March 7, 2010
Holi, the “Festival of Colors” was actually on the Monday 1st of March, so the Borough of Richmond Upon Thames with Arts Service and the Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group (EMAG) put on a festival on Saturday 6th March.
I did not see this festival advertised anywhere and I don’t live too far away from Twickenham, however the turnout was staggering, as was the diversity of the crowd. I seriously expected to see 2 small Indian families (do they even exist?) and a few couples, but boy was I wrong. There were people of all ages, walks of life, colours, sizes.
I went with my friend and he said something along the lines of if all people came to events like this, there would be no racism or hate towards people of certain ethnic backgrounds or their way of life. The entire day was enjoyed by absolutely everyone, I saw a sea of smiles through my cameras viewfinder and that surely can’t be a bad thing.
Update: As I do for all my events, I compile video and photos from the day and make a short YouTube clip:
The festival started off with 3 acts, a bloke, a woman, and some kids. That’s about as precise as I can get about who they were.
Just after they finished, the coloured powder was available.
They didn’t put all the powder out at once, they seemed to have the perfect amount for the people there and just kept on reissuing it after once in a while.
The music was flowing, people were dancing… and throwing powder at each other
A few local Twickenham Indian restaurants came out in full force, providing food and drink for everyone
The kids absolutely loved it and got stuck in, I didn’t see any fighting or snatching of powder
If I had £1 for every smile I captured …
Nothing Indian is complete without dancing
I think he might be famous
Some organisers with smiles and a proud look on their faces, so they should, it was organised well
With dancing, comes dance-offs. The little girl won.
‘Ello ‘ello officer
Cute couples everywhere
This was my first Holi experience and it was nothing short of epic. I am definitely going to this next year.
Camera: Canon 500D with EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM III