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Midburn 2016
Location(s) Negev Desert, Israel
Inaugurated June 16–19, 2014 [1]
Most recent June 8–12, 2016
Participants 8,000 (2016)

Midburn (Hebrew: מידברן; Arabic: ميدبيرن) is a 5-day event held in the Negev Desert in southern Israel.[2] The first annual event was held in June, 2014, and was attended by 3,000 people.[3] The second event was held in May 20-24, 2015, and was attended by 6,500 people. The name itself is a portmanteau of the Hebrew word for "desert" (מידבר midbar) and the English word "burn" in reference to the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. [4]

The festival is held near Sde Boker,[5] and the themes of the event are creativity, art and personal expression.[6] The event culminates in a bonfire of wooden sculptures.

US television presenter Conan O'Brien mentioned Midburn on his show, Conan, during his opening monologue.[7]


  1. ^ http://midburn.org/en-past-events/
  2. ^ "Inside Midburn, Israel's version of Burning Man", Al Jazeera, 9 June 2014, retrieved 16 June 2014 
  3. ^ "Midburn in Israel's Negev desert was a bizarre first attempt at the popular US festival Burning Man", News.com.au, 11 June 2014, retrieved 16 June 2014 
  4. ^ "Now You Can Go to Burning Man After Birthright", TIME, 9 June 2014, retrieved 16 June 2014 
  5. ^ "Israele: il Midburn festival, il deserto diventa "creativo"", la Repubblica (in Italian), 11 June 2014, retrieved 16 June 2014 
  6. ^ Cyril Bonnet (10 June 2014), "Midburn : festival déjanté en plein désert d'Israël", Le Nouvel Observateur (in French), retrieved 16 June 2014 
  7. ^ CONAN Monologue 06/09/14, 9 June 2014, retrieved 18 June 2014 

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