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HighLight: Carnival of Lights 2019 - EOI for Light and projection installations

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Job details

Hutt City Council
7 Jun 2019
Work type
Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Digital & Technology, Visual Arts


The HighLight experience is not one of a traditional light festival. This carnival of lights is much more and delivers a uniquely Wellington region experience. With a careful balance of local, national and international light art installations and a strong live performance emphasis, many of which are designed and developed specifically for HighLight, there is also a core focus from the event delivery team on attendee experience, as ultimately the audiences will be the make or break of the events success and everything that entails.

Off the back of a hugely successful inaugural event in 2017, including measured attendance numbers of approximately 120,000, HighLight: Carnival of Light 2018 blew expectations out of the water with a mix of over 70 lighting installations, performances and activities, a spectacular event experience and measured attendance of 135,000.

2019 is gearing up to be just as successful as we continue to establish HighLight as a key annual event in the Wellington regions calendar, so we are seeking expressions of interest for light art and projection installations to feature at this years event.

Key Carnival Details:

  • Event dates: Friday 25 – Monday 28 October (Labour weekend)
  • Event times: Lights on 8 – 11pm all four evenings
  • Location: Riddiford Gardens and Civic Precinct, Lower Hutt
  • Attendance: In excess of 100,000
  • 2019 Event Theme: LOST
  • Audience: Suitable for all ages
  • 2019 Charity Partner: White Ribbon Campaign Trust
  • Proudly owned and produced by Hutt City Council
  • Cost to attend: The event is free to attend
  • Media reach: In excess of 10 million

The Site and Precincts

Riddiford Gardens in central Lower Hutt is home to HighLight. The event site includes the Dowse Art Museum, Dowse Square, the new Lower Hutt Event Centre, freshly renovated Town Hall, War Memorial Library and St James Church.

The majority of the site is outdoor space, however there are some indoor areas available for installations, performance and activities.

The event site is large so it is broken up into precincts that align with the theme.

For 2019 the theme is ‘LOST’ which includes the precincts:

  • In Space
  • In Time
  • In Your Mind
  • In Translation
  • In Love
  • In the Wild

The installations and performances align with the precinct themes.


  • Winner of the New Zealand Event Association Best Community Event award 2018
  • Fianlist in the New Zealand Event Association award categories - Best Local Government Event and NZ's Favourite Event 2018
  • Finalist in the Vibrant Gold category of the Wellington Gold Awards for 2017
How to apply

All application details can be found at highlight.org.nz

Expressions of interest applications for installations will be open from 1 April 2019, in order to be considered a completed application and all required supporting information needs to be submitted by 5pm on Monday 7 June 2019.

Applications will be assessed by the HighLight team and supporting stakeholders, with all applicants being advised of the outcomes by 28 June 2019.

Installations will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Quality design
  • Alignment to the theme-  ‘Lost’
  • Suitability to location and durability
  • Interactive elements being suitable for large audiences
  • Feasibility
  • Value for money
  • Creativity and uniqueness
  • Suitability for all audiences
  • The story/message of the installation
  • Technical requirements
  • Potential health and safety, and vandalism risks

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a loan agreement with the Hutt City Council for the installation.

Written by

Hutt City Council

29 Apr 2019