Celebrate the seasons with us! 

This year's Midwinter Carnival will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Saturday 30th June. Pop this date in your diary and look out for more information soon.

Photos and a beautiful video of last year's event can be found on the Midwinter Carnival Facebook page.

Registration for the 2018 Lantern Making Workshops is now open 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! 

 

Indoor Lantern Installations 

We have held several indoor installations over the last couple of years and they have been hugely popular with the public. It's great to be surrounded by these beautiful lanterns, often in a heritage building, with low lighting, smokey atmosphere, original soundtrack and live performance.

The first indoor event was called Mid-Summer Lights. Held in December 2015 this was a sell out success attracting 6000 people and wonderful feedback. In 2017 we held Spring Lights during the Vogel Street Party which was beautiful but plagued by bad weather. Finally we held Autumn Lights during Easter/Ed Sheeran weekend which was located in the Athenaeum basement and attracted a record 7000 people.
 
See the Mid-Summer Lights video here
 
See the Spring Lights video here.