Luminate Festival 2015

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Market Traders

Applications are now open for market traders at Luminate 2015. Limited numbers of trading spaces are available for food and goods. You can read the information for traders and apply online by following one of these links;


Village Market

The Village Market at Luminate Festival has always been a central area; the first zone to open and one of the last ones to close. It is a nurturing place where people meet, connect, rest, eat, shop and enjoy entertainment.

All of us at Luminate love food. Not just any food, but wholesome, nutritious, organic, tasty, fresh food for the soul. We choose food vendors based on quality and diversity of their products and encourage the use of organic ingredients where possible. All food for sale at Luminate is vegetarian.

Luminate Festival runs the Pizza Oven and Kai Organic, serving nutritious and hearty foods all using 99 per cent organic ingredients. - gourmet pizzas, breads, cookies, and a variety of global cuisine.

There are numerous traders selling diverse goodies such as clothing, jewellery, hats, hair wraps and crafts; from locally sourced and made items, to imported funky gears. We love to see “up-cycled” clothes and wearables. You can have screen-prints of the Luminate logo put on an item of clothing bought at the market, or on something you already have.  

Some of the children’s entertainment is in the market area - storytelling, puppetry and games. There is also the Village Stage where anyone of any age can express themselves through theatre, circus skills, dance, music or any art. This often draws a crowd where participants can linger with their children, families and friends in an inviting and buzzing zone.

All traders must comply with our waste minimization policy and cannot sell anything out of disposable cups, plates, cutlery or goods with packaging. We encourage participants to do their bit in helping with the function of our waste minimization strategy, by bringing their own plate, cup and cutlery – which they happily do. Near the food area is a dishwashing area so that the items may be re-used.  There is also a sterilizing dishwashing system, so customers can hire a plate, cup and cutlery for a small fee.

The entire festival is rubbish bin-free, including the market area, so come prepared to take all your rubbish and recyclables with you. Many are happy to discover that Luminate is one of the cleanest festivals you can find in this day and age, because everyone participates and respects this policy.

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


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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