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Mid-Winter Carnival 2016

This year's event will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Saturday 18 June starting at 5:30pm. The event is held in the city centre, Dunedin's Octagon, with our heritage buildings forming a backdrop to the creative talents of our artists.

The Mid-Winter Carnival is a local celebration of winter utilising art and performance to create a unique and spectacular event. Over the years the event has grown attracting an audience of thousands, young and old, locals and visitors.

The highlight of the event is the Carnival Procession which includes more than 1000 people and 100s of lanterns. A special feature are the giant lanterns, costumed stilt walkers, dancers and musicians. Each year the Carnival Art Team works for months to create new exciting art works for people to enjoy.

Family lantern making workshops will be held on the three weekends prior to the event. Bookings are made through the workshops pageYou can also be involved as a volunteer at the event or help with the preparation.

Keep an eye on the Carnival Facebook page for more updates. .


Mid-Summer Lights a Major Success

The new Mid-Summer Lights event held from 16-20 December 2015 was a sell out success attracting 6000 people and wonderful feedback. Developed by the team that produces the annual Mid-Winter Carnival, it featured a walk-through installation of giant lanterns along with a sound track and live performances by aerial artists and stilt walkers. 
See the Mid-Summer Lights video here


Midwinter Carnival 2015

It was a beautiful night in Dunedin on Saturday 20 June. As a result the turnout was huge - at least 10,000 and as many as 15,000 according to some sources.

Of course the large turnout was also because people love the event and were looking forward to seeing what the Carnival Art Team had in store this year. The 'Winter Garden' theme was always going to be popular with some beautiful flowers but the Art Team out-did themselves with more illuminated costumes, more articulated costumes and more performers than ever before. 

The official video is available here

We were fortunate to have a lovely film crew from inspirational website Papaya Stories who also filmed the event from a very different angle. This longer video of about 5 minutes has some great procession and backstage images of performers.

See their story and video.

A parade in the city's heart:

The Midwinter Carnival is an annual event which celebrates our local seasons. It takes place on the Saturday closest to the Winter Solstice (longest night of the year) in Dunedin's Octagon. The event starts at 5:30pm, at which time a live band, local foodstalls, a merry-go-round and other entertainment will be present. At 6pm the Carnival Procession starts. The procession involves approximately 1000 people, including local families who have made their own lanterns at our workshops, giant lanterns, stilt-walkers, dancers, drummers and more! The event concludes with a fireworks display. This is a donation-entry event. Come along and enjoy!