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

The Abundance of Papatuanuku: Essential Oils and Our Health - Vasumi


Explore the world of essential oils harvested from the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. Vasumi will be welcoming you with smells to excite your senses. Ingest some of these oils and discuss their healing properties for physical and emotional wellbeing. Also look to use them in creating wonderful food.



Face and Body Painting - AUMI


This is an opportunity to have a one on one face or body painting session, encouraging imagination and self-confidence. Throughout the process of painting, the children will be invited to embody their design of choice and use it to creatively influence their day. Painting is a form of meditation; it’s a happy place where everything else in the world falls away.

Dancing Freedom: Love in Action - Richard and Lydia


Use dance, movement, breath and sound to explore how to take all the information that fuels your passion to feel energised andjoy-filled. Be guided deeper into each of the elements; earth, water,fire, air and ether for a deep sense of connection to self, one another and your capacity to share fully in 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.

Authentic Connection and the Fundamentals of Tantra - Ellie Wilde


Fun, interactive practices designed to open the heart, bring presence, awareness and more authenticity into your connection with others. Learn the three basic tantric keys to move energy through the body - breath, movement and sound. Learn how we can use them to clear energetic blockages, release emotion and cultivate more life-force energy.  

Creating Sustainable Human Habitats: Intentional Communities, Co-Housing and Ecovillages - Robina McCurdy


We 'visit' a diversity of communities around the world, and address some critical 'how to’s’e.g. how to build community from where you are right now, how to gather together the right people, how to gather sufficient resources to start, how to avoid typical pitfalls. Be sure and attend Robina’s other workshops as well!



Ecstatic Presence - Diane Sparks


This is an active meditation, centred on guided movement, dance and stillness. It will help you to connect more deeply with your authentic self, and from that, connect to others. Some keywords: fun, play, release, depth, connection and Love.

The Art of Activism - Mik and Jacquie


Explore the positive effects of art in the theatre of global activism. Evaluate the effectiveness of art activism. Use your creative skills to facilitate positive change in your personal and communal worlds. Build confidence in your creativity , share ideas, learn recognise the usefulness of art and ideas as a means of positive change in the modern world.

West African Drumming Meets Afro-Cuban Funk - Jimi Dale


Explore the techniques and differences between African and Afro-cuban/ Latin musical techniques and styles. Learn how polyrhythm works to create a different feel within music. Learn how to be creative in making your own music learning these techniques. No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and have fun!

The Abundant Vegetable Garden - Sol Morgan


Learn how to design, plan, implement and manage a productive, healthy vegetable garden. Gain knowledge on key organic principles, design points to set up a well functioning garden, different garden development methods and strategies to maintain fertile soil and healthy crops.



Sound, Noise, Music and Humans; How Our Aural Landscapes Can Harm or Heal - Georgia Duder-Wood


A presentation exploring sound and humanity and the potential for sound to shape the Aquarian Age. Topics include indigenous beliefs and creation myths, the physics of sound and vibration, sound healing, why singing heals, the Schumann resonance, music and emotion, and suggestions for how we can live more 'soundly'.

Yoga With the Elements - Claire Thompson


Outdoors at a music festival we are living close to the elements of nature. In this strong and meditative yoga practice, find your connection to fire, water, earth and wind – both inside yourself and in the outside world. The poses target the places in the body associated with these elements and their emotional qualities, honouring the connections between ourselves and the natural world.

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.

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.

We the World - Mik and Jacquie


Join an interactive journey of discovery into the world we all share. Through the eyes of the incredibly rich and diverse tribal cultures of our planet encounter peoples you never knew existed. Hear voices that speak across past, present and future generations. Experience views that will widen your horizons. Enlightening, informative and inspiring.

Native American Song Circle - Kari Barron


Enjoy the experience of blessing the directions and shamanic rhythm & sound during an interactive song circle. Learn sacred ceremonial songs that will leave your heart buzzing!

Stiltness - Benjamin Castelli and Johanna Bachmayr-Heyda


Walk on 'stranger' feet! Although to most people it seems something impossible, stilt-walking is just a matter of finding your balance and trust in your own body. Gain more consciousness in your movements and balance and  trespass inner borders to have fun and play entertaining, yourselves and others.

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.

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.

Havan: Ancient Fire Ceremony - Anahata Yoga Retreat


An ancient Vedic fire ceremony to invoke healing energy as well as harmonize and purify the self and surroundingenvironment. Make symbolic offerings from the heart space to the fire of transformation.





Mushroom Home Cultivation - Aidan Kelly


Receive a foundational understanding of fungal ecology and home scale cultivation of mushrooms. Learn to think resourcefully about home scale food production re-using products like plastic containers, coffee grounds, tea bags, lawn clippings, garden compostable material etc. A follow up session covers some medicinal and technological applications of fungi.



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


First time at Luminate We finally experienced Luminate this year & wish we'd made it sooner; we'd always wanted to check it out as lots of friends had said its like a mini womad!. It was great to catch up with so ...

Lisa & Geoff
Onekaka, NZ

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