The National Arboretum Canberra mixes art and nature.

The National Arboretum Canberra mixes art and nature.

Not the Canberra you used to know

NATASSJA HOOGSTAD HAY, BA (Hons) '08, BAsianStudies '08 looks at what's behind Canberra's cultural renaissance.

Almost two years on from Canberra's 100th birthday and the city's creative industries are more confident than ever.

Whether it's public art, a daring new restaurant or a new festival on the calendar, Canberra's creative side is shining.

Canberra's international profile is also on the rise.

A glowing article in The New York Times in 2014 gave an inside view into Canberra's "decidedly hipster underbelly", and pointed readers to some of Canberra's best cultural and dining experiences.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has also named Canberra the best place in the world to live.

This shift into a creative capital means there are more opportunities than ever for artists, musicians, designers, curators and all types of creatives.

Yolande Norris, BVA '05 says she's had an amazing professional run staying in Canberra since graduating.

"There are lots of opportunities and not much competition," says Norris.

"Many people in my year moved immediately following graduation, but moving didn't have much appeal for me. In my final year of art school, I started working at the National Gallery of Australia so I wanted to stay and see how that worked out.