After dark – at the National Archives

Media release: Friday, 1 March 2013

After dark urban gaming, roving performers and special viewings are all part of the Enlighten festival activities at the National Archives over the next two weekends.

Popular exhibitions for evening browsing include Banned, with a selection of banned books, Design 29, revealing the secrets behind the creation of Canberra and Memory of a Nation showing the changes in Australian society over the past 100 years.

The Federation Gallery, housing Australia's original birth certificates, will also be open for special viewings of the fragile documents (signed by Queen Victoria). Nocturnal urban gaming from 8pm on Friday nights is sure to attract game players after something different, with Snake the Planet! being played over the outer walls of the National Archives' heritage building. Created by MPU, the game takes the classic mobile phone game Snake and adopts it for the urban canvas. The multi-player mode lets players intentionally block each other's path in order to destroy the opponent.

Roving performers will wander the scene, providing vignettes of life in Canberra over the past 100 years.

Late openings are from 6.30 to 11pm, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March. Free entry. Details at

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0417 247 157 e
  • Shaun Rohrlach (Director, Communications and Programs)
    t (02) 6212 3990 m 0434 664 621 e
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