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Diwali festivities continue with programme of family events

Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

LEICESTER’S Diwali festivities are set to continue with a programme of family-friendly events and activities through until Diwali Day itself.

Among the highlights will be a giant puppet performance and parade in Leicester City Centre on Friday (2 Nov). This new twist on the Diwali story will feature a procession of dancers, drummers and stilt walkers led by 10ft puppets of Hanuman and Ravana, as their two armies prepare to clash in a spectacular dance battle.

The performance will take place in Humberstone Gate and at the Clock Tower from 5pm and is organised by An Indian Summer.

On Saturday (3 Nov), people can enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the Diwali celebrations in the heart of the city centre at the Diwali Mela Bazaar. Organised by Leicester Belgrave Mela, Sabras Radio and the city council, there’ll be live music and dance, food, fashion, shopping and other entertainment from 10am until 5pm.

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery will also be offering Diwali-themed family fun on Saturday (3 Nov). Visitors can enjoy story-telling and have a go at Indian dancing, creating Rangoli designs and decorating a traditional toran. The event runs from 11am until 3pm.

Leicester Cathedral will be hosting an evening of Indian Classical Music on Saturday (3 Nov). The event runs from 7pm until 8.30pm and tickets cost £10.

The Highcross Shopping Centre will be marking Diwali with ‘A Unique Rangoli’ on Sunday (4 Nov). An artist will be using the traditional Indian geometric art to create Rangoli with a difference . The event runs from 11am until 4.30pm.

This year’s events also include the stunning ‘Museum of the Moon’ touring exhibition, in which a large scale model replica of the moon will be suspended above the ever-popular Rangoli exhibition at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre. The exhibition is free to visit and runs until Wednesday 7 November.

The festivities will continue on Diwali Day itself on Wednesday, November 7, with the city’s annual celebrations. The Golden Mile and surrounding area will once again come alive with a bustling Diwali Village at Cossington Street Recreation Ground from 3pm, a programme of live entertainment from 6pm and a dazzling overhead firework display from around 8pm.

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.

The Wheel of Light – a 110-foot ferris wheel that provides a glittering centrepiece to the city’s Diwali celebrations on Belgrave Gate – will be available to ride until Sunday 11 November.

Deputy City Mayor Piara Singh Clair, who leads on leisure and culture, said: “Our Diwali festivites on the Golden Mile are a focal point for many thousands of people and a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to celebrate.

“The city’s Diwali celebrations have grown in recent years to include a fantastic programme of events in and around the city centre. I hope people will take the opportunity to explore and enjoy some of the many exciting events and activities on offer.”

Full details of all events are included in the Diwali Leicester 2018 brochure, which is 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.visitleicester.info/diwali