Free family friendly festival attracts 35,000 locals
LUMA is an award-winning arts and culture festival based in Queenstown. Transforming Queenstown’s famous Botanic Gardens and lakefront into a dazzling display of glowing art, it uses Queenstown’s unique alpine canvas, as a giant amphitheater for local, national and international talent to paint with light.
This free, family friendly event illuminated with art and sculpture, attracts a large number of visitors; and appeals to a wide-ranging audience; 35,000 locals from throughout our region, and a total of 40,000 – 50,000 visitors. Up until last year the event was entirely volunteer based.
The festival aims to educate our community in the arts and encourage awareness of the physical and cultural heritage of the region. The festival this year offered a dedicated school’s area for primary school exhibitions, and a spot with the main artists for the high school to create an installation. With a dedicated Schools Programme Coordinator and the opportunity to showcase work on such a high profile stage, LUMA provides a fantastic opportunity for students to gain confidence in the arts, and a pathway into the Arts and Culture sector.
"Many thanks indeed. That is the best news we have had in quite some time - amazing - just amazing.
Thank you for showing us this level of faith in what we are doing - it means a lot to us."
- Duncan Forsyth, Chair, LUMA Light Festival Trust