Midwinter Carnival to return in style

Preparing at the Mitre 10 Mega Dunedin store yesterday for the Midwinter Carnival are  (front)...
Preparing at the Mitre 10 Mega Dunedin store yesterday for the Midwinter Carnival are (front) Midwinter Carnival Trust secretary Leisa de Klerk, along with (from left rear) trust chairman Paul Smith, trustee Luke Calder, Mitre 10 Mega Dunedin group chief executive Neil Finn-House, trustee Sophie Barker, trust deputy chairman Scott Muir and Mitre 10 Mega Dunedin marketing manager Amy Wilson. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Dunedin's Midwinter Carnival is set to make a "gigantic" comeback.

Carnival artists and volunteers are busy preparing giant lanterns, costumes, performances and displays in line with this year’s “Moonlit Garden” theme.

It follows last year’s event being scaled back due to Covid-19 restrictions.

This year’s carnival, which will be held on June 26, will involve hundreds of hand-crafted lanterns, giant lantern sculptures, costumed stilt walkers, dancers and musicians, parading through the Octagon and central city.

There will be live music, a night market, and a large-scale projection in the Octagon.

Midwinter Carnival Trust chairman Paul Smith said the city could also expect to see a "gigantic" magical light-filled night garden sprout in central Dunedin this year.

"We can’t wait to bring the carnival back to life and to get Dunedin people involved in the lead-up to the longest night of the year."

More than 25,000 people attended the 2019 event and organisers are expecting an even bigger turnout this year.

Four lantern-making workshops will be held at Mitre 10 Mega Dunedin before the event.

The store’s group chief executive Neil Finn-House said the company aimed to inspire Kiwis of all ages to get into DIY and was "excited" to be a part of the event.

Workshop bookings will open in early May on the Midwinter Carnival website.

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