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Friday, 26 April 2019 11:39 am

Wellingtonians lit up by city’s latest art festival sensation


WELLINGTON is “going insane” over this year’s Lux Festival.

The free outdoor night lights festival has 32 installations on display across the Wellington waterfront area, double last year’s number.

Artistic Director of the festival, Chris Bennewith says the feedback from the public has been overwhelming.

“It’s becoming bigger and bigger each year as the city becomes more involved,” Says Mr Bennewith, who started the event two years ago with four installations.

“People are going insane for it,” says Mr Bennewith.

Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are being flooded with imagery and commentary from the festival.

He says the range of artworks has enabled people of all ages to appreciate the experience.

“There is a mix of serious artworks and more accessible ones for kids,” he says.

We wanted to include everyone in the festival he says.

“Rather than shutting art away in galleries we wanted it to be something that was enjoyable for people of all ages.”

Mr Bennewith says the interactive installations have been a big hit.

“We found last year that the most successful and engaging works were the interactive ones, so we have tried to get a lot more into the festival this year,’ he says.

He believes Lux has the potential to be something major for Wellington and hopes it can continue to grow.

“We want to continue to expand throughout the city and have more artwork on display,” he says.

He hopes the festival can become big enough to attract international attention, but says funding is a problem.

The festival is funded by Wellington City Council and Massey University but Mr Bennewith says they need more to expand and they are currently seeking a big corporate sponsor.

Mr Bennewith says the Lux festival’s success would not have been possible without the support they have received from the international and local artists and the sponsors.

“We have managed to put on a million dollar festival for less than it would cost because of the support we have received,” he says.

The Lux began on Friday (August 21) and runs till Sunday (August 31).

Visit the festival’s website for more information




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