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GemArts x Baltic Holi Festival of Colours

GemArts x Baltic Holi Festival of Colours

GemArts x Baltic

Holi Festival of ColoursDate: Saturday 30th March 2024Time: 12-4pmVenue: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BATickets: FREEJoin GemArts for Holi Festival of Colours hosted in partnership with BALTIC. Celebrate colour and the Holi tradition through creative workshops, Henna stations, dance, music and food.Enjoy exhibition tours and take part in creative workshops exploring South Asian art forms throughout the building. This joyous event will culminate in colour throwing at 3pm, where we will gather outdoors to throw colourful powder pigment and celebrate the arrival of spring. Usually celebrated in March, Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates spring, love, and new life. This event is for people of any faith and those with none.

Tickets have now sold out for the colour throw.  However the rest of the event is free to attend including workshops, music, performances and exhibitions.


Please don’t bring backpacks or your own powder pigment with you. Free pigment will be provided at the event.  After the event, please don't visit our gallery spaces as we try to keep our exhibitions clear of coloured pigment.

Schedule for Holi Festival of Colours 2024 
Baltic Square

12pm-4pm: Enjoy DJ sets by Spice FM, spinning Bollywood, Bhangra and Holi tunes accompanied by OMG Dholies 


12pm-4pm:  Delicious Indian food by Newcastle Hindu Temple. Food can be eaten outside on the Square, or inside, in Baltic's Front Room on the Ground Floor Mezzanine Level. 


12.30pm: OMG Dholies

1.30pm: Bramhanad Dhol Tasha

2.30pm: Dhol Buzz & Lezim Rhythm 

3pm: OMG Dholies

3.30pm: Breeze Bollywood Dance Company

Colour throwing 

3pm-4pm: Join the colour throw and celebrate the spirit of Holi and the beginning of spring in colourful-style 


Front Room
Take a break in our Front Room, decorated especially for Holi by Chai Events, and enjoy a sit down and a hot drink


1.30pm: Kathak Dance, by Madhura Godbole


Level 1 Main Space

12pm-4pm: Henna Designs by Gurbax, Simran & Ramandeep


12pm-3.30pm: Artist-led workshop with Sophia Barton
Celebrate Holi with a beautiful blend of art and nature! Just like mandalas, rangolis use shapes and patterns to create stunning colourful artwork.
In this workshop, we'll combine the beauty of rangoli with the relaxing art of zentangles. Come create stunning geometric patterns using stencils and stamps for rangoli and add in natural elements like leaves and flowers. We'll also dive into zentangles, where we'll use repeat patterns to create mesmerising artworks. Let's embrace the essence of Holi with colour, creativity, and a little mindfulness!

12pm-3.30pm: Artist-led workshop with Emma Sheridan
The peacock is a sacred bird in Hinduism and is considered to be a symbol of the divine. It also represents patience, kindness, compassion & knowledge.
Make your own tissue paper peacocks with artist Emma Sheridan to celebrate Holi. Layer lots of individual tissue paper shapes to create a feather-y peacock to display at home.


12.15pm: Bramhanad Dhol Tasha

12.30pm: Kathak Dance, by Madhura Godbole

1pm: Dhol Buzz & Lezim Rhythm

1.30pm: Breeze Bollywood Dance Company

2pm: Bharatanatyam Dance by students of Mrs Pani



Level 1 Cube
Bollywood Dance Classes

12.30pm & 2pm: Learn some Bollywood dance moves in this high-energy Bollywood Dance Class, led by Breeze George 


Level 2

12pm-2pm: Artist-led workshop with Suhana Jalaldeen
Work together to add colour and texture to a large-scale rangoli pattern, using quilling and collage techniques.

Supported by:Newcastle Hindu Temple, Chai Events, Spice FM and Gateshead Council

Wet weatherIn the event of wet weather, the colour throwing will not be able to go ahead. We look forward to welcoming you to Baltic for all of the indoor celebrations come rain or shine.

Nearest Metro: Gateshead

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