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The sacred procession carrying the 'Cow
with Gun' to the burn site at Kiwiburn 2011
Cow With Gun
Kiwiburn 2008 - The Man
Drumming in a Parade up Auckland's Queen
A Herd of Drummers ?
Some of our Drum Family
Drummers in the Wild
Jambalaya action on Stage
A Gaggle of Belly Dancers
I suggest that you Do NOT Piss this fellow
Knights in Battle
Jugglers at play
Camping doesn't have to mean roughing it
The Worlds Biggest Dream Catcher @
The Banner says it all
A Magick Earth Hug Chain
Belly Dancers are a standard feature at
A famous Magick Earth Wand making Workshop
A stressful day at Prana
Having a fun Dinner inside Our Crystal
Circus Kumarani @ Prana
Drummers are found everywhere
A crystal Workshop inside
Where else would a Witch park her
Favourite Festivals and Events
Full Moon Fire, Dance
There are 10 principals that define this festival and why it is
may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the
stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a
gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or
an exchange for something of equal value.
order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to
create social environments that are unmediated by commercial
sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to
protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the
substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Radical Self-reliance -
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and
rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical Self-expression -
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the
individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating
group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to
others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and
liberties of the recipient.
Communal Effort -
community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We
strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public
spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support
value civil society. Community members who organize events
should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to
communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must
also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance
with local, state and federal laws.
No Trace -
community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving
no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean
up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave
such places in a better state than when we found them.
community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We
believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or
in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal
participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is
invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world
real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important
touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers
that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the
reality of those around us, participation in society, and
contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can
substitute for this experience.
full details about this amazing event see
now one of
the 4 Regional Representatives for Burning Man here in NZ
Maid Marian and Megs (key players at Burning Man HQ) at Kiwiburn 2010 I
put my hand up when the call for people to help out our current
regional representative Yonderman. My job is spreading the Burning Man word
and ethos, I
had already been doing this in an unofficial role but this gave
me access to people, ideas and information to make the
Now I have to admit that I have not been to this wondrous
festival, but I do know the organisers and many of those who
attend and run workshops, with all those people present in one paddock it can not be
anything else. One of Aotearoa's best-kept secrets: an arts,
music and circus festival hidden in lush native bush. People
from all around New Zealand and further a field make the annual
journey to beautiful 'Whare Flat', just 20 minutes drive inland
of Dunedin, for a festival that they will never forget.
Running for FIVE days with a massive lineup of over 70 national
and international artists, instructors, performers, dj's and
bands, Circulation is here to be soaked up by people young and
old, tall and small.
Workshops, live music, shows and outdoor parties are all
included in the ticket price- this is one festival you cannot
afford to miss!
During the day live music rolls over the hills while circus,
music and arts workshops are taught continuously, from juggling,
fire performing, drumming, flax weaving, comedy and trapeze, to
everything in between. This is your chance to have a break away
with friends, learn something new and see some incredible
Circulation is for everyone! You can come to learn, watch, play
or even just spend the weekend in a hammock listening to live
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Full Moon Fire, Dance and Drums
I decided to create this regular event in mid 2009 because I had enjoyed the
Full Moon events I had attended while over in Australia and
nothing seemed to be happening here. We
found the lovely Tahaki reserve venue that has trees to soak
up the sound of our drums so they don't cause the neighbours any
There is also a stage with a covered area if the
weather is wet.
The event is free to all and usually held on the
night of the Full Moon but occasionally I will move it one day
either side. We are family friendly and I start off the night
with a drumming workshop for anybody who is interested, I bring
spare drums and percussion instruments for people to share, come
along and join in the beat.
We also share the night with another
of my passions, fire performing, spinning my fire staff to the
beat of the drum, others bring a full range of fire and LED
staff, poi, hoops, fans, whips, clubs, swords etc. These guys
and girls are also friendly and if you are interested please
have a chat to them, if treated right most of them are happy to
teach you and loan you their equipment.
I supply a large bottle
of fuel as well as the safety equipment and I pass the hat
around for donations to cover these expenses.
Last but certainly not least
we welcome any dancers to join in the beat with us.
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Spring Festival of Circus & Fire performance related
skills set in the lush surrounds of Native NZ Bush.
This is a great little festival organised by some of the juggling
community, based in Northland it combines Juggling, Fire
performing and Music with networking and relaxing. Up until now
I have not actually been able to get to the event but knowing
the guys organising I know it will be a great weekend, In 2011
the altered dates of other big events have allowed me to book
this in my schedule.
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This is a new idea from some of our lovely Hoop friends, they
are in the process of planning the first NZ Hoop Retreat!!!!
Dates TBC, but looking like the 2nd or 3rd weekend in Feb 2012!
Join this group for updates, and invite your hoopie friends!
lets put hooping on the map in NZ, geek out and strengthen our
Workshops to include:
Flow and Transition Work
Belly Dance Hooping
Note Hoopers can also be found with Fire
Performers and Belly dancers.
To join the NZ hoop geek out... join our facebook group... New
This is a great music and dance festival with the big difference in that they
offer many amazing workshops given by the world class artists
who perform at the festival. In the past it was held every 2
years down in Taupo and Rotorua.
For 2011 the event moved to it's
new home in Auckland, set in the beautiful bush surrounded
Corban Estate Arts Centre, with an outdoor main stage, huge
sprung floored studios and a theatre for dance performance, and it has now became a yearly event. The music and
the dance types cover a very broad spectrum, not just World
Workshops have included Tango, Swing, Beatboxing, Salsa, Hip
Hop, Dance Hall, Contemporary, A Capella Singing, Samba
drumming, African dance & drumming, Flying Trapeze and many more. Camping beside the festival makes it much easier to enjoy
yourself and removes any drink drive worries.
I am involved in helping to make this festival happen
because I think it is very special.
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Jousting - Harcourt park World Invitational Jousting Competition
The Medieval re-enactors community is a great bunch of guys and
gals, they have regular events all over the country. This is one
of the top events and includes far more than a few people of
horses, although there are some great horses and riders.
This included mounted skill-at-arms and mounted melee
competitions, medieval foot combat displays, sword & buckler and
long sword competitions, an archery display, a siege engine
display and various displays of historical crafts and
The tournament aims to recreate the feel and
atmosphere of a medieval tournament – the equivalent of today’s
big sporting events like the Super-15 and the main focus of the
event is on mounted displays of skill-at-arms, melee and of
course the big one - full on jousting between competitors
wearing authentic replicas of medieval armor taking part in
modern sports jousting that recreates as safely and as
accurately as possible the jousting of the late medieval period.
information about Medieval re-enacting groups click here
Jugging Festival New Zealand
I am not much of a juggler but the Juggling community is a bunch
of lovely people and you don't have to be an expert. There is
also far more to juggling than just throwing and catching balls.
There is also a large cross over between the hand drumming
community, the fire performing community and the jugglers.
Zealand is a popular spot on the world juggling circuit and at
the festival you will find lovely people from all over the
country and all over the world, a weekend full of workshops for
all ages and all skill levels.
This is the Official New Zealand Regional BURNINGMAN event and
we also follow the 10 guiding principals (see Burningman above)
so it's completely non commercial, the only thing you can buy is
ice each day. Each year a unique theme is chosen for the
festival that we try to incorporate into what we do there.
Groups of people get together and build "Theme Camps" which
may be very simple or large and complicated, these camps offer
some form of experience to the other festival goers, it may be
food, drink, a party or even a ride on lake Kiwiburn in our world famous
Other people create
"Art Works", some are to look at, listen to, climb on,
and partake of the experience. There are 2 special Art Works
created, one is "The Man" this creation may take the team a
couple of weeks to build and in the end he is burnt in a fiery
Viking funeral party. The other is "The Temple" this creation
has surfaces for you to write messages to be send to the "Other
side" or draw special pictures on to commemorate lost ones, and
this creation is also burnt but it is a solemn occasion with
tears of sadness but also joy.
Kiwiburn is NOT about being a
spectator, it's about getting involved,
the more you put into it
the more you will get out of it.
My first Kiwiburn was 2008 and I immediately found myself at
home, this was a festival that is based on many of the same
ideas I live my life by, I spent a lot of time creating a photo
log of life on the paddock and have continued this each year
In 2009 I took over the job of Pirate Captain,
bringing the Pirate ship back to life and adding a small
outboard motor so we could venture out into the lake, this is a
family friendly activity and we have Pirate Parties down at the
beach where the kids get to take over the ship, people walk the
plank and have great fun. I also
supplied drums and ran drum workshops with Chewy.
By the 2010 event I had joined
the Excom (the organising committee) as well as doing shifts as a Black Sheep Wrangler
(our Rangers), MUDFOP (Mug Under Pressure, Finger On Pulse, our event superintendent), and again reviving
and improving the
Pirate ship experience.
In 2011 I created a small 'Pagan Theme Camp', built
a bigger and better replacement pirate ship (after most of it
was stolen) and enhanced the lakefront with some shade space.
2012 will see the return of the pirate ship, but perhaps not as
you know it. I will be very involved in creating some structures
to provide shade and shelter for several of my friends and some
form of theme camp will return to this my favourite festival.
prepared for a shift in your mental thinking.
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Magick Earth Festival, also known as MEF
and celebrations for people who follow the Earth and Nature
based faiths, religions and beliefs.
We have our 4th annual Hollyfrost MEF on
July 15-17 2011 again at Waitaweta
Our first MEF close to Auckland will be Oct 21-23 2011 at
Easter 2012 we have our National MEF at Waitawheta
Easter 2013 we return to Waitawheta for our National MEF
They are essentially focused on ........
• family and community
• the sharing of information through workshops and lectures
• the celebration of Pagan and Heathen music, art and culture.
• networking and community building through discussions and
Previous people who have attended include a
multitude of paths, Wiccan, Pagan, Heathen and Druid just to
name a few, we all come together in a spirit of community and
respect for others who may have a different path.
Magick Earth was established in March 2005, and held many
festivals around the North Island,
With the permission of Polli and Ed who created it and own the
name "Magick Earth" we have carried on their traditions and
principals in our MEF festivals.
The difference between MEF and other festivals is that even the
organisers pay to attend, we minimise our costs so it is
affordable and we encourage participation by everybody to create
a community where we help each other and share our knowledge and
MEF features stalls, lectures, workshops and discussion forums
as well as rituals appropriate to the timing or theme of the
festival. You may also find drumming circles or bardic circles.
They have also become a place for folks to get together for
Rites of Passage ceremonies such as Wiccanings (or Namings) and
MEF is a very family friendly place, most of us have kids and
they enjoy mixing together and entertaining each other in a
loosely supervised environment.
It is about honoring our Earth Mother, our Ancestors,
celebrating our individual chosen paths and connecting with
like-minded souls from many different traditions.
So I welcome any and all who wish to come along and get yourself
a dose of uplifting pagan community spirit.
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Is based in a small piece of paradise on the coromandel, a
lovely beach with lots of camping under the trees, they hold several events each year, we have been to many of them and
the New Years festival is our favourite. People come from
all over the country every year to attend this great family
event with it's workshops, market place and entertainment.
a commercial event but for the organisers it's not about money,
it's about the experience and the sense of family created by
everybody involved. We
have a stall there that we take turns running because we also
run and attend interesting workshops and then in the evening we
take over the big Tepee and encourage a drum circle that the
dancers can also enjoy. Sitting on the beach to watch the sun
come up over the ocean is something you should do at least once,
just take a warm blanket as the sand gets cold. prana.co.nz
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The "World Of Music Art and Dance" festival is held each year in
New Plymouth around March, it took me several years of trying
before I finally managed to make it there but now I would not
want to miss it. To get a free ticket I work as a volunteer,
there are lots of lovely people involved in making this event
happen and the venue is beautiful.
Lots of World Music of all
types to listen and dance to, amazing international acts and lots of familiar faces in the crowd from
all over the country, also
some great workshops are offered.
Camping up at the race course
is great because it's all just a short walk away.
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