For 7 days this winter, Lōemis observes the longest nights of the year with a hearty mix of feasts, theatre, astronomy, music, monstrous creatures at large, and a fiery waterfront procession.
The festival is in its second year, joining a 26,000 year cycle that began in neolithic times, based around the winter solstice, which falls on June 21.
WELLINGTON MUSEUM 18 MAY - 14 JUNE
Welcome to Somnium. At the center you see Somnium awaits feeding. Around the edges you will find four writing desks. In this universe there exist four human states: The Wise, The Optimist, The Fast and The Peaceful. Contemplate on each and then choose which state most relates to you in this moment. Once you have chosen, take your place at that writing desk and prepare your offering.
Somnium by Leda Farrow. Produced by Pirate & Queen [MORE INFO]
THE ROXY | 8.30PM | 15 JUNE
Benjamin Christensen's 1922 silent horror masterpiece, complete with live narration and a new score performed by Dayle Jellyman (keys); Justin Firefly (guitars); Dan Yeabsley (brass + bass); Andrew Laking (bass); and Thomas Friggens (percussion).
Running Time: 76 mins.
THEATRE / ADVENTURE
POLHILL RESERVE | MULTIPLE SESSIONS | 16 & 17 JUNE
A Sasquatch is said to be at large in the Polhill Reserve! These famously large-footed, nocturnal beasts are rarely seen on our shores. This your probably your best chance yet to find one – ably guided by two expert trackers.
LONG ROAD HOME
SPOKEN WORD | MUSIC
CAROLINE | 8PM | 16 JUNE
Take a literary and musical journey down Karangahape Road from four in the morning with local residents Callum Gentleman (spoken word) and Joel Vinsen (live soundscapes).
FEAST [SOLD OUT]
FOOD | MUSIC | LITERATURE | OTHER
VOGELMORN BOWLING CLUB | 7PM | 17 JUNE
In the best neolithic traditions, inspired by modern Scandinavian cuisine, we have created a giant feast for you to celebrate the winter solstice. The menu has been designed by Laura Greenfield (Field & Green) and consists of a sumptuous four course meal!
The Feast has SOLD OUT with 4 weeks left to go! Please email us to go on a wait-list and we'll work out if we can put another one on :)
SONG | SOUNDSCAPES
THE CARILLON TOWER | 7PM | 18 JUNE
Come into the dark Carillon Tower, with only the heavy solstice moon and candles to guide you. You will enter what is probably Wellington's most reverberant concert space, filled tenfold with live Gregorian Soundscapes by guitar-artist Joel Vinsen; followed by a concert from Aurora IV, performing late medieval, renaissance, and 'contemporary' songs written from the 11th century onwards in a mix of Icelandic, Latin, Italian, French, German and English.
POETRY | CHOCOLATE
EKOR BOOKSHOP | 6PM | 19 JUNE
The taste of poetry, the sound of chocolate and the sense of books. We’ve matched medieval humours with contemporary New Zealand poets and some of the best chocolate you’ll find, ever.
Join us at Ekor Bookshop for a multi-sensual, medieval-medicine-inspired poetry reading and chocolate tasting.
MUSIC | SAGAS
ST. PAULS LUTHERAN CHURCH | 7.30PM | 20 JUNE
Bridges is song cycle composed by Bill Manhire and Norman Meehan with vocalist Hannah Griffin. Drawing from Old Norse tales and poems (including the medieval Norwegian “Draumkvæde” or “Dreamsong”), and supplementing these with his own texts, New Zealand poet Bill Manhire has assembled a suite of poems that together form an episodic narrative tracing journeys and a variety of crossings-over. [MORE INFO]
SOMNIUM | PROCESSION | MUSIC | FIRE
WELLINGTON WATERFRONT | 5.30PM | 21 JUNE
The Somnium reaches the end if its life cycle and is carried by a procession, accompanied by a live doom-laiden yet also triumphant band, along the waterfront from the Wellington Museum to The Lagoon, where it is floated out and spectacularly set fire to.
Somnium DEPARTS Wellington Museum at 5.30pm.
Lagoon CEREMONY from 5:50pm.
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