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LUMA Southern Light Project Is Coming Back To Queenstown This King’s Birthday Long Weekend

By Armelle Frimpong

Forget what you know about the Southern Lights. Aurora Australis? Please. Kicking off on Kings' birthday weekend, Queenstown’s waterfront is set to transform once more into LUMA—a magical forest wonderland lit up with interactive light sculptures, live music, sonic landscapes, illuminated art installations and local eats. As if we needed another reason to visit stunning QT, right?

LUMA Southern Light Project takes place across five days over King's Birthday and is set to be bigger and better than ever. From Thursday, May 30 to Monday, June 3 2024, Queenstown’s LUMA 24 will enchant its guests with interactive, thought-provoking light displays, music and entertainment. 

For the first time, the immersive art festival will have a different theme every night—meaning you'll have a new experience each time you attend. Scope the programme schedule here.

Image credit: Lost Forest 2023 | Jakub Soltysiak 

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 well-established creative partners including Mike Hodgson from Kiwi electronic duo Pitch Black, aerialist Emma Vickers of Fantail Creative, Creature Post and SILO; alongside many other artists who'll be unleashing their creativity, producing stunning geometric works against the iconic backdrop of the Queenstown lakefront. 

You’ll have five 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 plus a licensed bar, you can be sure your taste buds will be just as delighted as your senses. 

If you're wondering how you'll get to the event, the Free Lumabus will be running return trips from Queenstown Central (in Frankton) to LUMA in the CBD. Heard enough? Grab your tickets here, kids under 12 go free.

The Details

What: LUMA Southern Light Project
Where: Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown
When: Thursday, May 30 - Monday, June 3 2024

Where to stay? Book your spot at one of the best hotels or Airbnbs in Queenstown. 

Main image credit: Cognitive Cosmos 2023 | Zuzana Zemanova, Whanau Whenua 2023 | Jakub Soltysiak, Trilogy 2021 | Mauro Andaur, LUMA17 | Sophie Kennedy, Harmonious Resonance 2023 | Arrested Light Photography

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