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HighLight Carnival of Lights back with a bang for 2024

HighLight: Carnival of Lights is gearing up to once again transform Upper Hutt, Wellington over three fun-fuelled nights with international and local light installations to wow the crowds over Easter weekend.

The major event is known for delivering immersive experiences that include performers, artists, and light installations colliding to create a fun carnival atmosphere. Late Night Lights is proud to bring HighLight to life with key partners Gillies Group, Upper Hutt City Council and Brewtown.

Following a successful inaugural event in and around Brewtown in Upper Hutt last year, HighLight is back for 2024, and will take place from Friday 29 March to Sunday 31 March. A low sensory evening will be held on Thursday 28 March. 

Headlining installations include award-winning studio Angus Muir Design, who specialise in works at the intersection of people, space and objects. Angus Muir installations featuring at HighLight include T-P Tunnel and Sparkling Botanics. T-P Tunnel is a new tunnel that is captivating from all directions, standing over 5.5 metres tall. While Sparkling Botanics is an enchanting light and sound installation that transforms an expansive garden into a mesmerizing nocturnal landscape. 

New to this year is HighLighting Talent presented by Late Night Lights Charitable Trust, showcasing the diverse talents of the Hutt Valley’s solo performers and groups. HighLighting Talent will focus on performances that creatively incorporate a light component and is open to individuals or groups who reside in the Wellington region (Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wellington, Porirua, Kāpiti and the Wairarapa). Participants will have the chance to captivate event attendees, and winners will be determined through judges each night as well as a People’s Choice vote through the HighLight Facebook page. Solo or Group Performers register via the HighLight website and applications close 11 March 2024.

Festival Director Ryan Gardiner says it’s great to be back after last year’s success in Brewtown, Upper Hutt.

“HighLight 2023 wowed crowds of more than 55,000 over four nights and has firmly stamped its mark on the Wellington region as an event not to be missed. By combining community, charity, businesses and council, the HighLight formula is a winning one. The economic benefits to the region were also noticed with a 7.3% increase in city-wide spend during the four days of HighLight compared to Easter 2022. We are also humbled by our fundraising achievements with almost $10,000 dollars donated to Autism New Zealand, our Charity partner for 2023.”

Ronald McDonald is the chosen charity partner for HighLight 2024 and $1 from every ticket sold will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“On top of the event being run by Late Night Lights which is a charitable trust, we partner with another charity each year to help them boost awareness and raise funds. We are looking forward to the community helping support this crucial New Zealand charity simply by purchasing a ticket,” says Gardiner.

Tickets go on sale to the public online from midday Thursday 15 February with early bird discounts for the first 5,000 tickets sold. 

Gillies Group in association with Brewtown is a major partner as the host of HighLight and owner Malcolm Gillies shares the team’s excitement. 

“Gillies Group and Brewtown are delighted to be the venue for this event once again right here in Upper Hutt. The joy and happiness that the event brought last year to so many families and the positive economic benefit to the businesses across our city meant it was a no-brainer for us to be supporting this significant event again.”

“The greenfield that was home to the event last year has had 12 months to settle and we are confident it’s ready for this year’s event and look forward to everyone visiting over Easter weekend.”

Event attendees will be able to visit one of Brewtowns craft breweries and eateries as well as a number of food trucks as part of the carnival. 

Returning to 2024 Carnival’s programme will include a low sensory evening on Thursday 28 March, ensuring it is accessible and inclusive for all. 

To find out more about HighLight: Carnival of Lights and purchase tickets please visit http://highlight.org.nz/


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