LUMA 2018 set to illuminate Queenstown

LUMA Southern Light Project, Queenstown

Returning to Queenstown, New Zealand on Queen’s Birthday Weekend 1 – 4 June, the countdown is officially on for the city’s award-winning light festival, LUMA Southern Light Project.

Featuring a world light festival ‘first’ with four evenings of illuminated art, light sculptures and entertainment, the free public event will dazzle visitors with an array of interactive, engaging and unique light displays and thought-provoking installations.

“LUMA 2018 promises to be the most innovative, immersive and interactive experience yet – it’s set to be a thought-provoking experience for all ages and we’re delighted to bring the community together once again for our third instalment of the festival,” LUMA Light Festival Trust chairman Duncan Forsyth says.

LUMA Southern Light Project, Queenstown

Set within the iconic Queenstown Gardens and lakefront, the festival saw more than 35,000 people brave the cold last year, as they embarked on a sensory journey through the illuminated winter wonderland.

In a ‘world festival first’, local and international artists will collaborate on an installation using over 90,000 individual light sources to turn trees in the Queenstown Gardens into an enchanted forest.

Auckland artist Angus Muir will return to LUMA as the principle light installation artist, and his work will feature alongside creative art luminaries Jon Baxter, Puck Murphy and Nocturnal – Projection Mapping specialists, amongst many other local and national artists.

Following the light – Queenstown locals exploring the 2017 LUMA Southern Light Project. Video credit: Dale Wowk and Jonny James.

“We’re going to create a pretty amazing, almost 3D volume, of light within the forest, and we’ll be able to control the direction it moves and create shapes within it, producing an amazing geometric work within an organic environment,” Muir says.

The festival is run by a group of dedicated young Queenstown professionals who donate thousands of hours of their time to bringing the ‘life’ of the community back into the town centre.

LUMA Southern Light Project, and the LUMA Light Festival Trust are very proudly supported by local government event funding and partners from all over Queenstown and Otago.

LUMA is a free, family friendly event which will run from 5pm to 10pm, 1-4 June 2018.

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