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Get your colour on at Australia's biggest colour festival
Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. — Oscar Wilde
If colour speaks to your soul in a thousand different ways then we have the festival for you. SpringFlare: The Festival of Colours is coming to Brisbane again this spring. It's back at the University of Queensland on Saturday 10 October and it's got something for everyone.
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SpringFlare is inspired by the ancient colour festival of Holi and its legend of Vraja, the colour kingdom, and the divine couple, the molten gold Radhey and the rain cloud-blue Shayam.
SpringFlare is Australia's biggest colour festival, which is certainly saying something given the growing popularity of these colour events all around the country. It's also different from other colour festivals. The emphasis isn't on running. Instead, this is an all ages, family friendly music festival featuring some great live performances and the chance to get covered in colour.
SpringFlare's all-Australian musical line-up is eclectic with a range of genres covered, from indie pop and rock to electronic dance and hip-hop. Artists include Jackie Onassis, The Delta Riggs, Paces and Willow Beats.
The colour- fuelled festivities and live performances will enliven UQ's Forgan Smith Lawn from 12.30pm to 5pm. Instead of having to run, you can experience regular colour throws through the day with at least one colour throw countdown per hour. Hourly colour countdowns will see thousands of participants simultaneously throw their flour-based, non-toxic and environmentally friendly colour powder into the sky, timed to the beats of favourite songs. That certainly beats running in my book.
But wait, there's more. You'll also be able to purchase food and non-alcoholic drinks from a number of local food vendors. In keeping with its family friendly ethos, SpringFlare is a drug and alcohol-free event. This will be strictly policed by security officers who will remove any offenders. Organisers want to make this event suitable for everyone, from toddlers to the elderly. This also means that children under 12 will be admitted FREE if accompanied by an adult.
Entry to the the event was free last year, in conjunction with the G20 Cultural Celebration, but this year organisers were keen to grow the entertainment line-up and ensure its ongoing sustainability while trying to keep the festival affordable and fun.
Tickets are on sale online here now. General Admission tickets start at $22 for students and $27.50 for non-students, and ticket packages including entry, a pack of 5 colours and a T-Shirt are $63.25 for students and $68.85 for non-students. The first 1,000 tickets purchased will get two extra colour packs FREE if you use the the code: COLOURLOVE
When: Saturday 10 October from 12.30pm to 5.30pm. Gates open at 11.30am Where: Forgan Smith Lawn, University of Queensland, St Lucia More information: Visit the website here and check out the event FAQs here for a handy guide to all that's happening.