A COLOURFUL event that celebrates diversity is on its way back to East Renfrewshire.

Rouken Glen Park, in Giffnock, will host East Renfrewshire’s Festival of Colour on Saturday, July 27.

Now in its sixth year, this outdoor multicultural celebration aims to bring everyone together, regardless of class, status or colour.

Bright powder paint will be thrown to cover everyone in the different colours of the rainbow, creating a vibrant atmosphere and reinforcing the message that differences in social or economic status should not be a barrier in today’s society.

Councillor Paul O’Kane, East Renfrewshire’s education and equalities convener, said: “I am thrilled that the Festival of Colour is returning again this year to Rouken Glen Park after the success of previous years.

“East Renfrewshire is an amazingly diverse area which brings together people from a variety of different backgrounds and life experiences to live, work, learn and enjoy the local community.

“The Festival of Colour promotes positive relations in the area, encouraging personal experiences and ideas to be shared, in the hope that new relationships can be formed.”

Organised by East Renfrewshire Faith Forum, East Renfrewshire Hindu Association, Diversity ER and East Renfrewshire Council, the event will take place from noon until 4pm.

There will be a host of fun activities on the day, including dancing, cricket sessions, henna hand painting, face painting and a treasure hunt, as well as Punjabi street food.

Entry is free.

As the coloured powder paint may stain, those taking part are advised to wear old clothing.

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