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Monday, December 16, 2013


The original Holi Festival of Colours is coming to the Coast on December 28. Get ready to paint the town red, blue, green and yellow - in fact, pick your favourite colour.

The original Holi Festival of Colours 2013 World Tour, of which the first was held in Europe, is now coming to Durban to transform Berea Rovers Club into a multi-coloured dance floor. As part of more than 14 countries and over 38 cities worldwide, this is an event not to be missed. The Holi Festival of Colours rocked Johannesburg in September and Cape Town in October and will now bring together South Africa’s rainbow nation when it hits the shores of Durban.

Holi is one of the largest festivals in India announcing the arrival of spring and the passing of winter and also marks the victory of the good over the bad. During the Holi celebrations, the caste system is out of force and all people are considered equal - the symbol for that being the colours. The Holi Festival celebrates the statement that all people are equally coloured.

The festival breathes an atmosphere of laughter and is an expression of joy with people burying their hatchets and throwing their worries to the wind. As such, the Holi Festival of Colours supports one of Holi’s biggest customs of loosening the strictness of social structures and bringing together communities in an exhilarating experience. The Holi Festival of Colours is not a religious event in any way and is open to all races, religions and nationalities. The festival captures the spirit of Holi and the positive energy it preaches.

Every hour on the hour from 14h00, a countdown culminates in partygoers throwing their powder into the air to create a massive explosion of colour. The coloured powder is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and allergen-free. The powder is sold at the event for R20 per sachet with five different colours available.

The line-up includes big names such as LCNVL, DJ Fresh, Pascal & Pearce and Napalma (live).

Locnville (LCNVL) is a multi-award winning and bestselling electronic duo consisting of twin brothers, Andrew and Brian Chaplin. Their latest offering, Faster Longer Mixtape has received mass critical acclaim, spawning the chart and topping singles Closer and The Year 3000.

The much-loved 5FM DJ Fresh dropped his law studies and pursued radio fulltime by joining YFM in 1997. Fresh was heading up the YFM breakfast team by 2003, followed by the morning show on Metro FM and was quickly snapped by 5FM shortly after that. His show is currently 5FM’s most popular shows. He also has a list of successful house albums to his name.

Pascal and Pearce’s success is not only at home in South Africa but also tops the charts abroad, garnering international acclaim. The pair has done official remixes for local artists such as Locnville, Goldfish, Flash Republic, Zebra & Giraffe, Goodluck and Lady Lea, and are continuously working on their sound in a way that is both organic and constantly evolving.

The Holi Festival of Colours takes place in Durban at the Berea Rovers Club, Stamford Hill, on December 28 from 14h00 onwards. (No under 18’s) Tickets R150 – R280 on sale at and Computicket. For more information visit