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In an event poised to be filled with vibrant colours, rhythmic music, and the warm embrace of community, the Cape Breton Influencers organization is gearing up to host a spectacular Diwali Gala Fundraiser, celebrating the Festival of Lights in style.

The event, to be held at the Sacred Heart Downtown on November 10, aims to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to embrace the spirit of Diwali while supporting a noble cause - the creation of a newly formed scholarship fund for international students of Indian origin who demonstrate a commitment to community development.

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, holds significant importance in Indian culture. It symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. It's a time for families to unite, celebrate new beginnings, and engage in acts of kindness.

For Ankit Wadhwa, the founder of Cape Breton Influencers, the Gala is an opportunity to bring the island together. “This event is not just a celebration; it is a bridge between cultures,” he says. “It is a way to create a sense of belonging for newcomers, and an opportunity for cultural exchange and learning.”

A significant portion of the evening is expected to be dedicated to performances that will showcase the cultural diversity and talents of the Indian community on the island.

“A performance of the Mi'kmaq Welcome Song is set to be a profound start, symbolizing the unity of diverse cultures coming together to celebrate,” says Wadhwa. “The Gala will include a delicious three-course Indian meal with mouth-watering appetizers, a main course, and dessert catered by Mise en Place.”

Thankfully, Wadhwa is not alone in organizing the Gala, Simran Virdi recently joined the Cape Breton Influencers team and is helping with the organization.

“I am looking forward to a night where people from various backgrounds will experience Indian culture through food, music, and dance under one roof in a historic church,” she says.

With a line-up of seven cultural performances, the evening is set to transport the audience to India, evoking the spiritual essence of Diwali. Energetic Bollywood dance performances and melodious guitar singing are anticipated to add a contemporary twist to the evening's festivities.

After the cultural performances, there will be an open dance floor for the 250 expected guests to move to the rhythm of Indian music, where they can completely embrace the spirit of the festival. The night will end with a spectacular fireworks display.

Cape Breton Influencers will be donating a portion of each ticket sale to the scholarship fund, while 100 percent of the proceeds from the silent auction and donations will support international students dedicated to community engagement.

To learn more about the event and sponsorship and donation opportunities, contact Cape Breton Influencers through their email:

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