Music & Arts


Music is a significant aspect of Luminate, reflecting the ancient intuitive connections that we have with polyrhythmic beats, layered sounds & harmonies, a desire to dance, to flow with the present moment, to resonate with sound vibrations, to connect.

During the festival we create a schedule with a wide diversity of music to match many tastes. We invite you to enjoy your favourite music, and also take the opportunities to check out artists and music that may be new to you, go exploring in the sonic realms, be open to the flow…


We bring you a stunning array of original music with conscious intent to the Lunasa Stage at Luminate. The line-up is fresh, stimulating, inspiring and dissolves boundaries of genre. Live bands with a strong level of musical integrity provide a range of world music, jazz, reggae, dub, celtic, pacifica, folk & fusion. Electronic producers & DJs play powerful music from heart-space spanning sacred bass to psychedelic trance. Careful scheduling invites a dynamic flow between the days and nights, creating an ever-changing, unifying musical adventure.


Presenting a range of live music with roots in folk, jazz, gypsy, world grooves and improvised music jams. The schedule also brings an eclectic range of electronic genres featuring well-known producers and djs from all over New Zealand. 


The Electronic Zone is about dance, groove, funk, bass…and an epic light show at night! The schedule brings together a carefully chosen eclectic range of cutting edge electronic genres featuring well-known producers and djs from New Zealand & Australia alongside international artists. Each day and each night has a different theme, it could be Techno, House, Psytrance, Progressive, High Tech, Glitch, Midtempo, World Grooves, Electro-Swing…the E-Zone is a place to dance surrounded by native forest and great vibes.


The Sound Healing Sanctuary is an intentional, ambient aural landscape for relaxation, meditation and healing heart-brain coherence, through the interplay of sound and silence offered by healers and musical alchemists.

Curated and held by the sound healers at Luminate, it is a deep and heartfelt offering of a relaxing space of aural intention, and perhaps come into a new consciousness around sound; an opportunity to tune in to a fuller resonance with ourselves and others, and tune up to the higher frequencies of human consciousness.

As this is an evening activity please be self-responsible about nurturing your body for warmth and optimal receptivity, and feel free to bring blankets or cushions.


By day, the Tribal Village hosts a rich selection of Knowledge and Inspiration Sharing Sessions (KISS), ranging from world class drumming and dance to personal transformation and traditional craft. 


By day, the Tribal Village hosts a rich selection of Knowledge and Inspiration Sharing Sessions (KISS), ranging from world class drumming and dance to personal transformation and traditional craft. 


As the sun goes down, the sacred fire ignites the space. Layers of sound meld and soar in a dynamic interplay with dance fire and drum guiding the collective into an organic trance.


The Village Stage provides a community focus in the Village Market, combining a program of musicians, children’s entertainers, improvised music jams, and open-mic sessions where festival participants can share their original music. This stage has been evolving steadily over the years, and through it we are able to present a range of live music with roots in folk, jazz, world and song



A hugely popular space at Luminate, Circus hosts a dazzling array of circo-arts workshops and spectacular performances throughout the festival. Drawing on international and New Zealand talent, Circus invites experienced and inspirational performers to lead workshops on a wide range of circus-related skills, from juggling, poi, hula hoop and slackline to fire twirling, silks and acro-balance. Many sessions are suitable for all ages, and Circus has proved an amazing space for families to enjoy learning new skills. Look out for roving performances by day, and fire & LED light shows at night.



Join us for the Welcome Ceremony on Thursday evening as we welcome all festival participants to Pikikirunga (the place), to Lughnasadgh (the time) and to the community of Luminate. A unique ritual of music, poetry, performing arts, fire and intention, this Ceremony welcomes everyone to the purpose and culture of Luminate.


This interactive meditative experience is timed during the midpoint of Lughnasadgh, the ancient seasonal festival that inspires Luminate. All other festival activities pause whilst a deep sound journey flows into poetic visualisation, a potent time to Activate joyful heart-centred community flourishing in resonance with nature.


At sunset on Wednesday 10th Feb we gather to reflect, give thanks and connect. A time to begin to integrate the experiences of Luminate, celebrate the transformational processes set in motion, ground ourselves and prepare to carry the Luminate family spirit out into the wider world.


Sacred Geometry can be described as “The shape consciousness selects to inhabit in the superluminal domain”.

From the passion flower or a spiraling galaxy, we see patterns, cycles and forms in nature expressed via geometric patterns and the golden ratio.

Since we began in 2008, Luminate has taken great care to embed golden ratio into all aspects of the festival, including the social dynamics. The festival site layout, alignment of zones, placement of poles, stage design, graphics and logos are all based on the geometry of the rhombic triacontahedron, pentagon, decagon, and rhombic hexecontahedron, providing harmonic resonance with nature, and enhancing ecological consciousness.

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