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.