Over the years, a few of the immediate CN&CO team and many of our friends have been to AfrikaBurn as well as Burningman in the United States. The lessons learnt and the relationships built during these experiences have had a phenomenal influence on people in our network. AfrikaBurn’s aim is to be radically inclusive and accessible to anyone. 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.
With the continued spread of COVID19 around the globe, festivals, governments and organisations are taking a stand. On the 13th of March 2020, AfrikaBurn announced that their festival for this year has been cancelled.
Here’s the first part of the statement, you can read the full cancellation announcement here.
They say only love can break your heart, so it’s with total heartbreak that we are confirming that the event that we all love so much is cancelled for this year.
Like the R355, the road our team has travelled in the past couple of weeks has been bumpy – and the road ahead hasn’t always been clear. But, with the principle of Civic Responsibility in mind, and as a precautionary measure in light of the unfolding coronavirus situation, and in consultation with the relevant authorities, we’ve had to make the tough decision that the best course of action would be to hold off on our 2020 event. With our 2020 event not feasible under the present circumstances, our team’s energies and thinking are now turned towards the future – and for AfrikaBurn, that points in one direction: Quaggafontein, which will be the new home of our event from 2021. We’ll be sharing news about the plans we have in store soon – and for those who would like to know more about what our new home in the Tankwa Karoo holds in store, head to the new pages of our website.