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Festival of Lights

By Jarrod 14 Aug 2014 • 1 Comments


The first LUX took place in Oslo, Norway, in January 2011, and was a one day seminar and art exhibition exploring the intersections of light, space and interaction. In July that year, Wellington held it’s own LUX event, and since then it’s become an annual thing, with the 2014 edition - the biggest yet - running from 22-31 August.

The core of this year’s LUX is the light trail - a series of 32 illuminated sculptures, pop-up installations and interactive works from local and international artists - which winds its way through Wellington’s CBD after dark, lighting up each night from 6pm - 11pm. The trail runs from TSB Arena, along the waterfront, around Frank Kitts lagoon, and up Opera House Lane, before finishing in Eva Street (conveniently ending up alongside Goldings Free Dive, the Wellington Chocolate Factory, Pizza Pomodoro, and Six Barrel Soda).

You can feel free to navigate the light trail at your own pace - taking in the whole thing over a course of a evening, going to see individual artworks that take your fancy, or even just passing through the trail as you go about your business in the CBD - or you can join in with the festival’s programme of artist talks, workshops, walks and tours. Since this year’s festival coincides with Wellington on a Plate, there’s also some unique culinary experiences on offer, in the form of deLUX dining events at Dockside, Pravda, St John’s, Charlie Noble, and Trade Kitchen (not to mention the fact that the waterfront portion of the light trail will intersect with Wellington on a Plate’s Food Truck Trailer Park).

Finally, while most of LUX will be family-friendly, the interactive installations in Frank Kitts Park will be of particular interest to younger visitors (and presumably the young at heart).

All in all, sounds like a great excuse to explore Wellington by night!

LUX - Wellington Night Lights Festival - 22-31 August 2014


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  • Pip Hart -Smith 29/08/2014 10:06am (3 years ago)

    Lux Light Festival is fantastic. Heaps of people cruising around in a crisp calm Wellington night, looking at all the fab installations, with kids having fun darting in an out of interactive light &sounds. Well done Lux committee. You've really reinforced the fact that Wellington is truly the coolest little capital in the world.

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