Enlighten 2019 – be an agent of change!
At about this time every year, our building starts looking a little different…
During the Enlighten Festival, dazzling projections start darting and dancing across the façade of Old Parliament House, enlivening our building and also communicating some powerful messages.
Australia’s democratic values
This year, the projection designs are focused on democracy in action. The imagery is drawn from several of our exhibitions, telling stories of individuals and groups working to strengthen our democracy.
At a time when democracies around the world are being challenged, and trust in many established institutions is declining, we are highlighting how we can all be agents for change, using our hearts, our hands, and our voices.
Behind the Lines
Australia’s political cartoonists illustrate our democracy in action, using words and images to provoke, challenge and invite conversation around our politics and people. They demonstrate the impact of fearless and uncompromising free speech and the importance of giving voice to sometimes uncomfortable questions.
Our Behind the Lines exhibition explores the power of political cartoonists to stimulate discussion, and change the way we think about, discuss and take action in our daily lives.
DressUP: Change the World
Beyonce, Adam Goodes, Dr. Karl, Linda Burney, Nancy Wake… what do they have in common? They are all from vastly different worlds, but they, and others featured in our DressUP exhibition, have used their voices to create powerful change.
Our DressUP exhibition invites all of our visitors, no matter their age or background, to step into the shoes of some of the planet’s most awesome people, and think about how we can all change the world.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established seventy years ago, is a global cornerstone of equality. To mark this milestone, 131 craftivists from many different nations, cultures and backgrounds were brought together through social media to contribute to a quilt project.
The completed quilts intricately present some of the most pressing human rights issues of our time, powerfully communicating change through craft. You can see the diversity of quilt blocks in the #UDHRquilt project.
Democracy. Are you in?
Australians have a strong tradition of making change happen by uniting for the causes they believe in and insisting on change through demonstrations and other actions.
After enjoying the illuminations, step inside to immerse yourself in 33 Revolutions – a collaborative artwork celebrating the power of music. Create lyrics on vinyl records and display them alongside thousands of others in King’s Hall while listening to an awesome playlist spanning generations, cultures and identities.
You can also listen to our online playlists focused on themes of change, and nominate the songs you’d like to see added to our MoAD People’s Playlist.
Plan your visit to MoAD for Enlighten on the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th March, 2019 from 6.30pm - 11pm.