Festival of Colour – the annual celebration– returns for its fifth year later this month.
This outdoor multicultural celebration aims to bring everyone together, regardless of class, status or colour.
Bright colourful powder, is thrown at the event to cover everyone in the different colours of rainbow and celebrate diversity with the whole family. The festival aims to create a vibrant atmosphere which reinforces that differences in social or economic status should not be a barrier in today’s society.
Councillor Paul O’Kane, Convener for Education and Equalities, said: “I am delighted that Festival of Colour is returning again this year to Rouken Glen Park after the success of previous years.
“East Renfrewshire is an incredibly diverse area which brings together people from a variety of different backgrounds and life experiences to live, work, learn and enjoy the local community. Festival of Colour promotes positive relations in the area, encouraging personal experiences and ideas to be shared – in the hope that new relationships can be formed”.
Festival of Colour will run from 1pm until 4pm, on Saturday, July 28 at Rouken Glen Park.
A piper and a dholl drum player will open the colour throwing at 2.15pm, walking from the children’s play area to the events area.
There will be fun activities on the day for all ages, including a Nepalese dancer, henna hand painting, a bouncy castle, and sponge throwing as well as a stall with water, juice and small snacks.
The festival is organised by a consortium, including East Renfrewshire Faith Forum, East Renfrewshire Hindu Association, Diversity ER and the Council.
Entry to the event is free of charge and participants can just turn up on the day.
The coloured powder may stain, so participants wishing to take part are advised to wear old clothing.