Ticket sales rise as aides assist festival

Jules Harper, co-organiser of the Luminate Festival which kicks off at Canaan Downs on the Takaka Hill tomorrow, is feeling confident thanks to a huge web of volunteer support for the annual event.

While last year numbers reached 2500 including crew, this year Ms Harper says ticket sales are up and they are expecting around 3000 people to attend Luminate over the seven days.

"It's feeling amazing. We're blessed with the most amazing crew.

"We have about 80 core crew with positions of responsibility and at least 400 volunteers helping to set up and run zones and then maybe another 300 contributors on top of that playing music and hosting workshops.

"That's a lot of communication which is why it takes all year to get this going."

Ms Harper said Luminate Festival was a complex event to run.

"We have a lot of things running at the festival and we need to have a diverse range of workshops and activities to reach a diverse community.

"The core theme behind that is education. We also have a strong foundation of sustainability and holistic health."

Ms Harper said musicians were travelling from Ireland, Canada, the United States, France, Israel, Australia, Chile and around New Zealand to perform.

She is particularly excited about Adam Shaikh who plays "world grooves", New Zealand-based band Mundi, who play "world jazz", and Knights of the Dub Table, from Hamilton who play dub.

Ms Harper said she was also looking forward to enjoying the Juggle Poy Toy Zone which included the Twisty Twins.

"They host circus workshops. There are 30 circus teachers up there this year. So it's suitable for kids and adults."

Gates will open at 9am tomorrow.

"Every year people try to get in earlier. We have a front and back gate. We've had to totally secure the site," she said.

"The forecast is for hot sunny weather but it can get a bit cold at night so bring warm clothes and bedding. And bring a torch."

She said "pure mountain water" would be available for drinking and washing. "We do have showers but we ask people to conserve water."

The schedule for music, workshops and children's activities is available on its website.

Ms Harper is keen to remind people that Luminate is a zero-waste event.

"We have no rubbish bins or recycling on site, so everyone has to pack out their own rubbish and leave no trace.

"We encourage people to bring their own plates and cups. There are dishwash facilities nearby.

"Our big motivation is teaching people how to become more self-reliant so they can take that knowledge out into their communities. Numbers are growing each year because of that thirst for a deeper experience which has an educational component."

Ms Harper said Luminate was an alcohol-free event. She encouraged people to bring bikes as a great way to "explore the site and get around".

Luminate runs to February 6. Ticket sales will become cheaper as the days pass. "There are price reductions each day. We don't do day passes but if you arrive on Saturday you can get reduced prices and basically it'll cost you less and less by the day."

She also said some tickets were available from Nelson and Motueka i-Sites and Golden Bay Organic.

Check out more details at: luminatefestival.co.nz