Kids from across Leicester came together on Sunday as #DMUlocal helped kick start the Diwali celebrations at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).
Schoolchildren from four primary schools in Leicester launched the event at The Venue@DMU with a mass dance, before having the chance to enjoy hours of entertainment that included Bollywood dancing, circus acts and Indian folk singing.
Alex Ashcroft, a teacher at Rowlatts Hill Primary Academy, watched on as his pupils took part and said: “The whole event and performance has been very well organised from start to finish and I think the kids performed very well and enjoyed the opportunity.
“All the other acts were really good also so the children who may not normally be able to get out of the estate got the exposure to different cultures and performances, which hopefully gives them something to strive for.”
Kids from Rowlatts Hill Primary School, Inglehurst Junior School, Stokeswood Primary School and Abbey Primary Community School all took part, learning from international dance tutors from Shiamak Midlands.
Harriet Pole, Widening Participation Coordinator at #DMUlocal, runs education projects in more than 80 schools in the city. She said: “Today is a brilliant opportunity for kids from Leicester to experience life at DMU while getting to perform a really fun dance.
“Normally these kids would be used to seeing DMU students coming into their schools, so to have the chance to see the campus is really beneficial and helps to make them think more about whether they might like to go to uni one day.”
The children opened and closed the event, sandwiching a variety of performances that celebrated Indian culture and the creativity on offer at DMU.
The Maher Girls Raas Group showcased the heritage and traditions of Gujarati folk culture, while DMU Steppers enthused the crowd with their unique style.
Diwali is one of the major Hindu festivals and spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness.