6th March 2010
Orleans House, Twickenham TW1 3DJ
Holi Festival of Colours
So if you think a gallery on the site of a grand 18th Century villa in leafy Richmond with associations to a historic French city famous for its catholic martyr is a somewhat surprising location to chose for what is, after all, a Hindu religious celebration, then just look across at what’s happening in the US, where ‘The World’s Biggest Holi Festival’ draws up to 100,000 celebrants to Salt Lake City – spiritual home of the Mormons, of course (and in a place called Spanish Fork, no less).
Obviously, the Festival of Holi is – according to most Hindus, open to all – but these days, as mentioned elsewhere, the original premise of the festival seems to have been lost in translation, somewhat.
Not here, though, where the multicoloured powder frenzy is interspersed with traditional and contemporary dance performances on the temporary stage in front of the villa, and the mix of attendees is genuinely multicultural.
And the weather (for the time of year) is remarkably clement today – which isn’t always the case, particularly in 2018. Needless to say, they don’t usually have such problems in this particular neck of the woods…