Diwali Festival of Lights

Each year, the Asia New Zealand Foundation helps Auckland and Wellington celebrate Diwali Festival of Lights - India's best-loved festival.

Our festivals feature traditional and contemporary Indian dance and music, food stalls offering a variety of tasty treats from around India, and a grand finale fireworks display.

2014 Diwali Festival dates

  • Auckland: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October, Aotea Square
  • Wellington: Sunday 19 October, TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6, 1.30pm-10pm

Applications for performers and stall holders


Registrations for performers and food/retail stalls for the Wellington Diwali Festival of Lights are now open.

Closing dates: 29 August for stalls and 12 September for performers

For more information email diwali@catnz.org.nz or call Murali Kumar on (04) 499 4444.


Applications have closed for performers and stallholders at the Auckland Diwali Festival 2014 .

The festival is presented by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation. 

If you have any questions about the applications, please email the organiser at ATEED.

Menaka PP BoraInternational performers

The 2014 festivals will feature performers from India, including:

  • Sattriya Dance Group, led by classical dancer, choreographer and musicologist Menaka PP Bora. The group will use speech, masks, traditional artifacts and instruments in their production, which bring India's 15th century classical Sattirya dance into a contemporary context.

What is Diwali?

Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of light over darkness and the renewal of life. It is celebrated by people in India and Indians living abroad. Families light lamps, candles and fireworks to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness, wisdom over ignorance and good over evil.

Performers at the 2013 Auckland Diwali Festival

Images of Diwali

Missed the 2013 festivals? Here are a few pics to give you a taste of what they were like.

You'll find more images of the festivals on our Facebook page.

Dancers from Jharkhand state in east India were among the international guests at the 2013 festivals

Resources for teachers

Social sciences units of work that encourage students to explore how Diwali is celebrated and to discover why this festival is significant to the peoples of India.

Last updated: 28 Aug 2014