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Hindu Holi festival returning to Belfast

By Allan Preston

Spring will be celebrated in spectacular fashion this Sunday with the return of the colour-filled Holi festival to Belfast.

The Hindu celebration of Holi, which means colour, is famous for the joyous custom of throwing coloured dyes.

Taking place at the Titanic Exhibition centre between 1pm and 6pm, the celebration will also feature the best of contemporary music, dance and ethnic cuisine.

Bollywood dancers will also showcase a spectacular new routine that will include 30 dancers chosen from local communities in Belfast.

This year, the colour powder party will be a double celebration as ArtsEkta, Northern Ireland's leading ethnic arts organisation which organises Holi, will celebrate its 10th year.

ArtsEkta Director Nisha Tandon said: "Throw off your inhibitions and prepare to throw dye. Holi is all about letting yourself go, so put on your oldest clothes and be prepared to get covered in splashes of multi-coloured powder dyes.

"It's a fun way to honour a centuries-old Indian tradition, and we are thrilled to share this exciting, uninhibited festival with the entire community."

Other attractions will include Shamrock Bhangra, the high octane Dublin-based Punjabi folk dancers, as well as Ireland's first group of professionally-trained Dhol drummers, who will perform four newly commissioned pieces.

For families who prefer to avoid the colourful dyes, a special baby colour zone will be held in which the youngest Holi participants can come together with local artists to develop a sensory colour experience with tote bag screen-printing, crafts and fabric painting.

Tickets can be booked online at www.artsekta.org.uk. Admission is £15 for families (2 adults and 2 children under 16) and £5 for adults, concession £4, under-fives free

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