As if our little stretch of coast wasn’t shiny enough, GLOW, the light festival is back to light up the skies and our lives once again.
Inspired by all things shimmering and move-in-the-dark, Home of the Arts (HOTA) will be transformed from August 1st to 3rd with stunning installations, interactive projections, mind-blowing performances, live music and art spaces for the kids.
So everything you need for a sparkly weekend under the Gold Coast, mid-winter stars.
Featuring artists that have travelled across the globe to be at this festival, GLOW will stimulate all five of your senses with creatures emerging from the dark and the magic of colour seen in a whole new light.
Whilst EVERY single event is worth treating your eyeballs to, there are a few that come very highly recommended.
A major drawcard of the festival will be majestic, luminous, inflatable horses, brought to life in grand-scale by puppeteers from renowned French spectacle company Cie Des Quidams in an enchanting parade of the imagination. So that’s special.
Borealis is the work of Swiss artist Dan Acher and it’s an absolutely spectacular Northern Lights experience right here on the Gold Coast (much cheaper and guaranteed unlike the real thing). The sky will be blanketed in colour and accompanied by an ethereal soundtrack with guest appearances by the HOTA Choir. It’s going to be absolutely incredible, DO NOT MISS THIS ONE.
Parallelism by Meagan Streader is an immersive light installation where you’ll walk through a maze of towering structures created with hundreds of lines of electroluminescent (big word) wires. If you’ve never experienced anything like this before (probs not), prepare to have your mind blown.
Next up, on the list of must-views is Mountain, a theatrical performance melding acrobatics, dance and aerials to create a captivating spectacle on a giant performance wall brought to life with projections and light (sounds like we can watch and they can do). Mountain will wow audiences as the performers leap, swing and dance with incredible acrobatic skill against stunning imagery of Australia’s natural habitats. Sounds pretty good to us.
The Glow Bubble Garden will be delighting kiddies the entire weekend and for the parents, the Lakeside and Lawn Bars will be pouring beverages into the night.
There’ll also be specialty food trucks on site, so you can plan to spend the entire weekend wandering around the light-filled space.
The Gold Coast is set to get lit in a whole new way.
Can’t wait for this one.
LOCATION: Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall
WHEN: August 1st to 3rd, 2019
Words and photos by Kirra Smith