August 13 - August 14 2022

We Built This City at BLEACH* (QLD)

Imagine a city and build it!

A We Built This City production photo. A child with dark curly hair, wearing a red shirt, leaps into the air, smiling. They are surrounded by hundreds of cardboard boxes piled high.

Presented by BLEACH*

In a wide, open space, armed with thousands of cardboard boxes, follow your impulses to create the city of your dreams. Towering skyscrapers, impossible arches and winding tunnels – anything goes.

Polyglot Builders roam the construction site, helping mini-builders think big and build. We Built This City empowers kids to express their visions, with adults enthusiastically following their lead. This fun-filled experience for the whole family is accompanied by a DJ spinning funky music, and at the very end of the season, the city is shaken and stomped to the ground, in a shared moment of glorious destruction. 

My family loved it! The kids only seemed to gain more ideas as the time went on, I think they could have kept going for at least another hour. They enjoyed the challenge of balancing the boxes, adjusting so they stayed still, and then delight when towers fell and they knew they could just build it again.” Parent

  • We Built This City will take place outdoors, on grass. Please check the weather and bring sunscreen, hats and water bottles.
  • Ed Hardy Park has an amenities building with toilets, accessible toilets, a drinking fountain and a water tap.

We Built This City

  • We Built This City is an energetic, high intensity experience. The performance space contains only empty cardboard boxes, and children and families can use these to build the city of their dreams.
  • Polyglot artists roam the site, assisting with the build. Children and families choose how they engage with the artists and the space, moving around as they like.
  • We Built This City will take place outdoors in daylight. There will be no bright or flashing lights.
  • A DJ will play amplified music for the duration of the show.
  • While there is no reserved/specific quiet space, you can leave We Built This City at any time to have a break from sensory stimulation, and return within your booked session.
  • A visual story is available to view/download here.
  • Prams can be parked outside the performance space.
  • Water, infants’ bottles and breastfeeding/chestfeeding are welcome, but we do ask that there is no eating in the We Built This City performance space where possible.
  • The amenities building does not contain designated baby change facilities.
  • Food and drinks are available to purchase from the North Burleigh Surf Lifesaving Club.
  • You are also welcome to BYO food and drinks to Ed Hardy Park for picnicking before or after We Built This City. The park has public barbecues, picnic shelters, picnic tables and a playground.


Free parking (including accessible parking) is available at Toombul Avenue Carpark, which is approximately 300m from Ed Hardy Park. From Monday to Sunday, between 6am and 6pm, the maximum duration of stay is limited to three hours.

Parking is available 24/7 and is unrestricted outside of the times stated above.

Public Transport

  • Bus routes 700 and 777 stop Christine Avenue, Miami, which is approximately 400m from Ed Hardy Park.
  • To plan your journey using public transport, please visit the Translink website.

BLEACH* is the Gold Coast’s annual contemporary arts festival. The festival has a growing national and international reputation for creating experiences and telling stories that are out of the box, authentic and uniquely connected to place.


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Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.