‘Happy Diwali!’ Performance, Multicultural Soundscapes and Intervention in Aotearoa/New Zealand

  title={‘Happy Diwali!’ Performance, Multicultural Soundscapes and Intervention in Aotearoa/New Zealand},
  author={Henry Mabley Johnson},
  journal={Ethnomusicology Forum},
  pages={71 - 94}
  • H. Johnson
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • Ethnomusicology Forum
One of the more recent annual cultural highlights in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand, is the public celebration of Diwali, the Hindu ‘Festival of Lights’. Since 2002, Diwali has been presented to a wider New Zealand public as a particularly visible performance event. The festival is showcased as a way of celebrating New Zealand's various South Asian communities, and has been placed into a spatial terrain that has performance at its core. Drawing on ethnographic field research at Diwali… Expand
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