By Kris Jepson

Thousands of people from the North East enjoyed celebrations of the Hindu Diwali festival of light, which was hosted free of charge by Sunderland's National Glass Centre.

Families and visitors from all backgrounds were entertained by Bollywood/Bhangra dancers, music, classical dancers, fashion show, Rangoli arts and crafts, cookery classes, yoga, and stalls.

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Event organisers said the festival relied on a big team of volunteers and was a chance for people in the region to celebrate colour, vibrancy, culture, diversity, joy, happiness and friendship.

It's a great way of show-casing our culture. Allowing non-Asian communities to come and embrace and see what we have to offer and it is a positive event. It's about friendship, it's about joy, it's about education.

Kam Chera, Organiser