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New event launched to ‘Enlighten’ Canberra


A major new annual event will showcase Canberra in a whole new light and provide more reasons to visit the nation’s capital during autumn.

Enlighten: See Canberra in a whole new light was launched yesterday (Decmber 13) by ACT Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Andrew Barr, and will premiere in March 2011 to coincide with the month-long Canberra Festival.


Enlighten Canberra will take place over four nights in March 2011

“Enlighten is an exciting new event that will be held over four nights on 11, 12, 18 and 19 March 2011, and will involve after-hour activities at national attractions, amazing architectural lighting and a vibrant event hub with headline acts against the stunning backdrop of Lake Burley Griffin,” Australian Capital Tourism general manager, Simonne Shepherd said.

“The ticketed event will enhance the festive vibe of Canberra’s birthday month with an exciting program highlighted by our national attraction partners offering a unique after-dark experience and outstanding musical acts including concerts by international artists, George Benson, Chris Isaak and Frankie Valli.

Performing exclusively at Enlighten, George Benson expressed excitement about his involvement in the event.

“I’m thrilled to be coming to Australia with my band to open the very first Enlighten festival in Canberra in March. I love Australia and I can’t wait to get back,”  Benson said.

“But the excitement doesn’t end there,” said Shepherd. “We will be announcing another major musical act in early 2011, so stay tuned.”

National attractions participating in the 2011 Enlighten event include the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

“Visitors will see the capital in a whole new light as the stunning foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin is transformed into a festive hub and national attractions come to life with spectacularly lit facades and special one-off activities,” Shepherd said.

“Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the Canberra region. The change of season is heralded not only by the fiery colours of the deciduous trees, but by the iconic Canberra Balloon Fiesta and a month long celebration of Canberra’s birthday – the Canberra Festival.

“This event promises to bring a new dimension to Canberra’s birthday celebrations, enhancing the vibrancy of Canberra during autumn by creating a ‘city in festival’ and showcasing the fantastic experiences we have here.”

For more information on the event and tickets visit the website.  

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