Want to learn the art of rangoli designs? Brush up your Bollywood dancing skills? Or maybe you just want to eat some really, really, good food? If you answered yes to any of the above then you’ll want to check out the 12th annual Diwali Fest when it hits Vancouver this November.
Celebrated across the world, Diwali is the biggest and most popular event in the Indian calendar. And, here in Vancouver, Diwali Fest attracts more than 15,000 people every year making it the biggest Diwali-themed event in the Lower Mainland.
With free workshops, performances, tasty demos and dancing in every nook and cranny of the city; Diwali Fest aims to unite people from all cultures and allow South Asian art forms to evolve through Vancouver’s many other cultural influences.
Just some of the events to look forward to at this year’s Diwali Fest include:
Diwali Downtown, Vancouver
This year’s event will include more than 15 different music and dance performances, an Indian bazaar featuring South Asian crafts and cuisine, and a room-sized rangoli.
Diwali Downtown, Surrey
Back by popular demand, like its Vancouver counterpart, Diwali Downtown, Surrey is a free family-friendly event.
Whether you want to master rangoli design, Bollywood dancing, sari wrapping, or even mehndi hand painting; Diwali Workshops are free events run by professional artists and facilitators. This year’s festival will also include workshops on storytelling, poetry, yoga, and roundtable discussions on the history of Diwali.
Storytelling & Rangoli-Making
Diwali Fest has expanded its celebration to include Richmond. This installation will include a large rangoli as well as information regarding Diwali. Diwali Fest will host a storytelling workshop that will share stories in English, Hindi, and Punjabi, including the history of Diwali and rangoli.
Diwali Cooking Demonstrations
Experience Diwali through tasty cooking demos. There’s a small fee, but the delicious dishes you’ll get to sample are well worth it.
Diwali at the Library
This free event will provide exciting music and dance performances in the Downtown Atrium of the Central Branch.
Diwali on The Drive
The Cultch, Diwali Fest will incorporate South Asian-themed Theatre for a two-week run at The York Theatre and a dance presentation at The Historic Theatre at The Cultch. Look online for tickets.
When: November 3 to 15
Where: Various locations
Vancity Buzz is a proud sponsor of Diwali Fest