Did you know it is International Colour Day this Thursday 21st March?
President of the Association International de la Coleur (AIC), Berit Bergström explains very well in this extract why we should celebrate this day.
An international colour day has been considered as appropriate since colour is, thanks to sight, one of the most influential phenomena in people’s lives and also one of the channels that most greatly contributes to the perception of reality. All around the world memorable colour activities are developed during the same day.The proposal to establish this international colour day is spread throughout our international network and has been supported by its members. AIC is today represented by 38 different nations and I hope that you all will start your preparations for celebrating March 21st 2013!The adoption of an international day of colour and light was proposed in 2008 by Maria Joao Durao, the Portuguese Association. Light and colour are inseparable. Colour is always connected with light, without light no colour therefore an international colour day will also celebrate the light.Few things affect us as much as colour. It plays a vital part in our surroundings, whether at work, in public spaces or in our homes. Colour and light seem to interest everybody and are such a common component of our existence that we don’t give it a thought, in spite of all vision. All surfaces are coloured. Colour has an outstanding role in our society and tells us much about different cultures as a crucial aspect in defining our identity.WHY MARCH 21ST?March 21st, every year the “equinox” – aequus (equal) and nox (night).Around the equinox, the night and day are approximately equally long, symbolically relating to the complementary nature of light and darkness, light and shadow expressed in all human cultures.Many different colour activities can be arranged worldwide in such a day. Here are some of the activities and events that could be unfolded on the International Colour Day:• Arts exhibitions, architectural projects, design, decoration, fashion….• Meetings, debates, scientific events…..• Workshops on the use of colour and light for both adults and children.• Contests on colour and light design.• Decide your identity colour, and wear it and use it during this day!• Start discussions…..