Saturday’s Festival of Colors, a Holi celebration here in Brooklyn, attracted the attention of countless party kids, street artists, musicians and performers, let alone locals who came to spread the love too. Pouring into the industrial lot-turned-festival grounds, the ever-growing crowd soaked up the sunshine and continually dusted the entirety of concrete space with powdered rainbows.
As explained on the Holi NYC website, the tradition of Holi Phagwa is a Hindu celebration of color, Spring season and unity. “Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus together,” the Festival of Colors’ states. “Together, the rich and poor, women and men, enjoy each other’s presence on this joyous day.”
Everything about Holi NYC, from the community-management of the event, to the down-to-Earth artists who showcased both visual and musical works, seemed calm and collected and wholly inclusive.
An eclectic range of music packed the festival bill. On stage, appearances were made by the likes of Lucky Chops, who had just finished their residency at Knitting Factory the night prior, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem, the crew of DopeLeague, Zuli, Charcole Federation, and DJ Vic featuring Dhol Drums.
The visual lineup included a selection by Base 12 artists and Apostrophe NYC, as well as a variety of other individuals who had displays within a warehouse onsite.”
(All photos are by Darragh Dandurand please use the appropriate contact channels for use)