2018 theme: 'Working Title____________________'
(thanks to Jonx Pillemer for this shot)
“Choosing what you want to do, and when to do it, is an act of creation.”- Peter McWilliams
The event we all participate in is a creation we all make happen, and an experiment on a grand scale. A city teeming with gifts, where we emulate, collaborate, imitate, and absorb inspiration from each other. Who knows what we will encounter, what magic we will make, and what fantastic productions will come from our communal efforts?
The word “work” is in 'Working Title…' - and the desert experience was never meant to be easy, or a holiday. This gathering requires that every citizen of Tankwa Town pitches up and pitches in. What are your skills? Where are you focused? How are you specialised? Do you define yourself as a story teller? An instructor? An engineer? A cartoonist? A cartographer? An organ player? A monkey? What is your working title, and how will you shape what we all do in the Binnekring?
Well done – you’ve signed up to become part of the work crew that creates Tankwa Town. Let’s get to work!
Anyone may be a part of AfrikaBurn. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community. This means that anyone can partake.
We are devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
AfrikaBurn encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organise events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with national and local laws.
LEAVING NO TRACE
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
EACH ONE TEACH ONE
As a self-reliant community, we believe the responsibility of spreading our culture lies with each and every one of us. All of us are custodians of our culture – when the opportunity presents itself, we pass knowledge on.