Rotorua hosting world premiere of Matariki light and sound installation

Rotorua hosting world premiere of Matariki light and sound installation

For the first time in the world Song Cloud, an immersive light and sound art installation, will be displayed in Rotorua for people to enjoy.

People of all ages are invited to take a journey through the long white cloud to experience the world premiere of this contemporary celebration of Matariki, located in Te Manawa (corner of Tūtanekai and Hinemoa Streets).

This free art installation will be open daily between 5pm until 10pm from Wednesday 3 until Sunday 21 July.

When you step inside the cloud, you ascend into te iwa a Matariki (the nine stars of Matariki) and their connection to the natural world. Featuring an immersive lighting display that pulsates and surrounds the audience, animating to themes of nature, worldly weather patterns and beautiful deep clear night skies.

James-Webster-playing-taonga-puoro-for-Song-Cloud-Soundscape-e1561677260724-225x300 Rotorua hosting world premiere of Matariki light and sound installationThese themes will pair with a specially composed soundscape by James Webster (Te Arawa, Tainui). James used traditional taonga pūoro (singing treasures), to compose this unique piece of music which, like the Māori language, reflects the sounds and rhythms of nature and the environment.

Song Cloud was created by lighting and design studio Amigo & Amigo in collaboration with Otis Studios and Litepix. Their unique and creative displays are often seen in light festivals in New Zealand and Australia. One of the creators, Simone Chua, explains Song Cloud was designed to bring us back to simple genuine emotions created through the elements.

“Song Cloud is a long white cloud of wonder that draws us in and takes us on its transformative journey. The cloud sends us stories from across the land and across time. Sharing a connection as old as humankind that transcends language and speaks to oSong-Cloud-artists-impression-212x300 Rotorua hosting world premiere of Matariki light and sound installationur place inside our own small bubble of life.”

“Once inside you are immediately removed from the cityscape you just stepped, and we hope you emerge from the cloud alive and aware, a calmer more grounded you”, says Simone Chua.

On Wednesday 3 July Simone and her team will see their vision come to life for the first time. James Webster will perform some of his composition using taonga pūoro before the installation is open to the public.

Rotorua is celebrating Matariki with a wide range of events throughout June and July. For more information on other events visit


For further information: Kathy Nicholls, Communications & Marketing Coordinator,
Arts & Culture Division, Rotorua Lakes Council
P: 07 351 8456 C: 0276 741 898 E:

Image credit: Song Cloud. Artist’s impression. Courtesy Amigo & Amigo Image credit: James Webster recording the soundscape for Song Cloud