Nottingham’s newest free festival welcomed a variety of guests to the Highfields Park event this week.

The annual celebration, hosted by the Lakeside Arts Centre, kicked off at Highfields Park on Sunday and featured floating towers and interactive craft stalls.

The free event, which is now running for its second year, welcomes a variety of guests to celebrate the festival of prosperity and the beginning of India’s financial year.

Highlights included the Dhol Drummers, several dance performances from the Gujarat Samaj School and the Robin Hood Orchestra.

Nilesh Parekh, 45, from Long Eaton who watched his daughter perform, said: “The festival is very important. It brings kids out and keeps up interest.”

Shona Powell, event director said: “The idea of a festival of light is such an interactive thing. It’s really all about the celebration of good over evil, especially given the events in Paris, there’s never been a more important time to come together.”

She added: “You should see the range of ages and ethnicities at the park. I think that’s really fantastic and it’s really fun to see so many people of all ages.

“There are grandparents with their grandchildren and it’s nice to see so many students from both universities here too.”

Punjabi Dhol Drums were played
Punjabi Dhol Drums were played

Mitul Mistry, from the Hindu Society, said: “The festival to me is all about getting together with family and celebrating the festival of healing and fun.”

He added: “Back home we go to the temple , to my uncle’s house and have loads of food and open presents.”

The bad weather on the day didn’t seem to phase visitors.

Llewella Ywite, 27,  a Worksop facilitator and events representative said: “The turnout was even better than we predicted with the weather.”