Aerial photo of HighLight: Carnival of Lights 2019

More than 100,000 Kiwis get lost in space, love and gardens

Faces from across the region were lit up over Labour weekend when crowds in excess of 100,000 people descended on Riddiford Garden, Lower Hutt for Hutt City Council’s HighLight: Carnival of Lights’ return.

The carnival treated guests to more than 43 different light installations from local and international artists, stellar live performances and a host of food truck favourites.

Giant mushrooms

With a line up including a supersized trumpet flower garden, a crashed UFO and giant whimsical mushrooms, children, adults and everyone in between were impressed by the carnival production which has now seen almost 400,000 people attend in its first three years.

Running from Friday to Monday, guests were blown away by live performances each night including Alien Abductions and performances by Hutt City Dance Crew, as well as getting their own turn in the spotlight with giant karaoke.

More than 300 volunteers were on hand at the ‘Lost’ themed event which also featured the Fire and Light show shooting from the library roof and riverbank each night at 9.30pm.

Hutt City Council Divisional Manager of Promotions and Events, Carla Steed, says feedback  has been overwhelmingly positive from right across the community.

“I’m incredibly proud of what HighLight continues to achieve. It was great to see so many people visiting the gardens; I know our guests were left in absolute awe.”

Trumpet Flowers

An early estimation of $30,000 has been raised for this year’s HighLight charity partner, White Ribbon – the charity combatting family violence against women in New Zealand.

A huge thank to all our sponsors, suppliers and contributors for bringing HighLight 2019 to life.

For more information on HighLight: Carnival of Lights check out the website.

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