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SEPTEMBER 2019

Take-off

Dancers, music, lanterns, fireworks,

puppets and four giant Hindu gods

mark Edinburgh’s celebration of

Diwali, the South Asian Festival

of Light, from 21st-27th October.

The festival features a brand-new

lighting installation in Princes Street

Gardens, under the dramatic setting

of Edinburgh Castle. Additional

light shows will be created in the

surrounding streets during that week,

and Edinburgh Diwali culminates with

a spectacular parade through the

city on Saturday, 26th October.

The Festival of Diwali is celebrated

by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists

around the world, each religion

marking different historical events

and legends. However, all represent

the victory of light over darkness,

knowledge over ignorance, good

over evil and hope over despair.

However, Edinburgh Diwali

celebrations are truly multicultural

and this year the festival will include

Chinese Lions, representatives from

the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

as well as dancers and performers

from Indian communities across

Scotland. All events are free and are

open to all comers.

www.edinburghdiwali.co.uk

Celebrate autumn with HarvestFest

which launches at the Skylight rooftop

bar in London’s Tobacco Dock on 27th

September. Soaring above London,

the Skylight boasts three floors of bars,

indoor and outdoor seating areas,

street food, live entertainment, games,

screens and an unrivalled view of the

London skyline.

HarvestFest, which brings out the

blankets and turns on the heaters for

the autumn season, will focus on world

beer, ciders, pumpkins and much

more. Some of the Skylight's croquet

lawns will be replaced with hay

bale skittles which will sit alongside

other seasonal games including

horseshoes and apple-draughts. The

diverse cocktail menu will celebrate

harvest ingredients, such as apples,

blackberries and pears, while

street-food stalls on the lower level

surrounded by heated booths

will serve up both brunch, lunch, and

bottomless Prosecco,

www.skylightlondon.com

L O N D O N

Harvest festival

E D I N B U R G H

Let therebe light