Afrikaburn 2016: 25 April to 1 May

March 29, 2016  — 
(Image: Photo by Shanna Jones)

Every year towards the end of April hundreds of people gather in the Tankwa Karoo –, a semi-desert in the Northern Cape Province – to create a temporary city of art.

In this city people are free to express themselves through art, music, fancy costumes and other creative forms of self-expression. Afrikaburn is more than an art festival, it’s a chance for people to pause and ponder about life in general. The beautiful structures that go up every year are to be admired but also serve as a reminder that in life the best things are free. Nothing is for sale at the festival and people survive on what they bring with them.

The theme this year is “X” which represents the unknown in mathematics. For 2016 the festival will be all about taking time to reflect on the past and look into the unknown, which is the future. Since 2007 the Afrikaburn festival has been returning to the same patch of desert and leaving no trace behind. At the beginning of the festival structures go up fast, music follows, communities are established and by night the desert is lit up and and then it’s all gone until the next year. If you are planning on attending Afrikaburn, here are some useful tips.

What you need to know

  • Tickets are already sold out
  • The event will be held at Stonehenge Private Reserve which is about 300km from Cape Town
  • Bring your own food and water
  • You are responsible for your own shelter
  • There is nothing for sale except ice
  • No observers, only participants
  • Volunteer, help to build structures – don’t do nothing

For more information on how to prepare for and survive the festival, click here.