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Holi festival events in London

Paint the town red – and blue, green, yellow and purple – at events inspired by the Hindu festival of colours


If you start seeing rainbow-coloured soot billowing the capital – nobody’s burning a big pile of My Little Ponys, don't worry. It’ll just be hundreds of people chucking powdered paint at each other.

The roots of this increasingly popular Technicolor pastime lie in the Hindu festival of Holi – an annual celebration held on the first day of spring (on Friday March 6 in 2015). People of all ages and castes take to the streets to throw coloured water and a powdery paint known as gulal. Though these London events are often removed from the religious aspects of Holi, the same air of convivial fun and abandon are at their heart. Gulal is non-toxic, water-soluble and available to buy in bags at each event. Wearing white is recommended for the best visual effect, but avoid anything too precious – clothes can still get a little stained (the same goes for cameras and smartphones too).

We'll be updating this page with Holi events as they're announced.

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Holi Festival of Colours

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park hosts the 2015 edition of the Holi-inspired Festival of Colours. The actual Hindu celebration of Holi took place in March, so this is very much an excuse for an inclusive good time, banging tunes and throwing powder paint on your mates around, rather than any sort of authentic celebration. But frankly, we're guessing that's what most of you want, right? Thought so. With that in mind, you can dance yourself silly thanks to sparkly EDM-pop duo Nervo and electro-house kingpins Booka Shade, plus there'll be further tunes from DubVision, D-Sharp, Izzy Trixx and Marco Almanza. Seeing as it takes place in QEP, there'll be loads of room to run around and lob powder paint at all and sundry. If that appeals – and it really should if you're going to this event – there are various ticket packages that give you discounted paint packs, which you can pick up at the venue. Note that you can't bring your own powder paint, you need to buy what's on offer inside QEP. Wear white, as the colours you'll be covered in will show up far better.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford Saturday September 12 2015
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