Countdown to Auckland’s Diwali Festival

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It won’t be long before the popular Auckland Diwali Festival lights up Aotea Square and Queen Street this weekend with lively dance performances, music to get you moving, vegetarian food that takes the taste buds somewhere else and colorful arts and crafts.

The free, family-friendly festival on October 8 and 9 will celebrate traditional and contemporary Indian culture from noon to 9 p.m. on both days.

The Auckland Diwali Festival is organized by Tātaki Auckland Unlimited on behalf of Auckland Council, with founding partner Asia New Zealand Foundation.

According to festival producer Sharon Tang, some of the highlights of this year’s event include Chalk it Up ccompetition, a chance for Aucklanders to show off their rangoli skills.

“The rangoli is a traditional and colorful art form and this year Aucklanders can bring out their creative side, so come to Bledisloe Lane adjacent to Aotea Square to see these creations come to life. And if you want to know plus, why not try your hand at the family rangoli workshop at the Grass Terraces; it will run on both days of the festival,” she says.

The festival is known for delivering music and performances that get the crowd moving. This year will be no different with three stages offering a palette of sounds.

“Our stage programs offer festival favorites including contemporary and traditional dance performances on the Aotea Stage, a classical music program on the Queen Street Stage and interactive dance workshops in the street area.”

Popular food options are also back.

“Food will again be one of the playing cards, with a range of vegetarian dishes that will transport the taste buds beyond India. A highlight is the signature Diwali dishes created by the Terrace Café and Red Container Café in Aotea Square, which feature a fusion of Maori and Indian flavours, ingredients and techniques,” adds Tang.

The Auckland Diwali Festival will be held in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines for major events at the time. The festival is free, alcohol-free, smoke-free and family-friendly.

More details about the program can be found here.

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