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.  


Lantern Workshop Bookings Open 

The first lantern making workshops is 30-31 May and bookings are coming thick and fast. See the workshops page for the booking link and be quick!


Volunteer Assistance Required 

We need help at our Lantern Workshops and a range of other roles such as the Carnival Art Team. We have a team of professional and emerging artists involved but will need a handful of volunteers to help out. We're also looking for loads of volunteers for Carnival night (50+) so if you want to help make the Carnival happen we would love to hear from you.

Check out the roles on the Volunteer page and get in touch with one of the Carnival team.  


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.