Applications are now open for the chance to perform at the Auckland Diwali Festival 2020.  


This year’s festival will be held on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November at Aotea Square and Queen Street. 

This free, family-friendly event is a highlight of Auckland’s major events calendar, and one of New Zealand’s largest cultural festivals. 

The performances are a highlight of the Auckland Diwali Festival, showcasing a mix of established and up-and-coming talent. Performer applications are now open now, and details of how to be part of the festival are outlined below. 

The Auckland Diwali Festival is delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED), on behalf of Auckland Council, in conjunction with founding partner Asia New Zealand Foundation.

This year's festival will be delivered in line with Government event guidelines and advice at the time. ATEED is monitoring the Covid-19 situation closely. We will respond to changing circumstances if required

Performing at the Auckland Diwali Festival:

Each year, more than 1000 performers take part in the Auckland Diwali Festival. 

There are three stages that performers can apply for: 

  • Aotea Stage  

  • Queen Street Stage   

  • Street performance zone 

In addition to this, the highly contested Radio Tarana Bollywood competition is returning this year. Performers can also apply for this competition through the link below. 

To help us assess and select performers, all  applicants must attend a compulsory workshop in August. This workshop is to discuss details of the performance, technical requirements, and your eligibility and fit for the festival.  Performers that attend the workshop will be given priority for performance slots. Performers that do not attend the workshop will be automatically waitlisted for performance slots. 

The deadline for performer applications is Friday 7 August 2020.