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Diwali in lockdown in LOndon

Photograph: Jeff Spicer/PA Wire/Canary Wharf

It’s traditional over Diwali to light lamps and candles in homes, shops and public places – it is the festival of lights after all. In honour of this tradition, Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Park fountain is being filled with floating flower installations, each one inspired by rangoli patterns and lit up with a flickering candle. Head there after dark over the five days of the festival to see them glowing.

Photograph: Tate, Joe Humphrys

Sure, all of London’s museums and galleries are closed, but Tate Britain wasn’t about to let lockdown 2.0 get in the way of things. The museum’s new annual winter commission, unveiled this week, is a dazzling display of lights by Chila Kumari Burman taking over the front of the gallery to celebrate Diwali. It’s an eye-popping patchwork of neons, Bollywood and glitter, and if that doesn’t give you a little bit of cheer through lockdown, nothing will. Tate Britain. Nov 14th until the end of January. Free.


Celebrate Notting Hill Carnival on line

Photograph: Collin Hills

For a lot of Londoners, Notting Hill Carnival flashes by in a blaze of feathers, Red Stripe and tinnitus. To those who make it happen, it is a year-round operation, and its cancellation has been devastating for many involved.

It did not come as a surprise; the organisers had held off on the announcement in the hope that the situation might improve, leaving many to speculate on when, not whether, the event would be called off for the first time in its 54-plus-year history. But it looks like ‘cancelled’ isn’t the right word after all. Behind the scenes, the Carnival community has rallied together to take it from the streets and into cyberspace with a streamed version of the event on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Notting Hill Carnival Access All Areas 2020 will be streamed for free over four channels on Aug 29, 6pm-midnight and Aug 30 and 31, 9am-11pm. For details visit