Luminate is a vibrant summer festival of cutting-edge live and electronic music, visual and performing arts, inspirational knowledge-sharing and pioneering environmental initiatives.
Music: Delivering an international line-up alongside the juicy vibes of our home-grown talent, Luminate offers a diverse range of live music and electronica spanning five zones. You’ll find world grooves, gypsy, maori, celtic, folk, jazz, blues, samba, roots, reggae, dub, psytrance, progressive, techno, house, dubstep, drum and bass, electroswing, glitch-hop, sacred bass, midtempo, chill out and lots more. Bring your instruments and join the acoustic jams at Tribal zone or open-mic at the Village Stage.
Workshops: An extensive daily schedule of practical, inspiring workshops with experienced facilitators, including permaculture, alternative energy, yoga, aikido, quantum science, taonga puoro, african drumming, dance, reflexology, performing arts, traditional crafts, electronic music production and lots more. A range of enlightening movies and docos screen nightly. Find workshops on holistic health and a range of alternative therapies including massage at the Healing Hub.
The Circus Space hosts sessions for adults and children, from acro-balance, juggling, poi and hula hoop, to dragon staff, slackline and unicycling. Look out for the fire performances at night and roving acts during the day.
There are lots of activities for children including entertainers, games, storytelling, arts, crafts and other fun things.
Village market: Browse the market for handmade arts and crafts, enjoy the performers on the Village stage, and sample some healthy kai. Food outlets serve delicious, nourishing meals and tasty treats. All cafes run by Luminate, including the popular earth-fired pizza oven, are vegetarian and Organic.
Eco initiatives: Luminate is renowned for its strong environmentally conscious focus, encouraging self-reliance and responsibility from all participants. Remember to bring your own plates/cups for the market; a dishwashing area is provided. With no rubbish or recycling bins on site you pack out what you bring in. Luminate literally builds the festival on an ethos of minimising waste in all possible ways, upcycling, re-using resources, and using natural materials. Eco amenities include composting toilets and solar showers.
Camping: There’s plenty of space for friends and family to camp together, and quiet places too. Rolling grassland surrounded by native beech forest and limestone outcrops is an enchanting environment. Bring your bicycles to cruise between the camping and event site. Luminate is a non-alcohol, family-friendly event.
Timing: Inspired by the ancient seasonal festival of Lughnasadgh (“Lunasa”), Luminate is midway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox, when our ancestors would gather together to share inspiration, learning and celebration, giving thanks to the earth mother for the abundance of the harvest.