In celebration of the festival of lights which marks the Hindu New Year, Greater Manchester hosts a number of joyous, spellbinding events and workshops which foster cultural connections and deepen community spirit across the region.

From meditative reflections to high-tempo Bollywood dance lessons, here are some of the best Diwali activities around Manchester this year.

Lantern Making Workshops | Various locations | Sat 15 Oct - Sun 30 Oct | Free

Operated by arts group Walk the Plank, a free series of lantern-making workshops take place between Bolton and Bury, with lessons ‘creating a cultural connection across Greater Manchester and beyond’ at Bolton Hindu Forum on Sat 15 and Sun 16 Oct. On Sat 29 Oct, The Met in Bury hosts more free workshops at 10am and 1pm.


Unit 28, Market Place, Bolton, BL1 2AJ | Market Street, Bury BL9 0BW
Diwali on the Square | Bolton | Sun 23 Oct | 2pm-8.30pm | Free

Featuring a ‘magical Nighttime Lantern Procession’, Indian street food, Worldbeaters Illuminated drummers Spark and more, Bolton’s Victoria Square hosts a full day of incredible free family activities capped off with a wondrous light show finale.

The event is available to watch online via Digital Diwali.

Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RZ
The Indians Are Coming: Diwali Dhamaka | Frog & Bucket | Sun 30 Oct | 8.15pm | £19.99

Promising ‘belly laughs big enough to burn off an entire Biryani’, The Indians Are Coming features a stellar comic line-up uniting to deliver an evening of side-splitting comedy from both newcomers and established comedians, including Preet Singh, Raj Poojara, Anuvab Pal and Sukh Ojla.

102 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LJ
Bollywood Dance Workshop | The Met, Bury | Fri 28 Oct | 1pm | Free

Led by professional Bollywood dancer, teacher and choreographer Sharmista B, this free and wonderfully energetic workshop offers an introduction to various styles of Bollywood dancing for guests of all abilities. From classical to Bhangra, the two-hour session celebrates the ‘perfect blend of Indian culture and art’ before culminating in a short routine performed by the whole group.

Market Street, Bury BL9 0BW, Tel: 0161 761 2216
Magic and Manifesting at Samhain | St. Clement's Church, Chorlton | Sun 23 Oct | 2pm-6pm | £47.50

Featuring a thorough, calming itinerary of various meditations, mantras, yoga methods and more alongside a range of plant-based snacks and live percussion performances, Magic and Manifesting celebrates Samhain – the most important event on the Celtic calendar – as a time of reflection, rejuvenation and self-sustenance as the world enters its darkest phase of the year. Coinciding with Diwali, the festival of lights, the event explores death and rebirth through the cycle of darkness and illumination.

Edge Ln, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9AE
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Published on:
Fri 14 Oct 2022