Forget what you know about the Southern Lights. Aurora Australis? Please… we have something much more exciting for you. Kicking off on Queen's birthday weekend, Queenstown’s waterfront is set to transform into a magical forest wonderland, lit up with interactive light sculptures and illuminated art installations. As if we needed another reason to visit this Southern gem, right?
After being forced online during last year's lockdown, this year's event is set to be bigger and better than ever, and for a mere $6 you'd be crazy to miss it. On Friday 4 June, Queenstown’s annual LUMA Southern Light Project will enchant its guests with interactive, thought-provoking light displays, music and entertainment. Utilising more than 90,000 individual lights, this festival will be by Kiwis for Kiwis and Aussies. Expect to see dazzling works from the likes of Angus Muir from Angus Muir Design who was a crowd favourite at Splore Festival this year, together with other local artists who'll be unleashing their creativity, producing stunning geometric works against the iconic backdrop of the Queenstown lakefront.
You’ll have four days to witness the glory of this ticketed event, connecting with strangers on a moody winter night through a shared appreciation of art and music. And, with plenty of food vendors partaking in the event, you can be sure your taste buds will be just as delighted as your mind.
If you're wondering how you'll get to the event, LUMA is this year introducing a park and ride service from Queenstown Central Shopping Centre, offering free shuttles from 5pm to 10pm every evening to and from the Gardens, plus you'll get express entry to the festival, no waiting in line for you. What more could you want? Grab your tickets here.
What: LUMA Southern Light Project
Where: Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown
When: Friday June 4 to Monday 7 June, 2021
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Image credit: Euan Mitchell, Aiste Vasileviciute Photography, Sean Drader, Undersoul Photography, Tomas Whelan-Henderson, Torin Barnes