Family fun at Queenstown’s LUMA

LUMA mirror ball installation.

LUMA has become a regular fixture on the Queenstown list of events although many Wanaka families make the trek over the hill for an evening of family-friendly wonder.

Now in its fourth year, around 50,000 people are expected to brave chilly winter nights to go on a sensory journey through the gardens and around the Queenstown Bay waterfront.

Two major Queenstown businesses have announced their support for the multi-award-winning LUMA Southern Light Project.

Skyline Queenstown and Queenstown Airport are supporting the event as installation partners, with the countdown well and truly on, to four evenings of illuminated art, light sculptures and entertainment in the Queenstown Gardens.

The free public event is a riot of light and colour, focusing on the transformation of space, public interaction, art, culture and education. It’s all made possible by curated collections of stunning light sculptures and thought-provoking installations, brought together by a group of young Queenstown professionals who donate thousands of hours’ time to bringing the event to life.

Skyline Queenstown is supporting the creation of a two-part projection titled Superposition by Creature, by artist Lakshman Anandanayagam, which will link the garden’s installation to the Skyline Queenstown complex on nearby Bob’s Peak.

Queenstown Airport is supporting 'Trilogy' by the South Island Light Orchestra (SILO) and AMD. The installation has been designed specifically for LUMA and will also appear at the airport after the event.

Duncan Forsyth, LUMA Light Festival Trust chairman, says the increased business support is a new phase of growth for the event. Skyline is a first-time installation partner and Queenstown Airport returns to the event after taking a break last year.

Duncan Forsyth says the trust is delighted to see more local businesses than ever before recognising the value LUMA brings to the town.

“Community engagement is at the heart of everything we do at LUMA so this is part and parcel of that,” he says. LUMA, Queen’s Birthday weekend, May 31 to June 3 2019, Queenstown Gardens and waterfront.


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