The project came about last year. Towards the end of August 2017, on a whim, Poonam Gupta (owner of Holy Cow Home) decided to organise the Festival of Lights as a way to bring communities together and celebrate this festival aka Diwali the hindu new year.
Supporting Local Charitable Organisations
While giving importance to celebrating with the diverse communities of the town, the voluntary group of ladies who came together to deliver the event decided to contribute to Aylesbury Mayors chosen Charity. In 2017 this was Inspire All and in 2018 it will be Carers Bucks
What to Expect on the day 27th October 2018
We have a jam-packed program on the day, the event will be opened by the High Sheriff of Bucks Professor Ruth Farwell CBE.
Cultural dance performances from local schools Nrithya Sangeetha Academy, Abhinaya Fine Arts, Students of Peploe Williams Academy will be showcasing kids from their school, through dance, song and shadow theatre and local talent that have come forward and expressed an interest.
Come and meet Atul Kochhar Celebrity Chef Guest Appearance at Aylesbury Festival of Lights:
Twice Michelin starred Indian born British based Chef, restaurateur and television personality. Atul was the first indian chef to receive a Michelin star awarded in London 2001 while he was Head Chef at Tamarind. He then went on to open the highly acclaimed Benaras Restaurant for which he was awarded a second Michelin star. He has also appeared on Masterchef Goes large, Great British Menu and a regular guest on BBC Saturday Kitchen – He will be available for book signing, Q&A and just might cook up a recipe or two
Folk Dance performances and workshop by K’Z Dance
Bollywood dance performances and workshops by Jay Kumar
Dhol Movement (indian drums) will be filling the air with their infectious beats
Dhol Beats, with their larger than life drums and orange costumes and Lejhim workshop
No part of the program must be missed. The list of performances carries on with a Fire Dance at 5.30 followed by the Light Parade and finish with a song by RajD
Food stalls, Henna and Face painting, no festival is complete without some shopping therapy craft stalls will all be adding a form of therapy to the event.
Aylesbury Yoga Centre will be doing an Introduction to Yoga session
Satish Bilokota will be delivering a guided meditation and relaxation session.
Having a go at wearing a Sari from the preloved clothes stand
Lantern making, story telling are just but a few of the activities planned for children that day
Fundraisers and Events:
Our fundraising efforts this year, encourage activity and wellbeing such as cricket, sports day games, bollywood dance workshops, zumba classes, meditation and yoga. While our small group of like minded individuals are dedicating a lot of personal time in putting together a public event in Aylesbury town centre for residents in and around Aylesbury town can come and enjoy.
Part of the Stay Active initiative – Yoga sessions for all levels to be delivered by Aylesbury Yoga Centre – Date 17th October see our Facebook Events page @FOLAylesbury
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Fundraiser for the Festival of Lights
Learn to cook an Authentic Indian meal in a home environment:
See how it is done at home, it does not get more authentic than that, small groups of eight learn how to prepare a complete meal in home surroundings, tips passed down through generations of mum’s who instinctively cook the most delicious dishes from blending your own spices, a little hands on and finally tasting the creations. Two hour sessions delivered by Poonam Gupta and her friends and family £40. Only two sessions will be delivered.
please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest for the next session in Nov or Dec 18 by prior arrangement
1st September 2018 – Heartfullness Meditation 11 till 1pm
Venue: Healthy Living Centre, Walton Court Shopping Centre
, Hannon Road
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 8TJ
TIME : 11am till 1pm
Amongst all the stresses and strains of modern life Heart-fulness is a simple approach to meditation and relaxation which is free and open to all. With a bit of practice, it can help us achieve happier balanced lives, reduction in stress as well as improvements in health, concentration and focus.
This free event, part of Festival of Light – Stay Active initiative. Spaces are limited therefore booking is essential.
21st September 2018 – Bollywood Dance Masterclass with Jay Kumar
Venue: Healthy Living Centre, Walton Court Shopping Centre, Hannon Road
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 8TJ
TIME : 6pm and/or 8pm
Jay Kumar Top Bollywood Choreographer in association with Holy Cow Community Events, invites you to join him for Bollywood Dance Masterclass – Holy Cow Community E
Suitable for ages 8 and above accompanied by an adultvents Stay Active Initiative. Fun, active events planned in the lead up to the Festival of Lights, to take place later this year on 27th October 2018, where once again you will have the chance to practice your moves to Bollywood Grooves.
Jay Kumar has over 15 years of experience in entertaining audiences with his charismatic personality and unique ability to include and involve people of all ages and abilities in his fun to do Bollywood Dance routines.
If you did not experience his Bollywood dance entertainment and workshop at Aylesbury Festival of Lights 2017, you are in for a treat.
“This project received a grant from Vale of Housing Trust Thriving Communities Fund”
29th September 2018 – Bollywood Music and Dance
Venue: The Mandeville School, Ellen Rd, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 8TJ
Price: Adults: £10 Kids <10 £5 via link below or Cash at the door
£15 & Kids <10 £10
TIME : 1pm till 5pm
Part 1: Enjoy a heartwarming journey of songs with Rajan Shegunshi a well known voice in the UK accompanied by live musicians
Part 2: Get on the dance floor with Professional Dance teacher Kalpesh and K’z Dance UK team who will choreograph a routine leaving you feeling like a bollywood star
Fundraising for Festival of Lights, this is another family friendly and our Stay Active initiative
Competition : Bollywood themed attires
Available to purchase at the venue, Flavours of India, Henna, Raffle, Drinks,
Read our blog about Festival of Lights 2017
Read our blog about the five days celebration of Diwali