WHAT IS THIS?
This is A Midsummer’s Dream,one of Canada’s biggest Colour Festivals, inspired by the Hindu Festival of Colours called “Holi”. Celebrating unity, peace, happiness and joy, it is inspired from the Holi Festival of Colours in India, a Hindu festival that celebrates the renewal of spring and the triumph of good over evil. For more information about Holi visit –www.holifestival.org.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
Please wear the clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. You will be covered in coloured powder, you might even get wet. Bring a backpack with a towel and some extra clothes just in case. Leave all your expensive clothing behind, including watches, sunglasses and expensive jewellery. They do not have their place here. And we will not take responsibility for it being lost.
IS THE POWDER SAFE?
The powder is extremely safe, it is made from all natural starch powders, perfumes and dyes. There are no harmful effects, it may cause a slight irritation to the eyes, like anything if it touches the eye.
WILL THERE BE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE THERE?
Everybody is beautiful.
WILL THERE BE ALCOHOL THERE?
No, there will be no alcohol at this event. Just try being you for one day, and see how well you are loved.
WHERE DO I BUY THE COLOURED POWDER?
There will be a supply tent on site to supply your coloured powder needs.
WHAT DO I DO WITH THE COLOURED POWDER?
Every hour we will be throwing the colours into the air. Do not throw the coloured powder into peoples eyes, instead rub the colours lovingly on people’s back and cheeks and necks with their permission.
CAN I BUY COLOURED POWDER FROM OUTSIDE THE FESTIVAL?
NO, the colours that have been ordered are the safest on the market for you and the environment. Any other colours are potentially dangerous and if found will be immediately confiscated.
HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING?
Coloured Powder packages are 6 for $15.00 and 1 for $3.00 a pack, there will be vendors, and lot’s of activities so bring some money. There will be ATM machines on site.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I BRING?
Make sure to bring a backpack with a towel and an extra shirt, we are is not responsible for lost or stolen items so make sure you are aware of your possessions at all times. Oh, and a positive attitude.
WHAT IS BEING SOLD THERE?
Holi Coloured Powder, Bandana’s for the face, and glasses for the eyes, merchandise and food.
Festival goers are advised to think twice before going into the middle of the crowd when the colors are first thrown. If you have not been before or have asthma, being smack in the middle of the crowd will be a challenge. Stay to the edges, and have a cloth to cover your nose and mouth for the first three minutes.
Under No circumstances should small children be in the middle of the crowd.
Let down body surfers gently
Help lost children to EMT tent
Put empty packs of powder away in the trash, lets keep Gage Park beautiful
“The greater the joy within ones inner consciousness, the greater the force of the recharge of thought-energy within one…”
– Walter Russell
“SERVE PEOPLE, FEED PEOPLE”
Is a phrase that A Midsummer’s Dream was founded on. When the wandering Harvard Psychologist Richard Alpert went to India in search of enlightenment, he sat at the feet of Neem Koarli Baba, who told him that the way to enlightenment was to serve people and to feed people. Richard Alpert eventually became Ram Dass and inspired others to serve people and to feed people. Since 2012, A Midsummer’s Dream has raised just over 3,300lbs, which was donated to The Neighbour to Neighbour Foodbank and The Good Shepherd Foodbank. This year we will be partnering with Living Rock Ministries, the only youth focused food bank in Hamilton.