Canary Wharf is celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Light, with a series of free installations, events and performances throughout the area between Wednesday 18th – Sunday 22nd October.
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.
From the ancient Indian art form of Rangoli to Bollywood performances, details of the celebrations are outlined below:
Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 October, Cabot Square
Inspired by the Indian artwork of Rangoli, where patterns are created using colourful powder paints, Canary Wharf Group has commissioned Richard Bragg from RB Floral Design, to create a striking 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 then be followed by a candle lighting ceremony in the evening to mark the start of Diwali celebrations across Canary Wharf. The Rangoli artwork will be available for the public to view until Sunday 22nd October.
Wednesday 18 October, Jubilee Place
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.
Thursday 19 & Friday 20 October, Canada Place and Crossrail Place Roof Garden
The festivities will continue in a series of Bollywood performances by the Showmi Dance Company, who will be performing various styles of Indian Folk, Classical and Bhangra Dance in both Canada Place and the performance space at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden on both Thursday and Friday. Their performances will be followed by an interactive workshop, where everyone is invited to take part.
Performance times include:
- 12noon & 12.30pm: Canada Place
- 1.30pm & 2pm: Crossrail Place Roof Garden
For further details on the Diwali celebrations across Canary Wharf visit www.canarywharf.com
For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2000