Diwali - also known as the 'Festival of Lights' - is Wellington's local Indian and South East Asian communities' most vibrant cultural celebration.

Young people engaging in traditional dance on a stage.

Diwali 2022

We are delighted to support two exciting Diwali celebrations in October this year.


Āhea | When 11am-5pm, Saturday 8 October 2022.
Ki hea | Where Wellington Indian Cultural and Sports Centre | View on Google Maps
Te utu | Cost Free

Join us at Namaste, a free, whānau-friendly event of Indian culture, arts, entertainment, food, business, partnerships, and innovation, focused on community participation through experiences.

Diwali is traditionally known for its fireworks. Be part of the experience! We are delighted to support this event by funding a ‘Light Show’ of indoor fireworks projections, an optical innovation produced by Streamliner.

A first of its kind in New Zealand, the indoor fireworks Light Show will incorporate a contemporary NZ Indian theme, with traditional music and arts. It will run in 15-minute intervals throughout the day.

This event is organised by the Wellington Indian Association.

Wellington Diwali Festival of Lights

Āhea | When 3.30pm-8.30pm, Sunday 16 October 2022 (fireworks on waterfront from 8.45pm).
Ki hea | Where Michael Fowler Centre | View on Google Maps
Te utu | Cost Free

Come and sample the colours, tastes, and sounds of India and South-East Asia.

Wellington’s vibrant Diwali festival returns to the capital on Sunday 16 October. At a new venue, the vibrant event is slightly smaller but just as sweet, with non-stop cultural entertainment, food, and Indian cultural activities for the whole family to enjoy.

There will be Indian fashion clothes and jewellery retail stalls, henna and Indian lantern making, and some food stalls.

Pop back to this page for programme details later in the month.

Wellington Diwali Festival of Lights Fireworks

A fireworks display will light up the Wellington waterfront from 8.45pm on Sunday 16 October.


The Wellington Diwali Festival of Lights is organised by our friends at the Communities Action Trust, and proudly supported by Radio Tarana, The High Commission of India (NZ), and the Indian Weekender.


Create the taste of Diwali at home with these delicious recipes for mysore pak, chole masala and gajar Ka halwa (carrot halwa).

Download the Diwali recipes (4.22MB PDF)