THE day may have been grey and rainy, but the Festival of Colour at Rouken Glen park on Saturday put sunny smiles on the faces of all those who went along to enjoy the fun.

People flocked to the park from noon onwards for an afternoon of cultural group dances, music, craft and a host of fun activities for youngsters which included sports, arts, sponge throwing, kite flying and face painting.

There was also the chance to try henna and face painting, brooch making and rangoli, a traditional Indian art form in which patterns are created using materials such as coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals.

Nepalese and Rajasthani dancers added to the international theme and Barrhead ukulele band provided catchy music for appreciative audiences.

One highlight of the day was the “colour play” when participants get doused in multi-colour powder.

Farkhanda Chaudhry, the equality development officer for East Renfrewshire Council, said: “This was the seventh year we have held the festival of colour and it was a really good experience for everyone who was there.

“The festival celebrates the diversity of people in East Renfrewshire. 

“It’s all about sharing space with each other and the colour play’s core message is that we can enjoy ourselves and have fun together.

Farkhanda added: “Now the intention is to make next year’s festival even bigger.”

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