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 managed 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 Festival 2018 will be on Sunday 28 October at TSB Arena and Shed 6 from 1.30pm-9.30pm. More details about the event will be announced later in the year.