Diwali comes to Wellington

20 October 2010

All the colour, fun, food and excitement of Wellington’s largest Indian cultural festival returns to the TSB Bank Arena on Sunday.

The Diwali Mela or Festival will this year feature a visiting dance and music group from Rajasthan and Indian master magician Uday Jadugar.

The Diwali Festival will be officially opened by Wellington mayor elect Celia Wade-Brown and the Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand.

Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the Indian new year. It is a time for celebration with families lighting lamps, candles and fireworks to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil.

The Festival, which begins at 1pm and ends at 10pm on Sunday October 24, will conclude with a fireworks display. There will also be plenty of local performers and food stalls. Entry is free.
Other Diwali events include performances by the Rajasthan dance and music group and master magician Uday Jadugar at Capital E on Labour Monday October 25 at 10.30am and 12.30pm. Entry is free, but it is advisable to reserve seats in advance (Capital E).

In other Diwali news, there is a Bindi exhibition curated by Arti Gentejohann at Pataka Museum, Porirua, starting on Thursday, October 21.

Wellington designer photographer Meena Kadri will also showcase images of India in a shop next to an Indian dairy in upper Cuba St from October 21-24.

For more information about the Diwali Mela in Wellington on Sunday October 24 (including a programme of the day) and other Diwali related events, visit www.asianz.org.nz.

The Diwali Festival is supported by Wellington City Council, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, the Indian High Commission, ANZ, TV3, The Lion Foundation, Pelorus Trust and The Radio Network.

Jennifer King
Director, Culture
Asia New Zealand Foundation
027 208 9422