festival identity


Is this Holi-inspired Brooklyn festival cultural appropriation?

Is it cultural appropriation when a group of white Brooklynites drink Tecate tallboys, blast colorful powder at each other and call it Holi, the Hindu festival of spring? “I just wanna get colored!” said one festival goer. Reveling isn’t a bad thing — Holi is supposed to be about fun, after all. But this sort of adoption has offensive implications that are difficult to avoid.


Women’s festival bans transgender women

Australia’s Seven Sisters Festival claims to create a space for women. That is if you’re “physically” a woman. In November, the festival took a stand against non-passing trans women on Facebook. Then in an official statement this weekend, shut down dissension and claimed to be seeking legal advice on the matter. Yet, an email to ABC news proved no such reconsideration.