Diwali - also known as the 'Festival of Lights' - is Wellington's local Indian and South East Asian communities' most vibrant cultural celebration.

Diwali 2016

Diwali is on Sunday 23 October 2016.

Performers and food stall holders

Applications are now open if you'd like to perform at Diwali or to set up a stall at the festival. Deadlines:
- Food stall applications close 19 August 2016
- Retail stall applications close 26 August 2016
- Performer applications close 16 September 2016
For more information, see: Diwali Festival of Lights - Asia NZ Foundation

Dancers at Diwali Festival.

Dancers at the festival


The lighting of lamps at this ancient Hindu festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness and the renewal of life.

The Wellington festival takes place in October each year and is presented in partnership by the Wellington City Council and Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Diwali showcases contemporary and traditional Indian music and dancing, food and crafts, exhibitions and workshops, and children's activities.

Past activities and workshops have included sari tying, rangoli (traditional decorative designs made on floors or courtyards) and Indian games.

Diwali 2015

26 October, TSB Bank Arena And Shed 6, Queens, Wharf

For more information on this year's event, see: Diwali Festival of Lights - Asia NZ Foundation

Black and white Western Union logo.


The 2016 festival is funded by Western Union and Cottrell Law, in collaboration with Asia New Zealand Foundation and Wellington City Council.