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

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 Festival of Lights 2014

Diwali Festival of Lights Mela Day

1.30pm - 10pm, Sunday 19 October
TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6
Gold coin entry

The Diwali Festival of Lights returns in 2014 with international and local stage performances, street events, craft and retail stalls, presentations, workshops and diverse authentic Indian cuisine. The event will feature spectacular fireworks at the conclusion of the Festival.

Getting involved

Perform on the TSB Arena Stage

To take party in a dance music recital, storytelling, theatre or comedy performance, fill out a Performance Registration form (128KB PDF) and return it to diwali@catnz.org.nz by Friday 12 September.

Performances will be confirmed by Friday 26 September.

Run a stall

  • Food and Snack Stalls – To apply to set up a food stall, fill out and return a Food Stall Application form (201KB PDF) to diwali@catnz.org.nz by Friday 29 August.

    Shed 6 food stalls will be vegetarian.

    Food stalls are very popular and we often receive more applications than we have room for at the Festival. If this happens, we will select stalls using a lottery system.
  • Retail Stalls – To apply to set up a retail stall, fill out and return a Retail Stall Application form (156KB PDF) to diwali@catnz.org.nz by Friday 29 August.

Costs associated with Food or Retail Stalls need to be paid by Friday 3 October.

Pay for events stall

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Organise Activities, Demonstrations & Workshops for the Activity Zone

We’re looking for activities that engage, inform and educate communities about Indian culture.

To discuss your ideas, email diwali@catnz.org.nz or contact Murali Kumar on (021) 685 804.

More information

Murali Kumar
Communities Action Trust New Zealand (CATNZ)

Phone: (04) 499 4444 or (021) 685 804
Email: diwali@catnz.org.nz
Website: Asia New Zealand Foundation