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Diwali Leicester
Sunday 16 October - Sunday 30 October 2016
Diwali Switch-On Sunday 16 October / Diwali Day Sunday 30 October

Cossington Street Recreation Ground, Belgrave Road, City Centre & other venues
Diwali celebrations in Leicester are one of the biggest outside of India, with over 37,000 people attending the 2015 switch on of the lights on Belgrave Road and more attending Diwali Day itself, in the heart of the city's Asian community. Enjoy a firework display and live cultural entertainment on stage as the festival of light marks the start of the Hindu New Year.

Diwali guide

The Leicester Diwali Guide 2015 includes everything you need to know about Diwali and the celebrations in Leicester, get your free copy from Visit Leicester, shops, bars, museums and other outlets.

View a copy of the online Diwali Guide 2015  or download a copy here

India’s Gateway: Gujarat, Mumbai & Britain
On now until 21 February 2016
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
W: visitleicester.info/museums
India’s Gateway traces the history of Gujarat and Mumbai as age-old centres of trade  and migration, focusing on their remarkable links with Britain. Featuring photographs and film shot in India by UK photographer Tim Smith and Indian film-makers Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham, the exhibition weaves history together with words and images to explore the lives and experiences of Gujarati communities today.

Leicester Perspectives on Gujarat
Leicester Arts and Museum Service has been working with community volunteers to create a complimentary exhibition featuring objects, images and artwork that explore different perspectives on Gujarat from a Leicester viewpoint. India’s Gateway is organised by Oriental Arts and Tim Smith and is funded by Arts Council England. -

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Follow our Celebrate Safely Diwali advice

Pop in or call us at Visit Leicester to find out how we can help you enjoy Leicester Diwali Celebrations even more, see Visit Leicester or see Welcome to Leicester to find out more about the city of Leicester.

Telephone: 0116 454 3600
email: festivals@leicester.gov.uk

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