Diwali

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

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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 2016

1.30pm - 10pm, 23 October, TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf
Free admission

 

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2016 Diwali Programme (771KB PDF)

Programme

Time  Event Location
1.30pm Kids Zone Ground floor
2.05pm
Expressions Ground floor
2.30pm Rajasthani Puppeteers Troup show Level One
2.45pm Procession from TSB Bank Arena Foyer
Ground floor
3pm Formal opening ceremony
Ground floor
3.45pm Classic Acts Ground floor
3.45pm Rajasthani Puppeteers Troup show
Level One
4.15pm Rajasthani Puppeteers Troup show
Level One
4.15pm International - Kathak Group of Ms. Meghranjani Medhi Ground floor
4.40pm Tales from Sri Lanka Ground floor
5pm Rajasthani Puppeteers Troup show
Level One
5pm Mix and Match Ground floor
5.10pm Classics Ground floor
5.30pm Bollywood Acts Ground floor
5.30pm Rajasthani Puppeteers Troup show
Level One
6pm Rajasthani Puppeteers Troup show
Level One
6.15pm Fashion Show Ground floor
6.30pm Rajasthani Puppeteers Troup show
Level One
6.35pm Melting Pot Ground floor
7.10pm International - Kathak Group of Ms. Meghranjani Medhi
Ground floor
7.30pm Bollywood Fusion Ground floor
7.55pm Bollywood Acts Ground floor
8.10pm Announcement: "Win a return trip for two to India" (Singapore Airlines and SilkAir) Ground floor
8.20pm International - Kathak Group of Ms. Meghranjani Medhi
Ground floor
8.35pm Bollywood Fever Ground floor
8.50pm International - Kathak Group of Ms. Meghranjani Medhi
Ground floor
9.10pm Final acts Ground floor
9.40pm Stage closes
9.50pm Cottrell Law Fireworks Wellington waterfront
10pm Close

More information

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

International - Kathak Group of Ms. Meghranjani Medhi
International - Kathak Group of Ms. Meghranjani Medhi
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Funding

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