HOLI ONE Colour Festival in SA

2013-02-19 13:16
South Africans can start readying themselves for a unique festival celebrating colour, music and unity.

The popular HOLI ONE Colour Festival, inspired by the original Indian Holi festival, has travelled around the world to Germany, the USA and Singapore - and now HOLI ONE launches in South Africa for the first time.
Thousands of people, dressed in white, will come together to share in music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation. Revellers at the open-air festival will soon be covered in brilliant hues as the air is filled with the clouds of brightly coloured powder at a countdown every hour from 14:00.


2 March: Grand Parade, Cape Town
6 April: Emmarentia-dam, Johannesburg
A date for Durban is yet to be announced.

Tickets (Cape Town and Joburg)

General admission: R190
General Admission including powder (5 colours): R290
Tickets at the gate on the day: R250 (excluding powder)

Tickets are available from Webtickets.


Cape Town:
12h00-13h00: Sadhu Sensi
13h00-14h00: DJ Mighty
14h00-15h00: Richard the Third
15h00-16h00: Maoriginal
16h00-17h00: Kid Fonque
17h00-18h00: SuperFlu (Germany)
18h00-19h00: Toby2shoes
19h00-20h00: GoodLuck
20h00-21h00: Mix n Blend
21h00-22h00: Niskerone

Kid Fonque
Richard the Third
Sadhu Sensi
More still to be announced.

What's it about?

Holi is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus as a festival of colours. It is primarily observed in India and Nepal but also in Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is also known as Phagwah and Festival of Colours.

The festival has many purposes; first and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colours and saying farewell to winter. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw coloured powder at each other, and celebrate wildly.  Holi lowers (but does not remove completely) the strictness of social norms. Together, everyone enjoys each other's presence on this joyous day.  No one expects polite behaviour; as a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement, fun and joy.

"The global HOLI ONE festival is not directly linked to the original Holi Festival, nor with it's religious aspects, but is definitely inspired by it and shares the same values - a day steeped in the old Indian tradition of bringing people together in love and peace, a tradition that transcends backgrounds and cultures," comments Brian Little, Managing Director of Seed Experiences, the agency behind the event.
"We will carry this ethos throughout all of our planning, promoting a spirit of camaraderie and togetherness in the ‘We Are All One’ philosophy. Something that we feel is very relevant and necessary to the South African psyche," concludes Little.

For more information visit the HOLI ONE website of their Facebook page.

Congratulations to our winners Niel Matthys Goldie from Cape Town and Neelofir Nagdee from Johannesburg who each one a set of double tickets to the festival!

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