The theme for any AfrikaBurn is intended as a point of possible connection, or inspiration, it’s a conversational start point, a proposition for discussion, it’s a post to rub up against, it’s a platform to dream from….do with it what you like.

  • 27 April 2011

What is Afrikaburn ?

AfrikaBurn is a creative arts and freedom of expression festival that aims to build temporary community through collaborative arts projects, in a completely non-commercial environment.
This is a place to collaborate, cooperate, and add to the public environment. To build community. We want you to make a conscious decision to inject artistic sensibility into every daily activity: to invent the world anew; to generate a culture, a connective environment to be idealistic and celebratory. We want you to think of this gathering as an "invent" rather than an "event". See this as an opportunity to reinvent the world and to foster art-making
So our objective with AfrikaBurn, is simply to create a blank canvas on which participants can project any creative endeavour that they desire to create; project aspects of themselves, collectively or individually; all of this in an environment not mediated or controlled by commercial enterprise.
Community offerings range from astounding large-scale interactive art installations, through music and performance installations, all the way down to small quaint interpersonal offerings between fellow participants (the person who kindly offers wet-wipes to all those exiting toilets, a cooling spray from a water filled spray bottle on a hot day). This "gift economy" means that here is no commercial exchange at the event - no vending, no cash bars and no branded promotion of services or products, the aim being real social interaction. It is an exercise in total self-reliance: participants camp for four days and provide entirely for themselves, including all their water, shelter and food needs. The entire festival is created by voluntary participants who invest their own personal skills, resources, time and money in the shared project of self expression and creating, for a few days: a Utopian vision. If you come to AfrikaBurn, you must participate in whatever way you can. We want no spectators.
AfrikaBurn into the Future
While the event is a temporary village/utopia, our goal is to create a more permanent outlet to disseminate the culture that grows at the event. We are a Section 21 not-for-profit company. All surplus funds will be channeled back into the artistic community through art grants. Ultimately we intend to have a year-round operation, with continuing workshops and forums where artists can connect and collaborate, skill and instruct anyone interested in fabricating and constructing large scale, public and collaborative art. We are aiming for absolute transparency and will publish our annual accounts on the web.
AfrikaBurn is a creative arts and freedom of expression festival that aims to build temporary community through collaborative arts projects, in a completely non-commercial environment.
This is a place to collaborate, cooperate, and add to the public environment. To build community. We want you to make a conscious decision to inject artistic sensibility into every daily activity: to invent the world anew; to generate a culture, a connective environment to be idealistic and celebratory. We want you to think of this gathering as an "invent" rather than an "event". See this as an opportunity to reinvent the world and to foster art-making
So our objective with AfrikaBurn, is simply to create a blank canvas on which participants can project any creative endeavour that they desire to create; project aspects of themselves, collectively or individually; all of this in an environment not mediated or controlled by commercial enterprise.
Community offerings range from astounding large-scale interactive art installations, through music and performance installations, all the way down to small quaint interpersonal offerings between fellow participants (the person who kindly offers wet-wipes to all those exiting toilets, a cooling spray from a water filled spray bottle on a hot day). This "gift economy" means that here is no commercial exchange at the event - no vending, no cash bars and no branded promotion of services or products, the aim being real social interaction. It is an exercise in total self-reliance: participants camp for four days and provide entirely for themselves, including all their water, shelter and food needs. The entire festival is created by voluntary participants who invest their own personal skills, resources, time and money in the shared project of self expression and creating, for a few days: a Utopian vision. If you come to AfrikaBurn, you must participate in whatever way you can. We want no spectators.
AfrikaBurn into the FutureWhile the event is a temporary village/utopia, our goal is to create a more permanent outlet to disseminate the culture that grows at the event. We are a Section 21 not-for-profit company. All surplus funds will be channeled back into the artistic community through art grants. Ultimately we intend to have a year-round operation, with continuing workshops and forums where artists can connect and collaborate, skill and instruct anyone interested in fabricating and constructing large scale, public and collaborative art. We are aiming for absolute transparency and will publish our annual accounts on the web.

For more information please visit www.afrikaburn.com or www.informme.co.za

 


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