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:
Number of tickets available: 1500
Cost: R 3 999 / € 233 /
Date of sale: 1 September 2021 12:00 pm SAST
Sales end: 15 September 2021 4:00 pm SAST (or sold out)
Mayday Tickets are charged at a premium above the general AfrikaBurn ticket price. For those that have the ability to access AfrikaBurn tickets early, a generous donation is included that allows AfrikaBurn to facilitate the community who actualize the amazing creative projects you see at AfrikaBurn, whilst still making tickets available to others who have less means, to also be able to attend AfrikaBurn.
The difference between the regular ticket price (R2199) and the Mayday Ticket price (R3999) is a direct donation of R1800 to AfrikaBurn. This ticket type is for those who want to support AfrikaBurn throughout the year as well as secure a ticket as soon as possible which may help those who need to make travel arrangements well in advance.
Limited COVID-19 refund policy:
Should AfrikaBurn have to cancel the event due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mayday Ticket holders will only be refunded the percentage amount as relates to the General Sale Ticket price (R2199), and not the Mayday Ticket price. For example, if you buy a Mayday Ticket for R3999 you will receive a R2090 (95% of R2199) refund should AfrikaBurn get cancelled before the end of 2021 (minus any transaction fees).
Cancellation before 1 January 2022 = 95% of General Sales Ticket price
Cancellation before 1 February 2022 = 75% of General Sales Ticket price
Cancellation before 1 March 2022 = 25% of General Sales Ticket price
Cancellation after 1 March 2022 = No refund
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.
For more information:
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
Illustrations by Gabi Bruhnso and Ilse Erasmus
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
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.
Frequently asked questions:
We’d like to thank you once again for your patience with the lengthy, complex and frustrating process that ensued following the cancellation of the 2020 AfrikaBurn event, with regard to the insurance claim for tickets.
You already know all the gory details about AfrikaBurn, supported by our ticketing partner, taking a case to the Financial Ombudsman in the UK (being where the event insurance policy was held). A UK Supreme Court ruling in January triggered the Ombudsman to review cases that might be impacted. But much like renewing a passport, we’ve been told we’re in the queue, we were assigned an investigator, but still have no concrete further information where, what and when.
Any refunds as a result of the legal processes with the UK Ombudsman and our insurers, would supersede any other offers of a discount or coupon. Yet again, we thank you in advance for your continued understanding while this gets finalised.
You will have also received a direct email about this.
To buy a ticket, it’s as simple as clicking the large orange button on the top of the page here.
Alternatively, you can register a Burner Bio (over here) and click the green ‘Tickets’ button.
You can purchase up to two tickets, however it will make life easier if you insert the second person’s details at the purchase point. Please be prepared with the details of the second ticket holder, as you will need to insert these before concluding your purchase.
The details you’ll need on hand during ticket sales are:
Name & Surname, email address, cell number, ID/Passport number, emergency contact details of someone not at AfrikaBurn as well as the name of any camp or creative project they may be affiliated to.
PLEASE NOTE: the ID/passport number that you enter on Quicket must match the ID/passport number that you present at the Gate. No exceptions.
Although we normally require a Burner Bio profile to purchase a ticket or attend the event, due to reduced capacity and resources, Burner Bios are not compulsory for the 2022 event tickets.
That said, they’re still required if you want to apply for any grants or register any projects. They’re also handy to use to communicate with your team, and to access community portals such as the Join a Project Page.
If you find that the details on your ticket do not match the details on the ticket holder’s ID/passport, or your circumstances have changed (e.g. your partner is no longer coming to the Burn, but your daughter is) then you can edit the details on the ticket.
Please note: You have ONE CHANCE to edit the details on this ticket so make sure you insert the correct details, as you can’t go back and change it again.
> Log into Quicket, and click on your username (at upper right)
> Locate and click on “My Tickets”
> Find your AfrikaBurn 2022 ticket
> Alongside Options, click “Edit Details”
> Change the details of the ticket, and click “Save”
Please ensure that the details on the ticket match the details of the person presenting that ticket at the event Gate.
Transferring a ticket can happen any time right up until the last day the gates to the Burn are open. Here’s how:
> Log into Quicket, and click ‘My Tickets’ under your username in the upper right hand corner.
> Click “My Tickets” on the left hand side of the page
> Find your AfrikaBurn 2022 ticket
> Alongside Options, click “Transfer Tickets”
> Use the option to transfer the ticket to a new recipient
Once you transfer your ticket to the new owner, the barcode will be cancelled and a new barcode will be issued to the new recipient. Please ensure that you enter the correct email address (both times) as the transfer cannot be reversed.
If you’re purchasing a ticket from a friend, let them know to transfer the ticket to you, as above.
This year, Quicket has enabled a re-sale system to support our community selling or buying tickets outside of the main sales. Their system is tied directly into the usual event page, and will open directly after sales close or we sell out.
If you’re looking to re-sell your ticket, please check out this help document.
Alternatively if you’re looking for a re-sale ticket to purchase, please visit the AfrikaBurn event page on Quicket, and head on over to the tickets section where you’ll find what’s available for re-sale.
With the limited number of tickets available to the 2022 event, AfrikaBurn is limiting the amount of tickets you are able to purchase to two per purchaser. This is to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to access a ticket, as well as ensuring that as many people register, answer the acculturation questions and provide accurate details (as they will be used in the AfrikaBurn Operations Centre while at the event).
It’s not possible to make group bookings or book advance tickets for AfrikaBurn. Tickets go on sale each year starting around September, are limited to 2 per person, and sell out quickly. This also applies to large groups coming from outside South Africa.
It’s important to note that no companies or individuals are able to promote or sell package tours to the event, or set up & run camps for others. AfrikaBurn is completely unlike commercial events, where a catered or packaged experience is often available.
AfrikaBurn is informed by a set of 11 principles, among which are concepts like Participation, Radical Self Reliance and Decommodification. These mean that everyone who comes to the event is expected to erect their own camps and contribute to the event in some way. It’s not a space where ‘somebody else’ does the work: the community creates the event. In line with that, no paid labour is permitted on site at the event to set up camps, clean them, cook in them and so on.
For info on how our event works, and also as a way to understand how camping works or to understand how the many other aspects of AfrikaBurn are different, take a look at our Preparation page, and also our Survival Guide.
In order to find a safe midpoint between a large event and a safe environment for our community, we’re limiting numbers for 2022. It’s in response to government regulations which relate to COVID-19 protocols, our civic responsibility and our capabilities as a community to manage a large-scale event at this time.
To make an event of this size happen, there are many costs to cover – many of which are ‘invisible’ in the sense of not being immediately apparent. Among these are site upkeep and development, insurance, emergency services, art funding, security, printed programs, survival guides, toilet construction (and rental), signage, transport, street lighting, equipment hire & purchase, site office, tents and many, many more – too many to list here. For a useful price comparison, consider that camping at a national park costs around R200 per person per night, for which you get toilets and a piece of ground to pitch your tent.
Vehicle Passes are designed to encourage ride-sharing, reduce the number of cars on our event site and on the R355 – the tyre eating and treacherous road to AfrikaBurn. One Vehicle Pass is required per motorised vehicle entering the event. Mutant Vehicles (on trailers), caravans being pulled by a vehicle, and trailers do not require a Vehicle Pass – but motorcycles & motorhomes do.
If you are part of a Collective with a registered creative project, you will be able to request a limited number of free Vehicles Passes that you can distribute amongst your Collective. If you are the creative lead on a project, please ensure that you inform your crew of these free passes as AfrikaBurn cannot refund Vehicle Passes bought erroneously.
If you get this error message it could be because the purchase process was interrupted. If this is the problem, just wait 15 minutes, and try again – this is in place to prevent fraud.
If you still don’t come right, please call Quicket at: 021 424 9308 and they will happily help you.
The gate crew will be checking photo ID against your ticket details in the system. ID/Passport or Drivers’ Licenses will be accepted, so please ensure that your ID/Passport number is correct on the ticket of every person who’s travelling with you.
The vehicle you are traveling in will need a vehicle pass too, these passes will be available to purchase online (or at the gate) right up until the event gates close.
For the Best Gate Experience™ – come prepared! Print your ticket out, or make sure your smart device has enough battery! Gate can be pretty unforgiving especially when there’s hundreds of other, better prepared folk clamouring to get in. Again, make sure the details on your ID/Passport match the details on your ticket. If they don’t, please check the edit details & transfer ticket information above.
Tickets for kids are unlimited and are available to kids 14 yrs and younger. These tickets can only be bought by parents/guardians over the age of 28 who are only able to bring a maximum of 4 minors and kids to the Burn. This is to ensure that there is enough adult supervision onsite.
If you’re planning to bring your children to the event, please think very seriously about it – taking kids to what is essentially an adult playground is a very serious responsibility.
Please note: kids over 15 need to buy a Minor Ticket which is priced at the General Sales Ticket price.
Subsidised Tickets are designed to make our event accessible to those who can’t afford the full ticket price but can afford a reduced-price ticket, subsidised by the community. Generally this includes people like students, single parents, folk on a low income, and others who really can’t afford to attend on their own steam, but should be able to participate.
If you feel you match that description, you can motivate for a Subsidised Ticket. Applications will open on 1 of Oct 2021, and will be open until 15 Nov 2021 or the limit of 300 successful applicants is reached.
Please check back here for the Subsidised Ticket application form.
We would love everyone to have an opportunity to participate in AfrikaBurn.
Given that we are planning on a radical reduction of participants in 2022 (compared to previous years), our allocation of Anathi Tickets is half what it usually is, as the more expensive tickets subsidise the participation of those coming on discounted tickets.
The protocol for the 2022 event is to offer:
- In the first round: Anathi Tickets to those associated with creative grant crews.
In the second round: to the previous ‘would be’ participants of 2020
- Any remaining Anathi will be on offer from February 2022.
If you feel you (and your team if you have one), would qualify for Anathi tickets or an access grant, you can mail the Anathi team.
Firstly, you should check out our ticket page under the Anathi section here.
Then once you’ve read that info, contact [email protected] to put yourself on a list for 2022.
AfrikaBurn no longer sells physical tickets at outlets as this increases the risk of scalping, which will only cause issues for you (and us) at the gate. Tickets to AfrikaBurn are only available online, from our ticket provider Quicket.
Click the link at the top of the homepage to purchase.
If you are struggling with 3D secure and your payment fails, you’ll be taken back to the checkout page.
To avoid issues, from here, select the ‘Bank Transfer’ payment option, and c thelick ‘Complete Purchase’ button at the bottom of the page. Your ticket/s will then be booked for 72 hours and alternative payment instructions will be shown to you.
Either you need to wait for the next round of sales to happen (if there is one), or you need to take advantage of the Quicket re-sale program. You can also opt to make a private purchase, but we don’t recommend this process.
No. Everyone that comes to AfrikaBurn makes AfrikaBurn happen – no one gets a freebie.
Afraid not – all participants, including accredited media representatives of any kind, are required to buy a ticket.
You’ll need the following details:
> Name & surname
> ID/passport number (NB: this ID/passport number must match the ID/passport number presented at the Gate)
> Email address
> Mobile phone number
> On and off site emergency contact details
> Tankwa Town address (if known)
Unfortunately we don’t offer refunds on tickets, however, we’re able to give you a quick and easy way to re-sell your tickets, using the new re-sale system on Quicket. Their re-sale system enables you to put your tickets back up for sale to people who are looking for them.
Check here for more details, and contact Quicket if you are having any issues with re-sales
Quaggafontein, Tankwa Karoo, South Africa
All the incredible images on this site were taken by Jonx Pillemer, Steven Morrow, Jan Verboom, Greg Hillyard, Simon O’Callaghan, Hennie Nieman, Mia Dyason, Sean Furlong, Richard Ahlstrom and Chris Leggatt. All the dodgy images were taken by the Brain