Welcome to Highlight: Carnival of Lights, your ultimate annual destination for unforgettable light installations, roving performances, and entertainment in New Zealand!

HighLight is brought to life through stunning light installations that will transform Brewtown and Upper Hutt into a mesmerizing wonderland. Our roving performers will captivate you with their incredible skills and talents. We also offer a range of other entertainment options, from live music to interactive art installations, which will keep you engaged and entertained.

WHAT’S AT THE CARNIVAL HUB AT BREWTOWN

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Evanescent

Created by: Amigo and Amigo
Sponsored by: Gillies Group

Atelier Sisu’s Evanescent is a mesmerizing art-chitecture installation that captures the fleeting beauty of bubbles, reminding us of life’s impermanence.

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Kaktos

Created by: Amigo and Amigo
Sponsored by: Cactus Events and Sponsorship

KaKtos is a vibrant and quirky inflatable cactus forest that challenges your perceptions with its bold Memphis style patterns. It’s serious fun that demands attention.

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Checkmate

Created by: Amigo and Amigo

Experience the poetic and universal game of chess like never before with a supersized, illuminated set inspired by the Bauhaus movement.

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Firefly Field

Created by: Studio Toer
Sponsored by: Sign Foundry

Immerse yourself in the magical world of Firefly Field, a captivating light installation that brings to life the movements of nocturnal lampyridae. Watch as the glowing, darting lights create a dynamic display that will leave you in awe.

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Shish Ka Buoy

Created by: Angus Muir
Sponsored by: EmbroideMe

Be mesmerized by the vibrant colors and spherical gradients of Shish Ka Buoy, an illuminated artwork made of fully recyclable marine buoys. Perfect for any site, this crowd-pleaser will leave you in awe whether it’s day or night.

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UV Spaghetti

Created by: Amigo and Amigo

Experience the surreal and immersive UV Spaghetti installation, a festival favorite featuring two kilometers of UV sensitive rope split into 625 drops. Perfect for all ages, this mesmerizing artwork is just as effective during the day as it is at night.

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Bloom

Created by: Angus Muir
Sponsored by: Blackjet

Step into a world of color and whimsy with Bloom, a playful and vibrant installation. With bright and colorful flowers during the day and popping neon at night, this installation’s 4 arcs make for an immersive tunnel or entrance space. Plus, with an accompanying 4-channel soundtrack, the experience is sure to be amplified.

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Filament

Created by: Angus Muir

Be entranced by Filament, a striking new artwork featuring twenty-five sweeping filaments inspired by the Pohutukawa frond. With controllable opal “flowers” and simple color choreography, this artwork is just as intriguing during the day as it is at night.

ARC

Created by: Angus Muir

Arc is a new large scale installation with ever-changing patterns of color and the matching soundtrack give you a unique experience. Inspired by one of the most fundamental building blocks – the Roman Arch.

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Metronome

Created by: Colossal

Get ready to be mesmerized by the pendulums’ rhythmic sway in this stunning performance from HighLight 2019’s ‘Lost in Time’ precinct. Eight towering pendulums, each 4m in length and weighing over 100kg, are manipulated by the performers to create mesmerizing arcs of light that will stop you in your tracks.

Sport Suzie

Created by: Colossal

Sport Suzie is New Zealand’s Crazy Aerobics, Sport and Circus fanatic. Inspired by the great Jane Fonda, Flashdance, and the music of the eighties, Suzie aims to shake the laughter out of any audience.

Rubba Dubba Digger

Created by: Colossal
Sponsored by: Quality Demolition

Prepare to be amazed as performers take their bath in an unexpected location – a digger bucket! Don’t miss this unique and entertaining spectacle.

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Traffic Light

Created by: Colossal
Sponsored by: Men at Work

Experience a unique fusion of street dance and traffic lights in this electrifying performance. Watch the break dance crew start and stop their moves with the changing lights, and even get the chance to participate by pressing the light button. 

Light as a Feather

Created by: Colossal
Sponsored by: Real Steel

Witness the unexpected harmony of steel and grace in this mesmerizing performance featuring a Real Steel machine with a ballerina on top. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty of this unlikely duo.

Fire and Light Show

Created by: Streamliner, Grouse and Colossal

Prepare to be blown away by an explosive performance featuring flames, pyro, lasers, and lights all choreographed to music. Catch this thrilling spectacle at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm each night and experience the excitement of this breathtaking show.

Karaoke

Sponsored by: Stuff

Join the crowd and sing your heart out at the HighLight regular and crowd favourite, mass karaoke!

MAIN STAGE LINE UP

Thursday 6 April
6:45pm DJ
7pm Sports Suzy family entertainment 
7:55pm Callan James
8:25pm HIWA Crew
8:50pm Cam and Sam | Elton John vs Billy Joel
 
 
Friday 7 April
6:45pm DJ
7:15pm Sports Suzy family entertainment
7:55pm HIWA Crew
8:20pm The Blueprint

Saturday 8 April
6:45pm DJ
7:15pm Sports Suzy family entertainment
7:55pm 301s
8:25pm UHC Poly Group & UHC Dance Department
8:55pm Urban Ersha
 
 
Sunday 9 April
6:45pm DJ
7:15pm Sports Suzy family entertainment
7:55pm Callan James
8:25pm HIWA Crew
8.:50pm Miles Calder and Band

WHAT YOU WILL SEE FOR FREE IN THE UPPER HUTT CBD

Digital Coconuts

Created by: Angus Muir

Located on Gaenge Street

The digital coconuts are a versatile outdoor light fitting. A diffuse 100mm diameter globe light with an RGB pixel inside. Very intense colours. Suspended in trees or existing architecture. 

80’s Cube

Created by: Toulouse and TSB Festival of Lights

Located outside Whirinaki Whare Taonga

The 80’s Cube will take you on a trip back in time with its cubist inspired 3D lighting patterns. The sound track from the greatest electronica hits of the 80’s brings together your own dance party in the sky.

Neon Ropes

Created by: Toulouse and TSB Festival of Lights

Located near the Upper Hutt City Council building

Jungle Way

Located near the Library

Rikoriko

Located at Ōrongomai Marae

Visit on your way to or from the Carnival, incorporating light, sound, and movement.
The Marae recently engaged with local Kura for tamariki to participate in a competition to create their interpretation of the Matariki whetu. Nine were selected by the Marae whanau and will be turned into light pieces that will also become part of the display!

Roving Entertainment

Thanks to Upper Hutt City Council

– UV Face painting outside ANZ Bank
– Roving Entertainment

Get Your Tickets

Whether you buy your ticket online, at Whirinaki Whare Taonga or at the gates of Brewtown, your ticket will be valid for one entry on any of the four nights. No need to decide which night you’re coming just yet!

Don’t forget, children under 15 are free!