Everyone knows the worldwide famous festival of art – Burning Man. But did you know that regional Burn festivals elsewhere in the world can offer you more than the biggest one in Nevada? They all observe the ten principles and the largest ones are supervised by the Burning Man Organisation itself.
I’m a Czech photographer and I was the first one in the world to document the world’s three largest Burn festivals in Nevada (Burning Man), Israel (Midburn), and South Africa (AfrikaBurn). I’ve put these photographs into a photo publication called ‘The Burning Man Collection’.
How different is the atmosphere in those three locations? Take a look at these breath-taking photos and let yourself be carried away by the modern hippie atmosphere.
Burning Man, Nevada
Burning man is a world-famous annual event in the western United States at Black Rock City, Nevada. Its values are reflected in the organically developed ten principles that allow ‘burners’ enjoy the cohesive and creative atmosphere: radical inclusion, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy and leave no trace. The main value in community’s culture is immediacy, which indicates: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, ritual before symbolism, work before vested interest, and participant support before sponsorship. First held in 1986 as a beach party in San Francisco, the festival has become a memorable celebration of self-expression and creativity for tens of thousands of people.
AfrikaBurn, South Africa
AfrikaBurn is the largest official Burning Man regional event held annually in the Tankwa Karoo National Park in South Africa. Since 2007, it follows the same ten principles as the original Burning Man and has become the biggest art festival in Africa. It’s a community of participants who come together to create art, burning structures, costume, performance, theme camps, music, mutant vehicles and much more.
Midburn is the second largest official regional Burning Man event held annually in the Negev Desert in southern Israel since 2014 after a group of burners decided to bring the spirit of a festival in Nevada to Israel. A temporary city is built for 6 days creating a platform for communal lifestyle, creativity, art, and self-expression. The festival follows ten original Burning Man principles which reflect the ethos and culture of the event.
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