Get a new experience at Lumagination– Starts tomorrow

Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Lumagination, the spectacular light show that starts tomorrow at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, will provide a new experience this year because of a collaboration with the University at Buffalo as well as the newly opened Asian exhibits that will provide a new backdrop.

Visitors enjoyed getting photos of the Mayan-style waterfall under the colored lights, and now you can get views of the new waterfall and the Asian rainforest.

In collaboration with the Botanical Gardens and Luminated Landscapes, the company that is providing the lighting for the show, UB will bring new technology and theatrical design. UB will contribute illuminated sculptures for the front lawn of the Botanical Gardens, as well as a light and soundscape for the interior of the Panama Rainforest greenhouse.

The team of professors, undergraduate students and artists includes Lynne Koscielniak, associate professor of Scenography and chair of UB Theatre & Dance; Jon Shimon, technical director and assistant professor of Technology supervisor of the UB United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Student Chapter; Dyan Burlingame, project consultant and assistant clinical professor of Scenography, director of Design & Technology; and key undergraduate student researchers and artists Gina Boccolucci, Alex Farley, Hayden Harter, Bethany Kasperek and Leo Tozzi.

A launch party will be held tonight, but it is sold out. Lumagination will be held Jan. 25-28 and Feb. 1-4, 7-11 and 14-21. Times are 6 – 9 p.m. (the last admission ticket will be sold at 8:45 p.m. and the Botanical Gardens will close at 9:15 p.m.) every day listed except for Fridays and Saturdays which will be 6 – 10 p.m. (the last admission ticket will be sold at 9:45 p.m. and the Botanical Gardens will close at 10:15 p.m.).

The Botanical Gardens is located at 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

Admission for the show is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (ages 62 and older) and students (ages 13 and older with ID), $6 for children ages 3-12, $10 for Botanical Gardens members, and free for children 2 and under. You can buy tickets online as well as at the door. Garden guest passes, discounts and coupons are not valid during Lumagination.

Cameras and monopods are welcome every night however, tripods are permitted only on Photo Night.

Special features include:

Jan. 25 – Opening Night & College Night – College Students with ID receive $2 off admission
Jan. 26 – Member Night – Garden members with ID receive $2 off admission
Jan. 31 – Photo Night – This night is for professional and amateur photographers only. Tripods will be permitted on this night only!
Feb. 1 – Family Fun Night – Enjoy added kids activities, a lion dance performance, kung fu demos and more
Feb. 2 – Member Night – Garden members with ID receive $2 off admission
Feb. 7 – Student Night – Students with ID receive $2 off admission
Feb. 8 – Family Fun Night – Enjoy added kids activities, a lion dance performance, kung fu demos and more
Feb. 9 – Student Night – Students with ID receive $2 off admission
Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day surprises for all ages
Feb. 19-21 – Added days for winter break

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