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Digital Diwali

5th – 15th November 2020

A free, online celebration of the Indian Festival of Lights – creating a cultural connection across Greater Manchester

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Online participation for all the family.

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Music & Dance

Live classical and contemporary dance.

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9 days of stories from the Ramayana for all ages.

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Fiery Headline Show

A live-streamed spectacle, celebrating light over darkness.

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We hope you enjoyed Digital Diwali 2020!

We would like to thank all our partners, funders, performing artists and lantern participants across Oldham, Bolton, and Bury.

We would love to hear from you, please contact us through our website or through our Facebook page.

Celebrating Light over Darkness, Good over Evil, and knowledge over ignorance. See you in 2021!


A Unique Celebration for 2020

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, usually lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.

Supported by Arts Council England and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Digital Diwali is participatory live video stream & radio broadcast programme of Indian classical / contemporary music & dance, storytelling, mini spectacle, interactive workshops, and a fiery headline.

Streaming across Greater Manchester, the event is delivered in partnership with Bolton Hindu Forum, Indian Association Oldham, Shree Bharatiya Mandal (Tameside), The Met (Bury) and, Salford based Outdoor Arts Experts Walk the Plank.

The programme includes around over 30 performances from over 50 musicians, dancers and art facilitators. Our international renowned creative partners include: Milapfest, Annapurna Indian Dance, Manasamitra, and Walk the Plank.

Promoting mindfulness and wellbeing at a time of uncertainty, from 05.11.2020 – 15.11.2020, here are some highlights of our free, streamed online content:

• Ten days of stories – the Diwali story told through the eyes of Hanuman.  (6yrs +).
• Classical and contemporary dance and music, from artist around the UK and India.
• A community performance programme.
• Dance and Music workshops over Zoom.
• Carnatic (classical South Indian) vocal music.
• Morning and Evening Raaga concerts.
• A fiery spectacle featuring stories from the Ramayana.

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