The Most Colourful Festival in Leeds – Rang Barse

This week we spoke to Leeds Indian Students Association about their annual Holi Festival and why you should attend!

Formed in 2007 the society has been helping to celebrate Indian Festivals and promoting Indian culture throughout Leeds for over a decade. The committee aims to organise exciting socials and fun filled events for their members to enjoy. Members of Leeds Indian Students Association state that one of the highlights of their society is Bollywood night socials. They describe them as fun for everyone who enjoys “funky Bollywood tunes and dancing”.

The society has something for everyone as they provide day events, with games, performances and food as well as nights out around Leeds. 

They also host Give-It-A-Gos and sport socials which they believe are the perfect place to meet new people, socialise with friends and engage in new activities. The vast variety of socials, from playing badminton to the infamous Otley Run, means that there is something in this society for anyone who is interested in celebrating Indian culture. 

The committee states that every year they work to make their socials more eventful, inclusive and grand. The Indian Students Association aims for all of their socials to improve every year, but their current focus is their annual Holi Event. The committee describe this as their flagship event of the year, and they plan for this to be the biggest one yet. 

Holi is a colour festival celebrated in India by throwing colours and enjoying tasty Indian snacks. In previous years the celebration has taken place at venues including Mint Warehouse and Church. This year the well-known venue Beaver Works hosts the society’s colourful celebration.

The event will provide two DJs, live music, street food and free colours to celebrate Holi. The festival is a celebration of togetherness, colours, peace and love and the Indian Students Association invite you to join them to celebrate at Beaver Works on the 21st March. The committee describe the event as fun for everyone and an event not to be missed, as they promise it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. 

To find more information about the event and buy tickets head to their Facebook page Leeds Indian Student Association or go to!