Celebrate the longest night with us!


This year's event is on Saturday 20 June - we hope to see you there!

We are looking forward to bringing you another magical event this year. The Art Team have started work on giant lantern prototypes and we are finalising details for the family lantern making workshops which will be on the three weekends prior to the main event.  


Join our Art Team - Volunteer Assistants Required 

The Carnival Art Team is the powerhouse behind the beautiful images that feature in the Carnival Procession. We have a team of professional and emerging artists involved but will need a handful of volunteers to help out. If you are good at making things, using tools, wiring, or sewing and want to be part of the team then please contact the Artistic Director via birdseyeviewnz@gmail.com. 


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! 


Photos and video footage!

We have some awesome photos of the 2014 event by Alan Dove Photography in our gallery. You can also watch a fantastic video made by Hayden Parsons from Spit & Polish Media.