Well, what can I say? Afrika Burn was definitely not a disappointment this year. It was like being back home: the colours, vibrancy of people and feeling of community was just how I remembered it from last year. I have many pictures to show the blogging community as promised;)
For those that are not aware, Afrika Burn is a community, participation-based art event that is based on the idea of Burning Man on America. In fact, it is the Burning Man of South Africa, and it's wonderful.
So, without further ado, here are the photos that I took at the event. I could have taken many more but I was participating in the wonder that is Afrika Burn. Taking photo's seemed an obscene idea at times because the whole point is to experience and not to be a spectator. OK, photo time! ;-)
To the left is a picture of the beautiful Heart tent camp (no relation to me... in fact I think it was called the Love camp) Inside the tent, on the one side, is a no-smoking/no-drinking sacred area. It is like a sacred place in which to sit, meditate, day-dream or ponder. On the other side of the tent, yoga classes were held and other interesting things very similar to yoga with names I can not pronounce.
On the right, is a photo of what it was like inside the Heart/Love tent. I took the photo and then didn't take any more. It was chill time.
Below is the roof of one of the tents - Aren't the colours so amazingly restful? It symbolises such peace and serenity and happiness that I am now using it as my blog-header (I'm sure you've noticed;-)
I gifted these. Gifting is a key philosophy at Afrika Burn: I vow to do more of that next year.
So it seems my inner fire for Afrika Burn has not been extinguished. To tell you the truth, I can't wait to be more involved next year. One of the really fun things I did this year was gate/greeting duty, which is one of the key volunteer options at Afrika Burn and it is so much fun! Anyone can volunteer and the duty involves telling people the in's and out's of the festival, all the logistical stuff, and most of all: make them feel absolutely welcome! This gave me the right to go absolutely insane jumping up and down and waving while my friend looked at me in horror (who is this person???), but in the end, she got into the vibe too.
That's one of the things that is so great about a festival like this: it gives you the right to feel like a kid again.
There you have it! This is my daytime Afrika Burn post (although I'm posting it at night. Ironic, isn't it?) I'll be back soon with the night-time post.