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Canberra Region

Many of Australia’s national festivals take place in Canberra. From fast cars to folk music and flowers, you’ll find a diverse calendar of festivals and events, not to mention a range of diverse exhibitions to tempt all tastes.

Hyper Real

20 October 2017 – 18 February 2018
National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real.

This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy.

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Phone 02 6240 6411

National Multicultural Festival

16 – 18 February
Garema Place

Dance-Colombian Cultural & Folkloric Organisation

Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2018 National Multicultural Festival. Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival. There will be live music, dancing, performance art, overwhelming food stalls, street parties and more local, national and international artists!

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Phone 02 6207 0555

Enlighten 2018

2 – 18 March

The Portrait Gallery lit up for Enlighten

See Canberra in a new light when many of the city’s national attractions open their doors after-hours to host an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences March 2 – 18.

The whole family can enjoy free and ticketed events such as blockbuster exhibitions and rare films, captivating architectural projections, intriguing live music and performances, stand-up comedy, thrilling tours into the depths of our national attractions, exclusive dining experiences and more.

Enlighten 2018 is presented by Singapore Airlines.

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Phone 02 6205 0666

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

10 – 18 March
Lawns of Old Parliament House

Hot air balloons over Lake Burley Griffin

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is considered to be one of the best and longest running hot air ballooning events in the world. Held over nine days, pilots begin laying out and inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House from 6.15am each day before ascending into the sky and creating an exhilarating back drop to our national attractions March 10 – 18.

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Phone 13 22 81

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