If you’re look­ing for a unique way to cel­e­brate Her­itage Day this year, look no fur­ther. The Cra­dle of Humankind will be cel­e­brat­ing Her­itage Day with its first-ever Cra­dle Colour Fest. Here’s why you should stop by …

1. The Cra­dle is the best place to cel­e­brate Her­itage Day

There are few bet­ter places to cel­e­brate Her­itage Day than where humanity’s ori­gin sto­ry is being painstak­ing­ly recon­struct­ed. The Cra­dle of Humankind is so named because it’s one of the rich­est fos­sil sites in the world, where some of the old­est and most fas­ci­nat­ing hominin fos­sils have been found.

2. It’s at Maropeng’s Stone Park

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Maropeng’s Stone Park (Image: Maropeng)

Our Stone Park was designed and com­plet­ed by award-win­ning land­scap­ing firm FSG late last year. A rolling green land­scape punc­tu­at­ed by strik­ing gran­ite pieces make the space con­tem­pla­tive and artis­tic. And it’s the ide­al set­ting for the Cra­dle Colour Fest, which comes at the begin­ning of spring, one of the most beau­ti­ful times of year in the Cra­dle of Humankind.

3. You’ll get to cel­e­brate South African artists

The event organ­is­er, Rare pieces of the essence (Pty) Ltd, has put togeth­er a line-up of up-and-com­ing artists, musi­cians, fash­ion design­ers and dancers, who will be show­ing off their tal­ent at the fes­ti­val. DJ Dino Bra­vo and The Fos­sils are part of the line-up.

4. There’s a lit­tle some­thing for everyone

Apart from a colour pow­der dis­play, the Cra­dle Colour Fest will also fea­ture live music, as well as fash­ion and food. Please note that fes­ti­val­go­ers are not allowed to bring food or drink to the event. But don’t wor­ry, there will be a food mar­ket and bars on site.

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5. You’ll have a whole lot of fun

Colour fes­ti­vals are a feast for the eyes, but also great fun to take part in.

Did you know that the idea of throw­ing colour­ful pow­der in the air, com­plete­ly cov­er­ing your­self and those around you, actu­al­ly has ancient roots? In fact, the colour fes­ti­vals we see today are loose­ly based on an ancient fes­ti­val that has been cel­e­brat­ed in India for cen­turies, called Holi, to mark the begin­ning of spring and the tri­umph of good over evil.

Because of the vibrant, strik­ing colours and the fun that comes with play­ing with colour­ful pow­der, these fes­ti­vals are being cel­e­brat­ed all over the world, and are seen as a joy­ful cel­e­bra­tion of diversity.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Tick­ets cost R250 for VIP access, R150 for gen­er­al access, and R50 for chil­dren under 18.
  • You can buy your tick­ets here
  • The fes­ti­val starts at 10am and fin­ish­es at 6pm
  • You’re not allowed to bring in food or drinks