In addition, 'My Diwali' will see celebrity guests
BBC Asian Network is celebrating Diwali 2021 like never before, with a week of festivities that involves the entire UK.
Starting on October 29, 2021, artist Milan Arvindkumar will produce a live art piece on the concourse of Birmingham New Street Station.
Milan will design a Rangoli pattern with the BBC Asian Network logo incorporated into a two by two metre art piece.
It is estimated to take five hours and will be created in full view of the public.
A Rangoli pattern represents a household’s happiness, positivity and liveliness.
The artwork will be available to see for four days. In addition, a time-lapse of the creation of the Rangoli will be available to watch across BBC Asian Network’s social accounts.
On November 4, 2021, during Harpz Kaur’s Breakfast Show, listeners will hear party anthems which will kickstart a selection of 24 mixes that will be played over 24 hours.
Every 30 minutes, Asian Network DJs, as well as UK-based and international DJs including Devan Musiq, DJ Nav and yourboykiran and Chandé from the Daytimers Collective will introduce specially commissioned Diwali mixes, reflecting vibrancy and positivity.
Each mix will point to a different theme that epitomises the celebration, including a Diwali Rangoli Mix focused on tracks that emphasise colours.
In addition, ‘My Diwali’ will see celebrity guests such as Eastenders‘ actress Gurlaine Kaur Garcha, presenter Sonali Shah, singer and producer Raool and BBC Asian Network’s DJ Goldtooth.
‘My Diwali’ will commence on November 1, 2021, and will see the guests share how they respect and recognise the festival of lights, despite having different religious backgrounds.
They will talk about what the festival means to them and how they incorporate the various messages into their own daily lives.
Throughout the week of Diwali on BBC Asian Network, presenters and callers will also have the opportunity to share what the festival means to them and how they intend to celebrate it this year.
Ahmed Hussain, Head of BBC Asian Network said:
“We’re kicking off the Diwali celebrations this year in Birmingham!”
“Following the events of the past year, it’s exciting to be able to do something that everyone can physically be present for and come to see.
“It’s also important to understand what Diwali means and how people celebrate it in many different ways and that’s exactly what you will hear with our short stories on air.
“And of course, it just wouldn’t be a celebration without the biggest party mixes, so we’ve got 24 hours of them for you to enjoy, whenever and wherever!”