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Luminate Festival 2011


Thu 27 Jan 2011–Tue 1 Feb 2011, 10:00am

Where: Canaan Downs, Takaka Hill, Golden Bay

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: jules harper

Returning for its fourth year, Luminate is an earth friendly festival of music, art, dance, creativity and sustainability. Join us to celebrate the ancient summer harvest festival of Lughnasadgh, midway between the solstice and equinox.

Rejuvenate at Luminate: a place to re-energise on the dancefloor, participate in workshops, be inspired about living sustainably, receive a massage, join in drumming around the fire, relax with a warm chai, watch an enlightening movie, be in harmony with nature, and celebrate a sense of conscious community.

Music: The world class line – up once again features an outstanding selection of international, national and local performers. Live music, world grooves, gypsy, folk, dub, contemporary electronic genres such as psytrance, minimal techno, house, dubstep, d&b, breaks, progressive, esoteric beats and more...Find your rhythm on the two dancefloors, get primal with the drums of the Tribal zone, take it horizontal in the Chillout zone, or bring an instrument and join in the fun in the Acoustic jam space.

We are very excited to announce the music line-up at Luminate, which is packed full of amazing international and New Zealand talent, creating a rich diversity of soundscapes from around the world.

Returning by popular demand is musician and producer Adham Shaikh (Canada), who brings a tremendous tapestry of world beats guaranteed to delight the dancefloor.

First ever show in New Zealand, Beats Antique (USA) merge world roots music, middle eastern melodies and vibrant european folk with deep sub bass, glitch and dubstep: a deeply innovative live fusion of cultures that is gaining them a huge fan base around the world.

Always a festival highlight, the talented musicians of Mamaku Project (NZ) bring an intoxicating blend of pacifica dub, electro-oriental-jazz and the quirkiness of balkan beats.

And for the lovers of roots vibrations, Hikoikoi (NZ) bring an infectious groove combining dub, reggae, jazz, funk and african dance rhythms with peaceful, conscious lyrics.

Representing cutting edge, contemporary dance genres, we’re amped to announce the world renowned producers Perfect Stranger (Iboga, Israel) and Khainz (Echoes Recs/CH), who each bring an individual and irresistibly groovy, tech-house/progressive flavour with epic production and sonic complexity; these two producers regularly headline at the major festivals overseas and you’ll soon see why.

We’re also honoured to announce psytrance legend Dick Trevor (Nano, TIP, Phantasm/UK) who regularly cranks up the energy on dancefloors all around the planet.

Carving out a unique sound between the breaks, trance and techno genres, Hedflux (Broken Robot, UK) crafts together a genre-bending fusion of deep driving bass grooves, rolling beats, twisted glitches and psychedelic sorcery.

Heyoka (Muti music/USA) has developed a massive IDM/dubstep fan base in the US and Canada with his unique and infectious sound that combines deep dubby basslines, hip hop and glitch with clever musicality and melody.

A special guest workshop facilitator and musician not to be missed is Jamie Janover (USA), who will be presenting Nassim Haramein’s fascinating research on cosmology, ancient civilizations and quantum science including a unified solution to Einstein’s Field Equations. This groundbreaking theory has led to a change in our understanding of the fundamental structure of the universe and consciousness. Janover is also an innovative musician, so make sure to catch him on the live stage playing the dulcimer – an ancient percussive stringed instrument – along with laptop computer and percussion.

Other artists include Karen Hunter (NZ, folk), Matiu Te Huki (NZ, soul/roots), Boom Shanti (NZ, tribal), Chimuka (NZ, marimba), Mama Yeva (NZ, world beats), Grouch (NZ, trance), Organikismness (NZ, d&b), Pan Electric (UK, ambient/dub), and many more to be announced.

We have over 100 acts confirmed spanning the five days of Luminate, featuring a range of live music, world grooves, gypsy, roots, folk, dub, psytrance, minimal tech, progressive, breaks, dubstep, glitch, d&b, house, ambient, soul, funk, esoteric beats and more...Find your rhythm at the live stage or electronic zone, get primal with the drums of the tribal zone, take it horizontal in the chillout lounge, or bring an instrument and join in the fun on the buskers stage.

The very popular Knowledge and Inspirational Sharing Sessions are also bursting with quality presenters, and provide an extensive programme of interactive workshops covering a wide range of holistic, cultural and environmental topics including: 5rhythms dance, permaculture, alternative energy, african drumming, harakeke, electronic music production, mayan calendar, circus skills, yoga, zumba, bellydance, food self reliance, intentional communities, NVC, poetry, relexology, holistic healing techniques, spirituality and many more...

There are also plenty of activities for children including juggling, stilt walking, poi, hula hoop, puppet shows, games, storytelling, face painting, nature walks and bushcraft.

Other features: Organic food and refreshments, arts, crafts & market stalls, holistic healing zone, the Flaming Jugglepoitoy zone with fire performers at night & circus skills workshops by day, enlightening movies & documentaries, spacious camping, solar showers and amenities,....all set 2000ft up a quartz crystal and limestone mountain surrounded by native bush.

Luminate is a Clean Environment event. There will be no rubbish bins or recycling on site!
Be prepared to pack out what you bring in and leave no trace. Bring your own plate and cup for the food stalls. There will be a composting area for biodegradeable material.
The festival site layout and art installations have been designed using sacred geometry, natural materials and re-used resources.

Luminate is family friendly and non-alcohol. Dogs are not permitted.

Admission price to the festival includes entry to all workshops, music, performance and activities, and one week’s camping in a beautiful, spacious hilltop location, surrounded by native bush.

Luminate Festival is a community focussed event, organised by the Luminate Festival Educational and Spiritual Trust.

The main aims of the Trust are to:
• Develop awareness and facilitate education of environmentally sustainable practices
• Encourage people to improve their spiritual, mental and physical well being
• Provide the opportunity for people to participate in and gain a wider appreciation of traditional and contemporary arts and culture
• Empower people with the knowledge and confidence to take responsibility for the reality that we are all co-creating
• Strengthen community networks, and help empower people with skills and knowledge to improve their quality of life

We welcome you to support us in this vision, and to participate in this gathering together of a conscious community.

Check out the website for more information.

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