If you don't know where Laneway R1509 in Balaclava is, then what better way to get there than to be guided by 1000 bright, beautiful lights to lead you to celebrate Diwali. The laneway will be transformed into a colourful Delhi style festival of music, dance and song.
The Indian festival of Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance and the organisation Space2b is behind this wonderful celebration.
Space2B, in case you have not heard, is a not-for-profit social enterprise that does fantastic work with, and for newly arrived refugees and immigrants. Their events create opportunities for people in the community to connect, learn from each other and enjoy being together with people from all over the world. Refugees and recent immigrants tell stories not just through words but also through art, craft, dance and song.
As part of Space2b, Anu Bajwa (originally from India) and Clare Larman are bringing 'the excitement of Diwali' to Balaclava and can't wait to have you be part of this colourful extravaganza. As Anu says "For any migrant, times of celebration are the hardest. Celebrating Diwali here in Australia, not only provides an opportunity to share my culture with friends and community members but also brings Diwali to Balaclava -making it home." Anu
Indian classical dance, Rangoli (henna and clay lamp painting), a spice merchant, Indian food stalls, and a Chai Wallah (tea merchant) all backed with the beat of the 'Dhol' drum will keep you entertained throughout the evening. If you are a novice or think you know a lot already about Diwali you will be surprised by some of the traditions and customs performed at this festival.
'1000 Lights for Diwali' will be held in St Kilda's most hidden laneway, full of new street art, right behind the social design workshop and retail outlet, Space2b. So put on your best and brightest clothes, get ready to have fun and let the festival begin!
The location is a little bluestone laneway behind Space2b's retail store in Chapel Street. Lane R1509, runs parallel to Chapel Street, between Rosamond and Nightingale St.