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HOTA, Home of the Arts is set to shine this spring with a dazzling showcase of contemporary art and sound for the return of WONDER on October 6 to 15. 

WONDER invites visitors to celebrate the changing of season with spectacular art and performance in the outdoors, as this year’s hero piece, Borealis by Dan Acher, illuminates the night sky and envelops the Outdoor Stage with colour, light and sound. 

The immersive installation and spectacular outdoor art show shown all around the world, brings the experience and magical allure of the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, to the heart of the Gold Coast this springtime. 

Brought to life by internationally renowned artist, Dan Acher, Borealis seamlessly merges state-of-the-art technology with the evocative musical composition by Guillaume Desbois, resulting in a mesmerising symphony of light and sound that is sure to captivate audiences.

“WONDER is a celebration of art’s boundless possibilities with a stunning interplay of light, colour and sound under the stars,” said HOTA Interim CEO, Mik Aukland.  

“HOTA first showcased Borealis back in 2019 and we’re thrilled to have this spectacular experience back on the Gold Coast, with a packed program of live music, food and additional events on select nights across the program,” he said.

Throughout the 10 nights of WONDER, Borealis is free to experience and will grace the skies of HOTA’s Outdoor Stage, immersing the audience in its stunning display. 

Experience soulful sounds as the sun sets by the MZAZA ensemble – featuring accordion, violin, percussion, double bass, flamenco guitar, and vocals – as they grace HOTA’s Outdoor Stage for this special edition of Friday’s on the Lawn on October 6. This relaxed, picnic-style event promises an evening of magic and camaraderie.

Inspired by lights, play, colour, and wonder, families seeking an immersive outing will delight in the Kids Play Space of Wonder & Colour on October 6 and 14, where HOTA’s Lawn Bar will be transformed into a whimsical wonderland for children to explore and enjoy.

For those craving a sensory feast, Night Bites Under Lights on October 14, offers a mouth-watering array of culinary delights and street fare, accompanied by the awe-inspiring display of Borealis in the night sky.

Bring your family and friends as Goodwill Projects (organisers of HOTA’s Farmers and Night Markets) take over the lawn for the second last night of WONDER.

Featuring the award-winning 10-piece mega band, Sunny Coast Rude Boys, who will deliver the soundtrack to your night feast. With a pop-up bar and dedicated kids play space, there is something for everyone in this food market of wonder.

WONDER comes to HOTA, Home of the Arts from Friday 6 October to Sunday 15 October from 6pm to 9pm. The installation is closed to the public for other ticketed events on Saturday 7 October and Friday 13 October. 

Prepare to be captivated by the interplay of light and sound, complemented by live music and culinary delights under the lights of Borealis.

WONDER is proudly presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts.

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