Big City Lights Festival Opens This Thursday

The inaugural BIG CITY LIGHTS* opens at 6pm on Thursday night (7th July), with a mesmerising four nights of light, colour and creativity that is set to transform the Gold Coast CBD.

“This festival will ignite our imaginations and draw in thousands of people,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
“Four nights with so many different attractions including large digital displays and 3D mapping… set in the night skies over our CBD. I can’t wait.”

The festival will feature 10 world premieres and 18 Queensland premieres of stunning, large-scale digital works and 3D-mapping from over 70 artists and creatives working in the fields of light, installation, sound, architecture and digital design.
Audiences can enjoy this free-for-everyone, self-guided festival as the city’s CBD is transformed into hypnotic displays as rooftops, building facades, alleyways, carparks and shopfronts come alive with colourful creations. Meanwhile, some of the Gold Coast’s renowned hospitality venues including Mr P.P.’s Deli & Rooftop, Vinnie’s Dive Bar and Last Night on Earth will host key installations and a vibrant line-up of live music programming.
“This event will allow people to literally see the CBD through a new lens. I look forward to seeing everyone there!” said Cr Brooke Patterson, Division 6, City of Gold Coast.
BIG CITY LIGHTS* will be delivered by Placemakers* Gold Coast (best known for the city’s flagship annual arts festival – BLEACH*). BIG CITY LIGHTS* is set to further highlight Queensland and the Gold Coast as a major cultural tourism destination to Australia and the world.
“Rug up, bring your family and your friends and experience a different side of Southport these school holidays. Discover installations within the laneways, be dwarfed by large-scale projections and interact with artworks as BIG CITY LIGHTS takes over Southport CBD,” said CEO of Placemakers* Gold Coast
and BIG CITY LIGHTS* Artistic Director, Rosie Dennis.
Full Festival Program available here!
BIG CITY LIGHTS* 7 – 10 JULY 2022. Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland.