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, good over evil, and the renewal of life.

Diwali festival 2019

1.30pm-9.15pm, Sunday 24th November 2019
TSB Arena and Shed 6 
Gold coin entry

Bring along the whole family to sample the colours, sounds, tastes and spicy aromas of India.

Highlights of the festival include:

  • delicious Indian vegetarian food stalls
  • traditional and contemporary dance, music and fashion
  • arts, crafts, henna and information stalls

Enjoy eight hours of non-stop cultural entertainment from local, regional and international artists showcasing traditional, contemporary, folk, fusion and the much loved Bollywood and Bhangra performances. Keep an eye out for pop performances around the venue.

The celebrations will close at 9.05pm with the Cottrell Law fireworks at Frank Kitts Park promenade.

Programme of events

Note: Programme timings may vary.

1.30pm: Welcome and opening acts

1.45pm: Procession from TSB Arena foyer

2.00pm: Inaugural ceremony

2.40pm: Classical acts

4.05pm: Touch of South

4.25pm: Bollywood tease

5.05pm: Mr and Ms Diwali

5.25pm: Classical fusion

5.40pm: Mix and match

7.15pm: Mr and Ms Diwali

7.25pm: Bollywood fever

8.40pm: Finale acts

8.55pm: Stage programme ends

9.05pm: Cottrell Law fireworks, Frank Kitts Park promenade

9.15pm: Festival ends


  • Pop-up acts by Shed 6 concourse – 4.00pm, 5.00pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm.
  • Children’s activities in the APW Room (upstairs TSB) - 4.00pm to 6.30pm.

Note: An initial decision regarding the cancellation/postponement of the Cottrell Law fireworks will be made at 7.30pm, Sunday night. If the fireworks aren't cancelled, organisers will continue to monitor conditions with the final call being made at 9.30pm. Updates can be found on the Council Facebook page.


Need help?

Wellington's Diwali celebrations are organised by our friends at the Communities Action Trust. To get in touch, please email: diwali@catnz.org.nz

Please note that stallholder registration for Diwali festival 2019 is now closed. If you’d like to take part in the 2020 celebration, please contact CATNZ by email, above.

A big thank you to our sponsors:

Asia NZ logo

Cottrell law logo

Community Action Trust New Zealand logo

The Indian Weekender logo

The Lion Foundation logo

Radio Tarana logo