Your Guide to GLOW

Glow Festival
Arts & Culture

Prepare yourself for an evening of sensory overload at the third annual GLOW at the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct.

GLOW will illuminate your senses with a myriad of light-based installations and activities.

Last year’s event attracted approximately 10,000 people and numbers are expected to grow again this year.

The event is free and will be held on Saturday 30 April 2016 between 5pm-10pm. The Gold Coast Cultural Precinct is located at 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise.

Watch the video below from the 2015 event.

On the 2016 program is a laser water show; illuminated art installations – showcasing Bond and Griffith University projects; an open air cinema featuring work by emerging artists in animation, audio, design, film, games, web and mobile; a feature film and short films from In the Bin and The Gold Coast Film Festival; music by local bands; the popular glow in the dark yoga and tai-chi; a mobile gaming unit, extreme virtual reality and star gazing (weather permitting).

The works of emerging local digital artists Alinta Krauth and Jason Haggerty will also be featured. Both Alinta and Jason are highly regarded as emerging artists on the Australian digital arts scene, so don’t miss seeing their installations projected onto The Arts Centre wall.

The GLOW street food precinct will ensure you don’t go hungry, and the line-up of bands includes Cheap Fakes, LS Philosophy, Aquila Young, Jackson James Smith and Crown The Humble.

GLOW aims to provide the community with a night time digital arts event incorporating the beauty of the Evandale Lake and Surfers Paradise skyline, while giving local creatives and students the chance to showcase their work at a free community event. Using the space around The Arts Centre Gold Coast also builds capacity for people to envisage how the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct will progress in the future.

A new highlight this year is the extreme virtual reality experience, providing a 360 degree fully immersive video using the latest technology. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to hike Mount Everest, swim with sharks, turtles and dolphins, or if you’re too scared to ride a real roller coaster, then this is a must-do activity.

There is a free water shuttle to this event – just ride the G:link to Surfers Paradise (or park at the Bruce Bishop Carpark), then catch the free water shuttle from the Cavill Avenue pontoon (4.45pm-10.30pm). Limited parking is also available onsite at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. If you live locally, consider walking, riding or skateboarding to the event.

Glow Event Program

Outdoor Cinema

  • 5pm – 5.30pm  In the Bin Film Festival short films / Gold Coast Film Festival short films
  • 5:30pm Feature movie – Home
  • 7.30pm Digital Showcase of Griffith University and Bond University  / Gold Coast Design Academy showcase

Peace Pavilion (eastern side of lake)

  • 6.30pm – 7:15pm Glow Tai Chi
  • 7.30pm – 8:15pm Glow Yoga

Entertainment Stage – Live Music

  • 5pm – 5.45pm Crown the Humble
  • 6pm – 6.45pm Jackson James Smith
  • 7pm – 7.45pm Aquila Young
  • 8pm – 8.45pm LS Philosophy
  • 9pm – 9.45pm Cheap Fakes


  • 6.45pm Laser water show
  • 7.45pm Laser water show
  • 8.45pm Laser water show
  • 9.45pm Laser water show

Running all night

  • Jazz on the terrace
  • “How to make a monster” workshops ($5 entry fee)
  • Channel 9 news desk activation
  • UnSeen GC – engage in public spaces in new ways, through visual illusions made possible by the latest technology
  • Extreme virtual reality experience
  • Alinta Krauth and Jason Haggerty projected digital artworks

  • Pop up library activities
  • Illuminated art projects (Bond University/ Griffith University)
  • Gaming experience
  • Star gazing
  • Go with the Glow – Glow products van & Global Fusion – Electric light up apparel stand – Outdoor special effects stall
  • Funmaker Silent Disco Bus

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