Leicester’s famous Diwali lights will be lighting up the city’s Golden Mile this weekend, heralding the start of two weeks of festivities.
The Wheel of Light, Diwali Village and a spectacular aerial firework display will all make a welcome return to the switch-on event on Sunday, which is expected to draw crowds of around 40,000 people from all over the UK and beyond.
The city’s famous Diwali celebrations are a Leicester tradition, bringing together diverse communities to celebrate the Festival of Light.
The celebrations will begin on Sunday 13 October at 3pm with the opening of the Diwali village on Cossington Street Recreation Ground. Open until 9pm, the Diwali village will include a full stage programme showcasing local talent, as well as children’s funfair rides and food stalls.
To give light and warmth to everyone who comes to the park, a three metre-tall, moon-shaped fire installation, called The Fireball, will burn brightly from twilight for the duration of the event.
The stage programme on Belgrave Road will begin at 5.30pm and will include a vibrant programme of music and dance. There will also be a performance from award-winning musician Navin Kundra.
Leicester’s famous display of 6,000 Diwali lights will be switched on at 7.30pm, followed by a spectacular firework display, which can be viewed from Belgrave Road.
Other events taking place as part of the festival include the Diwali Mela Bazaar on Humberstone Gate on Saturday October 19, which will offer arts and crafts, tantalising Indian cuisine and live entertainment.
Belgrave Road will be the focus once again for Leicester’s Diwali Day celebrations on Sunday October 27, when the Diwali village will return to Cossington Street Recreation Ground and culminate in a spectacular fireworks show.
The Wheel of Light, a 110-foot Ferris wheel which provides a glittering centrepiece to the festivities, will be on Belgrave Road from Friday October 11 to Sunday November 10.