Fes­ti­val of Colours

Cyprus Today - - LEISURE - By ŞIRIN ÖZKAYNAK

COLOUR will shower over rev­ellers of all ages at the fifth Holi Colour Fes­ti­val in Gaz­i­mağusa this sum­mer.

Also known as the “fes­ti­val of colours”, Holi is an In­dian and Nepalese spring fes­ti­val cel­e­brated across the sub­con­ti­nent that has be­come pop­u­lar around the world.

Tinted pow­der, made from corn starch and food colour­ing, and colour­ful wa­ter bal­loons will be thrown around in “fights”, while en­ter­tain­ment will in­clude a Hindu dance show, live mu­sic and DJs.

“The fes­ti­val will be child-friendly,” said or­gan­iser Ibo Guda.

“We will set up an area for chil­dren in the day with ac­tiv­i­ties. We want it to be a fam­ily-friendly event, and chil­dren un­der the age of 12 can en­ter free ac­com­pa­nied by an adult,” he added.

Civil so­ci­ety groups will be rep­re­sented on stands set up around the fes­ti­val grounds, and Mr Guda added: “We will soon an­nounce the full line up of mu­si­cians and DJs.”

Shut­tle buses to the event will be avail­able in Le­fkoşa from Near East Univer­sity and Cyprus In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity for 10TL re­turn, in Girne from Girne Amer­i­can Univer­sity for 20TL re­turn, and serv­ing Mid­dle East Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity, Le­fke Euro­pean Univer­sity and Cyprus Health Univer­sity for 30TL re­turn. Places need to be re­served in ad­vance.

The Holi Colour Fes­ti­val is planned to take place at Glap­sides beach on Sun­day, June 3, from noon un­til mid­night.

Tick­ets will be on sale from noon at the two main en­trances to the fes­ti­val area, and var­i­ous pack­ages may in­clude coloured pow­der, a T-shirt and a bracelet, with prices rang­ing from 40TL to 100TL.

Last year’s Holi Colour Fes­ti­val

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