gallery in Civic Square.

A network of linear felt components appear like an organic sheath encasing the gallery space. Ideas of protection, habitation, enrichment and transference from one state to another are all at play. Day and night provide two very different visual experiences.

Details

2 – 18 March
24 hours a day

Cost

Free

Jellyfish Bloom

The Jellyfish Bloom, presented by the Canberra Centre, are large scale jellyfish sculptures that flash when they sense human interaction. As you walk beneath these six mysterious and spectacularly beautiful ancient sea creatures 3600 LED displays will spring to life.  Inspired by the bio luminous lighting responses of real world jellyfish these light sculptures will capture your imagination as they transform before your eyes.

Created by AMPLE, this immersive art installation incorporates state of the art interactive components and lighting hardware as well as custom designed electronics.

Details

1 March – 1 April
Canberra Centre

Cost

Free

See the city in a new light

See the city in a new light as the City Renewal Authority partners with Enlighten Festival in 2018 from 2 – 18 March.

Start your Enlighten journey exploring all the city has to offer after nightfall.  See the fairy lights, and find hidden gems in the city’s nooks and crannies.  Take the driver’s seat as you create, see and play with light.


Create

Take part in workshops to create and use light in unique ways. There are two experiences to be part of.

Long exposure photography
Friday 2 and 9 March and Saturday 3 and 10 March

Draw pictures with light as our photographer captures your creations.

ACT Lighting Society workshop
Thursday 15 March and Friday 16 March
Tocumwal Lane

Visit the lighting display run by the ACT Lighting Society where participants experiment with different lighting sources and techniques. Want to be part of the action? Limited places are available to be part of the Friday 2 March workshop.

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See

See the city in a new light as installations illuminate different parts of the city.

Peak Stuff

Visit the corner of Alinga and Moore Streets, as
artists the Goldberg Aberline Studio (GAS) take over the Alinga St Footbridge with a huge colourful inflatable installation that spoofs the perils of consumerism and a lifetime collecting junk.

Expanding in, over and around the bridge, is a work that virtually lives and breathes and constantly moves as it catches the wind, over this once busy elevated pedestrian crossing.

The title of the work, Peak Stuff, is drawn from a statement made by the Head of Sustainability at Ikea: “If we look on a global basis, in the West we have probably hit Peak Stuff. We talk about Peak Oil. I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff… ”

Brought to you in partnership with Art Not Apart and Play Activation Network, this playful installation is visually engaging for audiences of all ages, with an underlying message – do you have room for all your junk?

Cloudscape

As seen at VIVID Light Sydney in 2012, Cumulus comes to Canberra. Inspired by the changing weather patterns and colours from the original light artists Turner & Monet, McDermott and Baxter celebrate different shades of light throughout the day.

The colour-changing cloud representation of Cumulus, flanked by Nimbus and Discobolus suspended from above, showcases the delicate colours of sunrise, the brooding colours of an incoming storm and the rich tequila colours of sunset.

See Petrie Plaza in a new light

Visit Petrie Plaza, to see the area awash with colourful lighting.  The plaza will come to life as lights are used to highlight existing elements of the area creating a magical night time display.

Lonsdale roundabout by night

Visit the rainbow Lonsdale roundabout at night as it comes to life with rainbow coloured lights.


Play

Don’t just stand there – go on and play!

Stardom in the city

The spotlight is on you in Garema Place. Visit Poets Corner to feel like a star.

Pic & Mix by night

Visit Civic Square on Friday 2 & 9 March and Saturday 3 & 10 March and take your seat at the Pic & Mix picnic tables complete with a pop up bar, turf underfoot and enlightening entertainment to delight.

Make sure you follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be the first to hear about our other unexpected surprises. You never know where a light might shine in the city.

The city lights are brought to you by the City Renewal Authority in partnership with City and Braddon commercial property owners.

Cost

Free

STAY UP LATE WITH MOAD

Step inside Old Parliament House and explore the museum with late night openings of galleries. King’s Hall will transform as a new collaborative art installation takes shape and the Terrace Café will be open offering coffee and light snacks.

Details

2, 3, 9 & 10 March
5pm – 11pm

Cost

Free

The Card Castle

Once more the majestic King’s Hall will be transformed with a new collaborative art installation inviting you to add your
voice to a curious and captivatingly invincible card castle.

Details

2, 3, 9 & 10 March
6pm – 11pm

Cost

Free

AN ENIGMA REVEALED

Australia’s second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin, lived an extraordinary life that often transcended politics, the machinations of political life and even his family, in unexpected ways.

This deeply spiritual man longed to be a lone creative writer and, in the midst of his second and most important term as Prime Minister (1905–08), he considered leaving politics altogether.

Join historian and former advisor on the Centenary of Canberra, David Headon, as he sheds light on the contradictions of this enigmatic leader.

Presented by the National Archives of Australia.

Details

9 March
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost

Free – bookings required

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ASTRONOMY SCHOOL

A range of super rare, super wonderful education and experimental films from the 60s and 70s exploring and explaining the mysteries of astronomy and the ’future‘ of space exploration.

Details

14 March
7pm

Cost

$15 adult
$13 concession

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STARSHIP TROOPERS

Verhoven’s cult classic takes its human heroes through a fascistic, militaristic future to do battle with giant alien bugs. A visually spectacular black comedy that is equal parts social commentary and sci-fi thrill ride.

Details

16 March
7pm

Cost

$15 adult
$13 concession

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Abra Cadabra

From the animator that brought you the iconic Life, Be in It and commercials comes this comic cosmic fantasy based loosely on the Pied Piper. Voiced by John Farhnam and Jacki Weaver. Very special 3-D ‘abragoggles’ will be provided.

Details

15 March
7pm

Cost

$15 adult
$13 concession

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Lamplight to L.E.D.

See how science and film have shaped each other and illuminate what we see (or think we see) on screen through the National Film and Sound Archives’ award-winning education program.

Details

14 March
6pm

Cost

Free – bookings essential

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