GLOW Festival 2019 at HOTA is back over three wondrous nights – Thursday August 1 to Saturday August 3.  This is a free community festival that will light up the skies at HOTA with interactive artworks, wild installations and all-ages performances that will intrigue, enlighten and engage all of the senses.

This year’s theme – Creatures and Colours of the Night – will see local, national and international acts delivering delightful, memorable moments to create a wonder filled night-time adventure for all ages.

What can you Expect at GLOW 2019?

Marvel as the colours of the sky shape-shift into the Aurora tones of the northern lights, with Borealis by Swiss Artist Dan Acher; French spectacle company Cie Des Quidams set free a mystical troupe of inflatable horses on a fantastic ride through the imagination. Australian Company Stalker combine aerial acrobatics with cutting edge interactive technology to create an Australian habitat play space, Mountain; and contemporary visual artist Meagan Streader pushes the limits of light and sculpture within her latest installation, Parallelism.

The stunning centrepiece of GLOW this year will be BOREALIS, by acclaimed Swedish 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.

Visit the following 15 free programs at GLOW 2019 and don’t miss out on #11 and #12 for the family:

GLOW Festival 2019 HOTA program:

  1. BOREALIS by Dan Acher (Switzerland);
  2. FierS à Cheval (Proud Horses) by Cie Des Quidams (France);
  3. Parallelism by Meagan Streader;
  4. Mountain by Stalker;
  5. Morphology by the indirect Object;
  6. Tai Chi Bunnies by Claudia Chan Shaw;
  7. Mitch King and YT DiNGO ;
  8. The HOTA Choir;
  9. Space Squad by The Flash Collective;
  10. Greenhouse Youth Ensemble by The Farm;
  11. Artlab | Feral Possum Kids;
  12. GLOW Bubble Garden;
  13. GLOW Garden Food Precinct;
  14. Lakeside Bar;
  15. Lawn Bar.

When is GLOW 2019?

GLOW Festival is on at HOTA from August 1-3 and will run from 5pm to 9pm daily.

Where is GLOW 2019 held?

GLOW 2019 is held at Home of The Arts:

135 Bundall Road

Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

How much does it cost to attend GLOW Festival?

This is a free event so bring the family along.

How to Get to GLOW Festival at HOTA?

Public Transport:

Take the bus to HOTA, grab a Go Card and hop on one of the Gold Coast buses. Plan your journey to HOTA using Translink’s Journey Planner.

Taxis or Ridesharing Services:

Taxis on the Gold Coast can be hailed from the kerb on the street or engaged at designated taxi ranks. Gold Coast Cabs can be booked directly on 131 008.

For both taxis and ridesharing services, a designated set-down and pick-up area is located in the porte-cochère out the front of HOTA.


Limited patron parking, including wheelchair accessible parking, is available at the HOTA, Home of the Arts.

Where to Stay for GLOW 2019 at HOTA?

Holiday Holiday’s Surfers Paradise accommodation is located within easy travel distance to HOTA at Bundall. Driving to HOTA from Surfers Paradise is approximately 5 minutes.

Circle On Cavill apartment

Circle on Cavill apartment overlooking Bundall

Stay in one of Holiday Holiday’s Gold Coast accommodation at Circle on Cavill level 28 above, 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom, overlooking HOTA and Bundall to experience the light strobes and installation during the GLOW Festival. A parking space is complimentary in the resort building for each Holiday Holiday apartment booked.