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Inaugural Big City Lights festival to illuminate the Gold Coast in July

Gold Coast, Living, Local News

The Gold Coast will become a mesmerising and illuminated hot spot in July. The inaugural Big City Lights festival takes centre stage from Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 10. The Southport CBD will be transformed with light, colour and creativity all part of this immersive audio-visual display.

Experience large-scale digital works and projections in surprising locations, as anything that can turned into an artwork is going to be! An eclectic line-up of live music performances ensures Big City Lights delivers a unique soundscape celebrating the Gold Coast’s vibrant nightlife and live music scene.

What can you expect from Big City Lights

This epic free arts festival will feature five incredible ‘art zones’. Rooftops, building facades, alleyways, car parks and shopfronts in Southport come alive with colourful creations.

Southport’s most iconic venues, such as Mr P.P’s Deli & Rooftop, Vinnie’s Dive Bar and Last Night On Earth will also host key installations and vibrant line-ups of live music.

Creativity and technology combine with the festival artists working in the fields of light, installation, architecture and digital design. Among the talents spearheading this festival are Queensland artists Peter Thiedeke, Claudio Kirac, Kirsten Baade and Ikonix.

Highly skilled creator, Kirsten Baade will present ‘Big City Eyes’ along Scarborough Street. Originally commissioned for BIGSOUND Music Festival, all eyes will be on you as Baade’s cluster of glowing neon eyes peer out, watching your every move. Playful and cartoonish in style, some will blink, some will wink — how long can you maintain eye contact?

Big City Lights

Big City Lights is delivered by Placemakers* Gold Coast,  best known for the Gold Coast’s flagship annual arts festival, Bleach. Big City Lights will showcase the Gold Coast as a major cultural tourism destination, both nationally and internationally. It will transform Southport in mesmerising ways.

The finer details

What: Big City Lights Festival
Where: Southport Precinct, Gold Coast
When: Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 10
More details are available at the website.


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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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