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Spring into Colour: Festival of Colours 2013

Spring into Colour: Festival of Colours 2013

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Tomorrow ArtsEkta brings one of their flagship events back to Belfast - the traditional Indian festival of Holi, or as it's more widely known, The Festival of Colours.Most people are familiar with the iconic imagery of the colour powder party element of the festival - people transformed into walking, giggling rainbows, with starbursts of vibrant pinks, oranges, blues and greens exploding left, right and centre.

I myself experienced it for the first time last year, when my sister and I went to Holi at the King's Hall complex. 

It was just a lovely event and we truly experienced the essence of the festival, which, as well as welcoming the coming of Spring, is traditionally focused on rekindling or creating friendships and relationships. We bumped into old friends and made new ones we're still in touch with to this day.

Polly with a couple of colour powder party friends!

Click here (skip to 1:24:20) to listen to Mukesh Sharma chatting about Holi to John Toal today on BBC Saturday Magazine and playing some fusion music with a group of other artists who will be performing on the day.

Below is the full programme for tomorrow. This year it's being held in a giant marquee in Custom House Square, which I think will be an even better venue than last year and it's great to see it back in the city centre.

There will be delicious food from around the world, live music and dance as well as a variety of stalls to browse - everything you'd expect from an ArtsEkta festival.

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Please let me know if you head to the Festival of Colours tomorrow - I have had to pull out of volunteering at it due to an ear infection and I'm gutted to be missing it this year.

Share your comments below and show me your pics from the day on Facebook!

Happy Holi!

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