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Fiers A Cheval, Enlightened Canberra

It’s mid March now, which means we were just celebrating another year of Canberra’s birthday at the Nation’s Capital. From end of February to the first weeks of March (which ended last weekend), Canberra was ‘bustling’ with activities and festivities. I always welcome the annual Enlighten weeks, and furthermore, every year there’s always something different that’s being featured all over town.

We had Sienta la Cabeza and acrobatics at the Aero Dome last year, this year we had a whole lot more interesting stuff. Find the full list of event calendar here to see what you missed. But seriously, please remember to check out this site next year to see a totally different look of Canberra and experience the fun.


This year I was really impressed with the Fiers a Cheval show. These French performance performed as puppeteers and attached to the gigantic inflatable horse puppets. The horses were raised on their hindquarters and stood 12 feet tall. Basically they were like big horse-shaped balloons. The ‘puppeteers’ moved with music in a choreographed dance-like movement. The horses moved as if they were underwater. They were trotting and galloping around the field; so big, and yet their movement were so fluid. I was at awe.

Dramatic horses in dramatic lights.

After their last bow the puppeteers deflated the horses, folded it and tied it securely in front of them so they could easily carry the bulk; they stood up and ended by the show by walking away. Amazing.

It was a good fun and a nice experience to sit with my family amongst the happy crowd that night. It was quite late, the show started after 9PM, and we were sitting on the grass in the field, and  the enlightened buildings were around us. We grabbed coffee right after at the National Portrait Gallery Cafe and continued our stroll in the Fire Garden.

It was a good night.

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  • bimo wijoseno13/03/2014 - 5:03 am

    Kalo di Indonesia, mungkin perpaduan wayang sama ondel ondel ya?
    Keren kuda kuda itu….kayak lampion atau balon raksasa bisa menari ya?

    • [ayu]16/03/2014 - 9:59 pm

      thanks Bim. Iya, ini jg pertama kalinya liat. Sampe nganga..ReplyCancel

  • Kevin & Joan Vivian13/03/2014 - 8:00 am

    Fabulous photography and looks like it was a great show. Thanks for sharing. Joan (Neroli’s Mum)ReplyCancel

  • [ayu]16/03/2014 - 10:01 pm

    It was a great show. It was challenging for awhile for the kids as they started more than half an hour late, but it’s all worth it. Thanks Joan..ReplyCancel

the 100th birthday: night celebration

enlightened cafe

Now is the time to highlight the night entertainment during the Canberra Day long weekend. Again, I was a bit overwhelmed by the choices. Having a young kid who refused to walk by herself after 9 PM did help us remove some of the (fun) choices. The events were basically sprawled in the same area. But the area was quite big for tiny legs to walk all the way around so we decided to come two nights, taking different point of start on each, just to try to see everything.

On these nights, the National Library, the Old Parliament House, Questacon and the National Gallery was beautifully enlightened. Some graphic and colourful light was projected to the outer walls of these buildings so they looked quite spectacular. The surrounding areas were all busy with activities. I did not use my tripod these two nights since I wanted to move around and see as much as I could.

I have to say I really enjoyed taking photos that night. Everything seemed more dramatic at night. Somehow.


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Day 71 #Project365

Tonight was the last night to catch all the glorious lights projected on the buildings in Canberra. Yes, it’s still part of the city’s birthday celebration.

I went out with Mr 8 until 10PM. Hubby had to stay back to be with Ms 4 who’s gradually recovering from a nasty stomach bug.

I really love to learn more about night photography, but I don’t have a lot of opportunity to practice. Tonight was the perfect opportunity. A lot of Canberrans were out and about enjoying the magnificent light performance on the Old Parliament House, Questacon and National Library. Forget safety in numbers, the whole village was there. It was great! At the end Mr 8 was keen to try to take some photographs himself and enjoyed the experience too much I had to drag him out of there.

71-365 tripod enlighten

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