The heart of the Mother City is set to light up again as Cape Town’s Diwali Festival makes its return this weekend. This vibrant, colourful event, which has been celebrated in the city since 2009, is the biggest and brightest of all the Hindu festivals and provides an ideal opportunity to showcase the splendour of Indian culture.
This show stopping festival of lights – taking place on Saturday, October 18, from 1pm until midnight at the Green Point Eco Park (Cnr Helen Suzman & Bill Peters Drive, Greenpoint) – will offer an Eastern Food Market with an array of cuisine; an Oriental Bazaar with all sorts of fabrics, clothing, jewellery and spices imported directly from India; and a Kids Culture Land packed with fun and games.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy a stage production journeying through the story of Diwali; meet their favourite celebs; and get down to some Bollywood Beats after fire dancers ignite the dance floor ushering in the Bhangra Bash.
There will also be all manner of prizes to be won on the day.
Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za. Visit www.capetowndiwalifestival.co.za for more information. The V&A Waterfront will also celebrate the ancient Indian Festival of Lights at the Amphitheatre on Sunday, October 19. Stalls will be open to the public from 11am and the programme, which includes several cultural events, will kick off from 2.30pm.
The celebration will also include a prize for two to travel on a cruise with Bollywood stars.
The rich and colourful Hindu festival is open to all South Africans. They are invited to participate in this celebration of life, love, unity and peace. The festival marks the triumph of good over evil, offering participants the opportunity for reflection, to reform, build bridges and move ahead in a spirit of universal friendship.
The event is being held by the Hindu Association of the Western Cape (HAWC) in conjunction with the Consulate General of India (Cape Town), the South African Hindu Maha Sabha and FNB.