Jumbo Diwali at HBF Arena

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Tell us what you thought of ISWA’s Diwali event! 

ISWA stage.Indian Link

Diwali is indeed the most vivid festival celebrated by the Indian community here in Perth. After a series of successful events hosted by ISWA, the last yet the most glorious event was held on 14th November at the HBF Arena, Joondalup.

Fetching gigantic crowds to the enormous grounds isn’t an easy task. Thanks to the remarkable work done and efforts collaborated from all the Indian communities dwelling in Perth, this one definitely looked to be a grand success.

There were stalls galore as expected. The popular ones, of course, were the extensive food stalls serving all kinds of yummies at nominal price, ranging from all possible Indian cuisines to Indian sweets that you could think of. Henna and mehendi artists, art exhibits, as well as rangoli art attracted the creatively minded, while other stalls captured the focus on banking, mortgages, and the spiritual sciences. Many new and upcoming Indian entrepreneurs got a chance to reach out to the community.

ISWA.Indian Link

The management of the area by volunteers, from parking to seating arrangements, was immaculate. People found it to be a great event for meeting their friends and just chilling.

A different treat for sport lovers in the afternoon was to watch a kabaddi game – that definitely took you back!

ISWA kabbadi.Indian Link

ISWA kabbadi.Indian Link

For the little buddies, there were horse rides, camel rides, bouncy castles, merry go round and tractor trains which gave them the ride of the whole stadium.

ISWA kids.Indian Link

Meanwhile, the synchronous stage performances kept going all the day long. Hopefully that kept the visitors busy later in the day as the queues got longer and longer at the food stalls…

iswa performance.Indian Link

The star-studded night showcased some spectacular performances from stand-up comedian Gaurav Sharma, Kalbelia Dance group from Rajasthan, and renowned musicians like Rimi Dhar, Amit Mishra and Saaveri Verma from Bollywood, all of who made their mark in their own particular styles.

And to top it all off, the spectacular fireworks came on to wow us all – hey, what’s a Diwali without the patakas?!

Hope to see this charm and Diwali dhoom all over again in 2016.

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