Di­wali Fes­ti­val to have more events than ever

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to ex­pe­ri­ence the sights, sounds and tastes of In­dia dur­ing the an­nual Auck­land Di­wali Fes­ti­val on Oc­to­ber 19 and 20 in Aotea Square and Queen St.

The event goes from noon till 9pm and is the re­gion’s largest free mul­ti­cul­tural veg­e­tar­ian fes­ti­val.

It is sup­ported by Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers, pub­lisher of the Auck­land City Har­bour News, and is run by Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (ATEED).

Rachael Car­roll, ATEED gen­eral man­ager of des­ti­na­tion and mar­ket­ing, says this year’s event will stim­u­late the senses.

‘‘We’re in­fus­ing more street theatre and sur­prise events than ever be­fore to in­ject even more spon­tane­ity into what is al­ready an ex­cit­ing event,’’ she says.

‘‘This is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple of all eth­nic back­grounds to em­brace a tra­di­tional In­dian fes­ti­val which has be­come an iconic event for our city.’’

The fes­ti­val will see Aotea Square and Queen St trans­formed into an In­dian bazaar, with more than 50 food and craft stalls of­fer­ing de­li­cious veg­e­tar­ian cui­sine and In­dian sweets, as well as a colour­ful ar­ray of cloth­ing, jewellery, henna, hand­i­crafts and art.

A live per­for­mance stage will show­case a mix of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary dance from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists and there’ll be the hotly con­tested Ra­dio Tarana Bol­ly­wood dance com­pe­ti­tion.

Other fes­ti­val high­lights will in­clude the Ran­goli craft work­shop where chil­dren can cre­ate In­dian artworks and clas­si­cal mu­sic work­shops for peo­ple to have a go at play­ing tra­di­tional In­dian in­stru­ments.

The event will end with a fire­works dis­play.

Photo: SI­MON WATTS

In­dian treat: The an­nual Auck­land Di­wali Fes­ti­val is com­ing to the city in Oc­to­ber.

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