With the Multicultural Festival retreating as a happy blur in our memories Andrew Barr has launched the Canberra Festival which will run in the first half of March.
Today I launched the 2012 Canberra Festival, a diverse ’I7-day program featuring more than 50 events to celebrate our city’s birthday.
This year’s Festival will be the largest yet and firmly places the national capital at the centre of activity for fun, engaging and creative experiences this autumn.
From Friday 2 March to Sunday 18 March, Canberrans and visitors of all ages can celebrate with a range of fantastic events in a jampacked program.
The exciting new addition, ENLIGHTEN, kicks off the festival on 2 March with an array of free and ticketed night time activities over four nights.
These include late night openings and exclusive events at over 11 national attractions, spectacular architecturai projections on five of these attractions and a buzzing entertainment precinct against the backdrop of Lake Burley Griffin.
The festival also features much-loved events such as the Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park, Celebrate in the Park and Lights! Canberra! Action! as well as dozens of community events and activities.
The Senate Gardens at Old Parliament House will provide a unique venue to watch the work of talented local filmmakers featured in the short film competition Lights! Canberra! Action! on Friday 9 March.
The popular You Are Here festival returns to the Canberra CBD, turning empty shopfronts and public areas into creative spaces for young emerging local artists to showcase their talents.
The Canberra Festival also brings world-class performance to the capital, including the Australian Ballet celebrating its birthday with Telstra Ballet in the Park on Friday 16 March, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra & The Hilliard Ensemble on Saturday 10 March.