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10 Amazing AfrikaBurn Art Installations

Monday, January 28th, 2013
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AfrikaBurn is an art festival held annually in the Tankwa Karoo. Every year thousands of free spirits gather in Tankwa Town to enjoy a strong sense of community among strangers,  and gawk at enormous art installations, many of which are traditionally set on fire.  In order to build up the excitement for this year's festival, happening on 1 - 6 May 2013, we bring you our top 10 amazing AfrikaBurn art installations and how you can apply to create one. Be inspired!

Amazing AfrikaBurn Art installations

This year the theme for AfrikaBurn is Archetypes.

An artwork from AfrikaBurn 2008

Above: "The Wish"  by TNT from AfrikaBurn 2008.

Metal Dog sculpture from AfrikaBurn 2011

Above: "Uranus"   by Charl Bothma from AfrikaBurn 2011.

San Clan - a burning structure from AfrikaBurn 2012

Above: "The San Clan" by the Clan Crew (designed by Mike Rule) from AfrikaBurn 2012.

An art installation from AfrikaBurn 2011. Photo by Jonx Pillemer

Above: "Spirit" by TNT from AfrikaBurn 2011. Photo by Jonx Pillemer.

A burning heart art installation. Photographed by Gregor Rohrig.

Above: "The Heart Locket Alter" by HeartSpace. Photo by Gregor Rohrig.

A burning house sculpture from AfrikaBurn 2012. Photographed by Jonx Pillemer.

Above:"Solace" by Simon Max Bannister and the Temple Collective from AfrikaBurn 2012. Photo by Jonx Pillemer.

If you are interested in creating an art installation, you first need to register. You can complete a registration form online by visiting the AfrikaBurn website: http://www.afrikaburn.com/participation-forms/register-artwork
You need to register your artwork by 28 February 2013. In this application all information about your artwork and relevant images needs to be attached.
There are also installation guidelines for artwork installation as well as burning artwork which you can read if you are thinking about making an artwork for AfrikaBurn 2013.

A sculpture from AfrikaBurn 2011 photographed by Jonx Pillemer

Above:  from AfrikaBurn 2011. Photo by Jonx Pillemer.

Burning art installation from AfrikaBurn 2012. Photographed by Jonx Pillemer

Above: "Lizzy" by The Fatas Morgana from AfrikaBurn 2012. Photographed by Jonx Pillemer

Tall Rabbit structures from AfrikaBurn 2012 by Jonx Pillemer

Above: Boxing Bunnies by the Fatas Morgana from AfrikaBurn 2012. Photograph by Jonx Pillemer

Iron Man art installation from AfrikaBurn 2010. Photo by Goosebump.

Above: "The Sand Man" by Charl Bothma from AfrikaBurn 2010. Photo by Goosebump.

Guidelines for creating an AfrikaBurn Art Installation

If you're inspired to create an art installation of your own for AfrikaBurn 2013, here are 8 things to think about:

1. Interactivity

Try to create artwork which will get the whole community engaging with it.

2. Materials

It is encouraged to use recycled waste materials to make your AfrikaBurn art installation. Keep in mind that your artwork will be built in a public space. If you're planning to burn your artwork, avoid using materials that will give off toxic gases when burning. For more guidelines about burning installations, check out the burning artwork guidelines.

3. Safety

If your artwork is tall or light, make sure that it is anchored properly. This can be done by using ropes and anchor points which you can soften with rubber or foam just to make sure nobody gets hurt.

4. Lighting

Make sure your artwork is well lit at night for both safety and aesthetic reasons. This way people get to view your amazing AfrikaBurn art installation at all times of the day.

5. Set up

If your art installation is quite big,  you might want to consider coming to AfrikaBurn earlier in the week before the gates open. You can email art@afrikaburn.com for permission to arrive earlier.

6. Getting there

Remember that you’re taking your artwork installation a long distance, so keep the long stretch of dirt road in mind as well as the weighbridges. You may want to think about making the correct transport arrangements.

7. Accountability

When you leave AfrikaBurn, please make sure that none of your amazing AfrikaBurn art installation is left behind as we want to leave the beautiful Karoo the same way we found it.

8. Registration

You can register your amazing AfrikaBurn installation on their website. If art installation is registered, you will be included in the gate hand-out. Registration for AfrikaBurn art installations close on 28 February 2013. Your application needs to include all information about your artwork and images should also be attached. If you have an idea for an amazing AfrikaBurn art installation, then complete a registration form online and get ready to inspire an audience of your own.

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African Festivals 2013

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
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Africa has some amazing African festivals of 2013 that will take place throughout the year. Make the most of your African adventure by planning to be at one of these festivals either before or after your overland trip.

1. Timkat - Feast of Epiphany

Location: Addis Ababa, Lalibela and Gondar - Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s largest festival is celebrated with music, food and processions. The Feast of Epiphany has origins from a thousand years ago. There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved in the festival; be prepared to let all your inhibitions go and join in some very vigorous dancing.

If possible, book a guide to go with you, so that they can explain what’s happening during the ceremonies. Some of the best towns to see this African festival are Addis Ababa, Lalibela and Gondar.

Date: 19 January 2013



The African Festival of Ephiphany. Photo by Gillpenney

2. FESPACO African Festival

Location: Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso

The Panafrican Film and TV Festival of Ougaadougou (FESPACO) is a visual feast that has been running for more than 40 years. It’s held every two years in the capital of Burkina Faso. There are 11 cinema halls across Ougagdougou, where the screenings are held, and the glitz is reserved purely for the opening and closing ceremonies. There’s a best film prize and recipients are awarded the Golden Yennenga Stallion – the FESPACO version of the Oscar statuette.

Date: Feb 23 - March 2, 2013


3. Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Location: Cape Town - South Africa

Since the Cape Town Jazz Festival began in 2000, this event has grown year by year. It’s now a huge international event, otherwise known as Africa’s Grandest Gathering, and the two-night festival features more than 40 African and international artists. The venue is the Cape Town International Convention Center and if you’re in Cape Town during early April, it’s definitely worth getting some tickets. If you're looking for urban African festivals for 2013 - don't miss this one.

Date: April 5-6, 2013


Judith Sephuma performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Photo by Andrepierre

4. The Harare International Festival of Arts

Location: Harare - Zimbabwe

The International Festival of Arts in Harare pulls in performers from around the world. It’s one of the most vibrant cultural festivals in Africa, with music, plays, spoken word and much more. This annual festival is an unqualified success every year.

Date: May 2013
5. The Lake of the Stars Festival

Location: Lake Malawi - Malawi

The Lake of the Stars Festival is going to be a cultural explosion in 2013. The 2012 event was canceled in order to fund local initiatives, but it's back and ready to rock your soul. This music festival gathers artists and performers from all over Malawi and from other parts of the world every year. It began in 2004 and is held on the shores of Lake Malawi. A broad range of music is performed, including reggae, folk and afro-pop. As well as raising money for local charities, the Lake of the Stars Festival drives tourism to Malawi. Why? The Lake of the Stars Festival is an African music culture experience not to be missed.

Date: October 2013


Tay Grin's Dancers at the Lake of the Stars Festival. Photo by Maria Thundu.

6. Hogbetsotso Festival in Africa

Location: Volta Estuary - Ghana

Otherwise known as the Festival of the Exodus, this is the commemoration by the Anlo Ewes people – an ethnic group in east Ghana – who, legend has it, escaped from a tyrannical ruler Notsie, Ago-Koli, by walking backwards. This festival has many ceremonies attached to it, including a peace-making session to resolve all outstanding issues, a purification ceremony where all the villages are swept clean and all rubbish is burnt. The cleaning ceremony starts at the Volta Estuary and continues until the Mono River in the Republic of Benin is reached, days later. Village chiefs dress in their finest regalia and receive homage from their subjects during a formal gathering. The biggest gatherings take place in Anloga (15 km from Keta) on the first Saturday of November.

Date: November 2013

7. Mombasa Cultural Carnival

Location: Mombasa - Kenya

During the month of November, the cultural carnival in Mombasa is a great festival to spend time at. You’ll get the chance to see many traditional tribal costumes in a parade down the main avenue of Mombasa, and there are musicians from all over Kenya who take part. This six day event aims to provide space for peace and integration of different East African communities. Many different communities show off their individual cultures here, and you can see arts and crafts on sale at stalls throughout the city, as well as watch traditional Kenyan dances. A sailing regatta on the seafront is also part of the festivities.

Date: November 2013


Mombasa's African festival - Mombasa Cultural Carnival. Photo by Adamposey

8. Cape Town Festival of Beer

Location: Cape Town - South Africa

Anyone who enjoys a beer will get a lot out of the Cape Town Festival of Beer. You’ll find great quality beers from the big brewers as well as home brewers and micro-breweries. There are plenty of samples to be had, as well as demonstrations to watch on different techniques behind brewing beer. Apart from everything to do with beer being on display, a bucket full of live entertainment and great food is available to enjoy too.

Date: Three days over last weekend of November, 2013

Now all that's left to do is pick your overland adventure tour and plan your travel dates to carefully align with whichever African festivals 2013 is drawing you towards.

About the author:

Lorena Benchis is an amateur photographer with a passion for travelling. She works as a freelancer which allows her to travel more than your average Joe. Her aim is to give readers the latest travel tips and reviews of the best destinations for family holidays.

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Best Festivals in Africa - A Pictorial Journey

Friday, July 8th, 2011
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Even with 220,000 words in the dictionary, nothing can quite say it like a photograph. They say a picture paints a thousand words, so I'm going to let the pictures do the talking.

Wacky Wine Weekend - Robertson - June
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Lake of the Stars Festival - Malawi - October
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Sun Festival of King Ramses II - Egypt - February and October
Sun Festival of King Ramses II _ by Cofiem
Photo by Cofiem

Sun Festival of King Ramses II 4 _ by Pjen
Photo by Pjen

Sun Festival of King Ramses II 5_ by YeOldeCurmudgeon
Photo by YeOldeCurmudgeon

Sun Festival of King Ramses II 2_ by Cofiem
Photo by Cofiem

Festival of the Desert - Mali - January
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Up the Creek - Swellendam - February
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The only thing that manages to say it better than a picture is experiencing it for yourself.

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Top 5 Festivals in Africa

Friday, July 8th, 2011
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Everyone loves to have a good time, and where there is a mix of a vibrant atmosphere; food and drink; and other people enjoying themselves… a good time is sure to follow. If you're on the hunt for this type of good time adventure, why not visit one of the Top 5 Festivals Africa has to offer.

1.  Wacky Wine Weekend - Robertson - June

Swirl, sniff and palate. If wine is your thing (you like to drink it, keep it or buy it), then Robertson is your playground. The Wacky Wine Weekend is held in Robertson every year, round about June. The weekend is jam-packed with each wine farm in the area hosting their own variety of fun activities, delicious food and amazing wine. Hop from farm to farm eating, drinking and being merry. So basically, it's just a great excuse to drink wine and have an absolute ball under the illusion of being a master connoisseur. Sssh, don't tell anyone!

2.   Lake of the Stars
Powered by volunteers, the Lake of the Stars is one big music festival… on the beach. The festival sees loads of truly awesome African artists gather on the shoreline of Malawi to showcase the area ‘s amazing artists, culture and Malawi as a tourism destination. The vibe, the setting, the passion for music: all felt by everyone who's ever attended. Here's what other people have said about the festival: ‘Simply the finest festival in the world.’ - UK’s leading music magazine: Q Magazine "Lake of Stars was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. An inspirational example of the power of the human spirit and the universal accessibility of art, music and community." – Goldierocks

3.  Sun Festival of King Ramses II - Egypt - February and October
Abu Simbel

A gazillion years ago, in 13th century BC, the temples of Abu Simbel were built by King Ramses II. The King had his people build the structure so that twice a year the light would stream in through the temples’ passages and illuminate the statues of the gods inside the inner most sacred chamber of Abu Simbel. This, of course, is the main attraction of the Sun Festival of King Ramses II, but locals decided to take this bi-annual occurrence and turn it into a massive celebration of music, dancing, eating, drinking, markets and fun.

4.  Festival of the Desert - Mali - January
Festival of the Desert

Mali’s sand is vibrated with jovial celebration of Tuareg culture.  The festival is three days of singing, dancing, poetry, ritual swordplay, camel races and artisans' exhibits. Traditional Tuareg music, as well as world-music is performed on stage with lights and sound; all made possible by the flick of a switch on a trusty electricity generator. World music: I doubt a performer is likely to bust out with an African rendition of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Sexy Back’, but music from different cultures are shared among the jolly atmosphere.

5.  Up the Creek - Swellendam - February
Up the Creek

Along the serene riverbank of the Breede River, 361 days of the year, you can hear wind whistling through the trees and crickets chirping in the grass. The other four days of the year, amplifiers are plugged in, stages are erected and music is pumped into the eardrums of 2000 happy, earth-loving festival goers. Happening over a weekend in February, comedians and music artists of different genres gather and make sure that your socks are sufficiently rocked. Monday rolls on and once again, the wind is whistling and the crickets are chirping. Africa plays host to the most awesome festivals. It has the culture. It has the setting. It has the vibe. All you need to experience it, is a ticket and a smile. Pair your overland trip with a festival and get the most out of your African exploration.

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Festivals of Africa

Friday, July 8th, 2011
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Every year, Africa is alive with celebration. From food and wine to music and culture, Africa has a wealth of festivals happening in the next six month. When embarking on an overland adventure, you really want to get as much out of your time away as possible. Why not start or finish your African exploration with a 'bang' and schedule a few days extra to attend a festival in the area? July Festivals in Africa

Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show

Cape Town Fashion Week

13 - 16 July 2011

Cape Town, South Africa

Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show

28 July - 1 Aug 2011

Lusaka, Zambia

Durban International Film Festival

21 - 31 July 2011

Durban, South Africa

Stellenbosch Wine Festival

28 - 31 July  2011

Stellenbosch, South Africa

August Festivals in Africa

Imilchil marriage_by Deunvistazo
Imilchi Marriage Festival: taken by Deunvistazo

The International Festival of Carthage

8 July - 19 Aug 2011

Carthage, Tunisia

Hermanus Wine and Food Fair

6 - 8 Aug 2011

Hermanus, South Africa

Imilchil Marriage Festival

25 - 27 Aug 2011

Imilchil, Morocco

Homowo Festival, (Hooting at Hunger)

Aug 2011

Southeast coast, Ghana

September Festivals in Africa

Whale Crier of Hermanus_by_snappybex
Photo by Bex Ross

Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year)

10 - 11 Sept 2011


Wodaabe Gerewol (Part of Cure Salee)

Sept 2011


Johannesburg Art Fair

23 - 25 Sept 2011

Johannesburg, South Africa

Hermanus Whale Festival

30 Sept - 4 Octr 2011

Hermanus, South Africa


27 September 2011


October Festivals in Africa

lake-of-stars-festival-by-Steve McInerny
Lake of the Stars Festival by Steve McInerny

Lake of Stars Festival

30 Sept - 2 Oct 2011

Mangochi, Malawi

Abu Simbel Festival

22 Oct 2011

Abu Simbel, Egypt

Erfoud Date Festival

late Sept, early Oct 2011

Erfoud, Morocco

Rocking the Daisies Music Festival

7 - 9 Oct 2011

Darling, South Africa

November Festivals in Africa

Mombasa Carnival
Mombasa Carnival

Hogbetsotso Festival

5 Nov 2011

Volta Region, Ghana

Mombasa Carnival

1 Nov 2011

Mombasa, Kenya

Amakula Kampala International Film Festival

29 Oct -  6 Nov 2011

Kampala, Uganda

Cairo International Film Festival

30 Nov - 9 Dec 2011

Cairo, Egypt

December Festivals in Africa

Cape Minstrels_by_Kelsie DiPerna
Photo by  Kelsie DiPerna

Ncwala Festival (Festival of the First Fruits)

1 Dec 2011 - 10 Jan 2012


International Festival of the Sahara

22 - 25 Dec 2011

Douz, Tunisia

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

31 Dec 2011 - 2 Jan 2012

Cape Town, South Africa

New Year's Eve in Africa

31 Dec 2011 - 1 Jan 2012

Everywhere in Africa


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