ANU campus lights up with Enlighten Minds

The Australian National University (ANU) has joined Canberra’s Enlighten Festival for the first time with the campus lighting up with ANU Enlighten Minds – Thinking Spaces five nights of vibrant projections, special food stalls and entertainment.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said Enlighten Minds will include exciting light displays illuminating the ANU School of Music, the ANU School of Art, the Hedley Bull Building, Menzies Library and University House.

The events will also feature a special outdoor fireside chat with Indigenous elder Wally Bell, who will share stories on the Indigenous history of the campus each night of Enlighten Minds.

Professor Schmidt said he looking forward to welcoming the community to the ANU campus for Enlighten Minds on 8, 9 and 10 March, and again on 15 and 16 March.

“We have a beautiful campus and this will be a chance for people to see it in a way it has never seen before,” Professor Schmidt said.

Activities at the ANU campus will include special events including an exhibition of art works at the ANU School of Art, projections of the solar system, bars and a Smokehouse with selected smoked meats along Liversidge Street.

The Enlighten walking trail will guide people past all the main light displays and entertainment.

Enlighten Canberra is annual art and cultural festival held in Canberra featuring illuminating light installations and projections, performances from local and interstate musicians, dining and film events.

Visit the full program of ANU Enlighten Minds on the ANU website.

MEDIA NOTE: Vision of the ANU Enlighten Minds projections is available for download at


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