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BIG CITY LIGHTS* Gold Coast program revealed

Griffith University artist Peter Thiedke will feature at Big City Lights* on the Gold Coast.

We Are Gold Coast | May 30, 2022

Griffith University artist Peter Thiedke will feature at Big City Lights* on the Gold Coast. Image supplied by artist.

The inaugural BIG CITY LIGHTS* program has been announced today and features stunning immersive audio-visual experiences, large-scale digital works, 3D-mapping and unexpected projection sites by artists working in the fields of light, installation, architecture and digital design.

The festival will open in just over one month’s time, with a mesmerising four nights of light, colour and creativity that is set to transform the Gold Coast CBD. BIG CITY LIGHTS* audiences can enjoy this free-for-everyone, night-time experience, as Gold Coast’s CBD is transformed into hypnotic displays by leading local, national and international artists and companies including Michaela Gleave (NSW), Buchan Group (National), Jacob Leary (TAS), IKONIX (QLD), Claudio Kirac (QLD), Kirsten Baade (QLD) and Peter Thiedeke (UK / QLD) to name a few.

Southport CBD will feature five incredible “art zones,” as rooftops, building facades, alleyways, carparks and shopfronts across Nerang Street, Scarborough St, Young Street, Regent Lane and Davison Lane come alive with colourful creations. Meanwhile, some of the city’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.

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

“We’re incredibly proud to be launching BIG CITY LIGHTS* on the Gold Coast. At its heart, BIG CITY LIGHTS* asks us to reconsider our relationship with urban and public spaces through large-scale visual art, lane-way activations and breathtaking installations. Come once and come again.” said CEO of Placemakers* Gold Coast and BIG CITY LIGHTS* Artistic Director, Rosie Dennis.


Multi-disciplinary artist Jacob Leary will present EXCESSSSSSCAPE at the Hutong Garden in Davison Lane. His work intertwines sculpture, video and painting to create a technicolour, moving piece of art set to mesmerize audiences.

Michaela Gleave’s FEAR EATS THE SOUL is reminiscent of an abandoned theme park ride or a decaying sign from a forgotten horror film. The five-minute electrical glitch loop, which appears in Regent Lane is set to be amongst one of the most talked about installations of the festival.

The award-winning creative team from Buchan Group, who have featured countless works as part of Vivid Sydney over the last decade, will transform part of Davison Lane with their work DANCING PARTICLES, using infrared sensors to scan audience participants and project them onto buildings. Don’t miss your chance to be in the spotlight.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said BIG CITY LIGHTS* will be a fantastic addition to the city’s cultural events calendar.

“There isn’t a city in the country better suited to host an event like BIG CITY LIGHTS*, our incredible skyline already shines bright, and this exhibition will extend that spectacle across to Southport with four mesmerising nights not to miss,” said Ms McCormick.

“We have seen the crowds that VIVID and White Night draw into Sydney and Melbourne, and we’re confident this festival will do the same, attracting thousands of out-of-region visitors to the Gold Coast growing year on year.”

Mark your diary now. 7-10 July 2022, Gold Coast 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.

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