Museum of Brisbane

Light Fantastic

  • 06 Apr 2013 — 27 Jan 2014
  • Exhibition now closed

For some there are two Brisbanes – the one before World Expo ‚˜88 and the one that emerged after. The enduring legacy of Expo ‚˜88 was not what the world saw of Brisbane, but what we saw of ourselves.


Light Fantastic: Expo 88 Parades Rewired

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this landmark event, Light Fantastic: Expo 88 Parades Rewired will take visitors back in time to rediscover the magic of the Lunchtime and Light Fantastic Parades that mesmerised crowds every day.

Unlike anything ever seen in Australia before, creating the parades was an intensive process. The resulting joy for thousands of visitors only hints at the enormous energy and collaboration needed to bring the ideas to life.

Light Fantastic will take visitors behind-the-scenes, where Parades Producer Mike Mullins assembled an incredible team of float and costume designers, lighting and special effects specialists and performers.

Join us to celebrate the creativity, innovation and energy of the event that bought Brisbane to life: World Expo 88.

UV performer, photo: Brett Cochrane, courtesy of Mike Mullins Collection

ABC Memory Booth

Visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to record and share their favourite Expo stories in our 612 ABC memory booth.

Listen to them as they are played on air:
10 memories from Expo, Tuesday 30 April
Jane from Tingalpa, Wednesday 1 May
Natalie from Roma, Thursday 2 May
Cheryl from Sydney, Sabina from Windsor, Bronwyn from Camp Hill
, Friday 3 May
Kris from Gold Coast, Wednesday 8 May
Carol from North Brisbane, Friday 10 May
Kelly from Bardon, Stan from Carindale, Kellyanne from NZ , Monday 13 May
Sue from Buderim, Monday 20 May
Kim from Mackay, Tuesday 21 May
Dianne from NSW, Tuesday 28 May
Jennifer, Tuesday 28 May
Joanne from Carina, Thursday 30 May
Vicky from Sydney, Sue from Lennox Heads and Jenny from Glasshouse Mountains, Friday 31 May
Joanne from Carina, Friday 31 May
Barbara from Mt Gravatt, Tuesday 4 June
Jo from Camp Hill, Friday 7 June
Melissa from Indooroopilly, Thursday 13 June
Liz from Northgate, Thursday 20 June
Diane from Manly West, Monday 15 July
Ken, Tuesday 16 July
Amanda from the CBD, Wednesday 24 July
Denise from Townsvillle, Barbara from Tennyson, Thursday 25 July
Margaret from Stafford Heights, Tuesday 30 July
Annalise from Enoggera Reservoir, Tuesday 5 August
Horseradish sauce, Friday 9 August



Museum of Brisbane’s education program, Engage, aims to open minds, entertain and excite students. As with all our exhibitions, Light Fantastic Expo 88 facilitates learning in an educational, fun and memorable way. To learn more about curriculum links and available education tours visit the education page.


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