What’s the most colourful time of year? SpringFlare! SpringFlare is Australia’s biggest colour festival, and from its humble origins back in 2013 it has exploded, with this year’s festival shaping up to be the biggest yet.
But what makes SpringFlare special? We spoke to event founder, Mcklein Javeri, to find out what the spirit of the festival really is.
“The most amazing thing is when everyone comes together.”
Javeri told us that SpringFlare was inspired by the ancient Hindu festival of Holi. Traditionally Holi is celebrated by one and all. Hindu’s and non-Hindu’s, young and old, rich and poor. This idea of being what Javeri calls ‘culturally many, spiritually one’ is the soul of the festival. It is fun, wild and messy, but at its centre, SpringFlare is about ‘fostering the human spirit’. No matter who you were when you stepped into the festival, when the colour is flying we are all ‘colour monsters’. All together covered in colour, but no two people the same.
In the past SpringFlare has been a free event, this year there will be a cost – $22 entry, $4 for colour packets, 2 with the promo code COLOURLOVE – but what has this extra cost changed? According to Javeri the event is still not for profit, and these funds are being used solely to sustain and grow the festival. And it shows. This year’s line includes the Delta Riggs, Jackie Onassis, Willow Beats and Paces, with colour throwing every hour.
It is a day for sharing, bring everyone you can, all ages welcome. Just do the founders a favour and remember it is not just a colour party, it is Holi.
Words by Izrin Ariff | Images via SpringFlare