A FESTIVAL will be coming to Barrow next month.

The Festival of Colours, organised by Barrow Borough Council, The Forum and Barra Culture, will be held on Saturday 26 June.

It will be a celebration of the arts and culture from South Asia in a week-long celebration.

Daniel Tyler-McTighe hopes the festival will be the start of a great summer for Barrovians.

The director at Barra Culture said: "“We are delighted to be partnering with Barrow Borough Council and the Forum on bringing this colourful event to the town centre. It’s been brilliant to work with local people of South Asian heritage to plan it and we’re looking forward to contributions from local groups as well as visitors from further afield. We think it’ll be a brilliant way to kick off a summer of fun. There’ll be music, drums, dancing, arts and crafts, stalls of gorgeous things to buy, henna artists, delicious food, colourful powders flying about and we can’t wait!”

Inspired by the Indian 'Holi' festival, The Festival of Colours will be an exciting mix of family workshops, performances and street food and will culminate in the famous coloured-power-throwing Holi event in Barrow's town centre.

Shaun Blezard, Barrow council's lead member for Arts, Culture and Leisure added: "I am so excited to see the council working with residents and Barra Culture on a festival that explores South Asian heritage and an event that promotes the wonderful arts and culture of the area. I’m really looking forward to the festival; I love how events of this nature celebrate different cultures and show how we are more similar than different to other people around the globe."

Barrow resident Neeloo Misra commented: “I’m so pleased to be working with the organisers to steer the planning and come up with ideas for the Festival of Colours.

"My friends, their families and I are looking forward to contributing to the day with our cooking, clothing and colourful ideas for celebrating with everyone that comes along.”