Home' F and V : WAs Best Functions and Venues 2012 Contents First held the day after Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, this festival attracted
1500 music lovers, paying the modest entry fee of one pound. Now the
English event has become one of the largest music and performing-arts
festivals in the world, while still retaining its organic roots. Those willing
to brave the typically wet weather arrive armed with a tent and the
requisite wellington boots to enjoy the frivolities spanning music, mime,
theatre, night-time cinema, poetry, fine arts and even burlesque shows.
WHY IT WORKS
A festival with heart | An enormous portion of the proceeds are
donated to charities such as Greenpeace, Oxfam and Water Aid.
Brain food, too | A ‘green’ area showcases eco-conscious
technology and medicines, and provides a forum for environmental
and religious debate.
Added extras | Market stalls sell unique wares such as clothing,
jewellery and delicious food, while afterwards recordings of the
event are on sale for post-Glastonbury reminiscing.
Colour is the resounding theme for
this springtime festival celebrated
mainly in India, Pakistan and Nepal.
Held in February or March, it’s not
only perfectly acceptable to throw
coloured powder and water at
complete strangers, it’s encouraged.
The aim is to get as messy as possible,
all in the name of celebrating renewal
and the triumph of good over evil.
WHY IT WORKS
All for one and one for all | Its origins are based in Hinduism, but now
the entire country gets involved. Race, religion and caste are irrelevant
when it comes to celebrating the springtime festival.
Celebrating diversity | Each region puts its special touches on the
day. Mathura in India’s west has mock battles between the sexes, while
Phalen has a full-moon bonfire.
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