From world-class art exhibitions, to major sporting contests and a unique blend of innovative festivals and community events, Canberra’s vibrant event scene continues to evolve and flourish.
The ACT Government’s ongoing efforts to deliver, fund and support a quality calendar of events in the ACT each year acknowledges the significant economic, social and community benefits provided through the events sector.
Events bring life, colour and vitality to the Canberra region. They build a strong sense of community pride and help to shape Canberra’s identity. Importantly, they also generate tourist visitation which positively impacts the ACT economy.
The role of Events ACT
Events ACT is recognised as the lead agency for the development and delivery of major events in Canberra.
More specifically, Events ACT is responsible for:
• Planning, marketing and delivering a quality suite of significant events for the city which provide strategic economic and social benefits to the ACT.This event portfolio includes Floriade, Floriade NightFest, Enlighten, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, the Canberra Nara Candle Festival and celebrations held in conjunction with Canberra Day, Australia Day and New Year’s Eve.
• Contributing to the development of the ACT festivals and events sector, including the management of the ACT Event Fund and the provision of strategic planning support and advice.
• Providing leadership on event-related matters to the ACT Government and to the festivals and events sector, including new major event opportunities and event attraction.
In affirming Canberra’s reputation as an event-friendly city, the ACT Government has recently established Access Canberra as a one-stop shop for organisers seeking access to permits, approvals and licenses required to stage their events.
Access Canberra are the conduit between the event organiser and ACT Government compliance/regulatory officers and are responsible for guiding the event organiser through these processes.
For more information, please visit Access Canberra.