The Colour of Time

Crowd of People

On Friday 22 July at 7pm, Newbury’s town centre will be transformed by a parade of dance-theatre and coloured powder as the Corn Exchange present The Colour of Time, the latest FREE event in their exciting outdoor arts programme. 

The Colour of Time, by French outdoor theatre company, Artonik, is inspired by the traditional Indian Festival, Holi, in which people gather to reconnect with family, friend and loved ones, throwing brightly coloured powder into the air in celebration.  In this contemporary adaptation, Artonik draw on the original concept of the festival, celebrating the importance of unity, friendship, and sharing, incorporating dance and music into a technicolour parade.

Members of local dance groups and societies, and individuals with an interest in the arts, have been taking part in choreography workshops at the Corn Exchange’s 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space on Greenham Business Park. These groups will perform the routines with Artonik in the final parade on the 22 July.

Starting at 7pm outside the Methodist Church on Northbrook Street, Newbury, dancers and musicians will begin to move in a choreographed parade towards a grand finale in Newbury’s Market Place. Here the audience will be invited to participate in the throwing of coloured power as the performers come together to create a mesmerizing rainbow  finale.

Artists Road Painting

To watch the action unfolding or to share your own experiences of the event on social media use the hashtag #ColourNewbury.

If you wish to spectate or participate in the parade it is recommended that you wear clothes that you don’t mind getting colourfully stained. The coloured Gulal powder used in this performance is made from natural mais powder, and is eco-friendly and non-toxic. It is recommended that those who normally wear contact lenses wear glasses to this event to avoid possible irritation. Further information is available on the Corn Exchange’s website.

The Corn Exchange’s outdoor arts programme and unique, dedicated outdoor arts creation space brings companies from across the globe to Newbury to develop and perform new work.

The Corn Exchange’s Outdoor Arts Programme is supported by Greenham Common Trust and Arts Council England.

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