Enlighten Festival returns with new Pride Weekend

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The Enlighten Festival will return to Canberra in March featuring a new Pride Weekend for the first time.

Running from March 3 to 19, this year’s autumn festival will feature Pride Weekend @ Enlighten honouring Australia hosting WorldPride in Sydney.

Over the weekend of March 10 to 12, the capital’s iconic buildings will become canvases for specially designed pride themed projections as part of Illuminations @ Enlighten Festival.

On 11 March, Fresh Out Fair Day @ Enlighten Festival, a one-day outdoor event in Glebe Park, will be a new addition to the festival.

The event will feature performing artists and a village of market stalls representing diverse LGBTIQA+ community organisations, local businesses and Canberra’s finest food and wines.

From 11 to 19 March the Canberra Balloon Spectacular is back, with a special Pride Flight to take off on the opening morning.

“It is the first time the global event has been staged in Australia and it is fitting that the national capital will honour that achievement,” Chief Minister Andrew Barr said.

“It is also the 50th anniversary of the first Australian Gay Pride Week and the fifth anniversary of Marriage Equality in Australia.

“Canberra is an inclusive city and the addition of Pride Weekend to the Enlighten Festival program highlights our commitment to being a welcoming city built on equality”.