Auckland Diwali Festival

Saturday-Sunday 8-9 October 2022
Aotea Square and Queen St

The Auckland Diwali Festival has grown to become New Zealand's premier Indian cultural festival. It's a free, family-friendly event held every year in October. 

Festival Information

Learn more about what is happening on the weekend!

Celebrate at Home

Can't attend in-person? Check out crafts, dance, recipes, and music to try at home. 

Chalk it Up!

Our Rangoli Competition is returning in 2022. Pavement spaces are limited, register in advance.

Get in touch

Any questions or comments? The team would love to hear from you. 

Activities

Learn more about Indian Culture from the comfort of your home with these crafts, recipes, music and movies. 

Henna on a hand
Crafts

Get crafty with these simple guides.

samosas cooking
Recipes

Taste the flavours of Diwali with easy vegetarian recipes.

Classical music being played
Music

Enjoy the sounds of Diwali, featuring local artists of the festival.

Sample - Diwali performer
Dance

Watch or dance along (if you can!) to local Diwali dancers.

Festival of Lights

Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness. Let this flame light up our souls and dispel darkness. 

News

Check out the latest news on Auckland Diwali Festival, brought to you by NZME. 

Diwali lights

Celebrate Diwali Festival in NZ

Comprising five days of festivities, Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is observed by more than one billion people worldwide.
Diwali treats

Where to get tasty treats as Covid forces festival to go online-only

Tasty Indian dishes and treats are a firm favourite at the annual Auckland Diwali Festival.
Indian classical dance

Indian classical dance business contributes to Diwali festival

Scene from Anuradha's production the Maha Yugas (Epoch of time). As per Hindu mythology, there are four yugas or also known as Epoch of time.
Diwali performers

Wanted: Top local Indian performers and food producers for Auckland Diwali Festival 2021

The festival is one of the country's biggest cultural events, celebrating Indian culture and the diverse Indian communities, and organisers Auckland Unlimited are hoping to bring the event back to Aotea Square and Queen St for its 20th anniversary as a two-day event on October 30 and 31.
Children celebrating Diwali

Auckland Diwali Festival cancelled, celebrations to go online

This year was set to be Auckland's 20th Diwali Festival but Covid-19 uncertainty has put paid to organisers' best-laid plans. Auckland Unlimited says the festival will not go ahead because it remains unknown whether the region will be able to go down to alert level 1 in time for the event on October 30-31.

About the Auckland Diwali Festival

Diwali, ‘The Festival of Lights’ signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.

Crowd cheering, hands up

Diwali - The Festival of Lights

The Auckland Diwali Festival takes its inspiration from Diwali or Deepavali (row of lamps), an important and ancient Indian festival celebrated throughout India and in Indian communities around the world.
Colloquially known as ‘The Festival of Lights’, Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.

Diwali erformers looking down at camera in traditional dress

History

Since 2002, the Auckland Diwali Festival has grown to be a hugely popular, free, family friendly event showcasing traditional and contemporary Indian culture and Auckland's diverse Indian communities.
It is now produced by the region's cultural and economic agency, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, on behalf of Auckland Council and with founding partner the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

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