It’s the day we have all been waiting for – the public holiday Monday that sees all of Canberra get together around Lake Burley Griffin for the party of a century.
Big numbers are expected to the event, which starts at noon and continues until 11pm.
Event organisers heaved a sigh of relief late last week as the Canberra weather settled into a perfect early-autumn pattern of warm, sunny days with lights winds, made to order for a day-night outdoor party.
The event involves 500 volunteers, 150 Boy Scouts, about 500 performers, 144 security guards, more than 50 boats and about 1000 multicultural community members, many working at their HOME projects.
There are 1,628,590 square meters of event site including the lake, bridge to bridge, and the land areas being used. At the World’s Longest Bubbly Bars 1040 bottles of Centenary sparkling wine are chilled and ready to be served, and 200 bottles of Centenary bubbly have been used in the menu (for the dessert, champagne jelly).
“This event really has been three years in the planning,” said Centenary of Canberra Creative Director Robyn Archer.
“I’m delighted that Geoff Cobham agreed to be Event Director, and that we had someone has gifted as Joanne Currey in our team to take on the role of Operations Manager.
“They’ve both done a fantastic job, and working with them to put together an event of this scale has been full of fun and energy.
“There really has never been an event like this in the capital, and I’m trusting that all Canberrans are planning to come along, park themselves at their favourite stage and then savour all the terrific stuff going on around them. Just don’t miss it!”
With so much to see and do the best advice is to plan ahead, take a free bus, wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and light clothing, and take a water bottle. There are fresh drinking water refill stations on site, and plenty of food and drink available for purchase.