Holifest Festival Of Colours Review
November 20, 2016 | By: Leeann Dare
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend this year’s Holifest which in my opinion was the best to date. With an assortment of DJs, entertainment, refreshment, dancers, fun and of course paint there was an endless amount of fun to be had. The atmosphere was superb and with an exceptionally large crowd the feeling of excitement was tangible as everybody there came to enjoy this year’s Holifest. One of the most popular festivals in India celebrated to signify the beginning of spring and the victory of good over evil and marking the beginning of the New Year, widely celebrated by all faiths around the world this famous tradition has strong ties to Hinduism. Traditionally people take to the streets covering each other in powdered paint and coloured water in celebrations that see communities coming together. The story behind this being the majority of people believed that the water battle comes from Lord Krishna who was a rather mischievous boy who would throw coloured water, now transcending into modern day and all cultures celebrating this amazing Indian Hindu tradition in exciting revolutional ways.
With more than 12,000 Holi goers taking part in this spectacular event on the 2nd August at Wembley Park coming from across London the crowd came to see acts such as DJ Tim Cullen and Ben Wood produce amazing sounds to which bags of colour would be thrown into the air every hour on the hour. It is an imperative rule at Holifest that paint provided by Holi only is permitted. This is because Holi powder is made of rice flour, which has been optimized with natural ingredients to use outdoors. The colour powder is completely biodegradable, compostable, non-toxic and allergy-free, also with no harmful ingredients the powder is also compatible for the skin and hair. I found that Wembley Park was a great venue to Host this year’s Holifest as the layout was well organised, exceptionally large and perfectly staffed. With a token credit card system provided topping it up and purchasing drinks was easy and quick as was purchasing other food and refreshments using cash. The sound was clear and could be heard from a fair distance back from the main stage. As with any event the attending crown will determine whether it is successful and the crowd this year did not disappoint as everyone there was there to enjoy a hot day of good music, friends, colour and a sense of community.
I have experienced many great events over the summer, Holifest London was without a doubt one of the most memorable and fun. If Holifest 2017 is not already firmly in your diary I strongly recommend that you add it as it most certainly one of my favourite events of the summer.