Experiences @ Luminate Festival
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My beloved family of deeply kindred close friends...
In the past 3 years which Ive have attended Luminate I have had the most positive n life inspiring experiences of any festival I have ever been to n Ive been to many.
My focus has been on sharing within mutually respectful, constructive, open n honest relationships with some of the most beautiful, kind, compassion, creative, authentic, affectionate n conciously living individuals Ive had the pleasure to befriend n be befriended by n most of those still continue even though I have wandered further upon my path of experiences n explorations around the globe.
I met my best friend at Luminate, Jenny ;)
In sharing my own Natural Health, DJing n teaching as well as participating in many workshops, dancing, meditations n so much more Ive enjoyed deeply n celebratively connecting with others who share similar life paths, visions n passions in life.
I am grateful to everyone who has welcomed me into their lives in co creating such an amazing jounrey these 8 days n nights together.
And I LOVE to be amongst other colourful, soft n gentle characters
Im home when Im at Luminate n I look forward to it every year n I may be back again this year even though Ive happily have left living in NZ n am exploring the wildernesses of the world one by one.
Love life n live your dreams in every moment!
Date of Posting: 17 September 2012
Posted By: I Versch
Natural Health Prof / Professional Musician / Wilderness skills instructor (including bush craft) n guide, Lover of life, Now traveling the wildernesses of the world
kia ora koutou,
i've been to a couple of luminate festivals and love the way they are evolving. there is so much great about it, that i truly think it is one of the most amazing earth festivals we offer on Aotearoa.
my feedback - other than the miles of positives, just wants to make a couple of comments.
firstly, unfortunately, i can't stay for most of the festival because it coincides with the time when my child returns to school after the holidays - it is such a clash of timing that it makes it really difficult to stay engaged and go to the festival.
secondly, i had to leave one time because i couldnt' escape from the drumming sounds that made my heart pound and it hard to sleep - as a cancer survivor, my life balance is important to me. i hope (understand) that campsites away from drumming can be had now?
and just finally - i tautoko the suggestion to have some speakers on the unique biodiversity of aotearoa. i work in that area, and know the area very well. i think it would be a fantastic addition.
keep smiling, keep growing, and keep it wonderful for the planet. arohanui, debs
Date of Posting: 16 September 2012
Posted By: Debs
My experience of Luminate Festival is a diverse collection of creative beings from around the planet coming together to co-create through sharing music, dance, knowledge, play, healthy food, crafts, and infinite possibilities of experiences.
The eclectic and wonderful mix of people that gather for the week to create and experience the festival create a fantastic opportunity for connection. I love the Tribal Zone for its earthiness; the Main Stage for it's high quality and beautiful live music; the KISS sessions ("workshops") for the amazing knowledge shared; the food village for the healthy food and colourful connection point; the play zone, (Poi, juggling, circus arts, fire performances, etc,) for the knowledge sharing and infinite play possibilities; the most amazing toilets of any festival I have experienced; the family of human beings that make up the soup that we share in; and the gorgeous nature of Canaan Downs.
Much thanks to all involved who make Luminate Festival a beautiful event year after year! Looking forward to another great festival in 2013!
Date of Posting: 23 August 2012
Posted By: Amira Mudfaery
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 course, the site where Luminate is held has so many places to explore I'm just going to have to go next year to learn more about the place!
Catch you there!
Date of Posting: 25 July 2012
Posted By: Tama Te Puea Braithwaite-Westoby
Fire Performer, PhD student in German Fairytales, Dunedin
My 1st year at Illuminate .. not my 1st year on the hill at a party // festival !!!
Coming from the UK with a long history of festival experience both from a punters view and an organizers. I can see that this festival melds many good aspect that I have experienced before yet adding there own unique NZ spin on this...
Highlights - playing the sneaky underground Reggae / Dance hall set to a pumping crowd in the Cafe on the opening night ! Thanks Wyatt see you in 2013 ! Feeling safe that my 8 year old boy was safe mixing with the other kids that all partied hard in there own ways ! I'm going to say the music ... Its my thing and I love it all in it's own way :-)
I also admired the attitude of all involved .. what a great week.. Thanks
I would like to see more of a Circus / Cabaret element to the festival .. May be im just a Ol Carny at heart...but it helps brighten up my day some silly walkabout characters. As electro Swing is so massive this year i would like to work with you all and host a night of frivolous fun in the Cafe !!! Dressing up .. Performance etc ....
I would also like to suggest that an ambient / Chill Zone be provided so we can easily and clearly make the choice to properly chill out .. May be in the Conference tents .. ?? they looked a lil empty in the evenings .. I know NZ has a high standard of performers that play that style of sounds !!!!
It will also stop every one expecting the cafe /// (Soul of The Festival) to provide chill sounds My ethos with the cafe is .. Weather its a rainy morning ... steamy hot night .. mid afternoon lax you receive an upbeat experience ...! like i say it's the Soul of the Festival ..
This is all just ideas to make a better world for all to play in .... I'll be there this year with bells on .. may be a costume or 2 LOL ....
Leave comments if you think this would work at the festival readers ...
Date of Posting: 25 July 2012
Posted By: Simon - DSA
Music Magizine / CEO - DJ - Reviwer / Local / Radio DJ, WorldWide
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