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 festival takes place in October each year and is presented by the Wellington City Council.

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 2017

When: Monday 23 October (Labout Day), from 1.30pm to 9.30pm
Where: TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf
Cost: Gold coin entry

Application forms for performers and stallholders are available from July at the Community Action Trust website.

More information

Murali Kumar
Communities Action Trust New Zealand (CATNZ)

Phone: 04 499 4444 or 021 685 804
Email: diwali@catnz.org.nz
Website: www.catnz.org.nz