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Festival lights up the town; Festival of Light and Colour, Stockton.

TOCKTON'S own Diwali inspired event is making a return to Teesside.

SWednesday, November 18, will see Stockton's Riverside light up when The Festival of Light and Colour gets underway. The free event, organised by Stockton Council together with the Hindu Cultural Society, will see a lantern procession make its way from North Shore over the Infinity Bridge to Durham University Queen's Campus.

Stockton mayor Councillor Ian Dalgarno will lead the way with school children, community groups and students involved.

Diwali is the five day Festival of Lights and is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and is one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture.

The word Diwali means rows of lighted lamps. Traditionally houses and shops are decorated with candles and colourful lights.

For many Indians, Diwali honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and people will start the new business year at Diwali.

After the procession on Wednesday, Stockton will bring the story of Diwali alive with performances from traditional Indian dancers, a Bhangra Community Dance led by Urban Kaos, and a Bhangra Disco with Sandeep Kapoor from Spice FM.

Stockton Circus will also light up the night sky with a fire display by G2.

Visitors to the festival will then get the opportunity to buy delicious South Asian food cooked by Matty's Bistro and enjoy the music beneath the evening sky.

Stockton Council's cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, councillor Norma Wilburn, said: "The Festival of Light and Colour is an exciting and engaging family event influenced by Hindu traditions and Indian culture.

"This year's event takes the form of a procession featuring traditional dance, music and performances - and we are encouraging everyone to come and join us.

"Through the symbolism of light, dance, fire and food this event is a celebration of community integration and is a true reflection of culture in Stockton Borough.

"Kicking off at the Infinity Bridge and taking place in the Durham University Queens Campus, the event is completely free and guaranteed to light up your evening."

Visitors should park at the University of Durham Car Park and walk over the Infinity Bridge to North Shore.

For more information about .the Festival of Light and Colour visit www.stockton.gov.uk/events

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Date:Nov 13, 2015
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