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.
Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is grateful to our generous sponsors:
Government Sponsors
  • City of Vancouver
  • Citizenship & Immigration Canada
  • BC Arts Council
  • Canadian Heritage
Media Sponsors
  • Shaw
  • Shaw Multicultural Channel
  • Global BC
  • 24 Hours Vancouver
  • CKNW
  • RJ1200
  • South Asian Woman Magazine
  • Roundhouse Community Centre
  • South Vancouver Neighborhood House
  • Cineplex