Dartford’s Open Air Theatre Transformed into Vibrant Celebration of Holi Festival

Dartford’s Open Air Theatre was transformed into a sea of vibrant colors as thousands of people gathered to celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi. The event, organized by arts organization Cohesion Plus in partnership with Dartford council and community members, was a huge success with nearly 4000 people in attendance.

Holi is an ancient Hindu holiday that marks the beginning of spring and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The celebrations included music, dance, and food, as well as the traditional throwing of colored powders.

Santosh Patil, one of the organizers of the event, expressed his gratitude for the overwhelming support from the community, stating, “What an incredible day! As a community, we always knew there was an appetite for Holi to be celebrated, but I had no idea that people would come out and support us in such huge numbers.”

The festival was a true representation of inclusivity, with members of the Nepalese, Punjabi, and British communities all coming together to celebrate. DJ Inspire provided the music, while live performances by the Kings of Dhol, a traditional folk drum group, and Nepalese and Indian community groups added to the festive atmosphere.

The Mayor of Dartford, Cllr Rosanna Currans, leader of the council Jeremy Kite, and MP Gareth Johnson were also in attendance, showing their support for the event.

Cllr Kite praised the event, saying, “I am delighted that we’ve been able to hold such a brilliant free event for local people to enjoy. Our partnership with Cohesion Plus has produced some wonderful events over the years, and this has become a real highlight.”

The Creative Director of Cohesion Plus, Gurvinder Sandher, expressed his pride in the event’s success and his excitement for future celebrations, stating, “The Dartford Holi Festival of Colours is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when we work in partnership. We look forward to putting on bigger and better celebrations next year.”

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