A celebration of Canberra’s sister city Nara sees the city lit up with candles, lanterns and an ode to Japanese culture
Held one night in October each year, the Canberra Nara Candle Festival is a celebration of the sister-city relationship between Canberra and Nara in Japan.
The festival takes notes from the much larger candle festival, Tokae, held in Nara in August, and takes cues from Japanese culture. Events include Japanese food, music and cultural activities such as calligraphy, origami, lantern making, ikebana, kite flying, martial arts demonstrations and other entertainment.
With markets and stalls around, visitors are able to take part in activities including the centrepiece event, when Canberra Nara Peace Park and Lennox Gardens are illuminated by more than 2,000 candles.
The candles are lit at dusk by festival volunteers and create a picturesque river of light that weaves its way around the gardens.