Lights and lasers set the Brisbane sky alight

17 Sep 2012 4:03 PMJann Stuckey

Saturday, September 08, 2012

A spectacular display of lights and lasers will illuminate the Brisbane City sky tonight with the opening of Santos GLNG City of Lights.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey will officially launch the special effects show as part of the Brisbane Festival.

“In just its second year, this free, family-friendly event has undergone an impressive expansion and will be a remarkable experience for both locals and visitors to Brisbane,” Ms Stuckey said.

“South Bank is the best vantage point for the nightly shows and will be buzzing with activity throughout the Brisbane Festival.

“The event generated 5,000 visitor nights in Brisbane during last year’s Santos GLNG City of Lights and we anticipate around 200,000 people will attend this year.”

More than 200 lights and lasers will be used throughout the show along with 70 speakers and an enormous barge housing the towers and water pumps.

“This is a great event on Queensland’s cultural calendar providing a significant boost to local businesses and support to the tourism industry,” she said.

“Tourism is one of the four pillars of the economy and events like this will help us to achieve our goal over doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.”

Brisbane is host to a number of exciting major events right now supported by the Queensland Government through Events Queensland.

The Brisbane Festival and Santos GLNG City of Lights follows the exclusives Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado at The Queensland Art Gallery, and Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb at Queensland Museum.

GLNG City of Lights will run nightly from Saturday 8 – Friday 28 September:

Sunday – Thursday at 7pm and 8.30pm

Friday – Saturday at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm

[ENDS] 8 September 2012