Diwali at Dishoom

Our biggest and brightest Diwali yet

As the Festival of Lights draws closer, people across South Asia – and the world – come together in celebration, regardless of wealth or status, of race, background or beliefs. Diwali brings with it new joy, new beginnings and hope. 

This year, we’re so pleased to invite you to join us at The Steel Yard on Wednesday 8 November, as we come together for a first-class evening curated by our friend, and creative marvel, Almass Badat. We’re really looking forward to celebrating – by dancing the night away – with you. 

Where: The Steel Yard, 3-16 Allhallows Ln, London EC4R 3UE

When: Wednesday 8th November 2023

Time: 7pm – midnight

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The meaning of Diwali

The festival of light brings people together in celebration, regardless of wealth or status, of race, background or beliefs with its symbolism of new joy, new beginnings and hope. The festival marks the end of a new year and the beginning of the next. A time to reflect on the year past, which has inevitably been full of many shades of light and dark. This year its symbolism – the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness, of awakening and new joy – seems especially fitting.

Representing so much that is dear to us, Diwali is celebrated with boundless passion here at Dishoom. We’re thrilled at the chance to celebrate all that is good in the world and to look to the future with hope and excitement. In that spirit, we hope you will join us for a wonderful party to celebrate.

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The stellar line-up

Look forward to a warm welcome from this Huddersfield-born broadcaster Harpz Kaur, hosting the evening with her trademark charisma – the night will also include live music, DJ sets and dance performances by a line-up of truly captivating South Asian talent. To pique your interest before the day, please find a bit more about Almass and the artists below. 

Almass Badat:—

Almass Badat is a curator, creative consultant and broadcaster whose artistic disciplines span music and the visual arts. She is a co-director of Dialled In, the artist-led South Asian arts & culture festival and 1/3 of the What is this Behaviour? Podcast. 


Brothers Harrisan and Anushan Mohanarajah lead a Carnatic-inspired medley of ragas and harmonies embodying the spirit of light.

Eternal Taal:—

This all-women entertainment team from the Midlands weave together a colourful blend of dhol, dance and DJing.

BollySass & Friends:—

Enjoy show-stopping performances from these trailblazers in London's Cabaret Bollywood dance scene. 

DJ Ritu & San J Sanj:—

These pioneers of the South Asian Underground will go back-to-back with a legendary set of big hits and dance-floor classics. 

Amritha Jayakrishnan:—

Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer Amritha will captivate with a solo dance performance of 'Maathey - Mother & Goddess'.

Haseeb Iqbal:—

Expect a curated, strictly vinyl set of Pakistani Cinema, Kollywood, funk and global sounds to keep you on your toes.

Finally, to keep you energised until late at night, a plentiful vegetarian (and vegan) fare awaits. Dishoom chef-wallas will be cooking up café favourites including celebratory Awadhi Jackfruit Biryani, Chole, Bhel and more. Complimentary House Chai and mithai will also be available. 

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Each ticket includes entry, complimentary House Chai, and a plentiful vegetarian (or vegan) feast. 

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