Buy Rice Back's bunting set to brighten Maastricht's Bruis festival this weekend

Maastricht-based charity Buy Rice Back has partnered with Bruis 2015 to provide a splash of colour for this weekend’s music festival.

Iridescent cushions, beanbags and bunting handmade from upcycled rice bags will decorate the free annual festival held in Tapijnkazerne sports field, Maastricht from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September. “We’re incredibly excited to bring the weird and wonderful designs of India to the fields of Maastricht,” says co-founder Renee Schreurs. “Attending Bruis is in our calendar every year as stall holders, but to go a step further and have the opportunity to festoon the grounds is an honour.”

The Buy Rice Back products used to decorate the festival grounds were handmade by tailors in the South Indian city of Chennai in conjunction with the My Name Is Kumar Foundation.

Breathing a fresh lease of life into the materials, the proceeds from the sales of tote bags and accessories provide schooling, accommodation and meals for 37 former begging children. Last year the festival helped raise the equivalent of 20,125 meals for the foundation.

An initiative of Muziekgieterij, the Bruis festival is now in its eighth year and expects to top the 42,000 visitors from last year. Around forty acts are set to take the three stages over the weekend and will be complimented by workshops and food, drink and lifestyle markets.