Celebrate the longest night with us!
A big thanks to everyone who joined us - we hope to see you back next year!
The 2014 Dunedin Midwinter Carnival performers and lantern bearers braved the elements on Saturday, 21 June, to celebrate the longest night of the year with the Dunedin public.
The beautiful procession saw a number of highlights, including our brand new giant castle and swan, spooky spider man, stilt walking fairies and hundreds of little bears, clouds and ghosts lighting up the Octagon. We are thrilled to have been joined by local band Skull Dubbery this year and the More FM MCs Damian and Kellie.
A windy, but fairly warm night hailed an end to darkness and the coming of more light. We hope you enjoyed it and cannot wait to do it all again next year!
Please fill in our audience survey if you made it along on the night!
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. This year, it will take place on Saturday 21 June with the theme "A Winter Dreamland". The event starts at 5:30pm, at which time a live band, local foodstalls, a merry-go-round and other entertainment will be available. At 6pm our 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 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.