Don’t miss this year’s festival of light packed with family-friendly workshops, live music and bollywood, bhangra, dandia, Nepalese and Kerala dance performances, mendhi hand patterns, tabla and sitar players and much more!!


Diwali is on us again and the lights are glistening around Walsall and The New Art Gallery Walsall is inviting you all to the most exciting festival of light, which will leave you having a sharp in take of breath. This year the gallery has pulled something from different parts of South Asia, that includes:


Chyabrung a cultural traditional Nepalese performance to be seen in Walsall for the first time, RAIR will be entertaining you with contemporary Bhangra, Gidha and Bollywood dance extravaganza, Rohit Balla an up and coming Sitar player who has performed at prestige venues around the UK, Teen Knights a young Bhangra Team will be making you move with their contagious beats. Keralite from the Deep South of India and they will be performing acts never seen on a mainstream stage. Karpali, is a young woman who will be performing classical Indian dance. S & J stars will be brightening the Gallery with their traditional Indian dance performances, there will be also be an opportunity to observe and try South Asian percussions, Gharba and Dandia. CK a young Bollywood group will be dancing to the current popular Bollywood songs.


Jai Ho! the title theme of this year’s Diwali Event will be performed from Whitehall and Edgar Stammers Primary School pupils.  There are currently 40 children learning the routine to the Blockbuster film ‘Slum dog Millionaire’.


Local community dance groups, such as Mini Arts, will also be performing for our visitors that day.


For our young friends and their families, we have activities that will keep them entertained as they learn the story of Diwali.


Rehana and her friends will once again be doing their mendhi hand patterns and we are convinced that similarly to last year’s event, it will be a popular activity.


Of course, it would not be a proper Diwali event if we did not have free traditional Indian food for all our friends to enjoy, courtesy of Five Rivers Bespoke Caterers.


Free, everyone welcome!