Canberra Festival kicking off for 2012

johnboy 13 February 2012 4

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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.

More information can be found on their website

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4 Responses to Canberra Festival kicking off for 2012
poetix poetix 5:21 pm 13 Feb 12

It is annoying that the Australian Ballet cut Canberra from its real performance schedule, so we get outdoor performances with the ‘best bits’ of various ballets or the occasional mini-performances with ‘up and coming’ stars. It really makes life tutu difficult having to go up to Sydney if you want to see proper ballet. (I am aware of the humorous aspects of that complaint…honest.)

SnapperJack SnapperJack 4:46 pm 13 Feb 12

watto23 said :

XO_VSOP said :

Bring back the bird man rally. Simple and low budget.


I’m guessing those fuddy duddy insurance companies are the real issue.

That’s why it ended in the first place. Similarly the riot at the 1994 Food and Wine Frolic was the reason that ended. I don’t know why the parade thru Civic ended but I suspect it was the clash between the ANU Forestry School and The Wilderness Society who some bright spark put next to each other in the 1995 parade.

watto23 watto23 3:22 pm 13 Feb 12

XO_VSOP said :

Bring back the bird man rally. Simple and low budget.


I’m guessing those fuddy duddy insurance companies are the real issue.

XO_VSOP XO_VSOP 12:12 pm 13 Feb 12

Bring back the bird man rally. Simple and low budget.

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