February 26, 2013
Colourful fun in Cape Town with Holi One Colour Festival
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Things are about to get very, very colourful in Cape Town, the vibrant Mother City, with the Holi One Colour Festival on Saturday March 2, 2013.
Hosted at the Grand Parade in the city centre, the festival will feature massive explosions of colour as festival-goers throw safe, eco-friendly coloured powder into the air – to a countdown, every hour on the hour – while dancing to the slickest beats by 10 of the biggest international and local musical acts.
Think of it as an opportunity to make up for those times your mom wouldn’t let you roll around in your watercolour paints as a child ...
The first of its kind in South Africa, the Holi One Colour Festival is inspired by the original Holi festival in India (a country known for its bright hues). Brought to you by award-winning agency Seed Experiences – the company behind the hugely successful Rocking the Daisies music and lifestyle festival – this festival of colours is an expression of freedom and is sure to blow your mind!
To help you enjoy the most colourful festival of the year in the Mother City, I’ve put together an essential reveller’s guide:
Get your colour on
Passes to this day of fun are priced at R190 for general admission. But, really, where’s the fun in having no powder to throw up in the air when the clock strikes? For R290, you’ll gain entry and five powders.
There will, however, be powder on sale at the festival for R20 per 100g.
Tickets are available at Webtickets.
Look the part
Your body and clothing will be your canvas for this event, so why not get the best out of the festival and wear white? Don’t worry, the powders are non-toxic, water soluble and made from cornflour and food colouring, so they’ll wash right out. It’s like tie-dying without any of the lasting effects.
Remember to wear comfy shoes (that you don’t mind being covered in paint!), and protective eyewear for those with contact lenses.
Get ready to boogie
The multicoloured palette of entertainment includes Super Flu, GoodLuck, Mix n Blend, DJ Mighty and more, so get ready to dance like there’s no tomorrow!
No outside food and drinks will be allowed into the festival, but there will refreshments stands, so take along some cash.
Have fun, by all means, but remember to do so safely. That means no drinking and driving. Rather book a Rikki’s Taxi or a tuk-tuk to get you home safely; or spend the night at one of the top accommodation venues in the city centre.