ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said today that 2013 is going to be “one very big year” which starts tomorrow and will continue right throughout Canberra’s centenary year.
“The celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra have been years in the planning and include something for everyone—from arts projects, huge sporting events and the biggest birthday bash the city has ever seen,” the Chief Minister said.
“It will be an unforgettable year in Canberra’s history that shows what a thriving and culturally diverse city we have developed into with our first 100 years.”
The Centenary of Canberra is the first time the city’s annual calendar of events and activities has been brought together under a single banner and presented to a national and international audience.
To begin the year, a sea of followers dressed in yellow will descend on the AIS arena on 4 January to watch the Canberra Capitals kick off the sporting calendar in a Centenary-themed match against Dandenong Rangers.
The National Arboretum opens on 2 February, and on 6 February Manuka Oval hosts the Australian cricket team for the first time ever in a day-night international match under the new lights, playing arch-rival West Indies.
“Any time in 2013 will be a great time to visit or revisit Canberra and discover what a lively 21st century city it is, with the Big Birthday Long Weekend on March 8-12.” the Chief Minister said.
Five days of festivity are planned, leading up to the once-in-a-lifetime birthday bash around Lake Burley Griffin on March 11.
The event includes the world’s longest ever bubbly bar, interactive art projects, a rock concert and the performance of a new Centenary symphony.
“If you are thinking of going away this year, it’s worth taking a look at the Centenary calendar and making sure you’re not missing out on one of the many special events taking place in 2013,” the Chief Minister concluded.