Luminate Festival 2015

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A wide range of circo-arts sessions is scheduled each day, many are suitable for all ages, please check the website and festival schedule for full details. Workshops include: Juggling with clubs, balls and other objects; Poi; Contact and Dragon Staff; Unicycling, Acrobalance; Hooping; Aerials (silks, hoop, rope, trapeze); Slackline; Devil Sticks; Fans; Rope Dart; Bugeng.

Click here to check the circus workshops!

Workshops 2015

The FireBugs

Posted on 08/01/2015 at CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

The FireBugs

This fiery bunch based in Dunedin have been teaching and performing at Luminate for 3 years now and are very excited to be coming back for the 4th time! The Bugs have many fluid members who come and go, but the core consists of Keir Russell, Tama Te Mura, Mariya Semenova and Ben Prince – fire and flow artists who met and formed in Dunedin and got many a show together under their belts.

In 2012 the...

Dancing Freedom: Embodied Alchemy - Richard Tronson & Lydia Marolda

Posted on 03/12/2014 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

Dancing Freedom: Embodied Alchemy - Richard Tronson & Lydia Marolda

Authentic movement and ritual move us beyond the thinking mind and allow us to open to the body's innate intelligence. Participate in a deep soul-filled experience of tribal music and dance. A transformative journey to explore the elements of Earth, Air, Water, Fire & Ether in a synergy of ecstatic dance.

Couples Massage - Elizabeth Stein

Posted on 16/12/2014 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Couples Massage - Elizabeth Stein

(PG-rated / clothes on). For Adults and young adults age 14+.  Come learn what really makes a massage feel good. Hint: It’s not about the technique, however, a few techniques will be shared.

Workshop suitable for loving partners, friends, and parent’s with interested older children.

Mindfulness and sexual pleasure: two workshops for men and women - Dr. Courtney Clyne

Posted on 25/12/2014 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Mindfulness and sexual pleasure: two workshops for men and women - Dr. Courtney Clyne

When we integrate mindfulness into sexual practices, we can approach our sex life in a new way, whether we have sexual issues or want to learn to increase sexual enjoyment. Men and women are encouraged to attend both workshops to gain a deeper understanding of one another.

Middle Eastern Rhythms Drumming - Carlos Riegelhaupt

Posted on 06/01/2015 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

Middle Eastern Rhythms Drumming - Carlos Riegelhaupt

Discover the Darbuka drum including how it is made and how to play it. Study three rhythms commonly used in Middle Eastern traditional music for Belly dancers. Learn how to communicate through the drum, with oneself and with others. Join Belly dancers for a co-created fusion of drumming and dance.

Breath Circle: conscious connected breathwork - Emma Skellern

Posted on 01/12/2014 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Breath Circle: conscious connected breathwork - Emma Skellern


Our Breath is a simple yet profound vehicle for healing and inspiration. This specific technique of conscious connected breathing is an experience, which unites us with the Life Force, offers an opportunity to let go of anything we no longer need to carry and brings up insights, bliss and inspiration.


Posted on 20/01/2015 at CIRCUS WORKSHOPS



Luminate is excited to welcome a wonderful Italian/Czech collaboration - CircoFrico

Klara and Matti form CircoFrico, fusing different skills to generate exciting new possibilities.

Between them they have experienced and performed in Circus, as street performers and in festivals across Europe and beyond, bringing a wealth of teaching and performing experience with both with children and adults in a number of different countries. 

Klara will be teaching workshops in aerial acrobatics and teaching paired acrobatics and acro yoga with Matti, whilst...

Road to freedom - Norm Collins

Posted on 27/12/2014 at THINK WORKSHOPS

Road to freedom - Norm Collins

To understand Common law and Human Rights and their legal application is to cut through layers of legislation and bureaucratic code. Become aware of the modes of deception being perpetrated upon us. Develop practical methods to assist in resisting them while seeking peaceful remedies to the erosion of liberty and freedom.

Be a Changemaker - Rebekah Goldstein-Hawes

Posted on 15/12/2014 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Be a Changemaker - Rebekah Goldstein-Hawes

How can I be a part of lasting and positive change? How can I make a difference in my health? In my community? By looking at the body, the family, the community as a system we can begin to understand ways to facilitate transformation. Learn tools for being a changemaker!

Kundalini Yoga - Anna Lundqvist

Posted on 06/01/2015 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

Kundalini Yoga - Anna Lundqvist

Welcome to experience the yoga of awareness, one of the more spiritual styles of yoga.

Songlines & The Planetary Grid - Deya Dova

Posted on 06/01/2015 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Songlines & The Planetary Grid - Deya Dova

Explore the mysteries and your personal connection to the Great Mystery through understanding & awareness of the Planetary Grid and it's Songlines. Singer, Producer, Artist and Visionary, Deya Dova, shares her experiences visiting & recording live onsite at sacred sites around the world. Deya shares her knowledge of the planetary grid and her personal insights and ongoing exploration into ancient petroglyphs, star knowledge and...

Belly Dance for Kids - Lisa Māia Ambrose

Posted on 06/01/2015 at KIDZ WORKSHOPS

Belly Dance for Kids - Lisa Māia Ambrose

All kids, girls and boys are invited to come along to learn the basics of Tribal Belly Dance, a dance with roots and movements based in many ancient cultures, which is well practiced today too. It will be fun and interactive for kids of all ages! 


Tribal Fusion Belly Dance with Aaralyn of TribalDiva Belly Dance Company - Tracey Saunders

Posted on 27/12/2014 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

Tribal Fusion Belly Dance with Aaralyn of TribalDiva Belly Dance Company - Tracey Saunders

We’ll discover the origins, history and evolution of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. We’ll learn core movements characteristic of this style of dance and dance drills carried out in a safe manner to help us gain the muscle memory to execute the movements. We will then practice a short choreography integrating the movements we learned.

Ignite the Inner Fire - Energise the Body and Enlighten the Mind Swami Kriyaratna Saraswati and Mangalananda Saraswati Anahata Yoga Retreat

Posted on 18/01/2015 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Ignite the Inner Fire - Energise the Body and Enlighten the Mind  Swami Kriyaratna Saraswati and Mangalananda Saraswati Anahata Yoga Retreat

Light your inner fire with movement, breath and energy locks.

Explore transformative ways to stoke the digestive fire, increase vital energy and turn up the heat to catalyse growth and evolution.  Within our bodies, the fire element is experienced as the governor of digestion, in our minds, fire brings qualities of initiative, drive, passion and confidence and a strong inner flame powers change, growth and evolution.


Yogic Sleep - Anahata Yoga Retreat

Posted on 18/01/2015 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Yogic Sleep - Anahata Yoga Retreat

Relax and recharge your entire system with 30 minutes of “Yoga Nidra” or Yogic Sleep. With a 30 minute Yoga Nidra equivalent to four hours of deep sleep, this proven relaxation technique will leave you feeling grounded, rested and rejuvenated.

Suitable for all ages.

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.

The E-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 Flaming-Juggle-Poi-Toy-Zone 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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Live Stage 2015

  • Amani
  • Beats Antique
  • Beyondsemble
  • bioLuMigen
  • Carlos and Sybie
  • Carolina Moon
  • Chimuka
  • CirqueSanity
  • D-sens
  • Dark Nebula
  • dDub
  • Desert Dwellers
  • Deya Dova
  • DOV1
  • Dub Kirtan All Stars
  • Formidable Veggie Sound...
  • Galanjah
  • Ganga Giri
  • Henry & Makete
  • Hypnagog
  • Irie Vibes
  • Isaac Chambers
  • Janover & reSunator
  • Jon Sanders
  • Joshua Tree
  • JPOD
  • Kalya Scintilla
  • Knights of the Dub Table
  • Loose Connexionz
  • Matiu Te Huki with My Golden Soul
  • MudWood
  • My Baby
  • Mystic Beats
  • Nigel Gavin
  • Perfect Stranger
  • Redwood Reider
  • Sika
  • Spiral
  • Terrafractyl
  • The Slacks

Electronic Zone 2015

  • BlueFrog
  • Defazed
  • DJ Aleon
  • DJ Cib
  • DJ Hobo
  • Eukali
  • FreQ Nasty
  • Gabby Gunn
  • Galangah
  • Herman Saiz
  • Josh Tasman
  • Joshua Tree
  • Ladykerbs
  • Leorion
  • Luccid
  • Melt
  • Pino
  • Scent
  • Shantaraam/Tech Aid/NightShayde
  • ShinDig
  • Siliconbeat
  • Simon Deep South Audio
  • Solomon
  • Systm.Bypass
  • The Wisdom of Shankara
  • Treavor Moontribe
  • Waay
  • Warp
  • Wilderness
  • Wodjer Want
  • Wyldcard

Chillounge 2015

  • Beats Antique
  • Beyondsemble
  • bioLuMigen
  • Chris Butler
  • Defazed
  • DJ Cib
  • Dj Dazy
  • Dj Kamotion
  • Dov1
  • Galanjah
  • Isaac Chambers
  • Joshua Tree
  • Karena Koa
  • Lunaspice
  • Mamadafunk
  • Manu
  • Matt Coldrick
  • Mental Extensions
  • Nigel Gavin
  • Shantaraam
  • Tala
  • The Hallelujah Tribe
  • The Wisdom of Shankara
  • Waay
  • Wyldcard
  • Yeshe


~Luminate, a delightful experience for families~ A family friendly event immersed in rhythms of peace, love and friendship. Every face carried a smile, every corner echoed with children’s laughter. It seemed as though familie...

Bianca Dias

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, 28th Jan - 4th Feb 2015. Luminate Festival Educational and Spiritual Trust. Registered Charity CC43938