It’s true that much of the activity for our main event in the Tankwa Karoo is around that time of year, but our community is active all year round, across the whole of South Africa and beyond. Other than our main event in the Tankwa Karoo, we host other events during the course of the year. These include:
This is our annual post-Tankwa get together, where we gather to share experiences and shake off some dust. It’s usually a large event, with around 2 000 people who contribute artworks, decor, music and performance. Since 2016, the event has been held at the Killarney race Track in Cape Town, which allows for both outdoor fire art, and a race track for Mutant Vehicles to display and cruising. The event is usually held in early June, in order to perform the function of welcoming our DPW crew home, just as they emerge from the desert, having wrapped up all infrastructure.
Created as a means to bring our desert experiment in community and art alive in an urban setting, Streetopia takes place in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, where for a day our crew, as well as residents, artists and civic organisations collaborate to bring the streets alive with good vibes and a whole lot of art and mutant vehicles from Tankwa Town.
The event is held in Observatory in Cape Town, and in Melville in Johannesburg – and each event has its own website:
The Blank Canvas Express is an arts roadshow that our team embarks on each year, bringing arts workshops, exhibitions and discussion sessions to far-flung towns of the Northern Cape (and occasionally Free State) where funding for arts development is hard to come by. Driven by our team member Lorraine Tanner, the BCE is now in its 3rd year and aims to continue engaging Northern Cape artists, youth and cultural practitioners.
Find out more about the Blank Canvas Express here.
Our Spark Grants are designed to bring one of the 11 principles that AfrikaBurn is founded on, by providing funding to community-based initiatives that are designed to make a difference in a community member’s area, or in that of someone else’s. Sparks are now in their 4th year, and continue to make a difference for many people engaged in community activism, environmental causes and social upliftment initiatives.
Find our more about our Spark Grants here.
Many thanks to Lorraine Tanner for creating & driving this initiative!
To get info on what activities and initiatives are taking place, check out the following online spaces:
Our main Facebook page (our main social media info channel)
Our Facebook group (great for discussions & introductions)
AfrikaBurn International (where our local community & international visitors can connect)
AfrikaBurn Resource (a great place to ask & post about project needs and exchanges)
In the lead-up period to our main event at the end of April each year, many crews across South Africa come together to connect and collaborate on various projects in preparation. Keeping an eye on our social media spaces and signing up for our newsletter (which you can do here on our homepage) will ensure you’re updated on the many things happening in our community.
There are also artistic, social and environmental initiatives that take place throughout the year – and you’re welcome to get involved in any of them.