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Celebrate Dashehra Diwali Mela 2019 in Manchester

12 October 2019

Image © Manchester Dashehra Diwali Mela via Facebook

This Saturday, Indian Association Manchester will present its 14th annual celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali. A festival of lights, the family-friendly celebration represents good over evil, truth over falsehood and light over darkness. It’s a time of peace and harmony, a time for gift giving, bright lanterns and celebratory fireworks, all of which you’ll find on Albert Square from 2-9pm 12 October. 

During the day, head down to the Sunrise Radio stage to catch an amazing line up of Bollywood, folk and classical dance entertainment. Enjoy live performances from Rameet, Hunterz, Navin Kundra, Global Grooves, SPARK, Bombay Baja, Malayalee drummers, Explosive Band Baja and more between 2 and 7pm. Be sure to check out the street stalls, where you’ll be able to enjoy some amazing Indian food or pick up some authentic Indian accessories and gifts. 

Image credit: Manchester Dashehra Diwali Mela via Facebook

Being a family-oriented festival, you’re sure to find plenty to do for younger visitors here on Albert Square. Enjoy some face painting or henna decoration, badge making, paper crafts and even making your own lanterns for the latter half of the celebrations… 
As soon as the sun sets, pretty lanterns will light the night sky in central Manchester. The vibrant procession will see animated puppets depicting characters from Hindu mythology, live music from Greenwich’s Bollywood Brass Band, fiery SFX and energetic Indian dancers. It’ll culminate in a stunning firework display, all presented by Walk the Plank!