Image: Clouds of colour erupt over the crowd at SprinFlare Festival, Brisbane. Credit: Charmaine Idris.
Colour run (in this case colour throwing) events have taken the world by storm, and so it came as no surprise when St Lucia, home to the prestigious University of Queensland and a substantial student population, in Brisbane succumbed to this latest fad.
All gallery images by Charmaine Idris.
The SpringFlare Festival of Colours transformed the William Dart Park into a rainbow of colours and a hub of activity with live music performances, multicultural stalls and cultural activities. The selection of international food vied for attention with affordably priced dishes from Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and China. Catering mainly for the large local student community, several bands provided their very own brand of musicality while the odd student organisation or two tried in vain to attract the attention of the relaxed crowd.
It was refreshing to witness the bamboo pole jumping game, dominated and enjoyed by Gen Y. Seated on the grass, random crowd members faced each other while opening and closing a group of poles rhythmically. Other members of the crowd, up for the challenge, hopped and jumped between the poles. The pace of the rhythm was increased and those who failed to keep up, were expelled. The game was jubilantly encouraged by the many onlookers.
However, bamboo poles aside, the crowd grew as did their anticipation for the highlight of the day to begin – colour throwing!
The rules were simple – wear anything white! Fancy dress was highly favoured.
Participants were encouraged to pre-purchase colour packs online which proved to be a far less popular option judging from the overly long queues of people lined up to purchase armfuls of packs!
Loads of excited participants, armed with packets of colour, gathered within the designated area restlessly waiting each hour for the countdown so they could throw their coloursThe various bands were hard pressed to quell their enthusiasm leading up to these countdowns. On each count of three, the enthusiastic crowd vigorously threw their colour up in the air in unison! Exploding clouds of multitudinous colours filled the air fleetingly, then quickly settled on clothes, hair and body.
Organisers advised festival goers that the coloured powders were natural, non-toxic, environmentally friendly and would wash out. Alternatively, participants could opt to simply have themselves ‘dusted off’ by portable blowers at the exit of the designated colour zone. This dust-off proved to be just as highly addictive and an additional source of fun.
So, if you haven’t already experienced the exhilarating phenomena of colour runs, hop onto the internet to find a venue near you.
Colour runs are definitely loads of fun, fun, fun!
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