Luminate Festival 2017


Welcome to Luminate, a vibrant festival of cutting-edge live & electronic music, visual & performing arts, inspirational knowledge sharing, and pioneering environmental initiatives. Stay tuned for Luminate 2017...

All Applications to Contribute to Luminate 2017 are Now Closed

Thankyou to all who have applied to contribute to Luminate 2017 in some way. All Applications are now closed. The full schedule of events wil be released very soon.

Last few days to apply! Circus, Media Team and Volunteer Applications soon to close!

These are the last few days for Photography and Video and Circus applications to be submitted, so if you are keen get them sent in!   Click here for Photography and Video: http://www.luminatefestival.co.nz/apply/photo-video   Click here for Circus: http://www.luminatefestival.co.nz/applications-2017/circus-space   Volunteer applications close on Thursday morning while the remaining Applications are reviewed. Set up crew, techies and foodies are still required! Watch this space should they reopen next week for final requirements!    Click here to apply to be a Volunteer: http://www.luminatefestival.co.nz/festival-info/volunteer   A massive thank you to all of you who have applied for the positions at this years Luminate Festival, the workshops and stage schedules are full of amazing acts, performers and presenters! Check them out in more detail under the Luminate Festival menu tab.... Its going to be awesome!

Volunteer applications are now open !

Applications for volunteers are now open!

Luminate Festival Educational and Spiritual Trust is run by a fantastic team of volunteers that work throughout the year and during the festival and we are looking for enthusiastic, motivated, vibrant people to join our team for 2017. Many skills are required throughout the set up, festival and pack down. For more information click here!

Workshops 2017

Introduction to Ren Xue and Yuan Gong (Qigong) - Aiyanna Langemeijer


Qi plays a vital role in our health. Explore how to connect and work with universal energy (Qi), how to make it your own and use it to heal and stay healthy. You get a chance to experience the connection between your mind, Qi and body and see how your mind has a profound influence on your body.

Real Ways to Change Our World Fast - Laurence Boomert


Learn about creating adaptive, thriving, future-focused communities. Be inspired with the possibilities, invigorated with a sense of can-do, and learn of real ways to make good things happen fast. Change the way you see money, power and possibility with models that people across Aotearoa and the world are using today to make a better world.

Some 'Live' Stories and Learning About Survival Skills for a Challenging World Ahead - Brian Maskell


Brian M Maskell is a strategist and an organisation development consultant with more than 50 years of world-wide experience. He has a very broad background of experiences – in both public and private sectors. He has a particularly strong interest in areas of public law and associated government principles and ethics; in cases of government breaches of those principles and breaches of trust that people of a country necessarily reside in their government; and in the coupling of...

Conscious Relationships - Swami Karma Karuna (Anahata Yoga Retreat)


Life is full of relationships – professional, romantic, family, friends and community. Relationships can be the source of our greatest happiness or biggest challenges. Past conditioning, present views and the relationship with our selves influences how we connect to and communicate with others. Explore your relationship with yourself and yogic practices that assist you in positive communication skills and the ability to remain balanced even when faced with difficult relationships.

Drum Repair/ Maintenance - Carlos Riegel


Drum not sounding so good? Allow Carlos to show you ways to replace a broken skin, what to do to a crack in the drum shell, and how to tighten the skin. There will be high quality rope and goat skins available for purchase and you are also very welcome to source your own materials.

Dance of the Sacred Masculine - Hamilton Barnett


Dance of the Sacred Masculine is a transformational movement journey for Men. We will combine guided movement medicine with Men’s process work, using the masculine archetypes as a container in which to embody and explore the energies of the masculine experience. All men are welcome, no matter where they are in their life journey. No movement or dance experience is necessary.

Cultivate Your Life Force - Mordecai Matan


Journey through a selection of techniques from Pranayama, Kriya Yoga, Ayurveda, Daoism and Qi-gung, clear the meridian channels, create awareness of the central channel, the micro-cosmic orbit and cultivate the nectar body. Remove emotional blockages, karmic participation blockages, bring vitality, longevity and even immortality with these transformative techniquesto create a daily practice.


How to Determine Your Unique Diet - Dr. Sam Shay, DC


Want to make educated choices about your foods? Dr Sam explains over 10 major diet trends. Discover a clear, logical way to determine one's unique diet based on one's unique lifestyle, genetics, anthropology, personal beliefs, health needs, personal resources, and the environment. Identify your basic metabolic needs and which macronutrient profiles best fit you.

Composition and Awareness - Benjamin Castelli and Johanna Bachmayr-Heyda


Create a game through mere improvisation, without rules, to amuse yourself and the people around you. Through different theatre techniques and games, participants are challenged to widen their self awareness in space. By tuning into the others, and playing with what they offer, a story can be told through action and reaction.

Pounamu: Ascension Tool of Aotearoa - Mark McPherson


Learn about the historic importance of Pounamu in ancient cultures. Find out how Pounamu is formed. Learn how the stone is worked and how we can access its inner beauty. Discover how the stone interacts with human beings, namely its vibratory frequency and how it can embed into our heart chakra.

Natural Self-Dentistry - Courtney Brooke


Our teeth, the trees. That's right – our gums and teeth are alive! And there are practices we can include in our daily rhythms to keep our mouths healthy and even repair our teeth without having to spend time in the chair of conventional dentistry. Come learn how clean up your dental habits with holistic, natural dentistry.

Source Singing: A Singing Workshop for Women - Tui Mamaki


As women, the anatomy within our pelvis and within our throat/larynx, bears an uncanny resemblance. Vocal chords look just like miniature vaginas! Increase your creative flow, your mojo, your peace. Deepen your connection with your voice - both physical and metaphorical. A workshop for singers, poets, maidens, mothers, crones, and all those in-between.

Abundant Love - Lis Martinac


Self-Love is the essential seed from which all things grow. Practice a powerful combination of ancient tools including singing mantra, pranayama and guided meditation. A discussion/introduction to loving practices will follow. Attendees will be given thought provoking exercises intended to help them connect deeply with themselves and create a self-loving shift. Lis will hold a follow up session focusing on ‘Fear or Love’.

Guided Partner Massage and Meditation - Claire Thompson


Take the time to ground and connect at the festival. Participants pair up and are led through a simple and effective massage sequence (done through the clothes), while being guided to notice the mindfulness, gratitude, and interconnectedness that naturally arise while trading massages. Bring a friend to trade massages with, or find a friend at the workshop!

Wifi, Cellphones and RFEMR - Sue Grey LLB(Hons), BSc, RSHDipPHI


Sue is regarded as New Zealand’s expert in the law and policy relating to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation and electro-sensitivity, raising awareness about the biological effects of radio-frequency waves, wifi, and cellphones particularly for children, and can advise on actions that can be taken to reduce unnecessary exposure.

Renewable You - Lisa Sherman


Modern life can trigger our nervous systems into chronic fight/flight, causing stress, burnout, and health problems. Learn how to purposefully switch on your relaxation response with mindful movement that weaves together the energizing yang of flow yoga with the relaxing yin of qigong and meditation. Become a renewable resource for yourself and your community.

Introduction to Theatre of Liberation - Andy Dolling


For justice and freedom! Through the use of dramatic games investigate ideas of oppression/ liberation in an embodied way. Play games to co-create possible new realities and understand old forms of control that are unconsciously preventing us from achieving freedom. Come and embrace solidarity and endless potential in ourselves, each other and the world!

Canaan Downs Collective: Kaitiaki - Gayle Murphy


An hour long presentation giving an overview of the cooperative land ownership that is underway at Canaan Downs, the vision and values, aims and objectives of the Canaan Collective. Gain insight into how you can become part of this amazing visionary project that is taking care of the land where Luminate is held. We will take a walk around Canaan to see the regenerating forest, get to know more of the land, and experience the abundant beauty there.

Herbal Pharmacies - Tyson Hammond


Learn which are the most important herbs to grow around your home and how and when to use them. The first half of the workshop is the presentation of information, the second half is interactive to help you remember the important points.

Women’s Ceremony: Isis Meets Maya - Vasumi


A gathering of women in a circle.Celebrate by embodying feminine archetypes. Work with these aspects of selves and explore their embodiments through different cultures and ages, in order to heal the past, reclaim our present moment, and be strong for the journeys to come.

Interactive Storytelling, Drumming, Dance and Song - Jimi Dale


An interactive story for kids where they will become part of an African tale. Kidz will learn drumming, singing and dancing that makes the story come alive. Parents welcome.

World Class Music

Luminate's Live Stage offers an authentic, world class line-up of talented musicians, spanning many contemporary and traditional genres and artists who merge live music with digital/computer technology to forge new and exciting, integrated pathways of musical creativity and performance.

TheElectronic Zone line-up at Luminate 2015 is packed full of amazing international and local talent, pushing the boundaries of contemporary electronic genres, and providing a world class experience of diverse, cutting edge dance music. it's the only dedicated zone for 100% electronic music at Luminate.

Tribal hosts acoustic drumming & other native instruments in a wonderland of organic sculpture and much barefoot dancing around the fire. Bring your percussion, your fire toys, your inspiration and join in this sharing space.

The Chillout Lounge offers a comfortable place to chill out, lounge around, and enjoy a mug of chai or a bliss ball, whilst soothing atmospheric soundscapes permeate your cells and encourage a heightened state of quantum relaxation.

The Village Stage's pitch will have a powered stage with a couple of mics and speakers and be located in the food zone.

Inspirational Workshops

Luminate Festival offers a  wide selection of workshops like Permaculture, Bio Dynamics, Yoga, Aikido, Jikyo Jutsu, Qi Gong, Holistic health, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Native plant medicine, Harakeke, Maori Legends, African dance, to Belly dancing and lots more. At night a selection of enlightening movies & documentaries are screened.

Music workshops include Celtic guitar, Irish low whistle, Irish bouzouki, African drumming, Didgeridoo, songs of medieval Spain, Indian Vocalisation, Kirtan, Stagecraft, Improvisation, and Electronic music production using Abelton Live and Logic.

The dedicated Juggle-poi-toy circus zone hosts sessions on juggling, poi, staff, slackline, unicycling, stilts, whip cracking, silks/aerial, acrobalance, hulahoop, and lots more; most are suitable for kids and adults. At night the zone transforms into spectacular choreographed fire performances, and look out for the many roving performers too.

Amazing Range of Activities

The Market is a colorful, spacious area; the central happening ‘home’ of the festival, offering quality, yummy healthy food, a range of wonderful products, and a open mic stage! It’s a great place to catch up with friends over a mouth-watering meal, coffee, juice or snack, and for parents to relax while the children enjoy a variety of activities.

The "Healing Hub – Hauora", offers a wide range of healing experiences from various styles of massage and other bodywork to channeled readings and light workers.

At the Circus Space you will find an extensive program of circus style workshops catering for all ages and abilities, and hosts a spectacular array of fire/LED performers each night throughout the festival.

When we say that the Luminate Festival is Kidz friendly, we mean much more than just 'allowing' Kids to be there with their parents... We actually try to make the event a memorable experience for all the children who come and to support their parents to enjoy being there with them.

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Festival Guide 2017

Live Stage 2017

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  • Desert Dwellers
  • Pitch Black
  • Ott & The All-Seeing I
  • Deya Dova
  • Dubarray
  • Kaminanda
  • My Baby
  • Ungus Ungus Ungus
  • Wild Marmalade
  • Formidable Vegetable Sound System
  • Zen Mechanics
  • Dark Nebula
  • Ryanosaurus
  • Unseen Dimensions
  • Interpulse

Electronic Zone 2017

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  • Zen Mechanics
  • Legacy
  • D-Sens
  • Twilight
  • Warp
  • Xsetra
  • Mr Squatch
  • Luna Orbit
  • Sub.conscious

Chillout 2017

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  • Conscious Comfort
  • Interpulse
  • Kaminanda
  • Matiu Te Huki
  • Mr Squatch
  • My Baby's Love in Tipi
  • Ott DJ set
  • Sixis
  • Ungus Ungus Ungus


The LUMINATE Festival is all kinds of things summed by one awesome title. I've gone the last two years now as a fire-dancer and have had such great experiences. Meeting so many cool people, dancing and having fun, and of c...

Tama Te Puea Braithwaite-Westoby
Fire Performer, PhD student in German Fairytales, Dunedin

Luminate: to shine light, elevate spiritual consciousness, put a smile on your face; earth friendly festival of music, art, culture, intentional community, sustainability, celebration and inspiration; celebrating the ancient festival of Lughnasadgh, midway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. Luminate Festival Educational and Spiritual Trust. Registered Charity CC43938