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What's on for Holi 2024 in Solihull?

Join in the Holi celebrations launching in February with the Holi Art Competition. Get inspired by the free resources, see what else you can find out, join in the community artworks, enter work for the exhibition and get messy with colour during the celebration event. Get social with your creations!

Supporting the Holi Programme this Year

Sat 23rd March: Drop in at Touchwood

Touchwood Atrium, Solihull, B91 3RG

Activity times: 11am-4pm  

Come and join in–we’ve got crazily colourful community murals to paint and a giant community cave to decorate with spectacular dazzling colours! Look out for the camouflage chameleons and the giant Hornbill bird! Find out why the Hornbill is visiting. 

There’s no age limit for fun…get your colour on!

Children must be accompanied at all times. Please note that filming/photography will be taking place at this event for promotional and archival purposes. 

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Holi 2022 at Touchwood Shopping Centre

Sun 24th March: The Core Theatre

The Core, Solihull, B91 3RG

Activity times: 10.30am-1.15pm (AM)  and 2.30pm-5.15pm (PM)

Book a morning (AM) ticket and/or an afternoon (PM) ticket. Everyone is welcome – there’s no age limit on fun!  

Children must be accompanied at all times. 

Tickets: £5 per person. Group Ticket: £20 (must have one adult)

No ticket required for under 2s. Anyone without a ticket will not be granted access.

Please note that filming/photography will be taking place at this event for promotional and archival purposes. 

Activities to get stuck into

The Holi Hornbill

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Create beautiful new feathers for Mother bird and build a colourful nest for its chicks! Find out why the Hornbill is visiting. 

AM Sessions: 10.30 -11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-1.15

PM Sessions: 2.30-3.15pm, 3.30-4.15pm, 4.30-5.15pm

Community Murals

Help create a giant colourful spring mural incorporating chameleons, paisley and Holi birds

AM Sessions: 10.30 -11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-1.15

PM Sessions: 2.30-3.15pm, 3.30-4.15pm, 4.30-5.15pm

 

Splat Art

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Get stuck into some Splat Art – Chameleon Creations or Flowered Landscapes

AM sessions: 10.30-11.15, 12.30-1.15

PM Sessions: 2.30-3.15, 4.30-5.15

Spin Art

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Get colourful with magical spin art to create your own wonderful and vibrant artworks!

AM sessions: 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15

PM Sessions: 2.30-3.15, 4.30-5.15

Human Spirograph

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Grab some colours and add to our giant spirograph! Go crazy with it and have fun. 

AM Sessions: 11.30-12.15, 12.30-1.15

PM Sessions: 3.30-4.15pm, 4.30-5.15pm

Colourful Weave Art

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Use giant strips of decorative materials to create stunning weave art.

AM Sessions: 10.30 -11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-1.15

PM Sessions: 2.30-3.15pm, 3.30-4.15pm, 4.30-5.15pm

Dance Workshop

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Learn some traditional Indian dance moves for the Holi Party.

AM session: 1.30-12.15

PM Session: 3.30-4.15

Holi Party

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Get on the dancefloor and show off your moves!

AM session: 2.30-1.15

PM Session: 4.30-5.15

Watch the Holi exhibition build up live over the weekend!

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Holi Art
Competition

Enter by 20th March to win fab prizes!

Holi Art Competition 2024 Details

Create your own imaginative and colourful interpretation of Holi that captures the joy of spring and the fun of the festival. There are some links to resources below to find out more about the origins of the festival and how people over the world celebrate. 

The judges will be looking for understanding of what the festival means but they will also be looking for exciting use of colour, imaginative interpretations and individual responses. Prizes will be presented by the Mayor of Solihull.

Go wild and get into the spirit of the festival!

 

First Prizes

3 x £50

In art materials and one Me&MyPencil Workshop of your choice* 

Runner up prizes

3 x Me&MyPencil

Join one Me&MyPencil Workshop of your choice*

School Prize

£150 voucher

One school will win a voucher towards a drawing workshop

How to enter

Entries will be judged in 3 age categories with prizes in each category. The categories are 7-11 (primary school) and 11-15 (secondary school) and 16+ (there’s no age limit for fun!).

  • Use any art materials to create the artwork. Label your work on the back with your name, age and contact details. Download labels below – make sure they are securely fixed.
  • Size: A3 Preferred (minimum size A4)
  • Deadline: Wednesday 20th March, 5pm (deliver your entry to The Core in Solihull – there will be an artwork trolley next to the Box Office where you can drop off your entry).
  • Competition winners will be announced on 24th March and prizes presented between 2.10 and 2.30pm. The best competition entries will be exhibited at The Core. 

Terms & Conditions

  • Me&MyPencil workshop vouchers valid for one year
  • School vouchers can be redeemed against an Art at the Heart workshop for 15 students (option to purchase additional student places)

Why is the Holi Hornbill visiting?

Charismatic and enigmatic – Hornbills are truly some of the most captivating birds on the planet. There are about 62 hornbill species worldwide, with nine residing in India. These birds play a vital role in forest regeneration and are therefore called ‘farmers of the forest’.

They can grow up to 3 feet in length and have an average lifespan of 35 to 50 years in the wild. 

These incredible creatures are considered endangered as 51 of the 62 species are decreasing in population (source: National Geographic). 

The forest-dwelling helmeted hornbill of Southeast Asia is critically endangered due to an illegal trade in the birds’ casques, which has led to an increase in poaching of wild birds. The helmeted hornbills’ casques are softer than ivory and easy to carve into trinkets, jewellery, and other decorative items. (source: National Geographic).

To find out more about this incredible creature click the links below. 

The Origins of Holi

Krishna celebrating Holi with Radha and Gopis. 19th century. Unknown author.

Holi is considered one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country. The festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun (on the Hindu calendar this month spans February and March).

It is celebrated with the name Holika Dahan or Choti Holi on the first evening of the festival and the following day is called Rangwali Holi (Rang meaning colour). In different parts of the country it is known with different names. 

Holika Dahan is celebrated with bonfires and is related to the story of the demon king Hiranyakasipu and his attempt together with his sister Holika, to get rid of his son Prahlada, who refused to worship him.

(Rangwali) Holi is celebrated by people smearing each other with paint and throwing coloured water. This comes from the story of Krishna mischievously throwing coloured water at his milkmaids as a small boy and more particularly from the story of him smearing colour on his beloved Radha’s face. You can find out more about Holi and resources for use in school from the link below.

Free resources to support learning about Holi

These colouring sheets have been designed by local young artists who are just starting out on their arts education. By downloading these, you are supporting the growth of our next generation of artists.

The lines are printed in grey to serve as a guide only. Try encouraging young artists to colour over the lines and change the shapes if they want to. 

Tell us where to send your free printable

HOLI THEMED

COLOURING SHEETS

    Check out previous Holi events

    Our Holi event was previously shortlisted for the national Best Family Arts activity by the Fantastic for Families Awards. Click the button below to get a glimpse of previous events!