Our 2009 Festival was such a massive success – with over 3,000 people coming through the Roundhouse Community Centre in one day for Diwali Downtown – that for 2010 the Roundhouse invited us to fill up the entire facility! And so we’re bringing you the biggest event in our 7 year history.
Diwali Downtown, sponsored by Coast Capital Savings, will be held on Sunday November 7, from 12pm – 6pm, at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Here is a list of some of the many events that will take place throughout the day:
Diwali Downtown Main Performances: Taking place in the Exhibition Hall, this is the main activity of Diwali Downtown. Over 50 – 70 performing artists (music, dance, comedy) will perform in a six-hour set. As always, we strive to blend the classical and the contemporary, highlighting the wide range of traditional and fusion performers that make up South Asian performance.
Bollywood Shenanigans take on Bollywood: Vancouver’s top South Asian sketch comedy troupe take on the Indian film genre that they’re named after! These funny folks will be parodying a Bollywood movie right before your eyes. This 30-40 minute event will take place in the Performance Centre Theatre several times over the course of the day. Suggested donation of $5.
Massive Paint-by-Numbers Rangoli: We are very excited by this new twist on one of the more popular components of our festival. Rangolis are colorful floor mosaics that are created by laying out colored materials (feathers, lentils, rice, sand) in intricate patterns. This year, the audience will build a massive room-sized rangoli, one bucketful at a time!
Diwali Bazaar: With so many people coming through the Roundhouse, we needed to find more room for them. So the Roundhouse’s bright and spacious Gymnasium was the perfect fit. We’re turning this space into our Diwali Bazaar. Diverse crafts vendors and mehndi tattoo artists will lure you to their wares. Kids will keep busy at the Diya Painting Stations, sponsored by the BCGEU, or the Coast Capital Savings Face-painting Station. A classical Indian musical combo will play extended sets throughout the day, and professional dancers and drummers will lead the crowd through interactive bhangra dancing workshops.
Visual Arts Display: Be sure to take a peek into the Dance Studio to check out an eclectic sampling of visual arts by some very prominent local South Asian artists, including painters, sculptors, photographers and fashion artists.
Food Vendors: As always, we bring you a wide array of Indian food to satisfy those cravings. And with all the walking around the Roundhouse you’ll be doing, you’re sure to build up quote the appetite.