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Animals' needs will be festival theme

Last updated 13:22 25/06/2014

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All systems are go for the Takaka Hill's Luminate Festival 2015, with tickets going on sale soon.

The seventh Luminate Festival, based on Canaan Downs, will encompass all the usual ingredients such as live and electronic music, visual and performing arts, workshops and environmentally sustainable systems.

Luminate Festival will run from January 28 to February 4, attracting international visitors and from throughout New Zealand.

Festival co-founder and co-director Jules Harper said the intention was for people to "awaken to what's going on in the world, be empowered with creativity and skills to contribute to their local communities". Luminate would also inspire people to make wise choices for the environment. The other festival co-founder and co-director, Rita Davies, said organisers had been busy researching and planning.

She said they had been visiting other festivals to share best practices, strengthening relationships, fine-tuning the reporting of their eco-initiatives, and running working bees at Canaan Downs.

This time Luminate's theme is "Go wild for animals", with organisers hoping to raise awareness of the needs of animals. They encourage festivalgoers to wear related costume, mask or paint work.

"Learning to communicate with animals, live alongside them, meet their needs and preserve their habitats are important aspects of our own evolution as a compassionate species. We intend to host several workshops to support this theme, including mask-making and improvisation to help you connect with the animal world," said Harper.

Earlybird tickets go on sale from August 1 at the local information centre, Cosmic Corner, and Eventfinda. Luminate is a non-alcohol, family event. Children 13 and under can attend free, as can seniors over 75. Check out luminatefestival.co.nz for more.

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- The Nelson Mail

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