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Celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi at the Oriental Museum

(13 March 2019)

Students and community volunteers will spring in to action to help celebrate the spectacular Hindu festival of Holi at Durham University’s Oriental Museum.

Local families are invited to join in the fun and mark the passing of winter and the arrival of spring on Saturday 23 March, 12 noon – 5pm.

Colourful fun for the whole family

Known as the Festival of Colours, Holi traditionally involves throwing brightly coloured powders over friends and relatives to represent the victory of good over evil.

Visitors will be able to dance to a mix of Bhangra hits and upbeat pop, while getting covered from head to toe in brightly coloured powders.

The day will also include arts and craft activities, storytelling and guests will have the opportunity to help produce some traditional Rangoli designs.

There will be plenty to tempt the taste buds, with delicious Indian food on sale from the Asian Project street food stand.

The event is another opportunity for Durham University staff and students to make a positive contribution to the local community and share in the cultural and social life of the city.

Get messy

Charlotte Spink, the event organiser, said: “We’ve had tremendous support from the local Durham Indian community in organising the event, as well as a team of dedicated student volunteers.

“This year’s Holi festival is going to be fantastically colourful and we’re all looking forward to a wonderful day.

“Our advice is to wear light coloured clothes for maximum effect and be prepared to get messy!

“We hope that visitors will enjoy this family-friendly event and discover what else the Oriental Museum has to offer too.”

Museum and Artefact Studies student Fiona Jeffrey will be volunteering at the event. She said: “I’m so excited about Holi. I have two young daughters who can’t wait to take part and experience Holi.

“It’s a great opportunity to experience a little piece of Indian culture right here in Durham.”

Book your tickets in advance

Tickets cost £4 per person, and are free for the under 2s. Visitors are advised to book in advance to ensure they get a place. The ticket price also includes entry to the Oriental Museum on the day.

Ticketholders will receive one bag of environmentally friendly and ‘skin-kind’ Holi powder in a range of colours. Additional bags will be available to purchase on the day.

Free parking is available for this event at Elvet Hill Car Park, there is also metered parking close by the museum and the Howlands Park and Ride is a 15 minute walk away from the museum.

Please contact Charlotte Spink at the Oriental Museum on 0191 3345694 or email for more information.

Related links:

Holi Festival

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Pictures from previous years’ festivals

The Oriental Museum

Student volunteering