Queenstown set to shine as LUMA light festival launches winter season

Winter is on the way and Queenstown is counting down to an award-winning festival of light.

Nights are closing in, the first snows have fallen in New Zealand's Southern Alps and Queenstown is counting down to the winter season that will launch with an award-winning festival of light.

The LUMA Southern Light Project returns to Queenstown on Queen’s Birthday Weekend (31 May – 3 June 2019) featuring four evenings of colourful illuminated art, light sculptures and entertainment. 

Now in its fourth year, over 50,000 people are expected to brave the cold this year to go on a sensory after-dark journey through the iconic Queenstown Gardens and around the waterfront.

The free public event, which runs after dark from 5 – 10pm, focuses on transforming space, public interaction, art, culture and education, inspired by curated collections of stunning light sculptures and thought-provoking installations. It’s all brought together by a group of young Queenstown professionals who donate thousands of hours’ time to bringing the event to life.

Visitors can expect to be dazzled by an array of interactive and unique light displays, each one designed to encourage them to engage with the art and the surrounding Queenstown landscape.

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

Queenstown Airport is supporting 'Trilogy' by visual arts initiative 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.

LUMA Light Festival Trust chairman Duncan Forsyth says that LUMA is about enhancing and promoting the creative and cultural heart of Queenstown

“LUMA 2019 promises to be the most innovative, immersive and interactive experience yet,” he says. “There really is something invigorating about connecting strangers on a dark and wintery evening through forms of light and music.”  

LUMA Fast Facts:

  • WHEN: Queen’s Birthday weekend – 31 May to 3 June 2019 
  • WHERE: Queenstown Gardens and waterfront
  • WHO: All ages, free event from 5pm to 10pm daily 

Full event information at www.luma.nz