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Performances  - to be updated

Albert Square and Manchester Central Library, 2pm to 6.30pm

A spectacular programme of stage and street entertainment including Bhangra, classical & Bollywood dance & music, fireworks and & more

40 musicians and 20 dancers from Global Groves carnival arts company will be performing in Albert Square and the Parade.



Mukherjee, a renowned, experienced & most versatile presenter will be hosting the Great Hall stage. Her charismatic presence on the show is sure to lift it to an altogether different level. Based in Manchester, she has worked as a radio presenter & is now hosting events all over UK.


Channi Singh is the first Punjabi singer to be honoured with an OBE from the Queen for his services to Bhangra music. Channi Singh and daughter Mona will be performing on the Marquee stage.



Nachda Sansaar Traditional Bhangra dancers will be performing on the two stages

Minoti Parikh has

been the event host at some of the most important events on the corporate calendar; her previous clients including giants such as

Pepsi, P&G, Nissan, Apple, HSBC, Vodafone to name a few.

With more than 12 years of experience and 25 countries visited

Minoti Parikh has established herself as one of the most well-

respected and sought after Master of Ceremonies. 

Minoti will be hosting the Marquee stage.


Carnatic Connection a new collaboration of Bollywood Brass Band with violinist Jyotsna Srikant will be premiered in Manchester.

Also, Rahmania, a new show celebrating the 50th birthday of A R Rahman will be performed for the first time in Manchester.


The Explosive Band Baja eye-catching outfits, electrifying sounds, energetic musicians and live performance is an unmissable international touring act. The Explosive Band Baja has performed across Europe, Middle East and the Indian sub-continent.

Lantern Procession 7pm to 7.30pm


Come and meet The Lantern Company's magical Great Crested Crane puppets who will be roaming around Albert Square during the day and joining the illuminated parade for the evenings finale.

Jyoti Manral and Madura Godbole will be performing a duet classical dance in Kathak style.


BROTHERHOOD, finalists for the 2017 National Bhangra festival, is the coming together of several friends with a shared passion for Live Music. Based in Manchester they are hugely inspired by the UK Bhangra Legends. They are sure to keep the crowds dancing all the way through with their high-energy Bhangra Music.


Rainbow Stilt Walkers from the Fools Paradise

Company will be performing in Albert Square and in the Procession after dark.

Santosh Menon & Shrikanth Subramaniam, artists from Annapurna Indian Dance Company will be presenting a beautiful classical dance  in Bharatnatyam style.


 Finale Show

A Blessing from Durga

After dark a beautiful lantern procession will lead into an amazing Finale show created and produced by outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank. 



Come and be part of it.

A contemporary celebration of the Hindu festivals of Dashehra and Diwali