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Queenstown light show LUMA returns to Gardens

Nearly 150 students from Wakatipu High School, Queenstown and Remarkables Primary Schools will be involved in this year’s LUMA festival.

They will hand-craft 150 flowers to light up the garden beds at the event this winter, alongside ceramic sculptures and a series of papier-mâché figures with lightbulb heads, titled ‘The Illuminatis’. 

Wakatipu High School technology teacher Rebecca Lund said the kids were “super excited to be showing their artwork to not just to the community, but thousands of visitors.”

Over 10,000 locals and international visitors attended the inaugural festival, which transformed the gardens into a spectacle of lights and art last year.

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This year the Friends of the Gardens committee is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Queenstown Gardens with a time-travelling light show as part of the festival.

Historical photos, stories and video footage from the archives of the Lakes District museum, as well as private collectors, will be projected upon the band rotunda.

Friends of the Gardens chairman Jay Cassells said the group was very excited to be showcasing the gardens’ history.

“Queenstown Gardens have a fascinating and important story which should be shared,” he said.

Fast Facts

What: LUMA Southern Light Project

Where: Queenstown Gardens

When: June 2 til 5

More info: luma.nz or the group’s Facebook page