Festival of Colours to kickstart South Cumbrian Summer Of Fun

An opportunity to enjoy a unique celebration of South Asian arts and culture will culminate in a special coloured-powder-throwing Holi event in Barrow next month.

The Festival of Colours is a collaboration between Barrow Borough Council, The Forum and Barra Culture to champion diversity in the borough and create powerful connections between children across the area and those from the subcontinent.

It will bring an exciting mix of family workshops, performances and street food to the town centre on Saturday, June 26 – including the chance to join in a recreation of the famous Holi event, a joyful Hindu festival which takes place in India every year.

Councillor Shaun Blezard, Barrow Borough Council’s lead member for Arts, Culture and Leisure, said: “I am so excited to see the council working with residents and Barra Culture on a festival that explores South Asian heritage and an event that promotes the wonderful arts and culture of the area.

“I’m really looking forward to the festival; I love how events of this nature celebrate different cultures and show how we are more similar than different to other people around the globe.”

Members of the public are invited to enjoy the festivities on the day including a street food market and stalls.

Local school children will take part in dance workshops throughout the week before performing at The Forum on the Saturday.

And, of course, the coloured-powder-throwing event itself will also commence.

Daniel Tyler-McTighe, director of Barra Culture, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Barrow Borough Council and The Forum to bring this colourful event to the town centre.

“It’s been brilliant to work with local people of South Asian heritage to plan it and we’re looking forward to contributions from local groups as well as visitors from further afield. We think it’ll be a brilliant way to kick off a summer of fun.

“There’ll be music, drums, dancing, arts and crafts, stalls of gorgeous things to buy, henna artists, delicious food, colourful powders flying about and we can’t wait!”

The Festival of Colours is celebrated in India and Nepal to mark the end of winter and the arrival of spring. It is also known as the Festival of Light or Holi.

Similar events are now held around the world to share the fun and joy with other people and cultures.

Barrow resident Neloo Misra said: “I’m so pleased to be working with the organisers to steer the planning and come up with ideas for the Festival of Colours.

“My friends, their families and I are looking forward to contributing to the day with our cooking, clothing and colourful ideas for celebrating with everyone who comes along.”

All events are being planned to meet the rules and regulations of Stage 3 of the Government’s Covid Recovery Roadmap. Any changes will be adhered to.

For more information please contact helen@barraculture.org.uk