Broad Street Mall is welcoming visitors to celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights Diwali on Saturday November 4 from 11 am to 5 pm. 

The day will be filled with traditional and contemporary Indian performances and workshops by the professional South Asian dance organisation, Kala The Arts.

Artistic Director at Kala The Arts Sushmita Pati said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating Diwali at Broad Street Mall.

“It will be lovely to see the community come together to share this beautiful South Asian arts and culture festival. Thank you so much to the centre team at Broad Street Mall for making this happen.”

Visitors can also take part in free traditional art workshops. These will include making Diya lamps which are small clay oil pots to be lit during Diwali, symbolising prosperity in the new year.

They can also try their hand at Rangoli, creating colourful patterns on the floor using a mix of materials including rice.

Kala The Arts will also be hosting dancing workshops which will include Odissi, a temple dance that tells spiritual stories, kathak, one of the main genres of ancient Indian dance, and Bollywood.

Attendees can also enjoy free henna body art, synonymous with Diwali celebrations.

Centre Manager Broad Street Mall Steven Connolly said: “We’re excited to invite visitors to enjoy a day of Diwali celebrations. This event is for everyone to enjoy and learn all about this vibrant culture.”