About Vancouver Celebrates Diwali
Celebrated across the world, Diwali is the biggest, brightest and most popular event in the Indian calendar. The word diwali means “row of lighted lamps”, with light symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance. It’s a time for lighting diyas, laying out colorful rangolis, setting off fireworks, exchanging gifts of sweets and celebrating with dance, music and storytelling.
A Festival that’s growing, and growing…
Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is an annual South Asian arts & culture festival celebrating the universal light that exists in everyone. This growing event has shown increasing interest from the general public, with almost 10,000 people attending the 2010 and 2011 festivals. Each year’s festival engages dozens of artists in events across the city, the majority of which are open and free to the general public, by suggested donation, or at very affordable ticketed prices.
The VCD Festival originated in 2004 and has since evolved to becoming one of the largest Diwali- themed events in the Lower Mainland. What started as a one-day, volunteer-driven event has evolved to the point where we are a professionally-staffed festival that has become a destination event on the City’s cultural calendar. Throughout our history we have striven to balance several core competencies: showcasing the best and brightest South Asian talent, exhibiting artistic innovation through a myriad of forms, and engaging our wide community in as active and inclusive a role as possible.
More and more each year, Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is “the face of Diwali” in this great city.
Meet this year’s Team
Sean Devine: Festival Producer
Beverly Walker: Production Coordinator
Ellie O’Day: Festival Publicist
Julia Clissold: Social Media Coordinator
Michelle Beaudry: Graphic Designer
Sylvan Korvus: Webmaster
And from the Diwali Celebration Society
Ashley Avinashi: Co-chair
Opreet Kaur Kang: Co-chair
Priyanka Parkash: Treasurer
Junita Thakorlal: Secretary
Gurpreet Sian: Director
Gurdeep Birdi: Member
Koyali Burman: Member
About the Society
Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is produced by the Diwali Celebration Society, whose mission is:
- To expand the celebration of Diwali by including a broad community of South Asians and non-South Asians in all events;
- To celebrate the diversity of South Asian art forms by showcasing artists who practice in a variety of disciplines, and giving them an opportunity to present their work to a range of audiences;
- To break cultural barriers and encourage participation, allowing all communities to experience the Diwali spirit and learn the traditions of their friends and neighbors;
- To explore how traditional South Asian arts evolve into fusion forms in the context of new countries and contemporary values; and
- To communicate key messages that share the philosophy of Diwali with residents of the City of Vancouver.