Auckland’s Queen Street and Aotea Square will be transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour when Auckland Diwali Festival takes place October 12 and 13, 2019.
Bright lights, energetic dance performances, incredible Indian delicacies and fireworks will excite and delight festival-goers of all ages.
The Auckland Diwali Festival is inspired by Diwali or Deepavali (row of lamps), an important and ancient Indian festival colloquially known as ‘The Festival of Lights’. It is celebrated in India and Indians around the world. Families light lamps, candles and fireworks to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness, wisdom over ignorance, and good over evil.
Audiences can expect to enjoy a wide range of contemporary, traditional, classical or folk Indian performances featured on the Aotea and Queen Street stages, or as part of the street performances.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) Auckland Diwali Festival producer Leilana Meredith says the vegetarian festival will see hundreds of performances take place across the two days as well as more than 60 street stalls set up on Queen Street.
“Food is such an important part of traditional and contemporary Indian culture and the festival will provide an excellent opportunity for Auckland-Indian businesses, organisations and individuals to showcase their authentic food and products.
Retail and food stallholders will showcase a myriad of fresh flavours, exotic spices and aromas, handmade crafts and jewellery, from all corners of India.
The festival is free to attend, alcohol-free, smoke-free and family friendly.
The festival is delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) on behalf of Auckland Council, in conjunction with founding partner Asia New Zealand Foundation.
Event: Auckland Diwali 2019
Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13
Time: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.