Diwali – The festival of lights


Map Unavailable

21 Oct 2019, Monday @17:00 - 20:30


Diwali – the festival of light

Diwali is a five-day festival celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. It’s a festival of new beginnings , the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.

The word ‘Diwali’ stems from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning “rows of lighted lamps”. As such, Diwali is often celebrated with fireworks and lighting oil lamps in the street and inside houses.

The evening

We will not display fireworks, but instead invite you to experience the Barmer Boys – a Rajasthani Gypsy Folk Band that made their international debut at Roskilde Festival 2014, playing between the sets of Outkast and The Rolling Stones.

“BARMER BOYS (Rajasthan, India) are the ‘Global ambassadors of contemporary Rajasthani folk and Sufi music’, seamlessly fusing ‘Rajasthani Gypsy Folk with beatboxing’ and carry forward the centuries-old musical traditions of the Manganiyars.

The bands versatility of styles and bubbling energy infuse each performance – from soulful Sufi kalaams to uplifting wedding and celebratory songs, to boisterous jams with beat-boxing and live DJ sets.” http://www.secondtotheleft.com/barmer-boys.html

While the music will be North Indian, the food will be South Indian and the wine from Nashik in the Wester Ghats north of Mumbai.

Program for the evening:

  • 17.00-17.30: Arrival, snacks and drinks in the yard
  • 17.30-18.30: Presentations
    • Welcome, Ambassador Ajit Gupte
    • What’s in store for India?, by Carsten Beck, Director, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies
  • 18.30-19.00: Dinner, South Indian food
  • 19.00-19.45: Music, Barmer Boys, Rajasthan, India
  • 19.45-20.30: Networking

When: October 21, 17.00-20.30

Where: Fæstningens Materialgård, Frederiksholms Kanal 30, 1220 København K