On Wednesday 8th November, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Devonshire Square will be celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, by hosting in its atmospheric Western Courtyard the fifth edition of its very own and highly anticipated Diwali Festival.
Curated and organised by the Devonshire Square Community & Events Management to celebrate the magnificence of Indian culture, as well as its delicious cuisine, the FREE-to-attend event will showcase some of India’s most beautiful and traditional visual arts, Rangoli – created on site by award-winning artist Miguel Rajaguru – and a spectacular dance show performed by some of the finest Indian folk, classical and contemporary dancers in the UK, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance UK.
Guests will be treated to a complimentary tasting experience of Indian confectionary specialities, and an assorted selection of Diwali canapés, served with delicious “Odyssey Rose Nectar”, an exquisitely delicate, velvety drink inspired by traditional Indian rose milk made with pure rose essence. The drink has been exclusively created for Devonshire Square’s Diwali Festival by the talented mixology artists of Cinnamon Kitchen, Devonshire Square’s iconic Indian restaurant, founded by internationally acclaimed celebrity chef Vivek Singh.
This year’s programme focuses on the fascinating contraposition between the traditional representation of some of the most ancient and symbology charged Indian dances, and their contemporary interpretation, resulting from the artists’ experimental approach and innovative vision, which combines Indian classical and folk-dance styles with international modern dance genres, to create new narratives.
The show features an enthralling sequence of some of the most exquisite Indian classical and folk dances, including Kathak, Bihu dance, and Bharatanatyam, a as well as a mesmerizing Kandyan dance performance, a highly sophisticated and refined folk dance from Sri Lanka, rarely performed on European stages.
The evening will end with a dynamic and interactive Bollywood extravaganza performed by artists from multi-award winning dance school Dance n Beats, who will be presenting original choreographies executed to some of the most popular, foot-tapping Bollywood songs from various decades.
The event is FREE to attend, however, registration via the dedicated Eventbrite page is strictly required as availability is limited.