Festival of Colours 2013

Arts Ekta celebrate the annual Holi festival at Custom House Square on April 7 with traditional Bollywood beats and a whole lot of pigment

Festival of Colours


Now in its 6th year, Belfast’s biggest colour powder party, the Festival of Colours, is set to return to Custom House Square on April 7, with an eclectic line-up of music, dance and visual arts.

Known across the globe as India’s most energetic and vibrant holiday, the Festival of Colours (or Holi, meaning 'colour' in Hindi) traditionally celebrates the arrival of spring with a dramatic fusion of ethnic colour, culture and creativity.

The highlight of the day will be a two-hour colour powder party, when festival-goers will have the opportunity to throw brightly powdered coloured pigments among friends while grooving to contemporary and classic Bollywood beats.

Arts Ekta, Northern Ireland's leading ethnic arts association, will officially launch the festival at a mini colour-throwing party at Belfast City Hall on Saturday, March 23 between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. The party will take place in a specially-constructed arena, and all are welcome to join in.

Speaking on the upcoming Festival of Colours, Arts Ekta director, Nisha Tandon said: 'This one day vibrant festival communicates the importance of promoting a shared society, bringing all communities together in a spirited party atmosphere. With thousands expected to participate, this is one cultural experience you will not want to miss.'

Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to experience the vibrancy of South Asian culture and traditions through a programme of music, dance and visual arts, featuring traditional Punjabi folk dancing, live Dhol drumming and a myriad of local ethnic talent.

For more information about Festival of Colours visit the Arts Ekta website.