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AfrikaBurn - the perfect event for people with burning creativity and passion!

 

Passionate music fans worldwide are always in search of something new, fresh, and original. Therefore, it doesn't come as a surprise that the most attractive music events are, more often than not, intervened with engaging and creative stages and settings, as people love the feeling of being "transported" to a "different world" or live a slightly "different reality" for a while.

Such is AfrikaBurn! Since 2007, this official Burning Man regional event has been held at the end of April every year at Tankwa Karoo, Stonehenge Private Reserve in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. In a true Burning Man manner, this event is also characterized by breathtaking settings in a semi-desert environment. The festival features the construction of temporary creative artworks, which attendees burn towards the end of the event. People who show up at AfrikaBurn put their time and energy into creating unique costumes and crafting some pretty unusual but cool looking "mutant vehicles," which, we gotta say, look pretty awesome in photos. 

Africa Burns Creative Projects (AfrikaBurn) was started by Paul Jorgensen as a non-for-profit company, imagined to serve as a vehicle for the creation and co-ordination of an independent South African Burning Man regional event. Today, it labels itself as a community of participants who create art, costume, performance, theme camps, music, mutant vehicles, and much more, through a volunteer and gifting culture.

Theme camps are what make this event original and recognizable. They are established by participants to enhance the experience for everyone who shows up at the event. Each year, the number of camps grows in line with the increase in numbers. Some of the previous camps include "Alienz Coffee Shop", "BeDazzled", "Burning Mail", "Camp Anvil," "Camp High Tea", "Camp Skaduwee", "Desert Magic", "Flow Arts Commune", "Fractal Chill Ethiopian Coffee House", "New Beginnings", "Camp Now!", "Rust 'n Dust", "Smokescreen", "Space Cowboys", "Sunset Oasis", "The Emperor's New Theme Camp", "The Friend Zone", "The Purple Spanking Booth", "The Steampunk Saloon", "The Tankwa Town Library", "The Theatre of Playful Banter", "WeR1 Soulstice", and many more. 

 

Initially called Afrika Burns, the event changed its name to AfrikaBurn back in 2008, since its catchy title could possibly have a negative connotation. The team behind AfrikaBurn claims that the festival aims 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. - they say on their official website.

In 2004, the Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the “Principles” as guidelines, which reflect the community's ethos and culture. These principles include radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation, immediacy, and each-one-teach-one.

 

Like the big Burning Man festival, AfrikaBurns also features an event's central sculpture, which, in their case, is called the San Clan - designed to look like a San rock art glyph of a group of people. Like many others at the event, this sculpture gets burnt at the end of the event. What makes this AfrikaBurns particularly unique and fun is that money is not allowed on the camping site. Here, nothing is for sale, and people either trade goods or ask for something they might need.And, is there anything better you could possibly ask for during a Festival?

 

Author: Techno 24/7

Pic: M. Burger

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