Manchester Diwali – a spectacle of drumming, lanterns, music and dance
Once again we returned to Albert Square in Manchester for the annual Diwali celebrations.
It's a first for Manchester and indeed any Diwali Mela event - Spark! the amazing LED drummers from Worldbeaters led a vibrant procession of music and dance with hundreds of participants carrying lanterns around Albert Square. Illuminated figurines held by members of the Manchester Indian Association, coupled with an eclectic mix of costumed paraders created an intimate early evening spectacle.
This was followed by a captivating piece from Spark on stage within Albert Square, followed by a A stunning combination of dynamic live drumming, movement and lighting with a beautiful pyrotechnic display from the Fireworks team at Walk the Plank.
It's amazing to see how a collective event such as this gives people a shared sense of identity and pride about who they are and what they culture means to them."