Wolverhampton set to celebrate Diwali festival

Wolverhampton is gearing up to celebrate its annual Diwali gathering – the festival of lights – which will be held at the city's Phoenix Park later this month.

Phoenix Park. Photo: Google
Phoenix Park. Photo: Google

Hosted by The Elias Mattu Foundation, the event – which attracts thousands of visitors every year – will be held in the park off Dudley Road, Blakenhall, on Saturday October 22 between 4pm and 8.30pm.

The foundation, set up in memory of much-loved former Wolverhampton mayor and city councillor Elias Mattu, helps local communities in need by delivering food parcels.

Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment and climate change, said: "This is a fantastic free event for all the family, featuring top quality entertainment and a brilliant firework display, and we encourage everyone to come along and celebrate this important date in the city's calendar."

The event is being staged in association with F9 events and will be headlined by main artist Raf Saperra, with entertainment by DJ Nav Entertainments, Gaggi Dhillon, Tik Toker Patollaa, Lucky Rai, Hit The Dhol, Booboo and Napalese Dance Performance.

Councillor Jacqui Sweetman said: "We are truly blessed in Wolverhampton. Not only do we have a strong and diverse community, but we know how to celebrate it. Diwali is an important part of our celebration of light. It is even part of our city's motto. I wish all my constituents a happy Diwali."

Blakenhall councillor Paul Birch added: "I am really pleased to see the Diwali celebrations organised for the second year by The Elias Mattu Foundation. The festival is for everyone to enjoy and celebrates community togetherness and light out of darkness, which references the city of Wolverhampton's motto. I wish everyone a very happy Diwali."

The lights will be switched on at 8pm followed straight away by the firework display. The event is supported by the Indian Multicultural Society, Shri Krishan Mandir, Gurudwara Sikh Council and Gujrati Association.

Fellow Blakenhall councillor Jas Dehar said: "In addition to the festival, we will be delivering a Diwali meal at the Bob Jones Healthy Living Centre in Bromley Street, Blakenhall, on Sunday October 30. Tickets are available from the centre."

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