Big Diwali celebrations to illuminate Albert Square

Two big moments in the Hindu calendar are due to be celebrated this Saturday at the Dashehra Diwali Mela Festival in Albert Square.

Organised by the Indian Association Manchester organisation, the inclusive event brings Diwali’s 'Festival of Lights' to anybody wishing to experience Hindu culture and celebrate diversity. The free event is open to all - regardless of age, culture or background.

The fun-packed day will consist of authentic Indian food and costume, arts and crafts workshops, and live music and dance. The live performances take place across two stages, this year’s line-up includes Global Grooves, Bollywood Brass Band, Channi Singh OBE and Mona Singh, Nachda Sansaar Bhangra dancers, Annapurna Indian Dance Company, Explosive Band Baja, BrotherHood Punjabi singers and many more.

After dark a beautiful lantern procession will lead into an amazing finale show created and produced by outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank. Written by Louise Wallwein, 'A Blessing from Durga' blends two stories together to create a unique theatrical experience with live action, mass movement. Puppetry, special effects and ending with a pyrotechnic display from the roof of Manchester Town Hall at 9pm.

Manchester Central Library will be the venue for family workshops to make lanterns for the main procession. Workshops run from 11.00am - 1.30pm and places can be booked free-of-charge via the link below.