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12h – A new statement from Auckland Unlimited says tThe Auckland Diwali festival will not take place this year due to uncertainty over whether the region will be on Alert Level 1 by the time of the festival on October 30 and 31.
The statement reads as follows:
Festival organizer Auckland Unlimited said the move followed the government’s announcement on September 20 that Auckland would be on Alert Level 3 until at least October 5.
The festival can only be delivered at Alert Level 1. A final decision on festival delivery had to be made by October 1 due to planning and financial implications.
However, Aucklanders will still be able to celebrate Diwali online and more details on Diwali online celebrations will be announced in mid-October.
Mayor Phil Goff said the Aucklanders would understandably be disappointed if the festival couldn’t go as planned.
“Diwali is one of the most popular festivals on our annual calendar of events, with tens of thousands of Aucklanders participating in the celebrations each year. Unfortunately, the significant uncertainty caused by COVID-19 means it doesn’t is no longer possible to host the event this year as we normally would.
“Although the public festival cannot take place, I encourage Aucklanders to celebrate Diwali at home or with wider friends and family if the alert level restrictions allow. We will continue to light up. our public monuments to celebrate the Festival of Lights, and Auckland Unlimited will offer a range of entertaining and educational content online at Aucklandnz.com/Diwali, ”he said.
The festival’s COVID-19 contingency plans and decision-making timelines had been discussed in advance and had the support of the Diwali Advisory Group and key event stakeholders.
“When planning any major festival or event in the COVID-19 world, the need to postpone or even cancel is a risk that is expected, along with alternatives such as celebrating online as we are,” said Richard Clarke, Chief of Major and Business Events, Auckland Unlimited.
“We know that everyone was really looking forward to this festival, with a large number of nominations from exhibitors and artists. Until the last announcement, the Auckland Diwali festival team remained optimistic and planning continued for the major event. “
“We would like to thank everyone involved with the festival, from our planning team to artists and dealers, sponsors and the community for their support and understanding.”
“This year was set to be the 20th Auckland Diwali Festival, and it will be a much anticipated event where we can finally come together to celebrate this special milestone,” said Clarke.
The Auckland Diwali Festival is one of New Zealand’s largest cultural festivals and an important opportunity to celebrate traditional and contemporary Indian culture and Auckland Indian communities.
The Auckland Diwali Festival is organized by Auckland Unlimited on behalf of the Auckland Council. Asia NZ Foundation is the founding partner of the festival.