Diwali Celebration

UQ Wellbeing invites you to a special event to celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights on 4 November, from 3-7pm at UQ Art Museum Lawn at the St Lucia campus. Please join us and enjoy the Diwali experience with free traditional Indian food, live entertainment, workshops and activities! We invite you to wear your traditional dress to this event. Registration is not required and this event has a Covid Safe Plan.

What is Diwali?

The Indian Festival of lights has many terms including Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali. In Sanskrit, the word Deepavali translates to ‘a row of lights’, and this is a term more commonly used by South Indians to refer to the festival. In contrast, the North Indians use the modified ‘Diwali’.  Although the legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India. However, Hindus, Jains, Newar Buddhists and Sikhs all celebrate the spiritual victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

UQ acknowledges and thanks Allianz Global Assistance for supporting this project.

Check out the full program below! 

Light Up the Lawn

Light Up the Lawn

4 November 2021 5:30pm7:00pm
Join us for the finale of Diwali Celebration as we illuminate the Art Museum Lawn in recognition of the diverse and colourful UQ community.
Bollywood dance

Bollywood Performance and Dance Workshop

4 November 2021 5:00pm5:45pm
Get ready for a high energy, and exciting Bollywood dance performance by Dance Masala’s Nakhre Crew! You can then join us on the dancefloor, shaking your thumkas (hip flicks) and throwing your nakhra (attitude)!

FREE Traditional Thali

4 November 2021 4:00pm7:00pm
Enjoy a traditional thali, meaning “large plate”. Thali the meal refers to many different dishes, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, served on a platter.
Henna art

Traditional Henna Art

4 November 2021 3:00pm7:00pm
Did you know that henna symbolises good health and prosperity, with each unique design reflecting specific meanings? This Diwali, don't miss your chance to get a traditional, 100% natural henna tattoo by the Henna Shack!

Tea Light Decorating

4 November 2021 3:00pm7:00pm
It wouldn't be Diwali without the beautiful lights! Get creative, make and take home your unique tea lights!

Rangoli Art Workshop & Display

4 November 2021 3:00pm5:00pm
Help us complete the community display of Rangoli art by contributing your colourful imagination! Guided by local Rangoli artist, Madhu Khanna, discover and feel the strength, generosity, and good luck it is thought to bring.

Live Music on the Lawn

4 November 2021 3:00pm7:00pm
Meet us down on the Lawn and unwind to traditional Indian instrumental with Indian drums followed by an interactive evening set with upbeat Indian music played by Brisbane's very own young sound Fuze-Box.