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Colourful celebration as Holi festival hits Belfast

By Lesley Houston

Thousands of people revelled in a multi-coloured celebration of the age-old Indian festival of Holi in Belfast yesterday.

The Festival of Colours transformed the Titanic Exhibition Centre into a human rainbow of good-humoured dye-tossing, music and dance organised by ethnic arts organisation ArtsEtka.

It was a case of Belfast-meets-Bollywood as a troupe of 30 Indian dancers added to the atmosphere, showcasing a spectacular new colour-throwing routine.

Traditional Dhol Drummers crashed out the mesmeric rhythms of four newly-commissioned pieces, while Shamrock Bhangra, high-octane Dublin-based Punjabi folk dancers, brought an eclectic mix of moves.

A dye-spattered Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Guy Spence said: "The Indian festival of Holi is a brilliant reminder of the great big, wonderful and colourful world that we all share."

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