Ilford students from Bollywood Performing Arts Academy perform in front of 25,000 for Diwali

A group of students from Ilford performed in front of more than 25,000 people to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on Sunday.

Honey Kalaria launched her Unite Us project alongside 40 dancers from her Bollywood Performing Arts Academy and sang the charity single Unite Us.

The performances were part of the Diwali on the Square event which was held in Trafalgar Square for the 11th year in a row.

The project aims to bring together people of different faiths to celebrate cross-cultural friendship.

Ms Kalaria said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere and it was the perfect platform to launch our project, continuing the theme of lighting the way for people.”

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The single, created in collaboration with Bollywood music producer Siddharth Kasyap, features prayers from different faiths around the world.

It is available to download from with a donation of �1.

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