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Takapuna Winter Lights Festival Is Finally Opening This Weekend

By Armelle Frimpong
29th Jul 2021

If you missed out on the light fest extravaganza LUMA in Queenstown this year then you’ll be stoked to hear that a dazzling free light festival is due to land in Takapuna this weekend.

The Takapuna Winter Lights Festival will be lighting up the shore for two nights this July as part of the Elemental AKL festival and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Headlined by none other than one of the country’s leading light artists Angus Muir (AMD) who dazzled spectators at Splore and LUMA this year, he says “we have plans to completely transform Hurstmere Green across the two days and are excited to showcase a selection of our world-leading light installations.” 

Also taking part will be globally-acclaimed performance artist Vospertron which recently made the semifinals of Australia’s Got Talent, SILO—the creative team behind the award-winning LUMA sensory journey in Queenstown; and some amazing local talent including DJ Karn Hall.

On Friday 30 and Saturday 31 July from 5pm to 10pm Takapuna will come alive in a riot of colour, performances and live music.

Plus, at this year’s event the Genesis ‘Outsmart Winter Zone’ will give you a spot to tuck up and enjoy a free hot drink, courtesy of the Genesis coffee caravan complete with heaters and blankets. Winning!

Takapuna Beach Business Association CEO Terence Harpur says, “We want people to come in and check out Takapuna at night, get awed by some fantastic pieces of art and see something really special. Putting on this free event is a fantastic way to thank the community for their support over the past year as well as support local bars and restaurants, many of whom are gearing up for Takapuna Winter Lights 2021.”

So, plan to hit up your favourite eatery (or, try somewhere new), grab your mates, your warmest beanie and prepare to be dazzled this weekend.  

The Details

What: Takapuna Winter Lights festival
Where: Hurstmere Green, Takapuna
When: Friday and Saturday 30-31 July 2021 5-10pm

Take a tour of the LUMA Southern Light Project.

Image credit: Angus Muir, Sara Szadanyi, Charlotte Curd, Peter Vosper of Vospertron, Winter Lights Festival 2019.

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