The Auckland Tamil Association is hosting its Deepawali celebration for the community on Saturday, October 26 at the Freemans Bay Community Centre.

President of Auckland Tamil Association, Vai Ravindran says that the association is aiming to promote local talent through the event on Saturday.

“We want our young and budding talented children to come out and showcase their talents- be it dance, singing, musical instruments etc.” Mr Ravindran said.

The event is also aiming to reach out to the community beyond the Tamil speaking diaspora and is inviting members from other communities and languages to attend the event.

“We have 15 groups who will be performing at the event, children from the age of four will be a stage- singing or entertaining the audience, Secretary of Auckland Tamil Association, Murali Kumar told The Indian Weekender.

The event starts at 6 p.m. and will have a Diwali themed hall with lights and decorations and every member of the community invited to attend the celebratory event.

“We have been bringing performers from Singapore, Malaysia, India to perform at our events in the past but this year, we thought of giving our platform only for the local performers and boost their morale,” Mr Ravindran added.

The event entry is priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students; a family of four for $40 and children under the age of five are free to enter. The nominal amount for the entry fee to the event includes the entertainment and dinner offered by the organisers.