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

Sunday 27 October 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, craft and henna stalls
  • and an exhibition on the Celebration of Lights, highlighting the significance of lamps and lanterns.

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.