Celebrate the seasons with us!


New event, Mid-Summer Lights, set to wow Dunedin this December!

Mid-Summer Lights is a new event by the team that produces the annual Dunedin Midwinter Carnival. It is a walk-through installation of all the giant lanterns we have created over the last decade. These are works of art that deserve to be seen. Our aim is to take the focus away from consumerism and seasonal stress to one of creating amazing experiences and memories for families. Read more.

See the Facebook event listing here.



Midwinter Carnival 2015

It was a beautiful night in Dunedin on Saturday 20 June. After several year's of difficult weather we couldn't have asked for better conditions. 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. Did I mention the giant peacock and the water fountain lanterns? They were stunning as were many of the performers! 

A huge thank you to the 130 performers, to the 100 plus volunteers and to all our funders and sponsors. This event would not be possible without you. Click here for more information on this year's event.


Carnival Videos

The video of the 2015 event has been wildly popular with over 28,000 views and counting on Facebook. Produced by Dunedin's Spit and Polish Media, the 3 minute video does a great job of capturing the atmostphere of the event.

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 and circumnavigates the Octagon. The procession involves approximately 1000 performers, 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 stunning fireworks display. This is a donation-entry event. Come along and enjoy!