AfrikaBurn is an annual event that takes place in April at the Tankwa Karoo National Park in South Africa. It is a Burning Man regional event that is open to all.
AfrikaBurn is an annual event that takes place in April at the Tankwa Karoo National Park in South Africa. It is a Burning Man regional event that is open to all. Take part in a culturally diverse experience that highlights unboundaried art creation through the celebration of life, love and unity. The event has taken place since 2007 and continues to grow with the latest festival reaching a crowd of 13,000.
Each year, the AfrikaBurn adopts a new theme which embodies the inspiration of the event’s artwork. However, the theme is not enforced and the rules of the event are quite simple.
No money is allowed.
Event organizers encourage participants to celebrate with transparency. The AfrikaBurn does not have any vendors, branding, sponsors or anything for purchase. It centers around the gift of giving which is made possible through a wide array of artwork. Attendees are known to dress in elaborate costumes as they enjoy music and performances inside a temporary city of art.
Another cornerstone to this distinct event is the burning of the Clan sculpture. It is the physical representation of the spirit of AfrikaBurn and is made up of one torso, several heads and many legs. The design serves as a visual indication of unity for the festival’s members. Furthermore, the event’s members are urged to read and follow the 11 principles during their time at AfrikaBurn. They include philosophical guidelines that share the wealth of self-expression, self-reliance and knowledge throughout the community.
Afrikaburn 2019 Theme
Ephemerality (from Greek – ephemeros) is the concept of things being transitory, existing only briefly.
Rising like a dusty mirage out of the Karoo heat, there’s a city that many call home. A manifestation of our collective imagination, the culmination of our collective efforts. It comes and goes, and ebbs and flows. It’s transient, temporary and transitory. It’s neither here, nor there. It is real in its unrealness.
It’s a collection of differences where we discover the secrets of ourselves that have been kept hidden. Where we uncover hidden strengths and talents, and where we expose our weaknesses and our shortcomings. An experiment with echoes of the past and explosions of the future.
April 29 (Monday) 1:00 am - May 5 (Sunday) 1:00 am
Tankwa Karoo National Park Calvinia