On November the 7th, 2010 from 1pm till 7pm, for the second year running, George Square in Glasgow played host to ‘Diwali at the Square’, an exciting and colourful event which celebrates the Indian festival of light, otherwise known as Diwali. After a hugely successful 2009 event, last weekend saw the return of the festival, with well over 3000 people in attendance over the day.The entertainment proved to be an instant hit with the public, which included authentic Indian music along with inspiring musical and dancing talent; a variety of exciting stalls; and authentic food to tantalise the taste buds.
With an opening ceremony by the Hindu Temple of Scotland entailing traditional Indian dancing and prayer, followed by a speech from Councillor Sadie Docherty, Glasgow experienced a true flavour of Indian culture. However, A key highlight of the festival was the on-stage and interactive traditional Indian Zumba dancing which really got everyone involved.
This continued throughout the day, giving even the most double left footed the chance to learn and take part with professionals. Further entertainment included appearances from Punjabi No1, the Suraya dance group and Abinaya Dance group performing traditional Southern Indian dances throughout the afternoon.
The event not only aimed to celebrate Diwali, but also to promote multiculturalism in Glasgow, to which it did with great success, with the presence of the Mel-Milaap project, who promoted a safe environment for the promotion and furtherance of multiculturalism.
Amit Arora, Business Development Director for organisers Oceanic Consulting voiced his delight at the success of 2010’s event;
“We couldn’t have hoped for a better ‘Diwali at the Square’ this year. The weather prevailed and all of the activities went down extremely well with everyone who visited. The Zumba dance class in particular, proved to be an instant hit with the public. With record numbers in attendance last Sunday, we can only hope to build on this for next year’s event.”
‘Diwali at the Square’ 2010 was also a great opportunity to find out more about one of its main sponsors, the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) which provides information, donations and advice for blind and partially sighted people. The event also received support from Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice who were present to raise awareness for their cause and to raise money to help keep the hospice open.
With ‘Diwali at the Square’ 2010 proving to be such a hit, organisers Oceanic Consulting aim to return next autumn with an even bigger, brighter and more successful event.