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Diwali Festival

1:00pm to 7:00pm
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
No tickets required

Light up your weekend at this feast for the senses. Diwali Festival takes place on Sunday 16 October at Trafalgar Square from 1-7pm.

The square will come alive with the colour, music and dance of India. Explore Indian crafts and gifts, then try your hand at making your own Diwali lamp.

Feeling peckish? Experience the spices and flavours at the Indian street food market.

Why not try something new? Learn how to tie a sari, try your Bollywood moves or have your hands painted with henna.

There’ll also be a lively stage line up and mischievous blue monkeys scampering around the square – plus much more!

This free event is organised by the Mayor of London, with support from the Diwali in London Committee.

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Presenting partners

Lebara logo

Supporting Partners

BBC Radio Asian Network

Watch the Mayor of London's special Diwali message

Watch the Mayor of London's special Diwali message

Watch: the Mayor's Diwali message

Watch highlights from Diwali 2016

Watch highlights from Diwali 2016

LDN Gov | Diwali 2016


Accessible facilities at Trafalgar Square

There is a wheelchair accessible lift on the north-west corner of Trafalgar Square. Event stewards will be available to assist wheelchair users travelling between upper (north terrace) and lower terrace levels of Trafalgar Square.

Wheelchair accessible public toilets are available on the lower terrace of Trafalgar Square. This is on the west side of the square to the left of the central staircase. These are open daily from 8am to 8pm.

Trafalgar Square’s cafe is wheelchair accessible, and has a low-level counter and induction loop. Free drinking water is available upon request in the cafe.


Additional accessible facilities for Diwali Festival

All staff and stewards will be briefed on disability awareness.

The wheelchair accessible viewing area will be on the North Terrace, at the top of the central staircase.  Some seating will be available for companions in the wheelchair viewing area, and for those less able to stand. A hearing loop will be available in this area.

Guidance dog welfare area will be available next to the lift, on the upper North Terrace on the west side.

On the north west corner of Trafalgar Square (on the upper terrace) a Mobiloo wheelchair accessible portable toilet will be provided. The mobile toilet has a hoist and changing table. Mobiloo users needing to use the hoist must bring their own sling with them. This is for your own safety and convenience – and to prevent any cross-contamination between different users. Further details below and at www.mobiloo.org.uk


Diwali Festival Programme 2016


Diwali Festival – Programme

Sunday 16 October 2016, Trafalgar Square





Trafalgar Square


Children’s opening performance

Indian Garba dancing with live Garba band, performance and participation



Main Stage

2 - 7pm


Live music, dance acts, and DJ in partnership with Diwali in London committee and BBC Asian Network



Indian Market, north terrace and main square

1 - 7pm


Stalls selling range of Indian items, including  fashion, arts & crafts, jewellery, cosmetics, henna and homeware



Indian Street Food Market, in front of Canada House

1 - 7pm


Indian style street food stalls



Partners, north terrace and main square

1 - 7pm


Lebara, Jet Airways and Incredible India



Activity Areas

1 - 6pm

Children’s Zone: range of arts and craft activities, including making clay diwa lamps

1 - 7pm

Yoga & Meditation Zone: beginner workshops

1 - 7pm

Dance Zone: range of Indian dance workshops

1 - 7pm

Sari Zone: learn how to tie a sari, make a small donation and get a sari to wear and take home.

1 - 7pm

Diwali in London: learn about Diwali and how it is celebrated


Diwali Festival is organised by the Mayor of London

For details of other events visit: www.london.gov.uk/events

Please note event timings and content may be subject to change

Stalls 2016

Indian Street food market: Selection of various Indian foods

Name of Company

Type of Food

Café Spice Namaste

Indian Traditional Food

Guptas Bombay Street Food

Indian Sweet and savoury Snacks

Horn OK Please

Indian Vegetarian and Vegan Food

Pappadums Xpress

Vegetarian Indian Food

Mamas Smoothies

Fruit Smoothies and Vegetable curry/rice/samosas

Delhi Chef

Vegetarian Indian Food

Baba G’s Bhangra Burger

Chana Masala Burgers

Masala Zone

Indian Cuisine

Khusbu Food

Vegetarian Indian Food

Sanjha Chulha

Samosas, Chana, Gulab

Zouk Indian Street Food

Indian Food

Rahjbog Food

Crispy bhajia, Bhel Mix, Samosas

Guarapo Sugar Cane Juice

Flavoured Juices from Sugar Cane

Meltz Treats

Indian Sweets/ Treats

Shocka’s Coconut Hub

Fresh Coconut Water

Coffee World


Community stalls & Craft/gift stalls: various stalls selling handicraft/gift items including jewellery, clothes, homeware, Henna painting etc

Name of Company

Product / Activity

Holy Lama Naturals

Beauty Products



Sainamika Henna Hair and Beauty


Myra Collections


N Square Arts

Homeware Products

Cheeky Food Company

Jars of chutney and pickles

Chutney Baby

Baby wear

Zeezee Zoo

Clothing for children

Aditri Accessories



Decorative Gifts

NHS Blood and Transplant



SIM card sale/promotion & Selfie area

Met Police Hindu Association


Golden Tours Foundation & WWI

Information re. Hindu soldiers role in WWI

Sewa Day

Volunteering information

Mahiz Mehndi


Satori Accessories



Collectible Silver & Gold coins

Akshaya Patra Foundation


International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)


Jammu Kashmir Festival

Information & craft activities

Art of Living


Chinmaya Mission


My Saree Shop


Jeeyar Educational Trust


Henna Fashionista



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