The stupendous lights across Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle precinct were the highlight of my night.
Comparing this year’s experience to the other years I attended the festival, I noticed a shortage of displays. In previous years Enlighten featured numerous interactive illuminations. This year, for obvious reasons (AKA COVID), displays that everyone touched wasn’t an option. I still think they could have made up for this with more non-interactive illuminations.
However, there was still plenty to see, with lights across trees; a fake fishpond; and large projections on the Australian Parliament House, National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Gallery of Australia, and Questacon.
The illuminations aimed to “celebrate voices” — celebrating topics such as protest song, democracy, nostalgia for letter writing, and even how humans are similar to bees (spoiler: we are both at our best when we solve problems for all).