A SPECTACULAR light show show is set to be the finale of this year’s Diwali celebrations in Bolton this weekend.

Communities from across the local area have come together as part of the first Diwali on the Square celebration, featuring plenty of fun for all the family.

They have created a stunning display of artwork which will be projected on the front of Bolton Town Hall.

The projection will celebrate local communities, Bolton Light Festival and the Hindu festival of light, as well as creating a family friendly event in the town centre.

The artwork for the projection has been designed by local school children and community groups, who have all drawn and painted individual pieces of art which depict what the concept of home means to them.

The artwork was produced through The Community Art Box Project, a partnership between Bolton at Home and homelessness charity Emmaus, and animated by video projection artists Illuminos into a projection show which will play on a loop throughout the evening.

The show will run on a 10 minute loop from 7.00pm until 8.30pm on Friday and Saturday evening.

The video projection show will act as the finale for this year’s Diwali celebrations, which will be held in Victoria Square from 2pm on Saturday.

Throughout the day, there will be stalls and free family activities including stage and street performances, Bollywood and folk music.

Face-painting, lantern making and henna will be available to all families.

The festival will be rounded out by a lantern procession towards the town hall in time for the projection show.

Gaynor Cox, Housing Arts Officer at Bolton at Home, which is supporting the festival, said: "Supporting this year’s Light Festival helps to connect our communities through a family friendly event for everybody to enjoy, exploring why we love where we live and running it alongside the biggest light festival in the world in Diwali.”

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to book a stall visit the website www.boltonhinduforum.org.uk.

Alternatively, telephone 01204 238018 or email pm@boltonhinduforum.org.uk.