Enlighten Illuminations

26 February - 8 March

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See the Parliamentary Triangle Come to Life After Dark

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, Canberra’s beloved Enlighten Illuminations will again bring the Parliamentary Triangle to life after dark.

Be immersed in stunning architectural projections displayed on some of Canberra’s most loved and iconic buildings. The Enlighten Illuminations programming will start at 5.15pm, with the architectural projections lighting up your evening from 8pm to 11pm each night. Use the Check In CBR app before you check out the projections at:

  • Australian Parliament House
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Library of Australia
  • Museum of Australian Democracy
  • National Gallery of Australia, and
  • Questacon.

ActewAGL officially switches on the Enlighten Festival to kick start the illuminations at 8pm on Friday 26 February. Be in the Parliamentary Triangle to see Enlighten come to life!

Share your favourite art installation on Facebook or Instagram at the Enlighten Illuminations using #EnlightenCanberra.

Secure Your Spot at Enlighten Alley & BentSpoke Beer Garden

Register now to tempt your tastebuds with a huge range of local food and beverage options at Enlighten Alley and BentSpoke Beer Garden. Roving entertainment, art installations and live music will ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Enlighten Alley

Head to Enlighten Alley to indulge in local street food and enjoy making memories with family-fun activities and entertainment before exploring the architectural projects and illuminated installations around Enlighten Festival.

Entry is free but registrations are required. Choose from two sessions per night.

  • Session One – 5.15pm to 7.30pm
  • Session Two – 8.15pm to 10.30pm

Located on East Lawns in the Parliamentary Triangle.

BentSpoke Beer Garden

BentSpoke is back offering a selection of locally brewed, award-winning beer and cider alongside a great selection of local food vendors. Complete with interactive neon artwork, a kid’s area and live tunes there will be something for the whole family.

Entry is free but registrations are required. Choose from two sessions per night.

  • Session One – 5.30pm to 7.45pm
  • Session Two – 8.30pm to 10.45pm

Located on the lawns of John Dunmore Lang Place.

Attractions After Dark

The Perfect Way to Explore Canberra

The capital’s major attractions are waiting to be explored as they open their doors to host an array of exclusive after-dark events.

Enjoy experiences at:

  • Australian Parliament House
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens
  • National Zoo and Aquarium
  • Royal Australian Mint
  • Canberra Glassworks
  • and more!

Tickets are on sale now – check out the Enlighten Festival Program to see what is on!

Neon Archway, by Carla O’Brien, was a hit with instagrammers at Enlighten Festival 2020.

Enlighten Festival Information

Access everything you need to plan and enjoy your Enlighten Festival Experience.

Discover what’s on the Festival Program in 2021.

Whether you are local or from interstate, find out how to get to the Enlighten Festival.

Download or view a copy of the Enlighten Festival map to find your way around.

Secure your spot at Enlighten Alley or BentSpoke Beer Garden and discover what tasty treats will be available for you to sample at Enlighten Illuminations.

Get the answers to all of your Enlighten Festival questions with our Frequently Asked Questions.

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