Bedford’s Festival of Lights returns on dazzling form

Festival of Lights

The whole community is invited to celebrate with Bedford Indian Community (BIC) this month at a free festival featuring music, dance and light.

More than 15 organisations –  including Bhagwan Valmiki Sabha, Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Bedford Hindu Society and Bedford Council of Faiths – are coming together to put on the family celebration, which began in Bedford in 2011.

Performers from many of Bedford’s different cultures will take to the stage at the Bunyan Sports Centre in Mile Road from 4-8pm on Saturday 19 October 2019.

All are welcome and the event is free to attend, thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund and Bedford BID.

For the last eight years, BIC members have been reaching out to leaders of different organisations inviting them to take part in or support the event. This year, more groups than ever before will be involved.

Ramprasad Bangaru, chairman of Bedford Indian Community, said: “By celebrating the Festival of Lights, we are creating the perfect opportunity for people from the diverse communities of Bedford to showcase and enjoy something we greatly value: community integration through the sharing of culture and food.

“There will be fantastic displays of dance and music, all from performers based right here in Bedford. This is a wonderful place to bring friends, family and children – so do come and join us!”

In line with the Climate Emergency declared by Bedford Borough Council, Festival of Lights 2019 will also be the first plastic-free event of its kind.

Ramprasad added, “We all have a responsibility to the environment and this year’s festival is no exception. There will also be stalls promoting sustainability and advice on how to reduce the amount of plastic you use in your everyday life.”

The event is also supported by Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police, Bedford’s business community along with the town’s community groups and voluntary organisations.

You can find out more on twitter @BedfordIndComm, on the Bedford Indian Community Facebook page or at their website.