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Experience Enlighten at Australian Parliament House

Experience Enlighten from a unique point of view this year at Parliament House.

See striking new architectural projections on the façade of Parliament House. Fine dine at our exclusive degustation event. Enjoy a spectacular view of Skyfire with family and friends on the lawns of Parliament House. Take a behind-the-scenes art tour with our Art Director and watch dance performances as part of the BOLD Festival. With free parking, Parliament House is the best place to start your 2019 Enlighten experience.

Artwork by Michael Nelson Jagamara, Luritja/Warlpiri people & Imants Tillers, The Messenger, 2014, Parliament House Art Collection. Reproduced with permission of the artists through Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.

Fireworks light up the sky over Lake Burley Griffin near Australian Parliament House.

Skyfire from Parliament House

Bypass the hustle and bustle at the lake and watch the night sky light up for Skyfire 2019 from the lawns of Parliament House. The talented Brass Knuckle Brass Band will entertain visitors in the lead-up to the main event and our fabulous catering team will ensure no-one goes home hungry with sweet treats, ice-cream and beverages for purchase and pizzas available through pre-orders.

Put in your pre-orders and enjoy express pickup service on the evening (pre-orders close 12 noon, Friday 15 March).


Date:
Saturday 16 March

Time:
6.00pm to 9.00pm

Location: 
Parliament House lawn, Senate side ramp (outdoor event)

Food orders have now closed.

Diners enjoying a meal in the Members and Guests Dining Room at Australian Parliament House.

Parliament House Chef's Degustation—SOLD OUT

For one night only, experience fine dining in the most spectacular and exclusive venue in Canberra—the Members and Guests Dining Room at Parliament House. Enjoy a six-course degustation presented by Executive chef David Learmonth, a hatted and Michelin star chef. The menu highlights exceptional Australian produce with optional local, award-winning wine pairing. From the most amazing vantage point in Canberra, this is a once-a-year event. Numbers are strictly limited, so don’t miss out.

Please bring photo identification for entry into the private areas of Parliament House.


Date:
Saturday 9 March

Time:
7.00pm

Location: 
Members and Guests Dining Room (indoor event)

Cost:
Dinner $123.45
Dinner with wine pairings $169.30
Transaction fees apply

Menu (subject to change):

  • Beetroot, radish, rhubarb, macadamia custard (contains nuts, low gluten, vegetarian)
  • Murray cod, finger lime, Parliamentary Librarian's gin, apple (low gluten)
  • Wagyu beef shin lasagne—kutjera curry, wattleseed buttermilk, Gooda Creek mushrooms (low gluten)
  • Prickly pear, kombucha (low gluten, vegan)
  • Lemon verbena parfait, meringue, chocolate, coconut (low gluten)
  • Petit fours—APH honeycomb Baileys truffle (low gluten), Pistachio crumble choux (contains nuts), Milo chocolate crackle

Dietary requirements can be accommodated, please notify your needs via email to catering@aph.gov.au.

The Art Director on a tour of the art store at Australian Parliament House.

The art of Parliament House tour—SOLD OUT

How do you build an art collection to reflect the aspirations of a nation? What happens when another country offers you a gift? Who chooses the artists to paint our highest officeholders?

Join Art Collection Director, Justine van Mourik, for a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the hidden gems and highlights of the remarkable Parliament House Art Collection—including the underground art store. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with some well-known faces—and discover why everything in the building, from the furniture to the fittings, are also works of art.

Tour participants must bring photo identification and we recommend comfortable walking shoes. This tour is unsuitable for children under five.

Why not pair this exclusive tour with a fabulous High Tea at the Queen’s Terrace Café? The High Tea offers a delicious mix of savoury and sweet delights served with T2 tea or Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee. Highlights include the mountain pepper beef soldiers with kakadu plum and the raspberry and buttercream friand.


Dates:
Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March

Tour time:
2.00pm to 4.30pm

Cost: 
$77.55 tour (including beverage)
Transaction fees apply

High Tea and tour time:
12.30pm to 4.30pm

Cost: 
$113.25 High Tea and tour (including beverage)
$123.45 High Tea with glass of champagne and tour (including beverage)
Transaction fees apply

Image courtesy of the ABC

Artwork lights up the front facade of Australian Parliament House.

Architectural projections

See striking new architectural projections on the façade of Parliament House, featuring works from the Parliament House Art Collection.


Dates: 
Friday 1 to Monday 11 March

Time:
8.00pm to 10.00pm (to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays)

Location: 
Forecourt, Parliament House (outdoor event)

Cost:
Free

Artwork by Samson Poantimului, Tiwi people, Tokwampini, 2011, Parliament House Art Collection. Reproduced with permission of Munupi Arts.

Eric Avery playing the violin

BOLD Festival One Giant Step

The BOLD Festival honours the legacy and impact of professional and community dance. Come watch dynamic artistic performances from Fresh Funk, QL2 Dance Inc (Canberra, Australia), Australian Talented Youth Project and many more.


Date: 
Saturday 16 March

Time:
2.00pm to 3.15pm

Location: 
Indoor public areas, Parliament House

Cost:
Free

Time Performance 
2.00pm Space Jump performance by Fresh Funk
2.08pm Space Odyssey performance by The ACT Company (Australian Talented Youth Project) 
2.13pm Space Walk performance by Hilal Dance Australia 
2.20pm Moon Magic performance by The Stellar Arts Company
2.30pm Reflections on the Moon performance by QL2 Dance Inc (Canberra, Australia) 
2.35pm Connection to Country performance by The Stellar Arts Company with Eric Avery and Graham Davis King
2.50pm Moon Shadow performance 4G elders dance company
3.00pm Moon Memoris performance by Eileen Kramer and musicians

Photo courtesy of Lorna Sim

Important information

Photo identification required

For security purposes, participants must present photo identification and ticket confirmation for all ticketed events and tours. In the event a patron does not have these, they will be unable to participate. We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your event or tour for screening and check-in.

Parking

Parking in the underground car park is free on weekends and for the first two hours on weekdays. Paid parking machines are prominently located at the end of the carpark closest to the main entrance.

Images by Auspic unless otherwise stated

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