Greater Manchester Diwali 2021

A free, online celebration of the Hindu Festival of lights —creating a cultural connection across Greater Manchester and beyond.

Greater Manchester Diwali 2021 (1)

Lantern Making Workshops 

Throughout October we're delivering lantern-making workshops in communities across Greater Manchester, culminating with magical lantern processions in each location.


  • Indian Association Oldham | 
    Date: 2 October sign-up via email:
    Location: Schofield St, Oldham OL8 1QJ
    Procession: 6 November
  • Shree Bharatiya Mandal (Tameside Indian Association)
    Dates: 16 & 17 October 
    Location: Shree Bharatiya Mandal, 103 Union Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, OL6 8JN
    Procession: 31 October
  • The Met (Bury)
    Dates: 23 & 24 October | sign-up here
    Location: Market St, Bury BL9 0BW
    Procession: 5 November

Online Programme: 

A free, online celebration of the Hindu Festival of Lights. Join us for a series of online events from Wednesday 3 - Saturday 6 November.

The programme features “Cast the Light” an ambitious piece of storytelling celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, Created and produced by Walk the Plank, in association with Bolton Hindu Forum, Indian Association Oldham, Shree Bharatiya Mandal, Ashton, and The Met (Bury).

Filmed across the four boroughs of Greater Manchester, Cast the Light will headline our digital programme, alongside a new commission of “The hidden women of Ramayana” by Manasamitra’s Supriya Nagarajan, Jonathan Mayer and Kousic Sen in concert, in association with Milapfest, plus many more performances by local, national, and international artists.

Greater Manchester Diwali 2021 will take place on Nov 3 - 6 from 18.30 and will be live-streamed. Watch the broadcast here.

Supported by Arts Council England, and Greater Manchester Combined Authorities.

"It’s the equivalent of attending a…party and running into long lost friends and family with whom you’ve either lost touch or just haven’t seen in a long time"

Sonia Chandaria Tillu, feedback from Digital Diwali UK 2020

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