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Planning is now well underway for this
year’s Canberra and Region Heritage
Festival. Key events to take place in the
Acton walkways A series of tours will
showcase the thriving arts scene, the
cultural, intellectual and recreational
hub in the city centre, in addition to
many beautiful scenic and sculptured
Canberra Museums and Galleries
(CMAG) A special lecture presented
by a senior curator will reveal the
fascinating social history behind one of
Canberra’s favourite recreation places
– the Cotter. In addition, papermaking
classes during the school holidays will
provide children with the opportunity to
learn about local heritage in a creative
Australian National University A
tour featuring some of our finest
examples of Art Deco architecture
such as the National Film and Sound
Archives building will be a highlight
of the festival program. A delectable
Devonshire tea will be offered.
National Trust (ACT) Guided walks
led by prominent local historians will
give locals and visitors greater
insight into the design of
Canberra’s iconic Shine Dome
and Commonwealth Park.
For more information see
WHAT: Canberra and Region
WHEN: April 9-24
WHERE: Various locations in the city
Lake Burley Griffin will once
again be the focal point of
the explosion of light and
colour that is the annual
Skyfire fireworks display.
Now in its 23rd year,
Skyfire regularly draws
a crowd of more than
100,000 and this year
will be no exception
with a performance by
Jessica Mauboy sure to
get the party started.
will kick off at 6pm with
the fireworks display sure
to set the night sky ablaze
WHAT: Skyfire fireworks display
WHERE: Central basin, Lake
WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 6-9pm
The Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular, held from Saturday, March
12 until Sunday, March 20, will see giant hot air balloons launched
from the lawns of Old Parliament House, providing an exhilarating
backdrop to Canberra’s iconic attractions.
The Canberra balloon event is a one of a kind, as the nation’s capital is one
of the few places in the world where balloons fly in such close proximity to
buildings of national significance.
The colour, movement and sound as the balloons lift-off will certainly be an
experience for the senses and will create a stunning sight for spectators.
The action won’t just be in the air. Complete with entertainment, activities
and a delicious hot breakfast, the event will be a perfect outing for the whole
family each morning of the festival. To complement the action in the sky,
spectators will be treated to a live musical performance each
morning from 7-10am. Pilots begin laying out and
inflating their balloons from 6.30am on the lawns
of Old Parliament House.
Be sure not to miss any of the action, both on
the ground and in the air at this year’s
March 12 – 20
Lawns of Old
COST: Free to attend
ST PATRICK’S DAY
The city will be awash in a sea
of Irish pride this March when
King O’Malley’s hosts its annual St
Patrick’s Day festivities.
For the past decade, King O’Malley’s
has been bringing the flavour of
Ireland’s national day to Canberra
and 2011 will be no exception.
King O’Malley’s managing director,
Peter Barclay, said this year’s event
would encompass more than just
one day of celebrations.
“We’ve actually got activities
planned for the whole week,”
“We’re going to have traditional
Irish music and dancing, give-
aways and of course, Guinness.”
According to Mr Barclay, revellers
can enjoy themselves while also
doing their bit for the greater good.
“Every year we’ve combined St
Patrick’s Day with the World’s
So to experience the city’s biggest
party, find your way to King
O’Malley’s this St Patrick’s Day.
WHAT: St Patrick’s Day
WHEN: Thursday, March 17
WHERE: King O’Malley’s, City Walk
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