National Carillon Lights up for Reconciliation Week

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Date of Publication
26 May 2020
Revised Date
26 May 2020

TOMORROW for the first time ever the National Carillon in Canberra will be used as a stunning electric canvas to project a fabulous series of narratives and imagery for National Reconciliation Week 2020. The display will encourage all Australians to reflect upon the part they play – whether big or small – on our journey towards Reconciliation.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) is an active participant in National Reconciliation Week 2020 and this display has been made possible through the creativity and support of numerous contributors and Indigenous communities*.

Each night the Carillon will showcase a different image overlayed by touching messages about the nation’s journey to Reconciliation. The projections will run for eight nights from 6 pm to 11 pm from Wednesday 27 May until Wednesday 3 June 2020.

NCA Chair Terry Weber is proud to be part of these National Reconciliation Week activities. “With the National Carillon being such an iconic landmark within the Canberra landscape, what better way be part of these national activities than lighting up the Carillon for the nation to see. These are powerful messages and images and I would like to personally thank everyone for their contribution to this important project. We hope the nation enjoys seeing these messages against the backdrop of Lake Burley Griffin,” he said.

“It’s been a privilege to work with all the various organisations in assembling this project. This has been a true collaboration by all involved. While COVID-19 has made this year’s National Reconciliation Week a difficult one for outside events, this series of projections allows the messages of Reconciliation to be shared by all,” said Suzanne Hannema, Director of Events and Activations at the NCA.

Details of the nightly projections are as follows:

Date Projection Title Artist/Contributor
27 May 2020
Reconciliation, a continuing journey of growth and togetherness Artist: Nikita Ridgeway
Narrative created by Reconciliation Australia
28 May 2020
2000 Walks for Reconciliation
– In this Together
Image: Montage of various photographs by Glenn Campbell/Newspix, News Ltd/Newspix, Brian Condron/Newspix, Richard Cisar- Wright/Newspix)
Narrative created by Reconciliation Australia
29 May 2020
Voice, Treaty, Truth Image: The 3 themes of the Uluru Statement from the Heart
Narrative created by ACT Reconciliation Council
30 May 2020
Sea of Hands Artist: Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR)
Narrative created by ANTaR, Senator Pat Dodson, Dr Jackie Huggins AM
31 May 2020
Galambany Artist: Richie Allan
Narrative created by the United Ngunnawal Elders Council &
Winanggaay Language Group
1 June 2020
ACT Reconciliation Day Artist: Lynnice Church
Pledge content developed by ACT Reconciliation Council
2 June 2020
Trio of Flags Image: Montage of the Australian Flag, Aboriginal Flag, Torres Strait Island Flag
Narrative created by ACT Reconciliation Council
3 June 2020
Mabo Day Artist: Gordon Bennett with permission from NPG and The Estate of Gordon Bennett and Gail Mabo

*The NCA wishes to thank the following partners for their support of this project:

  • ACT Government
  • ACT Reconciliation Council
  • ANTaR
  • Gail Mabo
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Reconciliation Australia
  • The Electric Canvas
  • The Estate of Gordon Bennett
  • Torres Strait Island Regional Council
  • United Ngunnawal Elders Council and the Ngunnawal community
  • Winanggaay Language Group
  • Yurauna Centre at CIT


  • Richie Allan
  • Gordon Bennett
  • Lynnice Church
  • Nikita Ridgeway

Acknowledgement of Country

National Capital Authority acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that these projections contains images or names of people who have passed away.