The Holi festival has its roots in ancient Hindu celebrations, but nowadays everyone is invited to partake in the fun, spraying water and covering your mates in coloured powders in one of the most visually exciting festivals that you can go to. Although technically it isn't Holi (it's in March), festival organizers have decided to take advantage of the (hopefully) nice weather, and celebrate.
The festival is set at the Battersea Power Station, immortalised as the cover of the Pink Floyd album Animals. The European version of the festival started in Germany, and it is organised by Germans, but has made its way to England. The festival includes live music.
Festival organisers have billed it a celebration of equality and tolerance, as well as a chance to step outside of the routine. The colorful, pleasant atmosphere, with those attending have care free fun characterise the festival.
So far only the Saturday line-up has been announced, and it includes German DJ and producer Oliver Koletzki, DJ duo Lexy & K-Paul, as well as Kelle, Juan Sanchez and the Bombay Boogie System from India.
You can buy the coloured powder inside the festival. For health and safety reasons it is prohibited to bring your own.
This is an adult only event. Anyone under 18 will not be allowed in, even if accompanied by an adult.
To get to Battersea Station you can take the DLR to Battersea Park, or take the Victoria line to Vauxhall and then take the 44 or 344 in the direction of Battersea Park.
What to wear
Cheap white clothes, so that the colours stand out on them, but that if they get stained you don't mind throwing away. The powder is meant to be washable but it's better to not risk ruining nice clothes.
The festival will go ahead even if it rains. Check the facebook page in the case of heavy rain.
The official site can be found here.