Enlighten 2014 – Canberra, Australia

It was the perfect evening last night for wandering amongst some of our city’s landmarks that have been lit up beautifully for Canberra’s annual ‘Enlighten’ Festival. The selection of images and artwork relate in some way to the particular buildings that they are being projected onto. Street performers entertained as we made our way between the various locations. Museums and galleries stayed open late with food, drinks and entertainment. It really was a wonderful evening out!

For a number of you who may be unaware, Canberra is in fact the Capital of Australia. Sydney is our largest city, but Canberra is where our parliamentarians debate, where you’ll find our High Court, along with our National Museums and Galleries. It is not a huge city… about 380,000 people… often feeling more like a large country town. We’ve lived in many cities over the years and if asked, I usually struggle to answer the question of “Where is home?”, however as time goes by, increasingly my answer to this is Canberra.

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia | Gather and Graze

Street Performer (Max of ‘Dan & Max’) with her flaming hula-hoop!

Enlighten Festival 2014, Canberra, Australia, Gather and Graze

Horse, Street Performer

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia | Gather and Graze

Fountain on Fire

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia, Gather and Graze

National Gallery | images linked to Inca Exhibition

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia, Gather and Graze

Flames

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia, Gather and Graze

Questacon Building

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia | Gather and Graze

Questacon Building | Fiesta Friday!

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia, Gather and Graze

Old Parliament House | Guys & Polls

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia, Gather and Graze

Old Parliament House

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia, Gather and Graze

Old Parliament House | Rudd Vs Abbott

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia, Gather and Graze

National Library | images linked to Mapping Exhibition

Enlighten 2014, Canberra, Australia, Gather and Graze

Street Performer (Dan of ‘Dan & Max’)

I’m linking this post to Angie’s Fiesta Friday, particularly as one of the images projected onto the Questacon building made me think of her. There appeared to be a little Fiesta dancing and happiness going on (see the 7th photo down)! 🙂

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28 thoughts on “Enlighten 2014 – Canberra, Australia

  1. 10 Legs in the Kitchen

    These photographs are beautiful; you are very good at capturing the spirit. I am very intrigued (architecturally) with the Questacon building. Are they able to manipulate the images on the building through projection?

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    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Hi Stacey, thanks so much for your very kind comment! The Questacon building was the most engaging of all of the projections – changing and being manipulated constantly. They also had the public (and in particular children) pressing buttons on a console to create some of the changes, including little explosive effects in the projection – very clever! Most of the other buildings simply had a variety of static images that were rotated through. The Portrait Gallery had some moving images, which was also fun to watch, though unfortunately my photos of this were a little out of focus… a video camera on the night would have been fabulous! Cheers, Margot

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  2. ChgoJohn

    I’ve heard many wonderful things about Canberra and regret not making time to visit your city when I was in Oz. “Enlighten” sounds like such a beautiful festival. What a wonderful way to spend an evening! I doubt a fest of this kind could be done in a larger metropolitan area. You need open spaces to see the effects and those are a rarity in large cities. How fortunate for you, Margot, that you were able to get down there and stroll about.

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    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      There’s so much to see and do in Australia, that I completely understand that Canberra wasn’t at the top of your list of places to visit John. Great to visit if you have the time, but the likes of Sydney and Melbourne certainly have much more of an energy about them.
      The Enlighten festival is always great though… lights, music, food and wine – what’s not to like!? 🙂

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    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks Seana, I love how each year the themes and projections of this festival change, so you never know what you’re going to get! Canberra also has it’s Hot Air Balloon Festival on at the moment, which is beautiful as well – though it’s a very early start to the morning!

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      1. tinywhitecottage

        I used to live in a town where the Hot Air Balloon Festival took place every year and I loved it! Your are right, it is early in the morning. Always loved the dawn patrol. I would stay up all night just to get there early enough to watch. I was in my 20;s so it was easy… 🙂

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  3. Ngan R.

    Thank you for the tidbit about Canberra and the festival, as I knew nothing about either. What a fun celebration by the looks of those amazing projects!

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  4. Max

    Thanks for taking pictures of our first ever street show! So glad you were in our audience. All of your photos are beautiful 🙂

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    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Such a surprise to see your comment here Max! I’m so excited that you found my photos online… just wish I’d had more time to hang out and take more photos of your performance – it was getting a little late when we came across you guys and our kids were well and truly ready for bed by then. Hope you had a fabulous week at Enlighten! Cheers, Margot

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  5. saucygander

    These photos look amazing! When we lived in Canberra I worked in the Parliamentary triangle, so it’s nice to see some “old friends” (like the National Library, Quetacon, Old Parlt House) in these photos, beautifully dressed for the party. Rudd v Abbott…also makes me think of the Keven 07 campaign, and those Canberra references from Keating the Musical, do I sound like an old public servant yet?? 🙂

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    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks Saucy! Happy to have brought back a few good memories for you… 🙂 My favourite buildings all lit up were the Library and Old Parliament – just beautiful!

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  6. Johnny Hepburn

    Never realised Canberra was that small. Where I’m living now is only 60,000. Way too small for my liking!
    Anyway, good choice for F&F. Do hope you weren’t wearing your finest DE frock!

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    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks! My vast array of shimmering, wisteria-hued DE frocks are standing by for the day I present a suitably lavish dish for FF… somewhat unlikely (with my style of cooking) that that will ever happen… 😉

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  8. The Novice Gardener

    I love it, Margot! Have to say I haven’t heard a lot about Canberra, always Sydney and maybe Melbourne, so this is appreciated. I would love to visit Canberra some day. And how nice of you to think of Fiesta Friday. That picture does show some fiesta dancing, how cute! Sounds like you’re having a fun time! XOXO

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    1. Gather and Graze Post author

      I’m not surprised that you haven’t heard much about Canberra Angie… it’s often the way when the capital isn’t one of the largest and most populated cities in the country. That image really did make me smile and think of your Fiesta Friday! I knew right then that I had to post a little something and link it through to FF#6. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

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