Celebrate the longest night with us!


2014 Theme and Workshop Information 


Giant lanterns, towering stilt-walkers and magical dreams will take over Dunedin's Octagon on Saturday 21 June.
“This is a truly spectacular event that is unique to Dunedin,” says Artistic Director Juliet Novena Sorrel. “Each year we create new lanterns and costumes and performances based around a theme. This year’s theme, ‘A Winter Dreamland’, will be infused with magic and the creation of a surrealist fantasy world that will surprise and delight.”
Bookings for the much-anticipated public lantern making workshops will open on 12 May.
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2014 Midwinter Carnival Dates 

The 2014 Dunedin Midwinter Carnival will be held on Saturday 21 June. This will be directly on the Winter Solstice - the longest night and shortest day of the year. This is so appropriate as a fundamental reason we hold this event is to celebrate the changing seasons. Enter ‘A Winter Dreamland' at the 2014 Dunedin Midwinter Carnival!


 What a night, what a journey!

The 2013 Midwinter Carnival took place as planned on 22 June to celebrate the longest night of the year. It rained till 3:00pm which had everyone on edge but we knew the forecast was for improving conditions and the weather cleared just in time.

The Carnival Procession was a huge success and looked absolutely beautiful. It featured over a dozen giant lanterns, performers, musicians and hundreds of children carrying the lanterns they had made at our workshops. Read more about the night here.


Photos and video footage!

We have some awesome photos of the 2013 event by Alan Dove Photography in our gallery. You can also watch an editted video of the 2013 Midwinter Carnival on our You Tube channel. The film was made by Central Video who did an excellent job capturing the atmosphere in a very low light situation. You can also see a story on the Otago Daily Times website.


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