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Head outdoors for this illuminating art, light and cultural festival spread across Canberra

Over ten illuminated early autumn nights, Enlighten sees the city turn into a nocturnal playground, with many of the city’s biggest attractions opening their doors at night to host events and experiences for the wider public.

This family-friendly festival includes free and ticketed events such as installations, roving performances, dining experiences, live music and architectural projections. The event takes place lakeside and sees iconic national attractions like the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, National Library of Australia and Questacon buildings as backdrops for stunning projections. The buildings and Enlighten precinct activities are all an easily walkable distance from each other.

Past highlights have included a jazz session in the National Portrait Gallery’s underground carpark, a silent disco inside the National Library of Australia and a rooftop dinner on Old Parliament House as well as the popular Enlighten Night Noodle Markets.

By: Time Out x Visit Canberra