Luminate Festival 2017

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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...

Transformational Ecology at Luminate

Look out for a fabulous feature in the July 2016 edition of Organic New Zealand on Luminate’s transformational ecological initiatives, by Rebecca Reider (www.organicnz.org.nz). 

You can read more about the range of eco initiatives which are fundamental to the festival here on the Ecology section of the Luminate website.

Welcome to our new Logo!

Luminate 2017 sees a newly revised logo and graphics!

Our new logo encodes the sacred geometrical energies of the great rhombic hexecontahedron, representing collective heart space and the heart hub of community.

Since we began in 2008, Luminate has taken great care to embed sacred geometry in many aspects of the festival, including the site layout, alignment of zones, stage design, social dynamics and graphic design. Phi, or Golden ratio, is the proportion that nature uses everywhere, so we work with this to provide harmonic resonance with nature and to enhance ecological consciousness.

You can learn more about sacred geometry at Luminate 2017. In the meantime, you may like to visit the new sacred geometry section on the website where you can read about what it all means!  

Dates to look forward to! Luminate Festival 1 - 8 February 2017

Join us to celebrate, socialise, share knowledge & creativity, find healing, play music, dance all night, give gratitude to our mother earth, and connect at the deepest levels in heart space.

We will gather during Lughnasadgh (Lunasa) here in the southern hemisphere, the ancient harvest festival midway between summer solstice and autumn equinox.

We hope you are all enjoying life and flowing with the changing seasons wherever you are on planet gaia. Here in Aotearoa it is Matariki, a fresh new year.

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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Photo Highlights 2015

Photos 2015 by Lisa and Andre IsmaelPhotos 2015 by David RivestPhotos 2015 by Gregg PainterPhotos 2015 by LemovisionPhotos 2015 by Leroy BullPhotos 2015 by Virginia Woods-Jack

Live Sets Luminate 2015


What a great schedule of life learnings! I'm sure Luminate will send a buzz through the whole of NZ! Wish I could have made it to all of those workshops, and hope to make it another year. All the best to all!

Luisa Ribas-Cadle

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