Diwali to take over CBD
The sights, smells and sounds of Indian culture will envelop Auckland’s CBD for one of the countries largest cultural festivals next month
For its 16th year running, the Diwali Festival will return to Aotea Square and Queen St from October 14 and 15.
The annual free, family friendly festival will feature 800 local performers celebrating Indian culture, featuring dance and music, food, fashion, arts and crafts, streettheatre and a fireworks display.
Regular festival favourites including Bhangra Auckland Da and Raunak Punjab Dee will preform.
Renowned Kalika Kala Kendra dancers group will showcase centuries-old romantic folk dance style known as ‘lavani’ – a combination of traditional song and dance performed.
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an important and ancient Indian festival which symbolised the triumph of light over darkness, wisdom over ignorance and good over evil.
The first Diwali Festival was first held in 2002, initially set up to raise public awareness of traditional Indian culture.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s head of major events Charmaine Ngarimu said the festival was an opportunity to celebrate and connect with local Indian communities.