Hackney’s free family-friendly Diwali celebrations are open to all


The traditions of Hackney’s Hindu and Sikh residents will be honoured at this year’s Council-funded Diwali celebrations. Diwali, the annual festival of lights, falls on Sunday 12 November, but is celebrated throughout the month.

Hackney’s family-friendly Diwali events are free and open to all residents of all ages:

Nye Bevan Community Hall, E5 0AW
Saturday 18 November, 12-4.30pm
London Shirdi Sai Baba Temple - Hackney’s only Hindu temple - has been funded by Hackney Council to host an afternoon of music, Bharatanatyam dance performances, and refreshments for all those who wish to mark the occasion or learn more about the festival’s message. 

Book your free ticket to attend the day of festivities taking place at the Nye Bevan Community Hall, E5 0AW here.

Hackney Central Library, Reading Lane
Friday 10 November, 5-7pm
An evening of Diwali celebrations curated by Hackney Libraries, includes bhangra music and dhol beats, Bollywood dancing, light refreshments, plus henna hand painting, and workshops on how to make your own Diwali card or badges. 

Diwali reading lists and information points with books and films will also be available at every library in the borough. Residents can come to learn more about the culture and message of the celebration. More details are available on Love Hackney.

Diwali is an occasion for people to come together and celebrate the traditions of Indian culture. The message of Diwali is for everyone and all residents are welcome at our Diwali celebrations to try a taste of the food, culture, music, and dance.

Jagdish Kaur, Hackney Libraries and Archive Services