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An Enchanting Light Festival Is Coming To The Coast

By Morgan Reardon
4th Jul 2019

If you’re looking to add a bit of magic to your winter, we have news for you! A light festival is coming to the Gold Coast and it’s going to be epic!

The appropriately named event, GLOW, will see HOTA transform into a twinkling wonderland for the three-night festival.

Kicking off Thursday 1 August, the gardens will be adorned with enchanting installations and live performances. 

This year’s theme, Creatures and Colours of the Night, will see local, national and international acts serving up jaw-dropping illuminated art, music, dancing and—of course—culinary delights. Expect weird and wonderful creatures in a multi-coloured landscape of immersive light and sound.

Light-goers will be wowed by GLOW’s stunning centrepiece BOREALIS, by acclaimed Swiss artist Dan Acher. Gold Coasters can experience the Northern Lights from the comfort of their picnic blankets as the glorious colours of the aurora are projected over the Outdoor Stage lawns, accompanied by a stunning soundtrack and the voices from the HOTA Choir.

The dreamlike Fiers à Cheval, a spectacular cavalcade of glowing white horses by French spectacle company Compagnie des Quidamns, will leave crowds in awe as the giant puppet-costume hybrids ride and roam through the night. Meanwhile, Mountain by Stalker will take your eyes to the sky with an innovative visual spectacle combining aerial theatre with cutting-edge interactive technology. 

But that’s not all! As night falls, there will be special performances by roots and blues artist, Mitch King, whose inventive, electrified and acoustic music will captivate audiences under the stars, while YT Dingo will put on a nightly electric live performance. 

Arrive hungry because there will also be an outdoor dining area (positioned under a canopy of even MORE lights, obvs). Food trucks and vendors will whip up a mouth-watering storm while the deluxe bar will have you covered with espresso martinis and glasses of red.

The Details

What: GLOW
Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
When: Thursday 1 August to Saturday 3 August. Daily from 5pm to 9pm.
Cost: Free
For more information, click here.

Image Credit: Meagan Streader

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