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Events tell the story of Diwali

Published on Thursday, October 19, 2017

A PROGRAMME of events celebrating Diwali will continue over the next few days, bringing to life the sights, sounds and stories of the festivities.

New Walk Museum is hosting an exhibition entitled “6,000 Lights; The Story of Diwali in Leicester,” which charts the history and development of the city’s Diwali celebrations from humble beginnings in the 1960s. The exhibition runs until Sunday, October 29 and admission is free.

The museum also hosts the breath-taking exhibition "Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875-6", which showcases Indian works of art gifted to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, during his tour of the Indian Subcontinent at the end of the nineteenth century. It also runs until October 29.

Elsewhere in the city, the Shivalaya Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Shiv, is open to visitors every day from 9am to 12noon, and 4pm to 8pm, at the Leicestershire Brahma Samaj and Community Centre in Belgrave Road. 

The city’s main Diwali Day celebrations take place on Thursday, October 19, on the Golden Mile and at the Diwali Day Village in Cossington Street Recreation Ground, from 3pm to 9pm.

At nearby Limekiln Lock, on the Grand Union Canal, illuminated canal boats of all sizes will be taking to the waterways, from 6pm to 9pm on Diwali Day.

Attenborough Arts Centre, in Lancaster Road, is hosting two Diwali-themed events on Saturday, October 21. 

Its Diwali Family Extravaganza runs from 11am to 1pm, while the evening will see an evening of the finest Indian classical music and dance performances.  It runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, with tickets available from the arts centre.

Also on Saturday, October 21, the Corah Suite opposite St Margaret’s Bus Station will host an evening of Diwali-themed entertainment and food.

Full details of all events are contained in the Diwali Leicester 2017 brochure, which is currently available from Visit Leicester in Gallowtree Gate, as well as libraries, leisure centres and the customer service centre in Granby Street. 

Information is also available at: www.leicester.gov.uk/diwali

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