Diwali & Samhain

Ireland's First Indo-Celtic Festival

Diwali & Samhain is a fantastic two week celebration of Indian & Irish music, dance, drama, debate and visual arts.

Enlightening, thought provoking, stimulating and spiritual, the unique series of events will take you on a journey into the richness, contrasts and confluences of the relationship between India and Ireland, exploring their deep rooted cultural and artistic connections.

Diwali & Samhain was delivered between 2009 - 2013.


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Diwali & Samhain

2009 - 2013



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What is Diwali & Samhain?

Diwali, also called the "Festival of Lights", is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Samhain is a Gaelic festival, popularised as Halloween, which marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year.

Diwali &Samhain came about following a direct creative response to encouraging goodrelations in North Belfast and has grown to become a city wide celebrationfusing the very best in Indian and Irish culture and traditions. We aredelighted to continue to be working with past and new partners including Ulster Museum,Pobal, Moving on Music, An Droichead and McCracken Cultural School on the delivery of the programme. 

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