Di­wali spots still avail­able

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open for stall­hold­ers and per­form­ers who want to help light up Auck­land at this year’s Auck­land Di­wali Fes­ti­val.

The ‘‘fes­ti­val of lights’’ sig­ni­fies the vic­tory of light over dark­ness and is In­dia’s most im­por­tant hol­i­day of the year.

The event is pre­sented by Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (ATEED) and Asia NZ Foun­da­tion and will take place in Aotea Square and Queen St on Oc­to­ber 11 and 12.

‘‘Auck­land Di­wali Fes­ti­val is one of the ma­jor cul­tural events in our re­gion, and rep­re­sents a great op­por­tu­nity for Auck­lan­ders and vis­i­tors of all eth­nic back­grounds to ex­pe­ri­ence a tra­di­tional In­dian fes­ti­val,’’ATEED chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett O’Ri­ley says.

Groups and per­form­ers who want to be con­sid­ered for stage and street per­for­mances and the Ra­dio Tarana Bol­ly­wood dance com­pe­ti­tion must ap­ply by July 31.

Stall sites are avail­able for veg­e­tar­ian food, sweets, craft and henna ven­dors or to pro­mote com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and businesses. The dead­line for stall­holder ap­pli­ca­tions is July 25.

Cel­e­bra­tions: Auck­lan­ders want­ing to get in­volved in this year’s Di­wali Fes­ti­val are urged to get their ap­pli­ca­tions in this month.

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