Diwali in Vernon Festival

Diwali in Vernon Festival

The Vernon Community Arts Centre is proud to participate in the second annual Diwali in Vernon Festival! Running Tuesday, October 15 through to Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Festival will host a variety of multicultural activities around Vernon, culminating in a final showcase at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre on Saturday. The Festival welcomes everyone to participate in a multicultural gathering that aims to unite Vernon citizens, regardless of age, identity, and culture.

On Wednesday, October 16, join us here at the Vernon Community Art Centre for some family friendly lantern making!

LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOPS – Wednesday, October 16

Hourly workshops offered between:

Spaces are limited, so pre-registration is highly encouraged.  Please call us at 250-542-6243 to reserve your spots!

Diwali in BC is an annual multicultural multi-disciplinary inclusive festival that aims to showcase artists from diverse backgrounds and different abilities to celebrate the festival of lights during the annual Indian New Year. It is a non-denomination, non-religious festival with an artistic focus on artists local to Vernon and BC. Everyone is welcome to participate and celebrate the multi-cultural demographics of our artists and communities here in Vernon.

Kicking off the week, the Festival Launch will take place at the Okanagan Regional Library on Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm. The Festival Launch will feature pop-up performances from local dancers, as well as free chai and samosas. Prior to the launch, the Vernon Public Art Gallery will be launching its community rangoli. Be sure to stop by to take part in the interactive community rangoli, which will be open to the public all week during regular gallery hours.

On Wednesday, October 16, families can enjoy a free Lantern Making Workshop at the Vernon Community Arts Centre from 10am-12pm, 1pm-4pm, and 6pm-8pm. Pre-registration is encouraged. Lotus & Lettuce yoga studio will be hosting a $15 drop-in Kids Yoga and diya-making class from 3-4pm. The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives will also be hosting a Multicultural Fabric of Vernon event at 7pm.

On Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm, the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society presents Red Sky Performance’s Trace, the first show in the 2019/20 SPOTLIGHT Dance Series, as part of the Diwali in Vernon Festival. Red Sky Performance is at the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and their show, Trace is a highly kinetic dance that maps Anishinaabe sky and star stories and offers a glimpse into our origins as well as our future evolution. Tickets for Trace are available through the Ticket Seller Box office and are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors, and $30 for students.

On Friday, October 19, the Caetani Centre is offering a free Memoir Writing Workshop with Janelle Hardy from 2-4pm at the Caetani Centre. All ages are welcome. Get your heart pumping with a Bolly X workout at Soul Studio at 5-6:30pm. Pricing and information can be found online on the Soul Studio website (www.soulstudio.ca). Finish off the night at the Vernon Public Art Gallery’s Art After Dark event from 7-11pm, which includes art activities, light refreshments, and a raffle draw. Tickets are available through the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

On the final day of the festival, Saturday, October 19, the Okanagan Science Centre will be hosting “One Sky, Many Stories” planetarium show from 1-2pm, which will feature South Asian stories of Diwali and its significance. Regular entrance fees apply for this event. The Okanagan Science Centre will also be hosting “Diwali Week” with an afterschool activity for kids October 15-19 at 3:30pm.

The 5-day festival will culminate in a multicultural showcase of diverse artists from different backgrounds, headlined by the popular Bollywood dance group from Vancouver, the Shiamak Dancers! Also headlining the performance is world renowned tablaist, Cassius Khan, and Kathak Dancer, Amika Kushwaha, a duo who recently performed for the UN in Geneva with rave reviews and accolades. The show will take place at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, October 19 at 7pm. Pre-show activities and marketplace, including henna tattooing, sari tying, pop up performances, and more, will begin at 5pm in the lobby. Tickets for the Diwali in Vernon Festival Final Showcase are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $30 for students. Call the Ticket Seller Box Office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on line to www.ticketseller.ca.

To end off the night, the Curry Pot will be hosting an Indian Buffet Dinner at 9pm! Eat with the performers and celebrate South Asian culture with delicious food. Tickets for the Curry Pot dinner are $30 per person. Limited tickets available, so reserve your spot through the Ticket Seller Box Office.

Make sure to also check out all the festive downtown businesses that will be decorating their window displays in a Diwali theme. More information and added events can be found on the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society website (www.vdpac.ca) and on Facebook (Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society)


This event finished on 19 October 2019