Over 10,000 locals and visitors from all over the world attended LUMA last year, which transformed Queenstown’s famous Gardens and lakefront into a dazzling display of glowing art.
Scooping up the 2016 Trust Power Award for Arts and Culture in its first year, the free festival is back to showcase a collection of stunning light sculptures and installations from New Zealand and international artists.
The event was created by five locals who wanted to celebrate the creative community through light, art, technology and design. They founded the LUMA non-profit trust, and launched a pilot project of light installations at the 2015 Winter Festival. Unlike anything Queenstown had seen before, it was the first step towards the southern region’s first ever light festival.
“LUMA is about celebrating darkness with light.” LUMA Trust Chairman Duncan Forsyth says, “it’s now one of several fantastic events in June that welcome the start of winter, and we believe it goes hand in hand with the Queenstown Winter Festival.”
Igniting when the sun goes down, the four-day festival will kick off during the Queen’s Birthday Weekend at 5pm-10pm each evening. There will also be a special exhibition to celebrate Queenstown Gardens’ 150th Anniversary, but the full programme and participating artists won’t be announced until May.
LUMA is a community event. People from all over Queenstown get involved, from schools, businesses and community groups, the local community is helping to make LUMA one of the town’s brightest events of the year.
Find out more: www.luma.nz