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Celebrations for Diwali 2018 have kicked off in Brum.



In 2018, the main date of Diwali is expected to be on Wednesday, November 7.

But the first big event in the city was Diwali on the Square held in Victoria Square on Saturday, October 20.

It’s the second year the event has been held.

Mehndi artists, award-winning Indian food, face-painting, sari tying and colouring competitions kept families from all over Birmingham occupied.

The main attraction this year was the fantastic live music performances.

Mehndi artist at Diwali in the Square 2018

Acts included global superstar Malkit Singh. The Birmingham Punjabi singer, who was honoured on the Broad Street Walk of Stars in 2012, drew whoops of delight from the crowds.

Also appearing were Gabhru Punjab De Bhangra, Dhol Drummers and the Ken Mistry Garba Group.

This year’s festival was funded by sponsors HSBC, Asha’s, TSB, Midland Metro, Birmingham Airport and KTC Edibles.

Malkit Singh
Malkit Singh

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and The Consul General of India, Dr Aman Puri, were in attendance to watch the array of dazzling live performances that had Brummies singing and dancing along.

The range of stalls and activities included delicious Indian food from award-winning Asha’s restaurant on Newhall Street.

See all the great pictures as Diwali 2018 kicks off in Birmingham:

The Mayor said: “It was great last year and this year has been even bigger and better. It’s been an amazing day.”

On Sunday Birmingham’s Premier Diwali Mela will take place at Soho Road, Handsworth. Around 20,000 people attend each year.

Diwali in the Square event in Victoria Square,

Organisers Soho BID has confirmed there will be road closures for much of the day.

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.



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