Diwali celebrations light up the West Midlands
6th November 2023
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This year’s Diwali celebrations saw the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) organise a vibrant array of events, cultural showcases, and community engagements across the region, highlighted by the attendance of Bollywood icon Preity G Zinta.

The acclaimed actress was joined by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands for a programme of exciting events over the weekend (Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November) in conjunction with the Consulate General of India.

The festivities commenced on Saturday with a visit by the Mayor and Preity G Zinta to the Digbeth neighbourhood of central Birmingham, home to Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight’s new Digbeth Loc film studios, the Creative Content Hub at The Bond and a host of film and media schools.

The visit showcased the city’s potential as a global filmmaking hub and to forge international links and partnerships, not least with the multi-billion-dollar Bollywood film industry.


Diwali celebrations at the cultural programme at Birmingham Town Hall

A gala dinner held at Millennium Point on the same evening became the pinnacle of the celebrations, hosting over 100 guests, including business leaders, political dignitaries, and special invitees from the UK, India, and the global Indian diaspora.

The headline guests partook in lighting divas and engaged in a Q&A session, where Preity shared her personal journey to stardom. The audience also heard how the 48-year-old actress is to receive an honorary degree from Birmingham City University (BCU) in India next year.

Yesterday (Sunday) fans were treated to a cultural program at Birmingham Town Hall, offering the public an opportunity to meet and greet Preity G Zinta.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands with Bollywood actress Preity G Zinta during the gala dinner at Millennium Point 


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