Andrew Barr has announced a much better than expected lineup of artists performing at Enlighten:
The Parliamentary Triangle will be the entertainment hub of ENLIGHTEN 2012 with Lanie Lane, Eagle and the Worm, Anthony Pappa, the Puta Madre Brothers and Hypnagog among the acts to perform live in Canberra.
Popular local acts including Los Capitanes, Owen Campbell, The Ellis Collective, Brass Knuckle Brass Band and Fun Machine will also appear on the West Side Stage, which will be located at the ENLIGHTEN Entertainment Precinct in the Parliamentary Triangle.
Event organisers and BMA Magazine have teamed up to program a fantastic line-up of musicians who will perform in the Entertainment Precinct, which will be surrounded by five national attractions lit with stunning architectural projections and feature free entertainment on the evenings of 2, 3, 9 and 10 March between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.
Entertainment will include quirky activities such as Pollock Pong, an unusual take on ping pong which includes pots of paint and protective suits, and a silent disco where patrons grab headphones and escape to another world with a host of top Canberra DJs including D’Opus, Favourite Son and Jemist.
The ENLIGHTEN program includes live performance beyond the Entertainment Precinct. To see the funny side of politics, legendary Australian comedians Rod Quantock, Claire Hooper, Tom Ballard and Mikey Robins will feature in Show Us Your Mandate! at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House on 2 March.
Cartoonist Michael Leunig, Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, artist Felicity Spear and performers Adam Cook and Chanel Cole will explore our fascination with the night sky at Star Light, Star Bright at the National Library of Australia on 10 March.
At Questacon, top Australian DJ Tom Piper will reveal how technology is influencing music in Music Today – How do you play it that way? on March 2, while multi-award winning The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik – Deep See Explorer by Tim Watts will search for lost love through animation, mime, puppetry, projections and music on 9 and 10 March.
Against the stunning backdrop of Lake Burley Griffin, Claire Bowditch and the reunited 1990s band, The Clouds, will perform at the National Museum of Australia’s outdoor amphitheatre on March 9.