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Spectacular festivals, blockbuster exhibitions, thrilling sports matches and celebrations on a national scale combine for an action-packed autumn in Canberra.


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ENLIGHTEN SHINESCulture and creativity are set to illuminate the capital as Enlighten brings Canberra to life from 28 February to 8 March. A selection of the capital’s finest cultural attractions will open their doors after dark as the Parliamentary Triangle is transformed into a vibrant hub of activity. Each night the whole family can indulge in a variety of free and ticketed events including live performances, fascinating talks, blockbuster exhibitions, exclusive dining events and a host of surprising experiences – all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections, which will shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.

HOT AIR BALLOON SPECTACLESee the Lawns of Old Parliament House fill with a flurry of colour and movement from 8 to 16 March, as giant hot air balloons inflate around iconic attractions and slowly drift into the Canberra sky. The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is a one of a kind event and Canberra is one of the few places in the world where hot air balloons can fly so close to houses of government and buildings of national significance. But the action is not just in the sky — there’s live entertainment each morning and delicious hot breakfast options for the whole family.

Autumn eventsSpectacular festivals, blockbuster exhibitions,

thrilling sports matches and celebrations on

a national scale combine for an action-packed

autumn in Canberra.

This page: The Electric Canvas created the artwork projected on the National Library of Australia, EnlightenFront cover: FM 104.7 Skyfire 26, fireworks, Lake Burley Griffin; MOCHE culture, Bead in the form of an owl’s head, Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Lambayeque, © Photograph Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, National Gallery of Australia; National Folk Festival; Handmade Market; Anzac Day, Australian War Memorial; The Electric Canvas created the artwork projected on the Museum of Australian Democracy, Enlighten; Canberra Balloon Spectacular; Four Winds Vineyard, Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival; Dave O’Neil and Glenn Robbins, Canberra Comedy Festival; Glebe Park; Shaw Vineyard Estate, Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival

REMEMBERING THE ANZACSCanberra’s Anzac Day Dawn Service is one of the nation’s most moving ceremonies. Gather with thousands of Australians in the pre-dawn light on 25 April to commemorate the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Experience the emotion of a lone bugler playing the Last Post. Pay your respects to those who gave their lives in the service of their country. Leave a poppy on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier. After the ceremony, gain a true understanding of our Anzacs’ experiences and explore the galleries at the Australian War Memorial.

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SPORT SEASON STARTSAutumn is the season for great sporting events in the nation’s capital. Thrill with excitement at the Seppelt Black Opal Stakes and ACTTAB Canberra Cup Race Day on 9 March at Thoroughbred Park. Watch the Brumbies take on the Waratahs at GIO Stadium Canberra on 15 March. Catch the Canberra Raiders when they battle it out against the Gold Coast Titans at GIO Stadium Canberra on 23 March. See the GIANTS go head-to-head against the Western Bulldogs at StarTrack Oval on 12 April in the first of three chances to see the GIANTS play in the nation’s capital this season.

FESTIVAL OF LAUGHSAfter a hugely successful inaugural festival in 2013, the Canberra Comedy Festival is back with an even bigger line-up to meet demand. Enjoy six days of comedy performances from some of Australia’s favourite comedy acts including Tom Gleeson, Hannah Gadsby, local acts the Stevenson Experience and Hamish Hudson. There are also group and sketch comedy shows at various venues from 4 to 9 March.

NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVALJoin the celebration of traditional and contemporary folk life from 17 to 21 April at the National Folk Festival. The Festival showcases top Australian acts alongside international headliners across 20 venues. With more than 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country in a program including music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone.

BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITIONSCanberra is the home of blockbuster exhibitions and this autumn you can experience Peruvian treasures and traditional bark paintings. The National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru features more than 200 exceptional objects of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Peru to 21 April.

At the National Museum of Australia you can see the cultural attraction’s first ever exhibition of bark paintings throughout autumn at Old Masters: Australia’s great bark artists.

WINE HARVEST FESTIVALCelebrate all that is the harvest and a new vintage with stunning cool climate wines, entertainment and great food at the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival on 5 to 6 April. Meet some of the makers of the Canberra District’s nationally and internationally recognised wines at their own cellar door and enjoy guided tours of vineyards. Taste the latest wines from a region renowned for its diversity of geography and variety, as our wineries open their doors for tasting adventures, entertainment and delicious food.

OUTDOOR CELEBRATIONSVisit the National Arboretum Canberra for their first birthday celebrations on 8 March. Activities include live music, tree planting workshops, storytelling and face painting.

Enjoy an amazing day for the whole family in the beautiful setting of Sheedys Picnic area for the Tidbinbilla Extravaganza. Tidbinbilla nature reserve is home to a wide variety of Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles. Once a year, Tidbinbilla adds in music, entertainment, talks and massive amounts of fun. On 13 April why not pack a picnic and invite your favourite people to join you for a great day out?

EXPLORE THE FORESHOREThe Kingston Foreshore is transforming into a vibrant waterfront precinct with a strong arts, cultural, recreation and dining presence. Home to the iconic Old Bus Depot Markets and the Canberra Glassworks, the area recently welcomed a variety of new restaurants and cafes. C Dine and Bar was the first of many restaurants to make their home at the promenade, and has since been joined by La Rustica and Morks. The Foreshore version of the popular Lonsdale Street Roasters, Remedy, opened recently. Coffee lovers can also enjoy a cup at 38 Espresso, while Max Brenner will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine’s Winemaker of the Year, Tim Kirk, Clonakilla; National Arboretum Canberra; Commonwealth Park

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Canberra Balloon Spectacular, credit Paul Chapman; Anzac Day, Australian War Memorial; Happy and glorious, Museum of Australian Democracy, credit National Library of Australia

ANZAC VOICESAUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIALThe compelling voices of the Anzacs echo through their letters and diaries marking the Centenary of the First World War.

OLD MASTERS: AUSTRALIA’S GREAT BARK ARTISTS NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIADon’t miss seeing 120 specially selected barks which celebrate the genius of Australia’s master bark artists. The Museum holds the biggest collection of bark paintings in the world.

AFGHANISTAN: THE AUSTRALIAN STORYAUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIALDiscover the extraordinary efforts of Australians in Afghanistan through the words of our veterans and their families.

GARDEN OF THE EAST: PHOTOGRAPHY IN INDONESIA 1850S–1940S NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIAAdmire beautiful, distinctive, rich-toned and detailed prints of Jakarta and colonial Indonesia by inventor Walter Woodbury and James Page.

ON COUNTRY: WORK, CONNECT, CELEBRATENATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA Be inspired by contemporary Indigenous land and sea management practices strengthened through caring for country, being on country, and celebrating country.

TREASURES GALLERYNATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIABrowse new additions when you come face to face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s best known stories.

MINT CONDITIONROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINTDiscover how coins are made, see the robots in action and learn the history of coins. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Parliament House, the Mint is revealing its spare key, along with related collectable coins, tokens and medallions.

BEHIND THE LINES 2013 MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSELook back on the controversies, crises and sometimes unintentional comedy of the 2013 political year through the eyes of Australia’s best cartoonists. 02 6243 4211 6208 5000 02 6243 4211 02 6240 6411 6208 5000 6202 6999 02 6262 1111 02 6270 8222

Throughout Autumn

What’s on

HAPPY AND GLORIOUS MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSECelebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s first visit to Australia in 1954. Come and see her dressing room and Crown Jewels reproduced under official royal 02 6270 8222

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Australian Institute of Sport; Canberra Glassworks; With high school sweetheart, Barbara July 4, 1956 © Alfred Wertheimer. All rights reserved, Elvis at 21, National Portrait Gallery; Measure Island, Questacon — The National Science and Technology Centre; MOCHE culture, Portrait head stirrup vessel, Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Lima © Photograph Daniel Giannoni, National Gallery of Australia

SCIENCE OF SUCCESSAUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORTEver wondered how Australian champions get that winning edge? Visit Sportex to find out about the secret technology developed by the Sports Science Sports Medicine department.

CANBERRA GLASSWORKSLearn about glassmaking, tour the gallery and boiler room and see molten glass in the hotshop.

TEGAN THE VEGANNATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVEKids of all ages will love seeing the sets, models and posters from the clay animation film. See the film which features the voices of Noni Hazlehurst and Paul McDermott.

UNTIL 18 MAYI’VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILWAYNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIADiscover untold stories of Aboriginal people, Torres Strait and Australian South Sea Islanders and their contribution to rail development.

FROM A SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAYNATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVEExplore an exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the South Australian Film Corporation and enjoy the art deco courtyard. 6214 1010 02 6260 7005 02 6248 2000 02 6248 2000 6212 3600

UNTIL 10 MARCHELVIS AT 21: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALFRED WERTHEIMERNATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERYExplore this candid look at Elvis before he exploded onto the music scene and became one of the most exciting performers of his time. 6102 7000

UNTIL 10 MARCHMAPPING OUR WORLD: TERRA INCOGNITA TO AUSTRALIA NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIAExplore 85 maps and scientific instruments drawn from Australia, the Vatican Library, the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de 6262 1111 6240 6411

UNTIL 21 APRILGOLD AND THE INCAS: LOST WORLDS OF PERUNATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIADiscover more than 200 objects from scintillating gold pieces made to decorate the nobility in life or in death, intricate jewellery, elaborate embroidered and woven cloths to sophisticated ceramic sculptures. Check out the combined family ticket with Measure Island at Questacon.

UNTIL 27 APRILMEASURE ISLANDQUESTACON — THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRETake the kids on an adventure through a jungle-themed world alongside ‘Archy’ and his dog ‘Cubit’, who encounter measurement challenges along the way. Check out the combined family ticket with Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru at the National Gallery of 6270 2800

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7 MARCHLIGHTS! CANBERRA! ACTION!SENATE ROSE GARDENS, OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSESit back and enjoy the results of this fun festival that gives budding filmmakers 10 days to write, shoot, edit and produce a seven minute short film around 10 theme specific items.

8 MARCHFIRST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONSNATIONAL ARBORETUM CANBERRA Celebrate with live music, tree planting workshops, storytelling and face painting.

9 MARCH2014 SEPPELT BLACK OPAL STAKES AND ACTTAB CANBERRA CUP RACE DAYTHOROUGHBRED PARKEnjoy a family day of fun, excitement and colour at the horse races. Myer Fashions on the Field will be hotly contested. 22 81 13 22 81

10 MARCHCANBERRA DAY STAGE 88, COMMONWEALTH PARKCelebrate the capital’s 101st birthday with an exciting entertainment line up and plenty of activities for the young and young at heart.

28 FEBRUARY–8 MARCH ENLIGHTEN: SEE CANBERRA IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHTVARIOUS VENUESCanberra’s rich cultural attractions come alive with late night openings, spectacular architectural projections and a treasure trove of live events.

8–9 MARCHRAINFOREST TO DESERT TOURSAUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENSExplore two of Australia’s iconic landscapes on an evening tour. Enjoy a pre-tour dinner at Floresco in the Gardens Cafe (bookings essential). 22 81

enlightencanberra.com1300 852 780 6250 9540

8–16 MARCHCANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAROLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE LAWNSSee a stunning array of hot air balloons inflate at dawn and slowly drift over Canberra’s iconic national attractions. Enjoy live music and breakfast.

15 MARCH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT MTB ENDUROVARIOUS VENUES (EVENT HUB, STROMLO FOREST PARK)Offering 50km and 100km mountain bike endurance races for solo riders, this challenging and exciting event links Canberra’s iconic trails. 22 81 6230 5332

Le Dîner en Blanc will return to a secret location in Canberra as part of Enlighten; Australian National Botanic Gardens; Thoroughbred Park; Centenary Trail, credit Damien Breach


9 MARCH SYMPHONY IN THE PARKCOMMONWEALTH PARKStart your Canberra Day celebrations early with Symphony in the Park. Bring a picnic and listen to this beautiful celebration of music.

8 MARCH–22 JUNEELIOTH GRUNER: THE TEXTURE OF LIGHTCANBERRA MUSEUM AND GALLERY Browse impressionist beachscapes and farmlands to the distinctive modernist 1930s landscapes of the Southern Highlands and south 6207 3968 22 81 6241 3888

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15 MARCH FM 104.7 SKYFIRE 26COMMONWEALTH PARKCanberra lights up for FM 104.7 Skyfire on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, with a magnificent display of fireworks set to a soundtrack broadcast on FM 104.7.

5–6 APRILMONT 24 HOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE RACEKOWEN FORESTRide the kow in Australia’s most popular 24-hour bike race over new and expanded mountain bike trails.

5–6 APRILCANBERRA DISTRICT WINE HARVEST FESTIVALVARIOUS VENUESVisit the wineries to see the vineyards at their best, meet the winemaker and enjoy special activities.

22 MARCH–8 JUNEPROMO: PORTAITS FROM PRIMETIMENATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERYPromo takes you into the spotlight and fascinating behind-the-scenes with Australian professional stills photographers.

27 APRILGROOVIN’ THE MOO THE MEADOWS, UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRAFeaturing touring national and international acts, this single day music event has emerged as a highly popular fixture on the Australian festival circuit.

12–13 APRILAUSTRALIAN RUNNING FESTIVALEVENT HUB, TELOPEA PARK, MANUKAGet moving and select the 5km or 10km fun run around the iconic Parliamentary Triangle or meet the challenge of the ultra marathon, marathon or half marathon.

17–21 APRILNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVALEXHIBITION PARK IN CANBERRA, MITCHELLCome and see a cultural celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, poetry and storytelling staged across the Easter break.

25 APRILANZAC DAY AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIALAUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIALTake part in the national Anzac Day ceremony, commemorating the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand.

9–18 MAYCANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVALVARIOUS VENUESListen to brilliant international and Australian artists in venues such as embassies, national attractions and churches. 22 81 635 651 554 114 6102 7000 9331 4558 6262 4792 02 6243 4211 6230 5880


FM 104.7 Skyfire 26, fireworks, Lake Burley Griffin; Mount Majura Vineyard; Anna McGahan by Peter Brew-Bevan, 2011, National Portrait Gallery; Perception deception, Questacon — The National Science and Technology Centre

10 APRIL–29 JUNELUMINOUS WORLD: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE WESFARMERS COLLECTION NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIASee contemporary paintings, objects and photographs, by leading Australian and New Zealand artists. 6262 1111

17 MAY–2 NOVEMBERPERCEPTION DECEPTIONQUESTACON — THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRETake the kids to discover the world inside their heads and explore how people perceive the same thing in different ways. 02 6270 2800

23 MAY–3 AUGUST ATUA: SACRED GODS FROM POLYNESIANATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIAExplore Polynesian artefacts created for religious and sacrifical purposes, that survived the Christian missionaries. 6240 6411


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SUNDAYSOLD BUS DEPOT MARKETSKINGSTON10am–4pmSpecial themes16 March Retro Depot 20 April Portobello Road18 May A celebration of wool





15 March vs Waratahs22 March vs Stormers4 April vs Blues25 April vs Chiefs10 May vs Sharks31 May vs Rebels


12 April vs Western Bulldogs3 May vs Port Adelaide




















23 March vs Gold Coast Titans12 April vs Newcastle Knights20 April vs Melbourne Storm18 May vs Penrith Panthers25 May vs North Queensland Cowboys



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