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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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Update June 19th 2013
Update: This article is about the 2011 City of Lights Laser Show. For information about the 2013 show see my article here

Update July 27th 2012

If you're over fireworks, and the starry pleasures of the night sky or the possibility of a UFO sighting have lost their attraction, then the Santos City of Lights Laser Show could give you the nocturnal pick-me-up you're looking for.

You can immerse yourself in this shimmering, shifting light-shower every evening from Sunday 4 to Saturday 24 September as the Brisbane Festival presents this extraordinary twelve minute laser and coloured light spectacular, the first of its kind in Australia. The creative duo behind the production are internationally recognised in their field. Creative director Tony Assness worked on the production of the 75th Anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Australian lighting designer John Rayment was the man behind the lighting for the hugely successful Sydney Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.

The free choreographed light show will play over the river, bridges, sky and buildings between Kurilpa and Goodwill Bridges 7 nights a week from 4 September, with shows at 7pm and 8pm from Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday nights will also feature shows at 7pm and 8pm, with an encore performance at 8.30pm.

There will be many vantage points along the river but the main viewing area will be the Santos Lounge at South Bank's Cultural Forecourt. Here you will be able to purchase food and drinks, view art installations and hear the official soundtrack, which will also be broadcast along the South Bank Promenade. You can download the Santos City of Lights map at the Brisbane Festival website.

Temporary closures of the South Bank reach of the river (between Victoria Bridge and QUT ferry terminal) will be in place and monitored by Queensland Water Police. Various forms of public transport are available - you can catch the train to South Bank station, ride the bus to the Cultural Centre, or hop off the City Cat at South Bank or North Quay. Be aware that some City Cat delays may occur because of the river closures. Full transport information is available at Translink or call 131230.

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Why? Light up Your Life - it's FREE
When: Every night from Sunday 4 September to Saturday 24 September
Where: Between Kurilpa and Goodwill Bridges, Brisbane
Cost: Free
Worst laser show ever seen. Sorry
.. just very disappointed
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 6th of September @ 10:01 am
I think the laser show is world class. I have seen many laser shows in different parts of the world, and i believe that this is hard to beat. The Brisbane city backdrop lends itself to this fantastic display and effects. It is definitely worth watching more that once from different locations along the river or on the cliffs. I would recommend to anyone that this is a must see whilst it lasts.
By Dan Berryman - senior reviewer
Thursday, 22nd of September @ 06:28 am
I absolutely loved the laser show. I still enjoy watching videos of it on YouTube. I hope it comes back next year bigger and even better! More laser light I say!
By Anonymous
Friday, 11th of November @ 03:02 pm
Hmmm it's Tuesday night and there isn't any show at 8pm. People are waiting so I think the weeknight second show actually is at 8:30 pm.
By Holly G. - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 18th of September @ 10:11 am
This article is about the 2011 Laser Show. My article about the 2012 Laser Show can be viewed here -

And yes, in 2012 shows from Sunday to Thursday are at 7pm and 8.30pm
By Geraldine Massey - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 18th of September @ 11:04 am
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