7-10 July 2022 View Events View map
Photo by Kirsten Baade


Welcome to BIG CITY LIGHTS* – a new festival of light, design, installation and performance.

Over four nights you’re invited to choose your own adventure in Southport CBD to discover art that provokes, art that delights and art that celebrates our shared humanity.

Art and culture play an important role in shaping cities and defining places. Taking Southport CBD as an incredible canvas, BIG CITY LIGHTS* invites a reimagining and reinterpreting of landscape and place with large-scale projections, laneway activations and breathtaking installations.

BIG CITY LIGHTS* is a self-guided experience – you choose where you go, how long you stay and, best of all, it’s free and family friendly.

Complete your night out by visiting one of our favourite bars and restaurants and remember to share your experience on our socials #bigcitylightsfestival.

BIG CITY LIGHTS* is a first for South-East QLD. It’s been made possible via investment from the Federal Government’s RISE initiative which sought to reinvigorate cultural events following the impact COVID19 had on the arts in Australia, the QLD Government and City of Gold Coast.

BIG CITY LIGHTS* is brought to you by the team at Placemakers* Gold Coast. We are a dynamic team of creatives committed to creating out of the box cultural experiences that deliver an authentic connection to place.

Come once and come again and help make our first BIG CITY LIGHTS* something special!


Rosie Dennis

Artistic Director


We build stronger communities and better places through arts and culture. We create experiences and tell stories of place that are electrifying, authentic and uniquely Gold Coast.

Placemakers* Gold Coast is committed to the continued growth and development of the cultural ecology on the Gold Coast and throughout the state of QLD. 

Our vision is to deliver extraordinary arts and cultural experiences, for our communities in our place. 

Our purpose is to challenge expectations, change perceptions and provide unique and authentic experiences connected to place.

The organisation has played an integral role in the visibility of the Gold Coast arts and cultural sector at a local, state and national level, primarily through the delivery of BLEACH*: an annual contemporary festival of place that alchemises art, community, and site.

As one of the few producing companies and presentation platforms on the Gold Coast, Placemakers* and BLEACH* offer essential support and opportunities for the creation of new work, advocating for local artists and championing the sector more broadly with national and international peers.

Placemakers* Gold Coast is supported by the City of Gold Coast as a foundation partner and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing, and Digital Economy.

Chevron Island Site - Chez Nous Install | Image Credit: Maleika Halpin