Barrow’s Festival of Colours returns this April with a brand new version of the event celebrating Spring traditions from across the UK and world. BarrowFull and The Forum will host the event under the new council of Westmorland and Furness, following the huge success of last year’s festival, which celebrated the arts and culture of India and South Asia.
The Festival of Colours promises a vibrant mix of performances, creative workshops, live music and more, suitable for all ages. Taking place on Saturday 1 April 2023, visitors can enjoy Morris Dancing, puppetry, classical Japanese music, and a wide range of arts and crafts workshops, such as creating your own Marzanna, a Polish tradition to welcome the Spring. The event will also feature musical performances from local community acts and professional bands like Another Mister and the Boom Dang Band.
The free events will be held in the town centre, including inside the Forum’s theatres and conference rooms, as well as the gothic-revival Town Hall. Prior to the public event, hundreds of local primary school children and older people from Age UK will participate in arts workshops with Korean artist, Woo Jin. Don’t miss this colourful and exciting celebration of Spring traditions from around the world.
As always, the event, sponsored by BAE systems, has been co-curated with local people whose ideas have shaped the programme.
Photo credits to local photographers: John Rennie & Phil Green