Mayor of the West Midlands is Bringing Bollywood to the area for this yr’s Diwali celebrations.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 20: Preity G Zinta – one of the crucial beloved and recognisable stars of Indian Cinema – is coming to Birmingham in November to mark Diwali. She shall be welcomed by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and each Andy and Preity are set to preside over a weekend of occasions on Saturday 4th and Sunday fifth November 2023 – at the side of the Consulate Basic of India.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, mentioned: “Diwali is a particular time for the Indian diaspora and communities proper throughout our area are trying ahead to celebrating the Competition of Lights. From the very outset of my time as Mayor, the WMCA has labored carefully with native teams and the Consulate Basic of India to mark this event in suitably grand fashion – with dance, particular friends and leisure. This yr, occasions shall be unfold throughout the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday fifth November together with a star studded gala dinner at Millennium Level with Bollywood star turned self-made businesswoman Preity Zinta and a cultural programme at Birmingham City Corridor. I sit up for seeing native individuals on the festivities and becoming a member of within the celebrations myself.”

Preity G Zinta’s life story has captivated audiences worldwide together with throughout the Subcontinent, Asia & the Center East. The winner of two Movie Fare awards (India’s equal of the Oscars), she is probably most fondly remembered for her function within the legendary movie ‘Veer Zara’ amongst many others blockbusters. Now primarily based in LA, Preity has achieved appreciable success on the earth of enterprise – turning into one of many richest self-made Indian females on the planet due to her funding pursuits, manufacturing firm and co-ownership of the PUNJAB KINGS cricket group within the IPL. A former UN AIDS ambassador and was on the World Entrepreneurs Council for UN., she has undertaken in depth charity work which she continues to today.

She is anticipated to be honoured by among the metropolis’s main civic and academic establishments – and can little doubt get a rapturous reception from the lots of of Indian college students enrolled at Birmingham schools and universities in addition to town and wider area’s substantial diaspora. Preity’s final look within the UK was over a decade in the past when she spoke to Oxford College college students on the Oxford Union Society.

Preity talking about her forthcoming visits has mentioned ‘I’m very excited to be a part of the Diwali celebrations in Birmingham. Wanting ahead to assembly all of the great individuals there and celebrating the Competition of Gentle with them.’

Saturday 4th November 

Preity will tour the burgeoning artistic district of Digbeth – house to Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight’s Digbeth Loc studios, the Inventive Content material Hub at The Bond and a bunch of movie & media colleges. The intention is to showcase the world’s potential for attracting filmmakers from across the globe – together with the multibillion greenback Bollywood movie business and to discover alternatives to forge hyperlinks and partnerships.  

Drinks & networking reception at Millennium Level

Night gala dinner at Millennium Level – Costume code – black tie or conventional costume. 

Diwali Dinner with Preity G Zinta at Birmingham’s landmark Millennium Level is anticipated to draw over 250 friends together with enterprise leaders, political dignitaries and particular friends from the UK, India and international Indian diaspora with night speeches & leisure.

Sunday fifth November

Cultural Programme at Birmingham City Corridor 

A freed from cost Neighborhood Occasion open to the general public.

Preity G Zinta set to make a visitor look on stage to gentle the divas. 

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About Diwali

Diwali is the five-day Competition of Lights, celebrated by tens of millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains internationally. For some, it additionally coincides with harvest and new yr celebrations, is a pageant of latest beginnings and the triumph of excellent over evil and lightweight over darkness. 

The pageant often happens between October and November, with the date altering every year. This yr Diwali takes place over 5 days with the primary day of celebration on Monday 12 November. 

The phrase Diwali comes from the Sanskrit phrase deepavali, which means “rows of lighted lamps”. Homes, outlets and public locations are adorned with small oil lamps known as diyas, in addition to fireworks getting used so as to add extra gentle and pleasure to the event.  

Every faith marks totally different historic occasions and tales.  

Hindus have fun the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile. Additionally they have fun the day Mom Goddess Durga destroyed a demon known as Mahisha.  

Sikhs significantly have fun the discharge from jail of the sixth guru Hargobind Singh in 1619. However Sikhs celebrated the pageant earlier than this date. In reality, the inspiration stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar, probably the most holy place within the Sikh world, was laid on Diwali in 1577.  

The founding father of Jainism is Lord Mahavira. Throughout Diwali, Jains have fun the second he reached a state known as Moksha (nirvana, or everlasting bliss). 

In regards to the West Midlands

On the coronary heart of England, is the colourful and culturally various area that’s the West Midlands, house to almost three million individuals. Nestled within the central a part of the nation, the West Midlands is a treasure trove of historical past, innovation, and creativity. From its bustling cities to its tranquil countryside, this area has one thing to supply everyone. It’s a proud various neighborhood, that makes it the proper place to have fun the Competition of Lights, particularly with its substantial South Asian diaspora neighborhood that makes it so distinctive. 

Andy Street serves as elected Mayor of the West Midlands, a area that’s shy of bringing the neighborhood collectively and placing on a present, demonstrated by the roaring success of the 2022 Commonwealth Video games hosted in Birmingham.  

The video games introduced collectively totally different races, genders, ages and faiths to have fun an historic time for a jubilant metropolis. Tangibly, the legacy of the video games lives on as you stroll via Birmingham New Street and look at “Ozzy” the mechanical bull who was a fan favorite through the video games after being launched through the opening ceremony. Nonetheless, the legacy of the video games is prevalent in so many different methods, together with spirit, collectiveness and satisfaction in our area. 

This Diwali celebration is the proper alternative to increase this feel-good feeling, because the West Midlands is an overtly proud area rife with variety, we’re excited to have the ability to convey the neighborhood collectively and assist ignite the thrill surrounding the Competition of Lights. 

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