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BIG CITY LIGHTS* to illuminate Southport

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April 1, 2022

A Major New Arts Festival for the Gold Coast will open in July! BIG CITY LIGHTS*, 4 nights of light, installation and design will transform and illuminate the Southport CBD between 7-10 July.

In 100 days, the inaugural BIG CITY LIGHTS* will open with a mesmerising, four-night festival of light, live music, colour and creativity. The cutting-edge program will feature immersive audio-visual experiences, large-scale digital works, 3D-mapping and unexpected projection sites that will transform the Gold Coast’s everyday urban spaces.

Audiences can enjoy this free-for-everyone, public night-time exhibition. 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.

BIG CITY LIGHTS* will be delivered by Placemakers* Gold Coast (best known for the city’s flagship annual arts festival – BLEACH*), with a program that highlights Queensland and the Gold Coast as a cultural destination to Australia and the world.

“We’re thrilled to be announcing a new festival for the Gold Coast. At a time when arts and culture across Australia have been impacted by the pandemic, BIG CITY LIGHTS* is a reason for people to get out of the house, engage with their city, connect with their community and experience great art.” said CEO of Placemakers* Gold Coast and BIG CITY LIGHTS* Artistic Director, Rosie Dennis.

BIG CITY LIGHTS* presents an opportunity for visitors to experience the Gold Coast through a new lens and for locals of all-ages to rediscover their city.

“I am proud to support Placemakers* on their new venture in creating an inclusive and artistic festival, BIG CITY LIGHTS*.”

“The Gold Coast is quickly becoming an Australian Art’s Hub, not only for the artists, but for all who come to enjoy and value the incredible pieces of magnificent art that are being created right here on the coast.’’ said Federal Member for Moncrieff Angie Bell.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said it was illuminating to see the lights rise on a bright new festival on the Gold Coast, BIG CITY LIGHTS*.

“Queensland Government investment of $100,000 through the $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package has supported the development of this exciting new project which will help drive cultural tourism and economic outcomes for the Gold Coast,” Minister Enoch said.

“We also support Placemakers* with $700,000 over four years through the Organisations Fund 2022-25 to present the annual BLEACH* Festival, so it’s great to see the organisation expand its reach across multiple festival events to captivate and attract visitors and local audiences.

“With 100 days to go, it is the perfect time to mark these July dates in your calendar for a festival of bright nights with BIG CITY LIGHTS*,” Minister Enoch said.
Marion Charlton also emphasised the role cultural events play in the city’s success.

“There is no doubt about the important role that events such as BIG CITY LIGHTS* play in supporting and driving the Gold Coast visitor economy and underpinning the success of the tourism industry here.

I expect arts and cultural events with broad intrastate and interstate appeal will be even more critical in 2022, as the tourism sector continues to recover.’’ said Marion Charlton, Chair – Board of Directors, Placemakers* Gold Coast and Chief Operating Officer Queensland Airports Limited Audiences will be spellbound by innovation, scale and plenty of Instagram-able moments when creativity and technology collide. Coupled with an eclectic line-up of live musical performances, BIG
CITY LIGHTS* will also deliver a diverse soundscape that celebrates the Gold Coast’s vibrant nightlife and live-music scene.

Full program announcement 30 MAY

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