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Be part of the 2017 Auckland Diwali Festival

Published: 19 June 2017
Performers at the Auckland Diwali Festival. Photo: David Watson.

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Apply now to perform or have a stall at Auckland Diwali Festival

Do you make an incomparable dahi puri? Gulab jamun that people will travel across town for? Or are you part of a dance group able to help showcase Indian performance styles, from a brilliant Bharatanatyan, an awesome Odissi to a magnificent Manipuri and more?

Applications are now open for stallholders and performers for the 2017 Auckland Diwali Festival, which takes place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October in Aotea Square and Queen Street.

The annual festival brings together Aucklanders and visitors of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to celebrate and experience traditional and contemporary Indian culture in its many exciting forms.

Auckland Diwali Festival features live music and dance performances by local and international performers, a broad range of Indian foods and sweets, street theatre and workshops, and a dazzling fireworks display.

Apply to perform

Groups and performers who would like to be considered for stage performances, street performances and the Radio Tarana Bollywood dance competition at the 2017 Auckland Diwali Festival need to apply by 31 July 2017.

Find out more about performing at Diwali or email

Applying for a stall

The event is also the largest vegetarian festival in the country. Auckland Diwali Festival stall sites are available for vegetarian food, sweets, craft, and henna vendors, or to promote community organisations and businesses. The deadline for stallholder applications is 10 July 2017.

Find out more or email

The festival is delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), on behalf of Auckland Council, in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation.