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 2020

The Diwali festival will return to the TSB Arena and Shed 6 later this year – stay tuned for more information.

Highlights of the festival will include:

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

Get involved

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