Music, dance and performances from a highly acclaimed British Asian musician and a singer who was featured on The X Factor – the line-up for Luton town centre’s first official Diwali festival has been announced.

Thousands are expected to flock to St George’s Square on Saturday 27th October, 12-7pm to enjoy a free family entertainment and a grand finale parade in celebration of Diwali – the popular Hindu festival of lights.

Hosted by DJ Tommy Sandhu, Diwali in Luton will include sets from UK and international performers including X Factor’s, Kiera Weathers and British Asian singer-songwriter, Navin Kundra.

Traditional dance acts include Bhangra Punjabian Da, K’z Dance Entertainment Ltd, Just Bollywood and Kalasagara UK as well as music from Asian band, Side Partition.

Organised by Diwali in Luton, the festival promises to be one of the biggest cultural outdoor celebrations on the town centre calendar, and has been made possible thanks to sponsorship by Luton Business Improvement District, support from Om Group and funding from Arts Council England.

Roy Greening, general manager of The Mall Luton and Luton BID director said: “We are excited to hear the incredible line-up for the first ever town centre Diwali celebration and are delighted to be involved as a lead sponsor. There is a great mix of South Asian cultural performances which will add an atmosphere of excitement all over the town. We can’t wait.”

The event is also supported by Arts Council England, The Om Group, The Mall Luton, Zee TV, Radio Lab and BBC Three Counties. The parade will be organised by Milton Keynes based outdoor arts company Festive Road.

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Full line-up:

12:00 DJs & Host – Tommy Sandhu
12:30 NGYT
12:45 Ganesh Vandana & Spiritual Messages
13:00 Kiera Weathers – X Factor
13:30 Kalasagara UK
14:00 Official Diwa lighting & Guest Speakers
14:15 Gayatri Mantra
14:30 Dhol Bhangra Smash Up
15:00 Bhangra Punjabian Da
15:30 K’z Dance Entertainment Ltd
16:00 Dusna Flashmob
16:15 Side Partition
16:45 Just Bollywood
17:15 Navin Kundra
17:45 Aarti, Kirtan, Bhajan
18:00 Parade Finale
19:00 End