You’ve probably heard of Burning Man, but you may not know that there’s a smaller, more intimate version held in South Africa. It’s called AfrikaBurn, and it’s one of many regional burns that take place all over the world. Normally about 11 000 people gather in the South African desert for a week, although this past year it was limited to about 7000 due to COVID restrictions.
The event is based on the same principles as Burning Man: It’s a celebration of art, music, and self-expression. Nothing can be bought or sold here, with the exception of ice. Attendees are expected to bring everything they need to survive out in the desert, and more to gift to others. For many, a week living in this alternative, experimental place ends up being a transformative experience.
These 23 photos show what AfrikaBurn is all about.