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23 days until Auckland Diwali Festival

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23 days until Auckland Diwali Festival

Rehearsals continue this week for performers who have entered one of the Diwali Festival’s showcase events - The Radio Tarana Bollywood Competition. Auckland’s best age group, individual and group Bollywood-style performers will compete for prestigious Diwali Festival honours. All performances will be on the Aotea Square Stage.

The Diwali Food Challenge launches next week. A challenge has been issued to select a group of Auckland restaurants to design and produce a ‘Diwali Taste On A Plate’ vegetarian dish to include on their menu before and during the festival.

It’s still not too late to register here for a free session of morning yoga. Diwali is about discovering culture, traditions, food, art and ways to spiritual wellbeing.

More than 100 local performing artists will be showing off a variety of diverse dance genres. These include Bhangra, Barathanatyam, Gidha, classical, folk, Bollywood and contemporary fusion.

The Auckland Diwali Festival connects all corners of Indian culture, drawing upon Auckland’s vibrant Indian community.

Samosa, dosa, curry and roti are all traditional Indian food favourites. As with all food items served at traditional Diwali celebrations, they are vegetarian.

The Queen St stage will run daily from noon to 6pm in front of the main doors to Auckland Town Hall. Local performers and community groups will showcase their talents across a diverse range of genres and styles, such as Punjabi folk dance, Bhangra, Bollywood dance and contemporary fusion.

Watch teams face off in the traditional Indian sport of Kabaddi. It’s India’s version of ‘bull rush’.

The features of Diwali are as diverse as the audience, from the classical Indian music performances inside the Aotea Centre, to the My India Experience - which features fascinating tales from those who have travelled or lived in India, and how those experiences make a difference to their daily life.

Inspired by the Rugby World Cup 2011 Fan Trail, the Diwali Walking Trail will depart from Britomart, following Queen St to Aotea Aquare. Join the trail to be entertained along the way.

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