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Dancers and waterside artwork events bring Diwali to life

Published on Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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Stiltwalking performers at Diwali

TWO Diwali-themed events taking place this weekend will offer visitors different ways to celebrate.

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting a Diwali dance and arts celebration, in which members of the city’s Nupur Arts Dance Academy will take over the venue to present a day of dancing workshops and activities.

The free event, which takes place on Saturday, October 30, from 11.30am to 4pm, includes dance performances by dance academy students throughout the day, Indian dance workshops, a display of Indian dance costumes, and a range of Diwali-themed dance and craft activities for all ages.

There will also be a chance to dress up in Indian costumes and have a photo taken with two stilt walking Indian princesses.

Later, from 5.30pm, Leicester’s waterways will be brought to life with illuminated artworks and floating diva candles, for a special event at Lime Kiln Lock, near Abbey Park.

The waterside event is being run in partnership with the Canals and Rivers Trust East Midlands, and Leicester Mela, will also offer visitors the chance to sample traditional Indian food and drink.

More details of Diwali events in Leicester, including the spectacular Wheel of Light Ferris wheel, the Diwali Big Shop prize draw and Diwali Day are available at

People are being urged to celebrate Diwali safely by staying at home if they have Covid-19 symptoms; taking a lateral flow test before going to events; and wearing a face covering in crowded or confined spaces.

Regular handwashing or sanitising will help to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and flu. Vaccination is the best protection available against them.