Tuesday 12 November 2019

Hundreds left out of pocket as Holi festival cancelled at just three days notice

The Holi One Colour Festival was to be held in Dublin on Saturday.
The Holi One Colour Festival was to be held in Dublin on Saturday.
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Hundreds of music fans have been left disappointed after a festival that was scheduled to take place in Dublin this weekend was cancelled on short notice.

The Holi One Colour Festival, at which thousands of revellers dance to music and throw coloured powder at each other, was to be held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, on Saturday.

However, the event's Facebook page was removed earlier this week, leaving hundreds of festival goers in limbo.

A spokesperson for the venue that was scheduled to host the event said they had been "inundated" with phone calls regarding the cancellation, and suggested people contact organisers regarding the reimbursement of tickets.

"We only provide the venue for the festival, and have no actual association with the organisers. We were contacted some time ago and informed the event was cancelled," the spokesperson said.

Despite the venue being informed that the event was cancelled several weeks ago, festival goers only became aware of the cancellation this week when a Facebook page promoting the event was removed from the social networking site.


The event, organised by the Berlin-based Holi Concept GmbH, is inspired by the Hindu festival of the same name. Known as the festival of colours, Holi features revellers throwing coloured powder and water at each other.

At least 150 tickets have been sold through the deal website, Groupon, with tickets priced at €22. The site states in its terms and conditions that booking may only be done online, adding "no cancellations, refunds or exchanges permitted".

Neither the event organiser, Holi One, nor Groupon responded to requests for a comment last night.

It is the second time a Holi One event has been cancelled on short notice this week, and the second time it has been cancelled in Ireland.

The other event was scheduled to take place in Heaton Park, Manchester, this Saturday, but organisers only broke the news to revellers on Monday that it would not be taking place, citing "technical reasons".

The most recent Dublin festival was also cancelled in June, with almost 5,000 tickets sold for the event.

In a statement relating to the June 27 festival that was due to take place at Fairyhouse racecourse, organisers said they cancelled due to "circumstances beyond their control".


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