Following an extremely successful pilot program in 2022, BIG CITY LIGHTS* is back in winter 2024.
Experience Gold Coast has announced today that BIG CITY LIGHTS* will take place in Southport over three weeks from 21 June – 7 July 2024 on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights.
The cutting-edge self-guided program will feature immersive audio-visual experiences, large-scale digital works, 3D-mapping and unexpected projection sites that will transform the Gold Coast’severyday urban spaces.
BIG CITY LIGHTS* will also feature live music and performances in venues and at outdoor sites across the Southport CBD, adding to the appeal of the free, family- friendly festival to a wide demographic of locals and visitors.
Building facades and laneways in the city’s CBD will be transformed into hypnotic and technicolour displays by leading local and national artists working in the fields of light, installation, architecture, and digital design, complimented with live performances.
“Let there be light. That’s my message as we celebrate this fantastic family event in the heart of Southport,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
“Bring your family and bring your imagination as we prepare for our second light show spectacular.”
BIG CITY LIGHTS* presents an opportunity for locals and visitors to experience the Gold Coast through a new lens and for locals of all-ages to rediscover their city. John Warn, CEO Experience Gold Coast states,
“As the fastest growing regional city in Australia, the Gold Coast has a proud reputation for creating and delivering unforgettable visitor experiences – and Big City Lights is no exception,’’ Mr. Warn said.
“Experience Gold Coast is thrilled to announce the return of Big City Lights for 2024 and believe it is an excellent example of the type of event that can benefit from the combined strength of our new organisation.”
“The timing will also allow for locals and visitors alike to plan a longer stay and experience the full breadth of what the Gold Coast has to offer.”
BIG CITY LIGHTS* is unique to South East Queensland, the only festival of its kind in the State.
Councillor for Division 6, Cr Brooke Patterson stated,
“Big City Lights shines a light on our CBD in the most creative way. It is a festival for all ages, energising and enlivening our night-time economy”. The inaugural festival was a great success and had many see our CBD through a new lens”.
BIG CITY LIGHTS* will reveal the jam-packed program to the public in late April 2024.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing Big City Lights back to Southport in winter next year. The 2024 festival will illuminate more buildings and streets with video projections, lighting installations and world class art,” said Rosie Dennis, Executive Director BLEACH* and BIG CITY LIGHTS*
“It’s a fantastic festival which boosts the night-time economy in Southport. It will once again deliver a direct and positive impact to businesses in the CBD. The inaugural festival attracted more than 13,000 people and we hope the 2024 festival will attract tens of thousands of visitors during the winter school holidays.”
BIG CITY LIGHTS* is driven by innovation and will deliver plenty of Instagram-able moments for all who experience this family-friendly and free festival, a place where creativity and technology collide.
For more information visit bigcitylightsfestival.com.au