• 3 – 12 March 2017

    Enlighten 2017

    Get ready to stay up late as the seventh annual Enlighten festival illuminates the capital, transforming our city into a nocturnal playground of curious, quirky, jaw dropping acts, exclusive experiences, and stunning architectural projections Enlighten 2017 is presented by Singapore Airlines.

    2017 Program
  • Over ten illuminated nights

    Architectural Projections

    Stunning architectural projections will transform the Parliamentary Triangle Join us Friday 3 March at 8pm on the step of Old Parliament House to see the projections officially switched on for 2017! Be the first to see these stunning projections.

    Illuminating the capital


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

Spectacular architectural projections, international installations, live entertainment and food galore will see Enlighten transform Canberra into a nocturnal playground.

Over 10 nights, Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle and Enlighten satellite venues (Canberra Glassworks, National Zoo and Aquarium and the Australian National Botanic Gardens)
will be transformed into vibrant arts precincts, showcasing Australian premiere performances, amusing roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances - all
set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia's most iconic locations.

This year, site specific designs will be projected across six iconic buildings:

Australian Parliament House

Old Parliament House

National Library of Australia


National Portrait Gallery

National Gallery of Australia

National Archives of Australia

Projections from 8pm till 10pm Sunday to Thursday; and till midnight Friday and Saturday. ActewAGL is proud to be the energy partner of Enlighten.
ActewAGL are working to strengthen the future of Enlighten, to deliver this event using more renewable energy sources.

As the lights go on across the Parliamentary Triangle visitors can tuck into fun, authentic Asian eats, from dumplings to dosa, Pad Thai to gyoza at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets.
Bars and music will add to the market atmosphere. Open daily from 5pm till 9pm Sunday - Thursday; and till midnight Friday and Saturday.