Every year, the AfrikaBurn festival encampment is dwarfed by the desert vastness of the Tanka Karoo, but two human-made interventions typically stand out.
Firstly, the art works, which can achieve an (albeit temporary) monumental scale; and secondly, the themed camps, where thousands of Burners eat, sleep and take shelter for the week-long festival.
The Red Bulletin visited AfrikaBurn this year, and came away with these memorable images.
Prayer To New Moon
“Prayer to the new moon” In the early evening we hear drums from afar. A ritual performance led by half-animal half-man stilted beings begins. Into the evening space emerges the creature, heavy and pregnant. She is unruly and needs to be held back and controlled by tall mythical horned guardians.
As her time is near she bucks and arches and seems to be reaching up to the twilight sky… searching. A ring of fire is lit to assist her and she releases the moon into the night sky. A girl is taken with the moon and is born into the evening sky above. Having undergone a full transformation and been given new life, she withers away with the fading sun.
LOVE comes in all shapes, sizes, colours and disguises. The Bedazzled Crew invited burners to express their love by personalising their LOVE.
Pause a while friend, where you stand now so once was I, where I am now you soon will be, so prepare yourself to follow me. Find us and forever let the light change your intensity. Come sit in the mushroom garden and be free.
Most gifts are wrapped only to be revealed later, although sometimes we get a peek into the gift. Freedom has many facets that can be explored. Sometimes freedom is given, but sometimes it only arises from the ashes.
Subterrafuge is an attempted comment and an attempt to raise awareness and resistance, not only to the fracking of the Karoo, but to all selfish profit driven destruction of the last few areas of natural wonder still left on the planet. Due to weather last year subterrafuge was only burnt this year.
Atomic Love factory
Get Hitched! Celebrate your lurve at our Vegas Style wedding chapel. The Seven Day marriage of highly effective Afrika Burners. Change your husband / wife as often as suits your underwear. Why? Because you can. It’s all about experienceing the polygamy of instantly gratifying love in a non judgemental space. Bring your friends and make it official with our speedy non binding susnet wedding extravaganza. Various wedding available.
Rust in Dust
Your Bring-en-Braai camp! home of the annual Tankwa Town Inter-Camp Potjiekos kompetiesie! Meat or Veg… they don’t judge. Their fire will burn late into the night for every night that bites.
Some people like to go bigger. Some people like to go better. Some even like to go bolder. But that’s never been enough for us. We like wilder. They like saucier. They like naughtier. The only way to improve on the best night of your life is with the best night of your afterlife (duh) Home of the brazen burlesque show.
Sweet Love Cinema
A place to expand your mind to new dimensions with awareness-raising documentaries, perspective-twisting shorts and groove inspiring classics!