The fear God effigies are on display at the AfrikaBurn Festival until Monday at Stonehenge Farm near Tankwa Karoo National Park on the boundry of the Northern Cape. Photo: Ian Landsberg.
YOU voluntarily assume the risk of serious injury or death. You must bring your own food, water, shelter and first aid to survive a week in a harsh environment. Still wanna go? Then don’t forget to read over the survival guide before you head out there.
This no-nonsense disclaimer has been issued to all those attending the AfrikaBurn Festival which starts tomorrow.
The festival is an annual event where creatives gather a “temporary city of art” to express themselves with costumes, music and performances.
It is held at the Tankwa Karoo National Park on the southern boundary of the Northern Cape and runs from tomorrow until Monday.
“The wording may appear somewhat harsh,” said AfrikaBurn’s Michael Suss yesterday, adding that the disclaimer had always appeared on the ticket and was not a case of having had their fingers burnt before.
“Since this is a participant-created event, we cannot assume legal responsibility for the actions of all those who participate. Our entire philosophy is one of radical self-reliance and responsibility: we believe participants need to act consciously and with care at all times,” said Suss
He said asking people to bring their own food and water was also part of the radical self-reliant approach.
The warning should be seen in the same light.
“This is the same as the Burning Man festival in the USA, on which we are modelled. At our desert venue there is no water supply and no food and, since we are an event based on gifting and no commerce, nowhere to buy any food or water.”
Most of the people who took part in the event offered food and drinks – as gifts – for those who forgot to bring something, Suss said. Although he could not give details, Suss said there had been a few cases where people had required medical attention including an incident where a women had been rushed to hospital after falling off a vehicle which then drove over her by accident.
“We take issues of health and safety really seriously and also have a team of volunteer ‘rangers’ on patrol at the site, overseen by a site manager, all on rotating shifts, throughout the event,”said Suss.
The event is loosely based on the Burning Man festival held annually at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.
The theme of this year’s festival is Mirage.
My kind of home. Earthy, but not muddy. By Midas Envirolite Zero VOC paints.