Celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali
The biggest and brightest of all the Hindu celebrations, the ancient festival marks the triumph of light over dark and good over evil and is celebrated across the globe
Wednesday 26 October, Cabot Square
Inspired by the Indian artwork of Rangoli, where patterns are created using colourful powder paints, we have commissioned Richard Bragg from RB Floral Design, to create a giant striking flower installation made up of over 6,000 flowers, which will float in the fountain at Cabot Square, to recreate a traditional Rangoli pattern. This will be followed by a candle lighting ceremony at 6pm to mark the start of Diwali celebrations across Canary Wharf. The artwork will be displayed until Sunday 30 October.
Thursday 27 October, Jubilee Place, Mall Level -1
A group of Rangoli artists from India will work together from 10am – 4pm to create bright and bold colourful patterns on the floors of Jubilee Place using coloured rice, powder paints and coloured chalk. Hindus traditionally draw Rangoli patterns to encourage the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity – Lakshmi – to enter their home. The artwork will be displayed until Saturday 29 October.
Friday 28 October, Canada Place and Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Our festivities will culminate in a series of Bollywood performances by the Showmi Dance Company, who will perform a mix of Gujarati Folk, Bhangra, Classical and Maharastrian Folk in both Canada Place and the performance space at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden.
- 12.30pm & 1pm: Canada Place
- 2pm & 2.30pm: Crossrail Place Roof Garden
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