A scene from last year’s City of Lights display during the Brisbane Festival. Photo: Jon BaginskiAn interactive light show will drench Brisbane buildings with colour and images in the lead up to the G20 summit.
Premier Campbell Newman and Arts Minister Ian Walker announced the light display as the centrepiece of G20 Cultural Celebrations.
“We’re going to have thousands of delegates, thousands of members of the world’s media converging on Brisbane,” Mr Newman said.
“We’re going to make every opportunity to promote Queensland count … the cultural and arts sector will be a very important part of that.”
Creative director Jono Perry – who was responsible for last year’s City of Lights display during the Brisbane Festival – said the evening show would run for 17 nights before the summit begins on November 15.
“People will be able to interact with the colour of buildings within the CBD,” he said.
“We’re also going to have an interactive projection onto major civic buildings around the city, including Parliament House.”
The bulk of the buildings used will be on the lower end of George Street, including the Executive Building and Parliamentary Annexe.
But not all had been selected yet, as Mr Newman hoped to establish partnerships with the private sector.
“Obviously there are corporate tenants and the like who might like take the opportunity to promote what they’re doing, and that might greatly mitigate the cost,” he said.
But he added that would not mean advertising slogans or logos would be projected on the buildings.
“Nothing as gauche as that,” he said.
Mr Perry said the light program was being designed to delight all ages.
“People will be able to interact with the control and chose the colour of certain buildings,” he said.
“My hope is that the people of Brisbane will be asking ‘What colour is Brisbane tonight?’ as the lighting spreads across building facades.”
Mr Walker said there would be other cultural events as part of the program, including in Cairns, where the G20 finance ministers will meet in September.
“If there’s one thing that Queenslanders can do it’s party,” Mr Walker said.
“The celebrations won’t just be limited to the city, but will also involve community-based free activities throughout the suburbs of Brisbane.”
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