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Festival of Lights 2019 - Diwali

Funded on Spacehive 16 October 2019 Delivered 18 October 2019

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Festival of Lights 2019 - Diwali

Poonam Gupta By Poonam Gupta

The project is to celebrate life, and how light and life go hand in hand, the importance of community, being active to make the most of this life and to remember every day is a new beginning.

Aylesbury Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 16 Oct 2019!

Light creates life, makes things grow, many world cultures celebrate light, and the celebration of light is an affirmation of life and human experience. In winter when days are short, cultures across the world have a festival related to light such as Diwali aka Festival of Lights. Regardless of an individual’s faith, light is the source of their life. We plan to have holistic, wellness and mindful vendors demonstrating how to live your lightest life in the most fun way possible. We also plan to have performances from dancers, bands, buskers, the highly praised shadow theatre and many, many more. Local business owners have been invited to sell holistic products and traditional cuisine for you to enjoy.

What we'll deliver:

  • Deliver a fun, spectacular family event in October 2019
  • Encourage integration between various communities through sharing the best of indian culture
  • Education on how to make the most of ones life by encouraging inclusion, and workshops focusing on health and wellbeing

Why it's a great idea:

We know from last years experience that the event was well-received, encouraging participation from over 2500 visitors from the wider community who came together and celebrated and learnt about the Indian culture. We have plans to improve on last year, with the extra space and finish the afternoon with a Light parade, where we have invited various groups to take part, including schools, charity groups, and we welcome anyone wishing to take part.

Steps to get it done:

  • Hire of stage, sound and lighting system
  • Hire of show stopping closing ceromony

The project aims to be inclusive of all, in particular we work closely with BUDS who guide/advise us on making the event Fair4All encouraging independence for individuals with disabilities

Location Aylesbury

About the space

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Aylesbury Vale District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £26,441

Stage and AV - £5,652 (21%)
Museum Venue, Road Closure, parking suspension - £3,660 (14%)
Closing Ceremony Owl Lantern Puppets - £3,000 (11%)
Event and Fund Raiser plus volunteers - £2,900 (11%)
Radio advertising - £2,500 (9%)
Kingsbury square - outdoor space - £1,500 (6%)
Printing and production costs - £1,001 (4%)
Maquee and furniture rental - £850 (3%)
LED Pixie Stilt Walkers - £720 (3%)
Alpha security - £691 (3%)
Other - £3,968 (15%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Stage and AV
Museum Venue, Road Closure, parking suspension
Closing Ceremony Owl Lantern Puppets
Event and Fund Raiser plus volunteers
Radio advertising
Kingsbury square - outdoor space
Printing and production costs
Maquee and furniture rental
LED Pixie Stilt Walkers
Alpha security
Other Read More
  • Event Insurance
  • Lantern workshops
  • Dancers - JK dance performace and interactive workshops
  • Diwali dance performances and dance workshops
  • Portable roadway for cobbled streets
  • Drummers - Dhol beats
  • Spacehive fees
  • Published A4 Glossy Article
  • Drummers - Dhol Movement
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We will use the extra funding to add even more spectacular items to the event such as; upgraded stage lighting, additional lantern puppets, LED interactive bracelets and more.

Total £26,441

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