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Enjoy Indian music and colour at Holi celebrations

(21 February 2020)

Indian musician Kirpal Singh Panesar on an Indian bowed instrument, and two young women covered in coloured powder, as part of the Holi powder throwing celebrations

Kirpal Singh Panesar, and the Holi powder throwing

One of the great local benefits of us being an international University is the diverse cultural experience available right here in Durham.

In early March, millions of Hindus and Sikhs around the world will celebrate Holi, the Indian Spring Festival, and we have some exciting activities on offer for local communities.

Enjoy Indian music

Our concert series MUSICON is staging a weekend-long festival titled Indian Spring Colours, with three performances of Indian music.

Saturday 29 February, Music Department, Palace Green, 7.30pm: Vocalist Apoorva Gokhale will showcase the Gwalior gharana tradition of Indian classical music. Apoorva will also give a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm.

Sunday 1 March, Music Department, Palace Green, 11am: Vocalist Chiranjeeb Chakraborty will give a family-friendly concert.

Monday 2 March, St Chad’s College Chapel, 18 North Bailey, 7.30pm: Kirpal Singh Panesar and Bhupinder Chaggar will perform, on Indian bowed instruments and the tabla, respectively.

Tickets for the concerts are priced £5-10, with concessions available. Festival passes, for all three concerts, are £16, or £6 for students.

Colourful powder throwing

Our popular powder-throwing event returns to the Oriental Museum on Saturday 14 March from 12pm to 5pm.

Visitors are invited to throw brightly coloured powder over friends and relatives in a good-natured representation of the victory of good over evil.

There will also be craft activities, storytelling, music, traditional rangoli drawing, refreshments and more.

Places must be booked via Tickets are £4 per person, or free for children under five. The ticket also includes entry to the Oriental Museum on the day.

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

However you celebrate, we hope you have a great time!