Friday 11 March 2011

National Attractions Transformed Into Electric Canvas

Onlookers were this evening treated to a preview of the spectacular large-scale lighting projections that will form part of the newest addition to Canberra's event calendar ENLIGHTEN: See Canberra in a whole new light.

ENLIGHTEN will premiere this Friday and will see the stunning foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin transformed into a festive hub, abuzz with an exciting program of major concerts and surrounded by spectacular lighting across the facades of the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House, the National Library of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House.

The Electric Canvas, the company responsible for bringing four of Canberra's worldclass national institutions to life through the lighting projections, this evening previewed a small taste of things to come during ENLIGHTEN.

Showcasing a selection of the projections at MoAD at Old Parliament House, Projection Director Peter Milne said event goers could expect to see a series of extremely diverse projections across the four buildings during ENLIGHTEN.

"For example, at MoAD people can expect to see a range of themed projections such as 'Past Prime Ministers', which celebrates the Prime Ministers of Australia who took office in Old Parliament House between 1927 and 1988," Mr Milne said.

"In another projection the rich textures and finishes of the original interiors of Old Parliament House have been applied to the building\'s exterior, transforming it into a beautiful piece of period furniture which we've titled 'Comfortable Couch'.

"But perhaps the most unusual and unexpected image will be the Political Graffiti projection. This projection celebrates the diversity of Australian democracy and onlookers will see MoAD transformed into a typical Australian city wall plastered with political slogans." General Manager of Australian Capital Tourism Simonne Shepherd said visitors can expect to see something truly amazing during ENLIGHTEN.

"The Electric Canvas has been responsible for some of the most memorable lighting displays around the world, including aspects of the Sydney Olympics, Melbourne's Commonwealth Games and last year's Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, so we are expecting visitors to be delighted by what they see projected onto our national attractions during ENLIGHTEN," Ms Shepherd said.

"As part of ENLIGHTEN each lighting display will run from 11 to 19 March, between 8pm and 11.30pm.

"To top it all off ENLIGHTEN's vibrant event hub and purpose built stage at Commonwealth Place will bring everything together with George Benson, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Chris Isaak and INXS, to light up the shores of Lake Burley Griffin over the four evenings," Ms Shepherd said.

ENLIGHTEN tickets are on sale through Ticketek and can be purchased by phoning 13 28 49, from or at the ENLIGHTEN event hub at Commonwealth Place. For more information visit

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