About This Festival
From the Organizer
No water. No shops. No food stalls. No bars. No signal. No free WiFi. Fire. Sunburn. Scorpions. Baardskeerders. Snakes. Dirt. Dust. Sculptures. Streakers. Costumes. Thorns. Flat tyres. Dehydration. Art. Rocks. Stones. Pebbles. Scratches. Mutant vehicles. Bruises. Beauty. Exhaustion. Destruction. Friends. Blisters. Family. Excitement. Rebar. Sharing. Explosions. Gifting. Cuts. Scrapes. Community. Storms. Wind that shreds tents. Dust devils that fling them into the distance. Floods. Wide open space. Creativity. Hail. Joy. AfrikaBurn is 110 kilometres on a rough dirt road in the Tankwa Karoo with no phone signal, no fuel stops and very few signs of humanity. Nights that can be freezing, days that can get up to 40 degrees in the shade. And. There. Is. No. Shade. Well, other than the shade you create… AfrikaBurn is a community of participants who come together to create art, burning structures, costume, performance, theme camps, music, mutant vehicles and much, much more. All of this is created through the volunteer culture of the citizens of Tankwa Town in the Karoo once a year. Nothing is for sale but ice at the event. Nothing. There are no vendors, no advertising or branding. It just doesn’t fit in. It’s not even a barter economy – it’s a decommodified zone with a gift economy that’s about giving without expecting anything in return.