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Enjoying Enlighten in a vaster, emptier space



The Enlighten Festival, beginning on Friday night, marks the first return of a major ACT festival since COVID-19 began. Seventeen days of culture and creativity for autumn, the festival runs in the Parliamentary Triangle until 14 March. But this year, numbers will be restricted to remain COVID-safe.

“Ironically,” Chief Minister Andrew Barr said, “one of the biggest challenges in staging the event in the past has been the sheer vastness of the space, and needing to fill it to create a sense of intimacy, activity, and buzz – because otherwise it can be a very long traipse between the different architectural projections. That, of course, is a major benefit in COVID, because there’s all this space!”

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