The inau­gur­al Cra­dle Colour Fest at Maropeng’s Stone Park on Mon­day 24 Sep­tem­ber was per­haps one of the most vibrant events that the Cra­dle of Humankind has seen this year. The event was held to mark Her­itage Day, South Africa’s annu­al cel­e­bra­tion of the country’s diver­si­ty. It also marked the offi­cial open­ing of the newest attrac­tion at Maropeng: Stone Park. Tourism Min­is­ter Derek Hanekom did the hon­ours ear­ly in the day. 

Stone Park was designed and com­plet­ed by award-win­ning land­scap­ing firm FSG late last year. It fea­tures strik­ing pieces of stone and indige­nous plants.

It struck me that a colour fes­ti­val is a graph­ic way of cel­e­brat­ing diver­si­ty. As peo­ple hap­pi­ly doused each oth­er in the most vibrant colours towards the end of the day, every­one had so much colour on them — they were all the same colour!” said Maropeng’s MD Michael Worsnip. 

The event, which ran from 10am to 6pm, saw per­for­mances from pop­u­lar enter­tain­ers such as DJ Dino Bra­vo and Lady Zamar, as well as accom­plished up-and-com­ing artists like DJ Neo Beats and singer Nariska Zietsman.

That is a cel­e­bra­tion of diver­si­ty and one­ness. Aside from this; peo­ple had fun togeth­er — peo­ple who had nev­er met each oth­er before danced to songs which they had nev­er heard before. Chil­dren were play­ing; peo­ple were hap­py — a good time was had by all,” said Worsnip.

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Lady Zamar takes the stage at the Cra­dle Colour Fest.

Here are more great images from the Cra­dle Colour Fest …