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Programme of Diwali events continues

Published on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A COLOURFUL two-week programme of Diwali events continues this week in venues across Leicester.

The city’s festivities run from October 16 to 30, and culminate in the Diwali Day celebrations in Belgrave this Sunday.

Throughout this week, Diwali-themed activities are taking place in museums, theatres and other local venues.

New Walk Museum will host two events for under fives; on Tuesday, October 25, Little Rockets ‘Colour Splash’ will bring together messy foot painting and storytelling, while on Thursday, October 27, Little Rockets ‘Fantastic Fireworks’ will see firework-themed fun play, crafts and dancing for toddlers. Sessions on both days run from 11am-1pm, and from 2-4pm.

Curve Theatre will stage a dramatic dance performance by the Aditi Mangaldas Company and Aakash Odedra Company on Thursday, October 27, at 7.30pm. The show, entitled ‘INTER_RUPTED’ merges classical and contemporary Indian dance styles in a breathtaking performance.

An international trade event showcasing trade and investment opportunities with India will also take place at Curve on Friday, October 28, from 9am to 3pm. Gateway to India will include guest speakers and workshops focusing on international trade.

The Jain Centre in Oxford Street will be opening its doors for temple tours on Friday, October 28, giving a rare glimpse of the beautifully decorated building which is one of the first consecrated Jain temples in the western world. Tours take place from 10am to 1pm and from 6pm to 8pm.

In addition, the Jain Centre will also house a Diwali exhibition until Sunday, November 6, daily from 1am to 12noon and 4pm to 8pm.

The Attenborough Centre at the University of Leicester is hosting its Diwali Family Extravaganza on Saturday, October 29, with activities, dancing, traditional Indian sweets and more, running from 11am to 2pm.

During the same day, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery will host a day of firework-themed fun, crafts and activities, from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

Saturday’s events will conclude with a Diwali dinner and dance at the Peepul Centre, including live music and DJ performances. For further details contact Amandeep on 07792 360402.

Finally, Sunday will see Diwali Day celebrations get underway on the Golden Mile, with a Diwali Village on Cossington Street Recreation Ground and glittering firework display over Belgrave Road. Visitors will also be able to visit the colourful rangoli exhibition at nearby Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: "This year's Diwali celebrations have been a real success, and there are still six days packed with activities to enjoy.

"The Jain Centre visits will be a rare chance to explore this fascinating building, while the weekend's Diwali Day celebrations will bring things to a fitting climax."

Full details about all events are available at

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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.