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Diwali 2011: The Festival of Lights (Burnaby)

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DH Vancouver Staff Oct 19, 2011 8:39 am

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with food, fun and fundraising in Burnaby on November 6, 2011 at Bonsor Recreation Centre. The lineup proves to deliver an exciting evening for attendees in celebration of Diwali 2011. Did I mention Indian appies and dinner? For only $10, you’re essentially spoiled. At the same time, it’s for a great cause with proceeds going to the Canadian Institute for the Blind.

The Universal Cultural Society of Canada has the event organized in partnership with the City of Burnaby. The evening will begin with traditional invocations and continue with traditional Indian performances, including classical dance and vocal pieces; routines by breakdancers and Bollywood fusion groups will maintain the exciting momentum of the evening. The cultural program will conclude with an electrifying performance by award-winning Bhangra team, Jawani and singer Shivangi Bhayana, who has been featured in Bollywood films.

“Each year we strive to use our influence within the community to make a difference,” says Arun Suri, President of the UCSC. “Diwali marks an auspicious occasion for Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains, representing the triumph of good over evil – a theme that can be celebrated by people of all cultures. In previous years, the evening has been a medium to raise funds for charitable causes. This year, we will continue with this mandate and have partnered with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.”

The CNIB provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. With approximately 900 employees and 10,000 volunteers working out of offices across the country, CNIB serves thousands of Canadians of all ages.

The Universal Cultural Society of Canada (UCSC) is a not-for-profit organization, consisting of members of the South Asian community feeling an urgent need to launch a response from within the community to address the escalating level of social issues. The UCSC has presented events to entertain and celebrate South Asian culture for all communities.

Diwali 2011: The Festival of Lights
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2011, 6:00pm (Doors open 5:30pm)
Location: Bonsor Recreation Centre, Burnaby
Tickets: $10 (includes food; proceeds benefit CNIB)
Contact: [email protected] or 604.376.3783

For more information, visit www.ucscanada.org.

Please check out our complete Diwali Guide for Metro Vancouver.


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DH Vancouver Staff
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