BIG CITY LIGHTS* festival unveils opening program –

A brand new arts festival that will light up Southport from July 7-10 has announced a packed program today.

Gold Coasters can expect four mesmerizing nights of light, color and creativity at BIG CITY LIGHTS*, featuring stunningly immersive audiovisual experiences, large-scale digital works, 3D mapping and much more.

The city’s CBD will feature mesmerizing displays from 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) just to name a few.


There will also be five art zones to explore, with rooftops, building facades, alleyways, parking lots and storefronts in Nerang Street, Scarborough St, Young Street, Regent Lane and Davison Lane to come alive with colorful creations.

Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop, Vinnie’s Dive Bar and Last Night on Earth will also be home to special installations and a vibrant lineup of live music programs.

Iridescence of Ikonix featured on BIG CITY LIGHTS*. PHOTO: Included

Here are some highlights of the program:

  • Multidisciplinary artist, Jacob Leary will present EXCESSSSSSCAPE in the Hutong Garden in Davison Lane. His work interweaves sculpture, video and painting to create a technically colored, moving piece of art that will mesmerize audiences.
  • Michaela Gleave’s FEAR EATS THE SOUL reminiscent of an abandoned amusement park attraction or a rotting sign from a forgotten horror movie. The five-minute electrical jamming loop, appearing in Regent Lane, will become one of the festival’s most talked-about installations.
  • Buchan Group’s award-winning creative team, who have exhibited numerous works over the past decade as part of Vivid Sydney, will transform part of Davison Lane with their work DANCING PARTICLES, which uses infrared sensors to scan audience participants and project them onto buildings. Don’t miss your chance to be in the spotlight.

Placemakers* Gold Coast CEO and BIG CITY LIGHTS* Artistic Director Rosie Dennis said she is incredibly proud to launch BIG CITY LIGHTS* on the Gold Coast.

“At its core, BIG CITY LIGHTS* is asking us to rethink our relationship with urban and public spaces through large-scale visual arts, roadway activations and breathtaking installations. Come once and come again,” she said.

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

“There is no city in the country better suited to host an event like BIG CITY LIGHTS*, our incredible skyline is already shining bright, and this exhibition will extend that spectacle to Southport with four enchanting evenings not to be missed ,” she said. †

“We’ve seen the crowds that draw VIVID and White Night to Sydney and Melbourne, and we’re confident this festival will do the same, drawing thousands of visitors from outside the region to the Gold Coast every year.”

BIG CITY LIGHTS* will take over Southport from July 7-10, 2022. For more information and to view the full festival schedule, visit:

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