Auckland Diwali has grown to become New Zealand’s first Indian cultural festival. This is a free, family-friendly event held every October.
Auckland Diwali is organised by Tātaki Auckland Unlimited on behalf of Auckland Council and founding partner Asia New Zealand Foundation. Mayor Phil Goff said: “It’s fantastic to be able to host Diwali again after two years of cancellations due to COVID-19.
“For more than 20 years, Diwali has been one of the most popular festivals on our annual events calendar, attracting tens of thousands of people to the city centre to enjoy the food, sights and sounds of India,” he said.
“After a two-year pandemic hiatus, as we begin to return to a more normal life, the theme of Diwali – light over darkness, good over evil, which is what all our cultures have in common – takes on special significance. .
“I look forward to seeing Aucklanders from all backgrounds come together to celebrate Auckland’s Indian community and our city’s rich cultural diversity.”
Auckland Diwali will follow the Ministry of Health’s guidance for major events at the time. The festival is free to attend, alcohol-free, smoke-free, and family-friendly.For more information click here here
WHERE Aotea Square & Queen Street, Auckland City CentreShow map WHEN Saturday 8 October 2022Sunday 9 October 202212pm-9pm COST Free CONTACT [email protected] WEBSITE/LINKS https://aucklandnz.com/Diwali FESTIVAL CULTURAL FREE KIDS / FAMILY FOOD / DRINK MUSIC THEATRE / PERFORMANCE MARKETS / TRADE PARKS / OUTDOORS FASHION WAITEMATĀ & GULF WARD
Auckland’s Diwali, New Zealand’s premier Indian festival, returns to Aotea Square in the city centre on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October. Take part in a free celebration showcasing the best of Indian culture, food, arts and crafts, and fashion from across the country.
Some holiday favorites will also be on display, including:
Three action-packed performance areas:
The Aotea stage showcases big bands, Bollywood dance competitions and Indian classical dance performances.
Neighborhoods with interactive dance experiences.
The Queen Street Stage features classical Indian instrumental, Eastern/Western jazz fusion, and ends each night with a pumping DJ.
A range of delicious local Indian food.
Rangoli workshop for all ages.
Vibrant Indian craft, fashion and jewellery stalls.
Fun weekend of contests and giveaways.
Diwali Festival of Lights Video