Diwali at Dishoom

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Diwali represents so many of the things that are important to Dishoom. The festival of light brings people together in celebration, regardless of wealth or status, of race, background or beliefs.

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. 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 daytime-nighttime to celebrate.

This year, on Thursday 28th October, at 93 Feet East, Dishoom will mark this joyous festival of light with an all-day event fuelled by finest vegetarian fare and featuring a wonderful line-up of South Asian talent.

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With almost two years since our last get-together, here is a kindly reminder of the great fun that was had at Dishoom's last Diwali event.

What you can expect this year...

By day

Enjoy family-friendly workshops relaying the magical story of Diwali and designed for children of all ages. Dancers from Madhuriya will teach children the basics of Indian dance, whilst spellbinding (and world-famous!) storyteller Vayu Naidu will regale adults and children alike with the captivating story of Rama, Sita and Hanuman. 

Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for kids (under 2s are free).

By night

As the sun sets, the evening's festivities shall commence. Adults are invited to enjoy a night full-to-the-brim with top-class creativity and celebration. Our dear friend (and renowned creative curator!) Sweety Kapoor has curated an evening of spoken word, live music, DJ sets and live art installations from some of the UK’s leading South Asian talent.

Tickets are priced at £12 per person.

All tickets include entrance, entertainment, activities, chai and Mithai. We hope to see as many of you as possible to celebrate this joyous occasion together, it will be a truly magical day filled with laughter, colour and light. As ever, all are welcome.

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Kindly note:– Should you wish to enjoy food and drink from our vendors, cashless payment will be requested. Read about event safety protocols here.

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