Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Auckland Diwali Fest lights up; ” We are richer for...

Auckland Diwali Fest lights up; ” We are richer for the Indian culture in Auckland” Phil Goff his first speech as Auckland mayor



 Thousands of Aucklanders of all ages turn out  to attend annual Indian Diwali festival celebrations kicking off in the Aoeta square on today.  As Mayor  of newly elected, Phil Goff gives first speech as Auckland mayor at Diwali opening. He  officially inaugurate  festival and his  opening speech , Mr Phil said that” we are richer for Indian culture in Auckland” and we will  definitely  promote ethnic diversity of culture in our society to keep  Auckland as  largest Multicultural livable city.

This Diwali celebration of Auckland’s ethnic diversity and a chance to enjoy and experience traditional and contemporary Indian culture in its many exciting forms.The festival is free to attend, alcohol-free, smoke-free and family-friendly. Enjoy dance and musical performances, workshops and kids’ activities, plus sample the flavors of India fresh from a host of street food stalls. The festival finishes with a bang on Sunday night with the Barfoot & Thompson Fireworks Finale. The  Auckland city is now  transformed the city hub with  vivid and innovative approach to colour and light

This fest will continue tomorrow  till  10pm .Diwali, a tradition particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, marks the beginning of the financial year in India. Diwali is celebrated through traditional Hindu motifs and light and celebrated  memory of  Celebration of  return of  Rama to Ayodya after the assassination of  Ravana, and is one of Auckland’s most popular cultural festivals.The central theme of Diwali  to point out to the classic truth of the victory of the good over the evils, the mode of their presentation and the characters differ. Diwali, being the festival of lights, lighting the lamp of knowledge within us(PHOTO COURTESY- Jeremy Reesnz)mayor-dewali


This year, Diwali offers local festival goers the chance to attend workshops, enjoy live music and dance, storytelling, amusement rides and games.The free, family-friendly festival showcases and celebrates traditional and contemporary Indian culture


he Auckland Diwali Festival was first held in 2002, initiated by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and delivered in partnership with the then-Auckland City Council (now Auckland Council).

More than 35,000 people attend the festival every year, which showcases not only traditional Indian culture, but contemporary New Zealand Indian culture as well.

The festival features local and international dance, music and theatre performers, food and c raft stalls, a wedding expo, seminars and workshops.

The event is organized every year by  Auckland City council,

Many artistis from India  came this year  here to  add more colour to this festival. Kathak  artist family  joins the festival  which includes film star , popular  model and adept Kathak Dancer  Meghranjani Medhi  alias ” Dancing Queen of  Assam” and her  great  parents ,  a great dancer and choreographer mother Mahami Medhi, and they perform to music by Meghranjani’s composer father Joy Prakash Medhi. the Kathak dance form emphasizes rhythmic foot movements, adorned with small bells  and the movement harmonized to the music.

International stars from India’s Assam, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh regions will showcase dance, puppetry, intricate paper-cut artistry and folk art at the 15th Auckland Diwali Festival this October.. Highlights this year include:  In addition  to Assamese film actress, model and dancer Meghranjani leading a group of Kathak dancers

  • puppet-master Vinod Bhatt and his troupe of Rajasthani puppeteers
  • artwork by Venkat Shyam from from the Gond tribe of Madhya Pradesh
  • paper cut artist Parth Kothekar
  • Bollywood dance competition
  • Barfoot & Thompson Fireworks Finale on Sunday night

Main Stage, Aotea Square: Saturday 3.20pm and 7.40pm; Sun 3.15pm, 5pm and 7.40pm.

Puppet master Vinod Bhatt comes to the Auckland Diwali Festival from Jaipur in North India The painted puppets are still hand-carved from mango wood, and wear bright costumes fashioned from scraps of clothA puppeteer manipulates a colourful puppet on-stage.



Main stage performances 12-9pm
Radio Tarana Bollywood Dance Competition (Junior & Intermediate) 1-2pm
Opening ceremony 3-3.30pm
Kathak group of Ms. Megharanjini Medhi 3.20-3.30pm
Sargam Fusion with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra 6-6.30pm
Indian Weekender Mr & Ms Diwali Contest 6.50-7.15pm
ASB Staff cultural performance 8.40-8.50pm


Classical music stage 12-5pm
Kids’ amusement rides 12-9pm


Food and craft stalls 12-9pm
Street performances (cnr Queen & Wakefield streets) 1-7pm
ASB Flash Mob (cnr Queen & Wakefield streets) 6.40-6.50pm


Barfoot & Thompson kids’ zone 12-4pm
Pilgrimage on-screen exhibition 12-4pm
Rajasthani Puppeteers Troupe of Mr. Vinod Bhatt 12.30-1pm
Solo performances 4-4.30pm
Incredible India tourism presentation 4.30-5.30pm
Miss India NZ Fashion Show 5.35-5.45pm
DJ Stage 6-9pm


Papercut Artist – Parth Kothekar 12-5pm
Gond Mural Artist – Venkat Shyam 12-5pm