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Dramatic exhibition tells history of Leicester’s Diwali

Published on Friday, October 14, 2016

A STUNNING new exhibition telling the story of Diwali in Leicester is set to open its doors to visitors this weekend.

The exhibition, entitled “6,000 Lights: The Story of Diwali in Leicester” takes visitors through the history of the festivities from their humble beginnings in the 1960s, right up to the world-renowned celebrations on the Golden Mile today.

Personal objects, archive photos and individual stories of Diwali over the decades will bring to life the exhibition and create a unique record of how the Festival of Light has grown. 

The exhibition will be at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday, October 15, to Sunday, November 27. 

Coinciding with the schools’ half term holidays, there will also be a range of art workshops for children, as well as a Diwali trail exploring light and colour within the galleries.

6,000 Lights: The Story of Diwali in Leicester is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is a partnership between cultural organisation Navrang and Leicester City Council’s Arts and Museums Service.

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “Diwali has been celebrated for generations in Belgrave, and this exhibition is a wonderful window into the past to see how it has changed over the decades.

“From small-scale celebrations at home, to the world-renowned events that now mark out the Golden Mile as the home of the biggest Diwali festivities outside of India, this exhibition is a fascinating insight into the event’s history, through the eyes of the people involved.”

Leicester’s Diwali 2016 celebrations include a two-week programme of cultural events and entertainment at venues across the city, running from October 16 to 30.

Celebrations will centre around the Diwali lights switch-on, on Sunday, October 16, and Diwali Day, on Sunday October 30. 

For more information on all Diwali 2016 events visit:

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The Diwali 2016 guide is also widely available from the Visit Leicester centre in Gallowtree Gate, as well as customer service centres, libraries, shops and cafes.