Afrikaburn, deep in the desert of the Karoo, is the extreme sport of festival-going: a great trek into a wilderness with everything you need for a week of survival. But, you’ll do much more than survive there. Just like a wild bungee jump into the unknown you’ll feel the absolute exhilaration of being alive.
Every year an entire village springs up from the bare earth. Fringing the inner circle (or Binnekring) that spans over a kilometre, are the kind of establishments you would expect to find in an alternate universe. And it is that. A sweet shop where you can help yourself to sherbert straws, a tutu making workshop with walls of technicolour tulle to walk away in, a pop-up photographic studio complete with props- these are Theme Camps, freely offering their services and wares, open to all comers.
As much as Afrikaburn is a wonderland of whimsy, above all, it is place to make, exhibit and be art. Away from a world where creativity is a commodity and out of sight of our eagle-eyed inner critics, it offers us the chance to give full and free rein to the creative spark that each of us has nestling inside us, and see it burn!
Divine and demonic costumes are donned along with the alter egos that have been aching to have their day and the only motor vehicles allowed on the Binnekring are those dressed in outfits of their own. Every view that the eye opens onto sparkles and hums with presence.
This year’s artworks- towering sky spires, sculptural botanicals bleached white, a temple of sanctuary filled with messages to those we have loved and lost, a beautifully crafted driftwood rhino- were created with awe-inspiring vision and superhuman effort, often over many months for no financial gain. They stood (before sometimes going up in flames) as a testament to our shared potential and ability to enrich the world we inhabit together.
As much as you will receive, you will also want to share and love and participate, and that’s the most wonderful gift of all. Get set to give what you’ve got in 2015 by visiting www.afrikaburn.com.
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