Afrikaburn Festival

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Afrikaburn Festival, created in 2007, as a Not – For – Profit Organization, with the intention to serve as a vehicle for the co – ordination of a South African Burning Man regional event; was originally named ‘Afrikaburns’ but later changed to ‘Afikaburn’ due to concerns about the name having possible negative connotations.

The event has been running since 2007, with all events held at Stonehenge Private Reserve, which is adjacent to the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

The central icon and effigy of the event, the San Clan, is derived from an image found in San rock art in numerous locations in Southern Africa, and symbolizes a community as one. The design was created by Lil Black in 2006, ahead of the first event.

The Eleven Guiding Principles for the festival give a clear picture of the activities of participants at the event and these according to the organizers are;

  1. Radical Inclusion – open to anyone without any special prerequisites.

  2. Gifting – unconditional gift – giving

  3. Decommodification – brand and commercial sponsorship exclusion.

  4. Radical Self – Reliance –  reliance on ones inner resources

  5. Radical Self –Expression – each individual or collaborating group can determine its content.

  6. Communal Effort –  promote community social networking.

  7. Civic Responsibility –  conducting events in accordance with National and Local laws.

  8. Leaving No Trace –  respects the environment, leaves the environment unpolluted after activities.

  9. Participation –  encourages deep participation of all individuals in all activities.

  10. Immediacy –  realization of inner self as well as those around the natural environment.

  11. Each One Teach One –  transmission of knowledge among community.

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