Culture and creativity illuminate the nation’s capital during Enlighten, Canberra’s annual lighting festival (and so much more) from Friday 27 February until Sunday 8 March.
We stepped out to experience the architectural projections at Enlighten and see the city’s national attractions in a different light.
Questacon, National Portrait Gallery and Old Parliament House are just some of the landmarks in the Parliamentary Triangle being lit up with projections by artists including Tom Magill, Jake Higgs and Kyle Chin.
We were mesmerised by the colour and movement that danced across the grand buildings, transforming them into masterpieces larger than any of the artworks housed in the buildings.
The lighting spectacular wasn’t just seen on landmark buildings. Artists Aether and Hemera from the UK brought their ‘Voyage’ exhibition to the waters of Lake Burley Griffin. This interactive installation of 300 ‘paper boats’ has also featured in Bilbao, Spain and Scottsdale, Arizona. Audiences can engage with this innovative exhibition via a mobile phone app, activating the matrix of interactive lights.
There’s whole lot more to experience at Enlighten than the lighting exhibitions. The area in the Parliamentary Triangle referred to as The Electric Garden has been transformed into a bustling outdoor entertainment hub, offering an array of authentic Asian eats, themed bars and live music.
The cultural institutions are also offering an exciting program of live performances, fascinating tours, blockbuster exhibitions and exclusive dining events.