LUMA Southern Light Project returns to Queenstown

Photography by: New Zealand Tourism

The award-winning festival of light will take place on Queen’s Birthday Weekend

The award-winning LUMA Southern Light Project returns to Queenstown this year on Queen’s Birthday Weekend (1 to 4 June 2018).

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With more than 35,000 people attending last year’s event, the free public event—which runs from 5 to 10pm—is expecting to attract a big crowd with four evenings of illuminated art, lightsculptures, and entertainment at the iconic Queenstown Gardens and lakefront.

The festival focusses on transforming space, public interaction, art, culture, and education. Visitors will see an array of interactive light displays and local and international artists collaborating on an installation using more than 90,000 individual light sources to transform the Queenstown Gardens into an enchanted forest.

Auckland artist Angus Muir, who returns to LUMA as the principle light installation artist, says, "We’re going to create a pretty amazing, almost 3D volume, of light within the forest. We’ll be able to control the direction it moves, and create shapes within it, producing an amazing geometric work within an organic environment."

Apart from Muir’s work, other artists to display their work includes creative art luminaries Jon Baxter, Puck Murphy and Nocturnal—Projection Mapping specialists, and many local and national artists.

"LUMA 2018 promises to be the most innovative, immersive and interactive experience yet," Trust chairman Duncan Forsyth says. "There really is something invigorating about connecting strangers on a dark and wintery evening through forms of light and music."  

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