Colour fes­ti­val re­turns to Peao­ple's Park

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - RJ VOGT LAE PHYU PYA MYO MYINT

FOR the sec­ond time in Myan­mar’s na­tional his­tory, a colour fes­ti­val is com­ing to a park near you.

Just seven-and-a-half months af­ter the first-ever Myan­mar Colour Fes­ti­val, De­vel­op­ing Mu­sic is bring­ing their mas­sive plumes of coloured pow­der back to Peo­ple’s Park.

The party runs from 4pm to 8:30pm at Peo­ple’s Park on Satur­day, Novem­ber 5, and aims to pro­mote cul­tural ac­cep­tance through mu­sic, play­ful­ness and colour, ac­cord­ing to the De­vel­op­ing Mu­sic com­pany web­page. Or­gan­iser and strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tor Adam Nicholas said the key is pro­mot­ing some­thing more ac­ces­si­ble than the usual con­cert fes­ti­val.

“A lot of those fail be­cause they’re in­cred­i­bly spe­cific, and they’re not fun, and peo­ple don’t come,” he said to The Myan­mar Times. “So our idea is to make it af­ford­able – more peo­ple can come – but also make it a re­ally low-bar­rier ac­tiv­ity, such as throw­ing coloured pow­der.”

The event bills it­self as fam­ily-friendly due to the ab­sence of al­co­hol or re­li­gious over­tures and hopes to con­trast with the row­dier Thingyan wa­ter fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions held dur­ing Myan­mar New Year each April. With per­for­mances by hiphop star­let Ah Moon and local DJs Karl Ross and Ken­drick, a full spec­trum of Myan­mar hip-hop, deep to deep-deep to trop­i­cal house, trap and dub­step mu­sic will form the sonic back­drop to the burst­ing bags of colour.

“Our theme is, ‘one peo­ple, many colours’,” Nicholas said.

More than 2000 peo­ple showed up for the whole­some fun in March, but some at­ten­dees of­fered mixed re­views.

“I re­ally liked the fes­ti­val be­cause it was amaz­ing to play with the colour in the mu­sic,” said Sandy, a univer­sity stu­dent who lives in Yan­gon and at­tended the first it­er­a­tion. “But the colour pack­ets were small and very ex­pen­sive.”

Tick­ets cost K8000, but each ex­tra bag is an ad­di­tional K500. Though Nicholas said each pouch packs a colour­ful blast, some at­ten­dees grouched af­ter the first fes­ti­val that the bang wasn’t quite bright enough for the buck. Most, how­ever, re­ported hav­ing a blast. “The girls are so hot,” said Myo Min, a 23-yearold busi­ness­man who clearly en­joyed him­self the first go-around. “I will def­i­nitely go with my friends.”

As for the clean­ing con­tin­gent on play­ing around in coloured pow­der for four hours?

“I chose a white T-shirt last time,” univer­sity stu­dent Arkar Wai Yan. “It was fun to see the colour grad­u­ally spread on the fabric as the fes­ti­val went on, like it was set to mu­sic.”

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