Auckland Diwali Festival

Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th
November 2023

Aotea Square and Queen St

The Auckland Diwali Festival has grown to become New Zealand's premier Indian cultural festival. It's a free, family-friendly event held every year. 

Performer Applications

Performer applications are now open.

Stallholder Applications

Stallholder applications are now open.

Get in touch

Any questions or comments? The team would love to hear from you. 


Learn more about Indian Culture from the comfort of your home with these crafts, recipes, music and movies. 

Henna on a hand

Get crafty with these simple guides.

samosas cooking

Taste the flavours of Diwali with easy vegetarian recipes.

Classical music being played

Enjoy the sounds of Diwali, featuring local artists of the festival.

Sample - Diwali performer

Watch or dance along (if you can!) to local Diwali dancers.

Festival of Lights

Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness. Let this flame light up our souls and dispel darkness. 


Check out the latest news on Auckland Diwali Festival, brought to you by NZME. 

Diwali performers

Good weather forecast as Auckland Diwali Festival Returns

The festival is one of the country's biggest cultural events, celebrating Indian culture and the diverse Indian communities, and organisers Tātaki Auckland Unlimited are hoping to bring the event back to Aotea Square and Queen St for its 21st anniversary as a two-day event.
Indian classical dance

Indian classical dance business contributes to Diwali festival

Scene from Anuradha's production the Maha Yugas (Epoch of time). As per Hindu mythology, there are four yugas or also known as Epoch of time.
Diwali lights

Celebrate Diwali Festival in NZ

Comprising five days of festivities, Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is observed by more than one billion people worldwide.

About the Auckland Diwali Festival

Diwali, ‘The Festival of Lights’ signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.

Crowd cheering, hands up

Diwali - The Festival of Lights

The Auckland Diwali Festival takes its inspiration from Diwali or Deepavali (row of lamps), an important and ancient Indian festival celebrated throughout India and in Indian communities around the world.
Colloquially known as ‘The Festival of Lights’, Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.

Diwali erformers looking down at camera in traditional dress


Since 2002, the Auckland Diwali Festival has grown to be a hugely popular, free, family friendly event showcasing traditional and contemporary Indian culture and Auckland's diverse Indian communities.
It is now produced by the region's cultural and economic agency, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, on behalf of Auckland Council and with founding partner the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

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