About Luminate Festival

Luminate Festival 2017

28th January - 4th February 2015

Canaan Downs, Takaka Hill, New Zealand/Aotearoa.
Luminate is an earth friendly festival of music, art, dance, creativity and sustainability.

Join us to celebrate the ancient summer harvest festival of Lughnasadgh, midway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox.

Returning for an epic sixth year, Luminate 2015 is a place to re-energise on the dancefloor, participate in workshops, be inspired about living sustainably, receive a massage, join in drumming around the fire, relax with a warm chai, watch an enlightening movie, be in harmony with nature, and celebrate a sense of conscious community.

The music zones at Luminate feature an inspiring and carefully selected line-up of performers from Aotearoa/New Zealand and overseas, taking you on a unique, flowing journey through a diverse range of Live music, World Grooves, Tribal rhythms, Gypsy, Roots, Soul, Folk, Dub, Psytrance, Minimal Tech, Breaks, Dubstep, Glitch, D&B, Progressive, House, Reggae, Ambient, Esoteric beats and more...

Find your rhythm on the two amplified dancefloors (Live Stage and Electronic Zone), get primal with the drums of the Tribal zone, take it horizontal in the Chillout Lounge, or bring an instrument and join in the fun in the Buskers stage.

Knowledge and Inspirational Sharing Sessions (KISS): an extensive programme of workshops covering a wide range of holistic,cultural and environmental topics with a focus on sustainability and self-reliance, including: permaculture & organics, yoga, dance & movement, African drumming, circus skills, poi & juggling, Mayan calendar, meditation, Harakeke, music production, alternative healing techniques and many more.

Other features include:

Circus Space with a wide range of circus skills workshops by day & stunning fire/LED performances at night; the Hauora healing zone where qualified alternative therapists offer a range of healing practices such as massage and Reiki, as well as Healing workshops.


Organic and locally sourced food & refreshments; arts, crafts & market stalls; enlightening movies & documentaries, kids' activities, spacious camping, solar showers &earth friendly amenities.....all set 2000ft up a quartz crystal and limestone mountain surrounded by native bush.

Luminate is a Clean Environment event with a consistent strategy of groundbreaking environmental initiatives in resource conservation and waste minimization. We welcome you to support us as we co-create a culture of self-reliance and sustainability:

There will be no rubbish bins or recycling on site! Be prepared to pack out what you bring in and leave no trace.

Food stalls will serve onto ceramics, and its great to bring your own plate and cup. There is a composting area for biodegradeables and a dishwashing area provided. The festival site layout and art installations have been designed using sacred geometry, natural materials and re-used resources. Read More

Luminate is a family friendly festival. As usual, alcohol and dogs are not permitted.

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Timing: Luminate celebrates the ancient summer harvest festival of Lughnasadgh, which dates back at least 2000 years and was celebrated by our ancestors around the world. Being exactly mid way between the summer solstice and autumn equinox, when there is usually an abundance of crops, this was traditionally a joyous time for people to gather together, share food, music, stories, information and send gratitude to the earth mother for looking after us.

Luminate Festival Trust is very grateful to receive additional funding and individual donations. The Trust also very much appreciates all the supporters, in-kind contributors, volunteers and enthusiastic festival-goers from around this beautiful planet who help us manifest this creative vision and conscious gathering of community in the spirit of light and love.

Donations to Luminate Festival Trust are tax deductible as Luminate is a registered charity with donee status (CC43938). Contact us for more information.

Luminate: to spread light, elevate spiritual consciousness, put a smile on your face.

Until Luminate Festival 2017

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

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Workshops 2017

Lacto-Fermentation: How to Make Sauerkraut - Inna Alex

Posted on 24/10/2016 at ORGANIC WORKSHOPS

Lacto-fermentation creates foods which are more nutritious than they were before being preserved by introducing beneficial flora and probiotics to foods...

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Natural Soap Making - Sarah Page

Posted on 24/10/2016 at ORGANIC WORKSHOPS

Make your own natural Palm oil free soap using only natural ingredients including organic goats milk, natural colourings and essential oils. Goats...

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

Posted on 24/10/2016 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

Qi plays a vital role in our health. Explore how to connect and work with universal energy (Qi), how to make...

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The Authentic Yes and No - Regan Pryor

Posted on 24/10/2016 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Fear and communication barriers can be such a block to making deep connections with another. Learn how to own your true...

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The Power of Sound – Sannyasin Atmabhava (Anahata Yoga Retreat)

Posted on 23/10/2016 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

This experiential workshop will combine an exploration of the voice as sound resonance and Nada (sound) Meditations from the Yogic tradition. Use...

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

Posted on 24/10/2016 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Want to make educated choices about your foods? Dr Sam explains over 10 major diet trends. Discover a clear, logical way...

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Teach Your Passion - Claire Thompson

Posted on 24/10/2016 at THINK WORKSHOPS

Learn how to develop your own workshop and bring your ideas and experience to life in your hometown and in the...

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Local Food & Seed Sovereignty - Robina McCurdy

Posted on 24/10/2016 at ORGANIC WORKSHOPS

Find out about attempts to counteract the decline in seed varieties and the rise of corporate control over our food and...

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Three Soft Cheeses - Sarah Page

Posted on 24/10/2016 at ORGANIC WORKSHOPS

Be amazed by how simple cheese making actually is. Make a very simple cream type cheese, which is extremely versatile and...

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The Yoga of Sound and Music - Claire Thompson

Posted on 24/10/2016 at ARTS & CULTURE WORKSHOPS

In ancient India, one of the paths a yogi could study was that of the Yoga of Sound, or Nada Yoga...

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5Rhythms® WildSacred Waves - Kat Worth

Posted on 24/10/2016 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

5Rhythms® is a kick ass moving meditation practice. You will experience an open and permissive dance space to practice the Wave;...

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Introduction to Healing Using Ren Xue and Yuan Gong - Aiyanna Langemeijer

Posted on 24/10/2016 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Welcome to a group healing. Learn a way to use your mind to improve your health and emotional wellbeing. Get to...

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Path to Freedom: It’s All About U - Norm Collins

Posted on 24/10/2016 at THINK WORKSHOPS

To understand Common law and Human Rights and their legal application, is to cut through layers of legislation and bureaucratic code...

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Cultivate Your Life Force - Mordechai Nathan

Posted on 24/10/2016 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Journey through a selection of techniques from Pranayama, Kriya Yoga, Ayurveda, Daoism and Qi-gung, clear the meridian channels, create awareness of...

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K-I-S-S: Keep It Simple Singing - Georgia Duder-Wood

Posted on 24/10/2016 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

A fun and informative seminar to understand the fundamentals of good vocal technique. Learn how to increase your vocal range, power...

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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