On the 10th of November the North Wales Association held an event in the Town Hall of Colwyn bay to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of light for the residents of Colwyn bay and North Wales. There were acts from all over the globe coming to showcase their talents through the medium of song, dance, musical instruments and poetry readings. These varied from modern music written by students of Bangor University and other bands to Classical Indian music played on the Cello by Anup Biswas.

It was agreed by all that the event went incredibly well. We had a fantastic turn out from the local community of Colwyn Bay. Residents came in celebratory clothing with their own instruments and talents to perform. It was really great to see the community coming together and celebrating together. There were also performances by Kajal Sharma to explain the original meaning of Diwali though Indian Classical Dance by herself and her students. There was also the opportunity for those who had come to join in the celebrations to have a go and the dancing themselves, which was clearly enjoyed by all.

Before the festivities of the event began, there was an opportunity for residents to speak to the deputy chief commissioner regarding Colwyn bay. The floor was opened for some fantastic discussion about what could be done in Colwyn Bay and in North Wales to help support integration within the community. There was a lot of discussion about the issue surrounding hate crime, the current climate that we are in and how we can all come together to help over come this. 

The evening was finished off by a lively procession walking from the Town Hall of 
Colwyn Bay down to Queens Garden. We heard that the residents thoroughly enjoyed walking behind the brilliant band Bloco Swn. As we walked down we were joined by others members of the public who were drawn in by the music of the drums who took part in the dancing and celebrations and engaged in lighting Candles and Lanterns. Many came up and said how much fun they were having and how much they had enjoyed the event.  It really was brilliant! Everyone who attended enjoyed the Music, the atmosphere and the chance to come together as a community.