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AfrikaBurn: The event

In 1986, some dude called Larry and his mate Jerry set fire to a wooden figure on a beach in San Francisco … Many years later, here we are in South Africa with AfrikaBurn, one of the largest regional Burning Man events outside of the USA.

AfrikaBurn takes place at Quaggafontein in the Tankwa Karoo, which is located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The event is a blank canvas on which participants project any creative endeavour that they desire to create, ranging from large-scale burning sculptures to small performances, and any kind of service that participants see fit to give or “gift” to the community. The spectacular result is the manifestation of a weeklong interdisciplinary cultural event that includes art, costume, performance, theme camps, music, mutant vehicles and so much more.

AfrikaBurn’s aim is to invent the world anew and gift its participants a space for creative expression, play, and be radically inclusive and accessible. The touchstone of value in our culture will always be immediacy: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, ritual before symbolism, work before vested interest, participant support before sponsorship.

All the different AfrikaBurn tickets:

Accessibility

Our aim is to make sure that AfrikaBurn is fully accessible to anyone who wants to attend. As an outdoor event in a desert environment there are some areas at Quaggafontein that are harder to access, especially in difficult weather – but we will do our utmost to help all participants access as much of AfrikaBurn as possible.

  • Registered disabled participants can apply for an Anathi ticket for their carer should it be required to enable them to participate.
  • Disabled toilets can be provided to specific attendees. These are exclusively for those with disabilities.

Please contact​ [email protected] to discuss either or both of the accessibility options, once you have confirmed your own ticket.

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The guiding principles of AfrikaBurn:

AfrikaBurn is a Burning Man regional event, and our guiding principles are based on the Ten Principles of Burning Man, to which we have added an 11th, in 2011 – Each One Teach One – that encourages the sharing of knowledge.

These principles aren’t commandments, and they’re not rules – they’re ideals that offer guidelines to how we as a community can reinvent the world, and ourselves. In fact, we re-invented the principle of ‘Radical Inclusion’ to be more representative in the South African context.

Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles as guidelines for the newly-formed Regional Network, in 2004. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception.

The Man in the Hat – a tribute to Larry by the AfrikaBurn Art Committee

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Illustrations by Gabi Bruhnso and Ilse Erasmus

Refunds:

Due to the hard work and year round costs it takes to make AfrikaBurn happen, AfrikaBurn have always had a no refund policy on tickets. However this year, in the event of a cancellation due to a Government imposed COVID-19 lock down (that potentially bans gatherings or limits numbers allowed to gather outdoors), much the same as events both locally and abroad, AfrikaBurn is offering a sliding scale COVID-19 only refund.

Please note that for both Mayday and New Horizons Ticket types, the partial COVID-19 refund only applies to the General Sales portion of your event ticket and not any donation that may be included in the ticket price. For example, if you buy a Mayday Ticket for R3999 then you will receive a R2090 (95% of the General Sales Ticket price of R2199) refund should AfrikaBurn get cancelled before the end of the year (minus any transaction fees). If you buy a New Horizons or General Sales Ticket the same sliding scale percentages would apply.

The sliding refund scale also applies to other AfrikaBurn ticket types, but in direct proportion to their cost. For example, a Kids’ Ticket at R499 would get a 75% refund if AfrikaBurn is cancelled on the 30th January 2022 – equalling a R374 refund (minus any transaction fees).

Cancellation before 1 January 2022 = 95% of General Sales Ticket price or equivalent percentage of a Subsidised or Kids Ticket

Cancellation before 1 February 2022 = 75% of General Sales Ticket price or equivalent percentage of a Subsidised or Kids Ticket

Cancellation before 1 March 2022 = 25% of General Sales Ticket price or equivalent percentage of a Subsidised or Kids Ticket

Cancellation after 1 March 2022 = No refund

COVID-19 Refund Policy

By purchasing this ticket, you agree to AfrikaBurn’s limited refund policy.

A ticket purchased to attend and participate at AfrikaBurn is non-refundable:

  • > if the event is terminated or cancelled due to harsh weather, acts of nature, government directions and/or regulations, or as a result of any other circumstance, including circumstances that are beyond AfrikaBurn’s control (force majeure).
  • > if you are unable to attend and participate at AfrikaBurn for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to any reason related to COVID-19.
     

Notwithstanding the above, AfrikaBurn will provide a partial refund if AfrikaBurn is cancelled due to government directions and/or regulations promulgated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If AfrikaBurn is cancelled as a result of government directions and/or regulations promulgated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following partial refunds will apply in respect of the General Sale portion of the purchase price paid for the ticket: 

  • > cancellation prior to 1 January 2022 – 95% refund less administration charges
  • > cancellation prior to 1 February 2022 – 75% refund less administration charges
  • > cancellation prior to 1 March 2022 – 25% refund less administration charges
  • > cancellation after 1 March: no refund
     

The ticket is a revocable license to attend AfrikaBurn that may be revoked by AfrikaBurn for any reason, at any time. A revoked licence will not result in any refund whatsoever.

We acknowledge that the ticket price constitutes only a portion of the total costs in attending AfrikaBurn. As such, we recommend that you consider taking out personal insurance suited to your needs. This is particularly important for those travelling from overseas to attend AfrikaBurn.

It is your prerogative to obtain your own insurance cover to protect yourself in the event that you are unable to attend AfrikaBurn. 

We do not recommend and therefore do not offer an opt-in insurance policy at point of sale.

If you choose to opt out of protection you can still re-sell your tickets through our official reselling channels when they open. Due to the limited number of tickets available to the event, the uptake of tickets being resold should be good.

NB: Quicket and AfrikaBurn are no longer providing a means to insure your ticket with a third party on an individual basis due to the frustration experienced by the community for the last ticket sales. We invoke the principle of Radical Self-reliance, and suggest you arrange your own insurer, and a policy that suits your unique situation.
AfrikaBurn is not in a position to refund you if you are unable to attend the event due to contracting or complications arising as a result of COVID-19 in your personal capacity (e.g. being in contact with someone who tested positive requiring you to isolate).

AfrikaBurn 2022 COVID-19 entry policy:

Although the AfrikaBurn COVID-19 plan is evolving, we’re committed to protecting our community, and upholding our duty of Civic Responsibility. The following information is based on our understanding of the situation and guidance from government, and is subject to change.

South African government policy may require you to present a negative COVID-19 test within the past 48hrs to gain access to AfrikaBurn. Not having this, and/or testing positive for COVID-19 or coming into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 could prevent you from entering AfrikaBurn and you’ll then have to make plans for a safe space to isolate and/or recover. 

This protocol is evolving, and will be added to the Quaggapedia when all inputs are received and finalised. By purchasing a ticket, you agree to keep yourself and your camp mates up to date with regard to its implications, impacts and your required actions.

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Quaggafontein, Tankwa Karoo, South Africa

All the incredible images on this site were taken by Richard Ahlstrom, Alex Baier, Jolene Bertoldi, Sarah Duff, Mia Dyason, Sean Furlong, Greg Hillyard, Chris Leggatt, Jacob Mørch, Steven Morrow, Hennie Nieman, Simon O’Callaghan, Jonx Pillemer, Kiersten Rich, The Tankwa Town Art Appreciation Society, and Jan Verboom. All the dodgy images were taken by the Brain

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