Carnival Volunteers

Every year we need scores of volunteers to help make the Carnival happen. Volunteering is not only exciting and fun, but also allows you to meet new friends, build leadership skills, and be part of a truly unique event.

There are a range of exciting and rewarding volunteer roles available this year. Positions can be seen on the right of this page. This is a fun and rewarding activity for anyone 15 years and older. No experience is required, just enthusiasm!


Volunteer Orientation - All welcome

Time: Sunday 28th of May: 11 - 11:45am

Location:  Art Teams Space at 8 Roberts street

A Meeting to coordinate all of the volunteers for the 2017 Midwinter Carnival! We will go over plans for the night, place people into roles (if they are not already place), talk about the culture and community of the festival, and take any questions. 

This is an awesome opportunity to get involved in one of the biggest events on the Dunedin calendar, and to learn more about the organisation that goes on behind the Carnival!


Lantern Workshop Assistants Orientation

Time: Sunday 28th of May: 12:00 -  4:00pm

Location: Art Team Space at 8 Roberts Street 

This is the essential meeting (Following the general meeting) for the Workshop Assistant volunteers, where you get taught how to make the lanterns, and how to assist families and children in the upcoming public workshops.


Rugby Giant Lantern Bearers Volunteers Orientation

Time: Tuesday 6th of June 6pm - 7pm (TBC)

Location:  Dunedin Community Gallery (CBD

A meeting to orient and coordinate the Giant Lantern Bearers for the Rugby Game at the Forsythe Bar Stadium.

 Register to Volunteer

Please fill in our Volunteer Registration Form and or email volunteer.midwinter@gmail.com



Volunteer Roles


Art Team Assistants

The Carnival Art Team makes props, costumes, lighting displays and fixes giant lanterns. This is a great job for people with good making skills

Lantern Workshop Assistants

Help the hundreds of children and families make their own lanterns for the procession.


Giant Lantern Bearers

Help move into place, and then carry a giant lantern in the Carnival Procession. Carnival night only!!

Procession Guides

Help keep the Carnival Procession safe and in order. Carnival night only.

Gate Keepers

Sorting people into the procession order, letting the groups through in correct order, checking the lanterns to make sure they are all safe and intact. Needs to be people who can work under pressure. Carnival night only!!

Programme Distributors

Distribute Carnival night programmes and collect donations for next year's event. This is one of our most important roles – without our collectors we wouldn't have much of an event! You need to be friendly and outgoing.

Crowd Safety Team

These people keep the audience off the road and respond to any emergency and you get to wear a bright orange vest!

Make-up and Costuming

Help get performers ready and looking beautiful. You need some experience with face painting and basic costuming.

Rugby Giant Lantern Bearers

Volunteers will be transporting Giant Lanterns and then using them to line the public entrances to the Forsythe Bar  Stadium, creating an avenue of awesome lanterns for the Highlanders vs The British and Irish Lions Game (This currently plans to be held on the 13h of June 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30)


For any others questions about these roles please contact: