LUMA fest receives top award
Queenstown’s volunteer driven LUMA light festival has won the supreme award at the Trustpower Queenstown Lakes Community Awards.
The LUMA Light Festival Charitable Trust received a trophy and $1500 on Thursday evening.
Voluntary groups from around the region celebrated the 13 award finalists and winners at the gala event in Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall.
Trustpower community relations representative Alice Boyd said the LUMA trust stood out due to a wide range of volunteers.
‘‘LUMA is run entirely by volunteers, and this year they had 117 people volunteering in some capacity, donating thousands of hours of their time.’’
Volunteers ranging from long-time residents, professionals, travellers, students and elderly put on a wonderful festival, she said.
‘‘LUMA is all about connecting this community via a fully sustainable, fully accessible, familyfriendly public arts festival,’’ Boyd said.
In its second year over 35,000 people visited LUMA Southern Light Project during Queen’s Birthday weekend this year.
New Zealand and international artists presented light installations, sculptures and interactive artworks in Queenstown Gardens.
The trust also received $4000 towards lighting, audio and visuals from Skycity Queenstown Casino Community Trust earlier this month.
LUMA Light Festival Charitable Trust will also represent the district in this year’s national Trustpower Community Awards in April. Winners in other categories were:
- Wakatipu High School student Danique Ehmann, runner up Ashleigh Cram from Mount Aspiring College.
Te Ka¯kano Aotearoa Trust, runner up Queenstown Climbing Club.
– Baskets of Blessing, runner up Food For Love Wanaka. – Festival of Colour. – Wanaka Trail Ride, runner up Queenstown Cricket Club.
Mount Aspiring College Students in the community, runner up Wakatipu Youth Trust.
LUMA Light Festival Charitable Trust.
LUMA received the top prize at the Trustpower Community Awards.