JUST PLAIN ZANY:
Modelled on the performance art spectacle known as Burning Man in the States, AfrikaBurn takes place from 1-6 May in the lunar-landscape of Tankwa Karoo. Much like its eccentric muse, AfrikaBurn is a temporary community based on radical self-expression and self-reliance, so you need to bring everything – all the amenities you’ll need to survive: food, water and shelter. AfrikaBurn works on a gift economy so don’t be surprised if the Merman on giraffe stilts, with a disco ball around his neck and a soufflé on his head, suddenly drops down and offers you a slice of said soufflé. Tickets from R300. www.afrikaburn.com
OVER THE BORDER:
JUST PLAIN ZANY: Modelled on the performance art spectacle known as Burning Man in the States, AfrikaBurn takes place from 1-6 May in the lunar-landscape of Tankwa Karoo. Much
Nestled in Ezulwini Valley, the House of Fire is Swaziland’s premier nightspot. It’s a surreal higgledy-piggledy mishmash of concrete and mosaic and this is where, once a year, the ‘Big Deals’ like Siphokazi, Johnny Clegg, VusiMahlasela, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Mi Casa, The Brother Moves On and other musical virtuosos converge to entertain the family-friendly throng at the Bushfire Arts Festival (31 May-2 June). Tickets from R150 upwards.
CLOSEST TO WOODSTOCK:
Splashy Fen germinated in 1990 with a makeshift stage and generator, but instead of the anticipated trickle of music lovers, a few thousand descended. And what with the rain (this is the Underberg), the mud, the toilets (or lack thereof), it’s a wonder Splashy ever took off! Must be all that free love, either that, or the ‘Karma-Free Pizza’ on sale. Nowadays infrastructure is sophisticated and some 10 000 music faithfuls pitch up to enjoy SA’s closest thing to Woodstock and rock out to everything from acoustic to rock to folk to traditional Zulu Maskandi and electro. Don’t forget your wellies! (28 March-1 April). Tickets from about R575. www.splashyfen.co.za
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