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Festival of Lights 2020 - Diwali

Funded on Spacehive 31 October 2020 Delivered 14 November 2020

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Festival of Lights 2020 - Diwali

Poonam Gupta By Poonam Gupta

A one-day festival to celebrate Diwali; new beginnings; the relationship between light and life; and the importance of community all through cultural dance and interactive workshops.

Aylesbury Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 31 Oct 2020!

Light is the everlasting source of life, and is celebrated by many cultures around the globe. During the short days of winter, many of these cultures partake in festivals to celebrate the beauty and vitality of light, such as Diwali - the Festival of Lights. In an effort to bring together the different communities within Aylesbury - regardless of an individual’s faith - we plan to make this year’s event a vibrant spectacle of dance and activity. With a myriad of performances from dancers, bands and buskers, as well as an array of local stallholders and world cuisine.

What we'll deliver:

  • Provide a fantastic spectacle with the evening light parade
  • Integrate communities within Aylesbury, through sharing Indian culture
  • Giving health and wellbeing workshops, allowing visitors to appreciate the light in their lives

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:

  • Celebration of Festival of Lights in the town centre

We had a very successful 2019 Festival, with over 2500 participating attendees throughout the day. It was a day where members of the community from all different backgrounds could come together to learn about the Indian culture, have a lot of fun and meet some new friends. We concluded the event with a fantastical light parade, where many children and adults alike took part and had a great time. We wish to keep growing and evolving year after year, as we are the only Diwali celebration within Buckinghamshire.


Location Aylesbury

About the space

Custom Location


Aylesbury Vale District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £21,177

Stage, Sound and Silent Disco - £3,949 (19%)
Venue Hire and Road Closure - £3,590 (17%)
Volunteers and Fundraiser - £3,400 (16%)
Event Manager - £2,000 (9%)
Video - shoot and edit - £1,100 (5%)
Blue Pepper Designs - £852 (4%)
Marquee - £815 (4%)
Event Insurance - £692 (3%)
Security - £691 (3%)
Pixie Stilt walkers - £672 (3%)
Other - £3,416 (16%)

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, Sound and Silent Disco
Venue Hire and Road Closure
Volunteers and Fundraiser
Event Manager
Video - shoot and edit
Blue Pepper Designs
Event Insurance
Pixie Stilt walkers
Other Read More
  • K'zs Dance
  • Dance with Jay Kumar
  • Volunteers
  • Spacehive fees
  • Road tracks
  • Road Closure Stewards
  • Dhol Movement
  • Outdoor Venue Hire
  • 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:

  • Fundraiser costs on venue and entertainment in June 2020
  • Lantern Workshop
  • Tuktuk and photobooth

Total £21,177

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