Vodafone sponsors West Midlands biggest Diwali celebration

Vodafone sponsors West Midlands biggest Diwali celebration

This year’s Diwali celebration in Birmingham, which takes place on Saturday 24 October 2009 at Millennium Point and is now the biggest Diwali event in the West Midlands will be sponsored by Vodafone.

Some of the UK’s hottest Asian acts will be playing at the free concert including Raghav who will be headlining the event, as well as rising stars Navin Kundra, Mumzy, Tasha Tah, 3 Mix, Karen David and Sham, with many premiering new tracks. There will also be an exciting range of dancers and visual artists.

The British Army team will put on a special Kabaddi demonstration in the Kids Zone, which will also offer a wide range of children’s activities including facing paintings, rangoli making, dramas and games. Additionally, marquees will be packed full of information and advice stands and food stalls offering mouth watering vegetarian Indian dishes. The event culminates with a fantastic five minute fireworks display.

“We have many loyal customers who rely on our network and Vodafone International services to make great value calls to India, so we’re delighted to support this year’s Diwali event in Birmingham,” says Ian Shepherd, Consumer Director, Vodafone UK.

Mahendra Dabhi, President of the Hindu Council of Birmingham, said: “Over the last five years this free event has grown immensely, attracting on average 15,000 visitors during the day. And this year the event, sponsored by Vodafone, promises to be bigger and better!

“Millennium Point will be transformed into a vibrant and colourful arena that showcases the rich culture, lifestyle and spiritual essence of the sub-continent. The growing reputation of the event means that we are able to attract some of the biggest artists in the Asian music industry and some genuinely exciting new young talent from all spheres of the performing arts.”

Cllr Martin Mullany, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture commented, “Birmingham City Council has an extensive annual programme of community events, and this free celebration for Diwali will be a great opportunity for residents and visitors to the city to get together to share cultural traditions and have fun.”

The event provides an opportunity to celebrate one of the most important festivals in the Indian calendar. The true sprit of Diwali is to bring different communities together so that new relationship may be born bringing happiness, joy and reverence in the lives of the inhabitants of the West Midlands.

Diwali@Millennium Point also in association with NUR 76, B4U, BBC WM, BBC Midlands Today, Asian FX and the Eastern Media Group.

The Vodafone Diwali will take place in the heart of the city at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG on Saturday 24 October from 2:00pm until 8.00pm. For more details log on to www.birmingham.gov.uk/diwali

Media Contact for Hindu Council of Birmingham:
Sanjay Mistry on 07810 368 772 sanjay@prlimited.co.uk

Region: All
Start Date: 24/10/2009
End Date: 24/10/2009
Start Time: 14:00 fo 20:00
Venue: Millennium Point, Birmingham
Website: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/diwali
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Sanjay Mistry
Phone: 08710 368 772