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Rang Barse powder paint event proves a hit

Posted on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 11:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Range Barse event at the 2018 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

Event staged by the South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP) gave festival-goers a chance to experience
a fun Indian custom normally associated with celebrations surrounding the Hindu festival of Holi.

A report by the organisers.

The South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP), in partnership with Bradley Stoke Town Council, organised Rang Barse, the Colour Fest, as part of the recent Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

SGAP had made elaborate preparations, with the help of its management committee, comprised entirely of volunteers. We had ordered colours, organised additional volunteers from the community to deal with the colours, worked with the council to produce health and safety instructions, publicised the event in the local media and on social media and produced a set of questions and answers (FAQs). And finally, a selection of the best dance music – Hollywood and Bollywood – was recorded and premixed.

On the day, the event organisers cordoned off an area around the dance stage to ensure that participation would be by choice and only within the designated area. The volunteers, 20 in total, were trained in the use of colours, a powder that is used for similar festivals across the world. Taking place at around 5.30pm, the event started off with a health and safety announcement – about the safe use of colours, our volunteers and the importance of remaining within the cordoned-off area. We started the music, and all of a sudden there were close to 250 people inside the cordon! We were pleasantly surprised. There was a cloud of vivid colours and people were dancing away to the foot-tapping music, which played non-stop for 20 minutes. People from the entire community joined in, adults and children (over 5 years) alike, helped by the fact that this was like a grand finale for the day and they wanted to use every second! People were unrecognisable with their faces and body “rainbowed” with colour.

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Public invited to participate in powder-paint-throwing ‘Colour Fest’

Posted on Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 8:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of people enjoying powder paint throwing at a previous SGAP event.

Bradley Stoke’s main Community Festival event at the Jubilee Centre on Saturday 9th June is set to conclude in a blaze of colour thanks to volunteers from the local Asian community.

The South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP) is inviting the whole community to participate in a ‘Rang Barse’ – a fun music event with a difference.

SGAP chair Sachin Singhal explains:

“‘Rang’ means colour and ‘Barse’ means a shower, so it is literally a ‘shower of colours’. Whilst you dance to Bollywood party music, volunteers will shower you with bright powder paints, creating the most amazing, vivid colour explosion you’ll ever see. When you finish, you’ll be well and truly rainbowed!”

Poster for the Bradley Stoke 'Rang Barse'.

Rang Barse traditionally forms part of the celebrations associated with the Hindu festival of ‘Holi’, also known as the ‘festival of colours’. The two-day festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the end of winter and the arrival of spring. On the second day of the festival, known as ‘Rangwali Holi’, people chase each other around public spaces throwing handfuls of coloured powders at each other, while getting drenched with water.

Holi falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March, but with this year’s local celebrations thwarted by the ‘Beast from the East’ snowstorms, SGAP has decided to stage a delayed renewal of Rang Barse at this year’s Community Festival, giving everyone the opportunity to take part.

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Mayor attends Holi festival in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Monday 11th April 2016 at 9:44 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Mayor Roger Avenin attends a Holi celebration.

Town Mayor Roger Avenin recently attended a community event to mark ‘Holi‘ in Bradley Stoke. The South Gloucestershire Asian Project had utilised publicly available backing from Bradley Stoke Town Council’s grant funding, which supports non-profit organisations and community groups.

The Mayor was invited along with other councillors to partake in the event.

Cllr Avenin commented:

“I would like to publicly thank the South Gloucestershire Asian Project for their invitation and generous hospitality at their recent Holi celebrations.”

“I had a very enjoyable day learning about Holi, a Hindu spring festival. The event began with very traditional Indian food and dancing. Afterwards, I had the pleasure of joining in with the ‘playing with colours’, where colourful powder is thrown over people; it was a new and enjoyable experience for myself.”

If you are a member of a community organisation that is not-for-profit or charitable, you too may be able to access grant funding provided by Bradley Stoke Town Council. For more information, visit the Grant Funding page on the council’s website, or phone 01454 205020.

Bradley Stoke Mayor Roger Avenin attends a Holi celebration.

Source: Press release from Bradley Stoke Town Council.

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Bollywood dance taster session in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Wednesday 6th April 2016 at 7:16 pm by Nikki Hallur

Bollywood dance.

The South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP) has been asked to feature Bollywood dance performances at this year’s Bradley Stoke Community Festival, which will take place on 4th June. In order to bring the acts together to prepare, SGAP will be holding a free taster session for Women’s Bollywood Dance classes, on Saturday 9th April from 11.30 to 1pm at Brook Way Activity Centre. This will then be followed by eight practice sessions before the main performance in June. The choreographer is Garima Verma and the cost of the eight sessions will be £35.

Bollywood, the term used for the Indian film industry based in the city of Mumbai, is increasingly featured in western media for its vibrant colours, intriguing plots, glamorous actors and enticing dance performances. Unlike Indian classical dances such as Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, Bollywood dance integrates more contemporary dance moves such as hip hop, which are interwoven with  traditional Indian dance moves and expressions. Each part of India has its own distinct dance, whereas Bollywood breaks all such distinctions by combining a range of dance forms.

SGAP has organised many Indian cultural events in the area over the years, and has brought the community together for festival celebrations during Diwali and Holi. With a diverse range of talents within the Bradley Stoke area, it is hoped that those with a flair for dance and  enthusiasm for Bollywood  will drop by on Saturday to get involved in this year’s performance.

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