Capetonians and the Holi Festival of Colours 2013 came together to celebrate our rainbow nation and all its different colours.
Oct15

Capetonians and the Holi Festival of Colours 2013 came together to celebrate our rainbow nation and all its different colours.

The celebration of good over evil, also famously known as the Holi  Festival of Colours took to Cape Town’s Sahara Park this past weekend for a spectacular showcase of colour, music and dance. Now find out how the event was after the jump. Sahara Park Newlands has seen its fair share of colourful crowds while hosting numerous domestic and international cricket matches as well as the glamorous IPL tournament in 2009. These crowds were, however, pale in comparison to the excited crowd that descended on the Sahara Park Newlands grounds on Saturday the 12th of October for the Holi Festival 2013. With the majority dressed in white, the crowd looked forward to lashings and dustings of colour powder that has made this event so popular; not only in its native India, but also internationally in vibrant cities such as Berlin and now Cape Town. DJ Kirsti set the pace for the day with a smashing set, which played into the first countdown and got the crowd so excited that colour powder was thrown earlier than scheduled. Even though the rain came and went, it did little to dampen the revelry as the majority of the crowd wouldn’t let the rain spoil the party. Every hour saw the release of another colour-cloud and cheering from those that it enveloped. There was little doubt that the crowd of three to four thousand had a fantastic time while experiencing this unique festival. The combination of colour and South Africa’s hottest live acts was the perfect combination for a memorable party. The Holi Festival is traditionally a celebration of good over evil and is celebrated as such in India. This festival also provides a rare relaxation of the cast system that segments the Indian society. Saturday saw a diverse crowd of not only Capetonians but also many international partygoers from countries such as Germany and Spain.  In the true spirit of the Holi Festival, it is safe to say that everyone had great fun. Images courtesy of: Eugene Brand...

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COMPETITION: Joburgers and the Holi Festival of Colours 2013
Sep05

COMPETITION: Joburgers and the Holi Festival of Colours 2013

Are you  ready to paint the town red…and blue and green and yellow. Don’t hesitate to add more colour… Part of the eight countries and 30 cities worldwide, the Johannesburg leg of the Holi Festival of Colours 2013 World Tour will transform The Mary Fitzgerald Square on the 14th of September 2013 into a multi-colour dance floor. South Africa’s rainbow nation will come together in this open-air venue and fill the space with bright yellows, reds, greens and blues in the sky, on beaming faces and lifting up from the floor on the beat of moving feet and the music that drives it. Holi is one of the largest festivals in India announcing the arrival of spring and the passing of winter and marks the victory of the good over the bad. During the celebrations the caste system is out of force and so all people are equal – the symbol for that are the colours – 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. The Holi Festival of Colours Festival Joburg supports one of Holi’s biggest custom of loosening the strictness of social structures and bringing communities together in an exhilarating experience. Every hour on the hour from 15h00 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 line-up includes big names such as Goldfish, Crazy White Boy (Live)and DJ Fresh. Goldfish needs no introduction to South Africa. Their genre-defying mix of live instruments, House beats and searing live performances has seen Goldfish go from impromptu jams at a tiny beach club in Cape Town to headlining Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, cracking top 10 on the US iTunes Dance Chart, a residency at Pacha Ibiza with David Guetta and DJ’s like Fedde le Grand knocking on their door to remix their tracks. Crazy White Boy’s music can be described as a blend of Kwaito and House rhythms with little elements of electro, which the duo has coined as “Ghetto Tech”. It is this kind of music that has earned Crazy White Boy multiple Gold and Platinum selling albums, a South African Music Awards (SAMA) nomination for “Song of the Year” for their hit single, Love you Better in 2011 and a Metro Award nomination for “Best Group Album” in 2013. Their latest single, Zoma has been topping the charts on most South African radio stations. DJ Fresh is one of South Africa’s most-sought after mix masters. This much loved 5FM...

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WE ARE ONE colour festival to announce Summer dates soon.
Aug12

WE ARE ONE colour festival to announce Summer dates soon.

The folks at Seed Experiences want to set the record straight regarding the many pop-ups of the colour festivals. WE ARE ONE is brought to you by Seed Experiences, and if you have colour, read more after the jump. In March and April this year tens of thousands of colour-crazy revellers covered Cape Town and Johannesburg in a kaleidoscope of green, orange, pink, yellow and blue at the original WE ARE ONE Colour Festivals. When it launched, WE ARE ONE was the first electronic dance music (EDM) event based on a colour powder festival concept to launch in South Africa. As the first festival of its kind in the country, WE ARE ONE attracted sell-out crowds in Cape Town and Johannesburg. It also set in motion a “colour festival phenomenon” that has seen several ‘copycat’ versions of the original WE ARE ONE colour festival crop up in cities around the country as promoters jump on the colour powder bandwagon after seeing the success WE ARE ONE generated. The public has taken notice of this as questions are asked online and in social media about why there are so many different colour festivals that seem so similar. As the company responsible for putting on WE ARE ONE, award-winning Seed Experiences wants to set the record straight. “We don’t claim to be the first colour festival ever and the concept of a non-religious colour festival is no longer new and many are held around the world. But to be sure WE ARE ONE is South Africa’s First Colour Festival of its kind and, as Seed Experiences, we remain committed to throwing successful colour festivals that are about music and people having a great time in the spirit of togetherness,” says Brian Little, Managing Director of Seed Experiences. Despite other versions of the first WE ARE ONE Colour Festival popping up, Seed Experiences is confident that both existing fans and new colour-party revellers will support the country’s first EDM colour festival. “Like all of Seed Experiences events WE ARE ONE set the standards in South Africa. People who attend WE ARE ONE know they are part of the first festival in the country and they know they can expect a world-class event, the best line-up, and an overall amazing experience. This is clear from our sell-out events in March and April,” adds Brian. Seed Experiences will be announcing the new venues and dates for the summer WE ARE ONE Colour Festivals very soon. The official announcements will be made on the Facebook pages and to media in the coming days. If it doesn’t say WE ARE ONE, it’s not South Africa’s First Colour Festival music and party event! Find WE ARE...

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Jersey Boys Pull No Punches according to Nicole.
May24

Jersey Boys Pull No Punches according to Nicole.

If you live in Johannesburg and surrounding suburbs there’s no denying that you might have seen some of our  local buses wrapped in one of Jersey Boys posters. Well if you have no idea who these boys are, don’t worry. Nicole takes us on a review ride of this spectacular show. Probably her best show in the 2nd quarter of 2013. Details after the jump. Last week we were treated to a VIP night at Monte Casino that included a fabdinner at @Monte, a backstage tour of the Teatro and the best seats in the house for the highly acclaimed Jersey Boys. While I totally love musicals, I’m weary of their prolificacy and fear that South Africans are completely forgetting that theatre does not always involveclapping to a beat and dancing in the aisles. Yes, I’m a vocal advocate of straight plays, but one must give props where due, and Jersey Boys is most deserving of its acclaim. Although acted out by SA locals, Jersey Boys is straight out of Broadway and tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, who were from New Jersey. Don’t know who they are? Oh, you probably do. Know the song “Oh, What A Night”? Or, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” (revived by Lauryn Hill in the late 90s)? Yup, you’ll recognise a few others too. The show, while covering an entire lifetime of the four men, moves super quickly, which is a real boredom buster and, along with the incredible performances and songs, the time flies by without you even noticing that your bum has gone numb. The committed and talented cast have already taken the show to Singapore and are now on their way to Cape Town. It’s a hectic schedule and a serious lifestyle adjustment for the players and crew. While on the backstage tour we were literally floored with some fascinating facts that show just how serious of a show it really is… The facts: • 41 crew and 15 cast members • 5 actors trained in the role of Franki • 867 lighting cues, which are called by one person throughout the show • 13 costume changes in the first act just for one of the female Characters • The shortest costume change happens in 9 seconds, with the help of 4 crew1 • There is R400,000 worth of guitars backstage • The band actually sits in 2 separate rooms downstairs. They do not even see the stage and must rely on the musical director for cues. • 40 mics are used • There are 2 sets of every costume in case one malfunctions •...

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Cape Town wins Khumo.
May24

Cape Town wins Khumo.

I once heard a cover version of Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual sang on glee and instantly thought its  an original from Darren Criss. Turns out, I failed myself by not researching the original artist. This is the type of mistake uncommon with our feature writer Khumo Ntoane, its also usual for her to explore what is around her. We recently cried our hearts out bidding farewell to our “resident nerd” as she decided Johazardburg is killing her vibe. In this article she shares her love for Cape Town in pictures and shows us that truly indeed, she is a global citizen after living in Asia and South Korea she now calls Cape Town home, hopefully for a while before she packs her suitcase to her next destination. I love CapeTown for all the things that it’s NOT. I don’t expect friendly faces or chit chatter with strangers on taxis. I expect the tight lipped smiles with shades and the bergies who shout and curse you with deep hatred and the indifferent service at the non-touristy spots. I also love that there are several places to escape to, mine being mainly the beach and coffee shops. I’m an explorer in this city and at every corner there is something new to discover. I’ll be doing a lot more digging and going to places that are on the radar soon. I have a knack for attracting the most ridiculous situations… When the love for a place becomes more than just sight seeing it becomes a home, a comforting place, a breeding ground for ones creativity. With that being said, SP/Represent has good wishes for our beloved Khumzie. Cape Town, its been...

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