Luminate Festival 2015

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From England, Kay brings us the art of hoop manipulation. She has a wealth of teaching and performance experience gained at international events. You can find Kay performing on the live stage in the evenings as part of Sacred Swing Circus and in the Circus Space leading workshops in foot hooping and advanced hooping techniques.

Workshops 2015

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.

Primal Lifestyle - Irma Jager

Posted on 25/12/2014 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Primal Lifestyle - Irma Jager

Your genes are extremely sensitive to environmental influences. You really can make great progress toward reversing years of adverse lifestyle habits in just 21 days.

Mainly by eating and exercising, you can transform from a sugar-dependent, fat storing organism that constantly battles hunger, illness, depression and weight gain into a ‘fat burning beast’ who burns stored body fat.

Acrobalance for the family - Jo Galbraith and Jake Goode

Posted on 08/01/2015 at KIDZ WORKSHOPS

Acrobalance for the family - Jo Galbraith and Jake Goode

No experience is necessary to join this fun acrobalance session for adults with their children (one adult per child is preferred). Learn some basic balances and group pyramids from Circus Arts professionals who specialise in acrobatic balancing and street theatre and work extensively with young people at risk world-wide.

Bokken (wooden sword) - Giselle Demelchiore

Posted on 27/12/2014 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

Bokken (wooden sword) - Giselle Demelchiore

Bokken is an ancient Japanese wooden sword used for peaceful martial arts practice. Take up the Bokken and learn basic solo movements and partnered forms, while developing concentration, centre (Hara), and breath control. Be introduced to a practice for developing strength of mind and body.

Hormone Rebalancing - Dr. Sam

Posted on 16/12/2014 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Hormone Rebalancing -  Dr. Sam

Reclaim your hormones, reclaim your life: How to reduce fatigue, body fat, sugar cravings, low mood, mid-morning energy crash, and pain with this simple morning routine.

These 5 morning strategies are designed to be quick and effective for those that have limited time in the morning. 

Creatively Capturing Stones: Jewellery making - Jessica Holdaway

Posted on 08/12/2014 at ARTS & CULTURE WORKSHOPS

Creatively Capturing Stones: Jewellery making - Jessica Holdaway

A special stone or crystal can be captured as a beautiful piece of jewellery. Learn to make a macramé net to hold any stone or item and create your wearable or gift piece. Tap into your creative talents and learn a practical new skill.

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.

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

Posted on 25/12/2014 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

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

The first part of the Yoga of Bass is “peak, flow and letting go - the talk”. It focuses on the flow states we reach on the dance floor, and explores how we may combine these peak experiences with a daily spiritual practice to create a truly transformational life.


Sonic discoveries of traditional Maori instruments - Reti Hedley

Posted on 12/01/2015 at ARTS & CULTURE WORKSHOPS

Sonic discoveries of traditional Maori instruments - Reti Hedley

Gain an insight into Maori traditional instruments and discover how they cross over to the digital realm of music. Learn about the history of various Maori instruments and their cultural origins. Find out how to apply Pre-European Maori instruments to modern genres of music.

Sound Medicine Journey - Sika Rose

Posted on 17/12/2014 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

Sound Medicine Journey - Sika Rose

Merging ancient & contemporary music to journey into other worlds. Experience the power of primordial sounds as Sika plays Didjeridoo, Drums, Flutes, natural objects and more. Surrender conscious thoughts, enter the dreaming pool and see reality from a symbolic, mythical perspective.

Irish Whistle - Helen Mayhew

Posted on 27/12/2014 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

Irish Whistle - Helen Mayhew

Folk music sessions to bring your instrument to…! We’ll practice Irish whistle tunes and techniques incorporated into traditional tunes. All levels from beginner to intermediate are welcome.

Managing Soil Fertility - Sol Morgan

Posted on 15/12/2014 at ORGANIC WORKSHOPS

Managing Soil Fertility - Sol Morgan

Learn how soil works and how to improve and maintain soil fertility to be able to grow a range of healthy crops. Know how to go about soil sampling/testing, some weed identification as soil indicators, what different minerals look like and how to apply them. 

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.

Gareth Chivers

Posted on 20/01/2015 at CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

Gareth Chivers

This young man from Nelson was one of Sugra’s best students!

Gareth can often be seen weaving energetically through traffic, balancing a water bottle on his head whilst juggling 5 balls.  Seriously. He’s the most humble juggler you’re ever likely to meet.Cats love him.

Gareth will be teaching workshops juggling with balls and rings and unicycling.

His cat is not coming to Luminate but you may well see him balancing other objects.

African Drumming, Singing and Dancing - Robert Koffie Fugah

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

African Drumming, Singing and Dancing - Robert Koffie Fugah

We will learn typical traditional dance steps from one of the tribes in Africa, the meaning to the steps, and why and when we do those steps. We will also learn the traditional songs that go with the dances and rhythms

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


A huge thanks from Rhythmonyx for having us perform again as part of Luminate 2013. It was once again the highlight of the year. We got to explore more of the beautiful site this time swimming holes/ water falls and all the amaz...

Rhys & the Rhythmonyx Band
invercargill, nz

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