Luminate Festival 2015

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The Twisty Twinz wowed us with their aerial performance in 2013 and this year we are delighted to welcome them back to enthrall and enchant us! This twin-tastic duo will be teaching workshops in aerial silks, trapeze and acro balance. Watch out for their amazing roving stilted characters who will be appearing all over the festival site!

Workshops 2015

Science of Spirit - bioLuMigen

Posted on 16/01/2015 at THINK WORKSHOPS

Science of Spirit - bioLuMigen

What is Spirit? Spiritual insights into the nature of our being and the cosmos are emerging from the unravelling of modern physics and consciousness research. Explore the workings of consciousness, quantum mechanics, the infinite potentiality of all things and more. Consider the parallels between cutting-edge science and mysticism, shamanism and spiritual teachings.

Pilates: Floor Core - Tudor Burchill

Posted on 06/12/2014 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Pilates: Floor Core - Tudor Burchill

Discover the history and foundational principals of Pilates.

Experience being guided through a classic Joseph Pilates style ‘continuous flow’ exercise sequence, assisted by postural correction to facilitate rapid core and postural strength.

Pilates offers pain reduction, increased vitality and appealing changes in physic.

Going beyond sustainability - Luminates eco initiatives

Posted on 21/01/2015 at ORGANIC WORKSHOPS

Going beyond sustainability - Luminates eco initiatives

Take a walk through Luminate's pioneering eco initiatives. Meet the creators, take a look behind the scenes and learn valuable skills to take home. Facilitated by Gayle Murphy of Global Green Events. Compost toilets, solar showers, rocket stoves and more.....

Drum Repair/Drum Maintenance Workshop - Carlos Riegelhaupt

Posted on 06/01/2015 at ARTS & CULTURE WORKSHOPS

Drum Repair/Drum Maintenance Workshop - Carlos Riegelhaupt

Do you have a drum with a broken skin? is your drum sounding flat and ringy? Is it cracked? Learn the skills to repair your drum and how to tune and maintain it. 

Rowan Tree

Posted on 20/01/2015 at CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

From England, Rowan Tree brings us her multi skills in hoop, poi and juggling. Rowan has taught and performed at festivals all over the United Kingdom for the past 3 years and has developed workshops to cater for all ages and abilities. She performs with a variety of fire props and may be spotted pixie-ing around the festival site at night with her fiery toy of choice. Rowan will be teaching workshops in contact juggling, folds and flourishes with your hula hoop...

Embodied Intuition - Christine Callanan

Posted on 25/12/2014 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Embodied Intuition - Christine Callanan

The intuition of the New Age differs from the usual intuition which you already know. The earlier intuition was orientated towards your gut feeling. Now the intuition happens through the unified heart chakra. This may be less noticeable but through this it is ensured that the mind is switched off.


Nutritional Anthropology - Dr. Sam

Posted on 16/12/2014 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Nutritional Anthropology - Dr. Sam

Confused about nutrition: Raw food? Vegan? Vegetarian? Flexitarian? Omnivore? Paleo? Learn the foundation of nutrition: Anthropology, the study of cultures prior to modern civilization.

Learn about Dr. Weston A. Price's nutritional research in the 1920s and 1930s on isolated indigenous cultures, including Eskimo, Aborigines, Maori, Peruvian, African, and Polynesian cultures. 

African Rhythm - Elliott Orr

Posted on 21/01/2015 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

African Rhythm - Elliott Orr

Rhythm is primal and a birthright to all, it is a universal language that transcends boundaries. Sometimes it takes a little coaxing to draw it out of us. Allow Elliott to help you find the pulse inside.. Come and learn to communicate without words.


Combining Yoga and the 5 elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Michael Wynne

Posted on 12/01/2015 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Combining Yoga and the 5 elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Michael Wynne

A series of workshops designed to explore health management, Zen meditation and Yoga techniques. Experience practical guidance of harmonising energy to improve health or achieve mental clarity. All experience levels can benefit from the tools of Classical Yoga, the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chi Kung, Zen shiatsu and Pranayama breathing techniques.

Tribal Belly Dance - Lisa Māia Ambrose

Posted on 06/01/2015 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

Tribal Belly Dance -  Lisa Māia Ambrose


Ylimayu Dance leads those keen to learn into the basics of Tribal Belly Dance in a dynamic cue based format. At the end of this workshop, we will join with Carlos Riegelhaupt’s Middle Eastern Drumming Workshop and dance in all fullness with live drummers!


Yoga of Bass 2 - Claire Thompson & Darin McFadyen of FreQ Nasty

Posted on 27/12/2014 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

Yoga of Bass 2 -  Claire Thompson & Darin McFadyen of  FreQ Nasty

The second part of The Yoga of Bass is “the asana class / DJ set & Ecstatic Bass Session combines a spiritual dub and bass-oriented DJ set with a yoga session, where vibrant yoga asana and free movement are specially sculpted to flow with the music.

Mbira - Jimi Dale

Posted on 06/01/2015 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

Mbira - Jimi Dale

Mbira is an instrument used in ceremonies in Zimbabwe as a way of contacting the Ancestral Spirits. In this workshop, we shall learn how the notes are arranged in an easy way and learn to play a simple tune and song together. Some instruments provided.


Technicalities and practicalities of seed saving - Sol Morgan

Posted on 15/12/2014 at ORGANIC WORKSHOPS

Technicalities and practicalities of seed saving - Sol Morgan

Seed saving is vital for proofing our place and community. Learn to save pure seed with hands-on techniques.

The technicalities and practicalities of seed saving are considered including how different plant crops relate and how this influences saving seeds. Discover which crops to grow for seed and strategies to ensure pure seed. Also experience hands on seed saving techniques.


Love Singing with Love -
 Georgia Duder-Wood

Posted on 06/01/2015 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

Love Singing with Love -
 Georgia Duder-Wood

A dynamic, free-spirited approach to singing under the premise that everybody can sing better when simple vocal and musical techniques are applied and “the need to get it right” is removed. Participants will learn a simple checklist to aid free, authentic expression and simple ways to integrate sound healing into a life and discover the joy of communion through the sharing of self through song.

The Hoop Hooligans

Posted on 11/12/2014 at CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

The Hoop Hooligans

We are very excited to have The Hoop Hooligans, individually known as Zeph and Rewi, return to Luminate in 2015 and entertain us with their hilarious antics and top circus skills!

Together they form a super potent duo that combines hypnotic object manipulation, fire dance and comedy into an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages and cultures.    

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


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 e...

Amira Mudfaery
Golden Bay

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