Photos by Jean-Philippe Demarais.
The University joined Canberra’s Enlighten Festival for the first time this year, with the campus lighting up for five nights of vibrant projections, food stalls and entertainment.
Hundreds of staff, students and visitors grabbed a copy of the walking trail map, which guided them past the light displays and entertainment.
They saw University buildings in a new way, with projections on the School of Art, School of Music, the Hedley Bull Building, Menzies Library and University House.
The fly-through projection of the solar system on University House drew big crowds.
The School of Music courtyard came to life with fairy lights, interactive projections and live music presented by talented ANU alumni.
The School of Art featured a collection of Indigenous and creative projections donated by the NationalFilm and Sound Archive and ANU School of Art and Design students.
Indigenous elder Wally Bell shared stories on the Indigenous history of the campus. Logs were pulled up around a fireplace to provide a cosy spot for people to listen to him.
University House set up a bar along Liversidge Street, with jazz musicians entertaining patrons, and a pantry with smoked meats.
Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt said people saw the beautiful campus in a way it hadn’t been seen before.
Event organiser Ms Pamela Lourandos said she was very happy with the turnout.
“A big shout out to everyone involved and all the volunteers who helped make this event so successful,” she said.
“It was great to see the campus transformed and let’s hope we can light up even more buildings next year.”
Enlighten Canberra is an annual art and cultural festival featuring light installations and projections, dining and film events and performances from local and interstate musicians.
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