EAT, SEE & EXPLORE. Illuminating Canberra for its ninth year, the Enlighten Festival is back in 2019, bigger and brighter than ever before. The Enlighten Festival is an annual major cultural event aimed at increasing the economic contribution to the Territory. In 2018 over 300,000 people attended the event, which delivered $4.8m in economic impact to the ACT.Proudly presented by Singapore Airlines, this year’s Enlighten Festival will be held over 17 nights in March.
Enlighten Illuminations, 1 - 11 March
The main festival will take place in the Parliamentary Triangle where visitors can see vibrant Illuminations and stunning architectural projections on a number of national attractions including the Museum of Australian Democracy; Australian Parliament House; Questacon; the National Library of Australia; the National Portrait Gallery; and the National Gallery of Australia.
The event also sees a number of the capital’s major attractions open their doors to host an array of exclusive after-dark free and ticketed events during the festival.
Enlighten Alley will be back to activate on the 5 main nights of Enlighten and will have a variety of food vendors as well as the Kid’s Corner including lantern making and face painting.
A number of interactive installations will light up the area surrounding Enlighten Alley on all 11 nights of Enlighten Illuminations.
The Main stage precinct will run on all 11 nights of the Enlighten Illuminations, this area will be opposite the main stage within the beer garden precinct.
Note: Unfortunately due to the operating hours of this event volunteers under 18 will not be accepted for roles at the Enlighten Illuminations.
Canberra Balloon Spectacular, 9 - 17 March
The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is a nine day hot air balloon event which has a significant presence and a long, proud history in the national capital. From 6.15am daily, registered hot air balloons will launch from Old Parliament House West, East and North Lawns and John Dunmore Lang Place (between 6.30am and 8.00am).
Other entertainment will include live bands at the main launch field (West Lawns) on weekends and the public holiday. A selection of hot breakfast options from the Lions Club and other food traders are available for purchase each morning.The event is expected to attract over 30 balloon entries and 40-50 registered pilots. Public attendance is expected to reach 40,000 over the nine days, with approximately 6,000 on weekends and the public holiday.
Symphony in the Park, 10 March
Sit back and relax as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by a popular tribute band, play on Stage 88 at Commonwealth Park. The event attraction around 12,000 visitors and appeals to all ages.The Canberra Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by a popular tribute band, play on Stage 88 at Commonwealth Park.
Canberra Day, 11 March
Celebrate as Canberra turns 106. Join in the fun with live music, entertainment, rides and tasty food at Commonwealth Park. The event attracts around 15,000 visitors across the day and appeals to all ages.
We'd love you to join our crowd of volunteers to help make this festival a huge success.
We have three categories of volunteer requirements:
(i) Pre Enlighten Illuminations(ii) Enlighten Festival (Enlighten Illuminations/Canberra Balloon Spectacular/Symphony in the Park/Canberra Day)(iii) Post Enlighten Illuminations
PRE ENLIGHTEN ILLUMINATIONS - 24 – 28 FebruaryWe are looking for people to provide onsite office assistance as well as installation support.
ENLIGHTEN FESTIVAL – 1 - 17 March During the festival there are a number of roles ranging from patron support, artist liaison, installation assistants stage hands and event information.
POST ENLIGHTEN ILLUMINATIONS - 12 - 17 March The event doesn't end after the last audience member leaves, we'd love a hand to bump out the event.
Briefing Session – Monday 25 February at 5.30pm at the National Library of Australia
It is important that this briefing session is attended by ALL volunteers as vital operational and emergency information will be provided at the briefing.