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 2018

1.30pm–9.30pm Sunday 28 October 2018
TSB Arena and Shed 6
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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. 

Later, head to Frank Kitts Park promenade to watch the Refresh Renovations Fireworks display at 9.20pm.

Programme of events

Note: Programme timings may vary.

1.30pm Generation Z
1.55pm Mr & Ms Diwali (fashion round 1)
2.20pm Procession at TSB Foyer
2.30pm Inaugural ceremony and performances
3.30pm Classical acts
4.25pm International act from Kalehri Art and Culture Academy, India
4.45pm Touch of South
5.00pm Bollywood Tease
5.30pm Classical Fusion
5.45pm Melting Pot
6.15pm Mr & Ms Diwali (fashion final round)
6.50pm International act from Kalehri Art and Culture Academy, India
7.15pm Bollywood Action
7.55pm International act from Kalehri Art and Culture Academy, India
8.20pm Bollywood Fever
8.35pm Finale acts
9.10pm Stage programme ends
9.20pm Refresh Renovations Fireworks by Frank Kitts Park Promenade


Major sponsor

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