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Holi Festival of Colours

Sat 19 Mar 12.00-16.00 FREE Drop-in

Saturday 19 March, 12.00-16.00

FREE, No booking required

Join us at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for Holi Festival of Colours, hosted in partnership with GemArts. Celebrate colour and the Holi tradition through artist's workshops, henna stations, dance, music and food.

Taking place throughout the building, you can enjoy exhibition tours and join contemporary artists exploring rangoli. The artists will create a large-scale, evolving rangoli and you are invited to make your own rangoli to take home.

The event will culminate in a colourful explosion, where you can throw powder pigment and celebrate the arrival of spring with family and friends. The colour throwing is fun and messy, so please wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.

Usually celebrated in March, Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates spring, love, and new life. This event is for everyone – people of all faiths and those with none.

This one day event, part of GemArts core South Asian celebration programme, connects with BALTIC’s Neighbourly programme, which seeks to support people with refugee and asylum-seeking experience, and the Sutapa Biswas exhibition Lumen, open in the Level 3 BxNU gallery.


Holi Festival of Colours at BALTIC is a collaboration between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and GemArts.


Getting to BALTIC

If you are planning to visit BALTIC for our Holi Festival event on 19 March and can use public transport we would recommend it as our car park can get busy on a Saturday. The Voltra 53/54 bus drops on the Quayside just along from BALTIC and picks up from Newcastle city centre or from Gateshead Interchange plus Bensham and near Saltwell Park. You can find the timetables at gonortheast.co.uk/services/GNE/54 and gonortheast.co.uk/services/GNE/53.

You can also use Quarryfield Road Car Park just up the bank from BALTIC opposite Gateshead College. As the site between Sage Gateshead and BALTIC is currently under development, if you use the Sage Gateshead car park you won’t be able to come down the usual steps to BALTIC and it would mean a longer walk than usual. Head out of Sage Gateshead’s doors next to their bus stop and walk down Bottle Bank and then along South Shore Road.