Luminate Festival 2015

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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...

Photo Highlights from Luminate 2015

We’re delighted with the amazing photos from Luminate 2015 and hope they bring back vivid memories and connections for you too. You can check out highlights here, or by browsing the Galleries tab above. Massive thanks to our photography team, a great combination of talent, dedication and attention to detail. Feel free to share the photos you like on social media, it helps spread the Luminate vibes and gives the photographers a boost too! A short bio for each photogrpaher is listed on their gallery. Let us know your favourite photos, more galleries coming soon : )

Posted on 21-04-2015 in Festival News

Luminate 2017 - Stay Tuned ; )

Luminate is now a bienniel festival, and we’ll be back in the New Zealand summer of 2017 with a fresh schedule of music, workshops, circus arts and lots more. Currently we’re working through all the amazing photographs from Luminate 2015, publishing highlights, editing video footage, scheduling crew meetings to reflect on the past year and plan for the future, as well as updating the website with fresh content. Stay tuned as we have lots of news coming soon. Arohanui x

Posted on 05-04-2015 in Festival News

Luminate 2015 - Big Thanks to Everyone who Contributed!

Luminate 2015 – Wow, what an amazing event! Big thanks to everyone who contributed to Luminate co-create such a full power, heart-centred, peaceful and uplifting vibration. We reached new levels of quality production in stage design, lighting, décor, music, workshops, performance, nutritious food, composting toilets and so much more. With close to 4000 participants, Luminate’s 8 day intentional community took a healthy leap forward. So much gratitude, love and respect to everyone who buys a ticket, to the musicians, presenters, healers, traders, circus performers, crew, volunteers, to the hundreds of children & elders, local businesses and all others who contribute to the manifestation of this unique, transformational festival. We look forward to gathering with you again at Luminate 2017!

Posted on 01-03-2015 in Festival News

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


Came three years ago and met Yasmine ! A year later Matisse was born ! 6 months later we were married ! And now we are back for Luminate 2015...yeepeee !<br/> What a festival: opened my eyes and my soul to a brand new world...


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