Paint Parties: From Zombies To Festivals

Paint Parties: From Zombies To Festivals

Whether its inspiration from the Hindu Holi Festival, or the pure joyful carnage of getting bright and messy, we can't seem to get enough of events that mix colour with fun.

Mixing festivals, sporting events, parties and hunts for zombies, here's our pick of the wildest neon gatherings and other curious occasions...



At the beginning of every Spring the spiritual festival of Holi is celebrated, and although primarily observed in India, Nepal and other locations with Hindu or Indian based communities, the event and its message has since inspired similar boundary breaking events of love and frolic.

Celebrating the triumph of 'good' versus 'evil', attendees are encouraged to cover each other in colour and unite as one, as the powder hues unify all regardless of race, background or age.

The electronic music community have particularly fallen in love with the ideals, with many large festivals promising names from house, techno and EDM, pumping bass and beats from stages as the crowds saturate the air with bright powder.

If you fancy a trip to the Netherlands this summer, La Fuente and Dyna will be appearing at Holifusion Festival in Eindhoven and Maastricht, two one day events that feature main stage mania, along with various areas of fun around the site.

You can check out both our Holifusion festival guides here.


If colour powder isn't messy enough for you then how about complete submersion in paint? Life In Colour - "The World's largest paint party" takes place in 100's of locations, visiting cities in America, Europe and Asia.

Aside from dousing the EDM-crazy crowd in the best neon nonsense ever, there is also performers on stage displaying acrobatics and dance routines, of course pausing from time to time to spray the crowds with MORE paint.

Each Life In Colour event is a delightful yet mental assault of the senses, as paint physically covers you from every direction, the DJs fill your ears with pounding tunes, and crazy light and smoke shows explode out of the main stage.

Past headliners have included Hardwell, Steve Aoki and Krewella with each event booking the very best in electronic selection. In August Nicky Romero and Borgore will be appearing at Life In Color: Israel and you can browse our tickets & packages range here.


On the other end of the colour scale and spiritual experience, paintball fanatics bored of shooting their friends can now shoot zombies in a thrill sensation sweeping over Europe and North America.

Navigate a fallout bunker in Essex with 'The Last Survivors', Jump into a truck with mounted paintball guns at Rhode Island and shoot moving targets with 'Zombie Paintball', or trudge through a forest in Kent with 'Zombie Action'.

From abandoned shopping malls to purpose built locations outdoors, the list of locations and types of games are endless, from lengthy survival journeys to games where you could be shot and "infected" by the zombies themselves. Have you got what it takes?


Back to the brighter vibrant events, Holi inspired or rave influenced running events are also growing in popularity, where the sporty and eager charity fundraisers all come together to compete and raise funds in style.

The famous Colour Run inspired by Holi is a 5K paint run, where there are no winners or prizes, but each event partners with a national, local or international charity which runners raise funds for.

Described as "the happiest race ever" by the Huffington Post, participants arrive in white t-shirts and get sprayed with colour at a different "colour station" every kilometer. At the finish line there are usually parties, food and drink. Originating in Phoenix, Arizona the event has since spread all over America, and has arrived in cities across Asia, Europe, Austrailia and Asia.

While the daytime belongs to 'The Colour Run' there are also marathons that happen at night, such as the Electric Run in London or the Neon Run where you can run, cycle, skate, or walk through amazing destinations in Austrailia, Canada and South Africa.

Many of these events encourage UV light dressing, and some play music and light up the route making it feel like a continuous rave.


From decadent naked gatherings in Mexico and New York to a dedicated festival in Austria, body painting events are another great example of fun and escapism with the art of colour.

Event planners 'Social Exposure" organise the bi-annual 'The Garden Of Eden' where the Hidden Beach Resort in Mexico is the setting for "hundreds of people to attend to get nude and body-paint each other in a mass art collective. This is an art party, not a sex party. The painting acts as expression and the nudity allows people to drop barriers". A success in New York and having recently visited London you really won't experience anything quite like it.

Alternatively if you fear touching people but would love to appreciate body art from afar, The World Body Painting festival in Pörstach, Austria is an artistic adventure of workshops, lessons, contests, music, photography and fashion, with a popular BodyCircus taking place every year.

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