31 October 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds


AfrikaBurn is an experience of a lifetime: it is a ‘temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance’ in the middle of the Tankwa Karoo.

One of the creations being set alight at AfrikaBurn 2012. Photo courtesy of Jolene Bertoldi, aka ZA Photos

There are many exciting festivals on the South African calendar. One of the most popular of these is AfrikaBurn, which is held at Stonehenge farm close to the Tankwa Karoo National Park each year, some three hours outside Cape Town.

Ticket sales for AfrikaBurn 2014 have opened already (it's on from 28 April to 4 May), so for those who want to attend the event next year, we've chosen a selection of pictures from our Love South Africa Flickr group to whet the appetite. We'd love to see some of your pictures here too!

Photo courtesy of Jolene Bertoldi, aka ZA Photos

Those who attend AfrikaBurn say this seven-day festival in the semi-desert of the Tankwa Karoo is an extraordinary experience. The organisers of AfrikaBurn describe it as 'a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance'.

Photo courtesy of Gabriela Slegrova

This festival is similar to Burning Man, which takes place in Nevada in the United States.

Photo courtesy of Gabriela Slegrova

One of the guiding principles of AfrikaBurn is to 'leave no trace'. Once the temporary city is dismantled and everything is cleaned up, there should be no physical trace of the festival left behind.

Photo courtesy of Gabriela Slegrova

Everyone is expected to participate. AfrikaBurn devotee Verity Maud explains that the participants are all expected to gift something. This is not about any kind of bartering process; instead you arrive with something to gift to others. It doesn't have to involve an artistic performance, but can range from fixing a bicycle to mixing drinks. 'There's absolutely no limit to what you are prepared to come with.'

Photo courtesy of Daniele Bora, aka Dani Bora

'The absolute magic of AfrikaBurn is that it is a collaboration of a totally diverse cross-section of people that impress themselves upon a blank canvas and express themselves without limit,' says Maud. She learnt to walk on stilts at AfrikaBurn, highlighting her experience of it as an 'invitation to come and express yourself'.

Photo courtesy of Jolene Bertoldi, aka ZA Photos

Those who have been will tell you that it is potentially a life-changing event. Put AfrikaBurn on your bucket list and be sure to share your photos with the Love South Africa group on Flickr when you get back home. 

Enjoy this time-lapse video of AfrikaBurn 2013:

Category: Arts & Entertainment, Attractions

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