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Enlighten to Party Like it’s 1965 for the Royal Mint’s 50th birthday

Sequins, hippies and big hair will take centre stage at the Royal Australian Mint's 50th anniversary celebrations, one of many exciting events in store for Canberra's Enlighten 2015.

Party Like It's 1965 will be a night of live music, glittery dancers and classic costumes.

"We've got a brilliant band coming in from Melbourne called the Substitutes," Royal Australian Mint public programs coordinator Leanna Dempsey said.

"They're a British invasion type of 1960s band … We're encouraging people to dress up in their retro style and just come and kick back and have a good old dance."

Canberra Swing Katz dancers will bring some swing, sass and sparkles to the night with "two performances and a taster class so people can come along and learn some steps," dancer Philippa Reville said.

Ms Dempsey is expecting to see looks inspired by Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis and other classic icons. She said the men's fashion will likely depict looks from Britain, Mad Men and the early hippie days.


As well as an excuse to party, the milestone was a time to reflect on how far the Royal Mint had come.

"Our production methods have changed enormously," Ms Dempsey said.

"A lot of the work here is now done using computerised equipment … We certainly didn't have robots back in the 1960s!"

The family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, February 28 at the Royal Mint. Prices start at $30 for children.

Enlighten 2015 starts on Friday, February 27 and runs to March 7. 

For more information about Enlighten 2015 or to book tickets, see