No water. No shops. No boerie rolls. No bar. No signal. Burns. Scorpions. Sculptures. Sunburn. Costume. Thorns. Music. Dehydration. Art. Sharp stones. Themed camps. Scratches. Mutant vehicles. Bruises. Beauty. Exhaustion. Creativity. Blisters. Excitement. Disintegrated bearings. Sharing. Broken axles. Gifting. Punctures. Community. Storms. Wind that shreds tents. Dust devils that fling them into the distance. Floods. Wide open space. Hail. 110km on a rough dirt road in the Tankwa Karoo with no phone signal, no petrol station and very few signs of humanity. Below zero at night, daytime up to 40 degrees in the shade. And. There. Is. No. Shade.
Every participant has to bring everything they need to survive. And then take it all – and this includes every last scrap of trash – back. You cannot buy anything at the event but ice.You simply give away, receive or exchange things.
As with each year since it started in 2007, AfrikaBurn takes place in the Tankwa Karoo desert in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. A year’s worth of anticipation, dreaming, planning, building and creating comes together to create Tankwa Town, a temporary city formed from the imaginations of its participants (that means everyone who attands!) Point of the event is that there are no spectators, everyone is involved and participating. It is a participant-created movement, an experiment in inclusive community building, decommodification, creativity, self-reliance and radical self-expression. Community of participants who come together once a year to create art, burning structures, costume, performance, theme camps, music, mutant vehicles and much, much more.
AfrikaBurn is a regional event of Burning Man, but is not owned or organisationally managed by Burning Man. Culturally and creatively, it reflects much of the community spirit, art, expression and creativity that Burning Man and Burner culture in general are known for. AfrikaBurn is not a party. It is not a trance festival. It also is not about getting intoxicated, having sex, getting debauched or behaving badly. It is an art event, which, like any other large-scale open-air event, attracts people of all walks of life.
10 guiding principles of AfrikaBurn
leaving no trace
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