Sparking up Luma

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A major move towards live performances will light up this year’s Luma festival.

A host of dancers, actors and other performers will be featured across two live performance spaces in Queenstown Gardens this year, in a first for the light festival.

The fourth annual event’s set to take place at Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

This year Amber Stephens has been brought on board as performance curator.

She calls the boosted performance aspect “a new stage in the evolution of Luma”.

“We’re bringing together exciting elements of live performance, with a focus on local groups.”

The popular Flame Entertainment fairies will return, alongside performers from Remarkable Theatre, aerialists, ballet dancers, and contemporary dance performers.

They’ll perform across two distinct areas – the Rose Garden, which will be transformed into a “fairy wonderland”, and a forest zone called ‘In the Shadows’, which will be “dramatic and darker”.

About 40,000 people attended last year’s festival.

Tomorrow also marks the launch of Luma’s ‘Boosted’ campaign, which allows people to donate as much as they like to the free event.

This year organisers are hoping to raise $5000.

The fundraising page will go live tomorrow morning at www.boosted.org.nz