Lobby group Fair Go for Canberra will stage a candlelight vigil on Thursday to highlight coalition funding cuts to national cultural institutions.
The Unenlighten Festival will take place on the lawn between Questacon and the National Gallery at 6pm.
The group claims the Turnbull government has cut $60 million in funding from national cultural institutions, coming on top of cuts from the Abbott government in 2014.
These cuts will cause long-term damage but save little overall, the group says.
“The institutions dedicated to preserving and celebrating our shared cultural heritage are now facing enormous pressure to close exhibitions, sack staff and stop important projects,” Fair Go for Canberra said in a statement.
“Whether it is our fine art or our comic relief, our iconic films or our oral history, our war memories or our family ancestry, we all need our cultural institutions to continue preserving our past and protecting our cultural heritage.
“These are cruel cuts that Canberra can’t afford, and that Australia doesn’t deserve.
“That’s why it is so important that we send a strong message to Mr Turnbull and his government that the Canberra community opposes these cuts.”