This year's event postponed! 

This year's Midwinter Carnival was to be held in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Saturday 27th June. Due to Covid-19 this is no longer possible. The Carnival's board of trustees has now decided to postpone the event until June 2021. Some work will continue once conditions are safe. Rest assured we will be back next year with a wonderful community event to celebrate the seasons. Stay in touch with updates on our Facebook page.


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


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 5:00pm, 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.

Our most recent event was called Summer Lights and held in an historic waterfront warehouse. In 2018 we presented a special display in the Athenaeum building in the Octagon for the Ed Sheeran weekend, attracting 7000 people. Prior to that were two other events which you can see the footage of below.
See the Mid-Summer Lights video here
See the Spring Lights video here.