26th October 2019

The Canberra Nara Candle Festival is a celebration of the sister-city relationship between Canberra and Nara, Japan.

Each October the festival brings together a wide variety of Japanese and Australian arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making, origami and ikebana.

As the sun sets, a total of 2,000 candles bathe the park in soft candlelight, forming a rich centrepiece at the event, symbolising the strength and importance of the sister city relationship.

4pm – 9pm | Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens

The festival features Japanese cuisine, markets and stalls with visitors able to take part in various activities.

Not to be missed are the martial arts demonstrations and mochi pounding – a demonstration of traditional rice-cake making by the Embassy of Japan. At the Embassy tent you can also play traditional Japanese games.