Edinburgh Diwali 2019

The South Asian festival of Diwali, which is celebrated by different cultures and religions all over the world, comes to Edinburgh with a multi-cultural feast of light, music, dance and food.

Edinburgh Diwali 2019

About Edinburgh Diwali 2019

Venue: The Ross Band Theatre, Princes Street Garden.

Organisers of Edinburgh Diwali announced the most culturally diverse programme of performers and events in its five-year history. The South Asian festival of Diwali, which is celebrated by different cultures and religions all over the world, comes to Edinburgh with a multi-cultural feast of light, music, dance and food. On Wednesday 23 October a new Happy Diwali sign will light up the city from Castle Rock and a spectacular Lightopia Chinese lantern display and performances will animate Castle Street until Saturday 26 October when the vibrant and colourful Diwali Parade, led by the Lord Provost, marches through the streets of the city on ending with a celebration of theatre, music and dance in Princes Street Gardens.

All events are free and open to all.

The Edinburgh Diwali Parade, a lively and colourful procession of dancers, Hindu Gods, pipe bands and this year for the first time Chinese Dragons and Chinese Lions, will depart from City Chambers on the High Street on Saturday 26 October at 2.30pm led by the Lord Provost. Dancers from the Edinburgh Bhangra Crew, Bhartiya Ashram and Edinburgh Dandiya will be joined by Cuban Salsa Dancers and pipe bands from The Scottish Regiment, Glencorse and Stockbridge as well as representatives from the Riding of the Marches. Three floats of the Hindu Gods Ganesha, Hanuman and Shiva will be followed by the horse-drawn chariot of Lord Rama proceeding to his coronation. The Parade culminates with music and performances on Castle Street, before the celebrations move to the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens for more theatre, music and dance. The event culminates with a firework display at 7.30pm.

Edinburgh Diwali would not be possible without the support of The City of Edinburgh Council, The National Lottery People’s Project, Virgin Money, Standard Life Aberdeen, The University of Edinburgh.


While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Edinburgh Diwali 2019 are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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