Diwali Festival

 
 

THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 12TH OCTOBER 2014

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Diwali FestivalKnown as the festival of lights, Diwali has religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and is celebrated by many of the capital's South Asian communities. Diwali on the Square gives Londoners a chance to come together and celebrate at a free concert with backing from the Mayor's office. This annually occurring event in Trafalgar Square has become a major fixture in London's calendar with colourful decorations, Indian music and theatrical displays all adding to the sense of occasion. Contemporary and traditional dances including the energetic Garba and Dandia are traditionally performed to celebrate Diwali and people of all faiths are welcome at this celebration of the victory of light over darkness.

 

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Lord Nelson, Britain's greatest military hero, and the mighty lions that surround him, pay testament to the position of Trafalgar Square at the heart of the capital, the heart of the nation, and, at one time, the heart of an empire that controlled three fifths of the world. More about Trafalgar Square

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Charing Cross Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Blackfriars Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
2 minutes walk
 
St Martins Lane NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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    London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
    10 Northumberland Avenue, 10 Northumberland avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Diwali Festival
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    66 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Diwali Festival
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    62-65 Trafalgar Square, WC2N | 1 minute from Diwali Festival
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    London > Education > English Language Courses
    10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 13 minutes from Diwali Festival
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    The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Diwali Festival
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    London > Nightlife > Bars
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    London > Nightlife > Bars
    12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Diwali Festival
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    Hans Haacke: Gift HorseHans Haacke: Gift HorseHans Haacke: Gift HorseHans Haacke's Gift Horse, a sculptural installation of a horse's skeleton, makes an eerie outline on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Exploring the links between power, money and history, while commenting wryly on the statue of William IV originally planned for the fourth plinth, Haacke's horse constitutes a searching reflection on the politi7th March 2015Thursday 31st December 2015 Where:
    Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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    event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Installation | PRICING  Free  
    DATES  5th March to 31st December 2015
    VENUE  Trafalgar Square 
    Hans Haacke's Gift Horse, a sculptural installation of a horse's skeleton, makes an eerie outline on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Exploring the links between power, money and history, while commenting wryly on the statue of William IV originally planned for the fourth plinth, Haacke's horse constitutes a searching reflection on the politi... More about this event
     
    St Patrick's Day Parade 2015St Patrick's Day Parade 2015St Patrick's Day Parade 2015Floats representing all 32 counties of Ireland make their way through London for the St Patrick's Day Parade as over a quarter of a million people flock to the capital to celebrate Ireland's patron saint. The London parade is on the Sunday closest to 17th March - so in 2015 that's Sunday 15th March - when the procession makes its way from Green 15th March 2015Sunday 15th March 2015 Where:
    Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
    Category: event
    Free EventOn Soon

    event > Kids Events | PRICING  Free  
    DATES  Sunday 15th March 2015
    VENUE  Trafalgar Square 
    Floats representing all 32 counties of Ireland make their way through London for the St Patrick's Day Parade as over a quarter of a million people flock to the capital to celebrate Ireland's patron saint. The London parade is on the Sunday closest to 17th March - so in 2015 that's Sunday 15th March - when the procession makes its way from Green ... More about this event
     
    St Patrick's Day Parade And Festival 2015St Patrick's Day Parade And Festival 2015A parade of floats and marching bands plus a food market, children's activities, music and dance.15th March 2015Sunday 15th March 2015 Where:
    Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
    Category: event
    Free EventOn Soon
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    The Passion of JesusThe Passion of JesusThe Passion of JesusNow a regular addition to Easter in London, The Passion of Jesus is a recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, put on for free for the public in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Not to be outdone by the scores of Easter egg hunts and other events across the city, Trafalgar Square hosts this special adaptation giv3rd April 2015Friday 3rd April 2015 Where:
    Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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    event > Theatre > Open Air | PRICING  Free  
    DATES  Friday 3rd April 2015
    VENUE  Trafalgar Square 
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    International Pillow Fight DayInternational Pillow Fight DayOrganised by the Urban Playground Movement, this mass pillow fight in the centre of London invites anyone with a pillow to let off pent-up energy at the designated hour.4th April 2015Saturday 4th April 2015 Where:
    Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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    Free EventOn Soon
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    Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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    Free Event 

    event > Seasonal > St George's Day | PRICING  Free  
    DATES  Saturday 25th April 2015
    VENUE  Trafalgar Square 
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    Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
    Category: event
    Free Event 
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    Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
    Category: event
    Free Event 

    event > Concerts > Classical - Orchestral | PRICING  Free  
    DATES  Saturday 2nd May 2015
    VENUE  Trafalgar Square 
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    Vaisakhi FestivalVaisakhi FestivalClassical, bhangra and popular music performers take to the main stage.3rd May 2015Sunday 3rd May 2015 Where:
    Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
    Category: event
    Free Event 
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