Andrew Barr has this morning launched Enlighten an Autumn festival intended to keep Canberra’s hotels full.
This from their “About” page:
HEADLINE ACTS GEORGE BENSON
CHRIS ISAAK, FRANKIE VALLI
PLUS MORE EXCITING ACTS TO COME!
& NIGHT OPENINGS BY
MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY
AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE
NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA
PARLIAMNET HOUSE [sic]
EVENT HUB INCLUDES FOOD & WINE
OUTLETS WITH SEATING
& ROVING ENTERTAINMENT
Enlighten: See Canberra in a whole new light is an exciting new event that will premiere over four nights on 11, 12, 18 and 19 March.
The stunning foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin will be transformed into a festive hub, abuzz with an exciting program of major concerts by international artists and surrounded by spectacular lighting effects canvassed across the vast facades of surrounding national attractions.
The National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House and Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House will open their doors for special after-dark experiences and exclusive platinum offerings. Don’t miss George Benson (Friday, 11 March), Chris Isaak (Saturday, 12 March) and Frankie Valli (Saturday, 19 March) performing live in Canberra this autumn. Stay tuned for the announcement of the final headline act in early 2011.
Mark it in your calendars and tell your interstate friends.
UPDATE: Andrew Barr’s media release is in with this extra info:
“Visitors and locals alike 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 after dark activities,” Mr Barr said. “Canberra is beautiful in autumn as the city’s parks and gardens burst with colour and crisp clear morning skies are speckled with hot air balloons as part of the Canberra Festival.
“In conjunction with the Canberra Festival, this event will bring a new dimension to Canberra’s birthday celebrations, enhancing the vibrancy of Canberra during autumn by creating a ‘city in festival’.”
The ACT Labor Government has committed $5.3 million over four years to establish a new annual event.