Our Partners

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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Our Creative Partners

Milap is the UK’s leading Indian Arts & Culture company. Established in 1985, it has a year-round programme of Indian arts in London and Liverpool and works both nationally and internationally to inspire, educate and entertain. Milap also founded the National Indian Arts Awards – now in its fifth year – in order to recognise the work of countless individuals, schools, teachers, performers, and art organisations, up and down the British Isles, who are working tirelessly to provide generous opportunities to learn or experience Indian arts.

Visit website: https://www.milapfest.com/

Manasamitra is a respected and highly innovative Yorkshire-based arts company, which has been working locally, nationally and internationally for 15 years delivering South Asian arts and cultural experiences in traditional as well as unexpected ways. The company’s work is stimulated by the ideas, forms and aesthetics of India which are taken into collaborations with the UK and international artists from all musical genres and disciplines. The touchstone of the company is its collaborative ethos, sharing and learning from artists who approach their work in radically different and challenging ways, whilst taking their musical output along paths never trodden.

Visit website: http://www.manasamitra.com/

Walk the Plank is one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts specialists, with 27 years’ experience of working with communities to create engaging site responsive (and socially distanced) work in public space.

Based in Salford, Walk the Plank works regionally and internationally on projects of every shape and size.

Visit website: http://www.walktheplank.co.uk/


Annapurna Indian Dance is based in Calderdale, Yorkshire.

We love to create original projects using traditional Indian Dance, Storytelling and Music. We share these through performance and workshops for people of all ages and abilities. Our vision is to promote cross-cultural communication and education that fosters harmony and respect between communities.

Visit website: http://www.annapurnadance.com/

Our Project Partners

Bolton Hindu Forum was set up in the year 2000 to establish and maintain a cohesive link between all the Hindu Community organisations in Bolton. Bolton has the highest population of Hindu’s in the north of England. The Forum is an umbrella body which effectively engages with the view to identify, develop, and promote common interests in all aspects of social, religious, health, economic and political spheres. It strives to identify and address the issues and needs to responsibly represent and serve in the best way possible the interest of the community at large and integrate the wider community.

Visit website: https://www.boltonhinduforum.org.uk/

Indian Association Oldham hosts regular activities such as a Luncheon Club for over 50s, Indian Dance classes, Yoga classes, Women’s group activities, a Youth club, and Workshops on health issues and for community benefit. Religious services are conducted twice a day. The year for us starts on Hindu New Year’s Day (Annakut Day – usually in November) followed by Diwali – celebrating a huge festival of love, joy and happiness at our Temple on Schofield Street, Oldhamlove, joy and happiness. Over 500 people visit the temple to pay their respect to the Hindu Gods and Goddesses and 108 delicious varieties of food are offered to the Deities, followed by dinner. The year is full of Indian dance, music, spiritual and cultural events together with celebrations of Indian Independence Day and Republic Day.

Visit website: http://www.indianassociationoldham.co.uk/

The Met is a stunning, award-winning live music venue noted nationally for its specialist folk music programme. Having recently undergone a multi-million-pound refurbishment, it incorporates two modernised performance spaces, popular dining restaurant Automatic, and Edwin Street Creative Hub which includes a Recording Studio.

The Met (Bury) is an independent arts and entertainment venue run by Bury Metropolitan Arts Association, a company limited by guarantee (No. 2370868) and a registered charity (No. 701879) supported by Arts Council England and Bury Council.

Visit website: https://www.themet.org.uk/

Shree Bharatiya Mandal, Indian Association Tameside is a registered Charity number 1045607, and was established in 1964.

SBM represents the Hindu and Indian community in the Tameside and Greater Manchester and celebrating Hindu Festivals and religious functions. We have been a major contributor to the Hindu Council Of The North. We have over the years tirelessly promoted Hindu religion, culture and language. Our Association is managed by volunteers to whom we are indebted. We urge and welcome everyone to spare some time to do SEWA (Voluntary work) for Hinduism and the Community.

Visit website: http://sbm.org.uk/