LUMINATE FESTIVAL, 2015 | Golden Bay

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2015 Festival Footage, New Zealand

In 20014/15, I lived in Wellington, New Zealand, for a while. Traveling from there, I roamed the islands and visited some festivals. On one of these occasions, I filmed certain events at the Luminate Festival in the Golden Bay area. Down below, you can find the short movie I made.

I came to the festival in its epic sixth year. The Luminate 2015 has been a place that re-energized me on the dancefloor and in workshops and inspired me to live sustainably. I got a massage, joined in drumming around the fire, relaxed with a warm Indian chai, watched a deep-minded movie, was in harmony with nature, and celebrated a sense of a highly conscious community.

Luminate Festival Features

The music zones at Luminate featured an inspiring and carefully selected line-up of New Zealand and overseas performers. It took me on a unique, flowing journey through a diverse range of live music, World Grooves, Tribal rhythms, Gypsy, Roots, D&B, Progressive, Soul, Folk, Dub, Psytrance, Minimal Tech, Breaks, Dubstep, Glitch, House, Reggae, Ambient, Esoteric beats and much more.

What else happened at the Luminate Festival?

I found my rhythm on the two amplified dancefloors and got primal with the drums of the Tribal zone, took it horizontally in the Chillout Lounge, or brought an instrument and joined in the sound on several open stages.

Knowledge and Inspirational Sharing Sessions (KISS) were very cool: an extensive program of workshops covering a wide range of holistic, cultural, and environmental topics focused on sustainability and self-reliance. It included: permaculture & organics, yoga,  alternative healing techniques, dance & movement, African drumming, circus skills, poi & juggling, Mayan calendar, meditation, Harakeke, music production, and much more.

2015, Illuminate Festival Footage | Golden Bay, NZ

About the Author

Hi, my name is Christian Köhlert, and I am a therapist, author, and digital content creator living in Montreux, Switzerland. I was always interested in what is usually framed as the “occult, esoteric, hermetic philosophies, and conspiracy theories.”

After I became chief editor of Secret TV, Germany’s first pay-TV channel for fringe topics, I evolved as part of the counter culture of alternative media. Even though I am not active anymore, I am still an observer with a massive network of “professional skeptics.” Accordingly, I use my insider knowledge and offer holistic consulting about my writing topics. I am also working as a Creative Homeopath and give online consultations.

Christian Koehlert Founder of Mayamagik


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