LUMA is back!

May 27 2019 by Duncan Forsyth

This coming long weekend, May 31st - June 3rd 2019, Queenstown will be illuminated with art, performance, sculpture and a myriad of lights for the fourth LUMA Sensory Experience. Over 50,000 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.

The festival is free… I’ll say that again, it’s FREE, showcasing a collection of stunning light sculptures and installations from New Zealand and international artists, all designed to take people on a mystical journey whilst stimulating their creative senses. This will be like falling down the rabbit hole right in your own backyard. LUMA is a community event. Supported by regional businesses and organisations, it’s put together by a dedicated bunch of volunteers. People from all over Queenstown get involved, from schools, businesses and volunteer groups. Alongside magical installations and performances, there’s a heap of things to do and enjoy.

A total of 34 installations, multiple performances and more lights than you can possibly imagine will be displayed throughout the Gardens area. The team behind Queenstown’s Guerrilla Drive-In will deliver a free outdoor cinema, showing a selection of short films and features each night from 6pm and the LUMA Lounge will deliver mulled wine and some hot munchies will keep you warm. Other highlights include deep forest experiences, multi-sensory light installations and video projections to take the best of you out of your comfort zones. From creepy monsters to magnanimous gnomes, live music to real fairies, you might have to visit more than once to take it all in. People are drawn to Queenstown to enjoy its many outdoor adventures, however this eventis about putting the spotlight on our creative scene and encouraging the wider community to interact and get involved. The need to diversify what Queenstown offers is real and LUMA aims to offer something totally different, an event which captures the imaginations of adults and children alike. In a town where tourism takes precedence and all too often activities are designed to capture the tourist dollar, this is an event designed for you, the people who live here, by us, the people who live here too.

So, dress warm and get amongst it this weekend, any time from 5pm until 10pm. If you like what you see, donate a few coins or tap your card to help keep LUMA glowing this year and into the next.

Duncan Forsyth

- Duncan Forsyth
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