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Diawali brings the light to Sunday afternoon

Wellington’s local Indian and South East Asian communities’ most vibrant cultural celebration, Diwali, takes over the waterfront on Sunday afternoon in a festival of lights.

The lighting of lamps at the ancient Hindu festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the renewal of life.

The colours, sounds, tastes and spicy aromas of India will all be on offer at the TSB Arena from 1.30pm, for gold coin entry.

Highlights of the festival include Indian vegetarian food stalls; traditional and contemporary dance, music and fashion; arts, craft and henna stalls; and an exhibition on the Celebration of Lights, showing the significance of lamps and lanterns.

The festival also presents eight hours of non-stop family-friendly free cultural entertainment from local, regional and international artists showcasing traditional, contemporary, folk, fusion and the much loved Bollywood and Bhangra performances.

Diwali will close with the Refresh Renovations Fireworks display at 9.20pm on Frank Kitts Park promenade.

The full programme is as follows (timings may vary):
1.30pm Generation Z
1.55pm Mr & Ms Diwali (fashion round 1)
2.20pm Procession at TSB Foyer
2.30pm Inaugural ceremony and performances
3.30pm Classical acts
4.25pm International act from Kalehri Art and Culture Academy, India
4.45pm Touch of South
5.00pm Bollywood Tease
5.30pm Classical Fusion
5.45pm Melting Pot
6.15pm Mr & Ms Diwali (fashion final round)
6.50pm International act from Kalehri Art and Culture Academy, India
7.15pm Bollywood Action
7.55pm International act from Kalehri Art and Culture Academy, India
8.20pm Bollywood Fever
8.35pm Finale acts
9.10pm Stage programme ends
9.20pm Refresh Renovations Fireworks by Frank Kitts Park Promenade