Where to celebrate Diwali in Melbourne:
Sun 20 Oct Spirit of India Restaurant, 1 Oakover Rd., Preston, (off High St) 11.30 am start. Details Dr. Santosh Kumar 0411 136 612, www.nrisa.org
Diwali at Federation Square
21-26 Oct Celebrate India Inc will host Diwali in the heart of Melbourne. Highlights include festival launch aboard a fully decorated Diwali boat on Friday 18 Oct; a five-day free screening of Bollywood films at Fed Square; dance performances; a specially decorated horse carriage playing Indian music; bazaar; workshops, and interactions with mainstream sporting celebrities. Special event on Sat 26 Oct 12 noon – 9.30pm. Details Arun Sharma 0412 183 157, www.celebrateindia.org.au
Sat 26 Oct Wedding-themed Diwali celebration at Metropol Reception, Lvl 1, 370-376 Clayton Rd, Clayton. Details Amit Tuteja 0402 848 618
Sun 27 Oct From 11.30 am to 7.30 pm at Sandown Racecourse, 591-659 Princes Hwy Springvale. Details www.aiii.org.au
Sat 2 Nov A multicultural Diwali at Werribee Park 10.00am-8.00pm, featuring cultural show, food, fashion parades, fashion and jewellery stalls. Details 0432 161 933, www.wyndhamdiwali.org.au
Diwali at Benella
Sun Nov 3 The Benalla Indian community celebrates Diwali at a family-friendly community gathering in the grounds of the Swanpool Cinema, 11.30am – 2.30pm. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy refreshments from the cinema’s candy bar or from the Swanpool Store, and relax under the trees in the cinema grounds to experience traditional Indian music, dance and entertainment. Try your hand at rangoli, lantern making and decorative henna painting.
Mon 4 Nov Princes Court and Reception, 2249 Princess Hwy, Mulgrave. 7.00pm sharp. Highlights include top-end DJ and dhol, professional dance performances. Details Tej Panesar 0421 380 700.
Sat 23 Nov Ballarat Showgrounds, featuring cultural events including Bollywood dancing and traditional plays, rangoli, food stalls, a market and fireworks. Details Amitabh Singh on 422 028 076
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