raise your hands

for a good cause

The traditional Hindu festival of colours, Holi, is well known for its iconic imagery: participants celebrate the coming of spring by cheerfully dousing one another with brightly coloured water and powder. However, many may be unaware of the festival’s deeper significance – the event fosters a message of brotherhood and unity for all participants, and brings together people from different religious communities in many parts of South Asia.

Motivated by this message of unity across racial boundaries, each year Spice Radio – Vancouver’s South Asian radio station – launches “Raise Your Hands Against Racism,” a  two-month campaign that aims to encourage Canadians to take a stand against racial injustice.

In 2016, some of the most prominent news stories centered around fear of the “other.” From the Brexit vote, to the American election, to the debates over what to do with Syrian refugees to racially charged police shootings. These events embodied a major theme of xenophobia which resonated deeply in our cultural consciousness.

A new year calls for a renewed commitment to care for one another with unwavering conviction.

It is with great pleasure that Spice Radio and its partners welcome Freshslice Pizza to the RYHAR campaign as the major sponsor for 2017. Freshslice Pizza will take a significant roll in getting this anti-racism message to an even broader audience through in restaurant promotion


March 11, 2017

Join us at one, or all, of the three free events that will be held across the Lower Mainland, including our signature wrap-event at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, which will include speeches, cultural performances and activities for families. We invite everyone to come and celebrate Holi and put a colourful handprint on our anti-racism tableau.


Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews

Terry Salman Branch – Public Library
4575 Clancy Loranger Way


City Centre Library
10350 University Drive

White Rock

Sea Wall close to the White Rock Museum & Archives Plaza
14970 Marine Drive