About

NamBurn is a gathering of our Namibian Burner tribe.

We follow the Principles of Burning Man, which were crafted not as a dictate of how people should behave and act, but as a reflection of the ethos, spirit and cultureof our global Burn community, as it had organically developed since 1986.

With this in mind, we as Namibian Burners have our own ethos to reflect our unique 'Land of the Brave' spirit.

Covid Safety Protocols - Your Safety is Important: Bring your mask & hand sanitizer. Covid in Namibia is low-risk, but still around, do not be complacent.

Guiding Principles

  • Respect
  • Radical Self-reliance
  • Participation
  • Decommodification
  • Communal Effort
  • Civic Resposibility
  • Leaving No Trace
  • Radical Self-expression
  • Gifting
  • Immediacy
  • Radical Inclussion

27 -31 May
2021

Namibgrens
Namibia

Attendance Numbers Limited

04+
Theme Camps

Guiding Principles Explained

Respect

Respect for yourself, respect for the diversity in our fellow humans, respect for nature and this earth. Respect is not a gift, it is earned through your actions.

Radical Self-reliance

Our Burn community encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner, and own resources in being radical self-reliant. We volunteer our knowledge and skills in service of our global Burn community.

Decommodification

In order to preserve the spirit of selfless 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 or monetizing this experience.

Immediacy

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of 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.

Communal Effort

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.

Civic Responsibility

The Burn community value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavour to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local and state laws.

Radical Self-expression

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.

Gifting

The Burn community 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.

Participation

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 of volunteering. We achieve through being a do-ocracy. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart and uplift the community.

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 endeavour, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Radical Inclusion

Any-one may be a part of our Burn. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community. We ask only, respect our Burner ethos and Principles.

EVENT INFORMATION

Without Membership fees, we would not be able to create this Burn.

At NamBurn, you do not just buy a ticket, you contribute to the creation of this Burn by being an active member of our Burn community.
Without member contributions, we would not have a venue, facilities, logistics or a Burn. This covers costs, nothing more, nothing less.

We are all co-creators and in the Burner spirit, strongly encourage everyone to contribute more than just Membership fees by volunteering during the event, as we achieve through being a do-ocracy.

Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. All members, whether event team, performing, cooking, dancing, running a workshop, theme camps or volunteers, pay for their own membership. We are all volunteers.

This is not a glamping thing, plug and play or trance festival for profit, it is a Burners Burn.

When, What and How? Yes, Covid numbers has steadily dropped and Namibia is a low-risk country, BUT this do not lessen our responsibility to our community. The safety of You the community comes first. This first Namibian Burn has generated tremendous interest locally and globally, and to have a full-on NamBurn with just 50 pax do not make much sense. With that in mind and after very careful consideration, we have decided to turn the Burn-dates around.

19 & 20th March: A small tiny responsible Burners Bar camping/bring & braai meet-up at site: Connect with our Namibian Burners, burn a smallish 2020 Bose Geeste effigy. Let's see who walk-the-walk.
27 - 31 MAY 2021: Official NamBurn

IMPORTANT: General tickets sales will go live in May 2021: The Namburn booking site link will be posted here and on the Namibian Burn Facebook page.
All placement, theme camps, tickets via NamBurn..
NamBurn for all tickets and camp allocations.
Reserved Tickets (DDT): NamBurn has a pre-event 'Reserved Ticket' system in place: These 'reserved tickets' are for art-build crews, sound camps, theme camps and volunteers that put the time, effort and labour in to contribute to NamBurn.
To prevent 'plug & play' or abuse of the DDT system, only a limited number will be allocated to artist and theme camp leads.
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A theme camp, is a group of Burners that use their camp-site to enhance the landscape and experience of NamBurn for the entire event community.
Playful and participatory, a good theme camp will create an ambience, a visual presence, and provide a communal space or activity.

Planning to bring your amazing spectacular theme camp to to NamBurn? A sound camp to get people dancing to some chill out vibes, or old style foot-stomping blues? Or maybe THE place for pan-cakes?

Speak to us! We can help you make your vision a reality and promote the heck out of it before the event, but we need all details by end April 2021.
This is a real deadline, not a hippie deadline!

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The earlier you decide, the quicker we can send you important need-to-know information that will help with the planning and placing of your camp, so do not delay!


IMPORTANT: General tickets sales will go live in May 2021: The Namburn booking site link will be posted here and on the Namibian Burn Facebook page.
No placement, bookings or ticket sales via Namibgrens.
NamBurn for all tickets and camp allocations.
Reserved Tickets (DDT): NamBurn has a pre-event 'Reserved Ticket' system in place: These 'reserved tickets' are for art-build crews, theme camps and volunteers that put the time, effort and labour in to contribute to NamBurn.
To prevent 'plug & play' or abuse of the DDT system, only a very limited number will be allocated to artist, theme and sound camps leads.

Criteria for Theme camps:
1. Camps must be interactive. They should include activities, events or gifting services within their camps and they must be available to the entire Burn community.
2. Camps should be visually stimulating and have an inviting design, while maintaining safety and MOOP regulations.
3. Camps must be neighbourly. This includes keeping sound within set limits, and controlling the sound of camp generators.
4. We know some of you are tempted, but this not the place for your plug and play camp.

So you want to volunteer for NamBurn?
Bring your fire art, your yoga or DJ skills, art creation, costumes or creative skills. You are the Burn!.

NamBurn is a 100% completely volunteer-run event. EVERYONE is a volunteer! No spectators!

This includes every-one, from the artists, the Rangers who make sure all stay safe, and it could also be YOU.
This is one of the ways we each doing our part to make NamBurn safe and spectacular.
This will be our first NamBurn and requires your help building our Namibian Burner community, for YOU are the Burn.

Current Registered Theme Camps:

- Blazing Bar: All the way from the Jozie Burners and Sentella.
- Pannekoek Hoek: Local is lekker! Pannekoek in the suburbs.
- Ranger Outpost Orange: One happy International Ranger camp.

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RANGERS

Rangers are not event-security, but volunteers FROM our community in service OF our community in upholding the ethos, spirit and Principles of our global Burn community. These specially trained Burn volunteers keep their community safe in times when the wheels come off. Rangers are the guardians and promoters of our Burner ethos and Principles.
Interested in serving your Burn community as Ranger?

The Fire Rangers are the overall managers of ALL THINGS FIRE at NamBurn. From fire dancers, to burn barrels, to the burning art, and yes, even that wild braai fires, we are the safety team that make sure things stay safe.

- Burning Art: To have a lesser impact on the environment and make creating art more assessable to all. NamBurn have created a project called the Katiti Art Burn Initiative.

- Flame Effects: Anything that involves gun-powder, fire-works or explosions are strictly forbidden. Think of the dry bush and wildlife. Be responsible and considerate.
- Campfires: We all love sitting or standing around a blazing warm fire, making a braai and gooi dop. Regardless, if making a campfire or burn barrel, please keep it safe and under control.

KATITI ART BURN INITIATIVE
We all know how much Burners loves to watch things burn. We also know how daunting it can be to even think about building something to burn. The Katiti Art Burn Initiative is open to anyone who wants to build an art piece and watch it burn. There are some guidelines, but they are katiti (small), just like the art-piece you wish to build.

GUIDELINES
All Katiti Art pieces must be built on a standard size pallet or on a comparable size base.
Pallet Size: roughly 1.2 m x 1.2 m or smaller. It should be no larger than a standard size pallet.
The pieces will have to be lifted using 2 strong poles slid through the pallet then lifted onto the burning coals of the previous piece. Similar to a forklift, but using poles instead.
If you want to build your own base, that is okay by us. It must be able to have 2 heavy duty metal or wooden poles slide through the base so we can pick up the piece and move it over to the designated burn area.
Art Height Maximum: between 5 and 8 feet tall. It can be smaller though.
Materials: These small art pieces are to be made out of wood or safe burnable materials.
Weight: since the piece & pallet will be picked up using poles, we ask that you be mindful about how heavy your piece is.
Burn Time: All projects must be on site by 16H00 on Friday afternoon. The community would love to have the time to see and appreciate your art.
Burning of the art will be on Saturday (burning the Man) and Sunday evenings.
Friday evenings are reserved for the Ranger Burn Ceremony.
Burn Perimeter: Each project must provide some people to help support the Fire Ranger perimeter team. You are all Burners and know how it works.
Burnable art is a great project for those who want to try their hand at making something arty to burn, and even open to you old delinquent Burner veterans. This can also be a great piece for kids to get involved.
There is no limit to how many projects we can burn on Saturday night, so BRING ON the burning creations!!

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NamBurn Survival Guide: Everything you need to know about the first Namibian Burn.

NamBurn Survival Guide - PDF

The dream to bring a Burning Man-inspired gathering based on the 10 Principles to Namibia started in 2014, while some Rangers from Namibia was on a decompressing walk-about after the Afrikaburn event.

A Namibian Burner Facebook page was created in 2016, combined with Burner-Bar events in Swakopmund and Windhoek to test interest.
It seemed that the Namibian Burn community was maybe still too small, not ready? The dream of a Namibian Burn had to be replanned.

In 2017, a small team consisting of Rangers from Namibia was formed to develop this dream and come up with a plan. New ideas and concepts was developed and tested at other Southern African regional Burn events. At the same time, 'Rangers Without Borders' was founded, which offered support, knowledge and insight into smaller global Burner regional events.

Burner Bar evenings was again hold in Namibia 2018 and 2019 after the South African regional Burn events, with mostly international Rangers and a few local Burners attending. And it must be said; there was tremendous support from our International Burners in supporting a Namibian Burn.

2019 seen the first Ranger training in Windhoek and the formation of a Ranger Core. With that, a Burn was born to take place in 2020.

2020. Well, no explanation needed...

And here we are 2021. The first Namibian Burn. A Burners Burn by your friendly Burn Rangers.


Management and Structure

- NamBurn, the Namibian Burn - Burning Nam: Set-up under Namibian law as a non-profit 'Voluntary Association'.

NamBurn is a non-profit volunteer based entity open to all individuals who show an involvement in and a commitment to the ethos, spirit and Principles of Burning Man as embraced by NamBurn. We do not discriminate against participation in our global Burn culture, on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Management Committee

Christian (Chrigi) Fourie: Executive Member (Burn Lead) & Founder, NB Ranger Council (Ranger Sentinel).

Special Advisors: Senior Members and Rangers from AfrikaBurn, Burning Man, Blazing Swan and Burning Seed.

- C-19 Trained and Compliant

Town Map & Directions

Burn Town Map

Burn Directions

NamBurn - WhatsApp: +27 (0)83 337 99 33

NamBurn Mail: info@namibiaburn.org

NAMBURN TICKETS - By buying a ticket, you agree to the NamBurn Principles, Terms & Conditions as set out in our Survival Guide.

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