We are a not-for-profit Society of the name Raghupriya Arts and Culture society. We are often also referred to by our festival / brand name Diwali in B.C. We have been in operation since January 2017.
The purposes of our Society are:
To encourage and advance public participation and appreciation of the arts by:
Creating, developing, producing and presenting annual arts festival/s and a year-round season of artistic programming that provide artistic performances, events, and exhibitions of diverse cultural and artistic perspectives
Providing arts-related instructional and educational workshops, trainings, seminars, discussion groups, reading series and events to the public.
Our Board of Directors are the following:
Adil Sylvester Pereira
ABOUT DIWALI IN B.C.
Diwali in B.C. is honoured to have its home on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaɬ Nations. Diwali in B.C., which is produced by the Raghupriya Arts and Culture Society, is a festival founded and produced by Rohit Chokhani. This unique, bold, and ambitious initiative was founded in Metro Vancouver during its launch year of 2017. The Fourth annual Diwali in B.C. celebrations will take place in Fall 2020. Diwali in B.C. is an annual multicultural, multi-disciplinary, and inclusive festival that aims to showcase artists from diverse backgrounds and different abilities, and celebrate the festival of lights during the annual Indian New Year. It is a non-denominational non-religious festival. Everyone is Welcome to participate and celebrate the multi-cultural demographics of our artists and communities here in Canada.
Diwali in BC Team consists of:
Rohit Chokhani - Artistic Director
Teresa Trovato - Publicity and PR Consultant
Ayush Kathuria - Production Associate