Luma

Luma’s shuttle fix

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Punters to this year’s Luma event won’t have to worry about carparking. In a first for Luma, a park-and-ride’s being set up at Queenstown Central, where people can also fill up on meal deals — kids can eat...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Covid's forced organisers of one of Queenstown’s most popular events to charge an entry fee this year. Thousands of people have historically flocked to the Queenstown Gardens for Luma, held at Queen’s Birthday weekend, which has always been...
It's funny how things turn out. Five years ago my new business partner Gemma Peskett and I left working on the Motatapu to explore something new. This month we signed on the dotted line to own the event. To say we are...
Well before lockdown, one after another of Queenstown's most cherished events got wiped from the calendar, while countless weddings and conferences were either postponed or cancelled. PHILIP CHANDLER checks he state of the current industry with four of its practitioners  The events industry was...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Homes and businesses will light up across the Wakatipu this weekend for Lumify, with organisers hoping to cut through the Covid-19 darkness. The home-made Queen's Birthday weekend event replaces the annual Luma, a festival of lights that normally...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown adventure tourism company's zipping into new territory to support the resort's arts, culture and performance communities. Next weekend Ziptrek Ecotours will hold its first 'Treehouse Sessions', where about 20 local musos will take to the tree...
Imagine a tourist town with no tourists. Scary as it sounds, Queenstown's effectively facing that scenario right now - at least for the 70 per cent of our visitors who come from overseas - thanks to tough new control measures...

Gnome man’s land

This year's Luma will be gnome joke. Thirty concrete/fibreglass gnomes will be transformed into unique works of art at this year's light festival. They've been shipped to artists around the country, who will create their own piece to go on display...
A major Luma exhibition will light up the night in Auckland, thanks to a funding boost. And SILO's Simon Holden says the new partnership could be the catalyst for Queenstown work to be displayed overseas. Bright Nights, an Auckland-based light festival,...

Sparking up Luma

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...

Mirror ball miracle

The disco lives on at Luma following the return of three mirror balls nicked by "dickhead" thieves. The three mirror balls, part of an exhibit, were stolen during Queenstown's Queen's Birthday Weekend festival. But, several weeks later, it appears a blast...
From tomorrow, 45,000 people are expected to attend the third annual Luma Festival in the Queenstown Gardens. Tracey Roxburgh looks at how far the event has come – and where it's going. When it comes to the future of, arguably,...
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