A taste of Bollywood in Hobart’s CBD as Franklin Square hosts Diwali, the Indian festival of light

A taste of Bollywood in Hobart’s CBD as Franklin Square hosts Diwali, the Indian festival of light

BOLLYWOOD comes to Franklin Square when the Multicultural Council of Tasmania presents Diwali, India’s largest and most significant festival.

Diwali, India’s festival of light, symbolises the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair. It marks the beginning of the Indian financial year and the end of the harvest season and is celebrated across all religious and cultural groups.

On Friday, Franklin Square’s main stage will host a cultural program put together by Tasmania’s Indian community groups and including classical Indian music and dance. It will culminate with a Bollywood show at 7.30pm around the fountain.

Rhythmz Bollywood Dance School will then take a crowd dance class finishing with a mass Bollywood dance at the park.

“We have done it so many times. We teach some simple moves so that people can dance along with the music,” said choreographer Amal Chandran and his dance partner Shobha Narayan.

“The festival brings vibrance, colour and happiness and a chance to spend time with family and friends.”

Street food on offer will reflect the depth of Indian cuisine and cultural activities will include Rangoli making and henna tattoos.

Diwali is the pre-season teaser for Street Eats @ Franko which returns two weeks later for Season Two on November 3 and continues every Friday until April 27.

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