Cape Town Holi One Festival

Biggest colour festival in the world confirmed to paint the Mother City red (and blue, green, black, purple and more) on Saturday, 2 March 2013.

Rumours as thick and wild as this Hindu celebration’s clouds of paint powder have been swirling in the Mother City as of late, but now organisers have officially confirmed that the Holi Festival (‘the festival of colour’) is destined for Cape Town on Saturday, 2 March 2013.

In Hindu culture the event takes the form of a fun-filled, boisterous affair that commemorates the arrival of spring, but in an effort to add something unique to their summer season, Germany recently (July 2012) hijacked the calendar highlight and perverted it into an open air electronic music jol cum paint massacre (we know, sounds like fun). It’s this distorted but incredible celebration that’s now planning to touch down on Mzansi soil.

Nonetheless, in both cases, it’s all about colour. Holi is an occasion meant to bring on feelings of unadultered mirth and joy, and it’s a time during which mischievous behaviour is not only condoned, but encouraged. Though, these points mark the start and finish of the similarities shared by the traditional celebration and the Cape Town-bound party of note.

In essence, while in India it’s commonplace to see kids squirting passers-by with flower-based colourful liquid during Holi, in Cape Town you can expect to get pummelled with vibrant bags of paint powder in the midst of a riotous crowd stomping to either psychedelica or heavy electronica in the background.

What to expect from the Holi One Festival Cape Town

The venue for the Holi Festival Cape Town will be the Grand Parade, and the festival is scheduled to start at 12pm (noon) and last until 10pm. The best of the city's local DJs will play one to two hour sets, and if the line-ups that graced the stages of the Berlin, Dresden, Hanover and Munich festivals are anything to go on, Holi-goers can expect to be bombarded by brilliant musical talent (as well as paint).

Not to mention, every hour on the hour there will be a countdown to the mass launch of colourful bags of powder into the air.

Ticket prices for Holi One Festival range from R170 (early bird tickets) to R190 (general admission) and R290 for general admission including powder (5 colours).

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