Thousands of people attend the Diwali celebrations in Birmingham each year.
The Festival of Lights will be celebrated at two free events in the city, one in Victoria Square and the other in Soho Road, Handsworth.
And there will be road closures in place for the Handsworth event as it is on a main road and busy shopping street in that part of the city.
The Diwali celebrations on Soho Road are on Sunday, October 21, meaning road closures for much of the day.
No road closures have yet been announced for the Diwali on the Square celebrations in Victoria Square on Saturday, October 20. We’ll update this with details if any closures are confirmed.
What are the road closures for Birmingham Diwali Mela in Soho Road?
Soho BID has confirmed that Soho Road will be closed to traffic from Ivy Road junction (near the Lime N Chilli restaurant) up to Grove Lane junction (by Lloyds Bank).
The closure will be in effect from 4am until midnight on Sunday, October 21.
Soho Road is also usually closed from Nineveh Road/Grove Lane Junction to the main Soho Road Temple.
People should be able to access the side streets – not using Soho Road but around the other entrances.
Is there a map of the road closures?
Yes, there is a map, which we have included above..
It will help you plan your journey and where to park on the day.
Will there be any diversions in place?
Diversion signs will be in place by Sunday to help traffic navigate around the area during the road closures.
How long will the Diwali event run for?
The festival will start at midday and end at 7.30pm after the Diwali lights have been switched on by the Birmingham Lord Mayor, Yvonne Mosquito.
Why is the event so far ahead of Diwali itself?
The Soho Road event – like the one in Victoria Square – comes more than two weeks ahead of Diwali itself, which is on November 7 this year.
Soho Road BID said the event is held at a different time because it’s like Christmas events not being on Christmas Day itself, which is a time for families to be together. The same is true for Diwali.
In addition, organisers try not to clash with Diwali festivals in Leicester or London, giving everyone a chance to experience the event.
- This article has been updated to include further information and a map of the Diwali festival zone