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New lantern tradition to light up Market Place - Derby (Diwali)
10/14/08   
Diwali in Derby.

New lantern tradition to light up Market Place


A NEW tradition is being started in the city to help people of all
races celebrate Diwali.

The city's first lantern procession and world drumming performance will
mark the Hindu and Sikh festival of lights, celebrating the theme of
light over darkness.

As part of the Out of the Shadow festival, a series of music and dance
workshops has been organised by Normanton-based Surtal Asian Arts,
working closely with Derby Live.

The highlight of the festival will be a major celebration in Derby's
Market Place on Friday, which will bring a new tradition to the city
lanterns.

Surtal's artistic director Gopa Nath said: "Lanterns are not usually a
feature of the Derby celebrations but this year we hope to start a new
tradition by launching Diwali with a lantern procession through the
city."

The colourful procession will start at the Hindu Temple on Peartree
Road at 5.30pm, parading through Normanton into the city centre,
finishing in the Market Place, where it will be greeted by the sounds
of the World Drumming Circle.

To prepare for the festival, this weekend you can join in the creation
of colourful willow lanterns at two workshops.
Today's workshop is from noon to 3pm in the Geeta Bhawan Hindu temple,
on Peartree Road. Tomorrow you can make lanterns at the Heart of the
Park Building in Arboretum Park, Normanton, from 11am to 4pm. The
workshops cost 2 each and are open to all ages, although children
under 10 must be supervised by an adult.
In addition, several dance and world music workshops featuring Latin
American, Asian and African drumming have been organised in
preparation for the festival.
There is also one final Community Diwali music workshops to be held on
Tuesday from 6pm-8pm. It will be held in the Guru Ravidass Community
Centre, in Brunswick Street, Derby.
"The aim is that everyone can work together to create one musical piece
to be performed at the celebrations," said Gopa.
"We really hope that everyone will get involved in the workshops and
the Diwali celebrations next weekend."
"All are welcome whatever their age, race, religion or colour. Diwali
is a fantastic spectacle and it's great fun to be involved in the
procession so we are really hoping for a good turn-out."

OUT OF THE SHADOW DIWALI FESTIVAL
WHEN: Friday, October 17.
LANTERN PROCESSION: This colourful procession starts at the Hindu
temple on Peartree Road, Normanton, at 5.30pm, and parades through the
city to the Market Place.

INFORMATION: For more details about the procession and workshops, call
Surtal Asian Arts on 01332 720730.

INITIUM: A display of Indian classical dance, mixed with modern dance,
circus and the folk theatre form, Yakshagana, at the Assembly Rooms,
Derby, at 7.30pm.
TICKETS: 5.
BOX OFFICE: 01332 255800.
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