Celebrate the seasons with us!


 Lantern making workshop times are now available to book! Please go to our Workshops page and follow the link at the bottom to secure your spot!


This year's 2017 event will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Saturday 24th June with the theme Nocturnal Nature!  


'"Imagine bats emerging from a cave, eels writhing in a creek with glow worms and Taniwha on its banks and owls circling overhead. That's just some of what is being developed by the Art Team this year." 

 - Hannah Johnston, Lead Costumier/Prop maker

The Mid-Winter Carnival is a local celebration of winter utilising art and performance to create a unique and spectacular event. Every year the event grows, with last year's turnout of over 15,000 people being the most ever. 

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

Family lantern making workshops are held on the three weekends prior to the event and over 100 volunteers re involved helping with preparations and on the night of the event. Visit our Workshops and Volunteer pages to get involved!

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


Midwinter Carnival 2016

It was a beautiful night in Dunedin on Saturday 18 June for last year's event with at least 15,000 and as many as 18,000 attending according to Dunedin City Council sources.

The 'Future Worlds' theme was inspired by concepts of the future such as the Dada art movement and space travel and resulted in some stunning giant lanterns such as a whale with a city on its back, an elephant held aloft by birds and a space rocket. Beautifully costumed dancers, stiltwalkers and musicians added to the atmosphere. 

The official video is available here

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! Following the procession there is a fireworks display and more music and food. This is a donation-entry event. Come along and enjoy! 


Mid-Summer Lights 

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. Our hope is to repeat this event once we have secured a more permanent home for our giant lantern collection.
See the Mid-Summer Lights video here