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I knew I should’ve been somewhere else these past few days – Roodharigan!

Apparently 1,400 redheads gathered this past weekend at an annual festival celebrating red hair in Breda, Netherlands. Organised since 2005 by the Dutch painter Bart Rouwenhourst, he was inspired by artists like Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Gustav Klimt, known for  famous paintings depicting redheaded women, and the first ‘festival ‘ began after he advertised for models for a series of paintings and many more redheaded women turned up than he expected resulting in a group photo shoot and competition.

The festival this year –  officially known as ‘Roodharigan’ – was attended by red-heads from 52 countries and took over Breda city centre in Grote Market square. The two-day festival is a gathering of people with natural red hair but is also focused on art related to the colour red. Activities during the festival include lectures, workshops, large group photo shoots, fashion shows and strangely women dressing as mermaids in a tribute to the Disney classic The Little Mermaid!

© Disney / Pixar  

Personally I’d have gone for Merida [Brave] classier costume – and much easier to walk in!