AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of participants who gather once a year in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance!
Inspired by the famous Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert that attracts around 50 000 people, AfrikaBurn takes place in the Karoo desert, with nothing much around. A village of tents (Tankwa Town) springs up around art installations and sculptures for the six-day event.
The whole deal is that you don’t go to AfrikaBurn to merely party and be entertained – you go to participate in a community art movement. It is a no spectator driven getaway where there are no money exchange, vendors or other taking place. We even received a survival guide for this festival. Whilst a ten page long survival guide might scare you off, most of the points are related to normal camping at a site where there are no electricity.
As newbies to the Africaburn, we weren’t really sure what to expect. Whilst many people have heard something, either whispers or seen photos about Afrika burn I must admit looking at this radical self expression get together looked nothing less than a nirvana, or a break away for people from the everyday life.
On the festival page the organisers state the festival as:
“AfrikaBurn’s aim is to be radically inclusive and accessible to anyone. The touchstone of value in our culture will always be immediacy: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, ritual before symbolism, work before vested interest, participant support before sponsorship”
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