Events and celebrations

Canberra Nara Candle Festival

Each year in spring the community celebrates Canberra's sister city releationship with Nara, Japan. The Canberra Nara Candle Festival, held in Canberra's Japanese garden, Canberra Nara Park, features entertainment, Japanese cuisine, cultural activities and a stunning display of more than 2000 candles.

Canberra Nara Candle Festival


Previous Anniversaries

A wide range of events have showcased Canberra's sister city relationship with Nara. Some of these include:

2008 15th Anniversary Celebrations 

2006 Australia-Japan Year of Exchange Activities

2003 10th Anniversary Celebrations 

1998 5th Anniversary Celebrations 

Future Celebrations


Nara's history will be in the spotlight in 2010, when the city celebrates the 1300th anniversary of the establishment of the Heijo capital in Nara. From 710 - 784 AD, Nara was the imperial capital of Japan. An exciting program of celebratory events will focus attention on Nara's world heritage status.

2010 Nara 1300th anniversary

On 12 March 2013 Canberra will celebrate 100 years since it was named as the National Capital of Australia. This will be a significant national occasion for Australia. Planning is underway for a year of memorable celebrations.

2013 Canberra's 100th anniversary external link