What to Know About the Third Annual Diwali Festival
When November 3, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550
Looking to do something different this weekend with the family that’s both fun and free? We invite you to join the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and the Hindu Cultural Community Center as they celebrate the Diwali “Festival of Lights.” Keep reading to learn more about this third annual festival.
About Diwali Festival of Lights
The celebration is an ancient Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Diwali is celebrated every autumn or spring in South Asian countries such as India and Nepal. The tradition originated as a festival marking the last harvest of the year before the start of winter and spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
This cultural event will feature spectacular Bollywood and Classical Indian dances, Dhol performances, along with a storyteller speaking about the history and meaning of Diwali. The Bollywood Jam will lead a free workshop on Bollywood dancing, to the music of world-renowned Ustad Lal Bhatti Ji.
The event will also offer a variety of different booths specializing in Bollywood apparel, jewelry, Diya decorations, rangoli art, and provide a craft area for children. Sansaar Indian Restaurant and other food vendors will be a the event selling delicious Indian cuisine.
This is the third year that Diwali “Festival of Lights’ has been held on the plaza and is one of many free family-oriented cultural events the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center sponsors throughout the year. In the coming months, they will offer an African American celebration in January, a Chinese New Year celebration in February, and a Hispanic Heritage Day in May. Stay tuned for more details regarding these events as they become available!
An Overview of Our Performing Arts Center
LVPAC offers a diverse range of programs providing access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. Through the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center, the LVPAC staff puts on numerous events each year, from classes and workshops to concerts and performances.
Not to mention, educational outreach is a significant part of what we do here. LVPAC goes above and beyond to ensure that every student has the opportunity to experience the arts through different activities. Portions of such activities are underwritten through generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.
Contribute to Our Performing Arts Center
Ready to help us share the performing arts with young minds? We are always in need of donations at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Please contact our education staff to learn more about these programs that support school and family performance.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, your gift is tax-deductible. Keep in mind that your support helps to bring incredible art and artists to the Livermore community. Plus, all donations of $125 or more qualify you for membership.
Here are just some of the benefits of being an LVPAC member:
- Priority ticketing
- Complimentary tickets to the Season Announcement Party
- Special offers and invitations to LVPAC galas and events
- Discounts on Bothwell classes
- And more
We hope to see you and your family at the Diwali Festival of Lights this coming Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bankhead Plaza!