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Dates April / May
Location(s) Tankwa Karoo
Attendance ~9,000

AfrikaBurn is an official Burning Man regional[1] event, held annually in the Tankwa Karoo in South Africa.


Africa Burns Creative Projects (AfrikaBurn) was created in 2007 as a Not-For-Profit Company, with the intention that it would serve as a vehicle for the creation and co-ordination of an independent South African Burning Man regional event. AfrikaBurn was originally conceived by Paul Jorgensen. The company's founding Members were Richard Bowsher, Paul Jorgensen, Monique Schiess, Mike 't Sas-Rolfes, Liane Visser and Robert Weinek. The company's initial Directors were Paul Jorgenson, Monique Schiess, Michael 't Sas-Rolfes, Liane Visser & Robert Weinek.

The event has been running since 2007, with all events to date held on a private farm called Stonehenge, which is adjacent to the Tankwa Karoo National Park. The farm is very isolated, as it is situated half-way along the R355, a 250 kilometres (160 mi) long untarred road between Calvinia and Ceres in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

The event was originally called AfrikaBurns, however owing to concerns about the name having possible negative connotations there was a public call for proposals on 15 May 2008. On 16 July 2008 the new name, AfrikaBurn, was officially announced via email. The new name preserves the identity of the event, but rules out possible negative interpretations by changing the name from something that happens ('burns') to Africa, to something that happens (a 'burn') in Africa.

In 2010 the dates of the annual event were moved to earlier in the year, as autumn weather is better suited to the event, and it is currently possible for a public holiday (or in some years two public holidays) to be included within the week during which the event runs. It also means that it is not so close to Burning Man, which will hopefully increase the number of international participants.

The dates for AfrikaBurn 2015 will likely be around the same period as previous years (i.e: end-April to early May)

Year Dates Location Theme Participants Notes
2007 22–25 November Stonehenge farm Tribe ~1,000
2008 16–19 October Stonehenge farm Power ~1,200
2009 9–13 September Stonehenge farm Time ~1,600
2010 22–27 April Stonehenge farm Dream ~2,200
2011 27 April - 2 May Stonehenge farm Stof: the Primal Mud ~4,000
2012 25–30 April Stonehenge farm Mirage ~5,700
2013 1–6 May Stonehenge farm Archetypes ~7,000
2014 28 April - 4 May Stonehenge farm The Trickster ~9,000
2015 27 April - 3 May Stonehenge farm The Gift[2] ~9,800

The current directors of the organisation are Paul Grose, Robert Weinek, Liz Linsell, Sam Bendzulla, Graeme Allan and Karyn Reynolds.

San Clan[edit]

San Clan, AfrikaBurn 2013

By analogy to the Man at Burning Man, the main sculpture at the event is called the San Clan. It is designed to look like a San rock art glyph of a group of people. The intention is to convey the idea of unity and community at the event.


An artist at AfrikaBurn 2007

As a regional Burning Man event, AfrikaBurn adheres to the ten principles of Burning Man [3] and added another in 2014. Among these guiding principles[4] are the Leave No Trace[5] philosophy, self-expression, self-reliance, and communal effort.[6] The 11th principle, 'Each One Teach One', was added to encourage the sharing of knowledge throughout the community, in order to ensure the uptake of culture matches the growth in numbers.

Pets are not allowed at the event. This is due to concerns for the safety of both the animals (loud noises and an inhospitable environment), and the participants.

Theme camps are one of the key components of vibrant regional Burning Man events. Theme camps are established by participants to enhance the experience for all participants.

Major theme camps from the last few years include "Heartspace", "The Desert Rose", "Partycipation", "Amadeadly Disco", "The Vuvu Lounge", "Camp M*A*S*H*E*D", "Cosmic Groove Lounge", "Silent Cinema", "Domain", "Good Clean Fun", "LEDHEDz", "Land Of Soft Things", "Sunset Oasis", "Metal Heads", "Be Dazzled", "Wonderleka Woeskus Desert Daisies" and "Burning Mail". Each year, the number of Theme Camps grows in line with the increase in numbers. Lets not forget the loving hearth of the giant yellow bus named "Judy".[7]


The Monks of MOOP

The Monks of MOOP are a monastic order of the Tankwa Rangers of AfrikaBurn. Though the event is run near the Tankwa National Park the Monks of MOOP are a traveling order.

The groups members wear simple garments and carry oranges, which they juice and gift to passers-by whilst telling them about MOOP. MOOP stands for Matter Out Of Place. MOOP is any object that will become or has the potential to become litter. Reducing and removing MOOP is part of the Leave No Trace philosophy.


The theme for any AfrikaBurn is intended as a point of possible connection, or inspiration. The theme is not enforced, and art or performance is not necessarily in line with the theme. For a list of past years' themes, please see the table in the History section above.


  1. ^ "Regional Network". AfrikaBurn. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
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  3. ^ "10 Principles of Burning Man". Burning Man. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  4. ^ "Guiding Principles". AfrikaBurn. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Leave No Trace". AfrikaBurn. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  6. ^ "Community Participation". AfrikaBurn. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
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